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‘We want this to be a destination site’

By Special to the Citizen | June 24, 2022

At about this time last year, the basketball courts outside Henrico County’s Fairfield Middle School were small, asphalt-top courts that were used occasionally by community members. Now, thanks to the vision of  Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson and the efforts of other public servants, the courts have been transformed into a state-of-the-art location for county residents to play ball. Yesterday, […]

Henrico supervisors approve assisted living facility in Near West End

By Special to the Citizen | June 22, 2022

  The Henrico Board of Supervisors voted unanimously June 14 to approve the rezoning of a 6.1-acre plot of land on Patterson Avenue for the construction of a one-story, 98-unit assisted living facility. According to the county’s 2026 comprehensive plan, the land – bordered by Maybeury Elementary School, Welborne United Methodist Church and the Tuckahoe Family YMCA – originally was […]

Virginia native and Bronze Star recipient laid to rest at Seven Pines National Cemetery

By Special to the Citizen | June 21, 2022

  Henrico County’s veterans, first-responders and community members gathered at Seven Pines National Cemetery in Sandston June 10 to celebrate the life and legacy of First Lieutenant Mary Pardue, Army Nurse Corps, whose service in World War II earned her a Bronze Star Medal. In Viareggio, Italy, Nov. 1944, Pardue displayed bravery and heroism addressing soldiers’ wounds as the field […]

PHOTOS: Henrico County’s Juneteenth celebration

By Special to the Citizen | June 21, 2022

Henrico County hosted its second-annual Juneteenth celebration June 18 at Dorey Park in Varina, featuring entertainment, vendors, food, fireworks and more. Thousands of people attended the event, which celebrated the date (June 19, 1865) on which the last remaining former slaves in the United States (in Galveston, Texas) learned that they had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, […]

For Henrico Police Athletic League, ‘there’s no place like home’

By Special to the Citizen | June 17, 2022

Reflecting on his past, retired NBA player Johnny Newman recalled being greatly influenced by the morals found in the Wizard of Oz:  respect, perseverance and hope. Now, as board president of the Henrico Police Athletic League, a nonprofit that works to foster positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the Henrico community, he hopes that PAL participants will truly believe […]

Dorey Park Farmers Market program debuts ‘Little SNAPs’ program, concert series

By Special to the Citizen | June 17, 2022

The Dorey Park Farmers Market launched into a fresh fifth season last Saturday with the introduction of its Little SNAPS initiative and Second Saturdays concert series. To uphold its mission of providing Henrico citizens with fresh and high-quality produce, DPFM extended its existing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) match program to include Little SNAPS, a program through which SNAP families […]

Perennial gardens for beauty all season

By Special to the Citizen | June 16, 2022

Create long lasting beauty and pollinator appeal in your landscape with the help of perennials. With a little bit of planning, you can have flowers, foliage and seed heads that add interest to your garden year-round. Select perennials including native plants that thrive in the sunlight, soil, and moisture conditions in your garden. Incorporate several inches of compost or other […]

Henrico supervisors amend fiscal budget, officially adopt temporary tax clemency plan

By Special to the Citizen | June 16, 2022

The Henrico Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend the county’s 2021-22 fiscal budget and to extend the temporary elimination of certain tax penalties during its June 14 meeting. The board originally adopted a temporary tax clemency plan on an emergency basis May 10 eliminating penalties and interest on overdue taxes for personal property, machinery and tools through Aug. 5. […]

Companies, students partner to replace West End Manor Civic Association’s roof

By Special to the Citizen | June 16, 2022

For several years, the people at West End Manor Civic Association, a nonprofit neighborhood-betterment organization in the heart of Henrico’s Brookland District, watched their roof slowly deteriorate. Without the funds to repair it, the destruction of their building seemed inevitable. Then, thanks to the generosity of four construction companies, the restoration of their roof became a hands-on learning opportunity for […]

Now What?! The L-word

By Special to the Citizen | June 14, 2022

The ‘L’ word can represent all sorts of things, whether it’s love, the lord, luck, or – in the context of this article – loyalty. Within most interpersonal relationships, there are qualities that I consider must-haves. Qualities such as honesty, even when it’s complex, humor even in the darkest times, or empathy when there is no way to relate. Not […]