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Becky Bell, a local volunteer coordinator with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), recently received the organization’s Local Coordinator of the Year award. Bell, who has been involved with CIEE’s high school exchange program for 10 years, helps find good host and/or welcome families for high school exchange students in metro Richmond, including Henrico. Bell was the highest placing LC last year and also managed one of the largest teams in the country. She can be contacted at 928-1948 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jeremy Drummond, professor of studio art at the University of Richmond, recently was awarded the Mednick Memorial Fellowship by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC). The fellowship will support “Nothing, Still Nothing,” Drummond’s audio-video project that critically examines relationships between human creativity, sensory deprivation and solitary confinement. Drummond has taught at the University of Richmond since 2005 and has received several awards and fellowships. His video and photo-based work has been exhibited in festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide and is held in many public and private collections.

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Stephen E. Baril, a business litigation attorney in the Business and Professional Litigation group at the Sands Anderson law firm, recently was appointed to the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Board by the City of Richmond. Baril concentrates his law practice on complex business litigation, business disputes and trial strategy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Richmond Partnership, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Richmond's Future and in the leadership of the Forum Club and Venture Richmond. Baril earned his law degree at the University of Richmond School of Law and his bachelor's at Hampden Sydney College.

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The following students recently were elected to the Student Court at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.: Peter Van Alstyne Howard – son of Ms. Christine Moran, of Henrico, and graduate of The Steward School; Brandon A. Long – son of Anthony and Kelly Long, of Glen Allen, and graduate of The Steward School; and Richard Michael Pantele – son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pantele, of Henrico, and graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. The students will serve for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Navy Seaman Apprentice Michael S. Quash, son of Sheila D. Quash, of Glen Allen, and Henry C. Quash, of Hanover, recently was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Quash received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. Quash is a 2008 graduate of Douglas S. Freeman High School.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > 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.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present The Nile Project at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The Nile Project, conceived by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, consists of a dozen musicians who hail from every country bordering the Nile River. The Nile Project’s mission is to “educate, inspire, and empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem.” Tickets are $36. A pre-show Artistic Viewpoint Discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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