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MAY 2018 CELEBRATING OVER 3 ½ YEARS OF FEATURING THE GOOD NEWS! 60,000+ Readers Issue 44

Northside Church of Richmond

Happy 15th Anniversary!


See ad on Page 5

“In the Northside—for the Northside is our Church’s tagline; and it’s been a privilege to get
to live that out over the last six years. Northside groups meet in different homes to discuss
the Bible, Pray for each other, and Care for one another. PRAYER DEFINITELY WORKS!”

CONGRATS PASTOR MATT LORISH AND KELLIE!


A Taste of Brookland Park!

Brookland Park Boulevard Businesses are Thriving AND


Last Month’s Community Extravaganza was Great! See Page 8
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Deone “Flavor” McWilliams; Mentor and Managing Editor, Col.
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Muckle, Worldwide Correspondent, Dyan Greggs. dining at Shrimps
Volunteer Correspondents: Deborah Little-Bowser, Ask Nurse
Deborah; Anne L., Neighbors Growing Together; Dr. Pamela Hamil- Seafood Restaurant
ton-Stubbs, Sleep Apnea; Donald Edwards, Inspirations; Madeleine during A Taste of
“Maddie” Chapman, The Curly Piece. Thanks to Our Executive, Brookland Park Gala!
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Valued Readers and Callers (worldwide), and last but not least, our
VALUED ADVERTISERS! Veronica L. Hicks and daughter, Sherrilyn Hicks

2018 MEETINGS FOR THE RICHMOND


NORTHSIDE 3RD VOTER DISTRICT
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Coun-
cil, Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District, has scheduled meetings he
plans to hold in 2018 for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District.
Councilman Hilbert holds individual meetings throughout the year
that include information on his goals and accomplishments; a topical
agenda; and special guests. The meetings are typically held monthly
on the fourth Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at different locations.
The meetings are free and open to the public; and all Richmond North-
side 3rd Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend.
Meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change.
The planned dates, times and locations of the meetings include
the following:
May 24 COMMUNITY COOKOUT 6 to 8 p.m.
Fire Station 14/2934 Hawthorne Avenue
June 28 North Avenue Library/2901 North Avenue
July 26 4th Police Precinct/2219 Chamberlayne Avenue
August 23 Ginter Park Library/1200 Westbrook Avenue
September 27 Fire Station 14/2934 Hawthorne Avenue
October 25 North Avenue Library/2901 North Avenue
COUNCIL PRESIDENT November & December Joint Meeting to TBA

CHRIS A. HILBERT CONTACT INFORMATION


Richmond City Council Executive Offices, 900 E. Broad Street, Suite
305, Richmond, Virginia 23219; (804) 646-6055, chris.hilbert@rich
NORTHSIDE 3RD VOTER DISTRICT mondgov.com or Lisa Townes, Liaison, lisa.townes@richmond gov.
com.
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What Are You Called to Do? Ask Nurse Deborah


Deborah Little-Bowser
R.N., B.A., M.P.S.

DON EDWARDS
Company Chaplain, National Counseling Group
Have you ever said to yourself, “Am I doing what I am supposed to be Caregivers Need HUGS AND LOVE
doing?” Have you ever felt like where you are in life is not as fulfilling I recently had a brief lunch with a friend who is 100% responsible for
as you want it to be? Have you ever had that yearning in your heart that her mother’s care and daily needs. Due to acute and chronic medical
you have so much more to offer the world? Have you ever felt like your conditions, she is unable to provide any care for herself. Imagine work-
boat has been docked at the bay too long? Many people go through life ing a full-time job, no family support, and having to make sure your
feeling unfulfilled or settle for whatever life brings their way just to get loved one is taken care of.
by every day. Some live day-to-day doing things just to get a paycheck This scenario plays out daily for THOUSANDS of people across the
or just to make it through the vigorous routines of life (LAWD!!! We country! Many have no time for themselves and respite care is often a
have all been there!!!). Fear, anxiety, people talking in your ear, or even fleeting dream. My friend looked exhausted, sad, and very different that
haters—can prevent some from being all they are created to be. Every- day; and I knew something was amiss. I asked, “What’s going on”? As
one has a calling—some people are called to be doctors, grandparents, the tears began to roll down her cheeks, she said, “I can’t remember the
street sweepers, teachers, waitresses, etc. But a calling isn’t just limited last time I had a hug.” My heart sank and I could see the pain in her eyes.
to a destination or an occupation. It’s something we are called to do Immediately, I got up and gave her the BEST HUG I could give and let
each day that will forever touch the lives of so many others. So how do her know that I loved her. She described her day which entailed: getting
you know what you are called to do? For me… It’s calling on the one up before her mother, getting ready for work, preparing breakfast for the
who gives me strength daily. It’s recognizing that my call is not in the both of them, helping her mom eat, hoping the aide arrived as scheduled,
comforts of the boat…but it’s in the deep waters of uncertainty. When getting to work on time, completing her work responsibilities, making
I ask God for direction…in due season “I can see clearly now” like John- calls to doctors’ offices, various agencies and other matters during her
ny Nash use to sing. So…do you need direction on what you are lunch period—and making sure she got home before the aide was sched-
called to do? I know someone who already has your compass in His uled to leave. Evening activities included—but were not limited to—
hands. Why don’t you ask Him? preparing dinner, changing dressings and diapers, giving medications,
getting her mother and herself ready for bed. All of this is repeated again
SEE NATIONAL COUNSELING GROUP’S AD ON PAGE 5 the next day.
I asked her, “What can I do to help you? Can I stay with your mother
while you go out for a few hours?” She replied, “No, she gets upset with
me if I leave someone she isn’t familiar with to stay with her. Stay in
touch with me, stop by and give me a hug when you can, and don’t forget
me.” This left me feeling helpless and wondering what else I could do
for my friend. I called her later that evening and provided her with infor-
mation on SUPPORT GROUPS, as well as information for caregivers.
If you know a caregiver, please ask what you can do to help; and DON’T
FORGET TO GIVE HUGS AND LOVE!!! For a support group in
your area, visit www.aarp.org/caregiver.

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THE CURLY PIECE: Episode 7 – OH SPRING! vide quality mental health services to stabilize, strengthen
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In a fit of frustrating rage regarding my impatience for warmer wea- community at large.
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Procrastination will never be the same without a runny nose equiva-
lent to the urgent flooding as that of The Great Niagara Falls. You All Are Welcome!
have formally graced us with your unwavering presence via sneezing
fits and bottles of Zyrtec. SUNDAY
OH SPRING! At least I’m not freezing. That’s all there is to it—a 9:30 a.m.
little bit of optimism—and a whole lot of coffee to help trudge Contemporary Worship
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Ginter Park Terrace Association


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3007 Noble Avenue Richmond, VA 23222
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Highland Park Plaza Civic Association
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Team Member sited the Bellevue Community with
hopes of having the GOOD NEWS-
TYESHA EVANS! paper displayed in a few of the busi-
The City of Richmond’s nesses. As we were trying to decide
North Avenue Library has where to stop 1st, the decision was al-
a new team member, Ty- most immediate due to hunger pains
esha D. Evans, Children’s (smile!)—lunch time! We could
Library Associate. smell the aroma of “fresh” pizza and
She graduated from Vir- the rest was history!
ginia State University and Mr. Jose Flores and his staff were
is a future librarian. Ty- great; and we felt right at home! The
esha has a passion for Pizza was…OUTSTANDING! 3 ½
working with children and years later…OUTSTANDING!!!
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ideas to GOOD places to
dine.
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Promoting A Place of Change & Growth


“A Taste of Brookland Park”
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 the Brookland Park Boulevard corridor welcomed folks
from ALL areas to help celebrate efforts by community citizens and entrepreneurs to pro-
mote a place of change and growth. Included in this well-deserved gala (to name a few):
Nomad Deli, Boogaloo’s, Your Sandwich Shop, Shrimp’s, Michaela’s Quality Bake
Shop, Black Hand Coffee Company. Patrons were given the opportunity to taste the qua-
lity dishes at a special discount (small plates $3 to $5). Anthony Tucker (owner of No-
mad Deli) grilled Andouille sausages, Italian sausages, hot dogs—with a variety of spe-
cialty toppings—and prepared whole ribs, chicken and special “munchies boxes”. Addi-
tionally, the festival featured a live band!
The Flavor News Crew spoke with many attendees to get some feedback regarding the
event. Everyone spoke highly of the food (delicious, fresh, seasoned perfectly, nice por-
tions for the price, great presentation (plating), etc.) –and regarding the transformation
of the neighborhood, everyone agreed that Brookland Park has come a long way and “the
BEST is yet to come”!
Before leaving the area, we had our crew to check out the “customer service” that was
exhibited throughout the gala. All business owners (and staff members) rated a 10
out of 10 (outstanding!)!!! We were greeted with pleasant smiles upon entering the res-
taurants (and bakery), seated in a timely manner, offered water, and even checked on
while our food was being prepared. Additionally, everyone represented not only the esta-
blishments in a highly professional manner, but they spoke passionately about their com-
munity and how proud they are to be a part of the change (revitalization)! Last but not
least, all were in favor of future galas, including repeating this one next year.
NSV Comcast Cares Day-NASCAR-CAHN! 9

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17th Annual Comcast Cares Day Capital Area Health Network
On Saturday, April 21, more than 150 local Comcast NBCUniversal
employees and their families, friends, community partners and NAS- Receives $20,000 Grant
CAR drivers—including JJ Yeley, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Spencer Galla-
gher, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe and Ryan Newman—banded to-
Speediatrics Fun Day Festival brings
gether to “make change happen” at the Virginia Home for Boys and “healthy fun” to Richmond Area
Girls in Henrico as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. Activi- Before the excitement race weekend began at Richmond Raceway,
ties included landscaping, weeding and planting in the garden, recondi- The NASCAR Foundation was in town last month to inspire children
tioning the basketball court, interior and exterior painting, cleaning the in the community to live a healthy lifestyle by staying active, eating
fellowship hall, planting trees in the Bell Tower Courtyard and general well and in the process, have fun. The second annual Speediatrics
beautification of the grounds. Fun Day Festival in Richmond was an initiative of The NASCAR
To kick off the day, volunteers heard from special guest, the Honorable Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which supports needs ex-
John McGuire, Virginia House of Delegates; Claiborne Mason, Presi- pressed by hospitals, specialty clinics, camps and other organizations
dent of the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls; Lionel Bacon, Vice Presi- providing medical and health care services in NASCAR racing com-
dent of Philanthropy for Virginia Home for Boys and Girls; Peter Inter- munities. Toyota Racing drivers Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell
maggio, Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications for Com- participated in the festival, as well as Richard Childress Racing driver
cast Corporation; and Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Daniel Hemric. The up-and-coming drivers reflected on their own
Comcast’s Beltway Region. racing experiences and spoke to children in attendance about the im-
“We are a nonprofit, and my role as Vice President of Philanthropy is portance of staying fit off the track to their success on the track. They
to raise the money that goes directly to our programs and our kids. also showed their competitive nature and competed alongside The
When we have an organization like Comcast come out, it really takes NASCAR Foundation mascots Chase and Victory Lane, as well as
things out of the budget that we don’t have to spend money on. So in two members of the Toyota Camry Crew in NASCAR-themed field
essence, Comcast is really donating time and money, because we’re day activities. The event also had a greater purpose—providing im-
saving lots and lots of money on grounds, trash removal, and beautifica- portant healthcare services to children in need from the community.
tion projects,” said Lionel Bacon from the Virginia Home for Boys and Through a partnership with Capital Area Health Network (CAHN),
Girls. children were able to take part in free health screenings, including vi-
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Vo- sion and dental. Referrals were available to CAHN physicians for
lunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration those children needing follow-up care. “We love that our NASCAR
of its year-round commitment to service and the nation’s largest single- drivers come out to events like our Speediatrics Fun Day Festival in
day corporate volunteer effort. From using technology to create posi- support of the kids here in the Richmond community,” The NASCAR
tive change, such as teaching digital literacy skills and writing com- Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger said. “It means a lot
munity centers and libraries, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, to us that they share our passion for providing these important health-
Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and through- care services to children in our NASCAR communities who need it
out the year, to make a lasting impact. most.” Gragson, Bell and Hemric were all leading into an important
This year, more than 100,000 volunteers participated in about 1,000 race weekend in Richmond. Gragson made his NASCAR Xfinity Se-
projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers ries debut in the ToyotaCare 250. Bell is in his first season driving
have contributed more than 5 million volunteer hours at 8,800 projects. Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 in the series. Hemric competed in the
CodeVA Xfinity Dash 4 Cash and also made his Monster Energy NASCAR
Cup Series debut. In addition to hosting the Speediatrics Fun Day
On Friday, April 20, Comcast and Xfinity Racing partnered with
CodeVA, based in Richmond, to bring five youth members and their fa- Festival, The NASCAR Foundation is also providing a $20,000 grant to
milies to the Richmond International Raceway for an afternoon experi- Capital Area Health Network to help provide medical services to chil-
ence that included a guided pit and garage tour, visit to the Xfinity Zone dren in need in the Richmond area through their mobile health pro-
and driver’s meetings, as well as driver meet and greets. gram. The NASCAR Foundation is dedicated to helping chil-
The youth members also each received Amazon Fire tablets and one dren live happier, healthier lives.
year of complimentary Internet service through Comcast’s Internet Es-
sentials program. Join Us…CAHN’s BABY SHOWER
Capital Area Health Network is having a baby shower
Special Thanks to for expecting moms and moms of infants.
Andre Fells and Lauren Wednesday May 23rd 12:30 to 3pm
Winston, as well as CAHN’s The Grace Center located at 1302 Victor Street –
Corner of 3rd Avenue & Victor Street
Medical and Dental
RSVP by May 5th – Call 804.525.1816
Staff Members! Fun event for everyone! See you there!
NSV International News 10

DYAN GREGGS
RICHMOND NAMED HOST CITY Flavor News’ WORLDWIDE CORRESPONDENT
OF THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL LIFE PRINTS…
MENUHIN COMPETITION Some look gazingly at their foot prints in the sand, but what a delight to
gaze at my life prints in the grains of people I have encountered in Bru-
The City of Richmond has been selected as the host city for the interna-
nei. I was ready to leave Brunei when the 19 year old Malaysian man
tional Menuhin Competition 2020. Often billed as “The Olympics of the
at my bed and breakfast (B&B) asked me to be his one-person-audience
Violin,” it is the world’s leading international competition for young vio-
to rehearse his poem he would be performing that night. He warned me,
linists.
“I used what you told me about standing in my truth in my poem.”
A delegation led by Mayor Levar M. Stoney, University of Richmond
Wow! What an honor! It wasn’t about the food, the drink, the monkeys
(UR) First Lady Dr. Betty Crutcher, Richmond Symphony Executive Di-
we were able to see in the wild, the beautiful canals or spectacular build-
rector David J.L. Fisk, Interim Music Department Chair for Virginia
ings made of gold. It was about touching lives in meaningful ways;
Commonwealth University (VCU) Dr. James Wiznerowicz and VP/GM
more meaningful than I had realized. It was all about the lives that I
for TV for Commonwealth Public Broadcasting (WCVE) John Felton
would not have otherwise encountered had I not made it a priority to
joined competition organizers in Geneva, Switzerland for the announce-
discover what was waiting for me on the other side of the world. I fol-
ment of Richmond’s winning bid from the stage of Victoria Hall during
lowed a dream and soon I would be following a woman in a t-shirt that
the closing gala concert of the Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018 with
read, “Worship” outside of a mall. “Who? What? Can I?” The words
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
couldn’t get out fast enough; I wanted to know who she was and if I
“We are thrilled to be hosting the International Menuhin Competition and
could join her at her place of worship. That weekend she and her hus-
honored to join the company of such distinguished international destina-
band picked me up for church, then we went out to eat and they treated
tions like Geneva in welcoming the most talented young musicians in the
me. That night they dubbed themselves my tour guide and took me out
world to our city,” said Mayor Stoney.
two days later to see more of the city at night. It was a magical outing
“Richmond is a thriving and diverse city that is home to a number of inter-
and a wonderful connection. Their teenage daughter called me auntie
nationally-recognized artistic, educational and cultural attractions,” the
all night and embraced me with hospitality, BUT SHE ALSO EM-
Mayor continued. “Our vibrant and dedicated arts community looks for-
BRACED ME WITH PHYSICAL ARMS OF LOVE.
ward to welcoming these artists and their families in 2020.”
An English woman at our B&B departed but sent me a Facebook mes-
The competition will take place May 14-24, 2020 in venues throughout
sage that read, “You really enhanced my experience of Brunei; and I
the city, including the Modlin Center for the Arts at UR, the W.E. Single-
will forever cherish the memories we have made in such a small
ton Center for the Performing Arts at VCU and the Carpenter Theatre at
space of time…no matter who else I meet on my travels, I don’t
the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
think there will be anyone quite like you.” When planning a trip to a-
Throughout the competition, 44 of the best young violinists in the world
nother country or another county, we often-times think the trip is about
will compete for top awards in performances ranging from solo recitals
us—but soon can realize that we are a gift to the people we meet along
to concerts with chamber groups and full orchestra. While the Richmond
the way. They are waiting for our lives, our smiles, and our uniqueness
Symphony will be the primary accompanying orchestra for the festival,
to make everlasting prints in their lives.
the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble – made up exclusively of 18 of the top
young Black and Latino classical musicians – will also participate in ac-
companying the Junior Finals and in performances and workshops with
local public schools.
Named after the famed violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, the 11- DYAN GREGGS
day festival attracts the greatest young violinists under the age of 22 from
around the world to compete in recitals and chamber concerts, including DINING AND
showcase performances with the Richmond Symphony. Competitors are HAVING FUN WITH
judged by a jury of some of the world’s most celebrated musicians who
also perform in recitals and other concerts throughout the festival.
BRUNEI FAMILY
A full schedule of competition events and activities will be released at a
later date. For more information about the Menuhin Competition, visit
menuhincompetition.org.

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