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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

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Conservation Yards of the Season Winners

Congratulations to our neighbors!

Lawn Reductions and/or Green Fertilizers & Irrigation Practices: Carol Buckingham and George Nixon

Carol and George have a pesticide free yard with over 700 gallons of rainwater storage that feeds extensive vegetable, herb and fruit gardens. Material for composting is collected from 9 households.

The lawn is seeded with clover and chemical free so it needs no water and stays green longer. Invasives, like ivy, are plucked when they appear. Water runoff and AC condensate is channeled to fruit trees/bushes.

Native Species: Betty Garrett

Betty’s nominator shares that he’s, “Surprised no one has nominated my wife, Betty, for recognition. So, I decided to do it myself. No doubt you have seen her flower gardens on our corner. One thing for sure— the bees, butterflies, finches, and hummingbirds, etc., know where it is. Lots of native species, too!”

Pollinator Friendly: Liz Hodges

Liz’s nominator notes that, “Over the years Liz has lived in Woodland Heights, she has planted and nurtured many bee-friendly plants, both native and ornamental. She and her husband Neil are committed to gardening organically and to tackling exotic invasives without using herbicides. They have a lovely vegetable garden, fruit tree and a stunning bank of azaleas that numerous neighbors stopped to admire this spring.