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Secondary Principal of the Year

Salem Church Middle

Salem Church Middle Principal Greg EcroydRobious Corridor Online has some school news to start your day this morning.

So often, our school administration staffers are over looked when it comes to recognition, despite working long hours behind the scenes to keep the wheels of education turning.

Every school has an administration full of people, working hard, sometimes behind the scenes, sometimes leading the charge of learning.

Salem Church Middle School’s Principal Greg Ecroyd has been honored as Secondary Principal of the Year by the Virginia School Counselor Association.

Dr. Ecroyd was nominated for the award by Salem Church Middle School Counselor Phyllis Holliman.

Holliman nominates Dr. Ecroyd  “because his servant leadership style supports school counselors wholeheartedly.”



 Danny Murphy


Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office

CSO PRIDEThe Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office strives to promote pride within their organization and they have a dynamic history that continues to move forward with positive momentum.

Their employees are the driving force for this positivity and the reason that they consistently encourage CSO PRIDE which includes pride in themselves, the position they hold and the uniform they wear.

The video below provides a glimpse at the faces of the organization, the job functions they perform and the pride they have in performing those duties.



Midlothian Middle School

Today is not just Thursday at Midlothian Middle School.
Today is BEACH DAY at Midlo Middle.
Students are invited to dress like they are ready for the beach!
Remember that whether you are a tacky tourist or ready to walk on the beach you must follow school dress code.
Be sure to stop by the library and have your picture taken!




Robious Corridor

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The 6th Annual Virginia

Hops and Barley Festival



Step 1: Post “I want to go to the Virginia Hops and Barley Festival!” on the ROBIOUS CORRIDOR Facebook page.

Step 2: Make sure that you LIKE the Robious Corridor and Virginia Hops and Barley Festival Facebook Pages.

Step 3: Get people to Like, Share, and Comment on YOUR post.

Step 4: WIN!

  • The two entries with the largest number of Likes, Shares, and Comments will each win two free tickets to the 6th Annual Virginia Hops and Barley Festival.
  • To be eligible to win, each contestant MUST Like each Facebook page.
  • In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be drawn at random to determine the winners.
  • The contest ends on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Noon EST.
  • To make it easier for participants to Like the Facebook pages follow the links below to Like each page.

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Click to visit the Virginia Hops and Barley Festival Facebook page.

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, craft vendors, bands, kids area, VIP and more.

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







Danny Murphy


Robious Corrdior

Homeowners still overestimate their home worth

Appraised values continue to be lower than expected

Home TaxAccording to the recent Home Price Perception Index released by Quicken Loans, the average appraised values in March were 2.17% lower than what homeowners think their homes are valued.

The index revealed that the spread between the two values widened in March, compared to February’s appraisals which were 1.99% lower than what homeowners expected.

Appraised values remained higher in Western cities, while homeowner expectations in the Midwest showed appraisals at a much lower price than expected.

“The varying HPPI values across the country illustrates the importance of examining the market at the local level,” said Quicken Loans Chief Economist Bob Walters.

“If homeowners are eyeing that new home being built across town, they could be pleasantly surprised how much their home will sell for – or in some instances their equity may not take them as far as they think – depending on what area of the country they’re in,” added Walters.

San Jose, Denver, San Francisco, Dallas and Houston were the highest in appraiser value, while in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit values came in lower.

Per the home value index, home values rose 0.29% from February to March, and increased 4.77% compared to the previous March. While the West climbs to 1.52% in annual home value growth, the Midwest dips to 0.67%.

“It’s not always easy for homeowners to keep their finger on the pulse of their equity,” said Walters. “This data shows homes have continued to increase in value since the depths experienced after the last recession. Those increases mean far fewer Americans have negative equity in their homes. This increases their mobility and is a positive development for all segments of the housing market.”

The gap between appraisal and owner estimates widened for first time in six months, Quicken Loans said in its latest monthly Home Price Perception Index and Home Value Index for February.

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Robious Corridor

We Thought Schools Were Safe

TOP TENGoing through the previous week’s articles, I realized that I can write about some pretty sobering, almost depressing, topics…. Not exactly the kind of thing that motivates an audience to keep coming back to read a weekly blog. I was encouraged to write something a bit more uplifting, try to remind the reader that the world is a good place, that there is hope to make a difference and make it safer. Convince the world that things are getting better. I had someone even recommend to me to make a “Top Ten List”….

“Those are the best blogs. People LOVE to read blogs that count down things. You should do one like ‘The Five Reasons Schools Are Safer Than They Were Twenty Years Ago’, or ‘The Ten Things To Remember When You Feel Like The World Is Dangerous’…. “

Sure, why not? It’s important to remind people that their efforts make a difference. Our communities are not in danger, and our children are safe in their schools. I can’t support proactive security concepts without a positive message, right?

Then I read about Amy Joyner-Francis, and everything changed.

Last Thursday morning, just before class started, 16-year-old Amy stopped into her high school bathroom at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware. While there, she was attacked by a gang of female students, a gang of sorts, and brutally assaulted. The fight stemmed from something about a boy, and the results were Amy’s head being bashed into the porcelain sink. As the attack occurred, other students watched on and recorded the incident with their camera phones.

Amy Joyner-Francis died from head wounds resulting from the attack.

Sorry, no peppy “top ten list” this week.

Amy was a very popular student, the captain of the school’s wrestling team and widely known as a pacifist and counselor to others. Students and teachers remembered her as typically being the person who would deescalate a situation. Additionally, she had plans to attend college. Her father released a statement saying the following: “I thought schools were safe…. I think this is a dream and I am trying to wake up. All I know is my daughter is gone. She was the love of my life and it hurts.” He later added, “I thought that the schools were a safe place that you could drop your kids off and they would come home after school, but apparently that’s not the case with some of the schools now. The children are out of control.”

To be perfectly candid, you have blinders on to the world if you think that things are getting better in our schools, they’re not. Go to your children’s school website, and find information on what they are doing about stopping bullying in their halls. You’ll probably find a PDF form or a report notification of some kind to inform the school that your child is being victimized. From there, I have every confidence that the school will take appropriate action: They will probably contact the student and the student’s parents; try to figure out an acceptable means to resolve the conflict….

And yet, it goes on. Children are harassed every day, humiliated, tormented in such a way as to effect them well into their adulthood. Sometimes, they lash out and come to school one day with a gun seeking vengeance, sometimes they take it out on themselves. Sometimes they’re attacked and murdered in the high school bathroom.

I commend the schools for their efforts in recognizing the issue and further making effort in trying to make sure it doesn’t continue. But intentions and results are two different things. When it comes to results, the anti-bullying strategies aren’t working. It’s that simple.

If a group of teenagers were walking down the street together and they came across a stray dog, and one of the kids walked up and kicked the dog as hard as he/she could, do you think that the other kids would allow that? Most likely, no. They would yell at their friend, maybe even make him/her stop with their own physical action. But when a peer is treated the same way in school, the solution is to pull out cell phones, take pictures or record the incident. Why?

It’s the culture. It’s a culturally learned condition. PDF forms, anti-bullying campaigns… these appease the adult teacher and parent, they don’t get to the culture of student. Until we teach that bullying is as taboo as kicking a helpless dog, then we will continue to see tragedies like those that occurred with Amy Joyner.

Add that to your top ten list.

 National Advancements for Proactive Safety, Inc.

JWELLS001Jason Wells is the President and Founder of the National Advancements for Proactive Safety, an educational non-profit organization committed to providing a safe community through intervention processes. He is a former Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors in Strategic Security and Protection Management. Mr. Wells is currently pursuing his doctorate in Strategic Security with a focus on proactive interventions to stop threat-related behavior. He can be contacted at

 Family Guidance Centers

Learn from those who came before you

Advice from some old people

  1. WISEThe most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.
  2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.
  3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.
  4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?
  5. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.
  6. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savor all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.
  7. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!
  8. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.
  9. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.
  10. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.
  11. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.
  12. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke — so you never actually become one.
  13. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.
  14. Don’t take advice from anyone else as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…
  15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!
  16. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.
  17. WISE WOMANAppreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.
  18. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.
  19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.
  20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.


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Hanover 9 Benedictine 1

Glen Allen 3 Gloucester 2

L.C. Bird 4 Varina 3

Patrick Henry 10 Hermitage 1


St. Margaret’s 13 Trinity Episcopal 0

Mills Godwin 7 Douglas Freeman 5

L.C. Bird 16 Varina 4

Atlee 4 King William 0

Patrick Henry 8 Hermitage 1

Lee-Davis 10 J.R. Tucker 0



Cosby 7 Clover Hill 6

Western Albemarle 15 Douglas Freeman 8

Atlee 21 Lee-Davis 9


Cosby 15 Clover Hill 7

St. Catherine’s 16 Saint Gertrude 2

Virginia Episcopal 13 Steward 9

Atlee 16 Lee-Davis 5



Hanover 2 Highland Springs 0

J.R. Tucker 5 Lee-Davis 2

Hermitage 1 Patrick Henry 1


Norfolk Academy 3 Collegiate 0

Goochland 14 Randolph-Henry 0

Hanover 9 Highland Springs 0

L.C. Bird 2 Varina 1

Atlee 6 Maggie Walker 0

Lee-Davis 1 J.R. Tucker 1



Douglas Freeman 9 Hermitage 0

York 6 New Kent 3

Henrico 9 Highland Springs 0

Mills Godwin 9 Thomas Jefferson 0

Hanover 7 Atlee 2

Lee-Davis 5 Patrick Henry 4










Dogtopia Chesterfield

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Dogtopia Weather Forecast


A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 65. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.


weatherThursday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.



A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


weatherFriday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.



Partly sunny, with a high near 73.


weatherSaturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

weatherSunday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


weatherMonday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 30%.








Robious Corridor

Robious Corridor



Book drive

Reams Road Elementary will hold its annual book drive throughout May. All students are invited to donate gently used books. At the end of the month, students will be able to browse the donated books and choose at least one book to keep as a way to kick off their summer reading. For more information, call 674-1370.

Swimming lessons

Second-graders from Davis Elementary will learn to swim on Tuesdays through May 31 at SwimRVA. Lessons run 10-10:45 a.m., 10:45-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-1310.


Field trip

Spring Run Elementary fifth-graders will go to Washington, D.C., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field trip

Fourth-grade classes from Spring Run Elementary will visit the Virginia Historical Society 9 a.m.-1:25 p.m. April 28. For more information, call 639-6352.

Providence Middle meeting

A community meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 28 in the auditorium of Providence Middle to provide updates about revitalization planned as part of the 2013 bond referendum. For more information, call 748-1405.


Elizabeth Davis Middle will gather at 7 p.m. April 28 for an Evening of the Arts, including visual art created by art and computer art students and music by band students. For more information, call 541-4700.

Spring plant sale

The Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse will hold its annual spring plant sale 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 28-29 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2-19 on weekdays. For sale will be annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, mixed containers and hanging baskets. For more information, email


Field day

Alberta Smith Elementary will hold its annual field day with 45 different activities April 29 (rain date May 6). Grades K-2 will participate 9-11 a.m. and grades 3-5 will participate noon-2 p.m. For more information, email

Field day

Woolridge Elementary will enjoy field day April 29: 10 a.m.-noon for grades K-2 and 1-3 p.m. for grades 3-5. For more information, call 739-6330.

Go Nuts for Reading

Spring Run Elementary students who read eight books and return their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free on April 29. Also, they may walk in a parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, call 639-6352.

Teach Children to Save Day

Second-grade classes at Robious Elementary will learn about saving money from representatives of Towne Bank 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:40-11:40 a.m. April 29. For more information, call 378-2500.

Special Olympics

On April 29 at Bird High, more than 200 Special Olympic athletes from the counties of Chesterfield, Powhatan and New Kent will compete in track and field and tennis events at the Special Olympics Area 6 Summer Games. Events will begin at 9:40 a.m. and end around 12:30 p.m. About 200 volunteers from Chesterfield schools and the local community will organize and run the events. The rain date is May 6. For more information, email


Mustangs 5K

Midlothian Middle is sponsoring its third annual 5K starting at 9 a.m. April 30. Register for the Mustangs 5K here: For more information, contact


Curtis Elementary will hold a carnival 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 30 with games, food and fun. For more information, contact Tina Seal at 768-6175.

Chesterfield Junior Cup

Students from elementary schools throughout Chesterfield County will compete in a tennis tournament at James River High 1-4 p.m. April 30. The rain date for the Chesterfield Junior Cup is May 1. For more information, email


Run 4 Massey 5K Run/Walk

Bird High student Tyler Harris has organized a fundraiser for the Massey Cancer Center. The event will take place at 2 p.m. May 1 at Pocahontas State Park. Go to this website for more information:


Go Nuts for Reading

Marguerite Christian Elementary students who read eight books and return their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free on May 3. Also, they may walk in a parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, call 530-5733.

Field trip

Davis Elementary third-graders will visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. May 4. For more information, call 674-1310.

SMART Spirit Celebration

Watkins Elementary will hold a SMART Spirit Celebration 2-2:30 p.m. May 6 on the bus loop to celebrate all that students and staff members have accomplished this year. For more information, email

Healthy Habits

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

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