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Anne Marie Morgan, an adjunct professor of political science in the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, recently co-edited a textbook, “Governing Virginia,” which describes Virginia’s politics and government through the centuries. The textbook traces Virginia’s contributions to governing principles in the United States and the world. Chapters discuss Virginia’s political transformation and how the state’s government works today. The book’s contributors include five former governors, current and former legislators and other state leaders. Morgan is a broadcast journalist and is the State Capitol bureau chief for Virginia Public Radio. She also served as a member and chair of the State Board for Community Colleges, which oversees 23 Virginia community colleges on 40 campuses.

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Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, professor of political science and associate dean at the University of Richmond, recently was named a member of an international delegation invited by the government of Taiwan that observed the country’s Jan. 14 national elections. Wang’s group included five American professors and seven international journalists from Italy, Poland, Mexico, Egypt, Indonesia, Czech Republic and Iceland. Wang will discuss the experience during a two-hour webcast Jan. 20 hosted by the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Wang has taught at Richmond since 1996 and served several years as chair of the political science department. He was appointed an associate dean of the university’s School of Arts and Sciences in November. He specializes in Asian governments and politics, international relations and comparative politics.

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Recent graduates of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree program participated in the biannual Nursing Recognition Ceremony on Jan. 10. Graduates who earned special awards during the ceremony include: Susan Sisk – Fundamentals of Nursing; Janet Schaeffer – Level II Medical-Surgical Nursing; Caroline Garnett – Maternity Nursing; Christina Dobyns – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing; Osiris Granger – Pediatric Nursing; Sandra Toro – Level III Medical-Surgical Nursing; Deirdre Mailloux – Evelyn Bacon Award; and Charles McDonough – Fran Stanley Award. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse.
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

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

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.

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