Henrico Division of Fire’s CARE Team earns national recognition

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The Henrico Division of Fire’s Community, Assistance, Resources, and Education Team has been named the Randy R. Bruegman Agency Innovation Award recipient by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The annual award recognizes, incentivizes, and advocates for innovation in the fire and emergency service. The CARE Team serves citizens throughout the community who have unmet needs, including frequent users of […]

HPAC Awards of Merit honor preservation advocates

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On March 9, Henrico’s Historic Preservation Advisory Committee presented the 2022 Awards of Merit in a ceremony held at Dorey Recreation Center.  Sponsored by Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks, the awards ceremony honors individuals and groups for their efforts to preserve and promote Henrico County heritage. Henrico Director of Recreation and Parks John Zannino opened the ceremony with […]

Temporary benefits ending soon for many Virginia assistance programs

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Several medical, food and financial assistance flexibilities and programs administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services are set to expire due to recent changes in federal legislation.  The programs, which have provided additional benefits and eligibility waivers to many Virginians, were offered on a temporary basis to help households cope with […]

HHHunt communities, team members earn HBAR awards 

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On March 2, the Home Building Association of Richmond held its annual MAME (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) Awards Gala, recognizing residential real estate products, services, and professionals that have enhanced quality of life for homeowners and residents in the Richmond region. HHHunt received several MAME Awards, including: Best Marketed Community with 501+ Homes (River Mill in Glen Allen); Best […]

Virginia lawmakers consider restoring part of tax deduction for sports betting apps

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Proposal would bring back write-off for free-bet promotions

When Virginia stopped letting sports betting companies deduct free-bet promotions from their taxable revenue last year, the state saw a significant bump in tax dollars. The industry wasn’t happy with the change, arguing policymakers were inhibiting the long-term potential of legal betting platforms by making it harder to attract new bettors and keep existing ones. That pushback led to legislation […]

7 Henrico Sheriff’s deputies charged with murder in death of Henrico man

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Multiple Henrico County Sheriff’s deputies were arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder in connection to the in-custody death of Irvo Otieno, according to Dinwiddie County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill. The arrests come as Virginia State Police investigate the circumstances surrounding Otieno’s death. While the details surrounding Otieno’s death have not yet been released, Baskervill called what happened to him […]

Amid high-profile shootings, Virginia gun policy remains a stalemate

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Even as new school shootings draw focus, much of the work being done to increase student safety isn’t coming from Richmond. It’s happening on college campuses.

In the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, elected leaders vowed to prioritize campus safety.  Then-Gov. Tim Kaine appointed a blue-ribbon panel and within a year signed more than 30 mental health, school security and gun purchase bills aimed at preventing future mass shootings. Several appeals for stricter gun policies, however, were voted down. More than 15 years later, […]

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Short Pump Town Center

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will stop at Short Pump Town Center on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside of the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn. In addition to cafe treats, the truck will have a selection of limited-edition merchandise for sale such as mugs, stuffed animals, lunchboxes, t-shirts and more. Read more […]

Savvy Senior: Donating your body to science

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Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in possibly donating my body to science when I pass away. What can you tell me about this, and what would I need to do to set it up? Getting Old Dear Getting, If you’re looking to help advance medical research, and in the process, eliminate your funeral and burial costs, donating your body […]

Milestones – March 14, 2023

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Andrew Smetana of Henrico was named to the fall 2022 dean’s list at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher. *** Abigail Campbell and Rebecca Loupassi of Henrico were named to the fall 2022 chancellor’s honor roll at the University of Mississippi. To be […]