May 2021

Citizen News Weekly

May 28, 2021

"Appointment Only" Offices Return to Regular Hours, Show Your Love for County Businesses, and Yorktown Library Expansion Getting Underway

Following Memorial Day Holiday, All Offices Return to Regular Hours

All County offices and courts are closed Monday, May 31, in honor of Memorial Day.  The County’s Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled for noon at York Hall (301 Main Street) and includes a keynote speaker, wreath laying, the playing of “Taps,” and more.  Please click for the press release about the ceremony. On Tuesday, June 1, all offices will be open with no appointments required. Check our website for hours of operation.   

Home-Based Business Lunch & Learn Series Continues; Show Your Love for York County Businesses

“Identifying Opportunities to Diversify Your Revenue” is the topic of next month’s Lunch & Learn Series for home-based business owners and those interested in starting one. This virtual presentation is held Wednesday, June 9, from 12 to 1 p.m. and features Dr. Rachel Frazier from the William & Mary School of Business. Lunch & Learns are held the second Wednesday of each month. Series sponsor T-Mobile is offering a sweepstakes for participants.  Each time you attend a Lunch & Learn, you will be given a link to enter into a drawing for a chance to win a $1,500 Best Buy gift card!  Registration is free and available online.  

York County Economic Development and the York County Chamber of Commerce are holding a Love York Biz contest!  Submit a short video describing what makes a business special – it can be a store, restaurant, company, even a home-based business. Videos will be posted to Facebook.  The best part is…both you AND the business may win a prize. 

Love York Biz

Yorktown Library Closes Saturday for Expansion Project

At 5 p.m., the doors at the Yorktown branch will close for an upgrade and expansion of this facility.  Not only will the building be renovated, but 10,000 square feet will be added.  Upon completion, the library will include new space for events and programs, an updated Children’s Wing and new story time room, new space for teens, and more.  Patrons needing to return materials will be able to do so via the Yorktown Library’s book drop, which remains open through Friday, June 18.  Beginning Tuesday, July 6, citizens may visit the Grafton Annex (5751 George Washington Memorial Highway) for curbside pickup service and book drop.  In August, this temporary location will be open for browsing popular items including new titles.  Details are available on the Library’s website.  York County’s Public Library and Parks & Recreation are hosting “The Marvelous Land of Oz” puppet show, based on the second book in the series by L. Frank Baum, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at the Boys & Girls Club, 11201 George Washington Memorial Highway.  This performance is free, but registration is required through the Library’s events calendar.        

While we’re on the Subject of Libraries…

The Little Free Libraries located adjacent to the Public Safety Building (301 Goodwin Neck Road) continue to provide free books and resources to adults and children. With swimming season upon us, the children’s little library contains coloring sheets on water safety and mini-colored pencil packs to help children and their caregivers understand the dangers of unsupervised swimming and also the need to wear a life jacket.  Other coloring sheets are on rip currents, pool and deck safety, appropriate flotation devices, and wearing sunscreen. These free items will be available throughout the summer.
Little Library

County Voted “Best of” by Magazine’s Readers

The results are in with York County bringing in multiple top honors in Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Readers’ Choice awards. Votes were cast in categories including Restaurants, Local Attractions, Travel & Leisure, and Shopping.  Readers agree Historic Yorktown and Riverwalk Landing have some of the best places to eat, stay, and play on the Peninsula. Thanks to the voters for choosing York County!  Read more about it in this week’s press release.
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Register for Volleyball Camp and Tennis Camps 

Kids ages 7 to 16 may sign up for Volleyball camp held August 2-6 at Seaford Elementary School.  Ages 7-11 will attend from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. while ages 12-16 attend from 1 to 4 p.m. This all-skills volleyball camp will ignite and excite kids about the fun competition of volleyball.  Serving, passing, setting, and hitting skills are developed and players have the opportunity to use them during tournament-style competition each day of camp.  Tennis camps are open to players of all abilities. Weekly camps from June 28 to August 6 at either Back Creek Park or Kiln Creek Park are available. Visit the Parks and Recreation website for camp details and fees.  We are still recruiting for part-time positions in Parks and Recreation for summer program staff.  Visit the Human Resources website to apply and for complete job listings. 

A Few More Notes for the Week…..Movies in the Parks continues June 5 with a showing of the 2004 movie “Miracle” at New Quarter Park. The movie begins shortly after sunset. This event is free.   The plastic bag recycling containers at the Yorktown Library are being moved to the main office at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (412 Sports Way off Rt. 17) during library renovation. Recyclers may bring their plastic bags, wraps and film to the MAC, the Tabb Library, and the Waste Management Center.  For more info on plastic recycling, visit the Waste Management website.   

York County joins AskHRGreen in the #NoButtsAboutIt campaign asking smokers to keep cigarette butts off our beaches, parks and roadsides.


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

Citizen News Weekly

May 21, 2021

Senior Center Ends Successful Run as COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic; Sounds of Summer Returns June 3; Still Time to Register Your Child for Summer Programs

Senior Center COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Closing May 26

Since opening as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic the end of January, the Senior Center has provided 10,000 doses to citizens. The last shots, Moderna vaccine second doses, will be administered Wednesday, May 26.  As the vaccine supply becomes more available in pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and pop-up clinics, the demand for this location has diminished. A big thanks to the Peninsula Health Department, the volunteers, and the Senior Center and County staff that worked so hard to vaccinate so many in our neighborhood clinic and to reach this milestone. To find vaccine availability and locations, please visit the CDC’s vaccine site. 

Congratulations to York County’s Outstanding Youth

At the May 18th Board of Supervisors meeting, five York County students received this year’s scholarship award and recognition from Chairman Chad Green and the Board. In addition to the 2021 winners in the four categories – Courage, Compassion, Community Service, and Overall Achievement – a special award was presented for Engagement in Local Government. See all the award winners, along with highlights of their accomplishments, here. Watch this and all of the Board of Supervisors meetings live on WYCG-TV and on demand. 

Citizen News Quarterly Edition Now Available Online

This weekly newsletter gives you a glance at all that is going on around the County, but for a more in-depth read on County happenings, projects, economic development, and a message from the County Administrator, check out the summer edition of Citizen News Quarterly available now. Please be sure to share the link with others who may be interested. 
Citizen NewsLive Outdoor Concerts Return to Riverwalk Landing June 3!

Nothing says summer like concerts at the Yorktown waterfront! We’re thrilled to announce the return of the Sounds of Summer series kicking off Thursday, June 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with The Tidewater Drive Band. Families of all ages are invited to bring their blankets and chairs and grab a seat near the Riverwalk Landing Performance stage for a night of fun. Performances will take place through August 12 (with the exception of July 1) as a way to bring the community together for free outdoor entertainment. Arrive early to grab dinner at any of Historic Yorktown's amazing restaurants. Water Street Grille will also be set up near the venue with several to-go options. Under new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks, although individuals who are not yet vaccinated are still strongly encouraged to do so. Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus within 14 days, is not permitted to enter. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in multiple locations throughout the venue and there will be routine cleaning and disinfection in high contact/traffic areas throughout the event.  For complete details including this year’s lineup of great bands, read this week’s press release. 

Sounds of Summer

Register Your Child for One of our Summer Programs

Parks and Recreation has great summer programs for kindergartners up to sixth grade!  Summer Art Camps are for grades 1 through 6 and held at Tabb Middle School:  3D Structure and Sculpture, June 21-24; 2D Studio Drawing and Painting, July 26-29, and Entwined: Fabric and Fiber, August 9-12. Registration ends June 11.    Field Trip Fever complements the Summer Fun Camp and is also open to children grades 1 through 6. This fully supervised program is held at Coventry, Grafton Bethel, and Magruder elementary schools and is two sessions:  Fridays, July 2-30 (registration ends June 18) and Monday-Friday, August 2-6 (registration ends July 16).    This year’s “Safety Town” is a LIVE Webinar featuring safety lessons for pre-kindergartners. The mini-town returns to teach traffic and pedestrian safety in person at York Middle School. After registering your child for the program, you can pick your time slot for your child to “ride the town.”  Registration begins Monday, May 24, for County residents and Tuesday, June 1, for residents of other localities.  For more information about all these programs, or to register, visit Parks and Recreation’s website

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“Get Outside Kit” for Kids Available from York/Poquoson Cooperative Extension

All you need to do to get your free “Get Outside Kit” is visit two parks and two gardens in York County or Poquoson, take a selfie, and bring them to the office located in Washington Square Shopping Center (5338 George Washington Memorial Hwy) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 24-June 11.

Lets get outside

Become a Master Gardener in 2021

You can learn more about gardening and can make a difference in your community by becoming a Master Gardener! This 12-week virtual course begins August 18 and continues through November 10 on Wednesday evenings. Visit the Cooperative Extension website for details about course fees and to register. 

Senior Citizens Invited to Join HEAL Program

Take control of your health and register now for this free health series held Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 8-29, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center (5314 George Washington Memorial Hwy).  The award-winning Literacy for Life HEAL Program helps adults increase their knowledge of current health care topics, medical terminology, and standard processes. Learn how to describe symptoms, read and understand medicine instructions, use Urgent Care instead of the ED when appropriate, how to properly complete medical forms, and more. Register by June 4 online or by calling the Senior Center at (757) 890-3444. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Wednesday, May 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Grafton School Complex
Grafton School Complex Vaccination Clinic

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

Citizen News Weekly

May 14, 2021

Vaccine Clinics Continue, Party at the MAC;  Support Group Launches for Single Parents

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Continue 

Visitors are continuing to stop by the Senior Center for COVID-19 vaccines:  Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  Walk-ins are welcome for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Mondays, May 17 & 24, and June 7 from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m.  Moderna clinics – 2nd dose – are scheduled for Wednesdays, May 19 & 26, and June 2 & 9 beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Visit the COVID-19 Connection for more information. As an added convenience, coming up next week, residents have another resource—on Tuesday and Thursday, The Mount Peninsula Church is holding Walk-Up Clinics for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Stop by either day between 2 and 6:30 p.m. for this single-dose vaccination.  You can also reserve your spot by registering online. 

Parks and Recreation has Programs for All Ages

Parks and Recreation is bringing people back together to celebrate senior citizens.  Seniors age 55 and older (and their spouses regardless of age) are invited to the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) on Wednesday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a hotdog lunch, goodie bag, and musical entertainment by Phil Poteat.  Please register by May 27.    Junior golfers of all abilities may register for a half-day Kiskiack Golf Camp where emphasis will be placed on etiquette, rules, swing fundamentals, and the short game.  Camp is held August 2-5. More information is available online.    Moonlight & Music returns to New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive) on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. Join local musician Joe Duggan for a round-robin style acoustic jam session. Play along, sing along, or just sit back and enjoy the tunes. For more information, call (757) 890-5840.
NQP Moonlight and Music 5-26

 A Support Group for Single Parents Begins May 20

If you are a single parent of a child between the ages of 12 and 18, please consider joining this support group for an hour of discussion, strategies, and…as the name states…support!  Single parents are often overlooked and underserved in the parenting world, and York County Juvenile Services is hoping to help eliminate that by hosting this group.  The meeting is held from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom.  For login info or more details, please email
Single Parents

Citizen News Quarterly Coming Soon!

The next issue of our quarterly newsletter will be available online early next week! Be on the lookout for articles on all the great projects underway in the Department of Public Works, Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula, Tourism Development’s schedule of upcoming events, a message from the County Administrator, and too much for you to miss!  If you do not already receive notifications about Citizen News Quarterly – and Citizen News Weekly – be sure you register to receive alerts to your email inbox!   

May 16-22 – Recognizing Two Very Special Teams!

Public Works Week

Sunday marks the start of National EMS Week and National Public Works Week. We appreciate all those who serve York County in these roles.  

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                                                                                                                                       Citizen News Weekly

May 7, 2021

It's All About Wellness at Market Days, Select Senior Center Clinics Now Accepting Walk-Ins, Restaurant Revitalization Fund Now Open

Need the COVID-19 Vaccine?  View Senior Center’s Clinic Schedule Online

Since clinic operations started at the Senior Center of York at the end of January, clinic staff have administered over 9,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine!  This important work continues over the next several weeks, including some days that accept Walk-Ins!  The schedule is available on the County’s COVID-19 Connection and includes the vaccine that is being administered each day and whether these are first or second dose clinics. Cheers to those folks – employees and volunteers – who have been working these clinics to keep us all safe.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Now Open for Local Eateries 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. The Small Business Association’s new Restaurant Revitalization Fund is an important tool, just launched, to help an important part of our local economy.  Check the COVID-19 Business Resources on their website 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 or call (757) 890-3717. 

It’s All About Wellness at this Week’s Market Days

Tomorrow’s Wellness Market will have you jumping for joy!  Shop your favorite vendors and learn to improve your health and well-being with programs, resources, and more. Gather fitness information on customized instructor-led programs and personal training; nutrition and consultation; prevention screenings; foster parenting; summer camps; and free health screenings. Giveaways and special activities add to the fun.  Along with our regular vendors, you’ll be able to visit with representatives from local health and wellness centers, youth services groups, and our very own Parks & Recreation and Mosquito Control!  This event is free and open to the public….and held rain or shine. More information is available on the Yorktown Market Days website.
Wellness Market

Don’t Miss Movies in the Parks

Next Saturday, May 15, Movies in the Parks moves to Charles Brown Park for “The BFG,” which stands for “big friendly giant.”  This rated PG movie begins just after sunset on the baseball field and is free!  Concessions are available for purchase.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. In case of inclement weather, check the Parks and Recreation website or call the Rainout Line at (757) 890-3501, ext. 31.  Also on the calendar….Bingo at the Senior Center and registration for Baseball Camp for kids in grades 2-8.  Visit the website for details!

Great Jobs in the Great Outdoors

Who's looking for a summer gig? We have great opportunities to come work with us at York County and make some money while enjoying time outdoors! We have part-time openings in Parks and Recreation for Summer Fun staff, Instructors, and Facilities Supervisors. Our Tourism team is looking for event support and those great folks in Public Works are in need of a few more seasonal staff. Complete job listings and employment application are available on the Human Resources website. 
Parks and Recreation

A Few More Notes for the Week…..Household Chemical Collection, Computer Recycling, and Paper Shredding are tomorrow, May 8, on County Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road). Bring your items between 8 and noon and remain in your car! Staff will help unload your items.     Reminder:  2020 Individual Virginia State Income Tax filing due date has been extended to May 17. That includes any state tax payments due. For more information, please visit the Commissioner of the Revenue’s website.    Mark your calendar:  This year’s Clean the Bay Day is a six-day litter clean-up event beginning Monday, May 31, and lasting through Saturday, June 5! More information is available on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s website or call York County Waste Management at (757) 890-3780.

Happy Mothers Day

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