Monday, October 31, 2011

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Monday, 31 October 2011
You’ve got talent, right? It’s time to show it off! Musicians, comedians, dancers, singers, impressionists, jugglers and magicians are all invited to audition for Williamsburg’s Got Talent tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 1. Sign up now! Click here to register. The top 10 acts will appear in Williamsburg’s Got Talent in front of a live audience on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Colonial Heritage.
TODAY'S HEADLINES
Candidates Reluctant to Talk About Underfunded State Pension System


York Notebook: Meeting on Aqua-Agriculture, Halloween Hours, History Hunt and More


WJCC to Host Strategic Planning Forum Nov. 7


City Creatives Share Space Needs at Workshop

Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Saturday, 29 October 2011
You’ve got talent, right? It’s time to show it off! Musicians, comedians, dancers, singers, impressionists, jugglers and magicians are all invited to audition for Williamsburg’s Got Talent either today, October 29, or Tuesday, November 1. Sign up now! Click here to register. The top 10 acts will appear in Williamsburg’s Got Talent in front of a live audience on Saturday, November 19 at Colonial Heritage, an event that will benefit the nonprofit Williamsburg Land Conservancy.
TODAY'S HEADLINES
York Rallies From 21 Down in Fourth Quarter to Stun Lafayette in Battle of District Unbeatens


Local Author Criticizes Portrayal of Nat Turner in Education


WM Alum Donates $3 Million to Mason School


Candidate Q&A: Tommy Norment, 3rd District Senate

Friday, October 28, 2011

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Friday, 28 October 2011
An Oyster Roast to beat breast cancer - Join the Iron-Bound Gym family and fight the battle against breast cancer! Plan to attend Oyster Roast PLUS this Saturday, October 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Nettles Creek Farm off Jolly Pond Road in James City County. Your $30 ticket includes oysters, clams, Brunswick stew, BBQ pork, beer, wine and more. Enjoy live music by Me & Jo, hay rides, games and lots of fun. Children 12 and under are admitted for free, and all proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Beyond Boobs. Click here to buy your tickets online or stop by the gym at 4325 New Town Avenue.
TODAY'S HEADLINES
Abbott, Watson Debate at League Forum


Cross Country: York’s Little, New Kent’s Eudaily crowned Bay Rivers Champions; Lafayette Boys, Grafton Girls Take Team Honors


Wusk, Tabb Rally in Second Half to Beat Grafton in Bay Rivers Tournament Championship


Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Thursday, 27 October 2011
An Oyster Roast to beat breast cancer - Join the Iron-Bound Gym family and fight the battle against breast cancer!  Plan to attend Oyster Roast PLUS this Saturday, October 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Nettles Creek Farm off Jolly Pond Road in James City County.  Your $30 ticket includes oysters, clams, Brunswick stew, BBQ pork, beer, wine and more. Enjoy live music by Me & Jo, hay rides, games and lots of fun. Children 12 and under are admitted for free, and all proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Beyond Boobs. Click here to buy your tickets online or stop by the gym at 4325 New Town Avenue.
TODAY'S HEADLINES
Garrett Submits Revised Oyster Farm Plan


JCC Berkeley Candidates Square Off in Debate


JCC Police Make Arrest in 2 Bank Robberies


Candidate Q&A: John Miller, 1st District Senate

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

[Peninsula-Patriots] FW: Online petition opposing anti-property rights Zoning changes in York County



This petition is about property rights but  I see that change. Org is trying to sneak their liberal agenda in there too   by adding other petitions be careful !  

Dorothy



From: dorothy [mailto:dorothy@waterproinc.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 9:31 AM
To: 'Peninsula-Patriots-list@meetup.com'; 'catesby@mindspring.com'
Subject: FW: Online petition opposing anti-property rights Zoning changes in York County

Good morning Patriots,

Please sign petition and forward on.  


Thank you

D



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Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 8:00 AM
To: Dorothy@waterproinc.com; sadler1022@cox.net; triciastall@cox.net
Subject: Online petition opposing anti-property rights Zoning changes in York County

Ladies,
Please help us in York County...

Property rights in York County are under attack.

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Live radio show tonight - Head over to Buffalo Wild Wings in New Town this evening for a live radio broadcast, the inside scoop on Tribe football and great door prizes. All are invited to the Chesapeake Bank Jimmye Laycock Show, featuring the Tribe head coach and broadcaster Jay Colley, who will talk about last week's homecoming game against Towson and what's ahead for the Tribe, who are off this weekend. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m., including music from 92.3FM The Tide and door prizes from local businesses, including free rounds of golf from Williamsburg National, car washes from Buggy Bathe, tickets to the Virginia Symphony and a one-month membership to Iron-Bound Gym. Bring the kids - Buffalo Wild Wings has a $1.99 kids' menu for the show - and tailgate with us. Can't make it? Tune in to 92.3FM The Tide or 107.9 BACHfm or click here to listen to the show online.
TODAY'S HEADLINES
Jolly Pond Road Could Reopen By February


BRD Field Hockey: Tabb, Grafton Prevail in District Tournament Semis, to Meet (Again) in Championship


Monday, October 24, 2011

News from York County


Agriculture/Aquaculture zoning planning committee to meet Nov. 3

October 24, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The York County Planning Commission's ad hoc committee established to review proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendments pertaining to agriculture and aquaculture uses will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at 5 p.m. in the East Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown. 

The proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendments dealing with agriculture and aquaculture can be downloaded from the York County Planning Commission website at www.yorkcounty.gov/planning.

Copies are also available for review at the Planning Division office, which is located in the Administration Building, 224 Ballard Street, Yorktown. For additional information, please contact the Planning Division at (757) 890-3404 or by email at planning@yorkcounty.gov.

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Head Start teacher Michelle Lawrence recognized for 20 yrs of service

October 24, 2011

FOR RELEASE AT WILL

In the attached picture, Board of Supervisors' Chairman George Hrichak congratulates Head Start Teacher Michelle Lawrence on her 20 years of service with York County.

Lawrence started working for the county at the Griffin Yeates early learning center in October 1991. In 1992, Lawrence was instrumental in opening the center's satellite location at Tabb Elementary School, and she has subsequently been teaching young children at this site for 19 years.

In her current position of Teacher II, Lawrence prepares children in a holistic manner socially, personally, physically and intellectually. She has helped families understand that they are the most important people in their child's education and helped them to understand that they are the primary stewards of their child's school readiness.

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Senior Center Announces November Programs

October 24, 2011

FOR RELEASE AT WILL

A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in November.

Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age. The center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed all county holidays. 

Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807. For more information, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/communityservices.

Health Day, "Medicare Check-up" Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 12:45 p.m. Each year Medicare Part D Plans may have cost and coverage changes, so it is important that you review your plan during the open enrollment period that began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. Lisa Walker with the Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program will give an overview of 2012 changes and answer your questions on Medicare and Medicare Part D. She will also discuss benefit programs you may be eligible for to help pay Medicare deductibles and premiums. The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) is a free program that assists consumers with medical benefit issues with Medicare, Medicaid, medical bill paying and long-term care insurance. For more information and to register, call the Senior Center at 898-3807.

Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful cards and assists you with your scrapbook. These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards. For more information and to register, please call 898-3807 by Nov. 10.

AARP Driver Safety Program, Nov. 14 & Nov. 15. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Nov. 14 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is now $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members. Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone, or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.

Culture Day, "The Werowocomoco Site : An Archaeological Perspective," Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.  Archaeologists and Co-Directors of the Fairfield Foundation, David Brown and Thane Harpole, will discuss the significance of Werowocomoco, the Powhatan political center at the time of Jamestown's settlement. Mr. Brown and Mr. Harpole will also talk about such topics as: everyday native life at the village throughout its history; reconstructing the lost landscape; the life of Pocahontas at the village; and the importance of the site to Virginia's descendant Indian communities. Refreshments will be provided. Please register by Nov. 15.  
     
Senior Center's 20th Anniversary Open House Celebration, Friday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. You are cordially invited to come celebrate and commemorate 20 years with us! There will be a brief program with a musical selection from the Center's Idlers 4, and exhibits created by Senior Center patrons on display. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Please RSVP by Nov. 16. Call 898-3807 for more information. 

2011 Senior Center Art Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Nov. 22 through Dec. 12. Senior Center crafters are invited to display their creations during this exhibit. If you are interested in showcasing your work, call the center at 898-3807 or stop by the front desk for more details. Space is limited. The Gallery at York Hall is located on Main Street in Yorktown. 

November/December Trips. The Senior Center of York is partnering with the Historic Triangle Senior Center in Williamsburg to take some interesting trips together. Space is limited. Upcoming trips are Tuesday, Nov. 29 to "Patrick Henry Mall and Lunch," and "Last Minute Christmas Shopping" at Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 13.  For more details and fees, please call the center at 898-3807 or drop by the front desk.

Computer General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. Currently, classes are held on Tuesdays in the lab. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. 

Upcoming Closings. The Senior Center of York will be CLOSED on Nov. 11, 24, and 25.
The Dining Club will be CLOSED Nov. 11 and Nov. 23.

Mark Your Calendar
   
Make Colorful Holiday Jewelry, Monday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Facilitator Gail Eldred will give instructions on making a red, green, or purple 30-inch glass-beaded necklace with colorful threads. Create one for yourself or a loved one just in time for the holidays. A sample picture will be at the front desk. The fee is $15. Space is limited. For more information and to register for this program, please call 898-3807.

Breakfast, Tree-Trimming, and Singing, Thursday, Dec. 8. Come enjoy a Hardee's biscuit at 9:30 a.m. followed by tree decorating along with a lively and festive concert by Seaford Elementary School Choir at 10:30 a.m. Please register by Dec. 7.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

Private Toll Road Firms Add to Campaign War Chests



The Score: Bay Rivers Football Week 8 Scoreboard & Standings

York Notebook: Backyard Chickens, Winter Park Hours, Youth Sports Signups and More

Candidate Q&A: WJCC Sheriff Bob Deeds

Dr. Decipher: We Eat Too Much Salt
RECENT HEADLINES

 

Tribe Falls to Towson on Homecoming, 38-27



Candidate Q&A: WJCC Commissioner of the Revenue Candidate Richard Bradshaw

Candidate Q&A:WJCC Commissioner of Revenue Candidate Bruce Goodson

CW to Host Forum on Racial Identity and Politics

 

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Friday, October 21, 2011

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

JCC Candidates for Roberts District Seat Square Off



Police Make Marijuana Bust in James City

Meningitis Case Identified in Lafayette High Community

Get Schooled: Program Boosts Parents' Involvement in Reading

JCC Supes to Discuss Future of Jolly Pond Road

Williamsburg Notebook: City to Collect Batteries, Plastic Bags, Unused Meds

Parade Kicks Off WM Homecoming on Friday

Candidate Q&A: Linda Meadows, District 2, York School Board

Candidate Q&A: Cindy Kirschke, District 2, York School Board

Candidate Q&A: Page Minter, District 4, York School Board

Candidate Q&A: Mark Medford, District 3, York School Board

Jamestown Volleyball Aces in Win Over Lafayette

What You'll Do: Oct. 20-23

RECENT HEADLINES

 

Chohany, Miller Debate State Issues



Obama Addresses Veterans, Military Families at Langley

Candidate Q&A: Ruth Larson, Berkeley District for WJCC School Board

Candidate Q&A: Patrick Sensiba, Berkeley District Seat on WJCC School Board

Candidate Q&A: Richard Locke, Roberts District Seat on WJCC School Board

Candidate Q&A: Heather Cordasco, Roberts District Seat on WJCC School Board

WJCC Names 15 Members to Strategic Plan Committee

Rabid Raccoon Found Near Rawls Byrd Elementary

 

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Think pink - Martin's is thinking pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wants to honor those who have been affected by the disease. Click on the Think Pink button on WYDaily.com to share the names of people you know who have experienced breast cancer. Throughout the month, we'll read those names on 92.3FM The Tide and 107.9 BACHfm. Your sharing of those names will make you eligible to win a $25 gift card from Martin's.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Chohany, Miller Debate State Issues



Obama Addresses Veterans, Military Families at Langley

Candidate Q&A: Ruth Larson, Berkeley District for WJCC School Board

Candidate Q&A: Patrick Sensiba, Berkeley District Seat on WJCC School Board

Candidate Q&A: Heather Cordasco, Roberts District Seat on WJCC School Board

Candidate Q&A: Richard Locke, Roberts District Seat on WJCC School Board

WJCC Names 15 Members to Strategic Plan Committee

What You'll Do: Oct. 20-23

Rabid Raccoon Found Near Rawls Byrd Elementary

RECENT HEADLINES

 

State Candidates Debate Key Issues



Grafton Sweeps Warhill in Volleyball

Game On: Bay Rivers Football Week 8 Power Poll

White Knuckles: A Garage that Holds Everything But Cars

Candidate Q&A: Jim Kennedy, JCC Stonehouse Dist. Republican for Supervisor

Community Notebook: WM Hosts Talks on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' Bear Stearns

The Score: Field Hockey, Volleyball, Girls Tennis Results from Tuesday 10/18

City to Launch Survey of Creative Professionals

WM Student Charged With Rape of Another Student

Man Held Up at Knifepoint in Historic Area

Grimes, Hyde Earn National Player of the Week Honors

 

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Don’t forget tonight’s forum – see below!

The James River Journal <http://www.jamesriverjournal.com/> will be covering and reporting on the Forum!


 

The Tuscany Forum Hosts
A Candidate  Forum
Thursday Evening October 20th

The forum is structured  to allow the candidates to address questions from the  audience  
 
This event is open to the  public
When
Thursday Evening October  20th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where
Bills Seafood Restaurant
2831  Denbigh Blvd, Yorktown, VA  23692
Banquet Room - doors open at  6:00pm

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The following Candidates have been  invited to attend or send a Representative:

John Miller - State Senate District  1
Mickey Chohany - State Senate District 1
Mamie Locke - State Senate  District 2
Tom Harmon - State Senate District 2
Tommy Norment - State  Senate District 3
Robin Abbott - State Delegate 93rd District
Mike  Watson - State Delegate 93rd District

Forum Moderator - Mr. Bill O’Donovan
Editor and Publisher  of the Virginia Gazette,  Williamsburg,  VA

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***Save the Date***
Thursday Evening November  17th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
The Tuscany Forum will host a discussion on the  Planning Commission’s proposed changes to our Zoning Ordinances
County  Supervisors and Planning Commission Members will be  invited

The links  below provide information on the proposed changes:
Summary link for the  October 12th Hearing
- http://www.yorkcounty.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=dCHv4sw5vvg%3d&tabid=2217

Detailed link on the proposed changes - http://www.yorkcounty.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=aOVm9hHcTYs%3d&tabid=1900  

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The Tuscany Forum  provides York County Citizens a public Forum where they can:  
Voice their concerns about the responsiveness and direction of their  county, state and federal governments,
Conduct civil, direct, in-person  dialogue with their elected officials and government staff,   
Develop and encourage positive political plans of action to  accomplish the will of the people.

To add someone to the  Tuscany Forum email distribution, please send their name and email address  to thetuscanyforum@cox.net

The Tuscany  Forum Planning Team:
Bart Barton, Danny Diggs, Greg Garrett, Mike  Hoyes, Linda Hutchinson, Winston Lawrence, Mary Leedom, Todd Mathes, Chuck  McGee, Wade McRoberts, Thomas Nelson, David Phillips
 Stephen Roane,  Maywood Wilson

Times & Location:
Unless  otherwise stated, monthly meetings of The Tuscany Forum are held the  third Thursday of each month at Bills Seafood, 2831  Denbigh Blvd, Yorktown, VA  23692
Forum begins at 7:00pm ***  Food and drink available



 
 
 

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EXECUTIVE BRANCH

MCDONNELL CHIDES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR HINDERING ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

By PETER BACQUƉ
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Bob McDonnell chided the federal government Tuesday for standing in the way of developing energy resources he called vital to the country's future. Speaking to about 400 people at the second annual Governor's Conference on Energy at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, McDonnell said, "We unfortunately have erected too many impediments, too many roadblocks at the federal level."

CUCCINELLI FILES RESPONSE TO EPA RULING

By JIM NOLAN
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's protracted battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over its process for regulating greenhouse gases took another legal step this week. On Monday, the AG's office filed its response to the EPA related to its appeal of the agency's 2009 ruling that carbon dioxide and other gases are pollutants that pose a threat to humans.

ATTORNEY GENERAL CUCCINELLI SPEAKS TO NORFOLK STUDENTS

By JOANNE KIMBERLIN
Virginian-Pilot

What's the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony? What kind of crime can send a teen to adult prison? What consequences come with a criminal record? Name one law that applies to boys but not girls. "Pay your child support!" shouted one teen, which got a laugh out of Ken Cuccinelli.

ELECTIONS

VA. GOP EAGER TO HITCH DEMOCRATIC OPPONENTS TO OBAMA

By JULIAN WALKER
Virginian-Pilot

Republicans seem more excited than Democrats about President Barack Obama's bus tour in Virginia this week, seeing it as another chance, weeks before the state legislative election, to link opponents to the president's weak poll numbers and the slumping economy. Obama will speak at a Hampton military base today on the final leg of a three-day tour to promote elements of his jobs plan. As he arrives, Republicans say, members of his party in Virginia are retreating.

CHARGES OF ETHICAL WRONGDOING HEAT UP 37TH SENATE RACE

By VICTORIA ROSS
Connection Newspapers

The third debate between Republican Jason Flanary and Incumbent Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37), which took place Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, began politely. The candidates shook hands, and the audience gave a round of applause when Marsden announced that it was his wife Julia's birthday. But what started with a whimper ended with a bang when simmering tensions and allusions about ethical breaches spilled over into the candidates' closing comments.

ARMSTRONG STANDS BY AD ATTACKING APPALACHIAN POWER

By AARON MARTIN
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Politifact Virginia rated House of Delegates Minority Leader Ward Armstrong's (D-Henry Co.) ad on Appalachian Power's finances as "pants on fire," for being misleading and overstating the facts. Armstrong stated in the ad, and repeated in Tuesday's interview, that Appalachian Power is bringing in $136 million, which he calls record profits. Armstrong added the company has raised rates nine times over the last four years.

ROANOKE-AREA GENERAL ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES: CUTS TO MEDICAID ARE PAINFUL

By MASON ADAMS
Roanoke Times

The candidates in the 17th House District and 21st Senate District races sparred Tuesday over issues including health care and economic development during a candidates forum in northwest Roanoke. Nearly 75 people - including pastors, neighborhood leaders and community activists - attended the forum at William Fleming High School, hosted by Roanoke's NAACP branch and alumnae chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

MONEY POURS INTO ROANOKE-AREA STATE SENATE RACES

By MICHAEL SLUSS
Roanoke Times

The fight for control of the Virginia Senate had money pouring into key races in Southwest and Southside Virginia during September, according to campaign reports filed this week. Senate Democrats, trying to maintain their 22-18 majority, had $3.2 million in the bank as of Sept. 30, according to data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. Republicans had $3.1 million on hand. Major party candidates in three Southwest and Southside Virginia districts raised six-figure sums in September with help from state parties or partisan caucuses.

HOUCK HOLDS FUNDRAISING ADVANTAGE

By CHELYEN DAVIS
Free Lance-Star

Republican state Senate candidate Bryce Reeves reported receiving $140,516 from the Republican Party of Virginia in September, all in the form of in-kind donations, which means they weren't cash; the party has been paying for a lot of mailers for Reeves' campaign.

STANLEY'S TEAM NOTES CAMPAIGN FINANCE ERROR

By WESLEY P. HESTER
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Against the backdrop of a GOP push to take control of the state Senate, the clash between two incumbent state senators in Southwest Virginia has become one of the most hotly contested, high-stakes affairs in this year's legislative elections, and the money is pouring in. Because of redistricting, Sen. William F. Stanley, R-Franklin County, is taking on fellow incumbent Sen. W. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Henry, in Senate District 20.

REPUBLICAN LOOKS TO KEEP SEAT IN 34TH HOUSE DISTRICT

By BEN PERSHING
Washington Post

Del. Barbara Comstock and Pamela Danner are making different bets on what Northern Virginia voters want in the state House. Is the 34th District looking for a woman with two years' head start in Richmond, a solidly conservative record and a Rolodex full of national contacts? Or a self-described moderate lawyer who brags about not being an incumbent?

DODSON, GARRETT TANGLE ON JOBS, EDUCATION, TAXES

By RAY REED
News & Advance

Democrat Bert Dodson and Republican Tom Garrett disagreed about school vouchers, the best means of creating jobs, and the Virginia Education Association during a forum in the 22nd District state Senate race Tuesday night in Fluvanna County. The two Senate candidates faced a crowd of 100 or more residents of Fluvanna County during a candidates' forum that was sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

59TH DISTRICT CANDIDATES SPAR IN CAMPBELL COUNTY FARM BUREAU FORUM

By AMY TRENT
News & Advance

Two of the three candidates for the 59th House of Delegates district differed on everything from invasive wildlife to constitutional amendments Tuesday evening in a candidate forum hosted by the Campbell County Farm Bureau. Matt Fariss, a Campbell County farmer and the Republican candidate endorsed by the Virginia State Farm Bureau, was not present at the debate

AN EMINENT DEBATE

By MICHAEL LEE POPE
Connection Newspapers

Should business owners be able to recover lost profits when government takes land through eminent domain? That's a hotly contested topic that will be considered in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly, and the candidates on the ballot this November in Arlington have starkly different viewpoints. At issue is a proposed amendment to Virginia's Constitution that supporters say would strengthen the rights of property owners when government takes their property for public use, compensating businesses for lost profits if a government reduced public access to their locations. Republicans tend to support the amendment, and Democrats are divided.

VIRGINIA CONGRESSIONAL INCUMBENTS RAKE IN CASH

By BEN PERSHING
Washington Post

After three incumbents lost their seats and a fourth - Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) - narrowly escaped defeat in 2010, Virginia's congressional incumbents are building solid financial firewalls ahead of next year's elections, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings. The redistricting process has yet to be completed in Virginia, but the final map is likely to make most - if not all - of the state's incumbent lawmakers safer. That includes the 11th district of Connolly, who reported raised $228,000 from July through September and had $607,000 in the bank as of Sept. 30.

ROMNEY TO VISIT VA, THANK VOLUNTEERS

By OLYMPIA MEOLA
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney will make a couple of stops in Northern Virginia next week, including a visit to the Fairfax County Republican headquarters to meet with volunteers. The former governor of Massachusetts will meet with volunteers working on legislative races Wednesday morning and then hold an availability with Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lieutenant Gov. Bill Bolling, according to Bolling's chief of staff.

STATE GOVERNMENT

VDOT: NO PROPOSAL TO CUT LOCAL ROAD FUNDS

Leesburg Today

A recent Virginia Municipal League newsletter caused quite a scare among local municipal governments when it was reported that a proposal had surfaced to significantly slash road maintenance funding for VML member governments. But, according to VDOT, there is no proposed legislation to do any such thing

PORT AUTHORITY CALLS SPECIAL MEETING; CHAIRMAN VOWS FEWER CLOSED SESSIONS

By PETER FROST
Daily Press

The Virginia Port Authority's new board of commissioners will go behind closed doors again on Monday in a special meeting in Richmond to discuss a host of issues, including a performance review of the port's top executive, Jerry A. Bridges. The meeting, hosted by Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton, marks the fourth time the board will hold a closed session since Gov. Bob McDonnell replaced 10 of its 11 members in July.

VA. OFFICIALS DELAY DECISION ON RULES FOR ABSENTEE VOTES

By JULIAN WALKER
Virginian-Pilot

State election officials Tuesday delayed adoption of rules clarifying which errors on absentee ballots would disqualify a vote.

CONGRESS

WEBB'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL INCHES FORWARD IN SENATE

By BEN PERSHING
Washington Post

A criminal justice reform bill long-championed by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) is inching forward on Capitol Hill. The measure, The National Criminal Justice Commission Act, would create a blue-ribbon panel to conduct a comprehensive review of the nation's criminal justice system and report back with recommendations for reform. The bill passed the House in 2010 and also cleared a Senate committee, but never became law.

VIRGINIA OTHER

VA. STATE POLICE MOTORCYCLE CRASHES DURING OBAMA MOTORCADE

By LAUREN KING
Virginian-Pilot

A Virginia State Police trooper suffered minor injuries when his motorcycle crashed at an exit ramp on Interstate 95.

OBAMA LOOKS TO SOUTH IN BID TO HELP KEEP HIS JOB

By JULIE PACE AND KEN THOMAS
Associated Press

Three years after his surprising wins in Southern states, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is doubling down in the region, hoping to turn changing demographics into electoral wins and offset potential losses in traditional swing states next year. Obama's Southern strategy is at the heart of his three-day bus trip this week through North Carolina and Virginia. In 2008 he became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in those Republican strongholds in a generation.

OBAMA WRAPS UP A BARNSTORMING DAY WITH A NIGHT IN HAMPTON

By STAFF REPORT
Daily Press

President Barack Obama ended a day of campaign-style, town-to-town barnstorming with an after-sunset drive across the James River Bridge, up Mercury Boulevard and into Hampton Tuesday night. Two dark-colored buses carrying the president, his entourage and the national press corps followed a string of 25 State Police motorcycles, blue lights blazing, to the SpringHill Suites, the hotel where the president would spend the night.

OBAMA PUSHES JOBS BILL IN EMPORIA ADDRESS

By OLYMPIA MEOLA
Richmond Times-Dispatch

This afternoon at Greensville County High School in Emporia, President Barack Obama renewed his push for his American Jobs Act before a vocal and supportive crowd. "It doesn't seem like your voices are heard enough in Washington," he said. "They don't seem to be listening," he said, mocking Senate Republicans for scuttling the $447 billion measure last week by refusing to debate it.

OBAMA ARRIVES IN VIRGINIA. WHICH DEMOCRATS WILL BE WITH HIM?

By ANITA KUMAR
Washington Post

President Obama arrives in the state Tuesday as part of three-day North Carolina and Virginia bus tour to talk about the economy, but it's not clear how many Virginia Democrats will be with him. As we reported today, Democratic state legislators are none too eager to support Obama, let alone be seen with him. The state's top Democrats will be not be around, either.

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS ON THE PENINSULA

By MARK ST. JOHN ERICKSON
Daily Press

During the past century, especially, the Peninsula has become an unusually popular destination for America's chief executives. They've come to visit so many times that it's easier to note the single president of the modern era who didn't make at least one trip - John F. Kennedy - than to rack up all the others who have passed through such places as Colonial Williamsburg, Newport News Shipbuilding and the Yorktown National Battlefield.

VAN WITH STOLEN OBAMA TELEPROMPTER RECOVERED

By MICHAEL MUSKAL
Daily Press

A van containing presidential communications material has been recovered and is awaiting the arrival of President Obama, who is bringing his bus tour in support of the jobs program to Virginia. A spokeswoman for the Defense Information Systems Agency confirmed the theft and recovery in an email on Tuesday. The incident, which is under investigation, was first reported by NBC12 in Richmond, Va.

ARMY POST TIGHTENING AIRSPACE

By RUSTY DENNEN
Free Lance-Star

Civilian aircraft flying over much of Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County can go no lower than 5,000 feet. Now the Army wants to be able to raise its restricted airspace to 9,000 feet at certain times to enhance its training activities, according to post spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson.

LOCAL

FAIRFAX BOARD REJECTS WOLF PLAN TO EXPAND VA. REPRESENTATION ON MWAA

By FREDRICK KUNKLE
Washington Post

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declined to endorse legislation before Congress that would boost Virginia's representation on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's board, with several supervisors expressing fears that the measure would only aggravate regional tensions. But the Board also asked its legislative staff to draft a letter that would thank its sponsor, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), for his efforts and perhaps pursue other ways for Congress to address the concerns of political leaders in Northern Virginia's about oversight of the airports authority.

PLANNING BOARD TO WEIGH $29M PLAN FOR BETTER PEDESTRIAN, BIKE ACCESS TO METRO

By ASHLEY HALSEY III
Washington Post

Washington's regional planning board on Wednesday will consider a proposed application for more than $29 million in federal funding to improve pedestrian and bicyclist access to rail stations. The proposal also would pay for safer sidewalks and street crossings, a cycling track and new Capital Bikeshare stations at Army Navy Drive in Arlington.

LOUDOUN SUPERVISORS DENY CELL TOWER

By ERIKA JACOBSON MOORE
Leesburg Today

Following the urging of surrounding residents, the Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to deny the application to place a cell tower on Lovettsville Road. T-Mobile had proposed to build a telecommunications tower with interior antennas and ground-mounted equipment at a height of 90-feet, with space for up to five carriers on less than half an acre along Lovettsville Road, but neighbors and supervisors said the height was too much for the area and that the tower itself was not needed.

NORFOLK PARENTS SEEK AN END TO SCHOOLS' BAN ON CELLPHONES

By STEVEN G. VEGH
Virginian-Pilot

Among the nefarious items considered contraband in Norfolk's schools is something Jennifer Palmer says she wants her children to carry: a cellphone. Norfolk is the only division in South Hampton Roads that bars students from having cellphones at school. Palmer said she and other parents will beseech the School Board at its meeting tonight not to penalize students for simply possessing phones on campus.

RICHMOND SCHOOL LEADERS REVEAL MIDDLE SCHOOL RENAISSANCE INITIATIVE

By JEREMY SLAYTON
Richmond Times-Dispatch

To boost the city's lagging graduation rate, Richmond education leaders are putting a strong focus on the middle-school level. On the heels of a 70.2 percent on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2011, Richmond Public School officials revealed Tuesday the four-pronged Middle School Renaissance initiative aimed at increasing the number of students who graduate on time.

POLICE CHIEF ASKS OCCUPY PROTESTERS TO REMOVE TENTS

By RAY REED
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood went to Kanawha Plaza on Tuesday to reiterate his request that protesters with the Occupy Richmond movement remove their tents from the city park. Later in the day, the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia issued a statement asking the city to allow the demonstrators to camp overnight and express their First Amendment rights.

LOUISANS TO VOTE ON MEALS TAX TO AID QUAKE VICTIMS

Daily Progress

Even as Louisa County officials complained strenuously about the lack of federal disaster aid, the county's Board of Supervisors voted to pass tax relief for homeowners whose homes suffered damage in the 5.8-magnatude earthquake that hit the county Aug. 23.

EDITORIALS

ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE VIRGINIA SENATE

Washington Post Editorial

SINCE THE 2007 ELECTIONS, when they gained a narrow majority in the upper house of Virginia's General Assembly, Senate Democrats have been the grown-ups in Richmond. The role was forced on them by House Republicans, who have sent over waves of reckless legislation. Senate Democrats defeated a House attempt to force Virginia colleges and universities to allow students and faculty to carry guns on campus and a bill to repeal the state's 20-year-old law limiting individuals to one handgun purchase a month. They killed legislation targeting illegal immigrants that would have plunged Virginia into the same bitter debates and federal litigation that have ensnared Arizona and Alabama.

THEN AND NOW: MUDSLINGING BEGINS

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial

If the Virginia Senate election ranks as the marquee campaign in the 2012 cycle, then the Massachusetts race likely comes in second. Next year Republican Scott Brown will defend the seat he won in the special election to fill a vacancy caused by Ted Kennedy's passing. Elizabeth Warren is expected to receive the Democratic nod. Warren was slated to be the first head of the commission regulating the financial sector, but Republican opposition derailed her.

OBAMA TRIP: WELCOME

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial

President Barack Obama is cruising through Virginia, which resembles his second home. It seems he appeared at the University of Richmond only yesterday yet already has returned. Today Obama will visit a Chesterfield fire station. Tuesday's Times-Dispatch described efforts to spruce up the site. The firefighters looked forward to greeting the president. Indeed, a presidential stopover is an event to be welcomed.

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT

Daily Press Editorial

Hello, Mr. President, and welcome to Hampton Roads! We appreciate your visit, and we hope you enjoy your time on the Peninsula. We have some of the most breathtaking shoreline sights in Virginia and we encourage you to take some of them in along the way. Fortunately, with your Secret Service escort and presidential motorcade, you are not forced to endure the incessantly bottlenecked traffic our dysfunctional road system has wrought on the rest of us. Our transportation problems are plaguing our local economy, so if you can put a good word in for us with your incoming Secretary of Transportation, we'd be very grateful.

CEMETERY NOT A PLACE TO PARTY

Virginian-Pilot Editorial

There are thousands of stories in any big cemetery: tragedy, drama, intrigue, all of it written in stone. Norfolk's Elmwood Cemetery is no different. Wander around the place, and there are narratives everywhere, including where there are only fading numbers carved in marble: 187, 188, 189, 190, standing in rows like crooked teeth around a rusty anchor, occasionally interrupted by a taller marker telling the tale of a soldier who died too young.

CONSOLIDATION PLAN FLAWED BY UNIQUENESS

Roanoke Times Editorial

The word most often used to capture the essence of a proposed City of Alleghany Highlands is "unique." The consolidation of Alleghany County and the city of Covington would create Virginia's largest city in geographic terms, at 450square miles, but its 22,000 residents would place it among the smaller cities in the state. It would be the only city in the commonwealth with an elected sheriff as its chief law enforcement officer. It would be the only Virginia city in which the state would have responsibility for maintaining some of its roads indefinitely, at least in theory.

BACKGROUND CHECK MUST BE FACT-BASED

Virginian-Pilot Editorial

It's not clear who, specifically, should bear the blame for the 18 longtime employees abruptly fired, without explanation, in August from their positions with a federal contractor. It is clear, however, what was missing from the process: common sense. As The Pilot's Kate Wiltrout recently reported, the employees worked for LB&B Associates.

A FUTURE FOR ELMWOOD

Roanoke Times Editorial

Elmwood Park is a lovely, secluded oasis in Roanoke's downtown. It could be more. Today and tomorrow, the public can suggest modern updates for the century-old park by stopping by an open house at the Main Library on South Jefferson Street from 3to 6p.m.

OP-ED

SCHAPIRO: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE IN STATEHOUSE FIGHT

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Ahead of Barack Obama's latest swing through Virginia, Republicans played the guilt-by-association card, linking targeted Democratic legislative candidates to a president whose popularity here - like the economy - is sagging. This is the outside game in the GOP drive to restore one-party control after a decade of divided government. It is almost entirely focused on the Democrats' last bulwark of power, the state Senate.

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