Registration opens for Valor Awards

Jennifer Smith Love
Registration is open for the 22nd annual Valor Awards, which honor regional law enforcement officials, firefighters and EMS officials for going above and beyond the call of duty.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown.

Each year, a number of these public safety personnel are honored for their extraordinary efforts during the past year. First responders from Richmond, Ashland and the counties of Hanover, Henrico and Chesterfield will be present to salute their peers.

The special keynote speaker for the event will be Jennifer Smith Love, the assistant director of the Security Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C.
Love most recently served as acting assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division, where she oversaw the the Inspection Strategic Analysis Section, Internal Investigations Section, and External Audit Section.  She has served in a variety of departments throughout the country and has investigated white-collar crime, violent crime, computer intrusions and civil rights matters. 

Corporate table sponsorship for the event table includes a sign and 10 seats for $425. Individual seats are $40 apiece.

For details or to register, visit http://www.retailmerchants.com/featured-events.asp#valor. Donations that will allow recipients, their families or other first responders to attender also are being accepted. For details, e-mail Jenny Price at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate. > Read more.

Henrico recognized as a 2017 ‘Playful City USA’ community


A national nonprofit organization, KaBOOM!, has selected Henrico County as a 2017 Playful City USA community. The organization encourages communities to bring fun and balanced activities to children every day.

Henrico's selection is joined by the city of Richmond, town of Ashland, as well as the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, New Kent and Powhatan. All of the localities make up the first region completely recognized through Playful City USA. > Read more.

Gallagher Foundation serves more than 14,000 teens in first year


In its first year, The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation reached 14,000 teens through its programs from Spring 2016 to date. The foundation is dedicated to spreading positivity and erasing stigmas by educating and creating awareness on depression, anxiety and stress among teens. CKG delivers programs at schools, community events and its West End office.

“Students are in need of the information in the workshops, whether they know it or not, and they aren’t getting it anywhere else,” said Beth Curry, Director of Health and Wellness at The Steward School. > Read more.

Illegal voting in Virginia? Yes. Massive? Doubtful.


For years, Republicans have loudly proclaimed that voter fraud is widespread in U.S. elections – and just as adamantly, Democrats have insisted that such allegations are nonsense.

Last fall, a pair of groups supported by conservatives released a report with the sensational title “Alien Invasion in Virginia: The discovery and coverup of noncitizen registration and voting.” It said illegal voting is a “massive problem”:

“In our small sample of just eight Virginia counties who responded to our public inspection requests, we found 1,046 aliens who registered to vote illegally,” the study said. > Read more.

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The new exhibit “Wild Art: A Journey Off Canvas” will open at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and be on display through Oct. 1. This collaborative art experience inspired by nature combines the efforts of regional artists and thousands of Garden visitors to transform the Garden into a living tapestry of natural art. Included with Garden admission. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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