Friday, November 30, 2012

Mayor Jones Holds MPACT Meetings to Discuss Budget Priorities

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the Mayor's Participation, Action, Communications Team (MPACT) will be holding community Richmond Government Budget Planning Session meetings to receive public input on budget priorities in creating the upcoming Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Richmond Government Budget, which will be established in May of 2013.

These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Residents are invited and highly encouraged to attend and participate. These Richmond Government Budget Planning Session meetings are very important in helping to identify which Richmond Government programs and services are important to Richmond residents for their neighborhoods, and the city as a whole. The meetings will include presentations, discussions and input in the following areas:

Operation Service Priorities
·   Streets and sidewalks in your Neighborhood
·   Public Transportation
·   Recycling Opportunities

Police and Safety Priorities
·   Police Protection in your Neighborhood
·   Quality of Animal Care and Control

Human Service Priorities
·   Parks and Recreation Programs and Facilities in your neighborhood
·   Social Services
·   Public Health Services
·   Public Education

Economic Development
·   Employment Opportunities in your neighborhood
·   New Businesses

Tuesday, December 4, 2012; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Richmond Public Schools - Southampton Elementary School
3333 Cheverly Road; Richmond, Virginia  23225

Tuesday, December 11, 2012; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Richmond Public Library - Main Library
101 E. Franklin Street; Richmond, Virginia  23219

Wednesday, December 12, 2012; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Richmond Public Schools - George Mason Elementary School
813 N. 28th Street; Richmond, Virginia  23223

Thursday, December 13, 2012; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Richmond Public Schools - Linwood Holton Elementary School
1600 W. Laburnum Avenue; Richmond, Virginia  23227

For more information: please visit the MPACT

Friday, November 16, 2012

City & Radio One Toy Drive Concludes This Week With Donation Events at Southside Walmart

~Goal is to fill two PODS with toys for Richmond families in need~

The 9th consecutive City of Richmond and Radio One Holiday Toy Drive culminates at the Walmart Supercenter at 2410 Sheila Lane for three consecutive days; Tuesday through Thursday, December 11 through 13. All Radio One stations will broadcast LIVE from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in front of Walmart to solicit donations of new unwrapped toys to fill two large PODS. Radio One Personalities from Kiss-FM, Ipower 92.1 and Praise 104.7 will be on hand to greet all who donate. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, books and clothing will be accepted, with the greatest need being items for children 10 and older.

“I encourage all residents to take a moment to reflect on those that are less fortunate during this holiday season and donate a new unwrapped toy that will bring a smile to a child’s face this season,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

Donations will also be accepted through December 13 at any city fire station; City Hall, 900 East Broad Street; of any of the Department of Social Services three locations: Marshall Street Plaza, 900 East Marshall Street, Southside Community Services Center, 4100 Hull Street Road, and the East District Initiative, 701 North 25th Street.

Radio One VP/GM Linda Forem states, “Our biggest needs are bicycles and toys for pre-teens. We know we can’t get a bike for every child, but we’d surely like to try.”

Collected toys will be distributed to needy families throughout the Richmond metropolitan area this Friday. Families in need sent letters to the radio station and over 1200 families are invited to participate in the by invitation only toy distribution

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

City & Salvation Army Partner For ‘Feed Richmond’s Children’ Event

The City’s Department of Social Services is partnering with the Salvation Army to host the “Feed the Children” event today, November 7, 2012 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3300 R Street.

 Selected recipients have already been identified and will receive a food and personal products box containing; a 25 pound box of food items, a 15 pound box of assorted personal care items and a small box of assorted cosmetic items. In order to obtain the items, recipients must have transportation as this is a drive through, pick-up event, bring a picture ID, the voucher and notification letter, and arrive at the specified pick-up time as detailed by their last name:

   By Last Name:       A – E  9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

                                    F – J   10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

                                    K – O  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

                                    P – T   1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

                                    U – Z  3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 ‘Feed the Children’ has grown into one of the world’s largest private organizations dedicated to helping people. Last year, ‘Feed the Children’ shipped 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and families in all 50 states and in 34 foreign countries, supplementing more than 760,000 meals a day worldwide. Since their founding in 1979, ‘Feed the Children’ has reached out to help children and families in 119 countries around the globe.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Vacuum Leaf Collection Begins November 12

The first cycle of the city’s annual Vacuum Leaf Collection Program is set to begin on Monday, November 12.  The schedule is as follows: 

  • Worthington Farms                    
November 12 - 16

  • Northside/Highland Park
November 12 - 23

  • Bellevue/Ginter Park/Washington Park
November 12 - 30

  • Bellemeade
November 19 – 23 

  • Westover Gardens 
November 19 – 30 

  • Newtowne/Carver/Jackson Ward
November 26 – 30 

  • Broad Rock/Brookbury
November 26 – December 7

  • The Fan/Shaffer
December 3 – 7  

  • Westover Hills/Forest Hill/Woodland Heights
December 3 – 14 

  • Museum District
December 10 - 14
  • Church Hill/Fulton
December 10 - 21

  • Stony Point
December 10 - 21

  • Windsor Farm/Univ. of Richmond/Far West End
December 17 – January 4

  • Maymont/Byrd Park/Oregon Hill/Carillon
December 24 – 28

  • Stratford Hills/Willow Oaks
December 24 – January 4

Residents should rake leaves to the property line that is adjacent to their street prior to their scheduled vacuum collection date. Leaves and other debris should never be raked or placed into the street or culvert. Dirt, rocks, metal or branches should be removed from leaf piles as this will prevent City crews from collecting your piles.

Residents who bag leaves should use biodegradable brown paper lawn or leaf bags as they are environmentally friendly and can be recycled with the leaves. City crews will pick up 25 bags of leaves year round on regular trash collection days. There is no limit to the number of bags that will be collected during each neighborhood’s designated leaf vacuum collection cycle.  

City residents can also dispose of leaves by taking them to several locations: East Richmond Road Convenience Center at 3800 East Richmond Road; Maury Street Landfill at 2900 Maury Street; and the “Powerline” at 8600 Huguenot Road at the northwest corner of Chippenham Parkway.

Residents should note that the above schedule may change as a result of inclement weather. The vacuum leaf schedule and information about other city services are available at  The schedule is also available by calling the leaf hotline at (804) 646-LEAF (5323).