September 24, 2010
Lafayette River RIVERFest
Over a year ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Elizabeth River Project brought together a multidisciplinary group of public and private experts plus citizens to start talking about how to help the Lafayette River. This Steering Group developed a watershed plan with three main parts: a swimmable, fishable Lafayette; a healthy river life; and citizens making a difference. The draft Lafayette River Watershed Plan is being reviewed and hopefully will be endorsed by the Norfolk City Council within the next few weeks. The strategic goal is a swimmable, fishable Lafayette River by 2014.
Planning is underway for a one day celebration of the Lafayette River – RIVERFest on the Lafayette on Saturday 30 April 2011 (rain date 1 May 2011). Hopefully this first celebration in the spring will evolve into an annual River appreciation day. Think block party with food, music, arts, the Elizabeth River Project’s Learning Barge, education tables and activity tents. The Steering Group has met with Colonial Place neighborhood residents and their Civic League and they support the plan. The location will be the 500 block of Mayflower Road – a prime location along the Lafayette River. They will begin working with the City of Norfolk for permits and permission to temporarily close that block on 30 April 2011.
The plan is to ask school choirs and local musicians to volunteer their time and talent. Also we are asking for local artists (photographers, painters, sculptors, potters, etc.) to display their pieces. More information will be forthcoming throughout the fall, winter and spring. Currently the Elizabeth River Project has basic RIVERFest information on their website www.elizabethriver.org under events.
They are working hard to create a unique way to celebrate and appreciate the Lafayette River. If any civic league would like a presentation regarding these Lafayette River efforts, feel free to contact Amry Cox at 969-3461.
A flyer for the April 31, 2011 event can be found here.
March 31, 2010
The following email was sent to Ward 1 City Council candidates, Chuck Brewer, Andy Protogyrou, and Barbara Saunders. (If anyone has an email for Paul Trice, please use the “Contact Us” link on this page and I will invite him to participate).
On behalf of Wards Corner Now I’d like to thank you all for giving up your time and energy to run for the Ward One council seat. For the first time ever, Wards Corner Now is contacting candidates with a questionnaire, the responses to which I would like to post on www.wardscornernow.com. I plan on posting each of your responses to Question 1 on April 13, Question 2 on April 14, and Question 3 on April 15.
All responses will be due by April 11. Please include your website and a digital photograph that you would like posted along with your responses.
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I thank you for your cooperation and look forward to the receipt of your responses. Here are the questions:
1. As you know, Wards Corner Now concerns itself with issues that directly affect the Greater Wards Corner Area. Please list and describe those issues that are, in your opinion, the most pressing issues affecting the Greater Wards Corner Area.
2. Please explain in detail the solutions you intend to utilize to address the issues you identified in question #1, above.
3. Detail those items in the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan that you believe are incorrect or need to be changed and explain why you believe so.
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