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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

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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