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Navy Midshipman Jordan W. Kelmar, son of retired Navy Cmdr. Brian A. and Daphne A. Kelmar, of Glen Allen, recently was commissioned as an ensign after receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Kelmar was selected to attend naval aviator training in Pensacola, Fla. where he will receive extensive instruction on the functions, capabilities and operations of all systems aboard an aircraft. Kelmar is a 2008 graduate of Deep Run High School.

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The Richmond chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently earned a place in the President’s Elite, out of more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide. The list is reserved for the most prestigious chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. DU’s event fundraising system has long been a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 12 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937. This year’s President’s Elite chapters also have the distinction of being honored during DU’s 75th anniversary year and will be recognized during DU’s national convention in Nashville at the end of May, with many chapter representatives in attendance.

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The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls recently held its first volunteer recognition ceremony and among the honorees were Frank Hudak, advocate of the year; St. Michael's Church, volunteer of the year; and Morton Consulting, partner of the year. For the past 35 years, Frank Hudak has decorated his home for tacky lights tours and used the popular attraction to share the VHBG mission with visitors. Visitors to “The Christmas House” have donated more than $78,000. St. Michael’s Church conducts an annual undergarment drive at Christmas, provides small birthday gifts throughout the year and provides items for VHBG's John G. Wood School Store. VHBG has several dedicated volunteers and supporters from St. Michael’s Church as well, including Girl Scouts completing their gold and silver awards. Morton Consulting, which has had a long-standing commitment to VHBG, expanded this year by starting an end-of-school-year picnic tradition, in addition to purchasing holiday presents for each child in VHBG foster care and participating in all VHBG fundraising events.

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Dr. Ken Macurik, senior director of St. Joseph’s Villa's Developmental Disabilities Services, recently published a booklet for parents and professionals and can be downloaded for free. "Creating Positive Behavioral Change" is a short, 24-page booklet that helps people understand and better manage behaviors. Originally written for professionals working with children with special needs, the booklet also offers many great tips for parents dealing with "typical" children and even adults dealing with others. The booklet offers many explanations for why people behave badly and suggests methods to break negative behavior patterns and to establish positive patterns. The booklet is available at http://www.sarahdooleycenter.org the w,ebsite for the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, one of the programs Macurik supervises.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Commonwealth secretariat – Emily Barrett of Richmond, director of appointments; Courtney Groves of Richmond, director of appointments; and Stacey Whitehouse of Richmond, executive assistant; Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Bryan Rhode of Richmond, commissioner of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and Board of Game and Inland Fisheries – Hugh C. Palmer of Highland Springs, retired from Henrico County Schools.

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Zoe Johannas and Callaghan Guy, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Carolyn Virginia Stenzel, Ashlee Chantel Irby and James McKim Davis, of Richmond, recently graduated from Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

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Barbara Irene Tait, Samuel Titus Silva and Shannon Nicole Tinsley recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
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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