1st District Newsletter
September 2016
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The Blue Goat shutting down Jan. 1 to become Chinese restaurant

Wilton House Symposium
Sat., October 1 at 9:00 am

"You and i are . . . Earth", featuring internationally recognized ceramic artist Michelle Erickson, inspires Wilton House Museum's next symposium. Building on the themes explored in the exhibition, the day's presentations will reconsider: the on-going dialog with the Colonial past, the discovery and conservation of ceramic objects, the display and exhibition of the decorative arts, the meaning of our historic sites, and the traditional use of ceramics to call for social justice and political stability. The day will include a demonstration by Michelle Erickson, allowing attendees to share in the process of creating her ceramic artwork. Please join us for the concluding program of this celebrated exhibition.

Voting Registration Deadline and Voter Photo ID Cards

The deadline to register to vote in the November 8 elections is Monday, October 17. If you are not registered or have recently moved, you can learn how to register to vote here.  

Virginia law required a photo ID to vote. If you do not have an acceptable form of photo ID, you may get a free one for voting purposes at any local Virginia voter registration office. You may contact the Richmond Registrar with questions at 804-646-5950. 

Acceptable forms of photo ID include: valid Virginia Driver's license; DMV issued photo ID; valid United States passport; valid employee photo ID; other government issued photo ID; and, valid Virginia college or university student photo ID.

Windsor Walk Saturday, October 15
The Windsor Walk: Windsor Farms Walking Tour will take place Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 am and begin at Agecroft Hall

Richmond's first comprehensively-planned community, Windsor Farms displays shaded, tree-lined streets and a harmonious blend of picturesque Tudor and Colonial style residences. Windsor Farms began taking shape during the mid-1920s under the vision of Agecroft's owner T.C. Williams, Jr. 

Mr. Williams envisioned a planned community modeled after an English country village, which offered all of the amenities of modern city living. As the community developed, it became a showcase for both Tudor and Colonial style homes, featuring two imported English manor houses and grand Colonial Revival mansions by noted architect William Lawrence Bottomley. Join us for a tour which highlights the history and architecture of one of Richmond's most elegant neighborhoods.  

Advance registration NOT required. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be cancelled. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. There are 30 spaces remaining for the tour. 

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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 new 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., October 10  - 6:00pm

Next 1st District Town 
Hall Meeting
--  Tue., November 15 -  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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Committee Assignments:
- Government Operations (Chair)
- Land Use, Housing & Transportation
- Organizational Development
Schools' Funding Formula
As the start of the budget season approaches, City Council is currently looking at creating a funding formula that will provide a stable 5-year stream of funding for the school system. The ordinances I introduced earlier this year, after talking with school administration, are now being improved so we can turn the focus away from an annual budget battle and towards accountability.
The original ordinances proposed dedicating a portion of the real estate and/or meals taxes to schools. This approach would provide a "floor" of minimum funding that would allow our school system to begin financially planning beyond the next fiscal year and focus on improving performance and retaining and attracting top teachers.
More recently, we are specifically looking at a model similar to what was enacted in Roanoke, where 40% of all local taxes are directed to the schools. However, Roanoke schools are now also accountable for their own debt service. It is possible and promising in early discussions that this type of formula could be used in Richmond. The city must, of course, also look to see how to balance this approach with the need to provide the other services residents expect and not suffer any future cutbacks in basic services.
It is encouraging that this discussion is happening now, and hopefully this stable funding approach will be enacted into law before the FY2018 budget is finalized next year. That will only happen if it is embraced by the new mayor and the City Council. We must find a way to put the budget squabbles aside and truly focus on the long haul task of improving our schools. We' made a sustained investment a decade ago in public safety and it has been very successful and beneficial for Richmond. We can do the same with our schools but a solution has to begin with a commitment and that is the task ahead of us in the coming weeks.

West End Library Renovation and Construction Begins 
The bad news is the West End branch library is closed for renovations. The good news is construction has begun! The site has been "turned over" to Haley Builders and there should be action around the branch and on the adjacent lot. Updates will be posted as available in the weeks and months to come and the branch should reopen in the summer of 2017. 
Two years ago I secured a $500,000 budget amendment that will expand the branch by an additional 1,100 square feet and include an outdoor garden area in the back. This branch is the second busiest after the Main Library downtown and the extra space was sorely needed. 

The closest branch is the Belmont Branch library in the Museum District at Ellwood Avenue and Belmont Avenue. We had an inquiry as to how to access this branch via transit - it is accessible by the #16 (Grove and Belmont) or #2 ( Patterson and Belmont)  GRTC bus lines. 

Party on the Avenues Sun., Oct. 2!  
Come out his Sunday and kick off the fall season at the  3rd Annual Westhampton RVA Party on the Avenues, celebrating the authentic, locally grown charm of the Westhampton community! 

The festival will take place Sunday, October 2 from noon-6:00pm on Libbie Avenue between Patterson and Guthrie avenues. This free event will have plenty of local vendors, great food, craft beer, live music from three local bands, interactive games, & activities for all ages, and much more! 
Click here for more information and come on out and enjoy the fun! 

First District Candidate's Forum October 5 at Thomas Jefferson   
Do you want to know more about the candidates hoping to represent the First District on City Council and School Board? The PTAs of Mary Munford, Albert Hill and Thomas Jefferson are hosting a forum 
Wednesday, October 5 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Thomas Jefferson High School.  

Kurt Stemhagen, Professor at VCU's School of Education and parent of two RPS students, will moderate between City council candidates Andreas Addison, Jonathan Cruise and Harry Warner, as well as School Board candidates Dawson Boyer and Liz Doerr. 

The audience will have the opportunity to submit questions to be asked of the candidates during the last half hour. The candidates have also been invited to stay afterward for people to speak with them directly.

Also, ChamberRVA's Richmond Business Council will host a  1st District City Council forum  Tuesday, October 18, from 6:30-8:30 pm. It will take place  in the ChamberRVA offices located at 919 East Main Street, Suite 1700, Richmond, VA 23219 (SunTrust Building) and are free and open to the public. Public parking is available in the SunTrust Building and in nearby parking decks, garages and on the street.

There will be a mayoral forum Friday, October 28, from 6:00-8:00pm at Binford Middle School and is sponsored by The Museum District Association and The Fan District Association. 

Public Safety Update
Malvern Gardens/Willow Lawn Walkabout October 4
On Tuesday, October 4th, t he Sector 311 Command Staff Walk hosted by Lieutenant Nathaniel M. Bynum. Everyone is asked to meet in the 1000 Westmoreland Street at 5:30 pm. Parking is available in the 900-1200 blocks on the west side of Westmoreland Street.

There have been significant increase in theft from motor vehicles and motor vehicle theft.  These walks are held on a monthly basis around the city and have proven to be an excellent opportunity to interact with people while identifying better ways to meet the needs of their community. The Senior Command Staff of the Richmond Police Department, as well as area residents, faith leaders, law enforcement partners and members from other city agencies regularly participate in these walks.

Neighborhood Watch Quarterly Meeting October 27
The Richmond Police Department Neighborhood Watch quarterly meeting for 3rd Precinct is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Richmond Police Academy located at 1202 W Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220. 

The purpose of this meeting is to familiarize citizens with the programs and services available to the community. Participants at the meeting will include representatives from Richmond Police Department's 3rd Precinct and other Agencies that play a major part in the safety of our city.

As the voice of local government, your participation will prove to be valuable in making this meeting, and building our partnership with the community, a success. Please call 646-7179 no later than October 21 if you are able to participate.

Sector Newsletter Update
Lt. Bynum released his September newsletter for our Sector (311) and notes there has been a significant increase in the number of larcenies, auto thefts, theft from motor vehicles and business robberies year to date.

Sector 311 Statistical Comparison
January 1st to September 1st  
2015 2016
Larceny 306 362
Auto Theft 18 39
Theft from Vehicle 101 167
Robbery/Business 2 5
10 7
Burglary 67 55

WTVR News 6 aired an informative theft from motor vehicle story that you can view here
Police Memorial Rededication Set for Saturday, October 22
The Richmond Police Memorial Relocation and Appreciation ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October, 22nd at 11am at Trafford Street & Blanton Avenue near the Carillon. Guests include First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Mayor Dwight Jones, Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffee-Glenn and Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham. 
National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout
the year for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and also where we visit.

Continued emphasis is needed for all of us to truly be prepared. Recent eve nts have shown that each of us must be prepared to independently sustain ourselves for several days in times of a natural disaster.

√ BE INFORMED about emergencies likely in our area. Sign up for local weather alerts, monitor the news and weather.

√ MAKE A PLAN about where to go and how you'll
communicate with your family in an emergency.

√ BUILD A KIT or have supplies on hand that you'll need to live independently for several days. Include food, water, and medicine for your family and pets.

√ TAKE ACTION and help others prepare in your community.

Museum District Walking Tour, Alley Clean Up and Weekly Updates!    
Enjoy a walking tour of the Museum District Saturday, October 1 at 10:00am, led by The Valentine

"The founding of the Confederate Soldiers Home initiated the residential development of this area, home to the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, schools, businesses, churches and residences."  

Meet at the northeast corner of Grove Avenue and Sheppard Street. $15 per person; $5 for Valentine Members.


The Museum District Association will host an Alley Clean Up Saturday, October 8 at 7:45 am. Volunteers will set out from Albert Hill Middle School at 3400 Patterson Avenue. 
Click here for more information


You can also sign up for the " This Week in the Museum District email that comes out every Monday and is filled with reminders, events, and activities happening in the neighborhood. For example: 

-Volunteer to fuel future leaders at Thomas Jefferson students-Help serve an after school meal to the 150-175 students who stay after school to participate in sanctioned after school activities Monday through Thursday from September 6-November 3. Volunteer here.

-The VHS is looking for donations of gently used hardcover and softcover fiction and nonfiction books. Books should be in good condition and have a historical connection. Info: Fall Book Sale 

-Mother's Day House & Garden Tour planning has begun! We are looking for homes and a few committee members. Please consider joining our seasoned team. It's loads of fun and your tour is free! Contact: MDAhousetour@museumdistrict.org 

-St. Mark's continues to collect food and clothing to be given out to those in need. Pantry items needed are peanut butter, tuna salad packets, Gatorade, bottled water, canned pasta, sardines, and Vienna sausages. Clothing needs are sneakers, shorts, khakis, t-shirts, socks and underwear. They also collect hotel-sized toiletries. Items can be dropped off at the back door (between Kensington & Patterson) Tuesday-Friday 11AM-4PM. If you need a pickup, email Martha.

Click here to sign up for "This Week in the Museum District."

Celebrate "artober" in RVA! 
New for 2016, artoberVA is a month-long celebration of arts and culture held each year in October, in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities month. The goal of artoberVA is to increase awareness of and participation in arts and culture offerings across our region during October and throughout the year.

artoberVA is your chance to discover our community's rich artistic and cultural life. Inspired by Artober Nashville, this month-long celebration has hundreds of experiences. Be a part of something totally new - and share your excitement with others!

This celebration is offered by  CultureWorks , and brought to you by our sponsors, over 150 arts and culture organizations, and countless artists across the Richmond and Tri-Cities region. 

Richmond Public Schools
Albert Hill Picnic Area Mulch Morning Saturday, October 8
Parents and students! Enjoy coffee and donuts as we beautify our back picnic area with mulch generously donated by Hernandez Tree Service. Bring wheelbarrows, round point shovels, gloves and/or leaf rakes. We will be gathering at the back entrance of the school on Saturday, October 8th from 9:00-11:00 am.
We are hoping to recruit 10-15 volunteers. Hope to see you there!

Click here to sign up to help
DonorsChoose Project at Albert Hill 
DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Since 2000, public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you. 

There are two current Donors Choose projects at Albert Hill. Ms. Shaia is still $48 short of her goal to purchase 35 copies of the novel "Cinder" in order to explore adaptions of traditional literature. 

Mr. Kimbrell is still $288 short of his goal to purchase Chromebooks for class because his  students need more consistent access to technology to enhance their learning. The Chromebooks will be used for research and complete different online activities during class.
Visual Arts Center Classes 
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will be holding classes at Albert Hill from 3:20pm-4:45pm beginning October 3 and continuing through November 17. Course offerings and days are as follows.

Monday & Wednesday classes:
Cardboard Sculpture
Image Transfer Prints

Tuesday & Thursday classes"
More Than Paper
Beyond Canvas
Beads, Crystals, and Findings

For more information or an application, please call Ms. Russell or Mr. Clark at (804) 780-6107.
Parents' Guide to Snapchat
It behooves parents and students to understand their digital footprint and safety. Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Childs and the Albert Hill staff suggest that all take a look at this link for Snapchat tips.
Rewards for Hill and Munford
By registering your reward cards at Kroger, Martins or AmazonSmile, Mary Munford and Albert Hill will benefit by receiving cash and free equipment for our school. Click here for the registration details for each of these retailers.

If you buy groceries at Kroger or Martin's, you can earn money for Mary Munford or Albert Hill each and every time you buy groceries! Link your loyalty cards to our school in Kroger's Community Rewards and Martin's A+ for Education!

If you signed up to help last year, you must renew your support again for this year! This program does not offer roll-over enrollment, and the new calendar year began September 1st!
Spooky Saturday October 29!
Don't forget that the 23nd Annual Spooky Saturday Fall Festival & Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 2:00-6:00pm on Mary Munford Elementary School's grounds.

There will be food and fun for ALL ages, including some brand new games this year: Wrecking Ball, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Spooky Photo Booth and back by popular demand, the Spooky Mechanical Spider! 

Click here for more information

Friends of Richmond K-9 3rd Annual Mission BBQ Cornhole Tournament
Interested in helping out a great cause while having fun and eating some great BBQ?! Then sign up for the Friends of Richmond K-9 Cornhole Tournament at Mission BBQ on Saturday, October 8. 

There will be a doubles cornhole tournament with a limit of 36 teams. Teams are guaranteed two games. Each player gets a free sandwich gift card from Mission BBQ, and one entry ticket for the prize raffle. There will also be other friendly matchups. You must pre-register for event online: $50 per team. There will be a losers bracket tournament with a $50 first prize for first 10 eliminated teams.

PRIZES: 1st Place = $300, 2nd Place = $150, and 3rd Place = $100. All proceeds go to nonprofit group Friends of Richmond K-9 to help our Richmond Police K-9 unit. There will also be a drawing for other great prizes in a raffle after the tournament.

Richmond Folk Festival 
Don't forget the Richmond Folk Festival takes  place on our beautiful downtown  riverfront October 7-9 and embraces the heritage and traditions of all Americans.

From the Norfolk sound, to Cuban son  to rockabilly to zydeco to beatbox, you'll find a broad diversity of sounds to get your feet tapping. Each performer represents the living folk traditions of their communities, whether hailing from across the globe, the US, or from regions within our own Commonwealth.

Legendary masters and the next generation of dynamic young artists will celebrate the musical soul and cultural roots of America on six stages of continuous music and dance. World-class artisans, countless varieties of ethnic foods and a family area ensure there's something for every taste and every age!

Artists Support ChildSavers Art Show October 20 & 21
I am proud to serve on the Board of ChildSavers and support their mission to ensure that our community's children are safe, happy, healthy and ready to learn through the most difficult of circumstances.

The Artists Support ChildSavers Show is a special sale of artwork benefiting ChildSavers and the 
special opening reception will take place Thursday, October 20 from 6:00-9:00 pm  at GlaveKocen Gallery  in The Fan. The show will continue Friday, October 21. 

There are numerous works of art on various media from artists like Josh Barber, Ann Chenoweth, Eleanor Cox, Jack Frable, Mark Hierholzer, Jeromyah Jones, Jerome Jones, Matt Lively, Cyane Lowden, Beth Marchant, Alex Nyerges, Amie Oliver, Greg Osterhaus, Monica Rao, Ed Trask and many others! 

Cultured Swine BBQ Coming to the Museum District 
RichmondBizSense.com has the "whole hog" about a new BBQ joint coming to the Museum District early next year! 

The Cultured Swine will open a new carry-out food stand and delivery post in the Grindstone Community Kitchen on Kensington Avenue, pending approval from the city.

"The Grindstone Community Kitchen has been a launching pad for a number of catering and small restaurants for a number of years, including Richmond-based Daily Jars.

Johnson said the restaurant was drawn to the Museum District's concentration of residents and foot traffic. And setting up in the commercial kitchen allows Cultured Swine to get into the neighborhood affordably.

"It was a good match for us and what we wanted to do," Johnson said. "We're doing pretty good right now, so the goal is to make more money without spending a lot...this move allows us to do that, and be smart about our bottom line."

Once set up in their new kitchen space, Johnson said they plan to operate from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. He plans to introduce a new menu that will include more vegan and vegetarian options.

Cultured Swine will also deliver to the surrounding area, and customers will be able to call in their take out orders, Johnson said." 

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