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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.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

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.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


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.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘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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