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Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. recently admitted the following local students for its fall 2012 semester: Shakira Barron, Jasmin Brooks, Jaquan Carlisle, Anthony Carter, Carneisha Cosby, T’osha Crumble, Victoria Edmonds, Terrell Fields, Kenneth Ford, Gregory Ford, Cinease Freeman, Kierra Glenn, Shanika Harris, Walter Hinnant, Leonard Hopkins, Mya Jefferson, Alanna Johnson, Eryka Jones, Nicorsha Jordan, Markeisha Lundie, Chrishunda Mahone, Shakear McFadden, Sherita Mines, Maraja Morris, Alexis Mosely, Marshall Mundin, Davonni Parker, Ashante’ Pegeas, Jason Perry, Jaleel Price, Kristina Quinn, Paul Quinn and Nakiya Ruffin, of Richmond; and Aaron Lewis, of Henrico.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.: James Nix, Kelsey Oostdyk, Samuel Pasco, Ann Snyder and Jacqueline Wornom, 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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Junior Elizabeth Levy, of The College at Brockport Women's Gymnastics team, recently was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team. A Health Science/Nursing major, Levy won the individual national championship in the All-Around event. She was also crowned All-American in the uneven bars and on the balance beam. Levy has also been named The College at Brockport Female Athlete of the Year for her overall athletic accomplishments. She is a graduate of Hermitage High School.

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The following students recently graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.: LeeAnne R. Brooks, of Sandston; Claire M. Brooks, Ryan S. Forbes, Kelsey A. Hilton, Connor R. Kerr, Lauren E. Kornacki, Sara O. Monk, Nathalie I. Rieder, Christopher A. Moore, Brian A. Brown and Mary K. Hubbard, of Glen Allen; and Shavon Sharee Moore and Amy M. Purello, of Richmond.

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Chaz Antonio Coleman, of Henrico, recently graduated from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. He received a bachelor of science degree in management.

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Amanda Hogue, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

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Nicolas Pratt, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. To be eligible for the dean’s 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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