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.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.
Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.
While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > 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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