Successes in Denby Park

May 22, 2015

The Wards Corner community has pressured the City of Norfolk to clean up the crime infested “Texas Streets” area of Denby Park since the completion of the Wards Corner Comprehensive plan in 2004.

Since 2011 the City has purchased 193 substandard crime inducing apartment units and demolished them.  As a result, crime has dropped demonstrably.

Louis Eisenberg has provided pictures showing the successes in Denby Park and Monticello Village in the form of new residential construction, below.  It’s hard to believe that any of the below investment and construction would be feasible without the reduction in crime.  This is a huge success that should be celebrated in Wards Corner.

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WC Business Association meeting reminder

May 5, 2015

The following was received from Wards Corner Business Association President, Elyse Kalfus:

Wards Corner Business Owners & Associates:

                Join the Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association. We meet: Tuesday, May 19, @ 8:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.  Doors open @ 8:00 a.m.   Farm Fresh, 230 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk in the Marine Room on the second floor.

           Guest Speaker: James A. Rogers, Director, Department of Neighborhood Development. Topic: Greater Wards Corner Business Area and development.

          A light breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP or call and leave a message at 587-7975 by May 17.

 UPDATE ON Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association Event:

“Wards Corner SALUTES the MILITARY”

 HOLD THE DATES: Saturday and Sunday, September 19 AND 20, 2015.

Outstanding education available at Norfolk Public Schools

April 30, 2015

drbradDr Brad Robinson, Wards Corner resident and Norfolk School Board member, shares the below information about students who have received outstanding education at Norfolk Public Schools.

1.      Students at Norfolk’s Maury, Granby and Norview high schools are benefiting from among the most rigorous educational experiences offered in the region, state and nation, according to The Washington Post’s rankings of United States high schools. Maury ranks second in Hampton Roads, behind only one high school in Virginia Beach, and 36th in Virginia. Maury ranks 600 out of approximately 22,000 high schools in the country, which is in the top 3 percent. Granby is third in the region, 48th in Virginia, and 808th in the country, which places it in the top 5 percent of all high schools. Norview is eighth in the region, 74th in Virginia and 1,435 out of the approximately 22,000 high schools nationally. The Washington Post’s ranking essentially examines the proportion of students at each high school who are offered a chance at challenging course work through such programs as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. Norfolk Public Schools has consistently emphasized participation in advanced-level coursework as an important way to help all students boost achievement, critical thinking and college-readiness skills. Participation at Booker T. Washington and Lake Taylor high schools has increased significantly as well. You can learn more about Norfolk Public Schools’ Advanced Placement efforts by watching the April 20th edition of “NPS Now,” featuring AP Teacher Specialist Andrea Disney and Maury AP English Teacher Toni Kershasky: (advance to time stamp 20:06).

2.      Every year, The Virginian-Pilot sponsors the Scholastic Achievement Scholarship award and selects the top 10 finalists out of 52 students across Hampton Roads. Maury High School’s Emily Martell won the first place scholarship award for $10,000. Stacie Doughtie of Booker T. Washington High School made the list of top 10 finalists for this honor

3.      Miss Martel of Maury also was the overall winner out of 1,700 entries in the Friends of the Norfolk Library annual Book Review Contest.  Maury took 11 of the 12 awards at the high school level, and Ghent had a third-place winner at the fourth-grade level. The winners will be honored during a ceremony May 19 at 3 p.m. at the Slover Library.

4.      The Ruffner Young Scholars who recently were honored by the Board for their international recognition (NPS Website – Ruffner Young Scholars win major global award ) and who are featured on this week’s edition of “NPS Now” (NPS Now on Youtube)  will also participate in a taping for “Norfolk Perspectives” tomorrow, and will be honored at a City Council meeting on May 19 at 7 p.m.

For further information, Norfolk Public Schools has a press release (Maury, Granby and Norview High Schools Are Among the Nation’s Most Challenging, According to The Washington Post)  and the Washington Post coverage can be found here.

Public Art Installation by Gordon Huether Studio to be Installed in Wards Corner

April 29, 2015

WCart1The Wards Corner Public Art is scheduled to be installed on April 30!

Below is the City of Norfolk Press Release:

Gordon Huether Studio, led by artist and founder Gordon Huether, was selected to design and fabricate a public art installation for the Wards Corner neighborhood. The sculpture, Wards Corner Gateway, will be installed on the median on Granby St., near North Shore Rd. on April 30, 2015.

The City of Norfolk’s Public Art Program worked with Gordon Huether Studios to develop a concept that embraces local identity, fosters a strong sense of place and creates a significant gateway for the City of Norfolk. The installation enables all viewers, whether local or visiting, an opportunity to pause and reflect about the continued positive and exciting changes taking place in the neighborhood.

The Wards Corner Gateway installation is made up of two components: a bird-like structure inspired by the famed intersection where Alfred C. Ward once operated his iconic general store, and a polished aluminum base. The large wing-like component, features a black and white aerial photograph of the Wards Corner intersection and was taken by a staff member of the Virginian Pilot in 1956. This part of the installation is made of translucent polycarbonate material. The wing-like component is then mounted atop an eleven-foot tall aluminum base, which causes the ‘Wing’ to point toward the sky. Wards Corner Gateway will be illuminated at night, featuring programmable color-changing lighting.

The installation and its upward orientation references this neighborhood’s future: its continued upward growth and development in cultural, economic and community matters.

More information can be found here: Public Art Chosen for Wards Corner

Keep America Beautiful – Business District Cleanup

April 8, 2015

GAC_KAB_wordmarksThe Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association is sponsoring a Keep America Beautiful cleanup on April 18th from 9:30 – noon.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Starbucks around 9am and free drinks will be provided to volunteers before and during the event. Volunteers can sign up by emailing or sign-up sheets are available in the store.

Some additional information can be found here.  Many thanks to TJ Coleman, manager of Starbucks, for being the Keep America Beautiful representative

Business Association Meeting on April 21st.

April 5, 2015

Below is the reminder letter about the upcoming Wards Corner Business Association Meeting:

Dear Wards Corner Business Owners & Associates;

Come join the Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association Tuesday, April 21st, at FARM FRESH, 230 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA. 23505, in the Marine Room upstairs. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. an end at 9:30 a.m.

Our Guest Speaker will be Karen Rudd, Manager Cultural  Affairs; Public Art for Wards Corner. Karen will have a slideshow presentation of the new artwork for Wards Corner.

Since a light breakfast will be served, it is requested that you please RSVP or call me and leave a message at 587-7975 my April 17th.

The continued growth and improvement of your business area is crucial and depends on you and your involvement and the effort you are willing to commit. There is strength in numbers and that is why it is so important to have a strong Business Association, working together as one. Mark your calendar, come and join your fellow business partners. We have a lot to discuss.


Elyse Kalfus, President

Greater Wards Corner Area Business Association


More details on Your Pie coming to WC

March 17, 2015

yourpielogoThe franchise owner, Jeff Rhoades, presented to the Wards Corner Civic League last night on his new-to-the-region pizza restaurant, Your Pie.  Your Pie was founded in Athens, Georgia and currently has locations in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.  Jeff has plans to open six Your Pie franchises in the Hampton Roads region and Wards Corner will be his first location as well as the first location in the state.

Jeff indicated he chose Wards Corner based on the success of places like Harris Teeter and Southwest Moe’s and hopes to finalize his lease agreement with the landlord of K & K Square in the near future.  He plans on leasing the southernmost end unit that abuts Louisiana Drive.

The leased space allows for a planned 65 seats inside, 7 of which are at the bar, and outdoor eating space.  Expected hours of operation are likely to be from 10am to 9pm daily.

The restaurant will offer pizza, salad, a gelato station, 7 beer taps, about 40 bottle beers, and wine.  Jeff says he plans to have relationships with local breweries to offer their beer on tap.

The pizza comes in an 11″ personal size for one price: $7.99.  Similar to Southwest Moes, you will select your own toppings.  As you enter the ordering line you will choose your crust, your sauce, your cheese, and your toppings, of which there will be over 40.  From the time you start your order to the time your pizza is delivered to your table is expected to take 7 minutes.

Your Pie will cook their pizzas in a brick oven and plans to open around the beginning of July.

The Wards Corner Civic League voted at their meeting on March 16 to support Your Pie’s special exception to serve beer and wine on premises.  The Planning Commission will vote on the special exception in May and City Council will likely vote in June.

Your Pie website:



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