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Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry L. Pleasant Jr., a fighter duty technician with the 682nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Field, N.C., graduated from the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn. Pleasant is the son of Jerry and Laverne Pleasant, of Richmond. The NCO Academy is a six-week course that prepares service members in the grade of E-6 to manage and lead their units. Students study curriculum in the areas of the profession of arms, leadership, and communication to build the skills they need for their current rank and to prepare for future responsibilities.

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Legal Information Network for Cancer, LINC, has named officers to its board of directors: William “Billy” H. Baxter, II, Esq. – president; William “Bill” Redd – vice president; Russ Holladay, CPA – treasurer; and Ryan A. Glasgow, Esq. – secretary. Baxter is senior counsel with Dominion Resources Services, Inc.; Redd is the senior vice president and managing director of Brandywine Realty Trust; Holladay is senior manager with Deloitte; and Glasgow is an associate with Hunton & Williams, LLP. Returning board members are Past President Mary Ann Wright, training and development facilitator; Charles Atwill, II, of Atwill Financial Consulting Group; Rob Dirom, of CB Richard Ellis; Mary Ann Hager, of Massey Cancer Center; John Mercer, of Williams Mullen; Allen Perkins, of Allen Perkins, CPA; Robert Westermann, of Hirschler Fleischer, PC; Sherry Williams Fox, of Bon Secours Richmond Health System; and Shyrell A. Reed, Esq., of LeClair Ryan, PC. LINC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ease the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing education, assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.: Chenchen Yin, James P. Atkinson, Rebecca E. Stoneman, Eric C. Albee, Michael A. Anderson, Alexis D. Baker, Morgan C. Bedsworth, Jeffrey C. Beecher, Amanda H. Bird, Kirsten L. Bischof, Kaleigh S. Blanton, Robert H. Bley, Katherine E. Brann, Adam A. Bruce, Matthew C. Bryant, Rustin W. Cashel, Kathryn M. Chakales, Daniel G. Chen, Brian R. Clark, Melissa A. Coates, Alyssa M. Connifey, Emily K. Cothran, John F. Daylor, Raymond L. Doggett, Alex J. Froelich, Erin N. Gallagher, Tess W. Gardner, Chantal J. Ghoussoub, Emily C. Gunther, Samantha A. Habib, Sarah A. Hale, Casey E. Hall, Faith C. Harvey, Courtney E. Hill, Andrew R. Hopkins, Tyler N. Huffman, Adelina L. Jones, Caroline L. Kelley, Laura B. Kenny, Bradley P. Kensinger, Kathryn A. Lacy, Rebecca A. Leaf, Heather P. Leath, David A. Lurie, Gabriel A. Mastromano, John F. Messer, Melissa K. Migliarese, Madison M. Moore, Katlyn S. Nasta, Austin J. Palmer, Roya A. Pardis, Lucas N. Parkins, Anna M. Satterfield, Bryan J. Shadron, Harrison T. Shiner, Andrew H. Spicknall, Katherine L. Spicknall, Renee M. Valiquett, Stephanie A. Walton, Suzanna C. Watkins, Kevin W. Tat, Philip Trinh, Kevin M. Cox, Ariel M. Schmidt, Jennifer H. Walsh, Irene C. Gardner, David L. Micheli, Matthew S. Moliterno, Caitlin A. Mulligan, Maxwell M. Schick, Zane W. Seals, Mitchell L. Thomas, Graham H. Wilson, Mary-Ellen Burnette, Chelsea N. Duty, Ian S. Simmons, Peter J. Smith, Cary T. Allin, Nolan J. Borzelleca, Emily C. Bowden, Jennifer K. Brigle, Kelsey E. Burke, Maria S. Coleman, Alexander A. Fraser, Steven M. Hinkes, John P. Hutchinson, Ryan B. Inge, Kristen R. Irving, Tyler P. Kastelberg, William J. Kinton, Emily E. Leister, Charles R. Lipford, Chatham G. Lovette, Allyson L. McElroy, William D. Miller, Lily R. Mochary, Alison P. Newton, Robert H. Newton, Jacob M. Peninger, Mary E. Richardson, Sean M. Ridge and Ted T. Rother, of Richmond; Scott P. Welch, Richard W. Schweikert, Andrew S. Milligan, Meredith E. Leonard, Catherine M. Lillard, Donald J. Kendall, Austin R. Hayes, Patrick M. Fitzsimmons, Nayana T. Chiluvuri, Hanna L. Brooks, Nicole N. Capriola, Erin C. Fitzgerald, Sunghee Min and William D. Strait, of Henrico; Joshua G. Carter and Katherine A. Mawyer, of Sandston; and Heather R. Clark, Brandon R. Dean, Amber A. Ding, John B. Ditrapani, Harry F. Hoffman, Rachel A. Honodel, Kieran J. Lee, Danielle R. Logan, Katherine R. McSweeney, Nicole L. Nagasawa, Alexandra L. Nowak, Jesus Ramirez, Jordan E. Ritchey, Rushi A. Shah, Taylor M. Thesing, Connie Tran, Allison E. Wheeler, Elisabeth H. Adams, Meliha K. Aljabar, Rachel D. Atkins, Robert M. Baxter, Taylor A. Blankenship, Quinn L. Brogan, Kelly R. Brubaker, Katrina L. Butz, Katelyn E. Clark, Kathryn A. Czerwonka, Anna E. Dietz, Courtney S. Dobbs, EdmundBlake T. Dosunmu, Morgan L. Eary, Jennifer S. Eisenrauch, Carmen P. Fields, Erica S. Flagg, Sierra K. Freeze, Caroline R. Gallagher, Shelley N. Gosaie, Mariellyn S. Hagy, Maureen E. Howren, Allison M. Hughes, Kathryn A. Hummel, Kevin P. Hunt, Madison G. Irwin, Christopher R. Kestle, Christine S. Lee, John D. Lohr, Blaise G. Lopez, Kathryn E. McNeal, Morgan L. Middleton, Andrew J. Morgan, Stefan C. Moritz, Phillip W. Mosberg, Evan H. Moses, Jennifer N. Nguyen, Patrick E. Nichols, Jessica B. Obeck, Jessica L. Pavlidis, Khang D. Pham, George S. Piazza, Janani Ravi, Savannah M. Reeves, Suzanne L. Rosser, Conner R. Schmitz, Brach H. Schwegman, Katherine J. Schwegman, Raees Seedat, Nakul P. Sharma, Jacob T. Smith, Jonathan J. Stein, Rachel Stein, Christina A. Swanson, Serena J. Tang, Brittany A. Tarzia, Abigail L. Todd, Benjamin A. White, Brooke L. Wright, Kaitlin L. Merriman, Christina M. Brennan, Katherine M. Broadway and Joseph R. Chirco, of Glen Allen.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Conservation and Recreation – W. Bruce Wingo, of Richmond, vice president of Norfolk Southern Corporation; Board of Housing and Community Development – Robert R. Kaplan, Jr., of Richmond, managing partner for Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC; Board of Nursing – Dr. Margaret C. Teu, of Richmond, certified nurse practitioner for Richmond City Health District; Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors – C. David Hudgins, of Richmond, director of member and external affairs for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative; and Virginia Housing Commission – Laura D. Lafayette, of Glen Allen, CEO of Richmond Association of Realtors.
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

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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