Thursday, February 22, 2024

News Briefs for Feb. 9

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

James City County Rotary Club hears speaker on autism 

James City County Rotary Club president Ron Howard, Johnnie Underwood and Rotarian Victor Holman. (James City County Rotary Club)

James City County Rotary Club heard Johnnie Underwood, Behavior Specialist, Williamsburg-James City County Schools, speak about the challenges of recognizing students affected with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on Feb. 7.

The James City County Rotary Club notes how autism has impacted the community and recognizes the need to have a better understanding of ASD and do a better job educating our parents, community stakeholders, and educators. Underwood helped members recognize some of the characteristics of those on the spectrum. We have to do a better job educating our parents, community stakeholders, and educators.

For more information go to CDC, cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism.

New Kent wreath-laying ceremony

Left to right, John Lynch, Williamsburg Chapter SAR President; Mr. Stephen Sears aka James Lafayette, the Guest Speaker; Steve Holms, Sgt-At-Arms, Williamsburg Chapter SAR and George Corbett, Chaplain, Williamsburg Chapter SAR. (Photo by Karen Corbett)

A wreath-laying ceremony honoring 24 African American New Kent County Revolutionary War patriots on Feb. 3 was attended by members of the Williamsburg Chapter, SAR. It was hosted by the African American Heritage Society of New Kent County at the historic New Kent County courthouse.

Help keep Virginia’s roads safe by applying for a grant from DMV

Organizations dedicated to keeping Virginia’s roads safe are invited to apply for grant funding from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Highway Safety Office. Applications may be submitted by local governments, state agencies, institutions of higher learning and nonprofits serving Virginia with transportation programs. 

Grant funding is available in many areas of highway safety such as pedestrian safety, motorcycle safety, speed prevention, and drunk and distracted driving prevention. 

Examples of program evaluation measures and more information on additional funding areas can be found on the DMV website. For more information on grant applications or required training workshops, reach out to the DMV program manager in your area. Grant applications are due Feb. 28.  

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg

At the Jan 31 Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg meeting, Andrew Trivette, the city manager of the City of Williamsburg,  briefed the club on many of the facilities and road planning being made by the city. Trivette was recently selected as the 2021 recipient of the Prentis Award from William & Mary for his service to the community and support of the university.

YPSO conducts C.R.A.S.E. training for YCSD bus drivers

Recently, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Taylor modified and presented C.R.A.S.E. (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event) training for York County School District bus drivers, teaching them and giving tips on situational awareness and how to react in the event of an active, aggressive situation.

Sheriff Ron Montgomery said, “Once again, this is an example of YPSO and YCSD working together to make our community an even safer place to live, work, and send our children to school.”

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