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GRTC to thank our nation’s heroes with free bus rides on Veteran’s Day

The local transit company will offer all active and retired service members free rides all day anywhere in Richmond on Saturday with proof of service.

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Local transit company GRTC is giving back to our nation’s heroes tomorrow, Saturday, November 11th, with free bus rides.

Any veteran with proof of military service can ride for free on any GRTC route all day on Veterans Day. CARE Van veteran customers will also receive a free ride on CARE on November 11th upon request and by showing proof of veterans’ status.

Buses will also display a message on exterior electronic signs, saying, “Thank you, Veterans!” as well.

“GRTC is grateful to honor veterans in our communities and among our riders,” said GRTC CEO David Green. “We are committed to responding to the needs of the communities we serve, following the examples set by veterans who responded to the needs of the country they served.”

GRTC provides direct access to veteran-oriented destinations including the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond on the Route 60, Route 68 and Route 101. Every week, GRTC provides transportation for more than 600 riders whose destination is McGuire. The Richmond Vet Center at Willow Lawn is about four blocks from the Broad and Staples Mill bus stops. The Henrico Benefits Office is serviced by Route 7 bus stops on Nine Mile Road.

Bus stops are also located at the Virginia War Memorial, serviced by both the Route 70 and Route 71. Visitors to the World War I Memorial Carillon in Byrd Park can also ride Route 4 and walk about a third of a mile to the Carillon. Riders of the Route 4 or Route 10 are about five blocks from the entrance to Hollywood Cemetery at Cherry and Albemarle. Richmond National Cemetery is also accessible by Routes 52, 53 and 56.

On Veterans Day, bus operators will accept any of the common forms of proof of military service including military ID card (active/reserve/retired); VA ID card; current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES); driver’s license with veterans designation; photograph in uniform; wearing uniform (if service permits); veterans organization card (e.g., VFW); or DD214 (discharge paperwork).

 

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Pipeline Update Work Continues

The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.

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From RVAH20:

Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.

Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.

Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.

Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.

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Carmela’s Turning Off Pizza Ovens for Good

Carmela has been serving up pizza in Shockoe Bottom for the past three years.

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Posted to Facebook yesterday:

To our dearest customers, after careful consideration, we have decided to close our doors. We like to express our deepest gratitude to you all for your support and love for Carmela’s pizza over the past 3 years!
We like to thank our whole Carmela’s team, past and present. We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished together and couldn’t have done it without your talent and great effort of everyone involved!!
We’re just incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have opened such a beautiful pizzeria. This may not be a goodbye forever, but for now, it’s the right choice for our family.
Thank you again for the sweet memories and for allowing us to serve you RVALots of love,
Victor & Melinda
Carmela’s
Carmela’s was located on 3 N 17th Street.

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Suspect Sought in Commercial Burglary, Stolen Vehicle and Theft from Vehicle

The incidents took place on West Marshall Street and Cutshaw Avenue.

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From RPD:

Suspect Sought in Commercial Burglary, Stolen Vehicle and Theft from Vehicle on West Marshall Street and Cutshaw Avenue

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a commercial burglary, stolen vehicle and theft from a motor vehicle that occurred last month.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, a suspect stole tools from a work truck located in the 3100 block of West Marshall Street. Shortly after, a business in the 3100 block of Cutshaw Avenue was burglarized and a vehicle was stolen. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Henrico County. Photos of the suspect were captured on a surveillance video inside a local store. The photos of the suspect are attached, along with a stock photo of the sweatshirt and cap the suspect was wearing.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Third Precinct Detective H. Truong at (804) 646-1067 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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