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Keep Your Prescriptions Out of the Hands of Others

Apr 23, 2014

This year 11 people in our area have died from heroin overdoses.  Experts say an epidemic of prescription drug abuse is fueling a spike in heroin use.  Heroin addiction is a community-wide issue and local law enforcement agencies, spearheaded by the Winchester City Sheriff, are calling on residents to help in the fight against a deadly addition.  We can all start by cleaning out our medicine cabinets this week.  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following collection sites in our area.

Community Walkabouts to Improve Safety in Neighborhoods

Apr 14, 2014

Winchester City Officials will be doing community walkabouts in an effort to improve the livability and safety of our neighborhoods.  Each Thursday at 3 p.m. officials will be walking along different streets and blocks to identify any problems so they can be addressed at an early stage.  We want our neighborhoods to be an attractive place where people want to live. 
City departments that will be represented on the walkabouts include the Winchester Police Department, Winchester Fire and Rescue Department, Planning and Zoning, and Inspections and Code Enforcement.

World Explorer Obstacle Course returns June 7th

Apr 09, 2014

On June 7, 2014, area children ages 5-12 can jump, dash, weave, crawl, balance, and slip slide around the world in Winchester Parks & Recreation’s 3rd annual  World Explorer Obstacle Course.  This fun competition, which will take place in Jim Barnett Park behind the War Memorial Building, will test each child’s skill, agility and speed with 10 country-related obstacles (Italy, England, Antarctica, USA, France, China, Switzerland, Ecuador, Russia and Ethiopia).  Held rain or shine.

Dog Park to receive upgrade thanks to donation

Apr 07, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Winchester Parks Foundation has received a generous donation for dog park improvements from the Elizabeth C. Clarke Foundation. This year’s donation will allow Winchester Parks & Recreation to add doggie playground equipment (nine activities) and two picnic tables with shade structures.   The dog park is located in Jim Barnett Park.

Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run Passes through Winchester

Apr 03, 2014

The Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Virginia will pass through Northern Virginia Region 6 on Tuesday June 3rd, as runners make their way to Richmond for the Summer Games.  We would like to invite YOU, the community, to run with the Law and help support Special Olympics!  The Region 6 run will commence at the Old Town Mall beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will pass through several areas including Cork Street, Washington Street, Handley Blvd., and south on Valley Avenue towards Kernstown to the Virginia State Police Barracks.

SVEC Warns of Green Dot Payment Scam

Apr 03, 2014

MT. CRAWFORD - Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) member recently lost a substantial amount of money as a result of several calls from a Green Dot Visa card scammer.  In the past, although not in this circumstance, the scammers have been able to manipulate their phone number so that it appeared the call originated from a legitimate SVEC phone number.  The Cooperative wants to make its members aware of this form of fraud, called “spoofing,” which has added another dimension to the scam.

City recognized for excellence in financial reporting

Mar 31, 2014

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Winchester by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
This is the 22nd consecutive year the  City has received this honor.

Park stepping up enforcement of safety rules at Skate Pavilion

Mar 31, 2014

With the warmer weather on the way, the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department (WPRD) is gearing up for an active season at Jim Barnett Park, the City's 170-acre feature park.
"We are inspecting the outdoor pool water lines and field irrigation systems, tuning up our lawn mowers, and conducting a thorough spring cleaning," said Jennifer Jones, Winchester Parks & Recreation Director. "We are also reviewing all of our policies and procedures to ensure that everyone at the Park has a fun and safe experience."

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Mar 28, 2014

The April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Winchester Department of Social Services is partnering with the Virginia Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention, the Virginia Department of Social Services and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia to raise awareness about the role everyone can play in valuing children and strengthening families.  This April, the Winchester Department of Social Services will be participating in several activities (see schedule below) with the hope that the community will get involved and help stop child abuse.
2014 Schedule of Activities