New troopers graduate
The Virginia State Police today will graduate the largest class of new troopers in the agency’s history today, including two troopers – Jamell Reykeem Johnson and Fernando Moro Nunes – from Henrico County and two others – Ryan Andrew Madigan and David John Meehan – who will be assigned to duty in Henrico.
The graduation ceremony for members of the agency's 117th basic session is being held at Meadow Event Park at Doswell in Caroline County.
Members of the academy started a 36-week training session June 27, 2011. In the past eight months, the new troopers have received 1,800 hours of classroom and field instruction encompassing more than 100 different subjects. The 117th is the first class to receive 16 hours of intermediate criminal investigation training. Additional subjects included judicial procedures, juvenile and traffic law, firearms, self-defense, crowd control and first-aid, to name a few.
The final phase of training begins Monday, March 5, when the new troopers report for their first duty assignments. For a minimum of six weeks, every member of the 117th is partnered with a field training officer (FTO) in order to learn his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties.
Members of the class have more than 62 years of law enforcement and corrections experience, as well 124 years of prior military service.
The agency is seeking applicants for the position of trooper; those interested should call 1-866-877-2329 or visit http://www.vsp.virginia.gov
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot
In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.
After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.
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