Henrico man becomes state trooper

James Darrington, Jr.
A Henrico man was one of 62 graduates of the 116th Basic Session of the Virginia State Police Academy last week.

James Leroy Darrington, Jr., of Glen Allen, became a state trooper and was assigned to Caroline County.

Four other graduates of the academy were assigned to patrol Henrico County. They are Aaron James, of New Haven, Conn.; Christopher Keene, of Richlands; Joseph Meza, of Maidens; and Michael Parham, Jr., of Richmond.

“The graduation of the 116th Basic Session is an event to be celebrated by the new troopers, their families, state police, and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

The 116th Basic Session began its 37-week training session Oct. 10, 2010. Since then, the new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, defensive tactics, cultural diversity, and firearms.

The new troopers reported to their new assignments on Monday. Each will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer while learning the territory of his or her patrol area..

The department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of trooper. Interested applicants should call the Virginia State Police Recruitment Office at 1-866-877-2329 or visit http://www.virginiatrooper.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 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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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Hanover Concert Band will perform their annual Christmas Pops concert at 7 p.m. at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center in Ashland. The concert is casual and will feature musical selections of the Christmas season. Complimentary light food and beverages will be provided. Admission is free but guests are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the Central Virginia Food Bank. Family-friendly. For details, visit http://www.hanoverconcertband.org. Full text

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