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City launches network of 50 locations where residents can pick up free face masks

Residents can pick up masks at many community locations, such as Richmond Public Library Branches, Parks and Recreation Community Centers, and Richmond City Health District Resource Centers.

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At a press conference Friday, Mayor Stoney announced that residents of the City of Richmond could visit nearly 50 locations around the city to pick up disposable surgical face masks free of cost.

The City of Richmond Fire Department, Office of Citizen Service and Response, and Mayor’s Office teamed up to ensure access to this PPE. Residents can pick up masks at many community locations, such as Richmond Public Library Branches, Parks and Recreation Community Centers, and Richmond City Health District Resource Centers.

“Wearing a mask is the easiest way to show love and respect for your neighbor,” said Mayor Stoney. “Masks are scientifically proven to help stop the spread, so we’re making sure everyone has access to them, regardless of the money in their pocket or zip code they live in.”

Under this new program, customers can access two new requests in RVA311: an individual request for masks and an institutional request for masks.

The individual request will point residents to a searchable map of pickup locations, complete with location address, hours of operation, and tips on how to wear a mask effectively. Click here to view the individual request.

Each location on the map will have masks in stock to distribute to individuals who visit during hours of operation requesting masks. Residents may pick up two masks per member of their family or household. Residents are strongly suggested to call the location before visiting to ensure the location has adequate masks in stock.

If the resident does not have access to the internet or high technological literacy, they can call 3-1-1, and an agent will help them find a pickup location near them.

The institutional request is designed to allow eligible groups to order packs of 50 masks for distribution to their clients, members, or the general public. Eligible groups include shared housing facilities, faith-based organizations, recreational and special interest groups, and volunteer or charitable groups, and group homes for persons with disabilities. The Richmond Fire Department is offering both pickup and delivery options. Click here to view that request in the RVA311 system.

All masks are paid for by state and federal emergency funds. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Office of Governor Ralph Northam has partnered with the City of Richmond in the past to ensure equitable access to protective equipment. This network builds on that effort.

This program is designed to grow. The public-facing map will be updated as more organizations around the city volunteer to serve as pickup locations.

Organizations that would like to serve as individual mask pickup locations should fill out the institutional request form here and indicate their interest. A representative of the city will follow up to confirm details and participation.

Click here to view the interactive map.

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Jackson Ward Interior Design Firm Starts New Venture

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News out of Jackson Ward.

Today, Flourish Spaces, the Jackson Ward-based retail and commercial interior design firm, is announcing the opening of its retail showroom, The Flourish Collective, later this fall.

For Founder Stevie McFadden, interior design started as a passion before evolving into a career. As such, she is uniquely familiar with the struggles of both groups: design-lovers who want to curate their own homes, desperate to access product lines only available through designers, and interior designers running out of stores where their clients touch and feel samples before making a major purchase. The Flourish Collective solves for both problems.

The Flourish Collective will showcase custom furniture, fixtures, art, and home accents. Interior designers can bring clients to peruse before purchasing, while design-lovers can shop sought-after product lines while tapping into the expertise of the collective’s members who will be staffing the showroom on a rotating basis.

Inaugural members of The Flourish Collective include Flourish Spaces (interior design), Jamie Coffey (furniture, linens, and decor ), Wendy Umanoff (lighting design), Whittney Forstner (art and art curation), Sarah Rowland (wall coverings), Jason Lefton (dimensional wall murals), and Devon Cushman (tablescapes and holiday decor).

The Flourish Collective will be located at 221 E Clay Street. The space was previously occupied by Flourish Spaces, which has moved to the building’s second floor. At the time of opening, The Flourish Collective will be by appointment only, for both the public and designers.

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Richmond Then and Now: 316 W. Broad Street

A then and now snapshot of Richmond locations.

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Original image from The Library of Virginia Flickr, Moses’ Barber Shop, 316 West Broad Street, Adolph B. Rice Studio, Date: 1956 Mar. 4

 

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Suspect Sought in Car Vandalisms

The man is suspected of keying several vehicles in the Shockoe Bottom area.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the attached photos. He is suspected of keying several vehicles in the Shockoe Bottom area.
Sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, a woman said she parked her car in the 2300 block of East Main Street. When she later went to move her car, she discovered someone had keyed her vehicle. The suspect also left a note stating, “This is a loading zone not a park however long you want zone.”

Detectives believe the suspect also is responsible for keying several other cars in the area.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call First Precinct Detective T. Wilson at (804) 646-0672 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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