Janis appointed as deputy commissioner of Dept. of Veterans Services
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today appointed former Henrico delegate Bill Janis to serve as the deputy commissioner for the state's Department of Veterans Services, effective Jan. 11.
Janis, an attorney who gave up his seat in the House to seek election as Henrico's Commonwealth Attorney in November but then finished second in a three-way race, has experience as a navy officer. He entered the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He is active in veteran’s organizations such as VFW Post 6364 and American Legion Post 215, and serves on the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees.
After 11 years of service, Janis left the Navy as a lieutenant commander to attend the University of Virginia Law School. In 2001, he was elected to the House of Delegates to represent the 56th District. He was elected by his peers in 2010 to serve as the House Majority Whip.
On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride
Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).
It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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