Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 6 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Aug. 15, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. Henrico CASA serves a diverse population and needs volunteers who can speak Spanish. For information, contact Jeannine Panzera at (804) 501-1673 or Jeannine.Panzera@henrico.us. Applications are available at www.henricocasa.org.

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for 20 years to serve children in the community. Working typically 10 to 15 hours per month, volunteer advocates gather information on a child’s circumstances to supplement information provided to the court.

The training program prepares volunteers to interview children and others involved in their cases, submit reports to judges and assist case attorneys. Henrico CASA volunteers have worked 7,614 hours and served 315 children in fiscal year 2013-14.



Road repaving underway across Henrico

Henrico County is in the midst of a blitz to repave and resurface roads following a harsh winter of abuse.

Early this year, the Department of Public Works launched a series of projects to improve about 92 miles of high-volume secondary roads and 114 miles of neighborhood streets.

The amount of repaving and resurfacing represents increases of 115 percent and 55 percent, respectively, over totals for 2013.

Crews are scheduled to work through the fall. Because of this, Public Works is asking drivers to be alert for temporary lane closures and to be patient as projects progress.

At times, residents may notice a break in activity between stages of work.

Most repaving or resurfacing projects can be completed in three to six weeks if weather conditions are acceptable and crews available. The time to complete a project also depends on the method of repaving or resurfacing used.

For higher-traffic secondary roads, such as Hungary Road, the process generally takes three to four weeks. The improved road conditions typically last 10 to 15 years.

These projects proceed as follows:

  • The road is milled to remove about 2 inches of damaged or distressed asphalt
  • About one week later, a layer of new asphalt is applied
  • After two weeks, new striping is added.

For neighborhood streets, one of two methods of resurfacing is used. Each usually takes four to six weeks to complete and provides five to seven years of optimum use.

In the “chip seal” method:

  • The pavement is sprayed with an asphalt binding material
  • Small stones, or chips, are spread across the area to be patched
  • A roller compacts the area to compress the stones into the pavement cracks
  • After two to four weeks of settling, a power sweeper makes two passes to remove loose stones and prepares the surface for a sealant, called “slurry seal.” This coating fills in slight imperfections, seals out water and gives the road a smooth, uniform color, texture and surface.

paving2Another method of resurfacing effectively recycles the pavement in place before sealant is applied:

  • The road surface is heated, which allows it to be reshaped to a proper slope and grade
  • While hot, the recycled asphalt is rolled to its final compaction before a coat of slurry seal is applied.

For more information on road maintenance and other Public Works projects, go to henrico.us/works or call (804) 727-8300.

Want to learn more? Watch our HCTV program Paving Ahead.  

 



Varina District meeting to discuss state of Henrico County Public Schools

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Monday, June 23 to discuss trends, initiatives and issues of Henrico County Public Schools.

The meeting, organized in partnership with the Eastern Henrico Business Association, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

Nelson will lead the discussion with School Board Vice Chair John W. Montgomery Jr., of the Varina District; Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw; and Director of Secondary Education Omega W. Wilson.

For information, call (804) 501-4208.



Henrico changes web address to henrico.us

Henrico County has a new, simpler Internet address at henrico.us.

The switchover took effect June 12 and applies to web pages and the email addresses of general government departments and employees.

Residents, businesses and others who interact with departments and employees are encouraged to update their bookmarks, contacts and other links.

The henrico.us address replaces www.co.henrico.va.us and provides a basis for the web pages of departments and agencies. For example, information about the Division of Police is available at henrico.us/police.

Henrico.us works with or without the www. prefix that is used in many web addresses.

Similarly, the email addresses of departments and employees now end with @henrico.us instead of @co.henrico.va.us. For example, Police can be contacted about nonemergencies at police@henrico.us.

All old website links and email addresses should continue to work, but the changeover could temporarily disrupt search functions while the website is indexed under the new address.

If you have questions about the changes, call (804) 501-4357 or go to henrico.us/contact-us.



Refuse and Recycling Pickup Schedule

Refuse collection is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday.

Curbside recycling pickup by CVWMA is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday.



Holiday Closing and Refuse/Recycling Schedule

Henrico County General Government offices, courts & libraries will be closed Monday, May 26  for the Memorial Day holiday.

Refuse will not be collected Monday, May 26. Pickup is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday. Public use areas will be OPEN on Monday.

Curbside recycling by CVWMA will not be collected Monday, May 26. Pickup is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday.



Fairfield meeting June 9 to highlight regional planning agencies

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, June 9 to spotlight the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) and Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RAMPO) and their work in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Robert Crum, executive director of RRPDC, and Daniel Lysy, director of transportation of RAMPO, will join Thornton for the discussion. A question-and-answer period will follow.

For information, call (804) 501-4208.



Henrico 4-H team wins Virginia title, ties for fourth nationally in LifeSmarts

A Henrico County 4-H team recently completed a successful run in the LifeSmarts consumer education competitions, capturing the Virginia championship and finishing tied for fourth nationally in Orlando, Florida.

A program of the National Consumers League, LifeSmarts is a consumer education competition that challenges students in ninth through 12th grades with questions about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities.

The Henrico 4-H team — known as WSIWYG, an abbreviation for “what you see is what you get” — consists of students Emma Shepard, Curtis Cantwell, Joshua Hyde, Steven Baker and George Evans. Coach Karie Dawkins leads the squad with assistant coaches Kathleen Cantwell and Sheila Hyde.

Teams across Virginia competed online early this year for a chance to participate in the state’s LifeSmarts finals, held March 7 at the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Virginia Housing Center in Henrico. WSIWYG defeated seven teams to capture the Virginia State LifeSmarts Championship and qualify for the LifeSmarts National Championship, held April 26-29 in Orlando.

In the national competition, WSIWYG ranked eighth overall in points after eight rounds, which allowed the team to advance to the quarterfinals. The team finished tied for fourth, with teams from Pennsylvania, Arizona and Tennessee. Overall, the competition featured 34 teams representing 32 states, Future Business Leaders of America, and Future Career and Community Leaders of America. Two WSIWYG team members placed in the individual competition. Emma Shepard finished second nationally in health and safety, while Joshua Hyde placed fourth in environment.

Henrico’s 4-H program has had four teams to represent Virginia in the national LifeSmarts competition since 1995.

“LifeSmarts participants in Virginia have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said Kimberly Edmonds, family and consumer sciences extension agent for Henrico and co-coordinator of LifeSmarts for Virginia. “We are proud of the WSIWYG team and how well it represented Virginia.”

Henrico 4-H is a comprehensive youth development program that offers hands-on learning experiences under the guidance of 4-H agents and trained adult or teen volunteers. Program offerings include recreational camps and a variety of contests and clubs.

For information on Henrico’s 4-H or LifeSmarts programs, go to henrico.us/extension.

A 4-H team from Henrico County, known as WSIWYG, competed in the LifeSmarts National Championship from April 26 to 29 in Orlando, Fla., after winning the Virginia State LifeSmarts Championship on March 7 in Henrico. Pictured left to right are WSIWYG team members Emma Shepard, Curtis Cantwell and Joshua Hyde, assistant coach Kathleen Cantwell, coach Karie Dawkins, and team members Steven Baker and George Evans.
A 4-H team from Henrico County, known as WSIWYG, competed in the LifeSmarts National Championship from April 26 to 29 in Orlando, Fla., after winning the Virginia State LifeSmarts Championship on March 7 in Henrico. Pictured left to right are WSIWYG team members Emma Shepard, Curtis Cantwell and Joshua Hyde, assistant coach Kathleen Cantwell, coach Karie Dawkins, and team members Steven Baker and George Evans.