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Kruszewski wins 14 VPW awards

Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won 14 awards in the Virginia Press Women’s 2011 communication contest, including three first-place entries that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest.  

Kruszewski collected two of her first-place honors in the Special Articles category, with stories about education and health topics.   Among the winners in those categories were articles about the expansion of the Coal Pit Learning Center, the "Distinguished Springers" program at Highland Springs H.S., a cross-country cyclist raising awareness for blood donation, and a suicide prevention organization established in memory of a Douglas Freeman H.S. student.  Kruszewski also earned a first place in feature stories for her article about Dining in the Dark, a sensory awareness experience that raised funds for Foundation Fighting Blindness.  

Another feature story, about the connection between The Westwood Club's founders and the family of Francis Gary Powers of U-2 fame, won a second place for Kruszewski. 

In the Special Articles category, Kruszewski took a second place for two history stories, about Emmanuel Church's 150th birthday celebration and Discover the James' Civil War cruises. 

Kruszewski won seven third place awards, including one for headline writing and another for her feature photo portrayal of children playing a game at a church picnic.  Her winning entry in the feature story category described Henrico resident Bob Bluford's recent turn at the controls of a B-24 bomber -- 65 years after he first piloted the plane in World War II. 

In the Special Articles categories of education and sports, Kruszewski took third place awards for stories about an author's visit to Short Pump Middle School, a Moody Middle School student whose essay won a national award, and appreciation events honoring rescuers of a cardiac arrest victim and medical personnel who cared for a heart patient. 

Special Articles in the social issues and sports categories added two additional third place awards, for stories about autistic students working at St. Mary's Hospital, a quadriplegic veteran given a new home, a World Cup countdown at Deep Run H.S., and a local nine-year-old's big league baseball experience. 

Kruszewski also earned an honorable mention for her Special Articles about environmental topics, which included a story about the River City Saunter and another about a 1939 cottage that was recently converted into a solar-powered home. 

In the news reporting category, she won an honorable mention for her stories about an early education summit and a Henrico Police Athletic League celebration of PAL's growth and progress. 
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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