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Michael Gibrall, of Henrico, recently won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2012 Spirit Quest Film Festival for his romantic dramedy “Available.” This is the second acknowledgement for the script, which was also a semifinalist at the 2012 Action on Film Festival, a Top 25 Film Festival according to MovieMaker Magazine. Spirit Quest is in the fourth year of the festival and receives films and screenplays from around the world. The festival is geared towards uplifting and inspirational works. Gibrall is a 1987 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in communication from St. Vincent College in 1990. For more information, visit http://www.oneofeachproductions.com .
The Law Offices of John M. Vandenhoff, PLLC recently opened in Henrico. The firm is located at 4914 Fitzhugh Ave., Suite 105, and can be reached at http://www.vandenhofflaw.com .
Kristopher T. Olexy, CLTC, of Capitol Financial Solutions, recently qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and the John Hancock Financial Network’s Achieving Client Excellence (ACE) program. Robert E. Snidow, CLU®, ChFC®, also with Capitol Financial Solutions, qualified for ACE. In addition, the following advisors, part of Capitol Financial Solutions as affiliate brands, qualified for both MDRT and ACE: John Cory Hoffer, CFP® – president, Hermitage Wealth Management in Henrico; Matthew D. Brotherton, CLTC – president, 1752 Solutions in Richmond; and Kenneth (Kappy) Gross II, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® – 1752 Solutions in Richmond.
Eisenman & Associates, Inc. (E&A) recently named Jill McKenzie, CAE as vice president of professional development and communications. In her role, McKenzie will focus on two primary areas for E&A’s largest association management client, the Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE): directing the content-related aspects of VSAE’s educational offerings and developing and implementing VSAE’s communications strategy to include website, email marketing, printed newsletter and social media campaigns. McKenzie has experience in association and sales management. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in June 2009. She is a graduate of The University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in English.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Love & Learn Child Care – leased 2,686 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Brandito, LLC – leased 2,426 square feet in Grove Park I at 11551 Nuckols Rd.; Key Personnel, Inc. – renewed its lease of 1,943 square feet in Vistas I at 5540 Falmouth St.; and Sinnen-Green and Associates, Inc. – renewed its lease of 1,168 square feet in Vistas II at 5516 Falmouth St.
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.
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.
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.
Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.
Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.
The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.
“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.
The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.
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