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School Board adopts Design for Excellence 2020 CONTRIBUTED REPORT


he Chesterfield County School Board unanimously adopted the Design for Excellence 2020 strategic plan on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The action affi rmed that Chesterfield County Public Schools has a vision for the future that extends beyond shading in the correct bubble on a test. The school system is focused on equipping students with the skills necessary for success in life. The Design for Excellence 2020 details how blended learning, project-based learning and

service learning will change the face of education in Chesterfield County. What does the plan mean for students? It means they will have access to anytime, anywhere learning and will understand and solve real-world situations. The plan is available at Developing the plan began in 2010 with forums to spark community conversations on such topics as online education and the importance of science, technology, engineering and math. Parents, business representa-

tives, community leaders and educators worked together on innovation teams to chart the future of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

onstrate the 21st century learn- School Board: ing and technology skills and „ Vision. Chesterfield County knowledge that will prepare Public Schools will provide them for success in school, an engaging and relevant postsecondary education, work education that prepares every and life in a global society. student to adapt and thrive in The proposal they developed „ Goal 3. Working in partnera rapidly changing world. has three overarching goals for ship with school and family, „ Mission. Chesterfield County what students should know and all learners will understand, Public Schools, in partnerbe able to do in 2020: model and embrace the imporship with students, families „ Goal 1. All learners will tant attitudes and attributes and communities, emphasizes acquire,analyze, synthesize and necessary to be responsible and supports high levels of evaluate information to solve global citizens. achievement through a global meaningful problems and to education for all, with options achieve success as productive, The Design for Excellence and opportunities to meet the thriving global citizens. 2020 includes the new vision and diverse needs and interests of „ Goal 2. All learners will dem- mission adopted earlier by the individual students.


Light & Sound TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


any local residents erect holiday light displays on their homes, but few citizens put more dedication into their bulb presentations each year than the Bottoms family in Brandermill. The family’s residence, which stands at 14309 Long Hill Road in Midlothian, has been participating in the annual pastime since 1995. And, this year’s holiday spectacle will surpass previous attempts since the number of bulbs on the property has increased from 125,000 in 2011 to 174,000 in 2012. Thirty-three blow molds and 28 inflatable characters also will play a part in this year’s presentation, along with several custom creations that the family built from scratch. Originally, the light show was the brainchild of Thomas “Buck” Bottoms, but now he shares leadership responsibilities on the project with his son Hunter, who has taken on the duties of the yearly light show with the same passion as his dad. The Bottoms brood has labored several hours a day since Halloween to put together this year’s light show. And, of course, father and son couldn’t raise all that radiance without the help of the entire family. Mom Elizabeth, son Jonathan and daughter Ashley also have helped to hoist the holiday displays each year. This year, Hunter’s girlfriend, Emily Ciucci, and Ashley’s boyfriend, Garrett Mower, also donated their personal time to prepare the spectacular light show for passers-by. Buck said his holiday creations were

originally inspired by his children who were young when he started, and that seeing people’s faces light up made him want to do it every year. Hunter said he always planned to collaborate with his father on the project when he became old enough. “The only thing I can say is that we enjoy it so much,” “Buck” said. “And, every year, it’s about when you’re putting lights up and children are standing there asking about what will go up next because they know the characters.” “I was 7 years old when we started, and, back then, we were more like watchers,” Hunter added. “We watched our dad put them up, and I remember us decorating.” “But, when I started working and making money, I started contributing and putting my own money into it and making it bigger and bigger. Now, my dad matches me when it comes to money and on the power side of it, and it’s grown into an amazing sight.” Buck and Hunter said people who drive by their home this year will be in for a special treat. That is, 20,000 new lights will be a part of the show, but sounds also have been added to the proceedings. Best of all, drivers don’t have to exit their vehicles in order to hear holiday songs that have been synched up to the lights. By tuning their car radios to a certain frequency, they will be able to listen to up to 10 different themes while the lights pulsate to their respective rhythms. “Sixteen thousand of the 20,000 lights are in a new section of the yard that is going to be completely synchronized to music if they tune to 107.9,” Hunter said. “We also built a 20-foot Christmas tree that is surrounded

S Submitted photo: The Bottoms family home, located in Brandermill at 14309 Long Hill Road is a delight to adults and children alike.

by smaller trees with six candy canes and a few eight-feet lighted arches.” “Everything out there has three different colors of lights. It will shimmer and pop, and there are strobe lights that are all-new too.” It should come at no surprise that the Bottoms family has been winning prizes in the Brandermill Community Holiday House competition for its illumination exhibitions since 1997. In fact, the home won the grand prize in 2011, but both Buck and Hunter said that winning the children’s favorite award in the contest is just as important to them as the top prize. The family also won the national Tacky Light Tour website’s overall best award in 2006. This year’s light display will start on Thanksgiving night, and it will run through New Year’s Eve. So, if you haven’t seen the Bottoms family’s home before, know that your holiday season won’t quite be complete without a long look at those lights. At the same time, though, be forewarned – according to Hunter, a procession of cars might back up in the cul-de-sac once people start tuning into the sounds of the season on their radios. He also said that the traffic is his favorite part of the experience every year. “It’s really hard work, but I love watching the traffic because it means that so many people are coming down our street just for this,” Hunter said. “I actually judge the success of the display by how long the line of cars is that we get.”

School Board seeks input on proposed 2013-14 calendar The Chesterfield County School Board is seeking comments from parents, employees and the community about the proposed calendar for 2013-2014, which is available online at Comments may be emailed to calendar@ccpsnet. net or mailed to Proposed Calendar, Chesterfield County Public Schools, P.O. Box 10, Chesterfield, VA 23832. The School Board is scheduled to vote on the calendar during the Tuesday, Dec. 11, meeting. The proposed calendar for 2013-2014 includes: • Classes begin Sept. 3, the first Tuesday after Labor Day. Classes end June 13 for students. • There are 180 student days. • Winter break is Dec. 23Jan. 3. • Spring break is April 14-18. • Nov. 4 is set aside for parent-teacher conferences. • To continue to provide collaborative planning and professional development time for teachers, the calendar includes six early-release Wednesdays for students: Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30. Students also will be released three hours early June 12-13, which are teacher workdays. • Students and all employees will be dismissed three hours early Nov. 27, which is the start of Thanksgiving break. Other holidays for students and employees are Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feb. 17 for Presidents Day and May 26 for Memorial Day.

Four tips for surviving Black Friday shopping still makes sense to get in line hours ahead of time if you’re It’s no secret that Black Friday interested in taking advantage of is the biggest retail shopping day door-buster deals on items such of the year, but what might come as electronics. as a surprise to some people is the It’s important to keep in mind notion that it’s possible to plan that most of those extremely lowahead for the pandemonium. priced goods are loss leaders that Certainly, long lines and help to bring people into stores lengthy bouts of madness can so that they can buy other things. come along with those low prices. For that reason, there may not be But, if you take heed to the foldozens of those dirt-cheap sale lowing tips, you’ll have a much easier time braving the crowds in items available for purchase, so if you’re late to the party, you’ll search of those stellar sales that probably miss out. only come around once a year.

BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

1. Get there early This year, some retailers will open earlier than ever before on Thanksgiving night instead of on Black Friday morning, but it

goods that you’d like to get, write them down or save them on your smartphone. If at all possible, leave the store circulars at home or in your car. Not only do they clutter store floors when they get discarded, but leaving them behind will leave an extra hand free for clutching items during the craziness.

So, unless you’re trying to purchase an unwieldy item such as a big-screen television or a desktop computer, it’s best to leave those carts behind.

4. Price-matching is the savvy shopper’s best friend

ing across town. And, yes, this is one of those times when having the store circular on your person might come in handy, but tuck it into your pocket or your purse.

If all else fails and you can’t get everything that you want in-store, don’t forget about Cyber Monday, the online rite where There’s nothing more annoyInternet retailers offer customing than driving to several dif3. Shopping carts can be a ferent stores to get certain items, ers profound discounts, that gets underway on Monday, Nov. 26. and that tactic is a smart way to detriment And, waiting for boxes to arrive avoid wasting gas. They’re useful during a runon your doorstep beats battling Not every retailer is participatof-the-mill grocery shopping the crowds on any day of the ing in price-matching programs trip, but they tend to get in the 2. Make a shopping list of way during a buying frenzy. week. this year, and you might have Black Friday deals before In any event, if you take heed to stand in a lengthy line at the And, if truth be told, most heading out to the store people can carry their few Black customer service counter, but it’s to the abovementioned tips, you worth it if you can show an ad to should have a fruitful Black FriIf you’ve studied the ads but Friday purchases to the cash day shopping experience. an associate instead of motoryou still can’t memorize all of the register under their own steam.


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The Monacan High School Marching Chiefs react to director Jenny Ryan’s announcement that they earned a Superior rating at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) State Marching Assessment on Oct. 27.

Cosby High School Titan Band


he Cosby High School Titan Band earned a unanimous Superior rating at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) State Marching Festival Assessment on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hermitage High School. The Titan Band earned a Superior, the highest of five

ratings available from each of the seven state-level judges, and was praised for its musicianship skills, marching ability, color guard and twirler performances, show concept and discipline. SUMBITTED PHOTO A “Commonwealth of Vir- The Cosby High School Marching Chiefs earned a unanimous Superior rating at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) State Marching Festival Assessment on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hermitage High School. ginia Honor Band” is a band program that earns a Superior rating at the State Marching same school year. halfway toward their fourth by Earl E. Shaffer Jr. and asStudent leadership inand Concert Festivals in the The Titans are now such Honor Band title with sisted by Jenise Lopez-Perez. cludes: drum major Ashani the second part of it to be Additional staff of the Ti- Pompey, field commanders completed in March 2013. tan Marching Band includes: Jaclyn Bricker and Emily This is also the fourth faculty twirler sponsor Church, drum captains Scott consecutive year the band has Ritamarie Hensley, section Montgomery and Richard earned this coveted rating at coaches Andrew Brock, Wil- Davis, pit captain Ian Krauss, the state marching event. liam Buck, Kevin Crawford, Color Guard captains Katie State Marching Festival Stefan Demetriadus, Brad Harris, Sherline Pierre-Louis Assessment is a two-weekend, Ford and Bryan Sheetz, flag and Chelsea Quay, featured seven-site, 150-band event choreography by Erica Eaton baton twirlers Hannah across the Commonwealth and Karen Kettles, musiHensley and Jessica Schalow, that is the highlight of a cal adaptations by Steven and Band Council president marching bands fall season. Barton, and drill by Richard Helena Damico. The Titan Band is directed Huggins.

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he holiday season is a time for mirth and merriment, but it’s also a time of year when people need to be aware of their personal security and their immediate surroundings. That’s why area parents and their kids might want to attend the Holiday Safety Parents’ Night that will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Chick-FilA Hull Street at 12301 Chattanooga Plaza in Midlothian. Jason Madden is the restaurant marketing director for the Chick-Fil-A Hull Street location. He said the Holiday Safety Parents’ Night is one of four themed monthly Tuesday night events that the location started hosting a few months ago. “The Parents’ Night is a new event night that we just started back in September,” Madden said. “Every Tuesday night before that was called Family Night, and we wanted to do something different for the customers.” “Now we do Craft Night, Kids Night and Family Night in addition to Parents’ Night, so we have those four Tuesdays in the month. In other words, we try to assign an event to that particular target audience.” Specifically, the Holiday Safety event came to fruition after Madden and representatives from the Chick-Fil-A Hull Street location attended the fall festival at Spring Run Elementary on Friday, Oct. 26. Madden said he collaborated with Sgt. T.K. Kehoe of the Chesterfield County Police Department’s support services division to bring police officers to the restaurant on the last Tuesday in November. Since the holidays officially kick off on Thanksgiving Day, the pair wanted to provide information that Chick-Fil-A patrons

would find useful during the season. “Holiday safety is more in line with the parents, so we wanted to do something with Chesterfield County Police,” Madden said. “So, we agreed to work with their public services division that usually handles schools and community groups.” A table with informative brochures will be set up inside the restaurant, while a police cruiser will be parked in its parking lot. Children will be able to view the car’s interior, and Madden said they might receive a holiday safety-themed item such as a coloring book. Two officers also will be present to answer citizens’ questions. Madden said they will talk about a range of subjects from personal safety concerns while traveling to guidelines for Christmas trees and other home decorations. “The parents will be able to talk to the officers that are there,” Madden said. “The table is more of a grab-and-go.” According to Madden, both McGruff the Crime Dog and the Chick-Fil-A Cow also will be on hand to greet the kids, and the franchise’s beloved bovine might even be dressed in his holiday garb that night. “He may even don the Santa suit a little early,” Madden said. In closing, Madden said that it’s important for the Chick-Fil-A Hull Street location to help the local community by providing important information like holiday safety tips. “It’s definitely something that we want our customers to be aware of,” Madden said. “Holiday safety is important, and who better to provide that information to the public than the Chesterfield County Police?” Admission is free. For more information, please call (804) 744-9092 or visit




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This year was the first year in history that Manchester High School’s Marching Lancers have received the top scores of Superior at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) Marching Assessments. This is the first step to receiving a Virginia Honor Band recognition. Under the new direction of Brian Morton and with assistant director Chris Fens, hundreds of hours of rehearsals and hard work have gone into achieving the honor.

James River High School Band


he James River High School Regiment was awarded a Superior rating on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association (VBDO Marching Band Assessment held at Hermitage High School. Superior is the highest rating given at the assessment. Members of the Regiment performed their 2012 show, “A Magical Celebration.” The show includes tunes from Fantasmic, Part of Your World, and Beauty and the Beast. The judges evaluated the Regiment on music performance, visual performance and general effect. The Superior rating puts the James River band on its way towards achieving Honor Band status for the 19th consecutive year. In March, the Concert and Symphonic bands also will be required to perform before the judges. The James River Regiment has been a Virginia Honor Band, the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, for the past 18 years. It is one of only three high schools in Virginia that has held the Honor Band status for every year of its existence.


James River High School drum majors Laurey Buck, left, and Melanie Odenkirk joined in celebrating the Regiment’s Superior rating received on Oct. 20 at the VBDOA Marching Band Assessment at Hermitage High School.



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Post election wrap-up creates ad nauseum BY JIM RIDOLPHI Special Correspondent


residential campaign politics for the masses is no day at the beach. Not only do we suffer through the endless barrage of political advertisements for months leading up to election day, now we are subjected to the endless post mortem on the results. Now, to the novice, the fact that more women voted for President Barack Obama than did for Gov. Mitt Romney may seem insignificant. But that very subject, only one of a dozen, has received hours of news coverage since Nov. 6. I get it. I realize demographics are important, and taking note of trends is probably the key to future success for either party, but please spare us the so-called political experts and their self-serving explanations on who won and who lost. Another popular target of explanation was the effect of Hurricane Sandy on the election. Some said it meant everything, while other pundits opined that it meant nothing. And then there’s the obligatory discussion regarding the demise of the Republican Party and what they most do to change prospects for 2016. 2016!!! Can you not say that for at least two years? Many of the political experts on the Republican side were off with their election predictions. Many Democrats were correct in their prognostications. What a revelation but really not surprising when you consider the fact that both of them called heads. Insiders told us that Romney went into the evening convinced he had won the election. I suspect the president felt a similar inclination. Karl Rove said his predictions were wrong because the models used by pollsters were actually correct, and his nonsensical numbers were skewed.As an oversaturated consumer


of political propaganda in mass doses for the past six months, I’ve had enough -- at least for a while. If there was a message or mandate in the Nov. 6 election it’s that we don’t want to hear any more campaign promises or survive any more billion dollar advertising barrages. We expect reasonable, professional officials to go to Washington, D.C., and tackle the real problems that face this nation. More importantly, the mandate is for a cooperative legislature that understands the art of the deal. Setting a position and holding will not suffice for either party, and citizens clearly issued a mandate against gridlock with do-nothing results. Finally, after all the post election excuses, explanations and apologies, the most interesting explanation of the Democratic victory came from a dog lover who blogged on Romney’s defeat. She surmised dog lovers made the difference, and never forgave Romney for his Irish setter faux pas. “After all, people do stupid things with their animals all the time,” she said. “But, can you really trust a man who thinks placing a dog in a crate on the top of a station wagon is standard fare?” Now, that’s a post mortem I can subscribe to. The dog lovers decidedly did it for the President. Wait a second, didn’t I read that Mitt Romney’s friends describe him as a dog lover. Oh well, the theory remains as plausible as most of the others. The simple message is we don’t care. We listened, we voted and we elected. Billions of dollars later and a collection of election paraphernalia that’s going at half price, it’s time for them to govern -- and for us to go back to work. And for those of you with election post partum blues, don’t dismay. With the thaw of winter, the Virginia gubernatorial race heats up -- slowly we hope.

All data are based on the publicly available Chesterfield County Police Department daily arrest and crime releases and are reported according to Federal Incident Based Reporting rules.

23112 Nov. 8 2900 block of Delfin Road Fraud/ identity theft was reported at a residence. 14400 block of Woods Walk A brush fire was discovered in the woods behind Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club. No injuries were reported. 3700 block of S Old Hundred Road Miscellaneous-illegal possession of tobacco product report at a school. 13900 block of Hull Street Road Narcotics/drug abuse/possessionmarijuana reported at a school.

23113 Nov. 9 200 block of Wylderose Drive Unknown suspect/s shattered rear window of vehicle. Items were reported stolen from the vehicle at a parking lot/garage

23114 Nov. 11 13700 block of St Francis Blvd. Known suspect broke out windows from several vehicles. Items were reported stolen from the vehicle at a parking lot/garage.

23225 Nov. 8 6900 block of Amster Road Unknown suspect/s possibly forced entry through a window. Items were stolen from a residence.

23234 Nov. 4 5000 block of Oriole Avenue Complainant reported the unoccupied residence was entered and the item was reported stolen.






6700 block of Beulah Oaks Lane Unknown suspect/s kicked in rear door, triggering an audible alarm. Items were reported stolen from a residence.

Nov 12 6300 block of Phobus Drive Complainant reported unknown suspect/s removed copper pipes from the crawlspace.

23235 Nov. 8 10100 block of Old Bon Air Place Fraud-credit card/ATM was reported.

Seth Zink, leftt, and Layton Deane take a break from cooking ribs at the final Cooking for a Cure event in 2012.

11300 block of Briarmont Road Aggravated sexual battery was reported at a residence.

if you’re standing out here in the cold.” Frank Davis and Thurmont McClure made a u-turn. “We could smell it as we were going down the road, and we had to pull in,” said Frank. Pat Borback said she had given copies of an article about the fundraiser that appeared in the Midlothian Exchange. Pat Ferguson brought insulated bags for the five racks of ribs she purchased. Dean Tracy bought two racks and also donated. “I got ribs here last year and I nearly died. They were so good,” he said. Charles Hillier and his wife said





2400 block of Alfalfa Lane Assault-simple domestic reported at a residence. 3000 block of Botone Avenue Kidnapping/abduction of adult was reported at a residence. 5400 block of Old Warson Drive Assault-simple domestic was reported at a residence.

Nov 11. 9300 block of Croft Crossing Court Dangerous/vicious dog was reported at a residence.

23803 Nov. 6 21000 block of Chesterfield Avenue Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked vehicle. Items were reported stolen from vehicle and outside the residence.

23831 Nov. 8 3200 block of W Hundred Rd Assault-simple domestic was reported at a residence.

Nov. 11 13400 block of Quixton Lane Victim reported license plates stolen from his vehicle outside a residence.

5700 block of Quiet pine Circle Kidnapping/abduction of adult was reported at a residence.

23832 Nov. 6 7900 block of Halyard Terrace Fraud attempt was reported at a residence.

Nov. 12 13500 block of Brandy Oaks Road Victim died of wounds received at a residence.

23836 Nov. 7 11900 block of Old Stage Road Unknown suspect/s broke front passenger window on truck and rear window on camper shell. Items were stolen from a parking lot/garage.

Nov. 10 900 block of W Hundred Road Unknown suspect/s removed eleven diesel particulate filters from underneath the tractor trailers at a business

Nov. 12 800 block of W. Harbour Drive Suspect kicked open the victim’s front door and when observed by the victim, ran from the residence. At this time nothing has been reported stolen.

Nov. 9 200 block of Eastman Road Unknown suspect/s possibly tampered with front door lock to enter residence. Items were reported stolen.

23838 Animal case-maltreatment of/cruelty to animal reported at a residence.


We could smell it as we were going down the road, and we had to pull in.

they couldn’t wait to get home. They ate their rib dinners in the car. “It was delicious, and the price is a bargain,” he said. All the food was gone before 2 p.m. Scott said, “We sold every piece of everything.” Next spring, Scott said he will again be “Cooking for a Cure.”

Save the date The New Virginians Luncheon Jan. 9, 2013 CONTRIBUTED REPORT


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5600 block of Gatebridge Road Three unknown suspects were observed inside the residence by the victim. The suspects forced entry by prying open the rear door. They also attempted entry through a window. The suspects fled on foot. Items were reported stolen from a residence.

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14200 block of Delamere Drive Unknown suspect/s forced entry through garage side door. Items were reported stolen at a residence.

6900 block of Starview Court Unknown suspect/s entered residence through front window. Items were reported stolen from a residence.


ov. 3, a cold, clear day, provided a scene of drive-by honking, as many cars turned into Bon Air Shell at 8762 Huguenot Road. With smoke and smells wafting through the air, the hungry were being tempted and lured to Scott Allen’s Cooking for a Cure for the American Cancer Society. This was the final fundraising event of 2012 for the Relay for Life Team, Lee’s Scouts, named for Scott’s sister, Lee Allen Deane, who died of cancer in 2004. All money was donated to the American Cancer Society. Team members Scott Allen and his mother, Betsy Jane Allen; his nephews, Layton and Cory Deane; Andrew Dunnick; Lakiesha Jenkins and Seth Zink were on hand to dish up the barbecued chicken and ribs with sides of potato salad, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and rolls. The second customer of the day was Liz Nelson, who came only to donate. “I don’t know if you’ve started yet, but here’s all the cash I have,” she said. Customer number three donated as well. Billy Bokkon bought a a half rack of ribs. “My lunch,” he said, as he donated extra. Every now and then, a handfreezing, face-stinging gust of wind blew the tops off the warming pans. They clattered and bounced along the pavement until retrieved, washed and replaced on the pans. Nancy Woodmansee said, “I saw the smoke. It has to be good

600 block of Marblethorpe Road Dangerous/vicious dog was reported at a residence.

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5500 block of Belle Pond Drive Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked vehicle. Items were reported stolen from a vehicle outside at a highway/ road/alley.

6100 block of Meadowburm Drive Complainants reported hearing shots fired outside location. No injuries were reported.



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r. Adam Seldow, executive director of technology for Chesterfield County Public Schools, recently won the Virginia Department of Education’s 2012 State Educational Technology Leadership Award and the Region 1 Educational Technology Leadership Award. The awards recognize individuals who demonstrate leadership by assisting school divisions in education technology planning and implementation. Division superintendents in each of the Virginia Department of Education’s eight regions select individuals for the regional awards. A panel of judges then selects one of the eight regional honorees as the state winner. Seldow’s accomplishments in Chesterfield County Public Schools include introducing blended learning as a divisionwide strategy, removing barriers to the effective use of technology and training 3,000-plus teachers to use blended learning with their students. Blended learning involves integrating technology and digital content with face-to-face instruction. Another recent success the school district celebrated was being named to the Advanced Placement District Honor Roll by the College Board. Only 539 school divisions in the United States and Canada achieved this honor for increas-

ing access to Advanced Placement classes while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Advanced Placement courses offer collegelevel instruction in high school. Most colleges award Dr. Adam Seldow credit to students who score 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams; the highest possible score is 5. Chesterfield County Public Schools offers these Advanced Placement courses: chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, calculus, English literature, English composition, government, U.S. history, world history, European history, human geography, economics, statistics, computer science, psychology, French, German, Spanish, Latin, music theory, studio art and art history. In 2011-2012 in Chesterfield County Public Schools, 3,806 students were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and took 5,142 AP exams; 60 percent scored 3 or higher. In 2010-11 in Chesterfield County Public Schools, 2,798 students were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and took 4,903 AP exams; 57 percent scored 3 or higher.

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Residents and managers of Chesterfield Heights recently presented a fundraising check of more than $500 to Howard Canada and members of the Midlothian Volunteer Fire Department. Chesterfield Heights residents, guests and the public enjoyed an afternoon of carnival games at their Fall Festival, where all proceeds benefited the fire department.


The Chesterfield Heights Players theater group was active during the Halloween holiday, entertaining their neighbors and guests with several short skits. About 20 residents are involved in the in-house acting group and meet weekly. They are led by resident Gail Russell. They perform in a Reader’s Theater style, where they read text in front of an audience, using narrators to move the story forward. Actors Troupe 1 members shown are, from left, Kermit Horning, director Effie Horning, Lil Deitch, Ruth Good and Fran Franklin.

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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 It could take a couple of attempts before you reach the level of satisfaction you are seeking, Cancer. Patience is key whenever delving into uncharted waters.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you are ready to begin a big adventure. There may be moments that are scary, but overall the experience will be a good one for you and anyone else involved.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you may have to juggle a few events to get everything you want to have accomplished done by a certain date. It could prove to be a hairy few days.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, a lot of things need to get done, but you’re worried there simply isn’t enough time to clear your docket. You have to cut out some of the nonessentials for now.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, although you like to step up to a challenge, this week you really are not feeling like exerting yourself. Take some time to recuperate and build up renewed energy.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Now is the time to get serious about saving, Gemini. No matter how hard you wish it, you will not see extra money simply appear in your bank account unless you put it there.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, now might be the time for a permanent change in scenery. Your finances might be ready for you to uproot and follow your heart to another locale.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, this week you may be called to go above and beyond. As usual, you are ready to rise to the challenge. Take care to put your best effort into the task.

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The Fifth Annual Salisbury Presbyterian Church Turkey Waddle 5K Walk/Run begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at 13621 Salisbury Rd. in Midlothian. Participants will be supporting the Central Virginia Food Bank. The event will be held rain, snow or shine. Registration fees are $10 for adults and $5 for kids up to 13 years, as well as a canned good. The first 600 paid entrants will receive an orange “string bag” with the SPC TW 5K logo on it. To register, go to https://www.raceit. com/Register/?event=15540. To donate online, go to Fundraising/?event=15540. Free Community Thanksgiving Meal will be served starting at noon at 7511 N. Spring Run Rd. in Midlothian. The meal is being provided by Swift Creek Cares. For more information, call 804-7393001.

FRIDAY, NOV. 23 Chesterfield County government offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. Saturday, Nov. 24 Capt. Mike Ostrander and Henricus Park historians will conduct tours from aboard the Discovery Barge II, a 24foot, covered pontoon boat. The tours will focus on five centuries of unique history along the James River, as well as wildlife that flourish in the nature conservation area. Excursions will feature local wildlife and 17th century through modern history at Henricus and Dutch Gap. School group and private tours are available for booking. The fee is $25 per person. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 804-318-8728 or e-mail

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28 Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church provides parents with an occasional Coffee Break. Any and all parents with preschool children are invited to have coffee and socialize with other parents of preschoolers. A half-hour presentation of a product is included. Coffee will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the presentation starting at 9:45 a.m. in room 107 at 1100 Mt. Pisgah Drive in Midlothian. For more information, visit mtpisgahva. org. Saturday, Dec. 1 Webelos Boy Scout Geologist Activity Pin Workshop will be held at the Midlothian Mines Park at 13301 North Woolridge Road in Midlothian. This program is geared for Cub Scouts looking to achieve this Webelos pin, focusing on geology and rock formations. Scouts will learn about rock types, how coal is formed, and the history of coal mining in Chesterfield County and its impact to the region. The fee is $10 per child. Reservations may be made at and using PayPal. For more information, call 80r-796-7131 or go to A Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian at the corner of Winterfield and Salisbury Roads. Items include jewelry, crafts, kitchenware, food, ornaments and Native American crafts. Hourly raffle of vendors’ contributions will be included, as well as food and fun. The bazaar benefits various outreach efforts of the church. For more information, contact Jennifer Wester at 804-276-7543.


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SUNDAY, DEC. 2 The choirs and readers of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will present an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. The service will be preceded by an organ recital by Allen Bean, music minister of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. The organ recital begins at 4:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 8706 Quaker Lane in Bon Air. For more information, call 804272-0992

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alsa dancing is a cadenced activity that gets blood pumping and the feet moving to the beat. And, if you’ve always wanted to try it, you don’t have to look too far for your next chance to attempt the activity. On the third and fourth Saturday nights of the month, the percussive pastime takes over the dance floor at Plaza Azteca at 10456 Midlothian Turnpike in the Pocono Crossing Shopping Center in North Chesterfield. The next Sexy Salsa Saturdays event will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24. Dance instructor David Prado also will provide free salsa lessons for beginners from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sexy Salsa Saturdays started at Plaza Azteca in October, and the event has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Prado has been teaching salsa dancing in the Central Virginia region for 12 years. He also is the organizer of the Richmond Salsa Meet-Up Group, an online group for area salsa enthusiasts, and he teaches other styles of Latin dance such as bachata and cha-cha. “It’s the largest and oldest meetup group,” Prado said. “It’s been around for eight years, and we have 1,100 members.” “It is a nonprofit group that fi nds places to practice and to socialize and grow the salsa community in Richmond. We found the website and decided it was a great way to communicate with people.” During Sexy Salsa Saturdays, Prado shares teaching duties with Corey Carter of the Midlothianbased Latin Ballet. Prado said there are several characteristics that make salsa unique even when compared to other Latin dances.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 The Salisbury Presbyterian Church at 13621 W. Salisbury Road in Midlothian will present a Free Christmas Concert with the Jubilation Senior Adult Community Choir. The program will get underway at 11 a.m. Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call the church office at 804-794-5311.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6 The 13th Annual “Behold the Lamb of God” Christmas Tour with recording artist Andrew Peterson and special guest Matthew Perryman Jones will be presented at 7 p.m. as part of the Northstar Community Church Concert. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at The Commons at Bon Air Baptist Church at 2531 Buford Road in Richmond. General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show and may be purchased online at or by calling 804-353-6007.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8 The 2012-2013 Richmond Royals Peewee A Purple ice hockey team will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the Capital Ale House at 13831 Village Place Drive in Midlothian. Cost is $6 for the first ticket and $5 for each additional ticket. Children under the age of 4 with a paid adult will be admitted free of charge. Team members are raising funds to help with tournament fees.

SUNDAY, DEC. 9, Christmas Lessons and Carols will begin at 5 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian, with a service featuring the choir joined by Anastasia Jellison on the harp; Holly Clark, flute; Jane Kiser, oboe; and Donald Anderson, organist and music director. The evening will include works by Archer, Gounod, Clemens, Darke, Helvey and Harmon. A reception will follow. For more information, call 804-379-8899 or e-mail redeemerepiscopal@gmail. com.


Dance instructor David Prado during the Sexy Salsa Saturdays event.

“Salsa is the sexiest dance on earth,” Prado said. “What David Prado makes it unique is that the music is infectious.” “Salsa dancing Salsa is the is also an amazsexiest dance on earth. What ing workout. The makes it unique salsa community is that the music and the people is infectious. who dance salsa will say it’s addictive like no other dance, and once you start dancing, you’ll get hooked.” According to Prado, the basic steps involved in salsa are easy to pick up because counting is involved. He said the rhythms become easier to learn if people continue to practice what they learn during his lessons after they go home. “Well, it’s easy to learn because I break it down so that people don’t forget,” Prado said. “But, the reason is that I teach the steps and the timing of the steps, which equates to rhythm.” On Saturday night, a live DJ will

play the hottest bachata, cha-cha, salsa and other Latin mixes, and dancers should expect to work up a sweat. For that reason, Prado suggests that participants wear casual but comfortable clothing and that they should bring a towel. He also said that dancers should wear shoes with smooth bottoms because rubbersoled shoes don’t work well on the dance floor. So, what advice does Prado have for fi rst-timers who might be interested in trying salsa dancing but are concerned that they might embarrass themselves? Well, he said they shouldn’t worry because everyone who takes his introductory class is there to learn. “There’s no such thing as messing up in a beginner class,” Prado said. “Everybody there is new, and they’re beginners, and then the other dancers come out after the class.” Admission is free. For more information about Sexy Salsa Saturdays and other salsa events happening soon in the Central Virginia region, visit www.


Get fit after Thanksgiving at the Trim the Turkey 5K “And, you can work off that food that you’ll be eating on If you’re concerned Thursday.” about the calories that The Trim the Turkey 5K your Thanksgiving dinner event made a point to focus contains, you might consider on family when it began participating in the Trim the in 2011, and, according to Turkey 5K and Kids 1-Mile Stanton, this year’s event Fun Run that will take place will continue that trend. For on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the instance, the Kids 1-Mile Midlothian Athletic Club at Fun Run became a part of 10800 Centerview Drive in the festivities to ensure that North Chesterfield. youngsters would have a The activity will help local chance to be active. joggers, runners and walkers “Hopefully, it’ll be the to get a jump on working off same thing this year since those extra holiday pounds. it’s the holiday weekend,” Midge Stanton, the head Stanton said. “In the past, we trainer at Midlothian Athletic had families come out before Club, said an event like the they went shopping, and, last Trim the Turkey 5K is a great year, we had a guy who came opportunity for people to while he was visiting his famcontinue their regular fitness ily from out of town.” regiments or to start one at This year’s race will begin the beginning of the holiday at the Midlothian Athletic season. Club, but it will take a dif“Well, it’s a fun event, and ferent path than it did last it’s something to kick-start year. This time, the race will the holidays if people want to journey around the soccer do it with you,” Stanton said. field at Huguenot Park and

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 The New Virginians, a club for women new to the Richmond area in the last two years, will meet at 11:30 a.m. at The Jefferson Hotel at 101 W. Franklin St. in Richmond. The club will hold a Silent Auction at the luncheon. The cost is $35 for club members and their guests. Reservations for the luncheon are requested by noon on Dec. 5. For more information, contact Wednesday, Dec. 19 Christmas Celtic Service by Candlelight begins at 7 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian. The service will feature Celtic and Gaelic seasonal music, Holly Clark on the flute and Donald Anderson, organist and music director. A reception will follow. For more information, call 379-8899 or e-mail redeemerepiscopal@

detour through the Greenfield neighborhood. The event will be timed, although Stanton said that awards will not be given to the top finishers. Instead, she said goodie bags will be given to each of the participants because it is a fun run and not a competitive one. The Kids 1-Mile Fun Run also will start at the Midlothian Athletic Club and proceed through Huguenot Park’s wooded trails. As Stanton said, the roundtrip route has been planned because it is the safest route for the children involved. “From the edge of our parking lot up to the entrance of the park is a half-mile, so there and back is a mile,” Stanton said. “That way, we keep them from crossing the street.” The upcoming race event will be a fine fitness opportunity for people to enjoy after the Thanksgiving holiday. People often become worried about

gaining weight during the holiday season, so Stanton said it will be a chance for them to get ahead of those unwanted pounds while having some fun at the same time. “It’s just a good kind of motivator to get people off the couch or out of the shopping malls and to get some good exercise while they’re at it,” Stanton said. “Any kind of activity helps because we eat a little bit extra during the holidays, so it’s a good way to stay on track or get on track.” Registration for the Trim the Turkey 5K and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. The price for day of registration for the Trim the Turkey 5K is $15 while registration for the Kids 1-Mile Fun Run is free. For more information about the race, call 804-3302222, ext. 307, or e-mail Midge Stanton at

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he Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Midlothian has announced the appointment of Colleen Callihan as its new preschool director. She succeeds Mickie Stewart, who had served the school for 14 years. Callihan wrote, “I am very pleased and honored to be moving into this new role at Mt. Pisgah Preschool. It has

been my privilege to teach here for over eight years as part of a teaching staff dedicated to both our students and their families. Our school is an important outreach of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church. It provides a wonderful resource for the Midlothian community. I look forward to continuing the standard of excellence for which Mt. Pisgah Preschool is known.” Callihan graduated with her Bachelor

of Arts in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga. She continued her education at John Tyler Community College, where she completed the coursework for the Career Studies Certificate-Early Childhood Education. Callihan has previously served as the assistant director of Prodigy Child Development Center in Roswell, Ga. She began teaching at Mt. Pisgah Preschool in 2005 and has continued through

2012. A key factor in her selection was Callahan’s rich experience working with early childhood programs. Beginning in 1991, she served as the assistant director of the Prodigy Child Development Center in Roswell, Ga., as well as other positions. Her Preschool teaching experiences began in Mt. Pisgah in 2005 and have continued through 2012.


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new charity called Mercy Mall has opened in the area to serve the needs of Chesterfield families and beyond. Mercy Mall is located at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, units 136 and 121, at 3830 N. Bailey Bridge Rd. in Midlothian. The boutique is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Patrons may visit during store hours or make an appointment by sending an email to bncmercymall@gmail. com or call 870-688-1535. Shoppers will be asked to fill out a registration card. During their visit, volunteers help them locate and coordinate items that they need. Patrons may visit Mercy Mall every 30 days. “We don’t turn anyone away,” Stacey Jones, chief

care officer and founder of Mercy Mall, Chesterfield, said. “We hear many stories of families that can’t get help anywhere else and that might not qualify for help elsewhere, but that need it and we want people to know we are here to help them.” Mercy Mall organizes clothing by size and style and accessorizes with shoes, jewelry, belts and handbags. “The boutique’s atmosphere was set up to help empower the shopper, give them hope and show them that someone cares about them. We’ve helped teenagers put together trendy back-toschool looks, helped job seekers find a complete polished outfit for an interview, helped replenish someone’s house after a fire, helped a new mother get set up for a new baby coming home, single moms, foster families, and we

have all sizes from newborn and children’s to men’s and women’s sizes 3x, including maternity clothes.” Mercy Mall provides several items when available, including nonperishable food; clothing, belts, jewelry and shoes; health and beauty care; laundry detergent; baby clothes, diapers, and equipment; miscellaneous household items, furniture, etc. It also has a small army of supporters it reaches out to when it has specific needs it might not have in stock. The Chesterfield Mercy Mall was founded in December 2011 and is a 501(c)3 charity. It was founded in partnership with Mission of Hope International that runs the Fresh Start program in Chesterfield, a program for single, widowed, divorced and single adoptive mothers whose goal is to break cycles

that lead to failure and promote positive life change. “It was divine intervention that connected us,” Dr. Simi Massey, president and founder of Mission of Hope International, said. “We had the same vision and the families of Fresh Start/New Horizons are reaping many blessings including material needs, love and compassion.” Chesterfield Mercy Mall started with a 10x10 storage unit and, within one month, the charity moved into a 10x30 space on Jan. 20, 2012. Since then, the charity has added more units to serve as overstock space that contains baby equipment, overstock and seasonal items.

Mercy Mall is based on a concept that was started in Harrison, Ark., by Pastor Shannon O’ Dell of Brand New Church (BNC) to serve the local communities of church campuses. Four hundred families on average are served at the first location in Arkansas as an agent of the food bank. To date, the local Mercy Mall has served about 160 residents and has been promoted by word-of-mouth only. Mercy Mall is always looking for volunteers, in-kind donations and monetary donation. All donations are tax deductible. Items needed are: nonperishable food,

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Cox sweeps Cosby for boys volleyball title ing 89 of 90 sets played this season. Prior to Saturday’s loss, Dominion District teams had won three consecutive state titles. James River won titles in 2011 and 2010, and Clover Hill beat Cosby for the title in 2009. The Central Region champion Titans (266) entered Saturday’s match as the underdog despite coming from the Central Region, BY BRUCE WELLS Sports Editor which had won 11 of 15 state titles. Cosby started strong in the both of the first he Dominion District’s run of consecutive VHSL state titles in boys two sets but each time Cox rallied to assume volleyball ended on Saturday at the control of each set. Trailing by five in the third set, Cosby showed renewed aggression to pull Siegel Center when Frank W. Cox defeated the Cosby Titans 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 to within 22-20, but Cox scored three of the final four points to sweep the set and claim to capture its third state championship. We got beat by a great team,” Cosby coach the championship. “I’m proud of my guys for fighting to the Frank Jenkins said. “I don’t think they have any weaknesses. Every aspect of their game is end and not giving up after losing two games and not rolling over in the third game,” Jenconsistent and aggressive. They’re well-seakins said. soned. We had some great points and great Dominic Vacca finished with three digs and rallies and points where we thought we had five kills for the Titans, Quinn Rutledge had a kill down, but they’d get a dig or a block. PHOTO BY KENNY MOORE 10 digs, two kills and 22 assists and Andrew Their back-row defense is second to none.” The Cosby Titans accepting the trophy for Runner Up in the State AAA finals. “I’m proud of Sydow had two blocks and eight kills. The win capped a perfect 32-0 season for my guys for fighting to the end and not giving up after losing two games and not rolling over in the third game,” Cosby coach Frank Jenkins said. the Falcons who were victorious in an amaz-

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IT’S SHOWTIME Cosby’s senior guards Olivia Morgan, left, Alysa Triplett and Adriane Vaughan are expected to make big contributions this season.

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ome of the most entertaining high school girls’ basketball this winter could unfold behind closed doors … during Cosby High practice sessions. You might even be able to sell tickets to Cosby vs. Cosby. In Coach Rachel Mead’s own words, “we’re loaded.” Mead has welcomed back all but one player from last year’s 20-7 output, plus a couple take-notice newcomers. “I look down the bench and go ‘wow,’ said Mead. “We’re very talented and very deep.” The bar is being set at dizzying heights for an upward-bound program that is 117-22 overall since 2008. “I think we can contend for States,” said quicksilver point guard Adriane Vaughan, a second-team All-Dominion District pick last year and one of three senior returnees. The other seniors are guards Olivia Morgan and Alysa Triplett. “Our seniors are all leaders,” said Mead, “and the good thing is the younger girls are listening.” The collection of dynamic guards also in-

cludes Madi Conyers, a 5-4 whirlwind Mead describes as “a pit bull on defense.” There is size in abundance, too. The Titans’ most decorated player is 6foot junior Dorthy Adomako, an All-District pick last year and the squad’s top returning scorer and rebounder. “We’re ready to play,” said Adomako, whose parents (Swan and Kojo) are immigrants from western Africa. Dorthy’s older sister, Felicia (now at Marymount University, Arlington) is the only graduation loss from last winter. D. Adomako honed her skills this past spring and summer with the high-profile Boo Williams-Richmond AAU squad. She has long arms and fingers and can perform a feat few girls can match – palm a basketball. Adomako will receive ample inside assistance from 6-1 junior Skye Jefferson, who was second-team All-Dominion last year at Clover Hill. “I played mostly 3-4 (forward) in AAU, so I’m glad to let Skye play underneath (center),” said Adomako. “We can really use another big.” Jefferson averaged a dozen rebounds per game as a sophomore and is daughter of Kevin Jefferson, Longwood University’s all-time scorer. “Skye is another long body who will help us in the middle, altering a lot of shots …

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Local duo enjoy friendly sibling rivalry

Eric and Foofie. “They are the greatest things,” gushes Kelly. Their other common interest is field hockey and lacrosse. This has helped them remain close and competitive. Their parents DeVoe and Judith Regan have been instruBY BRUCE WELLS mental in the sister’s love for athletics, especially lacrosse. Sports Editor Their dad is a club lacrosse coach and their mom an athletic ennis has the Williams sisters and football the Man- trainer. ning brothers. These sibling rivalries, which must Our dad has coached lacrosse for as long as we can both have made for a highly competitive home environ- remember,” said Kelly. “We were just little kids when he just ment, seem to be the recipe for success. kind of put a stick in our hands and said you’re going to play Meet the Regan sisters: Casey and Kelly attend Midlothian lacrosse, and we were like, OK,” added Casey. and Clover Hill respectively and play on their schools field Casey was a third grader and Kelly in fourth. They have hockey and lacrosse teams. The sisters aren’t twins--in fact been playing ever since. their birthdays are separated by 17 months--but look so much Both sisters play the same position in field hockey (halfalike that teachers in elementary and middle school could not back) but refuse to say who the better player is. “Kelly also tell them apart. They are about as close as any siblings can plays forward so she’s better at that,” said Casey, 16, and the get; even though they admittedly have never had to share the younger of the two Regan sisters. “And Casey’s really aggressame room as so many siblings often do growing up. They do sive so she’s better at halfback,” added Kelly. however share the same clothes. Their competitive nature can be so intense that they have “My closet is her closet so it’s going to be really sad when I to deliberately tone it down when going up against each other. go to college, I’m going to lose half my closet,” said Kelly, who “When we play field hockey against each other we try not at 18 is the oldest of the sisters. “And I won’t be able to wear to mark up on each other, said Casey, “Or hurt each other,” her clothes,” added Casey sadly the sisters chimed in unison. “We would end up being ultra Zumba, and singing in the car are among their common SISTERS page 9 interests. As is an obsession with cats, they share three; Gracie,


The Reagan sisters Casey, left, and Kelly share a passion for both field hockey and lacrosse.

plus she runs the floor well,” said Mead. And then there is Jocelyn “JoJo” Jones, who arrives with an already healthy reputation. A former Matoaca Middle standout, the 5-9 Jones is enrolled as a freshman in Cosby’s Health and Science Specialty cu The all-round talent drew attention as a 13-yearold when she accepted a verbal scholarship offer to University of North Carolina. “JoJo’s” athletic genes are beyond reproach. Her dad, Michael, was a linebacker on Colorado’s 1990 National championship football squad, and mother Tanya was a high jumper on the U.S.’s 1992 Olympic squad. “JoJo can play any position,” said Mead. “She’ll fit right in with us because she likes to play fast – physical and fast.” Mead plans to substitute freely, keeping five fresh Titans on the floor – Cosby A and Cosby B - at all times to press the pace, the faster the better. The Titan’s hoops cup runneth over, with so many options. “Other teams won’t know who to guard,” says Mead. Optimism is spiking through the roof. Vaughan, unable to hold back, even went so far as to make this claim: “I think there are some boys’ teams we could beat,” she said. And it seemed like she meant it.

ix-year old Charlie Beals admittedly likes “to go fast”. By all indications the diminutive speed demon does a pretty good job of it. The Midlothian resident was recently crowned the 2012 Kid Kart Champion of Capital City Speedway in Ashland, Virginia. To earn the title the youngster raced in 15 events from March until November winning nine feature events and finishing runner up three times. A first grader at Alberta Smith Elementary, Beals started racing at age five and has successfully competed on dirt oval tracks in Virginia and North Carolina, including Amelia Motor Raceway, Brunswick Speedway, Ace Karting Complex and Margarettsville Speedway in North Carolina. Beals This fall, he also started racing in Capital City’s Junior Stars class in an adult-sized kart, winning the final six races of the season. Capital City Speedway, a 1/5 mile clay oval located just off Route 1 in Ashland, holds kart racing events on Saturdays with multiple classes from Kid Karts to an Over-45 Class. The Kid Kart class at Capital City includes up to ten karts a weekend with drivers, ages 5-7, from all over Virginia and Maryland. The drivers must wear safety equipment including a certified helmet, chest protector, neck brace, racing jacket, and racing gloves. The karts are powered by 50cc 2-cycle engines under rules set by the World Karting Association to promote a level playing field for the entry-level racing class. Kid Karts, which are purpose built racing karts designed for younger racers, are capable of speeds from 35 to 45 mph depending on the race track and rules set. The Kid Kart Champion is awarded a special Championship trophy and embroidered leather racing jacket at a banquet hosted by the race track in February. Kart racing is truly a family affair for the Beals’ family. Charlie’s dad Rob prepares his #5 race karts, mom Susan records videos of his races and posts them on YouTube, and his younger sister, 4-year-old Caroline is his biggest cheerleader. “Charlie and me enjoy doing something out of the ordinary and spending time with family and friends at the race tracks,” said Rob Beals. “It’s a competitive, but very supportive group. Kart racers try to help each other by sharing lessons learned and tips for better handling and speed.” Rob credits Charlie’s success to “good equipment, natural ability and focus, a cool demeanor, and lots and lots of seat time in a race kart.” Next season Charlie plans to focus on racing his full size kart as he prepares to move up to the faster Junior Sportsman 1 division and compete in the statewide Virginia Dirt Kart Association series.


Sisters from page 8

was a good decision to attend the math and science specialty center,” said Kelly, aggressive with each other so we just who maintains a 4.44 GPA. “Math to me try and stay away from that,” they both is like a different language and my brain agreed with a laugh. just works that way. I’ve had a good Just as they share so many comtime.” mon interests, the sisters also have their Kelly’s goal beyond next year’s gradudifferences. Kelly is an admitted math ation is to attend MIT and play lacrosse nerd and Casey likes theatre and P.E. for them. But she does have a back-up Kelly is a partial vegetarian while Casey plan. “Hopefully I will get in (at MIT) takes pride in eating whatever she wants. so I can go there, but otherwise I’m apCasey wants to drive a truck and Kelly plying to Elon, University of Richmond likes to drive a blue Volkswagen Beetle. and UVA. Then I would play club field It was Kelly’s love of math that hockey and lacrosse.” resulted in her attending the Math & Casey will return for her senior year Science Center at Clover Hill. at Midlothian and plans to play both “I really like math and science so it field hockey and lacrosse.

Kelly who wants to eventually work doing something in the medical field is considering studying Bio Medical Engineering. Casey sees her future in sports medicine or perhaps as an athletic trainer. Neither sister really wanted to answer the question regarding what life will be like next year when the spring lacrosse season ends and for the first time in a long time they will be separated not only by distance but will no longer get to face each other on the athletic field. Safe to say that the pair will face that obstacle much the same way they have faced life so far. Together.


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