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Milestones

Kenzie Ferguson, of Glen Allen, is among the 114 Marymount University undergraduate students who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders and are included in the 2013 edition of “Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Students are selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. Ferguson is majoring in fashion merchandising.

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Philip Rutledge, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Medicine – Dr. Siobhan S. Dunnavant, of Henrico, physician with OB-GYN Associates; and University of Virginia Board of Visitors – William H. Goodwin, Jr., of Richmond.

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Sophomore John Harrison Vance, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Justin T. Beck, son of Andrea R. and Douglas M. Beck, of Sandston, has earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Beck spent 13 weeks training on subjects including close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, he endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Beck is a 2009 graduate of Varina High School.

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James Jewell, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. Beck is majoring in history.

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Haley C. Chapel, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade point average and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 GPA. Chapel is majoring in theatre arts.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Hampden-Sydney College: Michael Stephen Adams, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Adams, Sr.; Connor James Crowley, son of Joseph A. and Leslie Crowley; Peter Wayne Dooley, son of Jerry and Susan Dooley; Scott M. Foster, son of Lisa P. Blake and John M. Foster; John Donald Lloyd, son of Muldrow D. Lloyd; Thomas Watkins Mountcastle, son of Quincy Dudley and Tom Mountcastle; Richard Michael Pantele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pantele; and Dalton M. Renick, son of Mark and Janice Renick. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum 3.3 grade point average.

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Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

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Chelsea Tyler, of Henrico, is a member of the 2012-13 Randolph College women’s basketball team. Tyler, a 5'5 sophomore guard, has played 12 games this season. She leads the team with 26 steals, averages 6.1 points, and is shooting 34.6 percent outside of the arc. The WildCats are currently 3-9 overall, and 1-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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Richard Low, of Hamilton Beach Products in Glen Allen, has been elected to serve as vice president of the Incentive Marketing Association board.
Community

MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

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.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

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.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


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.

A hero is born

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.

Authentically Italian

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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