Col. Donald B. Kaiserman, of Henrico, has been elected as chairman of the Virginia Joint Leadership Council (JLC). The JLC is recognized as the leading Veterans Council advocating for the military community in the Commonwealth and “Speaks with a Single Voice” for the more than 820,000 veterans living in Virginia. Kaiserman had previously served as the JLC legislative chair and as vice chair. Kaiserman is also president of The Council of 18 Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America, serves on the Virginia Board of Veterans Service (being vetted by Gov. McDonnell), the Virginia War Memorial Board of Directors and the Fort Lee Retiree Council.
Donte Boston, of Richmond, will attend West Virginia Wesleyan College this fall.
Tracie Grady, vice president of member services, recently celebrated 10 years of service with Eisenman & Associates, Inc. Grady started with E&A in August 2002 and was promoted to her current position in the fall of 2011. Prior to her employment with E&A, Grady was the administrator at the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals for over five years. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor of science in Business with a concentration in Human Resources. E&A is a full-service association management and meeting consulting firm based in Glen Allen.
Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Social Work – Joseph Walsh, of Richmond, professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University; Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – W. Birch Douglass, III, of Richmond, partner at McGuireWoods; Terrell Luck Harrigan, of Richmond, community volunteer; and Satya Rangarajan, of Glen Allen, co-founder of Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; Citizen’s Advisory Council for Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion – Bryan Clark Green, of Richmond, director of historic preservation for Commonwealth Architects; Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council – Lissa Power-deFur, of Richmond, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Longwood University; and Virginia Resources Authority Board of Directors – Dena Frith Moore, of Richmond.
The University of Richmond’s all-male a cappella group, The Octaves, has been featured on a two-disc album showcasing the best a cappella tracks released by collegiate groups from around the world. The Octaves track, “The Show Goes On,” as performed by Lupe Fiasco, is featured on “Voices Only 2012.” A new “Voices Only” album has been released each fall since 2005 and includes songs recorded, mastered or released during the previous year. Songs are chosen for a variety of reasons, including featured soloists, production excellence, arrangements and more. The 2012 album is available on iTunes. The Octaves have recorded 10 albums since forming in 1990 and perform on campus and throughout the East Coast. For more information about The Octaves, visit http://www.richmondoctaves.com
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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