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News Briefs for Sept. 13

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

Fall 2023 Edition of York County’s Citizen News Quarterly Now Online

The latest issue of Citizen News Quarterly features upcoming events like the Yorktown Art Stroll, Market Days’ Fall Festival, Paws at the River, and Harvest Festival; fun fitness programs from Parks and Recreation, including Pickleball at Back Creek Park on the recently opened courts, the return of Skate, Rattle & Roll, and Senior Center programs; and What’s Happening at the York County Library including an author talk in October.

The newsletter includes information from the Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, and Fire & Life Safety, along with full-page details on the new Account Management and Payment Portals coming soon from the Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Utility Billing offices.

Throughout the issue are links to additional information along with registration portals.

City of Williamsburg to Celebrate National Night Out on Oct. 3 

City of Williamsburg residents are invited to attend the 2023 National Night Out event on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St. 

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships, public engagement, and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. NNO provides an opportunity for residents to meet members of several local law enforcement agencies, including the Williamsburg Police Department, Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police.  

“National Night Out is a fantastic opportunity for local law enforcement officers to strengthen our relationship with residents,” Community Engagement Officer Herb Williams said. “It’s been four years since we’ve been able to host National Night Out due to circumstances beyond our control, so we are very eager to welcome everyone back to one of our favorite events.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and inclement weather, this is the first in-person NNO celebration since 2019.

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg

DMV Offers Electronic Title Transfer for Qualified Vehicle Sales

The DMV said it is expanding its menu of online options on its newly designed website to allow qualified vehicle buyers and sellers the ability to transfer vehicle ownership electronically. The electronic titling (e-titling) program gives an individual selling a vehicle to an individual buyer the ability to transfer the title through DMV’s website. 

The seller, buyer, and vehicle must meet certain requirements in order to take advantage of the e-titling program. Requirements for e-title transfer include: 

  • Buyer and seller must be Virginia residents with myDMV accounts 
  • Sale is one owner to one buyer 
  • No liens present on the title 
  • No holds on customers’ accounts 
  • Sale for a passenger vehicle (car, sport utility vehicle, truck; no trailers, mopeds or all-terrain vehicles) 

“The next time you buy a car from someone who isn’t a dealer, you may be able to transfer ownership without having to go to a DMV office,” said DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey. “With the launch of our reimagined website, we continue to look for innovative ways that allow Virginians to take care of their DMV business anytime and anywhere.” 

For a complete list of e-titling requirements, visit dmv.virginia.gov/etitle. 

Statewide Buckle Up/Slow Down Initiative Kicks off in Virginia 

Students, schools, and youth groups across Virginia are kicking off a statewide campaign to increase seat belt usage rates among teens and youth.

Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO)’s peer-to-peer campaign, “Drive for Change: Buckle Up and Slow Down,” is designed to encourage youth and teens to develop a lifelong buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are their best defense against injury and death in a crash.

The “Drive for Change: Buckle Up and Slow Down” campaign takes place over a three-month period concluding on Nov. 30. At the conclusion of the campaign, each competing school and youth group will be evaluated on activities completed, the effectiveness and creativity of its seat belt and/or speed educational programs, the percentage of students reached, and the percentage increase in the school’s seat belt usage rate by the end of the campaign.  Prizes funded by State Farm will be awarded to the top three finalists in the high and middle school divisions as follows: first place, $500; second place, $250; and third place, $100. The winners will be announced on Jan. 10.

For more information or to register your school for this campaign and free materials, contact Casey Taylor, Program Development Coordinator at 540-739-4392 or email casey.taylor@vsp.virginia.gov. Registration can also be completed at yovaso.org/driveforchange.

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