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Milestones


Abby Patterson, a graduate of Henrico High School, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring term at Centre College in Danville, Ky. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average. Patterson is the daughter of Scot and Adena Patterson, of Richmond.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.: Phat D. Atran, Zachary D. Boyce, Matthew R. Brock, Alexander B. Burton, Mark A. Christian, Jr., Edward A. Coglio, William A. Coursey, Taylor Y. Dowell, Cameron L. Dunnavant, Noyan F. Erermis, Jameson A. Goodell, Edward P. Gottwald, Nicholas R. Hassell, Hayden E. Hodges, Carson N. Hogge, Stuart F. Hughes, Jacob T. Humrich, Ryan M. Jacoby, Charles T. Jenkins, Simone R. Jimenez, Gary D. LeClair, Jr., Ryan A. Lee, Donald M. Martin, Robert C. Michie, Joseph R. Porzio, William N. Potter, Paul A. Raymond, Sean P. Rogers, Jackson H. Sain, McDonald Wellford, III, Conrad K. Wharton, Jr.; Jeffrey C. Willis, Caroline D. Wortham and Andrew P. Yancey, of Richmond; and Luke W. Snead, of Henrico. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a cadet must have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

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John Hilker, of Glen Allen, will attend Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. in the fall. Hilker plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is a graduate of Deep Run High School.

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The following students graduated from Virginia Tech in May: Meliha Aljabar, Taylor Blankenship, Ethan Bramble, Kolden Buehler, Katrina Butz, Erin Chafe, Anna Dietz, Danielle Dougherty, Alecia Englehart, Sierra Freeze, Kathryn Hummel, Wynn Hunsaker, Charles Johnson, Chelsea Livingston, Kathleen Matthews, Lee McKinnon, Shelley Morgan, Savannah Reeves, Jonathan Stein, Abigail Todd, Daniel Whisler, Brooke Wright, Christina Brennan, Amber Ding, Jay Gowda, Kimberly Keesecker, Kieran Lee, Chang Liu, Steven Preskitt, Connie Tran and Robert Waldrop, of Glen Allen; Christopher Setzer, of Highland Springs; Katherine Mawyer and Jonathan Wooddy, of Sandston; Diana Kent, of Henrico; and Jennifer Walsh, Irene Gardner, Maxwell Schick, Joseph Clayton, Chelsea Duty, Cameron Simmons, Peter Smith, Idriz Aljic, Cary Allin, Mary Boteler, Emily Bowden, Kelsey Burke, Grace Cardwell, Laura Hare, Arnez Harris-Randall, Steven Hinkes, Francis Hunt, Douglas Ivey, William Kinton, Allyson McElroy, Mitchell Murray, Gary Nave, Mary Richardson, Ross Tudor, Jonathan Schmick, Casey Stoneman, Michael Anderson, Alexis Baker, Adam Bruce, Matthew Bryant, Kathryn Chakales, Emily Cothran, John Daylor, Cameron Farbotko, Elizabeth Feuerstein, Catherine Fuson, Spencer Guld, Alexander Hopkins, Adelina Jones, Stephanie Knight, Kathryn Lacy, Elizabeth LaRoe, Anna Larsen, Sara Mackenzie, Gabriel Mastromano, Matthew Mattioli, Jennifer Murphy, Alexander Norton, Matthew Peterson, Vikram Rajasekaran, Richard Rhodemyre, Anna Satterfield, Bryan Shadron, Katherine Shaia, Andrew Spicknall, Renee Valiquett, Rebecca Wayland and Ashley Dalton, of Richmond.

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The following residents have enrolled at James Madison University for the fall 2012 semester: Emily Kidd, Erin Thady, Brigitte Wendel, Ashanti Wright and Victoria Powell, of Sandston; Kayla Amico, Christopher Burnett, Pavan Gudimetta, Katey Hale, Sarah Henley, Lauren Hershey, Jonathon Robbins, Nathan Talman, Laura Dobbs, John Levy, Christian Mann, Katlin Cannon, Megan Hines, Alexander Murphy, Nathan Nichols, Garrett Parrilla, Lauren Sturgill, Nicole Walker, Rachel Basil, Patrick Willard, Conner O’Keefe, Jennifer Dawkins, Taylor Lewis, Meghan Daly, Caitlin Bramhall, Lauren Johnson, Carly Stratton, DeShondra Dandridge, Kerry Maier, Wesley Bumgarner, Alissa Good, Heather Merriman, Hayden Peterson, Erin Livingston, Zachary Carter, Scottie Smith, Kelley Berman, Carlyn Pearce, Sarah Scheid, Megan McKinley, Harrison Whitten, Kendall Perez, Amber Lincoln, Samantha Strusky, Diana Truong, George Paxton and Kerry Morgan, of Glen Allen; Rachel Fletcher and Jalyn Britton, of Henrico; and Jametra Cooper, Adrian Carpenter, Xavier Crocker, Shakear McFadden, Jake Spiro, Danielle Townes, Javionte Johnson, Virgil Phillips, Myrtle Mines, Melecio Silva, Emanuela Kusi, Marshall Mayhew, Willie Woodard, Demari Winston, Tony Jenkins, Elizabeth Fox, Mary-Venice Paciocco, Aneshia Gough, Toshima Scott, Chelsey Harvey, Amouri Howey, Kendall Rogers, Hannah Sullivan and Eunique Hamilton, of Richmond.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Advisory Board on Massage Therapy – Stephanie Quinby, of Richmond, owner of RVA Massage and Wellness; Virginia Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Fund – Dr. Vanessa S. Rakestraw, of Richmond, policy analyst with the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services; Virginia Board of Social Services – Dr. Jack Knapp, of Sandston, executive director emeritus of the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists; and Virginia Land Conservation Foundation – Herbert L. Dunford, Jr., of Henrico, associate at Martin’s Supermarkets.

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The following residents have enrolled at Western Nebraska Community College for the fall 2012 semester: Tahir Little, Quantae Cooley and Willie Mangum, IV, of Richmond. Little plans to study journalism; Cooley and Mangum have not yet declared majors.
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


For our Top 10 calendar events 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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