Six opioid overdoses have been reported by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force since Tuesday – one of them fatal. This after no overdoses were reported between November 22nd and December 2nd. A spike such as this in overdoses indicates that the heroin being sold and used in the community is highly potent and more likely to cause an overdose. The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (NSVSAC) is urging family and friends of people who use opioids to carry naloxone and to know the signs of an overdose.
The City of Winchester intends to apply for a Virginia Commission for the Arts Creative Communities Partnership (CCP) Grant, as it has done in past years, and is now accepting applications from eligible organizations for FY21 grant funding.
Statement - November 26, 2019
In light of recent concerns expressed by local residents and in order to provide the most current information to the community, the City of Winchester has issued the following statement:
Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief William Garrett has not been suspended or relieved of his duties and at no time has there been a change in Chief Garrett’s role at the City. After a previously planned vacation day (11/26/19), Chief Garrett will return to continue leading the men and women of the department on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
The 14th annual Community Partner Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the Our Health Eagles Board Room. The Community Partner Awards are the Winchester Social Services Advisory Board’s yearly recognition of individuals, groups and organizations that partner with the Winchester Department of Social Services (WDSS) in an effort to improve the quality of life for local residents.
The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday:
City of Winchester local government offices – CLOSED November 28-29
Winchester Transit – CLOSED November 28-29, regular schedule will resume on Saturday, November 30
Refuse Collection –
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.