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Jeffrey Seeman, a visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, recently was inducted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program. The program recognizes members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the society. Fellows come from academe, industry and government. In 2008, Seeman received a grant to create videos to encourage middle and high school student interest in science. Awarded by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant Program, the grant supported the development of The Archimedes Initiative, a free, Internet-based self-learning experience website to improve science literacy. A native of Jersey City, N.J., Seeman received a B.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. The Archimedes Initiative can be found online at http://www.archimedesinitiative.org .

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The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities recently selected E. Bruce Heilman, University of Richmond chancellor, as dinner chair for the 49th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Oct. 27 at the Richmond Marriott. The event honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian contributions to the greater Richmond community. A 1999 recipient of a Humanitarian Award from the organization, Heilman served as a U.S. Marine during World War II. He is currently national spokesman for The Greatest Generations Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation and a founding member of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. In July, Richmond City Council presented Heilman the Richmond Public and Civic Service Award for his “public, military and civic service and dedication to higher education.” Heilman received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Prior to beginning his long association with the university as president for 17 years and then chancellor, he was president of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, a 76-year-old organization, delivers programs to educators and students in Richmond City Public Schools, as well as Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Board of Long-Term Care Administrators – John Randolph Scott of Glen Allen; Council on the Status of Women – Randy Davis of Richmond, community outreach coordinator for Medicaid Fraud and Control Unit for the Office of the Attorney General, and Ruth Zajur of Richmond, community relations for BJ’s Wholesale Club; Latino Advisory Board – Omar M. Rashid, M.D., J.D. of Richmond, general surgery resident at VCU Health System; Virginia Scenic Rivers Advisory – Brian H. Ewald of Glen Allen, regional sales manager of Spectranetics.
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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