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New license

Fred Pollard, a Realtor with the Long & Foster/Webber & Associates Winchester office, recently received his Virginia Broker's License by the Virginia Real Estate Board (VREB).

The license shows that Pollard has completed advanced educational and professional requirements that better position him to streamline operations, integrate new technology and apply new trends and business strategies.

Pollard has been a Realtor for 12 years and has been affiliated with Long & Foster since 2002. He is also a member of the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors.

For more information, visit webberrealty.com.

Awards celebration

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber will recognize the top businesses in the area during its Regional Greater Good Awards celebration on Jan. 25 in Winchester.

Awards will be given in the categories of Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

Nomination forms were sent to all chamber-member businesses that submitted their choice for nomination for any of the four awards. A committee of former chamber board chairs will review the nomination forms and select the winners for each category.

Tickets may be purchased online at regionalchamber.biz or by calling 662-4118.

Donation

Kare For Kidz, a nonprofit foundation started by attorney Marilyn Ann Solomon, is seeking donations to help local children. The foundation enables children from less fortunate families to enjoy the Christmas and Easter holidays by providing toys, clothing and food to those in need.

Donations in the form of new toys and clothing for children ages newborn to 18 years old can be given to the Kare For Kidz Foundation, located at 130 E. Cork St. in Winchester. Monetary donations are also welcome.

For questions about the foundation or for more information about volunteering with Kare For Kidz, contact Solomon at 678-0569.

Recognition

Sandy Loynaz and Terri Moy were recently selected as Shenandoah University's Strong Scholars of 2012-13.

The Strong Scholars program honors students who exhibit outstanding success and enthusiasm in field and life experiences, and who are excellent teacher education candidates. This is the second year that the Hattie M. Strong Foundation, located in Springfield, has provided $5,000 scholarships for two Shenandoah students.

Loynaz, of Winchester, hopes to become an elementary school teacher and gained her understanding of multicultural and second language issues from her time spent in the Dominican Republic.

Moy, of Leesburg, is seeking her Masters of Education and licensure in Middle School Social Studies. She also has a bachelor's degree in art history.

Grant

Shenandoah University pharmacy faculty members Dawn Havrda, Michelle Rager and Emily Scopelliti recently applied for and received a Pfizer medical education grant of $411,545.

Their 19-month project will promote and increase pneumococcal vaccinations among adults over age 65 and high-risk patients from the ages of 2 to 64.

RealCME, an educational technology company, and RxAlly, an alliance of 22,000 pharmacies nationwide, will partner with the university on the project.


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