March 2015 message and meeting info

The March 2015 Wards Corner Civic League meeting will be held on the 16th at 6:30pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center on Newport Ave.

The agenda includes a update from Senator Lynwood Lewis.

The president’s message:

Dear Neighbors,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Norfolk Police Officer William Old and the other officers that serve with him for their outstanding service to our Civic League and Civic League area. Officer Old is always present at our civic league meetings and always gives us an excellent report of the crime and crime statistics for our area. His demeanor is very pleasant and he is professional in his delivery of the information he presents. He doesn’t sugar coat any of his report and always tells it like it is. Office Old is also always responsive to our questions and almost always able to answer the question. If not he gets back to us at our next meeting or sooner to me if asked. We are very fortunate to have such a fine dedicated officer as William Old serving our area. He is doing an outstanding job in serving our area and we are very grateful for that and we sincerely thank him.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rick Dempsey, a civil engineer with the Department of Utilities. Rick has been to our civic league meetings many times and most recently at our last meeting. He comes when we ask and sometimes he asks to attend. From the beginning of the area “sewer project” , he has provided us with detailed information about all aspects of the project. He shows us charts of the project and is always able to answer our questions. I know, like many of you, that this project has been long and it has been somewhat inconveniencing to us because of the streets being torn up. Yet he has always been able to assure us that things are on target and will get better as the project moves forward. For this, we are appreciative and we also sincerely thank him for his service. He and the staff and crew of the utilities department as well as the contractors doing the project are serving us well.
The city of Norfolk is fortunate to have such fine individuals employed and serving us as Officer William Old and Rick Dempsey do every day. In other good news provided by Martin Thomas Jr. appearing on Wards Corner Now and NEXTDOOR is in regards to the “future of the Meadowbrook School site. It is expected that the next budget will include money to demolish Meadowbrook School and to build a new fire station on the western portion of the site. The remaining site will be left as open space to be used as a dog park or otherwise as may be decided in the future by the neighborhoods.
Once the budget goes into effect this summer, the City will begin the process of designing the fire station. Designs for both the fire station and the park will be in collaboration with the neighborhoods and civic leagues in the Meadowbrook area.
It is expected that the entire project will be complete within 2 years of when the budget goes into effect on July 1.”
In other news, the Crime Prevention Awards Committee (made up of city agencies and citizens) and the Norfolk Police Department is hosting a celebration of our neighborhoods, the city and the Norfolk Police Department. They would cordially like to invite all of our neighbors in Norfolk to come meet each other on Saturday March 28th from 10am – 1pm. The event will be held at the 2nd Patrol Division located at 2500 N. Military Hwy. Meet, greet, have fun, learn opportunities to get involved in and have a chance to win a door prize. Please come out and join the fun.
Our meet and greet event at Guads the other week was very successful as I noted in the last newsletter. In fact so successful that we are having another meet and greet on March 18th from 630PM- 8PM at Guads. Come out and enjoy time with your neighbors and get to meet the Board Members of the Civic League. Happy Hour prices are in effect so please come and join us.
Finally please consider joining Wards Corner nextdoor. Go to to join. It is an excellent way to keep up with what’s going on in our neighborhood and interact with your neighbors as much as you want to.
Hope to see you at our next civic league meeting on March 16th.

Many thanks