Henrico neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out

The Henrico County Police Division and neighborhoods throughout Henrico County will celebrate the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO) Aug. 5.

Chief Douglas A. Middleton and his staff, as well as Henrico Police Officers and many county officials, will visit more than 70 neighborhoods throughout Henrico County to strengthen police-citizens partnerships. Middleton will start by visiting the Richmond International Raceway NNO event at 5 p.m. Then, until about 9:30 PM, the night will be alive with cookouts, block parties, ice-cream socials, parades, and other fun events taking place throughout the county. Homeowners in neighborhoods that do not have events scheduled may show their support by putting on porch lights.

In 2013, NNO involved more than 37.8 million people in 16,242 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2014 is expected to be the largest ever.

National Night Out is a yearlong, community building campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for (and participation in) local, anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals by letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

To see if your Henrico County neighborhood has a National Night Out event planned, visit the Henrico Police Division’s website at http://www.henricopolice.org. For details, call the Division’s Prevention Services Unit at (804) 501-4838.
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The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs). > Read more.

Reynolds CC dedicates student center


Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’


Capital One hosted its “Coders Experience” event in Richmond and a number of other state locations Oct. 14. The events attracted hundreds of middle school girls, who learned how to create their own mobile apps, hone problem-solving skills and gain software development knowledge. A second day of Coders Experience events will take place Oct. 21. More than 500 Capital One volunteers are participating in the 10 events. > Read more.

Hermitage band member named All-American


The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017


This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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