1st District Newsletter
November 2016
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We are changing the News Roundup feature due to some non-delivery issues we are having by including so many hyperlinked news stories.

Therefore, we have listed all the news stories in this space but  this link will take you to my web site with all of the individual links to stories listed below.

Richmond moves to bring in more police recruits amid growing manpower shortage, rising crime

Prosecutor: Overlap between city and mayor's church 'raise suspicion,' but no evidence found to support criminal charges

Richmond police, CVS team up to help residents safely dispose of medications

Advanced technology to make parking in Richmond easier?

Richmond's City Council wants funding formula for schools changed

City of Richmond files annual finance report 11 months late

Richmond City Council votes down funding for Reedy Creek stream restoration project

Richmond Shares Plans for Bike Lanes in 2017

Audit findings critical of Richmond finances come as city picks third firm in three years to review books

Citizen's Police Academy gives residents glimpse into law enforcement

Study finds cigarette excise taxes can be counterproductive

Levar Stoney's Richmond: How the city's next mayor has promised to govern

Levar Stoney wins Richmond mayoral contest; all votes tallied

How Levar Stoney appears to have pieced together a surprise victory Tuesday

Richmond City Council gets infusion of new blood

Richmond mayor-elect Levar Stoney announces 41-person transition committee

The Final Tally: What the Election Day Numbers Tell Us About Richmond

RVA Coffee Stain's Election Memories

Bringing the PGA back to Richmond: Q&A with Greg McLaughlin

Royall mansion sells for $2.5M

Tiber changes hands

Kickers look to take over City Stadium; $20M in upgrades planned

Former U.S. Soccer star to open training facility near Willow Lawn

Brokers catch glimpse of Main Street Station train shed

UR launches school's first brewing certificate program

Three days after a T.J. High School senior is killed in North Side, his girlfriend gives birth to his son

The long search for Bagel the beagle, Richmond's most famous lost dog

Fire damages Bev's Homemade Ice Cream in Carytown

Richmond International Film Festival re-branding to be the next South By Southwest

Former longtime Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Aubrey M. Davis Jr. dies at 79

Richmond Shares Plans for Bike Lanes in 2017

Fire Station Toy Drive Through December 8

The City is conducting its annual Toy Drive in continuing the tradition of giving and to make this holiday special for Richmond children who might otherwise be left out. 

You can participate by stopping by one of the District's two fire stations to drop off new, unwrapped toys, books and clothing until 4:00pm on Thursday, December 8. The distribution of the toys will follow soon after.

Station #18 is located at 412 N. Thompson Street in the Museum District.

Station #19 is located at 311 Maple Avenue near St. Catherine's School. 

Jingle Bell Run at Mary Munford December 3  

The Arthritis Foundation's long-running Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together to say Yes to furthering a great cause. Put on your reindeer antlers and running shoes - w ear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members, spreading smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit ... and be a Champion of Yes!

Dog costume contest sponsored by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts. Strollers welcome.

Christmas at Agecroft Hall  

"Yuletides at Agecroft: A Christmas Open House" takes place Sunday, December 11 from noon-5pm. 
Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1860, and Richmond in 1942. This year's open house will feature characters and entertainment from different time periods in Agecroft's past. 

"Shakespeare-In Celebration of a Life: A First Person Presentation"  takes place  Wednesday, December 14  at 7:00pm. John White, a UK based Performance Historian, appears as Michael Drayton, a real life boyhood friend of Shakespeare. He recounts their friendship, their early times in Warwickshire, Shakespeare's success in London (as well as his own theatrical success) and the nature of Shakespeare's work. The story is rich with historic detail and illustrated with readings from the plays and sonnets. Click here for more info.

"Lutes, Flutes, & Singing Strings: Music and Instruments for a Shakespeare Christmas" takes place Friday, December 16 from 6:00-7:00pm. 
Agecroft Hall was filled with music! On this special tour, learn what instruments were used in William Shakespeare's plays. Each one had music and dancing. Queen Elizabeth I loved to play music. What did it sound like?  Click here for more .

Fan Holiday House Tour December 10 & 11  

The Fan District is one of the largest and least altered historic townhouse districts in the South and on the National Register of Historic Places and represents one of the largest concentrations of Victorian period townhouses in the USA.

Tour some of the amazing architectural assets and a cohesive collection of historic homes in a variety of architectural styles such as Victorian, Italianate, Richardson Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, American Arts and Crafts, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Art Deco.

Reinhart Guest House Open House Thursday, Dec. 15

The Evelyn Reinhart Guest House at St. Mary's Hospital will host an open house Thursday, December 15 from 5:00-7:00pm at 1100 Libbie Avenue.

Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy holiday crafts, a silent auction, Christmas carols, a visit with Santa, and t his year we are featuring a wreath raffle. Visit our Facebook page for pictures of each wreath. Raffle tickets are $2.00 a piece or 3 for $5.00!

Contact Katie DeMaio for more information at 804-287-7392.

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Farmers' Markets 
in the First
There are two convenient farmers' market options for the 1st District. 

Tuesdays you can visit Grow RVA's Farmer's Market and Food Trucks from 4-7 PM in the surface parking lot next to The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design located on Monument Ave at Robinson Street. Come on out, shop for local produce, meats, eggs, sweets and eat a great dinner!

On Saturday's you can visit The Farmers Market at St. Stephen's from 9:00am-noon. There are more vendors than ever this year with a focus on local farmers and producers. Come enjoy the live music, activities for children, cooking demonstrations and more at the market.

Find A Missing Pet

Richmond Animal Control (RACC) has a site that provides descriptions and photos of each stray animal housed at RACC. Enter basic descriptive information (date missing, breed, color) and search through the database of animals in our care. Additionally, users can post found animals that are not residing in the shelter. Users can view both lost and found animals with a quick search. 

RPS Schools App

There is a Richmond Public Schools app on iTunes and Google Play that parents can download so that they can receive information via their phones (search for "Richmond Public Schools"). The application includes links to news, menus, social media accounts, calendars, the RPS directory and more.

Click here to learn more


City Council Meetings
-- Mon., December 12  - 6:00pm

If you have not already done so, you might consider joining the neighborhood social network called NextDoor. It is a great way to connect with your neighbors to meet, talk online, and share information that can make your neighborhood better and safer. 

Many people are using Nextdoor to spread word about suspicious activity or break-ins, organize a neighborhood watch group, find a trustworthy babysitter or handyman, requesting help in looking for missing pets, and find nearby neighbors! 

You can join from your laptop or download the app and stay connected with neighbors through your phone or iPad.   

Track Crime Online

RAIDS Online helps make it much easier for you to keep track of crime anywhere in the city and communicate with officers.


Get updates for your neighborhood within a certain radius of your address, get email alerts, as well as report crimes or issues in your area and improve communication between the public and the department. You can also analyze the data you select via a map, graphs and analytics, as well as a data grid and data layers.

Click here to see a video tutorial

SeeClickFix App
You can always email us or call to report them, but you can also download the handy SeeClickFix app for your phone that lets you report potholes and other issues such as non-functioning street lights, bulk pick ups, etc. Look for the   SeeClickFix in your app store 

Reporting Neighborhood Issues
There are multiple ways that you can report neighborhood issues that you need us to address. 

1. You can call my office (804-646-5349) and speak to either me or my liaison, Eli.


2. You can log on and use 

SeeClickFix to report issues such as potholes, non-functioning lights, bulk pick up requests, etc. 


3. You can also log in to the 

Citizens Request Service (CRS) to report more serious needs (or again, call my office).

If possible, please send us a picture(s)  with your request for service or issue. Many times, a picture snapped with your cell phone goes a long way to helping us relate your request to City staff so they can easily identify the issue and correct it!

Important Numbers

Police Sector 311
Sector Lt. Nathaniel Bynum
804-646-1945 -  E-mail

Finance Department  

West End Library
CLOSED for renovations
Belmont Library

Contact Me
804-646-5349 (Office)
804-592-1060 (Cell)
900 E. Broad St. Ste. 303
Richmond, VA 23219

Eli Wong, Council Liaison
804-310-1738 or

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1st District Elections
Congratulations to Andreas Addison, who won the election for the 1st District Council seat and Liz Doerr, who was elected to repres ent us on School Board. I am confident that both Andreas and Liz will serve us well in the coming years in working to address your constituent and neighborhood needs. They will both work hard and be accessible and bring their own styles to their  respective positions and work as a team for our city and our schools. 

I have met with Andreas for several hours to discuss district and Council issues and offer any help or assistance with the transition to Council that he might need. I will remain accessible to him as and if needed, but am confident the district will be in good hands!  

Kudos to all of the candidates in both contests who ran good, hard races and deserve applause and admiration for their working and campaigning to represent our district and our city. 

Until they receive their new city emails on January 1, you can reach out to Andreas at: 

To contact Liz, you can reach her at: Liz@LizDoerr4SchoolBoard.com

Shop Locally This Holiday Season!
Support local and neighborhood businesses and great causes this season! Head to the Shops at 5807 on Thursday, December 1st from 5pm-8pm for an evening of fabulous shopping, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting SCAN.  With over 20 great shops under one roof, you will be sure to find that perfect gift while supporting a great cause! Click here to learn more

On Saturday, December 3, kick off the holiday season on the avenues with a Santa breakfast at the Westwood Diner (8:30am-10am), free carriage rides (10am-3pm), and a visit from Santa at the Toy Center (11am-3pm)! Click here for more information.

Grand Illumination and Christmas Parade This Weekend
Don't miss out on the lighting of Downtown Richmond on Friday, December 2 with events in Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom followed by the Dominion Christmas Parade on Saturday morning.

The 32nd Annual Grand Illumination of James Center takes place at 6:00pm where you can experience the magic of the holidays with two blocks of family entertainment.

Main Street Station will host its Annual Holiday Open House in conjunction with the James Center from 5:00-9:00 pm. Enjoy the tranquil sounds of 100 tubas- Richmond Tuba Christmas upstairs until 7:00 pm and afterwards the upbeat sounds of Doctors of Jazz from 6:30-8:30 pm, on the first floor.  Outside in our Plaza Lot, we will feature Hundley Carriage rides FREE to give you the special exterior view of the up-and-coming Shed and Farmers Market from 6:30-8:30 pm. A lso outside we will feature our all-time-favorite movie The Polar Express on a 25 ft inflatable screen!  Food trucks from 5:00-8:30 pm. 

You can also enjoy free horse & carriage rides on the cobblestones in Shockoe Slip (meet at the fountain at 13th and East Cary streets, 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Call (804) 769-4010 for more information. You can also enjoy free RVA holiday canal boat rides at the Turning Basin at 14th and Dock streets from 6:00-9:00 pm. For more information, call (804) 788-6466.

goes off rain or shine on Saturday December 3 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  This year's theme is "Christmas at the Movies," so be prepared to be stars truck! The parade will depart from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street. 

This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year and features a very special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons, and, of course, Santa himself!  If you can't experience the parade in person, you can watch it LIVE on WTVR-CBS6 on the day of the parade from 10 a.m. to noon, or see it on Christmas Day.

New Pay By Plate Parking  
If you are downtown or in a neighborhood that has paid parking, be on the lookout for new payment options that will make it easier to pay and avoid getting a ticket. 

If you have seen or used one of the 160 solar-powered parking pay stations, you will be able to pay (starting in January) by entering your license plate number and also have the ability to extend the time, if needed, by sending a text message. 

You will still pay by cash, coin, or credit card, but then enter your license plate and avoid having to print a receipt or leave it on the dashboard. You can choose the text alert option and the machine will warn you if time is running out and there is still time available within your zone. 

Leaf Collection Underway  
Leaf collection is underway with a few minor changes to the schedule. Rain or wintry weather can adversely affect the collection schedule since crews have to put their snow removal equipment on the same vehicles that collect the leaves. Please be on the lookout for No Parking signs and restrictions.

The Museum District will be collected this week and into next week (this is a slight change of schedule). 

The areas west of I-195 will be collected according to the following schedule: 
November 28-30: University of Richmond / Three Chopt area
December 1 - 6: Westhampton, Stonewall Court, Colonial Place
December 7-16: Willow Lawn, Sauer Gardens, Malvern Gardens
December 3-17: Wilton, Windsor Farms

During your neighborhood's vacuum collection, you can dispose of up to 20 bags of leaves. The leaves must be bagged and ready for removal when City trucks arrive. The remainder of the year, six bags will be removed on regularly schedule solid waste collection days.

Public Works would like to offer some reminders as it relates to the scheduled collection :
  • Rake leaves to your property line. Do not rake leaves into the street.
  • Leaves must be placed out for collection by the start date indicated for your route.
  • Keep leaf piles less than 2 feet in height.
  • Keep leaves away from ditches, pipes, and culverts.
  • No dirt, rocks, metal, or branches

Public Safety Update
Packages on Porches & Holiday Safety 
The Richmond Police Department is reminding residents to watch out for packages that are delivered to their homes during the holiday season and take precautions to minimize the risk of theft.

This has been a growing problem in recent years and with the holidays approaching, this activity could increase again. Police recommend that you request that packages be delivered to your workplace during the day or that you request of the delivery service that packages be left to the side of your porch where they are not easily visible from the street. You can also talk with your mail carrier to give them the heads up or sending your packages where you know someone will be home.

Police remind us to be safe when out shopping and bringing packages into your home during the holiday season. They encourage us to avoid suspicious persons, always trust your instincts, to always be alert and aware of your surroundings, and never leave items or packages in your car! 

Thefts from Motor Vehicles 
Sector Lieutenant Bynum reminds us that almost HALF of all criminal activity in our district is from theft from motor vehicles. The simplest way to drastically cut this troubling (and long standing) statistic is to lock your doors and not leave valuables in the car! It may sound over simplistic, but it does not take a criminal long at all to take something from a car whether it is under cover of night or in broad daylight. 

This 15 second video reminds us that it takes even less time to steal your valuables from your car if it is unlocked! Don't give the bad guys a reason to steal something valuable from you! Click here for the video.

Disposing Prescription Drugs is Easy as 1..2..3
The Richmond Police Department and CVS Pharmacy have teamed up to provide citizens with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs. Improper disposal of prescription medication is a public safety issue that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, abuse and illegal sales. These medications cannot be turned in to your local pharmacy.

This new program follows Drug Take-Back Day, a bi-annual initiative hosted by the Richmond Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, giving citizens an opportunity to safely dispose of medications. On Oct. 22, residents turned in 333 pounds of prescription drugs at two collection sites in the city. Residents also are asked not to flush the prescriptions into the sewer system for environmental reasons. 
Holiday Heating Safety 
Did you know that starting your heating equipment for the 1st time of the season can cause a fire?  RFD recommends having a professional service provider check your furnace to keep it in good running order and prevent it from conking out when you need i t most. HVAC experts say an annual furnace inspections and service will prolong the life of the system, save energy, prevent fires, and decrease health risks. 

Most no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Left unserviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold. Not maintaining your furnace, whether it's gas or electric, can cause it to run less efficiently, making it work even harder, therefore increasing your monthly energy bills as well. It's not too late to get your heating unit professionally inspected/cleaned, a fire may be waiting inside!

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips
As the holidays are upon us, the Richmond Fire
Department has a friendly reminder list of safe cooking
tips. Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires in Richmond (and across the nation), and they would like to make sure no accidents occur in your kitchen so your family enjoys a delicious meal instead of a visit from the Fire Department! 

Blessing of the Animals December 9
Each year the Richmond Police Mounted and K-9 units host the Blessing of the Animals in Shockoe Slip. This year's event will take place Friday, December 9 at noon. All are welcome and are invited to attend with or without animals!

There will be recognition of working animals, search and rescue dogs, aid dogs, companion animals in nursing homes, as well as personal pets and companion animals to recognize the important role they play as supportive, loving family members. 

City Saves $100 Million in Utility Bond Refinancing 
There is some good financial news from City Hall this month! Earlier this month, the city  sold $502 million in Public Utility Revenue and Refunding Bonds - $169 million for new projects and $333 million to refund existing debt service for interest rate savings that will save the City almost $100 million over the next 24 years.

The cost of funds for the City's New Money Projects was approximately 3.47%, which is near the lowest cost of funds in several decades. The bonds were highly rated by all three national credit rating agencies: Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch (Aa2, AA, AA respectively).

David Rose, senior vice president and manager of Public Finance at Davenport & Company LLC, the City's financial advisor, said "As best we can determine, the level of debt service savings is unprecedented for a Virginia local government."

The City's director of Public Utilities, Bob Steidel, said, "The City's utility system has experienced consistent credit rating upgrades over the past several years. As a result, the level of savings has been augmented because our credit worthiness has increased."

Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: "Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life" at VMFA 
The VMFA opened a fascinating exhibit in November entitled "Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life" in partnership with the Munch Museum in Oslo and will be on display through February 20, 2017. 

The exhibit assembles more than 120 paintings, drawings, and prints in once-in-a-lifetime combinations to trace the route Johns traveled in relation to Munch's work. 

At a crossroads in the middle of his career, preeminent American artist Jasper Johns found his way forward in part by looking to the work of Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch. This exhibition examines how Johns mined Munch's work in the late 1970s and early 1980s as he moved away from abstract painting towards a more open expression of love, sex, loss, and death.

Click here to learn more.

Richmond Public Schools
Adopt an RPS Family
The Mary Munford PTA is helping fill holiday wishes of RPS students in need. Many of these families are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity which can be especially difficult during the holiday season.
Please consider sponsoring a RPS family or one student in need this holiday season. To see the families' requests and sign-up, email kegberndt@gmail.com

All gifts need to be in by Friday, December 9th.

There are two gift drop off dates:  Wednesday, December 7th from 8:30-9:00am at student drop-off near the Pavilion on Commonwealth Avenue and  Friday, December 9th from 3:15-4:00pm at carpool pick-up near the Pavilion on Commonwealth Avenue. They may also able to accommodate special drop off requests. Please ask!
Mary Munford Barnes & Noble Book Fair December 2 & 3
The Mary Munford Barnes & Noble Book Fair will be held December 2nd and 3rd at the Libbie & Broad location. There will be  performances by several classes, crafts and games. Buy your Christmas gifts and help our school fund raise. Teachers provide a wish list of books for their classroom library, and truly appreciate the gifts. A percent of all product purchases support Mary Munford PTA (purchases of gift cards are not included). We will offer free gift wrapping---but all tips are welcome and directly support the PTA. 
Albert Hill Marquee Complete!
After almost 1½ years, Albert Hill Middle School has a marquee sign to showcase the beautiful school on Patterson Avenue!  Swing by and check it out! 

There were many partners that ma de it happen, including the Museum District Association, which donated $2,500 along with State Senator Glen Sturtevant, who has then the School Board Representative requested a $2,500 allocation from a discretionary fund of the Board. All told, there were more than 55 people, families, and companies who contributed to the Annual Fund. The "Gold Star" donors include the Carillon Civic Association, Cutshaw Automotive, Kevin & Sarah Gross, Andrew & Amy Hartley, Christina & Sean Murphy, Julie & Charlie Seabury, and Susan Seabury. Thanks to all for making it happen!

Richmond Animal Care and Control
Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) has t he perfect candidate in need of your generosity. Lexington "Lex" was found by Officer Leinberger the day after Thanksgiving nearly starved to death close to Jennie Scher & E. Richmond Road in the East End. 

Upon returning to RACC within a few hours Lex was unable to stand and having multiple seizures. He was taken to the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (VESC) where was put on fluids and anti-seizure medications until returning to RACC yesterday. He is making progress but still not 100% yet. 

If he recovers RACC will be looking for a foster home, but in the meantime they will initiate an animal cruelty investigation to find the owner. If you are able to help with a donation through the  Richmond Animal Welfare Foundation, it will help RACC save Lex's life and every life they possibly can. Please click here to donate

Apartments Rise at Museum District Crossroads
The four new three-story buildings known as Carytown Crossing are rising quickly and will welcome their first tenants next May. The  50-unit apartment complex near Albert Hill Middle School and Humphrey Calder Community Center. RichmondBizSense.com has the story

Oliver Properties is developing the site, which sits between two other properties the company owns: the 106-unit Kensington Place just one block south, and Patterson Place apartments, which lies one block north. 

The apartments will include 39 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units and 11 one-bedrooms and the complex is  designed to be consistent with surrounding architecture and was met with approval by the Museum District  Association after several meetings. 

"One suggestion to come out of those discussions was the addition of street-facing doors for pedestrian access, where the buildings were originally designed with access only from an internal parking area that the buildings surround.

A video camera on Kensington Place has been capturing the work over the past several months. A continually updated time-lapse video can be viewed on the Carytown Crossing website."

Bank of Lancaster to Merge and Become  Virginia Commonwealth Bank
A recent addition to "Banking Row" in the 1st District is merging with a Petersburg Bank and consolidating their headquarters in Richmond. 

The holding companies of Kilmarnock-based Bank of Lancaster and Petersburg-based Virginia Commonwealth Bank are merging into a nearly $800 million institution. 

The new bank will operate 19 branches (nine in the Richmond area) and operate under the Virginia Commonwealth Bank name. 

RichmondBizSense.com has the details
"While the deal is structured as a merger of equals, Bank of Lancaster parent company Bay Banks of Virginia will acquire VCB parent Virginia BanCorp. 

It brings together Bank of Lancaster's $468.27 million in assets with VCB's $323.61 million.

"It wouldn't make sense to be [headquartered] in Petersburg or Kilmarnock, and by being in Richmond we'll be able to attract the talent that an $800 million bank is going to need," Greene said."

Maplewood Development Begins
A new, four unit development called "Maplewood" is now underway at 501 and 503 Maple Avenue. RichmondBizSense has the details

The homes are being developed by Edward Hettrick, John Vinis and Claude Whitehead III. Each of the homes will total about 2,800 square feet and include a detached garage with an upstairs room that Vinis said could be used as a guest cottage or yoga studio. The three-bedroom homes will share a driveway off Maple, with the garages located between two unit pairs.

Vi nis said the properties came to their attention via his wife, who was friends with one of the previous owners. When the friend was selling that property, the team made an offer on the property beside it. Two rental homes on the lots have since been demolished.

"We worked very closely with the city planning department to put together a project that the city would feel really comfortable with and meet their goals of urban infill," Vinis said. "We've actually been told that the plans we have are a model for what the city would like to see going forward."

Enrichmond Foundation Receives Distinguished Service Award
Congratulations to the Enrichmond Foundation that received the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) "Distinguished Private Sector Service" award during it's 2016 conference in Roanoke earlier this month. 

The award acknowledges Enrichmond's 26 year partnership with the City of Richmond's Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities to enhance the City's parks and public spaces. 

"We are proud to receive this honor on behalf of our past and present staff and board members who gave so much to deliver our Foundation's mission." says John Sydnor, Enrichmond's Executive Director. 

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