Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Richmond City Government 2014/2015 Winter Holiday Schedule


City government offices, including City Hall, will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24 and will remain closed until Monday, December 29, 2014 for the Christmas holiday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on December 29. City government offices are also closed on Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2, 2015. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Monday, January 5.

Richmond Public Libraries will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and are closed Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26. Libraries will reopen at regular business hours on Saturday, December 27. All City libraries will close at 5 p.m. on December 31 and are closed Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2. Libraries will be open at regular business hours on Saturday, January 3. Broad Rock Library is normally open on Sundays, but will be closed on Sunday, December 28 and Sunday, January 4.

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will open the locations listed below using the following schedule: Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, December 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. All City community centers are closed on Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 26, 2014; Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2, 2015.

     Battery Park (Norrell Gym)                      2100 Fendall Avenue
     Bellemeade Community Center               1800 Lynnhaven Avenue

     Blackwell Community Center                   300 East 15th Street
     Creighton Community Center                  2101 Creighton Road
     Hickory Hill Community Center               3000 East Belt Boulevard
     Hotchkiss Community Center                  701 East Brookland Park Boulevard
     Humphrey Calder Community Center       414 North Thompson Street
     Powhatan Community Center                   5051 Northampton Street
     Randolph Community Center                    1415 Grayland Avenue
     Whitcomb Community Center                   2302 Carmine Street

All City community centers will open at their regular hours on Monday, January 5, 2015.


Refuse collection will follow its normal schedule Monday, December 22 through Wednesday, December 24; however, no refuse collection will occur on Thursday, December 25. Thursday’s collection schedule will be performed on Friday, December 26.

Refuse collection will follow its normal schedule Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31; however, no refuse collection will occur on Thursday, January 1. Thursday’s collection schedule will be performed on Friday, January 2.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24 and will remain closed through Saturday, December 27. Both locations are open Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31. Both facilities are closed Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2. Each facility’s normal schedule will resume on Saturday, January 3.

Richmond Animal Care and Control (RAC&C) will be closed Monday, December 22 through Friday, December 26. The shelter is open Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28. RAC&C is closed Monday, December 29 through Thursday, January 1 and will reopen at regular business hours on Friday, January 2. RAC&C will be available for stray drop-off and to pick-up lost animals.

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


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Help Choose the Name of RVA's New BRT Service


The City of Richmond encourages people throughout the Richmond region to complete a short online survey of proposed names for the future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service.

A list of possible names for the BRT service was developed by the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC). You can help make the final decision by taking a short survey about the proposed names and you will also have an opportunity to suggest a name yourself. Click here to take the survey, now through January 1, 2015.

Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible for a random drawing to receive two tickets for the VCU Men’s Basketball game on January 7 or January 10, 2015. Fourteen pairs of tickets will be given away!

GRTC will unveil the name of the BRT service, logo and vehicle design in the spring of 2015. To learn more about GRTC’s BRT Service and sign up to follow BRT progress, please visit www.ridegrtc.com.

RVA’s first BRT line will be along a 7.6 mile corridor between Rocketts Landing and Willow Lawn. The new service is expected to open for business in October 2017. BRT buses will run frequently and make fewer stops, serving 14 stations that offer more amenities than traditional bus stops. To improve trip times even more, riders will pay for their trip before boarding the bus, using off-board payment stations.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2015 Pet Photo Calendar Issued by Richmond Animal Care and Control


~ Mayor, Richmond Fire and Police are featured with pets ~

The City of Richmond’s Department of Animal Care and Control (RACC) has launched a calendar project for 2015 featuring Mayor Dwight Jones, Richmond Fire and Police officials and others. The 2015 RACC Calendar is a fundraising and exposure project and sales from the calendar will go to the RACC shelter for medical/surgery costs.

“Our calendar showcases great places and faces of Richmond, and we believe it will become a sought-after item,” said Christie Chipps Peters, director of RACC. “While we are working to raise funds, we also hope the calendar will help generate more interest in adoptions.”

The calendar features 12 unique photos, with dogs and cats that are available for adoption at RACC. Special locations like the Byrd Theater and the State Capitol are also featured. “I believe there is something for everyone in this calendar, and I’m proud of the effort RACC put forth to produce this,” said Mayor Jones. “I’m collecting a few that I will use as holiday gifts since being at a conference table with Pit Bulls is definitely a first for me.” (See photo below) “We joked during the shoot that the dogs were at City Hall to discuss the number of fire hydrants needed in the city.”

Rachel Day, a recent VCU photography graduate donated her time and talent to the creation of this calendar.  The RACC Calendar goes on sale today, December 10 for $10.00 each. All funds will be handled by the Friends of Richmond Animal Care & Control, a 501c (3) group in the city of Richmond. Please contact Christie Chipps Peters at christie.peters@richmondgov.com to order a copy or stop by RACC at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, any City Police precinct, Carytown Bicycle Company, or the City’s Department of Public Utilities office on the first floor of City Hall to pick up a few calendars while they last.

RACC is the only open admission public shelter in the city of Richmond. RACC provides humane care for more than 3,000 stray, injured, lost, abused and relinquished pets a year.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Richmond Riverfront Plan Progresses

~ Construction of access road, vegetation removal clearing way for memorial bridge ~

The City of Richmond announced that work is progressing on the Richmond Riverfront Plan. A top priority of the Plan is construction of the Brown’s Island Dam Walk, now known as the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (TTPMB).

The area is regulated by the State Department of Conservation and Resources as a Low Hazard (Special Criteria) dam, and therefore all woody vegetation within 25 feet of the structure has to be removed. Since mid-November, the city and state have been working to clear the woody vegetation and to construct an access road in order to provide contractor access to the project site for the bridge construction. 

The dam inspection report recommended removal of woody vegetation and debris in the south section of the dam and along various piers. The tree removal work meets the Low Head Dam requirements and also benefits the TTPMB project, by providing a construction entrance that can be used by the contractor and erosion and sediment controls required for the small amount of earth (460 square feet) that will be disturbed at the construction entrance.

The clearing of vegetation in this area will help prepare the area where the elevated pathway for the Potterfield Memorial Bridge will be constructed over the next year. Work on the TTPMB is expected to begin by the end of 2014, following the preparatory work.

“The work to connect the north bank of the James River to the south has been a long-time coming,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I’m so pleased to have been a part of the push for progress on the Richmond Riverfront Plan and to have been guided in this direction by champions like Tyler Potterfield. It is fitting that as we make tangible progress on these plans that we have also taken the time to recognize and memorialize the awesome contribution made by Potterfield.”

The TTPMB project has several important sustainability features, including: avoiding all impact to designated wetlands and the floodway, capturing run-off on site in bioswales, and improving water quality of run-off. More than 1,000 native ferns, shrubs, and trees will be planted as part of the project.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Mayor Jones to Host a Free Skate Night at RVA On Ice

Mayor Dwight C. Jones will host a Free Skate Night for the public on Wednesday, December 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. for the first 150 skaters at RVA On Ice. Mayor Jones will greet skaters and special guests before officially cutting the ribbon to kick off the Free Skate Night. Jack Berry, CEO of Richmond Region Tourism, will also welcome skaters and recognize the many generous sponsors who make this downtown holiday tradition possible.

The Richmond Police Athletic League Youth Band will perform a few selections during the ceremony and members of the Mayor’s Youth Academy will also be in attendance as special guests of Mayor Jones. The regular skate admission price will be waived from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their own skates and skate rentals are available as well; $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children three and under.


All upcoming events and promotions will be posted on both www.RVAOnIce.net and www.Facebook.com/RVAOnIce. Theme nights will return this year including Pajama Night, College Night, Church Night, Princess Skate and many more including the return of Ugly Sweater Night.

Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. The rink will be available for private rink rentals (groups, parties, corporate events and private skating lessons) and groups of 10 or more at a cost of $300 for two hours which includes skate rental. For additional group and private party information please contact Audrey Booth at ABooth@SMGRichmond.com.


Special or Holiday Hours:
  • Wednesday, December 24 from noon – 8 p.m. – Christmas Eve
  • Thursday, December 25 from 4 – 10 p.m. – Christmas Day
  • Friday, December 26 – Saturday, January 3, 2015 from noon – 11 p.m.
Admission and Skate Rental
  • Season Pass $20.00
  • General Admission $ 5.00
  • Senior (60 & up with ID) $ 4.00
  • Military (with ID) $ 4.00
  • Children 5 and under FREE (must be accompanied by guardian)
Group Rates For Skating with General Population (not private parties)
  • 10 - 30 $7.00 each
  • 31 - 50 $6.00 each
  • 51 and over $5.00 each
  • Includes skates
  • For groups call (804) 592-3401
Skate Rental
  • Adults $ 5.00
  • Children 5 and under $ 3.00

Tickets for RVA On Ice are available at Richmond CenterStage Box Office. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. Call 804-592-3330 for more information. The Box Office is located at 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The rink is located between 6th and 7th Streets on East Broad Street, adjacent to Richmond CenterStage and across from the Richmond Marriott and the Miller and Rhoads building. Street parking is available as well as paid parking in 7th Street and Marshall Street Lot, 5th Street and Broad Street lot, 5th Street and Marshall Deck (Behind Marriott Hotel); fees vary.


Daily operational hours are subject to change due to weather and rink conditions and other factors. It is always best to call 804-592-3330 for the most up-to-date information. Visit www.RVAOnIce.net and www.Facebook.com/RVAOnIce for more information about various programs and special events.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court to Hold December 5 Graduation Ceremony

~ U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott to be ceremony guest speaker and retiring Judge Richard D. Taylor to be honored ~
 

The Richmond Circuit Court’s Adult Drug Treatment Court will hold a graduation ceremony on Friday, December 5 at 1 p.m. at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road. The Honorable Robert “Bobby” Scott, U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, will be the guest speaker and Dalen Harris, representing the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will also be present to acknowledge the achievements of the graduates. The ceremony will mark the completion of an intensive 18-month outpatient program of drug treatment, probation supervision, judicial monitoring and community service for five Adult Drug Court graduates. Additionally, a special presentation will take place honoring the years of service for retiring Judge Richard D. Taylor, Jr., Richmond Circuit Court (2002-2014) and former Juvenile Court Judge (1993-2002).

As one of more than 2,000 drug courts in the U.S. and one of 36 drug courts in Virginia, the Richmond Adult Drug Court serves non-violent, drug-addicted offenders with pending cases in Richmond’s Circuit Court. Offenders volunteer for the program and participate only after approval of the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Richmond Adult Drug Court participants enter the program with long-term drug addictions and lengthy non-violent criminal histories. More than 98% of the participants are probation violators, and do not receive a reduced or dismissed charge upon graduation. The program has been effective in reducing drug use and crime in the Richmond area, and is more cost-effective than incarceration. Drug Court graduates are employed, pay taxes and child support, and save taxpayers the costs of re-entry into the criminal justice system.

For more information, please contact Tanisha Moseley at (804) 646-3655 or Tanisha.Moseley@RichmondGov.com.


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 www.youtube.com/user/CityRichmondVA.

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.