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Henrico Police investigating fatal West End accident

A 16 year old Henrico boy was killed when his vehicle struck a tree early Saturday morning.

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Henrico Police are investigating an auto accident that claimed the life of a 16 year old over the weekend. On Saturday, August 6th at approximately 2:15 AM, Henrico police and fire teams responded to a single vehicle accident on Westham Parkway just north of Pinetree Road.

Authorities say a Toyota Corolla was traveling south on Westham Parkway when it ran off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver and sole occupant, identified as 16-year-old Roy Franklin Woolwine Jr. of Henrico, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Members of the Henrico Police Crash Team are continuing to investigate the accident. No other details were available at press time.

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University of Richmond ranked as one of “Nation’s Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges” by The Princeton Review

For 12 consecutive years, The Princeton Review has selected the University of Richmond as a top school for environmental stewardship.  

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For 12 consecutive years, The Princeton Review has selected the University of Richmond as a top school for environmental stewardship.

Since 2010, The Princeton Review has released its annual Guide to Green Colleges, which highlights schools with strong commitments to environmentally conscious practices and programs and serves as a resource to college applicants seeking schools with exemplary commitments to the environment and sustainability. The University of Richmond has made the list every year.

“The University of Richmond integrates sustainability across academics and extra-curricular activities to ensure all faculty, staff, and students have an opportunity to participate in practices that improve environmental well-being on our campus,” said Director of Sustainability Rob Andrejewski. “To continually make this list is a testament to the great projects focused on sustainability happening on campus and the broader recognition that they are having an impact.”

The 12-year history of recognition coincides with the development of the University’s Office for Sustainability, which was established in 2009. Recent campus sustainability projects include:

  • Operation of a 120-acre solar facility, which adds 40,000 MWh of fossil-free energy to the electricity grid annually.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations located at a variety of locations on campus, including a new installation near Maryland Hall, help decarbonize transportation.
  • The community garden located in the Eco-Corridor includes more than 30 raised beds available to members of the campus community through a lottery system each year.
  • Goats recently returned to campus for a third time to clear invasive plants along the Eco-Corridor. Goat browsing is an environmentally friendly landscape management practice that reduces the need for herbicide and gas-powered equipment.

The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide is released each October, and schools are selected based on data from student surveys about the influence of sustainability issues on their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

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Elephant Insurance donating $61,500 to organizations serving underrepresented communities

The second round of Elephant employee-driven COVID-relief donations focused on nonprofits that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and serve underrepresented parts of the community.

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Elephant Insurance announced late last week the second round of recipients for its Helping Herd initiative, where Elephant is donating $300,000 to organizations and programs that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or who are providing COVID-19 relief to their community.

The second round of Elephant employee-driven COVID-relief donations focused on nonprofits that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and serve underrepresented parts of the community. The first round of recipients were announced in August and focused on mental health, with $64,500 being distributed among a number of different organizations.

“The Elephant team is so proud to offer this opportunity to organizations focused on diversity, equity and inclusion that have been impacted by the pandemic,” said Alberto Schiavon, Elephant CEO. “Elephant is grateful we can provide extra support to these organizations with the help of our parent company Admiral Group.”

Elephant team members were involved in the Helping Herd selection process, either by nominating deserving groups by survey or participating in the voting process to finalize the recipients. There will be four rounds of donations, with each round focusing on a specific area to include: mental health, diversity, equity, and inclusion, physical health, or community health. The physical health and community health funds will be distributed in the coming months.

For the second round of Helping Herd, the Better Housing Coalition and Boys and Girls Club received the most votes and received the largest donation amounts. The full list of second-round recipients and donations includes:

“COVID challenged every aspect of our programming, but also gave us an opportunity to engage with our members and families more deeply than ever,” said Todd McFarlane, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. “Funds that support our general operating expenses give us the flexibility to assist our families in unique and individualized ways. We are so grateful to be included in Elephant’s Helping Herd generosity.”

“We are grateful to have been selected as a recipient of a Helping Herd grant! These funds will be so impactful in providing joy to children across Richmond on their birthdays–we are fierce believers in the power of celebration,” said Julia Warren Mattingly, found and Executive Director of Celebrate RVA. “It’s an honor to work alongside Elephant to accomplish that mission.”

Through the Helping Herd, Elephant’s aim is to reach at least 50 organizations or programs with the funds, with gifts ranging in size from $2,000 to $20,000. A large portion of the funds are anticipated to be distributed in Virginia, where Elephant is headquartered, but Helping Herd funds will also go to organizations in other states where Elephant services are offered, including Texas.

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RVA RIMBY Festival

Right In My Back Yard wants to see everyone get outside and enjoy what our backyard has to offer.

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RVA RIMBY is a free festival highlighting unique things going on in Richmond and it includes food, drinks, games, prizes, a BBQ Competition and live music ALL day provided by East of Blueridge.
Proceeds provide outdoor adventure and environmental education opportunities to individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, vets, and recovery programs as provided by Beyond Boundaries.
Check out the latest on sponsors, activities, and prizes on their Instagram.
It all goes down Saturday, October 9th, 11am to 5pm at Libbie Mill. 

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