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Richland Town Hall Budget Meeting on Thursday, Oct 19 - 10/13/17

The City of Richland will hold a Town Hall Budget Meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverview Room of the Richland Community Center.
Residents will receive information regarding the budget process, priority projects for the coming year, and ways to stay informed.
The one-hour program will be moderated by Richland resident, Jim Hall. City Manager, Cindy Reents, will present the 2018 proposed budget. Department Directors will also be on-hand to answer questions.
Richland Town Hall will air live on the City's Facebook Page and be recorded for Richland's City View Channel 192. The Richland Community Center is located at 500 Amon Park Drive.

Addiction and the Brain -- Understanding this National Epidemic at a Local Level - 10/13/17

A presentation to inform and educate the public about the health crises of addiction currently affecting our nation is Thursday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Richland Public Library's Gallery Room.

The presenter, Dr. Michele S. Gerber, a retired Hanford Site Historian turned brain researcher on drug addiction, has been working with the Richland Police Department and the Richland Fire Department to gather input for her study. Representatives from both Fire and Police will also be on-hand to provide a local perspective on the problem.

This lecture will include current levels of the problem, new information about the brains science involved in addiction, dynamics and issues of families with an addicted loved one, and grassroots efforts to deal with addicts and combat addiction. The talk will conclude with suggestions what friends and family members can do to help address this problem.

Dr. Gerber is interested in research leading to effective addiction treatments, advocacy, education, prevention, parity in treatment accessibility and publicity regarding the family disease of addiction.

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Richland's Cable Communications Receives National Awards (Photo) - 09/26/17

The City of Richland walked away recently with two national awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA); a 2nd place for, "Where the Cool People Go," a tourism and promotional video produced by cable production assistant Mark Ingham, and the coveted Brian Wilson Award for a life-time of achievement and programing excellent went to Richland's Michael Charboneau.

Michael Charboneau's major contributions include the development of its government access channel Cityview on Cable Channel 192, development of a countless number of outstanding and award-winning programs, using unique ideas for programming and/or funding, and having a positive impact on the community. Mike was nominated by his counterpart Jon Funfar, from the City of Pasco, who is grateful for Mike's tireless energy and willingness to help out at neighboring city events or meetings when needed.

NATOA recognized recipients of the 32nd Annual Government Programming Awards at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, earlier this month. NATOA's purpose is to assist state and local governments with communications needs and interests. The awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. It also recognizes one individual for the Brian Wilson Memorial Award who displays leadership, creativity, value and dedication. Over 900 entries were received from local governments across the country for these prestigious awards.

NATOA President Jodie Miller said, "We congratulate these winners on their role in building strong, engaged communities through outstanding community programming."

Mike has worked in the City's Cable Communication Office since its inception, nearly 20 years ago, and has won countless awards for the programming (writing, producing, directing and videography) of municipal and community issues. Currently, he is also producing a feature-length film locally, called Turn It Up. The comedy takes place in the 80's, and is about the greatest 80's hair band that never was. His film is endorsed by Steve Lynch, lead guitarist from the 1980's band Autograph.

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