The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Winchester City, Virginia and is inviting community stakeholders to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period. The updated maps were produced in coordination with local community, state, and FEMA officials, and significant community review has already taken place. Before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments. The 90-day appeal period began on November 6, 2019.
Winchester Police (WPD) have disseminated donation boxes to kick off the 20th annual Timbrook Food and Toy Drive to support 35 local families in need. The WPD is collecting toys and non-perishable food through December 12th.
The Food and Toy Drive began in 1999 in honor of Sergeant Ricky Timbrook, who was killed in the line of duty earlier in the same year. Sergeant Timbrook had a passion for serving the community and helping families.
On Saturday, November 16, several roads in Jim Barnett Park will be temporarily closed for the Girls on the Run 5K. Park entrances off Pleasant Valley Road, University Drive/Lowery, and Cork Street will close at 8:45 am, however, access to Shenandoah University from Millwood Avenue will be maintained. The north entrance to the park on Cork Street is expected to reopen at approximately 9:15 am to provide access to the Recreation Center only. The entrance at Bridgeforth Drive will remain open for access to the parking lot near Bridgeforth Field only.
The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society in partnership with the City’s 275th anniversary celebration committee is holding a History Challenge Trivia Night at the Bright Box Theater (Loudoun Street Mall, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester) on Thursday, November 14. Doors open at 6 pm and the competition will begin at 7 pm.
The City of Winchester is now accepting registrations for the 15th annual INSIGHT Citizen's Academy. Since 2004, INSIGHT has provided local residents an opportunity to discover their city through interactive, hands-on activities and to gain exposure to the wide range of government services, programs, functions and challenges. The 2020 Academy will begin on January 8th.
The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 11:
In areas with high pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the City will be testing a new traffic and crosswalk signal timing in an effort to improve safety for pedestrians. The new timing is called a leading pedestrian interval (LPI) and gives pedestrians the opportunity to enter an intersection 3-7 seconds before vehicles are given a green light. With this head start, pedestrians can better establish their presence in the crosswalk and improve their visibility, especially in intersections with high left-turning volumes.
The City's 2019 leaf collection season will begin in Area 2 on Monday, November 4 (weather permitting). Daily updates concerning where crews are working and which area is projected to be collected next will be posted on the Public Works Leaf Collection web page.
There are two options for disposing of fallen leaves in the city: curbside vacuum service or bag-n-go.
At 12:43 pm on Friday, October 25, 2019, the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to 433 ½ N. Loudoun Street for a report of a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene at 12:46 pm and could see smoke coming from the first and second floors. The two occupants of the home, one adult male and one adult female, self-evacuated and the male was transported to the Winchester Medical Center with minor injuries. The fire, which was confined to the kitchen, was extinguished in seven minutes (12:53 pm).
City residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the following Halloween events again this year:
Wednesday, October 30: Winchester Police and Fire & Rescue Department’s Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat
Candy, games, prizes, face painting, fire truck and police cruiser displays, McGruff the Crime Dog and more at Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company (2210 Valor Drive). Held rain or shine. In inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Shawnee station.
Thursday, October 31: City-wide Trick-or-Treating
Begins at dusk and ends at 8:00 p.m. No rain date.