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The Citizen at 13


Thirteen years ago tomorrow, the Henrico Citizen published its first print edition. It was nine days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and in retrospect, probably the absolute worst time to start a business of any type.

Of course, I hadn’t planned to launch the Citizen nine days after unimaginable national tragedy. The truth is, I never expected to own a newspaper, or any other business for that matter – much less to start one from scratch.

But the simultaneous beauty and uncertainty of life – for better or worse – is that there are some things you simply don't plan for.

Peeling off the labels

We live in a society that increasingly seems to demand that all actions, thoughts, beliefs and individuals be labeled in no uncertain terms, one way or another.

It wasn’t always this way. What changed? When did we become so dependent upon – and determined to identify – finite labels for everything and everyone? It’s truly not our best look. And not the healthiest way to exist.

A messy food fight

Ten people were arrested yesterday on Mechanicsville Turnpike in Henrico County while protesting working conditions for fast-food industry employees. The arrests were among more than 700 nationwide as part of a movement called “Fight for $15” designed to call attention to the issue, as workers seek improved conditions, the right to unionize and $15-per-hour wages.

Unfortunately, the method by which they chose to make their point was as misguided as their key demand.

Let’s all go back to school

School will be back in session in Henrico County and throughout Metro Richmond on Tuesday, which apparently means that not only has summer started, but now it’s also over.

That was fast.

The public school system is a source of pride in Henrico and should be. It’s one of the best in the state by many measurements. But it’s not perfect – no system is.

The death of a journalist

I didn’t know James Foley, the American journalist who was brutally executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) this week.

I had not read any of his coverage from Syria, where more than 170,000 people have been killed in a brutal Civil War. I had not watched any of his video reports from Afghanistan, where he was embedded with US troops during combat, or from Libya, where he spent 44 days in captivity after being taken by troops loyal to dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

I didn’t know James Foley, but I do know one of his cousins.

Henrico supervisors erred in reviving public prayer

Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors recently resumed its practice of permitting religious leaders to engage in a moment of public prayer prior to its twice-monthly public meetings.

This is an unfortunate mistake – and one that is surprising, given Henrico’s progressive nature.

The board reintroduced the invocation practice – which it had eliminated in 2012 and replaced with a moment of silence – following the U.S. Supreme Court’s May decision that the Town Board of Greece, N.Y. was not violating the Constitution by allowing similar prayer offerings prior to its public meetings.

Letters to the Editor – Aug. 14, 2014

Not everyone thrilled about Capital Trail construction

I enjoy reading your paper but was taken back by the article in a recent issue, "Capital Trail taking shape in Varina," by Eileen Mellon.

Lessons in parenting (Year One)

My son turned one year old Wednesday.

This means that I can officially join the legions of parents everywhere who say (and truly mean) 'It goes so fast.'

By “it,” of course, I am referring to “money for diapers,” though it’s fair to say that it also could apply to time.

Henrico County: Hardball hotbed

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline spurred a flurry of moves yesterday, as contending teams made deals to improve their chances of making the playoffs and, ultimately, winning the World Series.

Here at home, Henrico County officials were busy making a baseball-related move earlier this week, too, but in their case it was an extension rather than a new acquisition.

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Community

Local recyclers rewarded for efforts

Eighteen local recyclers – including two from Henrico County – won prizes from the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) in celebration of the America Recycles Day 2011, a national awareness campaign that celebrates the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps to raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year. > Read more.

Safe Harbor launches new website Dec. 7

Safe Harbor will celebrate the launch of its new website and social media on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Grill, 301 N. Robinson St. A percentage of sales will benefit Safe Harbor. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

“Hunt for Henrico History” scheduled for Nov. 5 at Eastern Henrico Rec Center

Henrico County’s 400th anniversary celebration will turn the spotlight onto community and family history at the “Hunt for Henrico History,” set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. “Hunt for Henrico History” will explore the county’s diverse history through living-history presentations and historical displays highlighting neighborhoods, schools, churches and civic organizations. > Read more.

Program on Pocahontas, Rocke Hall at Henricus Nov. 5

Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. in Chester, will present “Pocahontas, Rocke Hall and the Powhatan People” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. The program will feature Rocke Hall, home to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, who tutored Pocahontas at Henricus. The life of Pocahontas at Henricus will also be examined at the event, as well as the significant impact neighboring Virginia Indians had on the English colonists. > Read more.

Headless Horseman returns to West Broad Village Oct. 29

West Broad Village: The Headless Horseman Returns, a free and family-friendly event featuring Halloween-themed performers, candy and children’s games, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at West Broad Village in Short Pump. > Read more.

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