Maggie Walker Governor’s School senior Saumil Bandyopadhyay, of Henrico, is one of six national finalists for a $100,000 award from the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. Bandyopadhyay’s research focused on an infrared photodetector, with potential applications in car collision avoidance and mine detection. He has applied for a US patent for his project.


Student Diante’ Ryals, of Richmond, spent Thanksgiving break serving others as part of James Madison University’s Alternative Thanksgiving Break program. Ryals joined a group of eight students who worked with the Medici Project in Atlanta, Ga., specifically with an agency called Safehouse, which supports and works with at-risk children such as teenager mothers or children of incarcerated parents. JMU’s Alternative Break Program provides learning opportunities for students outside of the classroom. Trips occur at Thanksgiving, spring break, in May and on various weekends throughout the year.


Kayla Adams and Raymond Bucklew, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


The following students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. for the fall 2013 semester: Grayson Shelly and Dylan Shellhammer, of Deep Run High School; Sarah Burden, of Freeman High School; Alexis Riddick, of Varina High School; and Taylor Brill, of the Steward School.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the E. Bruce Heilman Dining Center at the University of Richmond. Each meeting features breakfast and an interesting speaker. For details, call Pete Sizemore at 288-0999. Full text

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