Local Events Archives for 2020-04

June Primary Election Postponed

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam exercised his statutory authority, postponing June’s Primary Election from June 9th to June 23rd. The announcement was made during the Governor’s latest COVID-19 Press Briefing on April 8th. Gloucester’s Voter Registrar’s office is working toward implementing procedures responsive to this change.
“We continue to encourage voters to protect their health during the COVID-19 outbreak by voting absentee by mail,” said Bobbi Morgan, Gloucester County’s Voter Registrar. She said voters may choose reason “2A My Disability or Illness” for absentee voting by mail in the June elections due to COVID-19. “Voters who choose the absentee option should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail on Election Day,” Morgan added. Voters can apply for Absentee Ballots by mail at https: //www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/.  
Morgan asked voters to please be patient with the Registrar’s Office as staff prepare for this change and other potential future changes in the election process. She said all other information regarding the June Dual Primary in Gloucester can be found by visiting www.gloucesterva.info/349/VoterRegistrar.  


During this time of crisis, scammers are taking every possible opportunity to gain at others’ expense. Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren said there are several “latest and greatest” scams associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that he is encouraging local residents to be aware of.  
First, is the Treatment Scam. Warren said scammers are offering to sell fake cures, vaccines and advice on unproven treatments for the coronavirus.
Next, there is the Supply Scam. This is when scammers call, e-mail or place advertisements saying they have medical products in stock.
Warren said there is also the Provider Scam. Scammers are contacting people pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for coronavirus and demand payments for their treatment.
Then, there is the Charity Scam. With this one, scammers are soliciting donations for individuals, groups and areas affected by the coronavirus. He urges residents to only donate to a reputable organization that they are familiar with.
A fifth scam Warren pointed out is the Phishing Scam. This means scammers are posing as health authorities from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are sending phishing e-mails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information.
There is also an App Scam. With the App Scam, scammers are creating and manipulating mobile apps designed to track the spread of the coronavirus to insert malware that will compromise users’ devices and personal information.
Finally, there is the Investment Scam. With this one, scammers are offering online promotions to get you to buy stocks, claiming that the products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure the coronavirus, and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.
For more information, or if you suspect you are being scammed, call the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 804-693-3890.

County Announces Opportunities for Residents to Access Free Broadband

County Announces Opportunities for Residents to Access Free Broadband
Last week, Gloucester County announced that staff has been working to increase opportunities for residents in underserved area of the County to access Wi-fi. Several partners have joined the County in offering free, limited Wi-fi access.  The locations are listed below.  People are asked to observe social distancing or or stay in their cars.  County WiFi hours are 8:00 a.m.  to 8:00 p.m.  All County sites are named GCFree and do not require a password. In addition to the public sites, Gloucester County Public Schools is offering its Wi-fi for students and staff from the parking areas of each of the schools.
Public WiFi Locations:
• Gloucester County Library 6920 Main Street, Gloucester

• Gloucester County Library Point Branch 2354 York Crossing Drive, Hayes    

• Gloucester County Building One, 6467 Main Street, Gloucester, parking lot in the rear of the building

• Gloucester Courthouse Circle, parking on Main Street

• BridgePoint Church, located at 10487 Harcum Road in Gloucester. Connectivity is available in the back parking lot.

• Dutton’s Grocery, 9900 Davenport Road, Woods Cross Roads. Connectivity is available from the front of the store.

• Franktronics, 3618 George Washington Mem Hwy, Hayes. The Wi-fi network is “FranktronicsGuests” and the password will be posted on the side of the building. Connectivity is available in the Franktronics parking lot, and reaches across the street in the Salvation Army parking lot. Please leave ample spots by doors for retail customers. 

• Gloucester Housing Partnership, 6661 Hickory Fork Road, Suite C, Hayes. Connectivity is available 24/7 and its parking lot can accommodate between one and ten cars. The Wi-fi network is “GHPI” and the password is “ghpi7335.”

• Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6470 Main Street, Gloucester. Connectivity is available for access 24/7 to anyone close enough to the church to receive the signal. The connection is available on two-hour limits and 500 users can access the network simultaneously without a password.

• Hodges & Bryant, LLC, 6834 Ware House Road, Gloucester. Connectivity is available from the parking lot in front of the business beginning April 14. The password to connect is “password.”
• Newington Baptist Church, 6169 Main Street, Gloucester. Wi-fi is available 24/7 from the handicap parking spots closest to the building with the columns and steeple. There are spots for ten people at a time. The Wi-fi connection is “newingtonhotspot” and the password is “17andmain.”

• Rappahannock Community College, 12745 College Drive.  Connectivity is available in the parking lot area, closest to the nature trail entrance. No password is required.

• Ware Academy, 7936 John Clayton Memorial Highway, Gloucester. No password is required.

To be added to the list of public sites please send your business or organization’s name and address to Gloucester’s Community Engagement and Public Information department by e-mailing Quinton Sheppard, Public Information and Marketing Coordinator at qsheppard@gloucesterva.info or by calling 804-693-5730


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