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Hopewell-Prince George Healthy Families: “The Little House Where the Magic Happens”

It’s just a little beige house on Hopewell’s North 4th Avenue, but I hear big things are happening inside.  I’m dropping by to learn more about Hopewell-Prince George Healthy Families, a local nonprofit that works to make a positive difference for children and families in the Hopewell and Prince George County communities. I’m meeting with… View Article

Healthy Lifestyles 3.1 Miles at a Time | Tri-Cities Road Runners

Healthy lifestyles lead to healthy communities with the help of Tri-Cities Road Runners. It’s early on a Saturday morning, about 6:45 a.m.  The sun is warming up the morning breeze as it burns through a light foggy haze hovering in the air.  It’s race day, and it’s going to be a nice one.  I’m hustling… View Article

“There is a Better Way to Live” | Alamo Recovery Center

The Alamo Addiction Recovery Center on Petersburg’s South Market Street has been helping local addicts find a better way to live for over 40 years. There it is!  I look up ahead and see the historic house I’ve been looking for.  It’s called the “ALAMO” but I’m not sure why.  I find a spot to… View Article

Family by Choice | Big Brothers Big Sisters

Terence Doctor shuffles a basketball from hand to hand as he tells me about volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He’s been a Big for four years to the same Little –  James – who’s a celebrity here at Dupont Elementary.  As James makes his way down the hall to us, just about everyone gives him… View Article

While There’s Life, There’s Hope | The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter

I recall hearing about ALS a long time ago when it was commonly called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.  Lou Gehrig, one of my childhood sports heroes, was a beloved NY Yankees baseball player in the late 1930’s.  He brought worldwide attention to the disease when it ended his career.  More recently, a 2014 movie entitled “The… View Article

James House | Preventing Abuse Starts Early

On a cold winter day in March, Terence Barber is sitting in the community center at Thomas Rolfe Court in Hopewell awaiting the arrival of a bus full of kids.  Once a week, Terence leads an after-school program here for 28 children from the neighborhood.  He teaches them about healthy relationships, how to deal with… View Article

Boys to Men: Young men find support in mentoring program

Aho I learned a new word this week: ‘Aho’. Aho is an ancient Lakota word that, roughly translated means, “I hear you”. You might compare it to the familiar ‘amen’ often uttered in a church service. However, its meaning is particularly significant among the youth in the Boys to Men mentoring program in Prince George… View Article

Mr. Jones Smiles Back | Virginia Dental Association Foundation

Laughter drifts out the front of the dental office as I step inside. Rounding the corner, I can see the source of all the hilarity, Reginald C. Jones, seated in the dental chair. He’s smiling ear-to-ear though he’s missing several bottom teeth. It’s his second appointment to have dentures fitted, the last time he had… View Article

Weston Manor: A History of Educating Our Youth

It’s hot out here.  A warm breeze is slowly wandering off the Appomattox River giving me some relief.  Still, all in all, it’s a sultry late summer evening.  I’ve been here before to walk around and photograph Weston Manor’s lovely surroundings but right now I’m standing where a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse once stood next to the… View Article

At Hopewell Recreation & Parks, Summer Days are for Summer Camps

A tennis ball flies across the court in front of me. Taking turns, a line of kids swings away at the balls tossed by their counselor.  “Set your feet! Swing parallel to the ground! GREAT SHOT!” The constant coaching, smiles, high-fives, and positive vibes ripple across the tennis court confirming for me that this summer… View Article