Henrico and Chesterfield-Colonial Heights CASA honor three ‘Unsung Heroes’
The Henrico County and Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Court Appointed Special Advocates programs (CASA) have named three recipients, one posthumously, of the first Unsung Hero awards, recognizing their dedicated volunteer work benefiting local young people.
The Unsung Hero Award honors individuals who have voluntarily committed their time and skills to support youth in the metropolitan area. Recipients have made substantive but unrecognized contributions to improve the quality of life of local children and young people.
“These are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to help children and young people in our community,” said Barbara Herzog, executive director of Henrico CASA. “They have given freely of their time and sought no recognition for their unselfish efforts.”
The 2011 Unsung Hero Award recipients are: Lt. Col. James Bourque, retired, Chesterfield County Police Department, a founding member of Chesterfield CASA’s board of directors with more than 14 years of service to the agency; Susan Hill, retired, Henrico CASA, a volunteer with Virginia CASA working to develop a comprehensive reporting system for CASA programs statewide; and the late Lawrence Murtaugh, a certified public accountant and business broker who served as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and was actively involved in a mentoring program for kindergarten students at Swansboro Elementary School in Richmond.
Henrico and Chesterfield CASA are private, nonprofit organizations working closely with their counties’ Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts. The programs train community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system. Last year, CASA volunteers served 434 children in Henrico and Chesterfield, donating 15,800 hours to their cases.
For details about the winners, visit http://www.henricocasa.org/News/tabid/67/Default.aspx.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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