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Conversations with 5th District Candidates

As part of a project for a broadcast journalism class, students were able to sit down with everyone but Robin Mines and Chuck Richardson.

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Tomorrow as part of the election will be a special election to select a 5th District Councilperson to replace Parker C. Agelasto. Agelasto is resigning his seat after controversy centered on not living in the 5th District.

Mallory Perryman is an Assitant Professor at VCU and had her broadcast journalism students at VCU invite all the 5th District Candidates in for interviews. The students were able to connect with everyone but Robin Mines and Chuck Richardson. We are sharing these interviews in no particular order.

Mamie Taylor – Campaign Website (Facebook)

Jer’Mykeal McCoy – Campaign Website

Stephanie Lynch – Campaign Website

Nicholas Da Silva – Campaign Website

Thad Williamson – Campaign Website

Although not part of the interviews there are two additional candidates.

Robin Mines –  Campaign Website (Facebook)

Chuck Richardson – Campaign Website (not found)

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Blue Jay
Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata
Length: 8.7 – 12 in.
Weight: 2.3 – 3.8 oz
Wingspan: 13–17 in

Quick Facts (Courtesy of the Cornell Lab)

  • Thousands of Blue Jays migrate in flocks along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coasts, but much about their migration remains a mystery. Some are present throughout winter in all parts of their range. Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some individual jays migrate south one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. No one has worked out why they migrate when they do.
  • The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.
  • Tool use has never been reported for wild Blue Jays, but captive Blue Jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside their cages.
  • The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.

Kurt Cobain at Richmond SPCA

 

With the food out it’s less dangerous
Here we are meow, entertain us
I feel frisky and outrageous
Here we are meow, entertain us

Age: 8 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Orange
Declawed: No
ID: 44163819

Adopt Curt Kobain at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

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Resident Tests Wayside Springs

Spoiler it’s not spoiled.

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Wayside Springs is one of the few natural springs that still accessible to city dwellers. It’s located down a set of stairs where Prince George Road hits New Kent. The stone staircase that leads to a landing area featuring two pipes gushing spring water was built in the 1930s  and a cornerstone in the wall is inscribed with 1895. A cool oasis in the city.

Mark Holmberg had a short story back in 2017 about this spot and some of the other local springs.

Meanwhile RTD has this story on the spring in Byrd Park and this story from 2008 about signs warning that the water might not be safe. The article goes on to say, that the signs went up since they had stopped testing not that they had found anything wrong.

Bryd Park Spring 1959 – Photo Credit RTD

Resident Matt Sprinkle was curious about the water that comes from Wayside Springs so he purchased a WaterSafe well testing kit and went work. It should be mentioned that this is an over the counter testing kit and is not “official” in any way shape or form.

Ran these last week a few days after the big rains, and still, the only contaminant to note is the Nitrate, which is still well below a concerning level even for ordinary drinking water. (Cured sausage is way higher in nitrates and nitrites.) So, not a definitive thing, but helpful nevertheless to know that it’s within normal parameters for safety. Drink up.

The results and tip of the virtual hat to Matt for sharing the results.

 

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Southside Allies March for Racial Justice on Friday

With the support of Justice RVA, they are calling on ALL Southside allies to show up for racial justice and Black lives at a peaceful action, which will be meeting Friday, June 5th at 5PM by the Stone House in Forest Hill Park.

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With the support of Justice RVA, we are calling on ALL Southside allies to show up for racial justice and Black lives at a peaceful action, which will be meeting Friday, June 5th at 5PM by the Stone House in Forest Hill Park.

We are joining together with all of our privileges to serve as the megaphone for those whose voices have been ignored and silenced. We are gathering to raise awareness of both the Civilian Review Board and Marcus Alert policy actions, which local Black leaders have been pushing for since the unjust murder of Marcus-David Peters by a RPD police officer. We must put pressure on our local leadership, including our city council members here in Southside, Mayor Stoney, and Governor Ralph Northam. We want #policiesnotapologies and we want to show support to make it clear that #blacklivesmatter!

Starting at 5PM we will be arranging ourselves to spell out #MarcusAlert for a drone photo. Afterwards we will be collectively marching to a TBA destination and back.

This will be a peaceful protest that all of our neighbors (especially white people) are encouraged to join, including families! We must also be mindful of each others’ health, so we are encouraging social distancing and that you wear a mask. Bring water to stay hydrated, painted signs, and I know there are musicians in Southside so bring your instruments to make some noise!

What you can do today, or if you are not comfortable coming out due to COVID-19 ——>

Sign the #MarcusAlert petition: bit.ly/marcusalert
Report Police Misconduct to the RTAP Hotline: (804)420-9296
Support the community organizations that are doing long-term work on police transparency, accountability, and abolition:
Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project
Richmond for All
Southerners On New Ground
Race Capitol

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