May 2022

Citizen News Weekly

May 27, 2022

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

concerts
See Visit Yorktown’s “Top Ten”

The latest “York News” now airing on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) features the Visit Yorktown staff recommending the top 10 things to do in Yorktown this summer. The program is available on the County’s website and YouTube channel. Featured in the program is the Sounds of Summer Concert Series that begins Thursday (6/2). This popular free outdoor concert series is 10 weeks of fun and music at the waterfront. The Uptown Band kicks off the season on Thursday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and claim their spot at the performance area. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Another one of our Top 10 is Yorktown Market Days! Held Saturdays now through October, the markets are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the waterfront and are a great place to pick up fresh produce and baked goods. The schedules for these and other events is available on the Visit Yorktown website

Two of York County’s Own Receive Law Enforcement Awards

On Thursday (5/26), Sergeant Brandon Williams, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, and Margaret Mack-Yaroch, Director of York-Poquoson Social Services, were presented with Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers Salute to Law Enforcement Awards. Sergeant Williams (shown with Capt. David Barke and Sheriff Danny Diggs) was named Deputy of the Year for his work in developing and implementing a variety of programs including the agency’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team; participation in the ROVER and Bicycle Patrol Teams; and position as DUI Task Force Grant Coordinator. Margaret Mack-Yaroch (shown with County Administrator Neil Morgan and Sheriff Danny Diggs) was presented with the Civilian of the Year award. Shortly after her appointment as director, Mrs. Mack-Yaroch began a positive working relationship with the Sheriff’s Office that is built on the strengths of both agencies as well as the common goal of serving members of the community. The result is a healthy partnership that continues to grow and better serve the citizens of the County. Congratulations to Mrs. Mack-Yaroch and Sergeant Williams!  

Sergeant WillaimsMargaret award

 Summer EditionCover of Citizen News Quarterly Now Online 

The 12-page newsletter is available for easy reading and downloading from the County’s website. In this issue….information about the great events at the waterfront this summer and the changes coming soon. News from the Library, photos from the Fire Station 7 groundbreaking, and various event calendars and reminders are also included. Other helpful information comes to you from the departments of Public Works and Economic & Tourism Development. The publication is presented with easy page turning, zoom in/out option for readability, pop-outs of articles for saving or sharing, and archives of prior issues.

 York/Poquoson Cooperative Extension Has Garden Art Events for KidsTin can art

These upcoming activities are great for kids of all ages and lets your creative side come out!  Learn How Leaves Work and make and take home a leaf print t-shirt on June 23.  Find out Why Flowers are Important as kids design and paint a flower stepping stone on July 21. Finally, on August 18, make tin can garden art and learn about Pollinators. All three of these activities are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Learning Garden (301 Goodwin Neck Road). Space is limited so please register early by calling 757-890-4940.

  Additional Notes for the Week…Space is still available in several Parks & Recreation sports and art camps this summer. Details are available on the online registration portal.   In observance of Memorial Day, York County offices, courts, and libraries are closed Monday (5/30). Garbage collection is not affected by the holiday; recycling is delayed one day.   

Memorial Day Ceremony 5-30

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

May 20, 2022

Parking Garage Partially Open; Tax Bills Mailed; Hiring for Summer Jobs


Lower Level of Parking Terrace Partially Open; Visitors May Park Throughout Town and Ride Free Yorktown Trolley

Earlier this week, York County officials closed the upper level of the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace due to the discovery of a crack in a support beam. County staff completed temporary repairs that allow much of the lower level, including handicapped parking, to be open for visitors. However, the electric car chargers located in the parking terrace are not available to the public. Officials anticipate use of the parking terrace will be restricted for at least 90 days. Waterfront ambassadors are stationed at the facility to help direct visitors to alternative parking sites.  Public lots are available throughout the historic and waterfront areas—all adjacent to Yorktown Trolley stops. The free Trolley – accessible and air-conditioned – makes several stops throughout town, including the waterfront and local attractions (see the Trolley map here). Riders are encouraged to download to their phones the Spot ETA app for real-time trolley tracking and stops.  Parking Garage Closure
Summer Concerts Sounds of Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced!

Yorktown’s free concert series returns June 2 with the Uptown Band.  Concerts are held at the waterfront from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  Concerts are every Thursday (except July 7) through August 11 and feature some of the hottest bands in the region! Come out and claim your spot on the grass in front of the performance stage.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating and don’t forget your cooler.  Yorktown restaurants offer carry-out and food truck options are available too.  The complete listing of upcoming bands is available on the Visit Yorktown website. So, put on your dancing shoes and plan to head on up to Yorktown on Thursdays this summer. 

Outstanding Youth Award Winners Recognized at Board Meeting

Congratulations to Daniel Khalil, Kylie Calafiore, Shayla Dawson, and Justin Cooper on their selection as this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Youth Awards. The students were recognized at Tuesday’s (5/17) meeting of the Board of Supervisors and presented with a Board Resolution. Each receives a $1,000 educational scholarship for their post high school education at a college, university or trade school. Visit the County’s website to read more about these award winners and to view their acceptance messages. 

Tax Bills Have Been Mailed

You don’t have to wait for the Post Office to deliver it – your e-bill is now available online. Be sure to sign up here for email notifications when bills are mailed and other important reminders from the Treasurer’s Office.  There are more details on the mailing, how to track your USPS mail, and pay your bill online on the Treasurer’s website. Payment is due June 25 (no interest or penalty occurs until after Monday, June 27). 

York County Summer Job Opportunities Still Available

The County is currently hiring for the Parks and Recreation Summer Fun camps. These jobs are perfect for those home for summer break or just graduated from high school.  Best of all…the hours are daytime only and NO weekends! These positions are offered in various locations and are not only rewarding financially, but offer a great resume building opportunity. There are also openings for part-time waterfront positions and even support to assist Visit Yorktown staff.  All of these jobs offer a very competitive hourly rate and are eligible for a bonus at the end of the season. If you know of anyone that might be interested, please share the link to the online application: www.yorkcounty.gov/jobs Summer Jobs - Summer Fun and Beach Staff
Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall May 30; County Offices ClosedYork Hall War Memorial

The annual York County Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at the War Memorial located on the grounds of York Hall (301 Main Street). The ceremony honoring the men and women who gave all in defense of our nation features the Fifes and Drums of York Town, VFW Post 824 Color Guard, wreath-layings, and keynote speaker. This ceremony is open to the public and is sponsored by the York County Historical Committee. For more information about the ceremony, please call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500.  In observance of the holiday, York County offices and courts will be closed.  Garbage collections are not affected by the holiday, however recycling is delayed one day. 

Summer Edition of Citizen News Quarterly Coming Soon

The County’s quarterly newsletter is due out next week. This issue includes information about events, items of general interest, and the operations of your local government. Also inside, Parks and Recreation activities, important dates to remember, and more!  Sign up for Citizen News subscription notifications and be among the first to know when a new issue is out.      

Additional Notes for the Week…Registration is now open for Clean the Bay Day on Saturday, June 4. Details are available on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation website.  Registration is also open for Safety Town – York County’s award-winning program that teaches pre-kindergartners various safety lessons…back “in-person!”  Visit the Safety Town website for session dates and to register. YORK COUNTY PROPERTY TAX BILL
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

May 13, 2022

Vintage Market, Safety Summit,  and Kayak Tours


Art at the river shoppingVisit Yorktown For This Weekend’s Special Events

Tomorrow (5/14), a new market debuts at the waterfront: the Vintage Market!  Shop for upcycled items perfect for your home. Take a trip down memory lane as you peruse and purchase antiques. Your market favorites will also be on hand:  fresh produce, baked goods, quality art, and more. In case of rain, the market moves to the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace.  The Classic Car Show on Historic Main Street is another new event featuring over 30 classic cars lovingly and painstakingly restored to their glory days. As you oogle these beauties, vehicle owners will be nearby and happy to chat with you about their treasures. The market and car show are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Sunday (5/15) is the rescheduled Art at the River Juried Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thirty-seven artists were chosen for this exhibition to showcase paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass arts, photography, woodwork, metalwork, and more! Be sure to cast your vote for “Best in Show.”  Details are available on the Visit Yorktown website.car show

Register by Tuesday for May 24th for Annual Senior Safety Summit

The Senior Safety Summit is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway.  This event is a full morning of informative and educational lectures and discussions on topics of interest to senior citizens. This year’s sessions include protecting yourself against frauds and scams, raising a relative’s child, and exercise for seniors. A shred truck will be available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for the secure disposal of papers. The $4 fee includes a continental grab-and-go breakfast bag and a box lunch. Register online by May 17th.  

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting Features Outstanding Youth

Tune in for the BOS meeting this Tuesday (5/17) for several presentations highlighting the best and brightest York County students. Starting at 6 p.m., Chairman Sheila Noll and Board members will share the accomplishments of this year’s Outstanding Youth Awards recipients who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Also on the agenda for the first hour, the final report from the 2021-22 York County Youth Commission and a presentation from the members of the Youth Leadership Academy. Public hearings begin at 7 p.m. Read the full agenda online and, as always, the meeting may be watched live on WYCG-TV Cox 46/Verizon 39 or streaming.

Outstanding Youth awards

Kayak Tours Return!

York County Parks & Recreation is excited to bring back kayak tours. Fresh air and the beauty of the natural surroundings are highlights of the scheduled trips from New Quarter Park and Back Creek Park. There is a kayak tour available for everyone regardless of skill level.  Great for families or groups of friends.  Complete information, including dates and costs, is available on the registration portal.                                                         

Additional Notes for the Week…Household Chemical/Computer Recycling/Paper Shredding event is tomorrow (5/14) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 105 Service Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road). This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of these items. More information is available on the Waste Management website.    BugFest is also tomorrow (5/14) at a new location: Grafton Middle School! Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn about bugs and how they are a benefit (really, they are!). More info on the Mosquito Control website. 

Shout Out This Week to Our Superheroes in the 
Department of Public Works!

National Public Works Week – May 15-21

Public Works Week

We appreciate you every week for all you do to keep York County running and beautiful.  If you are a Superhero too, please consider joining our DPW team. York County is currently recruiting for fulltime staff and equipment operators in Grounds, Stormwater, and Utilities. Competitive hourly rates, affordable healthcare, paid time off plus holidays, and retirement. Apply today!  

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

May 6, 2022

Blues, Brews & BBQ is Rain or Shine; Art at the River Rescheduled; Clean the Bay Day Registration Open


Art at the River Juried Art Show Rescheduled to May 15

The weather forecast for Sunday calls for conditions to be wet and windy, which are definitely not good for an outdoor art show!  The Art at the River committee has decided to reschedule the event. Come out to Riverwalk Landing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday, May 15, to view quality art, purchase a piece or two, listen to local musicians, and cast your vote for Best in Show.  Complete Art at the River details are available on the Visit Yorktown website.

Art at the River - Rescheduled

Board of Supervisors Adopts FY23 Budget Lowering Real Estate Tax Rate

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board members adopted the operating budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023).  The budget reduces the real estate tax rate from 79.5 cents to 78 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. That rate also applies to mobile homes.  The tax rate for personal property and machinery/tools remains $4.00. For complete information about the budget, including all Board presentations, visit the County’s website.

Adopted Budget - FY2023

Tickets Still Available for Blues, Brews, and BBQ

There is time to get tickets for tomorrow’s (5/7) Blues, Brews, and BBQ held from 12 to 6 p.m.  BBBBQ is one of our most popular events and it’s held rain or shine. If you like sampling brews, tasting some of the best BBQ around, and vibing to area Blues musicians, then this is the event you don’t want to miss. You can purchase tickets and find more information online. 

Get Your Kit Ready: Hurricane Season Projected to be Busy 

The start of hurricane season is less than one month away. Getting started on preparations is a great thing to do before June 1, and there’s no better time than now!  The threats from hurricanes can vary depending on where you live.  But here in our region, we’ve all felt the impact of these tropical systems, whether it’s significant structural damage or losing power for several days. Take the time now to evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and your family.  Have an evacuation plan, assemble your emergency preparedness kit, and purchase flood insurance if you live in an area that may experience flooding.  For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website.

Hurrican Season

Registration Now Open for Clean the Bay Day

On the first Saturday in June, thousands of volunteers will spread out across the area and pick up litter and debris from rivers, streams and beaches to keep these materials from polluting our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.  You can sign up and join a group or form one with your family or neighbors.  The possibilities are endless, but the impact you can make is tremendous.  Search the online map for locations and register today.

Clean the Bay Day 6-4

Public Parking During High Water Situations

When the forecast calls for high water or flooding, York County opens the parking lot at Chisman Creek Park (1314 Wolf Trap Road) and the lots at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (412 Sports Way) for citizens to temporarily park their trucks, trailers, campers, RVs, boats, etc.  York County announces the opening of these lots on our Facebook page along with instructions on when vehicles are to be removed.  Citizens are reminded to not park their vehicles at school sites. 

Additional Notes for the Week…The Master Gardener Plant Sale is tomorrow (5/7) and is held rain or shine! Bring a wagon, wheelbarrow or box for your purchases.  The sale is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Learning Garden, 301 Goodwin Neck Road.   Children’s and Teen’s Book Festival is also tomorrow (5/7) at the Tabb Library. Come meet local authors and illustrators of books for young people from 1 to 3 p.m.  No registration required.

Lifetime Dog License 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.

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