Chesterfield County, Virginia's Weekly E-Newsletter
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Absentee Voting is Open for the March 3 Democratic Primary Election
The Democratic Party of Virginia will hold a primary for President on Tuesday, March 3 to select their delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

If you plan to participate and would like to vote absentee, absentee votes can be cast through Saturday, Feb. 29.
You can vote in person at the Chesterfield Registrar's office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call the registrar's office at 804-748-1471 if you would like to vote absentee by mail or apply online for a Virginia absentee ballot.

The Republican Party of Virginia will not hold a primary on Tuesday, March 3 and will select their delegates to the 2020 Republican National Convention through district and state conventions.

For more information, visit
Black History Month Event:
We Need Diverse Books with Lamar Giles
Throughout the month of February, Chesterfield is partnering with Virginia State University to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of programs, activities and lectures designed to explore the rich, diverse background of African Americans and their contributions to our community and nation.
Join renowned author Lamar Giles as he talks about the importance of diversity in literature and the power of personal stories. Giles will discuss why seeing representations of all people is an essential element to literature's survival.

This event takes place this Friday, Feb. 21, from 7-8 p.m. at the Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd. A book sale and signing will follow the program. Registration is required.
Register for this event  and many more and  visit the website for a full schedule  of Black History Month events.
Now Accepting Applications for
2020 Summer Internships
Chesterfield understands that there's no substitute for experience when it comes to preparing for a career. The county is now accepting applications for a 10-week internship for participants to gain hands-on experience with how government operates.

The internship, which runs May 18 through July 24, will introduce participants to local government operations and give them the unique opportunity to expand their knowledge through meaningful learning experiences.

Interns will also have the chance to meet with county leaders, work directly with county employees, attend training and participate in team-building exercises to compliment their experience-based learning.

Interested applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited institution and have a minimum grade point average of 2.8. Interns are selected based on departmental needs and the student's field of study and experience.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 21. To learn more about the internship program or apply today, visit the Chesterfield County's Internship website .
User Experience the Focus of Pending Zoning Case Status Webpage
Citizens will now have the ability to search the status of pending zoning cases in a manner focused on user experience and increased public engagement. The revitalized webpage, which is managed by the Department of Planning, details important information about zoning case applications, such as the applicant, the county case manager assigned to the the case, a summary of the project, contact information for the zoning team and a map showing the proposed location of the project.

Additionally, the new user experience includes a visualized representation of the six stages of county review and approval for zoning application and, for each individual case, indicates which stage the case is currently in. A description of each case is also available on the webpage, as is an interactive, county-wide map view of all pending zoning cases that utilizes geographic information system (GIS) mapping.

For more information about the Department of Planning's work and the Pending Zoning Case Status webpage, visit the department's homepage and read the full news release.
Don't Be an Accidental Drug Dealer - Chesterfield is Offering Free Medication Disposal Pouches
Through the month of March, Chesterfield County is promoting safe storage and disposal of expired and unused medications through its "Don't Be An Accidental Drug Dealer" initiative .

Nearly 61 percent of people ages 12 and older who misuse prescription pain medications obtain them from a friend or family member, which is why it's important to dispose of expired or unused medications properly.

Residents can pick up a free medication disposal pouch from any Chesterfield County public library, while supplies last. They can also drop-off unwanted medications at the disposal kiosk at the Chesterfield County Police Department Headquarters at 10001 Iron Bridge Road.
The Annual Diaper Drive Returns in March of 2020
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, a program of Chesterfield County's Department of Mental Health Support Services, will hold its 7th annual children's diaper drive during the month of March. The agency is looking to surpass the 14,000 children's diapers that were collected last year.

New this year, Sarah Bloom , a Chesterfield mother and long-time local news anchor and reporter with NBC 12, has agreed to help the county launch and promote the 2020 campaign as its first ever Diaper Drive Ambassador.

Drop off new, unopened packages of disposable children's diapers (up to size 6), pull-ups and wipes at any Chesterfield County public library. For more information, contact Ashley Rogers with the Department of Mental Health Support Services.
Adoptable Pet Spotlight: Meet Amour!
With the help of  Chesterfield County Animal Services , we're excited to highlight an adoptable pet in need of a loving home.
This pretty lady's name is Amour! Yesterday was her first day at the shelter and she is a little shy, but she would want nothing more than for you to come meet her!

It appears that she hasn't had much socialization, but she has begun to take treats slowly from Animal Service worker's hands. Cat toys scare her right now, but as she gets used to her new environment, she will most likely warm up to them. The thing she needs most right now is love. She enjoys being snuggled up in your arms and having her head pet.

Do you have other cats? She came in with other kitties and likes cuddling with them. Having another cat friend may help her feel more comfortable. Amour is a one year old short haired torbie. Come make her Valentine's Day wish come true and give her a new home. Animal #560411.
If you're  interested in adopting   Amour, visit the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter, 9300 Public Works Road, with a current Virginia driver's license or picture identification with current address and adoption fees in check or cash. Keep an eye on the  Chesterfield County Animal Services Facebook page  for more adoptable pet announcements!
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