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VPCC 5K, ‘Stuff the Cruiser’ and More: News Briefs for Oct. 13

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Here are some important news and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

The start of the Virginia Peninsula Community College 5k. (VPCC)

Virginia Peninsula Community College 5k

Virginia Peninsula Community College held its inaugural Community Day 5K Saturday, Oct. 8. More than 70 runners signed up for the event that took place along the Matteson Trail at The Hamptons Golf Course. The 3-mile trail is named in honor of Tess Matteson, a VPCC alum who was instrumental in the development and maintenance of the trail. Proceeds from the event will go to the College’s Educational Foundation.
(James City County)

James City County Police to Host ‘Stuff the Cruiser’ in November

The James City County Police Department announced it will host a “Stuff the Cruiser” food drive in partnership with local food banks. The event will take place on Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 4670 Casey Blvd. in Williamsburg. Stop by and drop off holiday food items for families in need. Suggested items include stuffing, potatoes, cornbread, canned vegetables, gravy, rolls, pie crust, marshmallows, disposable pans, pie filling and other non-perishable foods. Donations will benefit Williamsburg House of Mercy, Grove Christian Outreach and Chickahominy Baptist Church. For more information, contact Officer Woodhouse at or 757-259-5150.

Virginia Natural Gas: Bill Payment Assistance Available

Virginia Natural Gas is reminding customers that cooler weather can result in higher heating costs, and that there are available financial assistance programs that could help offset winter those costs for those who may be income-eligible. State and federal assistance to help pay energy bills is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). General enrollment for LIHEAP begins Tuesday, Oct. 11, and continues through Friday, Nov. 11. All benefits are based on the availability of funds and are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those meeting certain eligibility requirements. In Virginia, LIHEAP is administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Applications can be submitted online at, by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 855.635.4370, and the local department of social services office. For more information or to locate a local department of social services, call 211 Virginia (dial 2-1-1) or 804.726.7000.

Williamsburg Parks and Recreation to Host Annual Canine Carnival Oct. 16 

Williamsburg Parks and Recreation is holding its annual Canine Carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at Quarterpath Park. The day includes free pet caricatures, dog-related vendors, rescues, costume contests, wiener dog races, and the Radar Run. Bring the furry friends and visit more than 25 vendors. Costume judging will begin promptly at 2 p.m. The Cove – Center for Veterinary Expertise, Nautical Dog, and Peninsula Animal Referral Center are sponsors for this event. Special event parking is $5 per car. 

From left to right front row Jett Taylor-Coastal Church, Pastor Brown, and club members Larry Wcislo, Cheryl & Vince Filippone, and Club President Paul James. Back row — John Atkinson & Al Crane. (Classic Cruisers Car Club)

Local Car Club raises  $4520 for Coastal Church, Yorktown

The Classic Cruisers Car Club, Yorktown raised $4,520 from its Annual Labor Day Car Show at the Coastal Church in Yorktown benefitting the church’s building fund and community outreach ministries. Over 180 classic, street, show and import vehicles were on display. Show chairs Cheryl and Vince Filippone and Larry Wcislo, along with members of the club, presented the check to Pastor Shaun Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Williamsburg Community Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000

Williamsburg Community Foundation (WCF) is offering grants of up to $5,000 to support programs that benefit its service area of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County. Complete grant guidelines and criteria can be found on its website. The deadline to apply for a grant is Dec. 15. Grants will be awarded in March of 2023.

The following grants are available:

  • Community Endowment Grants ($5,000)
  • McGiffert Fund for the Musical Performing Arts Grants ($1,600)
  • An Occasion for the Arts — visual arts grants ($1,200)

WCF is using a new online grants system this year. Training on the new system is being offered on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at the RF Wilkinson Family YMCA (next to Sentara Williamsburg Hospital). Those interested in attending should RSVP at or call 757-259-1660. Instructions on the new system can also be found on the website.

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