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ChildSavers expands school-based therapist program with Richmond Public Schools

A program expansion is offering more students in the Richmond-area access to mental health services in school.

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ChildSavers recently added Thomas C. Boushall Middle, George W. Carver Elementary, and J.H. Blackwell Elementary to its school-based therapy program.

School-based therapy increases access to trauma-informed mental health services by embedding clinicians in schools. ChildSavers’ partnership with Richmond Public Schools launched during the 2017-2018 school year with funding from the Robins Foundation Community Innovation Grant.

The nonprofit now serves 10 schools within the Richmond Public Schools system with therapists in Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle and Preschool, Fairfield Court Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Henry L. Marsh III Elementary (formerly George Mason Elementary), Overby-Sheppard Elementary and Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary.

“Providing mental health services at school breaks down barriers and allows more students to access trauma-informed therapy,” said Robert Bolling, ChildSavers CEO and president. “The program is also an important opportunity to bring mental health resources to students of color, specifically Black youth. This is important work and we’re proud of our ongoing collaboration with Richmond Public Schools.”

ChildSavers uses school-based therapy as a critical tool to address racial disparities in mental health services among adolescents. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receives it. Black Americans are also more likely to be exposed to factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition, such as homelessness and exposure to violence.

Ninety-one percent of the youth served in the school-based program are Black.

Therapy sessions are held via Zoom to align with Richmond Public Schools’ virtual learning plan during the pandemic. Teachers, staff, and parents can refer students to the service and therapists are currently accepting new clients.

“Expanding the therapy program helps us create safer and more inclusive school cultures,” said Jason Kamras, Richmond Public Schools superintendent. “We see positive results in academics and social well-being in our schools with therapists. Not only are clinicians providing critical therapeutic services, but ChildSavers’ school-based teams are also serving as valuable resources for teachers and staff by helping them navigate challenging situations.”

For more information about ChildSavers, visit www.childsavers.org.

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2nd Street Festival Announces 2021 Headliner Plunky & Oneness

For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness.

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The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, live and in person, Saturday – Sunday, October 2-3. Marking its 33rd year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond. This FREE event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.

Over the years, it has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. In 2019, thousands visited historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community. The 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration and homecoming over two days that features three stages of live musical entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.

This year the festival features headliner Plunky & Oneness on Saturday, October 2. Many other great artists will be showcased over the two-day event.

Saturday’s Headliner, Plunky & Oneness

J. Plunky Branch
For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness. As a native Richmonder, he was mentored by local R&B musicians and music educators, including jazz violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr.

Along with his band, Plunky & Oneness, he has appeared in concert with some of the biggest names in Black music, including Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown, and more. His song “Every Way But Loose” was a top-ten soul music chart hit in London in the 1980’s and his hit single, “Drop,” was released in 2007. He also wrote “2nd Street Jaunt,” a song that Venture Richmond used in TV commercials promoting the 2019 festival.

In addition to being a veteran saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch has served as an administrator, lecturer and teacher. Plunky is a two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowships and in 2017 was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Promotion of the Arts in Virginia. Throughout his career Plunky has entertained and taught thousands, and in the process, has developed a broad and loyal following.

More information on the 2nd Street Festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer as we continue to follow CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19 protocol for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial.

For up-to-date information about the 2nd Street Festival, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2021/

The 2nd Street Festival is presented by Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., and the City of Richmond

The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored by Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar
Group, Community Foundation, Radio One Richmond, NBC12 and CW Richmond

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Preview: Rested Kickers Hope to Kick their Way Back into the Race

David Beckham’s B team Ft. Lauderdale is in town and the Kicker plan to bend it right around the Florida goalkeeper.

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Opponent: Ft. Lauderdale CF  (5-7-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 3 – North Texas 2

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Momentum – Two weeks ago the Kickers came back twice to get the win. If they can keep that attitude and more importantly goal-scoring they’ve got a great chance to get the win.
  2. Keeping Pace or Sinking – The Kickers sit in the bottom half of the table. Due to having a bye week, they had to watch their position sink. A win on Saturday will allow them to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Kickers have 15 points, Ft. Lauderdale 17 so the math is obvious. For reference league leaders Omaha and Greenville sit at 22 points. It’s crucial that the Kickers don’t let that gap widen.
  3. Young Blood – Earlier this week the Kickers announced the signing of Richmond United midfielder Damian Gallegos to a USL Academy contract. Gallegos (18), a native of Mechanicsville, Va., has played for Richmond United for the last six years. Previously, he was a Richmond Kickers Youth player as a member of the U12 Elite team, and as a member of the travel teams starting at U9. “The Richmond Kickers pro team is about the community and we want to represent that community well,” Sawatzky said. “Damian is from the local youth soccer community and he embodies character in his approach. I think the speed of play and speed of thought in the pro training will help him as he grows, but he is a natural in our culture because he is humble, works hard, and he appreciates the opportunity to play with us before he heads off to college.”

Prediction

I want to believe. This team has the talent it all comes down to execution. It’s going to be a hot-steamy night and I think the bye week will give the Kickers just enough of an advantage to pull off a win.

Kickers 1 – Baby Beckhams 0

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The Richmond Kickers (4-4-3) return to City Stadium for their second match of the season against MLS-affiliate Fort Lauderdale CF (5-7-2), on July 17. Kickoff for this match is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Richmond’s previous match was at City Stadium as they hosted North Texas SC. The visitors struck first but were answered quickly with a spectacular goal by Emiliano Terzaghi. Juan Pablo Monticelli sent a cross in from the left wing and Terzaghi swiftly flicked it into the far post with a heel behind his back. Terzaghi’s goal was voted the USL League One’s Fan’s Choice Goal of the Week, but the drama wasn’t over and North Texas answered just before the first half came to a close.

Richmond came out in the second half and earned a penalty which Terzaghi converted adding to his six-goal tally for the season so far. Then, Terzaghi would assist Jonathan Bolanos for a brilliant lofted shot that would beat several NTX defenders and the goalie as well to hit the corner of the post and bounce over the goal line. Richmond Kickers finished the match with 13 shots. Bolanos and Terzaghi combined for seven shots and five shots on target. Zaca Moran was all over the field and had a passing accuracy of 89.5%. Jalen Crisler had eight clearances and five interceptions and Akira Fitzgerald made six saves to see out the 3-2 win over North Texas for the first time in Richmond Kickers’ history.

Fort Lauderdale’s last match was a 2-1 loss against FC Tucson. Fort Lauderdale finished the match with nine shots and a goal from Edison Azcona. Frank Nodarse had a passing accuracy of 88.4% and Aimé Mabika had a passing accuracy of 82.6%. Fort Lauderdale is currently sitting at fourth place in the league table with just two more points than the Kickers.
The last matchup between Fort Lauderdale and Richmond was an early-season match at Fort Lauderdale which resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Kickers. The Kickers were unlucky to drop points in the match after experiencing several near misses that likely would have changed the result drastically. However, this time Fort Lauderdale will have to face Richmond at City Stadium where the Kickers have earned three of their four wins this season.
Following the match with Fort Lauderdale, Richmond’s next match will be at North Carolina FC on July 21. The last time the two teams matched up was under a month ago at the end of June when Terzaghi opened up the game with an early goal. However, North Carolina would come back with two goals of their own and put an end to Richmond’s undefeated June streak. For their third matchup of the season, Richmond will have a chance to level the season series with NCFC. Kickoff for the match in Cary, N.C. is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
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Richmond Kickers

Emiliano Terzaghi (#32) played arguably his best game of the season so far against North Texas. Scoring a pair of goals, and making the assist for the game-winning goal, Terzaghi also made four key passes and 14 good passes and crosses.
Jonathan Bolanos (#17) came off the bench against North Texas and immediately made an impact, with his pace up the left wing. Bolanos had three shots on target and scored the game-winning goal.
 
Victor Falck (#23) was a silent maestro in the midfield against North Texas. It was because of his incredible shot outside of the box that the ball rebounded for the cross that led to Terzaghi’s goal. Falck had a passing accuracy of 70.8% into the opposition’s box and had two shots on target as well as winning 85.7% of his duels.
Fort Lauderdale CF
Shaan Hundal (#10) is Fort Lauderdale’s leading goal scorer with five goals and he averages a goal every 190 minutes. In his last match against FC Tucson, Hundal had a passing accuracy of 90% and made 16 good passes and crosses.
George Acosta (#30) has a passing accuracy of 83.5% in the season so far and leads the FTL squad with six assists and even has a goal to his name. In his last match against Toronto FC, Acosta made 20 passes into the opposition’s half and an 80% passing accuracy.
Ethan Hardin (#5) is a massive presence in the FTL defensive backline. He has the most clearances in the team with 39 and has an 89.1% passing accuracy over the length of the season so far.

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Take Down Your Bird Feeders to Help Fight Unknown Disease

We’re big fans of birds and hope this disease doesn’t cause too much damage.

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Statement by Virginia Cooperative Extension Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Virginia is one of a growing number of states in the mid-Atlantic and greater Ohio River Valley regions currently experiencing a situation where large numbers of birds have become sick, incapacitated, or died. Although extensive investigation and testing is underway, a causative agent has not yet been identified. Not all bird species appear to be affected; those most affected so far have been Common Grackles, Blue Jays, European Starlings, American Robins, and various finch species. At this time, there does not appear to be any indication of transmission to or impact for humans, but residents are urged to not come into direct contact with nor handle any birds until such time as a causative factor has been determined.

At this time, residents are being asked to immediately do the following:

  • Take down all bird feeders, empty and properly dispose of any unused contents, clean and disinfect (with 10% bleach solution) the feeders, and let air dry before putting them into temporary storage. Do not refill or replace feeders until directed that conditions are safe to resume feeding. Although there is no evidence to suggest that hummingbirds currently are being impacted by this event, it is recommended that all hummingbird feeders also should be a part of this sanitation effort.
  • Empty, clean, and disinfect (with 10% bleach solution) any bird baths or other receptacle used to provide birds with water for drinking or bathing; do not refill until directed. • Keep companion animals away from sick or dead birds.
  • Do not touch or handle sick or dead birds unless necessary for safety reasons; where contact is necessary, wear disposable gloves that then can be disposed safely without exposing others to potential hazard.
  • If sick and/or dying birds are encountered, please complete and submit a reporting form (https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/bird-mortalityreporting-form/) to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

Because of the volume of birds involved in this event, many of our local wildlife rehabilitators are being overwhelmed with requests to provide care. Before thinking about transporting any birds to a rehabilitator, call ahead and make sure the facility is willing and capable of accepting additional patients and to obtain instructions on how to legally and safely transport an animal in need of care.

Additional information about this mortality event can be obtained at the website of the U.S. National Wildlife Health Center (https://www.usgs.gov/news/interagencystatement-usgs-and-partners-investigating-dc-area-bird-mortality-event).

Don’t worry about your feathered friends going hungry. Summertime is a time of plenty for the birds.

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