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Kruszewski wins 9 VPW awards

Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won nine awards in the Virginia Press Women’s 2012 communication contest, including four first-place entries that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest.

Kruszewski collected two of her first-place honors in the Special Articles category, with stories about religion and health topics. In the health category, the winning articles were about two non-profits, ASK and the Richmond Hope Therapy Center, which support families of children with cancer and children with special physical needs. The stories in the religion category described changes in location and leadership for Congregation Or Atid and profiled a long-time member of Sandston Baptist Church, which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary.

In the category of feature articles written specifically for the web, Kruszewski won a first place for her story about a rare Robert E. Lee letter coming home to the Dabbs House Museum, where it was originally written, after almost 100 years.

Kruszewski also earned a first place in feature stories for her article, "Maronite Marathon," about the annual preparation for the Lebanese Food Festival produced by St. Anthony's Maronite Catholic Church. "Since every newspaper reports on the local food fundraiser, it's difficult to make the yearly report interesting," wrote judges. "'Maronite Marathon' manages by 'mixing in' many specific details that describe the preparation process and the women who volunteer."

Kruszewski took a second place in the Special Series category for two stories from the Citizen's Top Moments in Henrico History Series, published during Henrico County's 400th anniversary year.

"A lot of research and hours went into this," judges wrote of the stories, which centered around the 1865 surrender of Richmond at Tree Hill and the 1614 marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

In the Special Articles category of education, Kruszewski took a third place award for a story about Boardrooms to Classrooms, a Henrico Business Council program in which business leaders shadow school principals, and an article promoting the universal kindergarten registration date and the need for getting children off to a good start in school.

Kruszewski also took a third place award in the Special Articles history category, for stories about the colonial-era college planned for Henricus and the 1864 Battle of New Market Heights, in which 14 African-American soldiers won the Medal of Honor. She earned third-place honors, in addition, for a feature story entitled "Beauties Raise Bucks," about a womanless beauty pageant that raised funds for the American Cancer Society and honored the memory of a young cancer victim.

In the Special Articles health category, Kruszewski also won an honorable mention for a story about the Man of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and for "Life, One Breath at a Time," about a Henrico man recovering from his second double lung transplant.


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

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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.

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