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Emily Mounce, Neal Moriconi, Akash Jain, Eric Clark and Robyn Abernathy of Richmond and Melissa Limbaugh of Glen Allen have gained membership to the Marching Virginians of Virginia Tech. To qualify for the marching band students must audition one week before the beginning of classes each fall.

Commonly known as The Spirit of Tech, Virginia Tech’s marching band is in its 37th year. Founded in 1974, The Marching Virginians have performed for hundreds of nationally televised football games and parades.

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Michael C. Leopold, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, recently received a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar-Award for 2010. The award provides Leopold with $60,000 to spend over five years in support of his research assisted by Richmond undergraduates. Fewer than 10 of the awards are made annually by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc.

Leopold studies nanomaterials in the environment, work that is at the junction of materials science and bioanalytical chemistry. He is particularly interested in the interactions between synthetic nanomaterials and biomolecules.

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The Home Building Association of Richmond recently appointed the following new officers: president – David Owen of Boone Homes; vice president (builder) – Ollin Toler of Gumenick Properties; vice president (associate) – Skip Eastman of iLevel by Weyerhaeuser; treasurer – David Fahy of Village Bank; at-large builder on executive committee – Sarah Kellam of Homeplaces; at-large builder on executive committee – Rob Lanphear of Ryan Homes; at-large associate on executive committee – Brandon Beswick of C&F Mortgage; past president representative – Eddie Goode of Colonial; executive committee – Homecrafters; immediate past president – Kevin McNulty of Lifestyle Builders & Developers.

New board members for the Home Building Association of Richmond are Kirk Aikey of Aikey Construction; Jeremy Harring of Harring Construction; Doug Jones, CPA of B2B CFO and Dave Smith of Thalhimer.

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Virginia's Division of Capitol Police promoted four police officers, including two Henrico residents, at a ceremony earlier this week. Thomas Hickey was promoted to the position of lieutenant, special operations and Jesse Gilliam was promoted to the position of shift sergeant, daily shift.

Hickey has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience with DCP. His new duties consist of managing the day-to-day operations of Investigations, administrative oversight and coordination of the Critical Incident Team and the Crowd Response Teams, development of the Division’s operations plans for special events and intelligence.

Gilliam has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience.  His new duties involve supervising patrolmen assigned and daily operations of the day shift. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a helicopter aircrewman and undersea acoustic analyst. 

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Shelly Shuman-Johnson of Chesterfield to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. Shuman-Johnson is the director of the Henrico County Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

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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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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.

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