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Milestones

Navy Midshipman Jordan W. Kelmar, son of retired Navy Cmdr. Brian A. and Daphne A. Kelmar, of Glen Allen, recently was commissioned as an ensign after receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Kelmar was selected to attend naval aviator training in Pensacola, Fla. where he will receive extensive instruction on the functions, capabilities and operations of all systems aboard an aircraft. Kelmar is a 2008 graduate of Deep Run High School.

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The Richmond chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently earned a place in the President’s Elite, out of more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide. The list is reserved for the most prestigious chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. DU’s event fundraising system has long been a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 12 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937. This year’s President’s Elite chapters also have the distinction of being honored during DU’s 75th anniversary year and will be recognized during DU’s national convention in Nashville at the end of May, with many chapter representatives in attendance.

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The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls recently held its first volunteer recognition ceremony and among the honorees were Frank Hudak, advocate of the year; St. Michael's Church, volunteer of the year; and Morton Consulting, partner of the year. For the past 35 years, Frank Hudak has decorated his home for tacky lights tours and used the popular attraction to share the VHBG mission with visitors. Visitors to “The Christmas House” have donated more than $78,000. St. Michael’s Church conducts an annual undergarment drive at Christmas, provides small birthday gifts throughout the year and provides items for VHBG's John G. Wood School Store. VHBG has several dedicated volunteers and supporters from St. Michael’s Church as well, including Girl Scouts completing their gold and silver awards. Morton Consulting, which has had a long-standing commitment to VHBG, expanded this year by starting an end-of-school-year picnic tradition, in addition to purchasing holiday presents for each child in VHBG foster care and participating in all VHBG fundraising events.

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Dr. Ken Macurik, senior director of St. Joseph’s Villa's Developmental Disabilities Services, recently published a booklet for parents and professionals and can be downloaded for free. "Creating Positive Behavioral Change" is a short, 24-page booklet that helps people understand and better manage behaviors. Originally written for professionals working with children with special needs, the booklet also offers many great tips for parents dealing with "typical" children and even adults dealing with others. The booklet offers many explanations for why people behave badly and suggests methods to break negative behavior patterns and to establish positive patterns. The booklet is available at http://www.sarahdooleycenter.org the w,ebsite for the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, one of the programs Macurik supervises.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Commonwealth secretariat – Emily Barrett of Richmond, director of appointments; Courtney Groves of Richmond, director of appointments; and Stacey Whitehouse of Richmond, executive assistant; Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Bryan Rhode of Richmond, commissioner of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and Board of Game and Inland Fisheries – Hugh C. Palmer of Highland Springs, retired from Henrico County Schools.

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Zoe Johannas and Callaghan Guy, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Carolyn Virginia Stenzel, Ashlee Chantel Irby and James McKim Davis, of Richmond, recently graduated from Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

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Barbara Irene Tait, Samuel Titus Silva and Shannon Nicole Tinsley recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 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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