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Library of Virginia helps Billy Porter discover his family history on July 10th episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

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Watch for Richmond and the Library of Virginia during the July 10 season opener of the genealogy TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?,” now back on NBC.

While exploring his Virginia roots in the episode, featured celebrity Billy Porter—the award-winning actor, singer, Broadway star, and author—traveled to Richmond on his family history quest and visited the Library of Virginia to see 19th-century records from the collections relating to his ancestors.

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

The episode premieres Sunday, July 10th at 7:00 PM on NBC. Episodes will stream on Peacock the following day.

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New Richmond 911 system aims to change call-taking, improve emergency response

With the new system, the department’s 911 call-takers will follow a structured decision tree when questioning those who call or text 911 for emergency assistance.

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A new system to improve emergency response will change the way Richmond callers provide information to 911 beginning this week.

The Richmond Department of Emergency Communications went live with the new protocol system at 10:00 AM on October 10th.

With the new system, the department’s 911 call-takers will follow a structured decision tree when questioning those who call or text 911 for emergency assistance. This system assists in making sure that the right response is sent as quickly as possible. It also makes sure that responders get the updated information they need while en route and that callers receive consistent, clear instructions on what to do until the responders arrive to keep everyone safe.

It is not clear whether the new system was put in due to recent citizen complaints about 911 calls going unanswered in certain instances.

“It is very important that callers understand that this standard for questioning does not slow down the response in any way,” said Stephen Willoughby, director of the Department of Emergency Communications and coordinator of emergency management for the City of Richmond.

“Just as before in emergencies, we will dispatch police officers and firefighters as soon as we know the location of the emergency and the type of help needed,” Willoughby said. ‘It is important that callers stay on the line and answer the questions in the order they are asked to provide additional information and get vital instructions that could save a life.”

Information that callers provide is automatically sent to dispatchers and first responders, usually while they are on the way to the location of the emergency. Depending on the type of emergency, callers may be asked for descriptions of people, vehicles and weapons involved to help first responders know what to expect once they are on scene and to help solve crimes. Call-takers also provide pre-arrival instructions to help the caller and bystanders assist themselves and others and to reduce threats.

With this system, call-takers and dispatchers follow nationally recognized standards and research-based protocols that are continually reviewed and updated by top medical professionals and associations, according to the private company providing it, Priority Dispatch.

Call-takers and dispatchers of the Department of Emergency Communications received extensive training with the Priority Dispatch System™ and continual quality improvement. All emergency dispatchers who work on the new system are certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED™) and must recertify every two years, complete 24 hours of continuing dispatch education and pass all requirements for IAED recertification.

“At the IAED, our goal is to help the emergency dispatcher do his or her job better,” said Jeff Clawson, chair of the Rules Committee for the IAED Medical Council of Standards. “This system increases safety and effectiveness for the first responders and creates better outcomes for callers.”

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kickers Steamroll Defending Champs Omaha

In front of a record-breaking crowd of 4,886 the Kickers defeated Union Omaha 3-0.

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OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY

RICHMOND KICKERS

     3

20′ Bolanos, 70′ Terzaghi (Bolanos), 76′ Terzaghi (Bolanos)

UNION OMAHA

     0

The Richmond Kickers (11-7-5, 38 pts) moved back into first place in USL League One as they defeated Union Omaha (8-3-10, 34 pts) with a 3-0 shutout in front of the largest crowd this season of 4,886 attendees. Jonathan Bolanos tallied one goal and two assists and Emiliano Terzaghi scored two goals in the second half.

In just the second minute of the match, the Kickers were presented with an opportunity with a set piece after Terzaghi was taken down just outside the box. Nil Vinyals bent his free kick over the wall but it went just outside the net not far from the near post of the goal.

In the 20th minute, Bolanos took the ball down the line and found Ethan Bryant who took a one-touch shot on goal. Rashid Nuhu made the initial save, but Bolanos made the follow-up run and put the ball in the back of the net giving the Kickers the lead.

The Kickers looked for more and in the 32nd minute, Bolanos made a back heel pass to Stuart Ritchie who took the shot going across the mouth of the goal.

The second half started off strong with an opportunity in the 49th minute, as Terzaghi received the ball past midfield, dribbled up the field, and took a shot, going just wide of goal.

In the 64th minute, Ethan Vanacore-Decker received the ball after a poor header from the Omaha defender and dribbled the ball into the box past the defense for a one-on-one with Nuhu, however, the keeper was able to make the save.

Terzaghi was then able to capitalize on two goal opportunities within five minutes of each other.

In the 70th minute, the Kickers earned a free kick which was taken by Vinyals. The ball found Bolanos on the near-post run, and he was able to pass the ball behind him to a crashing Terzaghi who put the ball into the back of the net at the near post.

Bolanos and Terzaghi connected once more in the 75th minute. Owayne Gordon found Bolanos in a wide open space in the middle of the field. Bolanos then took the ball towards the goalmouth and kept it away from his marker. Bolanos drew the keeper out and found Terzaghi sitting at the top of the box wide open to take a shot for his second of the night.

The Roos were up 3-0 and kept looking for more towards the end of the match.

The final opportunity came in the 90th minute. Bolanos dribbled the ball into the middle and found Gordon just wide of him. Gordon cut back to lose the defender, then took the shot which was deflected off the Omaha defender. Vinyals crashed onto the deflection but his shot went just over the crossbar.

The win marked the largest margin of victory in the series for either team and was also Omaha’s largest-ever defeat in league play since joining in 2020. Terzaghi and Bolanos extended their leads as the league’s leading scorer and assister, respectively. Terzaghi is now ahead by three goals in the golden boot race with 14 goals scored and Bolanos has two more assists than second-place with 9 assists.

The Kickers finish their current homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 7th when they host South Georgia Tormenta FC. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. A special in-stadium will begin when doors open at 5 p.m. and last until kickoff at 6:30 p.m. that includes $3 cans of Heineken and $8 wine. Tickets for the match are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation donates $50,000 toward playrooms at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU 

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play. 

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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, has announced a donation of $50,000 to support the playrooms that will be a part of the Wonder Tower, the new inpatient pediatric hospital at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play.

“We’re here to support the children in the community, especially when they need us most,” said Bruce Tyler, Kiwanis Club of Richmond president. “Children in health care environments need areas where they can be children. Playing, having fun and using their imaginations while they receive care at CHoR.”

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond’s mission is to serve the children of Richmond and the world. That focus has led Richmond Kiwanians to be key drivers for progress in the community in its century of service to children. For over 100 years, Kiwanis and CHoR have remained closely connected and support has included hosting the beloved holiday party for the children at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus each year, providing properly fitted bike helmets to second graders in Richmond Public Schools and supporting a family lounge adjacent to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

“Our relationship with the Kiwanis Club of Richmond has stood the test of time and we’re so grateful for their ongoing support,” said Lauren Moore, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This group is wholeheartedly in it for the kids and Richmond is fortunate to have such a thriving, generous Kiwanis chapter doing so much good for the community.”

This $50,000 gift is part of the Foundation’s annual grant program, where organizations whose missions align with Kiwanis are invited to apply for fundings for programs that benefit children in the Richmond area, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  In 2022, Kiwanis Richmond has awarded more than $60,000 to a diverse array of Richmond-area nonprofits.

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