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Inclusive playground and park adds unique wheelchair-accessible merry go round to grounds

The nonprofit’s staff believes the equipment is one of a kind and staff see the addition as a way to enhance recreational opportunities for those who use wheelchairs. 

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An inclusive playground that welcomes children of all ability levels near Richmond’s Northside has added a one-of-a-kind feature to its repertoire. SOAR365’s PARK 365 (formerly known as ARC Park) has added a wheelchair-accessible merry go round to the grounds. The nonprofit’s staff believes the equipment is one of a kind.

Staff see the addition as a way to enhance recreational opportunities for those who use wheelchairs.

“We’re excited to offer this new feature to our award-winning park, said John Walker, SOAR365 CEO. “This wheelchair merry go round is safe, fun and we look forward to seeing many ‘smiles per hour’ on the faces of our families for years to come.”

PARK365 is free and open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. For more information, check out their website.

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Former Braves star Andruw Jones coming to Richmond for Flying Squirrels’ opening night

The five-time NL All-Star and former Richmond Braves outfielder will help ring in 2020 season at The Diamond.

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Former MLB standout Andruw Jones will be the special guest for Opening Night as the Richmond Flying Squirrels begin their home schedule at The Diamond on April 16, the team announced on Wednesday. The five-time National League All-Star will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs for fans.

Opening Night with the Flying Squirrels, presented by Virginia Birth Father Registry and Chick-fil-A, will include dueling fireworks to ring in the new season. The first pitch between the Flying Squirrels and Bowie Baysox is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and the ballpark gates open at 5 p.m.

“Opening Night in Richmond at The Diamond is a very special thing with 10 straight sellouts and a long list of popular ceremonial first pitch participants, some with ties to the Braves’ history here in Richmond,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “Andruw Jones is certainly one of them. Many remember him for his hitting prowess, but his 10 Gold Gloves in the outfield is a high standard. We look forward to welcoming him to Richmond as we pursue our 11thconsecutive Opening Night sellout at The Diamond on April 16.”

Jones played 17 seasons in the majors with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. A star in Atlanta for 12 seasons, Jones earned 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1998-2007 and was later selected to the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame. In 2005, Jones won the Silver Slugger Award and the Hank Aaron Award while leading the majors with 51 homers and pacing the National League with 128 RBIs.

Prior to his major league stardom, Jones suited up for the Richmond Braves in 1996. His stop in Richmond lasted 12 games, during which he hit .378 with five homers and 12 RBIs before earning a call to the majors in mid-August at just 19 years old.

The Willemstad, Curacao native hit .254 in his 2,196 career MLB games, adding 434 home runs over 17 years from 1996-2012.

The Flying Squirrels’ first 10 home openers have all sold out, including franchise-record crowds of 9,845 fans in each of the last two years. Since the franchise’s first season in 2010, the Flying Squirrels have welcomed a special guest to help open the home schedule at The Diamond. Jones joins the list of sports stars and dignitaries to celebrate the start of the new baseball season in Richmond.

Previous guests include:

  • 2019 – Ryan Klesko
  • 2018 – Fred McGriff & Gov. Ralph Northam (caught by Mayor Levar Stoney)
  • 2017 – David Justice (caught by Mayor Levar Stoney)
  • 2016 – Jerome Bettis
  • 2015 – Will Wade (caught by Gov. Terry McAuliffe)
  • 2014 – Michael Robinson
  • 2013 – Javy Lopez & Ryan Kerrigan
  • 2012 – Dale Murphy
  • 2011 – James Farrior, Brandon Rozzell & Chris Mooney
  • 2010 – Gov. Bob McDonnell

Information on group packages for the Flying Squirrels’ home opener on April 16 are available here or by contacting the front office at 804-359-FUNN (3866).

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Police make arrest in Chamberlayne Avenue homicide

At approximately 7:06 a.m. on January 3, officers were called to a motel in the 2600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for the report of a shooting.

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The Richmond Police Department, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, has made an arrest in connection with a homicide on Chamberlayne Avenue that occurred earlier this month.

Gerard A. Hargrove, 44, of the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, was captured by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force last week. He has been charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.

At approximately 7:06 a.m. on January 3, officers were called to a motel in the 2600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for the report of a shooting. When police arrived, they found William O. Hurt down and unresponsive in a motel room. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with further information on this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Godwin at (804) 646-5533 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Northside Councilman Chris Hilbert announces 2020 schedule of public meetings

Richmond City Councilman for the 3rd (Northside) voter district, Chris Hilbert, announced this week the schedule of public meetings for 2020. Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change.

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Richmond City Councilman for the 3rd (Northside) voter district, Chris Hilbert, announced this week the schedule of public meetings for 2020. Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change.

 Thursday, January 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.         
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, February 27, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.            
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, March 26, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                  
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, April 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, May 28, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                     
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Fire Station 14
2932 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, June 25, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Virginia Union University – Ellison Hall, Wall Auditorium
1500 Lombardy Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, July 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Virginia Union University – Ellison Hall, Wall Auditorium
1500 Lombardy Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, August 27, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Fire Station 14
2932 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, September 24, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, October 22, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

November/December Joint Meeting TBA

For more information, contact Councilmember Hilbert’s office at 804.646.6055 or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com.

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