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NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website. > Read more.

Henrico Police investigating suspicious death

UPDATE: SEPT. 17, 10 A.M. – Henrico Police are investigating what they are terming a suspicious death this morning.

At about 7:35 a.m. today, officers responded to the 2400 block of Byron Street, half a block east of Mechanicsville Turnpike and several blocks south of Laburnum Avenue, after a citizen had called 911 to report observing an adult male lying on the side of the road. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and declared the male deceased at the scene. The cause of death is unknown. > Read more.

Accreditation woes for HCPS

28 of county's 66 schools miss the state's mark
Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status. > Read more.

Goodwill, Thalhimer partner to help job-seekers ‘Suit Up’

Goodwill and Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are partnering for their inaugural professional clothing drive, a program called SUIT UP.

Through the program, Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s corporate headquarters at 11100 West Broad Street in Short Pump will be collecting gently-used business clothing for the next five weeks. An external dropbox is on location, and local residents are encouraged to make donations.

The partnership between Goodwill, which has helped people in Central Virginia with job-training, support and opportunities for more than 90 years, and Thalhimer, which has operated in the market for more than 100 years, was a natural fit, officials with both companies said. > Read more.

Fairfield MS student market now offering fall hours


Fairfield Middle School’s student-run Community Garden Market is adding fall hours. The market is now open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located adjacent to the school at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Henrico County, the market offers fresh, affordable, organically grown produce cultivated by Fairfield students. Grants from Lowe’s, Home Depot, VCU and the Henrico Education Foundation helped fund the project, which aims to educate students and improve community access to healthy food.

“About 4,000 homes in the Fairfield area are on monthly food assistance. There’s a huge need for food security,” said Amanda Hall, coordinator of the garden market and a former Fairfield science teacher. > Read more.

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Community

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

Commonwealth Parenting, CMoR-Short Pump to present 6-part parenting forum series

As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.

Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.

"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

When the cliche stands tall

Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.

It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).

Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.

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