Henrico Police Athletic League’s Youth Leadership Council recently held elections and the following officers were elected: Kennedy Goldsborough, president; Malik Holmes, vice president; Jazmine Wilder, treasurer; Aysia Lee, secretary; and Andrew Johnson, Sgt. at arms. Past President Aubrey Temple will attend Duke University in the fall. Temple is a past Henrico PAL Youth of the Year award winner and the current National PAL 2011 Male Youth of the Year award winner. He is currently working the Henrico PAL Summer Camp as a youth counselor. YLC Coordinator and Henrico PAL Board Member Victor Williams manages the YLC.
Calyn Witz, a 2012 graduate of Henrico High School, has received the 2012 Pamplin Leader Award. The $1,000 scholarship recognizes students that have shown a commitment to academics and extracurricular activities over the course of their high school careers. Witz will attend Virginia Tech in the fall as a human nutrition, foods and exercise major.
Callaghan S. Guy, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average.
Cynthia Pearce, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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 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.
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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