Henrico County VA

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

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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