Six veterans earn Congressional medals
Six distinguished veterans from the 7th U.S. Congressional District – including one Henrico resident – received the 2011 Congressional Veteran Commendation from U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor last month during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. The CVC was created in 2002 to honor local veterans and preserve their testimonies of service and sacrifice for future generations.
Among the recipients was Henrico resident Sgt. Cecil M. Mayton, U.S. Army (retired). Mayton served from 1969 to 1975 and spent time in Vietnam. He was a member of Company “E,” 2nd Battalion (AirMobile) 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and the 1st Air Cavalry Division. For his service, Mayton earned a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal and a letter of appreciation from his commanding officer for his service within a recon platoon while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.
“I was proud to present the Congressional Veteran Commendation to six remarkable individuals in recognition of their extraordinary military service," Cantor said. "These brave men served our country with distinction and dedicated their lives to defending our freedom. We are forever grateful for their service and also thankful to their families for the sacrifices they have made over the years. As part of this award, each honoree's story will be made part of the Veterans
History Project at the Library of Congress and preserved for generations to come.”
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.
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.
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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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.
‘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.
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