New director takes over Aging and Disability Services – Chesterfield Observer

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Alexa van Aartrijk

New director takes over Aging and Disability Services

Alexa van Aartrijk is the new manager of Aging and Disability Services. A gerontologist

with a master’s degree in gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University,

van Aartrijk’s role serves older adults and those living with a disability by identifying

problems, solutions and programming to promote optimal living in Chesterfield County.

Alexa is dedicated to delivering person-centered care through collaboration with the many

partnerships of Aging and Disability Services. Contact her office at 804-768-7878.

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Government

A community meeting to discuss the rezoning of Upper Magnolia Green will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16. Matoaca District Supervisor Kevin Carroll and Planning Commission Vice Chair Tommy Owens will co-host the community meeting to present information about the rezoning of the Upper Magnolia Green property that was purchased by the Chesterfield Economic Authority in 2020.

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The meeting will be held in-person in the county’s public meeting room, 10001 Iron Bridge Road, and will also be streamed via Facebook Live and YouTube, and will be broadcast on the county’s television station WCCT, Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28. Due to COVID-19 health precautions, in-person participation will be extremely limited, and virtual attendance is strongly encouraged.

Residents may submit questions or comments through Facebook Live during the meeting. Those who decide to attend in person will also have an opportunity to ask questions or offer comments.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has partnered with Chesterfield County to open a DMV Select office, located within the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office at 9901 Lori Road, Room 165. DMV contracts with local governments to offer customers mostly vehicle-related transactions at DMV Selects. Transactions that can be conducted at DMV Selects include vehicle titles and registrations, license plates and decals, disabled parking placards, transcripts, voter registration applications and more. The new Chesterfield DMV Select office will operate by appointment only Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will support nearby customer service centers.

Appointments can be made through chesterfield.gov/5553/dmv-select. This new location, which opened on Dec. 13, will also sell E-ZPass transponders. Additionally, Chesterfield County will continue to host DMV Connect visits, a service outreach program that serves Virginians who may not be able to travel to a DMV office, such as inmates and customers living at retirement communities, government centers, homeless shelters and more.

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Victor McKenzie Jr.

Chesterfield County resident and executive director of the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia, Victor McKenzie Jr., will serve as secretary of the Opioid Abatement Authority.

The Virginia General Assembly created the new Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority to oversee a fund to support treatment, prevention and reduce opioid use disorders and remediate the opioid epidemic He joins Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Holland on the board who will serve as treasurer.

Education

Virginia State University has announced that VSU alumnus William R. Harvey will serve as the fall 2021 VSU Commencement speaker on Dec. 18. Harvey has served as president of Hampton University since 1978 and is also the owner of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Michigan. He graduated from Virginia State University and went on to earn his doctorate in college administration from Harvard University. Before starting at Hampton University more than four decades ago, he held administrative posts at Harvard, Fisk and Tuskegee universities.