June 2011 message and meeting info

The June 2011 meeting will be held on the 20th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
The Agenda includes an update on the proposed pump station on Newport Ave.

Here is President Jim English’s message for June 2011:


Dear Neighbors,

The June meeting will mark the last meeting of the first half of the civic league year until we resume our schedule again in September. Summer is just around the corner and schools will be out and hopefully we will all enjoy some vacation time. Over the summer please continue to enjoy the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center. There are over 7000 members now. If you are not a member please consider joining. Please take advantage of this facility in our own back yard.


I wish to thank Barbara Ross for her continued dedicated service as our newsletter editor. She continues to do an excellent job preparing the newsletter each month. She has done this for us for the past seven years. This takes a significant amount of time to complete and Barbara’s newsletters are informative and always on time. Barbara, we thank you for your service and look forward to your newsletters again in the fall. Enjoy your two months of newsletter free time. Also I offer a special thanks to Joan Griffey and Ray Duron for keeping the records of our meetings and ensuring that our finances are in order. We also thank Ray and Betty and their clean-up crew for keeping our adopt-a-spot area clean year round. Joan, also thank you for your continued great efforts as Chair of the Beautification Committee. Joan is now also the Secretary of the Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues. Also many thanks are in order to Sue Classick, our Vice President who is in charge of organizing the delivery of our newsletters each month with our many newsletter carriers. Thanks also to our many newsletter carriers for their time in delivering our newsletters to you. This also is no small task. Finally, a special thanks to Martin Thomas Jr. for his service as Vice President, providing us needed guidance at our Executive Committee meetings and for keeping our website up to date. As a newly appointed member of the Planning Commission, Martin has once again stepped up to provide needed service to the city and us on this important Commission. Martin is also the Webmaster for WardsCornerNow and an active participant in the leadership of that group. Also, thanks to you, our members, for your continued support by attending our meetings each month and working to improve our neighborhood. Thank you all!


Your job over the summer is to think about what improvements you would like to see in your and our neighborhood. Please let any member of the Executive Committee know what these improvements should be. Do you want improved lighting at the Northshore playground? Do you want more enforcement of cars parking on lawns? Do you see areas of city infrastructure (streets, curbs and gutters, etc.) in our neighborhood that need addressing? Is crime a continuing problem that needs to be addressed more aggressively? Think about what improvements you would really like to see in the entire Wards Corner area. Please also let us know what topics you would like to have speakers on in the fall out our civic league meeting and let me know. When we meet in September, we will hopefully have a list of these needs that we can share with you. Over the summer rest assured that the dedication and commitment of the membership of Wards Corner Now, the Task Force, Business Association and area Civic Leagues (including and especially ours) will continue the push with our city elected officials and senior city management staff to move ahead for making the Wards Corner area great once again. We will not be taking the summer off but will continue our important work.


I would urge all of you to attend the June meeting on the 20th, as we will again hear from the Department of Utilities regarding their proposed location for the new sewer pump station. I believe we have reached some location decision with Utilities that it will be near the entrance to the Wellness center, we are not sure just exactly where it will be in that area. Also please come and give input on what this proposed pump station should look like when it is finalized. This is your chance to have input on these decisions and I urge you to participate in that process.


Finally please have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer. We will continue our work to improve our area throughout the summer. We hope to see you again in the fall at our September meeting.


I also hope to see you at the June meeting.


My best to you,

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