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Sha’Teria Johnson, of Highland Springs, recently was named to the honor’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. To be eligible for the honor’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher. The following students were named to the dean’s list at MBC: Amanda Harrison, Yvonne Knight and Charnelle Smith, of Richmond; and Siobhan Beza, of Glen Allen. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74.

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The following students have been accepted by Hampden-Sydney College and will begin classes in August: Ahmad Rashad Rudd, of Henrico; Conrad Wesley Broadus, Jr., Tucker Valentine Brown, William Robert Hopkins, Samuel George Johnson, and Edward West Valentine, Jr., of Richmond; and Parker Harrison Campbell, Thomas Meredith Cole, III, Alexander Scott DeWees, Shane Thomas Duffy, John Donald Lloyd, Timothy Ryan Millican, Nicholas Christian Palmer, Jacob Bernard Pope, III, and Eric Douglas Shaver, of Glen Allen.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Advisory Board on Radiological Technology – Karsten F. Konerding, of Henrico, radiologist with Commonwealth Radiology, PC; Board of Optometry – Joseph E. Droter, O.D., of Richmond, optometrist; and State Rehabilitation Advisory Council – John M. Eisenberg, of Richmond, assistant superintendent of special education and student services.

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Mary Cannella, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, Ill.

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The following students recently graduated from Mary Baldwin College: Jazzmin Booker, of Henrico; Paula Gatti, of Sandston; Sha’Teria Johnson, of Highland Springs; and Noran Knight, Yvonne Knight, Kelly Martin and Jacquelyn Slockbower, of Richmond.

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Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International has selected Kathy Harkey as CIT Advocate of the Year and Chief Douglas A. Middleton as CIT Police Chief of the Year. Harkey became a certified trainer for CIT and has served as a family member trainer during the 40 hour training since the CIT inception in Henrico. She currently serves as program director for NAMI Central Virginia. Middleton plans to CIT train 100% of Henrico County police officers and the Henrico County Academy recruits. He is also committed to partnering with fire, mental health and the Sheriff’s Department to ensure that all first responders are CIT trained.

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Board leadership for Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) has changed effective July 1: G. Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, III, president of CapTech Ventures, Inc., has been elected vice chair. The following private sector members will continue their service on the Partnership board: Katherine Busser, senior vice president of Capital One; Robert P. DeLille, CEO at Creative; and T. Justin (Jay) Moore, partner at Hunton & Williams, LLP. The following private sector members will serve as board alternates: Ned W. Massee, vice president of corporate affairs at MeadWestvaco Corporation; Doug Roth, senior vice president and area executive at BB&T; Tracy Kemp Stallings, COO at HCA CJW Medical Center; and Kim Scheeler, president of Greater Richmond Chamber. Patricia S. O’Bannon, member of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, will continue as a public sector board member. Virgil Hazelett, Henrico county manager, will continue to serve as a public sector board alternate. William C. Broaddus, partner at McGuireWoods, LLP, will continue to serve as General Counsel for the Partnership. Two Partnership officers, Gregory H. Wingfield, president and CEO, and Valerie Derricott, corporate secretary, were re-elected to their positions.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

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.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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The Museum District Association’s 23rd annual Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The tour provides a rare opportunity for guests to go inside some of Richmond’s most beautiful and historic homes, gardens and institutions. The hospitality center is located at the Virginia Historical Society. A tour trolley will run continuously between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tour proceeds benefit non-profit agencies in the Richmond area and help protect and beautify this historic neighborhood. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of. For details, visit http://www.museumdistrict.org. Full text

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