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Milestones


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

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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