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March Fire and Life Safety Bulletin

Read the latest Fire and Life Safety Bulletin from the Richmond Fire Department.

Clothes Dryer Fires – Throughout the Richmond area dryer fires continue to be a problem in residential structural fires. These fires can cause an extreme amount of damage to the building. Such fires are most often related to a lack of maintenance on the part of the owner. Dryers collect a tremendous amount of lint both in the lint trap and the exhaust tubing. Maintenance includes cleaning these areas on a regular basis. Ensure the exhaust duct is not restricted in any way. It must stay connected to the dryer and external port. Monthly, this duct work should be taken loose and checked to see there is not a buildup of lint in it or in the dryer. Of course again clean the lint trap before every use. In case of a fire, if possible shut-down the dryer and call 9-1-1. Fires of these types can burn in hidden spaces of the floor and/or walls for which the fire department is better suited to discover and handle.

GRTC Public Meeting


GRTC will hold Public Meetings to present the new bus network. Content of these meetings is identical, but will be customized for each City District’s routes. The presentation begins at the meeting start time, unless otherwise noted. Please plan to attend the meeting most convenient for your schedule. Members of the media are welcome.


  • Wednesday, March 8th, 6-8pm, Southside Community Service Center. (8th District)
  • Thursday, March 9th, 6-7:30PM, Goodwill, 6301 Midlothian Turnpike. (9th District)
  • Friday, March 10th, 10AM-2PM (presentation at 11AM), Senior Informational Fair, Robinson Theatre, 2603 Q Street. (7th District)
  • Saturday, March 11th, Noon-2PM, Main Library, 101 E Franklin St. (6th District)
  • Wednesday, March 15th, 6-8PM, Byrd Park Round House. (5th District)
  • Thursday, March 16th, 6-8PM, Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in “The Commons Room,” 3700 Midlothian Turnpike. (5th District)
  • Saturday, March 18th, Noon-2PM, Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Ave. (6th District)
  • Monday, March 20th, 6-8PM, Huguenot High Community Center, 7945 Forest Hill Ave. (4th District)
  • Tuesday, March 21st, 6-7:30PM, Creighton Court Recreation Center, 2101 Creighton Road. (7th District)
  • Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30PM-7PM, United Methodist Family Services Meeting Room, 3700 W Broad Street. (1st & 2nd Districts)
  • Thursday, March 23rd, 6-8PM, Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Rd. (3rd District)
  • Tuesday, March 28th, 6-8PM, Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 E. Brookland Park Boulevard. (6th District)
  • Wednesday, March 29th, 6-7:30PM, Fairfield Court Recreation Center, 2506 Phaup Street. (7th District)
  • Thursday, March 30th, 6-8PM, Powhatan Community Center, 5051 Northampton St. (7th District)

Meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. GRTC strives to provide reasonable accommodations and services for persons who require assistance to participate. For special assistance, call Carrie Rose Pace at 804-474-9354 or at least 72 hours prior to the public meeting. Si usted necesita servicios de tradución para participar, por favor mande un correo electrónico a:
GRTC Transit System’s CARE and CARE Plus services provide origin-to-destination Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit services to residents of the Richmond Region. To schedule a reservation, please call (804) 782-CARE (2273), email, or fax (804) 474-9993.

NOTE: GRTC will post the recommended network on in early March. 

You can review the Draft recommended network at


Urban Agriculture Learning Series

700 Blanton Avenue. 6 Saturdays 11am to 1pm. Starting February 25, 2017. Free and Open to the Public!

February 25th: Victoria Campbell, City of Richmond, DPRCF, Community Garden Coordinator – “Basic Vegetable Gardening” and Duron Chavis, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens- “Community Engagement and Grants for Urban Agriculture”

March 4th: Arthur Kay, Createspace– “Projects in Sustainable Agriculture and Ecology”, Joel Koci, VSU, – “Organic Fruit Tree Care and Cash Crops”

March 11th: Jessica Smith, Certified Ecological Farmer, “Soil and Plant Health Foundations”, Lee Hesler, Virginia Bluebird Society – “Attracting the Eastern Bluebird”

March 18th: Bruno Welsh, CompostRVA – “Composting” and Cheryl Crawford, Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteer – “Canning and Preserving Food”

March 25th: Ted Kienast, Smith Turf and Irrigation – “Irrigation Systems” and Neal Beasley, Timmons Group – Rooftop Gardens and Collecting Storm Water and Gay
Stokes, DPU – “Making your Own Rainbarrel”

April 1st: Kristi Orcutt, RVA Goats, RVA Honey – “Beekeeping and Goats” and Allie Hawley, Moon Flower Apothecary – “Edible Weeds and Wild plant Medicine”