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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.

Cemeteries: for reverence or recreation?


When the story broke recently about an uproar over an Easter egg hunt in a Norfolk cemetery, I took more than a passing interest.

You see, I spend a lot of time in a cemetery these days. My daughter Lanie is buried at Hollywood, and I visit her grave and walk the cemetery at least three times a week.

I am partial to the place -- you might even say possessive. I think of it as my cemetery, while realizing that I actually share ownership with thousands of area residents, tourists, and descendants and relatives of the interred.

Cooking for a vegetarian wanna-be

You know your 13-year-old child is truly growing up when he announces his plan to become a vegetarian, effective immediately.

“But you like meat,” I pointed out.

“True. But I don’t like the idea of eating animals.” He rubbed his belly sentimentally. “It doesn’t make me feel good.”

Apparently, meat of the porcine and bovine variety particularly bothers him. And poultry doesn’t sound too appetizing to him either. (Fish we can slaughter at will.)

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Community

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.

Traveling tapestry exhibit opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a touring exhibit from the American Tapestry Alliance during the next month and a half.

The Gumenick Family Gallery exhibition, Small Tapestry International 2: Passages, featuring small tapestries created by artists from around the world, opens Sept. 15 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 30. This is the only East Coast venue hosting this touring, biennial exhibition of the American Tapestry Alliance. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter hosts fall plant sale

Grace Harrison of the Henrico Master Gardeners' Association demonstrates vermi composting to a visitor during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's fall plant sale Sept. 17.
> Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 15
Chipotle Mexican Grill, 4930 West Broad Street – No critical violations reported and four non-critical violations reported.
Dogwood Terrace, 10300 Three Chopt Road – One critical violation reported (chicken and dumpling mixture – chicken, vegetables and gravy sauce – found in walk-in refrigerator at improper temperatures) and three non-critical violations reported. > Read more.

‘Unanswered Prayers’ to Premier Nov. 29

Unanswered Prayers, a made-for-television movie shot in the Richmond region, including several locations in Varina, will premiere on the Lifetime Television network on Monday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m.

The movie was produced by singer Garth Brooks and based on his song of the same name. The film explores the themes of marriage, family, community and second chances with love, asking, “Did I let the one I loved get away, or is she right in front of me?” > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 3
Antonio’s Pizza, 63 South Airport Drive – One critical violation reported (found quat sanitizer low in three-compartment sink) and no non-critical violations reported.
Autumn’s Custom Catering & Event Planning, 6933 Lakeside Avenue – No critical violations reported and one non-critical violation reported.
Azzurro Restaurant, 6221 River Road – No violations reported. > Read more.

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