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Ginter Park Weekly Gazette 

Friday, December 9, 2022

“This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness. We string bulbs, ignite bonfires, and light candles, and we sing.”

Anita Diamant

Dear neighbors,

Whatever your beliefs, fatihs and traditions, the GPRA Board wishes you much joy, peace and love this season! December is a month of celebrations, gatherings and festivities. Here are some that are upcoming.

Saturday, December 10-11

Do your children need to write their letters to Santa and send them off to the North Pole?  Neighbor, Ashleigh Stein and the Richmond Fire Department, Station 15, invite families to stop by the Station, 2614 1st Avenue between 2 and 4 pm, Satuday, December 10 or Sunday, December 11,2 to 4 pm, to write letters to Santa and to enjoy some holiday treats. All supplies will be provided.

You do not have tyo attend to send letters to Santa! There will be a special mailbox in front of Fire Station 15. Be sure to write your return address for a personalized letter from Santa before Christmas!

GPRA Jingle and Mingle Holiday Cocktail Party!

The GPRA Event/Social Team invites you to the 2022 Annual Holiday Party, Jingle and Mingle Cocktail Party, Saturday, December 10, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. The spirit of the holidays, good food, libations, music, and the presentation of the Grace Arents Award. All are welcome, but Membership dues, $35 a housdehold, are required of non-members at the welcome table. (dues expire June 1, 2023).

December 12


Quality Inn on Ashe Blvd. Under Contract to be Sold, Meet the Developers!

Following festivities, we have a week of some important committments, beginning with a Special Public Meeting, brought to you by the Coalition of Northside Civic/Neighborhood Associations:

The Quality Inn at 3207 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard is under contract to be sold!
On Monday, December 12th, from 7-8pm via Zoom, join the Civic/Resident Associations of Rosedale, Ginter Park, Sherwood Park, Bellevue, and Greater Scott’s Addition for a conversation with the development team to learn about their plans and voice our priorities, questions, and concerns for the new development.
Here’s what we know so far: The developers who are under contract to purchase the site plan to tear down the existing hotel and build a new apartment complex, and have proactively reached out our Northside communities to ensure that we have an opportunity to learn more and weigh in on the development. For the near future, the hotel will continue to operate until such a time as it is ready to be demolished.
Passcode: 266661

Webinar ID: 839 8514 5329

December 15, GPRA Hosted Red Cross Blood Drive! 

This holiday season, Give the Gift that Saves Lives! 


As we celebrate the holidays, let’s Give the Gift that Means Something! 

  • Holiday fun can push blood donation to the bottom of the to-do list. Winter weather and seasonal illness can also impact the blood supply.
  • We need donors to shake up their holiday plans and make giving blood a priority this season to ensure we can meet the needs of patients all winter long.
  • [FOR DRIVES NOV. 28-DEC. 15] Give a gift, get a gift! All who come to give Nov. 28-Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Gift Card by email, thanks to our partners at Amazon. Terms apply, see
  • [FOR DRIVES DEC. 16-JAN. 2] To show our thanks, all who come to give Dec. 16-Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
  • Save time with RapidPass®. Complete your pre-donation reading and health history at or with the Blood Donor App before your appointment.
  • Eligibility questions? Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Did You Miss the Holiday Cookie Exchange?

GPRA Event/Social and Membership Teams hosted an exciting Holiday Cookie Exchange, Sunday, December 4, at Ginter Place. Alex Hassan entertained with classic holiday music, and guests enjoyed savory and sweet nibbles and each others’ company.  All particvipants in the excahnge took home a box of assorted cookies and confections and exchanged recipes, and dozens of sweets were boxed and delivered to RFD Fire Stations 14 and 16.

We thank Prudence Justis, Co-Chair, Events/Social Committee, Carrie Vuori, new Membership Chair, for creating this event, which glowed with holiday cheer and joy. Thank you, Julie Davis O’Kelly, Leslee Oliver, Melissa Oefelein, and others who helped to organize and set up this event. This is likely to be an annual tradition, so watch for it in December 2023!

Neighborhood News! New Public Safety and Traffic Safety Leadership for Ginter Park!

One of the key advantages of having an active neighborhood association is representation with City of Richmond government and departments regarding neighborhood concerns and interests. During 2022, the two areas where the Board recived a steady flow of communications of concerns are public safety and traffic safety. The Board is happy to welcome two new leaders to our Association.

Mary Ann Batsche has been appointed by the Board as Public Safety Chair for the remainder of 2022 and for the 2023 term. Mary Ann and her husband, Stephen, have resided in Ginter Park for 6 years. Mary Ann has a strong interest in our neighborhood and in our safety. She has completed the RPD Citizens Academy and a ride-along with an officer. Mary Ann is the Director of Communications and Community Programs for Mary Washington University Healthcare, and so brings skills to her volunteer work with GPRA to build good communications and strategies with neighbors and with RPD Fourth Precinct.

Jon Oliver, Traffic Committee Chair, and his wife, Leslee, moved to Ginter Park over 1 year ago, and have jumped into association activities. Jon is an Engineer with professional work in road design andf traffic engineering. He is very interested in working with residents throughout the neighborhood who have traffic safety concerns. He has been brought up-to-date about City Traffic Engineering-implenmented traffic calming measures throughout the neighborhood, as well as problematic areas communicated to the Board during 2022. Jon will take a thoughtful, wholistic approach to GPRA formal requests to the city for interventions.

Effective Monday, December 12, all may contact Mary Ann at

and may contact Jon at

Both Jon and Mary Ann are open to meeting with groups of neighbors who would like to discuss concerns in specific areas of Ginter Park.

First Board Meeting of 2023:  Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 pm, location and Zoom link TBA. This first Board Meeting of the new year will include the 2022 and 2023 Boards for a smooth transition. Board Meetings are opne to the public.

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