Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after tomorrow night.

In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

From news reports, it sounds like Oregon Hill will be receiving new, larger recycling bins on August 10. For more information, contact the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) as they are responsible for the roll out of the new recycling program.

Councilman Parker C. Agelasto to hold a meeting for 5th District with Back to School Supply Drive On Wednesday

From City Council press release:

Councilman Parker C. Agelasto to hold a meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District: Back to School Supply Drive

NOTE: This meeting was previously schedule to be held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond – Southside Club, but will now be held at the Richmond Government Services Center at Southside Plaza: All Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) – The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, will hold a district-wide meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District. This meeting will include a 2015 Richmond Central 5th Voter District School Supply Drive and all individuals wishing to donate school supplies for children for the upcoming school year are invited and encouraged to bring them to the meeting. The most needed school items include the following:

· #2 Pencils
· Crayons
· Colored Pencils
· Boxes of Tissues
· Scissors
· Rulers
· 2 Pocket folders
· 3 ring binders
· Spiral Notebooks
· Loose Leaf Paper
· Composition Notebooks
· Elmer’s Glue/Glue Sticks

This is part of regular meetings Councilman Agelasto holds, which include information on his Richmond Central 5th Voter District goals and accomplishments; a thematic agenda of current interest; and, special guests. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The planned agenda/discussion topics for the upcoming meeting include:

· Richmond Public Schools – Update
Dr. Dana T. Bedden, Superintendent, Richmond Public Schools
and “Executive Cabinet Members”

· Groundwork RVA – Presentation
Ms. Giles Harnsberger, Executive Director, Groundwork RVA

· Reedy Creek – Update on upcoming work
Ms. Rosemary Green, Deputy Director, Richmond Department of Public Utilities

· Questions, Comments and/or Concerns
The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District

WHEN Wednesday, August 5, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

WHERE New Location:
Richmond Government Services Center at Southside Plaza
4100 Hull Street; Richmond, Virginia

WHO The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District

CONTACT For more information, please contact:
The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, at 804.646.6050 (tel), or parker.agelasto@richmondgov.com(email)

Councilman Agelasto’s Future Richmond Central 5th Voter District Meetings

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
World War Memorial Carillon
0 S. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
HOLIDAY PARTY
Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia

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Guerrilla Warfare During The Civil War Event On Thursday

The Tredegar Society, “an association of young professionals who come together to promote and further the goals of the American Civil War Museum”, is presenting an event on Thursday called “Guerrilla Warfare During The Civil War”.

From the FaceBook event page:

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Barton Myers of Washington & Lee University, highlighting the role guerrilla warfare played during the Civil War. The $10 ticket includes beer/wine and light snacks during the reception from 6:00pm to 6:45pm. The talk will begin at 6:45.

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James River Park Public Service Announcement

James River Park System PSA - Pick up Your Trash! from Max Posner on Vimeo.

A message from James River Park System Superintendent, Nathan Burrell on the importance of picking up the trash you bring into the JRPS.

Please pack out what you pack in to The James River Park System.

Don't trash our treasure!

Brought to you by The James River Outdoor Coalition.

https://www.facebook.com/jroc.rva?fref=ts

…same goes for Oregon Hill. Resident or visitor, please pick up your trash!

Pratt’s Castle

Quite visible from Oregon Hill was one of the most celebrated buildings of Richmond, known as Pratt’s Castle (Folly or Cottage). This building with crenelated towers was constructed on Gamble’s Hill above the Penitentiary Basin by a master of the daguerreotype, William Pratt. An article in the Daily Dispatch from February 1853 records that the unusual edifice was under construction: “[W]e observed the new and unique cottage of Mr. Pratt, the Daguerrean, looking up in skeleton grandeur … The architect has, even in its chrysalis state, imparted to this building an imposing aspect.” This reporter also notes that two “spacious and comfortable” canal boats were being built in the Penitentiary Basin below Gamble’s Hill.

A later article in the Times Dispatch from May 1904 details the rich contents of the castle, lately owned by Samuel Cornick and his wife Hennie, the daughter of Mayor Joseph Mayo. All of the extensive art work, silver, china and diamonds were being sold, including, “25 tons of coal, stores of provisions sufficient to withstand a siege of famine …”

An advertisement for the sale of the castle in 1906 highlights the “cathedral glass” in the hall and parlor. This cathedral glass is notable in the 1865 photograph (detail) of Pratt’s Castle taken by Matthew Brady, found in the National Archives.

In 1958, Ethyl Corporation demolished Pratt’s Castle, one of Richmond’s most distinctive buildings, over the strong objections of Richmond’s preservationists. Around 1983, Ethyl Corp. traded Brown’s Island on the flood plane for the city’s prominent Gamble’s Hill Park with spectacular river views.

Photo credits:
Daily Dispatch, February 4, 1853, Library of Congress
Times Dispatch, July 1, 1906, Library of Congress
Pratt’s Castle, by Matthew Brady, National Archives
Pratt’s Castle, by Matthew Brady (detail), National Archives
Pratt advertisement, February 6, 1854, Daily Dispatch, Library of Congress
Pratt’s Castle, 1905 Sanborn map, Library of Congress

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