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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.: Connor James Crowley, Peter Wayne Dooley, Johnathan Phillip Elias, Frank McEnery Garrett, Jr., Shawn Derrick Maxwell, Jr. and Dalton M. Renick, of Glen Allen; Thomas William Massey, Jr., Richard Michael Pantele and William Izard Valentine, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Catherine M. Noonan, of Henrico, to the Virginia Real Estate Board. Noonan is an associate broker at Long and Foster Realtors.

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Saint Joseph’s University’s Omega chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor society recently inducted Richmond resident Tonya Cooper, a graduate student in secondary education. Academic achievement, leadership and service are the criteria for induction.

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The following students recently graduated from Furman University in Greenville, S.C.: James Finney, son of Mr. and Mrs. James I. Finney, III; Kelsey Oostdyk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott C. Oostdyk; and Jackie Wornom, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Isaac L. Wornom, III, of Richmond.

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Ryan Casey, a rising junior at Deep Run High School, has been selected to attend the Grammy Foundation’s 8th annual Grammy Camp program in New York August 6-13. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party. A total of 136 students from 32 states were selected; Casey is the only high school student picked from Virginia. Casey (pictured, at right) plays guitar with his band All In. For more information on Casey and All In, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/allinbandrichmond.

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Jessica Huddleston, of Richmond, recently graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She received a master of arts degree.

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Rachel C. Eiker, of Richmond, and Mary K. Hubbard, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The following University of Mary Washington students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester: LeeAnne R. Brooks, of Sandston; Jack K. Anderson, Elyse V. Clark, Kelsey A. Hilton, Connor R. Kerr and Nathalie I. Rieder, of Glen Allen; and Lara R. Pugh, Amy M. Purello, Kayla R. Crawford and Hallie E. Gibson, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

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Megan Stewart, of Richmond, has earned semester honors for the spring 2012 semester at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. To be eligible for semester honors, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

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Charles R. Roberts, a certified financial planner with Richmond-based Cambridge Advisors, has been named a 2012 MD Preferred Service Provider. US Medical Specialties, Inc., a national medical consulting firm, recognizes excellence in service to the medical community in a number of disciplines including financial advisory services, real estate, insurance and legal services. The goals of the MD Preferred Program for Financial Advisors include identifying, acknowledging and promoting service excellence to the medical community.

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The following students recently graduated with honors from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Joseph Murphy, of Glen Allen; and Ashley Jallah and Allison Lehman, of Richmond. Murphy received a bachelor of music degree. Jallah and Lehman both received a bachelor of social work degree.

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Samuel Titus Silva Marques recently was named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

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Stephen Clement, of Richmond, recently graduated from the School of Law at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Clement received a juris doctor degree and a certificate degree.

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At their May meeting, members of the James River Republican Women’s Club donated numerous shopping bags of toiletries and cleaning supplies for Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor provides services and emergency housing for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Henrico County is Safe Harbor’s primary service area.
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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.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > 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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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. University of Richmond Professor Dr. John Hayden will share his summer activities in the presentation “Skunk Cabbage and Other Botanical Adventures, August 2016.” A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org. Full text

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