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
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
But animated South African film has its moments
You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
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