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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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Henrico to offer Christmas tree recycling

Henrico residents can recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays at one of several locations in the county.

From Dec. 26 through Jan. 11, trees will be accepted at the following spots:

• Springfield Road Landfill Public Use Area, near Nuckols Road and I-295 – open from 7:30 am to 7 pm daily, except holidays;

• Charles City Road Landfill Public Use Area – 7:30 am to 7 pm daily, except holidays; > Read more.

Holidays will delay some CVWMA collections


CVWMA curbside recycling collection and trash collections will have a one day delay in collections Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2. There will be no collections on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Curbside recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Red Thursday and Red Friday curbside recyclers will have a one day delay in collection services Dec. 25-26. Blue Thursday and Blue Friday curbside recyclers will have one day delay in collection services Jan. 1-2. Containers should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

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.

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Entertainment

A gift that should stop giving

‘Jingle All the Way 2’ is expectedly flawed
Was anyone asking for an extra-large helping of Larry the Cable Guy this Christmas? If so, you can thank Santa Claus for Jingle All the Way 2.

If not, you can be like the rest of us and curse Santa for his folly in creating such a film. Santa, we neither wanted nor needed this.

A follow-up to the much-derided 1996 Christmas film Jingle All the Way, Jingle All the Way 2 isn’t so much a sequel as it is an odd kind of remake, offering a few original twists on the original’s dad-vs-dad holiday showdown, but also copying large chunks of the original without alteration. > 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.

Weekend Top 10


Several holiday performances take place this weekend in Henrico including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Theatre IV on Tour’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” – both at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at River Road Church, Baptist and the Virginia Repertory Theatre will present “Santa’s Christmas Miracle” at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. A fun annual tradition, now in its 14th year, will be at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump – Chabad of Virginia’s Chanukah on Ice. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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