2017-04-26 / Announcements


Courtney Carpenter Courtney Carpenter Evergreen teacher wins math grant

Courtney Carpenter, a fifth-grade accelerated math teacher at Evergreen Elementary, will purchase new critical-thinking games for her Inventive Thinking Lab, thanks to a $1,000 John A. Van de Walle grant from the Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

GRCTM was established to encourage an active interest in and appreciation for mathematics; afford a medium for exchange of views regarding the teaching of mathematics; and promote cooperative study of problems of mathematics education at all levels. Carpenter is a member of the organization and applied for the grant last fall.

Through Inventive Thinking Labs, students are exposed to educational games designed to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving strategies. The goal of the lab is to improve problem-solving skills and perseverance when a student faces difficult tasks.


The Chesterfield County Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and SAFE, Chesterfield’s substance abuse prevention coalition, will help community members safely dispose of expired and unneeded medications on Saturday, April 29.

The police department will host a Medication Take-Back event with the DEA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ettrick Elementary School, located at 20910 Chesterfield Ave. Police, DEA agents and volunteers will be on hand to collect unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Residents should leave medications in their original containers. Needles, syringes and other “sharps” will not be accepted. Turning in expired and unused medications helps prevent medication abuse and protect the environment.

Chesterfield County seniors, ages 55 and older, are invited to join the Senior Community Academy. The academy includes visual presentations, question-and-answer sessions, tours and a variety of practical exercises. The Senior Community Academy is free and is open to all senior county residents and business owners, as well as members of any community or civic organization located in the county. Meetings will take place weekly on Tuesdays, May 9-July 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Community Services Building, 2730 Hicks Road. Applications are due by April 28 and applicants will be screened for activities that may disqualify them from participating in the academy. For more information or an application, call career officer Craig Eckrich at 706-2982 or email


Pivot Physical Therapy, a provider of physical therapy, sports medicine and aquatic therapy services, announced an expansion of its services and locations with the acquisition of Tidewater Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy practice with four offices in Chesterfield County. The acquisition will add 30 locations across Virginia – including five aquatic therapy centers and three performance centers – bringing the provider’s total to more than 50 locations in Virginia and nearly 250 locations throughout the East Coast. The deal closed in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a name change will take place this summer.

Tutor Doctor, a one-on-one at-home tutoring service designed to help students from ages 6 to 106, has announced the opening of a new franchise location in Chesterfield. Local entrepreneur Cris Higginbotham opened Tutor Doctor of Midlothian-Chesterfield on April 17, offering the community and students a private, easy way to catch up or get ahead in school.

The Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) has announced the unveiling of a new bank exhibit coming to the museum’s West Broad Street and Chesterfield locations. The grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. Presented by Call Federal, the bank exhibits will focus on promoting financial literacy with playful environments, offering guests hands-on learning opportunities – including a child-sized ATM and air tube deposit system – and activities that help develop motor skills. The Children’s Museum of Richmond - Chesterfield is located at 6629 Lake Harbour Drive.

On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Henricus Historical Park will offer vegetable and herb seedlings for sale. Pick up heirloom plant varieties for your home garden. All proceeds of the seed sale support the development of new agricultural programs involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Henricus Historical Park is host to nearly 30,000 school children every year. Visit for updates on seed and plant sales.


The Central Virginia Better Business Bureau’s board of directors has announced that president and CEO Tom Gallagher will retire from the organization by Dec. 31, 2017. The board will immediately begin a search for a successor. Following the appointment of a new CEO, Gallagher will serve as a consultant with the title of president emeritus to facilitate a smooth transfer of leadership. Gallagher’s professional career has spanned nearly 50 years in leadership roles with BBB offices in five states; he was appointed CEO of the local bureau in 1982.

Last month, the Midlothian-based RBA South Thunder baseball team wrapped up an undefeated weekend to win the 12-U Cal Ripken tournament in Aberdeen, Maryland. Players include: Daniel Lingle, Isaiah Lucero, Brett Foster, Thomas Cook, Mason Warren, Logan Janney, Caden King, Carter Schuma, Jake Brown, Connor Yates and Loch Taylor. Coaches: Chris Foster, Tommy Janney, John Schuma and Andy Lingle.

Announcements can be emailed to, faxed to 744-3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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