About Tom Lappas

Tom Lappas is the founder and publisher of T3 Media, LLC, the parent company of the Henrico Citizen and HenricoCitizen.com. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in journalism and also has taught journalism at his alma mater. He resides in Glen Allen with his wife and two sons.

COVID-19 vaccines for youngest children likely to arrive next week in Henrico

By Tom Lappas | June 16, 2022

For parents of young children who have been patiently awaiting the day when their youngsters will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, that wait is nearly over. Children between 6 months and 5 years old could be able to receive their first doses of either a two-dose Moderna regimen or a three-dose Pfizer regimen sometime next week, Richmond and Henrico Health […]

Henrico’s Top Teachers – David Ingraham, Fairfield MS

By Tom Lappas | June 13, 2022

As a youngster growing up in Massachusetts, David Ingraham was never far from a book; his parents made sure of that. His father (an accountant) and mother (a computer programmer) made reading a focal point of the family’s activities, taking Ingraham and his siblings to library reading nights – and enforcing “penalties” when they didn’t check out a book. Ingraham’s […]

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Kyla Zabala, Hermitage HS

By Tom Lappas | June 13, 2022

Kyla Zabala starred in her first theatrical performance at the experienced age of 3. By third grade, she was regularly pretending to be a teacher while playing with her friends. Was it any surprise, then, that she was destined to become a drama teacher? Between her start as an actor and her first year teaching drama at Highland Springs High […]

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Laurie Koth, Wilder MS

By Tom Lappas | June 13, 2022

Laurie Koth’s first career was in banking, but her most rewarding one has been in the classroom. Koth left the financial world to raise her children, then decided when she was ready to re-enter the working world that she should try something different – and something she felt was meaningful. She’d been an English major in college, and the thought […]

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Chris Lundberg, Steward School

By Tom Lappas | June 13, 2022

If it’s true that the best teachers are the most eager learners, then Chris Lundberg’s presence among a group of top teachers in Henrico should come as no surprise. “I always had an interest in pretty much anything,” he said, recalling that as a kid, he excitedly played whichever sport was in season. Later, in college, he was attracted to […]

Environmental groups that sued Henrico, alleging Clean Water Act violations, now challenging judge’s ruling

By Tom Lappas | May 31, 2022

The two environmental organizations that filed a citizen lawsuit in December against Henrico County, alleging that the county has repeatedly violated the Clean Water Act during the past three decades, now are challenging the decision of a federal judge who ruled in April that their suit could not subject Henrico to civil financial penalties because the county already was facing […]

Discount store Gabe’s to open in Henrico’s Northside

By Tom Lappas | May 27, 2022

Regional discount chain Gabe’s will open its first store in Henrico this summer. The company will take over the 58,473-square-foot anchor spot in the Brook Run shopping center at 5700 Brook Road. That spot (once occupied by Ukrop’s and Martin’s grocery stores) has been vacant for several years. Other major tenants at the center are Crunch Fitness, CareMore and T-Mobile. […]

Spike in hospitalizations sends Henrico into ‘high’ COVID community level

By Tom Lappas | May 27, 2022

A spike in COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Henrico County during the past week has elevated the county to the “high” COVID-19 community level as of Thursday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Virus-related hospitalizations in the county jumped from just more than 3 per 100,000 people to 10.5 during the past week, triggering the shift to the […]

First Metro Richmond ‘Spike Alert’ issued

By Tom Lappas | May 25, 2022

A new warning system designed to alert residents of the Metro Richmond region to an increase in opioid overdoses issued its first alert May 22. The notice Sunday night from the Metro Richmond Spike Alert system, a partnership between the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, the Richmond Ambulance Authority and the Chesterfield County Health District, was triggered by higher than […]

3 separate shootings leave Henrico HS student, 24-year-old man dead, home damaged

By Tom Lappas | May 20, 2022

Three separate shootings in Henrico County three miles apart during a 5-hour period May 19 left a Henrico High School student and a 24-year-old man dead and a residence damaged. Henrico Police do not believe the shootings are related, Police Lt. Matt Pecka told the Citizen Friday. The first shooting happened sometime before 4 p.m. in the 2700 block of […]