A team from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School recently placed first in the nation in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” national finals. Team members study a broad range of topics related to American government and constitutionalism and prepare for simulated congressional hearings, during which judges ask questions and score units based on knowledge and articulation. The following students participated from Henrico: Olivia Baumann, Roy Ma, Ishani Premarante, Kerry Sawyer and Carly Spraggins.
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Anne Sterling, of Henrico, was recently elected first vice president for the League of Women Votors of Virginia during its convention in Blacksburg. Her two-year term begins in July. Sterling and the new board will continue to support active Virginia League committees focused on state issues, voter education, social policy, general education and good governance. For more information about the League of Women Voters of Virginia, visit http://www.lwv-va.org .
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Jay Poole, of Glen Allen, was recently awarded the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award for the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education for 2010-11. Poole received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education in 1978. He is the founder of Common Sense Strategies.
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Thomas L. Bowden, Sr., a venture finance lawyer at Sands Anderson PC and an avid bicyclist, was recently appointed Chair of the Bike to Work Week subcommittee of the City of Richmond Mayor’s Pedestrian, Bicycles and Trails Planning Commission. Bowden is a writer for the Commute by Bike blog and he started the Virginia Bike Commuters group on LinkedIn.com. Bowden is also co-founder, advisory group member and general counsel of Cycor Sports and serves on the BikeWalk Virginia Board of Directors.
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Brendan Douglas Joyce, son of Doug and Bonnie Joyce of Glen Allen; Stephen Taylor Thacker, Jr., son of Steve and Kim Thacker of Glen Allen; Justin Bryant Hebert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raoul Hebert of Glen Allen; Christopher Marshall Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Murray of Glen Allen; William John Burlee IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Burlee III of Richmond; Andrew Yancey Litteral, son of Andy and Anna Litteral of Henrico; Peter John Quinn III, son of Peter and Alexa Quinn of Henrico; and Matthew Gilmour Thompson III, son of Matt and Nancy Thompson of Richmond recently graduated from Hampden-Sydney College.
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James Beland, of Henrico, was recently awarded Van Operator of the Month for February 2011 by Mayflower Transit. The recognition acknowledges exceptional performance in the areas of operational proficiency, cargo claims prevention, customer service and safety.
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Yun Chen, of Henrico, recently graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.
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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