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Brianna Gabrielle Dillard and Stephanie Lynn Oliver, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Eligible students must maintain a 3.7 or higher grade point average. Dillard is majoring in psychology and Oliver is majoring in American Sign Language.

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Erwin Orlando Johnson, of Henrico, recently was named to the Honor Roll for the fall 2011 semester at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Eligible students must maintain a grade point average between 3.2 and 3.7. Johnson is majoring in journalism.

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Henrico Circuit Judge Catherine Currin Hammond recently received the 2011 Women of Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a woman who has contributed pro bono services and volunteered to improve the community. Hammond currently serves as chief judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit in Henrico County. She was formerly a partner in McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation practice where she represented a death row inmate in his habeas corpus proceedings for four years. Hammond has also worked with Christ Church Episcopal and St. Andrew’s School in Oregon Hill, where she chaired the board of directors for four years. The bar also recognized Hammond’s initiative in creating the first Drug Court in Henrico, a collaborative project including law enforcement and health care providers.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 31, located in the Greater Richmond area, recently named Ricky Neal as the new Flotilla commander and Nick Kuriger as the new vice commander. Both men are certified vessel examiners, instructors and boat crew members and have held several appointed positions in previous years. Division Commander for 2012 John Slayman swore in the new positions during the formal Change of Watch ceremony, held in December at the Westwood Club in Henrico. Flotilla 31 is the oldest flotilla in Division 3 and 5th District Southern Region. For more information on Flotilla 31, how to join or attend free or low-cost boating classes, visit http://www.flotilla31.org.

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Brandon Wesley Rorer, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at King College in Bristol, Tenn. Eligible students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

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Orlandus Andre Branch, of Richmond, recently graduated from Clemson University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.
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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.
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Weekend Top 10


The Richmond Raceway Complex has two exciting, albeit very different, events taking place this weekend: the Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale and Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed. If you’re searching for date night ideas, Wild Ponies will be performing at the Henrico Theatre tonight, CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” and The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Members of the Richmond theatre community will join others across the country at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone for the Ghostlight Project at CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater for safety, supporters will renew their pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Rain or shine. For details, email Alison Eichler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://tinyurl.com/ghostlightevent. Full text

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