2 Henrico robotics teams win

Henrico teams were hot in the two-day FIRST Robotics regional competition held March 15-16 at the VCU Siegel Center.

Of the six Virginia high school teams topping the field and qualifying for the world robotics championship in St. Louis in April, two -- Team Sparky from Tucker H.S. and Team talon540 from Godwin H.S. -- were from Henrico County.

Honored for their performance both on and off the tournament field, the teams also won two prestigious awards. Team Sparky from Tucker (pictured above, in orange) was named winner of the Virginia Regional Chairman's Award, honoring the team that judges believe best represents a model for other teams to emulate, embodying the goals and mission of FIRST.

Coached by Connor Clarke, Tucker will make its second trip to the world event in as many years, being a part of the winning alliance at last year's FRC Virginia Regional. Talon540 from Godwin (pictured, in black), coached by Henry Hurlburt, was named winner of the Engineering Inspiration Award, celebrating outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within the school as well as the community.

The FRC Virginia Regional brought together 65 teams from Virginia and five eastern states. This year’s contest challenged teams to design and build remote controlled robots that could fling Frisbee-type discs through targets. Robots that could climb pyramids on the competition field earned extra points.

Founded by noted inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was established to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people and motivate them to pursue career opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the non-profit organization hosts robotics programs for children in grades K- 12.

For details, visit http://usfirst.org.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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The Shepherd’s Center begins its Open University four-week winter lecture series “Lunch and Life” at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Bill Lohmann, author and Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist, will present “On the Road Again: More People, Places and Pies Around Virginia.” A brown bag lunch precedes at noon with dessert and beverages provided. The series is open to all persons 50+ at no charge. For details, call 355-7282 or visit http://www.tscor.org. Full text

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