August 2021

Citizen News Weekly

August 27, 2021

Share Your Opinion at Upcoming Meetings; Concert Series Lineup Announced; Riverwalk Landing Piers Full of Action

Your Opinion Matters! Share Your Input at Upcoming Meetings

York County’s Comprehensive Plan – the long-range document that guides the development of the County and addresses items such as land use, historic resources, broadband, active transportation, and more – is currently underway. The steering committee involved in reviewing the updated Plan is hosting two meetings next month:  September 1 at Bruton High School and September 15 at Tabb Library. Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and begin with a presentation followed by an opportunity for citizens to speak one-on-one with staff and committee members and share their ideas and opinions.  More information, including other ways you can participate, is available in this week’s press release.   Also coming up, HRSD is holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 9 at Tabb High School to receive public comment about the Pressure Reducing Station planned for property near the high school.  At the open house, visitors can discuss the project with the HRSD team, view project site possibilities, ask questions, and make recommendations. For those who cannot attend this open house, a recorded presentation of the material will be posted on the HRSD website.

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Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series Lineup Announced!

Where will you be Thursdays this fall? Hopefully, at the waterfront from 6:30 to 8:30 for great performances from some of the area’s hottest bands playing jazz, country, and even a little bluegrass. Concerts begin September 9 with The Whiskey Rebellion and conclude October 14 with Good Shot Judy, with several other fantastic bands scheduled to perform during the series.  We recommend that guests bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating and consider arriving early for a bite to eat at one of our waterfront restaurants. Due to limited parking, the Yorktown Trolley will run until 9 p.m. on concert nights and visitors have the option of parking at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and riding a shuttle to the performance area.  Details and a complete listing of bands performing this year are available on the Visit Yorktown website.

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Visiting Yorktown by Land and by Sea

The Riverwalk Landing Piers are always full of action at this time of the year. This past weekend, the piers hosted 14 vessels from the Cavalier Boat Club out of Virginia Beach and, in the coming weeks, will host 11 vessels from the Mathews Yacht Club. Even as we approach fall, the piers are the perfect way to visit Yorktown to have dinner, attend a concert, or shop at one of our weekly farmers markets. After you tie up, take advantage of our complimentary trolley service to get around town and fully experience all that Yorktown has to offer.    Visitors are invited to stop by the Yorktown Monument tomorrow at approximately 2 p.m. as the W3R-US Bike and Kayak Tour arrives in town.  W3R stands for “Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route” and is the path American and French forces followed during the Revolutionary War down to Yorktown.  To help promote the W3R, a cyclist and support driver have been following the route, which begins in Newport, Rhode Island, all the way to its end - right here in our town!  Stop by, say “hi,” or give a friendly honk and wave as you pass by the Monument on your way to the beach.


Register by September 15 for Art Classes for Adults and Youth

Children ages 6-12 will explore the basic building blocks of art – line, pattern, shape, and color – in these classes held for eight weeks beginning September 21.  Held at the Senior Center, the course will make use of watercolors and pastels to create beautiful works of art.  Also at the Senior Center, beginning September 23, is an eight-week landscape painting class for those age 16 and up.  Sunrises, sunsets, high and low tides, and the ever changing seasonal colors will be explored.  Complete information, including cost and class times, is available on the Parks and Recreation website

York County Offices Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 6 is Labor Day and County offices will be closed.  Our website is available 24 hours-a-day, however, and can help provides answers to your questions. Trash collection is not affected by the holiday; however, recycling will be delayed one day.  Offices reopen at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 7.  See complete office listing in the press release

Additional Notes for the Week…..Movies in the Park visits New Quarter Park on September 4 with The Secret Life of Pets 2.  This free outdoor movie begins just after sunset.  Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Concessions are available for purchase.    York-Poquoson Social Services reminds you that the Child Care Subsidy Program may be able to help individuals needing child care due to work, job search, work-related training or education.  For more information, call (757) 890-3787.     Tune in to WHRO-Hampton Roads PBS at 8:30 p.m. on September 3 to watch Yorktown featured in a new travel show called Virginia FOUND.  You will see some familiar and favorite sites.

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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

Citizen News Weekly

August 20, 2021

Signs of New Construction; Grants for New Tourism Campaigns; Enroll in New Fitness Classes

Under Construction:  York County is Building to Protect our Future

This week, York County posted signage at two sites to inform the public of upcoming work.  In the upper County, work will soon begin on renovating an existing facility that will become Fire Station 7. The building on Mooretown Road once housed Crossroads Community Youth Home and will now provide fire and EMS services to residents and visitors of York County, and through mutual aid to James City and Williamsburg.  In the lower County, signage was installed at the site of the future Law Enforcement Building on Goodwin Neck Road.  This new facility will be under construction later this fall and will be over 50,000 square feet of space for the Sheriff’s Office, including squad and interview rooms, evidence storage space, expanded office space, a large meeting room, and more.  We will post updates on the York County website and Facebook page throughout construction of these facilities. 

York County Receives Grant for Tourism Marketing

The Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Program (RMLP) has awarded $20,000 to York County Tourism Development. The RMLP is designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds.  York County Tourism Development will use the grant funds to increase awareness and visitation to our destination through cooperative advertising programs with the VTC, including online digital and social media marketing campaigns.  The COVID-19 impact on tourism has been significant. VTS offered these grant funds to spur economic activity and future travel across Virginia.  York County Tourism appreciates being awarded these funds and will continue to promote year round visitation to the region. 

Preserve Your VHS Tapes with Help from the Tabb Library

Take a stroll down Memory Lane by having your VHS tapes digitized!  The Tabb Library is offering this free service to patrons with library cards in good standing.  You’ll need a minimum 5GB flash drive and you must sign a waiver before digitization begins.  Patrons may bring in one VHS tape at a time with no more than three per month.  For more information, email the Reference Department or call (757) 890-5120.   The Library is expanding its hours!  Currently open Monday through Saturday, the Tabb Library and Grafton Annex are expanding their hours to include 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning September 5.  Visit the Library website for upcoming programs.

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Citizen News Quarterly Now Available Online

Earlier this week, the County’s 12-page newsletter was published to the website.  This issue contains a cover story about the real estate assessment process and how the booming market may affect homeowners, thoughts from the County Administrator on current finances with a look toward next year, a calendar of events for the remainder of 2021, and much more.  Be sure to visit the County’s website to view this issue that features page turners, article pop-outs, hyperlinks to additional information, and archives of prior newsletters.
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Upcoming Fitness Classes Offered by Parks and Recreation

There are a variety of programs beginning soon, including Taekwondo and Hapkido!  Youth and adult year-round martial arts and self-defense classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels at Tabb Elementary.  These lessons are offered by Action Arts Academy.  Looking for fitness classes? Parks and Recreation is offering Zumba, Strength Training, Yoga, Cardio Combo and Hi/Lo Combo at Grafton Bethel Elementary.  Register by September 7; classes begin the following week.  Also, adult tennis lessons are being offered at Back Creek Park.  Register by September 7 for beginner and intermediate lessons on Tuesdays, co-ed singles on Wednesdays, and double league on Thursdays.  Details, fees, and registration portal are on the Parks and Recreation website. 

Additional Notes for the Week…..We are approaching the active part of hurricane season. Be sure you prepare your home and family in case a storm threatens our region. A variety of preparedness information is available on the Fire & Life Safety website. And, in case of an evacuation order, be sure you Know Your Zone.   Join us next Thursday, August 26, for the final performance in our Sounds of Summer Concert Series featuring Tidewater Drive Band!  The concert begins at 7 p.m.  Visit the website for details.

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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

Citizen News Weekly
August 13, 2021

Parking Deck Maintenance, Citizen News Coming, and Regional Emergency Operations Award Winner

Upper Level of Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace Closing Monday for Repairs

The project is expected to be completed by October 1.  With this closure, parking will be redirected to other free lots in town, including those at County Administration and the Courthouse. To accommodate visitors during the project, the Yorktown Trolley is expanding operations beginning Monday with a second trolley providing service seven days a week through Labor Day, and then on weekends until the project is completed, which is estimated to be October 1. The two trolleys will also operate from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays for the remaining Sounds of Summer concert performances (Slapnation on August 19 and Tidewater Drive Band on August 26).  Concertgoers can also park at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and ride a shuttle to and from the waterfront. Parking attendants/ambassadors will be available on weekends and concert evenings to direct visitors to available parking.  For more information about the parking terrace work, read this week’s press release.
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Coming Next Week….

The Fall 2021 Citizen News Quarterly will be published early next week and contain information you’ll want to hold on to.  The cover story is about this year’s real estate assessment and how it may affect you.  The County Administrator shares his thoughts on County finances and the impact of federal funding.  And, Tourism Development has included a schedule of events through the end of this year!  Once uploaded, the newsletter is available on the Public Affairs website.  You can also sign up for delivery directly to your inbox.  Be the first to know the latest news from York County! 

Regional Effort Wins Achievement Award

The Peninsula COVID-19 Operations Center (PCOC), established in early 2020 to manage the impact of the coronavirus on our region, is the recipient of a Virginia Association of Counties Achievement Award!  This PCOC served as an Incident Management Team encompassing all six fire and EMS governmental agencies on the Peninsula (York County, James City County, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson), Virginia Department of Health, law enforcement, military partners, and several other organizations.  The award will be presented to agency representatives at a future meeting of the Board of Supervisors.  
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Ella Taylor Road Traffic Calming Project Start Date Announced

In the July 23 Citizen News Weekly, we let readers know that the installation of speed tables on Ella Taylor Road would begin in coming weeks.  We now have a start date:  September 22.  When work begins, temporary lane closures and traffic delays may occur.  Electronic signs will notify drivers of the roadwork as we get closer to the start date.  Updates will be posted on our Facebook page and Public Works website.
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Additional Notes for the Week…..Don’t forget to register for the September 1 CarFit for Seniors in Newport News. Professionals will help you determine if your car fits your needs with a 12-point check of seat position, access to pedals, mirror adjustment, and more. Register on the Parks and Recreation website.    Also, parents and guardians are invited to attend the “High in Plain Sight” Virtual and In-Person Town Hall on September 2 at the Williamsburg Lodge. Learn how to detect substance abuse in your home and community. Call (757) 890-3880 for more information or to register.
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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

Citizen News Weekly

August 6, 2021

Educating Parents, Car-fitting Seniors, and a First for YPSO

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at Yorktown Market Days and meet our local vendors who make this Saturday event hugely popular and successful.  At tomorrow’s market, shoppers can enjoy the sounds of the Fifes & Drums of York Town at 10 a.m., and children can enter a coloring contest sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s!  Yorktown Market Days are always rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, the market is moved to the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace.  For details about tomorrow’s event and a schedule of upcoming special themed markets, click through to the Visit Yorktown website. 
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“High in Plain Sight” Virtual and In-Person Town Hall on September 2

The Historic Triangle Drug Prevention Coalition (HTDPC) is hosting this free meeting presented by Officer Jermaine Galloway (ret.) from 9 to 11 a.m. on September 2 at the Williamsburg Lodge.  Officer Galloway, aka “Tall Cop Says Stop,” will teach parents what to look for and how to detect and combat substance abuse, what hard questions to ask, and what the drug and alcohol culture is in our community. This presentation is for adults only.  Those who attend the meeting in-person will have the opportunity to tour the Hidden in Plain Sight mobile bus and see where drugs may be hidden in a teenager’s bedroom.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please email Sheri Newcomb, Deputy Director of York County Community Services, at or call (757) 890-3880. 
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Sheriff’s Deputy is First in YPSO to be Named Drug Recognition Expert 

Congratulations to York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Deputy James Robinson for completing over 100 hours of academic and practical exercises to become the office’s first Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)!  Fewer than 50 law enforcement officers in Virginia hold this certification.  The program has received national acclaim for its success in identifying the drug-impaired driver.  Officers trained as DREs are often utilized when a driver appears to be impaired and police have determined alcohol is not the cause or sole cause of impairment.   
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Register by August 27 for CarFit Program for Senior Citizens

A CarFit safety event is being held September 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News. CarFit is a free community-based educational program designed to help mature drivers assess how well they and their cars “fit” together. At the event, a team of professionals will complete a 12-point checklist including the position of the driver’s seat, the driver’s ability to easily reach pedals, and proper adjustment of mirrors. This event is sponsored by Peninsula Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.). For more information or to register, visit the Parks and Recreation website. This service is free.

Celebrate Summer Reading Program Finale August 13

Come join the fun at the Tabb Library next Friday, August 13, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. as we celebrate our Summer Reading Program!  York County Fire & Life Safety apparatus will be on-site for children to explore, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Brass Quintet will perform, and we’ll have games and other fun activities. This free celebration is open to all ages regardless of your participation in the 2021 Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program. Those who have completed the challenge can pick up their completion prize at the event. Registration is not required.  Tabb Library is located at 100 Long Green Blvd. 
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Additional Notes for the Week…..Virginia’s 3-Day Sales Tax Holiday is happening now! Shop for school supplies (pick up a few more for the YPSO drive – see below), emergency preparedness items, clothing, and more with no sales tax applied.  A complete list of eligible items is available here.    Three more Sounds of Summer concerts remain this year:  Another Level on August 12, Slapnation on August 19, and Tidewater Drive Band on August 26.  Join us at the waterfront from 7 to 9:30 for these FREE concerts. More information and a list of other free events is available on the Visit Yorktown website

For a complete list of needed supplies, visit the Sheriff’s Office 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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or