The law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced 50 winners of its 2012 Hometown Heroes award, including the following local residents: Jim Baber, Willard Douglas, Ken & Gail Henshaw, Andy Inge, Anne McDonnell, Marianne Rollings and Russ Warnick, of Richmond; Jonathan Cherry and Alan Tuck, of Sandston; and Kenton Scearce, of Glen Allen. Nominations for the Hometown Heroes award were accepted April 16 to May 25. Each hero selected has a unique and inspiring story of giving in some capacity, either on a large scale or through small everyday acts of kindness. To read about each Hometown Hero, visit http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes .
The Academy of General Dentistry, a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists, has awarded Dr. Cheryl Billingsley the 2012 Mastership Award. The award is the highest honor available at the AGD; Billingsley completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental education to accomplish this goal. A 1990 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, VCU School of Dentistry, she has provided dentistry in her practice for 22 years in the Short Pump area.
Maya Payne Smart has been selected as the 2012 chair of James River Writers, a nonprofit organization for writers. Smart will lead JRW’s executive committee, which also includes: Greg Weatherford, vice chair; Gigi Amateau, treasurer; and Katharine Herndon, secretary. Other board members for 2012 are: Kristi Tuck Austin, Carol Billingsley, Diane Black, Ellen F. Brown, Janice Campbell, Shawna Christos, Christina S. Draper, Ryan Frazier, Julie Geen, Charles Gerena, Lee Gimpel, Jessica Ronky Haddad, Douglas Jones, Madeline Mayhood, Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Derome Scott Smith and Kris Spisak.
Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently recognized more than 2,200 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. Fifty-eight youth from Virginia, including Ishani Premaratne, of Glen Allen, will receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card and the chance to win a $1,000 regional scholarship. Ten national winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit of the winner’s choice.
Branden Thomas Katona, of Henrico, recently was named to the president’s honor roll for the spring 2012 semester at University of Oklahoma Norman in Norman, Okla. To be eligible for the president’s honor roll, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average.
Noozhat Nashir, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.
Amy Turner, daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.V. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.6. Turner is a physical education major.
The following students recently graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.: William Zacharias, Cherelle Williams, Jonathan Morris and Gabrielle Woodford, of Richmond; Kristin Beale, Adam Desgain, James Nowlin, Brittany Stein, Brittany Lynn Stone, Courtney Wade and Casey West, of Glen Allen; and Hillary Callaghan, of Henrico.
Elizabeth Levy, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the College of Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, N.Y. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 to 3.69.
Dylan Nowak, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.4 or higher grade point average. Nowak is a psychology major.
Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.33 or higher.
Robert Learned Barry, of Richmond, recently graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He received a bachelor of arts degree.
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.
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.
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.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
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.
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.
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