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Crawley named to deputy county manager position

She becomes second African-American appointed to post this year
Jane Crawley
Jane D. Crawley has been named Henrico's deputy county manager for community services, effective Sept. 8.

Crawley, who currently serves as director of the county’s Department of Social Services, will succeed George T. Drumwright Jr., who is retiring after more than 34 years in the position. County Manager Virgil Hazelett announced the appointment today.

The move continues an increase in diversity among Henrico's top appointed and elected officials. Crawley becomes the second African-American appointed this year to serve as one of five deputy county managers, following Tim Foster, who is the deputy county manager for community operations.

The Board of Supervisors also includes two African-American members: longtime Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton and newly elected Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson, whose term began in January.

One more vacancy will occur in the county's senior leadership when Deputy County Manager for Special Services Angela Harper retires officially later this year.

As deputy county manager for community services, Crawley will have direct responsibilities over Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, Social Services, the Henrico County Health Department, the Juvenile Detention Home and James River Juvenile Detention Center, the Community Corrections program and the Capital Region Workforce Partnership — agencies with combined budgets of more than $65 million and nearly 600 employees. Her portfolio also includes county programs and services funded by the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act.

Crawley began her Henrico career in 1991 as a casework supervisor in Social Services. She also worked as the department’s assistant director before being named director in January 2006.

A Richmond native, Crawley earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University and received a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served on the board of directors of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates and was appointed to the Virginia Child Fatality Review Team. She currently is a member of the Virginia League of Social Services Executives, the Child Welfare Advisory Committee and the Virginia Association of Local Human Services Administrators.
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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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