Taskforce retreat rescheduled; Regular meeting to be held Thursday, July 14

July 12, 2011
The following email was received from Carlton Ransom:
Good afternoon.  The retreat scheduled for July 14th will be postponed until the September 8th task force meeting.  Instead, the council would like to utilize the July 14th meeting as a regularly scheduled meeting (8:30 a.m.) to seek further input from task force members regarding plan initiatives, concerns, and potential agenda items for the retreat.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I thank you in advance.
 
Carlton Ray Ransom
Senior Neighborhood Development Specialist
Department of Planning and Community Development
Bureau of Community Enrichment
111 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505
The normal meeting of the Wards Corner Taskforce will be at 8:30am at the Fitness and Wellness Center on Newport Ave.
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Crime in the 300 blocks of E. Little Creek Road, Fort Worth Ave, and San Antonio Blvd

July 11, 2011

Much has been said about the crime (and/or perception of crime) emanating from the three criminal cancer infected blocks of 300 E. Little Creek Road, 300 Forth Worth Ave, and 300 San Antonio Blvd.

Below is the crime report for the 300 blocks from June 1, 2011 – July 9, 2011.

Crime description:	Location:	                Date/time:
LARCENY (ALL OTHERS)	300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	7/9/2011 11:00:00
LARCENY-PARTS FROM AUTO	300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	7/8/2011 6:00:00
ROBBERY-INDIVIDUAL	300 BLOCK FORT WORTH AV	        7/6/2011 21:50:00
NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS	300 BLOCK FORT WORTH AV	        6/30/2011 20:55:00
LARCENY (ALL OTHERS)	300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	6/29/2011 18:40:00
LARCENY-PARTS FROM AUTO	300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	6/29/2011 7:20:00
ROBBERY-INDIVIDUAL	300 BLOCK FORT WORTH AV	        6/26/2011 1:30:00
VANDALISM	        7800 BLOCK GALVESTON BLVD	6/25/2011 16:00:00
VANDALISM	        300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	6/22/2011 12:06:00
BURGLARY-RESIDENCE	7600 BLOCK GALVESTON BLVD	6/22/2011 7:30:00
VANDALISM	        300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	6/21/2011 14:00:00
VANDALISM	        7800 BLOCK DALLAS ST	        6/12/2011 11:00:00
VANDALISM	        300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	6/9/2011 20:00:00
LARCENY-PARTS FROM AUTO	300 BLOCK E LITTLE CREEK RD	6/7/2011 6:00:00
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT	300 BLOCK E LITTLE CREEK RD	6/6/2011 23:20:00
BURGLARY-RESIDENCE	300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	6/4/2011 22:00:00
VANDALISM	        300 BLOCK SAN ANTONIO BLVD	6/1/2011 5:00:00
Crime in the 300 blocks of E. Little Creek Road, Fort Worth Ave, and San Antonio Blvd

Crime in the 300 blocks of E. Little Creek Road, Fort Worth Ave, and San Antonio Blvd


Pilot Editorial focuses on Wards Corner

July 11, 2011

Again highlighting the City’s failure to adequately address the criminal cancer in Denby Park, the Virginian-Pilot printed an editorial in today’s paper stating, in part:

As it has been for years, though, the solution to Denby Park’s problems is not a playground. Or removing a playground. The solution is in a relentless attention to the problems of Wards Corner: a concentration of poverty, crime.

And that will take much more effort than moving a playground from one lot to another.

The following are the full comments sent to Pilot writer Harry Minium by Martin Thomas, Jr.

The Wards Corner area neighborhoods have been begging the City for years to do something about the criminal element in Denby Park.  The 2003 Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan called for the demolition of the
substandard housing in the 300 blocks of San Antonio Blvd, Fort Worth Ave, and E. Little Creek Road.  Not a single one of the approximately 47 buildings in those blocks has been demolished at this point.

We should not expect the citizens of Norfolk to have to raise their families in a neighborhood, which in those three blocks, is infected with a criminal cancer.

The park, almost immediately after construction, became a hangout for criminals.  I support the Denby Park/Monticello Village civic league in their request to move the park to a safer area where the families in those neighborhoods can enjoy the use the park without concern for their safety.

Pertinent quote from page 28 of the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan :

[T]he high-density walkup apartments constructed in the Texas Streets section of Denby Park are, for the most part, not desirable housing.  They have been built too close together, without appropriate provision of open space, and without amenities. The maze-like character of the resulting development, its proximity to highly-travelled Little Creek Road and to Interstate – 64 make it unfortunately suitable for drug dealing and for serving as a base for other criminal activity. The Norfolk police report that the situation in these buildings is getting worse. They recommend major change: the acquisition and demolition of these buildings, before the situation has even more adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods.  The many respectable people who are living in these buildings are being victimized by the current situation.


I 64 car fire near Little Creek Road kills one, injures two

July 4, 2011

WVEC is reporting  one person is dead and another is in critical condition after a late night car fire on I-64.

The fire happened on I-64 eastbound near Little Creek Road.

Virginia State Police spokesperson Sergeant Michelle Anaya told WVEC.com a disabled vehicle caught fire Sunday evening, just before midnight.

Click Here for Story and Video.

 

6th annual Suburban Acres 4th of July Parade and Blue Ribbon Dessert Contest 10:00 am Monday

July 3, 2011

Join the Suburban Acres neighbors in a classic celebration of American freedom by parading through their wonderful neighborhood.   Meet on Monday morningJuly 4th at Suburban Park Elementary @ 9:30 — andthe parade will step off @ 10:00. 

Parade Route: Depart from Suburban Park Elementary > up Carl Street > left on Suburban Parkway > left on Galveston Boulevard > ending at the school.  (If you’re not marching, bring a chair and cheer us along the route)

Norfolk Police , Norfolk Sheriff’s Dept.,  NFD Ladder 9, Norfolk Tide’s very own RIP TIDE!, and many others are joining in the celebration! 

****There will also be a  Blue Ribbon dessert contest, so put on your aprons and create your best dessert***


The Civic League will be set up at the school  to provide refreshments after the parade.
This is a classic event and a great time to meet your neighbors!   Bring your bikes, wagons, riders, dogs, power wheels, small convertibles, kids, floats, small marching bands, spirit…and come join our community celebration for the birthday of the greatest country known to man!

For more information call Suburban Acres Secretary , Dee Adams  353-1506


Add murder charge to burglary suspect

July 1, 2011

Eugene Williams who is also charged with burglarizing Louis A. Daniel, Jr at the Cromwell House on June 15th is now also charged with his murder. Williams is due in court again on July 15th.


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