Go vote! – Polls are open on Nov. 6, 2012 from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Do you know what's on the ballot? Voters will decide far more than just the next President of the United States. Visit the James City County Voter Registrar's Office website to make sure you are ready.
On Election Day, be sure to follow the County on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day for news from the polls and get local election results after the votes are counted. Not on social media? Tune in to JCC TV on Cox Cable Channel 48 and on the County's website for the results.
Dust off the rake – Between Nov. 5 and 19 and Jan. 2 and 14, County residents may drop off leaves for free at the Jolly Pond Convenience Center, 1204 Jolly Pond Rd., daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Leaves will only be accepted in clear bags 40 gallons or less. Leaves from commercial lawn service companies will be accepted with a letter from the resident containing the resident's name, address and telephone number.
The County's only round of curbside leaf collection begins Dec. 3. Details can be found online or in an upcoming issue of e-FYI.
Only rain in the drain! – Dumping leaves and grass clippings on the street or in storm drains can obstruct the flow of water through the stormwater system, increasing the risk of flooding during storm events. This can result in costly property damage to homeowners and increases the nutrient load of streams and rivers which decreases oxygen content, harming aquatic wildlife.
The best thing to do is to simply leave grass clippings, branches and fallen leaves right there on your lawn as natural compost. If you still want to remove yard waste from your property, check out the County's leaf collection options.
Celebrate America Recycles Day – To mark the occasion, askHRgreen.org, with support from Synergy Recycling, will host two electronics recycling events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Home Depot in Newport News and Nov. 17 at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.
Residents and businesses can bring up to one pickup truck full of electronics during this time period, or until the trailer is full. Document shredding by Stealth Shredding also will be offered. Visit askHRgreen.org for more information.
Got leaks? – Daylight saving time ends on Nov. 4. Don't forget to change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries and check for leaks. Unseen or unfixed, leaks can drip hundreds, even thousands, of gallons of water wastefully down the drain.
For more information on how you can conserve water, visit the County’s Be Water Smart website.
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