Great American Cleanup – Happening Now!

Opportunities for all ages, March 1st through June 5th.

Register for an event.

Check out the flyer to learn more!

For more information or to register to volunteer, email knb@norfolk.gov.

Norfolk Recycles Day – April 17th

Norfolk residents can drive through and drop-off household hazardous waste and plastic bags for proper disposal. Iron Mountain will also be on-site for secure document shredding. The event is 9:00 AM to Noon at Huntersville Community Center.

Pre-register for a timeslot today!

This is a volunteer-staffed event. Space is limited, so register to volunteer today!

Water Saver Challenge

A new home challenge will help you stop water waste from leaks – saving you money while conserving water!

The Water Saver Challenge shows how to easily identify common household leaks. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Request free leak detection tabs, complete the leaks checklist and log your fixes during national Fix-a-Leak Week, March 15-21.

Take the challenge and start saving!

Norfolk Public Library’s Express Book Nooks

Norfolk Public Library has partnered with Norfolk Recreation Parks and Open Spaces to create Express Book Nooks, a source for FREE books and DVDs. The best part is no library card is needed

Readers of all ages can select from a wide variety of popular fiction, non-fiction, and juvenile titles. So, grab a book (or several) & DVDs to enjoy or share with others.

Express Book Nooks are located at the following community centers: Berkley Community Center, Huntersville Community Center, Lambert’s Point Community Center, and Norview Community Center.

COVID-19 Updates from Councilman Thomas and Councilwoman McClellan

Public Health Update

As of March 1 the Virginia Department of Health reports an accumulated total 577,174 confirmed cases, and a 7.1% test positivity rate. The Norfolk Department of Public Health reports an accumulated total of 14,935 confirmed cases, and a 9.9% test positivity rate, PCR only.

Vaccination News

To date in Norfolk, 35,479 people have received the vaccine and 9,054 people are fully vaccinated. For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard

Governor Northam announced Monday that additional pharmacies will offer the vaccine with doses received from the Federal Pharmacy Program. These pharmacies are not connected to the state preregistration system. Individuals must contact Walgreens or CVS to preregister and receive the vaccine (currently CVS is only preregistering individuals aged 65 years and older).

Last week Walmart hosted vaccination clinics at Southside STEM Academy. Walmart and the Virginia Department of Health made all the arrangements for these clinics. The state call center contacted preregistered individuals to participate.

Sentara hosted a clinic at the Scope Saturday, Feb. 27 as part of their health equity program.

Changes

  • The Virginia Department of Health has revised its preregistration operations and will not accept employer-submitted employee lists for vaccine. Employees must now preregister themselves.
  • The Virginia Department of Health will provide a second vaccine to those who did not get their vaccine at a public health clinic. Individuals must return to the location where they received their first dose to get their second dose.
  • As of Feb. 26, Norfolk ended its vaccine preregistration support through the hotline, online form, and hands-on help at our recreation centers. Since Jan. 25, 9,491 individuals contacted the hotline. Staff answered 7,181 incoming calls with an additional 2,310 voicemails returned during the operation. Since Feb. 10, 1,081 residents visited the recreation centers. 
  • Staff will now direct all preregistration and information inquiries to Vaccinate Virginia online vaccinate.virginia.gov or the state call center 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.

Update to Governor’s Orders

On Monday, March 1, Governor Northam will ease public health restrictions for outdoor settings for social gatherings and entertainment venues. Alcohol sales at dining establishments will extend to midnight. 

Here is a look at some of the operations at some of the Norfolk facilities:

  • City Hall: No change. Appointment-only will continue.
  • Norfolk Public Library: No change. Grab and Go services will continue. 30,000 visits since July, 2020. Mobile delivery continues to seniors and NRHA residents not able to get to the branches.
  • Virginia Zoo: Occupancy increases 30% outdoor and 1,000 visitors per day. Educational programs will increase from 10 to 25. 
  • Seven Venues: No change to indoor occupancy (250). Harbor Park will increase occupancy to 1,000.
  • Nauticus: Will begin overnight stays on battleship in May.

Flood Awareness Week

Just one inch of water in a home can cost more than $25,000 in damage. During the week of March 14 – 20, we encourage residents to:

During this year’s Flood Awareness Week, the city will unveil a new tool that provides a visual representation of flooding on your property. Find out more at norfolk.gov/flooding.

Input Needed: Granby St Bike Lanes

If you walk, drive, or bike along Granby Street between Willow Wood Drive and Admiral Taussig Boulevard (just south of the I-564 overpass), the City of Norfolk wants to hear from you. The Department of Transit is hosting a virtual workshop on March 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., to gather public input as part of a project development effort for bike lanes along Granby Street.

Join the workshop to learn about the goals and timeline of this effort, explore different ways to incorporate bicycle facilities, and discuss the potential project with your neighbors.

Please RSVP to save your seat and receive a link to the online meeting: https://bit.ly/3bmcnRA.

Visit www.norfolk.gov/granbybike for project information and to share your ideas.

Parks and Recreation Closures Update

The following recreation centers and pools will reopen on March 1:

  • Huntersville Community Center
  • Lambert’s Point Community Center
  • Berkley Community Center
  • East Ocean View Community Center
  • Norview Community Center
  • Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Southside Aquatics Center
  • Huntersville Pool
  • Northside Pool

Check out the video below of City Manager, Dr. Filer, make the announcement at the 2/23 City Council meeting.

For more information, visit Norfolk.gov/play.

VisitNorfolk Videos

Links to the videos that Kurt Krause from VisitNorfolk shared at our February meeting:

Last year’s Together At Last campaign
Analysis of the Together At Last campaign

This year’s campaign entitled City with Bite, focusing on the wonders of the Norfolk culinary scene: www.citywithbite.com

NPL Mobile Delivery

Norfolk Public Library is offering special mobile services to senior centers, NRHA neighborhoods, and military facilities! This service is for patrons who may find it difficult to reach our branch locations during COVID. Their Grab & Go pickup is available across the city. You can reserve books, DVDs, WiFi Hotspots, and more and pick them up at one of their stops. This completely safe service can be utilized by visiting their catalog at www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org or by calling 757-664-7328 ext. 371. Reserve your item at the Bookmobile and they will deliver it to your stop.

Please see this downloadable schedule for dates and times and share with those who may be interested.

You can also participate in their Grab & Go services at the following branch locations:

  • Pretlow
  • Jordan Newby
  • Park Place
  • Barron F. Black
  • Van Wyck