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Fri, 2013-12-06 11:19
Each holiday season for the last 40 years, Henrico resident Frank Hudak – also known as “Mr. Christmas” – has been lighting up his home in the West End with thousands of holiday lights. During those years, he also has raised more than $82,600 to support Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) through a simple donation box outside his home. What began as a way to recapture the holiday spirit of his youth in Philadelphia helped start a local holiday tradition of lights and giving.
Fri, 2013-12-06 10:58
Varina's long-anticipated new library will step closer to reality Dec. 10, when the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a plan of development for the facility. Construction of the 42,333-square-foot Varina Area Library, which will be located on Route 5, adjacent to the Pocahontas Parkway, is expected to begin by May and be completed by November 2015. The facility's targeted opening date is March 1, 2016.
Thu, 2013-12-05 21:41
Fifteen Henrico fifth-graders were honored for their essays highlighting historical figures and events at the 11th Annual Historical Awareness Project awards reception, held Nov. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Henrico County Public Schools, the project is based on the county’s fifth-grade curriculum and is designed to provide students with an awareness of their local heritage, while encouraging the writers and their families to learn more about their community history.
Wed, 2013-12-04 20:36
The national Council on Accreditation (COA) has presented St. Joseph's Villa with the 2013 Innovative Practices Award, honoring the performance and quality improvement of its Flagler Housing & Homeless Services. Its case study submission about Flagler's multi-year transition to rapid re-housing and resulting outcomes was one of two selected winners in the nation. Flagler expects to serve more than 300 households (approximately 800 individuals) in the Richmond and Tri-Cities areas this year.
Tue, 2013-12-03 12:04
Henrico County officials hope to implement the county's new meals tax by May 1, 2014, pending Board of Supervisors approval of a new ordinance outlining the tax. Voters authorized the tax in a Nov. 5 vote. The Citizen first reported the May 1 date on Nov. 6. The board is expected to receive a proposed ordinance establishing the parameters for what purchases would be taxed and hold a public hearing in the coming weeks.
Tue, 2013-12-03 11:50
The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition has qualified as a nonprofit charitable organization under the federal tax code, which will help it play a greater role in reducing substance abuse and other risky behaviors among youth. The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition received its 501(c)(3) designation in July, making the organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
Mon, 2013-12-02 12:25
Macy's Richmond officially kicked off its sixth annual “Believe” campaign benefiting Make-a-Wish with a launch event at the Short Pump Town Center store Nov. 8. Attended by Make-A-Wish volunteers and Wish Kids with life-threatening illnesses, the event included visits from the Richmond Raiders and Lady Raiders and the opportunity for children to write letters to Santa and drop them into the red Santa Mail letterboxes.
Mon, 2013-12-02 12:05
The Richmond Stake Relief Society, a women’s group from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, made and delivered hundreds of toys, baby hats, blankets and gift bags to St. Mary’s Hospital’s Pediatrics program in November. The group chose St. Mary's because many of its members either had their babies at St. Mary’s or had a child hospitalized there. In all, the donations totaled 860 items, including hand-cut and painted wooden toys, knitted and crocheted baby caps, flannel receiving blankets, quilts and drawstring bags.
Fri, 2013-11-29 09:31
Henrico resident Angelia Shay, an agent with New York Life’s Richmond General Office, has been named president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS). WIFS is the preeminent professional organization for women in the financial services industry. As president, she oversees the mission of this organization of 1,000 members and 24 local chapters. Shay joined New York Life in 1994 and in 2007 was named the Agent of the Year by New York Life’s Richmond General Office – the first woman in the Richmond General Office of New York Life to receive this sales achievement award.
Fri, 2013-11-29 00:04
In the basement of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden year-round, veteran volunteers work amongst tables of dried flowers, acorns, forms, leaves and other natural fixtures to prepare for the Dominion GardenFest of Lights, an annual event that combines the beauty of nature with lighting throughout the Garden. The winter celebration is a team and community effort, with more than 200 volunteers from all across Virginia who coordinate and work closely with staff members, especially horticulturist and leader of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights team Shannon Smith and Operations Coordinator Justin Brown.
Thu, 2013-11-28 22:16
Four Henrico County Public Schools teachers earned R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence, which serve to identify, recognize, and promote excellence in classroom teaching in area public schools. The teachers are: Helen Archer of Tuckahoe Elementary School, Amanda Hall of Fairfield Middle School, Merle James of Echo Lake Elementary School and Heather White of Jackson Davis Elementary School.
Thu, 2013-11-28 22:03
Deep Run High School's FIRST Robotics Team 1086 Blue Cheese hosted an FLL (FIRST Lego League) tournament as well as a Jr. FLLExpo Nov. 2. The event featured 18 FLL teams and five Jr. FLL teams from Henrico and surrounding counties, totaling more than 200 participants. In addition to the competitions, WRIC meteorologist Matt DiNardo spoke about meteorology and natural disasters, and Lynn Norris, the director of the Center for Information Technology at Deep Run, spoke about the importance of science and technology education in schools.
Thu, 2013-11-28 21:40
Henrico County received a 2013 Go Green Award from the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for demonstrating a commitment to environmentally friendly practices and sustainability in government operations. VACo honored Henrico and six other counties Nov. 10, during the association’s 79th annual conference in Bath County. Henrico also earned awards under the Go Green Virginia program in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Thu, 2013-11-28 21:32
BB&T Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company recently awarded an $8,000 grant to the Henrico Division of Fire to fund fire prevention materials and nozzles to help improve community and firefighter safety. The grant will fund the purchase of two new oscillating nozzles, which allow firefighters to apply a large supply of water where needed, without the need to continually operate the nozzles. The division also will use the funds to purchase printed fire prevention materials to be distributed at events throughout the community.
Thu, 2013-11-28 21:20
Welcome to the Citizen's first edition of Currents. The idea for this column grew out of the six-part series on streams that appeared in the Citizen from February to September of this year. It seemed that the more I researched Henrico streams, and the more I learned about challenges facing local waterways – and the ways that citizens, volunteers, groups and government agencies are working to restore and enhance the health of those waterways – the more I realized that it's impossible to provide adequate coverage of such a topic, even in a lengthy series.
Thu, 2013-11-28 21:08
Henrico County Public Schools' Human Resources department will host a job fair on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Virginia Employment Commission Resource Workforce Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road, Henrico 23223. The event will take place in two sessions: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to candidates for full-time and substitute bus driver positions, HCPS is seeking applicants for substitute positions as custodians and cafeteria assistants.
Wed, 2013-11-27 13:04
Mark Herring (left)and Mark ObenshainUPDATED: NOV. 27, 1:15 P.M. – The closest statewide election in the history of Virginia politics is headed for a recount, and Henrico County officials are preparing to play their part. The State Board of Elections Nov. 25 certified Democrat Mark Herring as the winner of the election, by a mere 165 votes over Republican Mark Obenshain – about seven one-thousands of one percent among the more than 2.2 million votes cast. Today, Obenshain petitioned the Richmond Circuit Court for a recount, beginning a process that last was utilized in Virginia eight years ago in another race for attorney general. In that election, Democrat Creigh Deeds petitioned for a recount after losing to Republican Bob McDonnell by 323 votes, but the recount concluded that McDonnell had actually won by 360 votes.
Tue, 2013-11-26 10:56
Students from Godwin, Hermitage, Highland Springs and Varina high schools, as well as the GRAD Center at PLC, attended the fourth annual Diversity Dialogue Day, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Nov. 14 at the University of Richmond. In total, more than 150 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and educators from high schools in the region attended the event, which offered a hands-on workshop to teach lessons about diversity, discrimination and respect.
Tue, 2013-11-26 10:51
Henrico County Public Library earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access. HCPL received a Star Library honor for the first time and was among six library systems in Virginia and 263 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2013.
Tue, 2013-11-26 10:13
In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked two Echo Lake Elementary School kindergarten classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear below. Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Because it’s fun. –Addison So we can celebrate what we’re thankful for. –Autumn For turkeys. –Brendan