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North Bank Connector Trail Now Open

You’ll be able to stay on trails the entire way as you travel the North Bank Trail along the James River.

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Using the North Bank Trail for years has required a jaunt up onto streets and through a neighborhood. This mandatory detour ended yesterday. With the official chainsaw ribbon shredding, they officially opened the North Bank Connector trail. The area from the video is near Maymont and shows off the new entrance to the trail.

This trail was made possible by the Richmond Parks Trail Crew, rvaMore and many, many volunteers. Check it out when you get the chance. That chance probably won’t be today as we’re expecting storms to bring in nasty weather and y’all know to stay off trails when they’re muddy right? If you want to keep up to date on trail conditions give RVA Trail Report a follow.

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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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Artist Keith Ramsey Uses his Welder to Help Healthcare Workers

People are pitching in to help fight COVID-19. Local artist Keith Ramsey was able to pivot his skills in an amazing way.

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Keith Ramsey is a multi-talented artist. In addition to fine art painting he also has a more industrial tact with some of his work that uses metal and a welder. It’s because of this background and his generous nature that the following story is not surprising in the least.

In Keith’s own words:

Last Monday someone contacted me with an issue. They needed a welder to help put together @12+ racks for a medical facility to help sterilize much needed medical supplies to help with the influx of COVID19 patients to come.

I had projects already in the workshop, but before he could get halfway into asking if I could help, It was already a hard “YES.”

After about a week of straight 9-hour days and more welding in a short amount of time I have ever done, we got the racks out the door!

The thing about that is, I was proud to be able to do something… anything, I could do to help in this crisis our nation, and the world, is facing. It was a small part by comparison to what others are doing and sacrificing, but it was what I personally could do with the resources I had.

I believe THAT’S how we are going to beat COVID19 back. Everyone doing what they can, when they can to help out. Because, as we all know, this thing doesn’t care about who you are, who you vote for, where you’re from and what you look like.

And we need to be the same way to combat this.
That’s my two cents. #metalsupermarkets #ramseyartworks

You can check Keith’s work at Ramsey Art Works.

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Lane Closure for Paving on Forest Hill Avenue

Due to reduced traffic in the area listed above, construction work on the ongoing Forest Hill Avenue Improvement Project will start earlier and end later each day.

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Lane Closure – Forest Hill Avenue
WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works (https://twitter.com/DPW_RichmondVA)

WHAT: Lane Closure

WHEN: Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, June 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Forest Hill Avenue between Hathaway Road and Powhite Parkway (located in the 4th voter district)
BACKGROUND: Due to reduced traffic in the area listed above, construction work on the ongoing Forest Hill Avenue Improvement Project will start earlier and end later each day.

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 146 accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; urban forestry; signs; signals and pavement markings; grass cutting; graffiti removal; and parking. In addition, DPW issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way, manages City bridges, implements street and traffic Capital Projects, manages Richmond’s Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond. For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1.

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Victims Identified in Death Investigation on Forest Hill Avenue

At approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, officers responded to a call for two people down inside an apartment in the 7600 block of Forest Hill Avenue. A preliminary investigation shows no signs of trauma, foul play nor drug use.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police Department detectives have identified the two victims in a death investigation that occurred earlier this week as Mary M. Barnes, 81, and Sylvia D. Barnes, 61, both of the 7600 block of Forest Hill Avenue.

At approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, officers responded to a call for two people down inside an apartment in the 7600 block of Forest Hill Avenue. The caller identified themselves as a family member who was there to do a welfare check. Once on scene, police discovered the bodies of Mary Barnes and her daughter, Sylvia.

A preliminary investigation shows no signs of trauma, foul play nor drug use. The Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or at Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips smartphone app may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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