By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 10/30/2014 Education
Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.
Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013. > Read more.
‘Harry Potter’-inspired competition will attract 20 teams across Mid-Atlantic
Henrico County will host 20 college quidditch teams and almost 400 players from seven states and Washington, D.C., as they compete for the United States Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2 at Dorey Park.
In conjunction with the tournament, the Division of Recreation and Parks will present Quidditch Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. The family-friendly event will feature hands-on quidditch demonstrations, broom-making, food and other fun inspired by the “Harry Potter” book series by J.K. Rowling. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/30/2014 Henrico Business
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Fallal Grocery – leased 5,000 square feet in Broad Street Plaza at 9864 W. Broad St.; Virginia Health Care Association Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,343 square feet in Interstate Center Building C at 2112 W. Laburnum Ave.; Lumos Networks, Inc. – leased 4,168 square feet in Colonnade Building at 4050 Innslake Dr.; Fulcrum Collaborations, LLC – leased 2,756 square feet in Innsbrook Centre at 4551 Cox Rd.; and ULLC Family Services – leased 1,172 square feet in Vistas I at 5540 Falmouth St. > Read more.
Henrico Police arrested and charged a 25-year-old county man with hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license in connection with an incident that knocked out power early Monday morning along the Staples Mill Road corridor in the Near West End.
Demos Harrison Moore, of the 7000 block of Vernon Road, was charged as the driver of a 2006 Honda Pilot that was traveling westbound on Staples Mill Road at about 1:49 a.m. Oct. 28, when it veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole at the intersection with Talley Road. The contact caused a second utility pole, on the south side of Stapes Mill Road, to fall into eastbound lanes. Two vehicles traveling eastbound struck the debris in the roadway. The driver of the Honda Pilot fled before officers arrived on scene. > Read more.
The Boy Scouts of America Heart of Virginia Council's annual "Scouting for Food" food drive concludes this weekend, and scouts who dropped off grocery bags last weekend at thousands of area homes will return Nov. 1 to collect those bags that have been filled with groceries.
Residents who miss the pick-up but who still wish to donate food may take their bags of food to the purple drop boxes at any Martin's Food Market locations in the region. > Read more.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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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