Wards Corner July Summer Social this Wednesday

GuadspicPlease join us this Wednesday July 11th from 6:00 – 9:00pm for the first of our two Summer Socials at Guad’s@Granby. Drink specials, hors d’oeuvres, meal specials, and no meeting agenda!!!

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Adopt-A-Spot Update!!

We have a new Civic League Adopt-A-Spot location.  adopt-a-spotSM

Adopt-a-Spot is an litter program that gives local communities the opportunity to contribute to a healthier and cleaner environment. It engages volunteers (individuals, community groups, business groups) to undertake coordinated litter cleanups of designated sites in Norfolk.

Keep Norfolk Beautiful manages this program through the Department of Public Works’ Waste Management Division.

Please click on the tab above to learn more about our new site.

HRT and Connect Hampton Roads

Core 20 Capture

At last month’s WCCL membership meeting, HRT External Affairs Liaison Joe Dillard spoke to us about their new program Connect Hampton Roads and the Core 20 Plan.  Everybody admits that public transportation is an important piece of what makes our regional area work.  The idea behind the “Core 20” is to deploy a new network of better quality bus routes that will more effectively connect the region.

To learn more about Connect Hampton Roads and the Core 20 Plan visit:

https://connecthamptonroads.com/

50+ Employers Featured at Annual Spring Career Fair

The Department of Human Services is hosting its citywide Spring Career Fair on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA 23505.

More than 50 top businesses will be accepting resumes and applications in fields such as health care, human services, government, public safety, education, retail, customer service, skilled trades, staffing, and information technology.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but encouraged. Sign up at https://ndhs_springcareerfair.eventbrite.com to receive Career Fair updates and other important details as they develop.

Applications Due June 1st for Real Estate Tax Relief

NORFOLK, VA – Homeowners have until June 1, 2018 to apply for Norfolk’s Real Estate Tax Relief and Deferral Program for Seniors and Disabled Citizens. To be eligible:

  • Residents must be age 65 or over or totally and permanently disabled.
  • Homeowners must live in the property.
  • The combined income of owners and relatives living in the home cannot exceed $67,000 per year.
  • Net worth, excluding the home, cannot exceed $350,000.

For more information, visit:  https://www.norfolk.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3899

Norfolk City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Norfolk City Council has approved the city’s $1.3 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019, including a 10-cent increase to the real estate tax rate.

The additional revenue from the tax increase — $18.5 million – will be used to invest in the following initiatives:

  • Provide an additional $5 million in funding for Norfolk Public Schools;
  • Implement the St. Paul’s plan to redevelop three public housing areas ($3.5 million);
  • Restore $1.2 million in funding to the Norfolk Police Department;
  • Invest in resilience initiatives to address flooding ($1.8 million);
  • Begin to address the backlog of aging city vehicles and equipment ($3.8 million); and
  • Provide a salary increase for city employees ($3 million).

City departments helped balance the budget through $8 million in expense reductions and elimination of 82 positions. Increases to certain fees added another $3 million in revenue.

For the proposed budget documents and videos, visit   https://www.norfolk.gov/budgettoolkit

In Memoriam of Ray Duron

On Saturday May 5, 2018 Ray Duron USNR, age 87 passed away.  Ray served as the Wards Corner Civic League Treasurer for over 20 years. He stepped down in 2017 only because his health would no longer allow him to continue. A highly engaged Norfolk resident, he was also very active in his church, Blessed Sacrament, was a leader in the Boy Scouts for over 40 years, and participated in many civic events. Ray was also a Navy veteran who spent time in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Ray was a truly remarkable citizen of Norfolk, and he will be sorely missed.