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The Richmond Tennis Association (RTA) recently announced the winners of its Junior Player Awards. Those recognized were Liam Sullivan, a junior at Trinity High School; Connor Brewer, a junior at Collegiate School; Harris Blair, a student at St. Christopher’s School; Jacqueline Dillon, a sophomore at Godwin High School; Justin Cerny, a sophomore at Trinity High School; and Allie Straus, a student at Collegiate School. RTA is one of the oldest and most successful community tennis organizations in the United States. The Junior Player Awards are presented annually. For more information, visit http://www.richmondtennis.org .

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In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance recently honored 30 individuals and groups who have made significant contributions in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. The honorees range from sexual and domestic violence program directors to law enforcement officers and legislators. Local award winners include: Steve Clementi, of Richmond – volunteer with the Verizon Foundation; Kathleen Demro, of Henrico – executive director of Safe Harbor; Dr. Marcella Fierro, of Richmond – chief medical examiner in Virginia from 1994-2007; Ted Heck, of Richmond – advocate of the LGBTQ community; Harriet McCollum, of Richmond – executive director of the Virginia Commission on Family Violence Prevention from 1994-1999; and Susheela Varky, of Richmond – governing body facilitator with Action Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.vsdvalliance.org .

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Tiana Espaldon Ramos, a 2009 graduate of Deep Run High School and an environmental sciences major at Wellesley College, recently was awarded a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The endowment provides financial support for students during their junior and senior years and a paid summer internship at an EPA facility. This past summer she worked at a Guamanian nonprofit environmental organization and hopes to work with the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council in the future. Ramos is the daughter of Arlene and Jose Ramos of Glen Allen.

Tommy Nolen, of Richmond, recently won the AMSOIL “Super Chevy” Best of the Best award in the Chevy Full-size category. “Super Chevy” hosted 12 shows at various racetracks across the country at which editors nominated the top cars in five categories. “Super Chevy” readers then selected the winners. Nolen’s submission was a ’61 Impala SS 409.

Kayla Adams, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Sarah Deutsch, of Richmond, is a first-year student at Pace University’s New York City campus. Pace enrolled 2,100 new undergraduate students at its campuses in New York City and Westchester County this September. Pace was founded in 1906 as a business school but now has a core curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences.
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Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Local choral group seeks volunteers

Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.
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It’s a great weekend to get outside! The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is offering two events this weekend. Accompany the group to find and document native plants present and blooming in Echo Lake Park on Saturday or take a “Sunday Stroll” at Dorey Park to observe the seasonal changes taking place. Other outdoor events this weekend include the final summer concert at West Broad Village and “Fridays on the Patio” at James River Cellars Winery in Glen Allen. If you’re going to be outside, don’t forget the insect repellent! To learn more about avoiding those pesky mosquitos, check out Henrico County’s “Fight-the-Bite TODAY” event tomorrow. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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