January 2022

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January 28, 2022

On Alert for Severe Weather and Upcoming February Activities

York County’s Weather Alert Center Activated During Severe Storm Threats

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for York County and the region from 10 p.m. tonight (1/28) until 4 p.m. tomorrow. Potential accumulation and impact for the area are unknown at thisWinter Weather Updates time as the storm has been difficult to predict. Citizens will find helpful information posted on the York County website homepage Alert Center, including facility closings, program cancellations, helpful links to regional resources, and more. In addition, updates are posted on the County’s Facebook page as they are received. The Alert Center is activated when severe weather threatens.  

January Winter Market Canceled for Visitor Safety

The predicted storm has caused Visit Yorktown to cancel tomorrow’s first Winter Market. Although Market Days are moved to the lower level of the parking terrace when it rains, the weather forecast is for wintry conditions that will likely make travel difficult.  The next event is the Valentine’s Market on February 12. Shoppers will find fresh produce, desserts, and baked goods, along with original artwork – perfect for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.  Following the Valentine’s Market, the other scheduled dates are February 26 and March 12. Market information is available on the Visit Yorktown website.

Senior Center Offers Variety of Programs in February

Seniors aged 55 and older are invited to participate in the wide variety of activities and presentations available at the Senior Center (5314 George Washington Memorial Highway in the Washington Square Shopping Center).  Among the upcoming special events is “A History Lesson to Remember” at 1 p.m. on February 11.  Dr. Rebertha Pope-Matthews’ innovative project highlighting the contributions of African (Black) Americans from 1619-2020 will be presented.  “We Remember 1619,” written by Dr. Pope-Matthews, is spoken to an electrifying musical track, produced, composed, and arranged by Rahni Song and featuring musicians Bill McGee and Verrandall Tucker. Register by February 7 online or by calling the Senior Center at (757) 890-3444.  AARP is once again offering free tax preparation assistance for citizens aged 55 and older. Appointments are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridaaarp_tax_aide_1ys and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 1 through April 15. Citizens must pick up a tax packet at the Senior Center during those hours prior to scheduling an appointment. Safety precautions are required. For more information, please call the Senior Center. A complete list of upcoming February activities is available online.

Register Now for the Great American Cleanup

In the past couple of years, litter has increased across all Hampton Roads communities. The presence of discarded masks and gloves as well as to-go/takeout food containers has added to the problem.  Here’s a chance to help by participating in the Great American Clean Up – March 25 and 26.  Volunteers are provided trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and litteGreat American Clean Up - CNWr collection tools to help make participation a breeze. Who should partner? Anyone!...watershed restoration groups, military commands, neighborhood associations, schools and universities, corporations and small businesses, faith communities, families and individuals. More information is available on the Waste Management website.  So, get ready to clean up America!

Help Choose the Films Shown at This Year’s Movies in the Parks!

Our popular Movies in the Parks series returns beginning April 23.  Parks and Recreation is currently working on whMovies in the Parks _ MAC_0007ich films to show. Does your family have a favorite you’d like to share with others? Send an email to Parks and Recreation with your suggested movie title.  The movie must be rated either G or PG, has to be available for licensing (check this website for movie options), and we need your suggestions no later than February 7.  We can’t wait to hear from you, we’ll have the popcorn!

Additional Notes for the Week…..Registration begins February 1 for Adult Softball Leagues: Men’s, Co-ed Church, and Co-ed Industrial.  Visit the Parks and Recreation website for more information.

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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January 21, 2022

First Winter Market; Busy February and March Coming Up

Redistricting Options to be Presented to the Board of Supervisors

On the agenda for the Board’s February 1 meeting will be options for the Board to consider for County redistricting based on the 2020 Census. These options are available on the Voter Registration website.  Meeting agendas are posted to the Board’s page no later than the Wednesday prior. Watch regular meetings “live” the first and third Tuesdays of the month on WYCG-TV (Cox 46/Verizon 38) with daily replays following. Don’t have cable? Access live streaming or watch on demand on the WYCG-TV website. redistricting
Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Development Begins

The Board of Supervisors held a public forum at its January 18 meeting to gather input fromBudget Cover citizens on their priorities for the upcoming budget. The County Administrator and staff are working to put together a proposed budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) and will present it at the March 15 Board meeting. Work sessions are being scheduled during which the Supervisors and staff will discuss various aspects of the proposal. The public is invited to address the Board during the April 19 Public Hearing. Adoption of the budget is scheduled for May 3. Citizens who are not able to attend the public hearing may send their comments by email to the Board or voicemail message on the Budget Comment Line (890-3220).

 Riverwalk Statues Getting Spruced Up for Spring

StatuesVisitors to the waterfront in the next few weeks may notice something missing…the statues of Washington, Comte de Grasse, Lafayette, and Rochambeau are being removed temporarily for refurbishing and repainting.  As the most recent addition to the installation, Rochambeau has not experienced the effects that weather can have on the materials used to make these statues, so he doesn’t quite match the other three.  Artist Cyd Player will perform the work that should take approximately three weeks following their removal. Look for their return on your next visit to Riverwalk Landing. 

Watch WYCG-TV for Special Programming in February and March

A variety of specials are scheduled for Black History Month in February, followed by Women’s History Month in March.  Throughout both months, WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) will air programs to inform and inspire you.  Watch the channel live-streamed on the WYCG-TV website. 

Household Chemical Collection/Paper Shredding Events Begin in March

These popular drop-off events are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 105 Service Drive. Residents may deliver a variety of household chemicals for proper and safe disposal. Among the chemicals collected are paints, gasoline, insecticides, bleach, and kerosene.  The complete list is on our Waste Management Center website. Free paper shredding services are available at all events to citizens who wish to dispose of personal papers.  Computers are also accepted at these events along with monitors, cell phones, servers, and desktop printers.  Additional York County events are held in May, July, September and November.  However, all Household Chemical/Computer Recycling events are open to residents of York County, Williamsburg, James City County, Hampton, and Poquoson.  So, if you miss one, check the schedule for the next!  Note: The free paper shredding is offered by the County on our scheduled drop-off dates.  Visit the Waste Management Center website for full details. 

Paper ShreddingAdditional Notes for the Week…..Our first Winter Market is next Saturday (1/29).  Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fresh produce and baked goods, along with original artwork and more!  There’s something for everyone at the market.     York County’s Leaf Collection Program ends next week.  Trucks will be making a final pass through the County (both zones) and return with their last leaf Friday afternoon (1/28).  If you missed our free collection program, bring your bagged leaves to the VPPSA Compost Facility at the Waste Management Center (145 Goodwin Neck Road) and dispose of them at no charge. 

COVID Connection

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.

Citizen News Weekly January 14, 2022

Free Rewards, Free Admission, and Free Programs!

Free Citizen Rewards Cards Available at New Locations

Rewards CardsWho doesn’t love saving money?  Using your Citizen Rewards Card pays off! Participating shops, restaurants and attractions at Riverwalk Landing and Historic Yorktown offer discounts and reduced rates on certain items and attractions.  Visit the website for the list of discounts. If you don’t already have yours, stop by the Senior Center of York or the Parks and Recreation Office (both located in Washington Square Shopping Center).  Cards are also available at the Gallery at York Hall, 301 Main Street.  Current Gallery hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Beginning April 1, the Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  

Calling All Artists!  Apply by February 1 for the Juried Art Show

Applications for the May 8 “Art at the River” Juried Art Show are due no later than Tuesday, February 1.  There are so many talented people in and around our community and we cannotJuried Art Show wait to see the wonderful art chosen for this event. Original works in painting, clay, glass, fiber, basketry, leather, wood, and more are accepted. This event is presented by the Art at the River Committee in conjunction with the Yorktown Foundation and York County. Applications are available online or can be mailed upon request.    Complete details can be found in this week’s press release. 

Nominations for Scholarship Program due February 18

York County’s Outstanding Youth Awards program recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of the County’s high school students by providing winners with a $1,000 educational scholarship for post-secondary college or trade school.  Students must reside in York County and be enrolled in grades 9-12.  This program is open to those in public, private, or home school.  Nomination categories are Courage, Compassion, Community Service, and Overall Achievement. Students may be nominated in all categories. Applications and complete details are available online.  Outstanding Youth Awards
York County Public Library Participates in Free COVID-19 Test Distribution

Earlier this week, the York County Public Library announced its partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in the state’s COVID-19 at-home test program.  On Monday (1/10), the Library had a limited supply and, within hours, all free tests were picked up by citizens.  The Library is awaiting another shipment and staff will post on their website and Facebook page when tests are available.  Limit one per person.  In the meantime, if you are seeking information and resources about COVID-19, visit the County’s COVID-19 Connection.  You’ll find testing information, symptoms, recent news and more. 

National Park’s Fee Free Days Begin Monday

The National Park Service has five fee free days in 2022 and the first one is Monday! The free admission days are designed to encourage visitation to our national parks to learn about ourColo National Park history and enjoy the natural beauty.  In addition to Monday, the remaining fee free days this year are April 16 (first day of National Park Week), August 4 (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).  We are fortunate to have a national park right here in Yorktown!  For hours of operation, visit the battlefield’s website

“Financial Safety for Seniors” Program is January 26

The York-Poquoson Triad is offering this hour-long program for our senior citizens to protect them from scams.  Too often we hear about our elderly being taken advantage of by scammers, and in some cases, by caregivers and loved ones.  Oscar Alvarez of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center will present tips on how to safeguard your bank accounts and also about financial resources that can help protect you from becoming a victim.  Registration is required by January 22.  This presentation is free. 

Additional Notes for the Week…..The Board of Supervisors’ meeting is Tuesday, January 18. At this meeting, the Board will hold a public forum to gather information about the upcoming Fiscal Year 2023 County Budget.  Those who are unable to attend may provide their input via email or can leave their comments on the Budget Comment Line (890-3220).    The deadline to register for spring soccer programs is January 30.  Start Smart is available for kids ages 3-5 and Youth Coed is open for those 5-18.  Spaces are filling up quickly, so register soon!    York County government and court offices are closed Monday (1/17) in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Garbage and recycling collections are not affected by the holiday.  Please place your containers at the roadside by 7 a.m. on Monday. 

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.

Citizen News Weekly

January 7, 2022

New Year, New Chairman and Vice Chairman, New Events Calendar!

Board of Supervisors Elect Chairman and Vice Chairman for 2022

At this week’s organizational meeting of the Board of Supervisors, members elected Sheila Noll (District 2) as this year’s Chairman and Tom Shepperd (District 5) as Vice Chairman.  During the meeting, the Board voted to continue its rules of procedure and meeting calendar of the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. in York Hall with public hearings beginning at 7 p.m.  The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, January 18.  The Board will hold a Public Forum to gather citizen input on the upcoming fiscal year 2023 budget. Speakers will have three minutes to address the Board.  Those who cannot attend the Budget Public Forum may submit comments to the Board via email or by calling (757) 890-3220 and leaving a detailed message.

Noll and Shepperd

Christmas Tree Collections Begin Monday

It seems as though we were just putting up our Christmas trees and now we’re already taking them down and hauling them to the road for pick up.  Christmas Tree collections are next week (1/10-14).  Residents should bring their tree to the roadside by 7 a.m. Monday to have it collected sometime during the week when crews reach your neighborhood.  Be sure to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, and tree stands.  And, if your tree is taller than six feet, please cut it in half.  If preferred, residents may bring their trees (during regular hours) to the VPPSA Compost Facility (145 Goodwin Neck Road) for drop-off.  Complete details are available on the Waste Management Center website. 

2022’s Scheduled Events will be Crowd Pleasers

There is so much to see and do this year in Yorktown and it all begins this month with the return of Winter Markets on the 29th.  Two markets in February and the final winter event in March lead into what promises to be another fantastic event season in Yorktown.  Concerts, celebrations, pirates, oh my!  Be sure to check out the Event Calendar on the Visit Yorktown website.

Visit Yorktown

Speaking of Important Dates…

The 2022 Beautiful York County calendar is now available for you to pick up at one of several convenient locations, including online for easy reference or downloading and printing.  Get your free calendar (which includes meetings and event dates along with helpful reminders) at the Tabb Library, Public Works building, Waste Management Center, and County offices located in Washington Square Shopping Center (Parks and Recreation, Voter Registration, and York/Poquoson Cooperative Extension), along with convenient stops near the upper County.  For a complete listing of locations or to download the calendar, visit the Waste Management Center website.

Calendar

COVID-19 Surge Affecting Community and County Offices

The recent spike in cases is being felt across the area and York County offices are no exception. The County is experiencing staffing challenges and we are making adjustments to ensure offices remain open and services are running smoothly. If you have business with the County, when possible please call ahead to make an appointment.  If you have any symptoms, we appreciate you taking all necessary precautions before making an in-person visit.   

Registration Open for Spring Soccer

Parks and Recreation’s popular soccer programs return to teach kids fundamental skills of this fun sport.  There are several age groups available in the coed Spring Soccer League.  Children ages 3 to 5 may sign up for Start Smart Soccer that will develop a child’s motor skills and teach the basics of the sport, getting them ready for league play.  More information and the registration portal are available on the Parks and Recreation website.

Soccer

Arts Commission Offering Grants

The York County Arts Commission invites all individuals and organizations to apply for grants in the arts that benefit the citizens of York County. The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, March 1.  A challenge grant up to $500 is once again being offered to promote citizen awareness of local and regional groups by showcasing their talents at various sites in York County.  Grant applications and required criteria are available on the Arts Commission website and in this week’s press release.  

Arts Commission

Additional Notes for the Week…..Senior citizens are invited to share in the fun of scrapbooking at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 20. Bring your personal scrapbooks to create and preserve your lasting memories.  Register by calling the Center at (757) 890-3444.   Leaf collection continues until January 28.  Place your leaves in clear plastic bags at the roadside on Monday of your collection week.  Details and schedule are available on the Waste Management 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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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