Hearing on DePaul Hospital resizing postponed again

October 31, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the public hearing has been postponed to “early next year”.

See the short article here: Hearing on Norfolk’s DePaul hospital downsizing delayed

Reminder: Halloween Spook-tacular

October 29, 2008

This is a reminder that the Wards Corner Halloween Spook-tacular will be held October 31st, 5:30 to 8:00 pm at 135 East Little Creek Road.

For more details, see our previous post: 2008 Wards Corner Halloween Spook-tacular

Gang Prevention Meeting

October 27, 2008

Blessed Sacrament Church will host a second gang-prevention brain-storming session on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00pm.  For more information call 423-8305.  The Church is located at 6400 Newport Avenue behind DePaul Medical Center.

The meeting is open to the public.

GWC Neighborhood Watch meeting

October 27, 2008


Tuesday night [October 28, 2008], the Greater Wards Corner Area Neighborhood Watch meeting will be at the Workforce Development Center starting at 6:30pm.

The meeting is open to the public.

2008 Wards Corner Halloween Spook-tacular

October 20, 2008

The Greater Wards Corner Business Association
The Wards Corner Optimist Club

Announces the 2008 Halloween Spook-tacular
October 31st, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
135 East Little Creek Road

  • Astro DJ
  • Games
  • Face Painting
  • Hot Dogs, Candy  & Pop  Corn
  • Juggling by Tim Nolan
  • Pictures with The Tooth  Fairy
  • Costume Contest: Ages 2 – 6,  Ages 7 – 12, Most Original, Best Family
  • New!  Haunted Pumpkin Patch

$1.00 Admission Plus a non-perishable food item
Raffle Benefits Optimist Club Children’s Programs


Wards Corner Partnership Meeting, October 23, 2008

October 20, 2008
Submitted by Public Relations Committee GWCPartnership:
Ever wonder what is the future of this wonderful area we call Wards Corner?   Every resident, business, church, educational institution, future business owner, developer and small business owner should be wondering just this question.
Please remember that what ever changes are made to your neighborhood or your commercial district, you will have to live with that change for about 50plus years.


Greater Wards Corner Partnership

201 E. Little Creek Road (next to Kroger)   7:00 p.m.

Rooms 202 & 204

October 23, 2008

Roberts Rules of Order will be followed


1.  Introductions: Please stand and give your name and Civic League.

2.  Pace Reports

3. Guest Speakers: Frank Duke, Planning Commission

Mr. Duke will be discussing the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan, presented to the people of Wards Corner in 2003. We will be taking a look at what changes might better suit this area now and in the future.  We can discuss these changes and see what will really be the best benefit for Wards Corner.

Please come and join us for this very important event.  Be sure to bring pencil and paper, and if you have a copy of the original plan, take the time to go over it before the meeting and make notes.  The plan can be downloaded from the Wards Corner Now website.

This is a must attend meeting for all of you that live in this area who really have and interest in being a part of making a difference in the place you live and how it affects your future.

Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, September 25.

4.  Taskforce Update

5.  Committee Reports

6.  Audience Topics for Discussion/ Questions & Answers

7.  Meeting Adjourned

Dessert and Coffee will be served at this meeting

New Years murderer from Denby Park sentenced

October 17, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that 18 year old Kristen Steen pleaded guilty to second degree murder and a firearm charge and has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.  Steen shot and killed Jamal Mathews on New Years Eve in front of Game Stop in Southern Shopping Center.

Testimony [. . .] indicated that the confrontation between Steen and Matthews began when Steen asked “What’s cracking?”

“What’s popping?” Matthews replied.

Steen then shot Matthews. A witness testified at the earlier hearing that Steen’s greeting is used by Crips gang members.  Matthews’ reply is used by the Bloods [gang].

Steen is believed to have been a resident of, and captured in, Denby Park.

Previous Wards Corner Now articles related to this murder:

GameStop murderer pleads guilty (6/17/08)

Police identify man shot at Southern Shopping Center (1/3/08)

Man dies after being shot in front of video game store in Southern Shopping Center (12/31/07)

Denby Park murderer identified and at large

October 15, 2008

Police are looking for Craig Robert Mounger, 20, of Norfolk.  He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds and goes by the nickname “Stress,” police said.  Police consider him armed and dangerous.

Further information from the Virginian-Pilot article:

On Monday 24-year-old William E. Bonney Jr. was shot after 11 p.m. in the 7600 block of MacDonald Road and later died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call The Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Murder in Denby Park

October 14, 2008

Late Monday night, police received a call about a shooting in the 7600 block of MacDonald Road, in Denby Park.

The victim was killed and the shooter is at large.

One Denby Park resident wrote in and said, “this ruckus went on for an hour (in the middle of the street) before the shooting”.

Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

A very short Virginian-Pilot article on this murder can be found here.

UPDATE: The victim and the shooter knew each other and had an argument.  The shooter is a black male who fled the scene in a green ford escort.  The police are asking that if you see anything suspicious matching the above description you give them a call immediately.

Yuliya Dobrydneva, WC resident: “criminal activity overflows into our community”

October 13, 2008

Yuliya Dobrydneva, a Wards Corner resident, wrote the following Letter to the Editor, which was printed on October 13, 2008:

On Friday, Oct. 3 , at about 9 p.m., my teenage son was robbed at gunpoint right in front of DePaul Hospital on Granby Street. He was traveling alone in his car and stopped for the red light in the right lane. A young man with a hood and a bandana over his face and gloves on his hands jumped into the car, pulled out a large caliber gun, yanked the keys out of ignition, pressed the gun against my son’s head and demanded money.The robber took the money from the wallet, then lit up the lighter and burned credit cards, and splashed drink on my son before finally throwing the keys back to him. Only by the grace of God was my son not injured or killed.

The most outrageous thing is that this brazen crime happened in full view of people just a couple of yards away at the bus stop.

All this happened literally two minutes away from our house at Wards Corner. Our sense of safety and security is deteriorating. Just in the last two months, our house and our car were vandalized; drug addicts broke into our porch; our license plates were stolen.

We see unmistakable signs of gang and drug activity in our formerly peaceful community. What we do not see, however, is enough police presence on our streets. While the police efforts are primarily focused on the so-called ‘bad’ neighborhoods, criminal activity overflows into our community, which never before required stepped-up police presence.

Things need to be turned around before it is too late to save our beautiful neighborhood.
Yuliya Dobrydneva

This Letter to the Editor can be read on the Virginian-Pilot’s website: Granby Crime Wave

Man Shot on Sheryl Drive, Wards Corner

October 13, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting a man shot and injured in the 7600 block of Sheryl Drive.   The 7600 block is flanked on both sides by the Sewells Park Apartments.

Police responded around 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of a gunshot victim in the 7600 block of Sheryl Drive, in the Wards Corner area of the city.

Norfolk police Sgt. Jim Robertson said an adult male was shot and was transported to a local hospital. The victim’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, Robertson said.

There was no word Sunday night from police on any suspects or motive.

Read the Virginian-Pilot article.

Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, Monticello Village – Request for Programs

October 9, 2008

NRHA will be mailing a “Request for Programs” to residents in the Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, and Monticello Village neighborhoods.  Residents who are interested in the programs that are now available to the Special Services District are asked to review the document and indicate which program they are interested in and return the request to Joni Stahl by mail, fax, or email.

Joni Stahl
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
201 Granby Street, 9th Floor
Norfolk, VA  23510.

Fax: 314-1302
Email: jstahl@nrha.us

Here is the “Request for Programs” (PDF).

Blessed Sacrament gang prevention meeting report

October 9, 2008

Tim Smith writes in with the following report on last night’s gang prevention meeting:

Blessed Sacrament Church will host a second gang-prevention brain-storming session on Wednesday, October 29th. For more information call 423-8305. The Church is located at 6400 Newport Avenue behind DePaul Medical Center.

The first meeting focused on youth involvement in gang activity. There were over 100 people at the meeting as well as the Mayor, Vise Mayor, Norfolk Police, prosecutor’s office and city juvenile court representatives. There were also representatives from the local schools and community groups as well as parents with their teens and concerned local residents.

The gang problem is real in our area and it affects everyone. In Hampton Roads, there still is time for us to get a handle on the gang problems but it will take our commitment as a community to act now before the gang issue gets out of control and rules our lives.

Please make plans to get involved in your community this year or next. Plan to attend the meeting on the 29th or one of the many other civic or community meetings you see posted on this web page. Get involved, get informed.

Remember, you get out of a community what you put into it.

Thank you,

Tim Smith, Talbot Park
Wards Corner area of Norfolk

EDIT: The meeting on the 29th of October will be at 7pm.

REMINDER: Taskforce Meeting, Thursday, October 9

October 8, 2008

There is a Wards Corner Taskforce meeting tomorrow, Thursday, October 9 at 8:30 at the Fitness and Wellness Center.  The Agenda follows:

October 9, 2008


I.    Recap of Last Meeting

II.    Key Topics for Discussion Today

a.    Update from the Police Department
b.    Update on the MOU
c.    Update on Economic Development
d.    Update Thole Street Traffic Calming – Public Works
e.    Update Thole Street Traffic Calming – Fire Department
f.    Update on Landscaping for Newport Avenue – Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space

III.         Key Topics for Next Meeting

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church will host a community gang-prevention brain-storming session

October 6, 2008

Blessed Sacrament Church will host a gang-prevention brain-storming session on Wednesday, October 8th. For more information call 423-8305. The Church is located at 6400 Newport Avenue behind Depaul Medical Center.

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