September 2021

Citizen News Weekly

September 24, 2021

Tall Ship Makes a Visit, Phase 3 of Business COVID Relief Opens, NPS Confirms Yorktown Day Parade Cancelled

Visiting Tall Ship Dazzles Visitors at Riverwalk Landing

The Nao Santa María, a full-size replica tall ship, extended her stay in Yorktown this week after approximately 7,000 people visited Riverwalk Landing piers during her original five-day visit of September 15-19.  Of those 7,000, close to 3,000 visitors were able to take advantage of free self-guided tours offered during the week with an additional 1,300 paying for ticketed tours of the ship during the busier weekend times. This ship is a replica of the largest of Christopher Columbus’ three ships used in the crossing of the Atlantic in 1492. We wish the captain and crew “Fair Winds and Following Seas” on their voyage back to their home-country of Spain.
Santa Maria

York County Public Library Offers Free Access to The New York Times

A new service offered by our Library and The New York Times allows readers to log in and read the articles of this daily newspaper and also play games such as the well-known and often quite challenging crossword puzzle. For access, users can visit the Library’s website and click on the link to go to the “Newspapers” page.  Once you select either the paper or the games, a redemption code will be provided.  Copy the code and then register with The New York Times. The redemption code gives you 24 hours of access and, after that time expires, simply select and enter the new code for additional access. More information is available on the website. 

More Grants Available for York County Small Businesses – Applications Now Open for Phase 3

York County has been awarded additional grant money through the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to assist businesses in York County, Williamsburg, and Poquoson that have 20 or fewer full-time employees. This is the third phase of the program being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are eligible to apply for grant funding up to $15,000 for rent or mortgage expenses (maximum of six months of payments). As in the other phases, York County serves as the lead applicant and fiscal agent for this Community Development Block Grant. Previous recipients who have not reached the maximum amount may apply for additional funds. Elibility requirements and applications are available on our Economic Development Authority’s website.
Business resources

Yorktown Day Parade Cancelled, Other Commemorative Events Scaled Back

The scale of this year’s Yorktown Day event has been reduced, according to information received from the National Park Service (NPS) at Colonial National Historical Park.  COVID-19 case rates remain elevated in the region and the NPS is following guidance from the Department of the Interior related to gatherings to promote the health and safety of visitors and employees.  Among this year’s changes are: cancellation of the Yorktown Day Parade and limited attendance at the Yorktown Victory Monument ceremony.  Other Yorktown Day events being held include ceremonies at the French Cemetery and Memorial. Visitors are encouraged to follow the park’s Facebook and Instagram for posts and programs related to Yorktown Day. Other events occuring in Yorktown are included on our Visit Yorktown website calendar.
Yorktown Day  

Additional Notes for the Week…..Don’t forget the Art Stroll is this Sunday (9/26) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the waterfront. A wide variety of art will be on display and available for purchase.    Next week’s Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert features Bobby BlackHat Band taking the stage from 6:30 to 8:30 on Thursday (9/30). Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating!     Movies in the Park is tomorrow (9/25) at Charles Brown Park. The movie Home will begin just after sunset. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating to this free event. Concessions will be for sale.   Adult co-ed recreational volleyball league is October 4 through December 2.  Registration ends Monday (9/27).  Cost is $50 per person.  Registe on the Parks and Recreation website.   The deadline to submit photos for the 2022 Beautiful York County calendar art contest is next Friday (10/1). Selected photos receive a prize! Complete rules and the submission form are available on the Waste Management website.

HBB conference

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

September 17, 2021

Traffic Calming , Art Strolling, and Early Voting- All Happening Next Week

Ella Taylor Road Traffic Calming Project Scheduled for Next Week

Construction of speed tables on Ella Taylor Road will occur September 22, according to Public Works officials.  After installation, these “tables” will require that drivers reduce speed on this road that has long been a cut-through for traffic wanting to avoid Route 17.  Ella Taylor Road will be closed intermittently throughout the day and electronic billboards will notify drivers of roadwork. Road striping will occur at a later date. Additional information is available on the Public Works websiteTraffic Table

Yorktown Art Stroll is September 26 by the River

Join us along Water Street for this event where talented artists showcase their work. The Art Stroll is the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping and to show support to local businesses. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 26, a wide variety of artwork – including many one-of-a-kind pieces – will be on display for you to admire and to purchase:  paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood work, and so much more. This free event includes a performance by Audio Portrait (acoustical harmony) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is presented by the Yorktown Arts Foundation and York County with support from the York County Arts Commission. For more information on upcoming events, click over to the Visit Yorktown website.

Art stroll

York/Poquoson Extension Offers Exciting Children’s Programs

The 4-H STEM Challenge SPIN Club is four weeks of out-of-this-world fun!  Kids will learn foundational STEM skills while they wrestle with the same questions as today’s top aerospace scientists and engineers. Sessions are:  October 5 – Stellar Optics; October 19 – Cipher Space; November 2 – Astro Adventure; and November 16 – Cosmic Claw.  This club meets from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Poquoson Library.   Children ages 3-5 can register for Al’s Pals, an age-appropriate program that uses puppetry, play, games, role playing, music and more to help children develop positive life skills and learn how to identify and manage feelings. The program begins October 15 and is held Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. through May 2022.  For more information on these and other programs, visit the York/Poquoson Extension Office websiteCooperative Extension Programs

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting is Tuesday

The meeting begins at 6pm in the Board Room of York Hall but you don’t have to be there in person to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your local government. Watch the Board meeting live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) or live-streamed on the York County website. The scheduled presentations to the Board are the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and a new grant funded bus route in the lower County from WATA. There are no public hearings on the agenda. Visit the Board’s website, for complete meeting agendas along with links to past presentations, weekly correspondence, and Supervisor contact information. 

Additional Notes for the Week…..In person early voting begins today.  For complete voting information, including a sample ballot, visit the Voter Registration website.    Deadline to register for Youth Group Tennis Lessons is September 26.  This program is for ages 5-18 with lessons beginning October 4.  Visit the Parks and Recreation website­­ for more information.

Movies at the Park

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
September 10, 2021

Wine Festival Tickets On Sale, Early Voting Starts Next Week, More Opportunities for Citizen Input

Tickets Now On Sale for Wine Festival! 
One of the hottest tickets in town is now available. Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or an aspiring novice—Yorktown’s annual Wine Festival is the place to be on Saturday, October 2. Ticket holders will sample some of Virginia’s finest wine from more than a dozen wineries. In a nod to Yorktown’s sister cities of Zweibrücken and Port-Vendres, samples of Rieslings and Gewürztraminers from Germany will be available along with bubbly from France. Party Fins and Brasswind will entertain all day with live music. Amazing food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Full details and a link to purchase tickets are available on the Visit Yorktown website

Wine Festival

Early Voting Begins September 17 for November 2 Election 
In person early voting is available beginning next Friday at the Registrar’s Office’s two locations – Washington Square Shopping Center in Grafton and Victory Village in Williamsubrg – from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of October, and also open Saturdays, October 23 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. By-mail voting options are available and voters can track their ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. On November 2, York County voters will be choosing a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and a member of the House of Delegates. Voters in District 4 will be electing a member of the Board of Supervisors. Additional information is available on the Voter Registrar’s website.   

Public Meeting September 16 on Proposed Grafton Dr. Sidewalk Extension
York County staff is holding a meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 to gather public input and to provide information about the proposed sidewalk extension that would create a continuous walkway between Falling Spring Run and Timberline Loop. If completed, the sidewalk will connect Grafton Woods, Glen Laurel, The Townhomes at Martin Farm, Rainbrook Villas and the Grafton School Complex. York County is applying to VDOT for federal grant funding for the 2,000-foot sidewalk. This meeting is being held in the Public Works Building, 105 Service Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road). For more information, read this week’s press release

Grafton Drive proposed sidewalk extension (blue dotted line)

Interested in Serving on a York County Board or Commission? 
The Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from citizens interested in volunteering to serve on one of our committees.  These include:

  • Arts Commission of Williamsburg (applicants needed from the Bruton area)
  • Community Services Grants Advisory Committee (applicants needed from Districts 2 & 3)
  • York County Arts Commission 

More information and the application for appointment are available on the Boards & Commissions website

Senior Center Presents Internationally Acclaimed Piano Virtuoso
The public is invited to attend a free concert by piano virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 118 Old York-Hampton Highway. Presented by the Senior Center of York, Mr. Pandolfi’s performance will be followed by a reception where you can speak with him about his experiences. Guests are asked to wear masks inside the building. For more information and to register by September 20, visit the Parks and Recreation website


Additional Notes for the Week…..Household Chemical Collection/Electronics Recycling Event/Paper Shredding is tomorrow, September 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the County offices located at 105 Service Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road). Complete list of acceptable materials is available on the Public Works website.    Rhythms on the Riverwalk concerts continue next Thursday (9/16) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the BJ Griffin Band. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. More information, including the concert lineup, is available on the Visit Yorktown website.   The Comprehensive Plan Review Steering Committee and County staff are holding its second public input meeting on the land use portion of the Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, September 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tabb Library.  Following a presentation, citizens are invited to speak with Committee members and staff and provide their input. Comments may also be emailed to

Know Your Zone

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
September 3, 2021

Your Feedback Welcomed; Looking for HOA Info; Kick-off of New Concert Series

Feedback Welcome at York2040 Public Input Meetings; Next Session Sept. 15
Members of the Comprehensive Plan Review Steering Committee and County staff welcomed approximately 50 citizens for the first of two public input sessions about the ongoing updates of the Comprehensive Plan. The next public input session is Wednesday, September 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd. While these meetings focus on the land use portion of the plan, citizens’ opinions are welcomed on any aspect of future development of York County, including historic resources, broadband, transportation, etc. Comments are also welcomed via email to
Comp Plan Meeting

Wanted:  Updated Homeowner Association Information
York County Public Affairs maintains a list of Homeowner Associations (HOAs) with point of contact, phone number, and email address. This information is placed on our Public Affairs website for use by residents and also contained in a mailing list that is used to provide HOAs with updated news from the County and invitations to future meetings with County officials.  If you are a HOA board member, please review our website to ensure your information is listed and correct.  Please contact us with changes by email to

Register by September 14 for HEAL Health Series at Senior Center
Take control of your health and register now for this free series scheduled for Fridays, September 17 through October 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The award-winning Literacy for Life HEAL Program helps adults increase their knowledge of current health care topics, medical terminology, and standard processes. Youth Tennis is now accepting registrations.  Beginner lessons are offered for ages 5-17 at Back Creek Park and Kiln Creek Park. Classes begin the week of October 4. Register no later than September 26. Complete details and registration portal are available on the Parks and Recreation website


Additional Notes for the Week…..Rhythms on the Riverwalk begins Thursday, September 9, with The Whiskey Rebellion. Concerts are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For the full schedule, head over to the Visit Yorktown website.   Wolf Trap Park and Chisman Creek Park (both located on Wolf Trap Road) have switched to fall/winter operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through March 31. For park amenities, visit the Parks and Recreation website.    Reminder:  Tune in to WHRO-Hampton Roads PBS this evening at 8:30 to watch Yorktown featured in a new travel show – Virginia FOUND.     

Household Chemical Collection 9-11

York County offices are closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Happy Labor 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