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The Richmond Heart Walk, held Oct. 22, 2011 at the SnagAJob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook, raised a record-breaking $989,000 – exceeding the previous year’s total by $178,000 and exceeding the goal for 2012. The AHA and the volunteer leadership had aimed to raise $925,000 to fund cardiovascular research and educational programs in the area.

Douglas Edwards, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

Noozhat Nashir, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

Samuel Holt recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at New River Community College in Dublin, Va. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Nicholas Akens, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average. Akens is a student in the College of Technology.

Jory Brinkerhoff, assistant professor of biology at the University of Richmond, recently received a $25,000 research award from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust of Richmond for his research on the emergence of Lyme disease in Virginia. Brinkerhoff will study the geographic expansion of tick populations in the state and how that might relate to a recent increase in Lyme disease. The award will provide funds for Brinkerhoff and one undergraduate student to conduct summer research, as well as fund equipment, supplies and DNA sequencing. Brinkerhoff’s research is focused on landscape and disease ecology. Before coming to Richmond, he spent two and a half years researching Lyme disease at the School of Public Health at Yale University. The Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust was established under the will of Robert M. Jeffress, a founder and the principal benefactor of the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research.

Philip Cory Rutledge, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Kaitlin Elizabeth Carlyle and Jessica Winsie Lau, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the President’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. To be eligible for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. Carlyle is majoring in Language and International Trade and Lau is majoring in Bioengineering.

Amy Turner, daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.V. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.6 or higher grade point average. Turner is a physical education major.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recently named Douglas A. Hicks, professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, the recipient of a 2012 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. The award, sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, is the highest honor given by the commonwealth to faculty from all sectors of higher education in Virginia. It recognizes superior accomplishment in teaching, research and public service. Winners receive a $5,000 stipend. Hicks has taught at Richmond since 1998 and is the author of four books. He is the founder of the university’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, as well as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a parish associate at Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond. Hicks received an A.B. magna cum laude with honors in economics from Davidson College, a master’s of divinity magna cum laude from Duke University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. Hicks and the 11 other 2012 OFA winners from public and private colleges and universities in the commonwealth will be introduced on the floor of the General Assembly and receive their awards Feb. 16 in a ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Jones is a junior majoring in English/Communication Studies.

Bakary Sanogo, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Sanogo received a master of science degree in applied statistics.
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RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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