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Socialize with the merchants on October 2 Print E-mail

The Westover Hills Merchants Association invites you to a "Meet and Greet" social event on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at TaZa. Light refreshments will be provided by TaZa (Ben Spencer), O'Toole’s (John O'Toole), and Act 1 (Shirley Chewning).

Everyone is welcome: all residents of Westover Hills, Forest Hill, and Woodland heights neighborhoods, as well as local police, fire department, library, and merchants

Please RSVP by September 26 to Shirley Chewning (232-4490) or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

And check out the merchants new website: WestoverHillsMerchants.com. The 14 paid members will be highlighted and shown on a map overview, but the site lists all merchants (45) n the Forest Hill Avenue/Westover Hills Boulevard area. The plan is to highlight a merchant member each month. You can also click here to find out more about what’s new with the merchants. Find out more about the merchants.

Posted by Administrator   Monday, September 15 2014
Check out what's new with the merchants Print E-mail

by Susy Meyer, Merchants Liaison

The Westover Hills Merchants Association would like to thank Amen Kahwagy of Paragon Place for his time and efforts as the merchants' president for the past several years, having followed Suzanne Feigley and before that, Dr. Greg Toler.

We are pleased to announce the name of our NEW President (drum roll) who is BEN SPENCER with TaZa Coffee and Cream. Ben has been a long time merchant and has worked hard to add positive visibility of his shop (located at 5047 Forest Hill Ave) while enhancing the aesthetics of the merchants' corridor. Ben had been on the second floor, off the back alley where Blanchards' Coffee was. We now have easy access to his establishment and can see the shop from Forest Hill!

At the merchants last meeting, on July 9, an additional merchant join us. His name is also Ben - Ben Kitenke. His business is Prime Wireless. There will be more information to follow, as the merchants plan to highlight various members so that the neighborhood might become more familiar with our good merchants.

On Thursday evening, October 2, Westover Hills Merchant Association will hold a social event for all neighbors and merchants. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at taZa. Please join us!

Also in the fall, some of the merchants plan to be involved in an event called the "Dixie Donut Walk." Participants will start in the Westover Hills Merchant's area, walk or run across the "Nickel" Bridge to The Dixie Donut Shoppe on Cary Street. Participants will then get some donuts and run back to the Westover Hills merchants area for commeraderie and fun.

The merchants also have a new webpage. Check it out at WestoverHillsMerchants.com.

The merchants meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. for about an hour. All merchants, and any neighborhood residents who would like to attend, are encouraged to join us.

Let's support our local merchants by using their services and spreading the word about how good we have it over here in Westover Hills!!

Posted by Administrator   Thursday, September 25 2014
September activities at Westover Hills Branch Library Print E-mail

Training On Demand. Need to learn more about computers, e-readers, applying for jobs? Call us at (804) 646-8833 for your 30-minute appointment.  Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4.

Environmental Films. Locally produced films focusing on the James River, its wildlife and human interaction. Co-sponsored by RVA EFF, James River Assoc., and RPL. Saturday, September 6, 2 to 4 p.m.

Westover Hills Library Advisory Group. Interested in supporting your library? We meet the first Saturday of each month September through May. Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m.

Westover Hills Fiction Focus Group. Come join our senior read book club! We meet 10:15-12:15 the third Wednesday of each month February through October. Books and discussion questions are provided. Sponsored by RPL and City of Richmond Office on Aging and Disabilities. Wednesday, September 17, 10:15-Noon

Toddler Story Time. Early literacy story time featuring books, music, and rhymes for 18 to 36-month olds, accompanied by an adult. Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, at 11 a.m.

Book Babies. Early literacy storytime featuring books, music, and rhymes for babies ages 0-18 months, accompanied by an adult. Thursdays, September 11, 18, 25, at 10 a.m. (No storytime September 4)

Preschool Story Time. Early literacy storytime featuring books, music, and rhymes for children ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Thursdays, September 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m. (No storytime September 4)

Posted by Administrator   Friday, September 05 2014
October brings pumpkin sales and fall festival Print E-mail

The Westover Hills United Methodist Church’s popular pumpkins will arrive on Sunday, October 5. Sales will continue throughout October.

The church will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone in Westover Hills is welcome to attend the festival. You’ll find children’s games, popcorn, hot dogs, cold drinks, the Backpack Storyteller, a bake sale, and more. And of course, you can get your Halloween jack-o-lantern if you haven’t already done so.

Posted by Administrator   Friday, September 05 2014
Good Shepherd Fall Festival set for October 25 Print E-mail

Everyone is invited to join the fun at Good Shepherd Episcopal School’s annual Fall Festival, which will be held Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at Forest Hill Avenue and 43rd Street.

The festival is a community-oriented day of family activities such as carnival games and prizes, moon bounce, giant slide, inflatable horse races, and more. There’ll be live music, food, crafts, face painting, jewelry, and a bake sale. Sponsors of the event include MOMComplex, Visiting Angels, Broad Scope Media, Complete Care Center for Women, Left Handed Photography, True Tattoo, and Jerry & Linda Cassell. Get more info here.

Posted by Administrator   Friday, September 05 2014
Halloween Howl canine competition to be Oct. 26 Print E-mail

Start designing your pooch’s costume now and get a leg up on the competition!  The annual “Halloween Howl” canine costume parade and competition will be held Sunday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Forest Hill Park.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Forest Hill Park and Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior (activity coordinators and judges). Please register your canine companion between 1 and 1:20 p.m. Activities will begin shortly after. 

Bring your dog decked out in costume to socialize with neighbors and participate in activities including Best Pet Trick, Dog/Owner Egg Spoon Race and Furthest Fetch. Prizes will be awarded. The event will culminate with a pet/owner dog parade. Parade prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Best Dog/Owner Duo, Scariest Dog Costume, Cutest Dog Costume, and Best Dog Costume Overall.

Halloween snacks for people and pups will be available. Admission is free, but donations will benefit Ring Dog Rescue. Friends of Forest Hill Park will accept donations as well. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted by Administrator   Friday, September 05 2014
Donate to help put a rain garden at the library Print E-mail

The Westover Hills Library is planning a rain garden that will beautify the library and help the environment! A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located in the landscape to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as roofs and driveways. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, holding the water for a short period of time and allowing it to naturally soak into the ground.

The project is sponsored by the Library and the Westover Hills Library Advisory Group, and will begin in September. The rain garden will not only improve the library grounds and reduce runoff, but also will provide the opportunity to feature programs and activities relating to the environment inside and outside the library.

Partial funding and support has been pledged from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Drew Harrigan’s Four Winds Design, and the Westover Hills Library Advisory Group. Additional funds and sponsorships are being sought to complete the rain garden.

The Westover Hills Library Advisory Group is launching a "$55 for 55" fundraising campaign in honor of the library’s 55th anniversary. The funds will be used for the library rain garden. If you’d like to contribute, make your check payable to WHLAG and send it to or drop it off to the library at 1408 Westover Hills Boulevard. Of course, any amount is welcome and, and the group has 501(c)3 status, so all donations are tax deductible. If you have questions about the fundraiser, please contact WHLAG chair Reeves McCune by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling at 339-7308. For more info, contact Nancy Buck, librarian and community services manager, at 646-0652.

Posted by Administrator   Friday, September 05 2014
Yards look great in August Print E-mail

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Here are August winners of WHNA’s Yards of the Month project:

5633 St. James Court. The natural layout of this yard minimizes water, allowing native flowers and plants to flourish. In August, it was a summer’s dream as you walked the rock trail through the yard.

5208 Caledonia. This cozy craftsman was both warm and inviting. The wide, shady porch overlooked a lovely yard and beautifully landscaped walkway. The potted pink geraniums were thriving and perfectly complemented the home’s cheery yellow exterior.

2002 Southcliff. This home boasted the “most improved” yard of the season east of the Boulevard. The grass and weeds had been removed and replaced with lots of mulch, and plants such as vinca, ferns, dogwoods. It’s very rustic and natural and is going to be spectacular when it all matures in just a few years. Nice job by the owners.

Posted by Administrator   Friday, September 05 2014
Get a free tree from James River Association Print E-mail

This fall, the James River Association (JRA) is offering free trees. You can receive up to $200 per home for each tree planted on your property.

This tree incentive program is only open to Richmond residents. Reimbursements are available September through November 2014. To qualify, homeowners must be an existing River Hero Home or submit an application to become a new River Hero Home.

River Hero Homes is JRA’s certification program that recognizes homeowners who are successfully taking steps to improve water quality by reducing the amount of stormwater and pollution leaving their property. To become certified, JRA requires homeowners to install a river-friendly practice, such as planting trees or installing a rain barrel, as well as follow some simple everyday actions to reduce pollution— such as picking up after your pet or planting native plants.

Tree reimbursements are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be available until funding runs out. Click here or more info and to find out if your property qualifies.

Posted by Administrator   Friday, September 05 2014
Food Trucks in Hills and Heights on Fridays Print E-mail

The Richmond Food Truck Association (is running a Food Truck Court in the parking lot of Woodland Heights Baptist Church (611 West 31st Street) on Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. About eight vendors are expected each Friday. For more info, click here to check out the food truck association.

Posted by Administrator   Monday, August 04 2014
Beautiful Yards of the Month for July 2014 Print E-mail

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5112 Caledonia. This yard was a lush and shady oasis, pristine and pretty as a picture. Manicured ivy, vibrant caladiums, potted impatiens, and hanging ferns created an inviting and welcoming July Yard of the Month.

4706 King William. Once again, this yard was a stand out. Three lavender crape myrtles are planted the sidewalk and road, and purple & white petunias said “welcome” at the sidewalk.  Small boxwoods lined the curved entry walk, and containers at the door were filled with more purple flowers. All complemented the purple front door, and was set against a backdrop of buttery yellow stucco walls. Beautiful!

5634 Woodburn. The tiered gardens leading to the front door of this charming Westover Hills West home are attractive and minimize water runoff.  All the flowers are great supporters of our insect pollinators. 


Special honorable mention: 4902 Riverside Drive. Every now and then as our judge walks the eastern section of Westover Hills, he says he notices a back yard, side yard, or alley that just says “WOW.” Peeking into the back yard of this home while delivering the RAG down an alley this summer, he saw a yard definitely worthy “Yard of the Month” . . . although but no one would ever see it! Although this is a back yard,  it’s the day-to-day entry into the house from the alley and carport.  It’s a shady area with hostas, curved walkways, and a water feature in a tall urn.  It appeared so very soothing on a hot, muggy July day.  Let’s hope this acknowledgement does not increase the traffic in the alley!!

Posted by Administrator   Monday, August 04 2014
Yards of the Month dazzle in June Print E-mail

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1509 Westover Hills Boulevard is an example of just how beautiful simple elegance can be! The grass was thick and green, with not a single weed. The red geraniums in urns and window boxes added the right touch of color, and the topiaries at the entrance lent another touch of elegance. Nice job, owners.

5603 New Kent Road. This yard offered a variety of textures and colors, with pops of lime green as a consistent accent throughout the yard. The well-manicured yard provided a beautiful compliment to this home.

5002 Riverside Drive. Soft flowers of pink, purple, and white created a soothing color palate. This yard's lush shrubs, well-manicured lawn, and potted new guinea impatiens combined to make it a true winner.

Posted by Administrator   Thursday, June 26 2014
Spring brings beautiful Yards of the Month Print E-mail

April winner:

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5113 Evelyn Byrd. Once again this year, this show-stopping yard stood out with its gorgeous spring tulips. Many homes in Westover Hills had beautiful blooming bulbs in
April and May. It's just a shame these bulbs aren't in bloom longer so all of us in the neighborhood could enjoy their beauty deeper into the spring.

May winners:

4709 Devonshire was lush and green, due to the four inches of rain that came in late April, and the beauty of the home was set off by lime green plants. Adding to the appeal were astilbe and window boxes with red geraniums. It’s obvious that the owners are garden folks who take a lot of pride in their yard!

5705 Regent Circle. When the blooms of spring finally arrived, this home had no shortage of flowers. Simple placement of a variety of trees and flowering shrubs brought a peaceful beauty to the yard. Closer inspection on a stroll to the front door showed that this yard will continue to beautify the neighborhood in the coming months.

5509 Riverside Drive. This home’s yard was in its prime in May. This standout yard features bountiful window boxes teeming with multicolored calibrachoa, a lush and green lawn, and a wide variety of shrubs and evergreens. Gardenias, azeleas, boxwoods, and nandina all combine to make the yard at 5509 Riverside Drive truly spectacular!

Posted by Administrator   Wednesday, June 04 2014
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