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News Briefs for April 22

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — News and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

Drug Take Back Day is Scheduled on April 27

The James City County Police Department will host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, April 27,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DEA and its partner organizations will collect unneeded medications at thousands of locations nationwide to combat addiction and the opioid crisis. Numerous collection sites are planned for the Hampton Roads region. Residents can visit the James City County Law Enforcement Center to dispose of their unwanted and expired medications. Disposal is free and anonymous.

Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps, and illicit drugs. Liquid products should remain in their original container with the cap tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

For more information and to locate other collection sites near you, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

Car Clubs Bring Smiles and Memories

Members and friends of the Classic Cruisers Car Club-Yorktown (CCCC), the Historic Virginia Peninsula Region AACA, Colonial Virginia Ford Model A Club, and The New Kent Cruisers recently brought out their classic vehicles on a bright sunny day to the Verena at the Reserve Independent Living Community in Williamsburg. The cars and conversation brought smiles and memories, to the residents, healthcare workers and staff, according to the Classic Cruisers Car Club. With five classic Mustangs present, the clubs also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of that iconic automobile. Participation of the Classic Vehicles in The event was coordinated by Tom Heldreth, CCCC Activity Director.

Weekly Saturday Night Cruise-Ins Bring Back Memories, Smiles, and Raise Funds for Local Charities

The 2024 Classic Cruisers Car Club-Yorktown cruise-in season kicked off on a sunny and breezy evening on April 13 with over a hundred cars on display, new T-shirts and fun. The cruise-ins continue each week (weather permitting) every Saturday night from 4:30-8 p.m. thru Oct. 12.

This is the club’s 31st year of combining fun with raising awareness and funds for local charities. Last Year the club raised $30,000 for the community. Additionally, In addition, the club coordinated 23 visits of classic cars to area retirement and rehab facilities in 2023, and 19 visits are already scheduled for this year.

Charities supported this year include: Natasha House’ Weighted Angels, Gweedo Foundation, Food Bank of the Peninsula. Faith Recovery and Animal Aid. For more information go to ccccva.com or the Club Facebook Page.

United Way Opens Application for The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (UWVP) will begin administering the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for the local community, it announced. This year, for Phase 41 of the federally funded program, more than $133,000 was made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National EFSP Board awarded funding to the following Virginia Peninsula localities:

  • City of Hampton: $55,198
  • City of Newport News: $69,064
  • City of Williamsburg: $8,972

Public and private nonprofit organizations and government agencies providing food, shelter, or financial assistance to residents within these jurisdictions are encouraged to apply. For more information on how United Way of the Virginia Peninsula is responding to poverty in the community or to make a donation, visit uwvp.org.

WJCC Schools to Host 2024 Kindergarten Registration Event

Williamsburg-James City County Schools will host a kindergarten registration event from 3-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Berkeley Middle School.

Families of soon-to-be WJCC Schools kindergarteners are invited to join the Kindergarten Registration Family Fest. This event, featuring live music by Brasswind, Class of 2037 Swag Bags for every kindergartener, free raffles, the chance to test out a school bus and other fun activities is for families of children turning 5 years old on or before Sept. 30. Food trucks will be onsite with food available for purchase.

Learn more about the enrollment process and required documents on the division’s website.

York County Earth Day Tire Recycling Event

In celebration of Earth Day 2024, residents may bring up to five tires (per household) to York County’s free Tire Recycling Event hosted by the county’s Mosquito Control Division on April 27 from 10 am to 2 p.m. at 102 County Drive.

Tires must be off-rim, and be free of mud/concrete. For more information, contact York County Mosquito Control at 757-890-3790 or visit yorkcounty.gov/mosquitocontrol.

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Annual City of Williamsburg Water Quality Report Now Available

The City of Williamsburg has published its annual Water Quality Report. The report details water quality results, identifies drinking water sources, and outlines treatment procedures for calendar year 2023.

Test results show that the City’s water meets or exceeds required state and federal regulations, according to the city The report is available online at williamsburgva.gov/wqr.

Paper copies are available in the Public Works Department in the Municipal Building and at the Williamsburg Library, and a link to the report listed on all water bills.

DCR: Volunteers Donated Record Number of Hours in 2023

Volunteers removing trash from the James River at Powhatan State Park. (Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation)

In 2023, volunteers donated 218,147 hours of service to Virginia State Parks — a 9% increase from 2022, according to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

DCR said Camp and Park Hosts are responsible for the largest volunteer activity, contributing 90,111 hours. Wilderness Road State Park had the greatest number of individual and group volunteers (not counting camp hosts and AmeriCorps) with 14,452 hours contributed by 202 volunteers, who were mostly re-enactors at Martin’s Station. Pocahontas State Park had 594 volunteers contributing 13,439 hours.

Individuals and volunteers in groups donated a total of 100,028 hours of service, an increase of 18,721 from the hours served in 2022, according to DCR.

For more information on volunteering at a Virginia State Park, visit the volunteer opportunities webpage.

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