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Unity Bowling, International Baccalaureate student at Fairfield Middle School and Miss Peninsula's Outstanding Teen 2012, has been named a regional winner in the Kohl's Cares Scholarship program. Bowling was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and is now eligible for one of the national level awards and an additional $9,000 scholarship. An advocate for literacy, she has worked with local elementary schools and head start/preschool programs, including the Henrico County Preschool Program, and she reads at the Children’s Museum of Richmond regularly. Bowling also collected and distributed more than 3,000 books to local organizations. Some English/Spanish books were also sent to the Dominican Republic to help create a library.

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Henry Edward Qian, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Iowa. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Call Federal Credit Union has awarded members Myles Hilliard, a graduate of Deep Run High School, and Taylor Melton, a graduate of Tucker High School, $1,000 scholarships through its Alice S. Pearce Scholarship program. Students were selected based upon scholarly merit, video or essay submission and extracurricular involvement including community service.

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A team from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School placed second in the nation in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” national finals, which took place in April in Washington, DC. This is the third year that a team from MLWGS has placed in the top three in the nation. “We the People” team members study a broad range of topics related to American government and constitutionalism and prepare for simulated congressional hearings, during which judges ask questions and score units based on knowledge and articulation. Henrico students on the team were: Sameer Sarkar, Eileen Wang, Kathryn Marqueen, Andrea Yeh and Jesse Zhao, Class of 2012; and John Darr, Gray Whisnant and Matt Ruskan, Class of 2013.

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Taylor Stephen Wilson, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

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Davis & Elkins College women's basketball team member Amy Turner has been named to the commissioner's honor roll by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2011-12 athletic year. The commissioner's honor roll recognizes junior and senior student-athletes who have obtained a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the end of the term in which their sport concluded. Turner, a physical education major, is the daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Board of Health Professions – Jeffrey Levin, of Richmond, general dentist with Commonwealth Prosthdontics; and Blair H. Nelsen, of Richmond, owner of Nelsen Funeral Home; State Board of Health – Dr. John W. Seeds, of Richmond, physician educator at VCU School of Medicine; State Rehabilitation Advisory Council – Julie Triplett, of Henrico, disability rights advocate for the Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy; Virginia Board for People with Disabilities – Jessica Gainous Philips, of Henrico, vice president and CEO of Commonwealth Autism Service; and Virginia-Israel Advisory Board – Paul H. Grossman, Jr., of Richmond, director of international trade and investment for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Jay M. Ipson, of Richmond, president and executive director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and Holocaust survivor.
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

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 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.

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