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Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts looking to grow onto the third floor

A third floor currently sits unused atop the Patrick Henry School. Efforts are underway change that situation.

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Patrick Henry School started on just one floor. It quickly expanded to two floors and then had to add to modular units in the parking lot. There is still an unused third floor in the building but it’s in need of serious renovation work. As we all know renovation work isn’t cheap. The work is estimated to cost $30,000. In order to help cover the cost the school has started its own fundraising effort.

In order for us to better serve our community, we need to be able to access all of our classrooms. Currently, we are in a historic school building with fully operational classrooms on the first two floors and modular units outside. We have also have third floor that is in need of a major renovation in order to house students. We can only fully realize our mission by accessing this critical space.

Here’s how we will achieve this

We’ve officially launched our ‘Growing Potential’ campaign, where we seek to fundraise the necessary capital to fully renovate our third floor. We’ve built a unique coalition of parents and community supporters to help in our efforts and are taking a multi-faceted approach to make this happen. While our total cost is estimated at $3.5 million, we are chunking our fundraising plan into smaller benchmarks, using all amounts donated directly toward the renovation.

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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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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Battle Fog and High Point University for a Preseason Win

Last night the Richmond Kickers played against High Point University out of North Carolina at the River City Sportsplex.

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Kickers: 3
High Point: 1

No official summary of the preseason game against High Point University. The reason is two fold. Basically this is a friendly with an abundance of new players and lack of numbers tends to make any serious evaluation hard. Secondly, efforts at tactical analysis were further hampered by an extremely dense fog. Players at the other end of the field were barely distinguishable. We can tell you that so far the Kickers seem to be playing a much higher press and much more direct attack under new Coach Darren Sawatzky.

Stanley Alves netted two goals the first in the 10th minute and the second in the 21st. The first was unassisted the second service was a quick one-two in the box with Terzaghi.

Jonathan Bolanos scored in the 18th off an Emiliano Terzaghi rebound. This was doubly exciting for Bolanos as High Point is his alma mater.

High Point showed signs of life in the 44th minute. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald made a stunning diving save but the ball fell into the box and the Kicker’s defenders were unable to clear the ball.

The Kickers have another pre-season game that is open to the public this Sunday at Ukrop park against Old Dominion University. Kicker legend and all-around good guy William Yomby is currently an assistant coach for ODU. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 PM>

2020 Richmond Kickers Roster

Goalkeepers (3): Matt Broomall, Akira Fitzgerald, Lee Johnston
Defenders (7): Wahab Ackwei, Ian Antley, Devante Dubose, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Scott Thomsen, Kyle Venter
Midfielders (10): Amass Amankona, Greg Boehme, Jonathan Bolanos, Matt Bolduc, Gianluca Cuomo, David Diosa, Victor Falck, Mumbi Kwesele, Ryley Kraft, Mutaya Mwape, Luke Pavone
Forwards (3): Stanley Alves, Charles Boateng, Emiliano Terzaghi

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Learn More and Fill Out a Survey on the Proposed Changes to Semmes, W. 34th, and Forest Hill Ave.

Big changes could be on the way for a busy intersection near Patrick Henry School. Find out more and voice your opinion on the changes.

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From Stephanie Lynch:

Greetings, we have provided a synopsis of a draft proposal for traffic calming measures to improve the overall safety of the area between Reedy Creek and W. 34th along Semmes & Forest Hill Ave. We are asking for your input before these proposals move forward to the next phase of 30% designs.

These improvements are being funded by a federal grant that will expire and effectively evaporate if they are not used. The city has already spent a considerable amount of resources to study, design and test simulations for their recommended safety measures. The 5th district office has been working on this issue for several years and we have had multiple community meetings throughout the process.

This is an exciting opportunity to get some much-needed funding to help to improve the safety of our community. We have provided a ‘quick reference’ below, as well as a more detailed summary, map, and links to help you give the most informed input.

You will see questions at the end of this survey as well as an opportunity for comment. Please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.

SURVEY Semmes Phase I & Phase II Traffic Safety Plans: https://forms.gle/dNfDbZVASrjJ4ZybA

This survey will close on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name:  White-Throated Sparrow
Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis
Body Length: 5.9 to 7.5 in
Wingspan: 9.1 in
Weight: 0.78 to 1.13 oz

Quick Facts

  • White-throated sparrows breed in central Canada and New England.
  • Alongside some other species such as the cardinal, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow and chickadees, this species ranks among the most abundant native birds during winter in eastern North America.
  • Numerous mammalian carnivores prey on the White-Throated Sparrow and at least ten avian predators often hunt them and they are among the most regular prey species for some smaller raptors, i.e. the sharp-shinned hawk and eastern screech-owl.

Not So Slim Shady at RACC

Weight: 14
Age: 3yrs 10mths 3wks
Sex: Male
Pet ID: 83575

Adopt Not So Slim Shady at RACC

Learn more about their Adoption Process or how to Foster A Pet.

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