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Community Digest

September 2022

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Your monthly digest of all things Albemarle! 

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Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month

The Board of Supervisors proclaimed September 15 – October 15 as Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month in Albemarle County, VA. We recognize and celebrate the culture, history, and achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

We are grateful for and value the Hispanic and Latino members of our community – your narratives and accomplishments are part of our story. Your contributions to the community help Albemarle County continue to grow and we celebrate you.

View the proclamation in English or Spanish here.

Join the Discussion on the Local Impacts of Climate Change, Thursday, September 29 from 6-7:30pm

Albemarle County is experiencing climate change in the form of longer heat waves, more intense rain events, and seasonal disruption. To understand our community's vulnerabilities associated with climate change, we partnered with the Piedmont Environmental Council and developed the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment. 

Read more about this upcoming event happening this Thursday, September 29 from 6 - 7:30 pm and >>>register here to attend in-person at Lane Auditorium or >>>register here to attend virtually via Zoom.

Join us for a discussion of the main conclusions of this report and an overview of our next steps in building climate resilience as a community and local government. We’ll begin with an overview of the report’s key takeaways, followed by a panel discussion by local experts to better understand the impacts on daily life across the county. We’ll close with an outline of the next steps in preparing for resilience, including our community engagement process to help develop a climate adaptation and resilience plan.

Community Day - Updated

Upcoming: Community Day at Simpson Park has been postponed until Saturday, October 22

Due to the anticipated rainy weather for this upcoming weekend, the Community Day at Simpson Park event has been postponed to Saturday, October 22. In the meantime, be ready for a fun day in the park with games, music, crafts, and food! The Community Fair is from 5-7 pm, then the day will be capped off with a movie in the park at 7 pm with - a crowd favorite...Encanto! Recreational games and activities, along with opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations, will play a central role in this event.

Community Day at the Park is an opportunity for families and individuals to come together to enjoy Simpson Park and celebrate Southern Albemarle. The day is designed to build stronger relationships among the people who live, work, and serve in the southern part of Albemarle County.

Learn more at Notification of event cancellation will be made on our website and Albemarle County, ACPD, and ACFR social media accounts.

We Need Your Input: Take Our Summer Swim Survey by October 1 

If you visited any of our swimming beaches this summer, or in the past at Chris Greene, Mint Springs, or Walnut Creek Lake Parks, or even if you haven’t been yet, please share your input with us on possible ideas for making improvements to our swimming beaches. We want to hear from you about your experiences and thoughts on our beaches.

The answers you provide will be reviewed by our Parks and Recreation team and used to help build on our successes and identify opportunities to improve for future seasons. Take the questionnaire and share your input by Saturday, October 1, 2022.

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Online Registration for Middle School Sports Flag Football and Soccer starts October 10

Registration opens Monday, October 10 for Flag Football and Soccer middle school sports!

Our middle school sports program is held at all five Albemarle County middle schools and homeschoolers are welcome as well. This popular after-school program is a partnership between Albemarle County Public Schools and Parks and Recreation. Learn about registration costs, school locations and more for the upcoming season.

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Review & Share Feedback on the County's Goals and Objectives (Fiscal Year 2024-2028)

Albemarle County uses strategic planning to set priorities and focus energy and resources to move toward our vision. We have used strategic planning for many years to inform policy development and financial decision-making and to achieve the community desires and values articulated in the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Goals and objectives have been drafted, and now we'd like to hear from you! >>> Visit the webpage to see the full draft of the Goals & Objectives and be sure to share your feedback about the goals and objectives by 6 pm on Tuesday, October 11 by taking a short questionnaire.

Read more about Draft Strategic Goals.

Share Your Feedback

Upcoming: 2022 Bulky Waste Amnesty Days in October

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) operates a limited household hazardous waste collection site at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC) location. This fall, the upcoming 2022 Bulky Waste Amnesty Days will be held on the following Saturday dates from 8:30 am - 4 pm: October 1 (furniture/mattresses), October 8 (appliances), and October 15 (tires).

Amnesty Days are free and available only to residents of Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, and the Town of Scottsville. Learn which specific items are accepted for each date.

Upcoming: Halloween Safety Trunk-or-Treat, Thursday, October 27 at Claudius Crozet Park

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Join us on Thursday, October 27, from 5 pm - 8 pm, for a Halloween Safety Trunk-or-Treat event at Claudius Crozet Park, 1075 Park Road, Crozet, VA. This will be an evening of pedestrian safety awareness and trunk-or-treat activities with Albemarle County public safety partners. Learn more at

Albemarle County Fire Rescue and Charlottesville Fire Department Honor Victims of September 11 

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As our country united to commemorate the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Albemarle County Fire Rescue and the Charlottesville Fire Department united to honor and remember the lives lost with a stair climb event at Monticello High School. Approximately 40 individuals from Albemarle County Fire Rescue, Charlottesville Fire Department, Richmond Fire Department, Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company, Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, Albemarle County local government, Charlottesville Sheriff’s Office, and the general public came together to climb 2,071 steps, symbolizing the 110 flights first responders ascended in each World Trade Center tower

Each year, stair climb events are held across the country to honor and pay respect to the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on 9/11/2001. These events are memorials to the trek those first responders made into and up the World Trade Center buildings.

The attacks on September 11 took 2,977 lives. Since that time, countless first responders have faced post-traumatic stress, cancer, respiratory disease, and long-term pain. The fire service was forever changed on that day and continues to make strides in cancer risk reduction, mental health and wellness, and improved personal protection equipment. The lessons learned from the attacks and the two decades that followed are improving firefighters' lives now and in the future.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue: National Preparedness Month Recap

National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness around the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. We encourage everyone to take some time to prepare themselves, their families, their homes - and ultimately our community. 

We’ve collected some resources for you to share with your family and neighbors so we can all work toward a more resilient Albemarle County. Learn more about these resources and how you can plan ahead and be more prepared in advance.

And, if you haven't already, sign up for CodeRED. This emergency alert system will keep you aware of potential emergencies in our area. The CodeRED 

Community Emergency Alert system is used by the Regional Emergency Communications Center to notify residents and businesses of critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions.

You can register to receive phone calls, text messages, and e-mails during emergencies. The system is TTY/TDD compatible. Visit to get started today! Watch the video below to learn how to register for CodeRed.

Register to Vote for the November 2022 General Election

Register to vote and create a voting plan for the upcoming November 2022 General Election, if you haven't already! Early in-person voting started September 23 and is in full swing. Any voter registered in Albemarle County may opt to vote early in person in Conference Room A at the County Office Building on 5th Street.

There are three different options to cast your vote in the 2022 November General Election. You can vote by mail, early-in person, or at your polling place on Election Day. Each of these options is safe and effective.  

Register to vote by Monday, October 17. Be sure to check on your voter status.  

Voters can opt to cast their ballot by mail for the upcoming 2022 November General Election. To vote by mail ballot, you must apply for an absentee ballot by October 28. You can mail your ballot to the Voter Registration Office at the County Office Building or drop it in the dropbox at the front entrance to the building. Use the pre-addressed envelope sent with your mail-in ballot. Get your mail-in ballot application today.

Learn more about the upcoming election and all your options for casting your vote. Read about other upcoming voting deadlines, see early in-person voting hours, and voter registration office info for this year's election.

Report Internet Speed

Help Expand Broadband Access in the County by Testing Your Internet Speed

Help Albemarle County to be successful as we apply for state and federal broadband expansion grant funding! The Albemarle County Broadband Authority and Albemarle County Public Schools ask for the help of the community in reporting current internet speeds to demonstrate need. We still need your participation and if you haven't already, reporting your internet speed will take five minutes or less.

The Albemarle County Broadband Authority uses the internet speed data to identify areas of little-to-no broadband and to encourage internet service providers to partner on grant applications. Please answer each question in as much detail as possible so that we can report as much accurate data as possible. Your effort can make a difference!

Report Your Internet Speed

Learn about more upcoming events and keep up with the latest happenings in the county by visiting

Have You Visited Our Online Engagement Center?

We are looking forward to providing you with a variety of robust tools designed to enable you to share your expertise, ideas, and feedback with us on a regular basis.

Please visit the site and register to access current and future projects.

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