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Fire Marshal: Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries

Nov 01, 2018

With Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 a.m., the Winchester Fire Marshal’s Office reminds citizens to replace their smoke alarm batteries when they turn their clocks back one hour. 

The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms is missing or worn batteries. Ensuring that your smoke alarm is in working order is one way to reduce the number of home fire fatalities and reap the benefits the devices were designed to provide. 

Winchester Police to host second-annual Color with a Cop  

Oct 31, 2018

The Winchester Police Department will host its second-annual Color with a Cop event on November 6, 2018 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Chick-Fil-A on South Pleasant Valley Road and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Apple Blossom Mall food court.

Children of all ages are invited to attend either session, where they will color and engage in fun conversation with Winchester Police officers. Winchester Public Schools and Frederick County Public Schools will be closed November 6, so parents need not worry about the ability of their children to attend.

2018 Leaf Collection Season to begin November 5

Oct 30, 2018

The City's leaf collection season will begin in Area 2 on Monday, November 5 (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 at  

There are two options for disposing of fallen leaves in the city: curbside vacuum service or bag-n-go.

Social Services to begin accepting Medicaid expansion applications

Oct 25, 2018

The Winchester Department of Social Services will begin accepting Medicaid expansion (MAGI Adults) applications beginning November 1 as directed by Governor Northam. Coverage will begin January 1, 2019 and is for adults ages 19-64 who are not Medicare eligible and meet low income requirements.

There are four ways to submit a MAGI Adult (Medicaid expansion) application:

EDA selects development partner for former Winchester Towers site

Oct 25, 2018

The Winchester Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special meeting today to formally select a development partner for the former Winchester Towers site (corner of Cameron and Piccadilly Streets). The EDA authorized Executive Director Shawn Hershberger to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lynx Ventures Acquisitions, LLC of Richmond, Virginia.

Winchester Tourism becomes second in Virginia to join Google program

Oct 11, 2018

The Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently became one of hundreds of DMOs (“Destination Marketing Organization” is the term widely used to refer to local tourism offices) worldwide and the second in Virginia to join the new Google DMO Partnership Program.

The Google DMO Partnership Program allows DMOs to help improve the completeness, quality and accuracy of their destination content across Google Maps, Destination on Google, Google Trips app, and more. As part of the program, Google provides free access to 13 tools and solutions for DMOs.

City paralegal honored at annual conference

Oct 08, 2018

The Local Government Paralegals Association (LGPA) of Virginia recently named Judy Combs, paralegal for the Winchester City Attorney’s Office, as the 2018 Paralegal of the Year during its annual conference.

City to apply for grant to fix Cameron Street flooding

Oct 04, 2018

The City's North Cameron Street drainage improvements project which will help remedy the significant flooding problems that occur on Cameron Street, north of Piccadilly Street, is currently in the design phase. The estimated total cost of the entire project, which would be completed in phases, is currently estimated to be $5-6 million. A part of the proposed solution will consist of constructing stormwater management ponds that will hold the water from large rain events and release it slowly while serving as public green space.