Rain-Wise Yards and Landscapes Webinar

The askHRgreen.org Stormwater Education Committee will be holding a free webinar on Monday, April 12th from 12-1 pm on residential Best Management Practices (things residents can do at home to mitigate flooding in their yards.)

In partnership with City of Norfolk, Lynnhaven River Now, Elizabeth River Project, and Wetlands Watch, participants will learn about the importance of stormwater management, BMPs well-suited for Hampton Roads including conservation landscaping, and local assistance programs available to assist with BMP installation. Promotion links are provided below:

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Today!

Below is a special message from our friends at the Norfolk Department of Public Health:

Schedule your appointment today to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!  Click an appointment date to schedule your vaccine appointment at the Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center. All Norfolk residents ages 16+ are eligible to receive the vaccine.

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Questions? Just call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

Norfolk Southern Road Detours

Beginning Monday, March 22 through the end of the week, Norfolk Southern will replace 3 railroad crossings along several streets in the Wards Corner area from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The crossings were last replaced in 2011. The work requires full and directional closures with traffic detoured to signalized streets. Off-duty Norfolk Police hired by Norfolk Southern will assist with traffic control. The schedule, maps, and detour information are below. The city has established a 24-hour hotline to address construction concerns at 757-664-7220.

Monday, March 22

Granby Street southbound:

Traffic will be detoured to Admiral Taussig Boulevard to Little Creek Road and back to Granby Street. Alternate Route: Tidewater Drive 

Granby Street crossing southbound (heading towards Downtown) closure map and detour: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1zDaH1VulB9QaBxJxyq_O40SqynU&ll=36.91643049173739%2C-76.270625&z=18

Tuesday, March 23

Granby Street northbound (heading towards Ocean View):

Traffic will be detoured to Little Creek Road to Admiral Taussig Boulevard and back to Granby Street. Alternate Route: Tidewater Drive 

Granby Street crossing northbound closure map and detour: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1W4gu5zTSvQs6j-kE73BdhIiPu4Q&ll=36.91639599201156%2C-76.27058886441804&z=18 

Wednesday, March 24

Little Creek Road:

Traffic will be detoured to Admiral Taussig Boulevard and Granby Street, respectively. Alternate Routes: Bayview Boulevard and Thole Street 

Little Creek Road crossing closure map and detour:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1bJOIFULJG6xPDAL97_f51WBc_iE&ll=36.9171789350947%2C-76.27065200000001&z=17 

Thursday, March 25

Thole Street:

Traffic will be detoured to Little Creek Road via Granby Street and Tidewater Drive, respectively. Alternate Route: Granby Street and Willow Wood Drive 

Thole Street crossing closure map and detour:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&mid=1R7ZTmLPBqeg2pTdnc-bJzdsaF3Q&ll=36.91081466921791%2C-76.265037&z=15 

More COVID-19 Vaccine Information

A number of local pharmacies are providing COVID-19 vaccinations in addition to the health department.
To find one near you, visit vaccinefinder.org/search and type in your zip code.
The site does not include Norfolk Department of Public Health vaccine clinics.

You can still preregister with the Virginia Department of Health by visiting Vaccinate.Virginia.gov.
Appointment notifications can take up to eight weeks. Do not forward your email appointment confirmation.
If you attempt to schedule an appointment with a link that does not belong to you,
the appointment will be cancelled by the health department.

There are currently three FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
All three went through extensive clinical trials and are effective in reducing your chance of illness, hospitalization and death.

If you receive the vaccine in Virginia, you will automatically be removed from the state preregistration list.
If you receive the vaccine outside of Virginia or want to be removed from the preregistration list for any other reason,
call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).

For more information on COVID-19, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov.

Green Bucket Brigade

The Green Bucket Brigade is the City of Norfolk’s newest litter task force, inviting businesses, nonprofits, government, and all residents of Norfolk to join in the fight against litter. Litter affects us all, and we are making it easy to Love Our City through the Green Bucket Brigade. It is simple: adopt your own litter kit including a green 5-gallon bucket, a litter grabber, trash bags, and KNB swag. Keep your corner clean and inspire others to do the same. Join the fight here and keep Norfolk LITTER-FREE!

Great American Cleanup – Happening Now!

Opportunities for all ages, March 1st through June 5th.

Register for an event.

Check out the flyer to learn more!

For more information or to register to volunteer, email knb@norfolk.gov.

Norfolk Recycles Day – April 17th

Norfolk residents can drive through and drop-off household hazardous waste and plastic bags for proper disposal. Iron Mountain will also be on-site for secure document shredding. The event is 9:00 AM to Noon at Huntersville Community Center.

Pre-register for a timeslot today!

This is a volunteer-staffed event. Space is limited, so register to volunteer today!

Water Saver Challenge

A new home challenge will help you stop water waste from leaks – saving you money while conserving water!

The Water Saver Challenge shows how to easily identify common household leaks. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Request free leak detection tabs, complete the leaks checklist and log your fixes during national Fix-a-Leak Week, March 15-21.

Take the challenge and start saving!

Norfolk Public Library’s Express Book Nooks

Norfolk Public Library has partnered with Norfolk Recreation Parks and Open Spaces to create Express Book Nooks, a source for FREE books and DVDs. The best part is no library card is needed

Readers of all ages can select from a wide variety of popular fiction, non-fiction, and juvenile titles. So, grab a book (or several) & DVDs to enjoy or share with others.

Express Book Nooks are located at the following community centers: Berkley Community Center, Huntersville Community Center, Lambert’s Point Community Center, and Norview Community Center.

COVID-19 Updates from Councilman Thomas and Councilwoman McClellan

Public Health Update

As of March 1 the Virginia Department of Health reports an accumulated total 577,174 confirmed cases, and a 7.1% test positivity rate. The Norfolk Department of Public Health reports an accumulated total of 14,935 confirmed cases, and a 9.9% test positivity rate, PCR only.

Vaccination News

To date in Norfolk, 35,479 people have received the vaccine and 9,054 people are fully vaccinated. For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard

Governor Northam announced Monday that additional pharmacies will offer the vaccine with doses received from the Federal Pharmacy Program. These pharmacies are not connected to the state preregistration system. Individuals must contact Walgreens or CVS to preregister and receive the vaccine (currently CVS is only preregistering individuals aged 65 years and older).

Last week Walmart hosted vaccination clinics at Southside STEM Academy. Walmart and the Virginia Department of Health made all the arrangements for these clinics. The state call center contacted preregistered individuals to participate.

Sentara hosted a clinic at the Scope Saturday, Feb. 27 as part of their health equity program.

Changes

  • The Virginia Department of Health has revised its preregistration operations and will not accept employer-submitted employee lists for vaccine. Employees must now preregister themselves.
  • The Virginia Department of Health will provide a second vaccine to those who did not get their vaccine at a public health clinic. Individuals must return to the location where they received their first dose to get their second dose.
  • As of Feb. 26, Norfolk ended its vaccine preregistration support through the hotline, online form, and hands-on help at our recreation centers. Since Jan. 25, 9,491 individuals contacted the hotline. Staff answered 7,181 incoming calls with an additional 2,310 voicemails returned during the operation. Since Feb. 10, 1,081 residents visited the recreation centers. 
  • Staff will now direct all preregistration and information inquiries to Vaccinate Virginia online vaccinate.virginia.gov or the state call center 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.

Update to Governor’s Orders

On Monday, March 1, Governor Northam will ease public health restrictions for outdoor settings for social gatherings and entertainment venues. Alcohol sales at dining establishments will extend to midnight. 

Here is a look at some of the operations at some of the Norfolk facilities:

  • City Hall: No change. Appointment-only will continue.
  • Norfolk Public Library: No change. Grab and Go services will continue. 30,000 visits since July, 2020. Mobile delivery continues to seniors and NRHA residents not able to get to the branches.
  • Virginia Zoo: Occupancy increases 30% outdoor and 1,000 visitors per day. Educational programs will increase from 10 to 25. 
  • Seven Venues: No change to indoor occupancy (250). Harbor Park will increase occupancy to 1,000.
  • Nauticus: Will begin overnight stays on battleship in May.