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Matthew T. Williams, of Glen Allen, has been accepted into The Julliard School’s new Master of Fine Arts in Drama program, beginning next week. This inaugural class accepted only eight graduate actors. The MFA in Drama is a four-year conservatory program in actor training. Students in the graduate program will participate in advanced courses in addition to working side by side with undergraduates in certain skill sets and in performance. The final year of the MFA program is dedicated to performance and other opportunities creating a bridge to the profession.

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Hampen-Sydney College student Brandon A. Long recently studied the Spanish language, culture and contemporary issues at the Universidad de Alcala De Henares in Spain. The opportunity is offered to Hampen-Sydney College students by the Global Education and Study Abroad department at H-SC through the University of Franklin at the Universidad de Alcala. Students reside in private homes during their stay and the personal contact with host families provides a first-hand experience of Spanish life and culture. Long is a graduate of J.R. Tucker High School and is the son of Anthony and Kelly Long, of Glen Allen.

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Ryan Easter, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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Kristen Baird, of Richmond, and Kori Amacker, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. Baird earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in metals and jewelry. Amacker earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in animation.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed several local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority – Mary C. Doswell, of Richmond, senior vice president of Alternative Energy Solutions for Dominion Resources; and Dr. Benjamin J. Lambert, of Richmond, optometrist; Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects – Robert A. Boynton, of Richmond, architect at Boynton Rothschild Rowland Architects; and Board of Historic Resources – H. Edward “Chip” Mann, of Glen Allen, public affairs specialist.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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