Independent coffee Shop coming to Bon Air this winter


Perk! Coffee & Lunchbox is set to open in the Bon Air community this winter at 2620 Buford Road in the old Bon Froyo space.

Bon Air community residents Christophile Konstas and Jay Metzler along with partner Elizabeth Ellen, all first time cafe owners, are planning to open a community cafe in the Bon Air Shopping Center this winter. Perk! plans to sell coffee, snacks, and breakfast and lunch items, with an emphasis on locally sourced food and roasters. “We wanted suburban alternatives to the big box coffee places, one with a sense of community and ties to community food and local roasters, with homemade options, made with ingredients from local farmers and local bakeries,” said Christophile Konstas.

Perk! is currently launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the espresso equipment, and hopefully get the space open by the end of the year. “We wanted to get the community involved and be a part of the process from the beginning, and this is a way for them to do that,” added Konstas. Some of the “perks” include branded coffee mugs, t-shirts and free coffee rewards.

Chesterfield County Public Schools wins budget award


Chesterfield County Public Schools won a Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International for its FY 2015 budget document.

“This award reflects your district’s commitment to sound fiscal management practices and represents a significant achievement,” wrote Executive Director John Musso.

Meritorious Budget Awards promote and recognize excellence in school budget presentation and enhance school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria that

Police share tips For A Safe Halloween

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As Halloween approaches, the Chesterfield County Police Department is encouraging residents to do their part to make Friday, Oct. 31, a safe holiday for all.

Trick-or-treaters should:

  • Be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult.
  • Have costumes that are brightly colored or have reflective tape on them.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use sidewalks.
  • Have their parents check all their treats before eating.

Additional trick-or-treating tips are available on the Chesterfield County Police Department’s website at

To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, residents should:

  • Remove tripping hazards from the yard and porch.
  • Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Remove wet leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a visitor.

Community Emergency Response Team course begins Nov. 4


Registration is open for Chesterfield County’s 45th Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training course. There is no charge for the course, which begins Nov. 4 and is open to the first 35 persons aged 18 and older who apply. The deadline to enroll is Oct. 31.

The eight-day initial training course is held two mornings a week over four consecutive weeks. The training provides participants with basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical time after a disaster and before first responders arrive. Topics include: light duty search and rescue, fire safety and suppression, basic and advanced emergency care, incident command system, terrorism awareness, emergency communications and disaster psychology.

Graduates earn certificates and receive CERT emergency gear including a backpack.

Registration forms are available online at, by emailing, or by calling 804-751-CERT (2378).

Thank a principal – R.E.B. Awards Distinguished Educational Leadership


The Community Foundation, in partnership with the R.E.B. Foundation, invites nominations for the 2014-2015 R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. Started in 2004, this initiative seeks to recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.

The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership will publicly recognize four principals, one each from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond City public school districts. Each winner will receive a $15,000 grant – a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant to the principal and $7,500 to be used for school-based initiatives of the recipient’s choosing. Principals considered for this award should have held their position at the same school for at least three years.

Chesterfield County Police join national effort to promote teen driver safety

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The Chesterfield County Police Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote teen traffic safety awareness during Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 19-25.

Police will promote teen driving safety by raising the public’s awareness in five key areas: the importance of using safety belts while driving or riding, not speeding, not using alcohol, not using cell phones while driving, and not having more than one passenger. Police hope to raise awareness for teen drivers and their parents through a combination of education and enforcement efforts.

More information about Teen Driver Safety Week can be found at

Midlothian Mines and Rail Road Park presents annual event on October 18

Midlothian Mines Park

Come to Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Road Park on Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and learn about the vast coal mining history that abounded in Midlothian.

Activities include living-history demonstrations, coal mining displays, period music, children’s games and guided walking tours.

Visitors will view a reproduction of the headstock that was part of the coal mining operations and enjoy musical performances by the Press Gang, Virginia Folk Music Association and Scottish bagpipe performances at the new amphitheater. They also will see a Scottish heritage display provided by Saint Andrew’s Society of Richmond.

Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on site. Event is offered in conjunction with Midlothian Village Day. Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 N. Woolridge Road, Midlothian, VA 23114, Details: Call 751-4946 or