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Laura Browder, University of Richmond professor of American Studies and English, was recently nominated for a Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for her nonfiction book, “When Janey Comes Marching Home.” Browder’s book tells the story of women and modern war, using oral histories compiled from women in each branch of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Readers can vote for the people’s choice nominees through June 30 in public libraries or online at http://www.lva.virginia.gov .

Lewis Rick Black, III, a junior at Deep Run High School, was recently selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point Academy’s prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS). Attendees live in cadet barracks, eat in the Cadet Mess and participate in academic, leaderships, athletic and military workshops. More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLS.

Husband and wife small business experts Doug and Polly White recently published their book, “Let Go to Grow.” Owners of the consulting firm Whitestone Partners, the Whites conducted extensive research on how the role of the principal must change as a small business grows. These findings are outlined in the book, which will debut nationally in the fall. For details, visit http://www.whitestonepartnersinc.com .

Virginia State Police Trooper Gregory R. Duke, of the Richmond Division’s Area 1 Office in Henrico, was recently awarded the Senior Trooper Robert A. Hill, Sr. Crime Prevention Award. Senior Trooper Hill was a certified Crime Prevention Specialist who was struck and killed by a passing motorist in 2006. Trooper Duke was recognized among his law enforcement peers for his outstanding work in the promotion of the Department’s Crime Prevention Program, as well as his enforcement efforts on the road.

Special Agent Terence P. “T.C.” Collins
and Special Agent James R. “Doc” Lyons, with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office, were recently awarded the Superintendent’s Award of Merit. This is the highest award presented by the Superintendent and recognizes an extraordinary act of valor that includes the jeopardizing of one’s safety, acting above and beyond the call of duty and expending every possible effort to complete the act. Collins and Lyons were honored for their persistence, investigative expertise and determination to bring closure to a murder victim’s family 15 years later. Special Agent Lyons was also honored for his expert investigative and interrogation techniques involving a 16-year old fatal hit-and-run case. Lyons was able to secure a full confession from the killer and allowed the victim’s family closure.

Norman Alford, Shannon Bunn, Shelly Bunn, Darlene Hicks, Karen Matthews, Angela Myers and Mallory Simmons were recently inducted into Stratford University’s charter National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Chapter in Glen Allen. The students were recognized for their scholastic achievement, skill development, leadership, honesty, responsibility and good character.
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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