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COMPOST/MULCH • Compost and mulch may be purchased for a nominal fee, subject to availability, at the Compost and Drop-off Facility located at 550 Atkinson Way. Compost and mulch are produced from yard waste collected at curbside. For information on hours and fees, call 886-7947 or visit

FARMERS MARKET • The Newport News Farmers Market, located at 28th Street and Jefferson Avenue, offers farmers, gardeners, and other select vendors the opportunity to market home-grown and crafted products in an open-air atmosphere with convenient access to Interstate 664 and Downtown Newport News. For hours of operation, 247-2351 or visit

 VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION • Virginia Cooperative Extension provides information on consumer education, nutrition and foods, family financial management, home maintenance and repairs, gardening, landscape issues, pest identification and control, youth programs in the community and schools through the 4H Youth Development Program. For information, visit Virginia Cooperative Extension located at 739 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite 1009, or call 591-4838.


ANIMAL CONTROL • The Newport News Animal Services Division picks up dogs running at large and impounds them with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The SPCA houses them until the owners are found, adopted, or if unadoptable, are euthanized. The SPCA also accepts stray and unwanted animals at the shelter located at 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. For more information about the SPCA and for information about the shelter's hours of operation, call 595-1399 or visit To report dogs running at large, call the City's Animal Services Division at 591-7387.

ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS • The Animal Services Division (ASD) is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the City by enforcing State and Local Animal Welfare Laws and Ordinances. The ASD investigates complaints of animal abuse, dog fighting, unlawful killing, and abandonment, as well as follows up on short or entangled tethers. For more information or to report an observance of animal cruelty or neglect, call 595-7387.

ANIMAL LICENSES • All dogs and cats four months and older are required by State and Local laws to wear a rabies tag and an animal license tag on their collar. City licenses go on sale November 1, must be purchased by January 31, and are valid for one calendar year. In order to purchase a license, you must show proof of rabies vaccination by providing a rabies certificate from a veterinarian. The cost is $5 for spayed and neutered pets, and $10 for unaltered animals. You can purchase a city animal license at the Treasurer's office located at 2400 Washington Avenue or at 12912 Jefferson Avenue, or at the Animal Services Office located at 9287 Warwick Boulevard. For more information, call 595-7387 or visit

BARKING DOGS • For nuisance calls such as barking dogs, call the Newport News Police Department at 247-2500. To file a complaint, visit the Magistrate's Office located at 224 26th Street or call 926-8475.

FERAL CAT ABATEMENT • The Animal Services Division (ASD) provides assistance with feral cat removal and offers humane traps to Newport News citizens. Feeding free-roaming cats is prohibited by City Code without a Feral Cat Colony Permit. For information on trap rentals or colony permits, call 595-7387.

DEAD ANIMALS REMOVAL • The Animal Services Division (ASD) picks up dead animals on the roadways and City right-of-ways. If a dead animal is located on private property, citizens may bury the animal or place it in their trash container for pick-up. For more information or to request a dead animal to be removed from city-owned land or roadways, call 595-7387. To remove dead animals from the interstates, including on and off-ramps, call the Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-367-7623.

LEASH ENFORCEMENT • Dog owners are required to keep their dogs on leashes or under their immediate control any time the dog is taken off their property (Sec.6-25). The Animal Services Division enforces the law and owners may receive a summons and fine for a dog-at-large. In order for an Animal Control Officer (ACO) to issue a summons, the ACO must directly observe the violation. For violations that occur outside of an officer's presence, citizens may contact the Magistrate's Office to have a summons written for which the pet owner may receive a fine. For more information, call the Animal Services Division at 595-7387 or the Magistrate's Office at 926-8475.

LOST ANIMALS • Visit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) located at 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard or call 595-1399.

NUISANCE WILDLIFE • Information and assistance dealing with nuisance wildlife is provided by the Animal Services Division. Call 595-7387.

PET OWNERSHIP EDUCATION PROGRAMS • The Animal Services Division (ASD) is dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership through education. The ASD maintains supplies of education materials and handouts on various topics including animal health, animal behavior, training, spay/neuter services, disaster preparation and other animal agencies. The ASD staff makes themselves available to educational and civic organizations for presentations about their mission, services, animal laws, responsible pet care, and citizen's role in promoting animal welfare. For more information call 595-7387.

PETTING ZOO • The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) operates a petting zoo and an exotic animal sanctuary. Small children, in particular, will enjoy feeding and petting the farm animals. For information on hours and admission fees, visit the SPCA located at 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, call 595-1399 or visit

POOPER SCOOPER LAW • Pet owners are required to clean up after their animals when off their own property. Citizens may enforce the law by contacting the Magistrate's Office to have a summons written for which the pet owner may receive a fine. For information, call the Magistrate's Office at 926-8475.

RABIES  • If an animal has bitten or scratched you, call the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health investigates animal bites, and confines and observes cats and dogs that have bitten or scratched someone to look for signs of rabies. Wild animals who have bitten or scratched someone are laboratory tested for rabies. For more information, call 594-7340.

WILDLIFE PERMIT • For information on permits to hold wild animals in captivity, call the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries at (804) 367-1000 or visit

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION • Orphaned and injured wildlife are provided care through the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program administered by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. For information, call Newport News Park at 886-7916.



The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism provides information on what to see and do in the City of Newport News. Call the Visitor Center at 886-7777 or the administrative office at 926-1400. You may also request information by fax at 926-1441, e-mail to or visit

— THE DOWNING GROSS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER is a 50,000 plus square foot masterpiece that will encompass The Anderson Johnson Gallery, The Ella Fitzgerald Theater, The Thaddeus Hayes Dance Studio, a full service multi-purpose room, a sculpture by Richard Hunt, rehearsal rooms, art and music studios, classrooms and more. Soul-stirring music, the magic of live theater, the thrill of dance, the enjoyment of fine art exhibits and events and the celebration of homegrown celebrities have found a new home in Newport News! The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center will offer residents a place to be both participants and patrons of the arts; a place that identifies, cultivates and celebrates the talents of our youth, as well as our young at heart. 2410 Wickham Avenue. 247-2429.

— ENDVIEW PLANTATION • Built in 1769, Endview was home to members of the Harwood and Curtis families for over 200 years. An ongoing archaeological program and historic maps have identified the locations of several outbuildings, including a smokehouse, kitchen and barn. Artifacts from the site as well as pictures and memorabilia of the Harwood family are also on display. 362 Yorktown Road (Exit 247 from I-64). 887-1862.

— LEE HALL MANSION • Completed in 1859, Lee Hall Mansion was home to affluent planter Richard Decauter Lee, his wife Martha, and their children. One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, Lee Hall Mansion was used as a headquarters by Confederate Generals Joseph E. Johnston and John B. Magruder during April and May of 1862. Today, guided tours of this beautifully restored home give a glimpse back into the lives of a wealthy family during the 1860s. Hundreds of artifacts, including a tablecloth from the USS Monitor, are on display in the museum's 1862 Peninsula Campaign Gallery. 163 Yorktown Road (Exit 247 from I-64). 888-3371.

— THE MARINERS' MUSEUM/ USS MONITOR CENTER • Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum, The Mariners' Museum is one of the most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world. For over 70 years, this museum has illustrated the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and striking collection of maritime treasures, including Captain John Smith's map of the Chesapeake Bay, the world's oldest Chris-Craft, a world-class collection of small craft from around the world and the priceless Crabtree Collection of Miniature Ships. The new 63,500-square-foot USS Monitor Center is filled with recovered artifacts, original documents, paintings, personal accounts and interactive experiences. Visitors are able to walk the deck of a full-scale replica of the USS Monitor and visit the officers' living quarters, while the “Battle Theatre” transports visitors back in time to the famous Battle of Hampton Roads (March 8 and 9, 1862.) 100 Museum Drive (Exit 258A from I-64), 596-2222 or 1-800-581-7245.

— THE NEWSOME HOUSE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER is the restored 1899 residence of the African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary Winfield Newsome. Mr. Newsome became a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader and prospered as part of the postwar Civil War south's new urban African-American middle class. His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia. The house was originally the home of Dr. William R. Granger, one of Newport News' black physicians and is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places and is a 1992 Recipient of a National Historic Preservation Award. 2803 Oak Avenue (Exit 3 from I-664). 247-2360.

PENINSULA FINE ARTS CENTER • Come explore the creative world of art! You'll never see the same thing twice - touring collections of historical or contemporary works, juried exhibitions and more! Let the kids create their own artwork in Hands on for Kids, an interactive children's gallery, or pick up an original piece by a local or regional artist in the Gallery Shop. Art classes for adults and children, special programs and events, gallery talks and performing arts events. An affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 101 Museum Drive (Exit 258A from I-64). 596-8175.

PENINSULA SPCA PETTING ZOO and EXOTIC ANIMAL SANCTUARY •  Bring the kids! Our Petting Zoo has goats, sheep, llamas, deer, fowl and much more. The exotic area has a tiger, otters, and a leopard. 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258A from I-64). 595-1399.

U.S. ARMY TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM • Explore the world of Army transportation from steam locomotives of days past to the experimental rocket belt. Experience the history of wagons, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, locomotives, tugboats and experimental craft such as the "flying jeep." Examine 200 years of Army transportation through models, dioramas and full-size vehicles and equipment. Besson Hall, 300 Washington Boulevard, Fort Eustis (Exit 250A from I-64). Please note: All visitors to Fort Eustis must show valid IDs (driver's license and/or photo ID) and vehicle registration. 878-1115.

VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM • The museum's new 62,000-square-foot exhibition building allows visitors to immerse themselves in two-level walk-through habitats of an Appalachian Cove and a cypress swamp, explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground world of a limestone cave. If you're wild about wildlife, the Virginia Living Museum is the place to go. When you look at exhibits in this museum, they look back at you. From red wolves to horseshoe crabs, this indoor/outdoor attraction is an unforgettable encounter for all ages. Observe animals native to Virginia swim, slither, roam and fly in natural habitats. See fresh and saltwater aquaria, an outdoor aviary and a touch tank. Enjoy fossils, native wildflower gardens and elevated boardwalk, all in one wooded lakeside setting, plus explore the universe in the planetarium theater and observatory. Meet a lot of wild new friends, including river otters, moon jellies and endangered shortnose sturgeon. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258A from I-64) 595-1900.

VIRGINIA WAR MUSEUM • American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more, trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military and Visions of War, the Museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection. Educational programs are available. 9285 Warwick Boulevard in Huntington Park (Exit 263A from I-64). 247-8523.

Newport News is home to numerous Civil War Sites, including 14 stops of a Virginia Civil War Trails driving tour. Important sites include the Battle of Dam No.1, Causey's Mill, Lee's Mill, Endview and Lee Hall historic homes, the 1810 Warwick County Court House, Young's Mill, the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook, Skiffes Creek Redoubt, and the Congress and Cumberland Overlook.

HISTORIC HILTON VILLAGE, a neighborhood of 500 English cottage-style homes, was built between 1918 and 1920 to provide wartime housing for workers at Northrop Grumman Newport News (formerly Newport News Shipbuilding). Today, the neighborhood includes shops, restaurants, the Peninsula Community Theatre and the Main Street Library.

— THE HISTORIC NORTH END/HUNTINGTON HEIGHTS neighborhood is located between Huntington Avenue and Warwick Boulevard, from 46th Street to 73rd Street. Adjacent to Northrop Grumman Newport News, this area contains numerous beautiful 1920s homes. Both neighborhoods are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and sponsor annual special events.

Also located in Newport News are historic homes open to the public. Built before the Revolutionary War, the Matthew Jones House (circa 1720) on Fort Eustis highlights the history of Mulberry Island, one of the first areas settled after Jamestown in 1607. Nearby are Endview Plantation (1769) and Lee Hall Mansion (1859), both restored to their Civil War appearance. Located in one of Newport News' oldest neighborhoods, the East End, are two restored homes. The James A. Fields House was built prior to 1897. It was the home and law office of one of Newport News' first African-American attorneys. The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center (1899), originally home to a prominent African-American community leader, is a modified Queen Anne-style home.

— THE VICTORY ARCH was originally built of wood in 1919 and reconstructed in granite in 1961. Its eternal flame serves as a memorial to the armed forces and commemorates the role of Newport News as a major embarkation point during World Wars I and II. For information , visit the Victory Arch located at West Avenue and 25th Street or call the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism at 926-1400.

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism produces numerous special events and festivals throughout the year. Below is a list of major events. For more information and a complete list of events, call 926-1400 or visit


Shamrock Party on O'Plaza - National entertainment and Irish family fun. City Center at Oyster Point.

Children's Festival of Friends – Entertainment, hands on activities, games and rides. Held in May in Newport News Park. 

Fiesta by the Fountain - Latin-American music and activities. City Center at Oyster Point.


Fourth of July Stars in the Sky – National entertainment and fireworks. Held on July 4 at Victory Landing Park.

King-Lincoln Music Festival – Music and family activities. Held in August in King-Lincoln Park.


Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife – Over 200 traditional craft exhibits, trade demonstrations, folk entertainment, food and children's activities. Held the first full weekend in October in Newport News Park.

Oyster Point Oyster Roast - held in october at City Center


Celebration in Lights – A two-mile drive through spectacular holiday light displays. Held Thanksgiving through New Year's Day in Newport News Park.

Hollydazzle – Entertainment, children's activities and fireworks show. Held in December at City Center at Oyster Point.

For information on additional special events, museum exhibitions and living history programs, call the Newport News Visitor Center at 886-7777 or visit online at



CITY AUCTIONS • Several times a year, the Purchasing Department conducts auctions of confiscated and unclaimed items obtained by the Police Department. Items often include stereo equipment, car radios, tools, bicycles and clothing. Items are also sold that are surplus to the City's needs, including goods, supplies or equipment. No warranties are available and the items are sold as is/where is. Many of these auctions are "on-line" sales, but periodic storefront sales and sealed bids are also held. For more information on auction dates, times, location and type of payment accepted, call the information line at 926-8721, or visit

SCHOOL AUCTIONS • Periodically, Newport News Public Schools conducts auctions of equipment and other items. Items often include shop equipment, typewriters, computers, audio/visual equipment, desks and chairs. Occasionally, vehicles and buses are put up for auction. No warranties are available and the items are sold as is/where is. For more information, call the Newport News Public Schools Warehouse at 881-5040.

— SEALED BIDS • The Purchasing Department organizes sealed bids for surplus items that are usually more expensive such as heavy equipment, machinery or vehicles. An Invitation for Bids is advertised and publicly opened. The Purchasing Department also maintains a mailing list for those people interested in having bid notices sent to their email addresses. The bid form contains a list of items ready for sale and gives a general description. Additionally, the terms and conditions are listed, such as the opening time, place, etc. A viewing is often held before the opening. No warranties are available and items are sold as is/where is. For more information, call 926-8721 or visit

— REAL ESTATE • Tax delinquent real estate property in Newport News may be purchased through public auctions or private sales. Properties are purchased with no warranties. Purchasers must pay a reasonable price and court costs. For information, call the Treasurer's Office at 926-8740.

FORMAL BIDS • Bids and proposals are posted on the Purchasing Bulletin Board outside of the Purchasing Department located on the 4th floor of City Hall. They may also be advertised in the Daily Press, the Hampton Roads Voice, on the Commonwealth's eVA website, and on Many are also advertised in other papers, and on the City's government access channel. Persons that are members of Demandstar will receive electronic notification. All bids and proposals are listed on the Purchasing website at: Often bids and proposals can be directly downloaded from this site. Call the information line at 926-8721 for details on current solicitations.

— BID RESULTS • Bid results showing the apparent low bidders for each bid are available on the website or by calling 926-8721 within two days of the opening. Recorded results are available for approximately two weeks thereafter on the voice messaging system or for longer terms on the website. Call 926-8721 or visit Members of may also access the data from that website.

— VENDOR REGISTRATION • Prospective bidders and offerors may be added to the vendor file by visiting the Purchasing website and filling out the registration form: This can also be done by contacting the Department of Purchasing at 926-8721 to request a paper form be mailed, or by visiting Purchasing on the 4th floor of City Hall.

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