Robious Corridor

Heading in the Right Direction

Fantastic Sams Saves the Day

I was running late for a meeting.  It was an important meeting too.  All I could think of while I was sitting at the stoplight were the words my wife said to me as she hustled me out of the door that morning.  She said, “Good luck today, Honey.  You should have gotten a haircut yesterday.” 

Waiting at that stop light, I couldn’t but stare at myself in the rear view mirror.  I wasn’t staring at myself because I was so handsome.  I was staring at myself because she was right. I had high school hair from the eighties on my fifty year old head.  As I was staring at myself, the light changed.  Of course, I didn’t notice because I was staring at myself.  The car behind noticed though and let me know with a honk of their horn.  It was not that friendly horn honk. I floored my soccer dad SUV and got to the intersection just in time to sit through another red light.  I was almost as angry as the driver in the car behind me.  My day was not heading in the right direction.  I hoped that would change.

It did.

Fanatastic SamsThe first thing that happened was that my phone rang.  The meeting was changed to eleven.  I know a good thing when I see it and immediately started looking for a place to get my hair cut as I rolled down Midlothian Turnpike.  I saw a place on the right and pulled in.  They were closed that day.  I found another.  Not open yet.  Maybe my day wasn’t changing after all.  I was about to give up hope when it occurred to me that one of our Robious Corridor Community Partners, Fantastic Sams, was only a left on Huguenot, a right on Robious Road and then a quick left into The Shoppes at Belvedere away.

They were open.  I checked the time.  It would be close.  I walked in and Megan greeted me from behind the counter.  I let her know that I was having a hair emergency.  I explained to her that I need a haircut and that I need it quick.  Megan said, “No Problem. Have a seat.”

Fifteen minutes later, Megan spun me around and said, “How’s that?”  What Megan did with the mop that I walked in the door with, I will never know.  What I did know was that, in fifteen minutes she took me from looking like the drummer in the Grateful Dead, to the respectful marketing director of Robious Corridor Online that I am.   I got the best haircut I have ever gotten that morning. My day was heading in the right direction. 

Thanks to Fantastic Sams and hair stylist supreme Megan, I got to the meeting early enough to grab a cup of coffee, and meet with our newest Community Partner, who will be announced next week.  That is how our community partners roll.  We take care of the Robious Corridor and we take care of each other.

Tony YoungI called the owner of Fantastic Sams, Tom Scott, to tell him how happy I was with their service.  He was grateful to hear what I had to say.  So grateful, in fact, that he told me that he will be offering $8.99 haircuts for men, women and children on Saturdays and Sundays in April for any and all Robious Corridor Online readers.  You can’t combine this offer with any other offers or discounts and long or thick hair may be extra.  A great deal to celebrate Fantastic Sams first year under Tom’s management.

So, I am heading in the right direction.  Fantastic Sams is heading in the right direction.  You can head in the right direction too.

When I got home that evening, my wife said, “That’s the best haircut you’ve every gotten.  Did you know that you’re wearing two different color socks?”



Fantastic Sams




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Club Youth Soccer Night

at Midothian High School Tonight

Midlothian High SchoolThursday Night is Club Youth Soccer Night at the Boys Soccer Game against James River.
Any youth soccer player wearing his/her club soccer gear will get in FREE!
This only applies to the players – any parents will have to pay the admission fee – but still a great deal!
Also the concession stand will be open with hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill.
Bring your youth soccer player to the game, get dinner and cheer on Midlo.
JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity plays at 7:00.

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 Danny Murphy

Robious Corrdior

Study: Home values increase when solar panels get installed

Research considers appraisal values of homes across six states

energygreenA new study from The Appraisal Journal, the academic publication of one of the nation’s largest association of appraisers, shows that homes that use solar panels are sold at a premium.

Some homeowners showed concern that solar energy would cost more than they could get back, however several studies now reveal that there is demand from homebuyers for solar energy homes, finding that buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes that use solar energy.

The average premium for all study areas is $14,329, which is 3.74% of the average sale price and equates to $3.78 per watt for the average-sized solar panel system, according to the report.

In recent years, more consumers have begun seeing solar power as a viable option.

SolarCity announced in 2014 that it created a new investment program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to finance an estimated $400 million in solar power projects in 2014 and 2015. This enabled thousands of American homeowners to install solar panels with no upfront cost.

In some states, however, solar power has become less inviting. In Nevada, the state’s Public Utility Commission voted to change the rates for customers with solar panels, according to an article by Sam Weber for PBS Newshour. Because their bills are lower due to the use of solar panels, regulators don’t believe they are paying their fair share for the electric grid’s operating costs. 

The report pointed out that, especially in areas with fewer comparable sales, because appraisers end up with only 20% of the study’s original pool of the sales of 208 homes with solar panels to use as comps due to proper listing of solar panel homes in MLS, and the existence of non-market-value transactions, they could face challenges.

The report suggests that lending appraisal guidelines and expectations should align with this reality and allow other forms of premium estimates when comparable sales are not available.

written by Kelsey Ramírez

click here for source article


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 acac Midlothian

Robious Corridor

Local Wrestlers Dominate Post Season Honors

The 2016 All-Metro wrestling team


Robert DuPont

Robert DuPont

SAM BRASWELL – 106 – Matoaca – Junior

BRANDON WOODY – 113 – Matoaca – Junior

JOEY PRATA – 120 – St. Christopher’s – Senior

BRADY BILLER – 126 – Benedictine – Junior

CADEN DARBER – 132 – New Kent – Junior

JOSH WYLAND – 138 – Benedictine – Junior

ROBERT DUPONT – 145 – Benedictine – Senior

BRYSON WOODY – 152 – Matoaca – Senior

KADE SANDERS – 160 – New Kent – Junior


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Lieutenant Phillip Polk – in the Spotlight

Robious CorridorLieutenant Phillip Polk retired from the Chesterfield County Police Department on April 1, 2016.

After providing 27 years of service to our community, who can blame him.

Lieutenant Polk served as a Driving Instructor and a Firearms Instructor.

His fluency in the Spanish language led him to help develop and implement the Spanish for Law Enforcement Program within the department.

Al of us in the Robious Corridor send our congratulations and thanks to Lieutenant Polk for his service and wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.

Lieutenant Phillip Polk…is in the Winterfield Veterinary Hospital Spotlight



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Robious Corridor

BOOK SIGNING – Butterflies Keep Flying

New Children’s Picture Book Calls Attention to Rare Skin Disease

Ali PfautzRichmond, VA – Artistic Endeavors Press announces the release of the children’s picture book, Butterflies Keep Flying. The story celebrates the bravery of those living with the incurable disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB. Children with EB have skin so fragile that sometimes the friction from just a quick touch can cause painful tears and blisters on their bodies. These children are called the “butterfly children” because their skin is as delicate as butterfly wings.

Butterflies Keep Flying was written by children’s storyteller Ali Pfautz and illustrated by artist Sara Grier.

Inspired by her friend’s daughter, who has EB, Pfautz wanted to write a story that would not only call attention to the disease, but also recognize the courage and strength EB children possess. Funds raised through a Kickstarter campaign (Butterfly Child) helped to get the book launched. Pfautz plans to donate a percentage of the book’s annual profits to debra of America, a national nonprofit that provides services and support to EB families.

The book’s main character, a gentle butterfly, imagines what it might be like to be someone else. She imagines being other creatures, bigger, stronger, louder animals, who don’t have to fly all of the time. When she stops daydreaming and starts thinking about how her wings carry her through life’s challenges, the butterfly is re-minded of the true strength found within her beautiful, breakable wings. 

At the back of Butterflies Keep Flying, readers will find facts about EB as well as information about the non-profit, debra of America.


About Ali03


Ali PfautzAli Pfautz comes from a musical family full of educators and big readers. She is proud to continue that creative vibe in her life today. She loves what she does, and that keeps a smile on her face. Ali believes in the power of a smile by the way, and hopes you find yourself grinning as you look through her site.

To learn more about Ali Pfautz – The Story Lady CLICK HERE.

You can purchase the latest book from The Story Lady at ​Amazon and Barnes & Noble.




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acac midlothian

Robious Corridor


Trinity Episcopal 6 Fork Union 5

Collegiate 6 St. John Paul 2

Powhatan 16 Fluvanna 2

Hanover 4 Monacan 0

Deep Run 13 Patrick Henry 2

Meadowbrook 18 Petersburg 8

Thomas Jefferson 12 George Wythe 2

Caroline 6 Brooke Point 4

Colonial Heights 6 Thomas Dale 5

J.R. Tucker 11 Henrico 3



Midlothian 8 Caroline 4

Trinity Episcopal 10 Saint Gertrude 4

Powhatan 8 Fluvanna 3

Hanover 3 Monacan 0

Thomas Dale 10 Colonial Heights 0

Patrick Henry 4 Deep Run 0



James River 17 Cosby 5

Midlothian 14 Thomas Dale 3

Clover Hill 11 Manchester 3

Hanover 17 Powhatan 4

Douglas Freeman 14 Lee-Davis 6

Patrick Henry 16 Hermitage 1

Bishop Sullivan 22 Steward 5



James River 13 Cosby 12

Collegiate 13 Deep Run 4

Clover Hill 11 Manchester 4

Hanover 15 Powhatan 2




Fluvanna 3 Powhatan 2

J.R. Tucker 7 Henrico 1



Trinity Episcopal 6 Saint Gertrude 0

Powhatan 1 Fluvanna 0

Goochland 6 Nottoway 0

J.R. Tucker 3 Henrico 3




Mills Godwin 9 Cosby 0

Matoaca 7 Meadowbrook 2

Glen Allen 9 Hermitage 0

Hanover 6 Atlee 3

Goochland 7 ARGS 2

Lee-Davis 9 Patrick Henry 1



St. Christopher’s 143 Woodberry Forest 150






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Dogtopia Chesterfield

Dogtopia Thursday Weather


Showers, mainly before 2pm. High near 65. Southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


weatherThursday Night

A chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. West wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 7 to 11 mph.


weatherFriday Night

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


weatherSaturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 28.



Sunny, with a high near 53.


weatherSunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.


weatherMonday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



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



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Ace Glass 

Robious Corridor


Food Fair registration is open

Online registration for the wildly popular Food Fair of Chesterfield County Public Schools opened at 7 p.m. April 4. Tickets have been snapped up rapidly in previous years, so families should be ready to reserve their free tickets promptly. Online registration is available here starting at 7 p.m. April 4: The Food Fair gives students and parents the opportunity to taste food being considered for school lunches and breakfasts. Their feedback will help shape next year’s menus. This year’s Food Fair will take place April 13 at Clover Hill High. There will be two tastings: 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. For each tasting, 500 tickets are available. The Food Fair is free, but online registration is required. For more information, go to


Battle of the Books

Three schools will compete to see which one will be the Battle of the Books champion: Jacobs Road Elementary, Reams Road Elementary and Providence Elementary. The battle will begin at 11 a.m. April 7. For more information, call 674-1320.

History Lives

History comes to life at Woolridge Elementary 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 7-8. Third-graders will transform the gym into a living museum, with each third-grader representing a historical figure. The students will be in character and will give short speeches to visitors. For more information, call 739-6330.


Crash simulations

For the senior classes at Clover Hill High and 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 8 at Clover Hill High; email for information. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 25 at James River High; email for information.

Celebrating 25 years

Ecoff Elementary will celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 8. Families are invited to an open house 5-5:30 p.m. followed by a carnival 5:30-8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Brock’s Barbecue, Carytown Burgers and Fries and Kona Ice. For details, call 768-6185.

Field trip

Woolridge Elementary fourth-grade classes will spend April 8 at Pamplin Historical Park. For more information, call 739-6330.



Matoaca Elementary’s Running Club is getting ready for the Virginia 529 Kids Run sponsored by Sports Backers. The one-mile event starts at 8 a.m. April 9. For details, call 590-3100.


Middle and high school students will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during the annual STEAM Expo 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. The event is free and open to the public. STEAM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math) has exploded across Chesterfield County Public Schools, causing the annual STEAM fair to split into two events: the STEAM Expo on April 9 and an event in March for elementary students. New this year is a performing arts visual challenge. This “Stylin’ Face Off” challenges high school teams to create a contemporary Greek god or goddess — including costume, makeup, hair and character analysis — for a commercial. More information is available here:



Spring Run Elementary will recognize two Students of the Year at 3 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.

Recorder concert

Spring Run Elementary fourth-graders will perform on recorders at 6 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field trip

Woolridge Elementary kindergarten classes will visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12. For more information, call 739-6330.

Testing is Table Talk’s timely topic for April

Helping your child prepare for tests is April’s topic for Table Talk: Meals With Meaning. Whether you have a third-grader taking SOLs or a high schooler taking the SAT or a student somewhere in between, parents will learn strategies to help children succeed by attending one of these Table Talk sessions: 6-8 p.m. April 12 at Clover Hill High or 6-8 p.m. April 14 at Meadowbrook High. Table Talk is always free and includes dinner and activities for children ages 5-12. Online registration is now open: Registration closes at 8 a.m. April 11, but space is limited so do not wait until the last minute to claim your space at Table Talk. For more information, email or call 748-1781.

Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee seeks to inform and involve parents in special education matters that affect more than 7,000 students with disabilities in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The committee will meet 5-6:30 p.m. April 13 to discuss Medicaid waivers. The committee meets at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Enter through Door 1 (facing Hull Street Road). Call 639-8918 for details.

Kindergarten registration day

Every Chesterfield County elementary school will register incoming kindergartners 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 14, so parents should take their children to the elementary school they are zoned to attend. For more information, go to


Jacobs Road Elementary students in grades 3-5 will hear a performance by the Richmond Symphony 9-10 a.m. April 14. For more information, call 674-1320.

Field trip

Curtis Elementary fifth-grade classes will visit Washington, D.C., on April 14. The students will leave the school at 7 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. During their D.C. visit, they will drive by the Capitol, tour the Museum of Natural History and take a walking tour of the monuments. For more information, call 768-6175.

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.

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