Henrico County News
The University of Richmond will receive a 2014 Catalyst Award from ROSMY at the organization’s annual fundraiser May 3. ROSMY’s Catalyst Awards honor people and institutions that work to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. In naming Richmond, ROSMY cited accomplishments at the university, such as the recent Q-Summit: A Southern Queer Youth Gathering and the Campus Pride LGBTQ College Sports Summit, as well as partnerships in the community. > Read more.
More than 70 activists descended on the Virginia Capitol this past week, calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to take a more aggressive stance against climate change.
The event was organized in conjunction with Virginia Conservation Network Lobby Day by Appalachian Voice Environment Virginia, the Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter and the Virginia Conservation Network.
Carrying miniature windmills and large posters, the activists began their march on Seventh and E. Grace streets in downtown Richmond. > Read more.
Virginia’s House of Delegates is poised to vote this week on a bill allowing legislators to defend any law the governor and attorney general decide not to uphold on behalf of the state.
House Bill 706, proposed by Delegate C. Todd Gilbert, R- Shenandoah, would permit a member of the General Assembly to represent the “interests of the commonwealth” in circumstances where the constitutionality, legality or application of Virginia’s adopted laws are questioned by the governor or attorney general. > Read more.
Henrico County Public Schools officials have announced that they have eliminated a student holiday/staff planning and development day scheduled for Feb. 17 – making it a regular school day instead – in order to make up for time lost during recent snowstorms.
“While we value the tremendous benefits of having dedicated professional development time for staff, under the current circumstances it is best to devote this time to student instruction,” said Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw. “We feel it is appropriate to announce this change now to give everyone plenty of time to adjust,” Kinlaw added. > Read more.
The Board of Trustees of Richmond Montessori School, a pre-K through eighth-grade independent school in Henrico County, has appointed Greg Wojcikewych as the next head of school, effective July 1. His appointment will follow the retirement of current head of school Susanne Gregory, who has served in that role since 2008.
Wojcikewych is the current assistant head of school and head of middle school at St. Michael's Episcopal School, an independent school for kindergarten through eighth grades in Richmond. He holds degrees from The University of Pittsburgh and Old Dominion University and currently is a master's of education candidate at the University of Richmond. He has served as a teacher or an administrator since August 2001. > Read more.
For Rivers Edge Elementary School fifth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, redemption smelled sweeter than "Compositae." That word – the large family of plants that includes sunflowers – was the clincher that Muthusamy spelled correctly in the ninth round to win the 2014 HCPS District-Wide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.
The win was a rematch of the 2013 bee, where Moody Middle School student and five-time record-setting champion Aditya Kannoth beat Muthusamy in a spell-off. This time, the 58 individual elementary and middle school champions again dwindled to the two boys before Kannoth faltered on the word “loxocosm.” Muthusamy then spelled “kaumographer” and “Compositae” correctly to win. > Read more.
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By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 12/14/2012
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, West End Comedy has a show for you! More laughs this weekend can be found at ComedySportz Improv Theatre and at Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Story.” Other ways to boost your holiday spirit – visit a forest of decorated trees at CACGA and enjoy a colonial Christmas at Henricus. Click here for more! > Read more.
For his community service project in preparation for testing for his third-degree black belt, Ryan Rotondi chose to collect used eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club. He collected 168 pairs and donated them to the Glen Allen/Short Pump Lions Club, which sponsored his efforts, at its Nov. 7 meeting.
At right, Lion Nancy Capehart, chair of the eyeglasses recycling program, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rotondi. The glasses he collected will be included with the club’s shipment to the Lions Recycling in Roanoke, where they will be refurbished and made available to medical missions in Central and South America. > Read more.
Hermitage High School hosted its first-annual holiday craft fair Dec. 1 at the school. A number of vendors offered unique holiday and Christmas items for sale.
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‘Percy Jackson’ spins another Harry Potter knock-off
It’s no secret that the Percy Jackson series is a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of Harry Potter. The similarities are far too numerous (and far too obvious) to ignore. A boy with special powers is prophesized toward greatness; he finds acceptance in a school for the supernaturally gifted and gains two best friends in the process, an intelligent young girl and a goofy comic-relief character.
Swap Potter’s school for witchcraft and wizardry with Percy’s summer camp for the children of Greek gods and you’re all set to start watching. > Read more.
The Richmond comedy community, including ComedySportz, the Coalition Theater and others, along with producer PJ Dietrich, will present the Thomas George Comedy Fest Sept. 14-15. George, who taught the improv arts to many in the community and had been a popular improv performer for more than two decades, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2012.
The two-day festival is designed to celebrate and remember his life. It will begin at midnight Sept. 14 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre with an improv community jam – unscripted improv scenes and games by the entire Richmond improv community. > Read more.
The second-annual UkeFest VA, fifth-annual Djangoary Music Soiree and an appearance this week by The Capitol Steps highlight The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen's 2013-14 season, which was announced last month.
The center will host 13 performances as part of its Center Season, nine as part of its 2nd Stage series and four special events.
"In fulfilling our mission, we continually seek out excellent performers so we can present stellar performances," said CACGA President K Alferio. > Read more.
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