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Milestones

Phil Harvatine, Marcia Swenck and Ratha Ramasamy, members of Toastmasters International Power Lunch Expressions Club No. 1024785, recently earned communication and leadership awards within the last educational program year. Harvatine and Swenck qualified as Competent Communicators; Swenck also achieved Competent Leader recognition. Ramasamy earned the Advanced Communicator Bronze Award. The club also recently achieved Select Distinguished Club status for Toastmasters International calendar year ending June 30. This is the second highest honor bestowed to clubs by the national office and is the highest achievement by Power Lunch Expressions since its charter in April 2007. Newly installed officers include: President – Phil Harvatine, AECOM; VP Education – Marcia Swenk, Coventry Health Care; VP Membership – John Goldhamer, AECOM; VP Public Relations – Gay Rudis, IT project consultant; Secretary – Ratha Ramasamy, Acision; Treasurer – Keech LeGrand, independent consultant; and Sargeant at Arms – Nathaniel McKinnon, AECOM. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the AECOM Innsbrook office, 4840 Cox Rd. For details, call 307-9437 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Bridget Murrell, of Glen Allen; Kim Rood, of Mechanicsville; and Ashley Kadash, of Richmond, recently became independent consultants with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Consultants offer home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients. For information about products, parties or starting your own business, visit http://www.tastefullysimple.com .
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Blair Walker, son of Daisy Henderson, of Henrico, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.75 or above. Walker is a junior majoring in biochemistry.
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George Johnson and Shannon Edwards, of Richmond, recently graduated from Eastern Mennonite University. Johnson earned a liberal arts degree and Edwards earned a communication degree.
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Rabbi Andrew Goodman recently was named University of Richmond’s first director of Jewish life and campus rabbi. Goodman will be tasked with developing a comprehensive program for students, faculty and stuff which will include a variety of religious, cultural and social expressions of Jewish life at UR. He will work with the entire Chaplaincy staff to further diversify the religious voices on campus by creating opportunities for engagement across lines of faith traditions. Goodman was formerly a senior rabbi of a congregation in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
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Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2011 semester at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Jones is a junior majoring in English and communication studies.
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Eric M. Barker, son of Karen Barker, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. Barker earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Filmmaking.
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Lauren Parker, a rising senior at Hermitage High School, recently participated in the live taping of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” as a correspondent for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) from George Mason University’s Arlington campus in Arlington, Va. WJMC is a highly competitive week-long program designed to encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in the industry. The show featured former Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine. Correspondents were selected based on their demonstrated leadership and interest in journalism and their academic excellence.
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Samuel Archer, of Richmond, recently was inducted into the Virginia Tech Delta Phi Alpha chapter of the National German Honor Society. Archer is a senior majoring in German in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Norfolk State University Board of Visitors – Thomas N. Chewning, retired executive vice president and CFO, Dominion Resources; Advisory Board on Massage Therapy – Michael Jennings Vines, owner, Escape Massage; Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Board – Bonnie Neighbor, advocacy coordinator, VOCAL, Inc.; and State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision – James M. Sisk, manager, Department of Corrections.
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

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.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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