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Wards Corner Picnic – Sep 9 @ noon

Join your Wards Corner Civic League Board and lots of your neighbors as we say farewell to summer and we begin our 2017-2018 Civic League Season. There will be food and fun for all. We recommend you bring chairs if you have them, because the seating can get a little limited at the park.

Also, bring your games and toys! If you have corn hole boards, golf ball toss, or other safe yard games that you can bring, let’s make it a great day for everyone!!

So, mark your calendars and lets take the time to meet neighbors old and new so that we can continue to be the best neighborhood in Norfolk!! Sat, Sep 9, 12:00 PM See more details:

Where: N Shore Park

When: September 9, 2017 from noon – 4pm

March 2017 meeting info and President’s message

The March 2017 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 20th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

Invited speakers are Officer William Old, Bev Sell, Founder and General Manager of Five Points Farmer’s Market, Frank Walker, President of Norfolk Beekeepers, and Jay Jones, Candidate for Delegate of the 89th District.

Below is the President’s Message:

By Scott Guirlinger, President

Dear Neighbors,

Sustainability. Go Local. Or just the color Green. These are terms we hear all around us these days. Sustainable living promises to help us save money, be healthier, cut out toxic chemicals, reconnect with our community, grow our knowledge and skills, and improve our quality of life. There are many sustainable practices taking place in Norfolk now, some for a very long time, and others just starting up.

This month we will feature two great champions of local sustainability with Bev Sell, Founder & General Manager of Five Points Farmer’s Market, and Frank Walker, President of Norfolk Beekeepers. They will fill us in on all of the cool things that their associations have going on now and in the coming months. With spring officially starting on the day of our next civic league meeting (March 20th), there’s a lot of buzz (pun intended) and excitement in the air. Please do come join us; we’re all bound to learn at least a thing or two that will help make our lives a little better and hopefully our neighborhood and city better too.

Looking beyond this month, I’d really like to hear from you, the residents. Our civic league board exists not to tell residents what the city needs, but rather to advocate your needs and concerns to the city. Our board can always meet and discuss what we think are neighborhood priorities and issues, but we can be much more effective with your input. What we really want to know is, what do you want our Wards Corner neighborhood to be? We’re here to listen first, then take action.

For example, if someone gave you $500 to spend on a neighborhood project, what would your project be? (By the way, such grant money does exist!) Send me an email at, message me on NextDoor, or catch me after one of our upcoming meetings. And if I’m not available for some reason, I’m certain any of our other board members would be glad to listen. I’m sure all of you have some fantastic ideas worth sharing with our board and the rest of the neighborhood.

Scott Guirlinger
President, Wards Corner Civic League

January 2017 meeting info and President’s message

The January 2017 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 23rd at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

Invited speakers are Rick Dempsey, Department of Utilities, Roger Whitley, NPD Crime Prevention, and Community Resource Officer, William Old.

Below is the President’s Message:

By Scott Guirlinger, President

As many of you are probably aware, Jim English stepped down as president of our civic league last month after many, many years at the helm. He saw Wards Corner through a transitional period and kept pressure on city hall to ensure that they heard our voice and delivered on their promises. Without a doubt, he always had (and still has) our neighborhood’s best interests at heart. On behalf of the entire neighborhood, I would like to thank Jim for his service. He will remain on our board as immediate past president.

For those who have not met me, my name is Scott Guirlinger and I am your new civic league president. I have lived in Wards Corner since 2009 and have been active with the civic league since 2013. My personal focus for our neighborhood this year centers on how to combat crime, how to beautify our neighborhood, and how to make our communication channels more effective and more efficient. But more important than what I want for this civic league is what you the residents want. I very much want to hear from you, so please share your thoughts, suggestions, and concerns with me and the other board members at our upcoming meetings, via email, phone, or NextDoor, or just out around the neighborhood!

Thanks, Scott

November 2016 meeting info

The November 2016 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 21st at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
Invited speakers are Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools, Dr. Melinda J. Boone and Community Resource Officer, William Old.  We will also receive an update from Stormwater Management.

October 2016 meeting info and President’s message

The October 2016 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 17th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

Invited speakers are Department of Emergency Response and Preparedness

Below is the President’s Message:

by Jim English

Dear Neighbors,

I want to discuss a couple of items from our last civic league meeting. First, because we were in the throes of a tropical storm, our speakers from Emergency Manage-ment, Preparedness and Response were unable to join us and make their presentation. Since they have a very interesting presentation, they have been invited back to our October meeting and have confirmed that they will be there.

Secondly, an issue was raised that the Watermark Apartments, being constructed by Collins, are not being built according to the plan approved by the Talbot Hall civic league, our civic league as well as the Planning Commission and City Council. It was suggested that Collins was somehow allowed by the city to get away with not following the approved plan. I went back and reviewed the plan that was approved by our civic league, the Talbot Hall civic league, the Planning Commission and City Council. I also went to the site to compare what is being built to the plan. I also conferred with Martin Thomas Jr. who was on the Planning Commission at the time. It is very clear and evident to both of us that what is being built is in accordance with the approved plan. Mr. Collins is NOT getting away with anything as was so stated. It would be helpful in the future if facts were checked before inaccurate statements are made. It does us all a disservice.

Another issue has come up again since our meeting. That is the flooding in the 400 and 500 block of Burleigh Ave. This problem has gotten worse since the sewer lines were moved to the middle of our streets. Although a meeting was held on this issue this summer, no satisfactory answer to the problem was given. At a recent discussion with Kristen Lentz, Director of Utilities, I was informed that if water stands in the street for more than 3 days it must be addressed. Well, that applies to this area. Therefore, Utilities and Public Works will be at our October meeting to discuss this and our citizen concerns. If you are affected by this flooding, please come to this meeting.

Finally there is a very important National election for President and Vice President coming up in November that will affect us all. I am sure you have heard about it, I mean how you could you miss it unless you were on another planet. Therefore, I want to take a moment and discuss the importance of voting in this election.

This is probably one of the most important Presidential elections of our time. As much is at stake, please make sure you listen carefully to the candidates and try to make as informed choice for the President as possible. We have been bombarded with a lot of rhetoric over the last several months, with more to come, and it is clear that making a choice may be very difficult for some.

Because of these important elections and our responsibility as a US citizen to vote in every election I am including a short piece on the reasons we should vote.  The following is from the website of and I thought I would share it with you.

Voting in a local, state, or national election is an exciting opportunity provided by democratic nations to their citizens.

There are many good reasons to vote, including the following:

1. Casting a vote allows an individual to express a choice among candidates who wish to become government leaders. It’s up to each voter to locate available information about each candidate and to make an informed decision about how to vote. Rather than allowing potential leaders to hide weaknesses and wrong-doing from public awareness, a democratic voting process urges citizens to get involved and to share viewpoints about who should lead. Failing to register a vote is tantamount to saying you don’t care. Few people truly remain oblivious to government leadership. Most have opinions about the way things should go, and they should use the voting process to express their preferences.

2. Voting provides a medium for citizens to support the democratic structure. If a majority of citizens chose not to vote, democracy might become a thing of the past, replaced by another form of government that might prove more elitist in nature. Registering to vote means that you believe in the democratic process and will participate in it to represent your right to freedom of speech.

3. Supporting the electoral process helps to reinforce your regional government. Showing that you care with your vote tells candidates that they must be accountable to the public. It also suggests that those who introduce issues for a vote must provide adequate information to answer citizens’ questions and address their concerns rather than attempt to foist a half-baked idea onto the general public.

4. Showing up at the poll on voting day sets a good example to others. Remember, your children observe all that you do and will learn from your example, right or wrong as it may be. Civic awareness is an important part of their training and one of the early steps on the road to maturity. Discuss the candidates with your family and make a point of mentioning your vote, or wearing the pin distributed at many polls that reads “I voted today.”  Voting also sets a positive example to neighbors, friends, and family who may be uninterested in or unfamiliar with the electoral system.

5. Finally, taking time to vote reflects pride in your nation and its government. The country becomes a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world who will be watching. Let everyone know that you care enough about your homeland and its leaders to have a say in the election’s outcome. Never surrender your right to speak your mind via the vote on Election Day.  If you are not currently registered to vote, call or stop in at the electoral office in Norfolk City Hall to get signed up. It only takes a few minutes, and even that step is likely to get noticed by those who are watching.”

Finally, I hope to see you at the next civic league meeting on October 17th. Please enjoy this edition of the Wards Corner Civic League newsletter. Our newsletter editor puts a lot of effort in producing our great newsletters.


September 2016 meeting info and President’s message

The September 2016 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 19th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

Invited speakers are Department of Emergency Response and Preparedness

Below is the President’s Message:

by Jim English

Dear Neighbors,

Welcome back to the last half of this civic league year. The summer of 2016 is now almost in the history books as it has once again sped by very rapidly. I hope your summer was enjoyable and relaxing. Mine sure was and I actually was able to spend a lot of time at my summer home in Maine. Let’s hope we don’t have any more hurricanes or other significant weather events this season. I hope you are now ready to begin the fall activities. With fall fast approaching, school is in session and the Wards Corner Civic League will begin holding its regular meetings again, starting with our meeting at 645PM on September 19th to be held at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center. This newsletter reflects some of the issues and concerns that we have been involved in and working on.

Congratulations are in order for our own Martin Thomas Jr. on his election victory to Ward 1 of City Council. Thank you for all who came out and supported Martin in this election. As far as I know this is the first time that anyone from our civic league has been elected to City Council. This makes the victory even sweeter. Our precinct had the largest turnout in this election and the most votes for Martin of the 5 precincts. Way to go folks. Martin has been with our civic league for 10 years and has been a vice president for 9 of those years. He has been an invaluable asset to our civic league. Martin has decided to step down as vice president so that he can focus his time full time on the needs of Ward 1. We understand that and respect his decision although he will be missed in that role. Martin has indicated he will visit us regularly and help us whenever the need arises.

To Martin, we sincerely thank you for all of your support and work for our civic league these past years. You have been and will continue to be a very important part of our community and we look forward to working with you in the future.

The bylaws allow the President with approval of the Board to appoint another VP. However since we will be having an election in December we are going to wait until then to fill that position when we elect other officers at that time. A slate of candidates will be presented at the December meeting by the Nominating Committee to be considered for election. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at that time.

We will have informative speakers on timely city topics for you to hear. Therefore, I want to welcome you back to another year of good productive civic league meetings. If you regularly attend our meetings, please bring a neighbor. If you have never been to a meeting or you are new to the area, please join us. A strong active civic league like ours gives us good and continued political clout, which we have built with our council representatives to this area. The Wards Corner Civic League is recognized as one of the strongest civic leagues in Norfolk.

We have a great fall program lined up and we hope to see you at the meetings.
Please enjoy this newsletter. Please join your civic league. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the 19th of September at 645PM at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center.