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Student move-in day approaches, beware of crowds and street closures

Franklin, Grace, Cary, Marshall, Laurel, and Pine Street will all be partially closed.

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It’s that time of year again. The Richmond population will be expanding starting on Friday as VCU return to school. Prepare for crowds and a few street closures.

From VCU Police Department:

WEEKEND TRAFFIC / MONROE PARK CAMPUS: VCU freshmen will move into their residence halls from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Traffic congestion is expected in the areas near VCU’s student residence halls Friday evening and Saturday and there will be very limited street parking available.

In order to ensure safety and order as students move into residence halls, the following streets will have travel restrictions or will be closed:

  • Franklin Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between Harrison and Belvidere streets; traffic arriving for move-in will be reduced to one travel lane between Harrison and Belvidere streets.
  • Grace Street: Travel lanes will remain open, however, drivers may experience some congestion between Ryland and Belvidere streets.
  • Cary Street: Travel lanes will remain open, but drivers may experience some congestion between Cherry and Jefferson streets.
  • Marshall Street: Travel lanes will remain open, but drivers may experience some congestion between Bowe and Hancock streets.
  • Laurel Street: The street will be closed between West Grace and West Cathedral streets. Parishioners of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be allowed to park in designated spots on Cathedral Street and in the West Main Street Parking Deck. Drivers may experience some congestion between Cathedral and Cary streets.
  • Pine Street: The street continues to be closed between West Cary and West Main streets for construction through 2018.

Traffic restrictions and closures will be in effect on Saturday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. VCU Police will handle traffic control as students move in. In addition, Laurel Street will be closed between Franklin and Grace streets on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Herbs Galore & More at Maymont

Get your tickets now for Herbs Galore & More to be held Saturday, April 24, 8am-3pm.

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Spring is in the air and it’s time to get plants into the dirt. Herbs Galore & More is a great spot kickstart your garden and/or yard.

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite plant sale! The event will feature extra space between vendors, wide aisles and a spacious layout for a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests.

$7 per person/free for members and children ages 12 and under.
Please purchase your tickets in advance.
Get Your Tickets and More Info Here

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Byrd House Market to Start Selling on May 4th

The Birdhouse Farmers Market returns for its 15th season on Tuesday, May 4th from 3:00 to 6:30 pm (rain or shine), in the space between the Randolph Community Pool and Petronius Jones Park, at 1507 Grayland Avenue.

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The Birdhouse Farmers Market returns for its 15th season on Tuesday, May 4th from 3:00 to 6:30 pm (rain or shine), in the space between the Randolph Community Pool and Petronius Jones Park, at 1507 Grayland Avenue.
 
This season the market will continue to adhere to social distancing protocols, enforcing spacing regulations between vendors and requiring vendors to wear masks and gloves.
 
In an effort to minimize the duration of the market shopping trip for our customers and to provide food access to as many people in the community as possible, Birdhouse Market will continue to offer online ordering. Buying pages will go live on Thursday morning and close on early Monday morning each week. Walk-up shopping without pre-ordering will also be available, but market management is asking customers to wear a mask, limit their time at the market, practice social distancing for the health of our customers, vendors, and volunteers, and please leave pets at home.
 
Approximately 19 Birdhouse Farmers Market vendors will be selling Virginia-grown produce, cut flowers, meat, specialty baked goods, and more each week.
 
The best way to keep track of weekly activities is to visit our website where you can subscribe to the weekly Birdhouse Market Newsletter, and to follow the market on Facebook and Instagram.
 
“Every spring we get so excited about the return of our in-person market. Despite the pandemic, Birdhouse Farmers Market has shopping alternatives that allow everyone to fully participate, including our SNAP customers. Feeding Richmond well; it’s what we do.”  Kate Ruby, Market Manager
 
ABOUT THE MARKET
 
Birdhouse Farmers Market is a friendly, year-round, all-weather, mid-week, food-focused farmers market promoting healthy eating and a love of community and the environment. Our mission is  strengthening our local food system to improve the health and well-being of the Richmond community.

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Death Investigation on Gilmer Street

Last night at approximately 8:12 p.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Gilmer Street for the report of a shooting.

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From RPD:

Last night at approximately 8:12 p.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Gilmer Street for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located a male with an apparent gunshot wound, down and unresponsive on a sidewalk on the 400 block of Gilmer Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Detectives are aware of the close proximity to Sunday’s fatal shooting on the same block. Detectives are looking into any correlation between the two incidents and whether there is a possible drug nexus.

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Higgins at (804) 814-7570 or 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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