We honor those who have died in military service to our country

May 24, 2008

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May ). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.



Virginia has a transportation funding crisis. We need your help!

May 23, 2008

There is a transportation funding crisis in Virginia. Below is a link to the website of “It’s time- Virginians for better transportation”. See how this crisis is effecting everyone of us.

Please Click Here for information on the transportation funding crisis and on how to write your legislators to address this pressing problem.

Partnership Meeting Reminder

May 22, 2008

The Greater Wards Corner Partnership will be meeting this evening, Thursday, May 22nd at 7:00 P.M. at the Norfolk Workforce Development Center,(next to the Kroger Supermarket) Room 210. State Senator Ralph Northam will be the guest speaker. Also there will be a short presentation on how Norfolk assesses real estate.

CrimeView Community

May 21, 2008

CrimeView Community

The Norfolk Police Department has launched Crime View Community, an interactive crime mapping website that allows residents to view certain crime statistics by location and time.

CrimeView Community is an interactive crime mapping program that allows the user to search the City of Norfolk by address, civic leagues, police precincts as well as proximity searches to landmarks in the City of Norfolk for certain types of crimes that have occurred over the previous one hundred twenty days.

The website works remarkably well. You can search by civic league, police precinct, sector, planning district, ward, or zip code. Unfortunately they did not include a way to search the entire Partnership/Taskforce area with one search. Nonetheless, everyone is encouraged to utilize CrimeView to stay informed of crime in their area.

Click Here
To Enter CrimeView Community

State Senator Ralph Northam to be guest speaker at Thursday’s Partnership meeting

May 21, 2008
Greater Wards Corner Partnership
201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)   7:00 p.m.
Rooms 202 & 204
May 22, 2008
1.  Introduction
2.  Pace Report
3.  Guest Speaker:   State Senator Ralph S. Northam
                                  6th District
4.  How Norfolk Assesses Real Estate
      (Appx. 10 minute DVD)
5.  Taskforce Update
6.  Committee Reports
A.  Codes and Public Safety
B.  Development Committee
C.  Beautification Committee
D.  Public Infrastructure Committee
E.  Public Relations Committee
F.  City Connection Committee
7.  New Business
8.  Meeting Adjourned

Elderly woman’s car crashes into Wards Corner Rite Aid

May 20, 2008

Pilot Online reports that an elderly woman was taken to a hospital after her car hit the Rite Aid store on the northwest corner of Granby Street and Little Creek Road. It is suspected that the lady hit the gas pedal rather than the brake. The 86 year old woman suffered minor injuries and the building was undamaged.

TAG-OUT Paint-Out Clean-Up Saturday, May 24th

May 20, 2008


The Bureau of Community Outreach in partnership with Keep Norfolk Beautiful will host a TAG-OUT Paint-Out and Clean-up on Saturday, May 24, 2008 to clean up and paint over graffiti as well as to clean up several neighborhoods in Norfolk.  The event, scheduled for 10am-12pm, will begin in Huntersville—a Project Focus neighborhood.  Other neighborhoods are slated for clean up as well. 


150 volunteers are expected to participate.  City staff will provide materials and instruction for the graffiti removal and paint-out.


For more information or to get involved, call 823-4210 or visit the TAG-OUT web page

Click Here For More Information

Greater Wards Corner Business Association Meeting Agenda

May 19, 2008





Working together to improve Wards Corner






May 20, 2008

8:30 am – Workforce Development Center

Room 210




1.    Meeting Call to order President – Elyse Kalfus


2.    Introductions


3.    Pace Officer Report – Lt. Roger Hungerford


4.    Pace Officer Report – Lt.  Christopher D. More


5.    Treasurers Report – Carolyn Buzek


6.    Acceptances of April Minutes – John Knight


7.    Guest Speaker:  John Deuel, Keep Norfolk Beautiful


John will have some great information to share with us on projects hear in the Wards Corner Business area.  Please come and join us in learning on what you can do, and how these projects will affect us.


8.    Mayor’s Wards Corner Taskforce Update – Brad Robinson, DC


9.    New Business


10.   Meeting Adjourned


Granby High School’s wrestling coach leaves for job at Western Branch

May 19, 2008

Pilot Online reports, Chris Martin, Granby’s wrestling coach, will be leaving for a coaching job at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake. Chris Martin, not related to the famed Granby Wrestling coach, Billy Martin, was a two time Virginia State Wrestling finalist and a State Champion in 1996.

First Annual Hurricane Preparedness Luncheon

May 16, 2008

Downtown section of light rail $14.7 million over budget

May 15, 2008

Several years ago, H.R.T. came to a meeting of the Greater Wards Corner Partnership asking for our support of light rail for Norfolk. We were promised that the second leg of light rail would run through the Wards Corner Business District with a light rail station at the Wards Corner H.R.T. Bus Transfer Station. The Partnership gave its overwhelming support for the light rail project.

For light rail ridership to be successful, lateral bus lines must be near a rail station. Wards Corner would be a natural. Now, we hear that the second leg of light rail will take a different route to the Naval Base; most likely from downtown, past ODU along a Hampton Boulevard route to the Naval Base.

Today, Pilot Online reports that the downtown section of the light rail project is $14.7 million over budget. There is only $29 million in contingency dollars for these kind of events. The downtown section has already eaten up half of the contingency money. Councilman Randy Wright is Council’s representave to H.R.T. Please email him at randy.wright@norfolk.gov if you are concerned about this overage.

Site and floor plans for the new Norfolk Collegiate Fine Arts Center

May 15, 2008

We have had several requests for the site and floor plans for the new Norfolk Collegiate Fine Arts Center.

Site and Floor Plans for the Norfolk Collegiate Fine Arts Center

Barclay Winn on Wards Corner

May 14, 2008

The Cromwell Farm Civic League invites you:

This Monday, May 19th, at 7 p.m. Councilman Barclay Winn will be speaking to residents of the Cromwell Farm Civic League about Ward’s Corner and other issues of concern.  The civic league meets in the Fellowship Hall of Royster Memorial Church at 6900 Newport Avenue.

Quarterly Wards Corner Clean-Up scheduled for Saturday, June 14th

May 12, 2008

Let’s get together, have some fun and Clean Our Corner!

Join in our next quarterly Wards Corner Clean Up event, 8:00-11:00 am, Saturday, June 14th!  We will meet at North Shore Sports & Physical Therapy, 7419 Granby St., next to ATC Fitness, from 8-8:30 a.m. for coffee, donuts and sign-up. This is a great opportunity to have fun and meet neighbors & business members of the Wards Corner community as we come together to Clean Our Corner!  Trash bags, safety vests, gloves and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Laura Thom: 489-5820. *Rain date- Saturday, June 21.


Department of Public Works update for Wards Corner

May 12, 2008

1. Traffic Signal

Upgrading signal at Little Creek Road and Granby and Little Creek and

update (Little Creek

Farm Fresh entrance and associated ADA work. DVP completed

& Granby)(Little

electrical connection to Little Creek & Farm Fresh on 5/7/08. Contractor

Creek and Farm

planning to switch to new signals by 5/9/08. Contractor awaiting

Fresh Entrance)

electrical service to switch from the old signal to the new, at Little Creek


& Granby intersection. New signals projected to be fully operational


within a few weeks. jrs 5/7/08


2. Thole Street

New landscape medians along the 300 & 600 Blocks of Thole St. Bid

Traffic Calming

opening is scheduled for May 20th.

Construction to begin this summer.


arb 5/6/08


3. Curb Ramps

Wards Corner ADA Improvements -Phase III(B) work is incorporated in


the traffic signal upgrade construction plans. Remaining sidewalk and


curb ramp work will be complete once old signal equipment is removed


(Le. all construction complete by the end of this month). arb 5/6/08


CDBG funding allocated for curb ramps at roadway intersections


throughout Titustown. Plans being finalized and public advertisement


scheduled for June with construction to becln late summer. arb 5/6/08

4. Little Creek Rd.

Replacement of the two knocked down overhead sign structures that

& Lankford St.

had the pedestrian crossing signs and flashing yellow lights. The new


installation will have pedestrian push buttons that will actuate the lights


only when pedestrians are present (not 24/7). This type of operation


provides more information to the motorist and increases the level of


safety at the crossing. Contractor work completed. Dominion Virginia


Power electrical service connection scheduled to be completed by


5/20/08. rs 5/7/08


5. Granby St. Mid-

Work completed and operational. jrs 5/08

block crossing north



of Little Creek Rd.



6. Police  2nd

The proposed site is in the Central Business Park. 35% design


drawings have been received. 1/2/08 cpj

7. Monticello

Replacing curb to help drainage issues. Work includes the area


bounded by East and West Glen Roads and Little Creek Road. Work




8. Pedestrian

Signs are in- Working on policy for partnership with business for

Crosswalk signs on

maintenance and safety issues (moving signs that are knocked over or

Louisiana Ave.

pushed into traffic, storm issues etc.) Finalizing policy based on input


from City Atty Office. City Atty office have made final recommendations.


Final to be forwarded to Dir PW. irs


9. Newport Ave –

Moving forward with the first phase of the project. Work includes

Traffic speed study

installation of marked parking lane between Little Creek Rd & Kingsley


Lane and marked bulb … out at Granby Elem School student crossing


location. jrs 5/08


10. Request to redo

Install four, full imprint crosswalks. Funding proposed in FY09 CIP

Crosswalks at Little

budget. Design to be started once budget approved.

Creek Road &



Granby Street similar



to crosswalks in






11. Request to look

Due to the limited traffic signal infrastructure that is currently in place

at pedestrian

and layout of the intersection, a new signal design and geometric

crossing options on

improvements would be necessary. Estimated cost $168,000. Design

East Little Creek

& construction to begin with FY09 budget cycle.

near Fort Worth in



front of church near



interstate off-ramp



12. Repair work in

PW is working with property owners to get concrete driveway aprons

Denby Park

and sidewalk replaced. As part of project focus, driveway and sidewalk


repairs have been assessed by staff. Property owners have been


notified of repairs needed.










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