Citizen Staff Reports 03/04/13
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcus Burley, of Richmond, graduated in January from the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.
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.
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.
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
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