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Rick Glass, manager of conference development and the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center, recently was appointed to the board of directors for the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors – International (ACCED-I). A resident of Richmond, Glass has worked at the university since 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Founded in 1980, ACCED-I is made up of 1,500 campus professionals who design, market, coordinate and plan conferences and special events on campuses around the world.

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The Dominion Club Golf and Country Club in Glen Allen recently awarded Executive Chef Chase Seymour the HHHunt Employee of the Year Award. Seymour, 28, serves an innovative style of cuisine best described as Southern/French fusion. Among the items prepared from scratch are charcuterie of house-cured bacon, pancetta and smoked salmon. A recent highlight of his career, Seymour was invited to team with Jason Babson, executive chef to Governor Kaine, and Patrick O’Connell, chef and proprietor of The Inn at Little Washington, to prepare a meal for the Queen when she visited the Governor’s Executive Mansion. Seymour joined TDC as executive chef in January 2011.

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Kristine Nolin, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, recently received a continuation grant from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust of Richmond to supplement her initial grant for research on the synthesis of organic materials. The grant will support Nolin’s research project where she is developing methods that enable the synthesis of organic materials through the design and application of catalysts. Her research is part of a “green movement” by organic chemists to use benign reagents in place of hazardous materials. Nolin received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. The Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust was established under the will of Robert M. Jeffress, a founder and the principal benefactor of the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research.

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Wenhao Lu, son of Jun Lu and Zihong Cui, of Richmond, recently was named to the merit list for the fall 2011 semester at Oxford College in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for the merit list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.0 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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