Friday, September 22, 2017

City Rolling Out Upgraded Leaf Collection Program


Click here to watch the video.



Richmond’s annual leaf removal program kicks off Monday, October 2.  Residents will notice some significant service changes made to make the process operate more effectively and efficiently. In prior years the leaf program cost between $1 million and more than $2 million annually. It is estimated the improved program will cost approximately $1.05 million annually.  

Three options for leaf removal will be available

Option 1 | Free Bagged Collection


  • Begins October 2  
  • Up to 10 bags collected on trash day
  • Biodegradable plastic bags preferred
  • Place bags near supercan  
Option 2 | Collection by Sector

  • Sector 1 – Wed. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 1 | all bags Nov. 1 – Nov. 11
  • Sector 2 – Thur. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 16 | all bags collected between Nov. 16 – Nov. 25
  • Sector 3 – Mon. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Nov. 27 | all bags collected between Nov. 27 – Dec. 9
  • Sector 4 – Tues. trash collection | leaves must be bagged by Dec. 12 | all bags collected between Dec. 12 – Dec. 30
Option 3 | $30 Vacuum Service


  • Begins November 1 and will continue based upon available schedule
  • Rake leaves to front of property line
  • Two ways to request vacuum service
    • Call 646-LEAF
    • Print, fill out form at http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/Leafcollection.aspx and mail to the Department of Public Works
  • A one week window will be provided based upon availability.
On October 2, residents can begin calling the leaf hotline, 646-LEAF, for all matters related to the leaf program, including scheduling vacuum service.  Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to Leafprogram@richmondgov.com. 


For more information on the leaf program, such as where residents can dispose of loose leaves on their own or how elderly or disabled city residents may be able to get assistance raking leaves, visit Richmondgov.com. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Upcoming City Council District Meetings


Councilwoman Ellen Robertson to hold a meeting for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District
Saturday, September 23
10 a.m.
Main Library

101 E. Franklin St.

Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille to hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6 p.m.
701 N. 25th St.

Councilwoman Kristen Larson to hold a meeting for the Richmond Southwest 4th Voter District
Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Huguenot High School New Community Center
7945 Forest Hill Ave.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Give a Day RVA to Take Place September 23


On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the city of Richmond will be participating in a regional day of service called “Give a Day RVA” along with the surrounding counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Powhatan, Ashland and Goochland. 

“Richmond residents are part of our region’s success, and we welcome this wonderful opportunity to join our neighboring jurisdictions in volunteering for our regional community,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney.

On this day, over 1,300 volunteers will make a difference at one of over 55 organized volunteer opportunities across the region. Projects will run from 9 a.m.  – 1 p.m.
Once projects have been completed, volunteers are invited to join HandsOn at the RVA Street Art Festival. The Street Art Fest occurs throughout the weekend of September 22 - 24 and HandsOn will be on site September 23 with a free treat for volunteers and fun activities. Attendees will come together to celebrate Richmond’s vibrant arts scene, enjoy beautification through public art, and enjoy food, music, craft vendors and more.

Background: HandsOn Greater Richmond (HandsOn) called on RVA residents to volunteer for this region’s largest day of volunteer service.

Volunteers chose from a variety of ways to give a day and give back – from painting and gardening to neighborhood cleanups and facilities improvements. Give A Day RVA will also feature Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects and “Drop-In” projects, so volunteers who can’t attend in person or can’t commit all morning can still participate.

Give A Day RVA is not only an opportunity for resident volunteers to make an incredible impact on the region, but a catalyst moment to move the Richmond Region forward as we work together to achieve our shared future.

For more information contact Paul.Manning@richmondgov.com or call 646-6528.

Monday, September 18, 2017

City of Richmond Recycle Day on September 23


WHO:   Department of Public Works, Clean City Commission, Department of Public Utilities (Stormwater Utility) and New Generations Federal Credit Union

WHAT: Richmond Recycle Day to include paper shredding, biodegradable lawn and leaf bag give-away and the collection of pesticides, herbicides and oil-based paints

WHEN:  Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  1710 Robin Hood Road (northeast corner of Robin Hood Road and North Boulevard at the Recycling Center) – NEW LOCATION

BACKGROUND:  The City of Richmond’s Recycle Day offers City residents an efficient option to recycle paper and to help keep hazardous waste materials out of city waterways, streams and rivers. This free event is available to city residents – proof of residency is required. Electronics will not be collected.
  • Document Shredding
    • Up to five (5) boxes of documents. Be sure to remove all binders, staples and clips.
  • Recycle Bins
    • Clean up and drop off your small curbside recycle bins for reuse in city schools
  • Biodegradable Lawn and Leaf Bag Give-Away (proof of residency is required)
    • City residents will be given up to 10 bags for leaf disposal while supplies last
  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Oil-based Paints
    • Bug spray, rodent poison and herbicides (roundup, Weed B Gon etc.)
Send inquiries to Gay.Stokes@Richmondgov.com or call 646-0177

Note: Latex and water-based paints will not be collected. These items can be left in open paint cans until they have dried out and then put in with regular curbside trash pick-up

City to Hold Preparedness Day September 23


Mayor Levar M. Stoney is pleased to announce the city of Richmond’s first Preparedness Day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fountain Lake at Byrd Park and will include a multitude of Emergency Support Agencies and partners.

“Different times of the year present different risks and hazards, and being prepared just makes sense,” said Mayor Stoney. “This event will help residents make a plan and stay informed in case of emergency situations.”

Preparing in advance is one way residents, area businesses and visitors can minimize the impacts from a disaster, and shorten the recovery time on their homes, families and selves. Residents will be able to take part in Hands Only CPR training through Richmond Ambulance Authority, identify items of importance for their Family Emergency Kits through the Office of Emergency Management, tour the city’s Mobile Command Unit and Emergency Communications Vehicles, as well as meet representatives from both internal and external agencies dedicated to helping our city prepare, respond and recover from disasters that impact our community.

Additional agencies will include: Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Public Utilities, Fire, Police, City of Richmond Health District, Sheriff’s Office and partners such as GRTC, WRIR Radio and the American Red Cross. Participants will not only be able to identify ways of preparing themselves but will also have an opportunity to identify ways they can support their neighbors through volunteering with the city of Richmond’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

It is never too late to listen to sound advice and best practices when it comes to safety. Whether you are just beginning to consider ways of planning and preparing or just want to refresh your ideas and walk away with a renewed determination, Preparedness Day is the event to attend.

City of Richmond – Preparedness Day
Fountain Lake at Byrd Park
Saturday, September 23
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

City of Richmond Joins with Welcoming America and Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans during Welcoming Week


This week, the city of Richmond will celebrate National Welcoming Week by hosting an informational fair in the lobby of the City Hall on Tuesday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide information to new residents.

“We are proud to be part of Welcoming Week, which is taking place in localities large and small, rural and urban and among people of all backgrounds coming together to create stronger communities,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “It is a time to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, making our neighborhoods more welcoming to newcomers and everyone who calls our community home.”

Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week takes place September 15 - 24 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.
    
For more information about how you can participate in Welcoming Week, visit welcomingweek.org and follow #welcomingweek and #RVAwelcomingweek on social media.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development Announces 2017 Procure Your Business Conference


The City of Richmond, Office of Minority Business Development (OMBD) is proud to present its 2017 Procure Your Business Conference on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delta Hotels – Marriott, 555 E. Canal Street, Richmond, VA. This conference provides attendees with educational sessions and information useful in strengthening the diversity of contractors and qualified individuals for construction and non-construction opportunities across regional markets.


Patricia Foster, Director of OMBD said, “This conference raises awareness of the availability of diversified market suppliers in an industry that is ripe for growth. As a result, we expect attendees to be more equipped to share their business expertise and readiness as participants in procurement processes of their goods and services.” Chief Executive Officers (CEO's) and other executives of some of the most recognized names in the construction, government and corporate industries will share their knowledge, technical expertise and even some of the failures that led to success. Mayor Levar M. Stoney will also bring greetings from the city. Interested contractors and suppliers may sign up for the 2017 Procure Your Business Conference here.

A pre-conference workshop on what to expect and how to prepare for the conference will be held on September 15, 2017, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., at the Conrad Culinary Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way, Richmond, VA. Please register here or contact Richmond’s OMBD at (804) 646-5947 for more information.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Help Wanted: 200 Richmond Election Officers needed to work Nov. 7 Election Day - Starting pay $130.00


WHAT - The Richmond Office of the General Registrar is looking for 200 Election Officers to serve during the upcoming election on November 7, 2017. Election Officers are critical to ensuring that elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner so that the outcome reflects the will of the citizens of Richmond.

Dedicated individuals that are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who take pride in their work, are patient, and enjoy working with people are invited and encouraged to apply to serve as a Richmond Election Officer. Election Officers are paid for their service, starting at $130.00 for their work for the day.

Duties on Election Day may include:
  • Arranging a voting location (polling place)
  • Greeting and helping manage the flow of voters
  • Setting up voting equipment and preparing voting location/polling place for voting
  • Helping determine if voters are qualified to vote and process them in the voter pollbook
  • Admit voters to voting machines
  • Tallying results
  • Packing up supplies
  • Reporting to voting location/polling place (the time can vary, but never later than 5:15 a.m.) and staying until done (this can sometimes be as late as 9/10 p.m.)
All new Election Officers must complete a basic training class that will be held in September and October. Election Officers completing basic training will be paid $15.00.

Applications can be obtained from the Richmond Office of the General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad St., Room 105 (1st fl.); Richmond, VA. Individuals can also apply online at https://apps.elections.virginia.gov/OnlineForms/OfficerofElection

CONTACT     For more information, please contact: Richmond Office of the General Registrar, at 804.646.5950, or by visiting the Richmond Office of General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad Street, Room 105; Richmond, VA. or individuals can apply online at https://apps.elections.virginia.gov/OnlineForms/OfficerofElection

Thursday, August 3, 2017

RVA is Open for Business!


The City of Richmond’s Business Community wants to thank you for your support during the construction of the Pulse BRT. After all, there is always something to do, somewhere to eat, or something to buy in our community. Before BRT construction, during construction, and after construction – RVA is open for business

Watch the video here!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Work Begins Next Week to Permanently Close 17th Street in Shockoe Bottom


Construction begins on Monday, July 31 to permanently shut down 17th Street between East Franklin and East Main streets.

The closure is part of the 17th Street Market Plaza Renovations Project.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sidewalks and Parking Lanes Closing during Construction of New General Assembly Building


Motorists and pedestrians will be impacted by lane closures and sidewalk closures as the new General Assembly Building is being constructed. 

From August 1, 2017 until October 31, 2018, sidewalks will be closed on the southbound side of East Broad Street between 9th and 10th streets, as well as the eastbound side of 9th Street between East Broad and East Grace streets.

On December 1, 2017 the parking lanes in the same areas will close and will remain closed until October 31, 2018.  

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


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mayor Stoney Completes Community Office Hours With Citizens From All Nine City Districts


Mayor Levar M. Stoney completed his ninth community office hours event at Broad Rock Library last night, following through on his commitment to meet with citizens in each of the city’s nine districts, in their districts, and face-to-face.

The mayor’s community office hours meetings began in June and provided an opportunity for hundreds of Richmond residents to meet with the mayor, make suggestions and share their ideas and concerns.

“I meant it when I said I want to hear from our citizens,” said Mayor Stoney. “This is part of the process of building ‘One Richmond,’ where we move our city forward in a more engaged and cohesive way to benefit everyone who calls Richmond home.”

The mayor’s initiative re-establishes the first regular mayoral district meetings since the Wilder administration. “I thank all those who participated,” added the mayor. “We’re going to keep this going and continue to proactively collaborate with our citizens.” Mayor Stoney’s community office hours will begin again in early 2018.

Click here for photos from the mayor’s community office hours meetings.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RPD Opening Hydrants to Keep Kids Cool


With recent high temperatures soaring into the nineties, the Richmond Police Department has come up with a plan to help children in the city stay cool. During the heat wave, RPD officers will be opening water hydrants on hot summer afternoons in several city neighborhoods. They started today.

RPD Chief Alfred Durham recruited other city agencies, the Department of Public Utilities and the Department of Public Works, to make the process possible.

“I remember as a child when they would open the hydrant in my neighborhood so we could play in the cool water,” said Chief Durham. “We looked forward it so much. I’d like to thank DPU and DPW for working with us to make it happen.”

The hydrants will be opened for two hours at a time on a rotating schedule until temperatures moderate in these Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities:

·         Creighton
·         Fairfield
·         Gilpin
·         Hillside
·         Mosby
·         Whitcomb

RPD officers will open and close the hydrants and will monitor each location for safety issues.


COMMUNITY
LOCATION
DAY / TIME
MOSBY
1921 Accommodation (Intersection of Accommodation and Redd Streets)
SUNDAY / 2:00-4:00

TUESDAY / 4:00-6:00
WHITCOMB
2500 Bethel Street (Intersection of Bethel and Magnolia Streets)
MONDAY/ 2:00-4:00

WEDNESDAY / 4:00-6:00
CREIGHTON
2112 Creighton Road (In front of community center)
TUESDAY / 2:00-4:00

FRIDAY / 4:00-6:00
FAIRFIELD
2500 Rosette Street (Intersection of Rosetta and Phaup Streets)
SATURDAY / 2:00-4:00

THURSDAY / 4:00-6:00
GILPIN
1200 St. John (Intersection of St. John and W. Federal Streets)
MONDAY-FRIDAY

3:00-5:00
HILLSIDE
1834 Southlawn Avenue
SATURDAY/ 11:00-1:00

THURSDAY / 6:00-8:00



Residents Invited to Public Hearings Evaluating Necessity of a Local Government Human Rights Commission


The Richmond City Council Task Force on the Establishment of a Human Rights Commission will hold two public hearings to assist it in evaluating the need for and scope of a local government Human Rights Commission. The meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The meetings are part of the continuing efforts of the task force that was  established by Richmond City Council on November 14, 2016 by Richmond City Council Ordinance # 2016-254.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Southside Government Service Center
4100 Hull Street Road; Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor
900 E. Broad Street; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, July 13, 2017

City Teams up with Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Clean up Neighborhoods


The Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) have partnered to conduct a series of clean-ups in communities operated by the (RRHA). DPW will provide trucks to haul away bulk items, such as discarded furniture. The clean-ups will take place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The schedule is as follows:
  • July 15 – Creighton Court
  • July 22 – Fairfield Court
  • July 29 – Gilpin Court and Hillside Court
  • August 12 – Mosby Court and Whitcomb Court
Those wishing to volunteer with the Creighton Court clean-up should arrive at 8 a.m. Saturday at 2101 Creighton Road.

In addition, a clean-up also will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Carytown and Stadium neighborhoods. Volunteers will meet a 9 a.m. at the Kicker’s Stadium at the corner of Maplewood Avenue and Freeman Road

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


RPD Offers Vacation Watch for Home and Business


Summer is in full swing and many people are preparing for vacations. The last thing you want on your mind during a fun trip is the security or your property.

Fortunately, the Richmond Police Department offers a free service year-round to residents to keep an eye on their homes – and businesses – while they are away.

Through the House and Business Watch Program, citizens can fill out a watch request form and submit it to their neighborhood precinct prior to vacation. While they are gone, an officer will periodically check the perimeter of the property. Each request covers up to a three-week period.

“Our home and business vacation watch service is an excellent way to assist residents and business owners when they are away for an extended period of time,” said Community Care Captain Dan Minton. “This can help protect their property…and best of all, the peace of mind is free.”

For more information and to obtain a watch request form, visit richmondgov.com/police and click on the link for the Vacation Watch Request Form. A map of each precinct is featured on the request form webpage to assist residents and business owners in determining their precinct.

First Precinct: 2501 Q St.

Second Precinct: 177 East Belt Boulevard

Third Precinct: 301 South Meadow St.

Fourth Precinct: 2219 Chamberlayne Ave.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

City to Host 2nd Annual RVA Breastfeeding Symposium


The 2nd Annual RVA Breastfeeding Symposium will take place on August 4 at the Virginia Historical Society. The focus of this year’s symposium is First Food: The Intersection of Health, Race, Policy and Practice.


The morning session of this day-long event will bring together citizens, policymakers, healthcare and social service providers, and community advocates to examine the structural and cultural barriers that undermine women’s ability to reach their breastfeeding goals, and explore the connection between infant feeding and food access issues. The afternoon session is a workgroup reserved for area health and social service providers who come into contact with pregnant and postpartum families.

The keynote speaker will be Kimberly Seals Allers, an award-winning journalist, author and nationally recognized advocate for breastfeeding and infant health who is the project director for The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg-funded pilot project in Detroit and Philadelphia to create a national accreditation process for breastfeeding-friendly communities. Elizabeth Gray Bayne, who holds a Masters of Public Health from Yale University and an MFA in film from the Art Center College of Design, will present excerpts from Chocolate Milk, her documentary exploring African-American women’s experiences with breastfeeding.

“It’s been estimated that if 90% of US women could achieve the American Pediatric Association recommendation of 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding followed by continued breastfeeding for 1 year, we could save $17.4 billion in maternal health care costs and an additional $13 billion in pediatric health costs each year,” says Leslie Lytle, Breastfeeding Coordinator for the City of Richmond. “Yet most women struggle to reach their breastfeeding goals and there are significant racial disparities in breastfeeding initiation and duration. Our goal with this year’s Symposium is to spark conversations among folks who might not think of breastfeeding as a foundational health equity issue.”
  • Where: The Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA
  • What: The Second Annual RVA Breastfeeding Symposium: First Food: The Intersection of Health, Race, Policy, and Practice.
  • When: Morning session: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free and open to the public; however pre-registration is required. Online registration is available at http://bit.ly/2sRIFix.

The RVA Breastfeeding Symposium is sponsored by #RVAbreastfeeds (formerly Richmond Health Action Alliance), a coalition funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and administered by the Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, a division of Richmond Department of Social Services. #RVAbreastfeeds has sponsored a variety of events to raise community support for breastfeeding families over the last five years.

The #RVAbreastfeeds planning team consists of representatives from Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, Richmond City Health District, Richmond City WIC, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, and the RVA community. The RVA Breastfeeding Symposium is made possible through funding and in-kind support from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Richmond Healthy Start Initiative, and Richmond City WIC.

Please contact Leslie Lytle at Anne.Lytle@richmondgov.com or call 646-3612 for more information.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Community Office Hours with Mayor Stoney


Mayor Levar Stoney will be hosting Community Office Hours in each of the 9 districts to hear from you, the residents of RVA!

The next meeting will be Monday, July 17 for the 6th District
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hotchkiss Community Center
701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
 
For more information, please call Tameka Jefferson at 804-646-7970.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Volunteers Needed for the 2017 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp Ambassador Program


The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor program is looking for 250 volunteers to serve as Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. The Washington Redskins Training Camp will begin on July 27 and conclude on August 13, held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

The Richmond Training Camp Ambassador program allows volunteers to be the “face” of Richmond. Program participants highlight local tourism destinations, restaurants and other points of interest in the city, answer questions about training camp and help make it a fun and safe event for all attendees.

Shifts will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Fan Experience Ambassadors.

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, resulting in only one volunteer shift.

All volunteers will receive the following general incentives:
Volunteer recognition certificate
  • Free Redskins hat and t-shirt
  • Redskins vs. Cowboys Game-Viewing event at the Training Center for Ambassadors (Sunday, October 29, 2017)
  • Discount at the Redskins Training Camp Team Store
  • Discount with Training Camp food vendors
  • Discount on a personalized brick for Brick Walk entrance
Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors who volunteer for a certain benchmark number of shifts will receive additional rewards. Specific information about the incentive program (1 shift approximately 5.5 hours) is as follows:
  •  2 Shifts/11 Hours: Free or discounted tickets for City of Richmond sponsored events
  •  3 Shifts/16 Hours: Free tickets to the Richmond Squirrels “Redskins Day” home game
  •  6 Shifts/33 Hours: Opportunity to attend an exclusive private Redskins Practice
  •  9 Shifts/50 Hours: Redskins Panel Football
  •  12 Shifts/65 Hours: Two upper level tickets and parking pass to a 2017 Redskins home game against a non-NFC East opponent (available games TBD)
  •  70 or more Hours: VIP Tour of FedExField (On non-Gameday and subject to stadium availability)
To register to become a 2017 Richmond Training Camp Ambassador and to get complete list of details about this fantastic volunteer opportunity, please visit http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/TrainingCamp.aspx



Monday, June 19, 2017

Mayor Stoney and Virginia First Lady Kickoff Richmond Summer Meals Program


To view the video from the event, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_QnF0Kmwzs

Today, at the Southside Community Center, Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe joined No Kid Hungry Virginia and partners to kick off the summer meals program for the city of Richmond. Organized by the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (DPRCF), more than 80 city locations will provide free, healthy summer meals to anyone 18 or under. These sites are part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out for the summer.

“We are committed to creating opportunities for Richmond youth to flourish and excel when school is out for the summer,” said Mayor Stoney. “Sites are located at safe places like schools, churches and community centers across Richmond. We encourage families to find the closest site in their neighborhood.”

Approximately 35 percent of Richmond youth who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the schools year are getting meals through SFSP. In support of the program, the Richmond Police Department will provide a recurring presence at five Richmond Housing Authority sites. The city's Department of Human Services and DPRCF are partnering to identify community facilities where city employees can volunteer to serve meals.

“Summer is the hungriest time of year for many Virginia families,” said Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. “Luckily, there are many sites throughout the commonwealth where kids can go to have fun with their friends and get the nutrition they need to grow and continue learning throughout the summer.”

Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and type in a zip code to find the nearest summer meals sites, along with operating days and times. No application or registration is required.No Kid Hungry Virginia organizes the texting service and updates the information weekly. Locations are also available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program and the importance of connecting youth with meals during the summer, visit https://va.nokidhungry.org/summer-resources.


Richmond Public Libraries Connects with Digital Media Service Hoopla


Earlier this month, Richmond Public Libraries (RPL) connected with digital media service provider Hoopla in order to make more content available to city residents. Hoopla currently offers about 600,000 items on its website, allowing visitors to instantly borrow digital movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks and more 24/7 using their library card. With new content being added daily, and no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded.

"Today's technology driven culture expects instant access to their favorite artists, shows and movies," said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. "It is great to see Richmond Public Libraries implementing new services to provide more options for our residents to stay connected."

Library card holders will be able to borrow up to four times a month from Hoopla without charge.

"Richmond Public Libraries is proud to offer content beyond the walls of the library and make your library card even more powerful," said RPL Director Scott Firestine. “This will be invaluable to families as they are now able to instantly stream iconic TV shows like Sesame Street to smartphones, tablets and computers through Hoopla's multi-format experience."

For more information on services offered by Richmond Public Libraries, visit RVAlibrary.org.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Richmond Ambulance Authority Paramedic Receives ‘Star of Life’ Award from the American Ambulance Association


Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) paramedic Julie Anderson has received an American Ambulance Association (AAA) Star of Life award for 2017. The award, presented at AAA’s Stars of Life Celebration on Monday, June 12 in Washington, DC, honored remarkable ambulance service professionals from around the nation who truly stand out and represent excellence in their field. Those who receive this award are nominated by their peers.

Anderson, a Hanover, Virginia resident and RAA employee since 2007, was honored at Monday’s ceremony. “Julie is the complete role model both in her clinical practice and the example she sets,” said Rob Lawrence, chief operating officer for the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “She is a consummate professional who is respected by all that come into contact with her and is well deserving of this honor.”

Julie is a true lifesaver.  One of the very first people she saved after qualifying as a paramedic was Community Idea Stations President and Chief Executive Officer, Curtis Monk. Mr. Monk was being transported to the hospital and went into cardiac arrest on Julie’s ambulance. Her quick thinking and intervention gave Mr. Monk a new lease on life. He later underwent a heart transplant. Mr. Monk said, “I am thrilled to see Julie receive this national recognition, for without her and her partner that day, I simply would not be here right now and for that, I am eternally grateful.”

In an added surprise to Anderson’s Star of Life award, Curtis Monk also attended the ceremony. Upon hearing of her award, Monk asked to be a part of the celebration and express his personal thanks. With the assistance of the American Ambulance Association, Monk surprised Julie by appearing on stage to present her Star of Life medal.

Last year, Anderson received the 2016 RAA Medic of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented annually by RAA’s internationally-renowned Operational Medical Director, Dr. Joseph P. Ornato. It is given to a paramedic who has demonstrated superior clinical abilities and has also dedicated personal time and effort to assuring RAA remains clinically on the cutting edge of mobile healthcare, not only in Richmond, but on the national and international fronts as well.

“She is an outstanding provider,” said Chip Decker, CEO of the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “She deserves to be recognized as a Star of Life, and we are proud of her many accomplishments, her clinical excellence and exemplary work ethic.”

Anderson commented, " My favorite thing about EMS is helping people in their time of need – even if it’s not medically related – just a kind word or a smile helps and I am very honored to be selected by the Richmond Ambulance Authority to represent them at the Stars of Life this year.”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

City's Department of Social Services to Host Special Event Featuring Speaker Tonier Cain


The City of Richmond's Department of Social Services invites residents to "The Journey from Trauma To Resilience", a special event featuring speaker Tonier Cain. The event will be held Friday, June 23, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street.

The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is sponsoring the nationally recognized author and speaker Tonier Cain, to come to Richmond and speak to parents and City of Richmond human services professionals. Ms. Cain travels widely to share her personal story of trauma healing and recovery from addiction.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, and will be followed by a resource fair in the cafeteria from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kelley Brown at kelley.brown@richmondgov.com or 804-646-0375.

*Childcare will not be provided at the event

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RVA 9th Best City for Black Entrepreneurs


Once again, Richmond continues to be a city of choice for business. The May 5th edition of the online magazine Rolling Out ranked the city 9th in its top 20 list of best places for black entrepreneurs.

“I’m delighted to congratulate the City of Richmond for achieving this accomplishment the top 20 list of cities for black entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “It is an honor to be recognized as a hub for cultivating new ideas, entrepreneurship and pioneering for the development of black-owned businesses.”

The article highlights the correlation between strong minority leadership and the development of minority businesses. Many of these cities indicate similar characteristics such as political support. The article noted that 8 out of 20 cities had African-American mayors. Southern dominance is another observed category, with Michigan and D.C. being the only cities not located in the Southern region of the country. From Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the amount of black owned banks, historical significance was found in each of these cities.

To see the full list of cities recognized, visit http://rollingout.com/2017/05/05/the-top-cities-for-black-entrepreneurs/

Please contact Patricia Foster at (804) 646-7966 or Patricia.Foster@RichmondGov.com for information regarding Minority Business Development in the city.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Residential Trash Accepted at East Richmond Road Convenience Center


Beginning Monday, May 1, City residents will be able to dispose of household trash at the East Richmond Road Convenience Center (ERRCC), located at 3800 East Richmond Road. All trash must be bagged.  Bulk items, such as furniture and mattresses, will not be accepted. 

Those utilizing the service must provide proof of City residency. 

ERRCC hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility is closed on weekends and on holidays recognized by Richmond city government.

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


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 21. 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 9:30 a.m. to 10 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 Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St. For further questions please contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Public Notice: 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan & 2017 Annual Action Plan


In accordance with HUD citizen participation requirements, a 30-day public comment period for the 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and the proposed 2017 Annual Action Plan (City FY 2018) will begin on April 7, 2017, and will expire on May 22, 2017. By this notice the City of Richmond announces the availability of the second year of the five year 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan also known as the proposed 2017 Annual Action Plan Budget is ready for public review and comment. 

Click here for the document in English.

Click here for the document in Spanish.


Monday, March 13, 2017

New N2N Volunteer Opportunity Listing - OAPD Book Club Facilitators


Click here to view or download

Volunteer Job Description Form

Contact Person: E. Yvette Jones, Human Services Manager
E-mail: E.Jones@Richmondgov.com
Contact Phone: (804) 646-3054


Monday, March 6, 2017

Mayors Proposed Bulk, Brush, and Leaf Collection Improvements (FY 2018 Budget)


Click here to view Mayors proposed bulk, brush, and leaf collection improvements.

Amended 2017 Federal Funds Budget Links to Documents in English & Spanish


The following links serve as public notice that the City is amending the current year federal funds budget for Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) and Housing Opportunities for Person with Aids (HOPWA). The CDBG funds will assist low and moderate income households located in the City and HOPWA funds will assist households in the Richmond MSA.

Public Notice - 2017 Consolidated Plan Amendment

Aviso P├║blico - 2017 Enmiendas al Plan Consolidado

Thursday, March 2, 2017

City to Auction Off Surplus Furniture


Mayor Levar M. Stoney today announced Richmond’s Department of Procurement Services (DPS) will be auctioning off surplus furniture starting Tuesday, March 7, 2017 until Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The surplus furniture is currently being held in Public, Safety, Health & Welfare Building located at 501 N. 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Citizens and interested parties will be allowed to set an appointment to view the surplus furniture before submitting a bid with DPS. Walk-through appointments will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 between the hours of 2 - 4 p.m., and Monday, March 6, 2017 between the hours of 2 - 4 p.m.  The surplus furniture will be sold as one lot and the buyer will be responsible for removing all items; with the exception of items roped off and marked not for sale.

Please contact DPS at (804) 646-5716 if you would like to request additional viewing times.

To view all of the City’s current surplus furniture open for bid, please visit http://www.govdeals.com/richmond



Thursday, February 23, 2017

East Main Street at Dock Street Project to Include New Traffic Signals and a Roundabout


Phase I of the East Main Street | Relocated Dock Street project has gotten underway and is expected to be completed in mid-August.

The scope of the initial phase includes:
  • Widening East Main Street from the proposed roundabout to Gilles Creek to include parking, bike lanes, landscaping, and Bus Rapid Transit pullouts;
  • Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Nicholson streets
  • Closing Water Street between Nicholson and Ash streets immediately following the completion of Phase I;
  • Constructing a roundabout above the 100 year flood plain at the intersection of Main Street and relocated Dock Street
  • Removing existing Dominion Power Poles and replacing them with underground utilities, duct banks and manholes
During Phase I several areas of East Main Street will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic, including
  • Two-way traffic on East Main from Nicholson to Peebles streets
Motorists must follow detours and signage in that area. 

The overall project will build on a significant number of plans and projects that are currently underway or have already been approved for the area, such as Pulse-Bus Rapid Transit and the Virginia Capital Trail and the VDOT Route 5 Bridge Project.  It also will provide a better transportation network in the rapidly developing east end area of the City and increase pedestrian and bicycle access to the City’s riverfront, public transit, public parking and streetscape. 

Phase II, which includes the relocation, or shifting, of Dock Street is expected to begin in the summer. 

The entire project will be completed by January 2018.

The $11,032,000 cost is funded by the City and state revenue share funds. 

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Renovations Planned for Shockoe Plaza Parking Deck


Construction to renovate the two elevators inside the Shockoe Plaza Parking Deck located at 100 Virginia Street will begin February 27.  To bring the current elevators up-to-date, Thyssen Elevator will be replacing the cabs, shaft components and all motors and controls with new equipment. The renovation will require taking down part of the stone walls surrounding the elevator frames on all six levels of the deck. For safety measures, wooden enclosures will be erected around each elevator lobby area. Once work begins, both elevators will be out of service and patrons will have to use the stairs. 

Highwoods Properties, Standard Parking and the City of Richmond will post signage throughout the parking deck, at stairwell doors and at the entrance and exit to the deck. 
The project is expected to be completed by May 15.

Patrons with special needs can contact Dean Squires, Director of Asset Management with Highwoods Properties at 804-290-2161.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Street Closure – Commerce Road


WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  The road has been closed until further notice.

WHERE: Commerce Road between Deepwater Terminal and Bellemeade Road

BACKGROUND:  The above mentioned area has been closed for roadway repairs and maintenance. Motorists must follow the detour signs.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Richmond Police Athletic League to host Spring Break Sports Camp


Welcome to the 2017 Spring Break Sports Camp for 9-13 year old boys and girls!
There is only room for 40 kids and it sells out very fast, so register here today!

The camp is Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

$60 for the entire week, and each child must provide their own lunch except on Thursday when PAL is throwing a pizza party for everyone.

Activities include skating, baseball, hiking, football, basketball, fishing, bowling and a movie.
Each group of ten will be led by a Richmond PAL Police Officer.

Please note that it is required that the camper participates in all sports camps. Children will be sent home if they refuse to participate.

For more information please contact Officer Perry Barber at Perry.Barber@richmondgov.com or
804-646-1832.

RichmondPAL.com

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Levar M. Stoney sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor



Mayor Stoney, Richmond's youngest ever mayor at age 35, was sworn in by Judge David M. Hicks in a brief ceremony that was officiated by the Rev. Tyrone Nelson and attended by members of his extended family and close friends, as well as members of City Council and Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his wife, Dorothy.

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