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Posted on: November 30, 2016

Hours are changing but you can still register at Hampton's Disaster Recovery Center

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Dec. 6, 2016 - Hampton residents who may have suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew are urged to register with FEMA at the Disaster Recovery Center on big Bethel Road before the Jan. 3, 2017 deadline. 

Hours at the center change starting Thursday. It...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Commission approves new land use plan for former school for deaf; Council OK still needed

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Dec. 2, 2016 - Hampton’s Planning Commission Thursday unanimously approved changing the land use designation of more than 74 acres of land that was once home to the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled.

While the school was open, the...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

$95 million contract awarded for new Measurement Systems Laboratory at NASA Langley

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Dec. 1, 2016 - A contract to build a laboratory at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has been awarded to W.M. Jordan Co. in Newport News by the U.S. General Services Administration. The $95.6-million agreement is for construction of the M...

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News release
Posted on: December 1, 2016

HRBT will be closed for 2 hours early Sunday morning while tide gates are tested by state

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Dec. 1, 2016  -The Virginia Department of Transportation will conduct routine tide gate testing at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel beginning at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, to ensure facilities are prepared for possible adverse weather conditions.

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

Hampton residents who had storm damage urged to register now with FEMA

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Nov. 30, 2016 - Area residents who may have suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew are being urged to register with FEMA before the Jan. 3, 2017 deadline.

Registering with the Emergency Management Office, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Red Cr...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

City planning now for 2017 “Urgency of Now’ symposium to build safer community

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Nov. 23, 2016 -  Hampton officials are currently planning the 2017 “Urgency of Now” symposium,  and they want to hear your ideas on what’s most important as they look to continue building a stronger and safer community.

The firs...

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

Learn more about proposed aquatics center at Thursday meeting or read FAQs

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Nov. 7, 2016 - Hampton has been studying adding a major youth sports facility to serve local residents as well as boost tourism. An aquatics center is being discussed by City Council, and city officials are offering two public sessions for those who want ...

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Read the FAQs for more information
Posted on: November 23, 2016

FEMA helping Hampton residents register for assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew

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Nov. 23, 2016 - Starting today, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA,  will begin visiting Hampton residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew to help them register for federal assistance.

Hampton had at least 28 sing...

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Posted on: November 15, 2016

Mayor Tuck: "We cannot be afraid to take risks" as Hampton moves full speed ahead

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Nov. 15, 2016 – Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck addressed a business audience of 450 people, saying that Hampton is moving “full speed ahead” toward growth and economic development, in a State of the City speech sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Co...Read on...

View "Full Speed Ahead" Video
Posted on: November 21, 2016

Hampton approved for federal assistance to help with Hurricane Matthew recovery

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Nov. 21, 2016 - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced over the weekend that Hampton - along with Portsmouth and Suffolk - has been added to the federal government’s “Individual Assistance” disaster declaration to help with ...

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Governor announces 189 new jobs, $1.87 million investment in Hampton by Maximus

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Nov. 15, 2016 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that Maximus, a contractor of program management and administrative services for government agencies, will invest $1.87 million to establish a customer support center in Hampton. The new operation will ...Read more »

News release
Posted on: November 14, 2016

Hampton's budget team wins international award for budget presentation

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Nov. 14, 2016 - Hampton's budget team has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, an international awards program in governmental budgeting.

This is the 17th time Hampton has won the award, presented locally Wednesday by City Council. The a...Read more »

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Police begin program to help autistic, Alzheimer patients, others considered "vulnerable"

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Nov. 14, 2016 - The Hampton Police Division is launching a pilot program Called “A Safer Hampton Roads” that’s designed to improve the safety of “vulnerable” residents - people with autism, developmental delays, cognitive disorders such a dementia or Alz...Read on...

News release
Posted on: November 9, 2016

City Council approves two live music permits and a public pier in Phoebus

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Nov. 9, 2016 - Hampton City Council approved two live music permits, one for an established business that is moving and another for a new venture in the old Armory building at its Wednesday night meeting.
--The Comfort Zone, a restaurant and popular danc...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

Survey shows residents satisfied with quality of life, work of city employees

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Nov. 9, 2016 - A new survey shows that 86% of Hampton residents are satisfied or extremely satisfied with the overall quality of life in Hampton, and an impressive 92.3% are satisfied with the overall work performed by city employees.Read more »

News release
Posted on: November 4, 2016

Ornament by Hampton artist will represent the city in governor's executive mansion.

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Nov. 4, 2016 - A Christmas tree ornament inspired by both the blue crab and the Spanish word for blue has found a place in the governor's executive mansion this holiday season.

The ornament, called Azule, was created by Hampton artist Mariela Freire H...Read more »

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Bike, pedestrian plan draft developed; public hearings scheduled

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Oct. 28, 2016 – After studying the city’s bicycle and pedestrian network for nearly a year, the city – with the help of citizens and a consultant – has developed recommendations to “make active transportation a safe, convenient, and enjoyable experience i...Read on...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Police Chief tells City Council about plans for an increased focus on gun violence

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Oct. 26, 2016 - Police Chief Terry Sult addressed City Council on Wednesday night, saying that his department was standing up a gun crime task force to focus additional resources on reducing violent crimes.
Sult noted that the last time he was before Cou...Read more »

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Bluebird Gap Farm has been named one of the top petting zoos in the nation

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Oct. 14, 2016 - Hampton’s Bluebird Gap Farm has been named one of the best petting zoos in the country by AmericanTowns Media, a technology and media content company in Westport, Conn.

AmericanTowns noted that at Bluebird Gap Farm - ranked 10 out of 11...Read more »

More about Bluebird Gap Farm
Posted on: October 20, 2016

Virginia voter registration deadline extended to Oct. 21

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Oct. 20, 2016 - Virginia voters can register to vote for this year's presidential election through Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, according to a federal judge's ruling. The original deadline was Monday, but so many people tried to register that the state's websit...Read on...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Give your input on high-capacity transit modes and routes on the Peninsula Oct. 13

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Oct. 11, 2016 - Join Hampton Roads Transit and the cities of Hampton and Newport News to share information about high-capacity transit on the Peninsula Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.
Come learn about possible high cap...Read on...

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Posted on: October 6, 2016

Planning Commission backs requests for Armory, Comfort Zone, Phoebus pier

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Oct. 6, 2016 - The Hampton Planning Commission endorsed two measures that would allow the former National Guard Armory building at 504-520 N. King Street to become a brewpub, distillery and concert venue. The commission approved a change in zoning to allo...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2016

Hampton sees 10 inches of rain, flooded roads, downed trees; widespread power outages

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Oct. 9, 2016 – Hampton has received 10.2 inches of rain in the east-southern portion the city, as Matthew stalled its course and battered areas overnight. Upper portions of the city fared a little better, with 8.9 inches at Langley Air Force Base and 7.2 ...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2016

Hampton opens shelter at Phenix; widespread power outages and flooding

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Oct. 9, 2016 - Storms are battering Hampton harder than predicted, more than 20 percent of the city without power, dozens of flooded roads and downed trees.
Paula Maria Apartments in the Newmarket area began flooding Saturday evening, and Hampton fire a...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2016

Rains, winds, flash flood warning; power outages affect streetlights

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Oct. 8, 2016 - Storms are battering Hampton harder than predicted, with a flash flood warning issued Saturday evening, dozens of roads flooded, and scattered power outages.
By 8:30 p.m., more than two dozen roads were flooded, in several areas of the cit...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Matthew’s likely track spares Virginia; residents urged to monitor forecast

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Oct. 5, 2016 – The National Weather Service gave Virginia a dramatically different – and better – outlook for the weekend based on changes in the past 24 hours.

Hurricane Matthew is now expected to take a “sharp right turn away from the East Coast” aft...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Matthew poses potential threat; residents urged to make preparations

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Oct. 4, 2016 – The likelihood of Hurricane Matthew causing moderate to significant impacts to Southeastern Virginia is growing, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Effects could be felt even if Matthew remains offshore, due to the storm’s size ...Read on...

Preparedness tips, flooding maps, etc.
Posted on: September 28, 2016

Council plans to delay animal control items listed on tonight's agenda

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Sept. 28, 2016 - City Council plans to defer two animal control items on its agenda, so there will be no vote tonight. Council members asked for more time for community input.
The city attorney's office is recommending a change that would enhance the enf...Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2016

Barking Dog, Deadrise owners plan new restaurant in former feed store downtown

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Sept. 20, 2016 – The business partners who renovated a sandwich shop on Sunset Creek into the The Barking Dog - and a marina’s second story into the Fort Monroe seafood restaurant The Deadrise - plan a new Hampton restaurant, which was approved by the Eco...Read more »

News release
Posted on: September 9, 2016

Hampton negotiates deal for new Hyatt Place hotel near Coliseum, Convention Center

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Sept. 9, 2016 – A 109-room, $11.2 million Hyatt Place hotel is planned for the land that formerly housed the Motel 6, part of a strategy to increase tourism by boosting the city’s conference-quality hotel room count.

News release
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Citizens urged to get ready, plan ahead during National Preparedness Month

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Aug. 31, 2016 - September is National Preparedness Month, and residents are being reminded that we all must take action and prepare for the different emergencies - from hurricanes to tornadoes, wildfires or flooding - that could affect us.

The overal...Read more »

Visit www.ready.gov/september for more information
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Park at the end of Beach Road receives makeover thanks to Grandview Island residents

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Aug. 31, 2016 – The small park at the end of Beach Road recently received an upgrade. The park is home to ruins of the once longstanding Back River Lighthouse, which was destroyed in 1956 by Hurricane Flossy.

Resident Jamie Chapman and several neighbo...Read more »

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

City Council looks to fill vacancies on advisory boards and commissions

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Aug. 27, 2016 - Openings and applications are available for residents who want to serve as advisors to City Council and city staff on everything from economic development to animal control.

City Council recently announced a goal of expanding the numbe...Read more »

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Armory brewpub-concert venue takes step forward

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Aug. 16, 2016 – Randy Thomas, an experienced contractor who has helped with the buildout of several breweries, says he expects a $3-million-plus brewery-restaurant-concert venue at the former Armory downtown will open by late summer or early fall of next ...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2016

Arrival of first Africans in English America will be celebrated Aug 19, 20, 21

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Aug. 9, 2016 - Hampton's 2019 Commemorative Commission, the Virginia 2019 Commemoration, Fort Monroe Authority, National Park Service, Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Project 1619 are among the sponsors for a series of activities this year com...Read on...

Commission website
Posted on: June 21, 2016

Mosquito spraying crews target Briarfield, Aberdeen Gardens, Rip Rap Road, Cherry Acres

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Aug. 10, 2016 - City crews will conduct truck-mounted, ultra-low volume spraying for mosquitoes this evening, weather permitting, in the Briarfield, Aberdeen Gardens, Rip Rap Road and Cherry Acres area.

Spraying is done around dusk to minimize impact o...Read more »

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Hampton company awarded $800,000 in grants for research into wastewater treatment, space

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Aug. 3, 2016 - Pancopia Inc., a research and development company in Hampton, recently received a $750,000, Phase II Small Business Innovation Grant from the federal government to continue work on a prototype for wastewater treatment during space explorati...Read on...

News release
Posted on: August 1, 2016

Learn more about the real estate appraiser and the assessment process

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August 1, 2016 – This new video provides an overview of the role of the real estate appraiser and the assessment process.

Real Estate Appraiser Video
Posted on: July 25, 2016

National Weather Service extends heat advisory for the area through Thursday, 7/28

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July 25, 2016 - Residents are encouraged to be careful and to stay safe during the current heat advisory, which is in effect from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. City libraries and community centers are open for everyone who wants to get out of the heat, and wat...Read on...

More information, tips
Posted on: July 27, 2016

Drainage project under way to relieve flooding in Merrimac Shores neighborhood

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July 27, 2016 - Work continues on a new Public Works drainage project in the Merrimac Shores neighborhood. The project is designed to divert stormwater under the roadway instead of across it, helping to reduce flooding that frequently blocks Catesby Jones...Read on...

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Sheriff's Department warns the public about ongoing phone scam telling residents to pay fine

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July 26, 2016 - The Sheriff’s Department is warning the public about a phone scam targeting Hampton citizens. Just Monday, callers identifying themselves as being from the Sheriff’s department told people that they’ve missed jury duty and need to pay a...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2016

Hampton was ranked the 3rd safest city in Virginia by Niche.com

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July 25, 2016 - Hampton was ranked the 3rd safest city in Virginia, based on FBI and Census data by the website Niche.com.
Nationally, Hampton ranked 53rd, Virginia Beach was 25th, and Alexandria was 29th. According to the site, the 2016 Safest Citie...Read on...

Details
Posted on: July 21, 2016

(Cancelled!) Police plan another 'Look, Listen, Call' training session and walk July 27

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July 21, 2016 - (Cancelled due to weather) Hampton Police will sponsor another "Look, Listen, Call" training and fun run/walk on Wednesday, July 27, at Armstrong Elementary School.

The idea is for police to get together with local residents ...Read more »

Posted on: July 19, 2016

Cultural grants funded by hotel tax go to Air & Space, Boo Williams Sportsplex

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July 19, 2016 - The Economic Development Authority authorized two grants totaling $419,304 for this fiscal year from a program funded by a hotel tax that supports facilities that attract tourists.
The Boo Williams Sportsplex, which attracts high school a...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Hampton native is new executive director of the Citizens' Unity Commission

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Synetheia Newby, a native of Hampton with degrees in criminal justice and human resources management, is the new executive director of the Citizens’ Unity Commission. Newby, who previously served as youth violence prevention coordinator for the city, said...Read on...

News release
Posted on: July 15, 2016

Hampton offering grants to help groups start new events showcasing the city

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July 15, 2016 – The city wants to help fund new one-day events that build community and attract visitors by enhancing the quality of life and encouraging people to “Choose Hampton.”

Hampton is building on a model popularly called “Love Your City,” whic...Read on...

News release
Posted on: July 15, 2016

Some traffic will be detoured during VDOT paving work on I-64, 664, Mercury interchanges

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July 15, 2016 - The Virginia Department of Transportation is expected to start paving work Monday night on various ramps and shoulders at the I-64/I-664 and I-64/Mercury Boulevard interchanges. Several entrance and exit ramps will be closed during the wee...Read more »

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Residents asked to help environment by keeping grass clippings out of storm system

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July 15, 2016 - Residents are being asked by the city’s Public Works Department to help keep grass clippings and other organic material out of the storm sewer system. “Keeping the system clean not only saves our residents money, but helps make our parks,...Read more »

News release
Posted on: July 14, 2016

Residents urged to be careful, stay safe during Weather Service heat advisory

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July 14, 2016 - The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a heat advisory today from noon-8 p.m. Residents are reminded that Hampton’s libraries and community centers are open for all citizens who want to get out of the heat, with water availa...Read on...

News release
Posted on: July 13, 2016

Council approves citizen-requested "no wake" in flooded neighborhoods

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July 13, 2016 - Hampton resident Carole Garrison had an idea last fall, after she tried to slow down cars and trucks zipping carelessly through her flooded neighborhood, pushing waters further toward homes. And Garrison isn't one to let go of a good idea....Read on...

Meeting details
Posted on: July 13, 2016

Mayor Donnie Tuck, Councilman Jimmy Gray sworn in

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July 13, 2016 -- Donnie Tuck was sworn in as mayor, and Jimmy Gray officially joined Hampton City Council on July 13 in a ceremony that filled Council Chambers at City Hall.
Also sworn in were Council members: Linda Curtis, unanimously chosen by Council...Read on...

View photo gallery of 2016 swearing in ceremony
Posted on: July 7, 2016

Franklin Street extension at Harbor Square scheduled to be finished by September

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June 8, 2016 - A $298,000 extension of Franklin Street through the former Harbor Square apartments property - from Lincoln Street to Pembroke Avenue - is scheduled to be finished by September.

The extension, which includes a paved roadway, curbs and ...Read more »

Posted on: July 6, 2016

Residents offer ideas on how Hampton can be friendlier to pedestrians, bicyclists

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July 6, 2016 – More than 600 people responded to a survey to help the city develop a plan for becoming more bicycle- and pedestrian - friendly.

More than 70% of respondents typically bike or walk for recreation and exercise. They overwhelmingly indica...Read more »

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Posted on: July 5, 2016

VA Law summer camp hopes to foster better relationship between Hampton youth, police

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July 5, 2016 - Hampton's young people are invited to take part in a special camp this summer meant to foster a positive relationship between the city's youth and police.

Designed to teach teens how Virginia laws apply to their day-to-day lives, the VA ...Read more »

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

City of Hampton website gets new, more dynamic look - on screens both large and small

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June 30, 2016 – Hampton.gov looks different. An upgrade to the site’s design is planned to create a more vibrant and visual website that’s also easier to navigate. But one of the biggest changes won’t be immediately visible to those who only view the site...Read more »

News release
Posted on: June 30, 2016

City offices and schools will be closed for the Fourth of July, trash pickup rescheduled

Fourth of July newsflash

June 30, 2016 - City offices and Hampton City Schools will be closed Monday, July 4, for the holiday. There will be no regular recycling, bulk trash or yard waste collection. Go online for the closing list.

Closing list online
Posted on: June 27, 2016

Hampton police hold a "Look, Listen, Call" event for residents in Aberdeen Gardens

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June 27, 2016 – Hampton Police Division held one of its first Look Listen Call events at Aberdeen Gardens on Wednesday, June 22.

Several residents gathered at Aberdeen elementary school, where Master Police Officer Colgan Wilson gave a 15-minute traini...Read more »

Posted on: June 21, 2016

Mosquito spraying update: Crews to target Harris Creek/Beach Road June 21

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June 21, 2016 - City crews will be conducting truck-mounted, ultra-low volume spraying for mosquitoes this week, weather permitting in the Harris Creek and Beach Road area.

Spraying is done around dusk to minimize impact on beneficial insects. Citizens...Read more »

Additional Info...
Posted on: June 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton to discuss national security at Air and Space Center in downtown Hampton

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June 14, 2016 - There will be an increased police presence downtown Wednesday when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton make a campaign stop at the Air and Space Center to talk about national security. the event is closed to the public.

Ha...Read more »

Posted on: June 27, 2016

Procedures set for families seeking roadside memorials

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June 13, 2016 – Hampton has developed a procedure to help grieving family members place a roadside memorial for a loved one killed in a traffic accident. The permit would allow a standard sign paid for with private funds to be on display for one year.

News release
Posted on: June 10, 2016

New flood maps may require homeowners to get flood insurance

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June 10, 2016 - New maps that should more accurately assess the risk of flooding went into effect in Hampton last month. Homeowners whose property is now in a potential flood zone may be hearing from their insurance or mortgage company that they need to p...Read on...

More information on flooding and flood safety
Posted on: June 8, 2016

Hampton honored as top supporter of engineering program at historically black colleges, universities

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June 8, 2016 - Hampton is the only municipality recently honored as a “top supporter” of engineering programs at one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. The nearly 100 organizations agencies honored includes NASA and IBM.

News release
Posted on: June 7, 2016

Sign up now for the Mayor's Cup blood drive

June 7, 2016 - Sign up now for the Mayor's Cup Blood Drive that will be held Thursday June 9 at City Hall, 22 Lincoln St., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and June 29 at the Ruppert Sargent Building, 1 Franklin St., from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the friendly competition...Read on...

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

City to begin truck-mounted mosquito spraying, encourages elimination of standing water

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June 6, 2016 - The Environmental Services Division will begin using truck-mounted, ultra-low voltage spraying for mosquitoes this week. Spraying will begin Monday evening in the Harris Creek and Hall Road/Beach Road areas, and in the Foxbridge area. It wi...Read on...

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Posted on: June 2, 2016

Hampton police receive "Call of the Year" award during Third Annual EMS Day awards

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June 2, 2016 - Hampton Police received the "Call of the Year Award" May 28 during the Third Annual EMS Day at Busch Gardens. The award was for the department's life-saving response after a Sept. 20, 2015 crash in which a victims leg was severed....Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2016

No online chat today because of the Memorial Day holiday; go online to visit past chats

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May 31, 2016 - There will not be an online chat today, Tuesday, because of the holiday Monday. Visit past chats at www.hampton.gov/chat, and take part in the next chat on Tuesday, June 7.

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Pelican's Snoballs of Hampton holds ribbon cutting to celebrate grand opening on May 27

Councilman Donnie Tuck, in green T-shirt, at opening of Pelican's.

May 27, 2016 – Pelican’s Snoballs of Hampton officially celebrated its grand opening Friday, May 27, with a ribbon cutting at 2 pm. More than 40 community members, including Councilman Donnie Tuck, (in green T-shirt, above) attended the ceremony.

Peli...Read on...

News release
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Plan now to attend Unity Awards June 9 and recognize individuals, groups promoting diversity

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May 26, 2016 - The public is invited to the 2016 Unity Awards ceremony, recognizing individuals, groups and initiatives that have a positive impact on diversity in Hampton.

Winners include Freedom Life Church; Romy Singh, a regional franchise expert w...Read on...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

Sign up now for the Mayor's Cup blood drive

May 25, 2016 - Sign up now for the Mayor's Cup Blood Drive that will be held Thursday June 9 at City Hall, 22 Lincoln St., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and June 29 at the Ruppert Sargent Building, 1 Franklin St., from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the friendly competition...Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2016

Astronauts enjoy a meal cooked up by Phoebus culinary students

May 24, 2016 - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently enjoyed a spicy recipe that was developed by culinary students from Phoebus High School. Read about it on the the NASA website.

NASA website
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Community Pool Days

May 24, 2016 - Swim free at any of five neighborhood pools during Community Pool Days May 28-30, June 21-26: Briar-Queen Pool, Elizabeth Lake Estates Pool, Mallory Pool, Northampton Pool Recreation Association, Willow Oaks Pool Recreation Association.

Community pools
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Memorial Day flag placement and ceremony

May 24, 2016 - A special Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Hampton National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on May 30. A joint military color guard will be on hand with a brass quintet from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and representatives from each...Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Prepare now for hurricane season

May 24, 2016 - Hurricane season starts June 1, and May 22-28 is Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week in Virginia. Go online to Ready Virginia to learn about storm surge risks, pet preparedness, flooding insurance, preparing an emergency kit and more.

Ready Virginia
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Warner sponsors Virginia Energy Policy Forum June 17

May 24, 2016 - Register now for the Virginia Energy Policy Forum and learn about major national and international energy regulations that will not only affect the state economy but the way Virginia diversifies its energy efforts moving forward.

Keynot...Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2016

Volunteers needed for city's boards, commissions

May 24, 2016 - Hampton is looking for volunteers to fill vacancies on many of the more than two dozen board and commissions that provide community input and support to the city - including the Wetlands Board.

News release
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Holiday closing list

May 23, 2016 - City offices, schools and most services will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. Trash collection normally made on Monday will be made Wednesday. Parks and golf courses will be open. Go online for a complete closing list.

Closing list
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Public invited to meeting today on public transit options

May 18, 2016 -- The public is invited to give input this week on the potential for expanded public transit options on the Peninsula. A study is considering high capacity transit, which could include such things as light rail, trolley or bus rapid transit....Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Hampton named 25th most diverse city in U.S., especially economically

May 15, 2016 – Hampton is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, according to a recent study that considered social class, ethno-racial, economic and household diversity. The study, conducted by personal and business financial website Wallet...Read on...

News release
Posted on: May 12, 2016

Plan now to attend Unity Awards June 9

May 12, 2016 - The 2016 Unity Awards, recognizing individuals, groups and initiatives that have a positive impact on diversity in Hampton, will be held Thursday, June 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Hampton’s Performing & Creative Arts Center, 300 Butler Farm Ro...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2016

Hampton City Council approves budget

May 11, 2016 - In a series of 17 unanimous votes, City Council approved a budget for next year that will not increase any tax rates or fees.
The overall budget totals about $463 million. Approximately 43% will go to schools operations, about 40% to city ...Read on...

See the budget details
Posted on: May 6, 2016

VDOT: All lanes open on I-64 on-ramp from I-664

May 11, 2016 - Virginia's Department of Transportation said that as of today all lanes of the I-664 north on-ramp to I-64 west are open. One lane had been closed since November as part of a $4 million project to repair the bulkhead along Coliseum Lake.

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Study on expanded transit options seeks input

May 10, 2016 -- The public is invited to give input on the potential for expanded public transit options on the Peninsula. A study is considering high capacity transit, which could include such things as light rail, trolley or bus rapid transit.

The Ha...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

New Circuit Court building dedicated Friday afternoon

May 6, 2016 - Judicial leaders, City Council members and a host of others were among an estimated 150 people on hand Friday afternoon for the dedication of the new Circuit Court building at the corner of King Street and Pembroke Avenue.

The three-story...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Circuit Court, clerk's office, closed May 9-17

May 6, 2016 - Hampton’s Circuit Court building, all court activities, and the clerk of court’s office will be closed May 9-17 while their offices are moved into the new courthouse at King Street and Pembroke Avenue. The new courthouse opens May 18.

Se...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2016

Coastal flood advisory issued by National Weather Service

May 5, 2016 - Hampton's Office of Emergency Management said the National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for Hampton until 2 a.m. Friday. Widespread minor flooding is expected with the high tide later this evening and early Friday.

...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2016

High tide expected to bring some flooding to Hampton

May 5, 2016 - Hampton's Office of Emergency Management said the National Weather Service is expected to issue a flood advisory later today because of a high tide that should reach 5.3 ft. at Sewells Point about 8:57 p.m.

The Weather Service is running ...Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2016

Walk Hampton Clean was a big success

May 4, 2016 - Despite some rain, 741 volunteers walked 104,066 miles and collected 301 bags of litter April 22-23 as part of "Walk Hampton Clean." They also picked up 16,843 cigarette butts from 57 streets, keeping them from polluting area water...Read on...

Posted on: May 3, 2016

Circuit Court, clerk's office closed May 9-17 for move into new courthouse on King Street

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - Hampton’s Circuit Court and Clerk of Courts offices will be closed May 9-17 while they move into their new home. A public dedication ceremony for the new courthouse is set for Friday, May 6 at 1 p.m.

News release
Posted on: April 29, 2016

Turn in unwanted prescription drugs

April 29, 2016 - Turn in your unused or unwanted prescription drugs to the Hampton Sheriff's Office on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Carmel Center, 136 Kings Way. Call 728-2010 or 926-2540 for more information.

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Ex-NASA mathematician, men’s health advocate get Hampton medals

medal presentation

April 27, 2016 – Two Hamptonians, Katherine G. Johnson and Charlie W. Hill, have been awarded the city’s Distinguished Citizen Medal for their extraordinary service. The award, established in 1964, is roughly Hampton’s version of a key to the city.

Additional Info...
Posted on: April 27, 2016

Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen heroes

April 27, 2016 - On May 30th the community will gather for a Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The public is invited to join this one hour observance at Hampton National Cemetery.

News Release
Posted on: April 25, 2016

Minority Business Program sponsors QuickBooks workshop

April 25, 2016 - Hampton's Minority Business Program is sponsoring a workshop for beginning to intermediate small business users of Quickbooks. Setting up payroll, accounts and deposits are among that will be discussed.

Learn about making informed fina...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Flag retirement ceremony May 30 at Fort Monroe

April 26, 2016 - Boy Scout troops 99 and 29 will hold a flag retirement ceremony on Monday, May 30, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The ceremony will be at The Colonies RV and Travel Park, 4501 Fenwick Road, pavilion's 3 and 4.

The retirement ceremony is designed...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Railroad crossings to be closed for repairs May 2-5

April 25, 2016 - The Old Aberdeen Road railroad crossing will be closed from 9 a.m. May 2 to 4 p.m. May 5 for CSX repairs. The Back River Road crossing will be closed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 and the Plum Street crossing will be closed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5.

Posted on: April 25, 2016

New superintendent selected for Fort Monroe National Monument

April 25, 2016 - Terry E. Brown, a 24-year veteran of the National Park Service with a passion for history and community engagement, has been named the next superintendent of Fort Monroe National park. Brown takes office on Monday, June 13.

News Release
Posted on: April 25, 2016

Neighborhood Award winners announced

April 25, 2016 - Hampton’s Neighborhood Commission recently announced the residents or groups who were honored this year in the “You Make A Difference” program for their work and dedication to creating vibrant, healthy neighborhoods in the city.

News release
Posted on: April 22, 2016

City's ninth, largest Home Repair Blitz set for Saturday, April 30

April 22, 2016 – Hampton’s ninth and largest Home Repair Blitz will be held Saturday, April 30, when volunteers are expected to clean up, paint and make exterior repairs to 25 senior, disabled and low-income households in the Westwood Avenue neighborhood.

News release
Posted on: April 20, 2016

Students invited to see new "Barbershop" movie

April 20, 2016 - Middle and high school students are invited to watch "Barbershop: The Next Cut" at a special viewing sponsored by the Citizens' Unity Commission. The price is $4 for students and $8 for adults at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Ci...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2016

City manager presents proposed FY17 budget to Council

April 13, 2016 - City Manager Mary Bunting previewed Hampton's proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2017 Wednesday. The full budget will be released Friday, April 15. Public hearings will be held April 27 and May 4. A Council vote is set for May 11.

News release
Posted on: April 12, 2016

Students will celebrate Global Youth Service Day

April 12, 2016 - More than 400 middle school students from Hampton and Newport News are expected to learn about giving back and making a difference in their community by taking part in a Global Youth Service Day event on Friday, April 15.

From 4:30-8 p...Read on...

News release
Posted on: April 12, 2016

Pending residential sales, settled sales, listings up

April 12, 2016 - The latest report on Hampton from the Real Estate Information Network shows that residential active listings, pending sales and settled sales were all up in March 2016 when compared to 2015. REIN is the area's multiple listing service.

Posted on: April 12, 2016

Youth Commission to hold candidates' forums

April 12, 2016 - Hampton’s young people are invited to ask questions and meet the candidates when the Hampton Youth Commission holds a forum for City Council elections on Wednesday, April 20, and another forum for School Board elections Monday April 25.

News release
Posted on: April 8, 2016

New owner plans Mexican restaurant at Power Plant Parkway location

April 11, 2016 - Tres Perez LLC has chosen Hampton for its newest restaurant, La Parilla Mexican Grill. Located at 2100 Power Plant Parkway, the property sold for $950,000.

News release
Posted on: April 8, 2016

Planning Commission approves 2017-2021 CIP

April 7, 2016 - Hampton’s Planning Commission Thursday approved a proposed five-year capital improvement plan of $208.4 million - about 1 percent smaller than the previous five-year plan.

News release
Posted on: April 6, 2016

City to take broader look at business incubation

April 4, 2016 – The Economic Development Authority of the City of Hampton has decided to conduct further study before it decides whether to award a contract for business incubator support.

News release
Posted on: April 6, 2016

Back River closed to shellfish due to HRSD leak

map of area

April 6, 2016 -- The state health department has ordered an emergency closure of harvesting shellfish from the Back River due to potential contamination from an HRSD sewer line leak in the Newmarket Creek area.
The emergency closure is effective April 5 ...Read on...

State press release
Posted on: April 6, 2016

Planning Commission to consider proposed capital budget plan

April 6, 2016 -- The Hampton Planning Commission is scheduled to have a public hearing and vote on the proposed capital improvement plan at its meeting Thursday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m.
The proposed five-year budget for fiscal years 2017-2021 is about 1 pe...Read on...

Read the proposed capital budget
Posted on: April 5, 2016

'Grandfathering' for elderly tax exemptions; details for new applicants

Hampton City Council voted March 9, 2016 to allow low-income elderly and disabled homeowners who were already in the city’s tax exemption program on or before July 2013 to continue to receive tax exemptions.

Additional Info...
Posted on: April 5, 2016

Race may lead to downtown detours

April 5, 2016 - Some downtown streets may be closed and traffic affected early Saturday, April 9 because of the Great Chocolate Race 10 mile/5K. Motorists are encouraged to be aware of the races and possible detours downtown saturday morning.

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Volunteers needed for cemetery cleanups

April 5 2016 - Hampton's Clean City Commission wants community volunteers to provide a little tender loving care - and elbow grease - at two local cemeteries on Saturday, April 9.

Volunteers are needed at Tucker Cemetery, 1 Sharon Court, from 9 a.m. -...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Mayor's comment on passing of Sen. John Miller

April 4, 2016 - Mayor George Wallace offered condolences and comments on the news that Sen. John Miller died unexpectedly today. Miller has represented the First District, which includes parts of Hampton, since 2007.
"Sen. John Miller has been a st...Read on...

News story
Posted on: April 4, 2016

Mini-grants offered to help prevent youth violence

April 4, 2016 - The city’s Youth Violence Prevention Program is accepting applications for mini-grants of up to $10,000 to provide positive activities and services for young people. Eligible applicants include community and youth based groups.

News release
Posted on: March 30, 2016

Voter deadlines, information for May election

March 31, 2016 – Hampton residents who want to vote in the May elections for mayor, City Council and School Board must be registered in their precinct by Monday, April 11, 2016. The last date to request an absentee ballot (in person) is April 30.

News release
Posted on: March 24, 2016

Join the fun and walk Hampton clean

March 24 2016 - Bring your friends, church groups, scout groups and others to the "Walk Hampton Clean" event on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. Go online to pick your walk date, starting time, streets you'll walk and how many people wil...Read on...

Register online
Posted on: March 22, 2016

Nominees sought for 2016 Unity Awards

March 22, 2016 – If you know someone who has helped make Hampton a more diverse city, the Citizens’ Unity Commission - which promotes activities and events that bring diverse citizens together – wants you to nominate them for the 2016 Unity Awards.

The...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2016

13th annual Child Identification Festival

March 17, 2016 - Join the fun and protect your child during the 13th Annual Child Identification Fair Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Carousel Park downtown. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call 926-2540.

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Nominees sought for 2016 Unity Awards

March 17, 2016 – If you know someone who has helped make Hampton a more diverse city, the Citizens’ Unity Commission - which promotes activities and events that bring diverse citizens together – wants you to nominate them for the 2016 Unity Awards.

The...Read on...

Posted on: March 15, 2016

City to begin road work in Big Bethel Road area

March 15, 2016 - In the next few days, a contractor for the city will begin repaving work in the Big Bethel Road area. Streets will get "no parking" signs before work begins, and residents are asked to help by clearing posted streets of all cars...Read on...

Posted on: March 11, 2016

Celebrate the service, sacrifice of military children

March 14, 2016 - Dr. Seuss will be the theme on April 9 when Hampton's Military Affairs Committee joins other sponors of the annual Celebration of the Military Child - honoring local military children for their service, sacrifice and strength of character...Read on...

View flyer
Posted on: March 9, 2016

City manager seeks input, ideas for 2017 budget

March 9, 2016 - Join City Manager Mary Bunting this month for two online chats designed to gather input from residents on the 2016-2017 budget. Go to hampton.gov/chat at 7 p. m. on Monday, March 14 - or at noon on Tuesday, March 22.

News release
Posted on: March 11, 2016

Commission asks teens to take youth surveys

March 9, 2016 - If you’re a Hampton teenager in grades 9-12, the Hampton Youth Commission wants to know what you think about public transportation in Hampton - and how well city teenagers are prepared for the financial side of life as an adult.

News release
Posted on: March 11, 2016

It's time for time to spring forward

March 11, 2016 - Don't forget to change your clocks Sunday morning, March 13, as time springs forward one hour and daylight savings time returns. Fire officials remind us that this is a good time to change batteries in your smoke detectors.

Posted on: March 10, 2016

Revised permit process for outdoor special events

March 10, 2016 - Are you planning an outdoor special event in Hampton? Will it require a permit from the city? How long will the process take? Answers to these questions and many more can be found online on the city’s Outdoor Special Events Permits page.

News release
Posted on: March 10, 2016

Emergency drill today near Thomas Nelson Community College

March 10, 2016 - There will be loud explosions and a simulated plane crash near Thomas Nelson Community College this morning. They're part of a training event. You may see police, emergency crews and military personnel in the area.

Posted on: March 8, 2016

City awarded $389,400 for Lynnhaven Lake retrofit

March 8, 2016 - Hampton will receive $389,400 from Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality for the Lynnhaven lake retrofit, a project designed to help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff in the Lynnhaven Lake area near Peninsula Town Center.
...Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2016

City takes first step towards transforming armory

March 4, 2016 – City officials have taken the first step towards transforming the 80-year-old Hampton Armory on North King Street into a craft brewery and entertainment venue called “The Vanguard.”

News release
Posted on: March 2, 2016

Public Works is always on pothole patrol

March 3, 2016 - You may not notice them until it's too late, but city crews are busy fixing potholes as soon as they show up.

Tyler Richardson, superintendent of bridge and street operations, said someone goes out every morning to check the roads and ...Read on...

Posted on: March 1, 2016

Input session for 2017 budget set for March 8

March 1, 2016 - What should be the city’s key spending priorities for the next fiscal year? The public is invited to an input session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 - in City Council chambers - on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.

News release
Posted on: February 26, 2016

Join fight against violence Wednesday at Hampton High

Feb. 26, 2016 - Hampton police have joined with Newport News police and the Virginia Unity Project to present "A Call to Action: The Power of Unity," on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at Hampton High School, 1491 West Queen St. 

Join the conve...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2016

Hampton pond is one of 8 urban fishing areas in Virginia

Feb. 26, 2016 - Armistead Pointe Pond near the Boo Williams sports complex at Armistead Pointe, has been stocked with hundreds of Steelhead and Rainbow trout and is now one of only eight “urban fishing areas” in Virginia.

News release
Posted on: February 26, 2016

Grand opening Monday for new neighborhood center

Feb. 26, 2016 – The community is invited to the grand opening Monday of the new Neighborhood Network Center at 125 Franklin St. The center is designed to fill the gap created when the Old Hampton Community Center, 201 Lincoln St., was closed.

News release
Posted on: February 24, 2016

Tornado watch issued until 9 p.m., school activities cancelled

Feb. 24, 2016 - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for this area from now until 9 p.m. tonight. Hampton City Schools have cancelled all after-school activities and athletics as severe weather, including rain and high winds, moves into...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2016

Sign up for Community Emergency Response Team training

Feb. 18, 2016 - Hampton's Emergency Management Office has a new CERT class starting March 3. Sign up now for nine weeks of training on everything from disaster preparedness to light search and rescue. Get a certificate of completion when classes are over.

More information
Posted on: February 18, 2016

Come talk about city's bike, pedestrian plans

Feb. 17, 2016 - What’s the best way to connect Hampton when it comes to biking and walking? That’s one of the questions that will be discussed on Feb. 23 when the Community Development Department, working with consultants Rhodeside & Harwell, holds a ...Read on...

More information
Posted on: February 17, 2016

Classes start March 30 for Citizens Fire Academy

Feb. 17, 2016 - Classes for the next Citizens fire Academy begin Wednesday March 30 from 7-9 p.m. Classes will continue each Wednesday evening through May 18, covering everything from engine company operations to vehicle extrication and an EMS training ov...Read on...

More information
Posted on: February 10, 2016

Hampton property values continue increasing

Feb. 10, 2016 - Hampton's properties increased in value last year, City Assessor Brian Gordineer told City Council Wednesday afternoon. He also said that home values overall stabilized after several years of decreases.

News release
Posted on: February 10, 2016

Council gets briefing on streamlined permitting process

Feb. 10, 2016 - At a briefing Wednesday City Council was told that centralizing Hampton’s development permitting into one place - the Development Services Center - has streamlined the process for developers and improved the city's response.

News release
Posted on: February 12, 2016

City prepares for snow Friday afternoon

Feb. 12, 2016 - Hampton’s Public Works Department continues to pretreat major roads and a liberal leave policy is in effect at City Hall as a winter storm prepares to drop 1-2 inches of snow on the area starting as early as noon.

News release
Posted on: February 5, 2016

Reminder: Schools, city offices closed for Presidents Day

Feb. 12, 2016 - City schools and offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. Trash pickup normally scheduled for that Monday will be made Wednesday, Feb. 17. Go online for the complete closing list.

Closing list
Posted on: February 11, 2016

Winter weather advisory issued for Friday

Feb. 11, 2016 - The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. Friday to 12 a.m Saturday. Hampton is expected to receive 1-2 inches of snow from a storm headed this way.

The advisory means that periods of snow will cause ...Read on...

Posted on: February 8, 2016

ivWatch earns Governor's Award for Science Innovation

Feb. 5, 2016 - ivWatch will receive one of Virginia's four 2016 Outstanding STEM Awards, announced Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard C. Conti. The company has announced it is moving its offices to Hampton. ...Read on...

Press release
Posted on: February 5, 2016

Langley credit union builds new Coliseum branch

Feb. 6, 2016 - Langley Federal Credit Union has begun construction on a new branch in Coliseum Central. Hampton Economic Development Director Leonard Sledge said the building maintains a premier branch in the city and opens up nearby land for development.

News release
Posted on: February 3, 2016

$60 million redevelopment planned for Riverdale Shopping Center

Feb. 3, 2016 – A national developer has acquired and plans to invest $60 million in renovations and redevelopment of the aging Riverdale Shopping Center in the Coliseum Central area. It will be renamed Riverpointe and anchored by a Kroger Marketplace.
Th...Read on...

Press Release
Posted on: February 3, 2016

Rain, wind forecast through the evening, morning

Feb. 3, 2016 - The National Weather Service in Wakefield says Hampton will see heavy rain by 6 p.m., turning to light rain by morning. Winds of 20-25 mph are forecast, with gusts of 40 mph. The city's Emergency Management Office is monitoring conditions.

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Recycling dropoff sites available

Hampton residents who live in apartments and want to benefit the environment have a new option: recycling dropoff sites. The city has three sites where people who don't get curbside recycling service can take their household recyclables.
Councilwoman Ter...Read on...

See map and hours.
Posted on: January 21, 2016

Hampton brings leaders together to improve outcomes for black males

Jan. 21, 2016 - Hampton, along with Cities United, will convene a regional symposium, “The Urgency of Now: Changing the Narrative for Black Males from Failure to Hope.” Teams from Hampton Roads’ seven core cities can hear first-hand from leaders from acro...Read on...

Full news release
Posted on: January 21, 2016

Sign up to become 2016 Neighborhood of the Year

Jan. 21, 2016 - It's not too late to sign up for to win the title of 2016 Neighborhood of the Year. It's part of the Neighborhood Awards Program, created to honor the efforts and initiatives of neighborhoods and individuals.

There are three categories...Read on...

More information, applications
Posted on: January 19, 2016

Health Insurance Enrollfest

Jan. 19, 2016 - Federal law requires people to have health insurance or they may face a penalty beginning this year. Learn about your options for insurance in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Get more information at www.celebratehealthcare.net.
...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: January 14, 2016

Party City, Moe's coming to Coliseum Crossing

Jan 14, 2016 - Party City and Moe's Southwest Grill are coming to Coliseum Crossing this year. In addition, the shopping center will undergo renovations and an expansion, including a new facade, sidewalks, landscaping and lighting.

More information
Posted on: January 14, 2016

You can still weigh in on Capital Improvement Plan

Jan. 15 2016 - If you missed the recent in-person meeting for residents to give input on the city’s future capital projects, you can still vote online. Go to www.hampton.gov/capitalsurvey to give city leaders your perspective.

Take the survey
Posted on: January 20, 2016

City preparing for snow, rain

Jan. 20, 2016 - Hampton officials, including Public Works, Police, Fire and the Department of Emergency Management, continue monitoring the weather and two storm systems that are expected to bring rain and snow to the region in the next few days.

News release
Posted on: January 11, 2016

City offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 11, 2016 - Schools and city offices are closed Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and there will be no regular trash pickup. Circuit and district court and state offices, will also be closed Friday, Jan. 15 for Lee-Jackson Day.

More information
Posted on: January 13, 2016

City gets nearly $100,000 from Homeland Security

Jan. 13, 2016 - Hampton has received nearly $100,000 in grants from the Department of Homeland Security to improve emergency preparedness and security. The money is part of approximately $6.5 million awarded to 100 projects statewide.

More information
Posted on: January 14, 2016

Party City, Moe's coming to Coliseum Crossing

Jan 14, 2016 - Party City and Moe's Southwest Grill are coming to Coliseum Crossing this year. In addition, the shopping center will undergo renovations and an expansion, including a new facade, sidewalks, landscaping and lighting.

More information
Posted on: January 12, 2016

New artistic director named for Hampton Arts

Jan. 12, 2016 - After a nationwide search, Richard M. Parison Jr. has been named artistic director of Hampton Arts. He will oversee artistic, theatre and educational programming at The American Theatre and The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center.

News release
Posted on: January 12, 2016

Support the American Red Cross blood drive Jan. 29

Jan. 12, 2016 - Support the American Red Cross and the city's blood drive by donating on Friday, Jan. 29 at from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Hall, 22 Lincoln St. Make an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org, using sponsor code "HamptonCity."

Parti...Read on...

More information
Posted on: January 11, 2016

Provide feedback on Capital Improvement Plan

Jan. 11, 2016 - Hear about future capital projects and provide feedback on spending proposals at a public meeting on the next Capital Improvement Plan: Thursday, Jan. 14, from 6-8 p.m., at Kecoughtan High School.

More information
Posted on: January 11, 2016

Applications being accepted for Citizen's Police Academy

Jan. 11, 2016 - The Hampton Police Division is accepting applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy, which begins February 8th and extends through May 2nd. Classes will be held each Monday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., for thirteen weeks.

More information
Posted on: January 6, 2016

Applications available for summer youth employment program

Jan. 6, 2016 - The city is accepting applications now for the Summer Youth Employment Program.

The program is open to young men and women who are residents of Hampton. Interested applicants must be 16 on or before June 1, 2016. The program is designed ...Read on...

More information, application
Posted on: January 4, 2016

Get valuable tips at workshop set for Feb. 8

Jan. 5, 2016 - Learn how to use reports from eVA - the state’s online procurement website - to grow your business and secure more contracts during a small business workshop on Monday, Feb. 8. The workshop will be held 9-11 a.m. in the Ruppert Sargent Buil...Read on...


Posted on: November 23, 2016

City manager's message to employees for Thanksgiving holiday

goodjob.jpg

Thanksgiving is a special time of year at which we celebrate our many blessings. It is all too easy to get caught up in the every day "hustle and bustle" of our very busy jobs and lives.

Manager's message
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Help provide holiday gifts to Hampton area youth

angel tree

Nov. 22, 2016 - Since 2009 the city has participated in the Angel Tree program, a program that gives back to more than 500 Hampton children each holiday season.

Employees are encouraged to participate by selecting an ornament from the Angel Trees located i...

Read on...

Posted on: November 10, 2016

Hampton's budget team wins international award for 17th time

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Nov. 9, 2016 - Hampton's budget team has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, an international awards program in governmental budgeting. This is the 17th time Hampton has won the award, presented locally Wednesday by City Council.
The awa...Read on...

Posted on: October 19, 2016

Where did the trees go? What's going on outside City Hall?

city hall

Oct. 19, 2016 - The lighting outside City Hall is getting a makeover to be more attractive, more energy-efficient and more flexible for color options.
In order to do that, Public Works will have to dig up the existing underground wiring and replace it. ...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Customer Delight program rewards employees providing great service

Customer Delight.jpg

April 5, 2016 - Have you seen a co-worker do a great job? Do you know someone in the city who goes out of their way – every day - to make customers happy? Don’t keep it to yourself. Say something about it and help us recognize the great work of city emplo...Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2016

Share your fun "Casual Monday" fall style and decorations

pumpkins

Oct. 31, 2016 – It’s Halloween and if you have dressed or decorated for the ghoulish occasion, share your photos with us.

On Friday, Oct. 28, City Manager Mary Bunting encouraged everyone to get in the spirit and “celebrate the change of season” by dre...Read on...

Photo gallery
Posted on: July 28, 2016

May - June 2016 New Hires, Promotions and Retirees

New Hires.jpg

We welcome, congratulate and wish well all of the May - June 2016 new hires, promotions and retirees!

New Hires:


  • Aavlon Haynes, Family Services Specialist Sr - Social Services - Admin
  • Allen R Hoilman, Curator - Hampton History Museum
  • Angela Leflett, Per...
Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2016

City Hall to get new ADA compliant signs

stairwell sign

The updated signs will replace most of the existing signs - that includes department, restroom, stairwell and floor signs. The new signs are ADA compliant, which means signs are required to be accessible to those with disabilities, typography to be certai...Read on...

ADA Standards for accessible design
Posted on: September 28, 2016

Customer Service Week

Employee Appreciation

During the first week in October, we recognize the importance of providing excellent customer service and learn to better carry out our message. Various opportunities will be offered that will help employees re-focus, re-dedicate, and continue making a di...Read on...

Learn more from City Manager Mary Bunting
Posted on: August 24, 2016

Hampton employees eligible for season pass for schools' athletic events

football stadium

Aug. 24, 2016 - Hampton city employees are eligible to purchase a special discounted, all-season, all-sport, all-game pass for Hampton City Schools athletic events.
Passes are $40, cash only. They will admit the pass holder to all regular season games (f...Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2015

Share your Hampton photos!

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Do you have Hampton photos you think would be good for our social media sites? We’d love to see everything from behind-the-scenes work to scenic Hampton photos. Send them to marketinginc@hampton.gov with a brief description and you just might see them po...Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

July 2016 New Hires, Promotions and Retirees

New Hires.jpg

We welcome, congratulate and wish well all of the July 2016 new hires, promotions and retirees!

New Hires:


  • Selene Guerrero, Marketing Outreach Manager - Marketing & Outreach
  • Laverne Spratley, Account Clerk I - City Treasurer
  • Marisa Bottorff, Police Recr...
Read on...

Posted on: July 26, 2016

School supply drive

backtoschool.jpg

Last year Healthy Families received enough donations from city employees and community partners to provide 155 Hampton children with backpacks full of necessary school items.

This year the demand is high and they are asking for specific items such as:...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2016

POSTPONED - Fire Extinguisher Training for City employees

fire extinguisher image

Training will be held at Station No. 9 located at 1590 Briarfield Road. Two classes will be offered per day at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and both sessions will last approximately two hours and encompass an in-class fire safety workshop and hands-on fire extinguis...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: June 14, 2016

Open enrollment for health insurance began June 13

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June 14, 20165 - It's time for Open Enrollment for Health Insurance. I have some great news to share about your health insurance premiums! Although Anthem BCBS has recommended a 7% increase in premiums this year, the City will be picking up 100% of the em...Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2016

Sign up now for the Mayor's Cup blood drive

Blood Drive.jpg

June 7, 2016 - Sign up now for the Mayor's Cup Blood Drive that will be held Thursday June 9 at City Hall, 22 Lincoln St., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and June 29 at the Ruppert Sargent Building, 1 Franklin St., from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the friendly competition...Read on...

More information
Posted on: April 13, 2016

Manager's Message: FY 2017 Budget

Budget.jpg

At this afternoon’s Council work session, I will be sharing highlights of the FY 2017 Manager’s Recommended Budget. I am pleased that there are some positive signs in the revenue, although we are not yet fully recovered from the housing market correction.

Read Full Message

Posted on: August 1, 2016

Watch video to learn more about the real estate appraiser and the assessment process

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This new video provides an overview of the role of the real estate appraiser and the assessment process.

Real Estate Appraiser Video
Posted on: April 28, 2016

Property Inspections Taking Place in Hampton

April 28, 2016 - During the Spring and Summer months, city real estate appraisers from the Office of the Assessor of Real Estate will continue a comprehensive field review program that began in 2006. View list of areas.

Additional Info...
Posted on: February 10, 2016

Hampton property values continue increasing

Feb. 10, 2016 - Hampton's properties increased in value last year, City Assessor Brian Gordineer told City Council Wednesday afternoon. He also said that home values overall stabilized after several years of decreases.

News release
Posted on: August 28, 2015

Assessor's annual report available online

Aug. 28, 2015 - The fiscal year 2016 annual report from the Office of the Assessor of Real Estate is available online. The 29-page report includes information about the value of Hampton real estate, real estate taxes, and transfers.

More information
Posted on: May 8, 2015

Office of the Assessor of Real Estate volunteer in Home Repair Bliz

Home Repair Blitz

Office of the Assessor of Real Estate department participated in the spring Habitat Housing Blitz on Saturday, May 2. This was the second year of participation for the city department.

This year the team assisted other groups at the Boys and Girls C...Read on...

More information on the Home Repair Bliz program
Posted on: January 28, 2015

Assessment news: City's land held value in 2014

Jan. 28, 2015 - The value of all taxable properties increased slightly in 2014, said City Assessor Brian Gordineer. The increase was less than one percent. Fiscal year 2016, beginning July 1, will see the first increase in taxable land values since 2010.

News release
Posted on: April 8, 2013

Office of the Assessor of Real Estate Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report

The revival of the annual report allows our team to share
information, advances and accomplishments, as well as future plans, with you.

Read more...

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Game Cancellation Hotline: (757) 727-6251

For information on game cancellations, please call (757) 727-6251


Posted on: June 18, 2013

Game Cancellation Hotline: (757) 727-6251

For information on game cancellations, please call (757) 727-6251


Posted on: June 18, 2013

Game Cancellation Hotline: (757) 727-6251

For information on game cancellations, please call (757) 727-6251


Posted on: July 18, 2016

Hampton native is new executive director of the Citizens' Unity Commission

Newby photo

Synetheia Newby, a native of Hampton with degrees in criminal justice and human resources management, is the new executive director of the Citizens’ Unity Commission. Newby, who previously served as youth violence prevention coordinator for the city, said...Read on...

News release
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Hampton named 25th most diverse city in U.S., especially economically

May 15, 2016 – Hampton is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, according to a recent study that considered social class, ethno-racial, economic and household diversity. The study, conducted by personal and business financial website Wallet...Read on...

News release
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Plan now to attend Unity Awards June 9 and recognize individuals, groups promoting diversity

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May 26, 2016 - The public is invited to the 2016 Unity Awards ceremony, recognizing individuals, groups and initiatives that have a positive impact on diversity in Hampton.

Winners include Freedom Life Church; Romy Singh, a regional franchise expert w...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

'Mini-grants' available for programs to help stop youth violence

July 10, 2015 - The City of Hampton is accepting applications for up to $10,000 in mini-grants that can be used for grassroots programs and activities designed to prevent youth violence.

News release
Posted on: May 7, 2015

Citizens' Unity Commission & partners host Civility Expressions contest

May 7, 2015 - Express civility your way: Tell or show what it means to promote more civility in our daily life. Enter an original essay, poem or artwork, or present a spoken word, musical presentation or dance, and you could win $100-$500.

The contest...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

City Council approves 2 live music permits, public pier in Phoebus

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Nov. 9, 2016 - Hampton City Council approved two live music permits, one for an established business that is moving and another for a new venture in the old Armory building at its Wednesday night meeting.
--The Comfort Zone, a restaurant and popular danc...Read on...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Police Chief tells City Council plan for increased focus on gun violence

Oct. 26, 2016 - Police Chief Terry Sult addressed City Council on Wednesday night, saying that his department was standing up a gun crime task force to focus additional resources on reducing violent crimes.
Sult noted that the last time he was before Cou...Read on...

Posted on: September 28, 2016

Council plans to delay animal control items listed on tonight's agenda

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Sept. 28, 2016 - City Council plans to defer two animal control items on its agenda, so there will be no vote tonight. Council members asked for more time for community input.
The city attorney's office is recommending a change that would enhance the enf...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Wallace named Distinguished Citizen, appointed to Development Authority

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Sept. 19, 2016 – Former Mayor George E. Wallace, who served Hampton for 38 years as both an employee and an elected official, has been awarded the city’s Distinguished Citizen Medal for his extraordinary service. The award, established in 1964, is roughly...Read on...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Council approves citizen-requested "no wake" in flooded neighborhoods

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July 13, 2016 - Hampton resident Carole Garrison had an idea last fall, after she tried to slow down cars and trucks zipping carelessly through her flooded neighborhood, pushing waters further toward homes. And Garrison isn't one to let go of a good idea....Read on...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Mayor Donnie Tuck, Councilman Jimmy Gray sworn in

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July 13, 2016 -- Donnie Tuck was sworn in as mayor, and Jimmy Gray officially joined Hampton City Council on July 13 in a ceremony that filled Council Chambers at City Hall.
Also sworn in were Council members: Linda Curtis, unanimously chosen by Council...Read on...

View photo gallery of 2016 swearing in ceremony
Posted on: April 5, 2016

'Grandfathering' for elderly tax exemptions; details for new applicants

Hampton City Council voted March 9, 2016 to allow low-income elderly and disabled homeowners who were already in the city’s tax exemption program on or before July 2013 to continue to receive tax exemptions.

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

Council briefed on Hampton Roads crossing alternatives

Dec. 9, 2015 - Hampton City Council was briefed Wednesday morning on some Virginia Department of Transportation options for relieving congestion at crossings in the region, including the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Announcing the Hampton Clean City Commission 2016 Award Winners

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The Hampton Clean City Commission is pleased to announce its 2016 award winners! Special thanks are due to Mayor Donnie Tuck and Vice Mayor Linda Curtis for presenting many of the awards.

Environmental Excellence Award winners are selected based on the...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Remarkable Tree Tours of Hampton offer a unique experience

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Oct. 28, 2016 - The Tree Tours subcommittee of the Hampton Clean City Commission wants to introduce Hampton residents to the remarkable trees that line our streets and parks by offering unique tree tours that take residents throughout the city.

The Cl...Read on...

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Posted on: September 20, 2016

What's Your Water Wish?

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What are your wishes and thoughts for our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay? Your "wish" may be for less pollution or litter; it may be for better habitat or perhaps you'd like to express your appreciation and love for the water... All those th...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2016

Recycling dropoff sites available

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Hampton residents who live in apartments and want to benefit the environment have a new option: recycling dropoff sites. The city has three sites where people who don't get curbside recycling service can take their household recyclables.
Councilwoman Ter...Read on...

See map and hours.

Posted on: September 24, 2015

Commissioner of the revenue receives award of excellence

Sept. 25, 2015 - Ross A. Mugler, Hampton's Commissioner of Revenue, received the Sam T. Barfield Award of Excellence this week at the annual conference of the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia.

Barfield was a longtime commissioner of...Read on...


Posted on: October 27, 2016

Bike, pedestrian plan draft developed; public hearings scheduled

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Oct. 28, 2016 – After studying the city’s bicycle and pedestrian network for nearly a year, the city – with the help of citizens and a consultant – has developed recommendations to “make active transportation a safe, convenient, and enjoyable experience i...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Project Update: Jun. 9 2016

Project updates were presented at the June 09, 2016 public input meeting. View the presentation and see the display boards.Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Project Update: Feb. 23, 2016

Project updates were presented at the February 23, 2016 public input meeting. View the presentation and see the display boards.Read on...


Posted on: March 16, 2016

Regulations Regarding Yard Sale Signs

Per City Code: Any private sign on public rights-of-way is prohibited and shall be subject to immediate removal, without notice. Please ensure all Yard Sale signs are on your own property only.

Online Permits & Inspections Center

Posted on: November 8, 2016

Neighborhoods: Join us for holiday decorating competition to benefit students

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Nov. 8, 2016 - Registered neighborhood organizations are invited to join a friendly competition to decorate community centers for the holidays -- and benefit local students.
Organizations will be given 10 decorative lighted balls and a location as close ...Read on...

Rules and forms
Posted on: March 26, 2015

Willow Oaks is Neighborhood of the Year

March 26, 2015 - Willow Oaks Recreational Association recently received the Neighborhood of the Year Award from Hampton’s Neighborhood Commission for the group’s inclusiveness, communication, support and continuous improvements in Willow Oaks.

The Rive...Read on...

Neighborhood Commission

Posted on: February 18, 2016

Come talk about city's bike, pedestrian plans

Feb. 17, 2016 - What’s the best way to connect Hampton when it comes to biking and walking? That’s one of the questions that will be discussed on Feb. 23 when the Community Development Department, working with consultants Rhodeside & Harwell, holds a ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

$95 million contract awarded for new Measurement systems Laboratory at NASA Langley

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Dec. 1, 2016 - A contract to build a laboratory at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has been awarded to W.M. Jordan Co. in Newport News by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The $95.6-million agreement is for construction of...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Governor announces 189 new jobs, $1.87 million investment in Hampton by Maximus

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Nov. 15, 2016 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that Maximus, a contractor of program management and administrative services for government agencies, will invest $1.87 million to establish a customer support center in Hampton. The new operation will ...

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Press Release
Posted on: October 3, 2016

Register now for FREE business seminars

Free Business Seminars

Oct. 03, 2016 – The business seminar series is sponsored by the City of Hampton’s Economic Development Department and designed to provide information in the critical areas that directly influence a business’s ability to succeed. The workshops are designed...Read on...

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Posted on: September 20, 2016

Barking Dog, Deadrise owners plan new restaurant in former feed store downtown

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Sept. 20, 2016 – The business partners who renovated a sandwich shop on Sunset Creek into the The Barking Dog - and a marina’s second story into the Fort Monroe seafood restaurant The Deadrise - plan a new Hampton restaurant, which was approved by the Eco...Read on...

News release
Posted on: September 9, 2016

Hampton negotiates deal for new Hyatt Place hotel near Coliseum, Convention Center

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Sept. 9, 2016 – A 109-room, $11.2 million Hyatt Place hotel is planned for the land that formerly housed the Motel 6, part of a strategy to increase tourism by boosting the city’s conference-quality hotel room count.

News release
Posted on: August 16, 2016

Armory brewpub-concert venue takes step forward

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Aug. 16, 2016 – Randy Thomas, an experienced contractor who has helped with the buildout of several breweries, says he expects a $3-million-plus brewery-restaurant-concert venue at the former Armory downtown will open by late summer or early fall of next ...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Hampton company awarded $800,000 in grants for research into wastewater treatment, space

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Aug. 3, 2016 - Pancopia Inc., a research and development company in Hampton, recently received a $750,000, Phase II Small Business Innovation Grant from the federal government to continue work on a prototype for wastewater treatment during space explorati...Read on...

News release
Posted on: July 19, 2016

Cultural grants funded by hotel tax go to Air & Space, Boo Williams Sportsplex

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July 19, 2016 - The Economic Development Authority authorized two grants totaling $419,304 for this fiscal year from a program funded by a hotel tax that supports facilities that attract tourists.
The Boo Williams Sportsplex, which attracts high school a...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2016

See why others "Choose Hampton" -- and why you should, too

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Hampton, a robust waterfront city in southeastern Virginia, has caught the attention of top businesses and developers from around the country. In fact, some of the most successful and innovative companies in their industries are investing in Hampton right...Read on...

Hear why businesses decided to Choose Hampton
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Hampton named 25th most diverse city in U.S., especially economically

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May 15, 2016 – Hampton is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, according to a recent study that considered social class, ethno-racial, economic and household diversity. The study, conducted by personal and business financial website Wallet...Read on...

News release
Posted on: May 27, 2016

Pelican's Snoballs of Hampton holds ribbon cutting to celebrate grand opening on May 27

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May 27, 2016 – Pelican’s Snoballs of Hampton officially celebrated its grand opening Friday, May 27, with a ribbon cutting at 2 pm. More than 40 community members, including Councilman Donnie Tuck, (in green T-shirt, above) attended the ceremony.

Peli...Read on...

News release
Posted on: June 8, 2016

Hampton honored as top supporter of engineering program at historically black colleges, universities

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June 8, 2016 - Hampton is the only municipality recently honored as a “top supporter” of engineering programs at one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. The nearly 100 organizations agencies honored includes NASA and IBM.

News release
Posted on: April 25, 2016

Minority Business Program sponsors QuickBooks workshop

April 25, 2016 - Hampton's Minority Business Program is sponsoring a workshop for beginning to intermediate small business users of Quickbooks. Setting up payroll, accounts and deposits are among that will be discussed.

Learn about making informed fina...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2016

New owner plans Mexican restaurant at Power Plant Parkway location

April 11, 2016 - Tres Perez LLC has chosen Hampton for its newest restaurant, La Parilla Mexican Grill. Located at 2100 Power Plant Parkway, the property sold for $950,000.

News release
Posted on: April 6, 2016

City to take broader look at business incubation

April 4, 2016 – The Economic Development Authority of the City of Hampton has decided to conduct further study before it decides whether to award a contract for business incubator support.

News release
Posted on: February 10, 2016

Streamlined permitting process helps developers, contractors

Feb. 10, 2016 - At a briefing Wednesday City Council was told that centralizing Hampton’s development permitting into one place - the Development Services Center - has streamlined the process for developers and improved the city's response.

News release
Posted on: February 8, 2016

ivWatch earns Governor's Award for Science Innovation

Feb. 5, 2016 - ivWatch will receive one of Virginia's four 2016 Outstanding STEM Awards, announced Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard C. Conti. The company has announced it is moving its offices to Hampton. ...Read on...

Press release
Posted on: February 5, 2016

Langley credit union builds new Coliseum branch

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Feb. 6, 2016 - Langley Federal Credit Union has begun construction on a new branch in Coliseum Central. Hampton Economic Development Director Leonard Sledge said the building maintains a premier branch in the city and opens up nearby land for development.

News release
Posted on: January 14, 2016

Party City, Moe's coming to Coliseum Crossing

Jan 14, 2016 - Party City and Moe's Southwest Grill are coming to Coliseum Crossing this year. In addition, the shopping center will undergo renovations and an expansion, including a new facade, sidewalks, landscaping and lighting.

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Get valuable tips at workshop set for Feb. 8

Jan. 5, 2016 - Learn how to use reports from eVA - the state’s online procurement website - to grow your business and secure more contracts during a small business workshop on Monday, Feb. 8. The workshop will be held 9-11 a.m. in the Ruppert Sargent Buil...Read on...

Posted on: December 21, 2015

Grand openings downtown and in Phoebus

Dec. 21, 2015 - Glazed Doughnuts a unique downtown shop, and Studio 9 a Phoebus coworking space, had grand openings last week.

Posted on: December 11, 2015

St. George Brewing Co. wins top honors at Veer awards

Dec. 11, 2015 - St. George Brewing Co. in Hampton received five top awards at the 2015 Veer Magazine Golden Tap Awards Ceremony Dec. 8.

They won gold awards for their Nut Brown Ale in the American Amber and brown Ale category, for their Winter Scotch A...Read on...

Veer magazine
Posted on: November 17, 2015

Faneuil adding up to 200 jobs in Hampton

Nov. 19, 2015 - Faneuil Inc., a provider of customer care to government and commercial organizations nationwide, has been retained by Washington Gas to provide customer service, billing, and credit and collections support. The agreement will add nearly 20...Read on...

Washington Gas news release
Posted on: November 12, 2015

Hampton is looking for new proposals to help startups

Nov. 12, 2015 - Hampton's Economic Development Department is looking for proposals to help startups and second-stage companies. Use the link below to get more information on the effort.

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Posted on: October 19, 2015

Governor announces new enterprise zone in Hampton

Oct. 19, 2015 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced five new Virginia Enterprise Zones Monday, including a zone in Hampton designed to support job creation and private investment.

News release
Posted on: August 28, 2015

Virginia gets $1.8 to mitigate impact of Defense cuts

Aug. 28, 2015 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Virginia has received $1.8 million in grant money for a third year of the Going Global Defense Initiative, which is administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

TE Connectivity invests $9 million, adds 66 jobs at Hampton subsidiary

Aug. 12, 2015 - The governor’s office announced today that TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest $9 million and add 66 new jobs to expand operations at its Hampton-based subsidiary, Measurement Specialties Inc.

“Building the technology and advanced manufact...Read on...

Governor's announcement
Posted on: June 15, 2015

AMSEC renews long-term lease, plans to upgrade at NetCenter

June 16, 2015 – AMSEC LLC, which provides technical services, IT solutions and more to the U.S. Navy and various Defense Department and commercial clients, has renewed its lease and is upgrading its offices at the NetCenter on Mercury Boulevard.

News release
Posted on: May 11, 2015

Hampton firm named Emerging Global Entrepreneur by White House

May 11, 2015 - Aazia Mickens Dessaso, founder of FreePing, a client at the Peninsula Technology Incubator in Hampton, is one of five people to be named an Emerging Global Entrepreneur by the White House and Small Business Administration.

Thomas Flake, ...Read on...

White House news release on Global Entrepreneurs
Posted on: April 8, 2015

Cosentino expands Hampton facility serving Northeast

April 8, 2015 – Cosentino, an international producer of quartz and other stone surfaces used in homes and businesses worldwide, is expanding its multi-million dollar distribution center in Hampton.

News release
Posted on: March 17, 2015

Coliseum Central Master Plan is being updated

March 17, 2014 - The Coliseum Central Master Plan is being updated to respond to changes in the economy, the community, and city priorities. Go online to see, comment on some of the ideas.

Keep in mind that the master plan is a guide, and the prelimina...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2015

Eagle Enterprises acquires commercial office building in Hampton

Eagle Enterprises, Inc. c/o Golden Eagle Realties LLC has officially acquired the commercial office building located at 2503 58th Street, Hampton VA from ACGVA Properties, LLC. Eagle Enterprises has been a lease tenant at the property for more than 5 year...Read on...

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

Residents urged to get ready, plan ahead during National Preparedness Month

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Aug. 31, 2016 - September is National Preparedness Month, and residents are being reminded that we all must take action and prepare for the different emergencies - from hurricanes to tornadoes, wildfires or flooding - that could affect us.

The overal...Read on...

Visit www.ready.gov/september for more information
Posted on: June 10, 2016

New flood maps may require homeowners to get flood insurance

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June 10, 2016 - New maps that should more accurately assess the risk of flooding went into effect in Hampton last month. Homeowners whose property is now in a potential flood zone may be hearing from their insurance or mortgage company that they need to p...Read on...

More information on flooding and flood safety
Posted on: June 6, 2016

Prepare now for hurricane season

May 24, 2016 - Hurricane season starts June 1, and May 22-28 is Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week in Virginia. Go online to Ready Virginia to learn about storm surge risks, pet preparedness, flooding insurance, preparing an emergency kit and more.

Ready Virginia
Posted on: February 18, 2016

Sign up for Community Emergency Response Team training

Feb. 18, 2016 - Hampton's Emergency Management Office has a new CERT class starting March 3. Sign up now for nine weeks of training on everything from disaster preparedness to light search and rescue. Get a certificate of completion when classes are over.

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

High tide, flooding are biggest weekend concerns

Oct. 2, 2015 - High tide about 1:15 p.m. Friday is expected to bring serious flooding, covering several roads in low-lying areas, including creeks and rivers. Early-morning high tide caused minor flooding to some roads about 12:45 a.m. Friday, Hampton pol...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2015

City manager declares state of emergency in Hampton

Oct. 1, 2015 - Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting declared a state of emergency - effective at 8:30 a.m. today - due to the rain, wind and flooding caused by the "2015 nor'easter" and Hurricane Joaquin.

According to the declaration: the storms...Read on...


Posted on: February 4, 2016

Employee Spotlight: Montrez White

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How did you come to work for the city?

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What is your role in your department?

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What’s your favorite aspect of your job?

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What would people never guess you do in your job?

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Tell us about your background, your family, hobbies, etc.

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

Information about the Zika virus

April 14, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control recently updated their prediction model of the Zika Virus’ threat in the U.S. from 12 states to 30 states, including Virginia.

Although there is no certainty of the virus establishing itself in the U.S....Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Mosquito spraying in Beach Road, Foxbridge, Buckroe areas

June 11, 2015 - The Environmental Services Division will spray for mosquitoes from truck mounted Ultra Low Volume (ULV) machines in the Beach Road/Hall Road, Foxbridge and Buckroe areas tonight, due to high mosquito trap counts and requests to 311.

More information on Environmental Services

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Fire & Rescue gets top services rating

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April 4, 2016 - The Division of Fire & Rescue would like to proudly announce that our new Insurance Services Office "class 1" rating is in effect as of April 1. The Division thanks our members, city officials, and others who helped reach thi...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2016

Classes start March 30 for Citizens Fire Academy

Feb. 17, 2016 - Classes for the next Citizens fire Academy begin Wednesday March 30 from 7-9 p.m. Classes will continue each Wednesday evening through May 18, covering everything from engine company operations to vehicle extrication and an EMS training ov...Read on...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Civil War Curator Explores Victorian Christmas Traditions in Talk at Hampton History Museum

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Victorian Christmas traditions, how the holiday was celebrated during the Civil War, and how 19th century festivities shaped our contemporary observance of Christmas are explored in an illustrated lecture presented by Cathy Wright, curator at Richmond’s A...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Holiday Market at the Hampton History Museum offers more than just unique gifts

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Nov. 22, 2016 - Featuring unique vendors and taking place at the Hampton History Museum, the Hampton Holiday Market features arts and traditional crafts, demonstrations, food, entertainment, holiday ornament making, face painting, a train display, and muc...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

John Smith’s Maps: Icons of American Memory

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John Smith’s map of Virginia, published in 1612, is the foundational map of Virginia. It was the first to depict accurately Virginia’s Tidewater region, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, and portions of present day Maryland, Penns...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

Winter Whimsy at the Hampton Carousel

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Dec. 1, 2016 - Make new holiday memories while enjoying festively adorned horses and the historic Hampton Carousel decked out for the season, along with special carousel Christmas music. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, visitors will receive a free candy cane and ...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

In Layman Terms

Logan and Cole Layman

Cole and Logan Layman have grown up making music together. They are both multi-instrumentalists and write original music. They are young, passionate, and love blues and jazz. Their unique and diverse sound ranges from gritty, foot-stomping acoustic work, ...

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Photo Exhibit ‘Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan’ through Jan. 29

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Sept. 17, 2016 - “Weapons Platoon: A Marine’s Life in Afghanistan,” an exhibition of photographs with accompanying hand-written journal entries by the photo subjects, is on display at the Hampton History Museum.

On loan from the National Museum of the ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Exhibit: Arrival of the First Africans

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Drawing on the latest research, the exhibit tells the story of the Africans’ home in Angola, how they came to be enslaved aboard a Spanish slave ship San Juan Bautista, the terrible 10,000 nautical mile voyage that brought them to Virginia, and thei...

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Posted on: May 15, 2012

Sheriff B.J. Roberts, 69th President of the National Sheriffs’ Association

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Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts was sworn in as the 69th president of the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) on Wednesday, June 30 at the 70th Annual NSA Summer Conference in Anaheim, California. The NSA was chartered in 1940 and is involved in a number of...Read on...


Posted on: September 2, 2015

WIC: Call for an appointment or stop by our offices

Sept. 2, 2015 - Call to set up an appointment if you are pregnant, postpartum (less than six months) breastfeeding or have a child under the age of five. You may be eligible to receive free fruits, vegetables and other foods.

In addition to food suppl...Read on...

Online application

Posted on: October 1, 2014

There are no outages at this time.

If you need technical support, please email the IT Help desk at ithelp@hampton.gov.


Posted on: June 24, 2016

Adopt An Airman

The Welcome Home to Hampton program is designed to provide Airmen with an avenue to form new friendships in the local community and gather support beyond the formal work environment. If you can remember when you first left behind the comfort and security ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Neighborhood Award winners announced

April 25, 2016 - Hampton’s Neighborhood Commission recently announced the residents or groups who were honored this year in the “You Make A Difference” program for their work and dedication to creating vibrant, healthy neighborhoods in the city.

News release

Posted on: December 5, 2016

Holly Days: Operation North Pole, a fun way to celebrate the holidays in Hampton

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Dec. 5, 2016 -  Let the joy of the holiday season take over at Holly Days: Operation North Pole. Enjoy the "North Pole" at this brand new winter event to be held Thursday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 10 at Carousel Park. 

Visitors will enjoy fr...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Operation Winter Break, a fun program for youth and teens, is open for registration

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Nov. 22, 2016 - Operation Winter Break is an exciting and activity filled program for children ages 6 to 15 at various community centers. The program runs during most of the Hampton City Schools' winter break dates, Thursday, Dec. 22 to Friday, Dec. 30, (...

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Posted on: November 8, 2016

Neighborhoods: Join us for holiday decorating competition to benefit students

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Nov. 8, 2016 - Registered neighborhood organizations are invited to join a friendly competition to decorate community centers for the holidays -- and benefit local students.
Organizations will be given 10 decorative lighted balls and a location as close ...Read on...

Rules and forms
Posted on: October 14, 2016

Bluebird Gap Farm has been named one of the top petting zoos in the nation

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Oct. 14, 2016 - Hampton’s Bluebird Gap Farm has been named one of the best petting zoos in the country by AmericanTowns Media, a technology and media content company in Westport, Conn.

AmericanTowns noted that at Bluebird Gap Farm - ranked 10 out of 11...Read more »

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Posted on: September 28, 2016

Paralympics gold medalist to headline Adapted Sports Day on Saturday

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Sept. 28, 2016 - To promote adaptive sport and physical activity awareness for everyone, are hosting an Adaptive Sports Day on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Fort Monroe Community Center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Adaptive Sports Day is a free event with Paralympians, w...Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Hampton offering grants to help groups start new events showcasing the city

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July 15, 2016 – The city wants to help fund new one-day events that build community and attract visitors by enhancing the quality of life and encouraging people to “Choose Hampton.”

Hampton is building on a model popularly called “Love Your City,” whic...Read on...

News release
Posted on: December 10, 2015

Buckroe Fishing Pier renamed in honor of retiring Parks director

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Dec. 10, 2015 - Hampton City Council Wednesday renamed the Buckroe Fishing Pier to the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier in honor of the city's Parks and Recreation director (shown above with his wife Elizabeth and Mayor George Wallace). Wilson is retiring Jan...Read on...


Posted on: October 6, 2016

Planning Commission backs requests for Armory, Comfort Zone, Phoebus pier

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Oct. 6, 2016 - The Hampton Planning Commission endorsed two measures that would allow the former National Guard Armory building at 504-520 N. King Street to become a brewpub, distillery and concert venue. The commission approved a change in zoning to allo...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2015

Coliseum Central Master Plan is being updated

March 17, 2014 - The Coliseum Central Master Plan is being updated to respond to changes in the economy, the community, and city priorities. Go online to see, comment on some of the ideas.

Keep in mind that the master plan is a guide, and the prelimina...Read on...


Posted on: November 14, 2016

Police begin program to help autistic, Alzheimer patients, others considered "vulnerable"

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Nov. 14, 2016 - The Hampton Police Division is launching a pilot program Called “A Safer Hampton Roads” that’s designed to improve the safety of “vulnerable” residents - people with autism, developmental delays, cognitive disorders such a dementia or Alzh...

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News release
Posted on: July 21, 2016

Police plan another 'Look, Listen, Call' training session and walk on July 27

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July 21, 2016 - Hampton Police will sponsor another "Look, Listen, Call" training and fun run/walk on Wednesday, July 27, at Armstrong Elementary School.

The idea is for police to get together with local residents for a quick, 15-minute trai...Read more »


Posted on: August 29, 2016

ABC Virginia Auto Auction

ABC Virginia Auto Auction is the city's designated company for automotive equipment sales & disposal of light duty vehicles.

Call (757) 487-3464 or visit the company's website for more information.Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2014

Motley’s Auction & Realty Group

Call (804) 232-3300 or visit the company's website for more information.


Posted on: November 2, 2016

City employees show students career options during 2016 Transportation Expo

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Nov. 2, 2016 - City employees were on hand and opportunity was the keyword Wednesday when hundreds of high school students came to the Hampton Roads Convention Center for the Hampton Roads Transportation Career Expo.

Designed to expose students to car...Read on...

Photo album
Posted on: July 27, 2016

Drainage project under way to relieve flooding in Merrimac Shores neighborhood

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July 27, 2016 - Work continues on a new Public Works drainage project in the Merrimac Shores neighborhood. The project is designed to divert stormwater under the roadway instead of across it, helping to reduce flooding that frequently blocks Catesby Jones...Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Residents asked to help environment by keeping grass clippings out of storm system

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July 15, 2016 - Residents are being asked by the city’s Public Works Department to help keep grass clippings and other organic material out of the storm sewer system. “Keeping the system clean not only saves our residents money, but helps make our parks,...Read more »

News release
Posted on: January 27, 2016

Recycling dropoff sites available

Jan. 27, 2016 - Hampton residents who live in apartments and want to benefit the environment have a new option: recycling dropoff sites. The city has three sites where people who don't get curbside recycling service can take their household recyclables.
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Posted on: October 22, 2015

Call before you dig

Oct. 23, 2015 - Hampton's Public Works Department reminds residents, contractors and others that they need to call va811.com, also known as Miss Utility, before they do any kind of excavation or digging.

Calling 811, or 1-800-552-7001, before work beg...Read on...

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Posted on: June 23, 2015

Check for standing rainwater to reduce mosquito population

June 22, 2015 – Hampton’s Environmental Services Division wants residents to police their yards for standing rainwater to help reduce the area’s Asian Tiger mosquito population.

News release

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Residents asked to help environment by keeping grass clippings out of storm system

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July 15, 2016 - Residents are being asked by the city’s Public Works Department to help keep grass clippings and other organic material out of the storm sewer system. “Keeping the system clean not only saves our residents money, but helps make our parks,...Read more »

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Posted on: June 9, 2016

Mosquito spraying: trucks will be in the Saunders, Semple Farm Road areas, Phoebus, Buckroe areas

June 9, 2016 - Environmental Services will use trucks to spray for mosquitoes this evening in the Saunders and Semple Farm roads areas and Phoebus and Buckroe areas. Residents can call 311 (727-8311 from a cell phone) to request that an area be sprayed.

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Posted on: June 15, 2016

Truck-mounted mosquito spraying in Elizabeth Lakes, Riverdale, Deerfield Blvd.,Gilbert St.

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June 15, 2016 - Environmental Services will conduct truck-mounted spraying for mosquitoes this evening in the Elizabeth Lakes and Riverdale communities, north and south Deerfield Boulevard, north and south Gilbert Street and the North Wythe area.

Posted on: June 14, 2016

Truck-mounted spraying for mosquitoes continues in Todd's Lane, Briarfield Road residential areas

June 14, 2016 - The Environmental Services Division of Public Works will conduct truck-mounted spraying for mosquitoes this evening in residential areas between Todd’s Lane and Briarfield Road west of Power Plant Parkway.

Posted on: April 13, 2016

Information about the Zika virus

April 14, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control recently updated their prediction model of the Zika Virus’ threat in the U.S. from 12 states to 30 states, including Virginia.

Although there is no certainty of the virus establishing itself in the U.S....Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2015

Mosquito Control Team going door-to-door to offer tips

July 24, 2015 - Hampton’s Mosquito Control Team will begin going door-to- door next week to offer yard inspections, tips, and advice on reducing the number of mosquitoes around your home. They will also talk about the best ways to protect yourself from mo...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Spraying for mosquitoes in Grimes Road, Willow Oaks, Southampton areas

July 9, 2015 - Weather permitting, Environmental Services will use trucks to spray for mosquitoes after dusk tonight in the Grimes Road, Willow Oaks and Southampton areas. The spraying is a response to 311 calls, field reports and high trap counts.

Posted on: June 17, 2015

City sprays for mosquitoes tonight after dusk

July 8, 2015 - Weather permitting, the city will use trucks to spray for mosquitoes tonight in response to 311 calls, field reports and trap counts. The Harris Creek, Colonial Acres, Shell Road and deaf and blind school areas will be sprayed.

Posted on: June 17, 2015

City will spray for mosquitoes tonight after dusk

July 1, 2015 - Weather permitting, the city will use trucks to spray for adult mosquitoes tonight in response to field reports, high trap counts and calls to 311.

Areas to be sprayed include Clemwood Parkway, south and north King Street, around lower ...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Mosquito spraying in Harris Creek, Hall Road, Thomas Street areas

June 30, 2015 - Weather permitting, the city will spray for adult mosquitoes in the Harris Creek, Beach Road/Hall Road, Seldendale/Thomas Street areas tonight. Spraying is prompted by field reports, 311 requests and high trap counts.

Posted on: June 23, 2015

Check for standing rainwater to reduce mosquito population

June 22, 2015 – Hampton’s Environmental Services Division wants residents to police their yards for standing rainwater to help reduce the area’s Asian Tiger mosquito population.

News release
Posted on: June 17, 2015

Mosquito spraying in Harris Creek, Grist Mill, Beach Road areas

June 17, 2015 - Weather permitting, the city will spray for adult mosquitoes in the Harris Creek, Beach Road/Hall Road, Seldendale/Thomas Street and Grist Mill/Hampshire Glenn areas tonight. Spraying is prompted by 311 requests and high trap counts.

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Mosquito spraying in Beach Road, Foxbridge, Buckroe areas

June 11, 2015 - The Environmental Services Division will spray for mosquitoes from truck mounted Ultra Low Volume (ULV) machines in the Beach Road/Hall Road, Foxbridge and Buckroe areas tonight, due to high mosquito trap counts and requests to 311.

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

Truck-mounted mosquito spraying starts in June

May 28, 2015 - Just in case you missed them, the mosquitoes are back. The Environmental Services Division has been busy looking for breeding areas across Hampton, and truck-mounted, ultra-low voltage spraying starts in June.

News release

Posted on: October 20, 2016

Virginia voter registration deadline extended to Oct. 21

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Oct. 20, 2016 - Virginia voters can register to vote for this year's presidential election through Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, according to a federal judge's ruling. The original deadline was Monday, but so many people tried to register that the state's websit...Read on...

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Posted on: June 29, 2016

Free Voter ID card available at Registrar's office

Anyone who wants to vote in Virginia must have to have a valid photo identification card. Any Hampton resident who doesn’t have a valid ID can get one for free at the Voter Registrar’s office.
State law says that a valid photo ID can include: a Virginia ...Read more »

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