Union Hill to Focus on Venable Street
At the last meeting of the civic association, the membership agreed to spend the next year focusing our efforts on the renewal and revitalization of Venable Street. To that end, the next meeting will be held at the home of Ann Wortham at 2241 Venable at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21st.
This meeting will begin as an opportunity for Union Hill neighbors to meet, greet, and socialize over drinks and light hors d'oeuvres. At the end of the evening, we will identify and set realistic goals in the four categories of: infrastructure, public safety, aesthetics, and community building. Our efforts are ALREADY coming to fruition. Members of the UHCA met with the City today and secured the installation of new tree wells and trees for two blocks of Venable.
Please attend as we plan the revitalization of one of Union Hill's most important and neglected corridors. Our efforts will be a fitting tribute to Senator Abraham Venable, for whom the street was named nearly 200 years ago. Senator Venable served as one of the first U.S. congressmen and senators from Virginia and was tragically killed in the Richmond Theater Fire of 1811.
UHCA Events a Success in 2009
Over the Summer, the UHCA suspended its usual meetings in favor of picnics at Jefferson Park and Church Hill's Reed Square. Pictured right are Union Hillers Erika Gay and Brody Reid manning the grill at the joint Union Hill-Church Hill National Night Out against Crime celebration on August 4th. Brody and Erika served up over 150 hamburgers and hotdogs to the attendees who included Councilwoman Betty Squire, Delegate Delores McQuinn and friends and neighbors from across the East End.
Union Hill's next event will be the 3rd Annual Progressive Dessert on December 18th. A century ago it was the custom of our neighborhood for residents to
open their homes during the Christmas season and to share desserts and
fellowship with their neighbors and friends. In 2007, the modern
day neighbors of Union Hill took up that tradition with the first Union
Hill Progressive Dessert. Now in its third year, we will be progressing to four new
homes on December 18th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Mark your calendars now for this time of fun, food and fellowship. Rumor has it that Scott Woodson and Alan St. John will be providing their famous egg nog, no matter where we go!
Neighborhood Watch: Become a Block Captain
Are you interested in helping with the Union Hill neighborhood watch? The best way to start is to immediately report any suspicious persons or activities by calling 911 or the RPD non-emergency line at 646-5100. Be sure to keep a record of every time you call and the reason.
The UHCA is now recruiting Block Captains for every single block of Union Hill. Although being a Block Captain does not give you any law enforcement
authority, it will allow you to take an active role in guaranteeing the safety of your neighborhood by facilitating unity on your block, distributing information and crime alerts, as well as keeping an accurate list of contact information for your block's residents. If you would like to serve your community in this way, email Mike Onsel or Matt Conrad with your address and preferred contact information.