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Local student earns honors in AAA Mid-Atlantic’s poster contest

A poster created by Millie Speck, a student of St. Mary’s Catholic School, has been recognized by AAA Mid-Atlantic for earning third place in its Annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest.

Millie was awarded third place in the Primary (K-2) division covering the subject of Pedestrian and Child Passenger Safety. Millie’s artwork was selected by AAA Mid-Atlantic from among nearly 1,400 entries. A panel of traffic safety experts judged the entries based on originality, technique, visual impact and relationship of messaging to traffic safety. Millie’s entry was selected from among hundreds of elementary school submissions.

“Millie’s poster not only showcased her artistic talents, but also helped spread an important message about pedestrian and child passenger safety,” said Martha M. Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Motor vehicle-related crashes continue to be the number one cause of death for children over age 2, and we hope entries such as Millie’s will help students’ share the importance of traffic safety with their peers.”

The Annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest aims to reduce traffic related fatalities through education and community outreach. Each year, students design posters and public service announcements using traffic safety slogans selected by AAA. Entrants are grouped according to grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. First place winners are awarded a $500 Visa Gift Card; second place winners receive a $250 Visa Gift Card; third place winners are given a $100 Visa Gift Card; and those receiving an honorable mention get movie tickets and a AAA Atlas.

AAA Mid-Atlantic serves nearly 830,000 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the nation’s fifth largest auto club.
Community

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.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Planes’ sequel crashes

‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.

But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.

Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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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