No Matter Where You Are, Lock Your Car!

An Important Public Safety Announcement!

Chesterfield County PoliceThe Chesterfield County Police Department has an important public safety announcement to share with the readers of Robious Corridor Online Magazine.

Did you know that from 2013 to 2015, Chesterfield County Police received 3,044 reports of thefts from vehicles?

The majority of these thefts were from unlocked vehicles.

Remember to remove your valuables from you vehicles and to lock your door.

As a reminder, the Chesterfield Police Department put together the cute video below.

Be sure to give it a look!








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Midlothian High School Girls Tennis

Conference 20 Champions

in the Winterfield Veterinary Hospital Spotlight!

Midlothian Tennis




 Liz Dorneman






Midlothianhighschool-trojansHere is all of the information you should need to get signed up for some great summer time sports instruction. 


The Midlothian High School Youth Football Camp will be held Monday, July 18- Thursday, July 21 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the MHS football field. The cost of the camp is $75 ($65 if you register by June 12). College coaches will be there. For more information, including registration form, click on link below.


The Annual Trojans Girls Basketball Camp for rising 3rd-9th grade girls will be held June 20-June 23 from 9am-1 pm only – $100 per camper. Registration is due by June 2. Click on link below for more information and registration form.


The Midlothian Girls Volleyball Team will host a Summer Volleyball Camp Monday, June 27-Thursday, June 30 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Midlothian High School. The camp is designed for players at all skill levels for the middle school and JV high school grades and will encompass all aspects of the game along with skill development, conditioning, and strategy. Click on link below for more details and registration.


Additional information will be added as it becomes available!





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With All This Rain,

How Should I Be Mowing My Wet Lawn?

Spring GreenEveryone has heard the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”  This may be because spring is often the time of year when most of the country receives plenty of rain. Mowing can be a real challenge when it seems like it rains every weekend.

For those of you who use a maintenance service, your normal mowing day is often pushed back due to rain delays.  Since these companies are in the business to mow lawns, sometimes they have to “push it” to make sure that each client is serviced in a timely schedule. Still, they have to take precautions to avoid damaging lawns. For those of us who still mow our own lawns, the weekend is usually the only time we have sunlight and the spare time to mow. Here are some best practices for mowing wet grass.

Take Precaution

If you have to mow your lawn when it is wet follow these 2 precautionary steps.

Make sure you have a sharp blade on your mower, it is always a good idea, but even more so when the grass is wet.

Be sure to clean the underside of the deck as the grass will stick to the underside of the deck. Use extra caution when performing this task and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for accessing the underside of the deck.  If nothing else, be sure to disconnect the spark plug wire.

Potential Risks

If possible, wait for the grass to dry off before mowing. Mowing when the turf and soil are wet can lead to other problems:

If you are using a mulching mower or a bagger attachment, they will often get clogged with wet grass and not function properly.

Wet soil will compact easier than dry soil, which can lead to poor rooting of the turf.

If you use a riding mower, you could tear out sections of grass when:

  • Making turns
  • Mowing on sloped areas
  • Starting a new pass from a dead stop.

Length Matters

Ideally, you should set your mower so that you do not remove more than one-third of the leaf blade at any time.  However, that is not always possible in the spring when it seems to rain all of the time.

Lawn Mowing

As long as you are mowing high and not leaving behind large clipping clumps it won’t be detrimental, if you do cut more than one-third of the leaf blade off. When this happens on my own lawn, I will set the mower at the highest setting and mow in one direction and then I lower it one notch and mow in a perpendicular direction.

Summer will arrive soon enough and mowing will turn into a normal weekly event. There may even come a time later in the summer when it becomes dry and you may not even need to mow your lawn. Just remember to mow your lawn high and it is always a good idea to leave the clippings behind to recycle the nutrients back into your lawn.


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Bullies, My Kung-Fu is Stronger

Jason Wells

Jason WellsThe Associated Press had a story this week titled: “Report: Bullying Is A Serious Public Health Problem.” When I read this, there were a few things that went through my mind:

Thanks, Associated Press, for the informative reporting that we’ve learned to expect from cutting-edge journalism. Can’t wait for the next article: “Study Finds That Water Is A Necessity For Humans, Not Just a Convenience.”

Someone please fire the editor immediately.

Since we’re cleaning house, the intern who covered this story needs to find a new career path, while he/she is still young and impressionable.

I have to admit; I actually ended up reading the story because I wanted to find things wrong with it. The title suggested an ignorance that just made for a target I couldn’t pass up. Much to my surprise (and dismay, I love making fun of reporters), the article was more insightful than I thought. Maybe that was the editor’s strategy: Make the title SO BAD that it motivated people like me to read the article with the ultimate goal of criticizing it…. So, so clever. My kung-fu has always been strong, but I just got blindsided by an editor’s Fist of Fury that would have made Bruce Lee proud. But onward to the story, Grasshopper.karate-girl

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released their findings on the long and short-term effects of bullying in children. The study covered how it affects both victims and aggressors. There is no debate, the findings clearly state that bullying should not be recognized as a normal part of growing up, and that the condition can result in “lasting negative consequences”

(Stay with me here…. I know, I’m telling you something that you already know. I was thinking the same thing when I read it).

The study goes on to suggest that the programs that have the greatest failure when dealing with bullying are the zero-tolerance policies that many of our schools practice today. The study states that students who are suspended for bullying do not change their methodologies. The committee also concluded that such policies could lead to an under-reporting of bullying — because the consequence of suspension is a punishment that is considered too harsh for the “crime”. Ultimately, the report recommends that schools stop these zero-tolerance practices immediately.

The report is grim for the victims as well. The Department of Education acknowledged that children who are bullied in any capacity show a higher rate of suicide. Those who are not taking their own lives have a higher likelihood of poor grades, anxiety and depression.

Suicide? Depression? The story is suddenly much more real, much more important than its title suggests (Somebody promote that intern, well done kid).

The committee recommended, “schools should refocus resources on preventative intervention policies and programs”…. How about that? Preventative intervention policies and programs. That sounds vaguely familiar…. It’s almost like this team of world-renowned experts advised the entire Department of Education and every single school in America to find someone who can help train them in proactive safety methods.

I wonder who could do that?

Maybe that guy even has a book coming out on the topic (in August 2016).

Maybe he would even come speak to our school, our PTA or our community on the topic.

Who has the Fist of Fury now, Grasshopper?

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. Additionally, he is a weekly contributing writer to the online publication Robious Corridor and has been featured in the Huffington Post. Jason can be contacted at






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Titan Playoff Week

Trinity Episco[al School

Trinity Episcopal School

It’s state playoff week, and Trinity will send five varsity teams to face top competitors from around the state of Virginia.

Girls Soccer hosts Norfolk Academy tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, in Aycock Stadium at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per individual; $20 per family (children under 7 are free). If the girls advance today, all remaining games are at Ukrop Park.

The golf team is playing today in the Virginia Prep League Tournament in Glen Allen.

Softball travels to Flint Hill School in Northern Virginia Wednesday for the first round of the VISAA state playoffs (all playoff games will be away).

Girls Lacrosse travels to St. Stephen and St. Agnes School for their VISAA tournament game (all playoff games will be away).

On Saturday, the Track & Field team competes in the VISAA State Championship meet at Sportsbackers Stadium in Richmond.

For location details and an updated schedule, visit HERE.










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Thursday Weather Outlook


Partly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 3 to 6 mph.


weatherThursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.


weatherFriday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


weatherSaturday Night

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


weatherSunday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


weatherMonday Night

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



Partly sunny, with a high near 75.



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Updated School Events Schedule!


Book drive

RCOM SCHOOL RADAR 001Reams 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.

Healthy Habits

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

Spring plant sale – LAST DAY!

The Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse will hold its annual spring plant sale 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 trip

Curtis Elementary first-graders will visit Meadow Farm Museum 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19. They will walk around the park and view the farmhouse, cabin and barn. For more information, call 768-6175.

Spring concerts

Matoaca High will present a series of spring concerts in the school auditorium. Admission is $5, and tickets will be available at the door. The Matoaca High choirs, including the Up Front and High Impact show choirs, will present a concert at 7 p.m. May 19. The Matoaca High band will appear in concert at 7 p.m. May 25; this includes the concert band and jazz ensemble. The orchestra and guitar ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. May 27. For more information, call 590-3108.


Field trip

Davis Elementary first-grader classes will visit the Metro Richmond Zoo 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 20. For more information, call 674-1310.

Water balloons

At Grange Hall Elementary, students will celebrate raising money for the first-grade nightly reading cart by throwing water balloons at their teachers 2-2:45 p.m. May 20. For more information, contact Jessica Drahms at 739-6265.


Crenshaw Elementary’s PTA will host Bingo Night 6:30-8 p.m. May 20. For more information, email


Singing at Kickers game

The honors chorus of Woolridge Elementary will sing at the Richmond Kickers game that starts at 7 p.m. May 21. For more information, call 739-6330.

Annual 5K

Chalkley Elementary will hold its annual 5K 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21. For more information, go to

CPR and first aid certification

The Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center at Monacan High will offer a certification class in CPR and first aid 8 a.m.-noon May 21 for ages 11 and older. The cost is $65. For more information, call 378-2480, ext. 271. Register here:


Word wall ball

With a knights and princesses theme, Grange Hall Elementary will hold a first-grade word wall ball 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 23. Students will celebrate their word wall knowledge growth with special entertainment, dancing and games. For more information, call Jessica Drahms at 739-6265.

Field trip

Spring Run Elementary first-grade classes will visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. May 23. For more information, call 639-6352.

Matoaca Elementary prekindergarten

Matoaca Elementary will add a prekindergarten class for the next school year. Applications will be taken at the school 2-6 p.m. May 24. For more information, call 590-3100.


Providence Elementary students in grades K, 2 and 4 will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. May 24 at Clover Hill High. For more information, email

Open house

Carver College and Career Academy will hold an open house at 6:45 p.m. May 26 for high school students interested in applying for admission. For more information, call 768-6156 or go to


Providence Elementary students in grades 1, 3 and 5 will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. May 26 at Clover Hill High. For more information, email

Kindergarten year in songs

Watkins Elementary kindergartners will present their year in songs for families and guests during a 2:15-3 p.m. performance May 26 in the cafeteria. For more information, email

JJROTC recognition

The JJROTC of Manchester Middle will recognize its supporters during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. May 26. The school’s beginner band will perform, then these JJROTC supporters will be honored: Willie Ransom, Robin Byrd, Carol Timpano, Lisa Elko, Linda Caruthers and Bonita Simmons. For more information, email



Salem Church Middle will present a performing arts showcase 6-8:30 p.m. June 2 in the Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park. More than 250 students will perform selections showcasing the school’s “Journey of Hope” project-based learning units and other spring pieces. The performance by drama, chorus, orchestra, guitar and band students is free to the public, but there is a parking fee of $4 cash per vehicle. This family-friendly event will have food trucks 5 p.m. for people who would like to buy dinner. For more information, email

Underwater robots

Six schools will compete 9-11:30 a.m. June 6 at the Swift Creek YMCA with underwater robots they have built. For more information, email









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