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PHOTOS: Kickers Fall 4-2 to UVA in Preseason Match

Not the best showing for the home team. They have two weeks before the first home game on March 30th to get everything in order.

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Saturday’s scrimmage against UVA was by far the Kickers worst performance in pre-season. In fairness, it was against the strongest opponent to date. Mistakes playing out of the back resulted in several easy goals for the visitors.

UVA took a quick lead and was up 2-0 before Maxi Rodriguez scored for the Kickers right before the half. In the 66′ Mutaya Mwape managed to make the game close at 2-3. In the 80th minute the Kickers doomed themselves and gave up a penalty which UVA calmly put away to make it 4-2. The Kickers had no response and the college players went home with a win against the pros.

There are two more preseason games both at Ukrop Park.  James Madison University on March 16th and the final match will be the second meeting against VCU March 23rd.

The team opens its USL League 1 season on March 30th against Lansing Ignite FC. Season tickets and individual tickets are available online.

All photos are by Suzanne Velasco.








Also worth noting, the Red Army the Kickers Supporters Club took on the Kickers Front Office prior to the game and the Front Office won handily 4-0. The event was a fundraiser for RVA Access and over $1,000 was raised for a good cause.

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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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RTD on Nathan Burrell’s Impact on our Parks

A lot has changed in James River Park over the years one constant for 17 years was Nathan Burrell and his hard work.

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Nathan Burrell spent 17 years working in our park system. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on a few projects. The impact he had on my particular project was immense. The impact he had on the James River Park System is even greater.

Colleen Curran at RTD has a great summary of the impact Nathan has had on our parks.

During his time as superintendent, Burrell raised the parks operational budget from approximately $535,000 to over $800,000. With the increase, he was able to expand the park staff from three to seven full-time positions.

He also secured capital improvement funding totaling over $800,000 for the park.

“I think he had the two main characteristics you need [in this position]: patience and perseverance. His patience didn’t mean he was going to accept it. Settling was not his thing. He was persistent, stubborn even, in pushing for what he believed was right,” Lugbill said.

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Proposed Changes to Traffic at Forest Hill Ave, Semmes, and 34th

Quick summary is the current traffic light at Dundee/Semmes/Forest Hill will be removed and a light added to 34th and Semmes.

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Thanks to John Murden for the summary of last night’s meeting.

There was a meeting this evening at Patrick Henry ES regarding the draft plan for changes to traffic patterns at Forest Hill/Semmes/34th.

Core to the plan is putting a stoplight at 34th and Semmes. To get enough traffic through that intersection to justify the cost of the stoplight, the block of Forest Hill behind WPA/Laura Lee’s etc will be made east-bound-only to force traffic up 34th to Semmes.

The current traffic light at Dundee/Semmes/Forest Hill will be removed, and a cross-on-demand style light and crosswalk will be placed in front of Crossroads. On-street parking behind the business will be converted angle parking, and Dundee & Forest Hill will be reconfigured to allow for east-bound traffic only.

Previous requests to make Semmes one-lane in front of the commercial strip and also in front of the school to allow for drop-off were described as not possible. It sounded like there are no plans at this time to extend the bike lane.

This plan is very similar to what was discussed in November of 2018. Sidenote it was John Murden giving us the summary back then as well. Thanks John.

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12th Annual Forest Hill 5K Hits the Hills on March 22nd

A great event in the neighborhood that sends2th Annual Forest Hill 5K the serious and not so serious runners into the Hills.

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I stole this text from the Forest Hill Neighborhood Newsletter. If you’re offended please feel free to remove the little card that says PRESS that is placed in my hatband.

Don’t miss the this year’s Run for the Hills! 5K.   We will be running, or doing something vaguely similar,  on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Run, jog, or walk. Come enjoy the park with us.

  • Online registration:  Register by clicking this link Active.com.  Beat the March 15th early registration deadline to guarantee your cool t-shirt.
  • On-site registration (and sign-in):  You may register at the Stone House on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to noon and on Sunday, March 22th from 8 am to the beginning of the race.  T-shirts are first come first serve.

Our Facebook event has all the race info including this year’s route map, tee, and a link to the registration form.

Join the team.
Can you volunteer your time to assist runners, take photos, or something more? We need help with all aspects of the race.  Would you consider donating noisemakers, sidewalk chalk, or balloons to make our finish line festive?  Email us at foresthillassoc@gmail.com if you are interested.

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