The Have It Your Way Foundation recently announced it has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships to a total of 1,258 deserving students nationwide as part of the 11th annual Burger King Scholars Program. Among the winners were 3 students from Henrico: Sage Janulis and Taylor Elliott, of Freeman High School, and Nikita Bhojani, of Henrico High School. Each received a $1,000 scholarship award in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, as well as grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. Created in memory of Burger King co-founder James W. McLamore, the BURGER KING® Scholars Program has awarded a total of 15,070 scholarships, representing $15.4 million in awards since the program’s inception in 2000.
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Navy Seamen Jameel A. Harris, a 2010 graduate of Henrico High School, and Brittney C. Cheatham, granddaughter of Elizabeth F. Cheatham of Glen Allen, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Harris and Cheatham completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, physical fitness and shipboard and aircraft safety.
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice – Sergeant Carol Adams, Richmond Police Department, and Terone B. Green, executive director of the Virginia Alliance; Board for Barbers and Cosmetology – Daniella Tsamouras, owner of Spa 310; Board of Dentistry (citizen seat) – Myra Howard, agent/intern with State Farm Insurance; Child Day Care Council – Terrie E. Tusing, family educator at Commonwealth Parenting; Fair Housing Board – Linda G. Broady-Myers, retired; Science Museum of Virginia Board of Trustees – David Botkins, director of media relations for Dominion Virginia Power; and Virginia Workforce Council – Mark A. Herzog, executive director of Virginia Biotechnology Association, and J.E. “Tony” Rigali, lead organizer for Virginia Pipe Trades Association.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.
Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.
While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.
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Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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