TD Profile for Neighbor Ryan Corrigan

The Times Dispatch published a ‘Decision Maker’ profile of Pine Street neighbor Ryan Corrigan last month.


Best career move: “Without a doubt, best career move has been taking the position with the James River Association. A clean and healthy James River has always been important to me, so I’m excited to work with an organization committed to protecting Virginia’s greatest natural resource. To be able to combine a career with a personal passion — that’s what it’s all about.”

Career goals: “I’ve had the same goals since sixth grade. Give more than I take, and do good things. Thanks, Mom and Dad.”

The best advice he ever received: “The best advice I ever received was not to take myself too seriously. Still working on that one.”

The most difficult situation faced on the job: “I find that fundraising is a lot like fishing. Or maybe that fundraisers are a lot like fishermen. Either way — it’s the ones that get away that we tend to talk about and focus on the most. In this field, we will hear the word “no” a lot. When you’re young it can even cause you to hesitate in making the ask.”

Career tip for students: “Don’t hesitate, and don’t quit.”

What motivates him? “Knowing that I at least tried to make a difference.”

Lots of Meetings Early This Week

I already mentioned the water pollution meeting on Wednesday, but there are a few other important meetings this week. Tonight the City’s anti-poverty commission seeks public feedback. While the meeting is in Gilpin Court, it would be interesting to include an Oregon Hill perspective. Tuesday, there is the monthly Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting, but earlier the GRTC Task Force’s Macro Subcommittee will meet-

From City press release:

Richmond City Council GRTC and Transit Study Task Force has established and will hold two subcommittee meetings

All residents are invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT The Richmond City Council GRTC and Transit Study Task Force has established and will hold two subcommittee meetings. The subcommittees include: the Macro Subcommittee, which will focus on long range transit planning issues, and the Services Subcommittee, which will focus on bus users’ service issues.

The purpose of the Richmond City Council GRTC and Transit Study Task Force is to make recommendations to Richmond City Council with regard to enhancing mass transit in the Metro-Richmond area and the efficiency and effectiveness of the GRTC Transit System. The meeting is free and open to the public and all residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

The two Richmond City Council GRTC and Transit Study Task Force Subcommittee meetings will be held as follows:

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Byrd House Market News

From announcement:

Byrd House Market: Tuesday May 22
Tour the Byrd House Farmlet with Matthew our Farmlet Project Coordinator, and learn more about the Allegheny Mountain School. Come by and enjoy the shady environs and some of the perks for shopping our fine, fine farmers and food producers…

Byrd House Bash This Thursday, May 24
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, get them now! Sponsored by the Associate Board of Governors of William Byrd Community House. Enjoy a night of good old southern hospitality including a silent auction featuring gift packages from local vendors, food from local restaurants, bourbon tastings and live music. 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar Street. $30 ticket includes: open bar (beer/wine), bourbon tastings, food from local restaurants and a live band. Silent auctions and food donors include: Peter Blair, VMFA, Comfort, Riverside Outfiters, Juleps New Southern Cuisine, Bikram Yoga Richmond, Six Burner, Olio, and more! Purchase tickets at All proceeds benefit William Byrd Community House.

Virginia Grown
Resource for all things grown in Virginia.

3 Weeks! 3 Winners!
Support your Byrd House Market. Our weekly raffle is generously sponsored by Byrd Farm & Rural Virginia Market. $1 ticket gets you a chance at a week’s share of goodies from Byrd Farm – value $33.83. Win this week, pick up your share next week. And we get to see your pretty face. Not too shabby!

Storytelling at the Market
Bring the kids, your inner kid, and enjoy the afternoon under the Mulberry Tree.

Our Wish List!
Every now and then we find we need to reach out and let you know we need your help! Our farmlet is in its 3rd year of growing and providing a learning space for the children and families served by William Byrd Community House. One of our goals is not only to make the community garden, farmlet and market look better, but to make each of them work better every year. This year you can help us keep that forward momentum going by
professional produce scale (value: $100-200) – to weigh the harvest so we know how much is grown and packaged for distribution through our food pantry to neighbors in need.
refrigerator (value: $100-300) – to store the harvest before distribution through our food pantry
market umbrellas (value: $35-50 each) – to shade you as you enjoy the fruits of your market day (7.5-8′ diameter, colors: rainbow, bright blue or yellow)

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