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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

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

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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