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

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