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The University of Richmond has named seven professors as 2012 Distinguished Educators. The award recognizes excellence in teaching at the university. Those honored were: Bertram D. Ashe, associate professor of English and American studies; Henry L. Chambers Jr., professor of law; Dean Croushore, professor of economics; Jennifer Erkulwater, associate professor of political science; Lidia Radi, associate professor of Italian and French and director of the Italian Studies Program; Patricia B. Strait, associate professor of human resource management; and Thad M. Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies.

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Willie Green-Ferguson, an employee at Hermitage Enterprises, has been recognized for her excellence in service by the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs. Green-Ferguson, who lives in Eastern Henrico, has worked at Hermitage Enterprises for over 15 years. The program is operated by the Henrico County Department of Mental Health and Developmental Services. The Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs is made up of over 30 organizations across the Commonwealth who provide employment services to individuals with disabilities.

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Navy Seaman Patrick B. Ledlum recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Ledlum completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Ledlum is a 2005 graduate of Varina High School.

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Douglas Edwards, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the summer 2012 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

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The following students have enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the fall semester: Charlotte Hawkins, of Richmond; and Tae Lee and Brendan McGarry, of Glen Allen. Hawkins and Lee are majoring in biomedical engineering. McGarry is majoring in computer science.

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Bloomberg Businessweek has named Joe Hoyle, professor of accounting at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, one of America’s favorite undergraduate business professors for the second time. The magazine selected 10 professors most often mentioned as favorites by students in a recent survey. Hoyle also has been named “One of the 100 Most Influential Members of the Accounting Profession in the United States” by Accounting Today and the 2007 Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Famed for his Socratic teaching style, Hoyle has received the Distinguished Educator Award at Richmond numerous times. To read the Businessweek article, visit http://tinyurl.com/98r4awb
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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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