August 5, 2022
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
Preparedness Expo Planned for Saturday to Coincide with Sales Tax Holiday

Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday begins today, and lasts through Sunday. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.

As a part of the Sales Tax Holiday, Gloucester's Emergency Management Department and CERT Team are holding a Preparedness Expo at the Gloucester Home Depot Store tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 6) from 10 AM until 2 PM. While visitors shop for their hurricane and preparedness items, they can also learn about local storm preparedness, enjoy refreshments and sign up for the County's new BEE Alert Emergency Notification System. There will also be plenty of activities for children. Stop by and see us!

Gloucester Launches the “BEE Alert” Notification System
Gloucester County Emergency Management has launched a new emergency notification service for citizens called the “BEE Alert.” All citizens must manually register to receive emergency notifications even if they are already registered with the old system, CodeRED. Data from CodeRED will not automatically be transferred over to the new system, which uses Everbridge technology. While registration for BEE Alert will be ongoing, citizens are asked to register as soon as possible to avoid missing any emergency notifications.

County Podcast Discusses Inaugural Gloucester Day

This month's Current Conversation Podcast features the Inaugural Gloucester Day. We talk about this exciting event with Gloria Williams, our Community Engagement and Public Information Manager, and Susan Ammons, our Tourism Coordinator.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Daffodil Festival

Plans for the 2023 Gloucester Daffodil Festival are already underway, and sponsorship opportunities began August 1. The 2023 Festival is scheduled for April 1-2 with the theme, “Let’s Jazz it Up, the Trumpets are Blooming.”

“Sponsoring the Daffodil Festival is a great way to show your community spirit and put your business name in front of local residents, as well as over 25,000 guests who visit the festival each year,” said Debbie Wesolowski, the festival’s coordinator. 

Bay Transit Bus Shelter Installed at River Bend

Last week, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new Bay Transit bus shelter at the River Bend Apartments in Gloucester County. The new bus shelter is the fifteenth installed across the Bay Transit service area and the third in Gloucester County.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by (from left to right): Bay Transit Regional Supervisor Claudia Pratt, Bay Transit bus operator Wayne Clarke, River Bend Apartments Community Manager Ashley Cauntay, Bay Aging President & CEO Kathy Vesley, Gloucester County Administrator Carol Steele, Bay Aging Advisory Council Chairman Harrison Dixon, Gloucester County Economic Development Director Sherry Spring, Gloucester County Community Engagement and Public Information Manager Gloria Williams, and Gloucester County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dr. Robert “JJ” Orth.
Historical Literacy Opportunities with Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester

Join Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester's to learn more about local history through guided tours, and learn about LVG's Mission to Equip Adults for Tomorrow!
Center for Archaeology, Preservation and Education
6783 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061
Thursday, August 25th at 10:00 a.m.
Gloucester Museum of History
6539 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061
Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m.
To sign up, email LVG at:
*Space may be limited!

Replayed Post on Money, Health, and Other Things!

Last week, the Virginia Cooperative Extension replayed its post on resume writing tips for those looking for new jobs. This week they’ll follow up that post and replay its post on interviewing tips! Learn more:
Save The Date- An Evening With Lafayette At The Ruins

Meet the Marquis de Lafayette and be transported back to 1824 when he returned as “Guest of the Nation.” Enjoy period music, witness a rousing musket salute, and partake in a stunning selection of local food and drink. Featuring internationally acclaimed interpreter Mark Schneider.

Tickets cost $75 and will be available September 15.

All proceeds will benefit future educational programming at Rosewell and the Gloucester Museum of History.

Interested in sponsorships? Contact Robert Kelly,
Ah Shucks! It’s National Oyster Day!

Our Clean Community Coordinator is teaming up with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to get the word out about what to do with your oyster shells! The shells can be recycled, which means more oysters in the upcoming seasons. If you are having an oyster roast, make sure to call The Chesapeake Bay Foundation to have your shell pickup scheduled!
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Events for the week of August 5, 2022
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring a Best Years Trip to Explore 50 acres of gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, August 10 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. You will have 3 hours to roam the gardens, enjoy lunch on site (on your own) and explore the plant collections. Fee is $30 and the deadline is August 4.

Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring a Sturgeon Moon Paddle on Thursday, August 11 from 8:00-10:00 pm at Beaverdam Park. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Main Entrance, $5/person with your equipment or $15/person with rental equipment (rentals arrive early for fitting), deadline August 4.

Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Fall Youth Soccer for ages 3-14, as of September 30, 2022. The fee is $27 for 3-year-olds (September 20-October 20) and $47 for ages 4-12 (September 6-November 5). The deadline for registration is August 7. 

For more information on these and other activities call PRT at 804-693-2355, email or stop by our office 6382 Main Street. For online registration visit

LOVE Mural Starts at The Beach!

We are so excited to watch the progress of our new LOVE mural painted by artist Allison Farley, a senior at Gloucester High School and member of the National Art Honor Society. When asked about her inspiration for her submission, Allison stated that her neighbor is a waterman and if anything was going to be painted at that location it should include watermen.

“I believe watermen are the heart of Gloucester’s identity and culture, and their incredible work ethic is part of what inspired me to make them the main focus in this artwork.”
For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit
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