Cultivating musical interest //
Shyamuu Bhagat leads youngsters in a bucket drum workshop last Saturday at “Drums in the Garden,” an event at the 5th District Mini Farm on Bainbridge Street in South Side to promote urban farming and healthy eating.
Cityscape // Crime tape and police and firefighters in action are all too common in Richmond and other cities. Above, officers and police cars pack the intersection of 3rd and Main streets in Downtown around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday following the police shooting of a man wielding a large knife and an ax. Police Chief Alfred Durham said officers shot the man when he did not respond to commands to drop the weapons, and a Taser proved ineffective in stopping him. When the man attacked the officers, two fired, hitting him. The man, later identified as Alexander J. Schoessel, 23, of Chesterfield, was pronounced dead at 10:31 a.m. Tuesday at a Richmond hospital. Officer John Rotondi also was hit by friendly fire during the incident. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. Right, firefighters hose down a smoldering pile of driftwood Tuesday afternoon underneath a pedestrian bridge across the James River that connects Brown’s Island and Belle Isle in Downtown.
Honored for public service //
State Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg, who represents parts of Richmond and four other localities in the General Assembly, is recognized by the Richmond City Council on Monday night for nearly 25 years of public service. As an elected official, she previously served in the House of Delegates and on Petersburg City Council for 12 years, including several terms as Petersburg mayor from 1992 to 2004. With her is her 16-year-old grandson, Jarratt R. Dance-Kelly, who is visiting from La Verne, Calif.
Tranquility at Huguenot Flatwater Park
Honoring historic Girl Scout troops
Scout leader Glennys Fleming, center, holds the resolution honoring Girl Scout Troops #34 and #35 that was presented Monday night by Richmond City Council to Ms. Fleming and several scouts from the troops sponsored by Ebenezer Baptist Church. Historic Troop #34, the first African-American troop in the South, was chartered in March 1932 after Emma Watson wanted her daughter to participate in scouting as she had before moving to Richmond from Chicago. With the support of influential Richmond women such as Maggie L. Walker and Lena Watson, dean of students at Virginia Union University, Ms. Watson advocated for the local Girl Scouts council to create a local African-American troop. It met at VUU. In 1936, Troop #35 was established at Ebenezer Baptist Church, which began sponsoring Troop #34 in 2015.
Church Hill jam //
Mighty Joshua and the Zion #5, left, get the crowd moving at Jammin’ in July last Friday at the Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center, 2600 Nine Mile Road, in Church Hill.
Church Hill jam //