8th annual Hokies vs. ‘Hoos “Food Fight” welcomes new title sponsor

Seven years of the friendly but fierce rivalry between Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia has yielded food and funds for more than 236,000 meals for the hungry in Central Virginia via the annual “Hokies vs. ‘Hoos” food drive. MARTIN’S, which hosted donation bins for the first time last year, has become the “Food Fight” title sponsor.

This year’s competition will be held at all Richmond-area MARTIN’S supermarkets during the week of the big UVA vs. Virginia Tech basketball showdown in Blacksburg on February 21. Donation bins will be set up inside stores from Feb. 20-26. MARTIN’s will also afford customers the opportunity to make monetary donations at the registers this year.

“MARTIN’S is excited to be part of this friendly competition for the second year in a row and the first year as the title sponsor,” said Jim Scanlon, regional vice president of MARTIN’S Food Markets. “Whether you’re a Hokie or a ’Hoo, we encourage our customers and our associates to support the Central Virginia Food Bank and help fight hunger in our communities.”

The Hokies vs. ‘Hoos "Food Fight" capitalizes on the intense rivalry between Virginia Tech and UVA alumni and fans by encouraging donations during a time of year when they typically decline after the holidays. After seven years of this lively contest, the Wahoos hold a slight edge, with four wins to the Hokies’ three wins.

Each can or box of food donated in the VT or UVA bins in each MARTIN’S location will count for one point and every dollar donated at Martin’s between Feb. 20-26, or online between Feb. 13-29 at http://www.hokiesvshoos.com, will count for 5 points. The score will be updated daily on the competition website with the winner to be announced on Friday, March 2. Several local elementary, middle and high schools will also join the “fight” to collect food donations.
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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 Virginia Senior Games, open to athletes ages 50 and up, will take place at 14 venues across Henrico County May 10-13. The games include archery, badminton, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and many more. The Virginia Senior Games will host a Senior Fair May 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Deep Run Recreation Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature bluegrass music, carnival games, a wellness expo, square dance demos, senior vendors, giveaways and free refreshments. For details, call 652-1411 or visit http://www.virginiaseniorgames.org. Full text

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