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A Filthy Fourth: a reminder to pick up your trash at the river, and everywhere else

People go to the James because they love how beautiful it is, yet they leave trash. This confuses us to no end.

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There are three main types of people in Richmond when it comes to litter: those that litter, those that complain but don’t it pick up, and those that do pick it up. Which type are you?

If you’d like to become the type that picks up, follow RVA Clean Sweep for cleanup efforts throughout the city. Even better, go to Amazon, buy a picker-upper/grabber and go out once a week into the wilds of Richmond and pick up a little litter. Belle Isle and the rocks on the south side of the island always need a little help.

These pictures were taken today, July 5th, at the foot of the Boulevard Bridge (aka Nickel Bridge). Folks had found a lovely spot along the James to enjoy the fireworks at Dogwood Dell. It was considerably less lovely when they left. Not pictured are the two pairs of shorts, torn hammock, single flip-flop, and various socks.

So, my daughter and I took it upon ourselves to leave Southbank a little cleaner than we found it.

At least they stayed hydrated.

 

Share a Pepsi With A Friend And Leave The Cups Behind: Richmond Love Story

 

It took about 20 minutes of effort to collect what you see. The bucket on the left is mostly full of smashed cans.

 

Still life, revisited

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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4th District Small Business Virtual Town Hall

The meeting is tonight, November 23rd at 6 PM to discuss issues that local businesses face during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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City Councilwoman Kristen Larson is hosting a meeting tonight for small businesses in the 4th District.

Are you a small business owner living or doing business in the 4th District?  If so, please join me, the city’s Department of Economic Development, and other business owners at 6 pm tonight, November 23rd for a 4th District Small Business Virtual Town Hall meeting.  This is a time for us to hear from you about any issues you continue to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that we can learn how best to support you at this time. You can access the meeting through the below link or dial-in numbers. We will provide time for questions throughout the meeting.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 804-316-9457
Conference ID: 423 691 949#

Please note that if you are accessing the meeting online, you will be asked to share your name before being accepted into the meeting. Please keep your video off unless you are addressing the speakers during a time for questions.  Also, note that the chat feature will not be used or monitored for the purposes of this meeting.

If you are accessing the meeting by phone, you must press *6 to unmute yourself before speaking.

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A Walk in the Woods

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I got up early and went up to the Wetlands to test out a bird theory in this little meadow. My theory was there will be tons of birds early in the morning, not true. So I packed up and returned to my tried and true method which I call Bull Moose Nature Walk. Bull Moose Nature Walk is based on a large person (like myself) blindly tromping through the woods and startling myself and the natural denizens. In fortunate cases, the natural denizens are so stunned by seeing a moose like creature they pause long enough for me to take a picture.
Well, I was lumbering through the woods and heard some crows making an above-average crow noises. So they were very freaking loud. Suddenly, two Red-Shouldered hawks flew by with crows in pursuit, before I could even lift the camera from another angle a Barred Owl came in also chased by a crow. They all converged and there was a mini Battle of Britain that took place with owls, hawks, and crows dashing about. When the flak cleared the owl pursued by two crows went deeper into the woods. I followed, cursing about brambles and sticks determined to take an eye out. Eventually, I found the owl calmly sitting on a tree as the pair of crows took turns landing closely and yelling in the owl’s ear. Sometimes the crows would fly by and nip at the owl’s tail feather. The owl didn’t care, occasionally making the half-hearted attempt to snap. After about 15-20 minutes the owl went to another tree where it was able to find some peace and quiet.
There are several possible morals.
  1. Don’t have ideas they’re always crap.
  2. Sometimes just blundering along like a moose works out.
  3. Your critics are going to yell, just move to a different tree.
  4. Crows are assholes.
(Due to so many branches these were the best pictures I could nab.)

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Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School Slated for Wrecking Ball

The local middle-school located on Forest Hill Avenue will be turned into a green space.

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Freshly re-elected School Board Member Johnathan Young announced on Facebook about plans to bring down Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School.

Demolition, Coming Soon. I am pleased to share that this evening the School Board of the City of Richmond approved demolition of the former Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School on Forest Hill Avenue next to Huguenot High. The antiquated building was replaced by the new River City Middle School located at Hull Street/Elkhardt Road. To retain the old building would cost taxpayers $100k a year but subsequent demolition the site will be retained by Richmond Public Schools as a green site.

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