Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp Ambassador Program

Richmond, VA – The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor program is looking for 200 volunteers to serve as Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. The Washington Redskins Training Camp will begin on July 25 and conclude on August 11, 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.

For Fan Experience Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For Security Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 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, t-shirt, and cooling towel

·        Discount at the Redskins Training Camp Team Store

·        50% Discount with Training Camp food vendors

·        Discount on a personalized brick for Brick Walk entrance

·        Sports drink and snacks provided daily

·        Large group picture with either the owner, coaches & players, and/or special guests

Additional awards will be given to Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors who volunteer for a certain benchmark number of shifts. Specific information about the incentive program (1 shift approximately 5.5 hours) is as follows:

  • 1 Shift/5.5 Hours: VIP Parking Pass (daily drawing for 2 parking passes)
  • 3 Shifts/16 Hours: Free tickets to the Richmond Squirrels “Redskins Day” home game
  • 7 Shifts/38 Hours: Redskins Panel Football and opportunity to attend an exclusive private Redskins Practice
  • 8 Shifts/44 Hours: Redskins pullover jacket
  • 9 Shifts/49 Hours: Drawing for Ambassador and a guest to win Two Tickets to a Redskins seating in the Club Level; plus 1 parking pass. (Choose one: Lions or Jets Game)
  • 10 Shifts/55 Hours: Two upper level tickets and a parking pass to a 2019 Redskins home game against a Non-NFC East opponent. (Choose one: Jets or Lions Game)
  • 11 Shifts/60 Hours: Two Tickets to and 1 parking pass to pre-season Redskins vs Ravens, with the opportunity to be a part of the special On-Field presentation.
  • 12 Shifts/66 Hours: VIP Tour of FedExField (On Non-Gameday and Subject to Stadium availability)
  • 13 Shifts/70 Hours or more: Two Tickets and 1 parking pass to attend a Redskins home game including tailgate lunch AND a drawing for Ambassador to win a signed jersey or helmet. (Lions Game)

To register to become a 2019 Richmond Training Camp Ambassador and to get complete list of details about this fantastic volunteer opportunity, please visit

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New Utility Rates In Effect July 1

Utility rate changes passed by Richmond City Council on May 13, 2019 go into effect with the first utility bills customers receive in July 2019.  Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Director Calvin Farr Jr. stated, “The effective and consistent delivery of quality natural gas, water and stormwater utility services requires aggressive programs to protect methods of supply, and regular investments to replace and renew infrastructure to enhance service quality and service delivery.”  These rate increases are projected to cost the average customer approximately $6.00 more per month which equates to an approximate four percent increase. 

Here is a breakdown of the utility rates for natural gas, water, wastewater and stormwater rates, as approved:

 3.50 percent increase in the fixed distribution and customer charges for all natural gas customer classes.  The average residential customer who uses 70 Ccf will pay approximately $1.86 more per month for these fixed costs.  The purchased gas cost (PGC), are not included in this proposal as it is passed on dollar for dollar to the customer, without any mark up. 

A typical water customer using 6 Ccfs (1 Ccf = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons) of water per month will see an increase of $1.41 on their overall water bill.   This includes monthly service charge and volumetric charge (amount used) . 


A typical wastewater customer using 6 Ccfs (1 Ccf = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons) of wastewater per month will see an increase of $2.39 on their overall wastewater bill.   This includes monthly service charge and volumetric charge (amount used)

Stormwater utility rates are based on the amount of impervious area (surfaces that cannot absorb water or that water cannot pass through) within a property. Roofs, walkways, gravel or asphalt driveways and decks are all categorized as impervious areas.  Single family residents pay a flat stormwater fee based on the amount of impervious area that a property contains.  Typical residential customers will see a four percent or $0.16 increase in their monthly bill. See the size and fees associated with single family residential tier below: 
  • Tier 1 (1000 or less sq. ft. of impervious area) will pay $2.23 per month 
  • Tier 2 (1,001 - 2,000 sq. ft. of impervious area) will pay $4.10 per month 
  • Tier 3 (2,001 – 3,000 sq. ft. of impervious area) will pay $6.67 per month
  • Tier 4 (3,001 – 4,000 sq. ft. of impervious area) will pay $9.51 per month
  • Tier 5 (4,001 sq. ft. or more of impervious area) will pay $13.78 per month.
To assist customers with managing their utility bill, Richmond Gas Works and the Department of Public Utilities offer programs year-round.  Customers are encouraged to seek assistance before bills become unmanageable.  The Equal Monthly Payment Plan (EMPP) helps to avoid large seasonal fluctuations in the monthly utility bill.  More information about EMPP and other programs is available by calling (804) 6464646 or visiting

Equal Monthly Payment Program (EMPP) 
Richmond Gas Works, in conjunction with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU), offers this program which spreads payments evenly over 12 months, along with other convenient payment plans.  The EMPP works well because the annual customer natural gas charges is used to calculate an equal payment amount that spreads the cost over the entire year and allows customers to develop a monthly energy budget.  Call Richmond Gas Works’ Customer Care Center at (804) 646-4646 for more information.

MetroCare Heat Bill Pay Assistance Program
This heating bill payment assistance program provides funds to eligible families and individuals who are having trouble paying their primary heating bills due to a financial difficulty or other special hardship.  The application period coincides with the heating season and applications are accepted beginning Dec. 15 through April 30 each year.  Residents within Richmond Gas Works' service territory may apply for funds through MetroCare.  For more information, call (804) 646-4646.

(For the Love Of Water) Bill Pay Assistance Program – FLOW is the name of DPU’s MetroCare water bill payment assistance program which provides funds to eligible families and individuals who are having difficulty paying their primary water bills due to financial concerns.  There is an application process and ratepayers can receive up to $500 per applicant if approved. For more information, call (804) 646-4646.

FLOW Conservation Program
The FLOW Program has two components to assist DPU water customers (assistance and conservation). The water assistance portion of the program provides financial assistance to eligible customers who are homeowners for plumbing repairs and the replacement of water-inefficient appliances.  FLOW Conserve will repair plumbing and/or replace existing products with EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) WaterSense labeled products to conserve water and reduce wasteful consumption. DPU has partnered with ProjectHomes to assist homeowners interested in this program by purchasing and installing energy efficient appliances such as low-flow toilets and shower heads. For more information contact ProjectHomes at (804) 233-2827

SeniorCare Program
This program caters to the unique needs of seniors 65 years of age and older in the Richmond metropolitan community. Senior customers can sign up for this program and take advantage of Winter Service Assurance, no late fees, security deposit waiver program, annual weatherization kit giveaways and third party notification.   For more information, call (804) 646-4646.

DPU’s new E-Z Pay system also makes it easier and more convenient for customers to pay their bill online.  For more information logon to:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Public Events Celebrating African and African-American Heritage, Provided by Elegba Folklore Society

The following events celebrate aspects of African and African-American heritage during the summer months. All information for these events was provided by the Elegba Folklore Society. Learn more about the Elegba Folklore Society at

Juneteenth, A Freedom Celebration
Symposium, Friday, June 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Elegba Folklore Society, 101 E. Broad Street
Independence Day Our Way, Saturday, June 15 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Manchester Dock
Homage to Our Ancestors, Sunday, June 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Visit for more information.

Grand Opening of Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality
Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Admission complimentary, RSVP requested

What is Africa to Me? Perspectives on History and Culture
Community Study Group
Wednesday, June 19 at Elegba Folklore Society

Out of Darkness, Showing and Conversation
Part of the 3rd Saturday Documentary Series
Saturday, July 20, 5 p.m. at Elegba Folklore Society

The Fire Inside, Paintings by Kelly U. Johnson
Showing through August 31 at Elegba Folklore Society

In the Beginning… Virginia, Along the Trail of Enslaved Africans
Cultural History Tour
Visit for more information.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Preparing for Richmond’s Hurricane Season

Hurricane season lasts six months, starting on June 1 and ending on November 30. The Richmond Metro Area’s likelihood of experiencing hurricanes peaks in the period of August through September.

Hurricanes that affect the Richmond Metro Area may not be as strong as when they hit the coastline, but heavy rain, flooding, strong winds, and even tornadoes are still a serious threat. The storms can cause damage such as long-term power outages and the destruction of homes and other property.

Hurricane weather experts release predictions each year for the upcoming seasons. A normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean consists of 12 named storms and six hurricanes. This year, the researchers are predicting 13 named storms, five of them with the potential to become hurricanes, meaning they have winds of 74 mph or greater. Experts also predict that two hurricanes could reach “major” strength, with winds of at least 111 mph.

Residents and those who work in the city should have a plan for emergencies and disasters. Make sure to be prepared for this hurricane season by having an emergency kit, a family plan, and a way to stay informed.

To learn more about hurricane preparedness, visit
Click here to watch a message from Mayor Stoney.


Preparándose para la temporada de huracanes de Richmond

La temporada de huracanes dura seis meses, desde el 1º de junio hasta el 30 de noviembre. Las posibilidades de que haya huracanes en el área metropolitana de Richmond alcanzan su punto máximo entre agosto y septiembre.

Aunque los huracanes que afectan el área metropolitana de Richmond pueden ser más débiles que cuando golpean a la costa, las lluvias intensas, las inundaciones, los vientos fuertes e inclusive los tornados son en todo caso amenazas muy serias. Las tormentas pueden causar daños tales como cortes de energía de larga duración, además de la destrucción de hogares y otras propiedades.

Los expertos en climas huracanados publican anualmente sus predicciones para las temporadas que se avecinan. Una temporada normal de huracanes en el océano Atlántico consiste en 12 tormentas con nombre propio y 6 huracanes. Este año, los investigadores han predicho que aparecerán 13 tormentas con nombre propio, cinco de las cuales tendrán el potencial de convertirse en huracanes, lo que quiere decir que sus vientos alcanzarán 119 km/h (74 mph) o más. Los expertos también han predicho que dos de esos huracanes podrían llegar a adquirir una fuerza “mayor”, con vientos de al menos 179 km/h (111 mph).

Los residentes de la ciudad, así como aquellos que trabajan en Richmond deberían tener un plan para emergencias y desastres. Asegúrese de estar preparado(a) para esta temporada de huracanes, teniendo un kit de emergencia, un plan para su familia y una manera de permanecer informado(a).

Para aprender más acerca de la preparación para los huracanes, visite en Internet

Haga clic aquí para observar un mensaje del Alcalde Stoney.


Statement from Mayor Levar M. Stoney on Governor Northam’s Call for a Special Session of the Virginia Assembly Addressing Gun Violence

“I thank Governor Northam for his leadership in calling for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to address gun violence in our commonwealth. 

The governor is right – thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action to bring common sense gun regulation to Virginia, and localities need the authority to protect their communities. 

Now is the time for EVERY ONE of our state lawmakers to stand up and be counted. We owe it to the families in Virginia Beach, to the family of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson and to every life lost in Richmond and across the commonwealth due to gun violence. 

Every Virginian deserves to go to work or play in the park or walk our streets without fear. It’s time for courage and accountability. November is coming.”