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Vithoulkas outlines $419.8M bond referendum proposal

UPDATE: MAY 24, 6:05 P.M. – Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas tonight outlined the details of his proposed $419.8-million bond referendum to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session.

In addition to 12 school projects totaling $272.6 million, which Vithoulkas outlined in March, the Nov. 8 referendum would provide $147.2 million for 14 additional projects:
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Quioccasin M.S. new nickname to be ‘Griffins’


Henrico County’s newly renamed middle school will draw inspiration from a former school resource officer, as well as lions and eagles. Students at Harry F. Byrd Middle School – which will become Quioccasin Middle School July 1 – have voted to replace the school’s “Senators” nickname with “Griffins.”

The name first was proposed by students as a way to commemorate Neil Griffin, the school’s popular former school resource officer, who died earlier this year. The mythical griffin has the body of a lion, and the head, wings and talons of an eagle. > Read more.

Henrico Humane Society gets funding boost from pet store


Pet Valu, a national chain of pet stores with a location in Short Pump, donated $3,500 to the Henrico Humane Society after a months-long fundraising effort.

This donation comes as part of a national push by the Pet Valu chain to raise money for a number of animal shelters across to region. In total, the chain raised more than $124,000 nationally, benefiting 19 different animal rescue and humane societies. > Read more.
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Full speed ahead


Henrico County officials, including Board of Supervisors Chairman and Varina District member Tyrone Nelson, gathered May 14 at Dorey Park to cut the ribbon dedicating a new connector trail between the park and the Virginia Capital Trail. The dedication was part of Henrico In Motion, a six-hour event that also featured cycling demonstrations and events, Civil War living history exhibits, vendors, performances by Richmond Ballet's Minds In Motion youth performers and others.

The connector trail cost $130,000 – 80 percent of which was funded through a federal transportation grant. The county also erected a trailhead monument on the connector, above the lake at Dorey Park, featuring designs created by Henrico County Public Schools students. > Read more.

Henrico, state brace for possible influx of Zika virus cases


With 15 cases already reported statewide – including three in Central Virginia – officials from Henrico County and Virginia are anticipating a potential uptick of Zika virus infections heading into the summer months.

Although states like Florida and Louisiana are at the most risk because of climatic factors, all states on the southeastern seaboard face potential Zika outbreaks in the coming months. Virginia’s mosquito season is May 1-Oct. 31, and the two known vectors of Zika – Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever mosquito) and the Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) – both are present in Virginia. > Read more.

Citizen’s Kruszewski wins 8 VPC awards


Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won eight awards in the Virginia Professional Communicators (VPC) 2016 communications contest, including four first-place entries that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition. Awards were announced at the VPC spring conference, held in Winchester in April.

Kruszewski collected first-place honors in the feature story, reviews, personal opinion columns, and blog categories.

In the personal columns category, judges praised her first-place Family Forum columns (“The Greatest Love” and “Time to Give Spanking the Boot”) for using “thoughtful, poignant, personal examples supported by scientific evidence [to make] convincing observations about family topics like the depth of parental love and the downside of physical discipline.” > Read more.

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Community

19th Annual Asian American Celebration planned May 21

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will hold its 19th Annual Asian American Celebration on Saturday, May 21 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. in Richmond, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Our Heritage," in recognition of May as the Asian Pacific American Heritage month, designated by the U.S. Congress in 1992. > Read more.

Sandston Founders Club honors Sydnor


The Founders Club of Sandston presented lifetime membership to Charles W. Sydnor at its 12th annual meeting last month.

Sydnor, who grew up in Sandston and later served as president of Emory and Henry College for eight years, was honored by Founder Club President Alice Taylor Baldwin at the April 23 event at Sandston Memorial Recreation Center. > Read more.
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Cultural Arts Center announces summer class schedule


From Legos to wine tasting, The Cultural Arts Center is hosting a variety of classes this summer for both kids and adults.

Starting this month, the center has begun classes in a variety of subject areas, including: ceramics, music, painting, photography, confectionary arts, and many more. The classes are designed in part to promote creativity, culture and entertainment in the community. > Read more.






 

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