Hello from new community services officer Alan McDowell

I am excited to let you know I am your Police Department Community Services Officer!

I cover Zone 4 in James City County, and Ford’s Colony is in my assigned area.

The Community Services Unit (CSU) is comprised of Community Services Officers and a supervisor. Each officer is responsible for one of five geographical areas of the County (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5). CSU focuses on community policing and crime prevention efforts and activities. Our goal is to collaborate with citizens to improve crime prevention effectiveness and improve community-police relationships to reduce and prevent crime. To learn more about the programs and services offered to you and your community, please visit our website or contact me at Alan.McDowell@jamescitycountyva.gov or (757) 603-6026.

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Ford’s Colony seeks new GM

Ford’s Colony Country Club will be getting a new general manager.

David Ford announced his resignation as of July 2 to become the regional general manager at River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va. In that capacity as Club Corp’s regional GM, Ford said in a letter to membership that he would make frequent return trips to Ford’s Colony.

While the club searches for Ford’s replacement, Mike Krick, Ford’s Colony’s director of operations, will serve as interim general manager.

Fun on the Williamsburg 4th!

Fireworks soaring above the Governor’s Palace

It’s true. July 4th fireworks just look and feel brighter and better in Williamsburg!

The annual chills-inducing Independence Day highlight is Colonial Williamsburg’s evening celebration launched from behind the Governor’s Palace. 

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, a performance by the CW Fifes and Drums, patriotic sing-a-longs and of course the awesome, bursting fireworks above the Palace Green.

That performance caps a full day that starts with the Fifes and Drums and young Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration off the Capitol West Balcony at 9:30 a.m. That’s followed by a salute to the original 13 states with a display of each state’s flag amid cannon and musket fire.

At 1:30 p.m. visitors and history buffs can meet and talk with one of our many “Nation Builders” enactors at the Charlton Stage.

Following that at 3:30 p.m. will be a performance of “Created Equal,” an exploration of African American perspectives on the Declaration, the revolutions it inspired and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America.

Check all these details and more 4th of July goings-on at visitwilliamsburg.com.

Yorktown also features a full day of events beginning at 8 a.m. with an 8K run and a 5K walk before by a parade along Main and Water Streets.

Enjoy music, the beach, the American Revolution museum and shopping, then close the evening with a patriotic concert, bell ringing and brilliant fireworks over the York River.

Visityorktown.org has all the information about a fun day on the 4thin Yorktown.

New recycling: Remember these rules

With a new curbside recycling company, TFC Recycling, stepping in July 1 in James City County, it’s a good time to revisit some helpful rules of recycling to make the process go smoothly. 

The most important of all is knowing what is acceptable for the recycling program and what is not, so let this info from the county’s website help:

ACCEPTABLE — plastic bottles and jugs, cardboard, mixed paper, metal cans, glass bottles and jars. All other items are considered contamination to the recycling stream. 

Remember, it is NOT necessary to crush cans before placing them in the recycling bin. Yes, that saves space, but the Aluminum Association notes crushing cans may actually make cans harder to sort at the recycling center. 

Plastic jugs MAY be crushed, and metal bottle caps are OK. Plastic caps are not.

NOT ACCEPTABLE: plastic bags! (Take them to a grocery store that has marked bins for plastic bags out front), light bulbs, stretch wrap, pizza boxes, food waste, yard waste, diapers (please, no!) and long items that tangle such as rope, carpet, hoses, wire and Christmas lights. 

Bins with visible contaminants will not be emptied. Also, the county asks that you do not leave items such as cardboard on the curb outside of the bin. It won’t be picked up.

If you haven’t received your new bin, it should arrive this week. 

Residents may recycle for free through September. They may opt-out of the monthly $7 program as of October 1. 

The county has produced this video to help explain the recycling program.

New Price on Golf and Waterfront home at 111 Gullane

New Price on 111 Gullane in Ford’s Colony
Now Offered at $525,000!

4 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath | 4,338 SQ FT

Exceptional views of a beautiful pond and hole #13 of the Blackheath golf course are here. You will love this elegant, impeccably maintained all-brick golf and waterfront home on a peaceful, private lot.

Features include:
• Great room with fireplace, golf views and access to the deck.
• Spacious kitchen features tons of cabinet and work spaces, and walk-in pantry.
• Breakfast bay and sun room with golf and water views.
• Dining and living room both offer bay windows.
• Generous first floor master suite with gorgeous views, two huge walk-in closets and en-suite bath.
• Additional features: great utility room with storage and sink, walk-in attic storage, central vacuum, fresh paint in many rooms, wired for a generator, cedar closet.

Don’t miss this incredible home.

For more information, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com.

JUST LISTED – 101 Waterton

Just listed in Ford’s Colony
101 Waterton

5 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath | 4,400 SQ FT
Offered at $719,000.

You will find uncommon quality and a fabulous value in this all-brick Charlie Ross custom-built home located in the exclusive MacGregor Downs section of Ford’s Colony.

With 4,400 square feet, this lovely home is perfect for entertaining and offers great first-floor spaces for everyday living.

Take a Matterport tour of this home by clicking here.

For more information on this Ford’s Colony home, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com.

Casa Pearl and Precarious Beer are fun, delicious additions to the Williamsburg food and beverage scene.

Williamsburg’s expanding profile as a foodie haven has grown even more with the addition of two exciting additions – the delectable dining gem Casa Pearl, and the newly opened Precarious Beer Project beer hall.


Casa Pearl Oysters and Tacos opened six months ago in a renovated Texaco station on Merrimack Trail, near the Virginia Beer Company and such local favorites as Cochon on 2ndand Second Street American Bistro.

Husband-and-wife team Mikey and Chelsea Maksimowicz are formally trained chefs who became steeped in oysters while working in Charleston, S.C. They created their unique oysters and taco concept to offer a fun, relaxed experience to patrons of all ages, one that marries the fruits of the Chesapeake Bay with inspired taco creations.

Naturally, the delicious fried oyster taco is a signature dish at Casa Pearl. But do yourself a favor and also try the baked Chincoteague clams, among the many tempting options on the menu. Good luck stopping at just one order of either item, though!

It’s a great place to eat that’s always packed, so plan your visit. You can read all about the menu and the creations of this inspired restaurant/ bar at Casa Pearl Oysters and Tacos.


Precarious Beer Project is the next ambitious offering from the crew – Andrew Voss and Chris Cook — who brought the wildly popular Amber Ox Public House to Prince George St.

A few blocks over, on the bustling corner of Francis and S. Henry St. at Merchants Square, now comes Precarious Beer. The latter was space that used to be part of Amber Ox that the ownership team aims to turn into a thriving presence of its own.

The inviting, 9,700-square foot space is filled with communal tables, a long bar with a huge variety of brews and arcade games, including vintage pinball machines, and of course the 10-barrel brewing equipment.

Live music is also on tap at Precarious, as well as Electric Circus, the hall’s indoor “taco truck.” Outdoors is a 1,100 square-foot patio with a gas fireplace and room for 50 customers. Precarious opened this past weekend, the 8th of June, so stop by soon and check out the cool vibe you feel immediately upon walking through the doors.

Complete information about Precarious Beer Project can be found at its website here.

More testimonials for Deelyn from Ford’s Colony

CSX David Baggs

“I want to thank you for all you’ve done over the last few months getting the house ready to sell, marketing it so effectively, securing the outstanding offer and getting us through closing. I count you as one of the very best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I’ve worked with a number of realtors over the years as we have bought and sold homes, but you are by far in a league of your very own. You’re a class act through and through.” — David Baggs, Ford’s Colony



“Deelyn made the sale of our home a pleasant experience. She was always available, on top of everything, whether opportunity or problem, and always had a positive manner. Her experience and knowledge were invaluable. Deelyn exhibited the attributes of a true professional”. — Polly and Otto Payonzeck, Ford’s Colony


Tom Benjamin 1


“We will always recommend Deelyn. She was accessible all the time. She stayed on the ball in a very tough market and stayed positive throughout the entire process.” — Tom and Lena Benjamin, Ford’s Colony


Super Golf-Front Value at 236 St. Cuthbert!

Experience the best in elegant, golf-front downsizing opportunities! Located on the 10th hole of the Marsh Hawk golf course and in the sought-after South Turnberry section of Ford’s Colony, this perfect sized home features a bright and open floor plan and just the right amount of square footage.

Features include:
• 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 2,631 Sq. Ft.
• Great room offers a cathedral ceiling, gas fireplace, built-ins and golf views.
• Kitchen with brand-new quartz countertops, all new appliances, new paint, and pantry.
• Generous master bedroom retreat with tray ceiling, bay window, new carpet, new paint and fabulous golf views.
• Master bath includes dual vanities, jetted tub, separate shower and large walk-in closet.
• Spacious back deck offers great entertaining space plus fabulous golf watching opportunities.

Now offered at $494,900.

For more information, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com.