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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Learned Barry, of Richmond, recently graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He received a bachelor of arts degree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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CalendarLewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 28 to Jan. 12 (closed Dec. 24-25). This holiday tradition features… Full text