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City of Winchester appoints new Police Chief

Aug 08, 2017

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.

Appreciation Day honors supporters of local farms

Aug 08, 2017

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.

Planning a Community: Zootopia and the City of Winchester

Aug 03, 2017

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. 

August 18th Friday Night Live features Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe

Aug 01, 2017

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.

Winchester residents invited to take a stand against crime

Jul 19, 2017

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.

Public Input Sought for Update to City Sign Ordinance

Jul 17, 2017

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.

FY18 street repaving program to begin next week

Jul 14, 2017

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.

July Friday Night Live Features the Robbie Limon Band

Jul 05, 2017

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.