A team from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School recently placed first in the nation in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” national finals. Team members study a broad range of topics related to American government and constitutionalism and prepare for simulated congressional hearings, during which judges ask questions and score units based on knowledge and articulation. The following students participated from Henrico: Olivia Baumann, Roy Ma, Ishani Premarante, Kerry Sawyer and Carly Spraggins.
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Anne Sterling, of Henrico, was recently elected first vice president for the League of Women Votors of Virginia during its convention in Blacksburg. Her two-year term begins in July. Sterling and the new board will continue to support active Virginia League committees focused on state issues, voter education, social policy, general education and good governance. For more information about the League of Women Voters of Virginia, visit http://www.lwv-va.org .
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Jay Poole, of Glen Allen, was recently awarded the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award for the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education for 2010-11. Poole received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education in 1978. He is the founder of Common Sense Strategies.
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Thomas L. Bowden, Sr., a venture finance lawyer at Sands Anderson PC and an avid bicyclist, was recently appointed Chair of the Bike to Work Week subcommittee of the City of Richmond Mayor’s Pedestrian, Bicycles and Trails Planning Commission. Bowden is a writer for the Commute by Bike blog and he started the Virginia Bike Commuters group on LinkedIn.com. Bowden is also co-founder, advisory group member and general counsel of Cycor Sports and serves on the BikeWalk Virginia Board of Directors.
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Brendan Douglas Joyce, son of Doug and Bonnie Joyce of Glen Allen; Stephen Taylor Thacker, Jr., son of Steve and Kim Thacker of Glen Allen; Justin Bryant Hebert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raoul Hebert of Glen Allen; Christopher Marshall Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Murray of Glen Allen; William John Burlee IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Burlee III of Richmond; Andrew Yancey Litteral, son of Andy and Anna Litteral of Henrico; Peter John Quinn III, son of Peter and Alexa Quinn of Henrico; and Matthew Gilmour Thompson III, son of Matt and Nancy Thompson of Richmond recently graduated from Hampden-Sydney College.
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James Beland, of Henrico, was recently awarded Van Operator of the Month for February 2011 by Mayflower Transit. The recognition acknowledges exceptional performance in the areas of operational proficiency, cargo claims prevention, customer service and safety.
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Yun Chen, of Henrico, recently graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.
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 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.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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