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Phil Harvatine, Marcia Swenck and Ratha Ramasamy, members of Toastmasters International Power Lunch Expressions Club No. 1024785, recently earned communication and leadership awards within the last educational program year. Harvatine and Swenck qualified as Competent Communicators; Swenck also achieved Competent Leader recognition. Ramasamy earned the Advanced Communicator Bronze Award. The club also recently achieved Select Distinguished Club status for Toastmasters International calendar year ending June 30. This is the second highest honor bestowed to clubs by the national office and is the highest achievement by Power Lunch Expressions since its charter in April 2007. Newly installed officers include: President – Phil Harvatine, AECOM; VP Education – Marcia Swenk, Coventry Health Care; VP Membership – John Goldhamer, AECOM; VP Public Relations – Gay Rudis, IT project consultant; Secretary – Ratha Ramasamy, Acision; Treasurer – Keech LeGrand, independent consultant; and Sargeant at Arms – Nathaniel McKinnon, AECOM. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the AECOM Innsbrook office, 4840 Cox Rd. For details, call 307-9437 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Bridget Murrell, of Glen Allen; Kim Rood, of Mechanicsville; and Ashley Kadash, of Richmond, recently became independent consultants with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Consultants offer 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, visit http://www.tastefullysimple.com .
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Blair Walker, son of Daisy Henderson, of Henrico, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.75 or above. Walker is a junior majoring in biochemistry.
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George Johnson and Shannon Edwards, of Richmond, recently graduated from Eastern Mennonite University. Johnson earned a liberal arts degree and Edwards earned a communication degree.
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Rabbi Andrew Goodman recently was named University of Richmond’s first director of Jewish life and campus rabbi. Goodman will be tasked with developing a comprehensive program for students, faculty and stuff which will include a variety of religious, cultural and social expressions of Jewish life at UR. He will work with the entire Chaplaincy staff to further diversify the religious voices on campus by creating opportunities for engagement across lines of faith traditions. Goodman was formerly a senior rabbi of a congregation in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
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Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Jones is a junior majoring in English and communication studies.
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Eric M. Barker, son of Karen Barker, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. Barker earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Filmmaking.
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Lauren Parker, a rising senior at Hermitage High School, recently participated in the live taping of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” as a correspondent for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) from George Mason University’s Arlington campus in Arlington, Va. WJMC is a highly competitive week-long program designed to encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in the industry. The show featured former Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine. Correspondents were selected based on their demonstrated leadership and interest in journalism and their academic excellence.
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Samuel Archer, of Richmond, recently was inducted into the Virginia Tech Delta Phi Alpha chapter of the National German Honor Society. Archer is a senior majoring in German in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Norfolk State University Board of Visitors – Thomas N. Chewning, retired executive vice president and CFO, Dominion Resources; Advisory Board on Massage Therapy – Michael Jennings Vines, owner, Escape Massage; Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Board – Bonnie Neighbor, advocacy coordinator, VOCAL, Inc.; and State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision – James M. Sisk, manager, Department of Corrections.
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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