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Gloucester County Re-opening Information

In alignment with the Governor’s guidance on Phase 3 re-openings across the Commonwealth, Gloucester County government will begin its next phase of reopening offices to the public on Monday, July 6th. 

Currently, offices of the Treasurer, Commissioner of Revenue, Assessor, Registrar, and all offices in the Courthouse are open to the public.

County employees stationed in a temporary facility located behind County Office Building #2 (6489 Main Street) will continue to greet customers that wish to transact business with the County departments inside that building. In efforts to comply with ongoing social distancing protocols outlined in the Governor’s Executive Orders, only one customer per department will be permitted inside Building #2 and Treasurer’s Office cashiering stations will continue to service the public outside, at windows located on the back side of the temporary office facility.

As part of the reopening, the Gloucester County Library System will offer expanded services to the public with modified hours beginning Monday, July 6th. 

In addition to the curbside service that the Main Library (6920 Main Street) has been offering for several weeks, beginning July 6, the Main Library will open to the public (on a limited basis only) for patrons to use in-house public computers / printers (by reservation only) for 1-hour sessions, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Reservations for use of public computers can be made by calling 804-693-2998.

Additionally, the Point Branch Library (2354 York Crossing Drive) will begin offering curbside service for its clients on July 6. This service will include pickup of materials patrons have reserved either online or via phone. Curbside service at the Point Library will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., however no computer reservations will be accepted at the Point Branch at this time. For more information, call 804-642-9790.

To reserve materials for curbside service or for more information on the Gloucester County Public Libraries, please visit www.gloucesterva.info/publiclibrary

More information on how to best engage and interact with other County departments will be forthcoming in a subsequent release. For the latest information, visit www.gloucesterva.info

 

As of Monday, June 8th, Gloucester County has re-opened several of its departments to the public, including the Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Real Estate Assessment offices. These departments are on the first floor of Building #2, located at 6489 Main Street, and as a preventative safety measure, will only allow a limited number of individuals in at one time.

To help facilitate the reopening, a mobile unit and tents have been set up in the parking lot behind Building #2. Upon arrival, citizens can go directly to a cashier window in the mobile unit to pay their taxes or speak to an employee for “registration/information.” Citizens needing to enter the building will be provided a colored ticket corresponding to the department they need to visit. No one can enter the building without a ticket. Citizens are asked to wear masks and practice socially distancing while waiting in line. Due to limited capacity within the buildings, people will be asked to wait outside and can return to their cars until their ticket number is called. Those waiting in vehicles will be contacted via cell phone when they can enter the building or can use an outdoor display of active ticket numbers to see when it is their turn.

To facilitate service, once registered, citizens may be called by the department they will be visiting as a preliminary screening to ensure the department can fully service their requests, and remind them of the proper documentation they will need to bring with them.

It’s expected that the majority of customers who simply desire to make their first installment 2020 real estate and personal property tax payments in-person will do so at the temporary facility. A drop box is also available to anyone who would like to pay their taxes day or night.  Envelopes are located at the drop box. Applications and payments for animal licenses are accepted by mail and by drop box only at this time.

“With the Commonwealth slowly re-opening in phases, Gloucester County is striving to continue to provide the utmost quality of customer service to the public in the safest manner possible,” said Brent Fedors, Gloucester’s County Administrator. “While we realize that this temporary setup may not seem ideal for everyone, we strongly feel that it is the safest and most streamlined process to grant citizens access to the departments that they need to help serve them.”

 

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other boards and commissions will be returning to in-person meetings in July.  Although citizens are invited and encouraged to attend meetings, for those citizens in at risk categories or who may feel uncomfortable attending in person meetings, comments may be submitted through alternate means.  

In-person meetings of both the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors and the Gloucester Planning Commission will begin being held at the T.C. Walker Education Center’s Auditorium, 6099 T C Walker Road, to provide more space for social distancing. Locations for other boards and commissions will be announced on the County’s calendar. Where noted, meetings will be broadcast live on Cox Channel 48 and on the County’s meeting portal at http://www.gloucesterva.info/640/Meeting-Portal.  

Comments submitted through these alternate means must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the day PRIOR to a meeting or public hearing:

Submitting Comments Online To submit comments online, complete the Citizen Comment Submission form (www.gloucesterva.info/citizencomment).  Please follow the instructions on the form to indicate the meeting or public hearing on which you want to comment.  Comments may be submitted via this method until 4:30 p.m. on the day PRIOR to the meeting.  Comments submitted via this method will be read aloud during the appropriate comment or public hearing period up to the time limit set by the Chair (typically 3 minutes).

Submitting Comments by US Mail To submit comments via US Mail, send to:  County Administration ATTN:  Citizen/Public Hearing Comment, 6489 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061.  Any mailed comments must include your name, your magisterial district, and the meeting and item you are commenting on clearly printed at the top.  All such comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the day PRIOR to the scheduled date of the meeting or public hearing.  Please type or print all comments legibly.  Comments submitted via this method will be read aloud during the appropriate comment or public hearing period up to the time limit set by the Chair (typically 3 minutes).

It is important to note that comments that are submitted anonymously or with fictitious names will not be accepted. Comments are limited to one submission per person, per comment period.  In the case of multiple submissions for the same comment period, only the last submission will be read.

“Form letters,” consisting of communications which are verbatim duplicates (other than the identifying information of the author/submitter) of one or more other communications received by the County pertaining to the matter to be considered at the public hearing or public comment period, shall be read only once per letter, along with the list of persons submitting the same comments pursuant to such “form letter.”

Gloucester Treasurer Reminds of Tax Due Dates and Provides Alternatives to In-Person Payment of Tax Bills

Gloucester County Treasurer Tara Thomas issued a reminder this week that the first Installment of 2020 Real Estate, Personal Property & Manufactured Home tax bills will be mailed out this month. The first installment tax bills are due on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  However, on May 19, 2020, in an effort to accommodate those in economically stressed situations, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted to waive the penalty and interest for 45 days following the due date.  Therefore, taxpayers will have until August 14, 2020 to pay first installment 2020 tax bills without penalty or interest.  This waiver does not apply to prior year bills that are already past due.   
The Treasurer also advises that there are multiple methods for residents and property owners to pay their real estate and personal property tax bills without physically coming inside the Treasurer’s Office during this time of uncertainty.  
Residents and property owners have the ability to pay their bills remotely using the following options:

 

1. Treasurer’s Office drop box located in the median of Justice Drive in between County Office Buildings #1 and #2 (please include payment stub). Checks or money orders should be made payable to “Gloucester County.” 

2. Mail to Gloucester County, ATTN: Treasurer, 6489 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061. 3. Online using a credit/debit card or electronic check - visit www.officialpayments.com or call 1-800-272-9829 (use jurisdiction code 1087). Taxpayers should be aware that there are fees associated with this method of payment.
For those who wish to make their tax payments in person, the Treasurer also plans to accept payments outside, at a temporary facility located in the parking lot behind County Building #2 (6489 Main Street) beginning June 8th during regular business hours. Signs will be placed pointing taxpayers in the direction of where to go to make a payment. Access to the building will be limited.  
Thomas also advises that applications and payments for Animal Licenses are currently being accepted by mail and by drop box only. She asks that the applicants allow at least 24 hours to process Animal License applications.  
For more information, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 804-693-2141 or by e-mail at treasurer@gloucesterva.info.

Mathews County Public Schools Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration Announcement

Mathews County Public Schools will hold a "drive-thru" kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, July 13th from 10:00-12:00 and Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00-7:00 in the Lee-Jackson Elementary School parking lot.  Eligible children must be 5 years of age on or before September 30, 2020.  Parents will be required to fill out a Mathews County Public Schools' registration form, provide their driver's license and provide an original birth certificate for the child.  Also required for registration is evidence of residency and a physical examination by a licensed physician and evidence of immunization. These documents can be faxed or emailed prior to the first day of school.

Staff will be on hand to deliver paperwork to vehicles and to collect the completed registration forms and documents as the school is closed to visitors at this time due to COVID-19.  Parents/guardians can call the school if no one is present in the parking lot upon arrival. 

Questions concerning registration should be directed to Lee Jackson Elementary School, (804)725-2580.  Documents can be faxed to (804)725-3428.

Yorktown's Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

Online ticket sales have resumed for Yorktown’s Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at www.villageevents.org. Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, but postponed to adhere with Governor Northam’s “Temporary Stay at Home” order and ban of gatherings of 10 or more people, the event has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 9th. The time of 12 to 6 p.m. will remain the same. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Attendees can sample more than 30 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen to some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads.  At 12:30, Bobby BlackHat Blues Blast with Special Guests, will deliver blends and influences of Chicago, Memphis, Piedmont, and Delta style blues along with a little Gospel into a toe tappin’, finger poppin’ hip shakin’ blues experience. Then, at 3:30, the Michael Clark Band will take the mic to blend R&B, Blues, Soul, Tock, Jazz and Funk.

 

Here’s a look at this year’s participating breweries:

  • Cape Charles Brewing Company
  • Bull Island Brewing Company
  • Caiseal Beer & Spirits Co. 
  • Sly Clyde Ciderworks 
  • Billsburg Brewery
  • Devils Back bone Brewing Company
  • St. George Brewing Company
  • New Realm Brewing Company
  • Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
  • The Original Larry’s Hard Lemonade Brewing Co.
  • Tradition Brewing Company
  • Wicked Weed Brewing
  • Alewerks Brewing Company
  • That Damn Mary Brewing Company
  • Back Bay Brewing Co.
  • O'Connor Brewing Co.

Back by popular demand, a wine garden with limited tastings. The garden will showcase some outstanding Virginia varieties and entry is included with festival admission.  Phil Poteat will provide musical entertainment in the wine garden.

Based on current pandemic conditions, event organizers are making several adjustments to minimize contact points and to help ensure public health safety. All staff members with direct customer contact will wear masks and each person will have his/her temperature taken before beginning work. There will be increased space between vendors, a limit to the number of ticket sales for the event, frequent disinfectant in higher traffic areas, no food sampling, and sanitizing stations placed throughout the festival.

The event is presented by Village Events.  A special thanks to this year’s sponsors: York County, State Farm Agent Mark Irwin, Water Street Grille, and Atlantic Union Bank. Proceeds Benefit the York Foundation for Public Education.

 

Where to Park

Free parking is available in the two-level parking terrace on Water Street, the York-Poquoson Courthouse, the County Administration Building, York Hall, and other designated public lots throughout town. The free Yorktown Trolley will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with several convenient stops throughout town.

Additional Event Info:

  • www.visityorktown.org
  • Village Events: (757) 877.2933 
  • Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @visityorktown #visityorktown

 

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic—all York County sponsored and partner community events are subject to postponement or cancellation. This includes changes to dates, times, and locations.

 

Gift Certificate Stimulus Program Launched in Gloucester

Gift Certificate Stimulus Program Launched in Gloucester 

 

 

Gloucester County’s Economic Development department has been working diligently alongside local businesses to help them address recent challenges in their operations and finances.
 
- Most recently, Gloucester County and the Gloucester County Economic Development Authority (EDA), working in tandem with the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, have embarked on a gift certificate initiative entitled “Rethink. Rebound. Revitalize.” to benefit independently owned, local small business owners and the public alike.  
 
- Just last week, the EDA approved $5,000 for the Gloucester Gift Certificate Community Stimulus Program, designed to help Gloucester’s independently owned, local small businesses mitigate losses during the COVID-19 crisis.  
 
- When one purchases a gift certificate through the program to use at a participating local independent business, the EDA will add 25 percent to the purchase (up to $25) for as long as the matching funds last.  
 
- To purchase gift certificates through the program, visit www.gloucestervachamber.org. Once purchasing a gift certificate, you will receive a receipt generated from PayPal. This receipt will then be used to take to the retailer and the Chamber will have a certificate for the businesses so that they can keep a record of all purchases made through the program.  
 
- For information on these and other resources available to local businesses, call 804-693-1415.

Registration Now Open for York County Summer Sports Camps: Soccer and Volleyball for Kids!

Parents, are your children ready to go outside and have fun with sports again?  Register your kids for one of our Summer Sports Camps!  In these camps, children can try something new or sharpen their skills and maybe even learn a few new moves. Registration is available at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec. Sign-ups are accepted until the camp is full or one week prior to start date.  For more information, call Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500, Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Lionsbridge FC Soccer Sports Camp

High-quality instructors are leading Half-Day and Full-Day camps for boys and girls July 6-10, and an Evening Camp for boys and girls July 13-16.  All camps will be held at the spacious McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC).  See the schedule below for the details for each of these camp options: July 6-10 or July 13-16. Times and fees are as follows:

 

  • Half-Day Camp (July 6-10; ages 7-17): 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Residents: $129; Non-residents: $154
  • Full-Day Camp (July 6-10; ages 7-17):  8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    • Residents: $199; Non-residents: $224
  • Evening Camp (July 13-16; ages 5-17):  5:45 - 8 p.m.
    • Residents: $99; Non-residents: $124

 

 Legacy Soccer Sports Camp

Kendall Pressey and his Legacy staff will lead a morning camp held July 20-24 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC). This camp is for boys and girls ages 4-14.

  • Residents: $100; Non-residents: $125 

 

Volleyball Sports Camp

Former professional volleyball player Margaret Aleman will host these volleyball camps for boys and girls at York Middle School the week of July 27-31. The fee is $140 for York County residents and $165 for non-residents. Times and fees are as follows: 

  • Ages 7-11:  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Ages 12-16: 1 to 4 p.m.
    • Residents: $140; Non-residents: $165

 

 

PARENTS: York County Parks and Recreation has planned a fun and SAFE summer of programs. When necessary, our programs will be modified to meet State Executive Orders, County Guidelines, and CDC recommendations. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to provide program updates and make necessary adjustments based on the latest recommendations.

Blood Donation Information

We now face a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. We encourage healthy individuals to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
 
To find a Blood Drive near you please visit: www.redcrossblood.org/give
 
Blood donation remains a safe process.  Do not hesitate to give and receive blood even during  this time of social distancing.  
 
At each blood drive, Red Cross employees are following thorough safety protocols. In addition to standard procedures, you will notice the following at your local blood drive:  Pre-Temperature Screening: All donors will be asked to have their temperature taken before being permitted into the blood drive. If a donor has a temperature greater than 99.5°F they will be asked to return to donate when they are healthy & asked to leave the drive.

Enhanced Disinfecting: Hand sanitizer will be at check-in, health history & refreshment areas. Donors will be asked to use hand sanitizer prior to using tablets & laptops. Donors beds will be sanitized between each & every donor.

Social Distancing: Implementation of separated drive set up to allow as much distance as possible between donors.

Staff Wellness and Protection: All staff members will have a temperature check before presenting to work, and they've been asked not to come to work if they are feeling sick. Staff will wear gloves throughout entire blood drive, changing gloves between every donor.

York County Public Libraries Reopening Information

York County Public Libraries will reopen to the general public on Tuesday, July 7th, with modified hours of operation:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Both libraries will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

“Thank you for your continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Library Director Kevin Smith. “The safety of our community, patrons, and staff is our highest priority. With that in mind, we’ve had to make some modifications to our services.”

Here’s what you can expect when visiting the library:

  • Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing guidelines while in the library.
  • All returned items will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours.
  • Book drops will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Notary service will be available by appointment only. Call the Reference Department at Tabb, (757) 890-5120, or Yorktown, (757) 890-5207, to make an appointment.
  • In-house programs, study rooms and meeting rooms will not be available at this time.
  • Curbside pickup will be discontinued on July 7. If you need special accommodations, contact the Circulation Department at Tabb, (757) 890-5130, or Yorktown, (757) 890-5205.

 

“To help everyone stay safe while visiting the library, please wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and stay home if you’re sick,” said Smith. “We’re looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back.”

Coming next week – the Summer Reading Program! Readers of all ages are invited to explore fairy tales, fables, mythology and more, as the York County Public Library presents “Imagine Your Story.” In order to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s summer reading program is going virtual. All programs, activities and story times will be available through our YouTube channel, Facebook, Instagram or the library website.

“Although this is a change in the program delivery method, our staff has worked diligently to offer a high quality and entertaining summer reading experience,” Smith said.

The summer reading program is free and open to all ages—from newborns to adults. The program runs from June 22 through July 31. Visit the library’s website, https://www.yorkcounty.gov/754/Summer-Reading, for program details and to register.

This program is made possible in part through the generous support of our sponsors: the York County Library Foundation, Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters, Parks Orthodontics, and Persnickety Crane Café.

 

For more information about the reopening and scheduled programs, contact the Tabb Library at (757) 890-5100 or the Yorktown Library at (757) 890-3377. The Tabb Library is located at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693. The Yorktown Library is located at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692.

 

2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule

Be a part of a lifesaving journey. Donate blood. The 2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule is listed below.

To schedule an appointment please visit redcross.org and enter sponsor code GCVa or call Mary Beth at 757-876-7046.

 

Newport News Park

12 Things You May Not Know About Newport News Park 

In 1966, the City of Newport News created a watershed around Lee Hall Reservoir to protect the quality of its water. That watershed was developed into Newport News Park. Since then, it’s been a gem in our city, providing trails, shade, a huge variety of wildlife, and much more. So much more, that you probably don’t even know about all this amazing park has to offer. We’ve outlined the Top 12 things you need to know about Newport News Park that will get you planning your next trip there as soon as possible!

1. It’s HUGE

One of the largest municipal parks in the United States, Newport News Park is nine times larger than New York City’s Central Park! At 7,711 acres, Newport News Park is an oasis in the middle of a large metropolitan city. The park is so large that it has its very own campground! 

2. It’s a great place to camp

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts find Newport News Park’s campground the perfect retreat. Its 188 campsites are spaciously arranged throughout the park’s natural woodlands. Camp here and you’ll be surrounded by many of the comforts of home, including electricity, heated showers, a laundry room, a small store for food and supplies, and 24-hour security. And, needless to say, pets are welcome, too!

3. It has an aero-model flying field 

Did you know that Newport News Park has an aero-model flying field? What’s that, you may ask? It’s a place for model aviation enthusiasts to fly their radio-controlled aircraft. The busiest flying times are usually Saturday and Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. The field has a paved 400-foot runway and a spacious 30-acre flyover area, along with bleachers for visitors and spectators.

4. It has miles of trails

The park also offers more than 30 miles of trails through forest, field, and marshland – with many native species to observe in their natural habitat. As you can imagine, the park is home to an incredible variety of native wildlife – deer, fox, raccoon and beaver, to name a few – all found in a thriving setting filled with lush woodlands, flowering meadows, and shimmering lakes. 

5. It has a center to rehabilitate wildlife 

The park even has a state- and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation program, located at the Discovery Center. The staff there provides care to hundreds of injured or orphaned animals annually, enabling the animals to return to their natural environments, healthy and self-sufficient. We like to think of the Discovery Center as a “temporary haven” for wildlife when they’re most in need. The center also has numerous educational exhibits on display, which are open to the public.

6. You can rent a bike for $3

If you enjoy cycling, bring your own bike or rent one from the campsite office to hit the park’s popular 5.3-mile hard-packed, flat-surface multi-use trail. Newport News Park shares a long stretch of border with the Colonial National Historical Park and several of the park's biking and hiking trails cross over into this historical area.

7. It has ties to the Civil War

Speaking of history, did you know that Newport News Park is the site of some of the best preserved Civil War fortifications, earthworks and redoubts in Virginia? During the American Civil War, the park was the site of Battle of Dam No. 1. In the days prior to the battle, Confederate forces constructed rifle pits and other earthworks from which they held off the Union Army.  Because of this, the park is a designated stop on the official Virginia Civil War Trails network.

8. It has numerous playgrounds and horseshoe pits

Families with small children will be happy to know that Newport News Park has FOUR playgrounds, including one specifically made for younger children (found in Picnic Area 2). With four certified courts for horseshoes, there’s no better place than Newport News Park to play horseshoes, too, especially if you want to keep your own lawn back home pristine! Just remember to bring your own horseshoes, as the park does not provide them.

9. It boasts archery, golf, and a Japanese Peace Garden!

Additionally, it has an archery range, two 18-hole golf courses, and an 18-hole championship disc golf course in the arboretum area. Floral gardens at the park include a Japanese Peace Garden with an authentic tea house!

10.  It’s a great place to go fishing

For water enthusiasts, fishing is permitted in two large freshwater lakes, along with canoe, paddleboat, and Jon boat rentals. And don’t worry about bringing your own paddles, oars, or personal flotation devices – they’re all included in the rental.

11.  There’s a team-building course 

Organized groups looking for a physical and a mental challenge are invited to make a reservation to take the park’s “Ropes & Initiatives Course.” It features a progression of more difficult tasks, similar to an obstacle course. It can be a powerful tool for enhancing group dynamics.  

12.   There are lots of FREE programs there

 

OK, now that we know what Newport News Park has to offer, let’s talk about the many FREE programs scheduled there on a regular basis! Who knew the park offered the following activities?  

1. Archery Safety Lessons – A park ranger presents this one-hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss the rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. You’ll also learn more about the art of archery. Call 757-888-3333 for dates and to register.

 2. Bird Walks – Since 1965, the Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the park’s bird population on a regular basis. Join club members in the parking lot of Picnic Area 1 at 7 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month for some early morning birding. Take a stroll through the park and see what interesting species of birds live here. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

3. Friday Night Adventures – Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can bring your family to the Discovery Center at Newport News Park every Friday evening to learn about some of the amazing living creatures that make their homes in and around the park. Meet a park naturalist to discover facts about some of the park’s natural and historical features through nature walks, themed presentations, and hands-on activities. Topics range from beavers, snakes, and owls to bats, opossums, deer, raccoons, and other creatures inhabiting the park. 

4. Hayrides – Hop on a Saturday evening hayride to explore the park’s beautiful and diverse forest habitats. These family friendly adventures are led by park staff. Hayrides, which depart from the campsite office, are offered on select Saturday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Rides are free, but tickets are required and distributed at the Campsite Office on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before each departure time.

5. Story and a Walk – Enjoy a fun nature story at the Discovery Center in Newport News Park and then take a short walk to discover what you can find around the park. Targeted toward preschool children and their caregivers, this program is held at 10 a.m. every second Wednesday of the month. 

6. Walking Club – This free walking program was created for adults over age 55 who want to get fit or stay fit. Walk through some of the parks most beautiful trails at 10 a.m. every Friday. Call 757-812-7905 to register.

Obviously, the only challenge you’ll have in visiting Newport News Park is selecting among all the fun programs and numerous things to do there! If you opt for one of the programmed activities, call first because a few of these activities are only offered during the summer months. For questions or additional information, call Newport News Park at 757-886-7912.

 

Riverside Hospice Agencies

Riverside Hospice Agencies are looking for volunteers for the Tappahannock and Gloucester offices. They are in need of patient companion volunteers, bereavement and spiritual support volunteers. 8 hours of free training is required and broken up in to two 4 hour days. Criminal background check and Tuberculosis test(covered by Riverside) are also required.

Becoming a hospice volunteer is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and others.

For more information call Frannie Bernard @ 804-443-6130, 804-693-1111 or email to frances.bernard@rivhs.com.

GCPS Screening For Preschoolers

Gloucester County Public Schools conducts screenings for preschool children as part of their Child Find Activities throughout the school year. Parents/guardians should consider having their children screened if they are experiencing difficulty walking, talking, playing and meeting developmental milestones.

 

Newport News Tourism

Newport News Tourism adds Bike Trails to its Website

Cycling is a hobby that can be enjoyed year-round in Coastal Virginia! As such, Newport News Tourism is happy to announce that a new online resource is now available for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in the city. The trails, which have been added to our website, are separated into three categories: Road biking, Recreational biking, and Mountain biking.

 The trails cover many miles of local terrain, with varying degrees of difficulty. From a leisurely 2-mile paved trail in Riverview Farm Park to the beginner/advanced/expert mountain bike trails in Harwood’s Mill, there is something for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy!

A brief description of the six trails is provided, each elaborating on the scenic river views, wooded parks, historic homes, museums, lakefront areas, bridges, and urban streets you’re likely to encounter. 

Maps are available in two formats: Downloadable PDF files that can be printed and online/interactive maps accessible from the web.  The maps can be useful for planning your route in advance and include the following:

Road biking Route 1 – Local Favorite – 8 miles Route 1 – City Tour – 21 miles

Recreational biking Riverview Farm Park – 2 miles Newport News Park – 5.3 miles

Mountain biking Lake Maury Natural Area – 5 miles Harwood’s Mill – 5.9 miles

To make sure everyone takes the typical precautions when biking, we’ve also included a “Bike Safety” tab on the website, which includes basic bicycle rules of the road and cycling tips. For more information, click on “Bike Trails” from the home page of our website at www.newport-news.org.

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