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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Ends Losing Streak in Decisive Fashion

VCU rack up 75 points to George Washington’s 51, ending a 5 game streak.

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VCU (18-11,8-8 Atlantic): 75
George Washington ((12-17,6-10 Atlantic): 51

Box Score

Official VCU Summary

The short story: VCU shot 56 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in a strong bounce-back win over George Washington at the Siegel Center Saturday afternoon.

OPENING TIP

  • Senior guard Mike’L Simms led all scorers with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting on the day, including a 4-of-5 performance from three. The Richmond native added six rebounds, two assists and a steal
  • Sophomore guard Keshawn Curry and freshman guard Bones Hyland contributed 13 points each. Hyland added five rebounds and four assists
  • Freshman center Hason Ward dunked his way to a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting
  • Maceo Jack paced the Colonials’ offense with 12 points, but was held to 4-of-13 shooting
  • George Washington shot just 39.1 percent (18-of-46) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-of-18) on 3-point attempts

THE DIFFERENCE

  • The Colonials opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, but Simms and redshirt senior forward Issac Vann knocked down back-to-back threes in response. That kicked off a 16-2 VCU run that put the Rams ahead by 11 with 13:58 to go in the first half
  • GW fought back to make it a four-point game, 32-28, heading into halftime
  • A 14-3 run to open the second half gave the Rams some breathing room and they did not trail for the rest of the game
  • VCU pushed its lead to as much as 27 in the second half thanks to a blazing-hot 68-percent (17-of-25) shooting percentage over the final 20 minutes
  • The Rams scored 22 points off of 16 George Washington turnovers and earned a 34-24 advantage in points in the paint

NOTABLE

  • The Rams improved to 14-3 at home this season
  • VCU out-rebounded George Washington, 30-27, in the contest and improved to 9-1 when winning the battle of the boards
  • All 10 players who saw the floor for VCU scored, including freshman guard Arnold Henderson IV who notched four points in the final two minutes

NEXT UP
VCU welcomes Duquesne to the Siegel Center on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. for the final regular season home game of the 2019-20 season.

 

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Forest Hill Park Invasive Plant Removal Work Day

Invasive plants harm the entire ecosystem.

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Spotted on Facebook. The workday is scheduled for Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM.

Please join members of Friends of FHP for invasive plant removal. Invasive nonnative plants reduce populations of native, beneficial creatures. We will meet in the 3800 block of Forest Hill Avenue near the Forest Hill Historic District sign (east of Roanoke St. traffic light). Please bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them, and dress for the possibility of poison ivy (no open footwear). Thanks in advance for helping us restore some ecological balance in FHP!

You can see a list of invasive plants here. Hedera helix (common ivy or English Ivy) is one of the biggest and most obvious offenders in our area.

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UMFS opens new $11 million residential center to enhance youth behavioral, mental health treatment

After an investment of more than $11 million, a longstanding residential treatment program that delivers trauma-informed care to youth working to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges has created a new multipurpose treatment center focused on healing.

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After an investment of more than $11 million, a longstanding residential treatment program that delivers trauma-informed care to youth working to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges has created a new multipurpose treatment center focused on healing.

UMFS, a statewide nonprofit leader in child and family services, has officially unveiled the transformation of its Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC). The state-of-the-art center took a year to complete. Previously, youth enrolled in CFHC lived in five separate cottages, originally built in the 1950s.

The 33,600-square foot center includes five residential suites, each accessible by separate entrances. Designed intentionally to promote safety and complement program enhancements, CFHC’s five identical suites each have a common area, full kitchen, group therapy room, family room, meeting space, and 10 private bedrooms and bathrooms. The center, which includes office space for administration and staff, can accommodate 50 youth.

CFHC serves youth ages 11-17 who are experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, emotional, social, and behavioral challenges and other traumas. Therapists, mentors, teachers, psychiatrists, nurses and other staff support the youth who live on campus as they focus on healing and building life skills.

“The new Child & Family Healing Center continues our long tradition of excellence in providing effective, high-quality residential care for youth,” said UMFS President and CEO Nancy Toscano, Ph.D., LCSW. “We intentionally designed the space utilizing a trauma-informed approach to promote healing in a safe and affirming environment. The upgraded center will help create normalcy while respecting a child’s need for independence during treatment.”

The center is one of the state’s only youth residential treatment programs to employ a “hybrid” security model, where youth can move freely throughout each suite and have supervised access to school, green spaces, a gym and other recreation on UMFS’ 33-acre campus. For safety, the building is regularly secured from evening to morning, and staff can secure each suite on an as-needed basis.

The CFHC marks the completion of Phase 1 of UMFS’ Be a Champion capital campaign, which aims to transform the educational and residential resources on its Richmond campus. Hundreds of donors and partners have contributed to the effort so far.

Phase 2 of the campaign is underway and will include an addition to the nonprofit’s Charterhouse School, a specialized educational program for K-12 youth who have special needs. The planned addition will allow UMFS to enhance its student services and expand programs. Demolition for Phase 2 will begin soon, and UMFS expects to break ground on the school addition this spring.

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Free Gelati Celesti on Thursday

We all scream for ice cream.

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Sweet news! We’re hosting a FREE SCOOP DAY on May 26 from 4:00 – 10:00 pm at ALL LOCATIONS. It’s our way of saying thanks for your support over the past two years, welcoming new customers to our stores, and celebrating the reopening of our newly remodeled Mechanicsville store in Rutland Commons.

RTD has a few more details.

Gelati Celesti is hosting a Free Scoop Day on Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. to thank the community and celebrate the reopening of its Mechanicsville store.

“Because it’s the beginning of summer, because it’s been such a challenging two years of COVID, we have been incredibly grateful to all of our customers at Virginia Beach and Richmond for the tremendous support they have given us,” Steve Rosser, the owner of Gelati Celesti, said.

Find the Gelati Celesti near you here.

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