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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at University of Mary Washington: Tawany C. Almeida, Jack K. Anderson, Mary K. Hubbard, Christopher A. Moore and Nathalie I. Rieder, of Glen Allen; LeeAnne R. Brooks, of Sandston; John L. White, of Henrico; and Nathan J. Bemis, Hallie E. Gibson, Lara R. Pugh and Amy M. Purello, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Elyse V. Clark, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the fall 2011 semester at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Alexandria T. Kunz, of Henrico, recently graduated from Boston University in Boston, Mass. Kunz received a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Parth P. Shah, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Boston University in Boston, Mass.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Virginia Retirement System Board of Trustees – Diana F. Cantor, of Glen Allen, partner with Alternative Investment Management, LLC; and Virginia Wine Board – Mitzi L. Batterson, of Glen Allen, general manager of James River Cellars.

The Henricus Foundation with Chesterfield and Henrico Counties recently named Charles Lewis Grant the executive director of Henricus Historical Park. Grant served as acting executive director since July 2010 and throughout the site’s 400th commemoration. He previously served as operations manager of the living history museum for two years. Prior to Henricus Historical Park, Grant served as president of Custom Collectibles, Ltd. and senior project manager at The American Historical Foundation. Grant has undergraduate and master’s degrees in history from Radford University and Virginia Tech, respectively.

Alan Meekins, of Richmond, recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Meekins received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
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Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

Fourth-annual Healy Gala planned


The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.

Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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