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Virginia Department of Health establishes Ebola hotline, online resources

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) opened an Ebola hotline Tuesday to help answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information to Virginians.

The number – 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Virginia’s 211 Call Center will be handling the calls using frequently asked questions (FAQs) developed by VDH.

“Virginians are understandably concerned about their risk of catching Ebola,” said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine. > Read more.

St. Gertrude to build ‘field of dreams’ in Henrico

It took nearly a century, but the St. Gertrude High School “Gertie Girls” will finally have fields of their own – and a presence in Henrico County.

At a fundraising campaign kick-off held April 28, parents, students, alumnae and friends of the school gathered at the site of a future athletic complex off Park Central Drive to envision the soccer fields, softball diamond and tennis courts soon to take shape. In addition to a turf field for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, the Outdoor Athletic Center will boast a grass field, concession stand, restrooms, storage space, athletic training room, meeting room and a walking path that can be used by the cross country team.

The complex will be a godsend for families and staff at SGHS, who have relied on a cobbled-together network of rented and borrowed playing fields, a handful of buses and “the patience of our parents” to keep track of the teams’ whereabouts and schedules, said Margaret Shibley, director of alumnae & public relations. > Read more.

Byrd M.S. wins national awards

Byrd Middle School recently was recognized nationally as the winner of two 21st century contests.

A video created by the school’s librarians and HCPS-TV, which documented the school’s participation in the first-ever national Digital Learning Day Feb. 1, was selected as the best middle school impact video submission in the nation by the Alliance for Excellent Education, which organized the day. More than 10,000 teachers and 1.5 million students in 37 states participated in Digital Learning Day, designed to highlight innovative teaching and learning techniques. > Read more.

Milestones


Sameer Sarkar, of Henrico, is one of only six high school seniors in Virginia to be chosen a 2012 Presidential Scholar. One of the nation's top highest honors for high school students, the Presidential Scholar award is bestowed annually based on academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, and evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Sarkar will join two classmates from the Maggie Walker Governor’s School (Bethany Bruno of Powhatan and Judy Hou of Chesterfield) to receive the Presidential Scholar Medallion at a June 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C. > Read more.

Governor signs six bills to combat cancer

In a celebration last week at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center, Gov. Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed six pieces of legislation that will further cancer-related research, treatment and education throughout the state.

“While we can celebrate that more and more Virginians are surviving cancer today because of the work of cancer organizations like Massey, we must continue to work to find a cure,” McDonnell said.

State support to the Massey Cancer Center rose from $1 million to $7.5 million in the past two years, and with House Bill 1182 – one of the measures signed Monday – the center will now be able to apply for research grants from the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund. > Read more.

Hermitage Tech students meet NASCAR’s Newman

Students from Hermitage High School Technical Center recently got a rare meet-and-greet opportunity with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and former Daytona 500 champion Ryan Newman at the U.S. Army’s Strength for the Future education program.

The purpose of the event was to underscore the importance of students staying in school and furthering their education. Students were also introduced to an array of high-tech career options within the motorsports industry. Newman himself is the only full-time Sprint Cup driver with a college degree, earning his bachelor’s in vehicle structural engineering from Purdue University. > Read more.

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Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


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CAT Theatre to host auditions

CAT Theatre will hold auditions for Book of Days on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. each day. Auditions will be held at CAT Theatre, 319 North Wilkinson Road in Henrico. Book of Days will run Jan. 23-Feb. 7 and is one of CAT’s submissions to the Acts of Faith Festival.

Book of Days, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson is an exploration of faith, justice, and corruption, amidst the backdrop of murder – and community theatre – in small town America. Book of Days was first written for and produced by Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company of Michigan.

Director Leslie Cline is seeking five females between the ages of 20-65 and seven males between the ages of 24-65. > Read more.

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