Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup.

This will be the second time for Oregon Hill to use the new, larger rolling recycling containers. Ideally, they are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

This just in: The schedule during the UCI Bicycle Race will change. Expect a much earlier garbage collection for Sept. 23.- as in 2 am! Click here for Times Dispatch article.

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

In other news, Treehugger.com has a story on a new recycling method by Reformation, a clothing company. It is

making it super easy for you to recycle your old clothes. Any U.S. customer who purchases a garment from Reformation online will receive their shipment in a box—plus a special return label addressed to a clothing recycler. You then load up the box with any gently used clothing and shoes you want to have recycled, slap on the return label and leave it out for your mail carrier.
It’s free and you don’t even have to leave your house.

Table Falls On Belle Island Pedestrian Bridge

WTVR has a dramatic story with photos of a dining table that fell onto the Belle Island pedestrian bridge this past Sunday.

Excerpts:

Terry Davis never expected a stroll across the pedestrian bridge to Belle Isle to shake her up so much. But it did on Sunday. As she and her friend crossed the walkway, she said she heard a thunderous sound.

“‘What is that noise?’ I asked. I looked up and there was this huge table laying in the center of the walk area of the pedestrian bridge,” Davis said.

She said she believed somehow a banquet table fell nearly 60 feet from a gaping space above the pedestrian walkway from the Lee Bridge.

Davis and others who use the pedestrian walkway often, said they’d like to see the city install some type of safety barrier.

Richmond Public Works spokesperson Sharon North said the city would send out a crew to inspect for damage. Workers were seen removing the table from a nearby area under the walkway Monday afternoon.

North said the city has no plan to install a safety barrier above the pedestrian walkway. The department sent out an inspector to check for damage and concluded that someone may have rolled the table out onto this pedestrian walkway and left it.

Witnesses who heard the crash said they don’t buy that theory.

Hollywood Cemetery’s New Enterprises

Richmond BizSense has an article on Hollywood Cemetery’s new businesses:

Excerpts:

RVA Gem Car Tours recently began selling private tours of Hollywood Cemetery on six-person electric carts.

Owner Buck Ward said the venture, which launched in May, is a spin-off of his other businesses Segway of Richmond, which launched in 2008, and RVA Trolley, which got rolling in 2012.

Ward said the cemetery tour business is in keeping with his mission of letting people experience Richmond in different ways. He said the carts cater to groups too big for a Segway tour but too small to rent out a trolley.

“This is another way to see and discover Richmond,” Ward said. “It’s more geared toward private tours.”

RVA Gem Car Tours has three Polaris GEM cars in its fleet. Ward said they cost about $20,000 apiece – the price includes the cost to install solar panels on each vehicle. The cars are street legal and can go as fast as 24 miles per hour.

On the virtual side of things, the nonprofit Friends of Hollywood Cemetery launched an interactive website in July that lets users take virtual tours of the burial ground.

The group enlisted local ad firm Addison Clark, the agency of record for the cemetery.

Jeff Allen, managing partner at Addison Clark, said the new site caters to the two segments Hollywood Cemetery serves: tourists and plot seekers.

“Hollywood Cemetery is a very unique entity,” Allen said. “Everyone thinks of them as an outdoor museum. Not a lot of folks know that they are an open, functioning cemetery. Those that do know assume they are cost prohibitive or for old Richmond elite.”

Over the course of about six months, Addison Clark and HostRVA, formerly NimblePitch, built a digitized map of Hollywood Cemetery and overlaid it with GPS coordinates. They then focused on compiling online reference materials and integrating them with points of interest on the digital map.

The website can be used both by on-site visitors looking for interactive, self-guided tours and by remote desktop users curious about the cemetery.

Fire at St. Andrew’ School

From NBC12:

Crews tell us they responded to St. Andrew’s School, located at 227 South Cherry Street, around 4:46 p.m Sunday after being contacted by construction workers. They say initial reports are that an air conditioning unit on the third floor caught fire.

The fire was marked under control around 5:05 p.m. A cause is under investigation.

A building inspector will help determine the condition of the building. It’s unclear if classes could be impacted. The school has been undergoing renovations all summer.

Also, there was a ‘suspicious package’ down on Tredegar Street near the Civil War Museum. Police had closed off the road as a precaution while it was being investigated.

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