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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.
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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

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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