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VCU to Test Alert Sirens on Wednesday

The sirens should blast at noon on Wednesday, don’t drop your sandwich in surprise.

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Information on Wednesday test and other ways that VCU informs folks of emergency situations.

Virginia Commonwealth University will conduct a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems, including sirens, on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses and at the VCU Police Department’s headquarters, 224 E. Broad St., at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The full test will include a one-minute siren activation, along with text messages, Alertus boxes, mass email, digital signs, desktop alerts, LiveSafe, VCU Mobile, social media and VCU Alert website information — all part of a multichannel system for communicating emergency information to VCU students, faculty, staff, visitors and the surrounding community.

Ten minutes prior to the start of the test, VCU Alert subscribers will receive a message indicating that testing will begin at noon; they also will receive a text message at noon to signify the start of the test. VCU Police will send out a third message to notify subscribers once testing has concluded.

VCU remains committed to supporting a variety of emergency alert technologies to distribute information in a timely and effective manner. These technologies help inform the VCU community of necessary and prudent protective actions in a comprehensive manner.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Pipeline Still Closed but Work has Begun

The guesstimate for the reopening of the trail is two weeks.

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Update from RVA H2O

Weekly Pipeline Update because our construction work has begun! 🎉👏🙌🙏🥳
First and foremost, a reminder that, as of August 2nd, all sanitary (wastewater) flow has been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking from Pipeline is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from Richmond’s summer rain.
Now for the good stuff: The scoop on the repair process! ⤵️
All materials and supplies needed for repairs have arrived, and CSX gave us the green-light to start working on the pipe on Monday (09.13.2021), so our crews got to work! 💪
This week our team is using a cement substance to fill in those pesky leaking holes along the pipe.
Then, next week, our team will layer an epoxy and a mesh on the bottom and surrounding the entire pipe’s external circumference.
Following the completion of all this work, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look at how we did. Only after we check our work and give it the good ol’ thumbs up 👍 will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. (We think we’re about two weeks away from that point.)
Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
More soon, folks—stay tuned!

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St. Benedict Oktoberfest is Festing this Weekend, Richmond Oktoberfest at Richmond Raceway Cancelled

Expect it to be a bit more crowded and tipsy around Belmont and Hanover starting on Friday.

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The beer will flow this weekend.

The 16th Annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest will again be three days! So, get your dirndls and lederhosen ready and mark your calendars for September 17, 18 and 19th!
This annual parish-sponsored event was initiated in 2005 and has grown into a much-anticipated Richmond festival every September. The enthusiasm shown by our parish and parish school, in addition to our brother-sister Catholic secondary schools (Benedictine College Prepatory and Saint Gertrude High School), and Richmond community has fueled the success of this event. Chosen due to the strong German roots of our parish, this German-themed celebration allows attendees the opportunity to enjoy German music, dancing, food, and their beverage of choice. All proceeds from Oktoberfest are used to support Catholic education at the Catholic Schools historically associated with Saint Benedict Parish.
Check out our website for more information, including music schedule, events and more!
http://stbenedictoktoberfest.com/
Unlike the Richmond Folk Fest which has a lengthy page of precautions and restrictions, St. Benedict is making no mention on Facebook or their website of Covid-19 or precautions they will be taking.
The folks at Richmond Oktoberfest which is held indoors at the Richmond Raceway made the following statement in August. The fest was scheduled for the last weekend of September and they hope to be back next year.

To be on the safe side and protect our guests, we searched the Virginia State Health Department web site to see what restrictions are in place because of the Corona virus this year. We found many. As a result, we spent a lot of time discussing all these restrictions and what effect they would have on our Oktoberfest. We may have been able to overcome many of these hurdles, but not all of them. The main stumbling block would have been social distancing of six feet. The result would have meant no dancing by the attendees, as well as no performances by the Hirschjaeger Dancers. We would also have long lines at every stand. On top of that we would have had to recruit more helpers to enforce all these restrictions.

The result would have been a Fest experience that would not live up to the high expectations that our devoted visitors are accustomed to and that we are used to delivering to our guests.

After considering all these things we decided that we had no choice but to cancel this year’s Oktoberfest.  A decision that was not easy for us.

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Nickel Bridge Shut Down on Thursday

The Bridge will be closed to all traffic on Thursday, September 16, 2021 form 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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The Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority announces a closure of the Boulevard Bridge (VA 161), Westover Hills Blvd for lighting and maintenance. The Bridge will be closed to all traffic on Thursday, September 16, 2021 form 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Motorists are reminded to pay attention to signage in the area and to use caution while traveling through the work zone. This work will be weather permitting.

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