326 S. Pine Street

A house that has since been demolished, 326 S. Pine St., was at the location of the Pine St. Baptist Church parking lot on the 300 block of Pine Street. In the first photo, it’s the sliver of a house that is just to the left of the corner pharmacy storefront, which is now Pine Street Barbershop. The overall photo is a panoramic photo of Oregon Hill residents in front of Pine Street Baptist Church, that is currently hung in the William Byrd Community House. As it turns out, the late Senator Benedetti on March 28, 1929 was born at 326 S. Pine St. His father, Carl Vincent Benedetti appears in the city directories at that address from 1926 to 1933. The Senator died last November.
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Inaugural Support Virginia Green Tourism Oyster Roast & Festival

From the VGTA website:

Join the Virginia Green Travel Alliance (VGTA) on March 28th at Historic Tredegar for its inaugural Support Virginia Green Tourism Oyster Roast & Festival! The event features sustainably-harvested Virginia oysters, non-oyster dishes, and Virginia wines and brews – all from VIRGINIA GREEN Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries.



VCU Shares Photo Collection On Flickr

An excerpt from today’s press release:

RICHMOND, Va. (March 25, 2015) — VCU Libraries has been named as the 100th institution to take part in Flickr’s The Commons, an online project that seeks to share hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives.

As part of The Commons, VCU Libraries’ digital special and archival image collections that have no known copyright restrictions will be discoverable through the photo-sharing website Flickr, as well as through search tools that pull public domain images without known copyright restrictions for use and reuse.

“It’s significant,” said Lauren Work, digital collections librarian. “VCU Libraries will be joining an international group of institutions with the goal to increase public access to image collections that have no known copyright restrictions, which connects directly to our educational mission.”

Joining The Commons will greatly increase the discoverability and potential use of VCU Libraries’ image collections. It will also allow the public to share their knowledge of the images, potentially enriching the collections with comments and tags.


OHNA Meeting Will Consider Amphitheater Rezoning

From announcement:

The rezoning of the amphitheater below Oregon Hill will be considered at the meeting of the Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 pm at the William Byrd Community House, 224 S. Cherry. This rezoning has the potential to negatively impact the quality of life in Oregon Hill in terms of noise, parking, etc.
Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry, City Planning Director Mark Olinger, City Councilman Parker Agelasto are scheduled to attend this meeting.
Please attend the meeting and share your concerns!

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VA Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority Meets Tomorrow

According to Randy Marcus, Senior Advisor for Policy
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe, the VNECA (VA Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority) Board has rescheduled their Board meeting for Tuesday, March 24 at 10am.
The meeting will be held close by at the VCU East Engineering Hall, 401 West Main Street, Room E3218 (Collaborative Learning Center on Third Floor). This is the same building and room used for recent meetings.

Nuclear opponents are watching carefully and plan to attend this meeting. However, it is unlikely there will be an outside protest like there was on Tredegar Street earlier this month.

Let There Be Flowers

The next astronomical spring begins tomorrow, though local weather calls for rain. Many neighbors are planning their gardens, and hopefully there is more interest in establishing some community plantings in tree wells, alleys, and lots, perhaps in preparation for the Richmond2015 UCI bicycle races.

Don’t forget Hollywood Cemetery’s Volunteer Rose Pruning And Maintenance Day on Saturday.

This spring you may also want to consider attending the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ new exhibit, “Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower”.
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