Plan to join the Friends for the annual Winter Solstice Celebration! Meet at the base of the footbridge on Belle Isle 12/21/14 at 5:30 pm to share an evening of cookies, cider, caroling and camaraderie beside a roaring bonfire. All are welcome!
From email announcement:
Per tradition, OHNA (Oregon Hill Neighborhood Associaiton) will be holding its monthly meeting a week early because of the holidays. We will be meeting Tuesday, December 16th at 7 pm at WBCH (William Byrd Community House).
Coinciding with 1708 Gallery’s annual InLight Richmond public exhibition of light-based art, the Community Lantern Parade will illuminate Monroe Park on Friday, Nov. 21. The community art project, curated by Denise Markonish from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, will feature performances, sculpture, large-format projections and interactive projects by artists and collectives from across the country. It will turn the five-sided park into an incandescence hub of visual activity. Best of all, along with projects by the Daily Planet, Art on Wheels and Art 180, you can bring your own lantern to join the fun. The free, family-friendly florescent festivities run from at 7 to midnight.
For more information, visit 1708 Gallery’s webpage by clicking here.
Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony 11/11/2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
We honor all veterans who served our country and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Governor Terry McAuliffe is the invited speaker. This event coincides with the signing of the WWI Armistice on November 11, 1918, with the playing of Taps at the conclusion of the ceremony. The 100th Anniversary of WWI is also commemorated. Co-hosted with the 11th District American Legion.
From Richmond.com article:
Many of us in Richmond watched the train tank cars burn as they rested precariously on the banks of the James in Lynchburg and could easily envision the same type of accident happening here in the capital city. What if a few of those highly flammable tanks dropped off the nearly three-miles long CSX Viaduct onto Brown’s Island during Friday Cheers or the Richmond Folk Festival?
The article continues:
For the next session of the General Assembly, the JRA will be pushing for stricter management and oversight and will be asking the public for support for the following issues:
-Rail transport of highly volatile Bakken crude oil from the Midwest. Crude oil by rail transport has increased 450 percent over the past five years. These trains are carrying over a million gallons of crude oil through our watershed two to five times per week. Governor McAuliffe convened a rail safety task force which will solicit input from industry stakeholders, local governments and members of the public and produce a report of recommended state and federal actions to prevent railroad accidents and ensure that Virginia is prepared as possible to keep communities safe in the case of a future incident.
-The James River watershed is home to coal ash ponds capable of holding 5 billion gallons of coal ash stretching from the headwaters to the mouth of the river. Despite being a highly toxic material, Virginia does not regulate coal ash as a solid or hazardous waste product and is not acting to stop contamination from coal ash ponds.
-The storage of the majority of chemicals in Virginia is not covered by any regulatory program. Review current industry practices and determine range of standards. Fill any gaps identified in the existing industry toxic storage policies and procedures with standards that ensure adequate safeguards and inspections for the storage of all chemicals.
According to a release, “We must learn from these events and take immediate action to protect public safety, the environment, the economy that the river supports and its recreational value. Our safety requirements and procedures need to be up to date to address current threats and to prevent a crippling event from happening in the future. Now is the time to begin the conversation on how to protect our waterways and our citizens from the threats posed by the storage and transport of hazardous materials.”
If you’d like to have your voice heard, join the forum Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial. Your James River needs you.
The Byrd House
Tuesdays 3 to 6 PM
November – April
The RENEGADE Market
Our renegaders include…
Mugsy’s Dogtown Lounge
Faith Farm Foods
The Byrd Farm / Rural Va Market
Deer Run Farm
for directions and more.
From the RPL website:
Book lovers- you’ll find thousands of hardbacks, paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, children’s books and more, at great prices at the Main Library!
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friends members only: 10:00 AM-12 Noon
Open to the public: 12 Noon-5:00 PM & 7-9:00 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2014
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
All proceeds from the Friends Book Sale benefit Richmond Public Library programs. So… support the library and shop, shop, shop:
DVDs & CDs: $1 per disc- maximum of $5 per set
Children’s books: $.50
Casettes: $.25 per cassette- up to a maximum of $2 per set
Sheet music: $.25
Great prices on special collection books! (closed Friday evening)
If you’re not a member of the Friends, and would like to shop the Friends preview sale hours, you can join at the door Friday morning.
Reminder – – VOTE on TUESDAY, November 4th
Polling location: Clarke Springs Elementary School
1101 DANCE STREET
RICHMOND, VA 23220-6112
6:00am – 7:00pm
MUST bring photo identification
Office Jurisdiction Ballot Name Party Web Site
United States Senate Statewide Ed W. Gillespie Republican http://www.edforsenate.com
United States Senate Statewide Mark R. Warner Democrat http://www.markwarnerva.com
United States Senate Statewide Robert C. Sarvis Libertarian http://www.robertsarvis.com
Member House of Representatives – 03 03 Robert C. “Bobby” Scott Democrat http://www.bobbyscottforcongress.com
Clerk of Court RICHMOND CITY Edward F. Jewett Democrat http://www.jewettforclerk.com
Clerk of Court RICHMOND CITY Emmett J. Jafari Independent Facebook: Emmett Jay For Clerk
Explanation of Proposed Constitutional Amendment
The proposed amendment would authorize the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of any surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who was killed in action, as determined by the US Department of Defense. The exemption would apply to the spouse’s principal place of residence even if the surviving spouse moves to a new principal address within the Commonwealth. The amendment does not require the surviving spouse to have been residing in the Commonwealth at the time the veteran was killed in action. The exemption would end if the spouse remarries.
A “yes” vote will make effective legislation exempting from real property taxation (real estate tax) the principal residence of the surviving spouse of any member of the US armed forces who was killed in action.
A “no” vote will leave the Constitution unchanged.
Yes – For the Measure Proponents say: 1. The exemption assists families of armed forces members who gave their lives for their country. 2. As a constitutional amendment this exemption is permanent.
No – Against the Measure Opponents say: 1. As an open-ended, unfunded mandate on localities, the governmental unit that regulates, imposes and collects the real property tax, it will reduce localities’ revenue with no compensating revenues to locally fund services. 2. A constitutional amendment does not allow any flexibilities if the Commonwealth’s financial circumstances change in the future.