Monday, November 24, 2014

Bashaud Breeland Anti-Drug Message Released

~ Commonwealth Attorney, School Superintendent promote use ~

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring revealed a Public Service Announcement (PSA) today featuring Redskin’s Cornerback Bashaud Breeland. The PSA was produced as a result of Breeland being cited with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in August of this year by a VCU Police Officer.

The misdemeanor offense, which can often lead to community service sentencing, has instead resulted in the production of a public message that Herring sees as being more far-reaching and having potentially greater impact with young people than other more traditional forms of community services. “I saw this case, which qualifies for first-offender status, as a unique and different opportunity that presented us with the possibility of making a significant impact, as opposed to simply just giving out a punishment,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring. “Our goal here was to capitalize on Bashaud Breeland’s willingness to allow his experience to become a teaching tool to help young people make better decisions.”

Herring indicated that he knows of “no other instance in recent history where an active NFL player has been willing to be an exhibit concerning the lesson of how destructive drugs can be.”  Citing the target audience for this PSA as young people, and particularly student athletes, Herring was joined by Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden.

“This matter represents a very positive outcome to an unfortunate situation,” stated Dr. Bedden. “RPS now has the opportunity to make this PSA available through our health and athletics programs, as well as through our Family and Community Engagement office. The biggest message here is about decision-making and particularly decision-making as it come to illegal drugs. People are faced with tough choices every day. We feel this PSA will help young people stop and think about what to say no to or what to say yes to. We are going to use this as best we can to make a difference.”

The PSA can be seen on YouTube at

The PSA will also be broadcast on the City’s cable channel and it is available to be aired on other networks for broader audiences.

Friday, November 21, 2014

FY 2016 - FY 2017 City General Fund & Federal Funds Request for Funding Application

The purpose of the Request for Funding Combined Application is to solicit applications from various organizations to address unmet critical needs in both human services and economic and community development. Funding to support eligible programs is made possible through City General Funds and the following federal funds - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA).

Please click here for the City General Fund and Federal Fund guidelines, here to obtain the FY16/FY17 Non-Departmental and Federal Funding Application,or here to obtain the FY16/FY17 Non-Departmental Budget Pages Submission Form.

Please call the City of Richmond Office of Budget and Strategic Planning at (804) 646-5778 if you have questions or need additional information.

City Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

City of Richmond government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Monday, December 1, 2014.

This closure includes all City community centers which are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. All City community centers will reopen on Monday, December 1 at normal hours. All branches of the Richmond Public Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29. The Broad Rock Library is open on Sundays, and will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 30.

Richmond Animal Care and Control will also be closed on November 27. The shelter will open on November 28 to assist residents who find stray animals or who are looking for missing pets. Current volunteers are welcome at the shelter between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. during this time period to socialize with shelter animals. The shelter will remain closed for adoptions until Sunday, November 30 at which time it will open from noon to 4 p.m.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Thursday as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed on November 27. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for residents whose refuse is normally collected on Thursday, as Thursday’s collection schedule will be performed on Friday, November 28. Refuse collection for Monday – Wednesday of this week will continue with its normal schedule.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Thursday. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Friday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mayor to Kick Off Richmond City Community Schools Initiative at Bellemeade Community Center This Saturday

~Event to include family activities, health screenings and health and wellness information~

The public is invited to the Richmond City Community Schools initiative Kickoff this Saturday, November 22 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at the Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Avenue. Mayor Dwight C. Jones will begin the event by officially announcing the initiative, which is a major collaboration between the City, Richmond Public Schools and community partners. Community Schools serve as community “hubs” designed to promote academic achievement, personal wellness, and holistic family and community stability through coordinated partnerships. The Richmond City Community Schools initiative is an outgrowth of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy. Mayor Jones will be joined in launching the initiative by Richmond Public School Board Member, Dr. Derik Jones and Richmond Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dana Bedden.

Saturday’s kickoff event will be filled with a variety of family activities, tours of the facility, basic health screenings, and health and wellness resources as well as other social services information. Through several upcoming engagement events and a combination of on-and off-site social, health and other wraparound services, Richmond City Community Schools will serve thousands of city residents each year.

“No one factor determines poor academic achievement; and no single intervention will improve educational outcomes in our city’s youth. That’s why I’m pleased that we are partnering with Richmond Public Schools and our many private and public partners, to address determinants that give rise to poor outcomes in the lives of our students, their families and their communities,” said Mayor Jones.

“This is the type of collaborative effort that will give our principals, teachers and staff the opportunity to continue to maximize and remove obstacles to student learning,” said, Dr. Derik Jones, Richmond School Board, 8th District. “I am pleased that the 8th District is part of the initial rollout of the Richmond City Community Schools strategy with implementation underway at Oak Grove-Bellemeade and Broad Rock Elementary Schools.”

“Schools are often the nucleus of a community,” said Dr. Dana Bedden. “By bridging access to quality health care, social services and community resources, we advance the improvement of academic outcomes for our city’s youth and the quality of life for our families.”

In addition to Saturday’s kickoff, Broad Rock Elementary School will host an open house in December to showcase programs and services being offered to the community through the Richmond City Community Schools collaborative. Cigna is joining the City as a major partner to support the launching of Richmond City Community Schools.

“Cigna is proud to be a sponsor of the Richmond City Community Schools initiative and to join Mayor Jones and so many community partners to promote good health and well-being,” said Julia Huggins, president, Cigna MidAtlantic. “Together, we can help our children achieve academic success and build a strong support system for them, their families and our entire community.” 

For more information about the Richmond City Community Schools initiative, please contact Keisha Smith (804) 646-0586 or by email at

Friday, November 14, 2014

Donate to the City of Richmond and Radio One Toy Drive

The City of Richmond and Radio One Annual Toy Drive has begun! Donations of new, unwrapped toys, books and clothing are being accepted at any City fire station, the Department of Social Services Marshall Street Plaza (900 East Marshall Street), Southside Community Services Center (4100 Hull Street Road), East District Initiative (701 North 25th Street), and at City Hall (900 East Broad Street) until 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 11.

All Radio One Richmond DJ’s will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on December 9, 10, and 11 to “PACK THE PODS” with donations of new unwrapped toys targeting children ages newborn to Age 13 at the Walmart Supercenter, 2410 Sheila Lane. On behalf of Richmond area Lowes Stores, Richmond store General Manager Michael Sida has already committed to donating 75 new bicycles for the toy distribution. Other drop off locations will be announced on iPower92.1FM; Praise104.7FM; and KISS-FM 99.3/105.7FM. Donations will be distributed to children in need within the Richmond Metropolitan area.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

City to Install Additional Pay Stations Near VCU Monroe Park Campus

The City will begin installing approximately 40 new parking pay stations, to
include 12 to 14 more in the VCU area in late November.

The locations for the pay stations near VCU are:

  • 600 and 700 blocks of West Franklin Street
  • 600 and 700 blocks of West Main Street
  • 300 through 500 blocks of West Franklin Street

The new stations, near the campus, are being placed in areas where there are no parking
meters and on-street parking is time-regulated with a two-hour limit.

The City began replacing parking meters with pay stations in the Central Business District in
2012. To date, approximately 125 parking stations have been installed.

It costs 75 cents per hour to park at a pay station. The meters accept credit cards, debit cards,
cash and coins. The machines dispense a receipt that must be placed on the dashboard and is
visible from the windshield.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Richmond and Henrico to Partner with Amtrak for Emergency Response Training

The City’s Office of Emergency Management, the City’s Fire Department along with Henrico County’s Division of Fire and Office of Emergency Management are partnering with Amtrak for a hands-on training that will demonstrate to first responders how to properly size-up and manage an incident involving Amtrak equipment. The two training sessions will take place at the Staples Mill Amtrak Station, 7519 Staples Mill Road, on Friday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Media is invited to attend and watch the training for either session.

“Emergencies on the railway do not happen very often. However, it is important that we train with external partners, like Amtrak, to learn these incident-specific skills, so in the event that an emergency does occur, we are prepared to respond and assist those residents in need,” said Steven Pyle, Emergency Management Planner for the City of Richmond Office of Emergency Management.

Prior to the hands-on training on Friday, public safety personnel from both Richmond and Henrico will participate in 4-hour classroom sessions throughout the week of November 3rd that will cover topics to include railroad terminology and maps, past incident reviews, right-of-way safety, and passenger evacuation.

For more information, please contact Steven Pyle at (804) 646-5281.