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The law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced 50 winners of its 2012 Hometown Heroes award, including the following local residents: Jim Baber, Willard Douglas, Ken & Gail Henshaw, Andy Inge, Anne McDonnell, Marianne Rollings and Russ Warnick, of Richmond; Jonathan Cherry and Alan Tuck, of Sandston; and Kenton Scearce, of Glen Allen. Nominations for the Hometown Heroes award were accepted April 16 to May 25. Each hero selected has a unique and inspiring story of giving in some capacity, either on a large scale or through small everyday acts of kindness. To read about each Hometown Hero, visit http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes .

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The Academy of General Dentistry, a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists, has awarded Dr. Cheryl Billingsley the 2012 Mastership Award. The award is the highest honor available at the AGD; Billingsley completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental education to accomplish this goal. A 1990 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, VCU School of Dentistry, she has provided dentistry in her practice for 22 years in the Short Pump area.

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Maya Payne Smart has been selected as the 2012 chair of James River Writers, a nonprofit organization for writers. Smart will lead JRW’s executive committee, which also includes: Greg Weatherford, vice chair; Gigi Amateau, treasurer; and Katharine Herndon, secretary. Other board members for 2012 are: Kristi Tuck Austin, Carol Billingsley, Diane Black, Ellen F. Brown, Janice Campbell, Shawna Christos, Christina S. Draper, Ryan Frazier, Julie Geen, Charles Gerena, Lee Gimpel, Jessica Ronky Haddad, Douglas Jones, Madeline Mayhood, Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Derome Scott Smith and Kris Spisak.

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Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently recognized more than 2,200 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. Fifty-eight youth from Virginia, including Ishani Premaratne, of Glen Allen, will receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card and the chance to win a $1,000 regional scholarship. Ten national winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit of the winner’s choice.

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Branden Thomas Katona, of Henrico, recently was named to the president’s honor roll for the spring 2012 semester at University of Oklahoma Norman in Norman, Okla. To be eligible for the president’s honor roll, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average.

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Noozhat Nashir, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

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Amy Turner, daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.V. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.6. Turner is a physical education major.

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The following students recently graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.: William Zacharias, Cherelle Williams, Jonathan Morris and Gabrielle Woodford, of Richmond; Kristin Beale, Adam Desgain, James Nowlin, Brittany Stein, Brittany Lynn Stone, Courtney Wade and Casey West, of Glen Allen; and Hillary Callaghan, of Henrico.

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Elizabeth Levy, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the College of Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, N.Y. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 to 3.69.

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Dylan Nowak, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.4 or higher grade point average. Nowak is a psychology major.

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Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.33 or higher.

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Robert Learned Barry, of Richmond, recently graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He received a bachelor of arts degree.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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