June 2022


Citizen News Weekly

June 24, 2022

 Getting Ready for the 4th; Adopted Budget Docs Online; Next Household Chemical Collection July 9


County Getting Yorktown Ready for 4th of JulyFourth of July Fireworks

Visitors to Yorktown will soon see County staff putting up barrels and fencing to mark off the battlefield parking areas, installing signs to help direct people to activities on the day of the celebration, and vehicles and equipment being staged for deployment on the big day!  Information has been shared online and via social media, and we can’t wait until July 4th.  The day begins with the York County Historical Museum’s 8K Run/Walk beginning at 8 a.m. at York High School. There is still time to register for this event…visit the race website for details. At 9 a.m., the patriotic PARADE steps off at Water Street on its march to Main Street. There are plenty of great spots along the way where you can watch the fun.  Battlefield parking opens at 4 p.m., and evening entertainment, including the Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony and Live Concert,  begins at 7, followed by the dazzling fireworks at 9:15 p.m.!  More details are available in this week’s press release and in Visit Yorktown’s blog, The Scoop on Celebrating Independence Day in Yorktown.   

FY2023 BudgetFY2023 Adopted Budget Now Available Online

On May 3, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. The finalized budget is now available online. In this document you can see revenues, expenditures, descriptions of the County’s departments, and tax rates, all of which remained unchanged with the exception of the real estate tax rate that was reduced to 78 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The document utilizes charts and images for a more visually pleasing presentation. The budget is the culmination of months of work by the Board of Supervisors, County staff, dedicated citizen volunteers, and the input of our residents. The budget document is large, so please allow a few minutes for it to fully download. 

Parking Lot Maintenance Work at the MAC Begins July 5

The McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) is having some routine work done in July. The facility’s parking lots will be seal-coated to help prevent damage. From July 5-10, the lots adjacent to the soccer fields will be closed, followed by all other parking areas July 18-24. During the work, these lots will be closed off with barrels and caution tape. Additional maintenance is planned in August for the road into and out of the park. We’ll let you know those dates once they are scheduled! McReynolds Athletic Complex
Drivers:  Portion of Cook Road to Close for Drainage Project Cook Road

Visitors to Yorktown will need to take a slight detour beginning July 11 when a part of Cook Road is closed so that crews can install two culverts.  The work is part of the Wormley Creek Drainage Project that is being done to alleviate drainage issues in the Edgehill neighborhood.  Signs will be posted in the coming weeks alerting drivers to the upcoming change and detours will be well marked. Access will be maintained to all private entrances within this section of the roadway. More information is available on the Public Works website. 

Moonlight and Music at New Quarter Park

Visit New Quarter Park the fourth Wednesday of each month (through September) for live acoustic music in the beautiful surroundings of the park. Enjoy a range of musical genres from bluegrass to contemporary. Visitors are invited to bring an instrument and join the jam session!  This family-friendly event is free and requires registration four days before the event. Remaining Moonlight and Music sessions this summer are July 27 at 6:30 p.m., and  August 24 and September 28 at 6 p.m.  New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood.   New Quarter Park
Still Time to Register Your Pre-Kindergartner for Safety Town

Do you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall? Give them a great start by signing them up for Safety Town – the County’s award-winning program that teaches pre-kindergartners important safety lessons.  And this year, we’re back in person!  Children will learn about traffic, fire, home and personal safety in a fun classroom environment. Kids attend morning sessions Monday through Thursday and get to participate in an exciting completion ceremony on Friday.  Dates and details are available online or you can visit the registration portal to sign up. 

Additional Notes for the Week…York County Parks and Recreation is holding a Blood Drive from 1 to 6 p.m. next Wednesday (6/29) at Charles Brown Park (1950 Old Williamsburg Road). Those who give will be entered in a raffle for two 2-hour kayak rentals! Register online.    Come to Yorktown next Thursday (6/30) when the Sounds of Summer concert series welcomes The Original Rhondels! Concert time is 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Household Chemical and Computer Recycling
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


June 17, 2022

Juneteenth Events; Cooling Assistance; Make Plans to Celebrate 
Fourth of July in Yorktown


Juneteenth Celebration Scheduled for Saturday

The County is holding a Juneteenth celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (6/18) at the McReynolds Athletic Complex, 412 Sports Way. This free event is open to the public and features speakers, performers, food truck vendors, and more!  The celebration concludes with a special Movies in the Parks at 8:45 featuring the hit Disney Pixar movie “Soul.”  Additional information about this exciting event is available online

Juneteenth Event: Researching Ancestors of Color

The Tabb Library is welcoming genealogist Renate Yarborough Sanders for a special one-hour workshop tomorrow (6/18) at 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn how to research and extract data about people of color from various document types. This program is offered in-person and also through Zoom. More information can be found online. The library is located at 100 Long Green Blvd. 

County Offices Closed Monday in Observance of Juneteenth Holiday

York County offices and courts, including York-Poquoson Social Services and the County Libraries, are closed Monday (6/20). Garbage and recycling are not affected by the holiday. Residents are reminded to place their trash and recycling containers at the roadside by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day.

Yorktown 4th of July Event Schedule ReleasedFourth of July

Join us in Yorktown on Independence Day for a family-friendly celebration on Historic Main Street and at the waterfront. Events begin at 8 a.m. with the Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run/Walk, followed by the Patriotic Parade at 9 a.m. that begins on Water Street.  Family activities begin at 1 p.m. with outdoor games and fun for kids. The battlefield parking area (Cook Road & Ballard Street) opens at 4 p.m. Evening activities include a bell ringing ceremony and a live concert, with the spectacular fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. More information is available in this week’s press release. 

County Offers Personal Property Tax Relief Program

Individuals experiencing economic hardship may apply for assistance in paying their first half 2022 personal property tax bills.  Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and applicants must meet certain criteria. Eligibility criteria and the application form are available on the County’s website. As a reminder, taxes are due June 25th. The 2% late penalty is extended through the end of September with the penalty increase to 10% delayed until October 1. Additional means of tax relief are being developed by the Board of Supervisors with County staff and will be effective with the December bills. 

Rising tempsApplications Now Open for Cooling Assistance

York-Poquoson Social Services (YPSS) is accepting applications to help qualified residents with their cooling needs this summer. The energy assistance program allows for payment of an electric bill, A/C repairs or installation, or purchase or installation of fans. Only one member of the household needs to apply. Details for eligibility and the link to the application can be found on the YPSS website.  

Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Coming Up

The next Board of Supervisors meeting is Tuesday (6/21) at 6 p.m. This meeting includes presentations from Doug Smith, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance, and the quarterly report from VDOT’s Rossie Carroll. The public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. See the full agenda now available on the Board of Supervisors web page. As always, the meeting will be live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46/ Verizon 38) and streaming online here

2022 Summer Reading Challenge Begins Soon

Registration begins June 28 for this year’s Library Summer Reading Challenge. The reading goal is 5,000 hours by or before the end of the challenge on August 13. Keep track of your reading through the library’s Beanstack site or the app. A Summer Reading Challenge kick-off party is being held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 28 at the Tabb Library. Also, the Library will be offering a sea of weekly and special programs for all ages, so be sure to take a swim through the events calendar for all the activities. This challenge is open to readers of all ages. Details are available on the Library’s website.

Oceans of Possibilities

Free Yorktown Trolley at Your Service

With summer break underway, the waterfront is sure to be a busy place. Don’t forget the best way to get around is the Yorktown Trolley. With 11 stops throughout the town and waterfront, you’ll have no problem getting wherever you want to go. Best of all, it’s air conditioned!  The parking terrace is restricted while repairs are being done and spaces are limited to restaurant and business patrons. See the map to find all the open lots and trolley stops to make your plans. 

Yorktown Trolley

Additional Notes for the Week…Come to Riverwalk Landing on Thursday evening (6/23) for the Sounds of Summer Concert series featuring “Cat5 Band.”  Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn!   Garden Art Events at the Learning Garden (301 Goodwin Neck Rd.) are held once a month this summer: How Leaves Work on June 23, Why Flowers are Important on July 21, and Pollinators on August 18. Call York-Poquoson Extension Office at 757-890-4940 to register. 

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


June 10, 2022

Personal Property Tax Relief; Military Appreciation Weekend; 
Time to Get Flood Fluent


County Extends Personal Property Tax 2% Late Fee through September; 10% Late Charge Delayed Until October 1

At Tuesday’s (6/7) meeting of the York County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Neil Morgan outlined efforts to mitigate the increase in personal property tax bills due to the unexpected rise in vehicle values reflected in this year’s assessment. The bills for the 1st half of 2022 are due June 25. The 2% late payment penalty has been extended through September 30, with the penalty increase to 10% delayed until October 1, giving citizens more time to pay their personal property tax bill with the lower penalty.  Complete details plus other relief measures are outlined on the “June 2022 Personal Property Tax Relief” web page.   

Now Playing - York County High School Graduations! Graduation

The 2022 York County School Division high school commencements were held last Friday (6/3) at the Hampton Coliseum. The pomp and circumstance continues with full replays of all four ceremonies now playing on YCSD-TV (Cox 47, Verizon 39), and on demand from the School Division’s YouTube channel.  Also available is the graduation ceremony for York River Academy, which took place Wednesday (6/8) at York High School.  Congratulations, graduates! 

Head to Yorktown for Military Appreciation Weekend

Head to Yorktown for Military Appreciation WeekendCome to Yorktown Saturday and Sunday (6/11 & 12) for special exhibits and programs throughout town, including the Watermen’s Museum, Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters, and the York County Historical Museum at York Hall.  Events include historic craft demonstrations, living history, and period music. Local WWII Veterans will be honored with a special ceremony on Saturday, and Sunday will highlight the history of the U.S. Coast Guard with a tribute to the 1813 Battle of the USRC Surveyor.  While in town on Saturday, stop by our weekly market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fresh produce and baked goods, as well as other specialty food items and original artwork, are available for purchase. More information about Military Appreciation Weekend is available online

Movies in the Parks and More June Events at New Quarter Park

“Luca” is scheduled for just after sunset tomorrow night (6/11) at New Quarter Park (NQP), weather permitting. Movies in the Parks is just one of many family events you’ll findkayaking on this month’s calendar, including a Fire Circle on June 16 with pizza kabobs and a sunset Kayak Tour on June 23. Later in the month is a Natural History Talk and the monthly Bird Walk. Details and sign-up information are available on the Parks and Recreation NQP page. Here you’ll find the monthly calendar of events and contact info. Wish you already knew about these programs?  Sign up here to receive their monthly e-news. 

Prepare for Storms and Understand Your Flood Risk

With the start of hurricane season, residents are reminded to prepare for the potential for flooding that can cause catastrophic damage to your home and property. Now is the time to not onGet flood fluently purchase flood insurance (if you don’t already have it), but to take other proactive steps like installing flood vents, maintaining good drainage around your home, and more. Click over to GetFloodFluent.org for helpful tips on protecting people and property. Also, be sure to know your zone. Although some neighborhoods are high and dry, the evacuation route may be vulnerable to flooding. Don’t get stuck without a way out.  Visit KnowYourZoneVA for more information. 

Additional Notes for the Week…The Sounds of Summer Concert Series continues next Thursday (6/16) with “Another Level.” Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Concert begins at 7 p.m. Dance the night away in Yorktown!     Many thanks to the volunteers who participated in Clean the Bay Day. Along with three old tires, 610 pounds of trash was collected from approximately seven miles of land and shoreline. A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who participated.DPW Jobs

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

June 3, 2022

All About June

JuneteenthJuneteenth Celebration Event Scheduled for June 18

The County is holding a Juneteenth celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the McReynolds Athletic Complex, 412 Sports Way. This free event is open to the public and features speakers, performers, food truck vendors, and more!  The celebration concludes with a special Movies in the Parks at 8:45 featuring the hit Disney Pixar movie “Soul.”  Additional information about this exciting event is available in this week’s press release. 

Senior Center June Calendar Full of Fun and Educational Activities

With a click of the mouse, senior citizens age 55 and up (and their spouses regardless of age) are able to view the Senior Center’s monthly calendar of events featuring games, classes, health programs, and opportunities to socialize with friends! Published each month, the calendar includes regular activities like Birthday Bash and Culture Day, along with special programs such as Tech Tuesday and Diabetes Self-Management Seminars. Registration is open until four days prior to most events and can be made online or by calling the Senior Center at 757-890-3444.   

Check the RainoutLine Before You Head Out

With summer activities now in full swing, York County Parks & Recreation will let everyone know if there are changes to activities—you just have to call or click before you go!  Find out the status of your favorite parks, boat launches, sports leagues, instructional activities, events, and Senior Center activities by calling our free RainoutLine at 757-890-3501.  You will be instructed to enter the extension you need, or log onto the web or download the RainoutLine App. Bookmark all the location extensions currently available. 

Rainout line

Still Time to Register Your Pre-Kindergartner for Safety Town!registration now open

At last check, spaces were still available each week of this year’s Safety Town program—this year back in person!  The award-winning program teaches children valuable lessons in traffic, fire, home and personal safety. Children attend morning sessions Monday through Thursday and then have a fun, completion ceremony on Friday.  Dates and details are available online.  Or click right over to the registration portal!   

Applications Being Accepted for Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

Are you interested in helping your neighbors and community learn how to conserve and manage natural resources and public lands?  If you answered a resounding “yes!” then considering applying for the Peninsula Chapter’s 2022 Master Naturalist Volunteer Training.  York/Poquoson Extension provides support and a chapter advisor to the Peninsula group. For more information and the link to registration, visit the York/Poquoson Cooperative Extension website. Classes begin in September. 

Active Hurricane Season Predicted Hurricane Season

Hurricane season officially began Wednesday (6/1) with forecasters predicting that 2022 could see 20 named storms with 10 of those becoming hurricanes. In fact, Tropical Storm Alex is likely to form off the coast of Florida this weekend. Now is the right time to get your plans in place and be ready in case a storm is predicted to impact our region! Many preparedness tips are available on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.

Additional Notes for the Week…Free Fishing Weekend starts today through Sunday (June 3-5). Time to get hooked on fishing at one of our York County Parks, but don’t forget the Riverwalk Landing pier is free fishing EVERYDAY.    Yorktown Markets Days is tomorrow (6/4) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come shop your favorite vendors!     Sounds of Summer Concert Series returns next Thursday (6/9) with The Main Event Band performing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. BOS 6-7

Congratulations Class of 2022Citizen 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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