Citizen Staff Reports 09/04/12
At a special luncheon on July 18, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) presented awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to research, education and the mission of the society. The Patricia Rodman and Martin Kirwan King Volunteer Award, which recognizes the outstanding volunteer of the year, was awarded to Henrico resident Lee Ball, who has been volunteering in the advancement office at VHS for more than a year. A total of nine VHS awards were presented.
The University of Richmond recently ranked 69th out of 96 participating colleges in the Sierra Club’s annual review of America’s greenest colleges. The rank is an improvement from last year’s placement of 84th, reflecting continued efforts to implement green policies. During the 2011-12 school year, the university achieved two advances: discontinuation of coal usage at the on-campus steam plant and establishment of a fund to pay for future energy efficiency and conservation projects. The student body also contributed, placing in the top ten for electricity usage reduction in the spring Campus Conservational Nationals.
Deep Run High School graduate Adam White recently headed to Japan on Sept. 3 to begin eight months of intensive Japanese language study. His travel, tuition and other expenses are being funded by a $20,000 Boren Scholarship. A sophomore, international affairs major at James Madison University, White just returned from another six-month stint in Japan, where he was learning Japanese and how to teach English in a program called International Village Study Abroad. White's first trip to Japan was in summer 2008, before starting his senior year of high school. He spent three weeks touring the country and was involved in a 10-day exchange program as part of the U.S. High School Diplomats program. White will continue to study in Asia next fall when he heads to Kyung Hee University in South Korea on a scholarship from the International Network of Universities.
Lindsey Leach, a 2004 graduate of the Steward School in western Henrico, has joined the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) as an executive assistant. She is a 2008 graduate of Christopher Newport University, with degrees in sociology and English. Her diverse career experience includes working in the finance department for Henrico County and working for the nonprofit, Campaign Virginia. Leach enjoys reading, writing and painting in her spare time. An experienced traveler, she has been to 11 different countries and recently spent three months backpacking through Europe. LINC helps ease the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources.
Catherine Vaughan, of Glen Allen, recently served as a first year orientation guide (FrOG) on James Madison University's orientation team. FrOGs are a diverse group of undergraduate students who assist incoming first-year students in their academic, personal and social transition. They are legendary on campus for their annual FrOG dance. Vaughan is a senior whose major is management.
The American Association of University Women has awarded Karen Zekauskas, a student at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a $1,500 scholarship. Zekauskas is a science major.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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CalendarHenricus Historical Park will hold “Virginia’s Thanksgiving Feast and Prayer” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to learn about the real meaning of Thanksgiving, which was recognized… Full text