Board of Supervisors - Tuckahoe District
PAT O'BANNON, REPUBLICAN
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? I listen to the residents, I try my best to accomplish what they want, and I keep my promises. I only promise what I can deliver. My motto: “First you listen, then you read. Next you think, then you lead.”
2. What will be your top focus if elected? Henrico County will maintain our conservative fiscal course. First and foremost, Henrico’s “Ship-of-State” must be kept on an even keel, financially. When the United States Government’s credit rating fell, Henrico re-presented our case to the rating agencies, and they renewed Henrico’s triple, triple-A credit rating because of our solid financial policies. This means Henrico’s ship is in good shape to weather this financial “storm.”
3. What is the most critical issue: 1) facing your district? 2) facing the county as a whole? How do you propose to address these? The most critical issues facing the Tuckahoe District are: the need to help small businesses, the financing of work on traffic problems at Parham and Patterson, and financing fixes to various persistent drainage problems. How to address these issues? With our 400th Commemoration activities, Henrico County began working on an initiative to expand tourism in the county. This should bring people into the county who wish to spend money with area businesses. Road improvement plans for the Parham-Patterson intersection have been re-worked, making it financially possible, helping to move the project forward. One of the most critical issues facing the county and our region as a whole concerns our ability for all fire, police and other emergency departments to be able to communicate over one compatible system, maintaining the needed frequencies/channels.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? Residents’ voices will continue to be heard at my town meetings. I will continue to be available by telephone, e-mail, Facebook and whatever other methods of communication are available, just as I have been in the past.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? Most weekends, I am working with constituents or attending constituent events. When I have a day off, I love refinishing old furniture or restoring antiques -- a green way to recycle.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? I am a member of my Neighborhood Civic Association, the Richmond Academy of Medicine Alliance, the Virginia Government Communicators, and my church, River Road Baptist.
7. Additional information: My husband John and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this year.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/30/2015
Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.
“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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CalendarTwin Hickory Library will host a discussion of the All Henrico Reads book, “Silver Sparrow,” by Tayari Jones at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/ahr Full text