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Author: Dawn Rosenberg

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Report downed communication lines

If you come across a downed Verizon or Comcast communication line in the neighborhood (or anywhere in the 5th District), please fill out this google form to report it for repairs.

Even if a downed line isn’t actively sparking, always assume it is carrying electricity. Stay at least 30 feet away from any downed power line, and don’t go near the pole or anything touching the line. Call 9-1-1 or report it as a Dominion line by calling 866-366-4357.

Richmond Safety Camera Program comes to Semmes Ave.

One of the key objectives of the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan is to improve the safety of people who walk, roll and bike across streets within school zones. In addition, the City seeks to eliminate speeding on City streets.

Safety cameras have been deployed on a pilot basis in front of Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts on Semmes Ave, one facing eastbound and one facing westbound.

Civil penalties collected from the Safety Camera program will be placed in a special fund called the Vision Zero Action Plan Fund to be applied to first sustaining the Safety Camera Program and second implementing the strategies set forth in the Vision Zero Action Plan.

At each location, warning signs will be posted indicating that safety cameras are present and operational to monitor vehicles traveling 11MPH or more over the posted school zone speed limit. A warning period of 30 days will be in effect once the cameras are in operation where warnings will be issued to the vehicle owner traveling 11MPH or more. After the 30-day warning period, the vehicle owner shall be liable for a monetary civil penalty imposed. Evidence is reviewed by the Richmond Police Department before citations are issued.

More information on the Safety Camera Program is available from the City of Richmond.

Woodland Heights Neighborhood Yard Sale

This year’s neighborhood yard sale takes place Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m. until 12 Noon! No early birds, please.

Nine homes in the neighborhood are participating, and more homes in Forest Hill and Westover Hills are hosting yard sales that day, too. Participating homes* include:

  • 711 W. 24th St.
  • 608 W. 29th St.
  • 408 W. 30th St.
  • 904 W. 30th St.
  • 711 W. 32nd St.
  • 907 W. 32nd St.
  • 3203 Semmes Ave.
  • 3218 Semmes Ave.
  • 2904 Riverside Dr.

*as of May 26, 2023

Join us for our spring meeting!

Our next Woodland Heights Civic Association meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church (611 W. 31st St.). Enter from the parking lot door.

Hope to see you there!

Woodland Heights Makers’ Day 2022 helps neighbors in need

The third Woodland Heights Makers’ Day, an arts and crafts festival showcasing handmade goods from local artists and artisans, took place on Saturday, November 5. More than 500 people attended the event, which raised $1,001 to support the Woodland Heights Food Pantry. The Food Pantry provides food and other non-perishable items to neighbors throughout the year. 

More than 50 vendors set up tables at Woodland Heights Baptist Church on a beautiful fall morning. The vendors featured a variety of goods, from handmade clothes and accessories to candles, prints, and other home decor, and more. Food trucks were stationed in the church parking lot.

Neighbors organizing Makers’ Day included Vaughn Garland, Kathy Graham, Tom Hammond, Julie Hill, and Wayne Swatlowski. These volunteers worked closely with church staff and vendors to plan event logistics, advertising, fundraising, and secure volunteers. Thanks to the generosity of our vendors, one hundred percent of vendor registration fees supported the fundraising effort. To become involved in next year’s event, please email info@woodlandheightsrva.org.