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2017-12-06 / Announcements

County hires new senior advocate


Debbie Preston Debbie Preston Chesterfield County has named Debbie Preston as its new senior advocate effective Nov. 6. The Office of the Senior Advocate is now part of the new Citizen Information and Juvenile Services Department.

Preston holds a master’s degree in gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree in social work from Longwood University, is a licensed nursing home administrator, and has more than 20 years of experience working as an advocate and developing resources for older adults. Among her many experiences, she volunteered with the grandparents-raising-grandchildren support group hosted by the Chesterfield County Senior Advocate’s office.

Government

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation has announced the winter season light schedule at the county sites listed below. Tennis court lights will stay on until 9:30 p.m. each evening in the winter at these locations: Bird Athletic Complex – (Courts 1-3); Harry G. Daniel Park @ Iron Bridge – (lights on at two hard courts); R. Garland Dodd Park @ Point of Rocks – (lights on at three courts); Huguenot Park – (lights on at four courts); Matoaca Park – (Courts 1-3); Midlothian Middle School – (lights on at three courts); Rockwood Park – (Courts 4, 5 and 6 only); and Rockwood Park – (Courts 7, 8 and 9) for pickleball. Basketball court lights will stay on until 9 p.m. each evening in the winter at Harry G. Daniel Park @ Iron Bridge; R. Garland Dodd Park @ Point of Rocks; Huguenot Park; Matoaca Park; and Rockwood Park (lights on at fenced courts only). The tennis and basketball court lights will be turned off at all other facilities through March 15, 2018. For more information, visit www.chesterfield.gov/parks/.


Roslyn M. Brock Roslyn M. Brock 
Junior golfers from six county high schools competed in this year's John Hall Invitational Golf Tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club. Junior golfers from six county high schools competed in this year's John Hall Invitational Golf Tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will arrive Dec. 10 to examine all aspects of the Chesterfield County Emergency Communications Center policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. The public has the opportunity to address the assessors in a confidential manner. Members of the community are invited to offer comments on the Emergency Communications Center’s compliance with applicable standards or other significant issues to the assessment team by calling 796-7082 on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 1-3 p.m. Members of the community who would like to submit written comments about the Chesterfield County Emergency Communications Center may mail their comments to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Organizations

The Meadowbrook Country Club recently held its annual John Hall Invitational Golf Tournament, inviting junior golfers from six county high schools to participate. The tournament is sponsored by the Retirees Association of Meadowbrook Seniors, and supported by Lexus of Richmond and Union Bank & Trust. This year’s winning team included Zach Valdes, Mason Dooley, Bryce Hall and Matt Witt.

Richmond Animal League hopes to find homes for over 200 homeless pets in Central Virginia this holiday season. Operation Silent Night is a holiday adoption event that enables RAL to ensure that every animal in the no-kill organization’s shelter is home for the holidays. The goal is to find loving homes for 200 animals over the extended 15-day period, which begins Dec. 8 and runs through Dec. 22. During the event, fees for all pets will be reduced to $10. With an average cost to vet, house and feed each animal calculated at well over $150 per pet, local sponsors and donors have come on board to subsidize the cost of lowered adoption fees. Operation Silent Night hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Those pets not adopted by Dec. 22 will be placed in a loving foster home for the holidays. Photos and information about adoptable pets and fostering opportunities can be found online at ral.org.

Education

Virginia State University’s Winter Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. in the VSU Multipurpose Center. The commencement speaker is Ms. Roslyn M. Brock, who is the chairman emeritus of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Brock made history in February 2010 when she was unanimously elected as the 14th Chairman of the NAACP. She is the youngest person and fourth woman to hold this position.

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

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