Thursday, January 23, 2014

City to Host Entrepreneur Express Workshop Tuesday, February 25

The City is hosting a business workshop with the Virginia Department of Business Assistance. The workshop will cover how to do business with local, state and federal government agencies, licensing and permits, business financing, marketing, and available resources.

Friday, January 17, 2014

City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Initiative Encourages Residents to Volunteer on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2014, is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday, which is celebrated as a National Day of Service. The City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Initiative, in partnership with AmeriCorps ACES (Action for Community Enhancement Services), Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and New Jubilee Heroes and Dreams invites Richmond residents to be a part of the MLK, Jr. Day “Servicing the Dream” program.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday is a time for us to remember Dr. King’s legacy and what he stood for,” commented Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This day is an opportunity for us to give back to our community and help keep his dream alive.”

MLK, Jr. Day “Servicing the Dream” program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, located at 3701 R Street. The event will feature Paul Manning, the City’s Chief Service Officer, as keynote speaker to be followed by a dynamic group discussion on the importance of volunteerism.

Beginning at noon, AmeriCorps, ACES members and University of Richmond students will provide maintenance work at the Boys and Girls Club. The volunteer day also involves students from the Richmond Preparatory Christian Academy who will help with outside yard work for seniors and persons with disabilities in the 7th District.

Registration is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Refreshments are available to the first 75 registrants. Please email to RSVP. For more information about Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteer opportunities, please visit

City Offices Closed January 20 in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, city government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, January 21.

Monday’s closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all city community centers, both of which will reopen on Tuesday.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Monday 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 remainder of the week, as the collection schedule will begin on Tuesday and continue through Friday.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, January 20. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

“Bring One for the Chipper” Returns for Fourth Consecutive Year

~Christmas tree and electronics recycling promote sustainability~

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, the City’s Department of Public Works is sponsoring the fourth annual “Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling program.  In addition to Christmas trees, the event will include electronics recycling, document shredding and donations of clothing and small household items to Goodwill Industries.

“Bring One for the Chipper 2014” 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. on January 11. The event began in 2010 as part of Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ City-wide sustainability initiatives.  Recycling keeps the Christmas trees and electronics equipment out of landfills, which helps reduce the City’s carbon footprint.

Residents can bring up to five boxes of paper for shredding.  Electronic items that will be accepted for recycling include printers, computer monitors, radios and microwaves.Televisions will be disposed at a cost of $7 eachThere is no charge for all other items.

Residents can bring their trees to the event or drop them off in advance from December26 through January 10 at the East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road, and the Richmond Southside Transfer Station, 3520 N. 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 13 through January 30 for residents who contact the 3-1-1 Call Center.  Residents are advised that trees left out with their supercan may not be picked up on regular trash collection days, as a separate truck is needed to collect them.  

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