Thursday, December 31, 2015

Brookland Park Boulevard Roundabout Project to Commence


The Department of Public Works will start construction mobilization on Monday, Jan. 4 to begin work on a roundabout at the busy intersection of Brookland Park Boulevard, Meadowbridge Road, 2nd Avenue and Dill Avenue; known as Six Points. 

In addition to replacing the existing traffic signals with a roundabout, the project includes landscaped islands, pedestrian crosswalk marking, handicap ramps and new signage at the intersections. The $1.2 million project has received state and federal funding. The work is expected to last four to six months, depending on weather. 

The improvements will reduce vehicle and pedestrian conflict points, provide slower operating speeds for motorists, and shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians. Experts say roundabouts can reduce fatal accidents by as much as 90 percent and have been proven to reduce the number of vehicle and pedestrian accidents. In the past three years, five accidents have been reported at the Six Points intersection. 

The Six Points roundabout will be the third roundabout constructed in the 6th District. Roundabouts have already been constructed at Highland Park (1st, 3rd, Rowen avenues and Trigg, Matthews, Daniel streets and Holy Cross Cemetery) and Biotech (East Duval and North 8th streets and the Duval Street Connector).

Complete street closures are not expected during construction and no detours are planned at this time. There will be occasional lane closures. Motorists are encouraged to follow work zone signage.

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


Monday, December 21, 2015

City Unveiled Street Named in Honor of Alicia C. Rasin


With great honor and privilege, Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Cynthia I. Newbille, Richmond City Council 7th District, unveiled an honorary street sign on Dec. 21 in the 1900 block of Princess Anne Avenue to recognize the tireless work of community activist Alicia C. Rasin. A pillar of the Richmond community and an advocate for families of homicide victims for more than 30 years, Rasin passed away on October 9

In the early 1990s, Rasin founded Citizens Against Crime, an organization through which she and others collaborated with victims, police, businesses and residents to fight crime in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. She also is credited with bridging the gap between various segments of the Richmond community and establishing relationships with local media that enabled them to humanize crime victims and their families in their news reporting.

Rasin, who was known as the “Ambassador of Compassion,” worked around the clock to provide solace to victims of violent crime, as well as the families and friends of those who lost their lives in violent crimes. Her involvement and contributions to City residents led former Mayor Leonidas B. Young to honor her with the Mayor’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 1996.

Under Rasin’s guidance, hundreds of vigils were held to recognize crime victims and heighten awareness of senseless acts of violence plaguing inner-city streets.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Woodfin Headquarters move into the City of Richmond from Mechanicsville


On Tuesday, December 8, Mayor Jones along with Woodfin officials celebrated the opening of the new Woodfin headquarters at 1823 North Hamilton Street in Richmond. This new location, that replaces their old headquarters which served them for four decades in Mechanicsville, gives Woodfin a central hub to serve their customers throughout the greater Richmond area.

“I am thrilled Woodfin decided to relocate their headquarters to the city of Richmond. Locally rooted businesses like Woodfin play a critical role in the revitalization taking place along this important corridor of the city,” said Mayor Jones.

Woodfin is a family-owned business rooted in Richmond for two generations and a firm supporter of the growth that is taking place in the city. The renovation project started in the spring of 2015 and took about eight months to complete. Woodfin is the latest Richmond-based company to join the city’s revitalization efforts in and around the Scott’s Addition neighborhood.

“Scott’s Addition is experiencing an influx of new residential, commercial, and light industrial development, with some being done privately and others utilizing City assistance,” continued Mayor Jones. “The area is definitely on the radar of entities looking to produce unique mixed use developments and I am excited to see the growth that is happening here.”




Friday, November 20, 2015

Bike Distribution Program


On Friday, November 20, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the partnership between Richmond’s Center for Workforce Innovation and Capital One. This partnership was developed in order to improve workforce development efforts in the greater Richmond area.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones along with Jamison Manion, Programs Administrator for Workforce Development from the Richmond Center for Workforce Innovation, Lane Hopkins, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President from Human Resources at Capital One, and Michael Gilbert, a representative from RideRichmond, spoke about the Bike Distribution Program that will give a bicycle to individuals who complete the Center’s Workforce Pipeline training program. This will allow them greater access to transportation in the greater Richmond area.

Many jobs lie outside the reach of Richmond residents who are strictly dependent upon GRTC bus lines. This lack of transportation greatly contributes to the unemployment rate among the city’s lower-income population. The Workforce Pipeline program in conjunction with the Bike Distribution Program improves the mobility of engaged workforce participants to attend training and get to work. Riding a bike extends their opportunities to easily reach 1000 more employers and compete for 18,000 more jobs that lie within a short ride from the end of the bus line.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wharf Street Entrance to Intermediate Terminal Dock Closing


From Monday, November 16 through Sunday, May 1, the Wharf Street entrance to the Intermediate Terminal Dock will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  There will be no public access to the mid-section of the dock, as it is a work zone undergoing structural rehabilitation. 

The lower eastern and western docks will remain accessible to the public, as well as the portions of the Virginia Capital Trail that run parallel to the Intermediate Terminal Dock.

For more information on city services and schedules, please visit us on line at www.RichmondGov.com.     


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Residents urged to take precautions to prevent rabies



The Richmond City Health District is reminding residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of people or pets contracting rabies from domestic or woodland animals.  

This advisement comes after the recent exposure of a pet dog to a raccoon that has tested positive for rabies.  The raccoon was picked up by Richmond Animal Care and Control from a backyard in the 3700 block of Lawson Street on Richmond’s Southside.

The public is advised not to approach wild or stray animals either in wooded areas or if they wander onto your property; especially if the animal is acting strangely.  Take the following steps to prevent family members and pets from being exposed to rabies:

· Don’t attract wild animals into your yard by leaving out pet food or uncontained garbage
· Vaccinate all cats, dogs and ferrets against rabies and keep their shots up to date
· Don’t allow your pets to roam freely through the neighborhood; keep them on a leash when walking them
· Report stray animals to your local animal control agency

Rabies can be deadly; it is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is in the saliva of rabid animals and can be transmitted through a bite or by getting infected saliva in the eyes, mucous tissue or an open wound. If you or your pet are attacked or bitten, report it to the health department or animal control authorities. If possible (without danger or risk), restrain the animal so that it can be tested, or get a good description of the animal that you can provide to authorities.

For more information about rabies and animal bites, visit  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/

You can also contact your local health department, animal control department or veterinarian.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RPD Promotes Safety for Places of Worship



Mosques, churches, synagogues and all places of worship should be havens from the chaos of life. Safety is paramount and adopting a few simple procedures can dramatically increase the security of these sanctuaries and help to protect the people within and the surrounding property.

The Richmond Police Department will be hosting a safety and awareness forum for religious gathering places. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 30. A variety of topics will be discussed, including general safety, preparing for an emergency, firearms in places of worship and pastoral protection.

The forum is free, but registration is required to accommodate all attendees. Registration will take place on-site before the event from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Early registration is also available online . Congregations are invited to send no more than four representatives. 

The forum will be held at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. For further questions please contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Street Closure – 411 Bainbridge Street



WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Starting at noon on Tuesday, October 6 and ending at noon Thursday, December 31

WHERE:  411 Bainbridge Street

BACKGROUND: Barricades will be used to close Bainbridge Street between 6th and 7th Streets and to close 6th Street between Bainbridge and Hull Streets for the installation of streetscape (curb, gutter, sidewalk, tree-wells, wheelchair accessible ramps, crosswalks and street lights). Follow the road signage.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Send us your World Championship Photos!


Please share your World Championship photos! So much is going on around the Richmond Region as everyone embraces the World Championships. When you are enjoying the race, a race related event, see cool bike themed artwork, or anything showing support for the races, please snap a few pictures. Send us your cool, interesting, definitely Richmond images to Info.UCI@Richmondgov.com.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Unveil of "Go Bike" Artwork at Reynolds' Downtown Campus


J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College welcomed City of Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce (GRCC), Altria, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, and Dominion Virginia Power to unveil and dedicate a public artwork on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the corner of 7th Street East Jackson Street in front of Reynolds’ Downtown Campus. The artwork, titled “In search of our hopes and dreams, a long road traveled,” was created by award-winning artist Ed Trask and is part of GRCC’s “Go Bike!” community project, which features unique artistic works mounted on functional bike racks throughout the city ahead of the 2015 Road World Cycling Championships.

“Like many of the infrastructure improvements performed in anticipation of the World Cycling Championships, these functional, public art, bike racks will be here for future generations,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This project also forwards our Center for Workforce Innovation efforts as program participants crafted the racks while developing their career path.”

“Reynolds is thrilled to support local creative talent in the City of Richmond. Ed Trask’s piece is an inspiring reminder of each individual’s capacity to learn, grow and choose their own destiny. Reynolds is proud to be an institution where thousands of outstanding lives get started every year in the greater Richmond region,” said Reynolds President Dr. Gary Rhodes.

Altria is the arts sponsor of the “Go Bike!” community project. “Altria is proud to sponsor the Go Bike! Arts program that will have a lasting impact on Richmond, long after the race leaves town,” said Jennifer Hunter, Altria’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “Supporting Richmond 2015 and this initiative helps make our hometown a better place to live, work and play.”

For more information about the “Go Bike!” community project visit www.ie-rva.org/go-bike-community-project.


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About Reynolds
Founded in 1972 and serving 19,000 students annually, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College is the youngest and third largest of 23 community colleges in Virginia. Reynolds operates three campuses serving residents in the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan and Louisa. For more information, please visit www.reynolds.edu.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

City’s Public Works Prepares for Two-Way Conversions in Shockoe Bottom



Several streets in Shockoe Bottom are being converted from one-way to two-way streets. The planned street conversions are part of the City’s Downtown Master Plan, and were also recommended in the Shockoe Bottom Transportation Study. Phased in conversions have been taking place since 2010.

Beginning Saturday, July 25, 18th Street between Grace and Broad will be two-way. Work crews have marked pavement, modified traffic signals and will integrate angled parking within areas of the project limits. Work on 17th Street continues, and conversion to two-way on 17th is expected to follow in the next several weeks.

Converting streets from one-way to two-way has been indicated to help businesses thrive, improve walkability, and balance traffic movements with livability. Studies have shown that two-way streets are healthier for on-street retail businesses and expanding visibility. All of the changes support improved vehicular circulation in Shockoe Bottom.

 These traffic flow improvements include:

·         Converting 17th Street to two-way traffic from Broad Street to Franklin Street
·         Converting 18th Street to two-way traffic from Grace Street to Broad Street
·         Converting Franklin Street to two-way traffic from 17th Street to 19th Street
·         Converting 19th Street to two-way traffic from Grace Street to Main Street

The project also includes the uncovering and restoration of the existing cobblestone surface on Franklin Street from 18th to 19th streets.

This project is funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Improvement Program under the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Youth Summer League Basketball Championship Games to be Held at VCU Siegel Center



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold its 9th Annual CarMax Summer Basketball League championship games on Tuesday, July 28, at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 West Broad Street.

The league, funded with a $85,000 grant from the CarMax Foundation this year, gives hundreds of city children from ages 10 to 17 the opportunity to play organized basketball throughout the summer.

The final championship games at the Siegel Center will be free to the public and events will tip off at 6 p.m. with a basketball skills challenge for league players only. U-10, U-12, U-14, U-17 division games will begin shortly thereafter.

A brief ceremony will be held before the start of the games to recognize the CarMax Foundation and media sponsor 106.5 The Beat. Lane Casadonte, sports anchor with WTVR Ch. 6, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the program, and Tom Folliard, President/CEO of CarMax will provide remarks.

Since 2007, the CarMax Foundation has given more than $840,000 to restore and expand the department’s basketball courts at Pine Camp, renovate a building on the site for use as a concession facility, and expand league play to include more youth and a wheelchair league.

Minority Business Development 2015 Summer Course Series



The City of Richmond Office of Minority Business Development offers free courses in business start-up and management.  These courses are designed to prepare you to not only start your own business, but learn how to make your start up in the City of Richmond a successful business. Take the first step today and sign-up for our Summer Series of electives and prepare to enter our Richmond Emerging Small Business Series this Fall.  Best of all, its absolutely free!


The Power of Advertising: Affordable Ways to Market Your Business
July 23, 2015
Center for Workforce Innovation
900 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Take your business to the next level.  
By attending this workshop you will several strategies on how to market your small business, in a cost effective manner.

Money Talks: The Bottom Line on Business Communication & Proposal Writing
July 30, 2015
Center for Workforce Innovation
900 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219

This workshop will consist of the keys to building rapport with decision makers, how to negotiate effectively and developing and writing a business proposal. 


To learn more about the Office of Minority Business Development please email angelia.yancey@richmondgov.com or call 804-646-5947

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

City to Open 23rd Street & Mark Completion of Cobblestone Restoration Project




WHO:             Honorable Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Thomas Wilds, President, Church Hill Association
                        City Officials
                        Richmond Cycling Corps

WHAT:           Opening of 23rd Street between Grace and Franklin streets as the 23rd Street cobblestone renovation project is complete.

WHEN:           Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 2:45 p.m. 

WHERE:        Intersection of 23rd Street and Franklin Street
Richmond, VA


BACKGROUND:

Mayor Dwight Jones and Thomas Wilds, President of the Church Hill Association will join in opening 23rd Street between Grace and Franklin streets and to mark the completion of the 23rd Street cobblestone restoration project.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

RPD Reminds Residents to Celebrate Safely on Independence Day


Food, family, friends, and fun are all part of an Independence Day celebration. As many people are pulling out the grill to celebrate, some are thinking about shooting fireworks or firearms into the air – Both are illegal in the city.

In 2014, Brendon’s Law (§ 18.2-56.1) was enacted to implement harsher penalties for reckless handling of a firearm, including celebratory gunfire, resulting in serious injury. 

The Richmond Police Department would like to remind citizens of the following:

Randomly firing a weapon in the city is illegal.

Firecrackers, skyrockets, torpedoes and other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles are prohibited.  

Legal fireworks displays planned at Brown’s Island on Friday, July 3 and Dogwood Dell on Saturday, July 4. On Friday, legal parking is available for a fee at 5th and Byrd streets in the parking deck. Illegal parking will be strictly enforced. 

Do not impede the flow of traffic to view fireworks if you are in a vehicle. Please pull over to a safe location. 

Road Closures
The Lee Bridge on Belvidere Street will be closed to north- and southbound traffic to provide a viewing area for the VA Fireworks on the James show on the evening of Friday, July 3. Police ask citizens planning to view fireworks from the bridge to avoid parking on the Lee Bridge or within the Oregon Hill neighborhood.  Residential traffic only is permitted. 

The Manchester Bridge will remain open as an alternate route for drivers. 

No parking on either bridge. 

Specific road closures are listed below. 

5 P.M.  –  Laurel Street & Idlewood Avenue; Belvidere Street & Holly Street; Laurel Street & Holly Street; Pine Street & Holly Street; 900 block of Idlewood Avenue at South Cherry Street

7 P.M. –  Belvidere Street and Spring Street

The Department plans to have a strong police presence this weekend to ensure safe celebrations. To report random gunfire or illegal fireworks, call the Richmond Police Department’s non-emergency number at 804-646-5100

RFD Fireworks Safety Advisory



The 4th of July is a holiday that includes fireworks as a central part of the celebration. The Richmond Fire Department hopes you and your family have a safe Independence Day holiday and that you enjoy fireworks safely. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – fires, devastating burns, severe injuries, and even death. Below are statistics and tips of how to enjoy fireworks safely.

In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage. 

In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. 

The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0 - 4, followed by children 10 - 14.

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. 

Leave fireworks to the professionals, do not use consumer fireworks. 

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained licensed professionals. The City is sponsoring; VA Fireworks on the James on Friday, July 3; and Dogwood Dell of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4.

After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active. 

As a reminder, fireworks are illegal in the Metro Richmond Area. Illegally discharging fireworks may subject the responsible party to legal action. Violation of the Fire Code is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, subject to penalties of up to $2,500 for each offense and/or up to a year in jail. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Spotlight Gallery to Host Salvador González Escalona



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Two Seas Merging” featuring the work of world renowned Cuban artist Salvador González Escalona at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Thursday, July 2 with a public reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Friday, July 31, 2015.

A self taught mixed medium master artist, González Escalona, with the help of campers enrolled in the Great Summer Escape camp at Pine Camp, just completed painting a mural titled “Two Seas Merging”, which symbolizes the cultural diversity of the Afro-Cuban connection. González Escalona will also paint another mural “Together We Stand”, will brings together teen and adult men from the Highland Park and Hotchkiss communities at the Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 East Brookland Park Boulevard, which begins beginning at 5 p.m on Monday, June 29. This project strives to cultivate a stronger community connection between the Ann Hardy and Hotchkiss community centers. Once completed, the final project will be hung at the Ann Hardy Community Center.

Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule a tour please call Shaunn Casselle at 646-6722. For more information about these projects, please call 646-3677.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Volunteers Needed for City Hall’s Ambassadors Program


The City of Richmond is seeking enthusiastic and customer service oriented volunteers to serve as City Hall Ambassadors. The purpose of this new volunteer effort is to enhance the visitor experience at City Hall.

The City’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) initiative is recruiting highly motivated individuals who love Richmond and have a passion to serve others. City Hall Ambassadors will welcome visitors, answer basic City questions and provide directional assistance. Ambassadors will be located in easy to find locations and quick to serve the public. There will be two shifts for this program, a morning shift from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon shift from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Ideal candidates are persons over the age of 18 and able to commit to volunteer for at least one shift per week for one year.

N2N is accepting applications for City Hall Ambassadors through July 10, 2015. Applications are available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/8BQFWRV <https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8BQFWRV>  or at the following locations:

City Hall’s Customer Service Desk, 900 E. Broad Street
Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street
Southside Community Development Center, 1624 Hull Street
East District Center, 701 N. 25th Street
Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Avenue
Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 E. Belt Boulevard
Humphrey Calder Community Center, 414 North Thompson Street
Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Avenue
Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Meals for Kids Program



The City's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) is again partnering with the USDA's Summer Meals for Kids Program. This FREE program provides children and teens, through the age of 18, with nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, now through August 28. Even if your child does not participate in one of the City's PRCF summer campsites, he or she can still receive a free meal as walk-ins during meal times are always welcome! These free meals are available by visiting a participating site at meal time.

For more information and a list of locations, please call 646-5698.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Stone Brewing Co. to Host Vendor Outreach Session in Richmond's East End


The City of Richmond and Stone Brewing Co. will host a vendor outreach information session on business opportunities available during the project construction phase and on-going business operations.

WHAT:         Stone Brewing Co. Vendor Outreach Session

WHEN:       Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE:    Powhatan Community Center
                   5051 Northampton Street
                   Richmond, VA  23231


WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Supplier, construction and service entities seeking to secure vendor relationships with Stone Brewing Co. during the construction project and business operation of the future brewery opening in Richmond.

For more information, visit Richmond.stonebrewing.com or email Juliellen.sarver@stonebrewing.com.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Call for Volunteers to Serve in the 2015 Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors Program


The Washington Redskins Training Camp is ready to kick off its third year, from July 30 through August 16, at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 W. Leigh Street. The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor initiative and the Washington Redskins are seeking 250 volunteers to serve as Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors during this year’s camp.

There will be two shifts for both types of ambassadors, Fan Experience Ambassadors and Security Ambassadors. For Fan Experience Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For Security Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be a few dates with only a single practice which may result in only one shift.

“For the past two years the Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors have displayed a tremendous amount of civic pride and have provided a positive visitor experience at the training camp. We have received an incredible positive response to how Ambassadors have provided assistance in and around the facility,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The upgraded incentives Ambassadors can achieve this year underscores this incredible opportunity to serve as the ‘face’ of Richmond at training camp.”

Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors who volunteer for a certain benchmark number of shifts will receive awards, including the opportunity to attend an exclusive autograph session with Redskins players and coaches, tickets to a regular season Redskins home game, and a top award of an autographed Robert Griffin III jersey.

Preference will be given to individuals who can commit to volunteer to higher number of shifts. Click here for a complete list of details about this fantastic volunteer opportunity.


Click here to register to become a Richmond Training Camp Ambassador.


Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 Washington Redskins Training Camp Schedule Released


The Washington Redskins will be moving their training camp practices back to the afternoons in 2015. The schedule runs from July 30 to August 16, with Fan Appreciation Day set for Saturday, August 15. Most days, the team will conduct a walkthrough at 10:35 a.m. and a full practice at 3 p.m. Both are open to the public. The joint practices with the Houston Texans will be August 6-8. For more information, visit the Bon Secours training camp website, http://redskinsrva.bonsecours.com/training-camp


Thursday, June 11, 2015

City Announces Free James River Fireworks - July 3


Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that, for the fifth year in a row, there will be a free fireworks display downtown on Friday, July 3 as part of the City’s 4th of July celebration.

RVA Fireworks on the James, an event produced by the City of Richmond and Venture Richmond and funded by Dominion and MWV, will be held on Brown’s Island on July 3.

Food trucks and vendors will be in and around Brown’s Island, and the public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the summer evening and see the fireworks that will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Patriotic music that accompanies the fireworks will be simulcast on Richmond independent radio WRIR, 97.3 FM.

“For the past five years, Dominion and MWV have proven to be leaders in our business community and true community partners,” said Mayor Jones. “Our thanks go out to these companies for bringing this world-class fireworks show to Richmond’s historic riverfront.”

“The James River is the perfect backdrop for fireworks,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “This event is just one in a series of community opportunities that make Richmond a tremendous place to live, work and locate a business.”

"We are proud to be sponsoring the fireworks again this year, and excited to see all of Richmond down on the riverfront for another phenomenal patriotic display over the James," said John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV.

Fireworks will be provided by Fireworks by Grucci. Holders of two Guinness World Records, the Gruccis are known as the "Top Name in Fireworks in the World.”  A family-owned and operated company headquartered on Long Island, New York, Fireworks by Grucci also have production and distribution facilities in Virginia.

The rain date for RVA Fireworks on the James is Sunday, July 5, so as not to conflict with other fireworks events sponsored by the City at Dogwood Dell and at the Diamond.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mayor Jones Invites Public to Summit on Community Wealth Building


~ Anti-Poverty work first year efforts to be recapped ~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones has announced that the City’s Office of Community Wealth Building is organizing a Community Wealth Building Summit to be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street. Plans for the summit include sharing information on the first year of work of the new office and kicking off new programs and efforts that will be connected to the office’s mission.

“Our City is ready to accept the challenge from President Obama to become a My Brother’s Keeper Community,” said Mayor Jones. “Much of the work we’ve been doing through the Office of Community Wealth Building and under the Maggie L. Walker Initiative is precisely establishing a cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for Richmond youth. This summit will provide us with the opportunity to take an active inventory of how we’ve progressed and to map out additional plans going forward.”

“Our roadmap to establishing Promise Scholarships for this community was successfully funded in the Mayor’s recently approved budget,” noted Thad Williamson, the Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building. “The Summit will also provide us an opportunity to kick off the RVA Future program, a partnership we are establishing with Richmond Public Schools and the RPS Education Foundation to help Richmond youth pursue college education and access quality career training.”

The Community Wealth Building Summit is free and open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you plan to join the lunch portion of the event, you must register to reserve a place for lunch.

For more information and to register, go to the Community Wealth Building Summit Registration web page.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Parks and Recreation Starts Summer Off With a Splash!


Looking for something to do this summer? The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (DPRCF) is sure to have an event or program to kick start your summer along with great activities for everyone in your family!

All City pools are open for City residents. Weekday hours are 1 to 8 p.m. with free swim available from 1 to 4:30 p.m., family time from 5 to 7 p.m. and adult swim from 7 to 8 p.m. Weekend hours for the outdoor pools are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Click here to view the DPRCF Program Guide for a full listing of City pools and addresses.

The USDA Summer Meals for Kids is serving meals for kids at more than 100 sites across the City of Richmond. The Summer Meals for Kids Program provides children and teens (through the age of 18) nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the summer months. Click here for more information.

On Friday, June 19, residents are invited to join the department for the start of the 2015 Movies in the Park Series. The first movie in the series will be shown at Byrd Park at 8 p.m. A full schedule of the movie series is available at http://richmondvirginiaparks.blogspot.com/2015/05/movies-in-park-2015.html.

On Sunday, June 21, the Adventure Recreation division will host the “Summer Solstice Float” in starting from the Huguenot Flatwater in James River Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their bathing suits and preferred means of transportation by water such as a canoe, raft, or kayak.

Monday, June 22 marks the beginning of the department’s youth summer camps and the CarMax Summer League. Both the “All Aboard” summer camp, for ages 6 to 12, and “Generation Z” teen camp, for ages 13 to 15, are full day camps that operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also specialty camps such as soccer, tennis, computer coding, and Lego that are available as half day camps. The CarMax Summer Basketball league games will be held at the Pine Camp Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road, with games being played Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.

For more information on these events and department sites and programs, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit www.richmondgov.com/parks <http://www.richmondgov.com/parks>

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Friendly reminder to Richmond taxpayers regarding tax due dates


The Department of Finance would like to remind Richmond taxpayers of the upcoming due dates


Personal Property Tax – June 5th, 2015 

Real Estate (2nd half) – June 15th, 2015   

Payment can be made in person, via mail, or online at http://www.richmondgov.com/Finance/OnlinePayments.aspx.   


For FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding taxes, including locations and acceptable forms of payment, please visit  http://www.richmondgov.com/Finance/FAQ.aspx#FormOfPayment, or call (804)646-5700.  


·  Assessments/Personal Property (Vehicles) - Room 103 - (804)646-5891

·  Cash Operations/Payment Research - Room 102 - (804)646-4323

·  Real Estate - Room 109 - (804)646-3954

·  Tax Relief for the Elderly - Room 109 -
 (804)646-6015

·  DSO (Debt Set Off) and VRW (Vehicle Registration Withheld) - Room 109 - (804)646-3822

·  Business Unit (Business License and BPP Business Personal Property) - Room 103 -  (804)646-6662


Friday, May 8, 2015

MPACT Meetings in May



The following are the City of Richmond MPACT meetings taking place in May.

1st. PCT - May 27th
Community Wealth Building with Thad Williamson UCI 2015 with Deputy Police Chief and UCI Community Engagement Director Monica Callahan Public Safety/CAPS  

2nd Precinct - May 4th Meet New Police Chief Parks and Rec on History of Pocosham Park

3rd Precinct - May 14th Meet New Police Chief Stormwater Utility and Green Alley Program

4th Precinct - May 21 Meet New Police Chief Code Enforcement on Blighted Properties

During these meetings, residents are able to discuss concerns they have in their community, hear from City Departments and administration about events that affect their community and the City, as well as become an active member in helping improve the aesthetic qualities of their neighborhood through volunteer opportunities.

For more information, visit http://www.richmondgov.com/MayorsParticipationActionCommunicationTeam/index.aspx


Annual Memorial Day Concert May 25


Memorial Day 2015:The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host its annual Memorial Day Concert on Monday, May 25 at Byrd Park. Beginning at 4 p.m. at the World War I Memorial Carillon, the city carillonneur Larry Robinson will pay tribute to our nation’s veterans through the ringing of the Carillon Bells followed by a concert from The Virginians Barbershop Chorus. Mr. Robinson is a dedicated musician who has made the Carillon bells his vocation for more than 50 years.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Help Send Richmond’s Children to Summer Camp


On Thursday, May 14, residents of Central Virginia can help send a child from the city of Richmond to summer camp, as well as hear some of your favorite music by contributing to the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities 8th annual Send a Kid to Camp radiothon.

Through the City’s partnership with Enrichmond and Radio One, residents can call (804) 521-8400 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 to donate. For a donation of $25 or more, the caller can have their favorite song played on KISS 99.3/105.7 FM or iPower 92.1 FM. Donations can also be accepted online at www.enrichmond.org/send-a-kid-to-camp.

All donations are tax deductible and will help pay for city children to attend one of the 12 summer camps across the city. 

This year’s summer camp theme of “All Aboard” will bring campers an exciting and educational summer experience that will feature activities such as swim lessons, participation in the STEM summer program in partnership with the 4H Virginia Cooperative Extension, and how music has influenced our culture.  

“These funds help us reach children in the city who often have few constructive options for summer activities,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director for Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “By making a donation during the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon, you are helping with the city’s efforts to shape the future of our children.”

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities summer camp programs offers nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer camp session begins on June 22 and ends on August 21, 2015. For city residents, the cost to send one child to camp is $250; however, the donations from the radiothon are used to provide scholarships for those who need them.

For more information about the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon or summer camp offerings, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit our website at www.richmondgov.com/parks .


Friday, May 1, 2015

Spotlight Gallery to Host Art and Poetry Exhibition


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Narratives: Telling Your Story, a community visual and poetic exhibition at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Friday, May 15 with a public reception and a sampling of spoken word poets performing in the theater from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until June 19, 2015.

This mixed media show will feature artists from various backgrounds who choose to express their views with visual art or through spoken word. The spoken word component of Narratives: Telling Your Story will continue on Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pine Camp. In addition to the exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery, artist Bukuru Nyandwi will have his art featured on the Community Art Wall.
               
Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule tours please contact Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.



Monday, April 27, 2015

City Leaders, stakeholders and community to attend Youth Violence Prevention Consortium on April 28th



WHO:                   Welcome remarks:         
The Honorable Dwight C. Jones, Richmond City Mayor                                                                   
The Honorable Michelle Mosby R. Mosby, Richmond City Council President
Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Judge Steven C. Teske, Chief Judge, Clayton County Juvenile Court of Jonesboro, Georgia
Featured Presenters:
D. Dana T. Bedden, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent
Alfred Durham, Richmond Chief of Police
Dr. Donald R. Stern, Richmond City Health District Director
The Honorable Judge Angela Edwards-Roberts, Presiding Judge of the 13th Judicial District of Virginia
Panel members:
Michel B. Aboutanous, MD. MPH, FACS
Albert D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Allison Sampson-Jackson, Ph.D., LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP
John P. Lindstrom, Ph.D., LCP

WHAT:                 2015 Youth Violence Prevention Consortium

WHEN:                 Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

WHERE:               Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222

BACKGROUND:   Youth violence is a mayor problem nationally, regionally, and in the City of Richmond. In Richmond, homicide is the leading cause of death among young people 15-24 years of age (according to the 2010 Annual Report of the Virginia Commonwealth University Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development). Young people are affected by violence in their homes, neighborhoods and schools at alarming rates. The Youth Violence Prevention Consortium on April 28th will allow participants to hear from featured speakers whom are on the forefront of youth violence prevention work locally and nationally, and to take part in discussion about contributing factors and issues revolving around youth violence, as well as solutions and strategies.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mayor Jones and City Officials to Hold Media Briefing on UCI Event Preparations



WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Deputy Chief John Buturla, Richmond Police Department
                        City Department Heads and Representatives
                        Partner Group Representatives
                        
WHAT:           Media Briefing concerning City preparations for the
2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

WHEN:          Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10 a.m. 

WHERE:        Richmond City Hall (2nd Floor Large Conference Room)
                        900 East Broad Street


BACKGROUND:

Media are invited to a briefing concerning City preparations for the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships.

How will the city’s budget be impacted? What roads will be paved? What plans are being made related to tourism and economic development?  Will any city services be impacted while thousands of visitors are in town? What about licenses and permits? Are city gateways being improved? Will fire and emergency services be impacted? 

City officials will discuss these matters during the first in a series of planned media briefings designed to convey information as the event approaches.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mayor Jones to Announce UCI Recycling Eco-label



WHO:              Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Wilson Flohr, Chief Executive Officer, Richmond 2015, Inc.
                        Alicia Zatcoff, City of Richmond Sustainability Manager
                        
WHAT:           Earth Day Sustainability Press Conference

WHEN:           Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:         Libby Hill Park – (Intersection of E. Franklin and 28th Streets)
                        

BACKGROUND:

Mayor Dwight C. Jones is holding an Earth Day press conference to issue a Progress Report on the City’s RVAgreen Sustainability Plan and to share how the city is leveraging the UCI World Championships to further implement community-wide initiatives promoting environmental responsibility. 

The City’s Progress Report tracks headway in achieving the 55 sustainability initiatives established in RVAgreen; develops indicators to measure overall sustainability goals in areas such as green jobs, healthy food access, community energy use, recycling rates, open space access, housing cost burden, and alternative modes of transportation; and sets goals to reduce city government and the community’s greenhouse gas.

The 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships is the first Road World Cycling Championships to receive the official UCI recycling eco-label (other cycling events have received the label, but not a Road World Cycling Championship). The city of Richmond’s approach is expected to encourage future UCI World Championships to become more environmentally responsible.


Monday, April 20, 2015

City to Host Kick-Off of Victims' Rights Week Campaign

WHO:      Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                Michael Herring, City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney
                       
WHAT:     Kick-Off of Victims’ Rights Week Campaign

WHEN:    Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  City Hall Lobby (Marshall Street side)
                900 East Broad Street
                Richmond, VA

BACKGROUND:
On Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m., Mayor Jones will host public officials in the lobby of City Hall to kick-off "Start by Believing," a city-wide sexual assault awareness campaign. The City is partnering with the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, State officials, colleges & universities, corporations, and non-profit organizations for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 19 through 25, to engage communities and empower victims.

The “Start by Believing” campaign focuses on the public’s response to sexual assault. Victims typically tell a friend or family member first and the goal of the campaign is to reduce responses of doubt, shame or blame. There will be 35 campaign locations throughout the City of Richmond to provide information and resources.

The campaign also includes a Victims' Rights Forum at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road, on April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

RPD Town Hall Meetings to be Held




WHAT:                   RPD Town Hall Meetings 

WHEN:                   Monday–Thursday, April 20–23, 2015

WHERE:                 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Precincts

BACKGROUND:     RPD Colonel Alfred Durham will hold four Town Hall Meetings next week as part of his on-going effort to inform the public about his vision for policing in Richmond, outlined in The Plan – 100 Days of Focus.

“I intend to do more listening than speaking,” said Chief Durham. “The purpose of these Town Hall Meetings is for me and my staff to get input from the general public; what we can do better and how they can help us do better.”

There will be one Town Hall Meeting in each of RPD’s four precincts:

·       1st Precinct - Monday, April 20     6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.           
MLK Middle School, 1000 Mosby St.

·       2nd Precinct - Tuesday, April 21    6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Social Services Building, Southside Plaza, 4100 Hull St.

·       3rd Precinct-Wednesday, April 22 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The ROC, 5501 Midlothian Tpk.
          
·       4th Precinct - Thursday, April 23   6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ann Hardy Park Roundhouse, 3300 1st Ave.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ramp Closure - Manchester Bridge



WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Ramp Closure

WHERE:  NB on ramp of Manchester Bridge from 7th Street and Semmes Avenue

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 8 through Friday, May 8

BACKGROUND: The aforementioned area will be closed to allow for bridge painting and joint repairs. Detour signage will be in place.


The Office of Minority Business Development's Upcoming Class Schedule



The Office of Minority Business Development is sponsoring upcoming training and networking opportunities for minority and emerging small businesses. The following are the classes being offered in April 2015.

-Branding 101, Session 1, Brand Awareness
Monday, April 13, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

-Exploring Business Ownership
Wednesday, April 15, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

-The Business Plan Workshop And Webinar
Thursday, April 16, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

-Branding 101, Session 2, Brand Innovation
Monday, April 20, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

-Branding 101, Session 3, Brand Experience
Monday, April 27. 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


If you have questions, call the Minority Development Business Office at 804-646-5947

Gilpin Court Community Walk



To kick off the 45 day Gilpin Court Violent Crime Reduction Initiative, the Sector 411 Community Walk will be held on Saturday, April 11th.  This initiative will run from April 15 – May 30.  It involves enforcement, visibility, outreach, and area improvement.

Participants are asked to meet in the 1100 block of St. John Street at 5:30 p.m.

This walk will promote police visibility in the area and give residents the chance to meet with the new Chief of Police, Alfred Durham.