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Updates from Henrico Citizen
Updated: 21 hours 22 min ago
Mon, 2014-03-10 22:20
On Feb. 27, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 47th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards. Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, superintendent of Hanover County Schools, and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others.
Mon, 2014-03-10 20:19
Sandston Elementary School will soon have an engineering program for kindergartners and will teach classes in video game creation, thanks to two grants totaling $1,228 from the Henrico Education Foundation. The school was one of nine public schools in the county to receive a grant from HEF recently. In total, HEF awarded $18,612 to Henrico public schools for winter 2014. Mehfoud Elementary will use its $225 grant to bring a practicing artist to help students with a mural of U.S. Indian tribes. Godwin High School will use its $2,700 grant to get 3D printer technology to create science and math research models.
Mon, 2014-03-10 20:15
A portion of Miller Road will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 to mid-afternoon Thursday, March 13 for repairs to the CSX railroad crossing. The work by CSX will prohibit travel on Miller between Charles City Road and Seven Hills Boulevard. Message boards will alert motorists of the closure. South Laburnum Avenue and South Airport Drive provide alternate routes between Charles City and Seven Hills.
Mon, 2014-03-10 13:27
Fifth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy won the 40th Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Saturday. Muthusamy, of Rivers Edge Elementary, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-29 at National Harbor near Washington DC. Muthusamy, 11, was one of the youngest participants in the regional contest, which includes students in grades 5-8. To win, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “brigand,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “one who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band.”
Fri, 2014-03-07 12:53
Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have proposed a special legislative session to address the debate on Medicaid expansion just three days before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn. The House and Senate are less than one-tenth of one percent (or $26 million) apart from compromising on a two-year, $96 billion state budget agreement, but GOP leadership reinforced its position Tuesday that Medicaid Expansion does not belong in the budget bill.
Thu, 2014-03-06 23:13
Thanks in part to several new initiatives enacted by Henrico Police officials, the number of violent and non-violent crimes reported in the county last year dropped slightly from 2012 figures, as did the total number of arrests made by police, according to agency statistics. The county recorded its lowest crime rate per 1,000 residents ever (26.45), according to Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton, who said that the number was encouraging but added “we aren’t done yet.” Henrico saw its non-violent crime rate drop about 1 percent from 2012 to 2013 and its violent crime rate fall by about 2.5 percent during the same period. It’s the latter that has been a chief focus of Middleton and his staff.
Thu, 2014-03-06 20:17
Window Genie held the grand opening of their newest location in Richmond this week. Pete Breil is the owner/operator. Before joining the Window Genie team, Breil spent 13 years in financial services as a director of operations analysis and then a year in cable industry as director of payment services strategy. Window Genie of Richmond will service the West End area including Richmond, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Tuckahoe and surrounding communities. Services include window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 389-4002.
Thu, 2014-03-06 14:11
In its first seven years, Deep Run High School’s Marathon Dance has become a Henrico County phenomenon, as well as a fundraising juggernaut. Last year, the student-run function broke the $1 million mark in funds raised for community groups since the dance’s 2007 inception. It now ranks No. 2 nationally in fundraising for such events. Hundreds of participating students check in on a Friday night and dance for charity, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours.
Thu, 2014-03-06 11:07
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications from residents who would like to grow their own vegetables or flowers on community garden plots. The Gardens Growing Families program allows the use of garden plots measuring about 15 feet by 20 feet at the Lakeside Garden, at Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue; and at the Highland Springs Garden, on West Jerald Street at South Cedar Avenue. Fees range from $10 to $65 per year based on household size and income.
Thu, 2014-03-06 09:03
Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS) earned accreditation for three years from CARF International following an extensive review of the agency and its programs and services. MH/DS received its fifth consecutive three-year accreditation, the strongest endorsement that it substantially complies with CARF standards. CARF, founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with health and human service providers to assess and improve the quality of their services based on internationally recognized organizational and program standards.
Wed, 2014-03-05 20:57
The Commonwealth of Virginia will hold a public listening session and webinar on March 11 to enable Virginians to learn about the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, and to ask questions and offer comments. The session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. The listening session also will be broadcast via webinar. To register for the webinar, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/117496486
Tue, 2014-03-04 13:12
Henrico Police are seeking two suspects who used a stolen credit card to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise in January. On Jan. 17, two females (pictured), used a credit card that had been reported stolen with a wallet that same day from a restaurant in the 9900 block of Brook Road. The stolen card was used around 3 p.m. at Target, in the 9000 block of Staples Mill Road.
Tue, 2014-03-04 12:59
UPDATE: Mar. 4, 1 PM –The Henrico County parks that had been closed earlier today to allow crews to remove ice following Monday's storm all have now re-opened. They are: • Dorey Park & Recreation Center • Three Lakes Park & Nature Center • Crump Park & Meadow Farm Museum • Echo Lake • Spring Park
Tue, 2014-03-04 12:47
A bill providing retired employees of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles an exemption from being required to obtain a concealed weapon permit was unanimously passed by the House of Delegates this week and now awaits Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature. Senate Bill 279, introduced by Sen. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, would amend Section 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia to allow retired employees of the DMV’s Law Enforcement Division the same concealed weapons permit exemptions enjoyed by Virginia State Police, Capitol Police, and local law enforcement retirees.
Tue, 2014-03-04 12:38
Whistle-blower protection moved forward this week after a Senate committee voted 36 to 1 in favor of House Bill 728, which would make it illegal to terminate an employee for reasons related to that person’s exposure of waste, fraud or abuse. “Intimidation and threats are a problem when it comes to quashing the willingness of a public employee to look after the taxpayers,” said Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, who introduced three bills on this topic—House Bills 728, 731 and 739. “So I think going forward, my intent is to correct a defect in the law because under current law it's not clear what a court does when there is a 'mixed motive' for the dismissal of an employee.”
Fri, 2014-02-28 12:13
Students in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) are kicking off “Youth Art Month” in March with stellar performances in the Scholastic Art Awards regional competition. HCPS students won 316 awards in the competition, eclipsing the division’s 2012-13 total of 169. Henrico students had more awards than any other school system in the region, which includes 60 Virginia counties and cities. Two HCPS students – both from Henrico High School – were nominees for the Gold Key American Visions award for best in show.
Fri, 2014-02-28 12:08
Short Pump Town Center this week announced the addition of 15 new retailers and restaurants and a multimillion-dollar renovation. During the next six to nine months, shoppers will see the new stores, which will fill more than 62,000 square feet of space: • American Eagle Outfitters/aerie • Athleta (now open) • Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants • Free People
Thu, 2014-02-27 20:31
A stormwater management bill that incorporates three other bills and would allow some localities to opt-out of implementing local stormwater runoff management programs passed the House with a 93 to one vote. House Bill 1173 would require the Department of Environmental Quality to establish a Virginia Stormwater Management Program for a locality that chooses not to implement a local program and does not have a municipal separate storm-sewer system (MS4), which exists in densely-populated urban areas.
Thu, 2014-02-27 17:44
At least 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters have reported their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets, according to the American Humane Association. Delegate Benjamin Cline, R-Amherst, says he hopes to give solace to these pets and their owners with House Bill 972. The bill states that a protective order may grant possession of the family pet to the petitioner and prohibit further violence directed toward the pet. If passed, Virginia will join the 23 states that already have laws protecting companion animals.
Thu, 2014-02-27 14:31
An education bill would require school boards to designate an area in each of their schools for a mother employed by the school board or enrolled as a student to express milk for her child. House Bill 720 would require each school board to set aside a non-restroom space out of public view in a school for mothers to take breaks of “reasonable length” during the school day to express milk to feed a child under the age of one year.