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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA

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Jul 29 '14

Urban Set Bride: A new great piece of Church Hill


Richmond Weddings has a nice interview with Christine Haines from Urban Set Bride:

Where do you find inspiration or motivation?

Our motivation stems directly from our neighborhood, Church Hill. We could’ve setup shop in Carytown or Short Pump, but we wanted to be part of a cozy little section of the city that is progressing right before our eyes. There are so many entrepreneurs around us opening up shops and restaurants, building or renovating homes, walking around with their dogs and/or kids, and supporting each other. We want to be another great part of Church Hill and help it continue to blossom.

Urban Set Bride
602 North 29th Street | Facebook | @UrbanSetBride


Jul 28 '14

Pennsylvania murder suspect arrested on Venable Street


Based on information provided by the USMS Fugitive Task Force in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the USMS Fugitive Task Force in Richmond and Richmond PD Detectives arrested York County, Pennsylvania, homicide suspect Jeffrey Allen Reid, Jr at approximately 2:00 PM this afternoon in the 2400 Block of Venable Street.

With Reid at the time of his arrest was a female who had been reported as a “Missing Person” from Pennsylvania. She was recovered unharmed and will be returned to Pennsylvania.


Jul 28 '14

Central Montessori expanding into old Tricycle Gardens space

Mike sent in an update in the old Tricycle Gardens spot on Jefferson Avenue:

Ran into one of the owners of the Montessori school while talking to a gent building large planters along the Jefferson Avenue fence line. Apparently, Montessori will be leasing the property, and opening an “Infants & Toddlers” facility there in approx. 2 months. This is the second great use of this space in a row following Triangle Gardens long stint on this unique lot.

If you have a minute, maybe stroll by and tell them how happy we are that they’re growing on our neighborhood.

I confirmed with the folks at Central Montessori that this in the works. Things are just getting going, but it’s a great solution to their need for more space and desire to stay in the neighborhood.

From our profile of the school back in January:

The Central Montessori community has a choice to make: stay small or take on another venue?

The school started with students 3-6 years old, now serves children ages 16 months to 12-years-old, and has run out of room to expand.

“We exceeded our 5 year vision, we’ve added a new classroom every year,” says Pishko. The school currently enrolls about 100 students, and is full of children. There is a waiting list for toddlers, and the elementary program is at capacity with enrollment closed for the past year. They are weighing the costs of expansion to another facility in the area and looking at their options.


Jul 28 '14

New life for one of Union Hill’s most majestic homes

The RTD ran a neat look at the renovation of 2002 Princess Anne Avenue on Saturday:

In its early years-it was built circa 1903 – the house was one of the largest and most striking on a new block of eye-catching mansions. […]

In the 1930s, though, a new owner converted the 5,800-square-foot house into a retirement home, and it languished, frozen in time, for 70 years. A new owner began a structural restoration of the house in 2008, and after buying it in April, the Conrads undertook a basement-to-roof renovation of the historic property.


Even as workers replaced the water-damaged floorboards, boxes of cabinets already stood stacked in the kitchen, awaiting installers. And plumbers had roughed in plumbing for the house’s five bathrooms. In time, plasterers would arrive to patch the walls, and painters would follow them.

“Fortunately, we don’t have to sacrifice any historic accuracy, and the floor plan lends itself to modern comforts, even if we are using the space differently than the builders intended,” Matt said.

PHOTO 2002 Princess Anne Avenue (November 2009)


Jul 28 '14

Missing this wayward pup?

@ rpdltdan Do you know where I live? I went to the wrong house in @greaterfulton I am very friendly and know commands.#Wayward


Jul 28 '14

$500 Love Your Block grants available for local beautification projects

The city’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Initiative is now accepting its 5th round of applications for the Love Your Block Grants. The application deadline is September 5, 2014.

Through the Love Your Block grants, Neighbor-to-Neighbor provides competitive mini-grants in the form of $500 Home Depot Gift Cards to city neighborhood groups for the purchase of supplies needed for local beautification projects.

To pursue this grant opportunity, download the application here and the waiver here.


Jul 28 '14

Assessments mostly flat, Church Hill and Union Hill see increases


The 2015 real estate reassessments are in the mail and online.

A random spot check around the neighborhoods shows:

  • an increase in the range of $5,000-10,000 for much of Church Hill and most of Union Hill (with values flat or declining along Venable Street);
  • Fairmount values held steady, with some decline along along Fairmount Avenue;
  • Peter Paul, Woodville, Chimborazo, and Oakwood assessments are flat compared to last year;
  • Church Hill North, Fulton, Montrose, and Eastview generally held steady, with some minor fluctuation each way;
  • values in Brauers generally held steady, with more fluctuation up and down than any of the other neighborhoods.


Jul 27 '14
The Pudding Please cart set up at Patrick Henry Park across from St.John’s Church.

The Pudding Please cart set up at Patrick Henry Park across from St.John’s Church.

Jul 27 '14

Pudding Please returns to Patrick Henry Park this evening


Did you miss the pudding cart at Patrick Henry Park last Sunday? Come out this evening for the 2nd round of Pudding Please and get some of the yummy!

Pudding Please Flavors Update – we’ll be in Patrick Henry Park (Church Hill) [Sunday] at 5pm with: All Natural Handmade Vanilla Pudding Bowls, Dark Chocolate Pudding Bowls, Vanilla Pudding Pops, Dark Chocolate Pudding Pops and Melting Banana Pudding Pops. Please look for the orange umbrella!


Jul 26 '14

In bloom


From a great set of seasonal photos over at kate with camera


Jul 25 '14

Fog at Oakwood Cemetery


A great photo of the fog at Oakwood Cemetery this morning by @BatteryHillLive.


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 21 '14

Kombucha-making workshop at Union Market in August

There will be a Kombucha-making workshop at Union Market on August 2.

Participants each will receive their own SCOBY, starter liquid, large jar and handout with brewing instructions.

Register beforehand with the Union Market: with your name and contact info. Or, call them at (804) 716-7233 or just stop in and register in person.

Cost: $15 per person. Registration is limited to 15.

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Jul 21 '14

Free lunch & breakfast for all Richmond Public Schools students this coming year

According to a memo recently distributed to parents, starting this school year all students in Richmond Public Schools will receive free breakfast and lunch as part of the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch/Breakfast Programs.

As of October 2013, 74.25% of the students in Richmond Public Schools were receiving free/reduced price lunch. The Virginia Department of Education’s data for the 2013-2014 school year has the following percentages of students at local schools listed as “Economically Disadvantaged”:

83.1% (804/967) Armstrong HS
83.6% (313/374) Bellevue ES
89.9% (420/467) Chimborazo ES
97.5% (548/562) Fairfield Court ES
85.9% (300/349) Franklin Military Academy
94.7% (430/454) George Mason ES
95.2% (616/647) Martin Luther King Jr. MS
95.5% (496/519) Woodville ES


Jul 21 '14


Ashley is asking you to keep an eye out:

so someone stole my baby’s water table from my back yard! I’m not sure when. It was sometime between last night and tonight. […] My baby really loves this toy. It was a birthday gift from his grandma and his favorite outside toy. I can’t afford to replace it and it really keeps him entertained for hours. I would really like to find this. I know it’s a long shot. But maybe someone saw something. I mean it’s pretty big and idk how someone could just walk off with