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


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)


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

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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Street Closure - Cedar Street

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHERE:  Cedar Street between East Marshall Street and Mosby Street

WHEN:  Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 24, 8 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. 

BACKGROUND: The aforementioned area will be closed to allow for construction during the stabilization of the slope along Cedar Street.

Richmond Earth Day Festival: Rain Barrel Contest

The Department of Public Utilities encourages everyone to vote for your favorite rain barrel painted by Richmond Public School 5th graders.  Winners will be announced April 17, 2015, and the winning barrels will be displayed at the Earth Day Festival, April 18th at Great Shiplock Park.  Voting is open to all City employees, as well as, the general public.
For more information on the Earth Day Festival, go to

Thursday, April 2, 2015

City to Celebrate Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) initiative will spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve within the city during a kick-off ceremony on Tuesday, April 7 for the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The 9 a.m. event is being held at Ann Hardy Plaza Community Center, 3300 First Avenue. Richmond City Councilwoman Ellen Robertson, 6th District, and Richmond City Councilman Parker Agelasto, 5th District will be attending the ceremony.

More than 2,200 mayors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico will hold public events and use both traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s cities. This initiative is being led by the federal agency for service and volunteerism, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), along with Cities of Service and the National League of Cities. Mayor Jones has participated in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service since its inception.

Immediately following the kick-off ceremony, N2N, Americorps, VISTAS, Senior Corps and other volunteers will join in performing the following service projects around the city.

Highland Park (Meadowbridge Corridor) - Paint storefronts and beautify the area

Highland Park (Yard Work) - Grass cutting, weed removal, hedge trimming & painting for vulnerable seniors
Highland Park (Community Cleanup) - Trash pickup along various streets

Highland Park (Guardian Angels) - Interior and exterior painting; cleaning outside debris
Highland Park (The NOC) - Interior and exterior cleaning of the Learning Center
Project Homes - Scrape and paint the porch of a vulnerable senior

Carytown (Cleanup) - Clean sidewalks & alleys, remove stickers from lamp poles & prep for painting; tree well planting
Carytown (I-195 Exit Ramp) - Cleanup

Mayor Jones launched N2N to engage residents and City employees in volunteerism and to promote a new era of collaborative service as a strategy for City government. N2N projects have included mentoring children in schools, visiting the elderly, as well as providing home repairs for the elderly population, beautification projects throughout the city, supporting various special events, and youth programs to include back-to-school shopping and several others.

If you are interested in volunteering with N2N or for a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation of your volunteer reservations, including the volunteer location and contact information.

If you have any questions or need assistance with registering with N2N, please call (804) 646-6528.

City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Saturday, April 4

The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open on Saturday, April 4 as overnight temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed. 

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

The City’s 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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RPD’s Warrants & Information Services Unit to Move

The Richmond Police Department’s Warrants & Information Services Unit will soon be relocated from police headquarters, 200 West Grace Street to the Richmond City Justice Center, 1701 Fairfield Way. The move, which will take place in early May, will complete a plan to consolidate several aspects of criminal justice services at the Justice Center. 

”Having many elements of the criminal justice system in one place will make it more efficient,” said Chief Alfred Durham. “It will be helpful to both citizens and police officers to be able to access these services at one location.”

The Warrants & Information Services Unit supports RPD officers with timely updates on warrants and other database information.

Last month, the Richmond Magistrate’s Office and the city’s lock-up were moved to the Justice Center. The Magistrate’s Office had been located in police headquarters and the lock-up had been located in the former public safety building, 501 North Ninth Street. The lock-up is where people who have been arrested are processed before entering the Justice Center or are released from custody.

Starting Monday, May 4, 2015, once the Warrants & Information Services Unit is moved, the hours of operation at police headquarters will change from 24/7 to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

“When headquarters is closed, we encourage people who want to make a police report, speak to a police officer or have a public safety-related inquiry to go to any of the four police precincts,” said Chief Durham. “They are open 24/7. It doesn’t matter which precinct. There is someone there to help.”

·         First Precinct                         2501 Q Street                        (804) 646-3602

·         Second Precinct                  177 E. Belt Blvd.                   (804) 646-8093

·         Third Precinct                       301 S. Meadow St.               (804) 646-1412

·         Fourth Precinct                    2219 Chamberlayne Ave.   (804) 646-4105

After-hours, a telephone handset and wall-mounted camera at the front door of headquarters will provide a two-way audio-video link to the Department of Emergency Communications, allowing visitors to speak to a communications officer.

The Public Records Unit, which provides copies of police reports and takes fingerprints, will remain at police headquarters.