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VCU releases plan for high school graduation ceremonies

In the coming weeks 25 schools from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent counties, Saint Gertrude High School and ECPI University will be holding their graduation ceremony at Siegel Center.

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With a total of 25 schools hosting their graduation ceremonies at Siegel Center wrangling the resulting traffic is no small matter.

VCU News outlines how the local authorities plan to deal with the crowds.

VCU Police and the Richmond Police Department will have additional staffing to direct traffic at more than a dozen intersections, including those near Exit 76B (Belvidere Street) off Interstate 95 and along Belvidere and Broad streets west to Hermitage Road. As in previous years, digital signs in the area will encourage local drivers to take alternate routes during peak travel times.

No parking signs will be posted along West Marshall Street, between Bowe and North Harrison streets, behind the Siegel Center; towing enforcement will go into effect on June 5. This area will be reserved for buses to drop off graduates.

CU Police is also working with the city to establish 20-minute parking zones on nearby streets to accommodate customers at local businesses.

To ensure that VCU parking subscribers can park safely and with minimal impacts, VCU Parking & Transportation will be relocating parking subscribers from the West Broad Street Deck between June 6 and 16. Reciprocal parking (for drivers with MCV Campus permits that can be used to park in the West Broad Street Deck) will not be permitted in the West Broad Street Deck until June 17.

Parking subscribers should have received an email from VCU Parking & Transportation outlining temporary accommodations.

Blue, red, green and yellow parking passes, issued by area schools, will be required for guests parking in assigned decks at VCU.

map of routes is available for download on the VCU website.

Parking information for VCU employees as well as graduation ceremony attendees is available on the VCU Parking & Transportation website, including directions for entry and exit from specific parking decks.

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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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Richmond Then and Now: 528 E. Broad

A then and now snapshot of Richmond.

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Original Image from Souvenir views: Negro enterprises & residences, Richmond, Va. Created / Published[Richmond, D. A. Ferguson, 1907]

 

It was brought to my attention that Steve had already done this building back in May as part of Wayback RVA.  Here is his original post which has way more information than my simple photo. Give it a read.

 

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Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pam Northam both test positive for COVID-19

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

From the Governor’s Office:

On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, and both tested positive. Governor Northam is experiencing no symptoms. First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits.

Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor and First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms. The Governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” said Governor Northam. “The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously.”

The Governor and First Lady are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Heath Department to trace their close contacts. The Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning this morning. The work of the Governor’s office continues remotely and uninterrupted.

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Dominion Energy Christmas Parade Marching Online this Year

The 37th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will shift to a television-only Christmas special.

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Due to the unprecedented circumstances this year and the responsibility to make the safest decision for our community, the 37th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will shift to a television-only Christmas special! While we will miss seeing everyone on streets this year, we are so excited about the opportunity to bring Richmond’s favorite holiday tradition to you in the comfort of your own home!

Tune in to WTVR CBS 6 News on Saturday, December 5 at 10 am to watch all-new performances from your favorite entertainment groups, heart-warming stories focused on celebrating our Richmond community, “best of” clips from past parades featuring giant helium balloons and colorful floats, and even a special appearance by Legendary Santa himself! You will not want to miss the must-see television event of the holiday season! #RVAparade2020

NOTE TO PARADE PARTICIPANTS: Spots in this year’s Christmas special are limited. Please stay tuned for more information via email next week.

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