Showing posts from May 11, 2014

City and Anthem Partner to Sponsor Senior Health and Wellness Fair

On Tuesday, May 20, the City’s Office on Aging and Persons with Disabilities and Anthem’s CareMore Medical Centers will sponsor a Senior Health and Wellness Fair for older adults, caregivers to seniors and providers of senior services. The Senior Health and Wellness Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which is located at 2015 Staples Mill Road, at the corner of West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road. This outdoor fair is designed to provide attendees with information from more than 40 vendors offering programs and services to seniors, along with health screenings, food and fitness demonstrations, makeovers, door prizes and great entertainment by Richmond’s oldies vocal group Bak N Da Day. Event attendees will also be able to obtain information on Virginia’s new Commonwealth Coordinated Care program, which is scheduled for statewide implementation on August 1. This new program will affect all recipients of full Medicare and Medicaid

More Funding in Pipeline for Schools

~ Mayor and Superintendent agree on emergency needs ~   Following a meeting between Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana T. Bedden, the Mayor committed to providing an additional $732,000 in emergency funding for schools’ capital projects. Dr. Bedden issued the Emergency Funding request at the School Board’s direction on Friday, May 9, 2014. The Mayor met with Dr. Bedden today to address the emergency request. “Our first order of business was to reach our budget agreement with City Council, which we announced on Monday,” said Mayor Jones. “I’m very pleased that the compromise with City Council led to an additional $2 million being added to the $5 million in my budget for new funding for capital needs in our schools. This represents nearly a 700% increase in capital funding. The additional $732,000 requested is to be added to those funds, and I’ve committed to identifying those funds for the schools’ use.” Mayor Jones and Dr. Bedden agreed that ther

Mayor Dwight Jones & Richmond City Council President Charles Samuels Release the Following Joint Statement

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Richmond City Council President Charles R. Samuels issued the following joint statement today: “We have reached an agreement to move the City’s budget forward. This compromise adds:     •    $2.05 million in new funding for additional capital needs for Richmond Public Schools. Added to the $5 million provided in the Mayor’s original budget, this represents a one-year increase of nearly 700% in capital funding for schools.     •    $1.5 million for bicycle infrastructure     •    $100,000 for the Oliver Hill Courts Building     •    $250,000 for blighted properties These measures will be funded by a $3.9 million reduction in capital funding for the proposed E-911 Center, while retaining funding to plan the facility. The agreement adds $3 million in funding for the Riverfront. This will be funded by the city’s anticipated FY14 revenue surplus. The agreement reduces the $4.5 million in capital improvements that had been proposed for individual Council districts.