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Hi! My name is Maria Carra Rose. I am a Battery Park resident for over a decade now;
and I am in love with our community! I am excited and intrigued to see how a geographic
location and those that live within it develop and grow residents into community members.
I am one such story. I have developed relationships and nurtured connections within this
neighborhood—and in return, helped others to foster similar relationships. With those rela-

tionships and connections, I have gotten to meet countless friends, hear rich history of the
longtime residents, and developed a strong sense of belonging to this place that I call
“home”. I have a lot of people to meet still, but I plan on being here awhile. There’s a lot
of work to do.
Richmond comes with a rich history, and a textured past, that isn’t kind and has created a
long-lasting divide among many who call this place home. This community, Northside and
Battery Park in particular, is home to a very diverse group of people. Age, race, economic,
political, background, sexual orientation, family size, religion, etc. We are stronger for that.
We share a daily/weekly interaction. We share a street. We share a view. We share the air.
We are neighbors. We are connected on a very intimate level.
Our community is unique. It is ours! Take pride in that. Take time to say hello. Take time
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that divide.
Communities grow and become rich and strong with connections and combined efforts. I
am reaching out to say hello, connect with you, the reader, and to say I am here to listen,
learn and help create a community where we all are united—where our vision can be realized
and continue to be a positive story in the ongoing narrative that is Richmond, Virginia.
Carra is the acting president of the Battery Park Civic Association
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Richmond Public Schools Partners with
Preparing Yourself
the Richmond Police Department and
Force Multiplier Solutions in an Effort for the Outdoors
to Improve School Bus Safety
Richmond Public Schools has partnered with the Richmond Police De-
partment in the hiring of Force Multiplier Solutions to install stop-arm
cameras on 50 out of 250 RPS school buses. Each of those buses is e-
quipped with nine cameras on the outside and four cameras on the in-
side, totaling 13 cameras that monitor traffic across four lanes in both di-
rections. Effective Monday, April 24, 2017, the new stop-arm camera By Deborah Little-Bowser, R.N., B.A., M.P.S.
system was activated and the Richmond Police Department will begin Now that spring has finally arrived, many of us will be spending more
issuing official citations. The entire bus fleet will be equipped by the time outdoors working in our gardens, enjoying the parks, baseball
start of the upcoming school year. “We truly appreciate the partnership games, and other outdoor activities. Many of the activities will be done
with the Richmond Police Department in helping to ensure that our stu- during daylight hours; and you need to protect your skin. Your skin is
dents are transported safely to and from school each day,” said Dr. Dana the largest organ on your body. The sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) ra-
T. Bedden, Superintendent of Schools. “The installation of the stop-arm diation can harm your skin, regardless of the temperature. Excessive ex-
cameras not only helps to identify violators on the outside of the buses, posure to UV radiation causes 90% of all skin cancers—and is associated
but the cameras on the inside of our school buses is an added resource with eye damage, premature skin aging and other related issues. Here
that will assist our drivers with monitoring activity on the buses, as well.” are some suggestions to protect your skin: 1) Wear sunscreen even if
The new stop-arm initiative is not only designed to increase bus safety, it’s a cloudy day. Choose a brand with an SPF of 15 or greater. Place on
but is also completely funded by the civil penalty of the $250 fine as- your skin 20-30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply after swim-
sessed for violators. Under Virginia Code §46.2-844 and §46.2-859, dri- ming or an activity which causes heavy sweating; 2) Cover your skin.
vers approaching Pressure Diamonds
a school bus may not pass if theAre
stop-arm is ex- Long sleeve shirts and pants are a good way to protect your skin. Look
tended and/or its red lights are flashing. Even if the red lights have only for breathable materials; and many companies offer clothing which pro-
begun flashing and the stop-arm is not yet extended, drivers are still re- vide UV protection. Wear a hat—one with a wide brim is best. It pro-
quired to stop until all children have finished loading and unloading. The vides protection for your neck, which is often forgotten; 3) Protect your
only exception to the rule is if a driver’s vehicle is separated from a eyes. Wear sunglasses! Look for a pair that blocks 99-100% of UV rays.
school bus by a solid barrier where the driver may then pass the bus. This should be on the tag; 4) For added protection, use umbrellas for out-
“This technology is in the best interest of public safety and is especially door use to sit under, awnings, or other coverings that will help. First
important for our children,” said Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham. Aid: Another item you should consider keeping handy is a first aid kit.
“The Richmond Police Department has responded in the past to children You can purchase one at your local drug store or put together one (search
who were struck by speeding motorists or vehicle operators who failed online for basic supplies). The kit should contain sterile gauze pads,
to stop for children approaching or exiting school buses. Motorists who gauze roll, band aids, antibiotic ointment, cold pack, tweezers, adhesive
fail to observe the stop signs and control arms will be cited.” For more tape, hand sanitizer, ace bandage, and gloves. These are just a few sug-
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On Thursday, April 27, NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler joined fans at the how to swim? Please consider taking swimming lessons. Swimming is
XFINITY store in Midlothian to sign autographs and discuss the race at one of the most important life skills you acquire. The Red Cross, along
the Richmond International Raceway last weekend. In addition to meet- with other organizations, offers swimming classes. Consider learning
ing with race fans from his home state of Virginia, Sadler had the oppor- this skill. ENJOY the joys of the season, never swim alone, and be safe!
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250 on Saturday, April 29 at Richmond International Raceway, where
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John Marshall High
ver Dale Earnhardt Jr. just announced that he will retire at the end of the School Welcomes
2017 season.
New Head Football
Phillip Sims has been appointed the
new head football coach for the John
Marshall Justices.
Currently the founder and CEO of
From the Ground Up Training, he
was previously signed to the Arizona
Cardinals as well as played professionally with the Seattle Seahawks and
the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Sims was named one of the nation’s top-
ranked passers during his time at Oscar F. Smith High School in Chesa-
peake, Virginia where he led his team in winning the 2008 Virginia Group
AAA Division 6 State Championship, four Southeastern District titles and
three Eastern Region crowns. He joins the Justices with a long list of ac-
colades and collegiate experience having played for the University of Ala-
bama in 2011, the University of Virginia in 2012, and then at Winston Sa-
lem State University as the leading passer in 2014.
“We are very excited about Coach Sims joining John Marshall High
School,” said Principal Dr. William Royal. “He brings experience and
knowledge to our players that will develop them not only as players and
as a team, but also as young men who will serve our community.” A meet-
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My Story is a Little Different By Keesaw DON EDWARDS Assistant Site Director
Keesaw has been drug-free for 8 years now and has a bright future ahead! Company Chaplain, National Counseling Group
His testimony is one to share: My strength comes from my family; and Riding a bike is always fun to do, especially when you are riding through
the lack of my family being around me caused me to alienate myself. a park on a trail that has even ground. Going down a hill is fun! It re-
What I mean is that once I started living in the addiction, they couldn’t quires a little effort—no peddling—just enjoying the ride. The wind
understand what was going on with me. By them not understanding, they blows through your hair (I can’t relate – lol!); and it’s so exhilarating to
wouldn’t associate with me that much – and by them not associating with be carefree as if you are unstoppable. However, the hardest part about
me, it gave me the free reign to do what I wanted to do because I didn’t riding a bike is going uphill. Most people avoid hills because it is a stren-
have to face them. When I did face them, and I would be on the right uous task. It requires more peddling as your face grimaces in agony with
track, I would feel really good. Question: Alienation – How did that each push of the pedal. Some stand on their bikes to get more leverage
make you feel? I wouldn’t be included in a lot of family functions. They as they try to muster up enough strength to move forward. The winds of
would call everybody “but” me. I would have to hear about the func- life never push you up the hill; and it’s in the middle of the hill where
tions after they were over. Question: Do you think they were afraid doubts, frustrations, and the tendency to give up crosses the minds of e-
of you because you were doing drugs? I don’t think they were afraid. ven the best cyclist. But I have found that riding a bike uphill sometimes
I think they were ashamed of me more than anything because I remember requires a rhythm of shifting a bike from side-to-side to reach the pinna-
coming up in life…I did pretty good in school. You see, I didn’t turn out cle of success. Most people are excited once they reach the top of the
to be the person they thought I would be. They didn’t want to deal with hill—not even knowing what the journey produced. Your calves are
me and my problems. Maybe they thought I was going to do something stronger, your quads are more defined, your heart rate increases, you de-
to them – like steal from them, which I never did. Questions: What are velop more endurance, confidence is increased, and the reassurance &
some of the things family members can and should do when faced testimony that you can conquer the next hill. So…when the hills and
with a loved one who is an addict? And…are there phases or stages storms of life occur, DON’T GIVE UP—JUST SHIFT! It is in the shift where
of a drug addict? First, I feel they need to get educated on the addiction a masterpiece is being created!
itself – the characteristics of the addiction – so they can recognize that
first. You know the person you love is still there (inside of the addict), Pine Camp Remembers the
however, it’s just that the addiction has such a “strong hold” on them;
and you have to reach for that person. At the same time, you cannot al-
Pine Camp Hospital in Tribute to
low yourself to be sucked in by that person. That’s the hardest thing be- 4T'#64+%'16.';1.'
cause a lot of times either you will push them far away or you will pull
“This is the 60th Anniversary observance of the Pine Camp Tuberculosis
them all the way in “thinking you are helping them (the addict)” – but
Hospital closing and its rebirth as the art center. The staff sees this cele-
you’re not! That’s called “enabling”! Please understand that there are
bration as an opportunity to demonstrate how creativity helps people
ways family members CAN help addicts, but it’s so tricky because most
work through trauma and live healthy lives.”
addicts are highly intelligent. If you want to help, do not give them mo-
On Friday, May 12, 2017, Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community
ney because they will use it on drugs, of course. Be careful because even
Center will host Origin Stories: A Tribute to Dr. Beatrice Motley
if you purchase items (including food) for an addict, they will sell them
Cole. Dr. Cole will be reading from her new book, “I Am A Living Tes-
for drugs. timony” recently released by the Morris Publishing Group. Cole, who
There are several LEVELS OF ADDICTION! The only time that you
celebrated her 89th birthday in March, will talk about her life as a Rich-
are ready for help is when you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.
mond resident and her astonishing stay and recovery at the Pine Camp
At the beginning stage of being an addict, you will probably work or do
Tuberculosis Hospital more than 70 years ago. The tuberculosis hos-
what you basically do in order to pay your bills. But, instead of paying
pital opened in 1910 and closed in 1957. The building later reopened as
your bills, you will pay the dope man or you’re going to pay your addic-
Pine Camp Community Center and was listed on the National Register
tion. Then, it gets to the point of living “just for the addiction”. Then
of Historic Places in 2003.
you began to be cunning and you start trying to outthink everybody, but
Dr. Cole is known primarily in Virginia for her work as a theologian and
in all actuality, you’re only outthinking yourself. Keywords: Several
bible educator in the Church of God In Christ. She is a leader in COGIC
Levels of Addiction! Women’s Convention and other Christian National meetings. Because
When non-addicts see the drug addict coming, unfortunately there is no
of her work through Virginia Union University School of Theology in
scanner or technological device family members can use to determine the
Christian Education, Richmond Virginia Seminary and the C.H. Madi-
“level of addiction” and be able to say, “Okay, son (or daughter), you’re
son Bible College, she is renowned as a respected bible teacher and au-
a Level 3” (for example). All family members get to see (view) is the
thority on Christian Education. However, all of her presentations start
outer appearance (in the flesh) of loved ones. Question: Keesaw, we’re
with her recounting her ordeal with tuberculosis, a disease that was a
curious to know: How did you get hooked on drugs? What took you
death sentence in the 1940’s and 1950’s. TB disease was once a leading
there? Were you just curious, having a bad day, heartbroken?
cause of death in the United States, particularly for African Americans.
Believe it or not, my own brother introduced me to cocaine. I had a cold.
It was called “the death sentence” and was considered a lot like AIDS in
He had the cold remedy. The End… or should I say, that was the begin-
the nineties. She is one of the few survivors of tuberculosis in this area
ning of my Journey to Hell! Readers, stay tuned for there’s so much
– perhaps the only one still living that was a patient at Pine Camp—now
more to this testimony. We hope you will share this article with your fa-
a national landmark! The miracle of her survival is outlined in her book,
mily, friends, and co-workers too. Addiction is truly a disease—it’s
a tale of FAITH and RESILIENCE all should read. Her story is of pro-
painful—just as cancer, diabetes, AIDS and many more! Yes, it’s
found interest to the church and medical communities. Dr. Cole and her
true—we all make choices in our lives; however, we should never judge
children would like to celebrate not only her life, but to remember the
people for all of us have made wrong choices at least once (or more).
lives of so many who did not survive the disease. Along with members
So, how can we can really help someone who’s struggling with addic-
of the medical community, local teen organizations will be present to in-
tion? Pray for (and with) them. Please educate yourself—even if you
terview Dr. Cole and learn more about the history of their community.
do not have a family member on drugs. There are plenty of resources a-
The program will be held in the Pine Camp Threatre located at 4901 Old
vailable (use them). Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free to the
TION CAN RENEW YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, AND BRING For more information, contact Danita Green @ (804) 646-3674 or email
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Greater Richmond ARC’s Ladybug Fund

Winetasting & Silent Auction a Success!

More than $95,000 was raised  at the Greater Richmond ARC’s 17th annual Ladybug Fund Wine-
 Auction held on March 25 at the Richmond International Raceway’s Torque
tasting & Silent
Club. Sampling fare from local restaurants that included everything from catfish to cupcakes,
405 attendees also enjoyed West Coast and International fine wines. Eleven wine tasting tables,

Proceeds from the event
featuring experts from the wine industry, educated guests about the 66 unique wines on hand.
 for children with disabilities at the Greater Richmond
ARC. “The monies raised provides children with much-needed support such as scholarships;

specialized and adaptive equipment including foot and leg braces, eyeglasses, and wheelchairs;
iPads for communicating while in ARC programs; and interpreters for non-English speaking

children and their families,” said Cara Coffman, director of the Greater Richmond ARC’s Infant
and Child Development Services program. A silent auction featured close to 150 items on which

to bid, including 40 pieces of fine jewelry; 20 local restaurant gift certificates; four original
works of art; two Outer Banks beach home vacation packages; and one helicopter ride over

Greater Richmond. About the Greater Richmond ARC: In partnership with families, the Greater
Richmond ARC creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Founded in

1954, we are an organization created by families, for families; an organization that has grown to
provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities across the life-

span. Programs spanning the lifecycle and assisting people with disabilities to live happy, suc-
cessful and meaningful lives include: Infant & Child Development Services; After School &

Day Support Services; ARC Employment Services; and Camp Baker Summer and Respite Ser-
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MOTHER’S EYES Those big brown eyes looking back
at me, telling stories, guiding me with strength and love; Those

big brown eyes have cried, smiled, and sometimes they were
filled with pain. The strength of a mother’s love will make you
stand tall, as it gives you a crutch when you think your world is
falling apart…

Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day Even if Your Mother Has Passed Away
Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to spend with your family and children; however, it can also be pretty somber if your mother has passed away.
remember your mother on Mother’s Day (and any other day of the year): Attend Her Church, Make Her Favorite Recipe, Volunteer at Her
Favorite Charity, Turn Her Old Scarves Into a Quilt, Dine at Her Favorite Restaurant, Sing Her Favorite Song, Dance Her Favorite Dance, Plant
Her Favorite Flowers, Release a Special Message in a Bottle, Make a Scrapbook (let the children/grandchildren participate, too!), Immortalize Her
Favorite Recipe (have it scanned onto your cutting board so you will always be reminded of her good cooking), Dedicate a Certain Section of Your
Bookshelf to Her, Visit Her Favorite Museum or Park, Fellowship with Others Who’ve Lost their Mother, Have a Special T-Shirt Printed “Honoring
My Mother”. In other words, it’s okay to celebrate our loved ones whether near or far. So smile and celebrate your mother with the rest of us!


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hormone is that it also helps protect from infections. Moderate stress (continued) baby. A 2006 Johns Hopkins study followed 137 women
stimulates the production of a chemical called interleukins and gives the from mid-pregnancy to their children’s second birthdays. The study
immune system a quick boost to protect against illnesses—unlike its evil found that babies born to women who experienced mild to moderate
twin, chronic stress, which lowers immunity and increases inflammation. stress during pregnancy had more advanced early developmental skills
So the next time you experience a shock to the system and your stress le- by the age of 2 than babies born to unstressed mothers. Of course, this
vel elevates, remember this benefit. If a virus or cold spreads around your study doesn’t suggest giving stress the red-carpet treatment while preg-
school or office, the “good” stress in your life might be the only drug you nant. But if you deal with periodic everyday stresses, don’t panic. It may
need to stay healthy. It makes you a tough cookie: Think about a tough actually help your baby’s development. Stress in a nutshell: Until now,
situation you’ve dealt with in the past. How did you handle the stress you may have wanted to bottle up all stress and toss it into a fiery pit.
when it first happened? Now, fast-forward to the present. Have you dealt Now that you’re aware of the surprising health benefits of stress, remem-
with a similar situation recently? If so, did you handle the problem dif- ber that it can be a friend you didn’t know you wanted. The key is identi-
ferently the second time around? In all likelihood, you did. Since you fying good stress from bad stress. As long as it’s not chronic, stress can
knew what to expect and you understood the possible outcomes, you pro- be a positive addition to your life.
bably felt a greater sense of control. And because of this, you didn’t give
up or crack under pressure. This is how stress made you stronger! It en-
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true that elevated stress levels can have a negative impact on both mom
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