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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orlandus Andre Branch, of Richmond, recently graduated from Clemson University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘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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