Thursday, August 28, 2014

City to Host National Preparedness Month Outreach Event

The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is partnering with Target this September to support National Preparedness Month by hosting an outreach event. The event will take place at the Forest Hill Target – 7107 Forest Hill Avenue on Saturday, September 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and the public is strongly encouraged to attend.

Event attendees will receive preparedness information from the Richmond Police Department, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Sheriff’s Office, 911-Communications, Richmond Ambulance Authority and the American Red Cross. Multiple giveaways will be distributed at the event along with free food. Event attendees can join in the nationwide preparedness conversation by tagging images they post on social media with #NatlPrep.

Sponsored annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. This year’s preparedness slogan is ‘Be Disaster Aware and Take Action to Prepare’.

“Being prepared for an emergency is a shared responsibility. The City, through our Office of Emergency Management, encourages all residents to use September to truly prepare themselves, their neighbors and their community for emergencies,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I hope residents attend the September 13 event to become informed about the types of hazards that can occur in Richmond and the appropriate way to respond.”

“Emergencies happen and we want to encourage all residents to be prepared for when, not if, the next emergency will impact the city. Don’t wait for an emergency to be prepared,” said Anthony McLean, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management.

Increasing your resiliency can be kick-started by visiting the OEM website and downloading a citizen emergency preparedness guide, emergency kit checklists, and obtaining information on how to get involved locally.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

City Offices Closed on Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, city government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The Labor Day closings include all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers, 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 week, as the collection schedule will begin on Tuesday, September 2 and continue through Friday, September 5.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, September 1. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mayor Jones to Provide CIP and Facilities Update

WHO:        Mayor Dwight C. Jones

WHAT:       Response concerning CIP and Facilities report on Schools

WHEN:      Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:   City Hall, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room
                    900 East Broad Street

Thursday, August 14, 2014

City to Celebrate 10 years of Office of Multicultural Affairs

The City invites the community to join in celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, during the 7th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell, 1300 Blanton Avenue.

The City of Richmond’s Office of Multicultural Affairs originated as the Hispanic Liaison Office, which was established in 2004. In 2006, the Hispanic Liaison Office transitioned to the Human Services portfolio to provide greater visibility within City structure and more support for the expansion of the office’s initiatives.

In July 2012, the City transitioned the Hispanic Liaison Office into the Office of Multicultural Affairs. While the new office continues to serve Spanish-speakers, the expanded office is working to become more inclusive in engaging Richmond’s immigrant and refugee communities through enhanced collaboration with community-based organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, and the private sector. The office works closely with all City departments to help create a more welcoming environment, and continues to build an attractive and multicultural image for potential newcomers.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs has proven to be an integral component to the City of Richmond’s core operation. In October 2010, The National League of Cities (NLC) featured Richmond as one of the top 20 cities with the best innovative programs and initiatives in the area of immigrant integration in the NLC publication, “Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices.”

The 7th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival is part of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ 58th annual Festival of Arts. The festival begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Performers, dancers and jazz musicians include Grammy Award winner Marlow Rosado, Ismael Rivera, Jr., Herbie Martinez and Orchestra, Julissa Cruz’ Latin Vintage Dance Troupe, All-America Dance Group and DJ Eddy Mayorga. The public is encouraged to attend this free, family festival.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seeking All Richmond Centenarians

Do you have a family member or friend who is 100 years of age or older? The City of Richmond is seeking to identify all Centenarians so that they can be recognized during the Mayor’s Third Annual Centenarian Celebration on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the community, wealth of experience, and longevity as residents of the City of Richmond. This event is being sponsored by the City of Richmond Office on Aging and Persons with Disabilities.

"The City of Richmond embraces the opportunity to acknowledge those among us who have witnessed the events of the past century. This remarkable group of Richmond residents is deserving of recognition as we can learn so much from their experiences and rich histories,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “We urge all families and neighbors to help us find our oldest residents, those who have reached or will soon be the glorious age of 100.”

If you are aware of a person 100 years of age or older and would like them recognized, please contact Yvette Jones at (804) 646-3054 by September 5, 2014.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Richmond celebrates the 20-Year Saitama, Japan and Richmond, Virginia Sister City Junior Baseball Exchange

Entire community invited and encouraged to attend events

WHAT: The Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission welcomes The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan and the Saitama, Japan Junior Baseball Team to Richmond for the 20-Year Saitama, Japan and Richmond, Virginia Sister City Junior Baseball Exchange.

During their visit, the delegation will enjoy educational tours and cultural activities; and, the baseball team will play a game with a Little League team.

One of Richmond’s five international Sister City relationships, the first baseball exchange with Saitama began in Richmond in 1994 and rotates each year (missing 2011 due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami that severely impacted Japan) from Richmond to Saitama.
The events are free and open to the public and may include three or more members of Richmond City Council and/or members of the Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission. The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The planned schedule of events, is as follows:

Saturday, August 2, 2014
6 to 8 p.m. Covered Dish Supper
3211 Floyd Avenue

Monday, August 4, 2014
8:45 a.m. Welcome
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall; 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor,

10 a.m. Tour
Old City Hall; 1001 East Broad Street, and Richmond State Capitol Grounds; 1000 Bank Street

11:30 a.m. Luncheon
Bull & Bear Club; 901 E. Cary Street, 21st Floor
Please RSVP to Mr. Sam Patterson, (804) 646-5429 or
($20.00 per person for those planning to have lunch)

2 p.m. Goodwill Baseball Game
Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Byrd Bark Field; 600 S. Boulevard

3:30 p.m. Tour
Maymont, 1700 Hampton Street

6:30 p.m. Reception
Meet Japanese Ambassador Yasuo Saito and The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan
Richmond Main Street Station; 1500 E. Main Street
Please RSVP to Mr. Sam Patterson, (804) 646-5429 or

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
9 a.m. Tour
Richmond and Richmond 2015 Route
Mr. Lee Kellam, Richmond 2015-Japanese Delegations
Meet at Richmond City Hall 10th Street Entrance
900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Floor

11 a.m. Presentation
Richmond Public Library - Main Branch; 101 E. Franklin Street
Presentation by The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan

11:30 a.m. Farewell Luncheon
John Marshall Hotel Ballroom; 101 N. 5th Street

WHO: Japanese Ambassador Yasuo Saito
         The Honorable Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama, Japan
         The Honorable Dwight Jones, Mayor of Richmond
         Richmond City Council
         Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission
         Saitama, Japan Junior Baseball Team

CONTACT: For more event information, please contact: Miss Catherine E. Nexsen,Chairman, Richmond City Council Sister Cities Commission - Saitama, Japan-Richmond Committee, at (804) 355-2780, or

For more information regarding the Richmond City Council Sister Cities
Commission, please visit its website, at