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Fatal Car Accident Near Crossroads Early this Morning

Around 1:15 AM a car crashed over a guardrail at a creek next to the Crossroads.

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NBC12 has the details:

Richmond Police say two people are dead and one other is injured after a car crash along Forest Hill Avenue.

Emergency crews were called to the scene along Forest Hill Avenue near Bland Street around 1:15 a.m.

An NBC12 photographer says a car crashed over a guardrail at a creek next to the Crossroads restaurant. It’s unclear what made the driver lose control.

Forest Hill Avenue was blocked from Roanoke Street to Dundee Avenue while crews worked to recover the vehicle from the embankment.

If we get more information we will update this post.

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Flying Squirrels Chief Executive Chuck Domino is Stepping Down

Just a few days after announcing that there won’t be a Richmond Flying Squirrels season another big announcement from the Squirrels.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels Chief Executive Chuck Domino is stepping down from his role with the organization effective immediately, the team announced on Thursday.

As part of a baseball career spanning four decades, Domino was a founding member of the Richmond Flying Squirrels organization. He joined the franchise in 2009 to facilitate its move from Norwich, Conn., to Richmond, and he led the club’s effort to overhaul The Diamond and establish the team’s brand in Virginia.

In the franchise’s first season in 2010, Domino was named Eastern League Executive of the Year as the Flying Squirrels led the circuit in overall and average attendance. Over the last decade, the Flying Squirrels have been at the top of the league in average attendance six times and finished second four times. The team has also ranked in the top-two in the league in total attendance in nine of its ten seasons.

Along the way, the Flying Squirrels brand has become one of the most recognizable across minor league baseball and has established itself an impactful part of the Richmond-area community, while upgrades to The Diamond have enhanced the fan experience at games.

Statement from Chuck Domino
“I am very proud of what was accomplished since I first set eyes on the Diamond in the summer of 2009. To get it ready for baseball in a few short months on a finite budget, to build a front office, instill a culture from scratch and then to watch that staff and culture become a fabric of the Richmond community is something that I will always cherish. That whirlwind of months leading up to the first game in April 2010 as the Flying Squirrels alongside Parney and a group of other devoted professionals was a special time. We didn’t accomplish our goal of moving into a new stadium during my tenure but it many ways what we did without a new stadium is even more impressive. I’d like to thank Eastern League President Joe McEacharn for fighting to get us into Richmond and to Lou DiBella for giving me the opportunity which led to a decade of great memories and friendships in Richmond.”

Statement from Flying Squirrels President & Managing General Partner Lou DiBella

“Chuck was an integral part of our move to Richmond and the launch of the Flying Squirrels. He was an invaluable asset, particularly during our transition and renovations of The Diamond. Chuck leaves the management of the Squirrels in fine hands of our new Chief Executive Officer, Todd “Parney” Parnell, and General Manager Ben Rothrock, who will add Vice President to his title. I wish Chuck Godspeed in all that is ahead for him and Domino Consulting.”

Statement from Eastern League President Joe McEacharn

“Eleven years ago, Lou DiBella and I agreed on one very important thing: We needed a very special individual to build an organization that would exceed every expectation, unleash the GREAT people of Richmond and stand the test of time. I couldn’t be more proud of and appreciative to Chuck for under-promising and over-delivering to the people of Richmond. In short order, he and Lou ramped up an organization that started with excellence and continues to improve. The Squirrels have developed a root system here in the Richmond community that will produce Nuts for a very long time. He leaves the team poised to grow even further with the structure in place and that speaks volumes of the person I consider to be the very best there is in MiLB. Richmond should not be disappointed at his departure, but you should be thankful and celebrate his ever-lasting impact in your community. We look forward to many more years of wonderful accomplishments from the Flying Squirrels and will remain thankful for his everlasting impact. The good news is Chuck and I are close friends, so I can continue to call on him for advice. My very best wishes go out to Chuck in whatever he chooses to do!”

Statement from Flying Squirrels Chief Executive Officer Todd “Parney” Parnell
“Personally and professionally, I’m grateful to Chuck for our relationship that now spans five decades. He is a minor league baseball legend I will be forever thankful for his personal guidance and friendship.”

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New Virtual Series “Science Shorts” at Science Museum of Virginia

Encouraged by the popularity of the astronomy shows broadcast on Facebook and Zoom-based Lunch Break Science presentations, educators are producing another virtual weekly series dubbed Science Shorts as another way to keep supporters connected to the Museum.

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Due to the hands-on interactive nature of the Science Museum of Virginia, they made the tough decision not to open their doors as the commonwealth enters Phase 3. That doesn’t mean the learning is going to stop. On June 30th they launched Science Shorts so that everyone can virtually experience STEM demonstrations in the labs and exhibits.

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What:
While guests cannot currently visit the Science Museum of Virginia to experience STEM demonstrations in the labs and exhibits, the Museum wants to make sure the public does not forget that there is science all around them, and that they can explore engaging science principals from home in fun and creative ways.

Encouraged by the popularity of the astronomy shows broadcast on Facebook and Zoom-based Lunch Break Science presentations, educators are producing another virtual weekly series dubbed Science Shorts as another way to keep supporters connected to the Museum.

Starting June 30, education team members will offer a less than five minute video explaining a science topic through a demonstration or activity. The Museum will then post follow-up resources that build on the topic in the video on its website for social followers to continue exploring from home.

When:
The Science Short shows will air weekly on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. beginning June 30.

Who:
Curious-minded guests of all ages are invited to watch the videos and try out the activities at home. There is no registration or fee required.

Where:
The programs will be posted on the Museum’s social media channels: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. The corresponding activity guide will accessible on the Museum’s website.

Why:
Social followers have responded positively to the STEM at Home activities the Museum has posted since the public closure in mid-March, but also have expressed missing the educator-led interactions for which the Museum is known. Staff believe the Science Shorts will offer the demo experience guests enjoyed while at the Museum, the directions for conducting science at home and the reminder that quarantining and summer break does not mean forgetting about science.

The Museum is also using these digital videos to highlight the importance of science in our everyday lives and offer a dose of inspiration no matter where the audience is located.

How:
The new virtual series is made possible thanks to the generous support of WestRock.

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Westover Hills is the New Home for Rage

Destruction in a safe and controlled manner could be just what your mental health needs.

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The current mystery on everybody’s mind is what will be going into the former Ireland Cleaners at the corner of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard. Well, that mystery is solved thanks to some incredible detective work (I opened Facebook and read a post) by yours truly.

It will be the new location of Rage RVA. A spot where you can get your aggression out without harming anyone or destroying any of your precious tchotchkes. In the safe confines of a room, with all the proper protection you can go full Office Space on a printer.

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That’s not all. If your expression tends to the more creative side there will also be Splatter RVA on site. Which will, you guessed it, splatter or spray paint to your art’s content.

Posted on Facebook by Nicole Michelau 

It isn’t common neighborhood knowledge, but back in 2019 my family and I launched RageRVA out of our garage in Forest Hill. If you’re not familiar, a rage room is a space to safely get your emotions out through breaking glass, dishes, electronics or cars. However, don’t let the word rage confuse you – most of our customers aren’t raging, they’re celebrating!

We’ve hosted bachelor, bachelorette, wedding, birthday and divorce parties. While we quickly realized it was going to need its own space, Forest Hill remains very special to us, so I’m delighted to let you be the first to know that we’re coming back. We have signed a lease on the former Ireland Cleaners and plan to open in early August.

In addition to our RageRVA experience we’re also launching our latest entertainment – Splatter RVA – to share the space. Have an event or enjoy your birthday with us, throwing or spraying neon paint in our blacklight paint room to create a one of a kind masterpiece on a canvas you get to take home! We’ll begin booking fall birthday celebrations in our new party room shortly.

I believe we’ll be a great neighbor as the majority of our guests travel to RageRVA from outside of Richmond then stay in the area to enjoy a meal. We’ve had guests travel from as far as Boston to experience a session with us, and I hope you’ll consider us for your next special occasion.

I plan to have a socially distant grand opening once we’ve had a chance to settle in, stay tuned!

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