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A Bangin’ BLT in Support of Food Justice

Hanover Tomato season is upon us let the BLTs commence.

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A tasty message from Salt & Forge and Salt N’ Vinegar.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Hanover Tomato season! Salt & Forge are bringing you the Hanover Tomato BLT of your dreams, featuring Bangin’ Pimento Cheese from Soul N’ Vinegar plus extra thick-cut bacon, charred jalapeño mayonnaise, and butter lettuce on toasted country white bread from Albemarle Baking Company.

This year, Salt & Forge has partnered with Soul N’ Vinegar to support Richmond Food Justice Alliance. RFJA is a grassroots, resident-led organization advancing healthy food access by addressing historical inequalities that drive low food access in our communities.

For every BLT sold, Salt & Forge will donate $1 to the Richmond Food Justice Alliance to help support their work, improving food access in Richmond’s most vulnerable communities.

In order to ensure the highest donation possible to RFJA, the Hanover Tomato BLT is not available to order through third party delivery apps such as UberEats and GrubHub. “The focus is on local food, local businesses, local partnerships, and supporting local food alliances. We don’t want third party apps benefitting from this sandwich,” says owner David Hahn.

The special will last through the duration of the Hanover Tomato season, which varies every year dependent on weather and growing conditions. This is typically a 4-6 week window of time.

Salt & Forge serves up gourmet, hand-made sandwiches, salads, and breakfast at 312 N 2nd St in Richmond’s Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. For more information, visit saltandforge.com.

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Arrest Made at the Circle on Monument Avenue

At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the circle on Monument Avenue for the report of an assault.

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From RPD:

An arrest was made last night after an assault at the circle on Monument Avenue.

At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the circle on Monument Avenue for the report of an assault. Officers arrived and found an adult male who had suffered injuries. He was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Officers spoke to several witnesses and located the suspect, Brandon Fountain, at the scene. He was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. His photo is attached.

Anyone with further information about this assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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Four-legged assistant at Sheltering Arms is helping change lives

Motivation and support come in many forms, including a cold nose and a warm heart. Sheltering Arms Institute has welcomed its newest team member, Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Clara.

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Motivation and support come in many forms, including a cold nose and a warm heart. Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration with VCU Health, has welcomed its newest team member, Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Clara. Clara will assist handler Dr. Cynthia Rolston, Director of Psychosocial Services and Inter-Professional Science, in her work with patients.

Clara is a two-year-old Lab/Golden Retriever cross and has been training since she was eight weeks old. After being carefully matched with one another, Clara and Dr. Rolston spent the last two weeks working with professional Canine Companions instructors to prepare for their new roles. Training consisted of intensive lectures, hands-on practice and simulations, and multiple examinations in order to acquire public certification.

In just her first few days on the job, Clara has already acclimated to the many changes in her life and settled into her new home and work environment, bringing smiles to our patients’ faces.

“This is a new and exciting program for all of us, and I can’t wait to see how Clara helps our patients achieve independence,” Dr. Rolston said. “We will be working together as a team as we integrate Clara into patient therapy sessions at Sheltering Arms Institute.”

Since 1975, Canine Companions has bred, raised, and expertly trained assistance dogs in more than 40 commands designed to assist people with disabilities or to motivate and inspire patients with special needs. Clara can pull toy wagons, push drawers closed, and retrieve all kinds of items. She has specific commands that allow her to interact with patients in a calm and appropriate way.

“We have full confidence Clara will be an exceptional facility dog for Sheltering Arms Institute and bring a host of skills and smiles to the halls daily. She will assist the patients with their therapies, help patients practice their activities of daily living, and bring an added psychological assist,” said Debra Dougherty, Northeast Region Executive Director for Canine Companions for Independence.

Canine Companions for Independence enhances the lives of people with disabilities by training and placing more than 6,000 assistance dogs with program graduates. Canine Companions depends on the support of tens of thousands of donors and volunteers to match our facility with an assistance dog like Clara entirely free of charge. The support for staff training and Clara’s ongoing needs is being provided by generous Sheltering Arms Foundation donors.

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Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pam Northam both test positive for COVID-19

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

From the Governor’s Office:

On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, and both tested positive. Governor Northam is experiencing no symptoms. First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits.

Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor and First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms. The Governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” said Governor Northam. “The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously.”

The Governor and First Lady are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Heath Department to trace their close contacts. The Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning this morning. The work of the Governor’s office continues remotely and uninterrupted.

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