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Becky Bell, a local volunteer coordinator with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), recently received the organization’s Local Coordinator of the Year award. Bell, who has been involved with CIEE’s high school exchange program for 10 years, helps find good host and/or welcome families for high school exchange students in metro Richmond, including Henrico. Bell was the highest placing LC last year and also managed one of the largest teams in the country. She can be contacted at 928-1948 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jeremy Drummond, professor of studio art at the University of Richmond, recently was awarded the Mednick Memorial Fellowship by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC). The fellowship will support “Nothing, Still Nothing,” Drummond’s audio-video project that critically examines relationships between human creativity, sensory deprivation and solitary confinement. Drummond has taught at the University of Richmond since 2005 and has received several awards and fellowships. His video and photo-based work has been exhibited in festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide and is held in many public and private collections.

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Stephen E. Baril, a business litigation attorney in the Business and Professional Litigation group at the Sands Anderson law firm, recently was appointed to the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Board by the City of Richmond. Baril concentrates his law practice on complex business litigation, business disputes and trial strategy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Richmond Partnership, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Richmond's Future and in the leadership of the Forum Club and Venture Richmond. Baril earned his law degree at the University of Richmond School of Law and his bachelor's at Hampden Sydney College.

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The following students recently were elected to the Student Court at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.: Peter Van Alstyne Howard – son of Ms. Christine Moran, of Henrico, and graduate of The Steward School; Brandon A. Long – son of Anthony and Kelly Long, of Glen Allen, and graduate of The Steward School; and Richard Michael Pantele – son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pantele, of Henrico, and graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. The students will serve for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Navy Seaman Apprentice Michael S. Quash, son of Sheila D. Quash, of Glen Allen, and Henry C. Quash, of Hanover, recently was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Quash received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. Quash is a 2008 graduate of Douglas S. Freeman High School.
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Applications for Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2018 now open

Applications for the Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) flagship program Leadership Quest are now open at http://www.lmronline.org until May 1. Community leaders from Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and the City of Richmond are encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates are encouraged to attend a recruitment reception March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Markel Corporation, 4501 Highwoods Parkway in Glen Allen. The reception will give candidates the opportunity to meet current LMR members and learn more about the organization. > Read more.

Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus. > Read more.

Public comment sought for plan to reduce impacts of natural disasters

The joint Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisory Committee for the Richmond and Crater regions is seeking public comment on the draft update of the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters. The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions maintain the plan to collaboratively identify vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate long-term risks. > Read more.

Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Lula Belle Bookshoppe, which recently opened in Lakeside, will host a Spiritual Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring intuitive readers, mediums, a palm reader, reiki healers and a massage therapist. The shop, owned by Jane Mills, offers a variety of items, including books, stones and crystals, candles, oils, jewelry, local crafts, artwork, wind chimes, kites and more. It also offers life coaching and spiritual readings. For details, visit http://www.lulabelleshop.com. Full text

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