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Lantz honored by Down Syndrome Association

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond recently honored Henrico resident Cynthia Lantz as DSAGR Volunteer of the Year.

Lantz has spent the past 25 years advocating for individuals with disabilities and helping families to navigate the disability maze. In addition to working as a parent advocate for the Partnership for People with Disabilities, she has served on the Henrico County Special Education Advisory Council, attended IEP meeting with parents, and assisted with the resource fair and “Life in the Community Conference.” She also helps with the annual education conference, auction, Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival. > Read more.

‘Leader in Me’ book tour to stop at Henrico school


One of the authors of a best-selling book credited with improving schools is making Henrico's Holladay Elementary School one of her stops on a 30-city book tour.

Muriel Summers, a co-author of “The Leader in Me: How Schools Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time,” will appear Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at Holladay. Five schools in Henrico County have instituted the “Leader in Me” program based on management guru Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” According program administrators FranklinCovey Education, nearly 2,000 schools in 25 countries have adopted the leadership program, and the book has sold more than 200,000 copies. > Read more.

Henrico native participates in 2014 Warrior Games


U.S. Army Sgt. Monica Southall of Henrico, a member of the Army team, throws a discus during practice at Fort Carson, Colo., for the 2014 Warrior Games, Sept. 23. More the 200 service members and veterans participated in the 2014 Warrior Games, an annual event during which wounded, ill and injured compete in various Paralympic events. > Read more.

Coal Pit Learning Center director named ‘Richmond History Maker’

The Valentine Museum and its partners will pay tribute to Dorothy S. Gallimore, director of the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen, at the 10th Annual Richmond History Makers Awards Reception Oct. 21.

"Miss Dorothy" was named one of five recipients of this year's History Makers award, which honors citizens and organizations making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. Other honorees who will be celebrated at the event include Clovia Lawrence, Richmond Cycling Corps, CARITAS and Robert (Bob) S. Argabright II.

Gallimore will be honored in the "Creating Quality Educational Opportunities" category for her success in transforming the abandoned Coal Pit School, once used to educate the families of African Americans working in the coal mines, into a preschool for children from low-income backgrounds. > Read more.

Shots from the past

Henrico commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights

More than 1,000 reenactors – and thousands more spectators – filled Runnymede in Varina today for the first day of a two-day commemoration of the Battle of New Market Heights, which took place Sept. 29-30, 1864.

The battle was a significant one because it marked the first time black soldiers had been empowered by the Union to play a significant role, and they responded by helping deliver a victory. Fourteen of the 18 Medals of Honor awarded to black soldiers during the war were given for efforts at New Market Heights.

The battle was another nail in the coffin of the Confederacy, which would surrender the following April to end the war.
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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

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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