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National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) presented its 2012 Ruth Von Behren Award to Lory L. Phillippo, CEO of Circle Center Adult Day Services in Henrico. Phillippo also is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Medical College of Virginia. She has led the nonprofit center from virtual bankruptcy in 1980 to ownership of its current $4.3 million state-of-the-art facility. As three-term president of the state adult day services association, she was instrumental in securing Medicaid reimbursement for Virginia adult day centers. The award is named after a former NADSA Chair, Ruth Von Behren, who was internationally renowned for her pioneering work in California and throughout the country.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Angela Solis, daughter of April N. and stepdaughter of Nathaniel G. Middleton Sr., of Henrico, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Solis completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Solis is a 2012 graduate of John Marshall High School.

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Senior Kailey Jo Bottum, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list/honor roll for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb. To be eligible for the dean’s list/honor roll, students in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.7. Bottum is majoring in English.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Shawn Boyer, of Glen Allen, to the Board of Directors of the Small Business Financing Authority. Boyer is chairman and CEO of Snagajob.

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The following local residents have earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training in Parris Island, S.C.: Marine Corps Pvt. Shaughnessy J. Lambert, son of Diana M. Holmes Lambert and Melvin N. Lambert, of Henrico; Marine Corps Pvt. Christine M. Vavra, daughter of Michelle and stepdaughter of Tom Butchko, of Richmond; Marine Corps Pfc. Willie L. Ezell, son of Ida M. and Willie L. Ezell, of Henrico; Marine Corps Pvt. Jared J. Slavin; and Marine Corps Pfc. John W. Campbell, son of Patrice and stepson of Herbert O. Pollard, of Richmond. They 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, they 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. Lambert and Campbell are 2012 graduates of Varina High School. Vavra and Slavin are 2012 graduates of Godwin High School. Ezell is a 2010 graduate of Godwin High School.

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Taylor Wilson, child of Stephen and Laura Wilson, of Richmond, is studying abroad in Austria during the spring 2013 semester. Wilson is a member of the class of 2014.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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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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