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Glen Allen woman urges School Board to enhance ESL program

Few other speakers comment on proposed budget

As the final stragglers made their way into the auditorium of Douglas Freeman High School Feb. 3 for a public hearing on the Henrico County Public Schools’ proposed 2016-17 budget, it became clear that the turnout would be low. The hearing contained little fanfare and — until its final moments — little contention. For a while, it seemed as if it would stay that way, but then Zahra Lakhani approached the lectern. And she was determined to have her say.

Lakhani is the mother of Glen Allen High School freshman Shahzaib Lakhani, 14, who has Down syndrome. She lashed out at shortfalls and a perceived lack of action and interest and asked the board to allocate money for more custodial staff. Her son, for the second time since 2011, had been given a disinfectant product and told to clean the classroom, instead of studying music with his classmates, she said. > Read more.

Henrico supervisors, deputy county managers appointed to VACo committees


All five members of Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors and three of its deputy county managers will serve on committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) during 2016.

Members of the board received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee (vice chair) and Resolutions Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee; > Read more.

Cabela’s to open Short Pump store April 6


Cabela’s this week announced plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Short Pump store on Wednesday, April 6, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration featuring giveaways, family activities and guest appearances.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela's executives, will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors will open for business at 10 a.m. > Read more.
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3 Henrico hotels earn AAA acclaim


Three Henrico hotels earned recognition as recipients of "Four Diamond" designation by AAA Mid-Atlantic, the organization announced earlier this week. The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen; the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Short Pump; and The Westin Richmond in the Near West End were among 22 properties statewide to earn the designation. The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va. was the only property to earn a Five Diamond designation.

Each of the three Henrico hotels was a repeat Four Diamond recipient. The Wyndham has earned the status every year since 2004, while The Westin earned its status for the first time in 2009 and the Hilton in 2010. > Read more.

McClellan’s bill for school resource officers passes House


The House easily passed a bill by Henrico Del. Jennifer McClellan that would relieve school resource officers of their current duty to enforce school board rules and codes of student conduct.

The bill, HB 487, passed 95-2 Thursday and awaits discussion in the Senate Committee on Education and Health. Del. James LeMunyon, R-67, and Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96, were the only legislators to vote against the bill. > Read more.

House committee to weigh Farrell’s workers’ compensation reform bill


A key House committee plans to review a bill by Henrico Del. Peter Farrell that he said would make workers’ compensation more fair and transparent.

The bill, HB378, would establish fee schedules for medical services. Farrell said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the bill’s future.

“For at least four or five years now, we’ve been trying to figure out how to come up with a more transparent reimbursement system in our workers’ compensation world in Virginia,” he said. > Read more.

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Community

Architect of World Trade Center Memorial to speak in Henrico


Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.

Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.

Environmental Film Festival planned for February


The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.

A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.

A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If you like theatre and music (especially if you’re in need of a date night idea for Valentine’s Day), you’re going to love some events taking place this weekend in Henrico! The county’s 30th annual One Act Showcase ends this weekend and Jewish Family Theatre will begin their production of “The Sisters Rosenweig.” Bluegrass fans will enjoy the McShin Foundation’s fifth annual Bluegrass Concert/Benefit at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. Balsam Range will perform at the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond and The Tin Pan will host two Valentine’s Day events featuring Doctors of Jazz and The Bob Blagg Trio. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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