April 2013 message and meeting info

The April 2013 civic league meeting will be held on the 15th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.

Here is President Jim English’s message for April 2013:

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

            It is springtime and the trees are budding and the flowers are starting to show. Soon the azaleas will be in full bloom. This is a great time of the year. With it we see the signs of renewal at the Wards Corner business district. The Perry Property is being readied for construction of the Harris Teeter Grocery Store and its out parcels, Farm Fresh has just had its grand reopening after its extensive renovation and the Dalis Property continues to show its new faceover. In addition the new sewer pump station at the Wellness center entrance is beginning to spring up and the sewer lines on the connecting streets are almost completed. Repaving on those streets should start soon.

            Spring also marks the half-way point of the first six months of our civic league year. The next three months will have interesting programs. In April and May we will have an election forum for the Commissioner of the Revenue with a Democratic Primary set for June 11th; and an update of this year’s General Assembly initiatives by Senator Ralph Northam and Delegate Linwood Lewis. In June we hope to have Sergeant Avery of the Norfolk Police Department return to give us a demonstration of crime view and crime mapper since she was unable to get the internet connection at our March meeting. Typically we don’t meet in July and August and we will stay that way this year unless an urgent need arises for us to meet. Of course, we will keep you informed of all area updates as best we can over that time on our website http://www.wardscorner.com and via our email list. If you would like to join our civic league and be listed on our email list, please contact me or one of the officers listed in this newsletter.

            At our April meeting, Sergeant Avery discussed some important crime prevention tips with us that we should take advantage of. They include:

 •           Signing up for crime alerts on the Norfolk Police website. See http://www.norfolk.gov/?nid=310

•           Being a good witness

•           Having a home security survey done by the Police. For more info on this, call the crime prevention unit at 664-6901

 It is sad to say that we must take all of these tips and more to protect ourselves and our property today. As recently as last week, a home in my neighborhood had a break-in when the residents were not home, and the thieves did away with a lot of very expensive high end electronics. Unfortunately, these military men were out to sea and discovered this when they returned home. Some homecoming! The police responded quickly and the police forensic unit has done their investigation, but who knows if they will get their items back. Let’s hope they catch these criminals. Let’s all be vigilant to our surroundings in our neighborhood! It is absolutely necessary.

 I hope to see you at our April 15th meeting.

 Thanks,

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