March 2019 Issue

In This Issue:

Dates to Remember:

Richmond City Council

Tuesday, March 11
6:30 PM
Richmond Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall
Second Floor
900 East Broad Street

GPRA Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 14
7:00 PM
LGRA Building
Hawthorne and Walton


President’s Letter

By Robin Levey

Happy Spring….Almost

As I walk our lovely neighborhood, I can’t help but see spring popping out everywhere I look. Trees are budding, crocuses are peaking out along with early daffodils and many blooming trees and shrubs. I can almost feel the sunshine on my face through all of the clouds.

I have noticed several of our neighbors carrying bags along their daily walks and picking up trash in our neighborhood. I thank them for their work on this and hope that we all will take a lesson and help us keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful whilst on your walks.

We are having a general membership meeting at LGRA at 7:00 PM, March 14. Our speaker will be our district councilperson, Chris Hilbert. We asked him to come speak to us on several topics that directly affect our neighborhood. Please see the article in the newsletter for the specifics. As always, come with your questions for Councilman Hilbert as we will make time for a Q&A session post his presentation.

I have received a few comments on our saving money on the new on-line newsletter and can we get a price reduction on our $35 annual dues. I would like to remind you that we do also offer a two year payment with a price reduction if you are interested. Also, we did used to run in the red trying to design, print and mail the old newsletter. This kept our association from doing more neighborhood projects that benefit and beautify our areas. There is an article in the newsletter reminding you of how we judiciously spend our funds that are collected and donated.

I would lastly like to remind you that we need your help in the neighborhood to assist in several areas, consider running for the board, participating in one of our events and help us out. It takes a lot of effort to do all of the things that we do. All of us are neighbors, professionals and donate our time to make our neighborhood great.

Over the past year, I have taken at least 100 calls, emails or requests for action to help a neighbor. I have personally acted on each and every one of them. I have personally attended most civic meetings that affected our neighborhood and had input to our civic leaders and city mangers to benefit our neighborhood. We have great people on the board that also put in personal time to work with city planners on zoning issues, school issues and many other topics. Please consider offering your help, we could use you.

Lastly, we will not be able to hold our bi-annual house and garden tour this year. We were unable to get enough homes to commit to being on the tour this year. We have so many beautiful homes and gardens in our neighborhood. Please reach out to Lillian to offer your home for next year. We are going to begin early this year to ensure that we don’t miss next year. This is an event that people come from far and wide to enjoy our neighborhood and it gives us a chance to showcase our beautiful homes and gardens. Please consider opening your home next year.

If you wish to reach out to me, please send your thoughts, comments and ideas to

Best, Robin Levey, President GPRA

Councilman Hilbert to Discuss Brook Road Activity

March 14, 7:00 PM

After the attempt to ban bicycle lanes on Brook Road failed on a City Council vote, what is the timeline for implementing these lanes? Third District Councilman Chris Hilbert will discuss changes coming to Ginter Park in 2019 at a Residents Association general meeting on Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 PM at the Ginter Park Recreation Center, corner of Walton and Hawthorne.

Two years ago the city started replacing gas mains in Bellevue and to date is continuing on Westbrook Avenue. On Brook Road they began replacing a 15” high-pressure gas main that was installed in the 1960s. The project started on Azalea between Chamberlayne and Brook and ran south on Brook to the block between Claremont and Laburnum.

We expect the Councilman to address the following questions at the meeting:

  • How much further south on Brook Road will this project run?
  • What is the schedule for completion?
  • Will Brook Road be re-surfaced as Bellevue Avenue was when it is complete?
  • How will this affect the schedule for the bike lane project, and is there any schedule for the bike lane construction yet?

March 14 will be your chance to ask the Councilman other questions on city and neighborhood matters.

City Council to Vote on
More Brook Road Apartments

March 11, 6:30 PM
Richmond Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall
Second floor
900 East Broad Street

On March 11 at 6:30 PM, Richmond City Council is scheduled to hear two ordinances related to the proposed construction of a 224-unit apartment complex to be located on the east side of the 2000 block of Brook Road, between Roberts Street and the Central Post Office facility, two blocks south of Lombardy Avenue.

The first ordinance would close a portion of Northumberland Avenue located between the south line of West Roberts Street and the southern terminus of Northumberland Avenue. The following link is to the ordinance page on the City website. Information here includes a map of the location, letters of opposition and support, and the associated staff reports.

These properties lie within the boundaries of the Edgehill-Chamberlayne Court Civic Association (ECCCA). Both this association, as well as Councilman Chris Hilbert, have posted letters in opposition to this proposed development. As of this time, the GPRA Board has not taken a position for or against these ordinances.

Ginter Park Garden Club March into Spring Market 

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Are you suffering from Spring Fever? Ready to get out of the house and shop? Have we the event for you!

On Saturday, March 30, the Ginter Park Garden Club is throwing a spring-themed shopping party. Please join us from 10 AM until 4 PM at the Ginter Park Woman’s Club, 3016 Seminary Avenue, for our sixth annual March into Spring Market.

Thirty talented local artisans and vendors will be there to help you get over those winter blues. A stunning variety of items ranging from all things garden-related (plants, herbs, tools, garden decor) to unique, handmade articles will be on hand.

Included in this category are: handcrafted jewelry, beautiful handbags, glass lamps, handmade soaps, lotions, and aromatherapy, bird feeders made from vintage glass, charming children’s clothing, flags, gorgeous nature photography, wood cutting boards, ladies clothing, and more!

Once again the Ginter Park Garden Club will have fresh flower arrangements in vintage containers for sale. Get there early for the best selection before they sell out!

Plus a bake sale! The Garden Club has been baking like crazy. The Bake Sale is usually a sellout by noon. We are also offering a book sale.

Admittance to the market is $2, which includes one door prize ticket. All of our vendors have kindly donated items to be raffled off as door prizes throughout the day. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the door. You must be present to win.

In addition to all this shopping experience, the Ginter Park Woman’s Club is going to be serving a delicious homemade lunch. Those ladies can really cook up a storm, so we hope you will join us.

With the money raised from last year’s Spring Market, the Ginter Park Garden Club donated over $1,100 to various causes, including our own GPRA for both neighborhood beautification and the Tree Fund, our two elementary schools for garden programs, and a donation to Nature Camp’s scholarship program. Please help us to continue to support our neighbors by attending this fun event.

New Board Members

Some positions on the GPRA Board need more time than one person can be expected to give. Fortunately, two energetic and capable women have joined as co-chairs of the membership and advertising committees.

Prudence Justis

Assisting Maggie Stewart with activities to increase membership will be Prudence Justis. Her biggest responsibility will be organizing District Representatives and Block Captains to help increase membership at the ground level. She will focus on social events (beer, wine and block parties) and other fun ways for neighbors to get to know each other.

A Richmond native, Prudence has been a realtor since 1993 and a Ginter Park resident for three years. Her household includes husband, Paul Curley, an attorney and graduate of VMI and University of Richmond Law School, his son, McCourt, dogs, Moe and Daisy, Floppy, the rabbit, and Hamish, the chinchilla. Prudence also has two daughters, Stuart Shepard, a 2018 VCU Art School graduate with a dual degree in Sculpture and Craft Magna Cum Laude, and Zoe Shepard, a VCU student majoring in biology.

In addition to work and family, Prudence is a Rotarian and enjoys volunteering, cooking, travel, riding her bike, rowing and spending time with family and friends.

Kathie Avery

Kathie Avery will be helping Doug Hearn with advertising for both the newsletter and future house tour programs.

She, too, is a Richmonder who has lived in Ginter Park for more than three years. She is a recently-retired accountant, and husband, Kendall Avery, is a financial advisor with Oppenheimer and Company. Their grown children are Morgan, living in Richmond, and Wyatt, living in NYC. A 13-year-old golden retriever named Lucy completes the family.

Kathie enjoys playing tennis, gardening, re-purposing furniture and spending relaxing weekends at the river.

Library Golf Fundraiser

Monday, April 29, 9:00 AM
Shotgun Start

The Ginter Park Library Advisory Board (GPLAB) invites you to participate in our golf fundraiser being held at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club. This event is to benefit the adult and children programs at the Ginter Park Library.

The format for this outing will be captain’s choice with prizes for first, fifth, tenth places, a hole-in-one, two-year car lease, or $2,000, closest to the line and closest to the pin on all Par 3s. Door prizes. All putts must be holed out. Golfers under 65 will be playing from the Jefferson tees, golfers 65 and older from the Lakeside tees, and ladies from the Ginter tees. Entry deadline is April 22, 2019.

The cost will be $65 for individual golfers, and $260 for teams. (Optional $4 per person for closest to pin on all Par 3s). There will be a maximum of 30 teams/120 golfers.

To signup, contact: Richard Minter at

Recent Safety Report

Public Safety chairman Dick Stone reports the appointment of Captain Daniel Minton as the new Commander of the Fourth Precinct, which includes Sector 412 and Ginter Park. Minton has served in the Richmond Police Department for 20 years, both as a patrol officer and with the major crimes unit. He recently worked with the community care group, which involves schools and diversions for youth.

Lt. Robert Fleming announced that the police have arrested a suspect in the theft of air blowers and yard equipment from outdoor buildings in our area.

A recent theft from a vehicle in Sherwood Park reminds us to lock our car regardless of how close it is to the house.

SPCA Dog Jog

Saturday, March 23, 8:30 AM

In 2002 the Richmond SPCA moved to the Northside, opening its state-of-the-art Robins-Starr Humane Center at 2519 Hermitage Road. The nonprofit launched a new event the following year that would become a favorite of Ginter Park residents: the Dog Jog and 5K Run.

The 2019 event will be held on Saturday, March 23, bringing together thousands of animal lovers with the goal of raising more than $163,000 for the pets in their care. In its most recent fiscal year, the Richmond SPCA cared for 4,185 dogs and cats, transferring thousands of animals in need from public shelters to its humane center.

The day will begin with a competitive, chip-timed 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk for humans only followed by a dog and stroller-friendly, leisurely, one-mile Dog Jog. Throughout the morning, supporters will enjoy the pet-friendly vendor fair at the humane center, featuring a Kids Fun Zone packed full of fun activities for the whole family.

Following registration at each participant gets a personalized fundraising page. Along with supporting a terrific cause, fundraisers are eligible for prizes donated by generous local sponsors. Prizes are presented to the fastest 5K Run finishers and top adult, youth and team fundraisers.

For more information about the Richmond SPCA and the Dog Jog and 5K Run, visit

It’s Not All Free!

GPRA board and committee members donate many hours attending meetings, gathering information and answering correspondence, “for free.” This year the association reduced expenditures for the newsletter and general meetings. But there are some dollar-and-cents costs a civic organization can’t avoid if it wants to serve its members.

In 2018 these included:

  • Paying graphic designer for producing digitalized newsletter. No board member has these skills and knowledge.
  • Website
  • Fees—post office box, bank, PayPal
  • Insurance
  • General meeting expenses (food, LGRA cleaning fee)
  • Holiday Party costs—catering, beverages, DJ, decorations
  • Sharing Get Your Ginter On expenses with GP Recreation Association
  • Prizes and awards—Scene from Street, Gracie
  • Welcome bags for newcomers
  • Block captain meeting expenses

Most of you reading this newsletter intend to send in your dues but just forget after you’ve moved on to read the next e-mail.

We accept dues several ways:

  • PayPal at
  • Venmo @Maggie-Stewart-GP (membership chair)
  • Check via regular mail. Please print out the membership form below.

Here is what we spent last year:

  • Bank/Paypal fees $166
  • Block Captain meeting $89
  • General meeting expenses (food, LGRA cleaning fee, Gracie Award) $433
  • Sandwich boards, post office box and other supplies $647
  • Get your Ginter On event with LGRA $460
  • Holiday Party $3,360
  • Insurance $1,856
  • Newsletter/website $8,840
  • Progressive Dinner Expenses $1,130 (We took in $1,890 from ticket sales, so we made a net of $760)
  • Tree Fund $25 (We had allocated more, but this ended up nearly a wash since the city wouldn't let Richard select as many locations as he wanted and folks donated generously.)
  • Welcome bags $395
Pay Dues Easily with PayPal

Ginter Park Welcome Committee

The Ginter Park Welcome Committee sends a HUGE Thank You to the following local merchants who have generously contributed to our new-neighbor welcome bags.

Bellevue Cleaners
1201 Bellevue Avenue

Classic Touch Cleaning
1229 Bellevue Avenue

Dot’s Back Inn
4030 MacArthur

Early Bird Biscuit Company
1221 Bellevue Avenue

The Float Zone
2034 Dabney Road, Suite A

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue

Lisa Zamora Massage Therapy
4025 MacArthur Avenue

Little House Green Grocery
1227 Bellevue Avenue

The Mill on Macarthur
4023 MacArthur Avenue

Northside Family YMCA
4207 Old Brook Road

Once Upon a Vine
4009 MacArthur Avenue

Patient First
12 North Thompson Street
2300 East Parham Road

Stir Crazy Café RVA
4015 MacArthur Avenue

True North Yoga & Wellness
4025 MacArthur Avenue

ZouZou’s Basement

If you'd like to notify us of new neighbors to welcome, please send an email containing their name and address to:


Newsletter produced by:

Ginter Park Residents Association

Post Office Box 25374
Richmond, Virginia 23260-5374

Published monthly except
January and August


Robin Levey

Vice President

Norma Murdoch-Kitt


Louise Wenzell


Amy Whelan

Past President

Christina Shelor

Public Safety Committee

Dick Stone

Program Chair

Norma Murdoch-Kitt


Maggie Stewart

Planning and Zoning

Stephen Weisensale


Susie Burtch

Yahoo Group



Meg Lawrence
Wendy Kleinfield

Newsletter Editor

Anne Thorn 804-353-9363


Doug Hearn

District Repesentatives

N1 Jessica Fleming
N2 Patrick Held
N3 Richard Minter
E1 Stephanie Culbertson
E2 Stephen Batsche
S1 Jackie Naparlo
S2 Doug Hearn
W1 Sidney Bland
W2 Lillian Saadatmand
W3 Susan Rebillot

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Editorial Committee
Post Office Box 25374
Richmond, VA 23260
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