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Old Town meter enforcement to begin

May 22, 2020

Over the past two months, parking in metered spaces in the Old Town Winchester area has been free due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 1, 2020, the Winchester Parking Authority will return to enforcing use of parking meters requiring that parkers pay the meter to park and obey posted time limits.

South Pleasant Valley Road virtual town hall and public input opportunities

May 21, 2020

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the City of Winchester will host a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6 pm to explain the 11 proposed improvement concepts for South Pleasant Valley Road and answer questions. Following the presentation, VDOT and City staff will answer questions submitted in advance by local residents and by those participating virtually. To submit questions in advance of the town hall, an online form is available on the project website (Deadline: May 26 at 9 am).

2020 Memorial Day Schedule

May 20, 2020

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the City’s schedule for the week of May 24, 2020 is as follows:

Interim Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief appointed

May 15, 2020

Winchester Interim City Manager Mary T. Price has appointed Mr. Hadden Culp of Woodstock, VA as Winchester’s Interim Fire and Rescue Chief. Mr. Culp will temporarily replace Chief William Garrett on June 1, 2020 while the City completes the recruitment and hiring process for a permanent Chief. Mr. Culp retired from the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department in 2011 after 34 years of service.

Virginia to implement Pandemic EBT program

May 11, 2020

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will provide Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to families of school-age children who no longer have access to free or reduced-price school meals due to public school closures. Virginia is one of 20 states approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services to implement the P-EBT program, which provides temporary food assistance to cover the cost of meals missed while schools are closed.

VDSS to send text messages about Earned Income Tax Credits

May 06, 2020

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has begun sending text message reminders to potentially-eligible SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid enrollees from 2019. The messages will provide information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and options for assistance.

2020 Old Town Farmers and Makers Market has been canceled

May 05, 2020

The Old Town Farmers & Makers Market, held May-September each year at the Taylor Pavilion on the Loudoun Street Mall, has been canceled for the 2020 season.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the coming months, advanced planning for the market has been difficult,” stated Market Coordinator Sarah Acuff Chapman. “As the reopening and recovery process continues, we will reevaluate local conditions and consider offering some market events or a short season over the summer.”

Winchester needs additional Officers of Election

May 04, 2020

The Winchester Office of Elections and Voter Registration is seeking individuals to serve as Officers of Election. If you are a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enjoy serving the public, do not hold any elective office, and are not employees of an elected official, we need you this June. 

The work on Election Day begins at 5:00 am and ends at approximately 8:00 pm. Officers are compensated $150 for working the full Election Day, plus $25 for attending the mandatory training session.