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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA
Jul 24 '14

SOUPERB grand opening celebration is TONIGHT

More news from SOUPERB – Join us for our Grand Opening Celebration this Thursday, from 5:30 – 8:30. Offering lots of complimentary samples of soups, sweets and savories with refreshing beverages for young and old!

314 North 25th Street between Broad and Marshall.

Contact Diane Fraser at 804.243.8753 or for more information.

314 North 25th Street


Jul 24 '14

City’s proposed rental inspection program does not include East End

Graham Moomaw has a write-up in today’s Times-Dispatch on a proposed rental property inspection.

The city of Richmond is considering the creation an inspection program for rental properties in old areas of the city, a policy that could have a major impact on the 56 percent of city housing occupied by renters.

The rental inspections would apply in special districts created by the city with a high volume of renters and a risk of blight. As envisioned, the program would focus on student-heavy historic neighborhoods such as the Fan District, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward and Carver, but the exact districts would be drawn later by city officials.

Pitched as process to fight blight, it is interesting that the proposal sounds like it would not include any of the East End.


Jul 24 '14

DPW jumps on Burton Street after neighbor complaints

Ann on Venable Street sent in this photo and her appreciation for the DPW crew out working in the rain this morning.

After being tipped to the overgrown and neglected condition of Burton Street last night at the Union Hill Civic Association meeting last night, Bobby Vincent, Jr. of the Department of Public Works drove over to check it out for himself. This morning, Vincent sent out an email to UHCA and a crew to Burton Street:

After the meeting yesterday, I was appalled at what I saw when I drove down Burton. With the forecast scheduled for a 100% chance of rain, we decided to take full advantage of that opportunity. I applaud your, and some of your neighbors, efforts in trying to keep Richmond Beautiful. Please keep in contact with regards to any issues that you have and I will do my best to have them addressed. GO 311;-)


Jul 24 '14

Report of catalytic converter theft on 28th Street

A reader wrote in with an account of more recent theft in the neighborhood:

Last week, in broad daylight, someone stole a catalytic converter from a car in the Richmond Community Hospital parking lot off Nine Mile Road. They cut if off with a torch. […] Another person with the same style car also had their’s cut the same day, but for whatever reason they were unable to complete the job and left it partially attached.

The RPD’s Crime Incident Information database shows a report of a THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS/ACCESSORIES from a 2011 Honda CRV in a parking lot on the 1500 block of 28th Street on July 18 at 7:00 AM. There doesn’t seem to be a 2nd incident reported.

Online reports say that thieves steal catalytic converters for their recycling value, which averages $50 but can go much higher depending on the model.


Jul 24 '14

Proper Pie, 2300 Club closing for much of August

The 2300 Club will be closed from August 4th-20th for staff vacations to replace the antiquated heating and air conditioning system . The club will reopen on August 21st for lunch and dinner.

Proper Pie will be closed August 4th-September 3rd, so grab a couple of savories for your freezer before then.


Jul 24 '14

Back to School Block Party set for September

From Gwen Corley Creighton:

We are so excited to announce that the Peter Paul Development Center has now officially “acquired” Richmond Promise Neighborhood. To publicly celebrate this coming together, we are throwing a back to school block party for our East End neighbors and community partners. This is also a great opportunity for families to get ready for the new school year.

When: Saturday, September 6 (11:00 am- 2:00 pm)
Where: The Peter Paul Development Center (1708 N. 22nd St)

We need two things from you:

Let us know if you or any other organizations are providing back to school resources (backpacks, supplies, etc.) near September 6. We want to ensure that the many generous efforts to support returning students are well-coordinated.

Mark your calendars for September 6 and plan to come out!
Thank you so much!

Be well,



Jul 24 '14

Traffic circle installation on M Street intersections next week

From the Department of Public Works:

Lane Closure – M Street and S Street
WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT: Lane Closure

WHEN: Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: The following intersections will be impacted:

· M Street between 27th Street and 32nd Street

· S Street and 31st Street

BACKGROUND: There will be lane closures in the aforementioned area to allow for installation of residential traffic circles at the intersections of M Street and 27th Street, 30th Street and 32nd Street.


Jul 23 '14

My #panoramic failed so hard #dog #dinosaur #ostrich #rva


My #panoramic failed so hard #dog #dinosaur #ostrich #rva

Jul 22 '14

Local winners in Richmond Magazine’s Best & Worst

The August issue of Richmond Magazine, their annual tally of the region’s Best & Worst, gives accolades to a good number of local people/places/things. The issue includes local winners, as well as profiles of Derek Wetzler & 23rd Street’s Restore-PT, and Richmond’s best podcast, Jeff Majer’s History Replay’s Today.

Best Local Podcast
#1 History Replays Today

Best Spot for Instagramming
#1 Libby Hill Park/Overlook

City Neighborhood With the Friendliest Neighbors
#2 Church Hill

Best Retro Cocktails
#2 The Roosevelt

Best Adult Milkshakes
#1 Station 2

Best Virginia Wine Selection
#1 The Roosevelt

Best Croisants
#2 Sub Rosa Bakery

Best Philly Cheesesteak
#2 Str8 Out of Philly

Best BBQ Beef Brisket
#2 Alamo BBQ

Best New Restaurant
#3 Dutch & Co.

Best Restaurant Overall in the Region
#2 The Roosevelt (tie)
#3 Dutch & Co. (tie)

Best Restaurant North of the James
#3 Dutch & Co.

Best Local Veterinary Practice
#3 Church Hill Animal Hospital

Best Pet Sitter
#3 Pets at Play


Jul 22 '14

Bringing some color love to Venable and Mosby

New temporary mural by Ed Trask on the former ACME Grocery at Venable and Mosby Streets.


Jul 22 '14

Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps performance set for St.John’s

The Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps from Plymouth, Michigan will be traveling throughout Virginia and will make a special stop to perform at St. John’s Church on August 7, followed by a public reenactment of the 2nd Virginia Convention.

  • 5:30 Church doors open (gates will be open all day)
  • 6:00 Event begins with Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps. No late admittance to church.
  • 6:30 Reenactment of Second VA Convention
  • 7:15 Actors ‘meet and greet’ on the yard
  • 7:30 Youth corps ‘meet and greet’ on the yard

Tickets to the performance are $5 and are available here. Reservations are available for groups of ten or more for fee of $5 per person, up to 10 reserved seats.

Kona Ice will be on site with Hawaiian Shaved Ice for sale; 20% of proceeds benefit St. John’s Church Foundation.

The Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps is an all youth Corps made up of students ranging in age from 11-18 from Plymouth, MI and surrounding communities. Dedicated to the ancient art of fifing, drumming and color guard, these teens practice every Monday evening year round to prepare for the Corps’ performance season. Every weekend of their summer vacation is scheduled for 40-50 performances from April through October throughout the states of Michigan, Ohio and into Canada. Near the end of the performance season, the Corps travels on a 10-day-tour to perform at historical sites.


Jul 22 '14

Broken backboard still a problem at Chimborazo Playground

Beware! The glass from the broken backboard at Chimborazo Playgound is still a problem.

Neighbors have been trying to get the area clean, but can only do so well…

We went over to pick up the glass for the broken basketball board as the city had not been yet. It was a hazard and pieces spread a wide area.

We did out best and we pick up probably 98% of it but some tiny pieces are embedded in the court plus of course some tiny pieces we probably left. It needs a proper machine to clean the court really.

What I am very concerned about is that some small child either falls or walk barefoot (which we regularly see) on the court.


Jul 22 '14

Historical marker planned for Kennedy High School

A piece by Chris Suarez on RVA Open Source tells a bit of the history of Kennedy High School and Armstrong High School, and has the details on a historical marker planned to commemorate Kennedy HS:

Established in 1968, JFK opened as a state-of-the-art school facility for the East End’s various neighborhoods including – but not limited to – several housing projects. Located at 2300 Cool Lane, Kennedy was built within a mile of Armstrong High School.

“In my heart, it’s still the landmark high school in the city of Richmond.” said former Kennedy faculty member, Pernell Taylor, “I’ve been to a lot of high schools throughout Virginia and it ranks with the best. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”

A former basketball, track and football coach and physical education teacher at JFK Kennedy for 30 years, Taylor says he was one of the original teachers offered a position at the new Kennedy school which included two gymnasiums, an auditorium with a balcony, a greenhouse and air conditioning (an unprecedented luxury at the time for most Richmond Public Schools).


“I think it’s critical we don’t lose this history,” said 7th District School Board Representative and Chairman Donald Coleman. “I know it’ll bring joy to a lot of people who believe they lost something. Kennedy is a significant part of Richmond history. It was part of a critical transition period for Richmond Public Schools and African-American people.”

PHOTO via Richmond Public Schools


Jul 22 '14

Took my guitar to the park today, found me a bench with a good view, and started playing. The 2 girls in this pic came up to me, thanked me for playing, and said I make beautiful music. What they said meant the world to me, really uplifted my spirit. #music #acousticguitars #nature #parks #guitars #rva #soul #followme (at Libby Hill Park)


Took my guitar to the park today, found me a bench with a good view, and started playing. The 2 girls in this pic came up to me, thanked me for playing, and said I make beautiful music. What they said meant the world to me, really uplifted my spirit. #music #acousticguitars #nature #parks #guitars #rva #soul #followme (at Libby Hill Park)

Jul 22 '14

#sunset #churchhill #RVA (at Historic Church Hill Richmond, Va)


#sunset #churchhill #RVA (at Historic Church Hill Richmond, Va)