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Brianna Dillard, of Glen Allen, recently graduated magna cum laude from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. She received a bachelor of science degree in psychology and sociology. Dillard was also named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester, as well as Erwin Orlando Johnson, of Henrico. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

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Michael T. Bowman, of Henrico, recently was named to the president’s honor roll for the spring 2012 semester at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla. To be eligible for the president’s honor roll, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.9.

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Tiffany Lewis, of Henrico, recently graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She received a master of arts degree in communication.

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Laura Dekontee Freeman, of Mills E. Godwin High School, and Caitlin Phelan, of The Steward School, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Network of Enterprising Women (NEW). Over 130 applications were received; selection criteria included a minimum 3.0 GPA, a strong work ethic, community and club involvement and response to an essay question. NEW funds the scholarship program through a series of auctions, held at its monthly luncheons, of products and services donated by NEW members. Freeman and Phelan, along with eight other winners from metro Richmond, will be honored July 12.

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Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. has admitted the following local residents for its 2012 fall semester: Jordan Christian, Chrishunda Mahone and James Walls, of Richmond.

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Kathryn Lacy, of Henrico, a senior majoring in animal and poultry sciences, has been named Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences for the 2011-12 academic year.

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Talya Alexandra Huskey, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Haley C. Chapel and Robert J. Daniels, of Glen Allen, were named to the dean’s list. To be eligible for these honors, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 for the dean’s list and 4.0 for the president’s list.

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The following Virginia Military Institute cadets graduated May 16: Sean M. Alexander, son of Col. Charles R. Alexander, Jr.; Nash E. Roberts, son of Sonja K. Roberts; Matthew R. Brock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clement J. Brock; Mark A. Christian, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Christian, Sr.; Christopher E. Kitchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cary R. Kitchen; Brandon C. Gary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Gary, Jr.; Ryan A. Lee, son of Stacy Harris-Lee; Andrew P. Yancey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry P. Yancey; Peter M. Kwapisz, son of Nancy J. Billings; Bradley A. Chamberlain, son of Brian A. Chamberlain; Zachary D. Boyce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Boyce; Edward A. Coglio, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Coglio; McDonald Wellford, III, son of Joanne L. Wellford; and Caroline D. Wortham, daughter of Mrs. Tamara L. Gill and Dr. Edwin Wortham, V, of Richmond.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Bach Nguyen, son of Trang Thi Minh and Tuan A. Nguyen, of Richmond, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, N.C. During the five-week course, Nguyen received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications, as well as training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques. Nguyen is a 2011 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School.

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The following local residents recently graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.: Elizabeth Tait, Samantha Bos, Nelson Cutler, Kirby Fox, Eliza Pope, Clinton Smith, Jeffrey Stedman, Brenna Vorhis and Harold Robertson, of Richmond.

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The following local residents recently graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.: Ann Russell Moore, Carleton Peronneau Rawles and Margaret Delahunt Thomas, of Richmond.

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Bailey Rose, Grant Morris, Charles Shobe and Dylan Kolhoff, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 quality point average.
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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