Great Weekend For Some Opera!

Join Ben Kwak, popular tenor from Grace & Holy Trinity’s In Love with Music concerts, along with parishioners and musicians Chase Peak, baritone, and George Pugh, pianist, for an afternoon of thrillingly beautiful and varied duets and arias from opera. The program will include works from Verdi’s Don Carlo, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Bizet’s Carmen. The Music Ministry Team will host a reception following the concert. Free parking is available behind the church and in the V.C.U. Main Street Deck at Main and Laurel. The concert will take place in the parish hall. Please invite family and friends to this exciting concert of glorious music.

An Afternoon of Tenor-Baritone Duets and Arias: Saturday, October 29 4:00 p.m.


Hollywood Cemetery Makes List of ‘Spooky Southern Cemeteries’

Garden & Gun magazine has a blog post entitled ‘Grave Matters: Spooky Southern Cemeteries’ with the line

Day or night, these six Southern cemeteries make for a memorable Halloween field trip.

Hollywood Cemetery is listed second.

The nineteenth-century burial ground is the second-most-visited cemetery in the nation, behind only Arlington National. Its 135 riverfront acres—dotted with ancient tulip poplars, bald cypresses, and black gum trees—are home to the grave sites of two presidents and thousands of Confederate soldiers.

Water Rate Issues Resonate For Fifth District Candidates

The Times Dispatch asked the 5th District City Council candidates some questions. Here’s one:

Outside of citywide concerns about schools and basic services, what is the biggest issue facing your district? How do you hope to address it?
Agelasto: We need to create good-paying jobs that are accessible to all our neighborhoods. The city can help cultivate many small entrepreneurial businesses in areas like Hull Street. Carytown has over 4,000 jobs. Let’s spread that success to other areas rather than relying on incentives to corporations.
Magruder: I plan to address the increasing water rates by first requiring the disclosure of the PILOT fee and seeking a possible legal challenge to it. I’ll also seek reductions in the base service charge for unmetered homes as it’s heavily regressive to the poor.
Sawyer: Water utility rates. City of Richmond residents pay more than surrounding counties. In 2013, we saw an increase of $1.63 per CCF of water to $3.21. Waste water changed from $2.59 per CCF to $5.82. We must reduce the service charge in line with other communities and raise the CPU of water.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. This is a good time to clear the sidewalks for Halloween trick-or-treaters.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

Click here for Halloween recycling tips.

In recycling news, Ontario cardboard recycling facility goes up in flames, while Harrisburg, PA comes up with a cool way to use recycled colored glass.

Coyote Meeting On Wednesday

Rescheduled from a previous date, there is a meeting this Wednesday for residents of central Richmond neighborhoods who are experiencing coyotes.

It takes place at the Patrick Henry School on Semmes Ave., starting at 6:30 pm. Dept Game & Inland Fisheries is hosting.

From FaceBook event page:

Join a community conversation on coyotes living in the City of Richmond. Wildlife experts will have lots of information on coyote ecology and behavior, wildlife regulations, and how to best deal with wildlife in our back yards.
Please share, with neighborhood groups, associations, and neighbors along the river and near the James River Park System. We want your questions and feedback!