Henrico Extension’s ‘Tree Smarts’ seminar series continues April 4-6

The Henrico County Extension Office and Henrico County Master Gardeners will offer the second installment of its “Tree Smarts” seminar series April 4-6 with a program on growing healthy trees. The seminar is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. each night at the following locations (each session will feature the same information): Monday, April 4, Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Drive; Tuesday, April 5, Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway; and Wednesday, April 6, Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.
 
“Raising a Healthy Tree” will highlight the importance of proper planting and early care for the successful growth of a young tree. The seminar will provide information about watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning and protecting young trees from insects, diseases and other stresses.
 
The Tree Smarts seminar series is designed to increase understanding of trees, the role they play in the community’s landscape and how homeowners and others can improve their care of them. The programs are free and open to the public.
 
Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling Henrico Extension at 501-5160. Additional information is available online at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension. 
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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 Retail Merchants Association, 5101 Monument Ave., will hold a Member Appreciation Picnic & VRF Auction from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks and music. A silent auction will benefit the Virginia Retail Federation’s political action committee. The event is free. For details, visit http://www.retailmerchants.com. Full text

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