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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.
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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