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VDOT public information meeting on Springfield Road planned for Dec. 13

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13 to gather the community’s input regarding the two mile stretch of Springfield Road (Route 157) between Nuckols Road and Staples Mill Road in Henrico County prior to beginning an improvement study. This study will determine whether cost-effective improvements can be made to the existing road to improve safety and reduce congestion or if a new, alternate roadway should be constructed.

The meeting will be held in an open house format at Glen Allen High School located at 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This flexible format allows participants to arrive when their schedule permits. No formal presentation will be given.

Individuals are encouraged to submit their comments about Springfield Road in person, online, by email or by standard mail. Comments must be received by Dec. 23 to be included in the public meeting transcript.

In person – Attend the public meeting December 13 and give your written or oral comments at the meeting.
Online – Fill out the comment form on the project website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/springfield_road_study.asp
Email – Email comments to the project manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Standard mail – Fill out the comment form and mail it to VDOT, ATTN: Alex Owsiak, 2430 Pine Forest Drive, Colonial Heights, VA 23834-9002.

Following the comment period, the engineering consultant firm performing the study will compile the comments received and use the information to determine what safety and congestion improvements the community feels are needed along the Springfield Road corridor. The study is anticipated to be completed in fall 2012. VDOT will hold additional public meetings regarding any costs or community impacts for this project once a preliminary roadway design is developed.
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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