30 Virginia high school seniors — including Kaley Foulks of Warren County High School in Front Royal — were awarded scholarships through the Comcast Foundation’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The Program, one of the Foundations’ signature community impact initiatives, recognizes outstanding community service, academic performance and leadership skills.
Comcast, joined by The Honorable Lashrecse Aird, 63rd District, Virginia House of Delegates, recognized the students at a special event held at the Virginia State Capitol on Wednesday, May 15.
Below is the full press release, which includes additional details about the program, as well as a list of students who received a scholarship.
COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL AWARDS $82,500 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO 30 VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS | Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Students’ Achievements Both In and Out of the Classroom
RICHMOND – May 16, 2019 – Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded approximately $82,500 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to 30 Virginia students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance and leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses. Since 2001, more than $33 million has been awarded to nearly 30,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers program.
“Our Leaders and Achievers scholarship winners are exceptional students who are committed to excelling in their academic excellence and community service,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We are honored to recognize their achievements and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”
Comcast, joined by The Honorable Lashrecse Aird, 63rd District, Virginia House of Delegates, recognized the students at a special event held at the Virginia State Capitol on Wednesday, May 15. One student, Emma Evans, a resident of Staunton and student at Riverheads High School, was selected to receive an additional $7,500 Comcast Founders Scholarship — instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.
“Congratulations to all of the Leaders and Achievers scholarship recipients,” said Atif Qarni, Virginia Secretary of Education. “I am proud of each of you and your academic accomplishments as well as your commitment to serving your community and peers. Thank you, Comcast, for recognizing these talented students and for your commitment to helping further their education with these scholarships.”
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance and value of civic involvement, especially by the business community.
Visit here to learn more about the program.
2019 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Recipients from Virginia
Jasmine Vargas of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School*
Anne Felipe of Wakefield High School
Esinam Fynn of Wakefield High School
Emma Evans of Riverheads High School in Staunton
Sarah Watson of Stuarts Draft High School
Jonathan Coleman of Matoaca High School in Chesterfield
Angel Pajimola of Clover Hill High School in Midlothian
Natalee Wilson of Wilson Christian Academy in Midlothian
Mikayla Jenkins of Eastern View High School in Culpeper
Hannah Anderson of George Washington High School
Ian Hansing of South Lakes High School in Reston
Hassan Osman from Lorton*
Meredyth Rankin of Fauquier High School in Warrenton
Gina Alfred of John Handley High School in Winchester
Arianna Verbosky of Stafford Senior High School
Kamryn Owen of Highland Springs High School
Clara Pettus of John Randolph Tucker High School in Henrico
Dajuan Wilkins of Hopewell High School
Praneeth Penmetsa of Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn
D’Arrin Calloway of Heritage High School
Lubna Azmi of Stonewall Jackson High School
Treyvion Hall of Petersburg High School
Prince William County
Alyssa Alexander of Woodbridge Senior High School
Micah Hunter of Grove Christian School
Raquel Turner of Richmond Community High School
Emily Villacrusis of Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater
Abigail Coleman of Salem High School
Sarah Schaefer of North Stafford High School
Jazmin Scarberry of Graham High School in Bluefield
Kaley Foulks of Warren County High School in Front Royal
*Indicates winners of NBCUniversal Award
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation continues the work of the foundations founded by Comcast Corporation and NBCUniversal to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities we serve. Its mission is to empower communities to thrive by helping to provide access to technology, relevant digital skills and training, and inspiring volunteerism and service. The Foundation invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the communities we serve. More information about how Comcast NBCUniversal supports the communities it serves is available at comcast.com/community.
I-81 southbound closed April 2nd in Augusta County for crash investigation
Southbound Interstate 81 is scheduled to be closed from about 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, April 2, for Virginia State Police to investigate a recent crash in southern Augusta County.
I-81 southbound motorists will detour at exit 213A, take Route 11 (Lee-Jackson Highway) south into Rockbridge County, and then take Route 606 (Raphine Road) west to return to the interstate at exit 205.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.
The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile-friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany, and Bath counties.
DOJ announces $16 million available to Virginia governments and law enforcement agencies to aid coronavirus response
ROANKOE, Va. – United States Attorneys Thomas T. Cullen and G. Zachary Terrwilliger announced today that the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, has made available more than $16 million to help Virginia public safety agencies and local government agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump, will allow eligible state, local and tribal governments to apply immediately for these critical funds. The department is moving quickly to make awards, with the goal of having funds available for drawdown within days of the award.
The Commonwealth of Virginia will receive more than $16 million from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. Allowable projects and expenditures include, but are not limited to: Overtime, training, travel expenses, supplies, including personal protective equipment for medical personnel and first responders, and initiatives focused on addressing the medical needs of inmates in state and local detention centers.
“Our local communities are waging a war to mitigate the awful effects of the Coronavirus,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today. “These grants will provide additional funding to augment critical health and public-safety initiatives in cash-strapped counties, cities, and towns across the Commonwealth and increase safety for the brave health-care providers, police officers, and first responders on the front lines.”
“The Department of Justice is 100 percent committed to supporting our communities through these unprecedented times,” said U.S. Attorney Terwilliger. “In addition to upholding the rule of law, we are working daily to ensure that our state and local partners have the resources they need to effectively combat the spread of COVID-19. These grants underscore our commitment to stand with those on the frontline of this critical fight.”
Applications are currently being accepted and all applications are due by May 29.
The Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force:
Western Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Baudinet, USAVAW.COVID19@usdoj.gov or 540-278-1494.
Eastern Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaitlin G. Cooke, Kaitlin.Cooke@usdoj.gov or 804-819-5416.
To report a COVID-19 fraud scheme or suspicious activity, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) by calling the NCDF Hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or sending an email to email@example.com.
FBI at: https://www.ic3.gov or 804-261-1044.
To report fraudulent activity to the Virginia State Police, Virginians can contact the Virginia Fusion Center (VFC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For continuing information on the COVID-19 virus and the federal response, check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Front Royal/Warren County Economic Development Authority seeks loan committee members
In an effort to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, the Front Royal/Warren County Economic Development Authority (FR-WC EDA) is reactivating it’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan programs. We realize there are hard times ahead for our business community and we’re working to provide financial assistance to help companies with operating capital and other expenses. This program will work in concert with the Small Business Administration (SBA) programs currently being offered through the U.S. Government.
Toward that end, the FR-WC EDA is seeking qualified citizens to serve on its USDA Microloan and IRP loan committee. This five-member committee will oversee the FR-WC EDA’s USDA loan program and work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop criteria for future loans, analyze applications and approve new loans. This committee will be chosen by the FR-WC EDA Board of Directors and will serve for a term of one year. We are looking for citizens with experience in banking, finance, and small business. We strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. Interested parties should submit a resume or summary of relevant experience to Doug Parsons, Executive Director, at email@example.com Those with questions may also contact us by phone at 540-635-2182.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 5 p.m.
Virginia State Police enforcement practices of Governor’s executive orders and directives
RICHMOND – The Virginia State Police encourages all Virginians to adhere to Virginia Governor Northam’s directives and does their part by staying home in order to best mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 within the Commonwealth. State troopers, for their personal protection and for the safety of the public, are minimizing their direct contact with the public. All Department recruitment events, public presentations, training, ceremonies, etc., have all been canceled or postponed through June 10, 2020.
Governor Northam has directed state and local law enforcement to initially address violations of the following Executive Order 53 and Executive Order 55 directives with education and warnings. Persistent violation of these Executive Order (EO) directives can result in an individual(s) or business being charged with a class one misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in jail and $2,500 fine:
• Prohibition of all public and private in-person, indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals – with the exception of the operation of businesses not required to close under EO 53 and the gathering of family members living in the same residence;
• Closure of all dining and congregation areas in restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, and farmers markets;
• Any brick and mortar retail business (not listed in paragraph 5 of EO 53) failing to limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.
• Closure of all public access to recreational and entertainment businesses;
• Closure of public beaches for all activity, except for exercising and fishing;
• Cancellation of in-person classes and instruction at institutions of higher education;
• Cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds
Virginia State Police have been and will continue to assess Virginia EO violations on a case-by-case basis.
State police are required to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth and will continue to have a visible presence within our communities and on the roads for the safety of those living, working and traveling in Virginia. The law still requires law enforcement to have reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle. Virginia State Police will not be making random traffic stops on vehicles nor conduct checkpoints to determine if a driver is traveling for a permissible reason, as granted by EO 53 and EO 55.
The current Governor’s Executive Orders related to COVID-19:
• Do not require an individual to carry documentation related to one’s purpose of travel;
• Do not close Virginia roads/interstates to Virginia residents;
• Do not restrict non-Virginia residents from traveling into and/or through Virginia;
• Do not prevent Virginians from traveling out of the state. State police do encourage any Virginian(s) traveling out-of-state to check, in advance, the other state(s) for any travel restrictions in effect for that state(s). Governor Northam has advised Virginians returning from out-of-state and/or international travel to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
For any additional questions related to the statewide “Stay at Home” order, please go to www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/faq.
Governor Northam COVID-19 update briefing – April 1, 2020
Monday afternoon fire burns one acre, destroys vacant home
On Monday, March 30, 2020, at approximately 2:00 pm, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services received a report of a residential structure fire in the area of the 200 block of Summit Drive in Front Royal.
Units arrived on the scene to discover a single story, single-wide house trailer with an addition with significant fire conditions throughout the home and approximately one acre of wooded area on fire. The home appeared to be vacant at the time of the fire and firefighters worked to extinguish the wildland fire and the structure fire from the exterior of the home for safety concerns.
As a result of the significant nature of the structure fire and wildland fire, firefighters received assistance from the Virginia Department of Forestry. Firefighters utilized the Town of Front Royal Hydrant System to supply water to the fire incident which caused the closure of John Marshal Highway for several hours, the Front Royal Police Department assisted with traffic control. It took firefighters approximately one hour to bring the fire under control. Units remained on the scene for several hours ensuring the fire was completely extinguished and assisting the Office of the Fire Marshal and Virginia Department of Forestry.
The cause of the fire was determined by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office to be a result of an electrical malfunction that caused a groundcover fire that spread to the abandon home. The fire caused an estimated $50,000.00 in property damage which rendered the house a total loss. The Fire Marshal’s Office received assistance from the Town of Front Royal Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Town of Front Royal Electric Department.
Units on the call:
- Engines 1, 4, 6, and 2
- Brush 6 and 2
- Chief 100
- Fire Marshal 1