Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“Bring One for the Chipper” and Electronics Recycling Scheduled

The start of a new year is a good time to dispose of items you no longer want, including your Christmas tree. On Saturday, January 10, the City’s Department of Public Works is sponsoring the fifth annual “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling day. The event also will include electronics recycling and document shredding.
“Bring One for the Chipper 2015” will take place in the paved lot at 1710 Robin Hood Road (northeast corner of Robin Hood Road and North Boulevard), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can bring up to five boxes of paper for shredding. Small electronic items that will be accepted for recycling include, but are not limited to, printers, computer monitors, radios and microwaves. Televisions will be disposed at a cost of $10 each. There is no charge for all other items.

Residents can bring their trees to the event or drop them off in advance from December 26 through January 9 at the East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road, and the Richmond Southside Transfer Station, 3520 North Hopkins Road. Trees also can be dropped off in the lot behind New Generations Credit Union at 1700 Robin Hood Road.

DPW will collect trees curbside from January 12 through January 30 for residents who contact the 3-1-1 Call Center. Please be advised that trees left out with your supercan may not be picked up on regular trash collection days, as a separate truck is needed to collect them.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.  To learn more about upgrades to the City’s residential recycling program, visit www.RichmondGov.com/RichmondRecycles.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Tonight, December 17 and Thursday, December 18

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~Cold Weather Day Warming Site open Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19~

The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, December 17 and Thursday, December 18 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 Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19 from 6:30 a.m. to noon. The day warming site is located in the Public Safety Building, 501 North 9th Street. Shelter guests should enter through the doors at 9th and Clay streets - closest to the court building.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m. each day 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.



Friday, November 21, 2014

POSTPONED - Media Tour New Huguenot High School


WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                Members of Richmond City Council
                Members of the Richmond School Board
                City of Richmond Department of Public Works Capital Projects Team

WHAT:      Tour of new Huguenot High School POSTPONED

WHEN:     Tuesday, November 25 at 10 a.m.



                   Tour will be rescheduled for the week of December 1

WHERE:  The tour will travel to the new school by bus.
                Please meet at City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, at 9:15 a.m. as the bus will depart for the new

                school at 9:30 a.m.

BACKGROUND:


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Media are invited to join the City Administration and Richmond Public Schools Administration for a walking tour of the new Huguenot High School. The tour will take place on November 25 at 10 a.m. and will preview the fourth new school constructed during the Jones Administration. The new Huguenot High School will open on January 5, 2015.

Media planning to attend this tour are asked to RSVP to Tammy.Hawley@RichmondGov.com or by calling (804) 646-7985.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Commonwealth’s Attorney to Show Anti-Drug Message


~New Public Service Announcement to be utilized by Richmond Public Schools and Others~

Who:        Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring
                 Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden

What:       Reveal of Public Service Announcement touting anti-drug message

When:      Monday, November 24, 2014
                10 a.m.

Where:    City Hall
                2nd Floor Large Conference Room
                900 East Broad Street
                Richmond, VA 23219


BACKGROUND: Celebrities often face court-ordered community service sentences for minor violations. Community service may involve picking up litter, public appearances at schools, lectures, or some other type of public service for a set number of hours to satisfy a conviction.

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring has negotiated with a recent offender with star power to instead participate in a public service announcement (PSA) that can reach exponentially more people, and especially youth.  Herring will reveal the PSA at an upcoming news conference, along with School Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden, who intends to utilize the PSA throughout the school system.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekend Marathon Street Closures and Parking Restrictions


The Richmond Police Department asks motorists to be mindful of runners, parking restrictions and street closings throughout the city that will begin on Friday, November 14 for the Anthem Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K on Saturday.

Illegally parked vehicles on Broad Street will be towed starting at midnight Friday, November 14 to make sure the course is clear.

Drivers need to be patient and on the lookout for runners along the routes.

Please be aware of signs restricting parking and detours throughout the city starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and continuing through 5 p.m. Saturday, November 15.

The following streets will be closed or modified during the designated times:

  • East Grace Street between 3rd and 6th Street will be changed to a two-way traffic pattern from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 6th Street between Canal and Cary streets will be changed to a two-way traffic pattern from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
    East Canal Street between 5th and 6th streets will be changed to a two–way traffic pattern from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday.
  • Tredegar Street will be closed between Dominion Resources and 7th Street from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Tredegar Street will be closed between 5th and 7th streets from 6 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • 5th Street will be closed between Grace and Tredegar streets from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Tredegar from 5th to the footbridge will be closed from 10 a.m. Friday until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Cary Street will be closed between 3rd and 12th streets from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • Broad Street from Lombardy to Belvidere will be closed all day Saturday.
  • Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 4th Street and the Boulevard will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11th Street and west on Leigh Street. No parking will be allowed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Sheppard Street, east on Marshall Street, north on the Boulevard, east on Leigh Street, south on 10th Street, east on Marshall Street, south on 12th  Street back to Broad Street.
  • Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 4th Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grace Street will be closed between Boulevard and Allen Ave. from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K.
  • 3rd Street will be closed from Broad to Main Street from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mulberry Street between Broad and Grace streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the HCA Virginia 8K. No parking will be allowed from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • East Franklin Street between 2nd and 6th streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lombardy Street between Brook Road and Grace Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • North Boulevard northbound from Broad Street to Hermitage Road will be closed from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hermitage Road northbound from Boulevard to Pope Ave will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.
  • Hermitage Road northbound between the Boulevard/Westwood and Laburnum Road will be closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Brookland Parkway eastbound from Hermitage Road to Lamont Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon
  • Bellevue Avenue from Hermitage Road to the Bryan Park entrance will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon.
  • Monument Avenue westbound between Mulberry and Chantilly will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. No parking will be allowed from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Westmoreland between Monument Ave and Grove Ave will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Grove Avenue westbound between Commonwealth and Maple will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Maple Avenue from Grove to Cary Street will be closed from 4:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • The Huguenot Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Northbound traffic on Huguenot Road will be detoured north from Huguenot Road onto Chippenham Parkway to the Willey Bridge.
  • Riverside Dr. will be closed from the Huguenot Bridge to Scottview Drive from 6 a.m. to Noon.
  • Forest Hill Ave. westbound from Roanoke St. to Hathaway Rd. will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Semmes Ave. Westbound from Cowardin Avenue to Forest Hill Avenue will be closed from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
  • Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 4 a. m. to 1 p.m. No parking will be allowed from 3 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Belvidere Street southbound between Broad and Grace Streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The recommended detour for southbound Belvidere Street will be onto I-95 southbound just north of Leigh Street
  • The southbound exit ramp from the Powhite Parkway to Forest Hill Avenue and the northbound entrance ramp from westbound Forest Hill Avenue onto the Powhite Parkway will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.
  • There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K routes, including closures on:  Broad Street, North Boulevard, Monument Avenue, Grove Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cary Street Road, River Road, Scottview Drive, Forest Hill Avenue, Semmes Avenue, the Lee Bridge, Belvidere Street, West Main Street, Hermitage Road, Fauquier Avenue, Brook Road.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

City Offices Closed on November 11 in Honor of Veteran's Day


In observance of Veteran’s Day, City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

This Veteran’s Day closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers, which will reopen on Wednesday.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Tuesday as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for the week, as the collection schedule will resume on Wednesday, November 12 and continue through Friday, November 14.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Tuesday, November 11. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Wednesday.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Mayor Jones to Kickoff City & Radio One Holiday Toy Drive


WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                 Linda Forem, General Manager of Radio One Richmond
                 Clovia “Miss Community” Lawrence, Radio One Community Outreach Director
                       
WHAT:      Event to kickoff the City of Richmond and Radio One Holiday Toy Drive

WHEN:     Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:   Richmond Fire Station 17
                 2211 Semmes Avenue
                 Richmond, Virginia

Background:

Donations of new, unwrapped toys, books and clothing will be accepted at any City fire station, the Department of Social Services Marshall Street Plaza (900 East Marshall Street), Southside Community Services Center (4100 Hull Street Road), East District Initiative (701 North 25th Street), or at City Hall (900 East Broad Street) until 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 11.

All Radio One Richmond DJ’s will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on December 9, 10, and 11 to “PACK THE PODS” with donations of new unwrapped toys targeting children ages newborn to Age 13 at the Walmart Supercenter, 2410 Sheila Lane. On behalf of Richmond area Lowes Stores, Richmond store General Manager Michael Sida has already committed to donating 75 new bicycles for the toy distribution. Other drop off locations will be announced on iPower92.1FM; Praise104.7FM; and KISS-FM 99.3/105.7FM. Donations will be distributed to children in need within the Richmond Metropolitan area.