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Let’s all go back to school

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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.

Henrico’s grocery wars

By the time you finish reading this column, another grocer will have announced plans to open a new store in Henrico County.

Ok, maybe not quite. But doesn’t it feel that way?

Since last fall:
• Kroger has opened its newest “superstore” on Staples Mill Road at Hungary Spring Road;

Would you like extra tax with that?

Are you paying too much when you buy food or drinks in Henrico County?

Maybe.

Some Henrico consumers have been charged the county’s new 4-percent meals tax on items that shouldn’t have been taxed. Beverages purchased by themselves, for example, are not taxable under the new ordinance, which took effect June 1.

Justice unserved

A 23-year-old mother whose negligence caused the deaths of her two young children last year is a free woman, thanks to an unconscionable decision by a Henrico judge last week.

Judge Gary Hicks decided that 72 days in jail last year was enough for Chester resident Brittney Downing, who intentionally left her three-month-old daughter and 20-month-old son in her car last May, while she worked an eight-hour job at the Comfort Suites hotel at Virginia Center in Glen Allen.

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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.

Girls in foster care meet princess

Twenty young girls in foster care under Henrico County’s Department of Social Services came to the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond Centerstage hoping to meet a Disney princess, and left with new-found friends.

The forum, There is a Princess Tiana in all of Us, was put together by Feld Entertainment and the Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show that played at the Richmond Coliseum in September. The girls worked on creating their own tiaras, then enjoyed a visit with Princess Tiana and conversation and encouragement from local successful women. > Read more.

Cure by Design celebrates cancer survivors

Among the surprise celebrity appearances at the Sept. 24 Cure by Design Fashion Show was one by top male model Brad Kroenig (pictured with Sydney Page and First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell, the honorary chair for the event).

Governor Bob McDonnell also dropped in to join his wife at the gala, which was held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, while national designer Alex Garfield drummed up bids for the live auction.

The event centered around a fashion show featuring nearly 50 local cancer survivors as models. Following the fashion show, the traditional champagne toast and birthday reception was held to honor survivors, who posed with family and friends and celebrated “A World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays.” > Read more.

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Entertainment

2011 Virginia Winery Guide available

The 2011 Virginia Winery Guide, produced by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office, is now available to the public. The guide includes information about all 190 wineries in the state, as well as a detailed driving map of the state and wineries. The listings include the location, hours, directions and contact information for each winery. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared in recent health inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Kenya Safari Acrobats to perform at CACGA

The Kenya Safari Acrobats – a high-spirited troupe from Africa – will perform twice at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Thursday, Feb. 3. Shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The group promotes African circus entertainment throughout the world. (Africa is being recognized internationally as the birthplace of the circus.) > Read more.

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