Carol Parish, a University of Richmond chemistry professor, will receive an award from the American Chemical Society at its upcoming South Eastern regional meeting for promoting diversity in chemical sciences. ACS will present the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award to Parish. The honor recognizes individuals and institutions that have been constant, vocal advocates for increasing student diversity in the chemical sciences, while supporting activities that promote inclusiveness within the region. Parish is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemist’s Committee and is a resident of Henrico County.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect – Steven Lam, retired, and Lisa Robertson, founder, Smart Beginnings; Autism Advisory Council – Krishna P. Madiraju, president and owner, Century Pediatrics, Inc.; Board for Optometry – Shandon Phan, director of communications and civic engagement, BPSOS; Board for Waste Management Facility Operators – Peter Cao, owner, Cao Studio Optix, LLC; Danielle J. Davis; Joyce Doughty, director, Fairfax County Division of Solid Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery; John C. Holland, Jr., president, John C. Holland Enterprises, Inc.; Joe Levine, executive director, New River Resource Authority; and Maurice Witcher, site manager, First Piedmont Corporation; Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage Professionals – K.R. “Trapper” Davis, owner, Coastal Plains Environmental Group; Barry Dunkley, director, Division of Water and Wastewater Treatment for the City of Danville; Michelle Ann Magrino; E. Brooks Philpy, operator, Brookside Soil Evaluations and Solutions; and Ronnie Thomas, president, Septiclean, Inc.; Board of Health – Amy Vest, pharmacist, Walgreens Pharmacy; Board of Historic Resources – William Gardner, president and CEO, George Washington’s Fredericksburg Foundation; Board of Psychology – Ali Ahmad, communications advisor, House Committee on Government Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives; Information Technology Advisory Council – Jennifer B. Aulgur, director of appointments, Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office, and Christopher McIntosh, statewide interoperability coordinator, Commonwealth of Virginia; Litter Control & Recycling Fund Advisory Board – George C. Peyton, vice president of government relations, Retail Merchants Association and Virginia Retail Federation; State Air Pollution Control Board – Tedd H. Jett, retired; Virginia Coal and Energy Commission – Barbara Altizer, president and executive director, Eastern Coal Council; Jodi Gidley, president, Virginia Natural Gas; Ken Hutcheson, president, Virginia Alternative and Renewable Energy Association, and director of government affairs, Williams Mullen; James K. Martin; John Matney, president, Harbor Company; Donald L. Ratliff, vice president of Virginia Governmental and External Affairs, Alpha Natural Resources, LLC; and Rhonnie Smith, retired; Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority – John N. Jester, retired; Virginia Sheep Industry Board – Joe Meek, self-employed cattle farmer, and Mac Swortzel, co-owner, Suffangus Farm, and banker, StellarOne Bank; and Virginia Workforce Council – Morton H. Savell, president, A-1 American Services, Inc.
Richmond resident Barbour Farinholt, a Denison University student, is studying off-campus for the 2011 fall semester. Farinholt, a member of the class of 2014, is studying with the School for International Training Program in Spain. Denison University, located in Granville, Ohio, offers off-campus study programs in the U.S. and overseas, ranging from traditional junior abroad programs in Europe to field project work in developing countries. Students continue to receive full credit towards a Denison degree while participating in the programs.
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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