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).


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.


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.


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.


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.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. Sabin Duncan will share “Assuming Hurts” at Fairfield Library. For details, visit Full text

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