October 29, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
Due to flooding and damage, the fishing pier at Gloucester Point Beach is closed today (Friday, Oct. 29). Once the water recedes and staff can assess the pier, updates will be provided on the County's social media pages. Please note that Gloucester Point Beach easily floods and driving through standing water is never a good idea. Please stay safe out there!
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Important Voting Reminders!

The last day of in-person early voting is this Saturday, Oct. 30. The Registrar's Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Also, if you are voting at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 2, remember to bring acceptable ID to Vote. Polls are Open from 6am - 7pm. at your normal polling location for Election Day!  See the list of Acceptable ID's here .

For more information, visit
https://www.gloucesterva.info/349/Elections-and-Voter-Registration

Due to the financial hardships brought onto families and businesses because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Virginia General Assembly passed a moratorium on utilities service disconnections in the Commonwealth. The moratorium ended in August 2021 and the Gloucester County Public Utilities Department will resume disconnect procedures in January 2022.

Representatives from Gloucester County Public Utilities Department are encouraging residents who owe a balance to reach out directly and sign up for a repayment plan. Customers wanting a payment plan must enroll before the cutoff date of December 15, 2021.

Residents or businesses interested in setting up a repayment plan are encouraged to do so immediately and should visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/387/Public-Utilities, or call the Public Utilities office at 804-693-4044. Any account with a delinquent balance greater that 30 days is eligible, and no additional fees are associated with the repayment plan.

Repayment applications must be received by December 15th, and can be downloaded at: https://www.gloucesterva.info/DocumentCenter/View/11921/COVID-REPAYMENT-PLANAPPLICATION. All completed applications should be e-mailed to Amber Durham (adurham@gloucesterva.info) or Karin Earwood (kearwood@gloucesterva.info).

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors recently allocated $2 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to expand wireless broadband internet to unserved residents, bringing Gloucester another step closer to providing access to the entire community. The service will be provided by the County’s partner in the project, Open Broadband, LLC and will utilize a fixed wireless system. 

Residents or businesses interested in receiving service from Open Broadband should visit www.openbb.net/gloucesterco to sign up with no obligation. The company will contact those who have signed up once the service becomes available. Those who register will receive monthly e-mail updates with the progress of the project.

For overall information and updates regarding all of Gloucester County’s broadband initiatives, visit the Broadband Information Hub at https://gloucester-broadband-gcgis.hub.arcgis.com/ or contact Steele at 804-693-4042 or csteele@gloucesterva.info.
Beaverdam's Haunted Trail Returns Tomorrow Night

Join the Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for one frightful night only, Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Beaverdam Park.

  • Tickets are $10 per person
  • Onsite ticket sales are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Advance ticket purchase recommended by visiting gloucesterva.info/civicrec
  • Groups start disappearing into the woods at 7 p.m.
  • ALL GO IN, MOST COME OUT.... 
CERT Training Scheduled for Nov. 6-7

Are you prepared? Do you want to help your Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex community in an emergency?
The C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

C.E.R.T. members are NOT first responders but offer support in our communities. The C.E.R.T. team is a group of community volunteers that learn to: Manage utilities and put out small fires, provide Basic First Aid, learn how to search an area safely, help at local events and more!

C.E.R.T. training is free and will be held November 6-7 in Gloucester. COVID precautions and social distancing will be in effect. Space is limited. Teens are welcome.

For more information or to register, email em@gloucesterva.info , visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/398/CERT-Training or call 804-693-1390. 
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Main Street Trick or Treat Returns to the Village Sunday

The Main Street Trick or Treat Gloucester Village is scheduled for Sunday, October 31st from 5-8 p.m.

This fun, free event is being hosted by Gloucester Main Street Association, Main Street Preservation Trust and the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office.

Main Street will be closed from the Historic Court Circle to Edgehill Shopping Center, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday for all thru traffic. Residents and emergency vehicles will be allowed access.

For any questions, or if your business or organization would like to participate, please email Director@GloucesterVillage.com.
New Post on Money, Health, and Other Things!

This week, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will discuss estimating how much you need to save for retirement. To tune in, visit https://moneyhealthandotherthings.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/planning-for-retirement-part-v/
Gloucester County is recruiting for various positions!

For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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