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Michael Gibrall, of Henrico, recently won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2012 Spirit Quest Film Festival for his romantic dramedy “Available.” This is the second acknowledgement for the script, which was also a semifinalist at the 2012 Action on Film Festival, a Top 25 Film Festival according to MovieMaker Magazine. Spirit Quest is in the fourth year of the festival and receives films and screenplays from around the world. The festival is geared towards uplifting and inspirational works. Gibrall is a 1987 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in communication from St. Vincent College in 1990. For more information, visit http://www.oneofeachproductions.com .

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The Law Offices of John M. Vandenhoff, PLLC recently opened in Henrico. The firm is located at 4914 Fitzhugh Ave., Suite 105, and can be reached at http://www.vandenhofflaw.com .

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Kristopher T. Olexy, CLTC, of Capitol Financial Solutions, recently qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and the John Hancock Financial Network’s Achieving Client Excellence (ACE) program. Robert E. Snidow, CLU®, ChFC®, also with Capitol Financial Solutions, qualified for ACE. In addition, the following advisors, part of Capitol Financial Solutions as affiliate brands, qualified for both MDRT and ACE: John Cory Hoffer, CFP® – president, Hermitage Wealth Management in Henrico; Matthew D. Brotherton, CLTC – president, 1752 Solutions in Richmond; and Kenneth (Kappy) Gross II, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® – 1752 Solutions in Richmond.

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Eisenman & Associates, Inc. (E&A) recently named Jill McKenzie, CAE as vice president of professional development and communications. In her role, McKenzie will focus on two primary areas for E&A’s largest association management client, the Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE): directing the content-related aspects of VSAE’s educational offerings and developing and implementing VSAE’s communications strategy to include website, email marketing, printed newsletter and social media campaigns. McKenzie has experience in association and sales management. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in June 2009. She is a graduate of The University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in English.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Love & Learn Child Care – leased 2,686 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Brandito, LLC – leased 2,426 square feet in Grove Park I at 11551 Nuckols Rd.; Key Personnel, Inc. – renewed its lease of 1,943 square feet in Vistas I at 5540 Falmouth St.; and Sinnen-Green and Associates, Inc. – renewed its lease of 1,168 square feet in Vistas II at 5516 Falmouth St.


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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