HHW and E-waste Collection Site Temporarily Closed

HHW and E-waste Collection Site Temporarily Closed

August 28, 2014 through Labor Day

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-waste collection site located at 1176 Pineridge Road will be temporarily closed for maintenance beginning Thursday, August 28. The HHW and E-waste collection site will reopen on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 during normal operation hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

During the temporary closure, residents can drop-off unwanted E-waste at the Division of Towing and Recovery located at 1188-A Lance Road, 24-hours a day and seven days a week.

For more information on recycling HHW and E-waste, visit norfolk.gov/trash or call (757) 441-5813.

Norfolk Neighborhood Expo

Norfolk Neighborhood Expo

“Bringing Families, Schools and Neighborhoods Together”

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center

1401 Ballentine Boulevard, Norfolk, VA

11 am – 3 pm

The 3rd Annual Norfolk Neighborhood Expo is designed to celebrate Norfolk’s families, schools and

neighborhoods and the reasons they make our city a great place to live, invest and participate.

Further, the Expo is a festive setting in which to promote the importance of building safe, healthy

and inclusive relationships: neighbor to neighbor; parent to teacher; resident to community partner,

etc.

This year’s event will be co-located at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center

and Richard Bowling Elementary School. The 92,000-square-foot Kroc Center, an education,

creative arts and recreational building, at the corners of Princess Anne Road and Ballentine

Boulevard, features a 370-seat theater, multiple classrooms and meeting rooms available for

community use that will assist with educational programs and a large gymnasium and fitness area

offering various health and wellness programs to the community. The Kroc Center also features an

aquatics area that includes a multiple story water slide, lazy river, zero-entry pool area and lap

lanes.

Events for the day include:

Presentation of City Proclamation acknowledging Sunday, September 21st as

National Neighborhood Day

Educational exhibits

Entertainment and activities for people of all ages

Awards and prizes

City and Norfolk Public Schools updates

Exhibitors’ Set-up

The format for the Expo is trade-show style. We will provide a table and two chairs for each

exhibitor. There is no cost for the event, but we do request that you provide giveaways (pens,

pencils, etc. at your table). Please note that we intend to use indoor and outdoor spaces, and to

the degree possible, outdoor exhibitors will be placed under tents. If you have a tent, and are

willing to bring it, please note that in the form below. Exhibitors will not be able to sell items at

this event!

As there will be a limited number of interior tables available, we will address this on a firstrequested,

first-served basis. Set-up time for the event is 9:30 am – 10:30 am Saturday,

September 20th. For ease of set-up on Saturday morning, you may also drop off items on Friday

September 19th between 5 -7 p.m.

Please complete the attached form and return by close of business, Friday, September 12th. For

your convenience, we’ve included several methods to receive your response.

We are asking each exhibitor to prepare a giveaway basket or item that we can provide as part of

our resident raffle. If you have any questions or comments regarding this request, please contact

me at your earliest convenience.

Lastly, we certainly look forward to having you as an exhibitor at what is shaping up to be an

exciting and fun learning experience for all Norfolk’s residents.

All the best,

Department of Neighborhood Development

 

LED Lights Installed in MacArthur Garage

LED Lights Installed in MacArthur Garage

LED lights

Tiny and bright new LED lights are improving how you navigate the MacArthur Center garages. The new lights incorporate the latest LED technology and replace the original fixtures installed in the 1990’s.

The LED lights will enhance security; eliminate routine maintenance and bulb replacement. The operation cost is one-third of the old fixtures.

Additionally, the new system will incorporate a daylight harvesting feature which automatically turns off lights in perimeter areas where outside ambient light naturally provides a safe lighting level, further enhancing the efficiencies of the new lighting system.

Light installation in the North and South garages will finish by the end of September. Plans are underway to install the LED lights in the remaining city garages.

Smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewer System Starts August 27 in Norfolk

HRSD, the regional wastewater treatment utility, is undertaking an inspection program to determine which sewer pipes and manholes are most in need of repair or replacement.

HRSD, the regional wastewater treatment utility, is undertaking an inspection program to determine which sewer pipes and manholes are most in need of repair or replacement. The effort will start August 27 with smoke testing in the City of Norfolk, and expand to other localities in the fall. Residents will be notified at least five days before testing occurs on their street.

During smoke testing, one of several methods that will be used to find possible leaks in the sewer system, artificially created smoke (similar to that created by a fog machine at a concert) is blown into a manhole. Fans then fill the sewer pipe with the harmless smoke, which will escape the pipe through cracks and leaks. The smoke will work its way to ground level, where a team of observers will photograph and flag the location of the escaping smoke.

The notices distributed before testing begins explain the process. Here are answers to a few

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What do I need to do to prepare for smoke testing?
A: When you receive notice that smoke testing will take place, you should check to see that all drain traps under sinks, toilets, washing facilities and floor drains have water in them. To fill them, simply run each faucet for 30 – 60 seconds, flush toilets or fill the drains with about 3 cups of water.
Q: What should I do if I have pets in the house and will not be home during smoke testing?
A: The smoke is not harmful to pets. It would be a good idea to leave several windows partially open for ventilation, should any smoke enter the building. If you have proper plumbing connections and all of the drain traps have water in them, there should not be any problems.
Q: Is the smoke harmful to humans or furnishings?
A: No. It may make you cough, but it is not harmful to your health and will not harm clothing, drapes or furniture.
Q: What should I do if smoke gets into the house and how long will it take to dissipate?
A: If smoke enters your home during testing, please notify the contractor immediately, open windows to allow ventilation and note the location of the smoke. Smoke inside your home can help identify bad plumbing connections or a cracked seal around a toilet. Smoke alarms may also sound. The smoke will clear within a few moments. The amount of time required will depend upon how much smoke enters the building and how much ventilation you can provide.
Q: Who will conduct these tests?
A: HRSD has retained Brown and Caldwell to manage the testing. Brown and Caldwell plans to use the services of
Terra Contracting, Hydrostructures and Video Pipe Services to conduct the investigative tests.
Q: What happens if HRSD finds a bad sewer connection or lack of traps in my home?
A: An engineer will review the investigation information and make a recommendation, which will be reviewed by HRSD
Staff and shared with you.
Q: Whom do I contact if I have other questions or concerns about smoke testing?
A: You may call 757.518.2428 or send an email to Projects@hrsd.com.

Trash Pickup

Norfolk’s policy is that NO TRASH is to be placed at the curb before Thursday at 5:30.  Several households continue to place trash – whether it be yard waste, furniture, etc – on the curb before Thursday.  If you have a lawn service, the option is for the lawn service to take the debris or place the bags/debris behind a fence, etc. so it is not seen from the curb.

Trash is picked up every Friday.  Households who put trash out by the curb before Thursday are to be reported to Norfolk Cares, 664-6510.  Inspectors will be sent out to put notices on houses that violate the city policy.  If the behavior continues, the inspectors will ticket households.

Our neighborhood seeks to maintain a high standard for neighborhood appearance by encouraging residents to keep their property neat and clean at all times.

If you don’t want to call Norfolk Cares, please notify Linda McConnaghy, our Neighborhood Improvement Chair or send a comment via the webpage.  The street address is needed.

Let’s work together to keep our neighborhood beautiful.

Back to School Required Immunizations

Update: Back to School Required Immunizations

Update: Back to School Required Immunizations

The Dept. of Public Health continues to offer free immunizations students, and Tdap shots for rising 6th graders.

FREE Back to School Immunizations and Tdap Clinics for Rising 6th Graders in Norfolk
The Norfolk Department of Public Health will be providing free back to school immunization and Tdap clinics. Your child must have all required immunizations before returning to Norfolk Public Schools. Clinic location and hours of operation are:

Norfolk Department of Public Health (Main Site)
830 Southampton Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Monday-Friday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Little Creek Multi-Service Center
207 E. Little Creek Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23505
Monday-Friday from 8:30 am – 10:30 am
and Monday-Thursday from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Parents will need to have a valid photo ID, child’s insurance card and shot record. For more information on back to school immunizations, call the Norfolk Department of Public Health at (757) 355-5666

The Dept. of Public Health continues to offer free immunizations students, and Tdap shots for rising 6th graders.

FREE Back to School Immunizations and Tdap Clinics for Rising 6th Graders in Norfolk
The Norfolk Department of Public Health will be providing free back to school immunization and Tdap clinics. Your child must have all required immunizations before returning to Norfolk Public Schools. Clinic location and hours of operation are:

Norfolk Department of Public Health (Main Site)
830 Southampton Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Monday-Friday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Little Creek Multi-Service Center
207 E. Little Creek Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23505
Monday-Friday from 8:30 am – 10:30 am
and Monday-Thursday from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Parents will need to have a valid photo ID, child’s insurance card and shot record. For more information on back to school immunizations, call the Norfolk Department of Public Health at (757) 355-5666

Join Our Team! Norfolk Fire and Rescue

Compensation Plan:  July 2014 to June 30, 2015

       Rank / Position                     Starting         Top Pay

         Firefighter Recruit                      $36,617                 N/A

Firefighter/AEMT                       $38,228            $58,170

Firefighter/EMT-I                       $39,284            $59,777

       Firefighter/EMT-P                       $45,376              $69,046

Norfolk Fire-Rescue hires new employees with or without previous experience.   New hires enter the Department as Firefighter Recruits and are promoted to the rank of Firefighter/Advanced EMT or Intermediate following successful completion of the Training Academy.   Individuals with Virginia EMT- Paramedic certification may request promotion to Firefighter/EMT-P, provided they meet medical practice requirements for the City of Norfolk. Compensation is based on a 52 hour work week. Tours of duty are comprised of 24-hour shifts on a rotating schedule. A typical Firefighter works 10 days per month, spending 12 hours on an Ambulance and 12 hours on a Fire Apparatus during a 24-hour shift. Academy training is completed on a 5-day schedule with occasional nights and weekend work required.

                                                   Benefits

 

Recently hired firefighters accrue 12 vacation days, 13 holidays and 12 sick leave days per year. Accrual of vacation days increases with years of service. Other benefits include:

q  Medical and Dental Insurance Plans

q  Disability Coverage Plans

q  Sick Leave Bank Plans

q  62.5 % Retirement after 25 Years of Service, 65% after 26 years

q  9 Credit Hours of tuition reimbursement per year

“Individuals hired October 5, 2010 or after to a position with City of Norfolk Retirement system benefits are required to contribute five percent (5%) of earnable compensation towards the retirement benefit.  This will be a pre-tax payroll deduction.”

 

Additional benefits are available, including 457 plans and retirement health savings plans.

 

Visit us and submit an online application at www.norfolk.gov/jobs

Or call the City of Norfolk Human Resources @ 757-664-6654.

 

For more information on this profession, go to www.becomeems.org

 

www.norfolk.gov/NFR

Facebook.com/NorfolkVAFireRescue

HIRING NOW!

 

The City of Norfolk is an equal opportunity employer and operates a drug free workplace.

 

Church Street Celebration – Gary U.S. Bonds

Sunday, August 31

The music and musicians of Norfolk’s Church Street will perform a free outdoor concert. Featuring Gary U.S. Bonds, Gene “Daddy G” Barge, Willie Rogers of the Soul Stirrers, The Roadhouse Rockers and more.


Bring lawn chairs & blankets
Parking available in designated lots
No alcohol permitted

**Street closures from 9am-10pm**
* Lincoln Street closed from E. Olney Road to E. Virginia Beach Blvd
* Nicholson Street from Lincoln Street to Church Street
* No on-street parking available during this time

 

4pm  Corner of Church Street and Virginia Beach Blvd.

Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”

Friday, September 5

An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, Company is as contemporary and relevant as ever. It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs (including “Another Hundred People,” “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive”).


On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to “those good and crazy people,” his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is “alone, not alive.” Company Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 5, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Date:
September 5, 2014 - September 7, 2014
Time:
All Day
Time Details:
Show times: Friday|Saturday at 8:00PM; Sunday at 2:30PM
Location:
Little Theatre of Norfolk
Address:
801 Claremont Ave
Norfolk, VA23507

Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”

New Flood Zones and How to Financially Protect Your Property

Do you own property downtown? Come learn about the new flood zones and how to financially protect your property.

The City of Norfolk will be holding a public meeting at the Scope Meeting Hall (201 E. Brambelton Avenue) on Monday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. City Planning staff will make a brief presentation to explain the flood zones and how it affects homeowners and property owners. The meeting will then breakdown into small groups to help answer which flood zone your property is located, what are the insurance implications, as well as any other general inquires or concerns.

In August 2012, an updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) was released for the downtown business district and it included a new flood zone. The City successfully appealed the map due to technical errors. As a result, FEMA accepted the appeal and released a new map to better reflect the flood potential downtown. While the appeal helped decrease the number of properties located in the new downtown flood zone (designated “AH”), there are still 34 properties that reside within its boundaries. These properties will be required to carry flood insurance, if they have a federally-backed mortgage.

For more information about flood maps and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the City Planning website.