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Milestones

Kenzie Ferguson, of Glen Allen, is among the 114 Marymount University undergraduate students who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders and are included in the 2013 edition of “Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Students are selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. Ferguson is majoring in fashion merchandising.

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Philip Rutledge, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Medicine – Dr. Siobhan S. Dunnavant, of Henrico, physician with OB-GYN Associates; and University of Virginia Board of Visitors – William H. Goodwin, Jr., of Richmond.

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Sophomore John Harrison Vance, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Justin T. Beck, son of Andrea R. and Douglas M. Beck, of Sandston, has earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Beck spent 13 weeks training on subjects including close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, he endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Beck is a 2009 graduate of Varina High School.

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James Jewell, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. Beck is majoring in history.

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Haley C. Chapel, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade point average and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 GPA. Chapel is majoring in theatre arts.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Hampden-Sydney College: Michael Stephen Adams, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Adams, Sr.; Connor James Crowley, son of Joseph A. and Leslie Crowley; Peter Wayne Dooley, son of Jerry and Susan Dooley; Scott M. Foster, son of Lisa P. Blake and John M. Foster; John Donald Lloyd, son of Muldrow D. Lloyd; Thomas Watkins Mountcastle, son of Quincy Dudley and Tom Mountcastle; Richard Michael Pantele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pantele; and Dalton M. Renick, son of Mark and Janice Renick. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum 3.3 grade point average.

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Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

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Chelsea Tyler, of Henrico, is a member of the 2012-13 Randolph College women’s basketball team. Tyler, a 5'5 sophomore guard, has played 12 games this season. She leads the team with 26 steals, averages 6.1 points, and is shooting 34.6 percent outside of the arc. The WildCats are currently 3-9 overall, and 1-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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Richard Low, of Hamilton Beach Products in Glen Allen, has been elected to serve as vice president of the Incentive Marketing Association board.
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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