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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.

City residents encouraged to have fun, be safe this Halloween

Oct 25, 2018

City residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the following Halloween events again this year:

Saturday, October 27: Old Town Winchester’s Spooktacular

Kicks off with a Pet Costume Parade at 11:00 a.m. and Trick-or-Treating from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on the Loudoun Street Mall.  

Monday, October 29: Winchester Police and Fire & Rescue Department’s 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).

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. 

City drinking water meets lead and copper regulations

Oct 01, 2018

According to the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water, the City of Winchester’s drinking water meets all lead and copper regulations as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Forty different samples were collected at various locations throughout the City’s water distribution system and tested between June 6-8, 2018. To be compliant with the regulations, the Safe Drinking Water Act requires that 90% of the samples taken within the specified time frame (January 2016-December 2018) must be below the action level. 

Fall Tourism Ambassador Program details announced

Sep 17, 2018

Following a successful implementation of the tourism industry and local knowledge training program in the spring, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be offering a second round of its popular Tourism Ambassador training program on Wednesday, October 3 from 2-4 pm at the Bright Box Theatre.

Right-Tree Right-Place Tree Canopy Program

Sep 17, 2018

The City of Winchester's Tree Division has teamed up with Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) and Reading Landscapes, Inc. to create the Right-Tree-Right-Place Street Tree Canopy Program.This program is aimed at creating a safe, healthy, and attractive tree canopy through replacement of over-mature, declining trees in the public right of way that are in conflict with overhead electric lines. 

FY19 street repaving program to begin next week

Sep 14, 2018

The City of Winchester will begin its annual street repaving program on Monday, September 17 (weather permitting).  The Fiscal Year 2019 program includes repaving on 25 different streets with an overall distance of approximately 10.17 lane miles (see list below and map attached).  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.