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Emily Mounce, Neal Moriconi, Akash Jain, Eric Clark and Robyn Abernathy of Richmond and Melissa Limbaugh of Glen Allen have gained membership to the Marching Virginians of Virginia Tech. To qualify for the marching band students must audition one week before the beginning of classes each fall.

Commonly known as The Spirit of Tech, Virginia Tech’s marching band is in its 37th year. Founded in 1974, The Marching Virginians have performed for hundreds of nationally televised football games and parades.

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Michael C. Leopold, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, recently received a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar-Award for 2010. The award provides Leopold with $60,000 to spend over five years in support of his research assisted by Richmond undergraduates. Fewer than 10 of the awards are made annually by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc.

Leopold studies nanomaterials in the environment, work that is at the junction of materials science and bioanalytical chemistry. He is particularly interested in the interactions between synthetic nanomaterials and biomolecules.

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The Home Building Association of Richmond recently appointed the following new officers: president – David Owen of Boone Homes; vice president (builder) – Ollin Toler of Gumenick Properties; vice president (associate) – Skip Eastman of iLevel by Weyerhaeuser; treasurer – David Fahy of Village Bank; at-large builder on executive committee – Sarah Kellam of Homeplaces; at-large builder on executive committee – Rob Lanphear of Ryan Homes; at-large associate on executive committee – Brandon Beswick of C&F Mortgage; past president representative – Eddie Goode of Colonial; executive committee – Homecrafters; immediate past president – Kevin McNulty of Lifestyle Builders & Developers.

New board members for the Home Building Association of Richmond are Kirk Aikey of Aikey Construction; Jeremy Harring of Harring Construction; Doug Jones, CPA of B2B CFO and Dave Smith of Thalhimer.

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Virginia's Division of Capitol Police promoted four police officers, including two Henrico residents, at a ceremony earlier this week. Thomas Hickey was promoted to the position of lieutenant, special operations and Jesse Gilliam was promoted to the position of shift sergeant, daily shift.

Hickey has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience with DCP. His new duties consist of managing the day-to-day operations of Investigations, administrative oversight and coordination of the Critical Incident Team and the Crowd Response Teams, development of the Division’s operations plans for special events and intelligence.

Gilliam has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience.  His new duties involve supervising patrolmen assigned and daily operations of the day shift. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a helicopter aircrewman and undersea acoustic analyst. 

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Shelly Shuman-Johnson of Chesterfield to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. Shuman-Johnson is the director of the Henrico County Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

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.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

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.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

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.

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Weekend Top 10


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.

A hero is born

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.

Authentically Italian

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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