Friday, October 14, 2011

News From York County, VA - 10/14/2011

October 17 is Last Day to Register for November 8 Election

October 14, 2011

The last day to register to vote in the November 8 election is Monday, October 17. On Election Day, York County voters will elect their State Senator; Delegate; Sheriff; Commonwealth's Attorney; Treasurer; Commissioner of Revenue; and members of the Soil and Water Board, the Board of Supervisors, and School Board. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. A list of candidates is available on the York County Registrar's website - Sample ballots are also available.
The Constitution of Virginia requires that you be registered in the precinct in which you live in order to be qualified to vote. Qualified residents who will be 18 years old on or before November 8 may register to vote in this election.
Registered voters who need to change their address may do so by completing, signing, and submitting a voter registration application or their voter card. The deadline to change registration information also is Monday, October 17. If a registered voter's address has changed, the voter should update his/her address to ensure he/she remains qualified to vote.
Any qualified resident of Virginia may apply to register to vote or to update their registration information at the places and times listed below: 
1.      Voter Registrar's Office, 224 Ballard St., County Admin. Center, Yorktown, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2.      York County Library (Tabb Branch), 100 Long Green Blvd., Tabb; York County Library (Yorktown Branch), 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown (registration is available during library hours; October 17 library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
3.      Griffin-Yeates Center, 1490 Government Rd., Williamsburg, Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applications and updated information may also be mailed to the Registrar's Office, P.O. Box 451, Yorktown, VA 23690.
If residents complete a registration application provided by a voter registration drive, they should contact the Registrar's Office to ensure that their application is received by the Registrar's Office in time.
The Registrar's website contains registration applications, polling place locations, district information, absentee ballot information, and contact information.
Absentee Voting
Absentee voting is available for those who will be out of their precinct on November 8, those who are unable to go to their polling place because of an illness or disability, and those who otherwise qualify to vote an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply to vote absentee by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in person, the Registrar's Office will be open October 29 and November 5 (both are Saturdays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any voter age 65 or older or physically disabled may request a ballot from an officer of election outside the polling place but within 150 feet of the entrance to the polling place. On November 8, 2011, persons who fit these qualifications and who wish to vote outside the polling place can call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440 and we will alert the polling place that a voter who wishes to vote outside the polling place will be arriving.
Unofficial statewide election results – including York County election results – will be available on the State Board of Elections Web site at as they are reported after the polls close November 8, 2011. 
For additional information, please call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440 or visit the website,

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New Quarter Park Reopening

October 14, 2011

York County's New Quarter Park was closed following the landfall of Hurricane Irene due to safety concerns that occurred as a result of the storm. Those safety issues now have been resolved and the park is once again open to the public. Current hours of operation are seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to dusk. These hours remain in effect for the remainder of October. Winter hours begin November 1, when the park switches to a weekends only schedule of Fridays from 10 a.m. to dusk, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to dusk.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive in the upper county. For more information, call 890-3500.

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Activities Available at New Quarter Park
October 14, 2011

New Quarter Park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week through the end of October. Winter hours begin November 1 when the park will be open Fridays from 10 a.m. to dusk, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to dusk.  Take advantage of these activities coming up at the park.
The last Moonlight and Music jam of the year will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The acoustic jam is held every third Thursday from April to October in the shelter area nearest the parking lot and park office. Bring your guitar, fiddle, accordion, hammer dulcimer or other acoustic instrument to the park and play along in a round-robin session with local instrumentalist and vocalist Joe Duggan. Listeners are welcome to park their lawn chairs under the trees and sing along. To celebrate the return of cooler temperatures, s'more fixings will be available for those who want to complete the outdoors experience with this favorite fireside treat.
Also in October, come to New Quarter Park for Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association-led night rides on Tuesdays, beginning October 18.  Meet at the front gate at 6 p.m. Lights are required.
The Williamsburg Bird Club-led Bird Walks will begin again on Saturday, October 22. Meet at 7 a.m. in the parking lot. The Williamsburg Bird Club leads walks at New Quarter Park on every second (8 to 10 a.m.) and fourth (7a.m. to 9 a.m.) Saturday year-round.
On Saturday, October 29, bring your dog to the park and "Bark for Life" with the American Cancer Society from 9 a.m. to noon.
Looking ahead, New Quarter remembers its roots on Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to  noon when African-American historian Robert Watson leads a Walk and Talk: Remembering the Forgotten. Watson will remember the slaves who toiled on the land when New Quarter was an outlying farm attached to Carter's Grove plantation. The program will be held on a bluff where archeologists have uncovered a pre-1750 structure that was probably part of the farm overseer's house.
The 14th Annual Fall Colors Professional Disc Golfers Association tournament will be held at New Quarter on Sunday, November 13. The sanctioned event hosts professionals and advanced amateur players.
On December 3, the park will hold a Make and Take in place of the regular first Saturday of the month Walk and Talk from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how a professional florist makes holiday arrangements from natural and native plant materials and then make one to take home. Bring your own container.
Also on December 3, the NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers will set up their scopes at New Quarter. The public is invited to see the moon, Uranus, Jupiter, and other celestial features from 6 to 8 p.m. Early birds can come to the park to talk to the astronomers as they set up their scopes at 5:30.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, near the Queen's Lake neighborhood. From the Colonial Parkway, exit at Queen's Lake, turn right, and look for Lakeshead Drive. Follow Lakeshead for 2 miles to the park. From I-64, exit at Rt. 199 toward Jamestown. Take the first exit off of Rt. 199 on Rt. 143-West. Turn right at the first traffic light, Penniman Road. Turn left on Hubbard Lane and look for Lakeshead Drive on the right just after the Colonial Parkway overpass. Follow Lakeshead to the park.
For additional information call York County Parks & Recreation at 890-3500.
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