The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.: Connor James Crowley, Peter Wayne Dooley, Johnathan Phillip Elias, Frank McEnery Garrett, Jr., Shawn Derrick Maxwell, Jr. and Dalton M. Renick, of Glen Allen; Thomas William Massey, Jr., Richard Michael Pantele and William Izard Valentine, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.
Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Catherine M. Noonan, of Henrico, to the Virginia Real Estate Board. Noonan is an associate broker at Long and Foster Realtors.
Saint Joseph’s University’s Omega chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor society recently inducted Richmond resident Tonya Cooper, a graduate student in secondary education. Academic achievement, leadership and service are the criteria for induction.
The following students recently graduated from Furman University in Greenville, S.C.: James Finney, son of Mr. and Mrs. James I. Finney, III; Kelsey Oostdyk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott C. Oostdyk; and Jackie Wornom, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Isaac L. Wornom, III, of Richmond.
Ryan Casey, a rising junior at Deep Run High School, has been selected to attend the Grammy Foundation’s 8th annual Grammy Camp program in New York August 6-13. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party. A total of 136 students from 32 states were selected; Casey is the only high school student picked from Virginia. Casey (pictured, at right) plays guitar with his band All In. For more information on Casey and All In, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/allinbandrichmond .
Jessica Huddleston, of Richmond, recently graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She received a master of arts degree.
Rachel C. Eiker, of Richmond, and Mary K. Hubbard, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The following University of Mary Washington students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester: LeeAnne R. Brooks, of Sandston; Jack K. Anderson, Elyse V. Clark, Kelsey A. Hilton, Connor R. Kerr and Nathalie I. Rieder, of Glen Allen; and Lara R. Pugh, Amy M. Purello, Kayla R. Crawford and Hallie E. Gibson, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5.
Megan Stewart, of Richmond, has earned semester honors for the spring 2012 semester at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. To be eligible for semester honors, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
Charles R. Roberts, a certified financial planner with Richmond-based Cambridge Advisors, has been named a 2012 MD Preferred Service Provider. US Medical Specialties, Inc., a national medical consulting firm, recognizes excellence in service to the medical community in a number of disciplines including financial advisory services, real estate, insurance and legal services. The goals of the MD Preferred Program for Financial Advisors include identifying, acknowledging and promoting service excellence to the medical community.
The following students recently graduated with honors from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Joseph Murphy, of Glen Allen; and Ashley Jallah and Allison Lehman, of Richmond. Murphy received a bachelor of music degree. Jallah and Lehman both received a bachelor of social work degree.
Samuel Titus Silva Marques recently was named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Stephen Clement, of Richmond, recently graduated from the School of Law at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Clement received a juris doctor degree and a certificate degree.
At their May meeting, members of the James River Republican Women’s Club donated numerous shopping bags of toiletries and cleaning supplies for Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor provides services and emergency housing for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Henrico County is Safe Harbor’s primary service area.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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