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City Council responds to public comments about Title IX investigation

Jul 25, 2018

Based upon concerns expressed by speakers during the public comment period at the July 24, 2018 Regular Meeting, Winchester Common Council has directed the City Manager to work with City staff to revisit the City’s existing review and evaluation process for the appointment and reappointment of members to the City's various boards and commissions, including the Winchester Public Schools Board. It is the expectation of the Common Council that all Council-appointed boards and commissions follow all applicable laws in the execution of their duties. 

Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief completes Executive Fire Officer Program

Jul 23, 2018

Scott E. Kensinger, Assistant Chief of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department for the City of Winchester has recently completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) offered by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy, a Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Fox 5 D.C. to broadcast live from Old Town Winchester

Jul 16, 2018

Fox 5 D.C. will showcase Winchester during a live broadcast of their morning show on Friday, July 20 from Old Town Winchester’s Loudoun Street Mall. Every Friday throughout the summer, Fox 5 hits the road for a “Zip Trip” to a new city within a few hours of Washington D.C. to feature possible day trips from D.C.

“We encourage local organizations, businesses and residents to come downtown for all the fun and show how friendly and unique Winchester is to the D.C. region,” City Communications Director Amy Simmons.

Friday Night Live Brings Back Award-Winning Kelly Bell Band

Jul 06, 2018

Unwind and enjoy all that Old Town Winchester has to offer at the second Friday Night Live event of the 2018 season on July 20 from 5-11 pm.

July’s Friday Night Live event will feature the return of the popular Kelly Bell Band (KBB) from Baltimore, Maryland at the Taylor Pavilion. Combining hip-hop, funk, and blues, KBB creates harmonies that make you want to get up and dance. KBB first performed in Winchester for Friday Night Live in 2016 to a nearly sold out crowd.

Winchester Police Department to hold body-worn camera community forums

Jul 05, 2018

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) invites residents to attend its body-worn camera community forums that will be held at two convenient locations in the city, each at 6:00 p.m.:

  • July 11 - Rouss City Hall Council Chambers, 15 N. Cameron Street
  • July 18 - Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company, 2210 Valor Drive

During the forums, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with Chief John Piper and Major Kelly Rice about the department rollout of body-worn cameras that will take place in early August.

Railroad to fix crossing on Featherbed Lane

Jul 02, 2018

City has received notification that CSX Railroad will be repairing the railroad crossing on Featherbed Lane beginning Monday, July 9, 2018 and is expected to take approximately four days to complete (barring any unforeseen issues and weather permitting).

A portion of the road near the railroad will be closed to through traffic. Access to businesses on Featherbed will be maintained during the repairs. Please see the below map of the closure and detours.

Winchester Fire & Rescue reminds public of firework safety

Jul 02, 2018

As the Fourth of July holiday nears, the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) would like to remind residents that public fireworks displays are the safest and most suitable alternative for viewing fireworks. Public display fireworks are established under a controlled setting, safety regulations, and monitored by public safety organizations.

Short-term Rental Requirements for Residences

Jun 21, 2018

Are you interested in utilizing your residence for short-term rental purposes, such as through an online platform such as AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO, etc.? If so, then please be advised of the following information.

City Council recently adopted an ordinance enabling property owners to potentially utilize their residences for rentals of 30 consecutive days or less. The ability to rent out a room or the entire dwelling on one of the many online platforms is dependent on a few zoning considerations. The adopted ordinance has two tiers of short-term rental uses:

Experience the Sixth Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town on July 3rd

Jun 20, 2018

Celebrate America’s birthday early at the sixth annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town Winchester on Tuesday, July 3 from 5:00-11:00 pm.  Rockin’ Independence Eve is a free, family-friendly event offering live entertainment and a fireworks display.  The Taylor Pavilion in Old Town will host live bands and a beer and wine garden, and the popular Snow White Grill hamburger eating contest. Admission into the pavilion is free and beverages sales benefit the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties.