This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after tomorrow night.
In recycling news, the United Kingdon has a new report on its recycling.(LARGE pdf)
“The report recognizes that our markets are global and intertwined and that we cannot base the export debate solely on the needs of the U.K.,” says Hetherington. “Exports are vital to the U.K.’s £5 billion (US$8.167 billion) metals recycling industry. Currently 60 percent of the recycled material processed in the U.K. is exported. This reflects the decline of our metal production industry which is a matter of regret for our members.”
Next time you see a squirrel in Monroe Park, you might want to consider their origin. A new paper in the Journal of American History covers The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States:
The urbanization of the gray squirrel in the United States between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth century was an ecological and cultural process that changed the squirrels’ ways of life, altered the urban landscape, and adjusted human understandings of nature, the city, and the boundaries of community.
Given the present ubiquity of gray squirrels, it may be difficult to believe that they have not always been common in American cities. In fact, they seem to have been entirely absent during the first half of the nineteenth century. The lack of systematic surveys before the twentieth century hinders estimates of the size of historical squirrel populations, which can fluctuate dramatically from year to year depending on food supplies, weather conditions, and other factors.
From Councilperson Parker Agelasto’s FaceBook page:
CARITAS Furniture Bank is reporting a significant shortage of sofas, chairs, linens, and pots/pans. If you have extra items in the garage or attic, please consider making a donation this holiday season to help a family in need. For VCU students, landlords, or anyone who may be moving at the end of the month, please coordinate with CARITAS to have your surplus items become more than a pile on the sidewalk or alley.
Tomorrow the Virginia War Memorial will hold a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony.
From the Times Dispatch:
The event from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday will honor Virginians and all U.S. military who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.
The ceremony is sponsored by the Richmond Council of the Navy League of the United States. The Richmond chapter’s president, Milton Owen, will speak.
The program will include laying of memorial wreaths and special tributes to Pearl Harbor survivors who’ve been invited to attend.
The attack on Pearl Harbor[nb 4] was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack led to the United States’ entry into World War II.
The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. There were simultaneous Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
There were numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action by Japan. However, the lack of any formal warning, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”.
Also, don’t forget the Christmas Parade On Broad Street tomorrow.
Over thirty people turned out yesterday evening at the William Byrd Community House for an organizational meeting of citizens opposed to the Shockoe Stadium proposal. In addition to a summary of the proposal, a listing of upcoming related dates, and much discussion, there was a preliminary presentation of alternatives to the City administration’s proposal for Shockoe Bottom development.
This contrasts with the light attendance at the Mayor’s presentation in the 7th District last night, although there was a few people opposed to the ballpark proposal at that meeting too.
Meanwhile, 5th District Councilperson Parker Agelasto, who has come out against the Shockoe stadium plan so far, has announced a meeting on Jan. 9 at George Wythe high school to discuss Shockoe Bottom development. Other City Council members have announced meetings also.
RVA Magazine recently reviewed a night at The Camel. Here’s a portion:
Beers and Banjos night features a different band every Friday, typically in the folk music genre. This week the band was Birdseye Speedwell. Birdseye Speedwell is a family band, comprised of Hannah Rucker, her parents (James and Anne Rucker), her aunt (Laura Kinnaman), and her uncle (Bruce Blizard). The family “started playing while living together locally in Oregon Hill,” but this was their first gig together in front of an audience at a venue–not that you’d notice. The band members played an array of instruments: guitars, fiddles, banjo, washboard, a bongo drum, and acabasa.
There’s a restaurant promotion in Richmond this week called RVA Nacho Taco Week 2013 and Oregon Hill’s Mojo’s is taking parting in it. From the FaceBook event page:
Mojo’s featured taco will be your choice of two out of three tacos for 5 bucks. Choose from roasted turkey taco, pulled pork taco or Philly taco.