March 2021

Citizen News Weekly

March 26, 2021

Great American Cleanup Success; We Step Into Spring with York News and Visit Yorktown

Mooretown Road Cleanup a Success

You did it!  Today (Friday, 3/26), the Great American Cleanup came to York County’s Mooretown Road/Airport Road area.  A special thanks to York County Waste Management Center staff and the teams of volunteers that showed up to perform the cleanup. Their efforts really paid off! Just look at that pile of bags collected by local company Birthplace of America, members of the 718th (pictured) and 63rd Intelligence Squadrons of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and the XO Family.  These dedicated neighbors truly made a difference.  Remember, you don’t have to wait for the Great American Cleanup to help beautify our community.  Consider adopting a neighborhood spot with your own group of volunteers (up to 25 people) with supplies and support available from the County: trash bags, gloves, litter pick-up tools, and safety vests can be requested in advance. For more information, visit the Waste Management Center website. A big shout-out to all the groups that are performing cleanups this weekend!
718th squadron
Mooretown Road haul

Step Into Spring with York News – Airing Daily 

In the latest edition of York News, we leave winter behind and look forward to more vaccines, the return of Market Days, and additional paper shredding events. We also share info on summer camps and sports programs with opportunities for part-time jobs. As the weather continues to get warmer, be sure to start planning your outdoor fun at our parks and the waterfront.  York News: Step Into Spring is shown daily on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and is easy to watch from your desktop or mobile device on the WYCG-TV page or YouTube. 
York News
Historic Yorktown Comes Alive in Spring!

As warmer temps arrive, Historic Yorktown is the place to be for living history demonstrations, the return of our home-ported tall ship the Schooner Alliance, and the clink! of weekend cocktails on the open-air patio at Water Street Grille. From the re-opening of the outdoor attractions to the weekly farmers markets to dining specials, fun ways to sneak in some history lessons, and rides on the free Yorktown Trolley, there are spring break options that can’t be beat and won’t break the bank.  Also, there’s the satisfaction that comes with supporting small local businesses!  Here’s Visit Yorktown’s latest blog featuring a few upcoming highlights. 
tourism
“Movies in the Parks” Returns in April

Starting Friday, April 9, this popular program returns to our park facilities for free family fun!  Beginning approximately 15 minutes after sunset, these child-friendly movies are shown on a large screen in the great outdoors. This first movie is The Croods 2: A New Age at New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive). Concessions are available for purchase, but you can also bring your own. Also, please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. And, just a reminder, our parks return to spring/summer operating hours. The McReynolds Athletic Complex has made the switch, and our other facilities welcome longer operating hours effective April 1. For hours of operation and amenities, visit the Parks and Recreation website.
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A Few More Notes for the Week…..Congratulations to the Peninsula COVID-19 Operations Center (PECOC), of which York County is a member, on its selection for the Governor’s EMS Award for Innovation Excellence in EMS. The PECOC was established in early 2020 to help manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Peninsula.  The Clerk of Circuit Court’s office is extending its Friday operations an additional four hours, bringing the office’s hours to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Business is conducted by appointment only, so please visit the Clerk of Circuit Court’s website for details.  Some citizens had difficulty accessing the proposed FY22 Budget online. Please try the link again to view all the documents including presentation slides.  The Department of Public Works (DPW) reminds those with septic tanks/pumping chambers that these need to be inspected at least once every five years with receipts forwarded to DPW for recording.  For more information, visit the DPW website.

Human Resources - Job Openings 

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.


March 19, 2021

Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula Launches, Proposed FY22 Budget Presented, and Trolley Back in Service

“Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula” Collaborative Effort Announced

On Monday, a partnership was announced between the Peninsula and Hampton Health Districts, Peninsula localities, and Health Systems—Bon Secours, Riverside, and Sentara.  Named “Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula,” the goal of this collaboration and creation of a unified command structure, is to speed up the vaccination process and provide community members with timely information that may help them make decisions about their health and well-being. The press release, issued by the Virginia Department of Health on behalf of all team member organizations and localities, is available to view on our COVID-19 Connection.
Localities

 County Administrator Presents Proposed Budget

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Neil Morgan presented his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1 2021 – June 30 2022).  His presentation, the proposed budget, and more are available on the County’s Budget website.  The Budget Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. in York Hall.  Citizens wishing to comment may attend in person, email the Board, or leave a recorded message on the Budget Comment Line – (757) 890-3220.
FY2022 Proposed Budget

First Shredding Event of 2021 a HUGE Hit!

Last year, citizens requested additional shredding events, and York County made it happen! Now held in conjunction with the Household Chemical Collection/Computer Recycling event, 8,000 pounds of paper (that’s four TONS!) was dropped off by citizens at this first event. VPPSA, which operates the Household Chemical Collection/Computer Recycling event, received just over 500 cars, which is an increase of about 150 vehicles over the March average. The next shredding event in York County is Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the Drug Take Back, held at the Public Works offices, 105 Service Drive. Reminders will be shared prior to the event. The next Household Chemical Collection/Computer Recycling event in York County is scheduled for May 8.  As a reminder, member communities may attend any VPPSA drop-off. See the VPPSA website for additional dates in York County, Williamsburg/James City County, Hampton, and Poquoson. 

Boaters, Take Note:  Rodgers A. Smith Boat Landing Repairs March 22-24

This popular boat landing, located at 705 Tide Mill Road, is closing a few days next week for required parking lot repairs.  A great alternative boat launch site is Back Creek Park, located at 3000 Goodwin Neck Road.  In addition to the boat launching, Back Creek Park has a canoe/kayak launch, picnic tables, a crabbing pier, and more. Small boat facilities, including kayak/canoe areas, are also available at New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive) and Old Wormley Creek Landing (1110 Old Wormley Creek Road).  For complete details, visit the Parks & Facilities listing on our website.
Rodgers Smith Boat Landing
Take a Ride on the Yorktown Trolley Returning March 26

With the arrival of spring, the Yorktown Trolley takes to the roads of the historic area transporting visitors to museums, shops, restaurants and the beach!  Beginning next weekend, the Trolley operates each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is a great way to get around town. Visitors to Yorktown know that parking can sometimes be a challenge along the waterfront. With the Trolley, your parking worries are alleviated!  For complete details and seasonal hours of operation, visit this week’s press release. And, as you wait for the Trolley’s return, be sure to download the SPOT ETA app that tracks the route and lets you know when it arrives at your stop!
Trolley Victory Monument

Parks and Recreation Offers Camp for those with Special Needs, Adult Fitness Classes

Special Recreation Camp is a summer program designed to provide a variety of fun opportunities for youth with disabilities and/or special needs. This four-week camp runs from June 28 to July 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Campers can enjoy arts and crafts, special visitors, games, movies, and more!  Registration begins March 29.  Parks and Recreation also offers Adult Fitness Classes for all levels including Hi/Lo Combo, Zumba, ABS & More, Strength Training, Yoga, Interval Training, and more. Registration ends April 7. For complete details on camps and classes, visit the Parks and Recreation website. 

A Few More Notes for the Week…..The Yorktown Beach is getting a facelift to be ready for warmer days. Next week, the County is replenishing the sand, filling in drop-off areas along the sidewalk and building up some spots that have experienced erosion. This is a regular project performed prior to summer seasons.  Sprucing up your yard for the spring and summer? The VPPSA Compost Facility is being renovated. During this time, some of the regularly stocked compost and mulch products may be limited or not available. Call the facility for more information – (757) 898-5012.
Beach Sand Replenishment

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.

March 12, 2021

Tomorrow is Trifecta of Drop-offs at the Operations Center; Registration Opens Monday for Parks & Recreation Summer Fun Program

Register Your Child for Summer Fun Camp!

Beginning Monday, you can register your child for York County Summer Fun Camp.  This safe and fun environment is scheduled for Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from June 28 to July 29.  Camp locations are: Dare, Seaford, Grafton Bethel, Tabb, Coventry, and Magruder Elementary Schools, as well as Tabb and Queens Lake Middle Schools, for kids who have completed grades K-7.  Youth will have a fun-filled week of organized recreational games, arts and crafts, sports, guest speakers, special events, and more! Children should bring a lunch, snacks, and drinks each day. Fee is $225 for residents and $400 for non-residents.  Fees are waived for York County residents who qualify – more details available on the Parks and Recreation website.  Because of Virginia’s COVID-19 guidelines, a reduced number of spaces are available and we anticipate this program filling up quickly. So, don’t miss your opportunity!  Note: Registration for Field Trip Fever begins April 12. 

Registration for Teens in the Leaders in Training Program Opens March 15

If you’re a teenager interested in learning useful job skills and developing leadership abilities, then consider registering for our Leaders in Training program! This is the perfect way to give back to your community and earn volunteer hours for school or scholarships while having fun at the same time. We offer flexible schedules, so teens can still enjoy summer break. Register online with a $25 application fee, due no later than April 23. Full details are available on the Parks and Recreation website. 

First Shred Event of the Year at this Weekend’s Household Chemical/Computer Collection Event

By popular request, we have expanded the number of paper shredding events for 2021 and the first one is tomorrow!  It’s a trifecta of spring cleaning where individuals may bring their personal papers to have shredded, household chemicals to be disposed of safely, and computers to recycle.  The event is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow (Sat., March 13) at the Operations Center on Goodwin Neck Road. Complete details are available on the Waste Management Center website.

VPPSA Household Chemical Collection

 Home Based Business Owners:  Please Complete our Survey

If you own a home-based business, we want to hear from you!  Please take a few minutes and complete the survey. Your feedback helps our Economic Development Office understand and offer just the right kind of assistance and support for this important sector of the County’s business community. All responses are confidential.  Thanks for taking the time to give us this important and helpful information by Monday, March 15. 
HBB survey

A Few More Notes for the Week…..Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday! Be sure to spring forward and turn those clocks ahead one hour. Mosquito season is upon us and our York County Mosquito Control is already putting out information and making appointments for free yard inspections. Be sure to sign up for the spraying notices. The County has received several sign-ups for the Great American Cleanup March 26-27! But there’s always room for more. Go online to register and help keep York County clean and beautiful.

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Easter Egg Scramble

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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March 5, 2021

Grant Monies Still Available for Eviction Relief; Last Winter Market Tomorrow - Spring Markets Start Up Soon 

Apply for the Eviction Prevention Program! 

Funding is still available from the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s generous grant to assist eligible residents of York County with rent payments to avoid eviction. Williamsburg and James City County also received funding.  Those who have experienced financial loss and are behind in their payments due to COVID-19 can find additional information, including income guidelines and required documentation, on the Eviction Prevention Program page and also on the County’s COVID-19 Connection.   

We Need YOU for the Great American Cleanup – March 26-27

The 2021 Great American Cleanup (GAC) is March 26-27 and York County can use your help with our organized cleanup on March 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. when volunteers are asked to help pick up trash along the roadsides of Mooretown Road and Airport Road in the upper County. Rain date for this location is March 27.  If you are interested in starting a special cleanup activity, please consider adopting your own neighborhood with a smaller group of volunteers (up to 25 people).  For any cleanup event, supplies and support are available from the County: trash bags, gloves, litter pick-up tools, and safety vests can be requested prior to the GAC. Adult supervision is required for participants under 18 and proper attire is required.  So, get your group together and help us Team Up to Clean Up! If you would like to participate in keeping York County clean and beautiful, please visit the Waste Management website for details and sign ups. 
Cub Scout Pack 104

Come Shop our Final Winter Market Tomorrow (3/6) and Get Ready for Weekly Markets Beginning April 10!

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our final Winter Market and purchase seasonal favorites like soups, chowders, and chicken pot pies . . . and also get a sneak peek (and taste) of spring! More than 30 vendors will line Riverwalk Landing selling locally grown, produced, and crafted products. Stock up on farm-to-table meats, eggs, and produce. Don’t miss delicious baked goods, gourmet chocolates, homemade candles, dog treats, local art, and more. Select vendors and artists will also be offering pre-order options for this final winter market. Make sure you follow the event on Facebook to get updates from those businesses on their pre-ordering instructions. Just click on the “discussion” tab. Again, this is the last winter market until the regular weekly season begins April 10 with our Go Green Market!  Details available on our Visit Yorktown website.
Winter Market - Yorktown Market Days
In the case of inclement weather, just as during the regular season, the market will move into the lower level of the Water Street Parking Terrace. Due to COVID-19, events are subject to change including times, dates, and locations. When shopping the market—please don’t forget your face masks. Vendors and artists will be socially distanced and hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout the market.

 Let’s Celebrate and Get Fit with Parks and Recreation

Celebrate good times, come on!  The Senior Center of York has a variety of programs to help you feel good about yourself, and one way to do that is to attend the Birthday Bash!  Next Friday, March 12, at 1 p.m., come celebrate your birthday (or someone else’s) with free musical entertainment. Register by March 8. Also at the Center, learn how to draw spring flowers with watercolor, pen, pencils, and ink in the Botanicals Adult Painting Class! This six-week program begins Tuesday, April 13. There is a fee for this program; registration ends April 8.  Mixed Doubles Tennis League is now accepting registrations for the Thursday night Round Robin league that starts April 8. Sign up by March 29.  And finally for the kiddos, help them learn how to relax and focus with Beginner Yoga for Kids! Ages 6-12 will enjoy this fun, casual program that encourages kids to explore their creativity through dynamic postures in a step-by-step format. There is a $40 fee for residents and $65 for non-residents. Class is held Thursday beginning April 15 and consists of eight one-hour sessions (5:30-6:30.  For more information on these and other programs, and to register, visit the Parks and Recreation website. 

March is Social Work Month!  

Social workers are trained professionals who help people address the barriers that help them live their best life!  Their work brings about positive change for individuals, families, and communities. March is Social Work Month and this year’s theme is “Social Workers are Essential.”  Join York County in celebrating this month and recognizing all those who choose social work as their profession and the invaluable contributions they make to our community. A variety of assistance programs are available through Social Services, including: Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Emergency Assistance, Family Preservation, Foster Care, Volunteer Services, and so much more. If you or someone you know is in need of help, visit the York-Poquoson Social Services website or call (757) 890-3787. And be sure to thank a social worker today, during the month of March, and throughout the whole year!
Social Workers are Essential

York/Poquoson Master Gardeners $1,000 College Scholarship 

Incoming York/Poquoson freshmen accepted to a recognized accredited community college, university or college whose field of study is horticulture, botany, or a related field, are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension York/Poquoson Master Gardeners.  The deadline to apply is April 9!  For more information and the application, visit the York/Poquoson Cooperative Extension website and select “What’s New.” 

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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 whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.