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School Briefs – Holman Middle School

Sept. 7 was the first day on the job for Holman Middle School. Hundreds of kids piled in as the anxiety-ridden first day began. However, the weeks have run on, and people have started to create friendships, even though we are all from different schools. The schools that filtered into Holman (Hungary Creek Middle, Short Pump Middle, and several elementary schools) have all gotten along and grown together. As Dr. Fellows has said, “The tradition of excellence begins now.”

I think it certainly has begun, from the LEED construction of our school that is environmentally friendly, to the kids’ favorite, a slushie machine at lunch. Another thing that makes our new school stand out is the Promethean boards that have been placed in every classroom. These boards make it so kids can write on the board while the screen is projecting a worksheet from the teachers’ computer, and linking to devices such as document cameras and interactive student devices. Also the boards can perform simple tasks, like playing movies. The fall athletics have also been a smashing hit, with the soccer, football, and tennis teams all earning winning records so far. Many new clubs have been introduced such as the Rubik’s Cube Club, Peer Helpers Club, and Teaching Tolerance Club.

However, at the end of the day, besides the academics and extra activities, we all are beginning to be one big happy family. We all hated to leave behind an old school, but it was certainly for the best as “The Tradition of Excellence” has certainly begun.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

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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