Chesterfield County Animal Control launches ‘Free Ride Home’ program for lost pets

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The Chesterfield County Police Department’s Animal Control Unit has launched a new program to reconnect lost dogs and cats with their owners quickly. The Free Ride Home program means that animal control officers are providing a free ride home to any dog or cat carrying a tag that displays its owner’s information.

Personalized ID tags, county dog licenses and microchips are the best ways for lost pets to be quickly reunited with their owners. Animal control officers who pick up a wandering dog or cat with the appropriate information will attempt to contact the owner and transport the animal to its home, rather than to the animal shelter. Pet owners will get their lost dogs and cats back while reducing the number of animals admitted to the shelter.

Diaper Drive Great Success


More than 8,800 diapers were donated to assist families in need during the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, March Diaper Drive.

Andelicia Neville, Families First program coordinator, is thankful for the countless individuals and organizations that made donations at any branch of the Chesterfield County Public Library, Colonial Heights Public Library, county WIC sites, Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services, Chester Presbyterian Church, New Covenant Church, Chesterfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church or Matoaca United Methodist Church.

“We are truly delighted and grateful for the generosity of the Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights communities for making this diaper drive a tremendous success,” said Neville. “Now, we will be able to assist 65 families with diapering their babies.”

Families First, a program of Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services, is a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia that provides family support services to first-time parents to ensure their children become healthy, well-adjusted individuals who are ready to start school by age five.

Family programs offered at Mid-Lothian Mines Park on April 19th

Midlothian Mines Park

The Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering two family-friendly programs Saturday, April 19, at Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13301 North Woolridge Road. To register, call 804-748-1623 and mention the course number. For more information about the programs, call Bryan Truzzie at 751-4946 or email at

Midlothian Mines Park Tour (Course 27914)
Take a guided stroll through the park and learn more about the pioneer coal industry in Midlothian, one of the first commercial coal mine operations in North America. Learn about the first railroad, the need for transportation improvements and the impact that coal mining had on our region. Fee: $8
Saturday, April 19, 10-11 a.m.

Midlothian Mines Geocache Hunt (Course 27909)
Visit the site of one of the first commercial coal mines in North America. Explore the ruins of the Grove Shaft and learn about the coal mining history of Midlothian while searching for caches. Uncover clues to history while learning GPS skills. Garmin hand-held receivers will be provided. Fee: $10
Saturday, April 19, 2-4 p.m.

Social Services Job Fair scheduled for Friday, April 25


The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, together with the Chesterfield County Department of Human Resource Management, will have a job fair on Friday, April 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Smith-Wagner Building, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield.

The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services is hiring eligibility workers to help individuals and families in Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights get the financial and medical assistance they need. See a full description of the position.

Those interested are encouraged to submit their applications prior to the job fair, as qualified candidates will have the opportunity to be interviewed and offered positions on the spot. Applicants should bring resumes, valid driver’s licenses or current driving records if not Virginia residents, and lists of professional references. To learn more, visit

Chesterfield County Public Libraries offering Emergency Preparedness Workshops

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The Chesterfield County Public Library is offering a series of free emergency-preparedness workshops this month in observance of the 2014 National County Government Month theme, “Ready and Resilient: Prepare, Respond, Thrive.”

Chesterfield County Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management departments will conduct workshops to present tips and strategies designed to help prevent personal injury and how to prepare for and survive disasters, whether natural, man-made, accidental or criminal. Different topics will be discussed each week. Registration is required for each program. Register online at, or at any library branch.

Basic First Aid         

Tuesday, April 15, 7-8 p.m., Central Library

A certified instructor will teach basic first aid, such as wound cleansing and dressing, how to control bleeding, burn care, hand washing, what to include in a first-aid kit and how to use personal protective equipment while performing recovery functions.

Fraud and Identity Theft

Tuesday, April 22, 7-8 p.m., Midlothian Library

Chesterfield County police officer Mike Catron will discuss current fraud schemes, such as Internet and telephone scams, as well as identity theft and basic home security measures.

April is Hero River Month

James River Association

Homeowners living in the James River watershed can help protect local water quality and potentially save money by becoming a certified River Hero Home

April showers increase stormwater pollution in local streams and the James River. Homeowners can significantly reduce the amount of stormwater, chemicals and sediment that flows from their property into these waterways by becoming a certified River Hero Home.

“Even if you can’t see a river or stream from your home, your actions still impact the health of the James River, its tributaries, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay,” says Michelle Kokolis, Watershed Restoration Manager for the James River Association (JRA). “Many people don’t realize that much of the rain water that enters storm drains is not treated. It flows across yards and streets and directly into local waterways.”

This type of stormwater pollution poses the greatest threat to the health of the James River because it is the most widespread source of pollution. In particular, sediment, and nitrogen and phosphorus from lawn fertilizers cause widespread damage to the river ecosystem. JRA’s River Hero Homes program helps homeowners do their part to eliminate their home’s runoff.

To become a certified River Hero Home, JRA requires homeowners to install a “river-friendly practice,” such as adding a rain barrel to a downspout, installing pervious pavers or constructing a rain garden, as well as following some simple everyday actions to reduce pollution. These actions, which include picking up after pets, reducing lawn fertilizer use, maintaining septic systems or planting native plants, may seem trivial, but when adopted on a wide scale, can have a significant impact on local water quality.

Kindergarten registration day is April 10

Kindergarten registration

Throughout central Virginia, April 10 is the date to register children for kindergarten.

Every Chesterfield County elementary school will register incoming kindergartners 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 10, so parents should take their children to the elementary school they are zoned to attend. To find the correct school, parents may call 318-8743 or go online to and click “find my school” in the parents section.

Kindergarten is a full-day program offered in every Chesterfield County elementary school. A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 to attend kindergarten for the  2014-15 school year.

Children should come with their parents on April 10 for a brief evaluation. Parents must bring the child’s certified original birth certificate; the child’s Social Security number is requested. To attend Chesterfield County Public Schools, children must reside in Chesterfield County with a parent or legal guardian, so parents must also bring to registration their photo ID and one of these proofs of residency:

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