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News Briefs for Oct. 26

(Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg)
HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on news and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

Kiwanian of the Year

Carol Copenhaver was named the 2022-23 Kiwanian of the Year for her tireless, ongoing work as the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg’s Colonial Williamsburg liaison. For several years, Ms. Copenhaver has worked with CW staff to plan luncheon meals for the club’s weekly meetings, and has planned and executed a number of themed lunches for members.

Presentation To Headliners

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg recently presented checks to four local organizations it identifies each year as its “Headliners” — organizations the club raises funds for through its major annual fundraising events. Grove Christian Outreach Center, Dream Catchers, Colonial CASA and the Williamsburg Regional Library each received $20,750.  Sustaining grants also were presented to the American Cancer Society ($1,500); ARC of Williamsburg ($4,500); The Kiwanis Fishing Clinic ($250) and the Williamsburg Fire Department ($1,000).
(Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg)

Passing the Gavel

Tony Pauroso, who served as the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg president for the 2022-23 fiscal year, passes the gavel to incoming president Lynne Williams, who will preside at her first meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

City of Williamsburg to Host Drug Take Back Day, Shred It Event, Early Voting 

The City of Williamsburg will collect unused prescription drugs and offer paper shredding services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Municipal Building parking lot, 401 Lafayette St. 

According to the city, oth events provide a drive-through option with parking available for anyone who needs assistance. City staff, including police officers, will be on-site to guide and assist participants. 

The Voter Registrar’s Office, located in the Municipal Building, will also be open for in-person early voting from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Curbside assistance is also available. You must be a registered voter in the City of Williamsburg to cast a ballot at this location. 

Drug Take Back 

The Williamsburg Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to participate in the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which provides a safe way to dispose of tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. 

Any expired or unused prescription or over-the-counter medication, including those that contain controlled substances, can be disposed of at this event, it said. Sharps containers will be available for the disposal of sharps or needles. All medications dropped off during this event will be destroyed. For more information, visit 


The City of Williamsburg Public Works Department and the Williamsburg Police Department are hosting a free Shred-It event, which offers community members a safe, free opportunity to shred sensitive documents. The event is for residential shredding only. A maximum of three grocery store paper bags full of documents is allowed per household. 

Items not accepted for shredding include: 

  • Electronic media 
  • Batteries 
  • Electrical items 
  • Large metal objects 
  • Sharp objects 
  • Glass 
  • Ink cartridges and toners 
  • Cardboard tubes 

Used eyeglass and cell phone donations are also being accepted during this event on behalf of the Lions Club, they said. 

JCC Seeks Public Comments on Draft Update to the Yarmouth Creek Watershed Management Plan

(James City County)

James City County is seeking public comments on the draft update to the Yarmouth Creek Watershed Management Plan. Visit the project homepage to access and review the draft 2023 Yarmouth Creek Watershed Management Plan and provide your comments. The deadline for comments is Nov. 9.

City of Williamsburg’s Future Festivals Shortlisted for International Award

(City of Williamsburg)

The City of Williamsburg’s Future Festivals have been shortlisted for a 2023 City Nation Place Award in the category of Best Citizen Engagement.

According to the city, the “City Nation Place Awards celebrate and benchmark the very best in strategic thinking for places — the only specialist global awards designed to showcase the best approaches to building and managing the reputation of destinations, towns, cities, regions, and nations of all sizes.”

The city hosted eight public input sessions called Future Festivals in the fall of 2022, during which attendees played games designed to gather feedback that would inform the development of the city’s two-year workplan, known as the Goals, Initiatives, and
Outcomes (GIO) document. More than 900 people attended, and more than 700 answered a GIO-related survey, resulting in more comprehensive data from a more diverse participant pool than ever before.

The City of Williamsburg is shortlisted alongside seven marketing and engagement campaigns from across the globe. The award winners will be announced at the City Nation Place Global conference on Nov. 9 in London, England.

JCCPD Names Amy Martin Director of Colonial Community Corrections


The James City County Police Department (JCCPD) announced the appointment of Amy Martin as the Director of Colonial Community Corrections.

According to JCCPD, Colonial Community Corrections “enhances public safety by providing judicial alternatives to adult incarceration, transitional services, and criminal justice planning. Director Martin’s appointment marks a significant step forward in continuing and advancing these essential initiatives.”

Martin has been a part of Colonial Community Corrections for 34 years and has served as the Acting Director since April 2023. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Leo University and has held the position of Assistant Director since 1995.

She has served as the Chairperson of the Colonial Area Family and Intimate Partner Violence Fatality Review Team, where she played a role in enhancing the community’s response to domestic violence, JCCPD noted. She also secured over $850,000 in federal grants from the Department of Justice — Office on Violence Against Women to advance cross-system initiatives to address domestic violence in James City County. Martin is also the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) and Strangulation Protocol Coordinator for the Police Department. In 2018, Martin was awarded the Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers Civilian of the Year Award.

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