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Meeting the People: Speaking before an audience

SouthhamptonI’m now presentation guy. I’ve delivered a few power points now on the book “Discovering Richmond’s Monuments” for which I was photographer, editor and researcher. So far my favorite was presenting to a crowd of about 25 at St. Mary’s Woods assisted living facility in the West End. I was very lucky to have an attentive, patient and knowledgeable audience for that one. Next up, the good people of the Southampton Citizen’s Association. Southsiders! Continue reading

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Working toward understanding homelessness

Point-in-Time homeless people survey at St. Paul's Church, July 24, 2014

Point-in-Time homeless people survey at St. Paul’s Church, July 24, 2014

I recently volunteered with Homeward to participate in their bi-annual survey of homeless people in the Richmond region. During that four-hour experience, I learned to have a greater respect for the human beings living on our streets (and the people dedicated to helping them). I wrote a column for Richmond.com about my experience and what I learned and I have received mostly positive responses from readers. Continue reading

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Lesson from Jordan’s Branch lives on

St. Christopher's School students walk the path of Jordan's BranchSt. Christopher's School students walk the path of Jordan's Branch

St. Christopher’s School students walk the path of Jordan’s Branch

Recently I was given a chance to walk the path of Jordan’s Branch with a group of students from St. Christopher’s School and it was two hours well-spent.

What’s Jordan’s Branch? Maybe you call it Tiber Creek? Either way, the creek is hidden in a pipe under West End streets before emerging for a run toward Bryan Park. I wrote a Why Richmond, Why?!? column about it in February 2013 that turned out to be one of the most popular stories I have written for Richmond.com — and I almost didn’t write it because I didn’t think anyone would care to read about a lost creek. Continue reading

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Volunteering in the James River Park

Volunteering at Floodwall

Volunteering at Floodwall (credit EnRichmond Foundation)

I decided to get in a couple of good volunteer events before my semester at grad school gets too busy. So before we received the gift of snow and ice, I participated to two volunteer projects in the James River Park this past week and I’m still smiling about it. The dedication and generosity of volunteers has that kind of powerful effect. Continue reading

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My Life: Gratefully expecting a busy 2014

Life has been busy the past couple of years as I have added graduate school to being a parent, husband, uncle, volunteer and worker. It is a good life and cannot complain no matter how busy I get.

Biking Floyd Avenue

Biking Floyd Avenue (credit Brandon Montijo)

In 2013, I volunteered at least 100 hours between coaching soccer and First LEGO League, Cub Scouts and all the river projects. I wish I had more time, but grad school was very demanding, especially this past fall semester. Family has to stay high on the list of priorities. Continue reading

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RIR Cares donates to Richmond ToolBank

RIR Cares

Dennis Bickmeier, President of RIR, was on hand at George Wythe High School to give out a big blue check to Richmond ToolBank board members

By submitting a grant proposal to RIR Cares, I was able to bring in a $3,000 donation to Richmond Community ToolBank (the big check is just for show, but we’ll put that on the wall at the new ToolBank facility). That was my first big donation secured, and I’m pretty fired up about it.

We posted this message to the Richmond Community ToolBank Facebook page:

Richmond Community ToolBank is very grateful to Richmond International Raceway for a $3,000 donation from RIR Cares during RIR’s Week of Giving! Dennis Bickmeier, President of RIR, was on hand at George Wythe High School today to give out a big blue check to Richmond ToolBank board members. At right is Duron Chavis of Rvafarms, who was instrumental in creating several student gardens at his alma mater, George Wythe H.S., using tools provided through partnerships with the Richmond ToolBank.

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New book: ‘Discovering Richmond Monuments’

Cover of Discovering Richmond MonumentsI am the photographer for a new book about Richmond statues, monuments, markers and sculpture entitled “Discovering Richmond Monuments: A History of River City Landmarks Beyond the Avenue.”

Unlike much has been written about the Civil War heroes that line the world famous Monument Avenue, the pantheon of tributes at the Capitol, the outstanding accumulation at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the noteworthy tombs at Hollywood Cemetery this volume discovers nearly 100 honors that are positioned elsewhere throughout the city. Continue reading

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