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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a week devoted to the millions of Americans who become victims of crime each year and the advocates who provide services to them, begins on April 10. This year’s theme, “Serving Victims, Building Trust, Restoring Hope,” captures the essence of the victims’ rights movement and the goals of those who dedicate their lives to serving them.
Serving victims – This is the foundation of victim advocacy.  Advocates serve victims on a daily basis in a variety of ways: advising victims of their rights, providing necessary referrals, helping victims prepare victim impact statements and request restitution, and generally assisting victims in their recovery from the crime. No one expects to become a victim, but advocates and prosecutors work diligently to ensure that victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
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I was relieved to read in the Fluvanna Review that Sheriff Eric Hess has invited the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to study the high-accident section of South Boston Rd. between the Riverside Gate and Broken Island Rd. That strip of less than a half mile had 11 accidents last year, including five in December.
Some of the contributing factors are obvious to us whose properties back up to that section. Because South Boston Rd. is one of the two main corridors to Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads, Riverside is a highly congested area. Two of the five gates to Lake Monticello are located there, the only such dual gate location.

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As we celebrate the American Legion’s 97th birthday on March 15, duty, honor and country are the three words that capture the story of the American Legion over its more than nine decades in existence. The duty we have as Legionnaires is spelled out in the preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion. It’s our duty to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”
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As a county resident since 1994 I can tell you that our sheriff’s office has been used as a training ground for other agencies since I have resided here. It’s sad that our county is used in such a matter but it is very sad for me to read in the most recent issue of the Fluvanna Review that a new hire makes more money than an existing deputy. What is wrong with this picture? Having worked in law enforcement after retirement from the federal government I know all too well that most in law enforcement in this state are overworked and underpaid.
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Did I miss something? I believe I read nearly everything written in this paper about needing more water at Zion Cross Roads for more needed development. If a Lowe’s or Walmart size business could not build there due to insufficient water, where is the water coming from for all the new homes being built across from Spring Creek? Please do not ask me to believe they will use less water that several businesses.

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