Supply Drive for Thomas Jefferson High School was a Huge Success!

Thank you to Museum District residents and Holy Comforter Episcopal congregation for the tremendous donation of supplies. This photo just begins to show the amount and variety of supplies delivered to TJHS on Tuesday of last week. Temple Beth El is continuing gather items so there will be even more to deliver this week. Teachers will be greeted by this fabulous show of support when they return to school on Wednesday. Thanks also to our Belmont librarians who helped shuffle and sort through items brought in through their location. We really came through on this one!

School supplies requested now for Thomas Jefferson High School!

The MDA is beginning a direct partnership with our neighborhood schools. In this effort, Thomas Jefferson High School has identified several immediate areas of need. We will update you if additional schools reach out to us with specific needs. Remember: August 5-7 is Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Weekend. Click here for the list of tax exempt items.

Teacher supplies needed by August 15th
Donation box located at Belmont Library: 3100 Ellwood Avenue click here for library hours.

  • Pocket notebooks
  • Memo pads
  • Sticky notes
  • Highlighters
  • Staples
  • File Folders
  • Paper clips, assorted
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Gradebooks
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Thumbtacks 

Welcome Back teacher breakfast on August 24, 7:30 AM
If you are able to contribute the below breakfast items, please email

  • Muffins
  • Orange juice
  • Fruit trays
  • Coffee

Painting the main office
Several volunteers are needed to paint the main office before August 16. The area is not large but the ceilings are high. If you are able to help, please email

Office furniture needed for the guidance department
We are working on specific dimensions.
If you have a resource for free office furniture, please email

Thank you for your support as we rally around our neighborhood schools!

Town Hall Meeting March 9, 2016-Minutes

Town Hall Meeting
March 9, 2016
Temple Beth El

6:15-6:30PM Refreshments                                                                                      6:30PM-8:00PM Presentations

  • Traffic Engineering-Travis Bridewell-Update on the Floyd Bike Walk

-Project is about 85% complete.
-Belmont traffic light due to be removed March 10th.
-Tree at Belmont circle will be trimmed as it is too large.
-Pedestrian crosswalks will receive painted lines no late than May, 2016.  
-Raised crosswalks are being considered at some intersections.
-Traffic engineers will be meeting with GRTC, Richmond Schools, Fire, and Police in regards to making the turns safely and legally
-4-way Stop at Dooley will be reduced to yield signs.
-Yield signs on North-South streets will be installed.
-Signs to be installed indicating that emergency vehicles and buses may make legal turns in front of circles.
-The process is fluid and engineers are interested in engaging residents and making decisions that are in the best interest of everyone.
-There are state codes to which the city must adhere in regards to signage and paint colors.

  • Richmond City Planning & Development-Will Palmquist-Reviewed proposed zoning changes for space use along Broad Street/BRT Pulse corridor.

Extensive plan described highlighting all mixed use areas along broad street.

Click here to view diagrams and Click here to respond to survey/input.

  • GRTC-Ashley Mason

Assisted Will Palmquist by responding to questions regarding BRT routes, schedules and parking. Time did not permit for lengthy discussions regarding the Pulse.                 

  • Public Officials Discussion and Q&A

Jon Baliles-City Council
Budget period will be tough one with $9 million shortfall.
His bid for mayor is only a rumor.

Dawson Boyer-School Board
Introduced by Jon Baliles, newest board member that replaced Glen Sturtevant.
Shared his vision for making schools a priority.

Fire Chief Robert Creecy-Fire Department
-Department has exhausted all leads in Museum District arson cases that took place in January, please report anything that you hear in regards to the fires.
-The City of Richmond provides and installs smoke detectors to citizens at no charge. Call Fire Prevention at (804)646-2500 to schedule an installation.
-Firefighters will come to your home and perform a safety survey at no cost. Call (804)646-2500 for more information.

Police Department-Lt Nat Bynum & Bike Officer Glendon Cox

-SECURE YOUR PROPERTY! The crimes in Museum District are largely crimes of opportunity.
-Police will be looking at measures to educate residents and improve use of roads shared by pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

  • Announcements

Alley Clean up-April 2 @ 7:45AM-Albert Hill Middle School
Spring Fling-April 28th @ 6-8PM-3319 Monument Avenue
Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour-May 8th @ 1-6PM
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