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.
The Winchester Police Department is alerting area parents about a new Snapchat location feature unveiled last month. The new feature known as "Snap Map" tracks the user’s current location and places an avatar (i.e. a small caricature/icon that represents the individual) on a map.
Beginning next week, the City Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue offices will have new hours of operations. As of July 1, the offices will be open to walk-in customers from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, but staff will remain available to customers until 5:00 pm via phone or email. A new mail slot has been added to each office door allowing customers to drop off payments or paperwork between 4:30-5:00 pm. Payments received during that 30 minutes will be considered same-day business.
As the Fourth of July holiday nears, the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) reminds residents that public fireworks displays are the safest and most suitable alternative for viewing fireworks. Public display fireworks are established under a controlled setting, follow safety regulations and are monitored by public safety organizations. The City of Winchester community fireworks display will be held on July 3 at approximately 9:15 pm as part of the Old Town Rockin’ Independence Eve event.
The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Independence Day holiday: