Richmond Association of Realtors wins national award for community outreach

The National Association of Realtors recently recognized the Richmond Association of Realtors with a biennial Community Outreach Award, among six local Realtor associations across the United States. This award recognizes local associations that have worked with their communities to make them a better place to live and do business. RAR was also selected in 2015, the inaugural year for this award.

To be considered for the award, associations must have made use of Realtor Party Community Outreach resources during a two-year period to address a challenge facing their community; developed partnerships with community stakeholders; or involved the public in a project or discussion to improve the community.

NAR recognized RAR with this honor for using one of its “Housing Opportunity” grants to support Project Homeless Connect, an event that matches volunteers and service providers with the homeless, and for its efforts to educate the public on community land trusts and the connection between housing supply and economic prosperity. The association also used the grant to host two vacant property training sessions – inviting Richmond public officials, city staff, property owners, and housing advocates to learn about the effect vacant properties have on communities and real estate values, as well as techniques that can be used to turn these properties into community assets.

For details about NAR’s community outreach programs and awards, visit
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia

Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer. > Read more.

UMFS has urgent need for foster parents

UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown. > Read more.

VSP issues warning about automated traffic ticket email scam

Virginia State Police officials are warning Virginians about an email scam that tells people they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the agency. State Police do not use or issue digital or automated traffic tickets or summonses, however. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email, police said. > Read more.

READ Center offers free classes, training to low-literate people

One in six adults in Metro Richmond has literacy issues, and the READ Center in Henrico County is working to address the issue.

Next week – Sept. 24-30 – is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, a time during which the READ Center is shining a light on its efforts to help some of the 35,000 adults in the region for whom reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target. > Read more.

Play Day RVA planned for Sept. 21

The Richmond region will celebrate Play Day RVA Thursday, Sept. 21, with activities throughout the area to celebrate the opportunities that exist to play in the community. Dozens of employers, local governments, schools and community organizations will participate by hosting events that integrate playful activities into daily life and spread awareness of the value of active living. > Read more.

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September 2017

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The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond will present Lunch and Life, a four-week series open to all persons 50+ at no charge, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Today’s speaker, Dr. Edward Ayers, president emeritus at University of Richmond, will present “Richmond’s Civil War Legacy.” A bag lunch will begin at noon, with beverages and dessert provided by the church; the speaker will start at 12:30 p.m. For details, call 355-7282 or visit Full text

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