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New events promised at 100 Chesterfield County Fair CONTRIBUTED REPORT
n celebration of its 100th annual event, the Chesterfield County Fair is offering special discounts and new attractions ranging from pro wrestling to a threering clown circus. The fair will run Friday, Aug. 23, through Saturday, Aug. 31, at the county fairgrounds across from L.C. Bird High School at Krause and Courthouse roads. Opening ceremonies, featuring a host of local dignitaries and fair officials, will kick off at 4 p.m. on Aug. 23. Midway ride provider Jolly Shows has agreed to make every day a discount wristband unlimited ride day to celebrate the fair’s anniversary.
Discount ride coupons are available at any Chesterfield County Martin’s store. Coupons will entitle the holder to a $2 discount off of the daily $25 unlimited ride wristband for weekend days and $5 off of wristbands purchased Monday through Thursday. Patrons must purchase a daily admission ticket to the fair for access to the 26 midway rides. New daily attractions include a Brahma Bull ride, a three-ring clown circus, the White Bengal Tiger Encounter show and a wild animal zoo and show. Favorites returning include the racing pigs, barrel and hayrides, animal displays, children’s activities, and camel, bull, oxen cart and pony rides. FAIR page 3
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Kimberly and Thad Key and their then-8-week-old daughter Brooklyn of Chester, in the photo at left, attended opening day of the 2012 Chesterfield County Fair, while sisters Rachel, left, and Jennalee Zlotkowski of Powhatan enjoy their first-ever camel ride aboard Clyde.
New system automates zoning processes CONTRIBUTED REPORT
eventeen Chesterfield County departments and two state agencies are now using the new Chesterfield Development Information System, or CDIS, which was developed by the county’s Community Development Division. CDIS, which is the only system of its kind in the region, has automated the county’s zoning process so that customers can file zoning applications electronically, track the status of their cases online, and receive regular emails about their cases. CDIS also provides staff with an online
portal to view, review and track zoning cases through the public hearing process. “This new, user-friendly application demonstrates our commitment to improving our customers’ experience and has the added benefit of streamlining our processes,” Bill Dupler, deputy county administrator for community development, said. Chesterfield County planners have been introducing customers to CDIS since May. Sytira Saunders, a planner with the Chesterfield County Planning Department and CDIS project manager, said the feedback has been very good. “Our customers like it and find it easy to use.”
At its most basic level, the zoning process begins when a customer makes an application to change, amend or seek exceptions to the existing zoning or permitted uses on a property and ends with a recommendation made by the county’s planning commission and a final decision made by the board of supervisors. Applicants initiate the public hearing process by submitting a zoning application and supporting documentation, all of which can now be done online through the CDIS program. Once an application has been submitted, staff is required to review cases, make com-
ments, track the public hearings and fees and send emails to the applicant with updates about the application’s status. CDIS enables staff from multiple county departments and state agencies to access the case information in one place and perform all of these tasks online. The CDIS system also has made the zoning process more accurate, as well, Saunders said. Before an applicant pays any fees, multiple staff members use CDIS to ensure that the customers’ zoning application is complete and free of errors. This significantly reduces the possibility that the case may be delayed or fees amended.
Chesterfield County readies for 2013-2014 school year CONTRIBUTED REPORT
hen Chesterfield County Schools reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the school division expects to welcome more than 58,000 students – among them, the class of 2026, who will start kindergarten. Alongside new students, several schools will start the new year with a new leader. Incoming principals include Myla Burgess at Chalkley Elementary School, Amy Williams at Crenshaw Elementary School, Eileen Traveline at Jacobs Road Elementary School, Chris Hart at Spring Run Elementary School, Patrick Held at Robious Middle School, Ken Butta at Chesterfield Community High School and Colleen Bryant at the Chesterfield Technical Center.
When the new Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center opens on Sept. 3 at Monacan High School, it will be the 12th specialty center for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Marcie Ecroyd is the coordinator of the Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center, where more than 80 freshmen and sophomores are enrolled. Also, the Virginia Department of Education recently designated a Governor’s Health Science Academy within Chesterfield County Public Schools. The governor’s academy covers three sites that focus on health sciences: Cosby High School’s Health Science Specialty Center, Monacan High School’s Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center and the Chesterfield Technical Center. Monacan High will look different as
a result of renovations aimed at making space for the new specialty center. Upgrades included new science labs. Midlothian Middle students will arrive to see library renovations and a new entryway and office space. Midlothian High School will open with a new suite of classrooms and spaces for students who have autism, a renovated library, renovated chorus and drama classrooms and a new entrance with administrative offices and clinic space. Additional updates will be completed in November, including new band and orchestra classrooms and offices and a new gym. It is now easier for community groups to reserve space in schools for events or meetings, thanks to a new online reservation system that became accessible in July. The system makes it simple for community members to check school availability, submit requests from any computer at any time and receive updates via email. Details are at mychesterfieldschools.com. Go to the “about” section, then click on facilities rental and follow the directions. More information on all schools can be found at mychesterfieldschools. com, including the school calendar and school supply lists. The website currently features a back-to-school section with expanded information, including dates for back-to-school events at every school, updated student health forms and application forms for free- or reduced-price lunches.
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Cruiser, a service dog from Veterans Moving Forward, was on hand at a recent charity dog wash at Dogtopia in Chesterfield. Funds raised will help connect veterans with service dogs like him.
Local dog daycare business raises money for vets see story PAGE 2
Meal tax meeting cancelled CONTRIBUTED REPORT
A special meeting of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Chesterfield Towne Center’s Center Court has been cancelled. The supervisors originally were to hold a community forum on the proposed meals tax.
The event was to be jointly hosted by the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce and the Chesterfield Business Council. Accordingly, the next meeting of the supervisors will be their regularly scheduled meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
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The Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation at 2060 Buford Road in Bon Air.
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Dogtopia employees Victoria Hall and Michael Dobbins shared a laugh while washing a dog for a good cause.
Dog daycare raises money for veterans CONTRIBUTED REPORT
Employees of Dogtopia, located at 11004 Midlothian Turnpike, joined Dogtopia employees across the country on Sunday, July 21, to scrub down pups for a good cause. Proceeds from the event benefited Americaâ€™s VetDogs and Veterans Moving Forward, organizations that aim to provide service dogs to veterans who have returned home from battle with mental and physical challenges. Canine participants got a shampoo, towel dry,
fragrance spritz and patriotic bandana. Their human companions enjoyed treats from the Mr. Softee ice cream truck. Although there was no set price for grooming services, a $15 donation was requested. The owners and staff of Dogtopia said they hope to make the event an annual occurrence. Donations can still be made online at dogdaycare. com/k9support or by texting DOGTOPIA to 50155.
At schools elsewhere, students with local roots continue to be honored for their work with academic recognitions and receive diplomas. Those include: Philip Dewire of Midlothian graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. Christopher Tichacek of Midlothian graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an MS in Medical Physics. Victoria Rice, a resident of Midlothian, graduated from Ithaca Collegeâ€™s School of Humanities and Sciences with a major in Art. Rebecca Neidle, a resident of Midlothian, graduated from Ithaca Collegeâ€™s Roy H. Park School of Communications with a major in Integrated Marketing Communications. Ashley Talley of Midlothian received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Kansas State University. Sarah Reese of Midlothian received the Deanâ€™s Award for academic excellence at Colgate University. Robert Thomas Blackburn, Camille Victoria Williams, Evan Wyn Jones, Kelly Michelle Brunner, Amanda Lynn Krzywicki and Kara Nicole Polignone, all of Midlothian, graduated from Longwood University. Robert Thomas Blackburn, Kelly Michelle Brunner and Ashley Nicole Halloway, all of Midlothian, were named to the Presidentâ€™s List at Longwood University for achieving perfect academic averages of 4.0.
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Members of Long & Fosterâ€™s The Beran Group are, from left, seated, Regina Lukens, Kristin Beran Krupp and Casie Beran Woodfin, and, standing, Meg Price, Sherry Beran and Tammy Hux.
Long & Foster gets Hallsley contracts, honors agents CONTRIBUTED REPORTS
ong & Foster Real Estate Inc. has announced that its New Homes Division in Richmond will be representing Bel Arbor Builders and Creative Homes Concepts in Hallsley in Midlothian. â€œWe are excited to be representing two of Richmondâ€™s finest custom homebuilders in the Hallsley neighborhood,â€? Cindy Jez, vice president for New Homes, said. In February, East West Communities purchased the undeveloped portion of Hallsley with plans to complete the residential communityâ€™s development. â€œThe new home market continues to grow in Central Virginia,â€? Jez said. â€œThe investment that local builders and developers are making, and the growth the region is seeing, speaks volumes to the renewed strength of the home industry.â€? Long & Fosterâ€™s The Beran Group, a team of agents headed by Kristin Krupp of the Village of Midlothian Office, will be representing Bel Arbor and Creative Home Concepts. Both builders are local to the
Richmond area and will build custom-designed homes featuring Craftsman, European and Traditional styles. Bel Arbor Builders has been named Builder of the Year by the Richmond Home Building Association and Creative Home Concepts is the only designated Southern Living Custom Builder in the greater Richmond area. Long & Foster recently recognized the following agents: Bruce Boardman, a sales associate with Long & Foster, has been named Top Lister for June for the Village of Midlothian office. A real estate professional for more than 25 years, he is an active member of the Richmond Association and Virginia Association of Realtors. Boardman has frequently been
cited as a top real estate producer. Boardman is a member of Long & Fosterâ€™s Presidentâ€™s Club for 2012. He also holds the titles of associate broker, certified residential specialist and short sales and foreclosure resource designations of advanced real estate. L aura Taylor, a sales associate with Long & Foster, has been named Top Sales and Closed Producer for June for the Village of Midlothian office. A real estate professional for five years, she is an active member of the Richmond Association and Virginia Association of Realtors. Taylor has frequently been cited as a top real estate producer. She is a member of Long & Fosterâ€™s Executiveâ€™s Club for 2012. For more information, visit LongandFoster.com.
Resource center offers job-finding help CONTRIBUTED REPORT
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Being unemployed and finding a job are tough, but help for job seekers in Chesterfield County who are looking for work is closer than some might realize. Just off of Route 10 across from the Chesterfield County Airport at 7333 Whitepine Road sits the Resource Workforce Center, operated by the Resource Workforce Investment Board, which is dedicated to helping the unemployed and underemployed in Chesterfield and the surrounding localities get the job search help, training and skills needed to find a fulfilling and sustaining career. The Chesterfield Resource Workforce Center is the smallest of the three centers that Resource
operates in the region, but with 9,577 of Chesterfieldâ€™s residents unemployed it serves one of the regionâ€™s largest needs. Last year Resource served more than 3,000 in the region, helping people search for jobs, prepare for interviews, even go back to school or training for in-demand careers. Ingrid Serrano came to the Resource Workforce Center and received the support she needed to â€œkeep applying herself,â€? eventually finding employment with the Virginia Department of Health. Each month the center hosts recruiting events, employer screenings and on-site interviews for jobseekers with local employers like Dominion Power, Virginia Rides and Home Depot. Resource prides
itself on providing these types of direct connections between job seekers and employers who are hiring in Chesterfield. Resource Workforce Centers are designed to be one-stop points of service for job seekers. At the Chesterfield center, job seekers also can receive unemployment insurance information from the Virginia Employment Commission or assistance with a disability from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. Resource is federally funded, which means all of the services are provided at no cost to qualifying participants. The Resource Workforce Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. For more information about the Center and the job seeker programs available, call 804-271-8510 or go online to www.ResourceVA.com. The Resource Workforce Investment Board (Resource) is a federally funded collaborative effort of the localities of Virginiaâ€™s Capital Region, including the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan. The agency oversees the activities authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. Information submitted by Adam C. Austin, Resource communications officer.
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The schedule for the 100th Chesterfield County Fair is as follows: Friday, Aug. 23 4 p.m. 8 p.m.
Grand Opening Ceremonies. Flashback Band (Oldies/Motown/Soul/Beach); www.flashbackrva.com.
Saturday, Aug. 24 1 p.m. 8 p.m.
4-H Talent Show. Keith Henderson “Illusions of the King” – Elvis tribute; www.keithillusions.com.
Sunday, Aug. 25 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
Ft. Lee Army Rock Band (Military Appreciation Day). Senior Idol Show (presented by Shepherd Center). Keith Henderson – Elvis Gospel Show.
Monday, Aug. 26 8 p.m.
Miss Chesterfield County Fair Pageant.
Tuesday, Aug. 27 5 p.m. 8 p.m.
Heart of Country Band. Southland Band (Country Western variety).
Wednesday, Aug. 28 7 p.m.
GXW Pro Wrestling (GXWwrestling.com).
Thursday, Aug. 29 7 p.m.
The Pizazz Band (Beach/Funk/Top 40/Rock); www.thepizazzband.net.
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Jessica Fee, in the photo at left, who was crowned Miss Chesterfield County Fair in 2011, enjoys the opening day of the 2012 Chesterfield County Fair on Friday, Aug. 24, before giving up her crown on Monday, Aug. 27. Five-year-old Kate Goodrich of Midlothian, in the photo at right, enjoys the Monkey Motion ride during the opening day of the 2012 Chesterfield County Fair.
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tion-sanctioned championship Overall, nearly 50 educational extreme bull riding competition or entertaining activities will be at the fairgrounds horse rink. offered to fair-goers daily during Daily grandstand entertainthe nine-day event. ment will feature the return of An added special attraction the Elvis tribute by Keith Henthis year is the GXW pro wresderson and a Statler Brothers tling event set for Wednesday, Tribute by American Pride. Aug. 28. Entry to the daily musical enThe final two days of the fair, tertainment, wrestling and bull Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, riding events are included in Aug. 31, will feature a Southern the fair’s daily admission prices, Extreme Bull Riding Associawhich are of $8 for adults, $5 for
seniors and $3 for children aged 6 to 12. Tickets can be purchased in cash at the gate or in advance online. Fair hours are 4 to 11 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. For detailed schedules and more information, visit www. chesterfieldcountyfair.org or call 804-768-0148.
Friday, Aug. 30 8 p.m.
Jeremy Staubus Band (Country); www.jeremystaubus.com.
Saturday, Aug. 31 4:30 p.m. 8 p.m.
Statler Brothers Tribute by American Pride. second show by American Pride; www.americanpridecountry.com.
Special venue events include: Princess Pageant 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, L.C. Bird High School. SEBRA Sanctioned 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Fair Horse Rink. Extreme Bull Riding Competition (www.gosebra.com) 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Fair Horse Rink.
‘Stuff the Bus’ and see Creedence Clearwater Revisited school year. Every organization present for the event will have information available on building a brighter future for parks and communities. Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project to once again perform live CCR hits. Creedence Clearwater Revisited also includes lead singer/rhythm guitar player John Tristao, lead guitarist Kurt Griffey and multiinstrumentalist/vocalist Steve Gunner. For more information, tickets and directions, visit www.pocahontaslive.com.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited with special guest The Trongone Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Pocahontas State Park at 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield as part of the Pocahontas Live series. The show is being presented by VMRE (Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment) and is designated as Pearson Honda Community Night. With the assistance of partner Pearson Honda in Midlothian, General Admission Advance tickets have been reduced from $20 to $16.50. Gold Circle Advance tickets are reduced from $40 to $35. Pearson Honda Community Night will bring organizations, including the VMRE, the Virginia Association for Parks, Americorps, Virginia State Parks and others together for a special night of community celebration for Chesterfield County. Donations of school supplies will be accepted for a “Stuff the Bus” campaign to assist financially challenged local students with their school supply needs for the beginning of the
The VMRE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to archive, sustain and perpetuate roots-based American music and to educate the public about Central Virginia’s rich musical heritage. For more information about the VMRE’s mission and programs, visit www.vmre.org. Chris Gowin, executive director of VMRE, can be contacted at 804-678-8013 or chris@ vmre.org.
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23112 BY JIM RIDOLPHI Special Correspondent
It’s just a parking lot now. There’s no plaque to mark the spot the old icon stood, once occupying a full block on the main drag. Now, the steady hum of traffic plays the only notes, and the world passes the spot without pause, not knowing what once occurred on this hallowed ground. For the past 30 years, I’ve heard the homogenized references to Tantilla Gardens, evoking a vision of almost a country club atmosphere where big bands belted out tunes to a swaying audience. It wasn’t that way by the time I got to the place. Tantilla had long since reached its decline in the mid-1960s, a victim of the flight to suburbia that claimed all the old dance halls. Seems like normal people just didn’t have the time to dress up, brown bag a bottle of bourbon, and head down to the once renowned showplace. The ballroom sat atop a bowling alley that had been outdated almost from the time it was built. Its most distinguishing feature was the lack of machinery at the end of the lanes, and the faint image of a man sitting behind the pins, at the ready to reset and return the balls. It was a reminder of a different era, even in the ’60s. No one actually bowled at Tantilla by the time I was old enough to enter on my own. There were several small bowling alleys on Broad Street, and all of them seemed more accommodating than the dirt and grime at Tantilla. And the old ballroom at the top of the stairs wasn’t much better. It had been years since the place had been cleaned and dusted and the huge room had seen better days, glory days from what people said. You couldn’t tell it by its current condition. Most of the chairs at the small tables were broken or missing a leg. The raised sections of the area looked like a fight had just taken place with tables often overturned or missing pieces. It didn’t matter to us. As a 15-year old, the thought of actually having the nerve to ask someone out, taking her to a dance, partying, and who knew what else far outweighed the shabby appearance of our surroundings. The place had a unique aura, and you immediately felt you were part of something that was special and momentous. The hum of the large crowds immediately
let you know something big was about to happen. A small Climax Ginger Ale sign provided the only light over the concession, where mixers were sold to accompany the spirits that arrived in plain wrappers. On many nights, you’d walk past the front door security and ticket takers, many with brown bags in plain sight, and proceed to the ballroom without incident. On other nights, the top of the stairs was almost blocked by a huge shopping cart full of confiscated liquor. You knew those nights would be more challenging, and last-minute rearranging, usually to your date’s purse, became necessary. On all nights, some liquor got through, and, on most occasions, the liquor flowed like a speakeasy, resulting in more chairs and furniture being broken. The dances didn’t take place every weekend, but when they did, the place was packed. The admission was reasonable, and local promoters sponsored the events, booking two to three bands for each event. It was the social highlight of the week, and for a bunch of unsophisticated teenagers, Tantilla seemed civilized and cultured. Some nights, we even wore a tie to the dances, and the girls always treated it like the social occasion it was. Many a first kiss took place in the dark recesses of Tantilla Gardens, and many a school ring was exchanged in fits of youthful passion. The romance and the atmosphere were enough to light a fire in a bunch of immature optimists, but the music was the transforming portion of the equation. The first sound of the horns made the hair stand erect on the back of your neck, and you quickly found yourself doing what you couldn’t have imagined: dancing. The sounds of The Tams, The Showmen, Lil Walter and The Bonnevilles and Stacy Henry and The Majestics filled the elevated spaces and the bass shook bottles at the concession. People gathered at the stage, stood there and just screamed. Sure, we had The Beatles and Rolling Stones, but most of us worshipped at the altar of soul music and those punishing horn sections. When The Showmen sang “It Will Stand,” grown men stood up and cried, with good reason.
July 29 3000 block of Water Creek Court An unlocked vehicle at a residence was entered and vandalized. Currency was stolen.
23224 Aug. 1 2900 block of Haddington Court Unknown suspect/s forced entry into the residence by breaking a rear window. Electronic, jewelry and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.
23234 July 29 5700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway Unknown suspect/s forced entry into the victim's food truck and vandalized the interior. Currency was reported stolen.
July 30 7400 block of Hilmar Drive Unknown suspect/s gained entry into the victim's residence. No signs of forced entry were noted. Currency and electronics were reported stolen.
3600 block of Meadowdale Boulevard Unknown suspect/s broke a kitchen window and gained entry into the residence. Electronics were reported stolen.
Endurance during Pink Power success. Mehler said about 450 women participated in last year’s here haven’t been many event and she expects attendance long-running endurance during Sunday’s installment to events in Central Virginia exceed that number. that are solely aimed at The fitness event also is a chariwomen, but the Commonwealth table one. That is, a portion of the Sports Medicine Pink Power Triath- proceeds will be donated to benefit lon has challenged that trend. the Midlothian YMCA’s family The fifth annual installment of health and wellness initiatives. the all-woman USA Triathlon-sanc2013 marks the fourth year that tioned event, which includes a 400 Commonwealth Sports Medicine meter swim, an 11-mile bike ride has served as the title sponsor. The and a 5K run, will start at 7 a.m. on Glen Allen-based business also Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Midlothian hosted a clinic to prepare runners YMCA at 737 Coalfield Road in on Thursday, Aug. 8. Midlothian. Several awards such as the top Presented by 3Sports and three overall female, the fastest produced by Richmond Multirookie and the great ball of fire sports, the Commonwealth Sports award, which goes to the most Medicine Power Pink Triathlon spirited individual or team, will be brings women from all walks of life presented. together for a shared test of their Runners may wonder if they are fortitude. in good enough shape to complete And, as Laurie Mehler, owner the triathlon. According to Mehler, and director of Richmond Mulit isn’t hard to finish it if you’re tisports, explained, bonding is a reasonably fit and know how to do big part of the festivities. She said each of the three activities compegroups that include mothers and tently. daughters and college buddies have “If you’ve got a good base of completed the triathlon together in fitness, you can do it,” Mehler said. past years. “But, it isn’t just about running, so “It’s all about wellness and fitif you don’t know how to swim that ness, a lifestyle and an avenue for well, for instance, you might not be women to get fit,” Mehler said. “But, able to do it.” it’s also about sisterhood.” Participants who registered in Since its inception, the Comadvance can pick up their race monwealth Sports Medicine Pink packets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Power Triathlon has been a rousing Saturday, Aug. 17, at 3Sports at 6241 BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent
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23237 July 30 4200 block Falconway Lane Unknown suspect/s assaulted victims and took their bicycle. Suspects then removed another bicycle from a nearby residence.
23831 July 27 14000 block of Donnaford Drive The year sticker was stolen from victim's license plate. The vehicle was parked at a residence.
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23832 July 28 6200 block of Verdict Court A dirt bike was reported stolen from the bed of a pickup truck at a residence.
July 30 8100 block of Provincetown Drive A scooter was reported stolen from a residence.
9900 block of Husting Court Suspects kicked in the rear door and gained entry into the victim's residence. Items were reported stolen.
Local student racing for books onnor Brown, a rising sophomore in the Math and Science Center at Clover Hill High School and the driver of the #73 Grand Stock at Southside Speedway, is holding a book drive for the Children’s Book Bank in Richmond. The theme of the drive is “Race car drivers have a need for speed, and Richmond’s children need books to read.” Diane Brown said her son’s goal is to collect 17,200 new or gently used children’s books for the book bank. Why 17,200? That is the number of laps that could be run during the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Richmond International Raceway if all 43 drivers complete all 400 laps.
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The Book Bank is an important community resource, Diane Brown said. The Children’s Book Bank exists to put as many books as possible into the hands and lives of children in need. They donate books directly to children ages 0-13 to improve school readiness for prekindergarten-aged children and to enhance literacy in school-aged children. The bank provides an average of 400 free books each week to children in Central Virginia who cannot afford or do not have access to books. Brown said studies have shown the importance of reading for success, and pointed out that children without access to books won’t have How books will be collected the chance to become engaged and Connor will be collecting books capable readers. and accepting cash donations for the “One study found that in middlebook bank on the following dates income neighborhoods the ratio of and locations: books per child is 13 to 1; in low 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturincome neighborhoods the ratio is day, Aug. 17, at the main branch a staggering one (age appropriate) of the Children’s Museum of book for every 300 children,” Brown Richmond. said. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on SaturBrown said Connor is very day, Aug. 24, at the Short Pump excited to use his racing connection branch of the Children’s Museum to collect nearly a year’s worth of of Richmond. books for the Book Bank. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, About Connor Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, on Connor began racing go-karts at the midway at Richmond Internaage 5 and at 15 is a racing veteran. tional Raceway. Seventeen schools will host book He competed for eight full seasons in the WKA Gold Cup series, earndrives Tuesday, Sept. 3, through ing two national points championFriday, Sept. 13. Those planning to ships and the 2009 most improved participate include Gates Elementary School, Grange Hall Elementary junior driver award before beginning auto racing at age 14. School, Greenfield Elementary In 2012, he raced the #1VA Lin School, Swift Creek Elementary O’Neill Chevy in the UCAR diviSchool, Wells Elementary School, sion at Southside Speedway, earnWinterpock Elementary School, Woolridge Elementary School, Mi- ing six top 10 and three top five dolthian Middle School, Tomahawk finishes, including a second place in the final race of the season. Creek Middle School, Manchester In 2013, he is racing the #73 High School, Glen Allen High School, Short Pump Middle School, Chevy in the Grand Stock division Chickahominy Middle School, Oak at Southside. He has six top four finishes in the first seven races of Knoll Middle, Atlee High School, the year, including a win on July 19, and Clover Hill High School. Book collection bins are available and is currently third in the fight through Friday, Sept. 13, at the four for the points championship.
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River Road at the River Road Shopping Center in Richmond. Participants must bring a photo identification to pick up those packets. A pre-race briefing will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Midlothian YMCA. Anyone can go to the free session, but attendance is mandatory for all first-time participants. Mehler said she will lead Saturday’s briefing, which will cover a wide range of triathlon-related topics. She also said she will perform a skit she wrote titled “TriTaboo,” which will cover actions that participants should or should not do during a triathlon. “We’ll talk about things like what to wear, how the transition area will work, USAT rules, the format for the courses, and we’ll have (a questionand-answer) session,” Mehler said. Mehler, who grew up in the Brandermill neighborhood, said she is proud that she has been able to bring a fitness-focused event like the Commonwealth Sports Medicine Pink Power Triathlon to Chesterfield County for so many years. “It’s neat to see Chesterfield County evolving and growing,” she added. At this time, online pre-registration for the triathlon was closed, but participants can still register on the day of the event. For the full race schedule and day-of registration fees, visit www. richmondmultisports.com.
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Coaches clinic tackles topic of injuries MIKE SCHOEFFEL Sports Writer
hanks to recent research that has proven the serious long-term effects that concussions can bring on, the topic of head injuries has been a hot-button issue for all levels of football for the past decade or so. The pressing topic takes on an even greater importance in the context of high school football, where most of the players are minors with parents watching from the stands every Friday night or Saturday afternoon. With that in mind, last Wednesday, July 31, at the Science Museum of Virginia, over 250 coaches attended a private event presented by Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Center. It was officially called the Washington Redskins Coaches Clinic, and featured many prominent Redskins both past and present, including General Manager Bruce Allen, Head Coach Mike Shanahan, and former linebacker LaVar Arrington. The general goal of the clinic was to raise concussion awareness and discuss preventative tactics for head injuries. Five Midlothianarea coaches – James Riley (James River High School), Sean O’Hare (Clover Hill High School), Brian Jennings (JRHS), Peter Dennis (Manchester High School), and Michael McIntire (MHS) – attended the event, which hinged around a 90minute seminar by Allen. In addition to Allen, Shanahan, and Arrington, the WRCC also included appearances from Nick Inzerello and Andy Ryland of USA Football. Doctors from Sheltering Arms and Bons Secours were also among the esteemed guests, bringing a truly authoritative source to the scene. Sean O’Hare, head coach of the Clover Hill High School football team, said he has already implemented one of the drills that he absorbed at the clinic. “The five-step tackling station is something I found useful that I put to use immediately,” said O’Hare. “It stresses the importance of keeping your head up while making contact, which is such an important part of preventing head injuries.” With the start of high school football season fast approaching, local coaches like O’Hare are gearing up for another fast-paced, football-packed fall. And thanks to the recent increase in concussion awareness and prevention, the thought of head injuries will occupy no small space in the minds of high school players and coaches alike. According to the Virginia High School League handbook, all coaches of fall, winter and spring sports are required to attend a “recognized course” that covers the basics of concussions. The WRCC satisfied these requirements, and ensured that coaches will go into the season knowing how to better prevent brain injuries– and how to efficiently deal with them when they arise. “The one major change regarding concussions I’ve seen over the past few years is the recovery time,” said O’Hare. “A few years ago a player could get a concussion and be back on the field in two days. Nowadays, it seems like two weeks is the norm.” The VHSL has been doing its part to help curb the prevalence of head injuries, passing legislation in recent years that addresses the
Maggie Ellis splits two defenders at mid-field during a match against St. Catherines.
Coach Betsy Ellis and members of the Richmond Panthers 14U field hockey club celebrate their 100th victory.
Richmond Panthers 14U places sixth at NNC ALEX WINFREE Contributing Writer
he Richmond Panthers 14U field hockey team recently participated in the NCC (National Club Championship) at Virginia Beach held at the National Training Center. The Panthers competed against 16 of the most competitive teams in the country and managed a very respectable sixth place finish. The team is led by head coach Betsy Ellis and Ellis wanted to thank her assistant Emma Pohl who is currently a member of the Richmond Spiders field hockey team. Ellis became a field hockey coach when her daughter Katie, now a freshman playing at Bridgewater, turned eight. “I could tell she had the knack for field hockey,” Ellis remembers. Ellis’ mother coached the game for 22 years as well at Marymount High School and Ellis herself played collegiately at The College of Notre Dame in Maryland (she also played lacrosse, tennis and soccer). She is in her ninth year coaching the Panthers. She formed the team in the fall of 2005 when Chesterfield County announced that they would never have field hockey at the middle school level. She believed that since the sport is played at the high school level that there needed to be a team
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The Richmond Panthers’ Ella Donahue breaks out some nifty stickwork in a game against St. Catherines.
where the younger girls could get experience. In 2005, she had just 12 players ranging from fourth to eighth grade. “We were little and very young,” Ellis said. She scheduled her team to play against the private schools that fielded middle school field hockey teams. She says that her first team
was very successful and it led to a second and eventually a third team. She now has a fourth team called the Cubs which makes the sport available to kids in elementary school. Obviously she has already done a lot for the sport throughout the metro area and the Panthers recent sixth place showing at the 14U
National Club Championship proves it. Here’s how it all went down for the Panthers who were playing just 15 minutes away from the shores of the Atlantic. In pool play they lost to what Ellis called “a very fast and big team from PANTHERS page 7
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Rising James River senior named all-metro swimmer of the year competed. She racked up the accolades at the NCSA Junior National Championships, t was supposed to be Madison Botoo, taking home four top five finishes, swell’s week off. She had just returned including first place in her favorite event, from a week-long trip to Indianapolis, the 200 Fly. Ind. for the 2013 National Club Swim“That was my first national-level win,” ming Association (NCSA) Junior National said Boswell of her first-place finish in the Championships, but still, here she was at 200-fly. “So I’m pretty excited about it.” the Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership Approximately 650 swimmers (men and (GRAP) pool on Ridgedale Parkway, talking women) competed in various events during about the one topic she could wax on for the week-long meet. hours if she felt so inclined: swimming. It was a productive trip not only for Boswell, a rising senior at James River Boswell, but for Poseidon swimming as High School, was recently named all-metro a whole: the womens team for the North swimmer of the year, having placed in the SWIM page 7 top two in five of the 14 events in which she
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Madison Boswell, seen here in front of the Greater Richmond Aquatic Partnership pool, recently placed second in the 200 Fly at the NCSA Junior Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind.
Bronco 11 World Series
Chesterfield club wins World Champion title MIKE SCHOEFFEL Sports Writer
rom July 25-28 at Harry G. Daniel Park, five teams from the United States and three teams from outside the country competed in the Bronco 11 World Series for the right to officially be called a “World Champion.” In the end, it was the local team – the Chesterfield Baseball Club – that outlasted the competition and hoisted the championship banner. They defeated California (Torrance), 14-13, one of the wildest games of the entire tournament. CBC led, at turns, 6-1 and 13-8 before striking out the final batter in the bottom of the seventh with the tying run standing on third base. Christian Chambers (CBC) was named tournament MVP after going 11-for-15 at the plate for a .733. PHOTO BY MIKE SCHOEFFEL
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The CBC all-stars celebrate their stunning 14-13 victory over California (Torrance) in the Bronco 11 championship game.
Mustangs to represent Area 6 in national games
The Mustangs, pictured above, will represent Area 6 in the softball National Invitational Tournament. The tournament is set to take place from Aug. 23-25 in Princeton, NJ. The team includes Ja’von Chalkley, Joe Christian, Travis Hunter, Chelsea Gaughran, Deion Gilbert, Nick Glass, Jonathan Koch, Paul Maretti, Wade May, Andy Parada, Tony Shores, Shaun Smith, Robert Stower, and Gene Wooden. Coaches: Jeff Gilbert, Mark Kitts, Michelle Myers and Richard Koch.
PANTHERS from 6 New Jersey called the Edge.” They lost by just one goal and Ellis says despite the loss her squad played a good and competitive game. They then had a game stormed out. “It was very misfortunate for the second place teams because it knocked us out of the top four,” Ellis said. Therefore the Panthers had to play for sixth place. The Panthers fell behind early but eventually tied it up at one and it stayed tied most of the game. In the last two minutes the Panthers were awarded a penalty corner. “I have always let my girls call their own plays because it helps them learn and read the other team,” Ellis said. They went with a new play, but the girls had been practicing hard and done many drills to perfect it. Grace English sent the ball to striker Maggie Ellis who played the ball towards the goalie and Aubrey Scott King deflected the ball in front of the goalie and English knocked it in. “It was a very stressful time for them, yet they remained calm and believed in themselves,” Ellis proudly claimed. The team got strong defense
from Lara Tomenchok, Abby Sloan and Hallie Larsen. Combined with the great work of goalie Erika Latta the Panthers shut out the competition for the remainder of the game. “Ella Doneahue, who was chosen as a junior Olympian was vital with the rest of the mentioned players to our success,” Ellis added. For those who are still in middle school, they will play a 15 game schedule and practice every day in the fall. They will compete in two tournaments as well. The season will end with a big tournament in Baltimore, Maryland against some very tough competition. The last two years the Panthers have won the tournament in shootouts. The Panthers finished last season 18-1-1 with two tournament victories. Ellis would love to have more girls come out to learn game. “The Panther field hockey club offers year round play and we also offer clinics and camps throughout the year,” Ellis said. For more information visit the Panthers’ website at www. panthersunited.org.
COACHES from 6 weighty topic. Before the 2010 season, the league implemented a new policy that gave the referees dominion to send a player off the field if he felt said player had suffered a head injury. Subsequently, the player could not return to the game until he was cleared by a certified medical physician. The rule turned out to be mildly controversial (“If a referee told me to leave the game then I would be mad and try to argue with him,” said former Prince George running back Lawrence Taylor), but the general consensus was that it was productive
SWIM from 6 Chesterfield-based club ended up placing third out of 100plus teams. Poseidon was one of approximately six Virginia swim clubs to compete in the meet. “Our girls team did really well,” said Boswell. “I think we were 95-percent best time the entire time. We were all placing and scoring, so it was very good.” The NCSA Junior National Championships capped off a jammed-pack month for Poseidon Swimming. A week before the national tournament, GRAP, Poseidon’s “home pool,” if you will, hosted the Long Course Senior Champs. The mens and womens teams both fared well, with the former finishing third and the latter finishing second for a combined second place finish. Northern Virginia of Virginia Aquatics, Inc. (NOVA), Poseidon’s amphibious rivals to the north, finished first in all three team categories. They were the only team to break 1,000 points. Boswell captured two top-three finishes, placing second in the 400 LC Meter IM and third in the 200 LC Meter Butterfly. She was also
a member of relay teams that finished second in the 800 LC Meter Freestyle Relay, third in the 400 LC Meter Freestyle Relay, and fourth in the 200 LC Meter Medley Relay. Head Age Group Coach Mike Julian, who started coaching at Poseidon in 2001, recalls his presence at Boswell’s first tryout with the club, back when Boswell was perhaps too short to stand in the shallow end of the pool. “I was actually here when Madison first tried out for Poseidon, when she was about 8 years old” said Julian. “I remember it pretty strongly, because it was pretty obvious she had a lot of talent. I ended up coaching her for four or five years, from when she was 9 until she was 14.” Boswell was turned on to Poseidon by Becky Miller, a Poseidon Swimming alumnus who first spotted Boswell’s penchant for swimming while coaching her during summer league. “She came up to me one day and was like ‘You have a talent, you should give this a shot!” recalls Boswell. “And, of course, I love swimming so I was all for it. We went for it and it’s worked out really well.”
Above, Christian Chambers, pictured here with his father and head coach Brad Chambers, was named tournament MVP. Chambers hit safely 11 times in 15 at-bats for an average of .733. Members of the CBC all-stars gather for a pregame prayer before the championship game against California (Torrance). Top right, Members of the CBC all-star team pose with their PHOTOS BY MIKE SCHOEFFEL championship medals and hoist the World Series banner. The scoreboard in the background bares the final score from the championship game. Right, Members of the CBC all-stars gather for a pregame prayer before the championship game against California (Torrance).
of both rules seems self-explanatory, as a player running around the field without a helmet on is obviously at a much higher risk of suffering a head injury. O’Hare said the most helpful step taken to address the topic of head injuries has been having a trained medical professional from Johnston-Willis down on the field at every practice. The presence of said on-site medical professional has taken a lot of pressure off the coaching staff, O’Hare said. “If there’s ever an issue with a head injury of any kind, I get out of the way and let the medi-
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“Really well,” though an accurate enough description, might be a bit of an understatement. During her 11 years with Poseidon, Boswell has set at total of 23 team records: 12 open records, eight short course records and three long course records. Seventeen of those 23 records are in individual events. As far pursuing her swimming career at the college level, Boswell said she has received interest from several schools but shied away from mentioning any specific institutions. Ideally, she says, she’d like to move down south and sign on with an SEC school – a conference renowned for its top-tier athletic programs – but she doesn’t rule out the possibility of latching on with an ACC school. It remains to be seen whether or not she’s considering one of the two ACC schools in Virginia (Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia), but one things stands for certain: whichever school lands Boswell will be getting one of the best swimmers in the Central Virginia area. Heck, she might even end up hanging around the pool while she’s supposed to be on break.
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