July 2, 2019
Contact: Veta Herbaugh, Executive Assistant, Henrico County Board of Supervisors, (804) 501-4208, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuckahoe Town Meeting on July 15 to explain Police officer roles
Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will host a Tuckahoe Town Meeting on Monday, July 15 to explain the various roles of officers assigned to the Henrico County Police Division.
The meeting will highlight the difference between community officers, school resource officers and traffic enforcement officers.
The meeting will be held at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, with sessions at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Residents who are unable to attend may participate via a livestream on the Henrico County Government YouTube channel: youtu.be/zUxJRCsspLM for the 1 p.m. session and youtu.be/4UwHDBNdmHU for the 6:30 p.m. session.
For more information, call (804) 501-4208 or go to patobannon.com.
June 27, 2019
Contact: Laura S. Totty, Executive Director, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services, (804) 727-8585, email@example.com
Henrico dedicates Mental Health & Developmental Services East Center
Facility on Nine Mile Road offers more space and an efficient, ‘trauma-informed’ design
Henrico officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MHDS) East Center, a facility designed to offer a range of mental health, substance abuse, early intervention and same-day access services to residents in a three-county area.
The $10 million, 30,735-square-foot East Center, at 3908 Nine Mile Road, is replacing a clinic about half its size in leased space on Laburnum Avenue. MHDS serves adults experiencing the effects of — or who are at risk for — mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance-use disorders and children with developmental delay in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent counties.
The new facility is “another significant investment in our community,” Board of Supervisors Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson said.
“The East Center represents Henrico’s continuing commitment to enhance and expand services for all of our residents,” Nelson said.
The East Center features a medical unit with psychiatric and primary health care services, nurses’ offices, exam rooms and a pharmacy; a larger lobby and registration area; a children’s waiting area with toys and books; state-of-the-art telecommunications including telehealth services; and 5,000 square feet of unfinished space to accommodate future growth. The building has been constructed to attain Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Officials noted the East Center is designed for efficiency, as offices that typically serve the most clients have been located closest to the registration area. The facility has a “trauma-informed design,” including a water feature in the lobby, blue and green interior colors, and an outside seating area with flowers and trees. The design is intended to create a welcoming, calming atmosphere for clients, officials said.
“Henrico is thrilled to open another beautiful public facility in the east end of the county, but we are more excited about the impact this center will have on those who enter its doors,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said.
Dr. Jessica Brown, chairperson of the MHDS Board, noted the current frequency of news reports on addiction, mental health and related topics. She recognized the significance of the efforts of mental health professionals.
“(MHDS) has a proven track record of providing evidence-based care that addresses the needs of the community,” Brown said. “The opening of the new East Center…sends a clear message to the surrounding area — Henrico County is committed to being on the cutting edge of providing quality mental health services to as many people as possible.”
The East Center, which employs a staff of 95, is expected to serve initially about 1,100 clients a month.
June 25, 2019
Contact: Megan Brown, Executive Coordinator, Keep Henrico Beautiful, (804) 501-7277, firstname.lastname@example.org
Henrico salutes owners of exceptional residential, business properties
The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee has selected the winners of its annual awards program that honors properties that are beautifully landscaped and highlight best practices for soil and water conservation and garden habitats.
The Henrico County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 25 recognized each magisterial district’s winner of the Land Lover Award and the countywide winner of the Clean Business Award.
In the awards program’s 24th year, the Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee also presented the Appreciation Award to the ORBIT program of the Henrico Sheriff’s Office. ORBIT, which stands for Opiate Recovery by Intensive Tracking, is a voluntary substance-abuse recovery program that allows inmates to perform groundskeeping and other beautification work at county facilities.
The winners of the Land Lover award for residential properties are Dr. Locke and Rebecca Taylor of the Brookland District, Royal and Deborah Harris of the Fairfield District, the Nagi family of the Three Chopt District, the Vernon family of the Tuckahoe District and the Cable family of the Varina District.
The winner of the Clean Business Award is Fareva Richmond, Inc., at 2248 Darbytown Road.
The awards, presented annually since 1995, recognize home and business properties that are attractively landscaped, well-maintained and litter-free.
To be eligible for a Land Lover Award, residents must perform their own landscaping and lawn care. Nominees for a Land Lover or Clean Business award must participate in an ongoing recycling program, such as composting, curbside pickup or drop-off service.
All nominees are encouraged to follow best practices for water quality and soil health. These may include the use of rain barrels, rain gardens or solar panels, as well as participation in the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program through the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District and the SMART Lawns program of the Henrico office of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
June 19, 2019
Contact: Victoria Davis, Public Relations Specialist, Henrico County Public Relations & Media Services, (804) 501-4933, email@example.com
Henrico wins NACo awards for 27 government, school programs
Henrico County’s general government departments and Henrico County Public Schools have earned a combined 27 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for innovative programs and initiatives.
The 27 awards stemmed from 32 entries for 2019 and are the most of any county in Virginia for the 14th consecutive year. Henrico’s total is the seventh most nationally, behind San Bernardino County, Calif.; Los Angeles County, Calif.; San Diego County, Calif.; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Montgomery County, Md.; and Maricopa County, Ariz. Those counties have populations between 1 million and 10 million residents; Henrico has about 330,000 residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
NACo will present the awards July 14 at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition in Clark County, Nev. The Achievement Awards program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 18 service categories, including children and youth, county administration and management, libraries, risk and emergency management, and human services.
“Henrico’s outstanding performance in the NACo Achievement Awards program year after year provides another metric that places the county among the finest and best-governed communities in the country,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Every day, our employees are challenged to solve problems through creativity and innovation and to provide excellent customer service to residents and others in the community. The NACo awards show how our workforce is meeting these challenges head on.”
Henrico has earned 655 NACo awards since 1985. The awards in 2019 recognize the work of six general government departments and Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS). HCPS collected 13 awards; Henrico County Public Library, four; Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and the Division of Fire, three apiece; the Department of Community Revitalization, two; and James River Juvenile Detention Center and the Department of Planning, one apiece.
Henrico’s award-winning programs and their submitting agencies are listed below.
• “Youth Experiencing Healing Through the Arts,” James River Juvenile Detention Center
• “Opiate Jail Diversion,” Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS)
• “Reducing Re-hospitalization Rates: Same Place Access,” MH/DS
• “Life Enrichment for those Aging with Developmental Disabilities,” MH/DS
• “Highland Springs Historic District Website,” Community Revitalization
• “Vacant Housing Tracker,” Community Revitalization
• “Caregivers Kits,” Henrico County Public Library (HCPL)
• “Closing the Distance Between Us,” HCPL
• “Music and Memory,” HCPL
• “Sensory Storytime,” HCPL
• “Route 5 Corridor Study Public Engagement Portal,” Planning
• “Basic Life Support Transport Program,” Fire
• “Firefighter Individual Record of Exposures (FIRE) Program,” Fire
• “Fiscal Program Appraisals,” Fire
• “Tech the Halls: Reaching Our Community with a Holiday Event,” Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS)
• “Building Book Nooks, Building Community Literacy,” HCPS
• “3-Es of K-12 Education: Enrolled, Enlisted, and/or Employed,” HCPS
• “A Conference Room Renovation Meets Needs of Students and Their School,” HCPS
• “Driven for Success: A New Kind of Open House,” HCPS
• “Learning Carpentry While Supporting a Local Elementary School,” HCPS
• “Setting the Bar High: CTE Letter-of-Intent Signing Day,” HCPS
• “A Practical Nursing School Collaborates for a Healthier Community,” HCPS
• “Helping First Responders and Visitors Find Their Way,” HCPS
• “Specialty Center Partnership Shares Expertise,” HCPS
• “Partnership with Roofing Professionals Gives Students a Broader Career View,” HCPS
• “Making Peer Socialization a SNAP,” HCPS
• “#TheALEXProject,” HCPS
June 14, 2019
Mark Brickey, Rapid Response Coordinator, Virginia Employment Commission, (804) 393-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Brian K. Davis, Executive Director, Capital Region Workforce Partnership, (804) 652-3220, email@example.com
Job fair set for June 21 following Colortree plant closure
Virginia Career Works-Capital Region and its network of partners will hold a job fair and resource event Friday, June 21 following the closure of the Colortree Group printing plant in Henrico County.
Dozens of local companies have contacted local workforce and economic development agencies in hopes of hiring some of the 240 employees displaced by the plant closure. The job fair is open to all job seekers, not just those formerly employed by Colortree.
The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community College Workforce Alliance’s Workforce Development & Conference Center at Reynolds Community College, 1651 E. Parham Road.
“The fact that our region’s employers are reaching out to recruit these individuals has been very encouraging,” said Brian Davis, executive director of the Capital Region Workforce Partnership. “It’s a testament to our business community and the Richmond region’s business climate, as well as the strength of the relationships within our workforce system.”
Employers interested in registering for the fair are encouraged to contact the Virginia Employment Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 652-3233.
Virginia Career Works-Capital Region assists individuals with unemployment compensation, conducts workshops on résumé writing and interviewing skills, and provides other support for job readiness. It also offers grant-funded training toward certifications in high-demand occupations, helps participants obtain and keep health care, and provides other assistance. For more information, go to vcwcapital.com.
Davis applauded local employers for stepping up to help the displaced workers and other job seekers.
“We are committed to serving our stakeholders on all sides of workforce development issues such as this,” he said. “The ‘supply’ and the ‘demand’ sides of employment both spoke, and we listened.”
June 13, 2019
Contact: Linda McBride Master Gardener,
(804) 672-7433, email@example.com
Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension,
Henrico County Master Gardeners to hold butterfly festival and plant sale
Henrico County Master Gardeners will hold a butterfly festival and plant sale from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Short Pump Park, 3329 Pump Road.
Henrico Master Gardeners will answer questions and lead tours of the park’s Pollinator Garden, which attracts butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, songbirds, bees and other pollinators.
Children’s activities will include crafts, planting seeds, coloring and a caterpillar crawl tunnel.
Master Gardeners will sell plants, including milkweed, parsley, fennel and purple coneflowers, that attract butterflies. Proceeds will support maintenance and expanded programming at the Pollinator Garden. Junior Master Gardeners will sell garden gloves to support their programs.
Master Gardeners are volunteers who act as educators within the community on behalf of the Henrico office of Virginia Cooperative Extension. They receive training in environmental horticulture through programming with Virginia Cooperative Extension. Information about how to become a Master Gardener will be available at the butterfly festival. For more information, go to henrico.us/extension.
June 11, 2019
Contact: Pam Kempf, Marketing Specialist, Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks, (804) 501-5149, firstname.lastname@example.org
Henrico’s Red, White and Lights celebration to return to Dorey Park on July 4, Independence Day event to again feature Richmond Symphony, fireworks
Henrico County will present its annual Red, White and Lights community celebration of Independence Day on Thursday, July 4 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road.
The free event, produced by the Division of Recreation and Parks, will begin at 4 p.m. and provide an evening of family entertainment, including a performance by the Richmond Symphony and fireworks with a light-show finale.
Henrico has organized a community celebration for Independence Day each year since 1981. This is the fourth year the county has partnered with the Richmond Symphony for an evening event and the second year that Red, White and Lights will be held at Dorey Park. To help with traffic flow, Henrico is constructing an additional road into the park from Darbytown on the property’s western side. The nearly half-mile road is expected to be completed by the end of June.
The Richmond Symphony will perform at 8 p.m. under The Big Tent, a state-of-the-art mobile stage that allows the orchestra to take its music into communities. As a grand finale, low-level fireworks and a light show will accompany the symphony’s performance.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and to arrive early to enjoy DJ Lonnie B, interactive crowd games and roving entertainment by juggler Jonathan Austin, Miss Sherri the Clown and Uncle Sam on Stilts. A carnival-style family fun zone, with games and inflatables for children and their families, will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Kelli Lemon, RVA’s “social entrepreneur” and a personality for Radio One Richmond, will serve as emcee for the evening. Food trucks also will be onsite to provide a meal or snack.
In addition to Independence Day, Red, White and Lights will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of Henrico Recreation and Parks and the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan of Virginia Tourism. The event will include an area where attendees can share what they love about Henrico and Virginia, with a special photo opportunity, giveaways and more.
June 8, 2019
Contact: Neil Luther, Director, Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks, (804) 501-5119, email@example.com
Henrico kicks off construction on cricket field at Deep Run Park
Henrico County held a ground-breaking ceremony today to commemorate the start of construction on a cricket field at Deep Run Park.
Crews started site work this month on a $648,900 project to renovate three existing multipurpose fields to create a cricket field that includes a clay pitch and meets the standards of the International Cricket Council. The playing fields are currently terraced, with each measuring 180 feet by 330 feet.
“Deep Run Park is truly one of the jewels of the Henrico County parks system and a great location for cricket,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Tommy M. Branin, who represents the Three Chopt District, where the park is located. “Cricket is not just a game; it is a community and family event. The idea here is to create a community feel for everyone.”
In addition to regrading the site, the 7-acre project will install a new natural grass surface and an irrigation system. It also will upgrade walkways and paths; install cricket batting cages; provide grassy, banked seating; and include storm water drainage and other improvements. Construction is expected to be finished in September. The new field also will accommodate soccer and other activities. Deep Run is located at 9900 Ridgefield Parkway.
Henrico officials initially discussed constructing a cricket field at Deep Run as projects were being planned for the 2016 bond referendum. Officials ultimately decided to accelerate the project, with the Board of Supervisors awarding a contract for construction in May.
In addition to Deep Run, Henrico has cricket fields at Holladay Elementary School, Dunncroft/Castle Point Park and Capital Park. The field at Holladay is expected to close in September as part of construction to expand the school. The field at Dunncroft/Castle Point is slated to undergo improvements beginning this winter through next June.
June 6, 2019
Contact: Ed Olsen, Associate Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources/Horticulture, Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, (804) 501-5160, firstname.lastname@example.org
Henrico Extension opens enrollment for SMART Lawns program
The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting enrollments in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.
For a $30 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 — which emphasize basic steps for lawn care.
Extension encourages enrollment now to ensure plans will be in place for the fall, which is the most critical season for lawn care. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Aug. 15. Go to henrico.us/extension/services to download an application or call (804) 501-5160.