A regional work group spear headed by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is working to fight human trafficking in the Shenandoah Valley. Click here for a press release from the FBI dated January 26, 2017 for more information on the work group and human trafficking.
Winchester Parks and Recreation (WPRD) will host the Girls on the Run 5K this Saturday in Jim Barnett Park. Traffic on several interior park roads and external city roads will be affected by the course. Drivers are asked to exercise extreme caution and watch for race attendees, volunteers and participants when traveling in the below-mentioned areas.
This morning around 8:00 am, Winchester Fire and Rescue responded to a 9-1-1 call from the City’s Facilities Maintenance Division concerning a chemical reaction that resulted in a chlorine plume in the pump room behind the Old Town Splash Pad. City staff was mixing chlorine to treat the water at the Splash Pad when the incident occurred. They called 9-1-1 and a staff member was transported to Winchester Medical Center. As a precaution, they are being treated and monitored for possible respiratory irritation.
On Wednesday, May 10, Winchester Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a home off Pleasant Valley Road after a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor reported smoke coming out of the structure’s window. When firefighters arrived, they discovered the fire was coming from an unattended pot on the stove and was able to quickly contain the fire. No one was home during the incident and the home did not have working smoke alarms.
Recently, the City of Winchester has received several inquiries concerning social media sites that post information about local police and fire and rescue activities. These social media sites include, but are not limited to, “Winchester Fire/Police Chatter” and “Shenandoah Valley Fire.” The City would like to clarify that these sites are not affiliated with or sponsored by the City of Winchester, Winchester Police Department or the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department and are not managed by City of Winchester employees.
On May 18 at 2:00 pm, Winchester Parks and Recreation in partnership with Literacy Volunteers will install a Little Free Library box at Timbrook Park. This Little Free Library is the third box installed by Winchester Parks and Recreation with the first being installed near the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park and the second in Whittier Park.
The first set of books to be included in the Little Free Library at Timbrook Park will be supplied by the City’s Emergency Communications Center staff.
The box was donated by a Westminister Canterbury resident.
The Old Town Winchester Farmers Market at the Taylor Pavilion will open for its third season on Saturday, May 13 offering delicious local produce each Saturday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm through September 30.
May is the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month and the City’s Zoning and Inspections Department is celebrating and educating the community on the importance of building codes to maintain safe structures each week. the theme for week one (May 1-7) is “Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals.”
Due to Shenandoah Blossom Festival activities and road closures, the City offices will operate the following schedule.
City Administrative Offices – Closing early (noon) on Friday, May 5. To make a bill payment (personal property taxes, real estate taxes & utility bills), please visit the City's pay online web page, or place payments in the black box outside Rouss City Hall.
War Memorial Building – Closes early (3:00 pm) on Friday and will be closed all day on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.
The Winchester Police Department is warning residents not to fall for a scam that asks them to pay traffic fines with a credit card. The Department also wants to remind residents they do not issue tickets through email.