July 2022

Citizen News Weekly

July 29, 2022

Farmers Market Week, Tax Free Weekend, and Parking Updates

Farmers Market funYorktown Celebrates National Farmers Market Week August 7-13

Yorktown Market Days on Saturdays, August 6 and 13, will recognize the important role that farmers play in providing food for their communities.  Eight family-owned and operated farms set up at Riverwalk Landing each week and shoppers will find many items for their tables, several that are fresh from the farm!  Visitors to the markets will enjoy live musical performances and kids can stop by the information booth for temporary tattoos, stickers, and coloring sheets. For more information, read this week’s press release. 

Tax Free Weekend is Coming Up

This year’s 3-day sales tax holiday starts Friday (8/5) and ends two days later on Sunday (8/7).  It’s a great opportunity to do your back-to-school shopping and to buy supplies that you may need for hurricane and emergency preparedness.  Additionally, Energy Star™ and WaterSense™  products are also tax free.  More information about the sales tax holiday, including a list of qualifying items, is available on the Virginia Tax website.  Also on August 5, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office “Back to School Supply Drive” will be held at the WalMart on George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please considering buying some supplies for kids in need. All donations are given to the York County School Division.  The list of needed supplies is available online. Back to School
Special Events Designed for the Business CommunityLunch and Learn

The Economic Development Authority is hosting a Business After Hours networking event on Monday, August 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Freight Shed on Water Street. Come chat with other business owners and operators, and share some of your best practices. Free to York County Chamber of Commerce members; only $10 for non-members!  Register online for this fun event.  Also in August, we welcome back the virtual Home-based Business Lunch & Learn series. Determining Your Worth: How to Structure Your Prices is the topic for the session on Wednesday, August 10 at 12 p.m.  You can register for this series here. 

New Sidewalk Coming Soon

Sidewalk projectConstruction is now underway on the new sidewalk planned for the east side of Rt. 17 from Battle Road to Ft. Eustis Blvd.  This is an important enhancement to the Yorktown Library renovation offering more pedestrian and cycling connectivity.  Barring weather delays, the construction window is approximately four months and should be completed around the same time as the Library.  While no major road closures are planned, there will be some inconveniences with construction traffic and minor traffic delays; but there will be full access for all emergency vehicles, mail delivery, trash and recycling collections. Once complete, this Rt. 17 sidewalk will allow pedestrians to safely travel from Ft. Eustis Blvd. to the Yorktown Library.  For more information, please contact the County’s Department of Public Works at 757-890-3750.

Upper Level of Parking Terrace Closed for Repairs

Visitors to the waterfront are asked to park their vehicles in one of the other lots located throughout town while repair work is underway on the upper level of the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace.  The repairs are scheduled to be completed by August 7.  The lower level of the structure is open to business and restaurant patrons. As a reminder, the Yorktown Trolley is operating its summer hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and makes stops at many of the parking lots in town. Parking terrace closed
In Other Parking News….

Starting Monday (8/1), crews will be working at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) where the parking lots are scheduled for new sealcoating. Throughout August, until the work is complete, individual lots will be closed in sections and blocked by barrels and caution tape. Park visitors are asked to observe the restrictions while work is being done. The project is scheduled to be completed in August. 

Additional Notes for the Week…Thursday’s (8/4) concert features Band of Oz!  Showtime is 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating and arrive early to claim your spot! The final Sounds of Summer concert is August 11 with Slapnation.   The August 10 Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled.  The next scheduled meeting is September 14. Visit the website for meeting materials and agendas. 

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

July 22, 2022

Community Grants, Award Winners, Tax Free Weekend Coming Up

County Offers Grant Funds to Non-Profits

Beginning Monday (7/25), York County non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 in grant funds. The money, available from the County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, can be used for expenses directly related to improving the non-profit’s organization, marketing campaigns, services to the community, and other eligible expenditures. Staff will begin reviewing applications mid-August, and grants will be awarded as long as funds are available.  Complete details and the application are available online.   

Congratulations to the Winners! 2022 Achievement Award Winner

  • The National Association of Counties (NACo) presented York County Public Library with a 2022 Achievement Award for “In this Together: Digital & Health Literacy,” a program that provides senior citizens with technology workshops at the Library, as well as mobile workshops at senior living facilities and community centers.  Basic and intermediate level classes are provided and cover a wide range of topics to help seniors navigate the web and access the information and services they need quickly and easily.  You can read more about this award-winner here
  • The Center for Digital Government, which recognizes the best technology practices among U.S. counties, ranked York County 7th in the category of localities with a population up to 150,000.  This is the third consecutive year that York County has received this Top 10 recognition. 
  • The Peninsulas EMS Council has announced that York County staffers have won five awards, including EMS Provider of the Year – Captain Tyler Reid; EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Leadership – Battalion Chief Melissa Doak; EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health & Safety – Assistant Chief Andrew Waters; EMS Special Recognition Award – Deputy Chief Chris Sadler (retired); and EMS Special Recognition Award – Battalion Chief Greg Fleming (retired). 
  • York County has struck gold, silver, and bronze in Coastal Virginia Magazine’s “Best of” Readers’ Choice Awards!  Top awards include Gallery at York Hall (Best Art Gallery), Riverwalk Landing (Best Music Venue), Yorktown Beach (Best Local Attraction, Best Beach, and Best Place to Picnic), and more!  Check out the full list online. 

See for Yourself Why Riverwalk Landing is “Best Music Venue”

Sounds of Summer concerts continue Thursdays through August 11 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the waterfront.  These popular live music events feature some of the best bands in the region.  Coming up:  The Adrian Duke Project (7/28), Band of Oz (8/4), and Slapnation (8/11). The Virginia Symphony returns September 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert performance by The Fifes & Drums of York Town at 6 p.m.  The Rhythms on the Riverwalk Thursday night concert series begins September 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  More information is available on the Visit Yorktown website Sounds of summer
Got a Mosquito Problem?  Report it to the County!

In addition to using regular surveillance data, the Mosquito Control crew also utilizes customer concerns – submitted via the Customer Service Request Portal or called in to 757-890-3790 - to determine when and where mosquito ground spraying is conducted. When a location is identified, an email is sent to subscribers informing them of the spraying information. Subscribe here to receive updates.  Residents who do not want their property to be included in the spraying are asked to complete a “Mosquito Spray Avoidance Request.” York County Mosquito Control
Additional Notes for the Week(s)… Yorktown Market Days at the waterfront continue Saturdays through October 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shop the best local produce and fresh baked goods, as well as local art.  See the website for weekly vendors and info about special markets.   A portion of Cook Road remains closed so that crews can install culverts under the street as part of the Wormley Creek Drainage Project.  Projected completion is the end of October. Drivers should follow marked detours.  Moonlight & Music series continues at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (7/27) at New Quarter Park. This family friendly jam session requires registration four days in advance.  New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive.     Tax Free Weekend 8-7

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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Citizen News Weekly

July 1, 2022

All About the Fourth and Heads Up for Our Summer News Break

Celebrate Independence Day in Yorktown  July 1, 2022

York County has a great celebration planned for the 4th of July on Monday. Our old-fashioned patriotic parade begins at 9 a.m. at the waterfront and concludes on Main Street by the Victory Monument.  Children’s activities begin at 1 p.m., and the food trucks/tents open at 4.  The battlefield parking area is set up and ready to welcome hundreds of cars for the afternoon and evening events. The parking area opens at 4 p.m. Don’t wait until the last minute to head to Yorktown for the 9:15 FIREWORKS show since this is our only public parking on Independence Day and once it’s full, the town is closed to traffic. The walk from the parking lot to the waterfront is approximately one mile on uneven terrain, so please figure that in your plans. Those requiring handicapped parking and special assistance are asked to report to Yorktown Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m. for special needs transportation, available to the person requiring assistance and one escort (i.e. family-member, friend, caregiver). Complete details and schedule are available on the website. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for any new “day of” information and parking updates.  

Riverwalk Parking Upper Deck Reopens Today (7/1)

Engineers have determined that the damage in the Riverwalk Landing Parking Deck is not structural and the upper deck is now fully open. As before, the limited parking on the lower deck will be for business and restaurant patrons and beach goers will be referred to the upper deck. A cosmetic repair will be scheduled soon and notice will be given for a reclosure period later this summer. 

Open Parking Garage Upper Level

Garbage and Recycling Collection Delayed by July 4th Holiday

Along with County offices, our garbage and recycling collection companies are closed Monday, July 4, due to Independence Day. Curbside customers are asked to place their containers at the roadside on the day following their normal collection schedule.  All routes will be completed by Saturday, July 9.  County offices, courts, and libraries are closed July 4th, including York-Poquoson Social Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension.


VDOT Lifts Lane Closures for Smooth Cruise over the Holiday Weekend

To ease travel for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend many highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon today, July 1, until noon Tuesday, July 5. Read the Press Release for specific location details.

After the 4th…. Mark Your Calendars

Sounds of Summer Concert Series Resumes July 14Sounds of Summer

Join us in Yorktown when summer concerts return July 14 (there is no concert scheduled for July 7) with The Deloreans followed by the Tidewater Drive Band on July 21! Concerts are 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and arrive early to claim your spot. Show off your dancing skills on our dance floor and then play a friendly game of Cornhole. Free parking is available in designated parking lots throughout town. In case of inclement weather, call the Event Weather Hotline – 757-890-3520 – for modified start times or cancellations. Check out the Visit Yorktown website for the complete concert schedule. 

Fun in the Sun Market is July 16

Put on your shades, slather on the sunscreen, and join us as we celebrate all things summer at the Fun in the Sun Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Vendors will be selling ice-cold drinks as well as summer produce (including watermelon, corn, fresh tomatoes), baked goods and more! Local artists will have their sea-inspired work on display and for sale.  You never know what good things you’ll find at the market! 

Photo Collage - Summer Fun Market 

Additional Notes for the Week(s)…Maintenance of parking lots at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) begins Tuesday (7/5). Visit the Public Works website for complete details.   Household Chemical Collection, Computer Recycling, and Paper Shredding is Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 105 Service Drive. These services are free. Details are available on the Public Works website.   The next Board of Supervisors Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday July 19.  

July 4th - 2022

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.