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ore than 10,000 residents were assisted in 2009 through the 15 different programs provided through Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services, according to its annual performance review. “We serve from birth to death,” said Executive Director Debbie Burcham. The department serves everyone from infants with the Chesterfield Infant Services to parents in prevention parenting programs such as Families First. Another program’s focal point is on healthy behaviors for teens and providing tools to recognize abusive relationships. Substance Abuse Services focuses on rehabilitation for all ages. Additional core programs serve residents with intellectual disabilities and with mental illnesses. Currently, former Governor Tim Kaine’s proposed budget before the General Assembly calls for cuts that would impact the local department’s funding and services for people with intellectual disabilities by freezing and cutting costs to the waiver program, a 50/50 match between state and federal funds for reimbursement. “These are some things I’m hoping get turned around. We have wonderful supporters and Delegate Kirk Cox has taken the lead to reverse these budget items,” she said. The Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services department’s amended budget in fiscal year 2010 eliminated over $700,000 including a 4.6 percent decrease in its operating budget. The department’s FY2010 budget of $36,321,800 has projected revenue of $24,957,200 with a net cost of $11,364,600, according to the county’s FY2010 amended budget. There are currently 368 full-time positions to meet the growing need in the community. “I’m very fortunate to have a group of program managers that are creative and resourceful,” Burcham said. “We took serious reductions in our programs, but we didn’t cut any programs. The core services remain,

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less than. We’re not able to do as much as we need to do for our consumers and families, but the programs are intact.” The programs are lifelines for many residents. One example, the Chester House, is a day program for individuals with longterm or chronic mental disorders. “Besides providing professional support, it provides an opportunity to interact with peers. They are very recovery-oriented so they teach and work on life skills from just how to interact with people to other skills that are more concrete like employment,” Burcham said. “It gives a place for people with that particular disability to go during the day to help in their recovery and getting back those skills they may have lost because of that disability,” she said. Sharron VanPelt, supervisor at Chester House, added that there are many benefits of the program. “Here everyone has a commonality with one another. Everyone has a disability and you don’t have to hide that. There’s more acceptance. There’s the drive to do more than just exist at home. We’re teaching work skills, socialization,” she said. “Without our members here, Chester House wouldn’t exist. The things that go on here, it’s real work, it’s necessary. People take responsibility.” The day begins at Chester House with a 9:30 a.m. meeting when all members gather for an overview of the day. There are three vocational groups members volunteer to participate in: business, members’ services, and dining. “What happens in the unit builds the foundation for general work skills, stamina, initiative, getting along with co-workers; there are all those skills happening while doing day-to-day activities,” VanPelt said. “These are skills that they take out into the community.” Lunch time at the Chester House is a busy time of day. Natural light fills the simple dining area as a line forms into the hallway. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FARINA The $1 meal is made from scratch, and Sylvia Bey and Felisa Sherrodpenn talk about a current project at Chester House. The county-operated facility operates a day program for its members. Chester House is one of 15 see HOUSE page 4 programs operated through Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services.

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n exhibit featuring photographs, histories and artifacts of early black churches in Chesterfield County opens this week. The exhibit, titled “Weaving History,” celebrates the rich history of the county’s early black churches, including the oldest, First Baptist Church of Midlothian. It was founded in 1846. The exhibit will be on view through April 17 at the County Museum, located at 6813 Mimms Loop, in the Chesterfield County Government complex. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the African-American History Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society, the exhibit weaves together stories as well as highlights the intricate pattern of contributions stitched from within and beyond the walls of each church. The church has long been the center of the black community, and a source of hope, strength, education, and refuge. It has also established itself not only as a source of AfricanAmerican religious and cultural enrichment but also as a forum for see EXHIBIT page 5

he artwork that will grace the front of the participant shirts for the March 27 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K has been revealed. The original painting was designed by local artist Matt Lively and captures a race scene on Monument Avenue. It will be reproduced as the 2010 race T-shirt design and distributed to over 35,000 participants as well as event volunteers. “Participating in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K is a badge of fitness for so many Richmonders,” said Scott Schricker, Sports Backers marketing director. “Matt’s design highlights a shirt that the participants can wear with pride after the race.” The original 20- x 24-inch oil painting will be auctioned off to benefit the Massey Cancer Center, the official charity of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K. The painting will be displayed

by Richmond’s Quirk Gallery during the First Fridays Art Walk on Feb. 5 and at the race expo/packet pick up at the Arthur Ashe Center on March 25-26. Bids will be accepted at run4massey.org through March 31. Matt Lively is a local artist who is well known for his whimsical and intelligent design. His works have been displayed and purchased worldwide. His portfolio is available at mattlively.com. “I wanted to describe the fun, party-like atmosphere of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in the painting,” Lively said. “The 10K is more than just a race. I see it as a lot of fellow Richmonders dressed funny and running around for a good cause.” Registration for the March 27, 2010 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K and First Market Mile Kids Run is now open at sportsbackers.org. The cost to register for the 10K is $30 and $15 for the Kids Run.

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“Denny’s silent scream from the chicken in space brought a chuckle.”

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“I thought the heart disease ad directed at women was simple but effective and a very well-done piece of advertising.

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“The Casual Friday ad for Careerbuilder!” Midlothian Middle School hosted the “Three Cups of Tea Festival” on Friday, Jan. 29. The school-wide event was based on the writings of Greg Mortenson and his experience in Central Asia. Read the full story online at www.midlothianexchange.com

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15000 block of Manor Gate Ct. Suspect(s) broke out a rear window of the listed residence in order to gain entry and remove property.

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1100 block of Buckingham Station Dr. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter a locked gold 2001 Honda Civic and at this time nothing was reported stolen.

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1100 block of Somerville Grove Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the victim’s unlocked shed, but did not remove anything.

1700 block of Featherstone Dr. Padlock broken on shed with beer taken from the refrigerator inside.

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1400 block of Knollwood Dr. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry to the residence through the front door.

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10300 block of Greglynn Rd. Property reported stolen from an unlocked black 1997 Jeep, which was parked in the victim’s driveway.

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n July 1987, Defense Supply Center Richmond was placed on the National Priority List as a Superfund site due to ground water and soil contamination stemming from industrial and maintenance facility operations from the 1940s through the early 1980s. The various cleanup sites on the center were segregated to 13 Operable Units, or OUs, for clean up with Defense Environmental Restoration Act funding. Nine of the OU’s were soil contamination, three were ground water contamination, and one was a decommissioned water treatment system. DSCR established a Restoration Advisory Board, or RAB, in January 2002 to provide a forum for the community to be involved in DSCR’s environmental cleanup. The RAB is an advisory board that can make suggestions, recommendations, and comments on issues concerning investigations and remediation activities. It is made up of local citizens, installation representatives, business groups and personnel from the Environmental Protection

Agency, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality, and Chesterfield County. The RAB is co-chaired by a DSCR representative and a community representative. “Total membership usually consists of approximately 10-15 members from year to year,” said Jimmy Parrish, environmental branch chief at DSCR. “When the RAB first started, it met monthly. Since the various individual clean up actions on DSCR have matured, the RAB decided to meet quarterly to not only discuss the ongoing cleanup initiatives, but also to listen to the Center’s environmental experts detail the program’s progress on and off the installation.” “The relationship with the community and DSCR has been improved through the RAB,” said Janet Moe, RAB community co-chair. Moe said she believes that for many years prior to the RAB, the communities around DSCR were misled by the governmental officials concerning the impact of the contamination on the land and on their lives. “I believe that the interaction of the RAB has improved that relationship,”

she said of the relationship now. “The RAB has continually demanded that DSCR be accountable to the surrounding communities for the past contamination and to prevent any future contamination. We hold DSCR to be good stewards of the land and water on and surrounding DSCR.” “Since its inception the RAB has overseen the completion of seven Records of Decisions indicating a functional and efficient restoration program with tremendous administrative and regulatory support from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the local community, said Steven Edlavitch, DSCR environmental engineer. A Record of Decision, or ROD, is a public document that explains which cleanup alternatives will be used to clean up a Superfund site. “As of today eight of nine source OUs have ‘Remedy–In-Place’ status and are in the long term monitoring phase indicating the end of active remediation,” Edlavitch said. A remedy has been selected and implemented at see DSCR page 4

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Contractors Dean and Keith Boyle (left to right) conduct a direct push sampling at Operable Unit 2, a former land fill area near the helicopter pad adjacent to Defense Distribution Depot in Richmond. Direct push sampling involves inserting a rod 20 to 40 feet below the ground service to collect soil to test for contamination.

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rocery shopping would be pricier under a proposed state tax on disposable plastic and paper bags provided by retailers. House Bill 1115, sponsored by Delegate Adam Ebbin, D-Arlington, would require retailers to charge shoppers 5 cents for each non-reusable bag issued to customers. The money would go into the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. Shoppers could avoid the tax by bringing their own reusable bags. Ebbin and Delegate Joseph Morrissey, D-Highland Springs, held a press conference Thursday, Feb. 4, to muster support for the bill, which is called the Virginia Waterways Clean Up and Consumer Choice Act. “You can’t deny that if you don’t use plastic bags, that it’s not good for the environment,” Ebbin said. He said the average Virginian uses about 300 non-reusable bags per year – a total of more than 2 billion bags annually. Only 1-2 percent of those bags are recycled, Ebbin said. His bill would let retailers keep 1 cent of the 5-cent fee – and 2 cents if the store has a customer bag credit program. The tax would not apply to: • Durable plastic bags, with handles, that are specifically designed for multiple reuse. • Bags used for meat, fish, poultry, ice cream, leftover restaurant food, newspapers,

dry cleaning and prescription drugs. Ebbin said that in the first year, the fee would raise about $48 million for the Water Quality Improvement Fund. Under his bill, a retailer who fails to collect the fee could be fined up to $1,000. A subcommittee of the House Finance Committee HB 1115 was scheduled to consider HB 1115 on Tuesday, Feb. 9. A different panel has killed a related bill, HB 521, sponsored by Morrissey. His measure would have imposed an outright ban on the use of plastic carryout bags by retailers – unless the bags were designed for reuse. A subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voted Wednesday, Feb. 3, to table Morrissey’s bill. Limiting or banning plastic bags would be an important step toward environmental responsibility, Morrissey said. Some U.S. cities, from Connecticut to Hawaii, have put a tax on flimsy plastic bags issued at the checkout line. On Jan. 1, Washington, D.C., started levying a 5-cent tax on each bag. San Francisco has banned plastic bags entirely. Ireland has raised millions of euros in tax revenue since it put a tax on plastic bags in 2002. Morrissey said China saved 37 million barrels of oil by banning plastic bags in 2008. “I’m slightly disappointed that Virginia is not leading the way,” Morrissey said. To track the bill, visit: The Legislative Information Service at http://leg1.state.va.us/ or Richmond Sunlight at richmondsunlight. com.

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wo months after Virginia’s indoor smoking ban took effect, it’s still a bit hazy over how the law will be enforced and by whom. The state’s Indoor Clean Air Act, which went into effect Dec. 1, prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars unless they have a structurally separate smoking section, with its own entrance and ventilation system. Enforcement of the ban falls on several agencies. To issue a citation, the police must consult the state attorney general’s office, which in turn acts on information from the health department. Although the health department checks for compliance with the smoking ban as part of its routine inspections, it cannot issue fines for violations. Mike Britt, owner of Poe’s Pub in Church Hill, hasn’t heard of anyone getting ticketed for smoking. “There’s nobody to go out and enforce it,” Britt said. “It’s basically under the

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health department: When they come in, they’re supposed to tell the owner that they are under violation. But they can’t do anything about it. They have to go back to their office and call the police. … Who’s going to call 911 for a cigarette?” James Mercante, a public relations specialist for the Richmond Police Department, said the department is working with the attorney general’s office to develop an enforcement plan. Chuck James, the chief deputy to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, said there are two ways to enforce the smoking ban: • Individuals can be fined up to $25 if they violate the ban and refuse to refrain from smoking. • Restaurant and bar owners also can be fined up to $25 if they fail to comply with the law. The law requires establishments to post “No Smoking” signs, remove ashtrays, refuse to serve people who are smoking and ask them to leave if they continue smoking. “This was a legislative policy that was enacted by the General Assembly when

the law was enacted,” James said. “The role of the attorney general’s office is to advise various agencies and enforce the enacted laws of the commonwealth.” Gary Hagy, head of food and environmental services for the Virginia Department of Health, said the law makes enforcement difficult. “If we see something, we’ll discuss it with the owner and try to educate on the requirements of the law and try to obtain compliance,” Hagy said. “If they don’t comply, then we refer it to the local law enforcement. The code gives the authority for any law enforcement to issue a summons for the violator.” Of the 4,000 restaurants inspected in Virginia, 95 percent have all complied with the ban, Hagy said. James noted that many eating establishments prohibited smoking voluntarily before the General Assembly passed the smoking ban last year. “A lot of restaurants went smokeless on their own accord without having this legislation being passed,” he said.

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fter the second dose of weekend wintry weather, I’m over snow, sleet, ice and every other form of precipitation. Thankfully, the power remained on and a tweet from Dave Saunders of Madison+Main led me to Accuweather.com where meteorologist Jim Kosek was giving the funniest 90-second weather update I’ve ever seen. However, the minute and a half of hilarious video on YouTube did not alleviate the hours spent watching the clock tick. It didn’t help the aches from shoveling the snow. It didn’t take away the boredom of baking the millionth batch of cookies or trying to get the chili off the ceiling, which was left over from last week’s winter culinary experiments. I can relate to the Accuweather.com meteorologist’s burst of absurdity. So, I’d like to begin a local group called “Moms Against Snow Storms,” which is a title suggested by a good friend in the same predicament of being snowbound for days. Since we ran out of comfort food and baking supplies during the last storm, let’s get creative, and maybe even scientific. Here’s a suggestion for all moms, working and stay-athome (and dads too!), who want to join in the cause. Interested recruits should fill their gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs with gas, bring them to a recently plowed parking lot, and just idle. If you want to really be absurd, bring a hand-held fan so you can blow exhaust into the stratosphere. Who knows? It might reverse the paths of upcoming snow storms and bring the temperature up. Right now, I wouldn’t mind a little bit of global warming.

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and built a rain barrel to the colorful anti-stigma board on display in the technology room that houses three computers for basic software classes, every door leads to another activity. “We try to fight against stigma,” Bey said about the colorful board. “There is a mental health language. People with mental illnesses have another way of communicating.” Bey, who has been coming to Chester House for three years, added that the anti-stigma program not only serves its members, but it also educates the public. She noted that discrimination in employment and housing as well as being snubbed at social events or by family because of misunderstanding is harmful for a person with mental illness. “Stereotyping people causes more tragedy than the illness,” she said. Bey also meets with the recovery group, teaches art, and has developed a personal “wellness, recovery, action, plan” learned at Chester House. “I’ve learned coping skills. We have a program called WRAP. We learn to prepare for the illness. When you see signs, just follow what we’ve already prepared for ourselves during this period of time and don’t be so hard on ourselves,” she said. “It’s recovery in progress. We are just about keeping our rights and being productive in society.” She actively participates in her health care. The mom has taken an active role in selfdisclosure, which is part of the facility’s anti-stigma program, and advocacy in sharing her own story. “I may look all well and dandy, but I have an issue too,” she said. “I could be homeless. I could be on the street if I didn’t have the help of Chester House.”

Moe said that one of the current obstacles with the OU8, a ground water site, and RAB is its lack of community progress has been documented participation in recent months. over several years. For the “One of the problems that remaining groundwater sites, face the RAB is the lack of our OU’s 6 and 7, feasibility studies neighbors who are interested in are in progress and RODs are attending meetings concerning expected next year.” their neighborhoods,” she said. The decommissioned water “The community members treatment system was repealed of the RAB have been faithful and is no longer considered an to their goals since the RAB OU, Edlavitch said. was established. We want to “One of the biggest hurdles encourage other neighbors to that has improved is the join us, so that our message can communications between the reach more people.” surrounding communities and RAB membership is open DSCR,” Moe said. “A two way to the public, and selection is conversation has continued based on applicants’ represento improve since the RAB was tation of diverse interests in the established.” local community with preferMoe said one of the major ence given to those who are accomplishments of the RAB most impacted by the restorahas been the monitoring of the tion process. RAB members thirteen OUs and the reduction are selected to serve two-year of active OUs from thirteen to terms. presently four. “For years, the RAB meetings are held RAB heard about the collection quarterly and content typiof data, but within the last four cally varies between technical, years more progress has ocadministrative, and training curred than in the twenty years subjects. The next RAB meetprior to the establishment of ing will take place at 7:30 p.m., the RAB,” she said. April 12, at the Bensley Com“DSCR will continue to munity Center in Chesterfield work with our community and County. regulatory partners to ensure The meetings are open to that our remediation program the public and residents from is providing a safe and healthy neighborhoods surroundenvironment without impact ing DSCR are encouraged to upon the installation’s ability to attend. support the warfighter,” Parrish said.

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ne of the most important meetings of this year’s General Assembly session occurred the first week of February as a goodly number of Chesterfield PTA members gathered at the General Assembly Building to urge us to preserve necessary state funding for county schools. As noted last week, the budget proposal at present would see direct aid to public education decline by just under 9 percent through fiscal year 2010—a decline that began under the former governor in fiscal year 2009. Not surprisingly, given the importance we all assign to public education, state aid to schools—despite the decline—has been reduced only a fraction in comparison to the amount of reduction seen by other state governmental categories. As emphasized by PTA members—including many who have sent me e-mails—the focus just now is on assuring local schools the “flexibility they need to use their funding to best support their individual student populations.” That is an objective that could not be better stated, and it is an objective that I wholly support. We were able to make a modest advance toward improving the prognosis for Chesterfield Schools’ budget with House passage of my House Bill 196. This legislation would delay implementation of an Economics Literacy course mandated by the Department of Education, an agency of the administration (governor) rather than the legislature. Passage was just one vote shy of unanimous, a fact highlighting the efforts of PTAs and other parents’ groups state-wide to delay a mandate that threatens not only schools’ budgets but students’ ability to pursue such elective programs as chorus or band. We must not underestimate the challenges that remain. With just over a week until session reaches the half-way point to adjournment in mid-March we have only begun to identify the nearly $2 billion in additional reductions required to balance the budget. Though a general tax increase is virtually off the table it may be necessary to accept some of the user-fee increases proposed in his outgoing budget by the former governor. I, for one, am prepared to believe that modest adjustments in targeted user-fees, as distinct from general taxes, may well be justified. The larger seriousness of the challenges we face as Virginians was evident in a page-one analysis in the Feb.

2 edition of The New York Times. The headline read, “Deficits May Alter U.S. Politics and Global Power.” The analysis focused on the fact that the projected deficit in the coming year” will total “nearly 11 percent of the country’s entire economic output.” Worse, “…American deficits will not return to what are widely considered sustainable levels over the next 10 years.” A separate report this past week was that millions of jobs across a spectrum of types lost during the recession “are never going to come back.” Included are millions of the manufacturing jobs that have been the bedrock of the vaunted middle-class way-of-life that has been the blessing of Americans and the envy of billions around the world for generations. And a third report warned that we at present are accruing so much federal debt that we are “mortgaging the future not only of our children but of our grandchildren.” That we are wallowing in debt even as China has saved and invested to the extent of being able to pay cash for the every business listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average was the thrust of yet a fourth related report this week. All of which indicates the national and of course even global context in which our fiscal dilemmas in the 65th District and in Virginia are to be understood—and addressed. There are no easy ways to balance the state budget when the private sector is shedding jobs, here in Virginia, by the hundreds of thousands. Without those jobs, and without the businesses that generate them, obviously individuals and families are not in a position to bear increased taxes—and localities are strapped with a budgetary challenge that mirrors the one we are engaging here in Richmond. The good news is that our area is far better off than many areas of the commonwealth. Additional good news is that local officials and our local delegation in Richmond—together with countless civic groups and individuals—are of one mind in working together to meet the challenge positively, cooperatively, together. Lee Ware represents the 65th District consisting of all of Powhatan County and thirteen precincts in western Chesterfield. During session his office number is (804) 698-1065. E-mail address is dellware@ house.state.va.us

Coalition asks residents to help rescue Village of Midlothian sign courtesy of Village of Midlothain

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he unusually wet weather has taken a harsh toll on the Midlothian entryway. Several of the major wood supports, along with most of the fencing, have rotted. Repairs need to be made as soon as possible. “The center fence was pushed out of place by tree limbs under the heavy snow, but the major issue is the rot caused by the record wet weather we’ve had this fall and winter,” said Charles Batchelor, chairman of the Village of Midlothian Volunteer Coalition (VMVC) Greenspace Committee. “I estimate that it’s going to take several thousand dollars to do what needs to be done,” said Village of Midlothian Volunteer Coalition Foundation Chair Peppy Jones. “The masonry is in excellent shape, but most all of the white wood fence and posts need to be replaced.” The VMVC is asking for donations from the

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The entryway sign is located at the corner of Midlothian Turnpike and Old Buckingham Road.

community to pay for the the cost of the repairs. “I’m certain that the civic groups participating on the entryway will help us with funding to some degree, but we and they have no budget for this. We’re asking for support from the community at large,” said Batchelor. The Village of Midlothian east entryway was dedicated in 1994 and has been a point of pride for the community. The

landscaping has been maintained by the Midlothian Garden Club. The staff and management of Old Buckingham Apartments have also kindly assisted with entryway projects large and small. The overall responsibility for the sign, which resides on an easement, has belonged to the Village of Midlothian Volunteer Coalition, working with the local civic groups whose signs

hang on the entryway. Donations large and small will be helpful. Send to “Entryway Rescue” Village of Midlothian Volunteer Coalition Foundation, PO Box 1295, Midlothian, Va 23113. The VMVC Foundation is a 501(3)c non-profit. Donations are tax-deductable. For questions, e-mail Charles Batchelor at Charles@midlothianva.org or call (804)677-3504.


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Midlothian High School Theatre Department presents each night at 7:30 p.m. “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont(As Told By Himself)” by Donald Margulies. A theatrical “pop-up book” to capture the hidden child in everyone and remind us of a simpler time when a great story was enough for our imaginations; Whirlpools...giant octopus...loyal canines... deep sea treasure...Exotic natives... romance. ADVENTURE!!!! Bring the family for an evening of yarn spinning. Tickets are $10 at the door. Special $5 admission on Thursday.

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SCORE Small Business Workshop from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, 15000 Capital One Drive. Business experts explain business planning, raising capital, marketing, insurance, and more. Continental breakfast, workbook, free parking. Cost for early registration: $79. Register: (804) 771-2400, ext. 131 or www. RichmondSCORE.org The 3rd annual Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Winter Lecture Series will take place in the Community Hall at Lucy Corr Village, 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd., in Chesterfield, 23832. The third lecture, on Friday, Feb. 12, entitled, “What Communities can do to preserve their Heritage,” will be presented by Kristin Kirchen, architectural historian with the VA Department of Historic Resources. The lectures are free to members of the Chesterfield Historical Society, $5 per lecture for non-members. Each lecture starts at 7 p.m. and reservations are recommended. Please call (804) 796-7003 to make reservations. For more information please visit www. chesterfieldhistory.com

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Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce inVision Chesterfield will be held from 7:15 - 9 a.m. at Johnston-Willis Medical Center cafeteria, 1401 Johnston-Willis Dr. Speaker will be Jay Stegmaier, county administrator. There is no fee for admission this month. Registration required at (804) 783-9330.

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South Richmond Rotary’s annual charity auction will be held at the Cultural Center of India, 6641 Ironbridge Parkway, Chester, VA. The event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 each and include all food and beverages. South Richmond Rotary announced recently that it has chosen Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) as its signature charity for this year’s auction. Tickets for the charity auction may be obtained from South Richmond Rotary members, online from southrichmondrotary.com or by calling (804)426-7200. St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church’s Fine Arts Committee has announced its third event of its third season to be held on Saturday evening at 7 in the church, located at 11300 West Huguenot Road in Midlothian. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is appreciated. The program will feature the Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Woodwind Performers. The Bon Air Rotary Club presents “Games in the Gallery” seventh annual casino night from 7 to 10 p.m. at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The black-tie optional event is a night of gaming, elegance and benefit for Get Lost Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Greater Richmond ARC, and Richmond Tap Project. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets are on sale at Max’s Positive Vibe Café, 2825 Hathaway Road, Richmond or visit www.positivevibecafe.com

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Meredith Drummond practices for an upcoming meet. She will compete for Maggie L. Walker Governor School in the Central Region and VHSL AAA state championships starting this Saturday.

SPORTS ON YOUR TIME (send your sports news to first grade students at Bon sports@midlothianex- Air Elementary as well as award-winning, local singer change.com) and songwriter Susan Greenbaum performing the Lacrosse coaching “Flight Song” inspired by clinic slated the Flying Squirrels. Courtesy of Greg Barnard

Current and aspiring lacrosse coaches are invited to a Level 1 Instructional Clinic as part of the U.S. Lacrosse Coaching Education program on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond. Cost for the clinic is $65. The clinic includes three sessions, which are split between classroom and hands-on time. Topics include coaches’ development, player development and team development. Coaches who complete a Level 1 clinic will receive a certificate of completion and are noted in the U.S. Lacrosse database. The certificate is valid toward Level 1 certification requirements. For more information contact Greg Barnard at gjbarnard@yahoo.com or visit uslacrosse.org.

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On Saturday, March 6, Clover Hill will host alumni basketball games and a 3-point shootout. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Exercise for Ber Courtesy of ACAC

Originally scheduled for Feb. 5-7, Ber’s Bowl at ACAC has been postponed to March 5 – 7 due to inclement weather. Ber’s Bowl will benefit Ber (“Bear”) the 6 -year-old son of ACAC group exercise instructor Amber. Ber was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer two years ago. Ber is continuing his fight, and ACAC wants to help Ber and others struggling with childhood neuroblastoma cancer. ACAC will run non-stop, free group exercise, dance, water and mind-body Flying Squirrels to un- classes all weekend, March veil mascot, uniforms 5-7. Courtesy of the Flying Squirrels For every class attended, The Richmond Flying ACAC will donate $5 for Squirrels will unveil the every guest and $1 for every identity of the club’s masmember to help fight neucot and hold a fashion show roblastoma cancer. More to showcase the team’s information at acac.com. uniforms at 2 p.m. at the Byrd Theater on Thursday, Lions to hold rugby Feb. 11. The event is free tryouts and open to the public. Courtesy of Justin Smith The Flying Squirrels will The Richmond Lions employ the services of local will be holding Rugby sports media personalities try-outs Feb. 16, 18, 23 and Chip Tarkenton of WRIC, 25th at Chesterfield ComLane Casadonte of WTVR, munity High School from 7 Wes McElroy of Sports Rap.m. - 9 p.m. dio 910, and Greg Burton The Richmond Lions of ESPN 950 as celebrity Rugby Football Club is a models for the uniform competitive men’s Rugby fashion show. Club. Established in 1963, The team will also the Lions offer quality honor winners of its art rugby and a wide variety contest. The team’s official of social events throughart contest gave elemenout the year to athletes of tary school students in the all ages, experience, and greater Richmond area the backgrounds. The club opportunity to have their competes in the Mid-Atlanartwork displayed permatic Rugby Football Union nently on the concourse at and just finished the season The Diamond during the in first place in the division. 2010 season. The students The club is heading into the created artwork based on spring season and the playthe theme: Baseball is Funn offs with aspirations of a Because. The artwork will national championship and be displayed on 15 separate is looking for athletes to 4- x 9-foot panels on the help continue that success main concourse of The For more information Diamond. contact Billy Tilson, vp@ The event will also richmondlions.com, 804feature a special perfor852-3720 richmondlions. mance of “Take Me Out com. to the Ballgame” by the

he Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School varsity swim team has high expectations entering the championship portion of their season this week. The Green Dragons are vying for their second sweep of the Central Region championships at NOVA Aquatics Center this Saturday and will be led by a group of students from the Midlothian area. Among that group is junior Meredith Drummond, who has quietly and steadily worked her way to the top. Drummond competes for the Green Dragons and for Poseidon Swim Club in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Her winning time of 1:08.49 in the 100-yard breaststroke one year ago was among 10 eventwinning times for the Maggie Walker crew and helped propel the team to states. Drummond said the team expects nothing less this year. “I’m pretty excited about regionals,” Drummond said. “I think we’re going to win. I think we’ve got it.” Drummond has been swimming competitively since she was 5 years old. She began in a summer league at Salisbury Country Club and the Midlothian branch of the YMCA. From there, she joined the Poseidon Swim Club and has been under the tutelage of coach Ted Sallade since then. Her training is typical of a top swimmer in that it can be almost as intense as the national meets she attends. “We do dry land for half an hour and then swim for two hours and 15 minutes,” Drummond explained. “I train 8-9 times a week normally.” The work has paid dividends. Drummond placed 13th in the 200 individual medley at Virginia High School League Group AAA state competisee DRUMMOND page 8

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he movie “Twins” was about twins who didn’t look at all alike – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. That was comic fiction. The Gorski twins, Matt and his fraternal twin Ben, is nothing but the truth. Both members of this odd couple is talented and comfortable in their own shoes – even if their sneakers are six sizes apart. Matt Gorski is the 6-foot11, 235-pound junior center for Cosby High’s Dominion District leading Titans. He ranks with Virginia’s top college prospects. Ben Gorski is the 5-11, 145-pound pianist/violinist who sparkles in Cosby’s Chamber Orchestra and Thespian Society and is an avid Boy Scout. Sharon and Arthur Gorski’s third son, freshman varsity basketball forward Nick, favors Matt, having already sprouted to 6-7. Nick Gorski, 15, already has a varsity dunk (versus George Wythe) and started in a recent game against Clover Hill. Matt and Ben (younger by 30 seconds) were born July 12, 1992, in Maine. Even in the maternity ward, there was no trouble telling them apart. “Matt was 7 pounds, 7 ounces; Ben was 6 pounds, 7 ounces,” said mom Sharon. “We’ve dealt with the difference all their lives and we’re equally proud of their accomplishments.” The Gorski twins each own a slice of the limelight, but on dissimilar stages. Matt Gorski averages 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots for Coach Ron Carr’s Titans. Among the college suitors visiting Cosby has been U.Va. Coach Tony Bennett, who has a friendly face to greet him when he steps into the Titan stands. Arthur Gorski (originally from Waupaca, Wisc.) used to play pickup games with Bennett when his father, Dick, was coaching at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Matt plays off-season travel hoops for the famed Boo Williams program, based in Hampton Roads. “What college level Matt plays on will probably be de-

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The Gorski brothers are as different as could be, particularly twins Matt, top left, and Ben, seated. While Matt and younger brother Nick, top right, hit the hardwood, Ben is practicing for concerts and theater productions.

termined by how he does the rest of this season, and then this summer on the AAU circuit,” Carr said. The Titans’ nearly 7-footer said he blocks out the gaze of the college recruiters. “There’s no pressure there,” he said. “Obviously, there is a presence … but I’m playing 100 percent all the time, no matter.” Ben Gorski has status over his towering twin on other fronts. For starters, Ben has his driver’s license while Matt has a learner’s permit. In the classroom, Ben takes such Advanced Placement courses as calculus and chemistry, while finding time

to perform in the orchestra and productions. He’s performed in such productions as “Guys and Dolls” and “M*A*S*H” and last spring earned the third highest regional score in One-Act Play competition. Meanwhile, he’s an understudy for the production “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and is working on his Eagle Badge in Boy Scouts. Ben appreciates sports – but only as a participant. “I hate basketball,” he said, noting he rarely attended his brothers’ games. He made it clear there was no family resentment. “No, I just don’t like team sports,” he clarified. “I’ve

always liked individual things like swimming, wrestling, weight lifting, track.” The twins travel in varying circles. Asked about shared friends with Matt, Ben said “you could count them on one hand.” Asked about being teased about their non-resemblance, both boys just shrugged their shoulders. “Maybe when we first got here [from Ohio],” said blond, blue-eyed Matt, “but not anymore.” “Some people don’t even know; it’s not common knowledge,” added Ben (olive see GORSKI page 8


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New college football recruits signed their national letters of intent last week. At top: Midlothian’s Matt Arkema signed with Virginia Tech. Pictured are at top, from left, Dr. Christine Wilson, principal, Peyton Arkema, Carolyn Arkema, Bruce Arkema, and Dick Overton, athletics director; bottom, David Cooper, head football coach, and Matt Arkema. At right: James River’s Ryan Powis signed with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (N.Y.). Pictured are, from left, Cynthia Powis, Ryan Powis and Paul Powis. up, adrenaline rush. That normally helps me.” tion last year and 10 in the Drummond gets her 100 breaststroke. Through swimming ability from her Poseidon, she qualified for dad. Doug Drummond swam National Club Swimming As- for the College of William sociation junior nationals last and Mary, also in the breastspring. She swam four events stroke, between 1980 and (50-, 100- and 200-yard 1982. Though his collegiate breaststroke and 400-meter career was cut short due to individual medley) and will injuries, he is now a referee be swimming five events in for VHSL swim meets. that competition as it kicks Though she feels little off this March. pressure to compete at home, A confessed nervousMeredith Drummond has taken Nelly at competition time, some friendly fire from her dad. the daughter of Doug and “A couple of years ago, I Colleen Drummond said the challenged Meredith to beat pressure is self-inflicted. my Masters’ swim time in the “I’m really competitive all 100 breast, then she could the time,” Drummond said have my William and Mary with a laugh. “I just love to sweatshirt,” Doug Drumget up and race … I try to mond said. “She did, and she use [nerves] to my advanwears it a lot at home.” tage, just to get pumped In addition to her prowess th

in the pool, Drummond is also a top student and has been named as a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. Between her athletic and academic capabilities, Drummond could be a top prospect for college recruiters. She deftly deflects questions about which schools she’s looking most seriously at, saying only that she’s found nice fits both in the commonwealth and in the north. For now, it’s all about the next competition. “Hopefully I’ll make finals, top-eight, at states this year,” Drummond said with a smile. “I’m just really excited for states and regionals this year in high school [swimming]. We’re going to do really well.”

from GORSKI page 7 eyes, darker hair). Swimming is a rare common thread. Both Matt and Ben plan to lifeguard this summer at Hampton Park. One thing the twins definitely do not share is clothes. “But I do get some of Nick’s hand-me-downs,” Ben said with a laugh. Matt and also Nick take more after their burly 6-5

father, who was a noted highschool player in Wisconsin. “But at a very small school – like Class A here,” he explained. Ben’s musical aptitude came from his 5-11 mom, an accomplished pianist/trombonist. Whoever coined the phrase “variety is the spice of life,” might have been thinking of the Gorskis. At school, Cosby’s drama

teacher probably wishes the Gorski twins were both like Ben. That said, you can’t blame Carr for dreaming of a lineup with a second 6-11 post. “It’s a good idea to do this story,” said Carr, laughing. “I tell other coaches that Matt has a twin brother, and they just don’t believe it.”

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Financial survival tips for laid off workers

Many of the nation’s laid off workers are finding lucrative freelance opportunities to help them survive and even thrive during the recession.

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In spite of indicators that the economy was in repair and ready to rebound as the year draws to a close, the number of unemployed Americans continued to rise into the fall of 2009. In September, the unemployment rate reached 9.8 percent, a 26-year high after a month that saw employers cut more than 260,000 jobs. Though the unemployment rate does not mean reports of the economy’s recovery are untrue, the recovery of the economy does not necessarily mean the job market is also recovering. Instead, federal stimulus programs, including the now defunct Cash for Clunkers, have helped the economy to rebound but done little for unemployment rates, which provide a glimpse into the sluggish nature of spending. Perhaps most unsettling about the recession is the length of many people’s unemployment. Of the 15.1 million unemployed Americans, 36 percent, or 5.4 million, have been without work for more than six months. What that illustrates is not only an especially harsh recession, but the need for the nation’s recently laid off workers to plan for the worst case scenario with respect to the length of their unemployment. The following tips could help those recently laid off better survive their layoff. * Consider freelancing. Though many people are skeptical of going off their unemployment benefits and freelancing, in certain instances freelancing can prove more fruitful than collecting unemployment. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average unemployment payment benefit, which varies based on an individual’s salary, in the first quar-

ter of this year was just $300 per week, meaning it’s entirely possible freelancing could prove far more lucrative than simply filing for unemployment benefits. In addition, because so many of the nation’s workers have been laid off, many companies have increasingly looked to freelancers to deal with workloads that have not decreased simply because staff size has. That said, there is plenty of money to be made via freelance work, and those considering a career change can use the opportunity to freelance as a means to determining whether or not such a change is really for them. * Keep money in the 401(k). Many people’s 401(k) has hit rock bottom. Therefore, withdrawing money from the 401(k) now is cashing in on a bad investment. In addition, the fees associated with withdrawing from a 401(k) will only further deplete its already low value. Unless it’s completely necessary, keep money in the 401(k). * Apply for benefits immediately. Unemployment benefits tend to take a few weeks to process, so laid off workers should apply immediately after being laid off. It’s also important to note that laid off employees who received severance packages are still immediately eligible for unemployment benefits. But an unemployment check is not the only benefit for which laid off workers can apply. Depending on the industry in which you worked, subsidized training could be available via a government program called Trade Adjustment Assistance, which offers assistance to workers who have been laid off due to increased imports from, or outsourcing to, other countries. — Metro Services


‘Subpar’ economy to spur increased college enrollments in 2010 With millions of jobs lost in 2009, unemployment rates were at their highest in decades. But does the new year bring a brighter future? Economists project a “subpar growth” for 2010. Findings in the latest CareerBuilder survey show that 20 percent of employers plan to increase full-time hires this year. That is a 14 percent increase from 2009. However, unemployment rates are expected to hover around 10 percent this year. Rather than stay in shrinking industries, many unemployed workers are turning to higher education in industries with more plentiful career opportunities. The survey identifies information technology, health care, education and financial services careers to be hiring the most in 2010. “They are always good, strong programs, but in a weak economy, people evaluate what they are going to go into based on what is in demand and stable,” says Andy Hanson, dean of student services at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. “Those ‘helping’ professions tend to be pop-

ular, even more so than normal.” Universities and online schools see stable and strong enrollment in “helping” degree programs such as teacher education, health care and social work, noted Hanson. Sherry Fitzgerald of Detroit is a part of this transition. When she lost her job at a Detroit auto plant six months ago, she began investigating other careers. “I had always thought of becoming a nurse,” Fitzgerald says. “I knew the pay and the job security were good.” Now more than halfway through her program, Fitzgerald has left the troubled American auto industry for a secure, lucrative career in health care, and she’s not alone. Statistics show that enrollment at universities and colleges has jumped in the last six months, and most of those enrolling are victims of layoffs. “They realize they can’t stay where they were,” says university career adviser Robert Green from ClassesAndCareers.com. “They’ve got to adapt, and education is the best way

to do it.” Rick Murphree, president of Brown Mackie College campus in Boise, says enrollment was over 600 in September 2009, a year after the campus opened. High unemployment, and a large percentage of people seeking to change careers after losing longtime jobs with established companies, helped drive better-than-expected growth, Murphree says. College enrollment trends follow economic trends and a poor economy pushes more people to seek further education and training. Students can participate in online colleges which are ideal for people who want to come back to school while holding down jobs, and secure themselves for advancement. This new peak in college enrollment has come in the midst of a recession and has had an especially harsh impact on young adults. Only 46 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds were employed in September 2009 - the lowest in recorded history, according see ENROLLMENT, pg. 14 `

Sounds like a dream, but is working at home for you? Have you dreamed about working from home? Lately, the dream has become a reality for many individuals. More and more companies are allowing employees the option of telecommuting — working from a remote area, such as home. Technology enables work-at-home employees access to company phone systems, servers and e-mail. However, working at home has its share of pluses and minuses, and it may or may not be right for you. Consider the pros and cons below:

1. Spending time with the kids PRO: For parents who are wrestling with the decision of putting children into a form of childcare (such as day care), working at home can mean spending more time with the kids and avoiding the child-care issue altogether. You won’t miss the little growth spurts and changes your youngster makes each day. Plus you will save on the high cost of day care, too. CON: It can be difficult to concentrate when a baby is crying or toddlers are vying for your

attention. You may still need to have some form 3. Time management of child care, like a nanny or sitter, so you can PRO: It can be much easier to focus on your devote consecutive hours to your job. After all, tasks without having to contend with coworkers it can be embarrassing to be on the phone with a client when your two-year-old yells, “I have to go stopping by your cubicle to chat or impromptu meetings in the boss’ office. Also, fewer distracpotty!” or “I want lunch NOW!” tions may allow you to be more efficient at getting assignments done than if you were in the 2. Dress down every day office. CON: Being at home offers the temptation PRO: You can wake up, shower, and head to your home office in your bathrobe and slippers. to do house-related things. Even the most honUnless you have Web conferencing, coworkers est employee is guilty of throwing in a load of won’t know if you’re having a bad hair day or laundry or walking the dog on company hours. spilled juice on your pajamas. Wearing what If you find you’re frequently tuning into a soap makes you comfortable can improve work pro- opera instead of working on your marketing proposal, you could have problems. It takes a ductivity. CON: You may miss the dynamic of getting dedicated person to resist “goofing off ” when no dressed up and looking good that is apparent in one is watching. many offices across the country. Being casually dressed may put you in a more laid-back mood, 4. Flexible hours which can carry over to your work ethic and PRO: In many cases, a home work setup Working from home and avoiding the cubicle quality of work. see HOME, pg. 15 `

might seem like a dream, but it does have its disadvantages.

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History Just Drums is Virginia’s first and only professional drum and percussion store. Located in Midlothian, Virginia and founded in 2006, Just Drums has the largest selection of all drum and percussion related products. Just Drums has a large and complete selection of drum sets from many major brand names, cymbals, sticks, heads, mallets, cases, hardware, parts, books, videos, hand percussion, and anything else you can think of. Just Drums is truly a one-stop shop for any percussionist’s needs.

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History Central Virginia Bank is a full service community bank founded in 1973. Headquartered in Powhatan, CVB has branch locations at Bellgrade, Brandermill, Cartersville, Cumberland Courthouse, Midlothian, and Wellesley. Our associates are active members of the communities,

Website: www.centralvabank.com Lobby: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. *Sat. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Drive In: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. *Sat. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Nature of the Business: Central Virginia Bank of fers a full array of deposit, loan, and investment products. CVB places a premium on providing outstanding customer service and meeting the financial needs of our customers. Our customers have easy access to their accounts through ATM’s; CVB Telephone Connection, our 24hour interactive phone system; and CVB Online, our Internet banking product. We invite you to stop by any Central Virginia Bank location and share your dream with us. We welcome the opportunity to build a relationship with you.

counties and neighborhoods they serve. Central Virginia Bank prides itself on helping customers turn their dreams into reality.

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Degrees that will make you indispensable in the workplace From digitizing and analyzing America’s health records to developing the next big video game or hardware program, careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields continue to gain prominence in the work force. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a growing demand for technological advances will result in a job growth of 22 percent for STEM occupations between 2004 and 2014. As employment opportunities within these new and emerging industries continue to expand, educational institutions are taking a look at refining curriculums to provide career-focused higher education, and better prepare students for careers in specific fields. To do this, universities are working directly with high-caliber employers to ensure their future employee needs will be met. DeVry University, for example, works directly with companies including IBM and Cisco to create these student programs. DeVry University graduates from the last five years have worked at 96 of the Fortune 100 companies. “Students are looking to obtain the education and knowledge needed to succeed in the high-growth industries that continue to thrive,” says Donna Loraine, vice president, academic affairs for DeVry Inc., and dean, DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management. “Our academic structure is one that allows for swift implementation of new programs and curriculum once we notice a specific need, allowing us to better prepare students for these in-demand 21st

century careers.” According to the Center for Education Policy Analysis, technology is pervasive in almost every aspect of daily life, and as the workplace changes, STEM knowledge, skills and the ways in which problems are approached and solved in these subjects are important for a variety of workers. DeVry worked closely with Cisco using the Cisco Networking Academy program to deliver curriculums that teach students how to design, build, troubleshoot and secure computer networks. “Working with DeVry University to equip students with technical knowledge and hands-on experiences will help meet growing demand for skilled workers in a variety of industries ranging from broadband and wireless to healthcare and green technologies,” says Amy Christen, vice president of corporate affairs at Cisco and general manager of the Cisco Networking Academy. “Individuals that are trained in the latest technology careers today will be wellprepared for a variety of exciting career opportunities tomorrow.” In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is anticipating an approximate 45 percent growth in the computer software engineer and application occupations. Anticipating this demand, these student/employer partnerships aim to prepare soon-to-be graduates for these technology careers, while helping to fill a growing need for professionals in the emerging industries around the world.

You can still get scholarships - here’s how A slow economy and dwindling resources for financial aid may have you worrying more than ever about funding your child’s college education. But there are still scholarships available for those who pursue them and take the all-important step of applying long before the school year starts. Applying for scholarships should be one of the first steps in your search. However, scholarship myths continue to flourish and need to be dispelled. Myth 1: Billions of scholarship dollars go unclaimed. In reality, the number of unused

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This myth eventually will die as people discover the many free resources available on the Internet or in the print media. So how do students and their parents sort through the myths and get to the facts? Start the process early - January is perfect for the next school year - and utilize the resources around you. To find scholarship opportunities, start with your high school guidance counselor and local library for a list of possible resources. Next, check with your college financial aid office. Most states and many see SCHOLARSHIPS, pg. 15 `

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is a lagging indicator, and it may take some time before there are jobs for Continued from pg. 11 b those who need them,” he says. Even if unemployment does get better in to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2010, the jobs are likely to require very specific skills, requiring workers to get Jeff Turgeon, executive director of special training. “Even as the economy shows some the Central Massachusetts Regional signs of improvement, employment Employment Board, says it’s not

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scholarships is minuscule. You’ll need to do your research and apply early to have a chance at getting your share of available funding. Myth 2: Scholarships go only to the best students. Many scholarships are awarded based on elements other than academic achievement. Some scholarships are based on the student’s major field of study, involvement in extracurricular and community activities, ethnicity and geographic origin, or other factors. Myth 3: Scholarship searches are worth paying for.

unusual to see college graduates go back to school to get specialized training. Many people see the recession as a chance to finish what they started years ago.

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“I don’t see the enrollment slacking completing the helpful online form at ClassesOnline247.com. An education anytime soon,” Turgeon says. adviser will help you find the right Many workers are taking advan- degree program to set you on a new tage of the economic situation to fur- career path. Or, call to speak with a ther their education. You too can go career counselor at (888) 240-9711. back to school and earn a degree in — Courtesy of ARAcontent a more secure, high-paying field by


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allows you to log in during business hours (or a time you’ve set that is mutually acceptable with your place of business). But you can also catch up on assignments and work your way through a heavy load on your normal downtime — without having to trek into the office. It is also convenient if you have to leave for a doctor’s appointment or pick up the kids from

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colleges offer scholarships, so students should also inquire about them. Finally, the Internet and organizational Web sites are excellent places to search. Remember, this information should always be free. Don’t count yourself out just because you are not the valedictorian, class president or star athlete. There are scholarships available for many interests, backgrounds and abilities. The bottom line is apply now, and the more scholarships for which you apply,

school. You can simply make up hours when you return. CON: Some overachievers fail to recognize the distinction between when their workday ends and their home life begins. It’s quite easy to spend too many hours on the computer or phone, and few with the family. You may feel obligated to check your e-mail or voice mail, even late at night or on the weekends. You’ll need to set a distinct time when it’s “lights out” for work.

PRO: When working at home, you have the easiest commute ever: Simply step over the cat on your way to your office. You’ll save cash normally allotted to mass transportation or fuel for your car. Additionally, you’ll save in other ways, including on wardrobe, meals, and lunchtime shopping excursions you may normally have made. CON: It’s easy to feel secluded when

especially local and regional opportunities, the better your odds are to be selected. Though the scholarship application process can be time consuming, most scholarships require similar information. Once you complete your first application, you can easily re-use the same information for additional scholarships. Scholarships come from many sources, but the student may have to do some detective work to uncover them. For example, at www.usbank. com/studentloans, you can apply to be one of 40 high school seniors or college

* Think small - Competition can be ents start looking as early as their freshman year in high school. By iden- tough for large awards. Smaller awards tifying potential awards, students can ($1,000 and less) typically have less choose classes and activities that will competition and are easier to obtain. increase their chance at winning a Additional free scholarship Web specific award in the future. sites you may want to visit include: * Use the Internet - But be wary of scams posing as scholarships. If a * www.collegeboard.com/scholarships scholarship is reputable, you should * www.collegeplan.org be able to find information about it * www.collegescholarships.com through multiple sources. Try to use * www.collegenet.com Scholarship search tips two sources and make sure the profile * www.scholarships.com submitted is accurate; paying fees does * Start early - Experts recommend not increase your chances of winning. — Courtesy of ARAcontent college-bound students and their par-

5. Easy on the wallet

working at home. Although you might IM all day or talk with colleagues regularly, nothing replaces the face-toface element of being in the office. A “power lunch” or just a quick bite with a coworker can boost morale and be a stress buster — even if it costs you a few extra bucks for that deli sandwich as opposed to the one you’ve made yourself. Working at home does have its share of other expenses, including higher electric bills, high-speed Internet connection, office supplies,

and other necessities that may not be covered by your company. Before you take the leap to working at home, make sure you consider all the aspects of this type of employment situation. You may find that a conventional office job might actually be the best option for you, or you will see that working at home is the dream job you’ve always wanted! —Metro Services

undergraduates to receive a $1,000 U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship. Over the past 13 years, U.S. Bank has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarship funding for this program. Scholarship award recipients are selected through a random drawing process. There are no essays to complete or minimum grade point average requirements. The U.S. Bank Web site also features a powerful scholarship search engine.

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