Friday, March 27, 2015

City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Through Monday, March 30


~ City’s Cold Weather Day Warming site open March 28 through March 30 ~

The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, March 27 through Monday, March 30 as overnight temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees during this time period. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed. 

The City’s Cold Weather Day Warming site will open on Saturday, March 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day warming site will also open on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 from 6:30 a.m. to noon. The day warming site is located in the Public Safety Building, 505 North 9th Street.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

The City’s Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Swansboro Indoor Swimming Pool Reopens



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is pleased to reopen the Swansboro Indoor Swimming Pool, located at 3160 Midlothian Turnpike. The pool will reopen on Monday, March 30 at 8 a.m. The indoor aquatic facility was closed in August of 2014 for comprehensive improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. 

 “These upgrades were necessary for the continued use of the facility by the general public, Richmond Public Schools, and the departments swim teams,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

Program offerings include: Open Swim for All Ages (Monday through Friday 3-4 p.m. and 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.), Aquacise for Seniors (Monday through Thursday 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.), and Adult Aerobics (Monday and Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

For more information, please call (804) 646-5733 or (804) 646-8088.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elegba Folklore Society to Hold Three Events


The Elegba Folklore Society, Richmond's Cultural Ambassador, will be holding three signature events on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. The events are in recognition of the end of slavery, 150 years ago, and will feature different ceremonies, music, dance, commentaries, art, and food and drink.

For more information, visit https://madmimi.com/p/3ac906?fe=1&pact=29164972892


Street Closings, Restrictions for Monument Avenue 10K


The Richmond Police Department asks motorists to be mindful of runners, street closings and parking restrictions for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K this Friday and Saturday. The events begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, with the Virginia 529 Kids Run. The first wave of the 10K steps off 8:30 a.m. near Broad and Harrison streets. The 10K’s finish line is on Franklin Street next to Monroe Park.

Logistics of the 10K will require numerous street closings and traffic pattern changes throughout the city beginning with parking restrictions starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Restrictions and closures will continue until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Richmond Police reminds all 10K event participants and attendees to take advantage of parking in the decks near the start and finish lines and to not leave any items that may tempt would-be thieves in plain view in your vehicle, regardless of where you park. 

Following are the Richmond Police closings and changes scheduled from 5 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday:

· W. Franklin Street from Laurel Street to Belvidere Street.

Following are the Richmond Police closings and changes scheduled from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday:

· W. Broad Street – both directions - from Belvidere Street to Lombardy Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon. The recommended detour for westbound traffic on Broad is right on Belvidere, left on Leigh Street and left on Allen Avenue. The recommended detour for eastbound traffic on Broad is left on Allen, right on Leigh and right on Belvidere.
· N. Belvidere - southbound lane - from W. Broad to Main from 7 a.m. to noon.
· Blacker Street will be closed from Monument to Monumental from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Canal Street between 2nd Street and Belvidere from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Chantilly Street between Monument and Monumental from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· W. Franklin Street between Shafer and Belvidere from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· W. Franklin Street between Stuart Circle and Shafer from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
· W. Grace Street between Belvidere and N. Allen from 7 a.m. to noon.
· Harrison Street from W. Marshall to Park from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Kent Road from Wythe to Monument Avenue from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Laurel Street from W. Main to W. Broad streets from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Cathedral Place will be closed from Laurel to Shafer Ct from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Harrison Street will be closed from Park to Marshall from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· N. Lombardy Street from W. Broad to Park Ave. from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
· Chantilly will be closed from Monumental to Monument from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Park Avenue between N. Lombardy/Stuart Circle and Shafer Court from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
· Shafer Street between W. Franklin and W. Broad from 4 a.m. to noon.
· Exit ramp from Westbound I-195 to Belvidere will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Monument Avenue will be closed from Staples Mill Road to Stuart Circle (Lombardy Street) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The recommended detour for eastbound traffic is left on Staples Mill, right on Broad, left on Allen, right on Leigh and right on Belvidere. The recommended detour for westbound traffic is right on Belvidere, left on Leigh, left on Allen and right on Broad.

There will be many street closings for all north and south streets intersecting Monument Avenue and Franklin Street from Staples Mill Road to Belvidere Street. Motorists are strongly encouraged to use I-95 and I-195 to travel around the city.

In addition to the street closings, parking will be prohibited - on both sides of the streets as posted - prior to and during the 10K on the following streets starting at the following times:

1 p.m. Friday, March 27
· Both sides of W. Broad Street from Belvidere to Lombardy 
· Both sides of W. Franklin Street from Laurel to Belvidere
· Harrison Street between Marshall and Park Ave.
· N. Laurel Street between W. Main and W. Broad

3 a.m. Saturday, March 28
· Monument Avenue from Stuart Circle to Staples Mill
· W. Franklin Street from Stuart Circle to Shafer 
· N. Laurel Street from W. Main to W. Broad
· Park Avenue from N. Lombardy to Shafer Court/VCU
· Shafer Street from W. Franklin to W. Broad
· Lombardy from Park to Monument
· Chantilly Street from Monument to Monumental
· Kent Road from Wythe to Monument
· Canal Street between Belvidere and 2nd
· Blacker from Monument to Monumental
· N. Lombardy between W. Broad to Park
· W. Grace from Belvidere to N. Allen
· Eastbound side only of W. Broad between N. Lombardy and Allen

See two maps below and attached to this release



RPD Sponsors a Second “Police and Peeps” Event



WHAT:      “Police and Peeps” – A Community Conversation 

WHEN:      6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WHERE:   MLK Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street


The Richmond Police Department is sponsoring the second in a series of conversations with Richmond residents about public safety and enforcement issues in the city.

Called “Police and Peeps” – A Community Conversation, the event will provide an opportunity for people to talk to Chief Alfred Durham, his officers and each other about how the Department conducts business.

“We need the public’s help to do our job. It’s as simple as that,” said Chief Durham, “We need to hear what people think about how we are preventing crimes and solving crimes, while respecting their civil rights.”

Clovia Lawrence, News and Community Affairs Director at radio station iPower 92, will return as moderator.
                             
The Department plans to sponsor these events on a monthly basis at different locations throughout the city. 

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact RPDCares@richmondgov.com


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

RACC to host $10 Rabies Clinic March 28



On Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) will be hosting a rabies clinic at Southside Plaza Shopping Center 507 East Southside Plaza, Richmond, VA 23224. FREE distemper shot to any city resident canine with the purchase of a rabies vaccination ($10). 

We will also be selling city licenses onsite--all city of Richmond animals (dog and cat) must be up to date on Rabies and have a city license to be in compliance.


Monday, March 23, 2015

RPD Community Walk Tuesday in South Side Richmond


Chief Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff and other officers on a walk Tuesday afternoon through the Circle Shopping Center and Southside Plaza. During the walk, the officers will speak with business managers, clerks and customers about any safety concerns they may have. 

According to Sector 211 commander Lt. Michael Bender, shoplifting and other property crimes are the principle drivers of crime in the area. “We have been able to reduce the number of incidents recently by increasing our patrols on the days and times when these crimes occur,” said Lt. Bender. “We call it focused policing.”

The officers will be joined by members of the Hull St./Midlothian Civic Association and the Department’s Faith Leaders group. They will meet at the city’s Social Services Building, 4100 Hull Street at 2 p.m. to begin the walk.

This event is the latest in a series of walks conducted on a monthly basis by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city. 

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.