Featured Image: Union Hill Civic Association 9/5 Meeting Recap Increase in Property Crimes Lt. Roane reported our sector is at a 30% increase in property crimes since this time last year, mostly motor vehicle related. His phone number is 646-0574. Bottom line: lock your cars and don’t keep valuables inside especially a spare key fob or your gun! Elizabeth Van Lew Audio Tour Rachel Pater announced the Elizabeth Van Lew Walking downloadable walking audio tour, coming in October! More information here. East End Library Calls for Volunteers Mary Field, our UHCA representative at the East End Library, welcomes and encourages other volunteers to be more involved with our neighborhood library. If you’re interested, please email the Union Hill Civic Association Recycling Event Postponed The Clean City Commission recycling event scheduled for September 15th has been canceled due to Hurricane Florence. We will send out an update if it is rescheduled. Check out ReStore Joy Whitehurst of Richmond Habitat for Humanity ReStore reached out asking our members to remember the ReStore during moves and renovations. ReStore is a retail outlet for donated furniture and building materials where all profits go towards Habitat’s mission in the community to build affordable housing. They can provide a FREE pick-up service and a tax receipt for all items donated (as long as items meet our requirements and are at first floor level for pick-up). [sep] Richmond 300 The Department of Planning and Development Review representative Marianne Pitts presented an overview to Richmond 300 Master Plan redevelopment process. Open House Meetings are being held across the city, from there working groups of citizens and city employees will focus on the specific needs of different neighborhoods, these groups will present suggested updates to the current Master Plan in Fall 2019. The East End Open House Meeting will be on Thursday, September 20th, from 6PM to 8:30 PM at MLK Middle School. More information here! RVA Booklover’s Festival Saturday, October 20th, from 10 AM to 4 PM in Jefferson Park the first RVA Booklovers’ Festival will be put on by Jackson Ward’s Brandylane Publishers’. All proceeds from the festival are being donated towards Richmond literacy organizations Excell and The Read Center. Organizers are looking for volunteers, presenters, vendors, and creative ways to address parking. For details and contact info Gary Broderick for School Board Gary Broderick is running for RPS School Board in the 7th District. He spoke about what he sees as major problems: low literacy rates on account of not enough reading specialists, too few adults in the schools. Broderick is calling for: a needs-based budget to be supplemented by raising corporate tax rates; de-emphasizing standardized testing, educator-led professional development to include best practices around literacy, fighting for teachers’ free speech and student civil liberties, especially curbing referrals of students to police. For more information on Broderick’s campaign or to get involved, click this link.