Navy Seaman Apprentice James G. Cole, son of Susan D. Cole of Richmond and James G. Cole Sr. of Chesterfield, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Cole 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. Cole is a 2010 graduate of Varina High School.


Pamela Ratliff, of Glen Allen, has earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Wofford College student Cameron Cann, child of Bruce and Sara Cann, of Richmond, is studying abroad during the fall 2012 semester in London, United Kingdom. Cann is a member of the class of 2013.


Kristopher Cox, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College information security officer, recently was named one of the 2012 Cyber Award Winners by Symantec Corporation at their annual Government Symposium on Nov. 7. Selected as the winner in the educational category, Cox through his leadership and direction blazed the path for JSRCC to host its first U.S. Cyber Challenge, which aims to significantly reduce the cyber workforce shortage by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cyber security professionals. Over the course of a year, Cox successfully coordinated everything from catering to press interviews for JRSRCC's USCC, and ultimately enabled 40 students to secure jobs and scholarships. The Cyber Awards recognized Cox for his continued efforts to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security to the next generation of IT leaders.


Two Henrico high school seniors who swim at NOVA recently signed collegiate letters of intent. Taylor Copeland, of Deep Run High School, will attend Auburn University. Copeland, a backstroke specialist, recorded Virginia Swimming’s fastest age group time in the 100 yard backstroke in 2012. Blair Carnes, of the Steward School, will attend the University of Southern California. She is a breaststroke specialist and ranked number one in Virginia Swimming in the 100 and 200 yard events as well as the 200 Meter breaststroke. In both 2010 and 2011, she was a two-time finalist in breaststroke events in NOVA’s Women’s NCSA Junior National Championships.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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"The Progressed Moon" by Lynn Koiner is the focus of a workshop sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) at 1 p.m. at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Koiner will focus on the aspects made by the progressed Moon to natal and progressed planets; the Moon’s movement through the signs and houses as a cycle of emotional needs. Admission is $15 for NCGR members and guests in advance and $20 at the door. To register, contact Ruth Barrett at 740-1133 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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