INSIDE Winter 2008
FoREST 43rd Street
HILL Festival Photos
THE FOREST HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Hopes for House
Tour Still High; 5K Event Slated for Valentine’s Day
By Zac and Katie Sheldon 3rd Precinct, Sector 312, who (Woodland Heights, Westover
Homes Sought Event Coordinators serve to protect our neighbor- Hills, Stratford Hills, Jahnke,
for 2009 Lineup The inaugural I “Heart Tree
5K” will take place on Valen-
hood and surrounding areas Midlothian, and more).
The cost to participate in
Many people enjoyed the tine’s Day (Saturday, February the 5K is $15, which includes
two house tours sponsored by 14, 2009) at 9:00 am. This a long-sleeve t-shirt.
the Forest Hill Neighborhood event will be a community To make this event a suc-
Association in the past. On the walk/run race through the cess, we hope you will partici-
first one, residents of 14 hous- Forest Hill Neighborhood. pate by racing or volunteering.
es opened their homes on a Proceeds will benefit our If you would like to help or-
beautiful day in the spring. neighborhood association and ganize this event or volunteer
Attendance was high and the a portion of the proceeds will on race day (organizers and
association profited, and was be donated to an employee volunteers will receive a free
able to contribute to projects appreciation fund for the race t-shirt), please email
to improve the community. Richmond Police Department, email@example.com.
The second one was a lot of
fun, included seven houses,
and was not quite as prof- Patrick Henry Initiative Ratified:
itable. However, attendees
agreed it was a great event.
Plans for another house
Charter School is Now Reality
tour have hit a few road- The Patrick Henry charter interest from Richmond par- the weekly meetings (every
blocks. First of all, the commit- school is now official. The ents has been extraordinary. Tuesday at 8:00PM at the
tee chairs were transferred to Richmond Public Schools PHSSA held a Volunteer Berryman Center, 400 W.
South Africa by their company. Board (RPS) and the Patrick Rally at the school on Novem- 32nd Street).
Even though there are strong Henry School of Science and ber 8th. It was a huge success The committees range from
committee members, no one Arts, LLC (PHSSA) signed a thanks to more than 120 peo- facilities, to curriculum, to
has stepped forward to take contract in October 2008 ple who were in attendance. grant writing. During the next
over the chairmanship. paving the way for the first Attendees participated in a two months, PHSSA is in par-
Secondly, of the 700 charter school in the city (and question and answer period, ticular need of donations as
households in Forest Hill, only only the fifth in the Com- had drinks and sandwiches the school must fund the prin-
six volunteered their homes monwealth)! So now the real graciously donated by Cross- cipal’s salary and fringe during
for a tour. Dave Broocke, who work begins with the goal of roads Coffee and Ice Cream, the first six months of opera-
serves on the committee, said, getting the school ready for WaWa, and Sheetz, then sat tion. That and many start-up
“We really need a strong students by July 2009. down to fill more than 20 costs to get the school ready
showing of houses to make Because such a long period committees working to open define the urgent need for
the tour successful and ensure elapsed during the contract the school. donations.
that subsequent tours are development phase, RPS in- If you want to help the The PHSSA Board of Di-
attended”. cluded in the contract an op- effort, visit the school website rectors suggests to all that it
Dave and Amy Broocke portunity to delay the opening patrickhenrycharter.org and will be great to tell your grand
opened their home for the last for one year if insufficient click the Get Involved tab. The children that YOU helped start
house tour. Amy said, “It was progress is made in prepara- school needs volunteers, Richmond’s first charter
very festive and fun. It made tion or fund raising. But donations (corporate and indi- school! Please consider donat-
us take care of projects we PHSSA has high hopes and vidual), and participation at ing and volunteering.
had put off for a long time.”
To help get the house tour
going again, please contact Forest Hill Neighborhood Association Holiday Meeting/Social
Grace LeRose at 804-332- Wednesday, December 10, 7:00-900 pm at the Stone House
Grace Notes enjoyed by all. Look for some exciting new bands to entertain
us next year! Thanks to our Corporate sponsors who helped us
Association Recap: Notable purchase additional stages for the musicians: Chick-fil-A,
Dominion Heating and Air Conditioning, O’Tooles, Cielito Lindo
Achievements Highlight 2008 and to our friends at Riverside Outfitters for bringing us the
climbing gear. Thanks also to Crestwood Presbyterian church for
by Grace LeRose, FHNA President the fun children’s activities.
I can’t help it – this time of year is always bittersweet for me. I hope you all will join us as we celebrate our year and enjoy
The garden heaves its last breath before going dormant, but I a cup of cheer and a cookie at the Stone House in Forest Hill
love when the berries on the holly turn red. The hummingbirds Park on December 10th at 7:00 pm for our Holiday Meeting.
go south, but the hawk and owl in Forest Hill Park are still Come out to say hello to your neighbors or meet a new friend.
around. I get to pull out my favorite beat-up sweatshirt, but I We have much to celebrate!
can’t swim in the river anymore. It has taken me more years
than I care to say to learn that the sweet in life would not be as
sweet without some bitter. So I believe that next year I will see
my favorite flowers again, marvel at the hummingbirds and dip
my toes in the James.
I have a lot to be grateful for this season. Is it just me or has
the foliage been particularly spectacular this year? The oranges Leading
of the maples seem to be brighter and the yellows of the gink-
gos are stunning. Maybe it was because the weather played Real Estate
along and it was warm for so much of the fall and we could be
outside to enjoy the show. Maybe it was that for the first time Company
in my life I planted grass seed and it actually came up!
The Association has had another successful year – we have
almost doubled membership. This is due to the hard work of Phone DAN HUNT CRS, GRI
232-6356x701 Principal Broker
Forest Hill Terrace resident for more than 10 years!
Association members at the South of the James Market. From left, Grace
G A L L E R Y
LeRose, Bernard Casey, Susan Winiecki and Roger Clark. 1412 W. 43RD ST. • RICHMOND, VA 23225 • 233-1758
many people who worked the Association table at the Farmer’s
Market and the 43rd St. Festival and Music in the Park and who Shop your local gallery
planned the events we all enjoyed throughout the summer and for all your holiday needs.
fall. We almost tripled the number of participants at the June
yard sale and participated and helped sponsor the Good Fun, Functional & Affordable Gifts
Shepherd Fall Festival.
We had a fantastic Mayoral Candidates Forum in October in
conjunction with our neighborhood associations to the East and
West. For those of you unable to attend it was standing room
only! The candidates answered thoughtful questions posed by
the audience and I was awed by the attendance. The night
spoke volumes about the people who live in the 4th district and
their concern for their city and their neighbors. I was proud to
be a part of it. We hope it puts the concerns of our neighbor-
hoods on the map for the folks in City Hall!
We have some great events planned for next year – including
an “I Heart Forest Hill 5 K” on February 14th. The route goes HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
through our neighborhood (river views are promised) and begins Extended Hours in December
and ends in Forest Hill Park. Check out this newsletter for an Mon-Fri, 10-6 • Sat, 10-5 • Sun, 12-4
article on how to participate or just come out and cheer on the
“ADOPT A POT” Annual Seconds Sale
We also plan to keep the Music in the Park series to six con- begins Friday, November 28th
certs. The May and October concerts were well attended and
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Good Shepherd Fall Festival
Flyer Local Support Appreciated People enjoyed food from
Published by the
local restaurants, thanks to
Neighborhood Association Cielito Lindo, Seven Hills
Market and Maldinis. Live
2009 Publication Dates music at lunch was fun for
April 1 residents of all ages.
Ad/Articles Deadline: 03/13/09 The children truly appreciat-
July 1 ed the incredible Balloon Artist
Ad/Articles Deadline: 06/12/09 and Large Slide sponsored by
September 1 the Forest Hill Neighborhood
Ad/Articles Deadline: 08/14/09 Association. Both were ex-
December 1 tremely popular and enjoyed
Ad/Articles Deadline: 11/13/09 by the crowd.
The event was a great suc-
Pumpkin Bowling was a popular challenge at the 2008 Fall Festival.
We are seeking story ideas cess for Good Shepherd
and article submissions The students, parents, and the community surround- School and we truly appreciate
for upcoming issues. Please teachers and administrators of ing it. your presence there and sup-
send suggestions to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Children really enjoyed car- port for this community event.
flyereditor@ School cannot thank the nival games such as “find the All at Good Shepherd School
foresthillneighbhorhood.com Forest Hill Neighborhood turkey in the straw,” “pump- benefit from the wonderful
Association enough for their kin bowling” and more tradi- surrounding community and
For Ad Sales please contact collaboration and support. It tional games like cup cake park and appreciate all it has
Phil Licking was a cold day, but fun event! walk, basketball shoot, bal- to offer. We hope Forest Hill
firstname.lastname@example.org The event was a terrific mix loon pop, ring toss and knock residents enjoyed their time at
of Good Shepherd families the cans. the festival as well!
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FHASE, otherwise known as
the “Forest Hill Adult String
Ensemble”, just celebrated its
one year anniversary. Not only
does the ensemble meet in
the neighborhood, but also
consists of some of your
neighbors and friends!
FHASE was started in the
fall of 2007 after Diana Cole
and Suzanne Maerz (both of
the Jan Hampton violin shop)
took the opportunity to “sit-
in” and play with the Short
Pump Sinfonette – a com-
school ensemble directed by
William Raposo and Chris
Photo Brent Tennefoss
Novelli. It was after this re-
hearsal that Diana and Suz-
anne thought there should be
an opportunity for beginning
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Who's your human? Keith and Michele MacPhee are my main
squeezes, but I love my human sister Annie and brother Daniel
very much too.
Where and when did you get adopted? I came from Laurel
Ridge Goldendoodles in Blacksburg, VA.
What's your heritage? I am half Golden Retriever and half
Standard Poodle. My parents were both little (40 lbs each) but I
grew a little more than my human friends thought I would.
What's your favorite toy? I have a stuffed armadillo named
"Baby" with shredded ears and tail that I love to squeak, chase
Michele and poke her in the behind with it. Outside, I love for
Keith to throw the football with me.
What's your best trick? If you hide a treat in your hand and
let me try to pick which one it is in, I will guess right 50% of
the time! If I get 2 guesses, I'll be right 100% of the time.
What are your best traits? I am super friendly and I love to
play chase with my doggy friends in the neighborhood, Dolly,
Ranger, Rasta, Mr. Snoots, Prudie, Lucy, Sonny, Sage, and Darcy
to name a few. I love children and I don't jump on them (adults,
sometimes I do).
What else do you have to say about yourself? I love to go
on walks in the neighborhood and in Forest Hill Park. I love
going to the Market also because there's nothing better than
being around friends, human and canine.
To nominate a candidate for the Celebrity Pooch profile please
Photo Brent Tennefoss contact Martha Cooper by email: email@example.com
The Flyer Profile:
Celebrity Pooch Sacred Heart
What's your name and age? My name is Django (the 'D' is
silent) Reinhardt MacPhee. I'm named after the famous jazz gui-
tarist, not Jango Fett the Star Wars villain. I will be 2 years old in
A Catholic Environment
South of the James
Westover Hills 1401 Perry Street
Library News Richmond, VA 23225
By Laura Dysart Phone (804) 232-8964
Located in the Bainbridge area between Cowardin Ave and
Please welcome the new Westover Hills Library children’s Commerce Rd on Perry Street 2 blocks east of Semmes Ave
librarian, Carol Tucker! Come back to story time at the Westover
Toddler Story Time (18 months to 36 months): Tuesdays at Masses in English
11:00 a.m. Satuday 5:30 PM and Sunday 9:00 AM
Book Babies (up to 17 months): Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Masses in English/Misas en Español
Westover Hills Library Annual Children’s Winter Fest will take Sunday 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
place on Saturday, January 17th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Domingo 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM y 5:00 PM
Come out of the cold for crafts and entertainment!
Please stop by the library for a monthly “Check It Out
Brochure” to get the latest information on programming for Visitors and those looking for a warm,
that month including Wednesday Movie Nights at the Library.
The Westover Hills Library Advisory Group has purchased a new friendly congregation are welcomed!
movie projector and screen for better quality movie viewing.
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Meet Your Neighbor 20 years. One of the most
unusual things he does is play
Barnett is with The Richmond Indigen-
ous Gourd Orchestra. He not
Drawn to only plays, but he and the
other musicians make all the
instruments out of gourds.
Community Pippin says it is the only band
they know of in the world
Aspect of that plays music with "gourd
Forest Hill Pippin has no favorite type
of music. “If the musicians
By Martha Cooper have their hearts in it and love
FLYER Editor what they do, the music is
The Happy Lucky Combo, usually worth listening to,” he
which plays in different venues Pippin Barnett at his regular Wednesday night gig at O’Tooles. commented.
around town, has Forest Hill Music is becoming a family
resident Pippin Barnett as its Nickel Bridge. Barry Bless. It was through tradition with son Miles study-
percussionist. “Pippin” is a In addition to his various Barry that he became involved ing piano and violin.
nickname he acquired in high musical engagements, Pippin in music in Richmond. You can see Pippin perform
school because his classmates works as an independent con- The two of them opened at O’Tooles at 4800 Forest Hill
thought he was like the Tol- tractor renovating homes and up the Main Street Grill for Ave. with the Happy Lucky
kien character. commercial properties, cabinet evening performances and Combo on Wednesday nights
Pippin, his wife Kerry Mills, making, and other types of comedy nights and have been from 8:00-10:30 pm.
and son, Miles, have lived on woodworking. musically involved ever since. If you want to suggest
West 46th Street for five Pippin grew up in Nutley, Pippin also plays with the someone for this column
years. Pippin says he likes the N.J., and in Tokyo, Japan, Ululating Mummies, a band please contact: martha_coop-
sense of community in Forest where he took up drums at that has been around for over firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hill – seeing people on their the age of 12. Since then has
porches, walking their dogs, traveled all over the U.S. and
and just meeting your neigh-
bors on a regular basis.
parts of Europe, playing in
numerous bands. In the 80s
He also likes crossing the
river everyday. He said it is a
good indicator of the climate,
and 90s he played with the
Orthotonics, Curlew, Nimal (a
Swiss group) and many others.
and makes for a scenic ride, When he moved to Rich-
especially since he goes across mond from Detroit in 1973,
the parks at each side of the the first person he met was
FOREST HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BOARD
president, email@example.com, 230-9205
vice president, firstname.lastname@example.org or 232-2847
Vicky Hamrick Chinese Laundry®
board, social committee, 200-1922 Mad by Design®
Dave Broocke and more!
board, social & house tour committees
board, social committee, email@example.com Come by and welcome us to forest hill!
Rob Jones The Richmond Bag Company
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Forest Hill Avenue & Hathaway Road
Phil Licking Stratford Hills Shopping Center
board, webmaster, email@example.com
Kathyrn Skudlarek (804) 272-0277
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Local Chick-fil-A On Mission to Foster
Relationships within the Community
By Sandy Thurston tions.” Tricia and her husband
Chick-fil-A Marketing Dir. moved to Richmond and
One of Forest Hill’s favorite opened the Stratford Hills
restaurants, Chick-fil-A, has a store.
long history of community Tricia loves having the abili-
involvement. These connec- ty to partner with the schools,
tions include sponsoring sport- churches and not-for-profits in
ing events, scholarships and the community by offering
neighborhood events. The food donations, coupons,
Chick-fil-A was a sponsor of fund-raisers and family orient-
this years popular concert ed events at her store.
series Music in the Park. Tricia employs many stu-
A Few Faces at the 43rd Street Festival Tricia Fox, owner and oper- dents at her store. “It gives
The festival celebrated its 17th anniversary and drew the usual enthusiastic
crowds on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Photos: Brent Tennefoss ator of Stratford Hills Chick-fil- me an opportunity to be a
A, had no plans to make a life mentor to the youth working
altering career change six for us.” Chick-fil-A offers
years ago. “I became interest- scholarship programs; the abil-
ed in Chick-fil-A because my ity to have Wednesday
Uncle Jeff owns one in At- evenings off to attend church
lanta” Fox said. After working and are closed on Sundays.
at her uncle’s store she was “Partnering with Chick-fil-A
assigned a store in Ohio. has been extremely reward-
“My husband Carl and I ing.” Fox said
both have family in North Stop in at Chick-fil-A and
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Kathy Graziano, 4th District City Council
Keeping Promises for the
Park is Focus of Activity
There are three big events involving our parks that will take
Fourth District place this fall.
www.kathygraziano.com The restoration contract for Forest Hill Lake should be signed
in early December. Five firms were selected as qualified to bid,
and invitations issued. Two are local, but one is based in New
England and reportedly has experience in pond/lake restoration.
The bids should be awarded early in the month with work to
begin as early as possible.
The restoration will probably be done by suction dredging,
rather than with mechanical equipment.
The floors at the historic Stone House are also scheduled for
some restorative work. The work will be paid for by the last of
the Council District grant provided by Council Member Kathy
Graziano almost four years ago, and has been reviewed by a
representative of Friends of Forest Hill Park. The current floor is
almost 75 years old.
The long-awaited conservation easement to protect James
River Park from development is almost complete. The document
District Office should be presented to City Council and the planning commis-
sion shortly after the first of the year. The easement, the first of
6948 Forest Hill Avenue
its kind in the nation, will keep park property from ever being
Richmond, VA 23225 sold, and will prohibit commercial, industrial or residential devel-
320-2454 (office) opment in the 440-acre James River Park system. The easement
is the result of work done and a resolution introduced by
email@example.com Council Member Graziano. The three-year long drafting process
has involved city staffers from Mrs. Graziano’s office, the
Paid for and Authorized by Kathy Graziano for City Council Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and
the Department of Public Utilities.
The Stone House at Forest Hill Park
Please join us Wednesday, December 10th
Hosted by the Forest Hill Neighborhood Association
Forest Hill Flyer Winter 2008 Page 11
vide an opportunity for adult firstname.lastname@example.org for more Artists contribute 20% of
Community beginning string players to information! their gross sales to the
Calendar experience a group environ- Please attend our upcom- Woodland Heights Community
ment in a low-pressure/fun ing holiday concert on De- Association. There will also be
Phideaux Field Party atmosphere! cember 11 at 7:30pm in the an on-going art raffle for
Dogs and their owners are Membership in FHASE is fellowship hall of the Forest artist-donated items. Each
invited to a holiday party at open to any adult string player Hill Presbyterian Church (locat- total purchase from a vendor
Phideaux Field, Saturday, who has been playing a mini- ed at 44th and Forest Hill earns you a free raffle ticket.
December 13th at 11 am. We mum of 6 months and can Ave.) The concert is FREE!
will be serving refreshments. read music in the first position
Location: the dog park of of their instruments across all
Forest Hill Presbyterian four strings. Woodland Heights
Church, 4401 Forest Hill Ave. We require a $20/month
Information: 233-4371. participation fee. This helps us
Art Show to run
cover the cost of rehearsal Dec. 12 and 13
Westover Hills Library space and acquiring sheet
Westover Hills Library music to play. Woodland Heights Artists
Annual Children’s Winter Fest The group rehearses once a in Residence Holiday Show will
will take place on Saturday, week on Thursday evenings at be held Friday, Dec. 12, and
January 17th from 10:00 a.m. the Forest Hill Presbyterian Saturday, Dec. 13, at the
to noon. Come out of the Church. You are welcome to Historic Stone House in Forest
cold for crafts and entertain- observe a rehearsal to see if Hill Park. The show will fea-
ment! the group would be right for ture such works as photogra-
Weekly story schedule: you. Please contact us at phy, jewelry, stained glass, Music in the Park
Toddler Story Time (18 fiber art, mobiles, cards, knit- The next-to-last concert in the sum-
months to 36 months): ted scarves and handbags, mer series featured rock-a-billy band
Hamburger James (above) on
Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. decorative pieces and many,
Book Babies (up to 17
Join the Forest Hill many other seasonal delights.
September 14. The music inspired
some spontaneous dancing (below).
months): Thursdays at 10:00 Neighborhood Watch On Friday night Dec. 12, Photos: Brent Tennefoss
a.m. Volunteer to be a Safety from 6 to 9 pm, there will be
Preschool Story Time Coordinator for your block. a special celebration including
(ages 3-5): Thursdays at 11:00 live music and refreshments
a.m. Increase your sense for residents and surrounding
of security. communities. On Saturday,
It’s your neighborhood. Dec. 13, the show is open to
ENSEMBLE the general public from 10:00
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You deserve it.
am to 3:00 pm. From 1:00-
adult string students to partici-
For more information 3:00 pm, there will be chil-
pate in a similar ensemble;
contact Shannon D. Taylor dren’s crafts, face painting
one which was designed
at email@example.com with Fluffy the clown and, of
specifically for adults. Our
or 231-1789. course, the man himself,
main goal for FHASE is to pro- Santa Claus.
Get a Groovy Forest Hill Neighborhood Association
Decal when Membership Form
you join. Name(s)
Check here to receive FHNA bulletins by e-mail.
Check here if you want to volunteer for Neighborhood Watch.
Household Membership $15*
Pay by Cash or Check (payable to Forest Hill Neighborhood Association)
Corporate Membership $30*
ADD A LITTLE PIZAZZ *Sign-Up Special: Join now for 2008
Roger Clark, FHNA Treasurer, 4216 Stonewall Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225
TO YOUR CAR BUMPER. and your membership will be extend-
ed until December 2009. More information at: www.foresthillneighborhood.com
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