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Henrico students show market savvy

Henrico elementary schools placed first and second in the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s Stock Market Game during the recent spring round.

The contest invites teams of students in grades 4-12 to invest fictional $100,000 portfolios in the stock market during a 10-week period. Students research and manage stocks as a way to learn about money, finance and investing while practice math skills.

In the spring round, a team in Todd Wasserman’s class at Nuckols Farm Elementary (pictured above right, left to right: Wasserman, Olivia I., Maura G., Mark G. and Andrew C.) came in first place with a final portfolio balance of $113,302.84.

At Springfield Park Elementary, a team in Karen Nowicki’s class (pictured above left, left to right: Nowicki, Stephen Ingram, Chad Hickey, Aidan Hemstreet and Karthik Nair) came in second place, just a few dollars behind with $113,157.00. In the fall competition, a Godwin High School team advised by Hunter Thomas came in second in
the high school division, finishing with a portfolio valued at $109,309.70

All of the winning teams were invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business May 17, where students shared their investment strategies, successful and unsuccessful.

Teachers use the Stock Market Game to help meet the state’s standards in math, social studies, and personal finance. The program offers students life skills, such as collaboration and cooperation while working in small teams. Students also get a first-hand look at economic concepts, such as the way supply and demand affects prices as well as the effects of world events on financial markets.

The Stock Market Game, which involves more than11,000 students statewide, is played in both the fall and spring. About 1,300 students participated in the VCU Region Spring 2011 SMG. For details, visit the SMG link at http://www.vcee.org or call 828-6054.
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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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