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The law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced 50 winners of its 2012 Hometown Heroes award, including the following local residents: Jim Baber, Willard Douglas, Ken & Gail Henshaw, Andy Inge, Anne McDonnell, Marianne Rollings and Russ Warnick, of Richmond; Jonathan Cherry and Alan Tuck, of Sandston; and Kenton Scearce, of Glen Allen. Nominations for the Hometown Heroes award were accepted April 16 to May 25. Each hero selected has a unique and inspiring story of giving in some capacity, either on a large scale or through small everyday acts of kindness. To read about each Hometown Hero, visit http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes .

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The Academy of General Dentistry, a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists, has awarded Dr. Cheryl Billingsley the 2012 Mastership Award. The award is the highest honor available at the AGD; Billingsley completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental education to accomplish this goal. A 1990 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, VCU School of Dentistry, she has provided dentistry in her practice for 22 years in the Short Pump area.

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Maya Payne Smart has been selected as the 2012 chair of James River Writers, a nonprofit organization for writers. Smart will lead JRW’s executive committee, which also includes: Greg Weatherford, vice chair; Gigi Amateau, treasurer; and Katharine Herndon, secretary. Other board members for 2012 are: Kristi Tuck Austin, Carol Billingsley, Diane Black, Ellen F. Brown, Janice Campbell, Shawna Christos, Christina S. Draper, Ryan Frazier, Julie Geen, Charles Gerena, Lee Gimpel, Jessica Ronky Haddad, Douglas Jones, Madeline Mayhood, Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Derome Scott Smith and Kris Spisak.

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Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently recognized more than 2,200 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. Fifty-eight youth from Virginia, including Ishani Premaratne, of Glen Allen, will receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card and the chance to win a $1,000 regional scholarship. Ten national winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit of the winner’s choice.

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Branden Thomas Katona, of Henrico, recently was named to the president’s honor roll for the spring 2012 semester at University of Oklahoma Norman in Norman, Okla. To be eligible for the president’s honor roll, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average.

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Noozhat Nashir, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

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Amy Turner, daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.V. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.6. Turner is a physical education major.

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The following students recently graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.: William Zacharias, Cherelle Williams, Jonathan Morris and Gabrielle Woodford, of Richmond; Kristin Beale, Adam Desgain, James Nowlin, Brittany Stein, Brittany Lynn Stone, Courtney Wade and Casey West, of Glen Allen; and Hillary Callaghan, of Henrico.

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Elizabeth Levy, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the College of Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, N.Y. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 to 3.69.

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Dylan Nowak, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.4 or higher grade point average. Nowak is a psychology major.

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Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.33 or higher.

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Robert Learned Barry, of Richmond, recently graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He received a bachelor of arts degree.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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