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Navy Seaman Recruit Kewonn M. Jones, son of Sandra R. Jones, of Richmond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Kewonn completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Kewonn is a 2002 graduate of Highland Springs High School.

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Rebecca Hope Lessem, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wis. Lessem received a doctorate degree in philosophy/economics.

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The following Washington & Lee students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester: Shannon Cusack, of Glen Allen; and Elizabeth Crenshaw, Elizabeth Crittenden, Mary Virginia Long, Ann Moore, William Thompson, Anne Watlington and Justin Welch, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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Margaret Thomas, of Richmond, recently was named to the honor roll for the fall 2011 semester at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. To be eligible for the honor roll, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

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Marie DeCarie Kuzemchak, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Kuzemchak is a graduate of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

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Michael Stella, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

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David Salisbury, assistant professor of geography and the environment at the University of Richmond, recently was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) to organize and lead a one-week workshop in Pucallpa, Peru this spring. The workshop will bring together representatives from Acre, Brazil and Ucayali, Peru, the two countries containing the largest portion of the Amazon River basin. Salisbury hopes they will formalize an agreement to share cartographic data, apply participatory mapping and build an integrated formal map of the region. Salisbury has taught at Richmond since 2007, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He also held a 2010 Fulbright Scholar Award at the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali (UNU) in Peru, where he has been an honorary professor for four years.

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The following Randolph-Macon College students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester: Morgan Farrar, Mary Mooberry, Raymond Ruybe and Cherelle Williams, of Richmond; and Rebecca Astruc, Michael Baldwin, Vincent Combs, Kristen Gehlich, Laura Hazelwood, Audrey Hester, Sarah Maxwell, Sarah Parsons (daughter of Mr. Steven Parsons, III), Sarah Parsons (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bowles), Lucien Roberts, Alyssa Saraniti and Courtney Wade, of Glen Allen. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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