December 2020

Citizen News Weekly

December 23, 2020

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Time for the Holidays

  • This is the last Citizen News Weekly of 2020!  We will not be sending out an issue next week. Also, our regular posting and sharing on Facebook will be on a brief hiatus as we all enjoy the peace of the season. Staff are still hard at work keeping an eye on things, and if breaking news or weather happens, we’ll jump right on it and keep you informed!  Be sure to look for this eNewsletter the first full week in January 2021 along with our return to Facebook!  Citizen News Weekly is also available online.  We wish you a very happy holiday season and joyful New Year. 

Christmas Tree Recycling January 4-8

  • We know…Christmas is not yet here and we’re talking about kicking the evergreen to the curb.  But, due to next week’s holiday pause (see above), this is our chance to let you know about tree recycling.  Please remove all tinsel, lights, ornaments, stand, etc. and place your live tree to the roadside by 7 a.m. on Monday, January 4 for pickup during the week.  Trees must be no greater than six feet in height. Extra tall trees should be cut in half for collection. Trees placed in bags will not be collected.  Questions?  Call Waste Management at (757) 890-3780 or visit the website. 

Reminder:  County Offices Closed Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

  • County offices are closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. In addition to those dates, the libraries are also closed December 26 and January 2. Trash and recycling collections normally held on the next two Fridays are moved to Saturdays, December 26 and January 2. For complete details, visit the press release. 

Leaf Collection Continues Through January

  • Crews are continuing to visit County neighborhoods picking up bagged leaves for delivery to the VPPSA Compost Facility. Leaves must be placed in clear bags and placed at the roadside on Monday of your collection week. For the schedule and more information, please visit the Public Works website.

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Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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December 18, 2020

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Beale's Ground Breaking!; CARES Act Funds for Overdue Utility Bills; Holiday Garbage/Recycling; and more

Beale’s Breaks Ground in Yorktown!

This afternoon, Beale’s owner Dave McCormack was joined by York County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chad Green, County Administrator Neil Morgan, Economic Development Authority Chairman Steven Meade and Economic Development Executive Director Jim Noel for the ground breaking of Beale’s Yorktown – a new brew pub on Router 17 – scheduled to open in 2021. Look for more information about Beale’s in coming months. (Photo, left to right: Noel, Morgan, Green, McCormack, and Meade).
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CARES Act Funds Available for Overdue Utility Bills

  • The Commonwealth has provided funds to Virginia localities – York included – to help citizens with past due utility charges.  York County Utility Billing has reached out to qualified individuals, mailing out applications that must be completed and returned by no later than Monday, January 11.  If granted, funds will cover a portion of past due sewer maintenance charges incurred from March through December of 2020. If you believe you qualify for this assistance and did not receive a notification, please email York County Utility Billing at utility@yorkcounty.gov.   

CARES Act money is also available through HRSD to cover overdue wastewater service charges for those in need of financial assistance (deadlines apply, so click over to HRSD), and also for overdue water bills - contact your water purveyor for information and application due date.   

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission has posted helpful information on eligibility requirements and contact information per locality. Visit the website for details. 

Holiday Collections Delayed One Day During the Holidays

  • Garbage and recycling collections are cancelled for Fridays, December 25, and January 1. Friday customers are asked to place their containers at the roadside no later than 7 a.m. on Saturdays, December 26 and January 2, for pick up.  County offices and courts are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Courts close early on Wednesday and the Libraries are closed Saturday too.)  All the details are available in the recent press release. 

Chesapeake Bay Magazine says Yorktown is the Best Place to Eat, Boat and Explore along the Chesapeake Bay

  • On Thursday, Tourism Development announced that York County has been honored by Chesapeake Bay Magazine as “Most Charming Chesapeake Town” and that we have the “Best Dockmaster.”  This is the second win for our Dockmaster Capt. James Scruggs, who continues to provide superior customer service to all visitors to Yorktown’s docks.  Also included as Yorktown winners were restaurants, museums and outdoor attractions.  The full press release is available online

2021 Beautiful York County Available for Pick Up at Three Locations

  • Each year, the Department of Public Works and York County’s Beautification Committee produce a calendar highlighting important meetings and fun events, and provides helpful information about a variety of County programs, such as Mosquito Control, Recycling Right, even Know Your Zone info! A photo/art contest is held to encourage recycling/beautification in the County with winning entries appearing in the calendar. This year’s theme was “pollinators” and features pictures from local amateur photographers. A limited supply of the 2021 calendar is available for free at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries and the Parks & Recreation Office. It can also be downloaded and printed from the website.

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Register Now for the January Winter Reading Challenge!

  • Readers of all ages are encouraged to join in the fun with York County’s inaugural Winter Reading Challenge being held throughout January 2021. Readers will be asked to read for at least five hours in order to work toward the library community goal of 1,000 hours! Did we mention there are prizes?  5 hours of reading = a certificate and small gift; participants will be entered to win a Grand Prize! This program is part of Zoobean’s Annual Winter Reading Challenge and this year’s theme is “Books Like Us” – a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. The Winter Reading Challenge is free and open to all ages.  More information on the program and how to register are available online. This program is made possible in part through the support of the York County Library Foundation.

Library programYork News: Wrapping Up 2020 Airing Daily

  • Even with everything going on in 2020, we were able to make some good and positive memories!  Our final York News of the year – Wrapping Up 2020 – features the ingenuity and flexibility of County staff, business owners, and residents who were determined to make the best of the year, even in the face of tragedy and hardship. It’s a great way to look back and reflect, while we look forward to 2021!  Watch the program on the WYCG-TV website.

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Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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December 11, 2020

Board Appoints District 4 Member; Tourism Development Receives Grant Money; Mistletoe Market 12/12; Parks & Recreation Classes
Subscribe TodayDistrict 4 Board of Supervisors Vacancy Filled

  • At a meeting on Tuesday, December 8, the Board of Supervisors appointed G. Stephen Roane to fill the District 4 seat left vacant by the resignation of previous Board member Jeffrey D. Wassmer.  Mr. Roane and the five other applicants made presentations to the Board of Supervisors during the meeting in York Hall.  Following the presentations, the Board deliberated before appointing Mr. Roane to the position. Congratulations to Mr. Roane on his appointment to the Board. Contact information for all five Board members is available on the website.

G. Stephen Roane, District 4 Board of Supervisor

Tourism Development Awarded Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Grant

  • York County Tourism Development has received $20,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Program (RMLP). This grant is designed to help tourism entities within the Commonwealth to attract more visitors by leveraging limited marketing dollars through a local match of state grants funds.

The Tourism Office will use the funding to continue to tell the story of Yorktown with a goal of increasing awareness and visitation to the destination, and therefore stimulating economic activity and future travel. The funds will also support a targeted video campaign; increased digital and search advertising; targeted email campaigns; and a more prominent presence in the Virginia Travel Guide. All of the aforementioned initiatives will tie in with the Virginia is for Lovers brand campaigns.   

“Tourism is a crucial section of the Virginia economy and when we invest in this industry, we support local job creation and drive regional economic growth, which is desperately needed now due to the pandemic,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “These funds give localities and businesses access to critical marketing resources that will help bring more travelers to our Commonwealth, increase visitor spending, and grow demand for Virginia products.” 

“There’s no doubt the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism and hospitality industries including here in Yorktown,” shared York County Tourism Manager Kristi Olsen. “Opportunities such as this from the VTC allow us to remain a relevant and desirable destination year-round in Virginia. It also helps us to continue to collaborate with local businesses, attractions, and community partners to create innovative campaigns to inspire people to come eat, stay, and play in our tip of the Historic Triangle.”

Saturday’s Mistletoe Market has Extended Hours for Your Holiday Shopping!

  • The Historic Yorktown waterfront will transform into a Christmas wonderland for the final Market Days event of the year. During the extended hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 12, children of all ages are invited to participate in this FREE fun for the community.

NEW this year - a festive live ice-carving demonstration! Don’t forget to don your most spirited attire (including a festive face covering) to march in our Toyland Parade which will make a short loop around Riverwalk to celebrate the holiday season. This community tradition will be led by the Fifes and Drums of York Town. 

Additional information is available on the Market’s website.

Mistletoe Market
We are taking important precautions to keep our customers and vendors safe amidst COVID-19 concerns, including required spacing between vendors and a setup to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas. All vendors and staff are required to wear face coverings when interacting with customers who are less than six feet away. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up as you enter, as well as signs stating that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to shop the market. 

Parks and Recreation Taking Registrations for Start Smart Basketball, Adult Fitness Classes

  • Parents!  Register your 5, 6, or 7 year old in Start Smart Basketball to help them learn the basics of this sport. Weekly sessions are held at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from January 5 through February 9 at three locations: Grafton Bethel Elementary, Tabb Elementary, or Yorktown Elementary. Additional information and registration are available online.  Please register by December 29.  
  • Register now for Adult Fitness Classes at Grafton Bethel Elementary School. Class sizes are limited and participants will be spaced ten feet apart.  Classes begin the week of January 11 – perfect timing for New Year’s Resolutions!  Courses offered include Hi/Lo Combo, Yoga, Interval Training, Zumba, and Strength Training. Cost is $40 for residents. Additional information and registration are available online by January 8.

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Peninsula Health District Offers Free Testing at Eight Sites December 12-19

  • The demand for COVID-19 testing has increased dramatically since Thanksgiving. The Peninsula Health District is partnering with the Hampton Health District to offer free testing beginning as soon as tomorrow (12/12).  Testing is available for those ages 12 and up.  The dates, times and locations are available on the Peninsula Health District’s Facebook page.  Additional COVID-19 information and links are available on the County’s COVID-19 Connection.

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Colonial National Historical Park Rate Increase Begins January 1, 2021

  • The New Year will bring new rates to the Colonial National Historical Park: Yorktown Visitor Center and Battlefield Tour Roads, Jamestown Visitor Center, Glasshouse and the Jamestown Island Drive Tour Road. Complete details are available on the Park’s website.  

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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December 4, 2020

The Holidays Come to Historic Yorktown this Weekend; Military Discounts at Several Local Businesses; Winter Youth Basketball Registration; & More

The Holidays Come to Historic Yorktown this Weekend

  • Whether you're searching for a holiday gift for family and friends or as a treat to yourself—you’re sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main Street! Close to 60 vendors will spread out up and down Main Street, in a socially distanced set-up - selling everything from local art like paintings, jewelry, and photography to breads, sweets, and other goodies. Get your greenery and Christmas wreaths too! Be sure to bring your appetites in addition to those shopping lists. Food trucks will be set up on Church Street selling lunch, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Musical entertainment and caroling add to the festive atmosphere!  The Market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 6.

Market on Main We are taking important precautions to keep our customers and vendors safe amidst COVID-19 concerns, including required spacing between booths and a setup to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas. Shoppers are asked to follow the signs and designated arrows on site to keep folks moving in the same direction. If the event reaches capacity, an entry line will form on Ballard Street.  All vendors and staff are required to wear face coverings when interacting with customers who are less than 6 feet away. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up as you enter, as well as signs stating that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to shop at the market.

  • Additional events in Yorktown this weekend include:  Viking Yuletide at the Watermen’s Museum – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.; Cookies with Santa at the Gallery at York Hall, 301 Main St. – Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.  Details available on the Visit Yorktown website

Military Discounts Available at Several Local Businesses

  • The Office of Economic Development has compiled a list of York County businesses that offer military discounts. Retail, Health/Fitness/Beauty, Food/Beverages, Accommodations, Business/Services, and Leisure/Travel are all included on the list, complete with business name and website address. Best of all, the business links are active so that you can easily visit their websites.  You can find the listing and more business information on the Economic Development website. 

Winter Youth Basketball League Now Taking Registrations

  • York County Parks & Recreation’s youth basketball program is accepting registrations now through December 14. The program is being developed under current state guidelines for safety and space needs. Practices are scheduled to begin in January. To help prepare for this fun, skill-building program, we ask that registrations be completed now although no fees are due at this time.  Payments will be due in the first week of practice in January. This program is for children ages 7 to 18.  For more information or to register, visit the Parks & Recreation website.

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Waste Management Center Announces January 1 Fee Increase for Contractors/Non-Subscribers

  • Beginning January 1, 2021, the tipping fee for Contractors, residents from other localities and County residents who do not subscribe to the County’s curbside collection program who bring waste to York County’s Transfer Station will increase to $57.83 per ton (prorated by weight with a minimum fee of $7 for the first 260 pounds for York County and Poquoson residents only).  This is an increase from the current rate of $56.23.  County residents who subscribe to the curbside garbage collection program will still be able to bring additional garbage to the Waste Management facility for no additional charge. 

National Park Service Announces Shoreline Protection & Enhancement Project

  • Last month, the National Park Service at Colonial National Historical Park began a shoreline protection and enhancement project along the western shore of the York River, near Indian Field Creek and Felgates Creek, which will restrict fishing and other access along the shoreline in portions of the project area until March 1, 2021.  Certain Parkway pullouts will be partially utilized by the contractor, which will reduce parking availability at these sites.  Information about the Colonial National Historical Park is available on the website.

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Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.