June 2013 Message and meeting info

The June 2013 civic league meeting will be held on the 17th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
We will have a update from Chris Perry on the Harris Teeter anchored shopping center that he is constructing as well as an update from Councilman Andy Protogyrou

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


Dear Neighbors,
I am writing this message to you on Sunday morning June 1st. A Police Officer Sergeant friend of mine has just stopped by my house to advise me that a robbery had just taken place in the area of Restmere and W. Little Creek Road. If you saw about eight police units and an equal number of officers in that area at that time, they were looking for the suspect. Hopefully that individual will be apprehended soon. This is a reminder that we should be ever vigilant to what is going on around us and to keep all of our doors locked at all times. If you don’t have one, consider getting a home security system. It’s worth it. Another neighborhood alert option that we are publishing and encouraging all of you to sign up for is an email listserv. This notification system will allow you to send a message to all of those members on the listserv if you have an alert that you wish to put out to everyone. You can sign up for it by going to http://www.wardscorner.com and clicking on the WCCL Listserv link on the right hand column of the webpage. From there, simply follow the directions to sign up. The more folks we have on the listserv, the more we can get a message out to all in a timely manner. This system was encouraged by our Police Officers.

As summer is just around the corner and schools will be out, hopefully we will all enjoy some vacation time. We also hope that this summer’s weather will be great and we will once again be spared any major hurricanes as like last year. However, make sure you are prepared just in case. 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 and taking advantage of this great facility in our back yard. As I drive through Wards Corner every day, I am excited to see that the building is coming out of the ground on the Suburban Park Shopping Center. By September it should be completely up and we will have a good idea what the property will look like. To date the following have signed leases for that property:
• Harris Teeter
• Towne Bank
• Sleepy’s Mattress
• Albano Cleaners
• Subway
• Starbucks
• MOE’s Southwest Grill
In addition, you probably noticed that the parking lot has been resurfaced at the Midtown Shopping Center property, giving it a fresh look. We also know that a Dollar General is moving into where the #1 Chinese Buffet was in the Wards Corner Shopping Center. Also the new sewer pump station should be finished and operational this summer. Our efforts are really starting to pay off in the Business District. But let’s not forget that continued focus and efforts are needed in the
Denby Park area which still needs much attention and funding to uplift that neighborhood.

Since our June meeting is the last meeting until September, it also means that this is the last newsletter until then as well. We will not have a meeting in July and August unless it is warranted.  I wish to once again thank Barbara Ross for her dedicated service as our newsletter editor. She has done an excellent job of preparing the newsletter each month. 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. Speaking of keeping us informed, a hearty thanks goes to Martin Thomas Jr. for keeping our website http://www.wardscorner.com as well as http://www.wardscornernow.com up to date and informative.

We also thank Martin for the good work he is doing on the Planning Commission for our area and the city. Also a special thanks to Joan Griffey and Ray Duron for keeping the records of our meetings and ensuring that our finances are in order. Joan, also thank you for your continued efforts as Chair of the Beautification Committee with the Greater Wards Corner Task Force. Joan is now also the Secretary of the Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues. A thank you also goes to our 2nd VP Sue Classick for her tireless efforts in 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. It is yet another valuable service that we are providing to all of the residents of the Wards Corner Civic League area residents. It is also the envy of many of the civic leagues in the Greater Wards Corner area as well as citywide. Thanks also to Betty and Ray Duron for organizing and conducting our adopt-a-spot cleanups over the last several years. Thanks also to the members of our civic league who help in each of these cleanups. Thank you all for your service.

Finally, I extend a very grateful thanks to all of our paid members for your continuing support and attendance at our monthly meetings. Your presence and input at our meetings is much appreciated. Please tell your neighbors to join us in attendance and membership as more numbers mean a bigger voice at city hall. One thing is for sure. The dedication and
commitment of the membership of the Greater Wards Task Force and area Civic Leagues (including and especially ours) will continue the push with our city elected officials and senior city management staff to help us correct and develop the area and rid it of the dysfunctional and criminal element that resides here. We will not be taking the summer off but will continue our fight. Please join us in that fight as numbers speak to elected officials.

Please have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer. We hope to see you again in June and then in the fall at our September meeting.


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