Henrico Extension to offer classes for home gardeners beginning Sept. 9

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will offer a series of 10 classes this fall to teach the basics of home gardening using environmentally sound and sustainable practices.

The Henrico Horticulture Series will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 9 through Nov. 4 and on Nov. 18. The classes will be held in the demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The $25 registration fee covers the cost of class materials and may be paid at the first session.

The classes will cover such topics as improving soil; creating compost; establishing and maintaining lawns; selecting annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs; growing fruits and vegetables; and managing insects and diseases.

For information or to register, call (804) 501-5160.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Aug. 16

The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and make their payment at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.

Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10, for a one-year license, and $15, for a three-year license. Officers will be available to discuss license options and vaccination requirements.

For information, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Henrico County Community Day Aug 2

OperationSummerHeat_logo_finalThe Henrico County Police Division invites the residents of Henrico to kick off National Night Out at their Community Day on Saturday, August 2, 10 am – 2 pm.  This event held at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road, is part of Operation Summer Heat, the Henrico Police Division’s initiative to prevent crime and create awareness at community events.

There will be plenty of activities and family fun including:

  • Free H.E.A.T. Auto Vehicle ID Number (VIN) etching by Virginia State Police
  • Demonstrations by Henrico Fire and Police
  • Henrico Sheriff’s Office and Henrico Security displays
  • “Sidewalk of Services” provided by Henrico County
  • County job fair
  • Meet and greet with Henrico County officials
  • Food and beverages available for purchase
  • Children’s activities and events
  • Events sponsored by the Henrico Police Athletic League (HPAL)

For a list of participants and other details visit henrico.us/police or call Henrico Poli
ce Prevention Services Unit at (804) 501-4838.

Special thanks to the Henrico Police Foundation and Dominion Resources for their support of this event.




Author K.L. Randis to speak Aug. 26 to promote awareness of child abuse

Best-selling author K.L. Randis will speak Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Henrico County as part of an event to recognize 20 years of work by Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Henrico CASA is organizing the event, which is free and open to the public, to increase public awareness of child abuse. Randis will discuss her best-selling novel, “Spilled Milk,” as well as her personal story of child abuse and child abuse prevention.

The event will be held at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road, and include a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by Randis’ talk at 6 p.m. and a book signing. To reserve a seat, send an email to pan01@henrico.us or call (804) 501-1673 by Friday, Aug. 15.

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. Working typically 10 to 15 hours per month, Henrico CASA’s volunteer advocates gather information on a child’s circumstances to supplement information provided to the court.

U.S. Baseball Championships to bring national webcast, thousands of visitors to Henrico and region

Henrico County will welcome close to 1,500 top high school baseball players from around the country — as well as college coaches and a national webcast audience — when the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships take place July 23-Aug. 2.

This marks the fifth consecutive year Henrico and the metro region have hosted the Triple Crown tournament. The event is expected to bring at least 5,500 visitors to the area and provide a $3.95 million boost to the local economy, according to Richmond Region Tourism.

Seventy-eight teams from 17 states — ranging from California and Washington to Minnesota, Michigan, Connecticut, New York, Texas and Virginia — will compete at 16-under, 17-under and 18-under age divisions. A number of teams from the metro area are included in the field as well. Games will be played at several county facilities, including Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park and Tuckahoe Park, as well as other sites in the metro area, beginning Thursday (a complete schedule is available at www.triplecrownsports.com). All games are open to the public.

The 16-under/17-under North vs. South All-Star Game will be webcast live on WatchTCS.com from the Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27. Admission is free.

Neil Luther, director of Henrico’s Division of Recreation and Parks, said the event showcases prospective college athletes and attracts coaches from college programs including Richmond, Towson and Stony Brook to scout players. He also said the event is another highlight for Henrico’s growing sports-tourism program.

“The Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships make a significant impact on our community,” Luther said. “We are able to showcase our facilities and our hospitality, and they bring dollars to our hotels, restaurants and retailers.”

Additional information is available at www.VisitHenrico.com.

Henrico Extension ready to help residents grow SMART Lawns

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is enrolling residents in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health. Participants will receive recommendations for fertilizer and lime, as well as suggestions for environmentally friendly weed control, mowing and watering practices.

The SMART Lawns program follows the concepts of SMART — Soil test, Measure, Aerate, Right fertilizer and Trouble-free maintenance.

The deadline to enroll is Friday, Sept. 5. To sign up, go to henrico.us/extension or call (804) 501-5160.

Henrico meetings to highlight dangers of smoking

The Henrico County Health Department will hold four meetings in July to explain the public health risks associated with smoking and provide information on how smokers can quit the habit.

The meetings will be held 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, July 21 at the Dumbarton Area Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road; Wednesday, July 23 at the Varina Branch Library, 2001 Library Road; Wednesday, July 30 at the Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road; and Thursday, July 31 at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public.

Public health officials will discuss how firsthand, secondhand and thirdhand smoke can be harmful to smokers as well as nonsmokers who are exposed to smoke or the residue it leaves on clothing, furniture, carpet and other surfaces.

For information, contact Public Health Nurse Manager Rebecca Parsio at (804) 501-4954 or rebecca.parsio@vdh.virginia.gov.

Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards

Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards for 26 programs; Digital archive of zoning ordinance recognized Best in Category

Henrico County departments and agencies have earned 26 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an electronic library that chronicles changes to the zoning ordinance since its initial adoption in 1933.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards Sunday, July 13 at the 2014 NACo annual conference in New Orleans. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, parks and recreation, health, and human services.

Henrico’s 26 awards are the most of any county in Virginia for the ninth consecutive year and the fourth most nationally, behind Maricopa County, Ariz.; San Diego County, Calif.; and San Bernardino County, Calif. Each of those counties has at least 2 million residents, compared with Henrico’s about 318,000 residents. Henrico submitted 33 programs for awards.

“Henrico County employees perform exceptional work every day on behalf of our residents and businesses,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “The NACo awards reflect a commitment to public service within Henrico General Government and Henrico County Public Schools. Our employees are prepared to lead and encouraged to innovate in ways that help us provide the highest quality services at the lowest cost.”

The Department of Planning won an Achievement Award and a Best in Category honor for its Zoning Ordinance Digital Library, a searchable electronic archive of the county’s zoning ordinance.

With three spreadsheet indexes, the Zoning Ordinance Digital Library allows county staff to quickly research the zoning ordinance that was in effect at any point in its evolution. Such research, which can be helpful in determining the rights associated with the development and use of a particular property, previously required days sorting through worn, incomplete and poorly indexed paper copies of nearly 80 years of zoning ordinance records. Completed in 2012, the Zoning Ordinance Digital Library is updated with each amendment to the zoning ordinance.

Henrico has earned 524 NACo awards since 1985. Henrico’s awards in 2014 recognize the efforts of 11 general government departments as well as Henrico County Public Schools. The Division of Fire received or shared seven awards, more than any other county department or agency. The Department of Human Resources earned at least one award for the 28th consecutive year, a feat unmatched by any other human resources agency in the country.

Henrico’s award-wining programs and their submitting agencies are listed below. Detailed descriptions of the programs are available online at henrico.us/manager/programs/naco-awards.

  • After the Fire Program, Division of Fire
  • Relaunch of the Henrico Fire Safety House, Division of Fire
  • Central Virginia EMS Expo, Division of Fire
  • Intelligent Response: Data-Driven Fire Hazard Evaluation, Division of Fire
  • The Basic Special Services School, Division of Fire
  • Work Performance Evaluation, Division of Fire
  • Preparing for the Future: Promotional Process Feedback Program, Department of Human Resources, Division of Fire
  • Community Garden and Fresh Market: Growing a Service Learning Initiative, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Family Engagement through Family Advocates, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Wilder Middle School College Readiness Center, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Google Apps for Education, Henrico County Public Schools
  • School Forms Go Paperless, Henrico County Public Schools
  • From School Clinic Attendants to Licensed Practical Nurses, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Employment Readiness Program, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
  • The Weight Management Program, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
  • Crisis Intervention Team Crisis Receiving Center, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services
  • Reimagine Training: Learning Through Conversations, Department of Human Resources
  • Police Division Fitness and Wellness Program, Department of Human Resources, Division of Police
  • Central Station, Virginia Center Commons, Division of Police
  • ESL Conversation Café, Henrico County Public Library
  • Transition from Bookmobile to Mobile Library Service, Henrico County Public Library
  • Online Construction Document Management System, Department of Finance
  • Zoning Ordinance Digital Library, Department of Planning
  • It’s Your Decision: Meals Tax Referendum Public Information Campaign, Department of Public Relations & Media Services
  • Who is Littering Henrico County?, Department of Public Utilities
  • Standing Water Initiative Mobile Application, Department of Public Works, Department of Information Technology

July 4 Holiday Schedule

Henrico County General Government offices, courts and libraries will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Refuse will not be collected Friday, July 4. Pickup is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday. Public use areas (landfills) will be CLOSED on Friday and will re-open Saturday at 7:30 am.

Henrico recognizes attractive residential, business properties

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee has selected the winners in its annual awards program that recognizes residential and business properties that are attractively landscaped and maintained.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize the 10 recipients of the 2014 Land Lover and Clean Business awards during its meeting Tuesday, June 24. The recipients, who represent a residential and a commercial property from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts, also will be commended on signs placed at their properties.

The winners of the Land Lover award for residential properties are Linda Stephens of the Brookland District, Valerie Dingle of the Fairfield District, Marilyn Wayland of the Three Chopt District, Cheryl and Allyn Janney Jr. of the Tuckahoe District, and Debbie and Doyle Deaton of the Varina District.

The winners of the Clean Business award are Goodwill Industries, 6202 W. Broad St. in Brookland; Strange’s Florist, 3313 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Fairfield; Wawa, 11052 W. Broad St. in Three Chopt; Bon Secours Medical Facility at Reynolds Crossing, 7001 Forest Ave. in Tuckahoe; and Kingsland Reach Marina, 9680 Osborne Turnpike in Varina.

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee has presented the awards annually since 1995 to promote high standards for property maintenance. To be eligible for the Land Lover award, residents must perform their own landscaping and lawn care. Nominees for either award must participate in a recycling program, such as composting, curbside pickup or drop-off service.

Photos of winning properties will be posted online after Tuesday’s meeting at henrico.us/utility/keep-henrico-beautiful/awards/.