Friday, March 6, 2009

Mayor's Statement on Recovery Act 2009 Law Enforcement Allocation

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement today:

“The allocation of $1.5 million in law enforcement funds to the City of Richmond from Recovery Act 2009 is welcomed news. We are experiencing our lowest crime rate in 27 years and this funding will aid in continuing our momentum.

“On behalf of the citizens of Richmond, I would like to thank President Barack Obama and the Virginia Congressional Delegation for providing this allocation to the City.

“We will use this funding to continue our progress in providing for the safety of those who work, live and play in the City of Richmond.”

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mayor to Kick-Off National Reading Month

WHO: Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones
Children's Museum of Richmond President and CEO Karen Coltrane
Verizon Area Manager Randolph Dillard

WHAT: Special guest reader participation by Mayor Jones in celebration of
National Reading Month

WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 2009
11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Children's Museum of Richmond
2626 W. Broad Street

BACKGROUND:
Educators and literacy advocates nationwide celebrate National Reading Month during the month of March. The Children's Museum of Richmond (CMoR) has a month-long calendar of activities planned to celebrate National Reading Month, and Mayor Jones is kicking-off those activities by participating as a guest reader during Story Time at the museum.

Children from Chimborazo Elementary, Fairfield Court Elementary and VCU Head Start program are expected to be visitors at the museum for the reading. The museum also expects children and families from the general public to attend.

National Reading Month activities are central to CMoR's mission of service to the Greater Richmond community: to enrich the lives of children, youth, families, and those who care for them by providing experiences that stimulate discovery, learning, and understanding about themselves and the world around them.

Verizon Foundation and its Thinkfinity.org website are partners with the museum on the project. Thinkfinity.org is an online educational website that is available to the public free of charge.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110


Monday, March 2, 2009

City Cold Weather Shelter Update

Tonight the City will open the Cold Weather Shelter at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street. This shelter will also open tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 3. The shelter will open each night at 6:30 p.m. and close the following morning at 6 a.m.

For citizens needing shelter during the day tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3, Freedom House is opening an Inclement Weather Shelter at the Conrad Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This shelter will provide citizens a warming area and meals during the day.

The Cold Weather Shelter at Marshall Street Plaza will not be open tomorrow; again, citizens are encouraged to go to the Conrad Center if they are in need of shelter.

Pets, with the exception of service animals, will not be allowed at either shelter location. The City will continue to monitor shelter need and has additional contingency plans under consideration if the need arises.

All residents should take measures to avoid prolonged exposure to the cold weather. With the forecast of frigid temperatures tonight, the City also encourages citizens to check on family, friends and neighbors to ensure their well-being.

For more information regarding the Cold Weather Shelters and warming services, citizens can contact the City’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office, (804) 646-7046. Elderly citizens with cold weather related issues can contact the Adult Protective Unit, (804) 646-7367. In the event of a cold weather related emergency, citizens should call 9-1-1.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110



City Offices Closed Today Due to Winter Storm

Due to the effects of Sunday’s winter storm, City of Richmond government offices will be closed today, Monday, March 2. Essential personnel are expected to report as detailed in each department’s Winter Emergency Plan.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110

Mayor to Provide Update of Winter Storm

WHO: Mayor Dwight C. Jones

WHAT: Update of City's progress in responding to the winter storm

WHEN: 5:30 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2009

WHERE: Department of Public Works Parker Field Operations Center At Hermitage Road and Avenue of Champions

BACKGROUND:
Mayor Jones will provide an update on the City's efforts in response to Sunday's winter storm.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110

City to Open With Two Hour Delay

Due to the winter storm, City of Richmond government offices will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 2. Essential personnel are expected to report as detailed in each department’s Winter Emergency Plan.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772

Sunday, March 1, 2009

City to Open Cold Weather Shelters

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, the City will open the Cold Weather Shelter at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street, tonight, March 1, and Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. This shelter will close Monday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 3, at 6 a.m.

The City will also open Marshall Street Plaza, 900 East Marshall Street, for citizens who need shelter from the inclement weather on Monday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bottled water will be available at both locations, but food will not be provided at either location. Pets, with the exception of service animals, will not be allowed.

All residents should take measures to avoid prolonged exposure to the cold weather.

For more information regarding the Cold Weather Shelters and warming services, citizens can contact the City’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office, (804) 646-7046. Elderly citizens with cold weather related issues can contact the Adult Protective Unit, (804) 646-7367. In the event of a cold weather related emergency, citizens should call 9-1-1.

Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772