During its August 8, 2017 meeting, City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment of John R. Piper as the City’s new police chief. Piper was selected by Winchester City Manager Eden Freeman to head the Police Department following an extensive search resulting in 86 applications from candidates spanning 25 states. Five finalists were selected who then participated in a rigorous interview process involving representatives of the community, outside law enforcement and management experts, and senior City staff. Mr.
Farmers play a key role in Winchester and communities across Virginia. To say “Thank You” to the individuals and families that support area farmers by shopping locally at the Old Town Farmers Market, a Customer Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, August 12 for Virginia Farmers’ Market Week. On this special day, the market will offer day full of exciting activities, giveaways, shopping specials, live music, and more from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
The City of Winchester utilizes GIS maps for a variety of tasks, projects and planning activities and provides several interactive maps online for the public to use. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) combines geography and information to create highly functional maps and data which can be used to visualize, analyze, and interpret data. GIS can also be used for animated worlds like the one in Disney’s "Zootopia", which won an Academy Award last year for Best Animated Feature.
Don’t miss the final 2017 Friday Night Live, Old Town Winchester’s summer block party, on Friday, August 18th. This popular event series, now in its fifth year, is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends, shop, dine, and enjoy great live music, street performers, and artisans. August’s Friday Night Live event features the return of Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe performing at the Taylor Pavilion.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) is now accepting applications for the 21st annual Citizen Police Academy (free) to be held one evening per week from September 19 to November 21 (6:00-9:00 pm).
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for our region:
Winchester residents are invited to join forces with communities across the country on August 1 for the 35th Annual National Night Out. This family-friendly event, hosted by the Winchester Police Department (WPD), will take place from 5:30-8:30 pm on the Loudoun Street Mall in front of the 1840 Courthouse Museum. Residents are encouraged to bring their family and neighbors and enjoy free food, live music by Amethyst Heart, activities for kids such as face painting and a bounce house, child fingerprinting, and a meet-and-greet with local public safety personnel.
The City’s Planning and Zoning Departments have begun a comprehensive process to update the City of Winchester Sign Ordinance. As part of this process, staff is seeking community input about the draft ordinance from businesses, property owners, residents, and others before starting the full public review process with the Planning Commission and City Council.
The City of Winchester will begin the fiscal year 2018 street repaving program on Monday, July 17. The FY18 program includes repaving on 20 different streets with an overall distance of approximately 9.50 lane miles (see list below). The streets selected for paving are based on an annual review of all streets in the City and criteria that includes the classification of the street, traffic volumes, and the current physical condition.
Crews will start on Monday (weather permitting) with work on Commerce Street between S. Loudoun and Southwerk.
Don’t miss the second Friday Night Live, Old Town Winchester’s summer block party, on Friday, July 21. This popular event series, now in its fifth year, is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends, shop, dine, and enjoy great live music, street performers, and artisans. July’s Friday Night Live event features the return of a Winchester favorite, The Robbie Limon Band, performing authentic covers of iconic classic rock songs at the Taylor Pavilion.