Saxon Shoes makes donation to Bright Beginnings

YMCA Bright Beginnings, now in its 21st year, is taking 2,200 children from low-income families on back-to-school shopping trips in August with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers. From Aug.3-8, 465 area children (350 in Richmond, 115 in Fredericksburg) received new shoes from Saxon Shoes as part of this program. That comes to an in-kind donation value of just over $23,700. This is Saxon Shoes’ fifth year partnering with the YMCA Bright Beginnings program.

Children who participate in YMCA Bright Beginnings take a trip to a local Target or JCPenney store, where they are paired with adult volunteers who help them shop for two fall outfits, shoes, socks, and underwear. The children who benefit from the Saxon Shoes donation spend the money that they would have spent on shoes on other clothing.

The Y selects children who receive financial assistance in its summer camps and child care, and also coordinates the participation of several of its community partners, including Children, Incorporated and the Peter Paul Development Center.

More information on YMCA Bright Beginnings can be found at http://www.ymcarichmond.org/brightbeginnings. Saxon Shoes is located in Fredericksburg and Short Pump Town Center. For more information, visit http://www.saxonshoes.com.
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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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The Richmond Philharmonic will present its spring concert “German Masterworks” at 4 p.m. at The Collegiate School, 103 North Mooreland Rd. The concert features works by Mendelssohn and Brahms, as well as Robert Schumann’s “Konzerstück for Four Horns.” Individual tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door; family admission is $16 in advance and $20 at the door. For details, call 673-7400 or visit http://www.richmondphilharmonic.org. Full text

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