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How to Find Official City of Winchester Public Safety Information

May 11, 2017

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. 

Third Little Free Library to be installed at Timbrook Park

May 08, 2017

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.

City Schedule During the 90th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Apr 28, 2017

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.

Police Warn Residents of Parking Ticket Scam

Apr 28, 2017

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. 

City Crisis Negotiation Team Defuses Potentially Dangerous Incident

Apr 27, 2017

On April 26, 2017 at approximately 5:52 am, Winchester Police Department attempted to serve a warrant for a probation violation at a residence in the 900 block of Franklin Street. Shortly after entering the residence, officers discovered that the suspect had barricaded himself in a bedroom. Because he was believed to be armed and was threatening to harm himself and others, they quickly evacuated the home which included two other adults and one child.

Fourth Annual KidzFest Returns to Old Town May 20

Apr 25, 2017

Old Town Winchester’s popular KidzFest, presented by Valley Pediatric Dentistry, returns Saturday, May 20. This free, family-friendly event, to be held on the Loudoun Street Mall from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, features over 50 exhibits highlighting education, art, music and sports.

KidzFest will also feature live entertainment including interactive music and activities for children of all ages on the lawn of The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (20 North Loudoun Street).

FY17 street repaving program expands due to cost savings

Apr 21, 2017

UPDATE (4/25/17): Repaving is now scheduled for April 26-27, weather permitting.


UPDATE (4/24/17): Repaving has been postponed due to weather.


Due to some cost savings realized during the FY17 street repaving program, several streets will get repaved sooner than expected.

The following streets will be repaved Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25 (weather permitting):

FY17 street repaving program continues next week

Apr 14, 2017

This week, crews resumed the City’s FY17 Street Repaving Program and completed Jefferson Street, Prince George Place, and Tennyson Avenue between Jefferson and Harper.  Repaving began on Handley Avenue between Miller and Bellview but was not completed. 

Next week, in addition to finishing the work on Handley Avenue, the following streets will be repaved: