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 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.
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 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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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is seeking artists, crafters, and creative groups for three opportunities allowing creative thinkers and doers to design and display imaginative holiday decorations.
The center is seeking designs for:
• Illumination 2014 – A Festival of Trees: Artists can celebrate the holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree filled with decorations to suit any unique or traditional theme. Past trees exhibited have included Buzz Lightyear; HEROES; Santa tree; Musicology; and many others. > Read more.
There are several fun events planned for families this weekend. CMoR Central will offer free admission to those who have completed their HCPL Summer Reading Club goal; Walkerton Tavern is hosting a family game night; and family-friendly karaoke will take place at Aunt Sarah’s. Families can also get Movin’ & Groovin’ at Dorey Park or purchase children’s books at Tuckahoe Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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