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Paris McCray, of Richmond, recently completed the Freedom Alliance Military Leadership Academy, a leadership program based on the curriculum of the U.S. military. In its tenth year, the two-week academy couples an intense leadership training environment with challenging and educational experiences like a tour of the Aviation Logistics School and simulators at Ft. Eustis, a Leadership Reaction Course, and land navigation and fire team tactics. The cadets also visit historical sites, such as the monuments in Washington, D.C., to maximize lessons on selfless service and celebrating America’s achievements. For more information about the academy, visit http://www.mlacamp.com.

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The Richmond Association of REALTORS® recently held its annual Installation Reception and Awards Ceremony at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Henrico. The 2011 award recipients are: A. Kenton Muhleman, Jr. Scholarship Award – Jennifer E. Jennings, Keller Williams; Laverne A. Boschen, Jr. Educator of the Year Award – Donna O. Procise, Long & Foster; REALTOR® of the Year Award – R. Scott Shaheen, Long & Foster; Adrian L. Bendheim, Jr. Sales Associate of the Year Award – Nancy Cheely, Joyner Fine Properties; C. Porter Vaughan, Jr. Outstanding Service Award – William Stanley, Long & Foster; and Civic Leader of the Year Award – Stanton L. Thalhimer, RE/MAX Commonwealth. Also at the ceremony, Scott Ruth, of Long & Foster, was named the 2012 president of the Richmond Association of REALTORS® and Shanna Wiseman, of Parr & Abernathy Realty, Inc., was named the 2012 president of the Central Virginia multiple listing service. Joining Ruth and Wiseman in leading the association and MLS in 2012 will be President-Elect for RAR/CVR MLS Linda Staples Terry of Tranzon Fox Auctions; Vice President Mark Joyner of Napier REALTORS® ERA; and Immediate Past President Cheryl Hamm of Joyner Fine Properties. Scott Shaheen, with Long & Foster, will chair the 2012 Broker Council and serve on the Board of Directors. The newly elected Board of Directors members are David Adams, Gary Duda and Lummie Jones for RAR/CVR MLS, and Al Wells and Kathy Diradour for CVR MLS. Incumbent directors are: Dawn Bradley, Nancy Cheely, Amy Enoch, John S. Finn, Jr., Woody Hogg, Thomas Innes and Bill White.

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Navy Seaman Apprentice D’Angelo N. Harris, son of Yvette R. Harris, and Navy Seaman Christina L. Kuzenkova, daughter of Cheryl L. and David W. Bowles, of Richmond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Harris and Kuzenkova completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Harris is a 2008 graduate of Samuel W. Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Fla. And Kuzenkova is a 2007 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico.
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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.
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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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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Meadow Farm Museum will present the program “Before the Light Bulb” for ages 6+ from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Help make candles for the farmhouse while you learn the origin of the old nursery rhyme “Jack be Nimble” and the many different ways your ancestors lit their homes. Take a hand-dipped candle home. Admission is free. For details, call 652-1416 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec. Full text

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