WPRD’s 7th Annual Splash Bash

The City of Winchester’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their 7th Annual Splash Bash today at the Jim Barnett Park outdoor pool from noon – 6:30 pm.

This is a great way to kick off summer before the 4th of July weekend and check out the newly refurbished slide, diving board, and wading pool.

NREP took over the concessions stand this summer to provide students with disabilities job training while also raising money for the school’s new greenhouse.

There will also be a DJ and door prizes including a free month membership to the pool.

The regular pool fee structure applies.

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The City of Winchester has begun reassessments

The City of Winchester has begun their 2023 General Real Estate Reassessment.

The City’s Vendor for appraisals is Pearson’ s Appraisal Service.

Pearson’s Appraisal Service will be conducting reviews of properties within the city limits.

According to the City’s news release Pearson’s staff will be traveling in clearly marked vehicles and have proper identification.

If you are a property owner with information to share with Pearson’s regarding the assessment or your property or if you would like an interior inspection it is important to get in touch.

Those with anything to share or special instructions or request contact the City’s Real Estate Administrator by calling (540) 667-2048.

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Winchester drops mask requirements in government centers

The Winchester CitE news letter announced that masks are no longer required for unvaccinated visitors in government buildings.

Where visitors to the Winchester City Government Buildings will no longer be required to wear masks there are circumstances that need to be considered.

City officials ask that you follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you feel sick stay at home, practice proper hygiene and wear a mask.

The CDC also recommends a mask for anyone who is recovering from COVID-19 symptoms for at least ten days.

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City of Winchester expands real estate tax relief

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The weekly Winchester CitE-News letter announced the City has expanded the real estate tax relief program.

The net financial worth, household income and maximum tax relief limits have increased for those who need it most.

Applications must be submitted by April 1 each year for those 65 and over unless permanently disabled.

Contact the City of Winchester commissioner of revenue for all pertinent information.

Full details and an application are found by clicking here.

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Applications for Crisis Energy Assistance are being accepted

In a City of Winchester social post it was announced that applications for Crisis Energy Assistance are being accepted.

Energy emergencies are described as homes with no heat, or at a point of no heating or primary heating facing termination or not working.

The applications will be accepted by the Winchester Social Services Department Office on Baker Street Winchester until Mar. 15.

You can contact commonhelp.virginia.gov or call (855) 635-4370 for additional information and applications.

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The City of Winchester seeks the public’s input

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A social post from the City of Winchester shows that the City Council is seeking public input on the proposed voting ward boundary adjustments.

The City Council hopes to conduct a public hearing at it’s regular meeting on Mar. 8 at 6 p.m. on the subject.

Input on the boundaries is welcome before the meeting as well.

For more information and contact information visit winchesterva.gov.

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City of Winchester offers weather alerts and more

The city of Winchester is offering storm alerts and more on their website.

You can opt in to receive alerts on weather, snow plans for the city, closures including roads and other pertinent important information.

These alerts arrive in a variety of ways including text, cellphone, email and even land line or mobile phone calls, whichever you prefer.

However you must have a 22601 zip code whether that be where you live or places you visit.

These alerts will be helpful with the approaching storm tonight Jan.6-7 and tomorrow morning.

You can sign up at this link to help you remain safe.

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Christmas tree collections begin next week for various municipalities

The City of Winchester Public Works announced in an email that curbside Christmas tree collections will be done January 5 and 12 weather permitting.

The town of Middletown in a social post announced that trees will be collected Jan. 3 and 10.

The town of Luray announced in a social post that they will collect trees Jan.3-14.

Front Royal in an email announced earlier that they will collect trees each Wednesday through the month of Jan..

All trees at all locations must be at the curb undecorated and clean of tinsel to be collected.

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WPD suggest using nonprofits to help those in need

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A social media post from the Winchester Police Department (WPD) request that people use nonprofits to properly distribute items.

Several piles of items have begun to collect in the City of Winchester and it has become a concern for the Police Department.

The items were intended, by well meaning people, to be used by homeless individuals.

When the homeless person doesn’t need or want the item it stays where it lays.

These items have begun to pile up on the sidewalk.

The WPD suggest that if you wish to donate do it through a nonprofit that will insure that the items get to those who will accept them.

There is a website available to find a nonprofit that can help by clicking here.

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Trick or Treating guidelines for Winchester and Strasburg

The City of Winchester government reminds residents on their social media page that they do not regulate trick or treating activities.

The activities are left up to the individual neighborhoods and families in Winchester.

The Winchester government just ask that you be safe during the activities.

The town of Strasburg also has no ordinance for trick or treating.

According to their social media page participants of any age are invited to trick or treat.

The post states that most Strasburg families will trick or treat Halloween night Oct. 31.

The town of Strasburg does suggest the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. are best for trick or treating for visibility and safety concerns.

If residents do not wish to participate the town recommends keeping your porch light off that night.

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