Harmony Johnson, 3, left, and her cousin, 6-year-old London Johnson, have lunch last Friday in Forest
Hill Park on South Side. They were enjoying the park and warm temperatures with London’s mom, Kristina Johnson. After scattered thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday, the Memorial Day weekend is expected to be sunny, with high temperatures in the mid to low 70s.
This sign in front of the Main Post Office on Brook Road in North Side salutes the let- ter carriers, clerks and other postal workers who have quietly but steadfastly continued to deliver mail and packages during the pandemic. They are among the ordinary, often overlooked workers who have helped maintain some semblance of normalcy during the COVID-19 shutdown — from restaurant workers to construction crews and road pavers, truck and transit drivers, agricultural workers and a host of others who have soldiered on despite the risks. The sign celebrating postal workers may have heightened significance as the U.S. Postal Service pleads for a bailout from Congress due to a rising tide of red ink. So far, new funding has not been forthcom- ing amid growing concern about the public mail operation’s financial health and ability to sustain its operations given its losses since the coronavirus hit.
Tree line stands tall in North Side
A bevy of volunteers work to weed and produce a bountiful harvest of vegetables at the Broad Rock Community Garden located at the intersection of Broad Rock Road and Stockton Street in South Side. The effort is part of the Resiliency Garden project under the coalition Beautiful RVA to increase access to healthy foods in an area that had been designated as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The City of Richmond provided the land as a Richmond Grows Gardens site, with the Ginter Urban Gardeners building the raised beds, an outdoor kitchen, play area for children and rainwater containers to use to water the crops. Duron Chavis, this week’s Free Press Personality, and Happily Natural are part of the coalition.
Deneen Tyler, left, and Marcella Lee pick kale.
Briana Stevenson, manager of the garden, boxes the kale.