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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.
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 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.
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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