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York County Technology Award, Three Jolly Coachman Donation and more: News Briefs for Aug. 2

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

York County Ranks Third in Nation for Best Technology Practices

Director of Information Technology Tim Wyatt accepts the award at the national conference from Teri Tekai, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. (York County)

York County moved up to third place in the Digital Counties Survey for U.S. counties with a population of up to 149,999 for its advancements in technology practices, it announced last week, the seventh consecutive year that York County has placed in the Top 10.

The Digital Counties Survey, developed in partnership with the National Association of Counties and conducted by the Center for Digital Government, evaluates localities on their technology including cybersecurity, staffing, network connectivity, continuity of operations, and more.

Liz Moore & Associates Welcome Savitri “Vidi” Payne as Director of Property Management

(Liz Moore & Associates)

Real estate agency Liz Moore & Associates announced the appointment of Savitri ”Vidi”  Payne as its new Director of Property Management.

The firm said as Director of Property Management, Payne will spearhead its property management division, overseeing a portfolio of nearly 600 residential properties, and a team of nine property managers and support staff. Her role will encompass implementing innovative strategies to optimize return on investment for owners, enhancing client satisfaction, and strengthening the company’s position in the region, it added.

Payne brings nearly 30 years of experience in the real estate industry to the organization.

AARP Virginia Watch Dog Alert Sign Up

AARP Virginia is encouraging consumers to sign up for its AARP Fraud Watch Network Watchdog Alert — a scam update that comes twice a month to your email or phone — to stay a step ahead of scammers.

The free Watchdog Alert lets consumers know about the latest scams trending across the country, how to spot them, and how to avoid falling victim by highlighting some of the red flags to look out for and what to do to stay safe.

To sign up, text “FWN” to 50757 or visit

Three Jolly Coachmen’s Coffee House Donates $1,400 To Heritage Humane Society

From left: Heritage Humane Society Marketing and Community Engagement Manager Jennifer Lafountain, Bagels & Fraylox member David Gussman, Three Jolly Coachmen member Greg Davy, Heritage Humane Society Executive Director Kim Laska. (Three Jolly Coachmen)

The Three Jolly Coachmen’s Coffee House concert series recently donated $1,400 to the Heritage Humane Society of Williamsburg as part of its ongoing commitment to support local charities with a portion of ticket sale proceeds and drink donations. The Coffee House concluded its first season July 14 with a sellout performance by the Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band.

A second season is being planned that will feature three performances by the Three Jolly Coachmen, the Williamsburg-based Kingston Trio tribute group, a “jazz jam” featuring the Tony Mata Trio, a Hootenanny Night and a performance by Poisoned Dwarf, a Williamsburg Celtic band.

Inquiries about dates and tickets should be sent to

Williamsburg Chapter, SAR

(Bob Davis, Williamsburg Chapter, SAR)

At the July 8 meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held at the Colonial Heritage Club House, President Bruce Laubach presented the SAR Military Service Veterans Corps Certificates and medals to Terry Haas and Curtis Williams.

Verizon Network Touts Upgrades in Hampton Roads

Installation of cell towers at IMS Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Photo by Alan Petersime)

Verizon said it has recently made upgrades to the network serving customers in Hampton Roads, part of a multi-year redesign of its network architecture.

Network upgrades in Hampton Roads included deploying new cell sites to extend coverage and capacity in local communities, it said. They also included adding more capacity on fiber optic cables to move more data through the network and adding bandwidth to the cellular network to accommodate new services like wireless internet service for homes and businesses.

“Our network engineers work tirelessly to ensure we can provide the most reliable connections across Hampton Roads. We will continue to unlock the power of 5G for our customers with better connectivity for their phones, homes and businesses, as part of our ongoing commitment to this community,” said Kevin Smith, Vice President of Network Engineering and Operations for Verizon.

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