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Norfolk News Now – Sept. 2011 – Rise of the Tide light rail and 14 other stories from Norfolk, VA

September 10, 2019


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>>>COMING UP, THE RISE OF THE TIDE, A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER IS
ONE STEP CLOSER, AND THREE NORFOLK HISTORICAL TREASURES
HAVE A CHANCE AT A PLACE OF HONOR IN VIRGINIA’S COLLECTIONS.
THESE AND 12 OTHER STORIES UP NEXT ON NORFOLK NEWS NOW.
>>>WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER EDITION OF NORFOLK NEWS NOW.
I’M KAREN PARKER-CHESSON WITH THE NORFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT.
THANKS FOR JOINING US. A WHOLE NEW WAY TO GET FROM ONE
PLACE TO THE OTHER IN NORFOLK. AND EARLY RESULTS SHOW THE TIDE
IS CATCHING ON FAST. THE TRIPLE-N’S JOHN LINKA HAS
MORE.>>NORFOLK’S LIGHT RAIL BECAME A
FORMALITY IN DECEMBER OF 2007 WITH A GROUND BREAKING AND A
WHOLE LOT OF COMPUTER ANIMATION. FAST FORWARD TO AUGUST OF 2011,
AND LIGHT RAIL HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED WITH A RIBBON CUTTING AND
A LOT OF CELEBRATION.>>THE NEW ERA IN MASS TRANSIT
WILL BEGIN FOR NORFOLK, HAMPTON ROADS, AND FOR THE COMMONWEALTH.
ALWAYS ENVISIONED AS A REGIONAL SYSTEM, NORFOLK’S LIGHT RAIL IS
BUT THE FIRST LEG OF WHAT CAN BECOME AN INTEGRATED RAIL
NETWORK THAT WILL MOVE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE EFFICIENTLY TO
AND FROM HOME AND WORK.>>THERE WERE HUGS ALL AROUND,
ESPECIALLY BETWEEN TWO OF THE BIGGEST PLAYERS IN BRINGING
LIGHT RAIL TO NORFOLK, FORMER COUNCILMAN RANDY WRIGHT AND
MAYOR PAUL FRAIM. THE OPENING WAS SO BIG, IN FACT,
IT TURNED INTO TWO OPENING CEREMONIES.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE READY FOR THE OH-DARK-100 EXPRESS ON
THE MORNING OF AUGUST 19th, 2011, AT THE NEW TOWN ROAD
STATION. THE 5:55 A.M. INAUGURAL RIDE ON
THE TIDE LIGHT RAIL WAS PACKED FOR ITS FIRST TRIP INTO DOWNTOWN
NORFOLK.>>TODAY IS PROOF THAT TRANSIT,
THE LIGHT RAIL WILL FILL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION IN HAMPTON
ROADS AND THIS IS A FIRST STEP AND A GREAT STEP.
>>IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD THING FOR OUR BUSINESS.
WE HAVE OUR BUSINESS OFF LOOP DRIVE, AND A
LOT OF OUR
CUSTOMERS WORK DOWNTOWN NORFOLK AND THIS IS GOING TO WORK OUT
WELL FOR US.>>AND IF YOU THOUGHT THE TRAIN
ARRIVED EARLY ON OPENING DAY –>>I WAS UP AT 1:00 A.M. THIS
MORNING AND I ARRIVED AT THE NEW TOWN STATION AROUND 1:30.
>>GREAT TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE HERE.
WE ACTUALLY HAVE A LOT OF FANS FOR LIGHT RAIL, AND THE BUZZ IN
THE CITY OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS HAS BEEN VERY POSITIVE, AND
SO IT’S SORT OF A RELIEF TO GET TO THIS MOMENT AND HAVE THE
SYSTEM SO WELL RECEIVED.>>WELL RECEIVED WOULD BE THE
UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WEEKEND. WE’LL GET TO THAT IN A MINUTE.
BUT FIRST, LET’S HIT THE WAYBACK MACHINE FOR A SECOND, SHALL WE?
WE MENTIONED THE GROUNDBREAKING IN DECEMBER OF 2007.
IN JANUARY 2009, THERE WAS A TRIP TO HIGH STEEL STRUCTURES IN
LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA. WHERE LIGHT RAIL STEEL BRIDGE
GIRDERS WERE BEING GHAILT WOULD GO — BEING BUILT THAT WOULD GO
INTO THE OVERPASSES ALONG THE ROUTE AND IT TOOK MORE THAN TWO
DAYS TO BRING THIS 55,000-POUND BEAST MORE THAN 400 MILES
THROUGH RAIN, SLEET, AND SNOW BACK TO NORFOLK.
IN 2009, WE MET 91-YEAR-OLD RANDALL PIKE, THE OLDEST LIVING
NORFOLK STREET CAR DRIVER FROM THE HEYDAY IN THE 1940s, WHO GOT
A CHANCE TO SIT AT THE CONTROLS OF ONE OF THE NEW TRAINS.
MORE RECENTLY, MEMBERS OF NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL GOT A SNEAK
SPEAK VIP RIDE ON THE TIDE AND A TOUR OF THE TIDE’S MAINTENANCE
AND OPERATIONS FACILITY.>>WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE AREA
TO ALLOWS US TO ASSEMBLE AND DISASSEMBLE THE ASSEMBLIES
UNDERNEATH THE TRAIN. IT’S AN AWFUL LOT OF HEAVY METAL
AND AP PAT RUS THAT MAKES THE TRAINS GO.
>>CONTROL CENTER IS CONSIDERED THE NERVE CENTER OF THE RAIL.
THE CONTROLLER’S JOB, PRIME RESPONSIBILITY IS TO MAKE SURE
WE HAVE SAFE TRAIN MOVEMENT.>>ENOUGH ABOUT THE PAST.
THIS THREE-DAY OPENING WEEKEND OF THE TIDE WAS ABOUT A
CELEBRATION. A CELEBRATION OF THE BEGINNING
OF A NEW ERA OF PUBLIC TRANSIT IN NORFOLK AND THE STATE OF
VIRGINIA.>>MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS ALL
ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE PURSUED LIGHT RAIL AND WE ARE, IN FACT,
THE SMALL LESS CITY IN THE COUNTRY TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL.
>>THERE WAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THROUGHOUT THE 11 LIGHT
RAIL STATIONS ON OPENING WEEKEND, INCLUDING FREE COFFEE
FOR THE EARLY RISERS, A LIVE RADIO BROADCAST AS WELL AS
ENTERTAINMENT. AND ON OPENING WEEKEND, EVERYONE
GOT TO RIDE THE TIDE FOR FREE. NOT JUST ON THE INAUGURAL RIDE,
BUT EVERY RIDE ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY ALONG THE
ENTIRE 7.4-MILE ROUTE.>>THE EXPERIENCE IS NICE.
IT’S AWESOME.>>REMEMBER MAYOR PAUL FRAIM
SAYING THIS EARLIER IN THE STORY?
>>SORT OF A RELIEF TO GET TO THIS MOMENT AND HAVE THE SYSTEM
SO WELL RECEIVED.>>IT WAS WELL RECEIVED, ALL
RIGHT. JUST A FEW HOURS INTO THE FIRST
DAY OF OPENING WEEKEND, IT WAS TIME TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS MORE
CROWD, THE TRAINS THEMSELVES.>>THEY DON’T WANT TO GET OUT.
>>OR THE LINES TO GET ON THE TRAINS, WHICH SEEMED LONGER THAN
THE ENTIRE LIGHT RAIL ROUTE.>>IT’S SO CROWDS, YOU CAN’T
REALLY ENJOY IT. I WAS THINKING, YOU KNOW, FIRST
THING IN THE MORNING, EVERYBODY WAS GOING TO BE LOOKING TO GET
TO IT, AND NECESSARILY LOW DOWN IN THE EVENING, BUT NO, JUST AS
CROWDED AS IT WAS THIS MORNING.>>I COULDN’T GET ON THE TRAIN
WHEN I LEFT CITY HALL TO GET BACK TO MY OFFICE, I HAD TO
WALK.>>THAT PROMPTED THEM TO PUT ALL
THE TRAINS IN USE AND JOIN NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL IN A BIG
DECISION, EXTENDING THE FREE RIDERSHIP FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK.
>>WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE A GOOD EXPERIENCE.
>>OPENING DAY SAW MORE THAN 25,000 RIDERS AND THE FIRST
WEEKEND HAD MORE THAN 75,000 FOLKS RIDING THE TIDE.
BY THE TIME YOU’RE WATCHING THIS, THE FREE RIDE WILL BE OVER
AND YOU HAVE TO BUY A TICKET TO RIDE THE TIDE, SO HOW DO YOU DO
THAT? WITH THESE KIOSKS.
THE COSTS ARE $1.50 PER TRIP AND YOU CAN BUY VARIETY OF GO PASSES
THAT ARE GOOD FROM ANYWHERE FROM ONE DAY TO 30 DAYS AT A TIME, SO
MATTER WHAT TYPE OF TICKET YOU BUY, YOU WILL BE MUCH HAPPIER
SITTING IN THE TIDE THAN SITTING IN TRAFFIC LIKE THIS WATCHING
THE TIDE GO BY. FOURD BY AN OVERHEAD ELECTRICAL
SYSTEM, NORFOLK’S LIGHT RAIL IS THE GREEN WAY TO GET AROUND
NORFOLK.>>THE BEST THING ABOUT IT IS
YOU’RE RIDING WITH OTHERS AND YOU ARE AVOIDING THE USE OF
FOSSIL FUEL, GASOLINE AS FOSSIL FUEL AND BY BURNING THAT IN YOUR
CAR, THOSE POLLUTANTS END UP GOING INTO THE ATMOSPHERE AND
END UP CREATING PROBLEMS FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT.
>>EACH OF THESE NINE LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES IS JUST OVER 93 FEET
LONG, JUST UNDER 100,000 POUNDS, AND CAN TRAVEL UP TO 55 MILES
PER HOUR. BEING THAT BIG AND FAST, THESE
LIGHT RAIL TRAINS ARE NOTHING TO PLAY WITH.
>>VERY IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNALS,
PAY ATTENTION TO THEIR DRIVING, THEIR WALKING, AND REMEMBER THAT
TRAINS WILL BE RUNNING ON A REGULAR SCHEDULE.
>>THEY SEAT A TOTAL OF 68 AND CAN CARRY UP TO 180 PASSENGERS.
THERE ARE EVEN FOUR WHEELCHAIR SPACES AND BIKE RACKS ON THE
TRAIN AND WHETHER YOU’RE SITTING OR STANDING, YOU WILL HAVE SOME
GREAT VIEWS OF NORFOLK, BUT PERHAPS THE BEST VIEW OF ALL,
SEEING NORFOLK LEAD THE WAY WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC TRANSIT IN
VIRGINIA.>>THE BIGGEST THANKS GOES TO
THE CITIZENS OF NORFOLK. IN SPITE OF COST OVERRUNS,
DELAYS IN THE STARTING DATE AND UNFLATTERING ARTICLES, YOU STUCK
WITH US. OUR CITIZENS NEVER LOST
CONFIDENCE. THEY NEVER TURNED THEIR BACKS ON
US, AND OUR HEARTIEST THANKS IMPOSE OUT TO THE CITIZENS OF
NORFOLK.>>THE CITIZENS OF NORFOLK AND,
IN FACT, ALL OF HAMPTON ROADS HAVE EMBRACED LIGHT RAIL.
WE’VE HAD RIDERS FROM THE PENINSULA, LOTS OF RIDERS FROM
VIRGINIA BEACH AND CHESAPEAKE, FROM ALL OVER THE REGION AND THE
RESPONSE HAS BEEN VERY, VERY FAVORABLE.
WE’RE ON TO SOMETHING VERY BIG HERE.
>>THANK YOU FOR RIDING THE TIDE.
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TRIP.>>FOR NORFOLK NEWS NOW, I’M
JOHN LINKA.>>FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
ON THE TIDE, INCLUDING ROUTE TIMES AND FARE COSTS, JUST LOG
ON TO NORFOLK.GOV.>>>NEARLY 5,000 NORFOLK SENIORS
GOT ALMOST $7 MILLION IN REAL ESTATE TAX RELIEF LAST YEAR
THANKS TO A CITY COUNCIL-APPROVED CAP.
THE CAP IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR OLDER
NORFOLK CITIZENS WHO ARE FREQUENTLY STRUGGLING WITH THE
CHALLENGES OF A FIXED INCOME. THE PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED BY
THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE.
DURING MARCH, APRIL, AND MAY OF EACH YEAR, TAX RELIEF TEAMS SET
UP SHOP IN FOUR SATELLITE OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE CITY TO
HELP SENIORS FILL OUT THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK.
TEAM MEMBERS SAY SENIORS FREQUENTLY TELL THEM THE MONEY
THEY SAVE THROUGH TAX RELIEF MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
BUYING GROCERIES AND PAYING THE ELECTRIC BILL.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT REAL ESTATE TAX RELIEF FOR SENIOR
CITIZENS, CALL 664-7888.>>>THE CITY AND THE SALVATION
ARMY ARE TAKING THE NEXT STEPS TOWARD MAKING THE RAY AND JOAN
KROC COMMUNITY CENTER A REALITY. THE 80,000-SQUARE-FOOT CENTER
WILL BE BUILT IN THE BROAD CREEK SECTION OF THE CITY.
BROAD CREEK WAS SELECTED BECAUSE IT IS HOME TO A RACIALLY AND
ECONOMICALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITY OF RESIDENTS.
THE COMMUNITY CENTER WILL BE DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED BY THE
SALVATION ARMY, WHO IS TASKED WITH CREATING CENTERS IN MORE
THAN TWO DOZEN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
>>THE SALVATION ARMY IS COMMITTED TO CREATING A
FIRST-CLASS GATEWAY AND SPIRITUAL CENTER, PRODUCING
TANGIBLE OUTCOMES THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUTH, FAMILIES AND
NEIGHBORHOODS IN HAMPTON ROADS THROUGH EDUCATIONAL, CREATIVE
ARTS, AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.
>>IT WILL SIT AT THE CORNER OF BALLENTINE BOULEVARD AND
PRINCESS ANNE ROAD. PLANS INCLUDE A POOL AND WATER
PARK, EXERCISE ROOMS, ELEVATED INDOOR RUNNING TRACK,
AUDITORIUM/PERFORMING ARTS AREA, MEETING ROOMS, AND ROOMS FOR
CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS.  THE SALVATION ARMY REQUIRES
$28 MILLION IN PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS, WHICH IT WILL
MATCH, TO SET UP AN ENDOWMENT TO RUN THE CENTER ONCE IT IS BUILT.
THE SALVATION ARMY WILL SPEND APPROXIMATELY $28 MILLION ON
CONSTRUCTION.  NOW THAT FUNDRAISING IS NEARLY
COMPLETE, THE NEXT STEP INVOLVES THE CITY ATTORNEY AND SALVATION
ARMY FINALIZING ALL NECESSARY LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND RELATED
CLOSINGS FOR THE SALE OF LAND BY THE CITY TO THE SALVATION ARMY.
>>>IN A CONTINUING EFFORT TO BUILD AND IMPROVE NEIGHBORHOODS
FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, MEMBERS OF NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL HAVE
TEAMED UP WITH THE WARDS CORNER TASK FORCE TO PURCHASE
PROPERTIES WITHIN THE DENBY PARK NEIGHBORHOOD.
THE CITY HAS ACQUIRED A TOTAL OF 68 APARTMENT UNITS THROUGHOUT
SEVEN BUILDINGS IN THE TEXAS STREETS SECTION OF DENBY PARK AT
A TOTAL PRICE OF JUST OVER $2.7 MILLION.
>>THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD, AS I SAID, FOR ALL OF
WARDS CORNER. EVERYBODY HERE, ALL OF MY
COUNCIL MEMBERS, HAVE WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS ISSUE.
THE MONIES THAT WE ARE SPENDING FOR THE ACQUISITION HAVE BEEN
APPROPRIATED OVER A COUPLE OF BUDGETS.
OUR GOAL IN THE FUTURE IS ACTUALLY TO BUY MORE OF THESE
APARTMENTS AND DO MORE GOOD HERE IN WARDS CORNER.
>>THE BUILDINGS ARE ON SAN ANTONIO BOULEVARD.
16 OF THE UNITS ARE CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BUT WORK IS UNDERWAY TO
PROVIDE TENANTS WITH EQUAL OR BETTER APARTMENT.
WITHIN PROPERTIES OF THE CURRENT LAND OWNERS.
>>THE WARDS CORNER IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR CITY AND IT
AFFECTS ALL OF US AND FIVE COUNCIL PEOPLE TOUCH THIS AREA,
SO THIS IS A MAJOR STEP.>>IT CANNOT STOP JUST ON THE
ACQUISITION OF THESE UNITS. WE HAVE THE COMMERCIAL AREA TO
DEAL WITH AND THE CONTINUED EFFORT TO BRING THE COMMERCIAL
AREA BACK TO WHAT IT WAS, AND THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE FIRST STEP
TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.>>ALL OF THE CURRENT LEASES
EXPIRE NO LATER THAN JULY 2012 AS UNITS BECOME AVAILABLE AND A
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY WILL BE CONDUCTED.
>>WE’RE COMMITTED AS A CITY AND AS COUNCIL MEMBERS TO LISTEN TO
THE CITIZENS OF DENBY PARK AND WARDS KOERNTION AND I BELIEVE
THAT — CORNER AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS ACTION IS THE FIRST OF
MANY STEPS TO REVITALIZE THE DENBY PARK AND WARDS CORNER
AREA, AND MAKE IT PART OF WHAT MAKES NORFOLK A WONDERFUL CITY
TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY.>>>THE DIVISION OF
TRANSPORTATION HAS TAKEN STEPS TO MAKE THINGS A LITTLE SAFER
FOR MOTORISTS ON TIDEWATER DRIVE AND GRANBY STREET.
WORKERS HAVE CREATED A SO-CALLED SAFE ZONE.
THE ZONE IS A SMALL ACCESS LANE CREATED BY NARROWING AND
RESTRIPING THE APPROACHING LANES ON GRANBY STREET.
THE ADJUSTMENT PROVIDES SAFER ACCESS FOR VEHICLES ENTERING
FROM TIDEWATER DRIVE. THE CHANGE WAS MADE AT THE
REQUEST OF A CITIZEN HOPING TO CALM TRAFFIC IN THE BUSY
CORRIDOR. MOTORISTS HAVE ALREADY NOTICED
THE DIFFERENCE IN THE NEW CONFIGURATION AND HAVE EXPRESSED
THEIR THANKS TO PUBLIC WORKS FOR THE IMPROVED ACCESS AND
VISIBILITY.>>>CITY INSPECTORS ROUTINELY
EVALUATE NORFOLK’S BRIDGES AGAINST NATIONAL BRIDGE
INSPECTION STANDARDS. THE VIRGINIA BEACH BOULEVARD
BRIDGE WAS RECENTLY CHECKED AND FOUND TO HAVE SOME MINOR
DETERIORATION. TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM, CREWS
REPAIRED MINOR CRACKS ON THE SURFACE OF THE BRIDGE WITH
ASPHALT. THE BRIDGE’S SUPERSTRUCTURE, THE
SUPPORTS BELOW THE DRIVING SURFACE, AND THE SUBSTRUCTURES,
THE FOUNDATION AND SUPPORT POSTS, WERE ALL DEEMED SOUND.
>>>THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S FREE CAR SEAT AND BOOSTER SEAT
PROGRAM HAS MOVED TO A NEW HOME. THE POPULAR PROGRAM IS NOW AT
THE NORFOLK PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER AT 830 SOUTHAMPTON AVENUE NEAR
THE INTERSECTION OF BRAMBLETON AND COLLEY.
THERE IS SOME FREE PARKING AVAILABLE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE
BUILDING. ADDITIONAL PARKING IS AVAILABLE
IN THE FORT NORFOLK PLAZA GARAGE.
THE FIRST HOUR AT THE GARAGE IS FREE.
PREGNANT WOMEN AND SENIORS APPLYING FOR A FREE CHILD SAFETY
SEAT WHO PARK IN THE GARAGE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE GOLF CART
SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER.
>>>WHEN WE COME BACK, A NEW LOOK FOR ONE OF NORFOLK’S
SHELTERS.>>>PLUS, NO NEED TO FEAR THE
LIBRARY DURING FINE-FREE DAYS.>>>AND WE’LL TELL YOU WHAT HAD
FOLKS BUZZING AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN.
>>>WELCOME BACK TO THE TRIPLE-N.
22 NEW RECRUITS ARE HITTING THE BOOKS AND THE GYM, WORKING
TOWARD A GOAL OF BECOMING DEPUTIES IN THE NORFOLK
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THE 17 MEN AND FIVE WOMEN ARE
PART OF THE 47th BASIC TRAINING ACADEMY.
THEY WILL TRAIN FOR THREE MONTHS IN EVERYTHING FROM CORRECTIONS
POLICY TO WEAPONS. RECRUITS WHO SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETE THE RIGOROUS PROGRAM WILL GRADUATE FROM ACADEMY ON
NOVEMBER 10th.>>>IF YOU’VE BEEN HIDING FROM
THE NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY BECAUSE YOU HAVE OVERDUE ITEMS
OR A MISSING CARD, SEPTEMBER IS YOUR LUCKY MONTH.
IN HONOR OF NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH, THE NORFOLK
PUBLIC LIBRARY IS EXTENDING AMNESTY TO THE MORE FORGETFUL
AMONG US. FOR TWO WEEKS, SEPTEMBER 16th
THROUGH THE 30th, PATRONS CAN RETURN OVERDUE BOOKS AND OTHER
MATERIALS WITHOUT FEAR OF FINES. YOU CAN ALSO COME BY AND REPLACE
A LOST LIBRARY CARD WITHOUT ANY FEE AS WELL.
AND WITH ALL THAT MONEY YOU SAVE ON FINES, YOU CAN HELP OUT YOUR
NEIGHBORS. NPL IS HOSTING A FOOD DRIVE TO
BENEFIT THE FOODBANK OF SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA TO
COINCIDE WITH FINE-FREE DAYS. YOU CAN DROP OFF NON-PERISHABLE
FOOD ITEMS AT ANY NPL LOCATION BETWEEN THE 16th AND THE 30th.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FINE-FREE DAYS OR THE FOOD
DRIVE, CALL 664-7328 AND ASK FOR EXTENSION 352.
>>>THE KIDS MAY BE BACK IN SCHOOL, BUT THANKS TO NPL, THEY
SPENT THE SUMMER HITTING THE BOOKS.
THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM WAS “AMAZING
TALES AT YOUR LIBRARY.” BUT ALL THE ACTION WASN’T JUST
IN THE PAGES OF GOOD BOOKS. MAGICIANS, JUGGLERS,
FIRE-BREATHING STUNTMEN, MUSICIANS, AND MORE VISITED
VARIOUS BRANCHES TO BRING THE ADVENTURE OF READING TO LIFE.
PARTICIPANTS EARNED PRIZES AS AN INCENTIVE FOR PARTICIPATING IN
THE PROGRAM. AND ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WON A
NOOK COLOR E-READER FOR PARTICIPATING.
THE READING FUN WASN’T LIMITED TO THE KIDS, THOUGH.
ADULTS PARTICIPATED IN THEIR OWN VERSION OF THE PROGRAM BY
SUBMITTING MORE THAN 800 REVIEWS FOR BOOKS THEY READ OVER THE
SUMMER. SIX WINNERS OF WEEKLY DRAWINGS
WON PRIZES FROM BOOK LIGHTS TO DVDs.
>>>THE DWELLING PLACE, ONE OF NORFOLK’S PARTNER PROGRAMS
PROVIDING SHELTER AND SUPPORT TO HOMELESS FAMILIES, IS GETTING A
BIT OF A FACELIFT. MAYORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WERE
INVITED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR SHELTERS IN THEIR CITY TO
PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIFT SPIRITS THROUGH A NEW COAT OF
PAINT. ONE CITY WAS SELECTED FOR EACH
STATE AND NORFOLK WAS NAMED THE WINNER FOR VIRGINIA.
THE AWARD INCLUDES A CONTRIBUTION OF PAINT FROM
BENJAMIN MOORE AND VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONAL PAINTING
CONTRACTORS WILL PAINT THE INTERIOR OF THE DWELLING PLACE
FOR FREE.>>>THE CITY OF NORFOLK HAS
THREE ENTRIES COMPETING TO BE NAMED AMONG VIRGINIA’S TOP 10
ARTIFACTS. THE GOAL OF VIRGINIA’S TOP 10 IS
TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT CARE OF COLLECTIONS THROUGHOUT
VIRGINIA, D.C., AND BEYOND. THE CONTEST IS COORDINATED BY
THE VIRGINIA COLLECTIONS INSTITUTE, A STATEWIDE
COLLABORATION AIMED AT ENSURING THE ONGOING SAFETY AND
STEWARDSHIP OF COLLECTIONS HELD BY VIRGINIA’S MUSEUMS, ARCHIVES,
AND LIBRARIES. THE “USS WISCONSIN” AT NAUTICUS,
THE MOSES EZEKIEL STATUE COLLECTION AT THE NORFOLK
BOTANICAL GARDEN, AND AN 1843 COPY OF THE DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE FROM THE NORFOLK HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAVE ALL BEEN
NOMINATED.>>WE APPARENTLY HAVE HAD THIS
DOCUMENT TO PROBABLY 30 OR SO YEARS.
WE’RE NOT REALLY SURE WHO GAVE IT TO US, ALTHOUGH WE NOR IT WAS
FRAMED — WE KNOW IT WAS FRAMED IN PORTSMOUTH BECAUSE THERE’S A
LITTLE PLATE ON THE BACK OF THE PICTURE SAYING WHERE IT WAS
FRAMED. WE’VE HAD IT FOR A REALLY LONG
TIME, HAD IT HANGING OUT AT FORT NORFOLK IN ONE OF THE BUILDINGS
OUT THERE, EXPOSED TO THE DAYLIGHT AND ALL THE THINGS THAT
ARE NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ARTIFACTS, AND WE STARTED
LOOKING AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAD.
WE’RE STARTING TO DO AN INVENTORY OF SOME OF OUR BOOKS
AND OTHER MATERIALS, AND WHEN WE SAW THE DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE, WE IMMEDIATELY DID RESEARCH TO SEE IF IT’S AN
ORIGINAL 1776, AND IT’S NOT, BUT WE DID DATE IT BACK TO 1843,
WHICH WAS THE SECOND FACSIMILE PRINTING OF THE DECLARATION, SO
STILL PRETTY RARE. WE IMMEDIATELY TOOK IT OFF THE
WALL AND NOW WE’RE TRYING TO GET IT DECLARED ONE OF THE MOST
ENDANGERED ARTIFACTS. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO USE THAT
TO GET FUNDING TO HAVE IT CONSERVED PROPERLY SO THAT WE
CAN DISPLAY IT MAYBE EVEN NEXT YEAR DURING THE BUY CENTENNIAL
OF THE WAR OF 1812.>>TO VOTE, GO TO
VATOP10ARTIFACTS.ORG AND CLICK THE “HOW DO I VOTE” TAB AT THE
TOP OF THE PAGE. THE TEN ITEMS SELECTED BY VOTERS
WILL EARN THE DISTINCTION OF BECOMING ONE OF VIRGINIA’S
TOP 10 ENDANGERED ARTIFACTS.>>>THE DISCOVERY MUSIC SERIES
AT THE ATTUCKS THEATER KICKS OFF THIS MONTH WITH THE FIRST IN A
SERIES OF TEN PERFORMANCES. THE SERIES RUNS THROUGH APRIL OF
NEXT YEAR. AND THIS YEAR’S BLUES AND INDY
ARTISTS ARE THE COWBOY JUNKIES AND RUTHIE FOSTER.
THE TICKETS START AT $95. SUBSCRIBERS ALSO GET ACCESS TO
THE VEER MAGAZINE LIBATION LOUNGE, DISCOUNTS FROM DOWNTOWN
RESTAURANTS, AND A DISCOVERY SERIES T-SHIRT AND POSTER.
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM TICKETMASTER AT 1-800-745-3000
OR ONLINE AT TICKETMASTER.COM.>>>THERE WAS PLENTY OF BUZZ AT
THE NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN NOT TOO LONG AGO.
NBG HOSTED AN EVENT TO MARK NATIONAL HONEY BEE AWARENESS DAY
RECENTLY. THE EVENT FEATURED PLENTY OF
ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS, REFRESHMENTS AND DOOR PRIZES,
AND, OF COURSE, HONEY AND BEE VENDORS.
VISITORS ALSO GOT AN UP-CLOSE LOOK INSIDE A REAL BEE HIVE.
THE EVENT WAS HOSTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BEEKEEPERS
GUILD OF SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA.>>>LIGHT IS FADING EARLIER IN
THE EVENING THIS TIME OF YEAR, SO IT’S A GREAT TIME TO LOOK FOR
INDOOR ACTIVITIES TO FILL YOUR TIME.
“GOOD TIMES” IS THE PLACE TO GO TO FIND ALL THERE IS TO DO IN
NORFOLK THIS FALL. FROM SWIMMING CLASSES TO FIRING
UP THE POTTERY KILN, THERE ARE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES SURE TO
SUIT ANY AND ALL LEVELS OF ABILITY.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT A COMPLETE LISTING OF RECREATION
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FALL EDITION OF “GOOD TIMES”
MAGAZINE. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT FROM THE
CITY’S WEBSITE AT WWW.NORFOLK.GOV/GOOD TIMES.
THE MAGAZINE HAS ALL THE DETAILS ON LOCATIONS, TIMES, AND ANY
ASSOCIATED FEES.>>>THAT WRAPS UP THE SEPTEMBER
EDITION OF NORFOLK NEWS NOW ON THE TRIPLE-N.
THANKS FOR WATCHING NORFOLK’S NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK FOR ALL
THINGS NORFOLK. I’M KAREN PARKER-CHESSON WITH
THE NORFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR
CITY, AND CELEBRATE LIFE DAILY. CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY
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