Elected School Board Referendum Roundup

October 15, 2014

Elected School Board Referendum Roundup – Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8 :00 pm – Norfolk Technical Center (1330 N. Military Highway)

On November 4, Norfolk voters will decide whether or not our city’s School Board will be elected.

Do you know all of the potential pros and cons of elected and appointed school boards?

When and how would Norfolk School Board members be elected?

How have other localities experienced the transition from appointed to elected school boards?

Find out the answers to these questions, and have the opportunity to ask your own, at the referendum roundup co-sponsored by Norfolk GAINS and the League of Women Voters. Participants in this important community discussion are:

  • Tom Calhoun (President, Norfolk Federation of Teachers)
  • Jack Cloud (Deputy City Attorney)
  • Dan Edwards (Chair, Virginia Beach School Board)
  • Dennis Gronka (Citizens for an Elected School Board)
  • Jim Oliver (Former Norfolk city manager, Chairman Emeritus of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement)

The discussion will be facilitated by Vivian Paige.

Largest purchase of Denby Park properties completed by City of Norfolk

October 10, 2014
Denby Park properties to be purchased by City of Norfolk. YELLOW highlighted properties are to be purchased in 2014.  RED highlighted properties were purchased in 2013. BLUE highlighted properties were purchased in 2011.

Denby Park properties to be purchased by City of Norfolk. YELLOW highlighted properties are to be purchased in 2014. RED highlighted properties were purchased in 2013. BLUE highlighted properties were purchased in 2011.

The Texas streets portion of Denby Park has, in the past, been referred to as the criminal cancer of Wards Corner.  The City of Norfolk is completing steps to finalize its third purchase of property in that area in an attempt to rid it of the substandard housing that attracts the criminal element.

The most recent purchase includes 88 units on San Antonio Blvd.  The addresses are: 352 San Antonio, 366 San Antonio, 369 San Antonio, 375 San Antonio, 7816, 7820, 7824 San Antonion, and 7812 San Antonio.

The city’s Department of Neighborhood Development is inviting the public to attend a community celebration on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM at 352 San Antonio Boulevard to celebrate the purchase and eventual demolition of the 88 additional units in Denby Park.

Expect brief remarks made by elected officials and members of the community.  Police/Fire-Rescue will be on hand cooking and serving food and refreshments so bring your appetite.


Business Association to hold meeting on October 21 at 8:30am

October 7, 2014

The next meeting of the Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association will be held Tuesday, October 21st at FARM FRESH, 230 E Little Creek Road. Doors will be open at 8:00a.m. It will begin promptly at 8:30 an end at 9:30a.m. and take place upstairs.

Since a light breakfast will be served, it is requested that you, RSVP, gwcaba@cox.net or call  and leave message at 757-587-7975 by October 13th.


Elyse Kalfus, President

WC clean-up a success

September 15, 2014

wccleanMany thanks to Sheriff McCabe for having the inmate work crews clean-up Wards Corner last week.

They cleaned up Granby St from Little Creek Rd to Forest Lawn, the HRT transfer station  lot, and the City side of the exit ramps.

A total of 64 bags of trash was collected.  Thanks to Sheriff McCabe and Chief of Community Correction, Mike O’Toole or coordinating.  Thanks to the Wards Corner Business Association for beginning the effort as well!

Wards Corner updates

September 11, 2014

The following are some quick updates from the Wards Corner Task Force meeting held on September 11, 2014 at the Fitness and Wellness Center.


The new mast arm poles and traffic light signals at W. Little Creek Rd and Armfield Ave will be installed by mid – late October.

The new mast arm poles and traffic light signals at E. Little Creek Rd and the new Harris Teeter shopping center will also be installed by mid – late October.

Wards Corner Business Association:

A Wards Corner Business Association has been re-started thanks to the work and dedication of Elyse Kalfus.  The first meeting was held on August 19th and 14 of the businesses in Wards Corner were represented.  Top priorities of crime and trash were mentioned.

A cleanup has been arranged with the Norfolk Sheriff’s department and the Business Association is in touch with VDOT on cleaning up their portions of Wards Corner as well.

Norfolk Southern has also been contacted and has agreed to do a cleanup of their property in Wards Corner.

Kroger / Workforce Development Center property:

Everyone was reminded that the City has an option to purchase this property that was built into their lease for the Workforce Development Center.  This option comes up in 2015.  If the City has not found a development partner by then, the City needs to step up and purchase the property to preserve it for appropriate future development in the corridor.

Weigh in on Traffic Congestion around Wards Corner!

September 4, 2014


Greetings –

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is requesting the help of the Wards Corner Now in identifying causes of congestion on major roads around your community.  As the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for Hampton Roads, we are responsible for transportation planning for the Hampton Roads area, and are required to identify the region’s most heavily congested roads and develop a series of strategies that help move people and goods around more easily.  This is known as Hampton Roads’ Congestion Management Process (CMP).

For the 2014 edition of the CMP, we’ve identified the 14 most heavily congested roadway segments in Hampton Roads, most of which we’re sure your familiar with, including the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (I-64), I-64 between I-564 and Indian River Rd., and I-564 between International Terminal Blvd and Admiral Taussig Blvd.  We’ve identified what we believe to be their major causes of congestion, now we need your help by telling us if you think our observations are correct.  The reason we are asking for your help is simple:  Segments such as I-64 and I-564 serve as important arteries in your community, and is likely traveled by residents on a daily basis.  We need folks to share their knowledge with us on what they think is causing the traffic.

It’s easy to participate.  Simply click on the banner at the top of this message, which will take you to our survey page.  Once there, select the stretch of road you would like to offer feedback on. If you are familiar with more than one roadway, please feel free to take more than one survey. Your comments and suggestions will be incorporated into the final Report, which will then be made available to local planners, engineers, and decision-makers for their consideration when developing project proposals for these congested areas.  The deadline to make comments is September 19, 2014.

Again, your help in making this request available to members of your community to share their experience and assist in the Congestion Management Process in Hampton Roads is most appreciated. If you have any questions or we can provide additional information on this effort, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

All the best,

Brian Chenault





Brian Chenault, AICP
Community Outreach Planner
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
The Regional Building | 723 Woodlake Drive | Chesapeake, Virginia | 23320
bchenault@hrpdcva.gov | http://www.hrtpo.org | Phone: 757.420.8300 | Fax: 757.523.4881

Frustrating lane closure at WC to end soon

September 3, 2014

Thanks to Ray Ransom and Freda Burns, both with the City of Norfolk, for their quick response to my inquiry about the lane closure on Granby Street in front of the new TowneBank.  

The cause for the closure is a sewer line collapse under the sidewalk.  According to Norfolk Utilities, the sewer line has been replaced and final restoration should be completed within the next two weeks.



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