Over the next 30 days, the City of Norfolk is reaching out to residents, employees, and others for ideas, concerns, and questions, as we develop the budget proposal that will be considered by City Council in April.
Wards Corner Now and the entire Wards Community offers its thanks to the Granby High School Future Business Leaders of America. On Saturday, November 20, 2010 they collected over 420lbs of trash during a cleanup event in the business district. See details and pictures below:
What a beautiful Saturday morning. Granby had 3 staff and 9 students participate in Keep Norfolk Beautiful project by picking up litter in the Ward’s Corner Business District. We collected 420 lbs of litter in 3 hours. Students were greeted by Chris Perry, Owner of the Ward’s Corner property and President of Suburban Asset Management. His appreciation was shared with the students and their effort to give back to their community. Participants included: Jim Brown, Simone Davis, Jordan and Jewelia Grover, Baron McLean, Tyronne Tigg, Chrishauntez Moses, Brittany Taylor, Regina Calahan, Mrs. Boogades, Mrs. Lanz, Mrs. Pentinen and her 5 yr. old son, Grant.
The Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues will be sponsoring a City – Wide Candidates Forum. It will be held on April 8th at Granby High School in the Auditorium. The event will run from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. but the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
All candidates have been invited to participate. All but three candidates have confirmed attendance.
The Forum will be moderated by Joel Rubin. An email account has been set up for the submission of questions to be posed to the Ward and Mayoral Candidates. Send all submissions to email@example.com. When submitting your questions please indicate your Ward number. Questions must be submitted no later than Friday March 26th. Mr. Rubin will make the final decisions as to which questions will be used.
Pilot Online is reporting that 14 students were arrested Thursday morning after the school called Police to break up several fights. 20 police officers responded. There is an ongoing investigation.
Jennifer Lanz writes,
You may have already heard that this Saturday Granby High School students and Ward’s Corner Businesses are joining efforts to work in the area to pick up trash. Business students will participate in order to earn community service hours as well as learn the rewards of giving back to the community. In addition, another group of students from the general population at Granby will help out. These students are interested in being sponsored financially to register and run in the Virginia Beach Shamrock 1/2 marathon.
Last year we had 57 students who set a goal to train for, and finish a half-marathon. It wasn’t about speed, but about positive, healthy choices. Our kids finished in times ranging from 1:36 to 4:45, but all had fun. There was such camaraderie among the students with the group runs, and friendships were forged that would never have happened otherwise. Every kid felt successful!
This year we have upwards of 100 students who want to participate. The Shamrock organizers, (Jerry and Amy Frostick) are assisting with some financial help. The store, Final Kick, is sponsoring several fund-raisers, but we need more help. Last year, we were able to raise some money,but with so many participants, it’s quite a task. Do the math—–we need about $7500 !!!! Anything the WCBOA could do to help would be greatly appreciated! I will be at the December meeting to give more details and suggest ways that you can help.
Come out on Saturday and meet the students. My cell phone is 619-5962, home is 340-4905. Rain date is Dec. 13th.
Business and Information Technology COE Coordinator
Granby High School
7101 Granby St
Norfolk, VA 23505
Updates related to the Wards Corner Partnership area, taken from November’s Civic Connection:
• PROJECT FOCUS. The Civic Connection says “A Youth Academy for residents of the Denby Park neighborhood began on November 19, 2007, the Crossroads Recreation Center, and will run for four weeks.” This is untrue. The Denby Park Youth Academy has been postponed indefinitely for lack of interest in the program.
• TRUCK RESTRICTIONS. The Norfolk Police Department began enforcement of a new city ordinance passed by the Norfolk City Council in October 2007 limiting truck traffic on Hampton Blvd., Granby St., and Church St. Enforcement of this ordinance prohibiting trucks of 4 axles or more from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Violation of this ordinance may result in a fine of $250.00. Members of the Norfolk Police Department have received training in preparation of enforcement of the new code from the staff of the City Attorney’s Office. Officers will be assigned to enforcement of this new ordinance in the initial week and there after as deemed necessary. Motorists can expect officers to strictly enforce any violation of this ordinance.
• CITY COUNCIL. Approved a resolution supporting passage by the General Assembly of legislation to prevent exploitative payday lending practices in Virginia.
• TRAFFIC SIGNAL BATTERY BACK-UPS. The Division of Transportation have installed and tested battery back-up systems at two intersections in Norfolk — Virginia Beach Boulevard and Military Highway, and Brambleton Avenue and St. Paul’s Boulevard – and plans to install the back-up system at other key locations. The new system will keep traffic signals operational during power failures and during periods of power fluctuation. Ideally, the traffic signal will continue its regular cycle, although it may – for a variety of reasons, enter a flashing red/ flashing yellow cycle. The back-up system ensures the safe operation of signals for a minimum of 4 hours. The next location planned to be equipped with battery back-ups is:
Hampton Boulevard and Terminal Boulevard
• SCHOOL FLASHING BEACONS. In an effort to ensure safe crossing at school zones, DOT has upgraded school flashing lights at Granby High School. The new flashing lights horizontal instead of vertical in order to increase the surface area visible to drivers, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are now being used because they are brighter when they flash, and the background of the school flashing beacons are now florescent yellow-green which makes it apparent to drivers that they are crossing a school zone.
• ARTS COMMISSION. The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the December performances in its free, open to the public, Arts Within Reach series. Dec. 4 (Tues.) 7 pm Arts Within Reach. Virginia Symphony Holiday Brass Quintet. Members of the symphony’s brass section—Stephen Carlson, trumpet; David Vonderheide, trumpet; Wilford Holcombe, horn; Timothy Owner, trombone; Peter DuBeau, tuba; John Lindberg, percussion—ring in the holidays with a unique, seasonal concert. Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue. 664-4321
Pilot OnLine reports on schools that are identified as “dropout factories”, high schools and vocational schools that held on to 60 percent or less of their students from freshman to senior year over three years, from 2004 to 2006:
There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description, according to an analysis of Education Department data conducted by Johns Hopkins for The Associated Press. That’s 12 percent of all such schools, no more than a decade ago but no less, either.
Five of these High Schools are in Norfolk.
Granby High School
Booker T Washington High School
Maury High School
Lake Taylor High School
Norview High School
Wavy TV has listed the Virginia Schools.