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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.
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

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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The 2014 Saxon Shoes for the Needy event kicks off this weekend at Saxon Shoes in Short Pump Town Center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 and 12… Full text

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