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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the President’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. The following students were also named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester: Meghan M. Bandura, of Glen Allen; Mallory L. Moore and Jessica F. Smith, of Richmond; and Garrett I. Walker, of Henrico. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently awarded 27 fellowships to Virginia art students and professional artists for a total of $157,000. Professional fellowships, each worth $8,000, were awarded to Katie Baines (painting), Jeremy Drummond (mixed media), Corin Hewitt (mixed media), Matt King (sculpture), Melanie McLain (mixed media), Dana Ollestad (mixed media) and Edward M. Shenk (mixed media), of Richmond. Undergraduate awards, worth $4,000 each, were given to Rebecca Kuzemchak (painting), of Glen Allen, and Alexander Curley (drawing) and Barbara Pearsall (sculpture), of Richmond. During the VMFA Fellowship Program’s 72 years, the museum has awarded more than $4.6 million to 1,174 students and professional artists. The fellowship funds come from a privately-endowed fund administered by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Warren Leslie Snead III, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the advent 2011 term, at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625. Snead is the son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr.

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Hilary Hope Koss, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Koss is a senior.

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Julie Condit and Ronald Harrison, of Richmond, and Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.33 or higher. Condit is a sophomore majoring in University Studies. Harrison is a senior majoring in Arts and Sciences. West is a sophomore majoring in Engineering.
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A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.

RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading. > Read more.

Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. > Read more.
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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


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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West End Comedy will present April Fool’s Day Funnies, a family-friendly comedy show, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd. West End Comedy is primarily short form improvisation, a “Whose Line Is It Anyway” style, which means there are no scripts, and audience suggestions are used to create scenes. Opening act will feature Magic by Bob. Tickets are $5. For details, call 652-1410. Full text

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