Richmond Zombie News

Yes, the zombie genre is somehow still shambling forward. And while there may be collective groans from a jaded (rotten?) populace, Richmond still has the virus-

First, there is newfound pride in a local actor done good- Chad Coleman

See Style article by clicking here.
See Richmond Magazine article by clicking here.

I take special pride as I was a fan of the comic book after discovering the very first issue back in 2003 and have been thoroughly enjoying the television adaptation.

Secondly, how could I not help to publicize the showing of one of my favorite all time movies-

Dawn of the Dead, 5 pm this evening at VCU’s Anderson Gallery.

More Traffic Concerns About Harrison Street Intersection

More accidents at Harrison and Grayland have raised the call for more attention to the immediate area and its traffic concerns. From 8 News:

RICHMOND, VA—Changes are coming to a busy Richmond intersection after the 8News Street Squad took your concerns to the Department of Public Works.

Accidents are not uncommon at the intersection of Grayland Avenue and Harrison Street.

There were 14 crashes at the intersection from February 1, 2009 to February 1, 2013, according to the Richmond Department of Public Works.

After recognizing a pattern of “angle” type crashes at the intersection, the department said it will install “intersection ahead” signs on Harrison Street in both approaches.

Additionally, the following maintenance will be performed on the following traffic control devices:

-Replace two vandalized “no parking” signs on the west side of the bridge from Harrison Street southbound approaching Grayland Avenue.
-Replace a vandalized STOP sign on the south side of Grayland Ave.
-Install a stop bar on Grayland Ave.

Stay with 8News for updates.

This was also brought up at last night’s Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting during a presentation by the City’s traffic engineering department. To that end, residents expressed solidarity with the Randolph neighborhood’s concerns.

Issue #5 comes to mind and the City traffic engineering has put the Idlewood roundabout concept forward in a proposed list of projects.

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2nd Annual Oregon Hill Memorial Day Invitational Announced

Another soccer tourney from Manny. From the FaceBook event page:

Fund raiser for the William Byrd Community center foundation
$5 per player. All proceeds will be donated to the foundation.
7 v 7 coed invitational on an irregular field…
We are now accepting 6 teams with a minimum roster of 8 players. First come first served.
no more than 5 guys on field at any time per team
mail $20 deposit along with roster and team name/jersey colors to: 614 China St. richmond VA 23220 or email oregonhillnumina at

Defending champs:

Aggravated Assault On N. Laurel Street


On February 24, 2013, at 1:20 AM, Richmond Police and VCU Police responded to a reported fight in the 200 block of North Laurel Street. No suspects or victims could be located after a search of the area was completed. At about 3:10 AM, Richmond Police responded to Retreat Hospital after the victim called to report the assault. Richmond Police determined the assault to be aggravated in nature.
The victim was asked for a cigarette by a group of four black males. Two of the suspects punched and kicked the victim when he did not respond. The suspects were last seen heading East on Franklin Street.
Suspects: The victim described two of the suspects as the main aggressors. One of the suspects was a black male wearing a black jacket, black hat, blue jeans, and had a beard. The victim was unable to provide any other descriptors other than the second suspect was a black male. No weapons were used in the assault.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (804) 780-1000, VCU police at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637, also anonymously.

Dominion and Renewable Energy In The General Assembly Update

Following up on some earlier news and editorials about our neighbor, Dominion Power….

McDonnell signs Va utility regulation bill.

Activist Ivy Main has written an overview of the 2013 General Assembly session on the Power for the People VA blog:

The Virginia General Assembly will soon wrap up its work on the 2013 legislative session. Renewable energy advocates began the session with high hopes for a series of bills that promised to reform our renewable energy law, expand net-metering, and open up new opportunities for financing solar systems and small wind turbines.
So how did we do? Well, this is Virginia. Progress is slow, the utilities are powerful, and half the legislature doesn’t believe in climate change. On the other hand, they do believe in business. Under the circumstances, we did okay.

Click here for more.

Really Really Free Market/Spaghetti Dinner with Bread and Circus Saturday

This Saturday from noon to 3 pm in Monroe Park is the Really Really Free Market.

The RVA Really Really Free Markets provide people with a chance to share the excess that they possess, to prevent the landfills from filling with stuff that will never decompose and is nowhere near the end of its usefulness, and to offer the community a chance to come together for a day of free fun in the sun!

There are a wide variety of things that can be shared. There have been workshops led by community members and musical performances. Community members have brought games to play with each other at the market. Vegan cookies have also been known to make an appearance.

So the last Saturday of every month, dig through your closets, take the extra from your work, ask your parents and friends and neighbors to come to bring stuff and come to get stuff. Bring clothes, furniture, food, tapes, cds, office supplies, kitchen stuff, knick knacks & paddy whacks! Bring your music, your skills, your stuff, your food, and your friends and family, and help us prove that there is enough stuff in the world for everybody!

***PLEASE bring any and all warm weather clothing that you’re not using this year! We especially have a need for X-Large and up sizes!!***

And, Saturday evening…

All the Saints Theater Company, the folks who organize Oregon Hill’s Halloween Parade, are holding a spaghetti dinner at a Westover Hills church. Special guests are the famous Bread and Puppet Theater from Vermont, on tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary. They will be performing the Circus of the Possiblitarians:

The Circus of the Possibilitarians is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse and some mellow lions, a solemn salute to the world’s casualties and much more! The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble provides a little bit of brass and a lot of noise. Please take note that if some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, accompanying children can usually explain them.

Dinner starts at 7, show at 8. More details on the FaceBook event page.

Also, don’t forget the Main Street Library’s Knitting Sale Extravaganza on Saturday.