Commonwealth’s attorney event likely to feature one candidate

A Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney candidates forum that was scheduled to occur Thursday, Oct. 27 is likely to include only one candidate after one withdrew and another said he had never been invited.

The event was billed as a debate by officials with Republican nominee Matt Geary's campaign, but independent candidate Bill Janis said he never received an invitation to the event and had only learned of it through an e-mail press release that arrived at 2:34 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.

“No one associated with the Janis campaign was ever contacted about or invited to an alleged debate," Janis spokesman Ray Allen said in a press release. "Period.  We received the same press release that members of the media received from Mr. Geary’s campaign announcing his so-called debate.  If one reads the release closely he admits in the release that they never talked to or communicated with us in any way."

Democratic nominee Shannon Taylor originally had said she would participate but late this afternoon announced she was backing out after learning that Janis had not been invited. In a press release, Taylor said that she had told Geary to invite Janis and herself in a formal fashion.

“I have the series of text message exchanges between Matt Geary and me all the way back on October 17 in the early morning where I informed him, in no uncertain terms, to make sure an invite was extended to Mr. Janis and documented," Taylor said in the release. "Moreover, two days later, on October 19, in response to a text from Mr. Geary outlining logistics for a debate, I explicitly texted him to please write a letter to both of us so I can respond to both of you. I am dismayed and disappointed that my advice was apparently not taken."

Citizen Publisher Tom Lappas was scheduled to moderate the event, but also withdrew after learning that Janis apparently had not received an invitation.

In Taylor's release, she suggested that the three candidates work together to find an agreeable time to hold a forum or debate prior to the Nov. 8 election.

"The citizens of Henrico deserve to hear from all three candidates," Taylor said. "Keeping Henrico citizens safe is a very important responsibility and the residents of Henrico should get to hear from all three candidates before they go to the polls to make their decision. “

Geary still intends to appear at the event, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room at the western government center, and answer the five questions that Lappas had prepared to pose to each candidate.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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