Take Our Lake Whitehurst West Resident Survey

The Lake Whitehurst West Civic League board of directors is planning for 2016, and we need your help.

This is your civic league, and we work for you. So please carve out five minutes to take our Resident Survey. It’s 18 questions that will help us create a strategic plan for 2016, which we’ll present to you at our January meeting.

You can take the survey through December 30 by clicking here.

Storm Updates from the City of Norfolk

Friday’s Garbage, Bulk, Yard Waste, and Recycling Services Suspended

Norfolk’s garbage, bulk, yard waste, and recycling services are suspended for Friday, October 2, 2015 due to inclement weather; refuse container deliveries are also suspended.

Norfolk’s garbage, bulk, yard waste, and recycling services are suspended for Friday, October 2, 2015 due to inclement weather; refuse container deliveries are also suspended. Please do not place bulk, yard waste, or containers at curbside until further notice. After the storm event, collection will occur as soon as possible.

Depending on weather conditions, service in the Central Business District will occur as scheduled.
Street Sweeping Suspended for Thursday, October 1, 2015

Public Works Operations will not sweep scheduled streets on Thursday, October 1, 2015. This includes areas with and without street sweeping enforced parking signs. The department will attempt to reschedule street sweeping after this storm event.
Mayor Fraim Declares State of Emergency in Accordance with State Declaration

Mayor Paul D. Fraim has declared a state of emergency at 5:04 p.m. in accordance with Governor McAuliffe’s state declaration. Norfolk’s declaration will allow the City to seek state assistance and possible federal reimbursement for storm related costs. State Declaration

Civic League Picnic Photos, July 25, 2015

What a great day for picnic! About 100 folks attended the new and improved LWWCL Summer picnic at McKendree UMC. Pastor Michelle Louk, as always, generously supported the civic league by giving us access to the church kitchen and restrooms, grounds and shelter, and even their grill. Burgers and hot dogs from the grill and lots of salads and sides were on the menu.

Norfolk Police Chief Goldsmith, several of his officers, Sheriff Bob McCabe, and City Council Super Ward 6 representative Barclay Winn came out for a bite and to socialize. For the kids, the Bouncy House was a big hit–and the Norfolk Fire Department’s water tanker and hook and ladder were an even a bigger hit.  Meadowbrook Forest Resident David Welsh pulled together some musicians for an afternoon of guitar, fiddle and keyboard blues tunes. Throw in a cornhole tournament and 50/50 raffle, and the day was great fun.

Thanks to everyone who came out–and especially to our board of directors and volunteers who pulled it all together.

Paul Green, GrillMeister


Our first and send place corn hole tournament winning teams.
The corn hole tourney first place team!
Apparently aliens even heard how fun the picnic was!
Movie stars!
This guy loved the face painting.
Norfolk Paramedic’s new driver!










David Welsh and gang run through some blues tunes.



John Mosher won the 50/50 raffle–and promptly donated it back to the civic league. Thanks John!
Paster Michelle Louk and Jim Driggers, pre-picnic.
The Lake Whitehurst West Civic League Picnic Committee. Front row, l-r, Jill Keifer, Eileen Murley, Linda McConnaghey, Diane Fleming. Back row, l-r: Steve Murley, Jim Driggers, Andrew Roberts, Eric Hause, Debra Mosher, Alex McConnaghy. Not pictured: Barbara Jones, Paul Green

Larrymore Community Gardens & Pool Work Day is Saturday


The Larrymore Community Garden and Pool Association is planning a cleanup and repair day this Saturday, May 9, from 10 am until 4 pm.  They’ll have hot dogs and burgers on the grill for lunch as well as snacks and drinks available throughout the day for all volunteers.

They need help with the following:

General Area:

Fence painting

Mowing and edging (they could use an edger and someone who knows how to use it)

Debris cleanup and removal

Sign repair or placement of a new sign

Pool Area:

Removal of pool cover

Removal of canopy on the pool deck

Repairing of canteen roof

Cleaning of baby pool

Deck power washing

Cleaning of the restrooms

Cleaning of patio chairs/ children’s tables


Path building in the garden (both rock and and mulch paths)

Planting and developing unused beds (if beds are not rented, they plan to create plots for food bank donations, pumpkins, gourds, melons and etc for community and gardeners or for a fall function for kids and families)

Installation of rain gutters to supply garden rain barrels

Construction of the rain barrel platform

Completing the small compost bins and placement of compost bins.

Building of 1 elevated/ raised bed for a senior person

Removal of fence posts along Winn Dr.

Completion of supply bins board exterior (if boards available)

If you can volunteer an hour or the whole day, please ask for Jennifer Wagner  (331-0760) when you arrive, and she will direct you. No need to bring tools, just a pair of gloves and a hat.

Rent Your Garden Plot at the Larrymore Lawns Community Park

The Larrymore Lawns CPA Community Garden is a fun place to grow food and friends. It is first and foremost a community of people who share the interest in gardening and using fresh produce. Download an application here.

Bed rentals are now available for the 2015 growing season. Choose from a 10 x 10 space or a 10 x 20. Bed Rentals are yearly and run from March 1 to Feb 28 the following year. Membership fee is $5.00 – Membership is required IN ADDITION to bed rentals.

LLCPA members enjoy:

  • access to the LLCPA Community Garden( Pool EXCLUDED) including the combination to the locked gates;
  • on-site use of LLCPA tools and equipment;
  • use of Restroom and Canteen facilities in the Pool Facility;
  • access to chip mulch/compost and community supply piles
  • herbs/veggies/fruits growing in the communal plots;
  • seeds from the seed bank/ or from mature plants provided in communal areas
  • access to all LLCPA sponsored workshops and classes;
  • one vote at general membership meetings.

For more information call or email Jennifer Wagner at 331-0760.

Here’s the Lake Whitehurst West Community Yard Sale Locations Map


20 yard sales in one neighborhood on one day! Find all sorts of treasures in one of Norfolk’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Plus, join us for our flea market, plant sale, and fish fray at McKendree United Methodist Church

Be sure to stop by McKendree UMC  where we’ll have refreshments, a plant sale, a flea market, and a Fish Fry (11-3). To print this map, click on the image, then send the file to your printer. Or visit on Google Maps.

Happy shopping!




Larrymore Lawns Pool has a New Name and a New Direction

Larrymore-Lawns-Community-Park-Association-pres-1The Larrymore Lawns Pool, a fixture in our community for nearly 60 years, has recently changed it’s mission and is now the Larrymore Lawns Community Park Association.

“Our new leadership understood that times have changed, and we need to change with them,” said President Jennifer Wagoner-White.

While the pool will remain a main attraction of the four-acre property, the Association has recently unveiled plans for year-round multiple use of the rest of the property.

The plan addresses new membership levels and categories, changes to focus of the pool and property, incorporates some cosmetic appearance modifications, and adds a multifunction component.

The Association is adding a community garden with plots for lease by individuals as well as a community area for vegetables, herbs or flower for members to pick and enjoy. Individual plots are now available for lease and include tilling service.

In addition, the Association is working on ways to make the property a sustainable and green neighborhood park.

The plan leaves room for the addition of other functions on the property. Ideas being considered are a farmers market, dog park, and a golf Putting practice green.

The Association is actively soliciting suggestions for use of the park from the residents of the surronding neighborhoods the park. You can email yours to Jennifer at larrymorelawns@gmail.com.

You can read the Association’s full plan here.

They are also launching a new web site this spring at www.larrymorelawnspool.org

Our 2015 Lawn & Garden Symposium Series Starts February 14

The Lake Whitehurst West Civic League is excited to sponsor our first Lawn and Garden Symposium Series for residents of our neighborhoods.

Designed for all us novices, this three-class series will provide you with basic information on how to manage and improve your lawns and gardens. If you have specific questions, need inspiration, or simply treasure the beauty of plants and the outdoors, these classes are for you! Our qualified speakers will walk you through the basis of each topic and have plenty of take home how-to materials.

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presented by Jim Lachowicz, Chesapeake Master Gardener and Virginia Tech “Grass Guru.”
February is time to plan your lawn strategy for the coming season, and we all want beautiful lawns. Jim will show you how achieve it with an overview and discussion of turf types, fertilization, pH, correct mowing and proper watering.  He’ll also answer any specific questions you have.

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Presented by Kate Melhuish, Norfolk Master Gardener and Garden Speaker
Kate is a passionate advocate of flowers and fruit,  and the insects and other creatures that provide the offspring for seeds and the germination of fruits. She’ll give us a look at all types of pollinators and their importance to healthy gardens, as well as how to attract and keep them in your garden.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

By Elsie Holliday, Diane Fleming and Debora Mosher, Norfolk Master Gardeners and active workers with Weyanoke Sanctuary and EcoGarden
For those of you who don’t have room for a full-fledged garden, container pots provide a space-saving and beautiful option. With the varied growing season in Southeast Virginia, you can grow just about anything in a container, from trees and flowers to veggies, herbs and succulents. Plus, we’ll discuss how to select the best pot for your plant type.

All classes are held at McKendree Methodist Church

Classes are open to all residents of our neighborhoods. Lake Whitehurst Civic League members may attend at no charge.

Non-members pay a one-time fee $15 for the entire symposium series, whether they attend one class or all three. The fee also includes an annual membership in the Civic League and admission to all other other Civic League sponsored events. Your fee is payable on the day of your first selected class.

All classes require advance registration by completing the form below or calling Debora Mosher at 857.4754.