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Henrico Police chief wins international award

Police Chief Douglas Middleton
Henrico Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton earned the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Police Chief of the Year award from CIT International last week at the annual CIT International Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aug. 21 presentation was attended by more than 1,000 people from the United States and other countries.

CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team programs. They promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective and safer interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities.
 
Middleton said he was honored and humbled to have received the award.

"This recognition is a result of a total team effort and partnership between the Henrico Mental Health Developmental Services Department, the Division of Fire, the Sheriff’s Office and the Police Division," Middleton said. "The dedication and enthusiasm of the men and women who train, teach, participate and support CIT are providing valuable services to our citizens. The real recognition does not belong to me; it belongs to the men and women in Henrico County who recognized and brought to fruition the success of a meaningful program that yields measurable benefits to our community.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Central Virginia chapter President Mike Francisco praised Middleton's efforts.

“Chief Middleton is very committed to supporting the CIT programs in his county and the surrounding counties who have requested their personnel to be CIT trained by his staff," Francisco said. "He plans to CIT-train 100 percent of Henrico Police officers. He is committed to ensuring all first responders are CIT trained. The success of the CIT programs in Henrico County and the surrounding counties is because of Chief Middleton's tireless efforts and his dedication to duty."
 
 
Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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