Henrico County News
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.
The national Council on Accreditation (COA) has presented St. Joseph's Villa with the 2013 Innovative Practices Award, honoring the performance and quality improvement of its Flagler Housing & Homeless Services. Its case study submission about Flagler's multi-year transition to rapid re-housing and resulting outcomes was one of two selected winners in the nation. Flagler expects to serve more than 300 households (approximately 800 individuals) in the Richmond and Tri-Cities areas this year. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013 Government
Henrico County officials hope to implement the county's new meals tax by May 1, 2014, pending Board of Supervisors approval of a new ordinance outlining the tax. Voters authorized the tax in a Nov. 5 vote. The Citizen first reported the May 1 date on Nov. 6.
The board is expected to receive a proposed ordinance establishing the parameters for what purchases would be taxed and hold a public hearing in the coming weeks. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013 Non-Profits
The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition has qualified as a nonprofit charitable organization under the federal tax code, which will help it play a greater role in reducing substance abuse and other risky behaviors among youth.
The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition received its 501(c)(3) designation in July, making the organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/02/2013 Business
Macy's Richmond officially kicked off its sixth annual “Believe” campaign benefiting Make-a-Wish with a launch event at the Short Pump Town Center store Nov. 8. Attended by Make-A-Wish volunteers and Wish Kids with life-threatening illnesses, the event included visits from the Richmond Raiders and Lady Raiders and the opportunity for children to write letters to Santa and drop them into the red Santa Mail letterboxes. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/02/2013 Business
The Richmond Stake Relief Society, a women’s group from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, made and delivered hundreds of toys, baby hats, blankets and gift bags to St. Mary’s Hospital’s Pediatrics program in November. The group chose St. Mary's because many of its members either had their babies at St. Mary’s or had a child hospitalized there. In all, the donations totaled 860 items, including hand-cut and painted wooden toys, knitted and crocheted baby caps, flannel receiving blankets, quilts and drawstring bags. > Read more.
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Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 10/24/2013
Christmas Mothers from decades past gathered at the Deep Run Recreation Center Oct. 7 to prepare for their holiday activities and honor 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother Harriet Long. A retired Henrico County math teacher and long-time volunteer with the program, Long (pictured, bottom row, center, in red blazer) also is a product of Henrico County schools, having attended Lakeside E.S. and graduated from Hermitage H.S. > Read more.
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its seventh annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Shops at White Oak Village in Eastern Henrico.
The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a newly expanded free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome. > Read more.
The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.
Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
Local theatre is in full swing this weekend – check out Henrico Theatre Company, Henley Street Theatre and Deep Run High School. Also, get your shopping shoes on for holiday gifts! Local artisans will be at Hermitage High School and St. John’s Catholic Church on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Staff, selection impress at Short Pump’s Tazza Kitchen
Before I am comfortable writing a review of a restaurant, I like to visit it twice. Invariably, I find that differences in the timing of a visit can result in vastly different experiences.
Even though I may find a place appealing the first time around, it frequently disappoints me the next time. And if I don't care for a place on the first try, I think it deserves a chance to redeem itself – which it almost always does.
Tazza Kitchen is that rare restaurant that had me at hello, at the getting-to-know-you stage, and at goodbye after both my visits. And trust me, there will be more visits to come. > Read more.
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