By James K. Galloway, VCU Capital News Service 12/12/2013 Government
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he would push for greater transparency and ethics reforms in state government.
McAuliffe spoke to a roomful of journalists after a panel discussion on political journalism ethics and political finance and gift-disclosure organized by the Associated Press.
The Northern Virginia businessman said he “would be inclined” to “issue an executive order” to waive the fees currently charged to citizens and journalists requesting government documents under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/10/2013 Henrico Government
Henrico County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club launched on June 3. All ages from pre-readers and up are welcome to sign up with their library card online or at their local library. All who sign up get a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Icedream cone. And all participants who finish their reading goal are entered into a grand prize drawing for iPad minis and gift cards to Jumpology Trampoline Arena or local restaurants. Visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/src to sign up or for more details about prizes and how the club works. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 06/07/2013 Henrico Business
The Senior Center of Greater Richmond celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house May 15 at the new headquarters at 2101 Maywill Street. Among the officials helping to cut the ribbon were, from left, Dick Glover, Brookland District representative to the Henrico Board of Supervisors; Sam Patterson, 7th District Richmond City Council liaison; Francine Barr, vice president, Bon Secours Health System Richmond; Marilyn H. West, chairman of the board; and Lynda Sharp Anderson, executive director. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/06/2013 Henrico Government
Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (Henrico CASA) was recently named one of nine winners of the 2013 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The awards ceremony, recognizing individuals and organizations for volunteer efforts that contribute to the life and welfare of citizens throughout the Commonwealth, was held June 6 at Hunton &Williams LLP. > Read more.
United Restaurant Group, owner of the six Richmond area TGIFriday’s locations, recently presented Henrico-based Safe Harbor with a check for $3,000 connected to a Mother’s Day promotion sponsored by Summit Media group. TGIFriday’s donated $1 from each dessert sold the week of Mother’s Day to Safe Harbor.
Local radio stations owned by Summit Media group — K95, Rock 96.5, Hot 100.9 and 103.7 the River — honored single moms in the Richmond area as identified by their listeners. > Read more.
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In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Disney has spent the past few years in search of that certain something; that ‘Disney Magic.’ It’s been a slow process. From The Princess and the Frog to Tangled to Wreck-it Ralph, the studio took slow steps, welcoming its princesses and fairy tales and musical numbers back into the fold. Every film was an improvement on the last, but none of them had anywhere near the charm or lasting appeal of the early ‘90s highs of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in eastern Henrico! The Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Elf” and the Concert Ballet of Virginia will perform a shortened version of “The Nutcracker” at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. On Sunday the North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Fire Station #3. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
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