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Oregon Hill Yard Sale Day Saturday

Looks like a bunch of different Oregon Hill households will be doing yard sales this coming Saturday, May 7.

So far there will be yard sales on the 400 block and 600 block of S. Laurel as well as the 500 and 600 block of S. Pine. Others are welcome to join in.

Craigslist ad:

FaceBook Event page:

One other note: This is a way for student renters to get rid of their belongings in an orderly fashion and make a little money. The following Saturday, May 14, is the Big Yard Sale at the University of Richmond.

Transit Meetings Tonight and Tomorrow

While Oregon Hill lost the GRTC route that used to go down S. Laurel Street years ago, we have lots of buses stopping on Belvidere Street.

As for the future of local mass transit, I have tried to chime in with some thoughts in the past, now here’s some more chances for more residents to give theirs. From Partnership for Smarter Growth announcement:

Don’t forget, tonight and tomorrow afternoon are the first round of Richmond Transit Network Plan meetings. This will be our plan for the next 20 years.
We’ll be talking about important questions, like where do we need service, how to improve access to jobs, how to link to revitalization of neighborhoods, do you want more frequency and reliability even if it means a slightly longer walk to a stop?
Make sure your voice is heard!
Tuesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.
DMV Richmond Central Service Center
2300 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
Wednesday, May 4, 12-2 p.m.
Main Public Library Auditorium
101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Dinamo Dinner Menu

From their FaceBook page:

dinamo dinner menu
may 2, 2016
> matzoh ball soup 5.
> chilled potato & ramp soup 6.
> fish soup 7.
> crostini w/ chopped liver 8.
> crostini w/ cured salmon 8.*
> crostini w/ smoked whitefish salad 10.
> hearts of palm & chickpea w/ flatbread 10.
> crostini w/ fava puree 15.
> red pizza 11.
> white pizza 12.
> add topping $1: sausage, mushroom, onion, anchovy, olive
> white pizza w/ ramps 16.
> egg in tuna sauce 3.
> mixed green salad 6.
> lentil salad 7.
> caponata 8.
> farro w/ spring vegetables 10.
> beet & fennel salad 12. w/ feta 13.
> arugula & green bean salad w/ egg 13.
> sauteed maitake 15.
> roasted asparagus 15.
> roasted red peppers w/ bufala mozzarella 15. w/ anchovy 16.
> squid w/ chard 14.
> mussels – white or red 13.
> clams w/ arugula 15.
> soft shell crab 15.
> seafood salad 17.
> tagliatelle w/ eggplant 17.
> ricotta gnocchi bolognese 18.
> tagliatelle w/ ramp pesto 18.
> mussels – white or red w/ squid ink fettuccine 23.
> calamari & shrimp w/ squid ink fettuccine 24.
> broccoletti & provolone sausage w/ polenta & beans 17.
> ramp & pork sausage w/ polenta & beans 18.
> rockfish or whole branzino w/ mixed greens 24.
> t bone w/ arugula salad 32.*
> soft shell crab entree 32.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Keep in mind, it may storm later tonight.

Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.

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

A couple of additional notes:
Locally, with the school year drawing to a close, it is time for student renters and others who are moving to consider how to deal with all of their stuff. With the City budget strained, it is important that stuff is recycled and disposed of properly, without just dumping it on the sidewalk, street, and alley. I am happy to post neighborhood yard sale notices on this site. I know there is one multi-household one coming up on May 7 on 600 block of S. Laurel Street. There are also certainly a number of local thrift stores and charities that are willing to receive furniture donations. Don’t forget the 19th Annual Big Yard Sale at the University of Richmond on May 14th.

In terms of Oregon Hill neighborhood cleanups, RVA CleanSweep has a Randolph/Oregon Hill litter pickup scheduled for May 21. Meetup link:
There is also a alley cleanup planned for early June.

Pool Prods On PILOT

Laurel Street neighbor Charles Pool had a “Correspondent of the Day” letter to the editor in today’s Times Dispatch:

Editor, Times-Dispatch:
Your editorial, “Fix it,” makes some good points regarding Petersburg’s troubled water utility, but what about Richmond’s own deplorable water billing? Unlike Petersburg, Richmond tacks on a payment in lieu of federal income tax onto its water bill. Charging federal income tax on the water bill costs Richmond water customers about $5 million annually and is the most regressive way to raise general funds for the city.
Richmond’s monthly water and sewer service charge, the amount the customer pays before drawing the first gallon of water, is almost $10 higher than Petersburg’s. At $29.03, Richmond’s minimum monthly service charge is one of the highest in the country, and disproportionately penalizes those who conserve water. Many Richmonders are not aware of this high service charge because it is still not shown on the customer’s bill, after years of promising to do so.
Richmond is blessed to own its water utility, but it is wrong to use water, which is a necessity, as a cash cow for padding the city’s general fund. Richmond’s water billing may be more efficient but less fair than Petersburg’s.
Charles Pool.

For more perspective on this, click here. Perhaps Mayoral candidates would like to speak to this issue also.

President James Monroe’s Birthday Memorial On Thursday

From Hollywood Cemetery and the FaceBook event page:

President James Monroe’s birthday celebration is an annual event at Hollywood Cemetery. A gravesite presidential wreathlaying ceremony will be hosted by the James Monroe Memorial Foundation. The event will begain at 11:0am, but is subject to any changes by the Army, which conducts the ceremony.


Don’t forget to RSVP for the upcoming Friends Of Hollywood Annual Picnic.