News Briefs for Dec. 2

Chesapeake Wealth Management (CWM) recently announced that President John Sadler will be stepping down from his role by the end of 2023 and returning to practicing law. Sadler has been the face of Chesapeake Wealth Management for nearly 12 years

“John has brought such a high level of professionalism to CWM during his tenure,” said Jeff Szyperski, Chairman, CEO, and President of Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Financial Shares. “Excellent client service and responsiveness has always been his priority and he has made it a priority of the firm.  We all wish him nothing but the best in the next leg of his professional life.”

Chesapeake Wealth Management will have Beth Swartz, current Investment Services Manager and Senior Vice President, serve as interim president. Swartz has been with CWM for 8 years and she has been employed in investment services for 37 years.

CWM said it is actively searching for a successor.

James City County Launches Email Notification Service for Public Meeting Documents

James City County announced the launch of a new email notification service that alerts subscribers when public meeting documents become available. According to the county, this service improves transparency and provides easy access to meeting agendas, minutes and other related documents.

To sign up, visit the Agendas and Minutes page on the county’s website and click the “subscribe” button. Users can choose all public meetings or only the ones that match their interests. For more information, contact Teresa Saeed, Deputy Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, at 757-253-6609 or

James City County Personal Property and Real Estate Taxes Due Dec. 5

James City County reminds residents that personal property and real estate tax bills have been mailed and are due Tuesday, Dec. 5. Those who have not received a tax bill are asked to call the Treasurer’s Office at 757-253-6705. Taxes are still due even if a bill was not received.

Bills can be paid online at, in person or in a drop box at:

By mail through the County’s lockbox service:

  • James City County, PO Box 844637, Boston, MA 02284-4637

If paying by debit or credit card, either in person, online, or by telephone, a 2.95% convenience fee will be applied at the time of payment. Payments online by e-Check (ACH) will not incur a fee.

For more information, call 757-253-6705 or visit the website.

NAMI Mid-Tidewater Offering Family-to-Family Education Program

The Mid-Tidewater affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is once again offering the Family-to-Family Education Program. Established more than 20 years ago, Family-to-Family has helped more than 300,000 family members of people living with mental illness.

The free eight-session online course for family members is taught by other family members who have received intensive training for its presentation.

Class topics include:

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
  • Problem-solving, listening, and communication techniques.
  • Acquiring strategies for handling mental health crises and relapse.
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver:  coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand mental health services.

The classes will be held online on Tuesdays starting Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. for eight weeks.

There is no charge for the program, but registration is required. To register or for more information, e-mail (preferred) or call 804-684-1480 and leave a message for call back.

Create a Safe Driving Jingle for the Holidays

Virginia teens are being encouraged to jingle their way to a safe holiday by creating a safe driving song or tune for a statewide competition and a chance to win cash prizes of up to $500.

The Jingle Your Way to a Safe Holiday: Buckle Up and Celebrate Responsibly Contest is happening now across the Commonwealth. The contest, sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), State Farm, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), is an effort to reduce teen fatalities during what has become a high-risk period for young drivers.

The competition is open to Virginia youth ages 11-19 and involves developing a safe driving jingle (short song or tune) that promotes traffic safety and the holiday campaign theme. Teens are encouraged to enter the contest individually and/or as part of a school club or youth group.

Jingle entries must be in video format and no more than 30 seconds in length. Submissions are due to YOVASO by Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m. The top six jingles in the middle and high school division, as selected by YOVASO staff, will be shared on the Holiday Campaign landing page for public voting Dec. 11-14. The winning jingle in both divisions will be announced on Dec. 15 and will be shared on social media throughout the Christmas holiday to remind students to buckle up and drive safely.
The winning jingle in the high school division will receive a $500 cash prize; second place will receive $200 and third will receive $100. The winning middle school jingle will receive $200 with second place being awarded $100 and third place $50. All prizes are made possible by a grant from State Farm. For the official jingle guidelines, winner selection process, and prize information, visit the YOVASO website or Holiday Campaign Page.

City of Williamsburg Chosen as One of the Top Digital Cities in the US 

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) announced the winners of its 2023 Digital Cities Survey, and the City of Williamsburg placed sixth in the United States of populations less than 75,000. 

Now in its 23rd year, the annual survey is recognizing cities utilizing technology to strengthen cybersecurity; to enhance transparency, digital privacy rights, and digital equity; and to find innovative ways to support solutions for social challenges facing cities today. 

This year, the city noted it was recognized for its emphasis on providing the best experience it can for its residents through the expansion of broadband service; the improvement of the cellular backbone used by the police, fire and emergency services; and the strengthening of the City’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare program by identifying and mapping the frequent 911 callers. 

Read the full news release and more about the City of Williamsburg’s achievement on the Digital Communities website.

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg

From left: Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg member Phil Emerson, Bill Schermerhorn, Club President Lynne Williams. (Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg)

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg recently welcomed Bill Schermerhorn, creative director for Colonial Williamsburg’s (CW) signature events, as its regular lunch meeting speaker.

Schermerhorn, who has served in the role at CW for seven years, told members that he is always mindful of historical accuracy and educational value in planning events for visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, which remains one of America’s most popular tourist destinations.

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg meets every Wednesday at noon at the Williamsburg Lodge.

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