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Social media influencers organize “Pulse The Broad” dinner crawl at businesses affected by GRTC Pulse construction

The dinner crawl, taking place March 17th, is framed as a way to support restaurants along the W. Broad Street corridor affected by the construction of the city’s bus rapid transit line.

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Three social media mavens of Richmond have joined forces to support local businesses impacted by GRTC Pulse construction on West Broad Street. Faith Wilkerson of Unlocking RVA, Samantha Kanipe of The Richmond Experience and Sarah Choi, organizer of monthly #igersrva events have announced “Pulse The Broad,” a Broad Street crawl and dinner event to take place on Saturday, March, 17, 2018th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. 

The idea sparked when Choi drove from downtown to Scott’s Addition on Broad street recently. “I did not realize how bad the construction had gotten, then became worried about numerous friends who own businesses on or near Broad street,” she said in a news release. An organizer of monthly #igersrva (short for Instagrammers of Richmond) gatherings, she started planning her next event in the area.

Then the idea grew quickly. “I only [had] 160 #igersrva email addresses and a little over 4,000 followers on Instagram. I wanted to make a greater impact and knew if I had the right partners, I could pull it off.” Choi reached out to Samantha Kanipe of The Richmond Experience and Faith Wilkerson of UnlockingRVA to partner on a larger event. “Not only Sam and Faith have large followings, their main focus and passion is to showcase meaningful Richmond experiences. People look to them for ideas on what to do,” she continued.

 Kanipe and Wilkerson immediately got on board. “We care about Richmond and the livelihood of local businesses. They are suffering as a result of this project and really need our support. There was no hesitation when Sarah came to us with this idea,” said Kanipe. “We jumped at the chance to be a part of this initiative. This an issue we have heard from many business owners and we are fully committed to alleviating some of the pressure as much as we can,” said Wilkerson, who came up with the hashtag #PULSETHEBROAD.

Choi then asked help from Angela Prado of Boomhitch, a branding agency whose office is located on Broad street in Jackson Ward. “Faith’s hashtag was so simple and to the point that I thought easily recognizable look and feel would be helpful in getting the idea spread,” Choi said.

“We are encouraging Richmonders to Lyft, Uber, bike and walk into town on March 17th and show support for the businesses on Broad Street,” continued Choi. At 5:00 PM, the organizers will join those who want to have dinner with them at Max’s On Broad, Comfort and The Savory Grain. For more information, visit the event website.

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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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