Citizen Staff Reports 04/26/11
Henrico County officials are urging disabled American veterans who own their principal residence in the county to apply for a recently implemented real estate tax exemption.
Virginia voters adopted a constitutional amendment in the general election last November directing the General Assembly to provide a tax exemption for a disabled veteran’s principal residence and the land it occupies.
The exemption became effective for tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2011.
To qualify, a veteran must have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent and total disability, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The exemption:
• applies to the principal residence and its land, up to a maximum of 10 acres;
• applies to the veteran or surviving spouse, if the veteran’s death occurs on or after Jan. 1, 2011;
• does not require annual refiling.
Unlike Henrico’s Real Estate Advantage Program, there are no income or financial requirements for disabled veterans seeking the tax exemption, Revenue Division Director Ed Trice said.
In addition, there is no cap to the amount of relief they will receive.
For details or a veterans exemption application, contact Henrico’s Revenue Division at 501-4263 or visit http://www.co.henrico.va.us/finance and follow the link for “Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption.”
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. 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.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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