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Henrico Company Shows its ‘School Pride’

Henrico soundproofing and noise control product supplier Acoustical Solutions, Inc. recently participated in NBC’s new series “School Pride,” which premiered last month.

The show follows a team of experts along with teachers, students, and parents as they come together to renovate deteriorating public schools around the country. Acoustical Solutions, Inc. donated and sold their products to Communications and Media Arts High School in Detroit which was in danger of being closed due to lack of funds. Their episode aired Nov. 5.

“We see the difference that it makes not just in each family’s life, but the entire community,” said Eric Peters, communication specialist for Acoustical Solutions, Inc. Producers contacted the company near the end of September after one of the show’s contractors suggested it. “They were filming in the next two to three days and it was definitely something we wanted to get involved in,” said Peters.

Acoustical Solutions has been featured on other homemaker shows, including a couple of appearances on DIY Network’s “Man Caves” series which Peters believes is the reason they were asked to participate.

They donated a vocal booth and recording studio products to the school and sold a $264 “WhisperWave” baffle, which is hung from the ceiling to reduce noise and reverberation.

The company’s goal was to help not only the current students, but those coming in the years after. “The school itself is a progressive school, it focuses on new media and communication technology; kids need that in today’s world,” said Peters.
 
The products that they gave to the school will help the students to perform. For most high school students, an opportunity to work and perform with these communication and media tools isn’t something they get to experience until they reach college.

“What we provided is specifically for a media room. We provided a place for them to do what they will most likely be doing for the rest of their lives,” Peters said.

Communication Media and Arts High School competed against four other schools across the country to be selected for the show. After an audition tape was sent in by two students, the school was notified in June by producers that they’d won.

"We’re extremely grateful,” Principal Donya Odom said. “For years we’ve never had an academic program that measured up to our name, and now students can explore possible careers and utilize the equipment the company donated.”

The school received a total makeover, which included a music room, art room, a media/studio center, a storage area and other repairs to the building. Odom added that if “School Pride” hadn’t selected her school, it would have closed down.

Along with the school community, a group of professionals will be along to help guide the transformation of the school. Interior designer Susie Castillo, comedian and former substitute teacher Kym Whitley, Jacob Soboroff, an AMC News journalist, as well as SWAT Commander Tom Stroup will be involved in the rebuilding and restoring process.

School Pride is produced by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Denise Cramsey and Cheryl Hines of Curb Your Enthusiasm and will air Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Acoustical Solutions, Inc. has served commercial and residential development facilities as well as recording studios and home theater designers since 1989 with its selection of noise control and sound proofing products.

The company recently sold and installed its products in Faith Landmark Church, Benedictine High School, Phillip Morris and the Glen Allen Library. It’s currently working with the Math and Science Center in Henrico, providing studio equipment for distance learning.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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