Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Newport News: City offices, facilities reopen to the public

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Most Newport News city offices reopened to the public Tuesday with measures in place to help keep city employees and the public safe.

While the city is reopening, residents are encouraged to continue accessing services online. Residents should contact the city’s 311 Center at 933-2311 or with questions about city operations, schedules and services, according to a news release from the city.

Here’s the plan:

  • City Hall, offices at City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News Police headquarters and precincts, Department of Human Services, and Voter Registrar’s Office will open with regular hours. Masks and social distancing are required, and elevators will be limited to two people.
  • City Council will resume in-person meetings on June 23.
  • The Treasurer and the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office at City Hall will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a limit of 20 people in the lobby at a time. DMV Select services will not be available. Denbigh satellite office will remain closed until further notice.
  • Parks & Recreation:

–          Parks, trails, beaches, golf course, tennis courts, dog park, skate park, campground and fishing piers are open.

–          Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center open for lap swimming only.

–          Summer Youth Childcare program is open, space is limited.

–          Museums are open Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

–          Special events, playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic shelter rentals, athletic programs, recreation centers, and senior centers are closed or canceled.

  • Newport News Public Library:

–          Branches will be open at 30 percent capacity and with modified hours – Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

–          Curbside pick-up of holds available for patrons.

–          Open for drop off; household hazardous waste not accepted at this time

–          Mulch and compost available for purchase.

  • The Tax Payment Arrangement Programis still available through the Treasurer’s Office for residents and businesses experiencing financial hardship directly related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apply for a payment arrangement plan for real estate and personal property taxes that were due June 5. Payments can be delayed until Aug. 5, 2020, without the assessment of late payment penalty or interest. Deadline to apply is June 19.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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