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Oct 25

A Fun and Safe Halloween

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Communications Department

Next Monday, the streets will be filled Halloween_SCwith kids dressed in costumes headed to collect candy in the spirit of Halloween from dusk until 8 PM. Although some families may opt to attend planned gatherings and community events, some will choose to participate in the old fashion neighbor-to-neighbor trick or treat visit. The Newport News Sheriff's Office wants to be sure that however residents choose to celebrate Halloween, that the day is both fun and safe.

Here are a few reminders and tips.
  • Trick or treating is reserved for youth 12 years of age and younger. 
  • Trick or treat activities must be completed by 8 PM. 
  • Residents who are over 16 years of age should avoid wearing a mask or anything that conceals their identity out in public. 
  • Drivers should be cautious while navigating neighborhoods and intersections as there will be children who may be distracted while walking. 
  • Trick or treaters should try walking in groups on sidewalks in well-lit areas with flashlights and reflective materials to be visible to drivers. 
  • Do not approach dark or poorly lit areas. 
  • Inspect all collected candy to ensure factory wrappers have not been damaged or altered. Avoiding eating homemade treats from strangers. 
  • Have an emergency contact number attached to the child or costume to be used by First Responders in case they are separated from the group or adults. Pumpkins_SC

If you are looking for a fun and free event, the Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s Youth Programs section is hosting a SPOOKTACULAR event, on Halloween from 5 PM-8 PM at the Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Boulevard.
Oct 25

Recovery Operations Center: A Unique Community Asset

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 10:13 AM by Communications Department

The Recovery Operations Center, located at HHW_SC330 Atkinson Way, offers resources for waste disposal and recycling. The services available for residents are among the most unique combination in Hampton Roads. The purpose of the facility is to capture unwanted material and recover, re-direct, or dispose of the material in the most effective and environmentally responsible manner. The facility includes the now-inactive Denbigh Landfill Management Program, which treats and provides landfill gas for heating at Mary Passage Middle School and the Denbigh Recreation Center. The Recovery Operations Center is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday (except holidays).
The facility offers bulk waste disposal, bulk household recycling, metals recycling, white goods recycling, yard waste disposal, and “off-rim” tire collection to Newport News residents paying the Solid Waste User Fee. Four off-rim tires can be accepted per resident per month (limit 12 per year). In addition, the facility offers electronics recovery and recycling and household hazardous waste collection to all City residents. These services are available on Fridays and Saturdays (except holidays) from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mulch and compost products are produced from leaves and arboreal debris from residents. Compost is certified by the US Compost Council and is routinely tested by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and ROC3_aerial_SCPenn State Universities for quality and performance. These products are available for sale to the general public, including businesses. For current pricing, please call the Recovery Operations Center at 757-886-7947. The facility was recognized in 2016 by HRSD with the Diamond Award for having perfect compliance in their management of the facility for the past ten consecutive years. The Newport News facility was the only such facility in the region to receive this distinction.

For more information on the facility and prices on the products offered to the public, please call 757-886-7947 or visit the Recovery Operations Center website.
Oct 25

Fall Seasonal Color Plantings Underway

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 8:59 AM by Communications Department

The City has received over 1500 six inch planting2_SCpotted fall annuals that are being installed in public greenways, parks and facilities throughout Newport News. A diverse mixture of Violas, Pansies, Snapdragons, Dianthus, and Dusty Miller are being planted at key intersections, parks and facilities across the city like Hilton Village at Main St., Denbigh Community Center, and Riverview Park to name a few.

Plant selections are made to suit various site conditions like sun versus shade, unique color and texture combinations, and for some locations, plants that are more “deer resistant.” Parks, Recreation & Tourism provides seasonal color plantings twice annually, once for the Fall/Winter and again for the Spring/Summer seasons. These cyclical changes in our natural world allow us to enjoy a new season of beauty.

To be safe, move any tender houseplants indoors beginning now. The first frost date for our region averages around November 11th. To learn more about plants and seasonal flowers visit