Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Councilman Agelasto: 2018 meetings & cleanups for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District


All Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend

The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, has scheduled the following meetings and neighborhood cleanups he plans to hold in 2018 for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District:

MEETINGS

Thursday, February 22, 2018; 6:45-8:00 p.m.        
Richmond Southside Government Services Center
4100 Hull Street; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, April 26, 2018; 6:45-8:00 p.m.           
William Byrd Park – Round House
621 Westover Road/600 Swan Lake Drive, Richmond, Virginia
(Located within William Byrd Park near the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and Westover Road, south of Fountain Lake)

Thursday, August 23, 2018; 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Richmond Public Schools - Binford Middle School
1701 Floyd Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, October 25, 2018; 6:45-8:00 p.m.                    
Patrick Henry School of Science & Arts
3411 Semmes Avenue; Richmond, Virginia      
     
Thursday, December 13, 2018; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Woodland Heights Baptist Church
611 West 31st Street; Richmond, Virginia

CLEANUPS

Saturday, April 21, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Uptown, Robinson Street, and Lower Fan Neighborhoods
Morning meet-up location to be determined

Saturday, May 19, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - Noon 
Byrd Park, Maymont, and Carillon Neighborhoods

Saturday, June 16, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Oregon Hill and Randolph Neighborhoods
Morning meet-up location to be determined

Saturday, July 21, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Carytown South and Stadium Neighborhoods
Morning meet-up location to be determined

Saturday, September 15, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - Noon 
Reedy Creek and Swansboro West Neighborhoods
Morning meet-up location to be determined

Saturday, October 20, 2018; 9:00 a.m. - Noon 
Swansboro and Woodland Heights Neighborhoods
Morning meet-up location to be determined

Councilman Agelasto typically holds individual meetings throughout the year that include information on his goals and accomplishments; a topical agenda; and, special guests. All Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The meet-up locations of the cleanups will be announced through the civic associations, through the 5th District e-newsletter, and on Facebook.

CONTACT   For more information, please contact: Amy Robins, Liaison for The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, at 804.646.5724 (tel), or amy.robins@richmondgov.com (email).


Mayor to deliver State of the City Address Jan. 23


Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 PAL Spring Break Sports Camp


The 2018 Spring Break Sports camp for 8-13 year old boys and girls will be Monday, April 2 to Thursday, April 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is only room for 40 kids and it sells out very fast.

Go to www.richmondpal.com to register.

Please be prompt on both times (there is a fee for late pick up). Pick up and drop off is at Henderson Middle School 1365 Overbrook Rd.

It is MANDATORY the camper participates in all the sport camps. Please sign up kids that love playing sports. There is absolutely no sitting out and the child will be sent home if they refuse to participate.

Some of the activities include: Skating, soccer, hiking, football, basketball, fishing, bowling and a movie.

Each group of ten will be led by a Richmond PAL Police Officer.

$75 for the entire week, and each child must provide their own LUNCH except on Thursday when PAL is throwing a pizza party for everyone.

For more information please contact Officer Perry Barber
E-mail: Perry.Barber@richmondgov.com
804-646-1832
Richmond PAL
SCOR
1365 Overbrook Road
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Councilman Hilbert: 2018 meetings for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District


Meeting dates, times, and locations subject to change. All Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT:  The Honorable Chris A. Hilbert, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District, has scheduled meetings he plans to hold in 2018 for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District. Councilman Hilbert holds individual meetings throughout the year that include information on his goals and accomplishments; a topical agenda; and, special guests. The meetings are typically held monthly on the fourth Thursday beginning at 6:00 p.m. at different locations. The meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Meeting dates, times, and locations subject to change. The planned dates, times and locations of the meetings include the following:

Thursday, January 25, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.        
Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, February 22, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.           
Richmond Public Library - North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia                       

Thursday, March 22, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                 
Richmond Police Department - Fourth Police Precinct                          
2219 Chamberlayne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, April 26, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, May 24, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                    
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services - Fire Station 14
2934 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia      
     
Thursday, June 28, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library - North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, July 26, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Police Department - Fourth Police Precinct
2219 Chamberlayne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, August 23, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library - Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, September 27, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services - Fire Station 14
2932 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, October 25, 2018; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library - North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

November/December Joint Meeting TBA

CONTACT   For more information, please contact Councilman Chris A. Hilbert, at 804.646.6055 or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com.

Friday, January 19, 2018

City's Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open January 23 - 25


The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open Tuesday, January 23 – Thursday, January 25 as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees.




Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 W. Grace Street) during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Shelter registration is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

For individuals who are not eligible for existing shelter space or if all available beds have been filled, Commonwealth Catholic Charities will provide a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter opens each evening at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 10 a.m. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.



City residents are also advised the 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.


For more information, please contact Commonwealth Catholic Charities at (804) 648-4177.




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mayor Levar M. Stoney Urges Virginia’s Congressional Delegation to Support Passage of the Dream Act Now


Today, Mayor Levar M. Stoney is calling on Virginia’s Congressional Delegation to protect Dreamers by supporting passage of the Dream Act now. Dreamers are a generation of nearly 800,000 young adults who came to the United States as children. They have grown up as Americans, pledging allegiance to our flag, and have worked side by side with all Americans to build a more vital nation. Dreamers are homeowners, teachers, nurses, scientists, valedictorians and members of our armed forces; they are our neighbors.

“In the City of Richmond, we make a compact with all of our children that if they work hard we will be their champion and support them in achieving the American Dream, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or country of origin,” said Levar M. Stoney. “12,000 Virginians are Dreamers. Today I’m asking Virginia’s Congressional Delegation to help us keep our promise to our young people and pass the Dream Act once and for all.”

If Congress does not pass the Dream Act and shield the hundreds of thousands of young people who came forward under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the effect on the U.S. economy will be devastating. Every day that Congress delays passage of the Dream Act, 122 young people lose their DACA status. In the Commonwealth of Virginia by not protecting Dreamers from deportation and allowing them to continue to contribute to the economy, it will result in nearly $711.4 million in annual GDP losses.

As a Welcoming America member, the City of Richmond is part of a growing movement of communities becoming more prosperous by helping all residents be able to fully participate in economic, social, and civic opportunities, including immigrants in refugees. One in every eight Americans lives in a community in the Welcoming America network.

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City Begins Re-timing of More Than 70 Traffic Signals


The Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has started retiming 71 traffic signals on the city’s south side. When the project is completed in April it will provide coordinated traffic signal timings to prioritize pedestrian safety and move traffic more safely and efficiently, while allowing for fewer stops between intersections.   

The project is in alignment with Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s announcement last October of the city’s participation in the Vision Zero initiative to reduce crashes that may cause serious injuries and deaths through better traffic signal timings. Additional benefits of new timing plans include decreased wear on motor vehicles as well as improved gas mileage by reducing the number of stops and starts required. There also will be significant environmental benefits through the reduction of vehicle emissions such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and volatile organic compounds. 


The City is leveraging this timing project as part of an overall $3.5 million initiative to improve pedestrian safety through funding from the FWHA and VDOT's Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). It is part of an upcoming multi-pronged initiative to deploy low cost systemic pedestrian safety improvements at signalized intersections through 2020. These improvements include high visibility crosswalks, accessible ramps, pedestrian countdown signals and improved signal timings. These improvements will improve pedestrian safety on our major arterials citywide at more than 230 intersections.  


Due to the changes in some traffic signal sequences, motorists are urged to exercise due diligence as they become accustomed to the changes.