PTSAs collaborate to collect items for high school proms

The Hermitage and Varina high school PTSAs are collaborating to collect formal wear for Henrico County high school students who need such items for their proms this spring.

Gently used clothing items for boys and girls are being accepted through March 11. Of particular interest to organizers are dresses; men's suits in all sizes and styles; shoes; handbags; and jewelry.

To donate to the program or assist with its mission, contact Jenny High at (804) 683-2226 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Tara Adams at (804) 402-0499 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Items also may be dropped off at one of these sites:

• Hermitage High Main Office: 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, 23228;

• Varina High School: 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, 23231;

• Nationwide Insurance Agency: 10150 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060;

• Verizon Wireless: 8191 Brook Road Suite H, Richmond, 23227.

The PTSA is a non-profit organization, and contributions are tax-deductible.

The organizations will host "Prom Bring It," a selection event March 31 at a location yet to be determined at which students will be able to select items for prom.

For details, visit http://www.hermitageptsa.org.
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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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