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Ginter Park Weekly Gazette – Friday, July 29

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Ginter Park Neighborhood News

National Night Out, Tuesday, August 2

National Night Out, Ginter Park!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00 PM

District S1 3500 – 3600 block of Seminary Avenue, organized by Margee Smither
District S2 3100 block of Noble Avenue, organized by Prudence Justis

On Tuesday, August 2, Ginter Park will join with other neighborhoods across America to participate in National Night Out (NNO). This event is designed to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership.

In Ginter Park, NNO activities range from block parties to gatherings in a front yard or median. Other activities suggested by the police include telling block history stories, lemonade, ice cream social, watermelon, sing-along, flashlight walk, and lawn sports. Everyone is asked to light their home from 6:00-8:00 PM on August 2 and October 4.

The police and other first responders try to attend as many of the Ginter Park activities as possible. The police ask that residents register their event at http://www.richmondgov.com/police/national-night-out.

According to John Marriner, GPRA District Rep Co-Chair, some Block Captains have decided to host NNO block events on August 2, while the majority seem to be holding out for cooler weather on Tuesday, October 4. If you have questions about where/when there are NNO events, contact your District Rep. See the end of this newsletter to identify your District Rep.

If you are hosting an August event, please contact John Marriner, districtw2@ginterpark.org to register your event so we can disseminate some materials for your attendees and report on your event.

Reserve These Dates for GPRA Meetings & Events!

GPRA Membership Meeting:  City 911 Presentation and Candidates Forum

Thursday, September 15, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Early Hall, 3401 Brook Road

In response to Ginter Parker residents’ reported concerns about 911 experienes, the City Emergency Communications staff will present a slideshow with tips about 911, with quizes and giveaways, 6:45-7:15 pm.

This fall the November 8 election will select members of the U. S. House of Representatives and candidates in local races. The GPRA traditionally holds a candidates forum to meet and question those who wish to represent us.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Norma Murdoch-Kitt, and this portion f the agenda will begin at 7:15 pm. As this is an in-person meeting, attendees should pay attention to current COVID-19 recommendations for indoor gatherings. The venue is spacious and allows for distancing. The venue is accessible and has ample off-street parking. ALL residents within the Association Area are invited to attend!

Voting Calendar

  • Register until October 17
  • Vote early at registrar and satellite offices: September 23 to November 5
  • Request ballot to be mailed beginning September 23 to October 28
  • Return ballot by mail or in person by 7:00 PM November 8
  • Mailed ballot must be postmarked by November 8 and received by November 14

Fall Line Trail Meeting

Northside Neighborhoods Plan Fall Line Trail Meeting

Monday, September 19, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Linwood Holton Elementary School Cafeteria

1600 West laburnum Avenue

The Fall Line Trail is a proposed 43-mile bicycle-and-pedestrian friendly pathway to connect existing trails and parks from Ashland to Petersburg. While there is much support for this project, the City of Richmond portion is largely urban and complex.

Northside neighborhoods, including Bellevue, Hermitage Road Historic District. Rosedale, Ginter Park/Laburnum Park and Sherwood Park will be impacted by proposed alterations to Hermitage Road and other corridors.

Grady Hart, President, Rosedale Civic Association, and Randee Humphrey, Vice President, GPRA, have organized a meeting of these neighborhoods, Monday, September 19, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at Linwood Holton Elementary School in the cafeteria.

Speakers at the meeting may include City of Richmond lead on this project, Dironna M. Clarke, Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility, DPW; VDOT representative; Bike/Walk RVA representative; SportsBackers representative. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project and to discuss questions and concerns about the model for implementation. The model for the Northside segment has not yet been finalized; so, this is an opportunity for impacted neighborhoods to voice their opinions.

For background information about the project, visit The Fall Line Trail website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next GPRA Board Meeting

Tuesday, Septemer 13, 7:00 pm, Ginter Place Club Room, 1350 Westwood Avenue, open to the public. Agenda includes discussion of Bylaws revisions. Questions? communications@ginterpark.org

GPRA Annual Membership Meeting, Thursday, November 17, 6:30 pm, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Avenue, Fellowship Hall

GPRA Annual Meeting, all residents within our Association Area are invited to attend. Agenda includes Election of 2023 Board Members, and only Association Members in good standing may vote. We will have our traditional Chili Cook-off, so brush up on your favorite Chili recipe and bring a pot to share. We will award prizes this uear for Best Chili; Best Cornbread; and Best Dessert.  Too busy to cook? Just pick up something convenient to share and come!

Holiday Party, Saturday, December 10, 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall

We are planning a festive affair, a Membership Appreciation Event.  Would you like to volunteer to plan the theme, decorations, music, food and beverages for this special event?  Reach out to communications@ginterpark.org 

Photo by Cackie Trippe McCarty

Please Pay Membership Dues

There are 120 Members whose dues have expired.  They weere due June 1, 2022, for the 2022-2023 year.  If you are uncertin about your status, you may email communications@ginterpark.org for assistance.  We appreciate your membership-you support the Association’s Mission and activities that serve our neighborhood. 

City News

From Good Morning, RVA, July 29 (excerpts)

As of last night, the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level for Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield is HIGH—like, way high. The case rate per 100,000 people in each locality, respectively, is 323, 260, and 327; and the new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people is 13.4.  Related, some good news from the New York Times: “The Biden administration now expects to begin a Covid-19 booster campaign with retooled vaccines in September because Pfizer and Moderna have promised that they can deliver doses by then.” It sounds like all adults (and maybe some children) will be eligible for a new omicron-specific booster in as few as six weeks!

Recommendations are to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

City-Wide Zoning Changes Public Meetings

The City is poised to implement city-wide zoning changes in alignment with the Richmond 300 Plan. Attend an in-person or virtual meeting to learn about the changes and to ask questions.

In-person

Tuesday, August 9th, 6:00PM
Main Library
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Virtual

Wednesday, August 10th, 12:00PM (Microsoft Teams)

Phone Access: Call 804-316-9457 and when prompted, enter code 783 019 883# 

Video Access: Click here

Telephone Town Halls

Tuesday, August 16th, 6:00PM*

Wednesday, August 17th, 12:00PM*

*Registration links for Telephone Town Halls will be posted soon.

The purpose of these meetings is to educate the public on the requested zoning changes for Parking Requirements and Accessory Dwelling Units, as well as follow-up on the 2020 commitment to revisit the Short-Term Rental regulations within the City in 2022. During these meetings, subject matter experts from the Department of Planning and Development Review will share the requested zoning changes, discuss potential elements that may change in the zoning ordinances, and address any questions regarding these potential changes.  These meetings are the first of two rounds of community engagement. During this first round of engagement, City staff will share the intent of the zoning changes and gather comments from the community. During the second round, tentatively scheduled for October, City staff will share the proposed changes for the zoning ordinance.

Please contact Brian Mercer at Brian.Mercer@rva.gov or (804) 646-6704 with any questions or comments on the three zoning changes.

Click here for a PDF of the public meetings announcement flyer below.

City PDR website:

https://www.rva.gov/planning-development-review/zoning-changes

To review Zoning Plans:

New General Assembly Buidling Sneak Preview

Photo from Axios Richmond, July 29, 2022

Visit this Axios Richmond link for some photos of the progress being made on the new GA building, https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-richmond

City Dept. of Public Utilities Seeks District 3 Volunteers for a Stakeholders Work Group

Interested in clean water and James River Issues? This might be your gig! 

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has launched a Public Stakeholder Group (PSG) as we develop the Final Plan for Richmond’s combined sewer system.  The Final Plan is one requirement of 2020’s Senate Bill 1064 that addresses combined sewer overflows and must detail actions the City will take to control combined sewer overflows.

In this PSG a wide range of interested community members will meet regularly and work together to provide input and insight on local clean water efforts, Richmond’s existing combined sewer system, and desired outcomes from the perspective of their local communities.

It is currently anticipated that just shy of eight quarterly meetings will be conducted from 2022 through 2023.  The meetings will be focused around specific agenda items.  The PSG members that are already confirmed have selected Thursday meeting times from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Stipends will be provided to PSG members.  We will also work to eliminate any barriers to participation and expect to have both virtual and in-person meeting options.

It is our hope that we will have two Richmonders from each City Council District in this 18-member, demographically- and geographically-representative PSG.  We are seeking residents of the 3rd Council District to round-out the equal representation we’re seeking across all council districts.  It is definitely not a technical stakeholder group — we’re looking for folks who are connected to the 3rd Council District so we can ascertain more feedback from communities. Ideally, this group will bring new voices to the table so we encourage you to consider those that may not have been previously involved with water or river issues.

Contact Jennfier Clarke, DPU, jenn.clarke@rva.gov

What’s Happening with the A.P. Hill Monument Relocation?

From Axios Richmond:

The most prominent Confederate statues in Richmond may have come down, but holdouts remain.

What’s happening: More than two years after the city’s reckoning with Confederate iconography began in earnest, legal wrangling continues over a memorial to A.P. Hill.

Read the full story here: https://www.axios.com/local/richmond/2022/07/28/last-confederate-monuments-richmond

RPS Back to School!

2022-2023 Calendar

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From Superintendent Jason Kamras’ Newsletter:

5th Annual Ultimate Backpack Drive – Mark your calendars! Thursday, August 11, from 8 am – 6 pm, is the 5th Annual Ultimate Backpack Drive at the Arthur Ashe Center. The goal: collect enough backpacks and schools supplies to support 50,000 students in Richmond and across central VA. Please note: Students will receive the backpacks and supplies once school starts; the event on August 11 is only for dropping off donations.

Huge shout-out to Timmy Nguyen from VCU, who founded and continues to lead this incredible event; and to the drive’s many sponsors, including Comcast, CoStar, Dominion, VCU, Virginia Credit Union, Walmart, and more. Check out the news coverage of the event in the video below, which features Serenity Judge-Williams from Woodville ES!

RPS Links

Resources

COVID-19 Links

Crisis Support Links

Financial Navigators (Resource Contacts for Various Needs) – (804) 646-6673

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