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Milestones

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

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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