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Henrico seeks names from public for proposed animal adoption center

Ideas can be submitted online at NameTheShelter.com through August 31st.

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Henrico residents are invited to suggest names for an animal adoption center that is one of several proposed capital projects included in a countywide bond referendum that voters will consider as part of the 2022 general election.

Individuals can share their naming ideas at NameTheShelter.com through Aug. 31. The top choices will be made available for a public vote online in September. Individuals can follow the progress of the naming campaign on the Henrico County Government accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

County officials, joined by representatives from the Henrico Humane Society, announced the effort today in a press briefing outside the dog park at Short Pump Park.

Three Chopt District Supervisor Tommy Branin noted that the center would care for dogs, cats and other companion animals until they have been adopted into a “forever home.”

“We have a great plan for an animal adoption center, but we don’t have a name for it, and that’s where our residents come in,” Branin said. “We encourage everyone to go to NameTheShelter.com and submit your best name.”

The animal adoption center is part of a package of more than $500 million in county capital projects — including new and renovated schools, parks, and fire stations and public safety facilities — that county voters will consider for funding in the upcoming bond referendum. Voters will decide whether to fund projects in four categories. The animal adoption center, proposed for funding at $15 million, is included in the public safety facilities category. Absentee voting for the general election begins on Friday, Sept. 23; Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Melissa Golden of the Henrico Humane Society said that the center could help eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals in the community.

“If you’ve ever experienced the companionship and unconditional love of a dog or a cat, you understand the value of this life-saving effort,” Golden said.

Branin added that should voters approve funding for the project in the bond referendum, the county plans to construct the center and then turn it over to a private partner to operate it.

“This project will become the latest example of how Henrico County cultivates public-private partnerships to provide the highest level of service and efficiency for our residents and taxpayers,” he said.

Names for the animal adoption center can be submitted at NameTheShelter.com. Information about the county’s 2022 bond referendum is available at henrico.us/bonds.

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Crime

Richmond Police identify 83-year-old victim struck and killed by vehicle outside Libbie Market

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

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From Richmond Police:

The Richmond Police Crash Team has identified the individual who died after being injured in a collision in a parking lot on Libbie Avenue as John Busch, 83, of Richmond.

At approximately 8:15 a.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Libbie Avenue, in the parking lot of Libbie Market, for the report of a person struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and found a male, Busch, down and injured in the parking lot of a business after having been struck by a vehicle in the lot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene and interviewed the driver and witnesses. The investigation is ongoing. Investigators have not placed charges at this time.

Anyone with further information about this collision is asked to contact RPD Crash Team Sergeant D. Cuffley at (804) 646-3135.

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HCPS hosting job fair at Libbie Mill Library this Saturday

Candidates for bus drivers, nutrition services staff members, teachers, substitute teachers and temporary instructional assistants will be sought.

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Stop by a job fair Oct. 8 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and learn more about opportunities with Henrico County Public Schools. The Saturday event will be held at the Libbie Mill Area Library. The school division is seeking candidates for bus drivers, nutrition services staff members, teachers, substitute teachers and temporary instructional assistants.

Can’t make it? No worries. Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Check out benefits and apply ahead of time at www.henricoschools.us/careers/.

It all takes place Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Libbie Mill Area Library, 2100 Libbie Lake E St.

Candidates for bus drivers, nutrition services staff members, teachers, substitute teachers and temporary instructional assistants will be sought.

The school division is offering newly hired bus drivers a bonus of up to $3,000, paid in installments throughout the year, when they join the transportation team. HCPS has also offered new safe driver and attendance incentives to drivers already on staff. Extended full-time contracts for up to 219 days are available for candidates interested in working during the summer.

Don’t worry if you don’t have bus driving experience — if you’re a qualified driver candidate, you’ll be paid as you train.

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; be able to obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and a drug test.

Contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 to learn more.

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Business

Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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