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Tornado relief donations being accepted

State adds $600k to fund for Virginia victims
Virginia officials have added $600,000 in anticipated state agency savings toward a fund for Virginians who were affected by severe weather and tornadoes that struck last month. The money is the latest addition to a fund Gov. Bob McDonnell governor recently established to collect donations from companies, non-profit organizations, volunteer organizations, faith-based groups and residents.

The state contribution and all donated money will go toward the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund. Charitable organizations and faith-based groups can request resources from this fund for specific cases that will assist individuals to recover from the April severe weather. Long-Term Recovery Groups (local government and voluntary group partnerships) established in the hardest hit communities can also apply for funds.

Local officials will validate each request and then submit them to a management committee of technical experts for review. Members of the committee include representatives from the Virginia departments of Emergency Management, Housing and Community Development and Social Services, as well as Virginia Voluntary Organizations active in disasters.

Citizens, businesses and nonprofits also may donate to the fund through one of two methods: online at http://disasterrelief.vi.virginia.gov/ or by checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Tornado Relief” noted in the memo line, sent to Comptroller’s Office, P.O. Box 1971, Richmond, VA 23218-1971. All donations are tax deductible.

The website provides information about the program and how money will be distributed.

“Volunteer groups have been on the ground helping their neighbors since the first storm hit. My sincere gratitude goes out to all who have given their time and resources to assist those impacted by these storms,” said McDonnell. “Virginians care about one another and that giving nature has been very apparent over the past few weeks as people from all over help the communities and individuals impacted by April’s storms and tornados. There is much work left to be done and more resources are needed in order to rebuild. I ask that citizens and businesses lend their support to those in need. This state funding, along with money raised through donations, will provide needed aid to those who are putting their lives back together after these severe storms.”

Virginia has appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of federal assistance to Virginia for the April storms. If federal assistance ultimately is approved, the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund will remain available to help fulfill unmet needs.
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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