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Navy Seaman Recruit Kewonn M. Jones, son of Sandra R. Jones, of Richmond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Kewonn completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Kewonn is a 2002 graduate of Highland Springs High School.

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Rebecca Hope Lessem, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wis. Lessem received a doctorate degree in philosophy/economics.

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The following Washington & Lee students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester: Shannon Cusack, of Glen Allen; and Elizabeth Crenshaw, Elizabeth Crittenden, Mary Virginia Long, Ann Moore, William Thompson, Anne Watlington and Justin Welch, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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Margaret Thomas, of Richmond, recently was named to the honor roll for the fall 2011 semester at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. To be eligible for the honor roll, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

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Marie DeCarie Kuzemchak, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Kuzemchak is a graduate of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

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Michael Stella, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

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David Salisbury, assistant professor of geography and the environment at the University of Richmond, recently was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) to organize and lead a one-week workshop in Pucallpa, Peru this spring. The workshop will bring together representatives from Acre, Brazil and Ucayali, Peru, the two countries containing the largest portion of the Amazon River basin. Salisbury hopes they will formalize an agreement to share cartographic data, apply participatory mapping and build an integrated formal map of the region. Salisbury has taught at Richmond since 2007, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He also held a 2010 Fulbright Scholar Award at the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali (UNU) in Peru, where he has been an honorary professor for four years.

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The following Randolph-Macon College students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester: Morgan Farrar, Mary Mooberry, Raymond Ruybe and Cherelle Williams, of Richmond; and Rebecca Astruc, Michael Baldwin, Vincent Combs, Kristen Gehlich, Laura Hazelwood, Audrey Hester, Sarah Maxwell, Sarah Parsons (daughter of Mr. Steven Parsons, III), Sarah Parsons (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bowles), Lucien Roberts, Alyssa Saraniti and Courtney Wade, of Glen Allen. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
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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.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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