Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (2-2-2, 8 pts) battled to a 1-1 draw against reigning USL League One titleholders, Union Omaha (1-1-3, 6 pts), Saturday night, as new Kickers’ signing Owayne Gordon scored the equalizer in his first start for the club.
In their third home match in seven days, the Kickers asserted themselves early and pushed for a go-ahead goal. Emiliano Terzaghi and Gordon formed a strike partnership up top and looked to combine often. Terzaghi crossed the ball from the right wing, in the 8th minute, nearly finding Gordon, but the cross was intercepted by Omaha goalkeeper, Rashid Nuhu.
Later, in the 20th minute, the Kickers had another big opportunity to score from a header. Stephen Payne lofted a dangerous ball into the box to Gordon who rose above his marker. The forward made a connection, but the header went just high of the crossbar.
The visitors would ultimately find the opening goal of the night against the run of play. In the 25th minute, Ryen Jiba carried the ball up the left side in transition and played a cross into the box to Noe Meza who headed the ball on target at point-blank range.
The Omaha lead did not last for long as Stuart Ritchie was able to lead Gordon with a piercing through ball in the 40th minute. Flanked by a defender as Nuhu charged forward in the box, Gordon remained on his feet instead of drawing the foul and chipped the ball into the back of the net.
With the momentum going in the Kickers’ favor in the waning minutes of the first half, Nil Vinyals nearly found the go-ahead off a free kick, hitting the top right corner of the crossbar six minutes into extra time.
The second half saw both sides create near chances but neither could break the deadlock.
In the 78th minute, on the break, Omaha was able to play a one-two that opened up space for a one-on-one attempt against Fitzgerald. The reigning USL League One Goalkeeper of the Year remained resolute on his line, baited the attacking player to shoot early, and denied the potential go-ahead goal.
The Kickers nearly found their go-ahead goal in the 82nd minute with a free kick taken by Leonardo Baima. The Argentine initially looked to play a cross to the back post but instead knuckled his attempt high and on frame, forcing Omaha’s reserve goalkeeper Kevin Piedrahita to make a last-second backward save.
Richmond has the opportunity to enjoy a more traditional week as it prepares to travel for one match next week. The Roos are on the road to FC Tucson on Friday, May 20. Kickoff in the desert is set for 10 pm.
PHOTOS: Green infrastructure projects completed at three Richmond Public Library branches
Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, Four Winds Design, and the James River Association is celebrating the completion of green infrastructure projects that manage stormwater at three Richmond Public Library branches.
Implementation of green infrastructure plans for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, all approved by the City of Richmond’s Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission, occurred this spring. Each of the three projects features bioretention basins that capture and absorb stormwater runoff from library buildings and grounds, thereby reducing the amount of stormwater pollution entering the James River and its tributaries.
“After spending a few years securing funding for the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and developing green infrastructure plans with community input for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, Richmond Public Library is thrilled to celebrate the completion of these projects,” said Scott Firestine, Director of Richmond Public Library. “These projects are the result of collaboration with committed partners like the James River Association and Four Winds Design and interdepartmental cooperation within City Hall. We’ve reimagined how library campuses can serve the city, from adding Bike Share stations and outdoor reading benches to new methods of landscape maintenance.”
Harbor Dredge & Dock was selected as the contractor to implement the three projects and volunteer assistance was used to install trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses. A total of 173 trees and shrubs were planted alongside hundreds of perennials and grasses at the three library branches to help manage stormwater and green library grounds. The landscapes were designed to be habitats for pollinators and are complete with interpretive signs for visitors and expanded water-wise irrigation systems. As the trees and shrubs grow, they will help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff leaving library grounds and expand Richmond’s tree canopy. The Richmond Public Library Foundation funded new outdoor seating areas featuring pervious pavers that reduce stormwater runoff near the main entrance at Broad Rock Branch.
“It really is remarkable what public-private collaboration can achieve,” said Justin Doyle, Director of Community Conservation with the James River Association. “My James River Association colleagues and I are grateful for Richmond Public Library’s commitment to the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and their willingness to install green infrastructure on library grounds to reduce stormwater runoff. We are excited to conduct community engagement activities at East End Branch this month and work toward developing a community-supported green infrastructure plan for the library.”
Community engagement activities including a public meeting and rain barrel workshop are scheduled for East End Branch Library this month. A questionnaire available at the library and online is also being used to gather input from library users and residents of Richmond’s East End. A public meeting will be held at the library on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Attendees will be asked to share thoughts on outdoor spaces at the library and input on where green infrastructure should be installed around the library. On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the James River Association is partnering with Richmond Public Library and the Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O to hold a rain barrel workshop at the library. During this workshop, participants will learn how to assemble, install, and use rain barrels to harvest rainwater at home. Participants will also learn about the benefits of native plants and receive a native perennial to plant at home.
Stormwater pollution poses one of the biggest threats to the health of the James River by carrying pollution to its tributaries and green infrastructure helps reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative, a collaboration between Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, JRA, and Four Winds Design, launched in 2019 with the implementation of a green infrastructure plan at Westover Hills Branch Library. Since then, the partners have worked together to engage library users and stakeholders in planning and design processes that resulted in the implementation of green infrastructure plans at Broad Rock Branch Library, North Avenue Branch Library, and West End Branch Library.
The primary goal of these plans is to manage stormwater on library grounds through the installation of green infrastructure. The initiative is funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under a 319 grant to the James River Association. Additional support is provided by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Altria, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, James River Association, Richmond Public Library, Richmond Public Library Foundation, and Virginia Department of Forestry.
Gift Moves The Green Closer to Fundraising Goal
A tree-lined allée paralleling Broad Street will enhance the pedestrian experience along this busy thoroughfare while buffering traffic activity, sequestering carbon and managing stormwater.
An update from the Science Museum of Virginia on their latest project.
The Science Museum of Virginia is taking a major step forward on The Green, the 6-acre community greenspace in front of the historic building along Broad Street. Thanks to a $500,000 challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, the Science Museum can maximize the impact of future financial support.
“This challenge grant comes at a critical time in our fundraising efforts to build this amazing community resource,” said Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti. “With the successful completion of the match, the Science Museum will be able to enter phase two of work on this native, urban park that will serve as both a community gathering space and showcase examples of natural solutions to address the impacts of climate change.”
Founded in 1988 by Richmond philanthropist Mrs. Mary Morton Parsons, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation is a private, non-operating foundation supporting the capital needs of charitable organizations. To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $143 million to qualified grantees.
The Foundation has been a Science Museum champion for several decades. The Mary Morton Parsons Earth-Moon Sculpture — which includes the 29-ton granite floating globe located in front of the building informally known as the Kugel — was made possible through a Foundation challenge grant in 1999. The Foundation supported the Science Museum again in 2013 during its Inspire the World Campaign, which produced the first new permanent exhibition in over a decade, “Boost,” a new approach to human physiology and the science of staying healthy.
Thousands of native trees and plants will play a key role in achieving The Green’s design goals and desired environmental and health benefits. A tree-lined allée paralleling Broad Street will enhance the pedestrian experience along this busy thoroughfare while buffering traffic activity, sequestering carbon and managing stormwater. The Green, which is being completed in three phases and projected to be fully realized in 2025, will include walking paths and public art while complementing architect John Russell Pope’s iconic design of Broad Street Station.
The Green aligns with the city’s Richmond 300 development plan, which prioritizes green infrastructure for Greater Scott’s Addition. As one of the fastest-growing, high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods in the city, the district has one of the lowest levels of urban tree cover in Richmond.
For more information about The Green, please visit smv.org/thegreen or contact the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation at 804.864.1540.
RVA Beer Explorer: Comedy, Salsa, Big Gay Weekend Market
A little light on the events this week as everyone is recovering from the extra day off.
Well, as predicted last week Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield all have a high COVID-19 Community Level. 7-day case rates per 100,000 people in each of the localities are 274, 297, and 309, respectively (the threshold for a high level is 200). The 7-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people for the whole region is 10.5 (the threshold for a high level is 10). At this level, the CDC’s guidance for individuals is that Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public.
GO DO THIS
Get laughing and get drinking as my granddaddy used to say. He was an alcoholic clown so it made sense he’d say things like that.
NYC and RVA stand-up comedians live at Legend Brewing on Saturday, June 4th at 7pm
On Saturday, June 4th at 7pm come see some of the best local and visiting comedians on stage for First Saturdays at Legend Brewing!
Advanced tickets are highly recommended for this event.
Claim your tickets on Eventbrite to save your place on the deck. A $5 per person charge will be added to checks at the venue.
Will Purpura is a stand-up comedian based in New York, NY. His high-energy act features an offbeat sensibility and unique timing. Will has performed in the Westside Comedy Festival (LA) the North Carolina Comedy Festival (Greensboro), and Devil Cup Comedy Festival (NY). He was a finalist in the 2019 NC’s Funniest Competition at Goodnights in Raleigh and the 2019 Ultimate Comedy Challenge in Greensboro, NC.
Raised in Richmond, Apple Brown Betty performs all over MD, DC, VA and the Carolinas. Her honest, audacious humor inspires not only laughter, but human connection. An evening with Apple Brown Betty leaves audiences feeling a little bit better about themselves, and the state of the world we live in.
Now residing in RVA, Montana’s own Cale Moore likes turning big rocks into small rocks, has over 40 books on his Goodreads list, and is the proud owner of over three band t-shirts.
Your host for the evening, Ant Perez, is a native of the 757. He has performed on Kill Tony, is a regular at Cozzy’s Comedy Club and Virginia Beach Funny Bone, and is a showrunner at 1865 Brewing Co. in Hampton, VA
Salsa Night Social at Strangeways (Dabney Road)
May 4th, 8PM, Free
If you see me dancing you know I’ve had too much to drink. Perhaps if I took lessons it wouldn’t be such a trainwreck but I’m doubtful. For those with normal feet and rhythm, this is a perfect opportunity to work up some sweat and move.
PRIDE Richmond Makers Market at Basic City Brewing
May 4th & 5th, 12-6PM
As I’ve said many times nothing puts you in a buying spirit like a couple of pints.
It’s BIG GAY WEEKEND and we want to celebrate the beginning of Pride month with you 🌈
Saturday and Sunday shop with your favorite LGBTQ+ makers at our indoor. + outdoor Market.
Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm
Stay after 6pm to have a beer or three and show off your finds. Basic City’s tap room closes at 9pm
Angry Black Gxrl Art
Black Moon Candle Co.
Fat Girl Media
Caught My Fancy Co.
Dayum Jam RVA
Throws like a Girl
Guy Piper Handmade
Inner Raediance LLC
Lend Handmade Soaps
Less Than Ladylike Candle Co
Paws that Heal LLC
Red Willow Jewelry Co.
Ryan Myers Prints
Tempest and Spark
The Asylum LLC
The Divine Chalice
Willow Sage & Soul
Throws like a Girl
Three to the Em Prints
The Patchwork Punk
The Curio Fairy
TGI Studio LLC
One Eyed Raven Gifts, LLC
Nectar and Hive Glass
Glow Friend Designs
Funky Friend Jewelry
Death by Glitter
Dayum Jam RVA
Cut teeth creations
Blair Family Woodcraft
Angry Black Gxrl Art
A. Muse Henna and Glitter Body Art
The idea for a Williamsburg spot was prompted by The Lamar Cos., the New Jersey-based owner of The Shops at High Street, reaching out to Burton and Strangeways.
The 4,000-square-foot Williamsburg location is expected to open sometime this summer. Much like its other locations, it’ll have dozens of beers on tap — 48 this time around. It’ll also have a food menu offering pub staples like Bavarian pretzels and chips and queso.
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