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St. Joseph’s Villa completes new perimeter road on campus

The St. Joseph’s Villa campus has a new look – and a new traffic flow.

Villa officials announced last week that the facility had completed work on its new perimeter road around the campus, which is located on Brook Road in northern Henrico.

The perimeter road is part of a three-phase construction project designed to create a safer and more therapeutic environment for clients at the Villa. After completion of an infrastructure redevelopment project in fall 2010, work began on the new road, which carries vehicular traffic around the Villa campus. 

Now that the new road is complete, resurfacing work on many existing roads on campus is underway, while other campus roads are being converted into a new pedestrian avenue. That new avenue, which will be free of vehicular traffic, is designed as a safer way for children to travel from building to building amid fresh landscaping that will provide a more tranquil environment for learning.

“We are thrilled that we are at the point of transitioning from one construction phase to another,” said Kathleen Burke Barrett, Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Villa.  “Now that work can begin on the new pedestrian mall, we know we are getting closer to the day when the ‘new Villa campus’ will be a reality.”

The Villa’s main entrance on Brook Road is closed during work on the new phase of the project, and traffic is being diverted to the new perimeter road.

Work on the Villa’s construction projects has been funded by donors to the Believing is Seeing Campaign, which has raised more than $8.6 million toward a goal of $10 million.

Work on the roads around the Villa entrance is scheduled to take place during the next three months.  During that time, visitors to St. Joseph’s Villa can access the Villa campus (and parking lots) through the south gate (on Brook Road) and a new Parham gate (on Parham Road). 

Visitors may download driving directions from the Construction page on the Villa website, http://www.NeverStopBelieving.org/construction.htm
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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.

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