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North Avenue Post Office closed due to mold

If you have a PO Box at that location, your mail can be picked up at the Bellview Post Office at 5327 Chamberlayne Avenue.

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ABC8 has the information on a growing problem at a Northside Post Office. The problem is mold growing.

From ABC8:

The post office located at 3004 North Avenue in Richmond closed after local officials became aware of the problem Friday.

The building is temporarily closed and a sign on the front door cites “environmental reasons.”

United States Postal Service information officer Michell Martel said that residents who have mail delivered from that location will not be impacted by the closing.

Martel did say that the closure will impact people with post office boxes at that location. For the time being, those with PO Boxes in the North Avenue location can pick up their mail at the Bellview Post Office.

The Bellview Post Office is located at 5327 Chamberlayne Avenue.

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Toy and supply drive to benefit UMFS and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU on deck ahead of NASCAR race

Driver meet and greets, ticket donations, and prize raffles are among the activities leading into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

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As part of the events leading into the upcoming Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race on August 13 at Richmond Raceway, Worldwide Express (“WWEX”) has partnered with local carrier Estes to organize a series of activities benefiting local charities, including UMFS and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Worldwide Express will hold a toy and supply drive at Richmond Raceway, host driver meet and greets and donate race tickets to CHoR and UMFS families.

Estes will also hold a toy drive at its Richmond headquarters from August 8-19, where employees are encouraged to donate toys and supplies in need at CHoR and UMFS. Another local carrier, UPS, will receive tickets to the Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race for teams and families at its local UPS Customer Center to attend.

“We are pleased to honor our carriers by making an impact on two organizations that are supported by Estes, one of our largest and longest-standing carrier partners. Over the years, Richmond-based Estes has made significant contributions of time and resources to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and UMFS, and we would like to further their efforts by encouraging donations from teams, fans, and the public at large surrounding the race,” said Worldwide Express President Rob Rose.

“As a family-owned company for over 90 years, our team loves supporting nonprofits and causes that go above and beyond to help children and families thrive, like UMFS and CHoR,” said Rob Estes, president and CEO at Estes. “We want to thank our friends at Worldwide Express for choosing Estes as its partner to help bring toys, supplies, donations, fun and hope to these deserving organizations.”

Toy and Supply Drive: August 13 and 14 at Richmond Raceway

Worldwide Express will be accepting in-person toy and supply donations at the Worldwide Express Fan Zone at the Richmond Raceway Midway on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14. Each person who donates will be entered in a raffle to win driver-signed memorabilia and prizes, including a Richmond Raceway flag signed by current NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Niece Motorsports memorabilia, and Trackhouse Racing items.

Wish list items for the two organizations include coloring books, books, fidget toys, LEGO toys, school-age wipeable toys, preschool toys, dinosaur figurines, PAW Patrol toys, slime kits, putty, therapeutic dough, kinetic sand, UNO card games, family card games, family board games, battery-powered room string lights, balls (sensory balls, playground balls, bouncy balls), remote control cars/vehicles, Matchbox cars, art supplies, and school headphones.

“We’re so grateful to be a part of this exciting opportunity through Worldwide Express. We want to help children feel comfortable and at home when they’re in the hospital, and having access to toys and supplies helps us do just that,” said Stephanie Allan, vice president for community development at Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Every dollar collected and toy donated makes a difference in a child’s life at CHoR.”

Fans can also make online monetary donations that will be used to purchase toys and supplies through the Worldwide Express website at wwex.com/toydrive. Online donations will be accepted beginning Monday, August 8, and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, August 19. All monetary donations will be used to purchase items directly from the CHoR and UMFS wish lists and will be donated to the organizations. Worldwide Express will match all donations up to a total of $25,000.

Driver Meet and Greet: August 11 at UMFS

On Thursday, August 11, Niece Motorsports drivers Dean Thompson and Carson Hocevar will make an appearance at UMFS alongside the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 winning No. 41 Worldwide Express Chevrolet. The drivers will participate in a Q&A session, sign autographs, and offer photo opportunities for UMFS students, staff, and families, as well as teams from the Estes corporate headquarters. UMFS is located at 3900 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230.

“UMFS is grateful to have the unwavering support from Worldwide Express and our neighbors at Estes,” said Nancy Toscano, president and CEO at UMFS. “Both Estes and UMFS have been rooted in the Richmond community for decades, and because of strong community partners like Estes, we are able to better serve children, teens, and families across Virginia.”

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Arrest Made, Victim Identified in Chamberlayne Avenue Homicide

The incident occurred on July 27th, on the 4900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

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From RPD:

The Richmond Police Department has charged the suspect in last week’s shooting on Chamberlayne Avenue. Anthony Dandridge, Jr., 21, of Richmond, was arrested on scene by Richmond Police officers.

RPD detectives, investigating the Chamberlayne Avenue shooting, have charged Dandridge with second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Detectives have identified the victim of the shooting as Dylan Johnson, 22, of Richmond. Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at approximately 5:55 p.m., Richmond Police officers responded to the 4900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for the report of a shooting. Once on scene officers located an adult male down with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Gouldman (804) 646-3915 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Science Museum Celebrates State Employees with a Membership Discount

The Science Museum of Virginia is offering Virginia state employees a 30 percent discount on the organization’s Supernova-level membership.

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The Science Museum of Virginia is offering Virginia state employees a 30 percent discount on the organization’s Supernova-level membership.

Who:
Anyone employed by the state may purchase a Supernova membership for just $112. This applies to new memberships as well as renewals for staff who took advantage of the discount offered in 2021. In addition, state employees may buy up to two Supernova memberships to gift to science-loving friends and family.

When:
From Aug. 1 through 31, anyone who works for the Commonwealth of Virginia may get a 30 percent discount on their new membership purchase or membership renewal.

How:
The Science Museum’s Supernova membership level includes two adults and all children (18 years old and younger) in the household. It provides free regular exhibition admission, free admission to Science After Dark events, guest passes to bring friends and family along for a visit, passes to see giant screen films and astronomy shows in The Dome, discounts in shop and more.

The membership is valid for an entire year, giving state employees the chance to see “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” for free before it leaves the Science Museum on Sept. 5, 2022. The interactive touring exhibition includes awe-inspiring shark models cast from real animals, an extraordinary collection of real teeth and jaws, extremely rare fossils, interactive stations to learn more about shark features and habitats, movie memorabilia and more. “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” also includes an immersive walk-through gallery that utilizes cinema-quality SENSORY4™ technology and features 45 minutes of high-definition underwater footage of sharks in their natural habitats.

In addition to numerous permanent exhibitions, a makerspace and labs open year-round, a membership purchased during this promotional period also allows free access to three other touring exhibitions at the Science Museum:

  • Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity” delves into the complex organ that is skin. It illustrates the incredibly adaptive properties of skin across numerous organisms, and sparks dialog about the societal and cultural constructs based on skin color. It on display until Jan. 15, 2023.
  • Playing with Light” features laser and lens-based experiences designed to ignite imagination and spark experimentation. It will be on display Feb. 11 through Aug. 20, 2023.
  • Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience” gives guests a glimpse at the extraordinary conditions of human space travel and the unique experience of what it’s like to be on board the International Space Station. This immersive exhibition is on display May 27 through Sept. 4, 2023.

Why:
By having Virginia staff bring their loved ones to the Science Museum, they are helping future scientists hone critical thinking skills and build confidence in several scientific fields. It gives the Science Museum a chance to inspire Virginia’s next generation of STEM-minded individuals and cultivate curiosity. It also gives state employees a chance to celebrate and utilize the offerings of one of Virginia’s many innovative agencies.

Where:
State employees interested in the discounted membership may purchase it in person at Guest Services, where they will be asked to show a state-issued ID as verification of employment.

The Science Museum is located at 2500 West Broad St. in Richmond.

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