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Navy Midshipman Peyton B. Walsh, son of Mary O. and Patrick B. Walsh of Glen Allen, recently completed Plebe Summer while attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Plebe Summer is the summer training program required of all incoming freshmen to the naval academy. Walsh will go on to complete the academic year as a midshipman. He is a 2010 graduate of Deep Run High School.

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Andy Pham, a graduate student in packaging science at Clemson University, recently demonstrated the latest in consumer eye-tracking technology at the 2011 PACK EXPO trade show in Las Vegas, Nev. Pham, of Glen Allen, was among a group of students participating in the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics’ exhibit, “The Consumer Retail Experience by Clemson University.” Visitors to the exhibit put on digital eye-tracking glasses that recorded their eye movements at 30 movements per second and showed on a computer where they looked and what attracted their attention. The experiment took place in a simulation of a small mini-mart, complete with shopping aisles, shelves of boxes and items commonly found in a grocery store. When participants finished shopping they received a computer printout of a "heat map" showing what they looked at. The team is searching for trends in packaging design elements that impact the perceived quality of products. The 2011 edition of PACK EXPO Las Vegas was the largest to date with more than 25,000 visitors, including 1,600 exhibitors, and approximately 630,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

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Two members of the University of Richmond faculty recently won 2011 Theresa Pollak Prizes for Excellence in the Arts. Myra Daleng, director of dance, won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tanja Softic, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, won in the fine arts category. Daleng has been director of dance at Richmond for 27 years, administering the dance program and teaching ballet, jazz, modern, tap, choreography and kinetics. In 1985, she founded University Dancers, a student performing ensemble, and has been its artistic director for 25 years. Softic’s prints, drawings and paintings address factors of cultural hybridity that shape the identity and world view of an immigrant: displacement, longing, translation and memory. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned an M.F.A. in printmaking from Old Dominion University. The awards are named for painter Theresa Pollak, who graduated from the University of Richmond before founding and teaching in the fine arts programs at Virginia Commonwealth University and her alma mater.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Board of Veterans Services – Don Lecky of Richmond, president and CEO of Westminster Canterbury; and Soil & Water Conservation Board – Thomas M. Branin of Henrico, vice president of CCM, Inc.

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University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers recently was selected to lead a reading-and-discussion program exploring the Civil War’s impact on modern American culture. Organized by the American Library Association (ALA) and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the “Let’s Talk About It” program will present a series of five discussions at each of 65 community libraries from coast to coast. They will be led by local American history and literature scholars over the coming months. Ayers, a scholar of the American South, was named by the ALA as the national project scholar and chose the texts to be used to teach the theme, “Making Sense of the American Civil War.” He also edited an accompanying text, “America’s War: Talking about the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories that frame the discussion series.

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Navy Seamen Jonathon D. Brush, son of Selina C. Brush of Glen Allen and Jeffrey D. Brush of Henrico, and Justin A. Mulligan, son of Leann Jacobs of Henrico and David Mulligan of Powhatan, recently reported for duty at Navy and Marine Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Brush is a 2009 graduate of Hermitage High School and joined the Navy Reserve in July 2011. Mulligan is a 2002 graduate of Powhatan High School and joined the Navy in July 2011.
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project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Weinstein JCC will host a Book Fair event with author Bill Lascher at 11 a.m. He will discuss his book “Eve of a Hundred Midnights.” The book tells the gripping account of two married journalists – the grandson of Hollywood real estate pioneer Joseph Stern and a former MGM scriptwriter – who together endured bombs in wartime China and were chased by Japanese forces across the Pacific during WWII. Admission is free. For details, call 285-6500 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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