AAA Mid-Atlantic student recognition

Students recognized for superior leadership, responsibility and service

Outstanding School Safety Patrol Award recipients: from left, (back row):  Riley Houtz, Grandin Court Elementary; 
Daija Brown, Oak Grove Elementary; Kyndall Manns, Echo Lake Elementary; Dienasha Cooper, George Mason Elementary; Razia “Grace” Anjum, Sunnyside Elementary and Haley Glynn with The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education.  Pictured from left, (front row):  Jeily Rodriguez-Matute, Miles Jones Elementary; Devyn Ingerick, CC Wells Elementary; Ian Esperon, McSwain Elementary; Jacob Schulz, Clymore Elementary and Sarah Judson, Ruby F. Carver Elementary.

School Safety Patrollers throughout the Commonwealth receive Outstanding School Safety Patrol Awards for Exceptional Service

RICHMOND, VA — As the 2016/2017 school year begins its final quarter, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and AAA Mid-Atlantic honored 10 deserving students at this year’s Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrol Awards Luncheon in Richmond.  The Foundation received dozens of applications from schools throughout the Commonwealth and selected the top 10 nominees.  The winners excelled in the areas of leadership, dependability, character and academics. These 10 extraordinary students each received a $100 gift card and plaque from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. Continue reading AAA Mid-Atlantic student recognition

NAACP ACT-SO 2017 Local Gold Medal Winners

ACT-CO member from left: Anita Price, LaRon Glenn, Nonso Adimabua, Cevonte Burwell, Kai Washington-Brown, Gloria Randolph-King

The Roanoke Branch NAACP is proud to announce that five area youth will represent the local branch at the National Convention to be held in Baltimore, MD in July. The local competition was held at William Fleming High School with participating youth displaying a feeling of excitement and confidence. Continue reading NAACP ACT-SO 2017 Local Gold Medal Winners

Roanoke Regional Chamber seeking nominations for 31st Annual Small Business Awards

The Roanoke Regional Chamber is now taking nominations for its 31st Annual Small Business Awards. Nomination deadline is Friday, June 23 (Chamber membership not required).

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Small Business Advocate, Small Business Veteran, Construction/Real Estate, Manufacturing, Micro-Business, Technology, Business-to-Business Services, Business-to-Consumer Services, Wholesale/Retail, Legacy, Best New Business, Not-For-Profit Arts & Culture and Not-For-Profit Health & Human Services. Continue reading Roanoke Regional Chamber seeking nominations for 31st Annual Small Business Awards

Three Great Loves

by John C. Dorhauer,
General General  Minister & President

Five years ago, the United Church of Christ attempted to alleviate hunger by engaging the entire denomination in a shared, collective effort known as Mission: 1.

Four years ago, we attempted a shared initiative to restore health to the planet in an initiative we called Mission 4/1 Earth.

Both times, the full weight of the United Church of Christ was brought to bear as an agent of impact and for transformation. It was a powerful and beautiful thing we did. Continue reading Three Great Loves

Why sell the Dumas, a Valuable Piece of History?

by Annette Lewis,
President & CEO Total Action for Progress (TAP)

Many of you have heard speculation that the Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development is for sale. This is indeed true. The building is currently on the market for the list price of $1,075,000.

In the early 1990s, at the request of then Mayor Noel C. Taylor, TAP agreed to take ownership of the former Hotel Dumas on Henry Street in order to save it from demolition. The decades after World War II were not kind to Henry Street, which suffered greatly due to the decline of the railroads (the Norfolk & Western railroad was a major employer in Roanoke and fueled the area’s growth), changing demographics, and misguided urban renewal. Redlining and disinvestment hindered the survival of the once-thriving neighborhood. As part of our continued community development efforts, the agency decided to spearhead the effort to transform the Dumas into a music and arts center, returning it to its former purpose as a place of cultural exchange. Continue reading Why sell the Dumas, a Valuable Piece of History?