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Reid Barden, a high school senior from Henrico, has been selected by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to attend its fifth annual Safe Schools Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Barden was selected to participate in the Summit because of his previous involvement with safe schools advocacy. As a co-president at his high school’s Unite Club, Barden helped organize events collaborating with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. In addition, he helped organize a Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program for incoming freshman students. Attendees at the Summit will participate in workshops where they will learn about federal legislation, advocacy and organizing skills, and develop strategies to continue their work on advocating for safe schools at the local, state and federal levels. Participants will also meet with their elected officials on Capitol Hill about the importance of safe schools issues.

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Shayla Lightfoot, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Lightfoot is a sophomore majoring in sport management.

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The following students graduated from Boston University in January: Leslie M. Sale, of Glen Allen; and Timothy J. Drummond and Victoria F. Martin, of Henrico. Sale earned a master of arts degree in political science. Drummond earned a master of music degree in music. Martin earned a master of arts degree in art education.

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Calee Nicole Whitten, daughter of Michael and Charlotte Whitten, of Henrico, has been awarded first-year honors for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2012 semester at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va. To be eligible for first-year honors, students must earn a 3.3 grade point average. Whitten plans to major in business with a minor in Spanish.

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Charles Overton, of Glen Allen, and Ryan Easter, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or above.

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Marcus Burley, of Richmond, graduated in January from the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.

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Marissa Steinbeck, daughter of Andrew and Constance Steinbeck, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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Kelly Bangs, a J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College opticianry student who lives in Henrico County, has been named as a finalist in Transition Optical’s first Student Video Contest. The company asked optometry and opticianry students to submit short videos that encouraged patients to see “Life well lit,” complementing its global communications campaign. More than 25 videos were submitted and grand prize packages were awarded to nine students. Four additional students received finalist packages. Finalists were selected based on the number of “likes” their video received from YouTube viewers. Bangs received a $100 cash prize.
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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.
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Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter conducts support group meetings to provide the community with an opportunity to meet for mutual support and to exchange coping skills. A group for caregivers will meet at 1 p.m. at Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd. For details, call 967-2580. Full text

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