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Local Waterfight Goes Viral

Videos on Twitter of sidewalk water gun fights amassed more than 2 million views in less than 48 hours.

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Learn more about the folks behind the waterguns on CBS6.

Roth said the experiment blew him away when the first person responded by grabbing the super soaker and firing back. Their mission as “joy makers” was a hit.

Hallelujah said the camera helped people relax.

“The perfect thing is to not discriminate, because you don’t know who you can make smile,” Hallelujah said. “So we chose anybody and everybody. We came up to them, tossed them the water gun, and said, Let’s get it!’”

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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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Our City’s Roads or Any City for that Matter

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There is no local connection to this story just a neat website that lets you get an image of the streets of any city. Similar to the popular design by Studio Two Three but you can pick your Mom’s town. You can play with the colors and download an image as I did above or just grab screenshots after zooming in as I did below. there are some minor errors like a mystery road going to Belle Isle but overall it’s an interesting way to look at the city. I also checked out some fairly small cities I’m familiar with in other states and it did an excellent job on those as well.

I found out about this on this RVAreddit thread originally posted by u/57duck.

Andrei Kashcha @anvaka created the website. For the technology-minded of you out there it downloads roads from OpenStreetMap and renders them with WebGL. You can find the entire source code here. If you love his website you can buy him a coffee, but it’s not mandatory.

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Roastology Now Open

Can there ever be too much coffee in the world? On a cold day like today, the answer is a resounding no.

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Roastology was established in the distant past of  2012 in the wilds of North Chesterfield. They closed up shop in the county and moved into the city. They’ve been working on their new shop located at 2701 W. Cary Street.

They’re hosting their Grand Opening today from 7 AM – 5 PM. They roast coffee on-site and have a full-service coffee shop. You’ll also find their coffee at Wegmans, Carytown & Ivymont Kroger, and online.

Also as of earlier this week, they’re still looking for kitchen staff so if you’re looking for a job check out their Facebook post.

Karri Peifer over at Richmond.com has a ton more details (and photos of the shop) on the folks behind the new caffeine addition to the Fan.

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City’s First Pothole Blitz of the Year is in Full Swing

Holey Smokes that’s a lot of potholes.

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Fighting potholes is arguably the most Sisyphean task the city faces. No matter how many are filled in new ones are waiting to spring up. The city is currently holding a blitz where they hope to take care of as many potholes as possible in a short amount of time.

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DPW Roadway crews are out en masse for the first pothole blitz of the year. Their goal is to clear a backlog of nearly 600 service requests for pothole repairs that are in the system.

In the 2019 calendar year DPW reached a department milestone, fixing more than 31,000 potholes.

The current blitz is expected to last approximately two weeks.

Potholes can be reported by calling Customer Care at 3-1-1 or online at RVA311.com.

We’re Social! For updates on DPW-related projects, activities and events visit us on Twitter @DPW_RichmondVA.

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