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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Absentee Voting is Open for the March 3 Democratic Primary Election
The Democratic Party of Virginia will hold a primary for President on Tuesday, March 3 to select their delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

If you plan to participate and would like to vote absentee, absentee votes can be cast through Saturday, Feb. 29 . You can vote in person at the Chesterfield Registrar's office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the registrar's office at 804-748-1471 if you would like to vote absentee by mail or apply online for a Virginia absentee ballot.

The Republican Party of Virginia will not hold a primary on Tuesday, March 3 and will select their delegates to the 2020 Republican National Convention through district and state conventions.

For more information, visit PromoteTheVoteCfield.org.
Topping Out Ceremony Marks Construction Milestone for New Arts and Education Center
Last week, Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Cultural Arts Foundation (CCAF) celebrated the next milestone in the construction of the Baxter Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education at the Topping Out of the Steel Ceremony. Topping Out is a time honored tradition when a final beam is placed atop a structure, signaling the completion of the building's framework.
As part of the ceremony, students from Thomas Dale High School signed the names of all 62 Chesterfield County public schools on the beam. Carrie Brockwell, a student at Matoaca Middle School, sang as the beam was lifted by crane from the Village Green and placed onto the structure.

Following the ceremony, Friends of the Chesterfield Library hosted a reception inside the Chester Library.
The Perkinson Center will offer a professional children's theatre in the Jimmy Dean theatre, a touring educational theatre, performing and visual arts camps and classes and the Baxter and Elaine Perkinson Gallery, a visual arts resource center showcasing the finest work of local and national artists at all levels of experience.

For more information, read the full news release.
My Chesterfield Academy is
Accepting Applications for 2020 Session
Chesterfield County, in partnership with the Asian and Latino Solidarity Alliance of Central Virginia (ALSACV), has announced that applications are now open for the 2020 session of My Chesterfield Academy. The program, which began in 2019 as the first of its kind in Virginia, is designed to empower residents, especially those from multicultural communities, to understand and navigate Chesterfield County's government as well as other community resources.

Over the course of the program, participants will explore how their local government works, learn how to resolve issues, learn how to obtain information and resources, tour county facilities and meet with government and school leaders.
This year's academy will take place over seven sessions, beginning on April 30 and continuing May 14, May 28, June 11, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.

All sessions take place on Thursdays from 3:30-8:30 p.m. and dinner will be provided during each session.
Applications for the 2020 academy will be accepted through Friday, March 20. For more information, visit the My Chesterfield Academy webpage , or email MCA@chesterfield.gov .
Board of Supervisors Approve Changes to the Curbside Recycling Program
At the Board of Supervisors work session last week, changes were proposed and approved to Chesterfield's curbside recycling program. At the request of leadership, the program underwent an evaluation process and a new fee model was recommended to ensure the program would be sustainable until the end of its contract in 2023.

The fee is comprised of four elements: hauling and collection; public relations and education; customer service; and materials processing. Due to increased processing costs, there will be a $15 raise in annual fees ($1.25 per month, $40 total annually) and the county will be transitioning to an opt-in model for participants. This fee will be revisited in the future based on the number of participants. Citizens who are currently enrolled in the program are still able to opt-out, if desired.

Watch the presentation by the Department of General Services for more information.
Do You Know About the RVA Basics?
Did you know that 80 percent of brain growth happens during the first three years of life? RVA Basics wants to make the most of that important time to help kids get their best start in life. It provides parents and caregivers with five fun, simple and powerful ways to encourage healthy development in children up to age three:
Everyday interactions between children, their parents and other caregivers provide valuable opportunities to give children their best start. For more information and tips on incorporating the basics into you and your child's daily activities, visit the RVA Basics website .
Don't Be an Accidental Drug Dealer - Chesterfield is Offering Free Medication Disposal Pouches
Through the month of March, Chesterfield County is promoting safe storage and disposal of expired and unused medications through its "Don't Be An Accidental Drug Dealer" initiative .

Nearly 61 percent of people ages 12 and older who misuse prescription pain medications obtain them from a friend or family member, which is why it's important to dispose of expired or unused medications properly.

Residents can pick up a free medication disposal pouch from any Chesterfield County public library, while supplies last. They can also drop-off unwanted medications at the disposal kiosk at the Chesterfield County Police Department Headquarters at 10001 Iron Bridge Road.
Adoptable Pet Spotlight: Meet Maggie!
With the help of  Chesterfield County Animal Services , we're excited to highlight an adoptable pet in need of a loving home.
Maggie is the smartest pup around! She knows how to sit, shake and is excellent at catching treats all the way across the room.

She is very attentive to people and always aims to please. When meeting another dog, she did very well.

Maggie is a pitbull mix and is approximately 3 years old. She would do best in a home without small children. Animal #559376
If you're  interested in adopting   Maggie, visit the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter, 9300 Public Works Road, with a current Virginia driver's license or picture identification with current address and adoption fees in check or cash. Keep an eye on the  Chesterfield County Animal Services Facebook page  for more adoptable pet announcements!
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