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Richmond Physics Olympics

Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity Episcopal SchoolLast Saturday, two teams of Trinity Titans competed against 26 other area high school teams of scientists in the Richmond Physics Olympics.

The event, hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Richmond, included dropping a ball from a second-floor ramp onto a first-floor target and building a suspension bridge using only rubber bands and bricks.

“Our two formidable Titan teams performed exceedingly well,” said physics teacher Elizabeth Kelley. “Each of them demonstrated critical thinking skills, imaginative designs, and functioned as a team.”


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Operation Smile Club  Dodgeball Tournament

Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity Episcopal SchoolThe Operation Smile Club sponsored a Dodgeball Tournament last weekend at Trinity to help raise money for Operation Smile, an organization that provides facial reconstructive surgeries to those in need.

Nine student teams and one team made up of faculty and staff competed, and awards were given for best uniforms (Team GQ), team spirit (The Ducking Wrenches) and overall champion (Team Emo).

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The Plain English

Guide to Homeowner Tax Benefits

Breaking down the costs and benefits of owning a home may help you get through your taxes without a headache.

Home TaxIf you’re like many homeowners at tax time, you don’t know how to calculate your homeowner tax benefits, and instead just follow the steps of online tax programs or have your tax adviser figure it out. But it’s important to know how your tax benefits work, so let’s review the calculations in plain English.

Primary residence ownership costs

As a homeowner, your main monthly housing cost is comprised of principal, interest, taxes and insurance (P.I.T.I.).

Your mortgage payment is comprised of principal and interest. Principal pays down your loan each month, and interest pays your borrowing cost to your lender each month.

Taxes refer to local property taxes assessed by your city or county quarterly, semiannually, or annually.

Insurance is your fee paid to an insurance company of your choosing to help protect you and your lender if the home was impacted by fire, flood or other disaster.

If you bought a home for $3000,000 with 20 percent down and got a 30-year fixed rate of 3.5 percent, a mortgage calculator tells us that your monthly housing cost would break down as follows:

  $1,077    Principal and interest (your mortgage payment)               

 $300       Property taxes (using U.S. average rate of 1.2% on $300,000 value)         

  $75         Homeowners insurance               

$1,452      TOTAL COST      

Annual tax benefits for primary residence owners

As the owner of your primary residence, your annual tax benefits come from being able to deduct the mortgage interest and property tax you pay each year.

Of the total $1,077 total monthly mortgage payment above, $700 goes toward interest and $377 goes toward paying down the loan. And we know that the property taxes are $300 per month.

So we know you’re paying $8,400 per year in interest ($700 per month for 12 months), and $3,600 per year in property taxes ($300 per month for 12 months).

Together these total $12,000, and this full amount is deductible when you file your taxes (for low- to moderate-income homeowners).

How does a tax deduction help you save money?

When you file your taxes each year, there is a form called Schedule A: Itemized Deductions where you list eligible items that get “deducted” from your income so you pay tax on less income.

This form has line items for mortgage interest and property tax deductions. In our example, the IRS allows you to itemize $8,400 in mortgage interest and $3,600 in property taxes into their respective line items on Schedule A.

Doing so will reduce the amount of income you get taxed on by $12,000 ($8,400 plus $3,600).

Let’s say your W-2s showed that you made $90,000 this year. These two line item deductions of $12,000 get subtracted from your $90,000 gross income, which means the income you’ll actually be taxed on is reduced to $78,000.

Different incomes are taxed at different rates, and you’d be taxed at about 28 percent on this level of income.

To quickly estimate how much your tax deductions save you, multiply the $12,000 in allowable deductions by your 28-percent tax rate. This gives you an estimated annual tax savings of $3,360, meaning you’ll pay about this much less in taxes because of your primary residence owner deductions.

If you convert this to a monthly figure of $280, and subtract it from your total monthly housing cost noted above of $1,452, it reduces your total housing cost to $1,172 after tax benefits.

This is affordable for a $300,000 house, and is likely to be cheaper than renting a comparable home in most cities.

Additional tax benefits for homeowners

Other annual tax benefits for owners of primary residences include deducting points paid on a refinance, home energy credits, deducting mortgage insurance for lower earners, and home office deductions. Each of these benefits has fine print to read and discuss with your tax adviser.

Other homeowner tax benefits come when you sell your primary residence. Single people are exempt from paying capital gains taxes on up to $250,000 in capital gains, and this exemption increases to $500,000 for married couples. Also, money you spend on improvements while you own the home reduces your taxable gain.

All the information given here applies to primary residence owners, and most of these rules will apply for second-home owners — your tax adviser will let you know of any variations for second homes. If you own a rental property, consult this guide to tax benefits for rental properties.

As with all tax matters, benefits change based on your individual profile, so consult your tax adviser regarding your exact benefits.

written by Julian Hebron

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10 Trends Driving the Next Decade of Home Design

Ace Glass

Modern Home DesignOver the next 10 years, expect functionality, accessibility, and sustainability to be major themes guiding the look of homes. That could include everything from embracing healthier building materials and furnishings to homes that are designed to be more resilient to bad weather.

More than 500 residential architects offered their insights into what will be the most significant home design elements over the next 10 years. From the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey, here are the 10 residential design trends to watch for over the next decade:

  1. Smarter homes: Technology will become more prevalent in the operation of homes, including via automated controls for temperature, security, and lighting.
  1. Healthier homes: Consumers are becoming more aware of environmental health issues that will likely lead to greater use of low or no volatile organic compounds of paint and composite wood, natural fiber upholstery, carpets without polyvinyl chloride backing, and air purification systems.
  1. Disaster-proof: Home owners will call for homes that can hold up better against natural disasters, which may mean elevating residences, windows with impact glazing, dedicated safe rooms, and backup power generation.
  1. Energy efficiency: Sustainable design elements that increase a home’s energy efficiency — such as solar panels, water reclamation systems, and tankless water heaters –- will likely grow in demand.
  1. Age-in-place: Universal design elements will grow in popularity to help an aging population stay in their homes longer. These design elements will likely include wider hallways, added handrails, and one-level living spaces.
  1. All about the kitchen: Kitchens will be the focal point of the home, fueled by open design concepts that allow it to stay front and center.
  1. Outdoor living spaces: More home owners will look to invest in sprucing up their outdoor living spaces, beyond just outdoor grills or decks. Instead, look for more home owners adding outdoor kitchens and fully furnished outdoor rooms.
  1. Home offices: Home owners, due to changing work patterns and a growth in telecommuting, will likely place a greater emphasis on the need for a space devoted to a home office.
  1. Smaller but better designed homes: As home owners demand to be closer to jobs and public transportation, architects will have to build in more accessible locations that are typically more pricey. This will likely bring about smaller but more innovative designs and more personalized design features.
  1. Urban influence: With growing calls for an urban lifestyle from younger adults, architects will adopt some of these urban characteristics into their projects, such as with a focus on higher-density development that offer more amenities to residents and offer closer to commercial.

written by Melissa Dittmann Tracey

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Marine Sgt. Sean Miles – in the Spotlight

Clover HillMarine Sgt. Sean Miles lost his life saving a fellow Marine during a 2006 attack in Iraq.

Ten years later, Chesterfield County has honored the Clover Hill High School graduate by renaming a street near his school after him.

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors voted to rename Kelly Green Trail to Sean Miles Run.

Sean Miles was 28 years old. He left behind a wife and two-year-old son.

“He was the only man I have ever met who I wanted to be like,” Cpl. Jason Gillilan, who served with Miles, said. “He never quit anything in life and most of all he loved his son and wife. He gave up everything … his family and his squad.”


Marine Sgt. Sean Miles – is in the Winterfield Veterinary Hospital Spotlight



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6th Annual Virginia Hops and Barley Festival

Powhatan Rotary Club

Robious CorridorThe Powhatan Rotary Club and Three One One Productions are at it again this year. 

The 6th Annual Virginia Hops and Barley Festival is a go.  As the final details are being wrapped up we wanted our readers to be able to…

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, May 7th

TIME: 1p-7p

PLACE: Historic Malvern Estate, located in Chesterfield County, just off of 288.

This event features over 30+ craft beers, as well as many food vendors, Robious Corridorcraft vendors, bands, kids area, VIP and more. 

This event is always well attended and is likely to sell out.

Interested in becoming a vendor at this event?









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James River 4 Manchester 2

Benedictine 6 Miller 1

Monacan 11 Huguenot 1

Dinwiddie 7 Thomas Dale 4

Goochland 12 Bluestone 2

Hopewell 15 Meadowbrook 5

Central Virginia Homeschool 7 USA Homeschool 4


James River 6 Manchester 2

Collegiate 12 St. Catherine’s 0

Powhatan 13 Albemarle 6

Clover Hill 3 Glen Allen 1

Monacan 18 Huguenot 0

Goochland 16 Bluestone 0

St. Margaret’s 16 Covenant 0

Dinwiddie 2 Thomas Dale 1



St. Christopher’s 10 Durham Academy 8

Steward 11 Powhatan 10 (OT)

Douglas Freeman 14 Glen Allen 5


Steward 19 Powhatan 1

Atlee 12 Hanover 6



James River 5 Manchester 1

Hopewell 2 Meadowbrook 0


James River 5 Manchester 0

Mills Godwin 8 Midlothian 0

Monacan 8 Huguenot 0

Hopewell 2 Meadowbrook 1

Albemarle 4 Powhatan 0



Benedictine 160 Fuqua 229


Christchurch 182 St. Catherine’s 200 Saint Gertrude 252



Mills Godwin 7 Douglas Freeman 2

Deep Run 9 Glen Allen 0





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Friday Dogtopia Weather


Sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph.


weatherFriday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.



Sunny, with a high near 64.


weatherSaturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 42.



Sunny, with a high near 69.


weatherSunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 47.



Sunny, with a high near 78.


weatherMonday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.


weatherTuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.






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Healthy Habits

Gordon Elementary will participate in Healthy Habits 3:50-4:50 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 24. For more information, email


Mothers and sons

Woolridge Elementary has planned a mothers-and-sons event 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 15 at Sky Zone trampoline park. For more information, call 739-6330.

Go Nuts for Reading

Alberta Smith Elementary students and Ecoff Elementary students who read eight books and returned their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free 6-9:30 p.m. April 15. Also, they will parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, email about Alberta Smith Elementary or email about Ecoff Elementary.


Fine Arts Festival

The Fine Arts Festival will take place 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 16 and noon-4:30 p.m. April 17 at Thomas Dale High, home of the Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center. The Fine Arts Festival is free and open to the community each year. Swirling with student creativity, this event will feature examples of visual arts and performing arts. On display will be thousands of paintings, drawings, sculptures and other visual art created by students in the 63 schools of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Three stages will feature student performers, including a variety of music, acting and singing. On April 17, there will be a special recognition at 3:30 p.m. in the main auditorium in honor of Superintendent Marcus Newsome, who is retiring at the end of this school year and who began his career in education as an art teacher. For more information, email or


Pep rally for Little Feet Meet

Ecoff Elementary will support students heading for the Little Feet Meet by holding a pep rally April 18. For more information, email

MOOC for rising ninth-graders

Rising ninth-graders have opportunities that have never before been available to students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. They can enroll in the first MOOC (massive open online course) ever offered by Chesterfield County Public Schools: Introduction to Computer Science. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a high school credit and be prepared for Advanced Placement computer science courses. Introduction to Computer Science will also prepare students to apply for CodeRVA, a regional high school scheduled to open in September 2017. This innovative school will offer accelerated, personalized learning and prepare students for jobs in computer science and information technology. To learn more about these unique opportunities, students who will be in ninth grade starting in September 2016 and their parents or guardians are invited to attend an informational meeting:

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull; enter the door for the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center at the back of the building


At Woolridge Elementary, fourth-graders will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids” at 7 p.m. April 20 in the cafeteria. For more information, email

Little Feet Meet

More than 1,000 Special Olympic athletes from elementary schools across Chesterfield County will gather for the Little Feet Meet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21 at James River High. The opening ceremony is about 11 a.m. Rain date is April 22. For more information, email

Students of the Year

Chesterfield County Public Schools will celebrate two Students of the Year from every school at 6 p.m. April 21 in the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center of the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. The event is sponsored by the Midlothian Rotary Club. For more information, call 748-1405.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Davis Elementary fifth-graders will participate in James River Ecology School 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 21-22. For more information, call 674-1310.


Midlothian Middle will present “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” at 7 p.m. April 21-22 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 23. For more information, call 378-2460.

Field day

Crenshaw Elementary students will enjoy field day all day on April 22. For more information, email


Woolridge Elementary’s fifth-grade carnival will take place 2:15-3:30 p.m. April 22. For more information, call 739-6330.

Fire safety

Second-grade classes at Woolridge Elementary will learn about fire safety via the traveling fire house all day April 22. For more information, call 739-6330.

Field trip

Curtis Elementary kindergarten and second-grade classes will visit the Metro Richmond Zoo on April 22. They will leave the school at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. For more information, call 768-6175.

Wildcat 5K

Woolridge Elementary will host the Wildcat 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at 2 p.m. April 24. Register by April 15 to get a race T-shirt or water bottle. For more information, call 739-6330.

Crash simulations

For the senior classes at James River High, the VCU School of Medicine will stage a car crash and demonstrate what happens in a trauma room. A MedFlight helicopter is scheduled to land. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 25 at James River High; email for information.

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