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.
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
But animated South African film has its moments
You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
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