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Henrico to celebrate rehabilitation, sale of home on Fayette Avenue

A rehabilitated home at 629 Fayette Ave. will be sold this month to a first-time homebuyer following an extensive improvement project guided by Henrico County.

Representatives of the Henrico Department of Community Revitalization, Southside Community Development & Housing Corp., Better Housing Coalition and others will gather at the home on Thursday, Nov. 15 to celebrate its transformation.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature tours of the property and remarks by project leaders, Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton and Marie Bailey, who is scheduled to buy the home. The 1,576-square-foot, ranch-style property was built in 1953 in the Fayette Park subdivision, off Richmond-Henrico Turnpike near Richmond International Raceway.

Southside Community Development & Housing Corp., a nonprofit community development corporation, bought the vacant and dilapidated home in foreclosure for $30,000, using funds provided to Henrico by the federal HOME program, which supports efforts to create housing for individuals with low and moderate incomes. Better Housing Coalition was hired as a contractor and recently completed more than $70,000 in improvements.

The rehabilitation project highlights Henrico’s approach to using HOME funds, a portion of which is set aside to help first-time homebuyers. With the Fayette Avenue project, the Department of Community Revitalization focused on a vacant property that had become blighted and a persistent challenge for the community and the county.
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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