Neighborhood Picnic!

Wards Corner Civic League
Cordially Invites You and Your Family to Our

Neighborhood Picnic

Saturday, June 28, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Burgers, hot dogs, chips & drinks
will be provided

If you like, please bring side dishes,
chairs, and/or yard games to share

Fitness & Wellness Center
Outdoor Field

Please RSVP to
Scott Guirlinger at
or call 489-3938



Utilities updates

The civic league has received the following utilities updates generated as a result of questions at the last civic league meeting:

  • The white markings along the block 500 of Maycox and Burleigh are from the gas company to inform them the utilities marked are not owned by the gas company.
  • There will be further survey marking in the next few months though, as the next phase of work is currently in design in this area (500 block of Burleigh, Maycox, and Little Creek Rd).  This Norfolk Utilities construction will not start until early winter 2014 or possibly right after the new year, 2015.  I will provide a further update at the next meeting.
  • Paving is to occur within the next few weeks to open up the intersection of North Shore Rd and Millbrook.  This will allow the contractor to close Ruthven and North Shore Rd as the next phase of work continues, with completion to occur this Fall 2014 for the entire project.  This intersection should be closed for approximately 2 months or so (could be sooner).  The contractor is moving quicker now that the sewer main installation is becoming shallower.  Residents will still have access to gain to their homes during construction.
  • The cones in the yards will be removed as the project continues to the west, as each section is completed.  So cones near the intersection of Millbrook and North Shore Rd will be removed fairly soon as paving should occur in the next few weeks at this intersection to Restmere.
  • I called Friday to our Operations folks about the lateral and cleanout at 204 North Shore Rd. and a City vac truck should have cleaned the lateral, sidewalk, and main this past Friday.



June 2014 message and meeting info

The June 2014 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 16th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center on Newport Ave.
Invited speakers include Suburban Management, Norfolk SPCA and we will have a discussion about adding Stop Signs-Burleigh, Maycox, and North Shore.

The president’s message:
The June meeting marks the last meeting of the first half of the civic league year until we resume our schedule again in September. We will not have a newsletter in July and August. We will, however, post any news that you should know about on our website and the Wards Corner Now website. We will not have a meeting in July and August.
I wish to thank Barbara Ross for her dedicated service as our newsletter editor and newly elected board member. 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 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 thanks for your continued efforts as Chair of the Beautification Committee with the Greater Wards Corner Task Force. A thank you also goes to our 2nd VP, Sue Classick for 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.  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-street cleanups over the several years. Thanks also to the members of our civic league who help in each of these cleanups. I thank Scott Guirlinger for all his help as a newly elected board member. We are pleased that you have joined us.  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 Wards Corner Civic League is one of the strongest and most powerful civic leagues in the city and you helped us with getting that distinction. 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 has unfortunately been drawn to the area. 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. Maybe by the time the September meeting comes around we will see new businesses open or opening in the shopping center on the Northeast corner of the business district. You know that shopping center with all the vacant parking spaces that exist now!

In closing, let us all remember in our thoughts and prayers slain Norfolk Police Office Brain Wayne Jones and his family and murdered high school student Mark Rodriguez and his family. Officer Jones and Mark were killed May 30th by the same gunman. They will be missed by all.

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 June and then in the fall at our September meeting.