March 21, 2017
CONTACT: Patricia Conway, Community Relations Coordinator, Henrico County Public Library
PHONE: (804) 501-1906
Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library
Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.
Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility. Sessions are scheduled for the following times and locations.
- Tuesday, March 28, Fairfield Area Library: 2 p.m., focus on older patrons; 5 p.m., focus on teenagers; 7 p.m., general meeting.
- Wednesday, March 29, Fairfield Area Library: 11 a.m., focus on parents and caregivers of young children.
- Wednesday, March 29, Eastern Henrico Recreation Center: 7 p.m., general meeting.
- Saturday, April 1, Fairfield Area Library: 10 a.m., general meeting.
Henrico voters approved $24 million in funding for a new Fairfield Area Library in November’s bond referendum. Design work is expected to be completed in March 2018, with construction getting underway later that year. Construction is expected wrap up in 2019.
March 15, 2017
CONTACT: Anthony J. Romanello, Deputy County Manager for Administration
PHONE: (804) 501-4288
Registration for 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy opens March 20
Henrico residents can experience county operations and services firsthand at the 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May. Registration opens Monday, March 20 at connect.henricorecandparks.com.
The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 20 to May 25. The academy is open to 35 residents age 18 or older.
In addition to registering online, residents can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.
The weekly sessions, which are led by county officials and staff, are designed to give participants a comprehensive look at Henrico operations and the range of programs and services the county offers. Classes are held at a different county facility each week and typically feature a presentation and discussion, facility tours, equipment demonstrations and other activities. Topics cover community and economic development; human services; public safety; libraries; finance; recreation and parks; and schools.
Academy graduates will have opportunities to participate in future county activities and will be encouraged to stay engaged with their community.
For more information, call (804) 501-4370 or email email@example.com.
March 6, 2017
CONTACT: Charlotte Whitten, Executive Assistant, Henrico County Board of Supervisors
PHONE: (804) 501-4208
Fairfield meeting March 13 to discuss opioid crisis, General Assembly session
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, March 13 to discuss the opioid crisis and the 2017 General Assembly session.
Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP, Henrico Health Director Susan Fischer Davis and others to examine the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction. Thornton also has invited members of the General Assembly to provide an overview of the recently concluded legislative session.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. For information, call (804) 501-4208.
March 1, 2017
CONTACT: Tamra R. McKinney, Director of Public Relations & Media Services, Henrico County
PHONE: (804) 501-4257
Henrico communications survey gets underway; Harrisonburg firm will call 500 residents in each district through early April
Henrico County has started a telephone survey of residents to better understand how they get news and information about the county and its programs and services.
The research firm Responsive Management of Harrisonburg will survey 500 residents in each of the county’s five magisterial districts by calling land lines and cell phones. If chosen at random for the survey, a resident’s caller ID will likely indicate Responsive Management from the area code 540, although it also may show “not available.” The survey is expected to take approximately 10 minutes.
“If you’re called, please agree to participate,” said Tamra R. McKinney, director of Public Relations & Media Services. “This survey will help us better understand the best ways to communicate with residents. The media landscape has changed dramatically since our last survey in 2004, and it continues to evolve with both traditional media and new media platforms. We want to make sure we are reaching residents in ways that suit their busy lives.”
The survey will ask residents about their preference of independent media outlets, including newspapers, television and radio news. It also will ask about the county’s official information sources, including henrico.us, Henrico County Television and social media accounts. The survey is expected to conclude in early April.