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Milestones

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Capitol Square Preservation Council – G. William Greer, of Richmond; Center for Rural Virginia – Dr. Keith Miller, president of Virginia State University; E-911 Services Board – Chief Douglas A. Middleton, chief of police, Henrico County; State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board – Dr. Robin Foster, Division Chairman of Pediatric Emergency Services, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System; and Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners – Frank E. Laughon, Jr., chairman emeritus, Richmond Cold Storage; John N. Pullen – president and chief growth officer, Luck Stone Corporation, and Robert M. Stanton, Chairman, Stanton Partners, Inc.
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Elizabeth Levy, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list with honors for the spring 2011 semester at The College at Brockport, State University of New York in Brockport, N.Y. To be eligible for the Dean’s List with Honors, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.70-3.99.
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Ethan Bradley Howes, son of Anita Ramsey and Thurston Howes; and Rebecca Simon Walker, daughter of Thomas and Roslyn Walker, recently graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, Va. Howes earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and is a graduate of Hermitage High School. Walker earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal High School.
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Carolyn Hall, of Glen Allen, was recently recognized by lia sophia, a direct seller of fashion jewelry, as the 2010-2011 top achiever. This prestigious award honors Hall for outstanding achievement in areas such as sales and recruiting.
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Marine Corps John E. Larsen recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, N.C. During the five-week course, Larsen received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. He also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques. Larsen joined the Marine Corps Reserve in April 2010.
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Tiarra Brown, of Varina High School; Gates Deppner and Matthew Tyson, of Douglas Freeman High School; and Annie Weidhaas, of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, were four of twelve students who recently completed the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virginia High School Journalism Workshop, a two-week program sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and the Virginia Press Association. The workshop was highlighted by a variety of acclaimed guest speakers and volunteers, including Emmy award-winning journalists and well-versed local editors, many of whom are VCU professors and/or alumni. A majority of the students’ time was spent playing the role of adept journalists from research, interviewing experts and participating in a press conference. The Virginia High School Journalism Workshop started as a diversity outreach program in 1984. For details, e-mail Mary Ann Owens at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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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