• President George W. Bush stopped by Fort Jackson, SC, in early November to observe soldiers in their first week of basic combat training go through the Fit to Win training course. “That was a special opportunity that doesn't come often,” says Kyle Stevens, commander. “For me, though, the thrill was seeing my soldiers and the glow on their faces when he greeted them. This makes basic training a very memorable experience for them.”

  • Henrico County Schools in Richmond, VA, has purchased heart rate monitors for alternative physical education programs for special needs students as a result of a $1,200 donation from American Family Fitness. The donation came from American Family Fitness' membership sales from the West End and Northside facilities on Oct. 29.

  • The former receptionist at the Sid Jacobsen Jewish Community Center in East Hills, NY, recently pleaded guilty to stealing the credit card information of 18 JCC members. After stealing the information, Elizabeth Young and others used the stolen credit card numbers to purchase more than $15,000 in high-end merchandise, according to a statement from the office of Nassau County (NY) District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Young pleaded guilty to felony identity theft in the first degree. The 22-year-old may serve a six-month jail sentence, pay restitution in the amount of $10,000 and pay a fine of $1,000. She will be sentenced Jan. 11. A second defendant pleaded guilty in April to identity theft and scheme to defraud.