Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Interagency Dispute Resolution Advisory Council – D. Alan Rudlin, partner, litigation, intellectual property and antitrust, Hunton & Williams; VCU Health System Board of Directors – Katherine E. Busser, executive vice president, Capital One; PonJola Coney, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, VCU Health System; and Thomas E. Gottwald, CEO, New Market Corporation; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees – Steven A. Markel, vice chairman, Markel Corporation; Ranjit Kumar Sen, chief advisor, Stefanini IT Solutions; and Dr. Shantaram K. Talegaonkar, ophthalmologist, Virginia Eye Institute; and Hemophilia Advisory Board – Jan Fiorelli, volunteer nurse, Henrico County Medical Reserve Corps and Crossover Ministry.
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Kenn Kochi, of Richmond, was recently elected as a junior senator for the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) by his peers at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. ASWC provides advocacy for student issues, diverse involvement opportunities and financial support for student initiatives. Kochi is a 2009 graduate of Trinity Episcopal School and is the son of Terry and Arata Kochi. He is a philosophy major and enjoys rock climbing and ballet.
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Larry P. Pitts, Jr., of Henrico, recently graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Pitts received a bachelor of science degree in Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources Management.
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Senior Connections recently announced the winners of its Eighth Annual Empty Plate awards: 2011 Eva Teig Hardy Award for Corporate Service – Cora Dickerson and Joe Doetzer; MaryEllen Cox Memorial Award for Advocacy – Dr. Patricia Joy Johnson Brown; Richard Hogan Memorial Award for Volunteer Service – Franklin W. Taylor, III; E. Harris Spindle Award for Service to Seniors – The Area Planning and Services Committee on Aging with Lifelong Developmental Disabilities (APSC), led by Dr. Edward Ansello at the Virginia Center on Aging at VCU; and Mary C. Payne Leadership Award – Joani Latimer, director of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. The recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Oct. 12 at the Science Museum of Virginia.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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CalendarThe Fairfield Middle School Fresh Market will be held every Wednesday at the school, 5121 Nine Mile Rd., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., through Aug. 13. All produce is… Full text