OHNA’s monthly meeting is Tuesday, January 27th at 7 pm at WBCH (William Byrd Community House).
Jack Berry, from Venture Richmond, will be at the meeting to discuss the proposed rezoning of the amphitheater below Oregon Hill to allow more events. This issue could potentially have a huge impact on the neighborhood in terms of more amplified noise, crowds, parking congestion, and public drinking. If you wish to have your voice heard on this issue, this IS the meeting to attend.
Also attending the meeting will be City Planning Director Mark Olinger, and City Councilman Parker Agelasto.
(Editor’s note: This will hopefully be a good opportunity to get questions answered. Click here for some suggestions.)
From Rev. Bailey’s email, mentioning a St. Andrew’s Church event:
This Sunday, January 11 at 5:00 pm, St. Andrew’s Church (240 S. Laurel) will be offering an Epiphany Lessons and Carols Service. The service includes stunning music by the choir and musicians from around Richmond, including a piece commissioned especially for this service. Reception to follow in St. Andrew’s House (236 S. Laurel). Childcare available.
From Friends of James River Park:
Plan to join the Friends for the annual Winter Solstice Celebration! Meet at the base of the footbridge on Belle Isle 12/21/14 at 5:30 pm to share an evening of cookies, cider, caroling and camaraderie beside a roaring bonfire. All are welcome!
Open High School Class of 2015 is hosting a fundraiser at Apple Bee’s (5400 West Broad Street) on Thursday, December 11, from 5:00 until 10:00 pm. Print out the flyer and hand it to your server so 10% of your bill will be donated to OHS.
From this week’s Style magazine:
Coinciding with 1708 Gallery’s annual InLight Richmond public exhibition of light-based art, the Community Lantern Parade will illuminate Monroe Park on Friday, Nov. 21. The community art project, curated by Denise Markonish from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, will feature performances, sculpture, large-format projections and interactive projects by artists and collectives from across the country. It will turn the five-sided park into an incandescence hub of visual activity. Best of all, along with projects by the Daily Planet, Art on Wheels and Art 180, you can bring your own lantern to join the fun. The free, family-friendly florescent festivities run from at 7 to midnight.
For more information, visit 1708 Gallery’s webpage by clicking here.
From Councilperson Parker Agelasto:
As you begin penciling in your 2015 calendar, we hope that you’ll Save the Date for our 2015 District Meetings. All meetings start at 6:30 p.m.
From Virginia War Memorial website:
Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony 11/11/2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
We honor all veterans who served our country and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Governor Terry McAuliffe is the invited speaker. This event coincides with the signing of the WWI Armistice on November 11, 1918, with the playing of Taps at the conclusion of the ceremony. The 100th Anniversary of WWI is also commemorated. Co-hosted with the 11th District American Legion.
From Richmond.com article:
Many of us in Richmond watched the train tank cars burn as they rested precariously on the banks of the James in Lynchburg and could easily envision the same type of accident happening here in the capital city. What if a few of those highly flammable tanks dropped off the nearly three-miles long CSX Viaduct onto Brown’s Island during Friday Cheers or the Richmond Folk Festival?
(Editor’s note: see earlier posts on this subject by clicking here and here.)
The article continues:
For the next session of the General Assembly, the JRA will be pushing for stricter management and oversight and will be asking the public for support for the following issues:
-Rail transport of highly volatile Bakken crude oil from the Midwest. Crude oil by rail transport has increased 450 percent over the past five years. These trains are carrying over a million gallons of crude oil through our watershed two to five times per week. Governor McAuliffe convened a rail safety task force which will solicit input from industry stakeholders, local governments and members of the public and produce a report of recommended state and federal actions to prevent railroad accidents and ensure that Virginia is prepared as possible to keep communities safe in the case of a future incident.
-The James River watershed is home to coal ash ponds capable of holding 5 billion gallons of coal ash stretching from the headwaters to the mouth of the river. Despite being a highly toxic material, Virginia does not regulate coal ash as a solid or hazardous waste product and is not acting to stop contamination from coal ash ponds.
-The storage of the majority of chemicals in Virginia is not covered by any regulatory program. Review current industry practices and determine range of standards. Fill any gaps identified in the existing industry toxic storage policies and procedures with standards that ensure adequate safeguards and inspections for the storage of all chemicals.
According to a release, “We must learn from these events and take immediate action to protect public safety, the environment, the economy that the river supports and its recreational value. Our safety requirements and procedures need to be up to date to address current threats and to prevent a crippling event from happening in the future. Now is the time to begin the conversation on how to protect our waterways and our citizens from the threats posed by the storage and transport of hazardous materials.”
If you’d like to have your voice heard, join the forum Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial. Your James River needs you.
The Byrd House
Tuesdays 3 to 6 PM
November – April
The RENEGADE Market
Our renegaders include…
Mugsy’s Dogtown Lounge
Faith Farm Foods
The Byrd Farm / Rural Va Market
Deer Run Farm
for directions and more.