Monthly Archives: February 2014
THIS LISTING SUBMITTED TO US ON FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Property for Sale Address: 6920 Gardner Drive
Listing price: $235,000.00
Realtor’s Name: Joyce N. Legum
Listing Company: Just Like New
Email address Jnl5569@cox.net
Phone Number: (757)857-1812
Brief description of property: Completely renovated-new roof, windows, siding kitchen with s/s appliances. Professionally landscaped.
Medians along Granby Street that were damaged during the recent gas line and road work will be restored – damaged vegetation and sprinkler systems will be replaced. Anchor poles on the southeast side of Granby at Little Creek will be removed by Virginia Power once the weather improves. The City is looking at potential changes to turn lanes at the southeast junction of Granby and Little Creek and plans to install a traffic signal on East Little Creek Road at K&K Square. After the task force’s discussion of traffic congestion, traffic lights, illegal turns, etc. in this area, the City will convene a small working group of task force members to further discuss these issues.
Construction work on the underpass replacement at the East Little Creek Road/Tidewater Drive intersection will start on February 17. More information on this significant project can be found at: www.norfolk.gov/index.aspx?NID=282
Department of Development
The new Director of Development, Steven Anderson, was introduced. The City’s façade improvement program is being revised.
Harris Teeter will open on February 19 and other stores in K&K Square shortly thereafter.
The BP gas station property is under contract and should go to closing soon. The underground gasoline tanks must be removed. A one to three bay retail building is being considered; the City has not seen a site plan. Driveways to this property may be enlarged – City will have to approve the building and its driveways.
Artist Gordon Heuther of Napa, California has been selected to design the public art for Wards Corner; the contract has not been finalized. He will come to Norfolk to meet with residents before finalizing his design. His website can be found at: http://www.gordonhuether.com/
Talbot Hall Update
The Talbot Hall property, owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, is under contract with a group of local residents. The new owners propose to build 14 private homes on the 6+ acre property, while maintaining the manor house on ½ acre and setting up a foundation to restore and open it to the public. The Talbot Park Civic League has invited the new owners to speak to the civic league about their plans.
The City issued requests for proposals for the redevelopment of several unused school properties around the city, which have been unveiled and a public comment period is underway. A public meeting will be held on February 19 at 7:00 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd to discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Meadowbrook Elementary property. The Meadowbrook Civic League is opposed to development of apartments or condos on this site.
Come and serve Norfolk’s future generation, as a volunteer reader during the annual Green Reader Program, beginning March 1 – March 31, 2014!
Keep Norfolk Beautiful, Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk Public Libraries, Recycling Perks and the Literacy Partnership Organization are excited to partner together this year to continue planting the seed for environmental stewardship in Norfolk’s elementary students!
For 13 years, the Green Reader program has served to help students develop a better understanding of the role they play in keeping the City of Norfolk clean and beautiful, while also guiding them toward environmental stewardship in their respective communities. The program’s educational activity of sharing sustainability-themed stories with elementary students supports the 2013-2014 Virginia SOL curriculum.
This year the Green Reader Program is proud to announce that it will be in all NPS Elementary Schools! As a result, the program needs over 500 volunteer readers! Each volunteer reader will share eco-friendly books with students in grades Pre-k – 3rd. The deadline to sign up is Monday, February 24, 2014. Volunteers are asked to allot a maximum of one hour for each reading time, and are encouraged to sign up for as many readings as desired.
Green Reader 2014 Book List
• Pre-K : Let’s Reduce Garbage
• Kindergarten : I Can Save the Earth
• 1st : It’s Earth Day
• 2nd : Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug
• 3rd : Michael Recycle and the Tree Top Cops
You may also check these books out from any Norfolk Public Library location!
Sign up as a volunteer Green Reader today! How Can I Sign Up?
I’m sure you’ve all had your fill of snow, but I thought I’d set up a page to share your snow photos. You can send yours to email@example.com and we’ll post them here.
Ready for spring yet? A few items of interest for civic league members from your friendly web guy.
NEW WEB SITE SECTIONS
The RESOURCES page is where you can find links to other web sites and online information you might find of value. This page is a work in progress, and if you know of other web sites or resources you would like to see on this page, send me an email.
The REAL ESTATE page is where real estate agents/companies or owners who are selling homes in one of our neighborhoods can list their properties. To submit a listing, complete the online form here.
ENCOURAGE YOUR NEIGHBORS TO REGISTER ONLINE!
Please forward this email to your neighbors and ask them to come join our online community. By creating a free account, residents will receive email notifications from us, have access to our online survey where they can help drive the organization, and be able to make comments on our blog posts.
Residents can register by clicking the link at the top of any page of the web site.
For a limited time, askHRgreen.org is offering free pet waste stations through a new grant program. If your Hampton Roads neighborhood/HOA/community association is ready to make scooping the poop a priority, then you’re invited to apply. Pet waste stations encourage residents to pick up after their pets by making it easy and convenient to do so. They are also one small thing a community can do to help keep our local waterways clean.
I am thinking of applying for some pet stations. Any suggestions where to locate them??
Councilman Smigiel will be our speaker at this meeting, starting at 7pm.
At the January meeting we discussed items you would like answers to – this is your opportunity to get the answers from the City.
Invite you neighbors to attend.
The next meeting will be Monday, February 17th at 7pm at McKendree Methodist Church. I am working on the speaker and will post the info as soon as I receive a confirmation.
NPS Announces Plans for Making Up Instructional Hours Missed Due to Snow
In order to make up the instructional hours lost due to this week’s snow, Norfolk Public Schools will extend the early release day planned for Feb. 14…
NPS Announces Plans for Making Up Instructional Hours Missed Due to Snow
In order to make up the instructional hours lost due to this week’s snow, Norfolk Public Schools will extend the early release day planned for Feb. 14 into a full instructional day. Staff development that had been planned for the afternoon of Feb. 14 will be reconfigured.
Also, Presidents’ Day, Feb. 17, 2014, will now be a full school day for students and staff, rather than a holiday.
These two scheduling adjustments will be more than sufficient to allow NPS to meet the state requirement for 990 hours of direct instructional time each school year. Adding instructional hours at this point of the year also provides students and staff crucial instructional time before upcoming high-stakes testing such as Standards of Learning and Advanced Placement exams.
Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4 will be half days for high school students to finish up first-semester exams. Exams for blocks 1 and 7 will take place on Monday, and exams for blocks 6 and 8 will take place on Tuesday.
Wednesday, Feb. 5 will be the start of the second semester and third grading quarter, and report cards will be distributed on Friday, Feb. 7.
Regarding activities scheduled for Saturday:
All varsity basketball games will be played as originally scheduled, except that the Kempsville High vs Norview High basketball games will have time adjustments. The girls game will be at 1 p.m. and the boys game will be at 3 p.m.
Granby High wrestling will wrestle at Cox High. See the Granby athletics Web site for details, http://granbyathletics.org/.
The Norview High School wrestling trip to Richmond is canceled.
Advanced Placement Math Saturday Session
The Saturday, Feb. 1 session at Maury High School for Advanced Placement math students from Maury, Norview, and Granby high schools has been canceled.
The Annual Hampton Roads Student Gallery scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 from 8-11 a.m. has been postponed to Saturday, Feb. 8 at The Selden Arcade, 208 East Main Street, Norfolk, for art students in 11th and 12th grades.