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Cupcake Wars, Tax Season and More: News Briefs for Jan. 27

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on news and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

(Liz Moore & Associates)

Liz Moore & Associates Cupcake Wars

Liz Moore & Associates annual Cupcake Wars are back for 2023, benefiting several local charities. Last year Liz Moore & Associates broke a record, raising a grand total of $20,000 in three hours across all offices located in Richmond, Newport News, Williamsburg, and Kilmarnock.

2023 Charities:

  • Williamsburg and Newport News proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
  • Richmond proceeds will go to the Beacon Tree Foundation.
  • Kilmarnock proceeds will go to the RAL Art Center’s smART Program for Young Artists.

Those interested in attending to get a look (and a taste) can stop by on Friday, Feb. 10h from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at any of the Liz Moore & Associates locations, or donate online at

Individual Income Tax Filing Season Underway

Virginia Tax announced that tax filing season in Virginia is now underway. Taxpayers are now able to file their individual income tax returns. According to Virginia Tax, generally, it takes up to two weeks to process an electronically-filed return and up to eight weeks to process a paper return, and those with incomes of $73,000 or less in 2022 are eligible to file taxes for free.

Steps to take to help make sure returns and refunds aren’t delayed may be found online.

For secure, online self-service, create and log onto an online individual account which allows tracking returns and refunds. Status may also be checked by using the Where’s My Refund application on the Virginia Tax website, or by calling 804-367-2486.

JCCPD Now Hiring Police Recruits and Certified Officers

James City County Police Department is accepting applications for Police Officer.  Candidates with no law enforcement experience, as well as pre-certified officers and deputies are encouraged to applyThe police academy class for recruits begins July 2023.

Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. Starting Salary is  $50,700 or higher depending on qualifications. Click here to view the full job description and go to the JCC Career Center to complete your application (profile) and apply for the position.

Freedom: The Hands that Built History Tour

The Freedom: The Hands that Built History Tour will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freedom Park. The guided tour of the Free Black Settlement will start at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, and attendees will experience stories of hardship and triumph detailed by Dylan Pritchett, a Virginia Black Storyteller. African American artisans will demonstrate woodworking and white oak basket weaving (available for purchase).

All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee (includes hot beverages): $5/person; those three and younger free. Registration is required to select one of four tour timeslots:

  • 10-10:30 a.m.
  • 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1-1:30 p.m.

Register online or call 757-259-4200. For more information, call 757-259-5353 or email Outdoor events are weather permitting; call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedule.

AARP Tax-Aide Program Prepares for New Season with New Location

Beginning Jan. 31 and continuing through April 18, AARP Williamsburg Tax-Aide will be providing free in-person tax assistance and preparation. The program focuses on seniors as well as low-to-moderate income taxpayers.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome at two locations:

Williamsburg Library
515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Fire Station #1
3135 Forge Road, Toano, VA 23168

AARP Williamsburg Tax-Aide Volunteers will no longer be at the James City County Library.

Both locations will be open Monday through Friday. Evening hours are being offered on Fridays at Fire Station #1, and Saturday hours are available at the Williamsburg Library. For more details, the phone lines will open Jan. 31. For more information, visit or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277), or send an email to

Holroyd announces candidacy for York County Bruton District Supervisor

Douglas Holroyd, who represents York County District 1, known as Bruton District on the York County Planning Commission, announced his candidacy to represent the Bruton District on the York County Board of Supervisors, seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Supervisor Walt Zaremba, who is endorsing Holroyd.

Williamsburg Masonic Lodge Offers Scholarships

The Williamsburg Masonic Lodge #6 AF & AM is proud to announce four, $1,000 scholarships.
  • Three require Masonic affiliation or being a student in a high school in James City County; Williamsburg, or Bruton High School in York County.
  • One scholarship is for a male student with Masonic affiliation attending the College of William and Mary.
Contact Scholarship Chairman Mark (Andy) McKie at for an application or for more information.

Old, Used, Borrowed and Abused Child Safety Seat Round-Up

Drive Safe Hampton Roads has partnered with Walmart, AAA Tidewater Virginia, Hoffman Beverage, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and Waste Management of Virginia, Inc. to conduct a child safety seat round-up. Noting many child safety seats are old, missing parts, have been recalled by the manufacturer, or are no longer crash worthy due to damage, Drive Safe Hampton Roads and our partners want to “round them up” and recycle the seats so they cannot be used again. Visit Drive Safe Hampton Roads for locations and more information, or call at 757-498-2562 or email Kathy Raymond at


Knights of Columbus Donation the Williamsburg House of Mercy

The leadership of the St. Olaf Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council 12589 presented the Williamsburg House of Mercy with a donation of $1,000 from the proceeds of the Council’s annual charity golf tournament, held on Oct. 28 at Kiskiack Golf Club. Presenting the check to Liz Burkley, Director of Development Williamsburg House of Mercy are (left to right) Grand Knight Dan McGlynn, Treasurer Bill Clair, and Financial Secretary Bob Rayca.

Elizabeth Engelken O’Connor Announces Candidacy for Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court

Elizabeth Engelken O’Connor has announced her candidacy for the Clerk of Circuit Court in Williamsburg-James City County. A lifelong resident of James City County, O’Connor graduated from Lafayette High School and the College of William & Mary, and has worked in Circuit Court since 2013, currently serves as Chief Deputy Clerk. Previous duties as Deputy Clerk include serving as Land Records supervisor and Probate Clerk. If successful, she would succeed Mona A. Foley, who will retire this year, and has endorsed her for the position.

Registration Open for ‘Making the Most of Your Refund’ Workshop

James City County’s Office of Housing, in partnership with Literacy for Life, is offering a “Making the Most of Your Refund” workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Participants can attend in person at the James City County Human Services Center or virtually on Zoom. The one-hour workshop will provide tips and resources for preparing taxes, avoiding tax prep scams, getting help when needed and making the most of your refund. For more information, call the Office of Housing at 757-259-5340.

Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout Recognition

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor from Troop 102 was held at the Jamestown Presbyterian Church on Dec. 17. Bruce Laubach, President of the Williamsburg Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution presents SAR Certificate of Recognition and Scholarship Package to Elijah N. Barrett, the new Eagle Scout. Pictured L to R: Elijah Barrett, Bruce Laubach, and Dawn Heyse, Scoutmaster, Troop 102.

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