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By Lane Burgess, Special to the Citizen 10/07/2014 Features
In 2005, Sid Cooke lost his ability to walk because of multiple sclerosis. Bound to his wheelchair, he gave up golf.
Seven years later, he stood up and golfed again thanks to a new invention, the Paramobile device, which allows wheelchair users the gift of standing up again.
“The rest is history,” he said. “I went years I couldn’t play. I’ve been playing ever since.”
Jeff Trice, a disabled veteran, teamed up with Cooke at Belmont Golf Course Sept. 26 for the Star Spangled Scramble, an event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that empowers wounded warriors through caregiving, economic and educational resources to aid in their recovery. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/06/2014 Business
Virginia consumers can save when they purchase energy-efficient appliances and other home items Oct. 10-13, as part of a sales tax holiday. Purchases made during those days of items that carry the Energy Star or Water Sense label and cost less than $2,500 or less each will be free of state sales tax.
Items must be purchased for personal or non-commercial use.
Qualifying Energy Star products include air conditioners, ceiling fans, washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). WaterSense-labeled bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories, toilets, showerheads, urinals and landscape irrigation controllers also will be tax-exempt. Certain used Energy Star and WaterSense items will also qualify for tax-free status during the four-day exemption period. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/06/2014 Education
Sandston resident Abby Pendleton, 21, is a sociology major at Longwood University, a graduate of Varina High School and a do-it-yourself project fanatic. She also is one of the first-ever peer advisors for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) College Tour.
College Tour is a series of one-day events that gives students the necessary alcohol education to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking, along with promoting a healthy lifestyle and leadership. This year’s tour will stop at James Madison University (Oct. 24), University of Richmond (Nov. 7), Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 2015), the College of William and Mary (Mar. 21, 2015) and George Mason University (Mar. 24, 2015). > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/06/2014 Transportation
A temporary enrollment site for the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program will be open inside the Richmond International Airport terminal during the last two weeks in October for individuals who sign up in advance to enroll in the TSA's expedited screening program. The in-person appointment typically takes less than 10 minutes.
Enrollment in TSA PreCheck enables U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to participate in the expedited screening program that allows air travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select airport screening lanes. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/06/2014 Education
Students at Henrico County’s Campus at Virginia Randolph will be taking their test scores for a walk later this week.
Students at the two-school campus in Glen Allen will seek to prove the positive link between aerobic exercise and academic success with their first “Walk at School” event Oct. 9 at 9 a.m.
Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll have a DJ to keep them moving. > Read more.
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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.
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.
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.
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.
The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).
It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Shepherd’s Center will conclude its Open University four-week fall lecture series “Lunch and Life” at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Radio celebrity Dan Roberts,… Full text