Arrest Made in Virginian Drive Murder

April 29, 2009

WAVY TVis reporting that an arrest has been made in the Wards Corner Business District homocide that took place in front of DelVecchios Pizza on Virginian Drive. The suspect in the murder of 19 year-old Micheal Bridges is Terry Ryan Robinson. Robinson has been charged with Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony


Shooting in Wards Corner business district leaves one dead

April 28, 2009

WAVY TV is reporting a shooting in the 7500 block of Virginian Drive at 7:30 p.m. that has left one male dead. More info will be posted as the story develops.

Gunfire in Denby park

April 25, 2009

Beverly Sexton wrote in about gunfire in Denby Park:

Shooting is in the air.  Not spring is in the air.  Last night [Friday, 4/24/2009] between 10:30 and 11:00 I was coming home from a dinner party.  I  turned down Galveston and got almost to the stop sign at San Antonio and bang bang bang and plus I saw the flash from the pistol down in the 300 blockof  San Antonio.  I stoped in the middle of the street and grabbed my cellphone and called 911.  It seemed like forever just ring ring ring.  I started saying bad words and they finally answered.  After I get home I guess it was not over cause I go out on my back deck and bang.  Just one shot.  Guess this person had target practice cause he hit his target.  My point is the weather is getting warmer and the meanest will come out.  In these trying times we really need our police to be out protecting us and let them work overtime or whatever it takes to protect the law abiding citizens of this city which we live in.

A Mason responds

April 23, 2009

Wards Corner Now has received the following email from Mason, Robert G. McBride:

I take great pride to write this letter as a member of the “Masonic Temple”.  I grew up living on Burleigh Ave, when “Wards Corner” was the “Times Square of the South”.  When I was attending Granby High school I met a group of young men playing ball on a Saturday morning.  I asked them if I could join in and play, they said yes it was during this time that I found out they belonged to the Masonic order called “DeMolay”.  It was a christian organization for young men.  It was the beginning of my masonic journey.  I attended Talbot Park Baptist Church, and was a member of Troop 12 Boys Scouts.  Archie Dail was the Scout Master and a Freemason.  I was Married in the church by Dr. Honts.  In 1970 I joined the Masonic Lodge Ruth#89,and have been a member for 39 years.  I have served as Wor. Master 3 times, District Deputy Grand Master in 2007.   I belong to two lodges in Scotland, as well as The Royal Order of Scotland.  Masonry is the largest Philanthropic organization in the world.  Masonry gives over 2 million
dollars a day to charities.  The Shriners hospitals of North America, provide services at no charge to any race color or creed.  The Masonic Temple would never disgrace the city of Norfolk, or Wards Corner, nor allow a guest to do anything that would tarnish our reputation. Please take the virtual tour on the web site.  Please come and take a personal tour of the building.  There have been many great masons within the Wards Corner community, Mr. Ken Perry owner of the Dollar Tree, Mr. Aubry Graham post master, Mr. Earl Gresham, Mr. Nash Satterfield, Judge Walter Hoffman, Judge Hal J. Bonney, the list goes on.

I hope that you will consider the motion before you and approve it. I can assure you that the Masonic Temple will not be disrespectful in any manor to our neighbors.

Masonic Temple responds

April 23, 2009

Wards Corner Now has received the following response from Gary Gouge, Building Superintendent of the Norfolk Masonic Temple:

In response to the letter about turning the Masonic Temple in to a drinking establishment. It is not our intention to do any thing of the kind. Our Grand lodge prohibits any mason to sell alcohol at our temple. We host wedding receptions and small sporting events as a fund raiser to help us keep the doors open. In applying for the special adult exception use permit. It was my thought to allow a cash bar provided by the renters in that the wedding here are usually small. But because of the controversy we have decided to drop that. NO Alcohol will be sold on our premises. In regards to not going to the civic league,  I had attended the wards corner civic league meeting on feb 23 09. I had gone to the Wards Corner Task force meeting and  they had no objection. I will be attending the next civic league meeting.


Gary Gouge
Building Superintendent
Norfolk Masonic Temple

Another murder in Denby Park / Oakdale Farms

April 23, 2009

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

A man was shot and killed this morning at an apartment complex on East Little Creek Road.

The shooting was reported at 2:52 a.m. in the 400 block of E. Little Creek, said Karen Parker-Chesson, a spokeswoman for the police department.

She said the man was found inside an apartment building at the address, but she didn’t know any other details.

The man, described by Parker-Chesson as unidentified, was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.

No arrests have been made, she said.

The Pilot’s article:  Man shot, killed on E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk

“Selling alcohol at the Masonic Temple”

April 21, 2009

On Monday night, received the following email from Tim Smith, a past President of the Talbot Park Civic League:

Well this one slipped right by…


How can the city even entertain allowing someone to fill out a permit to sell alcohol right across from Granby High School. Talbot Park does not need anyone selling alcohol in it’s neighborhood.


If the Masonic Temple is allowed to get a permit to sell alcohol then a precedent will be set and there will be no stopping the decline of Talbot Park. That is all we need is a drinking establishment in Talbot Park. Drunk driving, peeing in the bushes in your yards,  trash in your yards, loud music, loud cars racing up and down our streets and don’t forget the gun play we have all read about in our local bar parking lots.


Good one Norfolk, this one should look real good on Norfolk’s plan to get people to move here. It should play out real good in the papers also.


I’ll be there for the public hearing, I just hope I’m not alone.


See below:


CITY PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA APRIL 23, 2009 The Norfolk City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on April 23, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 11th Floor, City Hall Building, Civic Center, Norfolk, Virginia to consider the following applications: REGULAR AGENDA 


 3. NORFOLK MASONIC TEMPLE, for a Special Exception to operate an Entertainment Establishment with alcoholic beverages on property bounded by Granby Street to the east, Brackenridge Avenue to the south, Colonial Avenue to the west, and Oxford Street to the north; premises numbered 7001 Granby Street.  


Maps, plats, and other information concerning the above proposals may be seen at the office of the Department of Planning, Room 508, City Hall Building, Norfolk, Virginia 23510or you may telephone (757) 664-4752. All interested parties are invited to be present at the time and place noted above. Frank M. Duke, AICP Executive Secretary VP April 9 & 16, 2009 20051402
from The Virginian-Pilot classifieds : Legal Notices: Public Hearings : Posted 04/09/09


Partnership Meeting, April 23, 2009

April 21, 2009

Elyse Kalfus sends in the following invitation:

Don’t Miss this Next Meeting of the Greater Wards
Corner Partnership: Learn the Details about
ReEnergy’s proposal to Buy Debt-strapped SPSA!
Greater Wards Corner Partnership Meeting

Thursday April 23rd, 7:00 p.m.

Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek
Rd. (next to Kroger)

Guest Speaker:  Larry D. Richardson, President,
ReEnergy Holding

R.S.V.P.  587-7975
No names needed, just a number count

Beverages & Heavy Deserts will be served

Newport News pays less than $40.00 per ton in
Tipping fees for garbage pick-up and yet in Norfolk we
are being ask to pay $170.00 in Tipping fees retro-
active to February, and this is after they plan to sell off
assets and pay down the debt.

Bring your questions, see how this will effect us all.
You are encouraged to bring any problems from your
neighborhoods to this meeting.  Working together we
will get our problems solved!

Denby Park Youth Civic League neighborhood clean-up a huge success

April 20, 2009


Denby Park Youth Civic League

Denby Park Youth Civic League Clean-up Day

Denby Park Youth Civic League Clean-up Day

Denby Park Spring Break Fun Day, Friday, April 17th

April 11, 2009
Denby Park Spring Fun Day

Denby Park Spring Fun Day


Norfolk Police Department PACE Meeting this Friday

April 6, 2009

Norfolk Police Department
3rd Patrol Division – Red Sector
PACE Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2009
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Norfolk Workforce Development Center
201 E. Little Creek Road
Next to Kroger Supermarket

Guest Speaker from Norfolk’s Animal Control to discuss animal and wildlife issues
in Norfolk, and legal responsibilities of pet owners.

Please come join Norfolk’s Finest on April 10th for a light lunch and great community fellowship.

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