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Thomas J. Moore, IV, and Margaret A.P. Paul, of Richmond, recently graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

Brianna Gabrielle Dillard and Stephanie Lynn Oliver, of Glen Allen, were recently named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must maintain a 3.7 or better grade point average.

Jessica Lawson, of Sandston, was recently named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74.

Damian L. Covington, of Richmond, recently received the Outstanding Twenty-Year Alumnus Award at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Covington is a physician with Dominion Medical Associates. He graduated from Hampton University in 1991, earning a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics. He earned a medical doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Covington is professionally affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, National Medical Association and the National Health Service Corporations. He also serves on the Medical College of Virginia Physicians Board of Directors.

Jon Henry, a senior at University of Richmond, was recently named Out.Spoken.Richmonder of the Year by GayRVA, a city news website. The award is given to someone whose core values align with those of GayRVA, including being inclusive and supportive of the LGBT community and Richmond as a whole. At UR Henry is a co-founder and current president of the Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity (SASD), which provides social support and advocacy for LGBT students. Henry has also organized regular HIV testing on campus, helped plan an on-campus Equality Conference and interns with Equality Virginia.

Jamie Jackson, of Glen Allen, recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Jackson offers home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients. For information about products, parties or starting your own business, contact Jackson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dr. Harold C. Sayles, of Henrico, was recently appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Board of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Sayles is a practice administrator with Bon Secours Medical Group.

Gabriel Bradstreet Peaseley, VII, of Richmond, was recently named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must attain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Madison Elisabeth Hilali, of Richmond, recently received the Cicerone Society Prize from Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. The Ethel Walker School is an independent, college preparatory school for girls in grades 6-12.

A set of bronze replicas of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights were recently installed at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, the first school in the nation to receive a set of these replicas. Placing these original reproductions in schools and public buildings across America was one of the main missions of the Constitutional Bicentennial Commission, which was created by President Ronald Reagan to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The American Constitution Spirit Foundation, a Virginia based nonprofit group, and donors McGuireWoods, L.L.C., Penny Kyle and Charles Menges provided the plaques.

Martinair, Inc. recently passed its ARGUS Platinum Safety audit, a rating only 5 percent of operators have achieved. A passing score indicates that Martinair has created a safe environment for its employees and a safe environment for owners and customers when flying in Martinair aircraft.


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Public comment sought for plan to reduce impacts of natural disasters

The joint Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisory Committee for the Richmond and Crater regions is seeking public comment on the draft update of the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters. The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions maintain the plan to collaboratively identify vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate long-term risks. > Read more.

Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” Jan. 20 through Feb. 4 at 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. CAT’s 2017 entry into the Acts of Faith Festival, “Wishing Well” is a contemporary comedy about mother-daughter revelations during one stormy weekend in North Carolina that puts the “fun” in dysfunctional. Evening performances start at 8 p.m. while matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $23. For details, visit http://www.cattheatre.com. Full text

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