PG. 4 ~ MEMBER VOTING & MEETING MINUTES
Illustration by Donna Neves
PG. 6 ~ POINTS OF CONTACT LISTING
PG. 7 ~ CHURCH HILL SNIPPETS
PG. 8 ~ FAREWELL TO A FRIEND
“And I’m proud to be an American ,
where at least I know I’m free.
PG. 9 ~ CHIMBORAZO UPDATE
PG. 10 ~ JUNE PICNIC ROUNDUP
men who died,
And I won’t forget the
PG. 12 ~ CHURCH HILL LIVING
who gave that right to me.
PG. 15 ~ RICHMOND WALKING TOURS
PG. 30 ~ REFERRALS – Lee Greenwood
NOTICES/VOTING BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Aimee Perron Seibert • 647-3140
MEETINGS: VICE PRESIDENT
Jon Ondrak • 229-6232
CHA Picnic - August 16th at 6:30 p.m. SECRETARY
Location and details TBA Karen Misbach • 222-3238
CHA Board meeting TREASURER
Carolyn Williamson • 649-0001
2300 Club email@example.com
Thursday, July 7th at 7 p.m. ASSISTANT TREASURER
Mark Kronenthal • 938.9818
General Membership meeting
DIRECTORS AT LARGE
St. John’s Parish Hall Bill Pettus • 562-0415
Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m.
W. R.Wilder • 938-8627
Zoning Committee meeting
Gene Henley • 343-7273
Patrick Henry Inn firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 5th at 6 p.m. Randolph Bell • 643-1175
NOTICE OF MEMBERSHIP VOTE John Vetrovec • 222-2214
Additional donation to St. John’s Church
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Foundation John Whitworth • 644-6559
See Page 4 for details email@example.com
CHURCH HILL ASSOCIATION (CHA) MISSION:
The purpose of this organization shall be to promote a sense of unity and common
endeavor among all the residents of the St. John’s Church, Church Hill North, and VOLUNTEERS
Chimborazo Old and Historic Districts, other residents of the East District, and other
interested persons, in order to develop a stable, desirable urban neighborhood. NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Donna Neves 477-1711
For more information on joining the CHA, please see our website at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or ﬁll out an application (on the back, inside cover of this newsletter) and mail to: COORDINATOR
W. R.Wilder 938-8627
P.O. Box 8031 Richmond, VA 23223
RESERVE COMMERCIAL AD SPACE! Tammy and Hunter Tate 420-5386
CHURCH HILL PLANTERS
Advertise with us and get the word out about your business. Marion Macdonald 644-1347
Tom & Eileen Sanders 343-7157 (south)
Ad Space Reserved Katie & Tom Widmer 771-5818 (north)
Ad space must be reserved and paid for by the 15th of the CHURCH HILL CRIME WATCH
previous month. Shelby Long 648-2710
Ad rates: (space is limited) ZONING COMMITTEE
Back cover - $125 1/2 page - $60 Waite Rawls 649-1861 x.30
Full page - $115 1/4 page - $45 SUMMER PICNIC ORGANIZERS
Volunteers needed for June and August
See Page 17 for details picnics. Please call Aimee!
2 JULY 2011
FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
Summer is here! And along with it family With Richmond and Style Weekly’s continued
vacations, garden parties, Church Hill support of this family festival, together
Association picnics, and my favorite pastime we will further develop our investment in
people-watching on my front porch. Richmond’s oldest historic neighborhood
and the larger community. Please come and
The CHA is also planning, planning, planning. enjoy the live music, the BBQ, and the family
As you know we are thrilled to collaborate events planned!
with Style Weekly to bring back a Church Hill
fall classic – but we NEED our community Are you listed in the Church Hill Directory?
to show its support by volunteering. If you The CHA is compiling a new and revised
were a fan of the previous pork festivals Church Hill Directory – all encompassing
VICE PRESIDENT on the Hill, you’re going to love Style of Church Hill. For more information,
~ Weekly’s Hogotberfest celebrating local please look for an article from Benedicte
229-6232 BBQ, live music and beer. This festival, like Whitworth on Page 29 in this edition of the
vp@ChurchHillRichmond.com its predecessor, will become a Richmond CHA Newsletter.
rite of passage to the fall festival season.
We’re keeping some of the ‘ol traditions of We have also been conducting a review of
High On the Hog, and adding in new aspects the treasury and the sustainability of some
that match the neighborhood as it is today, of our major giving, and projects. Aimee
highlighting historic Church Hill’s Libby Park. Perron Seibert will be tasking members of
Half the proceeds from Hogtoberfest will the board to review our long term goals and
beneﬁt the CHA and volunteers will receive revenue projections and we look forward to
a free Hogtoberfest t-shirt and two beverage having our ﬁndings available for review later
tickets. Additionally, volunteers committed this summer. I agree this is an important
by 9/1/11 will have their name listed in a review at this time in our group’s history. We
special thank you in Style Weekly magazine. are facing economic challenges in a nearly
unprecedented national climate and our
If you are interested in volunteering to setup, resources are dwindling. It is important for
check ID, sell tickets, hand out beer or clean the CHA to evaluate our revenue streams
up, please visit: http://www.styleweekly. to understand how we are able to maximize
com/richmond/HogtoberVolunteer/Page or our support for the various groups who rely
contact John Vetrovec. Each volunteer shift is on us.
only 2 hours and you can sign up for as many
as you like – I plan on being there all day. As always, if you have ideas, comments
and suggestions or would like some one-
As you know all the CHA’s fundraising on-one input, please don’t hesitate to call,
activities are channeled back into our write, email, and fax or knock on my door.
community. Every year we support our two I always believe that no news is good news
superb elementary schools - Chimborazo and and if we aren’t hearing from our neighbors,
Belleview, our local library, ChildSavers, the community advocates, team members and
Family Resource Center, Richmond Hill, The association members, I hope you all feel
Better Business Bureau, and Crime Watch. we’re doing a good job for you. You have my,
It’s an important list and resources are always
stretched, but sharing the net proceeds of Best regards and well wishes for a GREAT
Hogtoberfest will allow us to continue to summer,
support our community organizations and
projects. We hope for the continued success
of Hogtoberfest to bring more families to
Church Hill to enjoy our wonderful Libby
Hill Park, share Richmond’s famous view of
our scenic James River and leave wanting to
return next year!
Church Hill Association 3
VOTING IN JULY
Notice of membership vote:
A motion was made to increase the donation CHA gave Foundation, the board felt it appropriate in keeping
to St. John’s Church Foundation for upcoming capital with the bylaws to request the membership vote on the
improvements to the church; from $500 to $1,000. motion at the May meeting. Due to lack of a quorum the
Because of additional request to St. John’s Church vote was rescheduled for July’s membership meeting.
CHA BOARD MEETING a SUP for off site parking. He would have to go back
to the zoning committee for approval; his presentation
June 2, 2011 was only informational. Several members of the Zoning
Committee attended the Route 5 Corridor Study - more
7:00 PM, 2300 Club information at http://www.route5corridor.com .
In attendance: Aimee gave an update on the CHA/StyleWeekly meeting
about Hogtoberfest. Style is developing an online tool to
Aimee Perron Seibert recruit volunteers - we are going to need approximately
Jon Ondrak 80+ volunteers on the day of the event. John Whitworth
Randolph Bell and John Vetrovec were also in attendance at the Style
Gene Henley meeting.
Carolyn Williamson June Picnic is proceeding as planned. Historic Richmond
John Whitworth Foundation has secured Alamo BBQ and Whitehouse
Catering for the food, a magician, face painting and a blue
Call to Order at 7:05pm grass band, Smokehouse. Aimee has been coordinating
with Joanne and Katherine at HRF and will continue to do
May board meeting minutes were approved. so. CHA is responsible for providing the paper products,
tables, beer and wine.
Benedict Whitworth talked to the board about updating
the Church Hill Directory. She has put notices in the A group of several Church Hill residents and residents
newsletter, a constant contact email was sent out and of other old and historic districts in Richmond have
notices posted around the neighborhood. She is looking formed an independent committee to address the CAR’s
to get the word out and for as much help as possible inconsistent application of their guideline. Jennie and
getting updated information. It has been ﬁve years since Walter Dotts have spearheaded this group and they have
the last directory was released. Trish Bernal is working on invited folks in Church Hill and in other historic districts
the ads for the directory and will make recommendations to join them. John Whitworth reported that the CHA’s
to the Board for prices. ofﬁcial position on CAR coincides with the mission of
this newly formed group.
Zoning Committee report was given by Mark Kronenthal
and Jon Ondrak. Waite Rawls could not attend. Mark Treasurers Report: Carolyn Williamson
summarized the presentation given by Joshua Bilder about Change in cash in May was an overall reduction of $455.54.
his project at 420 N. 25th Street. His preliminary plan for
the old 25th Street Theater is for 30 apartments with a Expenditures - Ad placed in Richmond Times Dispatch
central courtyard. Typical size of the apartments would for the yard sale; Carolyn explained that the April
be 500 square feet, with a few being larger. There is a Newsletter expenditures will be deducted from our June
parking issue because the current zoning exempts him Report (check was deposited on June 1st).
from having to provide more than just street parking. He
is interested in providing more and is looking to submit Cash on hand as of May 31 - $17,802.21
4 JULY 2011
CHA continues to hold $2,520 for the Larry Parker Fund. Guests:
So, really, we have $20,322.21 in our account but minus
the Larry Parker Fund. Joshua Bilden
Holiday Weekend- nothing to report. Presentation:
T-shirts- Wanda will continue to look into the cost of
making Church Hill t-shirts. Joshua Bilden, 420 N. 25th Street
New business Josh presented preliminary plans for the 25th Street
Aimee and Trish have been corresponding with Larry Theatre for 30 apartments. Designed by The Johannas
Miller with the City of Richmond regarding the Grace Design Group, the three and one-half ﬂoor building
Street overlook. Larry has said work should be starting would house 30 units which would wrap around a central
soon to work on the stairs in Taylor Hill Park below the courtyard, taking advantage of the already rooﬂess
overlook, as well as a new sign, new benches and barriers. structure. The 28 one-bedroom apartments would be
Trish has been talking with the Planters about using some around 500 sq.ft.. Two others would be larger with over
of the Larry Parker funds for landscaping the area after 800 sq.ft..The owner would like some type of commercial
the city has completed the work. Aimee also talked with aspect on the street ﬂoor.
Larry and he believes the City can cover the whole cost
of the project. Parking is a problem. The building is in an Urban Business
Overlay Zone meaning that it is exempt from providing
Adjourned at 8:25 any more than what exists presently on the street. The
developer realizes that in good faith he must provide
parking for each of the 30 units and is ready to submit a
Special Use Permit to provide parking off site.There are
several viable options that would make this possible.
CHA ZONING COMMITTEE MEETING Sterling Row on 19th Street is one of the properties of
By Secretary Cathy Hayden
Waite commended Mr. Bilden for coming early to the
May 31, 2011 zoning committee and asked that he return early with
his next stage of plans as the Church Hill Association’s
bylaws make for a makes for a lengthy communication
Chairman Waite Rawls called the meeting in order at process.
6:10 at The Patrick Henry Pub.
In attendance: Meeting was adjourned at 7:00
Waite Rawls Several members attended the Route5 Corridor Study at
Jean Wight the Department of Transportation.
Mark Kronenthal Go to www.Route5Corridor.com for information and a
Penny Cannon questionnaire to ﬁll out.
Cathy Hayden Next meeting date was undecided due to the summer
Jon Ondrak picnic schedule.
Church Hill Association 5
CHURCH HILL POINTS OF CONTACT
CHURCH HILL POINTS OF CONTACT LISTING Mayor Dwight C. Jones
City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, 2nd Fl.
POLICE AND SAFETY Richmond,VA 23219
Emergencies 911 PH: 646-7970
Non-Emergency Police PH: 646-5100
1st Precinct Station PH: 646-3602 7th District Richmond City Council Member
Fire Station #1 PH: 646-4229 Cynthia Newbille
Church Hill Crime Watch PH: 648-2710 PH: 646-3012
Citizen’s Assistance PH: 646-7000 7th District Richmond City School Board Member
City of Richmond Public Utilities PH: 644-3000 Donald Coleman
Code Violations related to historic preservation
Catherine Easterling PH: 646-7550 EAST DISTRICT AGENCIES
catherine.easterling@RichmondGov.com East District Families First PH: 646-4508
EDI – W.I.C. PH: 646-0775
Commission of Architectural Review PH: 646-6364 Family Resource Center PH: 644-4496
Zoning Administration PH: 646–6340 Health Center PH: 780-0840
Housing Code Enforcement PH: 646-6419 Social Services PH: 646-7212
Environmental Control PH: 646-7448 Va. Cooperative Extension PH: 786-4150
Grafﬁti Hotline PH: 646-1406
Truancy Hotline PH: 646-ABCD RICHMOND RESOURCES
Northeast District Parks Maintenance PH: 646-3216 Better Housing Coalition PH: 644-0546
Association for the Preservation
STATE AND LOCAL of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) PH: 648-1889
GOVERNMENT Black History Museum PH: 780-9093
Governor Bob McDonnell Richmond CenterStage PH: 225-9000
Virginia State Capitol, 3rd Floor Children’s Museum of Richmond PH: 474-7000
Richmond,VA 23219 Edgar Allan Poe Museum PH: 648-5523
PH: 786-2211 Historic Richmond Foundation PH: 643-7407
FAX: 371-6351 Library of Virginia PH: 692-3500
Museum of the Confederacy 6PH: 49-1861
State Senator HENRY L. MARSH, III Richmond Ballet PH: 344-0906
PH: 698-7516, 648-9073, FAX: 698-7958 Richmond Coliseum PH: 262-8100
Richmond National Battleﬁeld Park PH: 771-2148
Senate Legislative Information: 698-7410 Richmond Symphony PH: 788-1212
Science Museum of Virginia PH: 367-6552
State Delegate Jennifer McClellan Valentine Richmond History Center PH: 649-0711
PH: 648-1171, FAX: 772-1512 Venture Richmond PH: 788-6466
House of Delegates Legislative Virginia Historical Society PH: 358-4901
Information: 698-1500 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts PH: 340-1400
E-MAIL: DelJMcClellan@house.state.va.us Virginia Opera PH: 643-6004
Virginia War Memorial PH: 786-2060
6 JULY 2011
CHURCH HILL SNIPPETS
Submitted by Marion Macdonald
LOST AND FOUND:
A small ring with six stones was found in the 27th block between Broad and Marshall. Please email and describe
the ring and we’ll happily return it. email@example.com
YOUR SECTOR 111 PROSECUTOR
Colette Wallace McEachin is a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and the prosecutor assigned to the Church Hill area.
She regularly attends monthly meetings for all the civic associations and works with Sector Lieutenant Riley to focus on
the prosecution of criminals in our area. Please call her for questions regarding any criminal matter in Richmond or any
legal concerns expressed at a neighborhood meeting.
Her ofﬁce is located in the Manchester Courthouse and she can be reached at 646-4845.
Church Hill Association 7
FAREWELL TO A FRIEND
Dr. A. Mort CASSON
CASSON, Dr. A. Mort, age 82, passed away quietly on June 6, 2011, in his Churchill home.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he attended the University of Chicago as an
undergraduate and later received a Ph.D. of Psychology from the University
of Michigan. He met his wife, Ann, in New York City, they married at her
family home in Croton, N.Y. in 1961. He worked for mental health treatment
programs in New York and Pennsylvania. In 1976 he moved to Richmond,
Va., to work as an assistant mental health commissioner in the Substance
Abuse Division for the State of Virginia. He continued to work in the ﬁeld
of substance abuse throughout his career. He worked extensively with
treatment programs such as Rubicon, where he was the director for a
number of years, and more recently worked as a consultant. During his
later years, he worked as a surveyor for the Joint Commission. Mort had a
lifelong passion for helping others within the community. He helped the
homeless population as an active board member of the Daily Planet.
He was a member of the Church Hill Association and served for several years as chairman of the Zoning
Committee. He also served as a board member of the Richmond Ballet. Mort was an avid reader, had an
interest in the arts and travel, and had a special appreciation for ﬁne dining. He enjoyed time spent at
Virginia Beach with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, who passed away in 2002. He
is survived by his son, Jerry and daughter-in-law, Gayle (Seattle, Wash.); his sister, Isabel and her husband,
Mort (Westﬁeld, N.J.); their son, Steve (New York); their daughter, Laura and her husband, Mark; and their
children, Annabelle, Tucker and Talon (Franklin, Tenn.). Donations may be made to the following charity: The
Daily Planet in Richmond, Va. (www.dailyplanetva.org). Please join us for a celebration of Mort’s life to be
held Saturday, June 18, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the 2300 Club, 2218 East Grace St., Richmond, Va.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on June 16, 2011
- Please check our August newsletter for a follow-up story. -
8 JULY 2011
Taking Chimborazo E.S. to the Next Level: The IB offers three programmes for student development:
International Baccalaureate Approved the Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12,
the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for ages 11 to 16,
On June 6th 2011 the RPS School Board voted
and the Diploma Programme (DP) for ages 16 to 19. In
unanimously to support Chimborazo Elementary
the Richmond Public Schools, the ﬁrst three years of the
School’s International Baccalaureate initiative! Over
MYP is hosted by Lucille M. Brown Middle School for
the past several months, a task force has been laying
students in the 6th through 9th grades. Thomas Jefferson
the groundwork for Chimborazo to become the ﬁrst
High School hosts the last two years of the MYP as well
authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary
as the Diploma Programme for 11th and 12th grade
Years Programme (PYP) for Richmond Public Schools
students. RPS does not currently host a Primary Years
by the year 2015. The School Board’s approval allows
Programme (PYP). Chimborazo is on its way to being the
Chimborazo to begin a feasibility study which puts the
ﬁrst! It is important to note that the PYP must be run
school on track to become a fully authorized IB World
as a whole school initiative. This is not an effort to add
school and begin IB training and implementation next
a new program to Chimborazo Elementary School but
school year. Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille recently
rather a comprehensive step beneﬁting the entire school
allocated $15,000 from the 2012 budget to help pay for
and the Church Hill community.
the feasibility study, and private funds are starting to be
pledged for the additional $348,860 that must be raised.
A Community Wide Effort
What this means for Chimborazo Elementary The Model School Task Force at Chimborazo Elementary
School School is a group of teachers, current and future parents of
Chimborazo and community members who are working
IB will allow Chimborazo to build on its success and go
together to bring the International Baccalaureate’s
to the Next Level. The IB curriculum encourages the
Primary Years Programme to our local elementary school.
development of the whole child into a globally minded
All are invited to join the task force and attend the next
inquirer. Teachers are trained to create curriculum
meeting at the school on July 20th at 6:00pm. You can
which fosters question asking. Because children are
also track us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
asking questions, they remain more engaged and learn
modelschoolchimborazo.You can make a donation to this
to think deeply. Teaching is integrated across disciplines
effort by writing a check to “Richmond Public Schools
and children respond to what they have learned through
Education Foundation” and mail to 310 North Ninth St.,
writing, art and a variety of other means. Private funds
17th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 Attn: Adele Johnson. You
will help to cover additional staff training, an IB program
can also donate online at http://www.rps-foundation.org/
coordinator, annual authorization fees and required
and note “Chimborazo Elementary School IB Initiative”.
We need your help. Please consider joining the effort to
take Chimborazo Elementary School to the Next Level.
The IB Programme in Richmond and Abroad
The International Baccalaureate® was founded in 1968 Submitted by: Beth G. Hungate-Noland, Esq.
and works with thousands of schools in 141 countries. Williams Mullen
Church Hill Association 9
JUNE PICNIC ROUNDUP
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the June picnic an overwhelming success!
We had over 180 neighbors come out and enjoy the food, drinks and music.
◊ Special thanks to our sponsor, Historic Richmond Foundation who made it all possible,
◊ ChildSavers for hosting the picnic,
◊ Alamo BBQ and Whitehouse Catering for the delicious food,
◊ Smokehouse for the fantastic music, and
◊ Watt Hyer, the magician for entertaining all the children.
Aimee Perron Seibert
10 JULY 2011
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CITY LIVING IN CHURCH HILL
HOMES • Saturday, June 11, 2011 • Richmond Times-Dispatch
12 JULY 2011
CITY LIVING IN CHURCH HILL
HOMES • Saturday, June 11, 2011 • Richmond Times-Dispatch
Church Hill: ‘City living,
in a close-knit community’
Doug Childers/Homes Correspondent
Care to see more than 200 years of architecture in a Union Hill (587 properties) and Chimborazo Park (160
relatively small area? Visit Church Hill in Richmond’s East properties). That expansive diversity represents a boon
End. It’s a treasure trove of architectural styles, with the to homebuyers, Dotts said. “Like everything in Church
city’s oldest church at its center. Hill, the size of houses is diverse,” she added. “There
are cottages of about 1,000 square feet and antebellum
Built in 1741, St. John’s Episcopal Church was the site of
mansions of nearly 7,000 square feet.” The prices range
Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech,
widely, too. “You can ﬁ nd great investments for under
and it’s the source of the neighborhood’s present name.
$100,000,” Dotts said, along with “renovated three-
“St. John’s used to be called ‘the church on Richmond
bedrooms for $200,000 to $400,000, and wonderful
Hill,’” said Aimee Perron Seibert, president of the Church
condos in converted churches and factories for under
Hill Association. “Over time, the name for the area got
$200,000, as well as impressive landmark properties in
shortened to just Church Hill.”
the $600,000 to 1,000,000 range.”
A few of the houses built in the late 1700s on land below
Even with the wide price range, quality remains high.
the church still stand today, as do some that were built
Church Hill’s houses “were built with a quality of
near the church in the early 1800s. But the majority of
craftsmanship and materials unavailable today,” Dotts
the houses in historic Church Hill were built during the
said. “Even the most modest 19th century house here is a
mid- to late-1800s.
treasure, built at a time when things were meant to last.”
“The predominant architectural style prior to the Civil
Church Hill’s amenities include top-rated restaurants,
War was Greek Revival, and this is the most characteristic
three large parks, community gardens and a dog park.The
style we think of when we think of Church Hill,” said
area also hosts annual street festivals and is only a short
Jennie Dotts, a real estate agent with Virginia Properties
who specializes in old and historic properties. “But there distance from the James River and the Canal Walk.
are many Queen Anne and Italianate houses built after
the Civil War through the turn-of-the-20th century.” “And the accessibility to downtown is unsurpassed,”
Seibert said. “I can bring guests to everything within
Today’s Church Hill is considerably larger than it was 200 ﬁve to 10 minutes.” The area’s economic, professional
years ago. St. John’s Church Old and Historic District, the and cultural diversity also sets it apart from other
city’s oldest historic district and the area most commonly neighborhoods, Dotts said. “Museum directors, medical
associated with Church Hill, includes 643 properties in professionals, professors, artists, teachers and police
a relatively small area that runs east from 21st Street ofﬁcers live alongside older families who have lived in the
to 32nd Street and north from East Franklin Street to neighborhood for generations,” she added. “Church Hill’s
East Broad Street, Seibert said. The greater Church Hill proximity to VCU/MCV and city and state government
area is expansive, though. “Loosely, the Hill encompasses and the ﬁ nancial district make it a magnet for a huge
the area east of Shockoe Valley to Government Road range of buyers.” And they live side by side in a quiet
and north of the James River to I-64,” Dotts said. “It’s neighborhood, Seibert said. “It’s city living, but in a close-
a conglomeration of more than a dozen neighborhoods, knit community.”
each with its own distinctive character.”
In addition to St. John’s Church Old and Historic District,
the greater Church Hill area includes the Old and
Historic Districts of Church Hill North (648 properties),
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CITY LIVING IN CHURCH HILL
HOMES • Saturday, June 11, 2011 • Richmond Times-Dispatch
14 JULY 2011
RICHMOND WALKING TOURS
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The Church Hill Newsletter is distributed by volunteers Richmond,VA 23223
throughout the Church Hill neighborhood (North and South
of Broad Street) and to several apartment bldgs in the Shockoe
Bottom area. We also distribute to several local restaurants and
area merchants.A total of 1600 issues are distributed each month.
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18 JULY 2011
SUMMER GARDENING TIPS
July Gardening Tips
Planting – Starting now through early August, seeds of hardy fall-ﬂowering annuals can be started – pansies, sweet alyssum, sweet
William, money plant, cosmos, zinnias and marigolds. Remove crowded plants and poor performers from containers and
replant with fresh seedlings.You can sow seeds now for the next round of cool weather [vegetable] crops – cabbage, kale, Brussels
sprouts, broccoli and chard.You can plant container-grown trees this month and balled-and-burlapped shrubs, too. Replenish mulch
to keep roots cool and to maintain moisture.
Pruning/Harvesting – Continue to deadhead. After deadheading plants from bulbs that have ﬁnished blooming, let the foliage ripen
naturally. Snip off leggy petunia stems with only a few buds at the tips. Pinch off spiky coleus ﬂowers. Shear small-ﬂowered plants
to encourage a new round of ﬂowers. Pull out unwanted self-sowers and trim back stems and shoots of perennials invading their
neighbors. Pinch herbs to keep them shapely. For best ﬂavor, harvest green beans, zucchini and summer squash as they reach 5 to 6
inches long. Remove water sprouts and suckers from around the base, the trunks and the branches of ﬂowering fruit trees. Flowering
cherries usually need repeated attention.
Watering – Check the moisture levels in large containers, small pots, and hanging baskets every day or two; water as needed. They
may need a good soaking almost every day. If there is not a good soaking rain every week to 10 days, water planted beds, vegetable
gardens and new trees gently and slowly and long enough to lay down 1 to 2 inches. Even established trees may need watering in times
of severe drought – more than two or three weeks without rain. The water from a hose hit by July sun is as hot as hot tap
water. Run the hose until the water is tepid before you turn it on the garden. Water your compost pile when you water the garden,
and turn it weekly.
Weeds, Diseases, and Pests – Weed! Weed your garden and any adjoining sidewalks to your property. Don’t pull big weeds from
bone-dry soil. Water ﬁrst, then tug gently but ﬁrmly to get all of the roots. Control rust by avoiding overhead watering and disposing
of infected foliage and twigs. If you see powdery mildew, pick and discard infected foliage. Thin the bed or the interior of the plant
to provide more air. Remove severely infected plants. Don’t compost infected plants or their foliage. Check for aphids, spider mites,
and whiteﬂies. Pinch off and discard leaves or blossoms that show infestations or signs of disease. Rather than insecticides, consider
horticultural oil sprays or botanical pesticides and insecticidal soaps as effective and environmentally friendly ways to manage pests.
Hand-pick Japanese beetles into a jar of soapy water. They are sluggish in the cool of early morning. Plan to treat the garden with milky
disease spores in late summer. It begins to be effective in eliminating Japanese beetle grubs next year.
Excerpted by Trish Bernal from “Month by Month Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic”; by Andre and Mark Viette; Cool Springs Press; 2004
CHURCH HILL PLANTERS – UPDATE ON LARRY PARKER MEMORIAL FUND
As the anniversary of Larry Parker’s untimely death approaches, the Church Hill Planters are providing the following
update on the use of the Larry Parker Memorial Fund. The Church Hill Planters are working with the City of Richmond
Department of Parks and Recreation to provide landscaping around the new sign being developed for the Grace Street
Overlook. The planters will develop and implement a hardscaping and landscaping plan for this area with funds from the
Larry Parker Memorial Fund. The Planters and ChildSavers will provide ongoing maintenance of this area.
Once the City has completed the restoration of Taylor Hill Park (behind Richmond Hill) the Planters hope to fulﬁll Larry’s
vision of a line of London Plane trees that would extend the line of trees from Franklin Street, behind Bellevue School,
across the upper path in the Park. The Planters have already contacted the City of Richmond Arborist about replacing the
two London Plane trees along Franklin Street that have died over the past few years.
The Church Hill Planters hope to have other updates later this year. They are working with the Church Hill Association to
improve other green space areas of concern to the citizens of Church Hill.
Trish Bernal, Church Hill Planter
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
LETTER TO DOMINION POWER AFTER POWER OUTAGE
June 10, 2011
Mr. Tom Farrell, CEO
120 Tredegar Street
Dear Mr. Farrell,
My husband and I live in Church Hill at 3015 East Broad Street and have been Dominion customers for over 10 years.
Last night we had a power outage that affected the East End and were very disappointed with Dominion’s response. When
we ﬁrst called Dominion to report the outage shortly after 9 p.m., we got a recorded message stating that there were
widespread power outages in our area that would be ﬁxed sometime between 1 and 3 a.m. Although the power actually
came on again after 1 a.m., this delay of 4 hours is unacceptable for several reasons.
Although my husband and I are reasonably healthy, there are many elderly people in our neighborhood, and going several
hours without air conditioning on a day with record-breaking heat is a health risk for them. Because I was exhausted from
lack of sleep, I went in late to work, causing lost time and productivity. I have a managerial position that allows me some
ﬂexibility with my work schedule, but I am sure there are others who are not as fortunate.
However, the issue that most concerns us and other residents is the slow response that we feel is directly attributable to
our location in the East End and a demographic that has less political and economic power than other Richmond areas.
When my husband asked a Dominion customer service representative on the night of the outage what was causing the
delay, he was told that there were about 800 outages in Richmond.When he asked what other areas were affected and what
were the causes, the representative could not tell us. I am very curious about the other neighborhoods that experienced
outages that night and how long it took Dominion to restore power to them. I know I speak for many Church Hill residents
in thinking that if this happened in Windsor Farms, it would not have taken 4 hours to ﬁx.
Since it is only the beginning of June, we are very worried about Dominion’s ability to prevent and respond to future
outages.We understand that extreme heat causes a strain on the electrical grid with so many customers using power at the
same time, but we feel that it is Dominion’s job to be prepared for such instances and to respond in a more timely manner,
despite our location. As a Dominion customer, I hope this delay does not happen again. If you would like to contact me, I
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-304-8621.
Note: As of the date of this publication, a response from Dominion has not been received.
20 JULY 2011
SEVERE WEATHER PREPARATION
Protect your property now
Tropical storms and ﬂoods often threaten Virginia
What should property owners, business owners and renters be doing before tropical weather systems affect Virginia?
Most importantly, consider getting ﬂood insurance. Most homeowners insurance does not cover ﬂood
damage. Inland ﬂooding is often a problem in Virginia, so a direct hit from a hurricane isn’t necessary for there to
be extensive damage. Get free info at www.ﬂoodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531. Talk to your insurance agent
now. Coverage usually takes 30 days before it goes into effect.Listen to local radio and TV stations for updated
Permanent storm shutters are the best protection for windows. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
Another option is to cover windows with 5/8” plywood.Make sure you have a safe place to go in case severe
weather approaches, such as the lower level of a sturdy building, a basement or a crawl space.
Be sure trees and shrubs around your property are well trimmed.
Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
Get a portable battery-powered/hand crank radio with NOAA weather band so you can hear information even
when the power is out. Have plenty of batteries on hand.
Store drinking water. Have at least a three-day supply: one gallon per person per day.
Families should have an emergency plan. Get a ﬁll-in form at www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
Equally important, businesses should be prepared with emergency plans to improve the likelihood that your
company may recover from a disaster.Visit www.ready.gov/business for more.
What should residents do if a tropical storm warning is issued?
Most importantly, listen to a battery-powered radio or television for instructions from local ofﬁcials.
Those in mobile homes should check tie downs and go to a sturdier building for shelter.
Keep a supply of ﬂashlights and extra batteries. Don’t use open ﬂames such as kerosene lamps and candles for
Be sure you have at least a three-day supply of food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electricity for preparation.
Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
If power goes off, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is back on.
For more on getting ready for a tornado, severe storm, ﬂooding or a hurricane, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov or
Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, May 2011
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Find a signature mantel
for your historic home.
Design - Installation
Mantels - Overmantels
Custom crafted - Solid Wood
22 JULY 2011
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400th Anniversary Commemorative items
are for sale in the Gift Shop.
We have T-Shirts, coffee cups, prints, lapel pins
and note cards available.
facebook.com/sjc 400 scj 400 .org
24 JULY 2011
St. John’s Church
Explore Your Faith
10:00 a.m. Worship: Holy Communion
Children are welcome. Nursery provided
Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech
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26 JULY 2011
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BECOMING A CHA MEMBER
WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF
THE CHURCH HILL ASSOCIATION
By joining the CHA and attending the monthly meetings you will be part of a much larger group that can
make a difference.
You can participate in planning for the future as well as the preservation of our rich history.
You will get to know your neighbors and develop long lasting friendships.
There is strength in numbers. Share your valuable opinion and vote on issues that affect our community.
Socialize at neighborhood events.
You can volunteer to be on the board or a committee.
You can share ideas for the improvement of Church Hill and be a part of their implementation.
You can volunteer at our neighborhood schools to help build a stronger school system.
AND, it’s the neighborly thing to do!
Once a member you will receive a $25 membership card which entitles you to discounts at participating local
businesses and a useful, attractive tote bag with the Church Hill logo.
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LOCAL REFERRALS (NEW THIS MONTH)
The listing of recommended local artisans is contributed by citizens and members of Church Hill and surrounding neighborhoods. It is very important
that you feel very comfortable inputting your recommendation to the community, and that you identify yourself and are willing to answer speciﬁc
requests for more details from your fellow constituents. If two reports are received within 12 months that indicate sub-standard work or business
behavior by your recommended party, then we reserve the right to remove your nomination. The recommendations listed are not endorsed by the
Church Hill Association, and the CHA is in no way responsible for the quality of work performed.
Category Company/Contact Individual to call Work Done Recommended by:
House Cleaning Gina's Cleaning Service Regina, 971-6071 Complete "green" house cleaning Eugenia Anderson Ellis, 643-3915
Carpenter Postons General Contracting Rodney Poston, 380-5261 Porch replacement, gutter cornices Charlotte Kerr, 648-7035
Contractor/Carpentry NAAB Contracting, LLC Bill Naab, 387-0812 New House Const. - 601 N.22nd Chuck & Mary Field, 269-0478
LIST AN ARTISAN
If you wish to recommend speciﬁc local trades please contact John Whitworth • 644-6559 email@example.com
or mail your recommendations to: The CHA, PO Box 8031, Richmond,VA 23223.
They must be received by the 18th of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter.
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BECOME A MEMBER You may also join and pay online
New members: Renmark Design
Total members: 202
New member Renewing member
Please tear off, ﬁll out and mail to:
P.O. Box 8031 Richmond,VA 23223
$25 per person or business TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED or bring to the next membership meeting
Cash Check (Make check payable to CHA)
I am registering as my business I am personally joining I would be interested in volunteering for CHA
MEMBER NAME #1
MEMBER NAME #2
City: State: Zip:
Would you like to be included in the next Church Hill directory? Yes No
Help us save trees. Let us know if you would prefer us to communicate via e-mail Yes No
Providing your e-mail address gives CHA permission to contact you about news or events.
We do not sell or distribute your contact information to third parties outside of our organization.
FOR CHA USE ONLY: Card Bag Date:
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