April 2021

Citizen News Weekly

April 30, 2021

Pop-up Vaccine Clinics: Busy Weekend at Riverwalk Landing; and a Few More Notes from the Week

Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics May 6 and May 7 in York County

Individuals ages 16 and up may attend one of three Pfizer Vaccine pop-up clinics next week:

  • Thursday, May 6 – 1 to 7 p.m. at McReynolds Athletic Complex, 412 Sports Way
  • Friday, May 7 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Woods of Yorktown, Old Williamsburg Road
  • Friday, May 7 – 2:30 to 6 p.m. at Yorktown Square Apartments, Rivermeade Court

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Vaccines are free.  These pop-up clinics are administered by the Williamsburg Drug Company. More information about these clinics will be available online early next week.  Individuals may also search for and schedule vaccinations online through the CDC’s VaccineFinder, which includes pharmacy listings and health department clinics.

Tourism Development Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week as Two Popular Events Return to Yorktown this Weekend

Yorktown’s Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is tomorrow – Saturday, May 1 – and tickets have been selling fast!  In fact, the 3:30 shift is SOLD OUT, but tickets remain for the first one from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., perfect for a lunch of BBQ, seafood and other festival favorites along with brews from a dozen local craft breweries.  Four of the hottest blues bands in Hampton Roads are set to perform.  More details are available online.  

Blues, Brews & BBQ

And on Sunday, stroll down the Riverwalk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the eighth annual Art at the River Juried Art Show! Incredible, one-of-a-kind work will be on display and artists will gladly chat with you about their items and sell you a piece or two.  Forty-three local and regional artists were carefully selected to participate and Juried Art Show prizes will be awarded, so don’t forget to cast your vote in the People’s Choice Award. Food and beverages will be available from Coastal Thirst and all Historic Yorktown restaurants will be open. The Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at 10 a.m., followed by music until 3.  This event is FREE!  Visit the website for details.  These events are a great way to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week – May 2-8 – and experience the work of our Tourism Development staff. The week spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry and the critical role that travel will play in bringing back our vibrant communities, restoring the economy, rebuilding our workforce, and reconnecting America. Cheers to everyone in Tourism Development who are dedicated to promoting Yorktown.

Art at the River

Register by May 27 for Special Recreation Camp

This summer program is designed to provide a variety of fun recreational opportunities for young people with disabilities and/or special needs. Camp is Monday through Friday, June 28-July 23, and is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers can look forward to weekly themes, arts and crafts, special visitors, games, movies and more! Fee is $225 for residents and $400 for non-residents.  For more information or to register for this and other Parks and Recreation programs, visit the Parks and Recreation website.  

Special Recreation Camp

A Few More Notes for the Week…..We recently celebrated National Volunteer Week and think our volunteers are the BEST!  York County’s volunteers serve as coaches and camp assistants, participate in litter clean-up events, and also serve on our many boards, commissions, and committees!  In fact, right now, applications are needed for the Historic Yorktown Design Committee (must be a resident of the historic area). Check out the application online for serving on a board and, if you would like to serve as a volunteer elsewhere, email us and be sure to specify your area of interest!     Dominion Energy is asking the public – particularly those who live within a 10 mile radius of the Surry Power Station – to take a five-minute survey online to help the utility and local emergency managers understand our citizens’ personal emergency safety plans. Survey results will be used to help enhance emergency planning and response operations.    This week, York-Poquoson Social Services, in partnership with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, held a ribbon-cutting for its Little Free Libraries where a reader can pick up a free book and leave one in its place! Two Little Libraries are located at 301 Goodwin Neck Road (one for adults and the other for children) with a third Little Library planned for Poquoson. Check out photos and video from Monday’s event on the County’s Facebook page 

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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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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April 23, 2021

History Collection Moves to Tabb; Yorktown Beach Ready for the Season; and Reminders for Events this Weekend

Yorktown Library’s Local History Collection Moving to Tabb Branch Temporarily during Closure, Expansion
The Yorktown Library is closing at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, for renovation and expansion. This construction project is adding 10,000 square feet of space and will provide updated spaces for events and programs, an updated children’s wing and new story time room, a brand-new space just for teens, innovative technology workspaces, and private study rooms. In anticipation of the move, the Local History Collection that contains over 800 volumes and has been the go-to place for York County historyLocal History and genealogy for many years, is being carefully packed up and moved temporarily to the Tabb Library, where it will be available to the public in early May. Once renovations are completed, the Local History Collection will return to Yorktown. The collection includes works from popular local historians such as Thelma Ironmonger Hansford, John Franklin Green, and David Stall. Other notable items include U.S. Census records dating back hundreds of years, York County deeds and wills, and various regimental histories. Many resources have been digitized and can be accessed onlineLocal History from the library’s internet archive. While the Yorktown branch is closed, limited services will be available at the Grafton Annex, 5751 George Washington Memorial Highway, the location of the former Fire Station 1. This site will offer curbside library pickup and a book drop, with a browsing room inside the building scheduled to open early August.  For complete details, read today’s press release and be sure to follow the Library’s progress on Facebook!  (Shown in the pic are Library Director Kevin Smith and Library Assistant Jane Snyder inspecting items in the Local History Collection as they are being packed up and temporarily relocated to the Tabb Library.)   

Yorktown Prepares for Pirates as Beach Gets Ready for Warm WeatherPirates Invade Yorktown
Avast! This weekend the Pirates Invade Yorktown – Saturday AND Sunday – and offer demonstrations, sea shanty singalongs, pirate school and training, music, a puppet show a hunt for treasure, and more! On Saturday, the pirate-themed Market is from 8 to 3, with the pirates invading from 10 to 5. While the market is only on Saturday, the scallywags return on Sunday from 10 to 5. For a complete schedule of the fun, and to view and print the treasure map, dance on over to Visit Yorktown’s website. And while you’re at the waterfront, take a peek at the YorktoMobi Matwn Beach. The sand has been replenished recently and, as of this week, the Mobi-Mat is once again back on the beach to help get ready for warm days and beachgoers.  The Mobi-Mat is a hard surfaced mat placed on the sand that accommodates walkers, wheelchairs, and strollers so that everyone can have access to the beach. Also available is a Mobi-Chair, used by disabled guests who want to get into the water. The Mobi-Chair is free to use and guests must be accompanied by at least one friend or family member for safety.   More information on the Mobi-Mat and Mobi-Chair is available online.  

Parks and Recreation Celebrates Resilience Week May 2-8
Join friends and neighbors at the Resilience Workshop, “Create Your Coping Strategy,” that is being offered free to the public. There are three sessions available:  once each for teens, adults, and seniors. At the workshop you will learn to discover how resilience improves the quality of your life, learn simple techniques to help cope during hard times, and create your own coping strategy. Also during Resilience Week, get the endorphins flowing with a Fun Walk through the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) on May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. The following evening, a Drum Circle at New Quarter Park will help you get in tune with yourself and with other participants. On Thursday, enjoy a Sunset Kayak Tour that is sure to rejuvenate your spirit.  For more information on these programs, or to register, visit the Parks and Recreation website.  While visiting the page, be sure to check out the many other programs coming up: Zumba, Yoga, Kayak Tours, Weekend on Your Wheels, and more.

A Few More Notes for the Week…..The Drug Take Back is tomorrow (April 24) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Public Works, 105 Service Drive. Paper shredding, food drive, and plastic bag recycling are offered too!  Also this weekend (April 23-25), the National Park Service offers Pedal the Parkway – a full weekend where the parkway is closed to vehicles, but wide open for bicyclists and pedestrians!  Full details online.  Keep America Beautiful is accepting  applications from businesses, schools, localities, and service organizations looking to make a positive environmental impact on their communities.  The 30 in 30 Green Grants program is designed to support communities while helping the natural environment.  Deadline to apply is April 30.  York-Poquoson Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale is Saturday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to noon at the York Learning Garden, 301 Goodwin Neck Road. Choose from annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and Yorktown Onions! Only cash and checks accepted. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own carts, wagons, or boxes.  

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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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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April 16, 2021

French Market Celebrates Sister City; Budget Public Hearing; Weekend On Your Wheels Returns

French Market Tomorrow; Wednesday is Historic Garden Week in Yorktown

Tomorrow we pay tribute to Yorktown’s sister city Port-Vendres during the French Market at Riverwalk Landing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Lively music, exquisite art, and traditional foods like baguettes, chocolates, macarons, and crepes are waiting for you at the waterfront.  Enjoy the Wine Garden and place your bids in the Silent Auction. Back by popular demand is the Flea Market featuring vintage and repurposed collectibles. For more information, and the season long schedule, visit the Market Days website.  Return to Yorktown on Wednesday for Historic Garden Week.  The Freight Shed will be filled with show-stopping tabletop creations and participants can tour the Custom House gardens.  Visitors will also enjoy a Gardening Talk at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and have the opportunity to tour other garden sites. Before you leave, purchase your very own Yorktown Onion from the Celebrate Yorktown Committee.  This event costs $20/person and tickets must be purchased online.
French Market

Time to Get Pumped Up!  WOYW Returns April 25

The popular “Weekend on Your Wheels” youth mountain bike race series returns to New Quarter Park on Sunday, April 25! Kids ages 3 to 18 can register to race at the park’s specially designed mountain bike trail for children. Three courses are available for different age and skill levels. Parents must be present and helmets are required.  Registration fee is $25 per child or $10 for a single race day.  In case of bad weather, call the rainout line at (757) 890-3501 and dial ext. 35.  Complete program details are available on the Parks and Recreation website.
WOYW

BOS meeting and Proposed FY22 Budget Public Hearing is Tuesday

The public has the opportunity to comment on the County Administrator’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.  The Public Hearing begins at 7 p.m. in York Hall (301 Main Street). Those unable to attend the in-person meeting may email the Board members or leave a voice mail message at (757) 890-3220. To have your comments included in the official minutes of the meeting, please be sure to leave your full name and address. The Budget is scheduled for adoption on May 4. Capacity is limited. Safety precautions apply. The full meeting agenda is available online. 

Movies and Story Times at the Park and Libraries!  

The popular free Movies in the Parks series continues tomorrow with Detective Pikachu at Charles Brown Park (1950 Old Williamsburg Road)!  Movie time is sunset and moviegoers may bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.  Concessions are available to purchase. In case of bad weather, please call the Rainout line – (757) 890-3501 – and choose ext. 31 for Charles Brown Park.  The complete movie schedule is available online.  See you at the movies!  Also at Charles Brown Park…join us for Story Time in April and May. Sponsored by the Library and Parks and Recreation, this program is recommended for preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. You can also join us for fun, stories, and songs at the Outdoor Story Times at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries.  Register weekly for Toddler Tales or Preschool Story Time. Of course, these outdoor story times are weather permitting.  For schedule, visit the Library’s website.
Story Time

A Few More Notes for the Week…..The Voter Registration website has been updated to include information about the June 8 primaries.  Currently, primaries are scheduled to be held for the Democratic Party for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.  The Virginia State Income Tax filing due date has been extended to May 17 for your 2020 individual income tax returns. This extended date also applies to any tax payments due for those returns. Penalty and interest apply after May 17.  Call the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office at (757) 890-3381 for more information.  York-Poquoson Cooperative Extension wants to know…Are you having tree issues?  Call their office at (757) 890-4940 and a trained Master Gardener Tree Steward will schedule a free visit with you on your property to assess your tree!  May Adult Group Tennis Lessons are being offered in May.  Lessons will be held at Tabb High School on Tuesday evenings.  The fee is $50 for residents and $75 for non-residents.  Be sure to register by April 26.  Details and registration portal are online.

Pirates Invade Yorktown next weekend…Arrrgh you ready?

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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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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April 9, 2021

Market Days Goes Green; Local Businesses Get Support; Master Gardeners' Plants Go on Sale

Yorktown Market Days Season Begins Tomorrow!

These award-winning Saturday markets return to the waterfront tomorrow (4/10) from 8 a.m. to noon. Fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, artwork, the Fifes & Drums of York Town, and live entertainment await you each Saturday. This first market is a team effort alongside the County’s Department of Public Works and the Beautification Committee to bring you the Go Green Market!  To help promote protecting our environment, staff are handing out free giveaways and visitors should be on the lookout for children’s crafts, activities and games. Shoppers have the opportunity to discuss eco-friendly topics with artists and vendors.  Some businesses are offering recycling incentives for future purchases!  Be sure to meet us at the market.  For the full 2021 schedule, visit the Market Days website.
Market Days

Proposed FY22 Budget Public Hearing Coming Up

The public has the opportunity to comment on the County Administrator’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget at the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in York Hall (301 Main Street). Those unable to attend the in-person meeting may email the Board members or leave a voice mail message at (757) 890-3220. To have your comments including in the official minutes of the meeting, please be sure to leave your full name and address. The Budget is scheduled for adoption on May 4.  Capacity is limited. Safety precautions apply.

Support Still Available for Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 

The York County Office of Economic Development has been supporting our local businesses this past year with important information and resources. New programs are still being launched so be sure to check the COVID-19 Business Resources on their website, often, to see what is available. The links, qualifications, and details on how to apply for these grants and other loans are just a click away. In addition to the financial support, York County Economic Development continues to host a  Lunch and Learn Series and other small business and networking seminars that are also geared toward surviving these challenging times. For more information, go to yesyorkcounty.com or call (757) 890-3717. 

Learn New Sports Skills with Parks and Recreation

There are many opportunities to learn new skills or hone older ones through our Parks and Recreation sports programs. Youth and Adult year-round martial arts and self-defense instruction for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels are available.  For more information, call Master Kristen Marsell at (757) 660-9109.  And, registration begins Monday, April 12, for Youth Sports Camps.  We have multiple camps available coming up this summer including full and half day programs.  Visit the Parks and Recreation website for more information, including dates, locations, and fees. 

Got Plants?   

The York/Poquoson Master Gardeners’ annual spring plant sale is Saturday, May 1, from 8 am to noon at the York Learning Garden, 301 Goodwin Neck Road (adjacent to the York County Public Safety Building). Annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and many Yorktown Onions are available for purchase. Be sure to bring your carts, wagons or boxes. Also, Master Gardeners can help with your gardening & landscaping questions virtually. Simply email your questions and photos to us and we do the rest!
Cooperative Extension Plant Sale

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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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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April 2, 2021

Pinwheels on Display, Roads Closed for Run, and Safety Programs for Seniors

Pinwheels Placed at Operations Center in Recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month

Earlier today, staff of York-Poquoson Social Services (YPSS) and members of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, 911 and Fire, Life and Safety placed bright blue and silver pinwheels at the entrance of the York County Operations Center in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Pinwheels are symbols of childhood and represent efforts made by child advocacy groups and organizations to ensure children have every opportunity to grow up in a safe and healthy environment, free from the threat of child abuse. For more information and resources, call YPSS at (757) 890-3787.
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The Gallery at York Hall is Open for your Shopping Enjoyment!

Located at 301 Main Street in the historic area, the Gallery has operating hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Gallery is a great place to view and purchase quality local art.  Quilts, photographs, paintings, pottery, jewelry and more await you at the Gallery.  Themed exhibits and entertainment are planned for this spring and summer. You can read all about it in this week’s press release.
Yorktown Mugs

Victory at Yorktown 5K/10K Races Require Historic Area Road Closures Tomorrow

This is the sixth year for this popular race held in Historic Yorktown. Visitors and locals should be aware of road closures and traffic delays associated with this event tomorrow (4/3). For details on how this race may impact your visit to Yorktown Saturday morning, please read this week’s press release. Best of luck to all the runners!
Victory at Yorktown Race Logo

Riverwalk Landing Piers Now Open to Boaters

Dock your boat and take advantage of the waterfront’s beautiful beach, restaurants, and special events! The Riverwalk Landing Piers provide docking for overnight stays and transient boaters. Tie up and step ashore to grab a bite to eat or do a little shopping. Take advantage of this prime parking on the water for our outdoor concerts, Yorktown Market Days, and festivals. Pier details, including utilities and water depth, are available online along with docking fees and reservation information.
RWL piers

At the Senior Center of York 

Register today for the April 20 “Safe and Sound” presentation from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office and Department of Fire & Life Safety.  Learn about a program that allows signing up to receive non-emergency wellness checks and the “Heads Up” program that provides emergency personnel with important pre-existing condition data helpful in 911 situations will be discussed. Spaces still available for this “age in place” presentation and other Senior Center programs online or by calling the Senior Center at (757) 890-3444.
Safe and Sound

Let’s Get Moving with Parks & Recreation  

Back Creek Park is the place to be Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. starting April 6 when the park hosts $2 Pickleball Mornings!  The fee covers the court rental, balls and paddles. You do not need to register in advance . . . just show up and have fun! More info online.  Just a reminder that Parks and Recreation has family skating available for $50, giving you a private one-hour long session. Sensory-friendly family skating sessions are also available. Visit Parks and Recreation’s website for more details.  

Board of Supervisors Work Session Tuesday

The Tuesday, April 6 meeting, to be held virtually, includes presentations on the following segments of the Proposed FY22 Budget: Community Services Grants, Compensation and Healthcare, Budget Adjustments and Personal Property Tax.  The complete agenda is available online.  This meeting is televised live on WYCG-TV (Cox 48, Verizon 36) and livestreamed on the WYCG-TV page.  If you are not able to watch the meeting, you can view the presentations on the Board of Supervisors page under “Meetings” and then “Presentations to the Board,” or on the Budget site.   

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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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.