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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.: Connor James Crowley, Peter Wayne Dooley, Johnathan Phillip Elias, Frank McEnery Garrett, Jr., Shawn Derrick Maxwell, Jr. and Dalton M. Renick, of Glen Allen; Thomas William Massey, Jr., Richard Michael Pantele and William Izard Valentine, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Catherine M. Noonan, of Henrico, to the Virginia Real Estate Board. Noonan is an associate broker at Long and Foster Realtors.

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Saint Joseph’s University’s Omega chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor society recently inducted Richmond resident Tonya Cooper, a graduate student in secondary education. Academic achievement, leadership and service are the criteria for induction.

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The following students recently graduated from Furman University in Greenville, S.C.: James Finney, son of Mr. and Mrs. James I. Finney, III; Kelsey Oostdyk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott C. Oostdyk; and Jackie Wornom, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Isaac L. Wornom, III, of Richmond.

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Ryan Casey, a rising junior at Deep Run High School, has been selected to attend the Grammy Foundation’s 8th annual Grammy Camp program in New York August 6-13. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party. A total of 136 students from 32 states were selected; Casey is the only high school student picked from Virginia. Casey (pictured, at right) plays guitar with his band All In. For more information on Casey and All In, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/allinbandrichmond .

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Jessica Huddleston, of Richmond, recently graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She received a master of arts degree.

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Rachel C. Eiker, of Richmond, and Mary K. Hubbard, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The following University of Mary Washington students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester: LeeAnne R. Brooks, of Sandston; Jack K. Anderson, Elyse V. Clark, Kelsey A. Hilton, Connor R. Kerr and Nathalie I. Rieder, of Glen Allen; and Lara R. Pugh, Amy M. Purello, Kayla R. Crawford and Hallie E. Gibson, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

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Megan Stewart, of Richmond, has earned semester honors for the spring 2012 semester at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. To be eligible for semester honors, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

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Charles R. Roberts, a certified financial planner with Richmond-based Cambridge Advisors, has been named a 2012 MD Preferred Service Provider. US Medical Specialties, Inc., a national medical consulting firm, recognizes excellence in service to the medical community in a number of disciplines including financial advisory services, real estate, insurance and legal services. The goals of the MD Preferred Program for Financial Advisors include identifying, acknowledging and promoting service excellence to the medical community.

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The following students recently graduated with honors from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Joseph Murphy, of Glen Allen; and Ashley Jallah and Allison Lehman, of Richmond. Murphy received a bachelor of music degree. Jallah and Lehman both received a bachelor of social work degree.

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Samuel Titus Silva Marques recently was named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

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Stephen Clement, of Richmond, recently graduated from the School of Law at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Clement received a juris doctor degree and a certificate degree.

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At their May meeting, members of the James River Republican Women’s Club donated numerous shopping bags of toiletries and cleaning supplies for Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor provides services and emergency housing for individuals experiencing domestic violence. Henrico County is Safe Harbor’s primary service area.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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