Thursday, June 22, 2017

East Richmond Road Convenience Center Closing Early on Thursday

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center sill close at noon on Thursday for routine maintenance work at the facility. It will re-open Friday morning at 7 a.m. Regular hours at the landfill are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  It is closed on weekends.  The facility is available to City residents only


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

City to Participate in National Take Your Dog to Work Day, June 23

Mayor Stoney, shown here with Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) puppy Harry Styles, is supporting National Take Your Dog to Work Day in a big way! City departments will host dogs from RACC in their offices for the afternoon.

“RACC is doing an amazing job with our animal friends! This event will bring more attention to the work they’re doing and help more dogs find great homes,” said Mayor Stoney. The mayor's office, Richmond Police and Fire Departments, the Departments of Public Utilities, Public Works and Human Resources, along with Risk Management and the Main Library, will all participate in the fun!

The goal is to help spread the word about the wonderful animals in need at our shelter and generate adoptions in the process. RACC is an open admission, city-funded shelter taking in and providing care to more than 3,200 animals a year. Richmond is committed to each life in the city, whether two-legged or four, and is proud to support and encourage citizens to visit the city shelter to adopt a pet. Every dog participating is available for adoption and has been working on their “hand” shake to make a great impression, and possibly, find a forever home.

“We are happy to collaborate with other city departments for this event to showcase RACC and the wonderful animals we serve and save every single day,” said Christie Peters.

The following individuals will be hosting dogs this Friday, June 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.:
  • Mayor’s Office (Jon Baliles, City Hall, 900 E. Broad, 2nd Floor)
  • Human Resources (Korita Jones, City Hall, 900 E. Broad, 9th Floor)
  • Public Works (Bobby Vincent, City Hall, 900 E. Broad, 7th Floor)
  • Public Utilities (Bob Steidel, waste water plant, 1400 Brander St.)
  • Richmond Police Department (Steve Drew, 200 W. Grace St.)
  • Richmond Fire Department (Bill Lawson, 201 E. Franklin St.)
  • Main Library (Scott Firestine, 101 E. Franklin St.)
Taking and sharing photos will be encouraged. For more information, please contact Christie Chipps Peters at or (804) 646-5740.

Downriver Schematic Design Public Meeting, June 28

The City's Department of Planning and Development Review will be hosting a meeting to discuss the Downriver Schematic Design on Wednesday, June 28, 6 p.m., at the Powhatan Community Center, 5051 Northampton St.

Parking is available on site, and the Center is also accessible by the #52 & #53 buses. The is a public meeting to further the schematic design for the Downriver Riverfront Plan concept at the Lehigh and Intermediate Terminal parcels.

For more information, contact Kathleen Onufer at or call 646-5207.

Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilman Parker Agelasto to hold a meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District
Thursday, June 22, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Richmond Government Southside Community Service Center
4100 Hull Street Rd.  

Councilman Chris Hilbert to hold a meeting for the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District
Thursday, June 22, 2017
6 p.m.
Northside Family YMCA
4207 Old Brook Rd. 

City Offices Closed July 3 - 4 in Observance of Independence Day

In observance of Independence Day, City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Wednesday, July 5.

This closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Library and all City community centers. The Broad Rock Library, which is normally open on Sundays, will be closed on Sunday, July 2. All summer camps will be closed, and Summer Meals for Kids will not operate on July 3 and July 4. Outdoor pools will operate from noon to 5 p.m. on July 3 and July 4, while indoor pools will be closed.

Richmond Animal Care and Control will also be closed July 3 and July 4. Residents are reminded to please leave their pets at home for fireworks displays.

Refuse collection will be performed as normally scheduled on Monday, July 3. Starting Tuesday, July 4, the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for the week, as the collection schedule will resume on Wednesday, July 5 and continue through Friday, July 7.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on July 4. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Wednesday, July 5.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit

Tuesday, June 20, 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 Thursday, June 22 for the 7th District
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Powhatan Community Center
5051 Northampton St.
For more information, please call Tameka Jefferson at 804-646-7970.

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

Street Closure – East Main Street – East of Pear Street

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure 

WHEN: Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday June 24 and ending at 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 25

WHERE:  East Main Street – East of Pear Street

BACKGROUND:  The area will be closed to allow the Department of Public Utilities to install a new waterline. Through traffic will be detoured around the work area. Local access will be maintained for individuals who live and work in the area. Please use caution and obey the traffic signs.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mayor Stoney and Virginia First Lady Kickoff Richmond Summer Meals Program

To view the video from the event, visit

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

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program and the importance of connecting youth with meals during the summer, visit

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

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

Maggie Lena Walker Monument Unveiling

The City of Richmond, its Public Art Commission and Mayor Levar M. Stoney are pleased to announce the unveiling of Richmond’s newest monument memorializing the Richmond icon and entrepreneur Maggie Lena Walker, the late 19th- and early 20th-century African-American leader who was the first woman to charter a bank in the United States.

The public is cordially invited to join city officials, the statue’s nationally acclaimed artist, Antonio “Toby” Mendez, members of the Maggie Walker family and other dignitaries for this momentous event on Saturday, July 15, 2017, Ms. Walker’s 153rd birthday.

The monument location is at Broad and Adams Street in the city’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. It is within walking distance of the Maggie Walker Home and National Historic Site, the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank she founded in 1903 and the Emporium, her clothing store on Broad Street.

“This effort has been nearly 20 years in the making and it is an honor to finally see it happen during my time in office,” said Mayor Stoney. “Maggie Walker is an inspiration to women, African Americans and entrepreneurs alike.”

The unveiling and dedication of the statue will begin at 10 am, followed by a reception with the artist at the new plaza. The National Park Service will conduct walking tours of the area focusing on Ms. Walker’s contributions to Richmond immediately following the dedication and the National Historic Site will remain open all day for tours.

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 or 804-646-0375.

*Childcare will not be provided at the event