Invitation from Suburban Acres Civic League

September 11, 2011

A number of Wards Corner area civic leagues, or portions thereof, have been redistricted and are now in the 100th district of the Virginia House of Delegates. The current elected representative of the 100th district is Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.

Suburban Acres Civic League’s monthly meeting on Monday evening Sep. 12 features Delegate Lewis, Jr. (D-100th) as a guest speaker.  All civic leagues/residents in the Greater Wards Corner area are invited to attend and meet Delegate Lewis.  The meeting is at Suburban Park Elementary School.  Doors open with refreshments at 6 pm; the meeting starts at 6:30.



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 a disabled vehicle caught fire Sunday evening, just before midnight.

Click Here for Story and Video.


Wards Corner’s own The Pancake House featured in VP article

June 20, 2011
The Pancake House

The Pancake House

At almost 50 years old, The Pancake House at Wards Corner has become a neighborhood staple.  The Virginian-Pilot printed an article/review in their June 20, 2011 edition.

You’re not likely to leave The Pancake House hungry, although you may feel like taking a nap after ingesting all those carbs.

Congratulations go out to The Pancake House for their past and future successes!

The full article can be read here.

History of Wards Corner

November 8, 2010
"Wards Corner Survives"

"Wards Corner Survives"

The Cromwell Farm/Ellsworth Civic League recently invited Robert B. Hitchings, Head of the Sargeant Memorial Room of the Norfolk Public Library, to give a talk on the History of Wards Corner. The slideshow that went along with the  presentation is attached here (PDF).

Should your civic league want to invite Mr. Hitchings to present, he can be reach at:
Sargeant Memorial Room – Main Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

In Support of Andy Protogyrou for City Council

April 26, 2010
Andy Protogyrou, Candidate for City Council, Ward 1

Andy Protogyrou, Candidate for City Council, Ward 1

Over the course of the last three months, four candidates running for Norfolk City Council for Ward 1 have been vying for the support and vote of Wards Corner residents in the May 4th election. Many of us have attended several of the candidate forums where the candidates have appeared and discussed the issues. Recently, those of us who live in Ward 1 have started receiving campaign literature from three of the four candidates.

We want to set the record straight.  The candidates, with the exception of one, have not indicated any real plan to revitalize Wards Corner.  Mr. Brewer and Mrs. Saunders tend to dance around that issue without offering any real ideas.  Mr. Brewer has repeatedly said, in the forums that we have attended, that putting more police officers and code enforcement inspectors will effect change. We, however, all agree that this approach is merely a temporary band-aid that has been tried over the past 10 years without any substantial results.

Let us be very clear. We, as active civic leaders of the Greater Wards Corner Area, support Andy Protogyrou for City Council as the only credible and viable candidate for Ward One. We encourage you to do the same.

The other two candidates have only recently positioned Wards Corner as a top priority due to the positive feedback and endorsements that Andy Protogyrou is receiving.

Andy Protogyrou lives in the Greater Wards Corner Area, has been a Civic League President, and demonstrates a resume that clearly puts him head and shoulders above the other candidates. He has what it takes to be our advocate and get the job done to revitalize Wards Corner and address the issues of Ward 1.

It was us, the undersigned, who approached Andy Protogyrou to run for City Council and NOT the downtown crowd as some have suggested.

Andy’s approach to revitalization is based on good business sense, proper economic development strategies, and a clear understanding that a healthy business district drives healthy neighborhoods.  More police and code inspectors, although important, don’t effect the necessary change.

Andy has said from the day he announced his candidacy that his focus will be on:
1.  The redevelopment and the economic prosperity of Wards Corner,
2.  The flooding of Mason Creek and Willoughby,
3.  Bringing a commonsense approach to City spending,
4.  Creating a good learning environment for our children, and
5.  Improving the quality of life for all.

We all believe that Andy Protogyrou possesses those qualities that are required and necessary to revitalize Wards Corner and be an effective advocate on City Council.   Several organizations agree, including the: Norfolk Professional Firefighters Local 68, Tidewater Builders Association, Eastern Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Hampton Roads Realtors Association and United Black Firefighters.  This is perhaps the most important election to date for the citizens of Ward 1. We ask that you join us and vote for Andy Protogyrou.


Jim English
Louis Eisenberg
Jim McDonnell
Dr. Brad Robinson
Martin Thomas Jr.
Update: The Virginian-Pilot agrees and has endorsed Andy as well!

Ward One Candidates’ Forum Tuesday, March 16th

March 15, 2010

Talbot Park Civic League will be holding a Ward One Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, March 16th, 7:00 pm at the Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6900 Newport Avenue. Candidates Andy Protogyrou, Barbara Saunders and Chuck Brewer will be participating.

The format will be a basic one: Each candidate will answer a few questions about their priorities for Ward 1, the city of Norfolk, their experience and explain why they are qualified to represent the citizens of Ward One.

All are invited to attend.

Bon Secours Depaul plans $18.1 million outpatient cancer center

March 8, 2010

Pilot-Online is reporting, Bon Secours Hampton Roads is planning to build two multi million-dollar outpatient cancer centers in Hampton Roads. One will be located at its Habour View campus in Suffolk and the other will be at its Depaul Medical Center Campus in Norfolk.


Both 30,000 -square-foot centers would focus on radiation treatment. They also would provide additional services for cancer patients, such as space for support group meetings and rooms for talks with financial counselors, said Lynne Zultanky, a company spokeswoman.

Bon Secours has applied to the state health department for permission to move its licenses for certain radiation therapy equipment from its Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth to these locations.

A public hearing on the requests is scheduled for Tuesday at the Russell Memorial Library in Chesapeake.

 Bon Secours has already gotten permission to build a new $200 million dollar, 124 bed  hospital at its present DePaul site.

Barbara Saunders to kick off her campaign for Ward One City Council seat on March 14th

March 3, 2010

 Barbara Saunders will kick off her campaign for the Ward One Council seat  being vacated by the retiring Councilman Don Williams  on Sunday, March 14th, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ocean View Baptist Church Social Hall located at 9504 Selby Place. There are presently three other candidates vying for the Ward One Council Seat, Attorney Andy Protogyrou, retired police officer Chuck Brewer and Ocean View artist, Paul Trice.

Credit Union to Open Wards Corner Branch

February 28, 2010

The following is an article written by Kevin Janney and printed in the January edition of the Suburban (PDF), the Suburban Acres Civic League newsletter:

New Langley Federal Credit Union branch at 7420 Granby St.

New Langley Federal Credit Union branch at 7420 Granby St.

Langley Federal Credit Union plans to open its new Wards Corner branch at the corner of Granby Street and Louisiana Drive by the end of March. Of the six full time employees projected to staff the branch, five of those will be new hires, according to LFCU spokesperson Susan Thrash. “We have been looking for a good location in Norfolk and we took advantage of this opportunity. This location will serve current members, and help us grow on the Southside,” said Thrash. LFCU was established in 1936 and has more than 175,000 members and $1.5 billion in assets.

According to Thrash, LFCU’s Director of Research and Communications, the convenient location and highly recognizable Wards Corner area contributed to the site’s selection, as well as the fact that the building had been
built as a bank, which helped with renovation complexity and cost. The Granby Street location will be LFCU’s
second Southside branch, the other located at Chesapeake Crossroads on Portsmouth Boulevard. LFCU has
sixteen other branches on the Peninsula.

The 7420 Granby Street site is a former Life Savings Bank of Norfolk branch, and was built in the early 1950’s according to M. B. “Mike” Mausteller Jr., Senior Vice President of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate. The Wards Corner location and nine other Life Savings Bank branches reopened as Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) bank branches after the two organizations merged in October 2003. BB&T closed the branch a couple of years ago in an effort to consolidate area branches. Mausteller says the brick and masonry building “is extremely well built” and anticipates
LFCU will do well at the site because “the Wards Corner area is populated by a lot of loyal customers who enjoy doing business in the local area.”

The renovation project designer is Guernsey & Tingle Architects, with Glenn Development serving as contractor. The property transaction was brokered by Harvey Lindsey Commercial Real Estate of Norfolk.

Four Candidates announce for Don Williams’ City Council Seat

January 10, 2010

According to an article in Sunday’s Compass written by city reporter Harry Minium , four candidates have announced for the retiring Don Williams’ Council seat in Ward One.

Harry Minium has said,

it’s not to early to call Norma Dorey the establishment candidate

For months, many of the city’s political leaders, including Mayor Paul Fraim and Councilman Barclay C. Winn, have been quietly searching for someone they could endorse to succeed Don Williams.    Among those they approached: Planning Commission member and Norfolk businessman Richard Diamonstein and attorneys Chuck McPhillips and Peter G. Decker III.

    All reluctantly declined.

 Enter Dorey, a Willoughby resident who also maintains an apartment downtown. After being approached by Fraim and Winn, she said last week she’s “99 percent sure” she’ll run.

Norma Dorey has said that she has received

nothing but encouragement from the powers that be downtown

 Asked about Wards Corner, Dorey said she doesn’t know the issues there well, but plans to get informed very quickly.

The three other candidates that have announced are Developer John Hadjikakos, retired Norfolk Police Officer Chuck Brewer and Ocean View artist, “Red Rooster” , Paul Trice.

John Hadjikakos, area real estate developer who said   his priority would be redeveloping substandard housing in Wards Corner and Willoughby.

Hadjikakos will make the deterioration of housing and the commercial corridor in Wards Corner a centerpiece of his campaign. “I’m shocked about the violent crime in Wards Corner,” Hadjikakos said. “We have to get a handle on the crime before we can improve the business district.”

 Former Norfolk policeman Chuck Brewer has not yet announced, but his Facebook page says he’s running. He has been critical of the spending of Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis. 

   A resident of blue-collar Ocean View, he may have some appeal with the ward’s middle-income majority. So might Paul Trice, the Ocean View artist known simply as the Red Rooster, who lives in Willoughby Terrace and says he will run his campaign from his home.    Former Norfolk policeman Chuck Brewer has not yet announced, but his Facebook page says he’s running. He has been critical of the spending of Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis.  




Owner of AJ Gators to present plans for new Wards Corner restaurant

January 9, 2010

J. Sharer, the owner of AJ Gators, will be presenting his plans for a new AJ Gators at the closed Warehouse Music Store on the southeast corner of Granby Street and E. Little Creek Road. He will be making his presentation at the monthly meeting of the Suburban Acres Civic League being held January 11th, Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole Street.

East Little Creek Road – Norfolk’s shooting gallery

September 19, 2009


The East Little Creek Road Corridor between Wards Corner and Wal-Mart is becoming  a gun range with  humans as targets. Two murders this week in the 800 block of Banaker Road. One murder last week in the 300 block of Fort Worth Avenue and today, Saturday,  another shooting in the 800 block of East Little Creek Road. Click here for story.   Why isn’t Norfolk going to war on this dysfunction that is becoming a part of every day life in our area? Is it because most of the  killings and shootings involve black folks? If this criminal activity were taking place in Downtown, you want to bet that the Mayor and several City Council folks would have their mugs all over the television news. Case in point – The Granby Theater shooting in March of 2007. All hell broke loose in the city’s officialdom.  Click here for story . Why is violence in one part of the city dealt with severely and in other areas almost ignored? One answer is institutional racism. Black folks killing each other in Norfolk  is ok as long as it doesn’t effect the economic development efforts in Downtown.

Red Sector P.A.C.E meeting Friday

September 9, 2009

 Norfolk Police Department

3 rd  Patrol Division

Red Sector P.A.C.E. meeting  


September 11, 2009 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM

Norfolk Community Workforce Center

201 E. Little Creek Rd (Next to Kroger)

Room# 204

We hope everyone had a great summer!
Our Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm speaker in August was great.
This month we will have Agent Simmons from the ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement as our speaker

 Come join us for this community partnership and a light lunch.
Please email or call Officer Jackson if you plan to bring food, beverage, cups or plates.
Were see you on September 11, 2009

“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


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

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