Regional newspaper publisher and editor will be featured at “Tavern Talk”

Thomas A. Silvestri, best known as president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Mark Fausz, founder and editor of the Village News will be the featured guests at Tavern Talk, presented by the Chesterfield Historical Society on Monday, July 25, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at Howlett’s Tavern in Chester.

In 2009, Tom Silvestri was named leader of the Richmond Media Group, which includes the Richmond Times-Dispatch,, Richmond Suburban Newspapers and In January 2005, Tom became president and publisher of The Times-Dispatch, Media General’s second largest newspaper. The Times-Dispatch is in the midst of transforming from a regional newspaper into a full-fledged multimedia source of high-quality news, advertising and commentary delivered where and when the customer wants it.

Mark Fausz has been involved in community building for 20 years. After starting the local newspaper Village News 14 years ago, he became more involved with civic activities, including helping to start the Chester Community Association (CCA), as well as serving on a number of boards and acting as coordinator of the 10th annual ChesterFest.
The Village News, based in Chester, which also serves the communities of Meadowbrook, Enon, Ettrick and the Courthouse area, is considered a hyper-local newspaper that focuses on important issues in the lives of all the citizens of southeastern Chesterfield. The Village News motto is “Your Community, Your Neighbors, Your News.”

“Tavern Talk” offers patrons at Howlett’s Restaurant & Tavern in Chester an opportunity to meet and submit questions to influential local, state and national personalities.  The monthly event is presented from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the main dining area at Howlett’s, located at 3530 Festival Park Plaza, in the Chester Village Green  in Chester.  Dinner reservations are required; please call 930-1034.  A percentage of that day’s food sales will benefit the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
As the center for Chesterfield County history, the mission of the CHSV is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the county’s past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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