A free health and safety fair will take place Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 5155 Ironbridge Road, North Chesterfield.
In addition to organizations providing information and materials, there will be free health and hearing screenings, vision checks and eyeglass adjustments. Participants must call the office to schedule their free hearing screening.
The morning also will include three speakers offering the following programs:
- 9:30 a.m. : Outsmarting Investment Fraud and Senior Fraud
- 10:20 a.m. : County Programs and Resources for Older Adults
- 11:10 a.m. : Personal Safety
This health fair is free and is open to all ages. To register for a hearing appointment, call 804-768-7878 or email Leidheiserd@chesterfield.gov.
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Residents of Chesterfield County are invited to attend an informational meeting about four county programs on Wednesday, April 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield.
A panel will discuss each of the following programs in which residents may participate: Community Emergency Response Teams, Citizens Fire Academy, Police Citizens Academy and the Senior Ambassador Program.
Learn about these programs, available resources and ways to serve the community. For more information, or to register, call 804-768-7878.
This event is sponsored by Chesterfield Triad, which works to enhance the quality of life for, and reduce crime against, senior citizens in the county. For more information about Chesterfield Triad, contact either the Chesterfield County Office of the Senior Advocate at 804-768-7878or Leidheiserd@chesterfield.gov, or the Sheriff’s Office at 717-6266 or Taylorla@chesterfield.gov.
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, a program of Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services, will be holding a diaper drive during March to assist families in need.
“Providing basic necessities such as diapers can be a challenge for struggling families. This diaper drive will support first-time parents enrolled in the Families First program as they continue on their journey to becoming stronger parents,” Andelicia Neville, Families First program coordinator, said. “Stronger families create stronger communities.”
The following sites will collect unopened packages of diapers during regular business hours: Chesterfield Health Department, Women, Infants and Children program sites, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, and 302 Turner Road, North Chesterfield, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and all Chesterfield County Public Libraries, except the Bon Air branch, which is closed for renovations. For library locations and hours, visit library.chesterfield.gov/screens/branches.html, or call 748-1601.
Families First 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.
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Chesterfield County Environmental Engineering, in cooperation with the James River Soil and Water Conservation District and the Chesterfield County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, will hold three workshops this spring to teach people how to build rain barrels.
Two workshops will be held Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and two more on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Each will last about two hours. Participants in each workshop will learn about water conservation and be able to take home the rain barrels they build.
The workshops fill up fast, so those wanting to participate should pick the date and time that works best for them and register early. For more information, contact Lorne Field at 804-748-1920.
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Chesterfield County invites interested college juniors, seniors or graduate students to apply for a 2014 summer internship that will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge in how local government departments and agencies operate.
The program is a 12-week unpaid internship that will give students an opportunity to gain college credit and valuable work experience, all while being a part of serving a community.
Through the internship program, which runs from May 15 to August 15, students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of what it is like to work in local government. Students will gain professional experience in their assigned county department, develop a comprehensive perspective on the mission and vision of Chesterfield County, and opportunities for networking and professional development.
By Sam Walser:
The Lewis G. Larus Park is 106.5 acres of beautiful wooded walking and biking trails that Bon Air residents could be missing out on, because they may not know it exists.
Originally established in 2006 (though the city has owned the property since 1978), the majority of the park resides in the area between Huguenot Road, Chippenham Parkway and Stony Point Fashion Mall.
My wife and I are Bon Air residents who were completely unaware of the park until a few days ago. As soon as we heard about it, we decided to walk the trail over the weekend, and we could not have been more pleased that we did.
On the way there, we saw the “Lewis G. Larus Park” sign on the corner of Stony Point Parkway and Huguenot Road. Neither of us had ever noticed it before, even though we travel through that intersection multiple times a week.
The Chesterfield County School Board last night unanimously adopted its FY 2015 budget of $564,986,400. The budget provides for reducing class sizes in targeted schools, opening a second technical center, accommodating increased student enrollment and increasing remedial education. The budget also includes a 1 percent salary increase for employees and restores academic and athletic supplements.
The approved budget is about $3 million less than the budget proposed by Superintendent Marcus Newsome on Jan. 28. The School Board and staff members held two budget work sessions, spoke with community and school groups and worked with the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and the Superintendent’s Budget Advisory Committee to determine where to cut positions and programs, update revenue estimates and increase fees to achieve a balanced budget.
Here are where the cuts were made from the proposed budget: