Verizon working to repair phone lines

While Dominion Virginia Power crews are working to restore power to nearly 60,000 Henrico residents who are without it, Verizon officials also are working in the region to replace damaged poles and repair facilities damaged by water and wind.

But Verizon spokesman Harry Mitchell told the Citizen that despite some damage, "our landline network survived Irene well.

"Our teams of technicians are out assessing the damage and making repairs," Mitchell said. "Many of our facilities are on backup generators or batteries that enable us to provide voice phone service even though the power is out in some areas."
Some Verizon customers in the Richmond region are without phone, internet and TV service as the result of power outages or other storm-related issues, Mitchell said, declining to provide specific numbers for Henrico.

The numbers "rise and fall virtually by the minute based on new repair reports coming in, repairs made by our technicians and the restoration of power, which in turn will often restore some of our services."

Verizon's restoration efforts are partially dependent upon the efforts of road accessibility and restoration of power, he said.

"We're committed to restoring service for customers as quickly, and safely, as we can," Mitchell said.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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