Summer 2009 Volume 16, Number 3
www.oldewythe.com • www.oldewythehistory.com
KEEPING OLDE WYTHE RESIDENTS INFORMED
With summer here, the board of the Olde Wythe Neighborhood Association wishes you a safe and healthy season. In
continuing with my theme of safety in the neighborhood during my term as president, we have included in this edition
of the Olde Wythe News articles on topics of safety that could help you in a time of need. We have also spotlighted a
few of the many services the city has to offer that can help improve our neighborhood and our lives. We hope the
information found in this newsletter is of value to you and your family.
This past spring the board has been busy with activities such as the annual Easter egg hunt for kids and the neigh-
borhood yard sale day. We ended the spring with the pool party at the Wythe Pool. I would like to thank Peggy Kruger,
our social committee chairman, for the planning and execution of the Easter egg hunt and the pool party and Rusty
Gates, who headed up the yard sale day.
We do these events for you, our neighbors, and thank those of you who support these efforts with your membership
dues. If you are not a member, please consider becoming one…it’s easy. All you have to do is to fill out the form on the
last page and mail it in. It’s that simple.
One final note…In light of busy summer schedules, with vacations and neighbors just taking time for family, the
OWNA board has decided the cancel the July General Membership Meeting, which was scheduled for July 28. We hope
you will join us at our next General Membership meeting in October.
Gregory Siegel, President
This year’s Easter Egg Hunt, held on Saturday,
April 11th, was great fun for all who attended.
The Olde Wythe Neighborhood Association
hid 1000 eggs which were found in a matter of
a few minutes by the 93 children in atten-
dance. The winners for finding the most eggs
were Deven Smith of Allegany Road Ages
0 – 3, Jared Farron of Powhatan Parkway Ages
4 - 7 and Josh (no last name given) of
Powhatan Parkway Ages 8 – 10. For their
efforts each received a special prize basket.
Many of the children came dressed in their
best Easter attire for photos with the Easter
bunny. We would like to thank the Wythe Fire
Department for helping the Easter Bunny find
her way to the park.
OWNA General Membership Meeting for July has been
cancelled. Enjoy the summer.
OWNA Board of Directors ‘09 OWNA Yard Sale
PRESIDENT DISTRICT 6 -Charlie Edmonson
124 Pocahontas Pl.
3005 Chesapeake Ave.
723-0483 firstname.lastname@example.org Mother Nature once again exerted her control over our
email@example.com DISTRICT 7 -Vacant best made plans! With a weather forecast predicting a 30%
PAST PRESIDENT DISTRICT 8 - Paulette McCarthy chance of rain, we hoped for 70% chance of staying dry. No
Mike McHenry 3417 Chesapeake Ave.
2308 Chesapeake Ave. such luck! In spite of these odds, the 2009 edition of the Olde
244-6648 firstname.lastname@example.org Wythe yard sale took place on a rainy Saturday, May 16th.
email@example.com The rain started to fall around 8:30 and kept a steady pace
DISTRICT 9 Peggy Krueger
1ST VP 3612 Kenmore Dr. all morning. Many of the 65 participating households were
Rusty Gates 722-4507
1410 Chesapeake Ave. well equipped to keep themselves and their inventory dry
223-4384 by either moving their operation into a garage or by the use
firstname.lastname@example.org WEBMASTER - Vacant of tents and tarps. Others tossed in the towel and opted to
TREASURER MEMBERSHIP Doug Miller stay inside. The shoppers, out early and in force, pressed on
Judy Carey 93 Snug Harbor
3600 Spottswood Pl. 722-5885 to hunt for rare treasures or just practical, needed items. For
723-3835 email@example.com those who braved the weather, the deals were good and the
firstname.lastname@example.org NEWSLETTER EDITOR selling was brisk. Who says recycling is limited to a big gray
SECRETARY Kelly Siegel bin on Friday?
Aleksandra Paunovic 124 Pocahontas Pl.
911 Chesapeake Ave. 723-0483 The following Saturday, May 23rd was the OWNA yard
333-0862 email@example.com sale rain date as described in the application. The good news
firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Reporter was that the weather was beautiful, but the bad news was
Carol King that very few households participated. Hopefully those who
45 Greenbriar Ave. chose to participate were able to find buyers for their
District 327-0414 • cell 268-6568
Representatives: com We certainly would like to thank all of you who partici-
DISTRICT 1 Phil Pons pated in this year’s event and encourage everyone to plan
1017 Chesapeake Ave.
224-6999 ahead for next year. The OWNA yard sale is a great
email@example.com OWNA Board opportunity to share our wonderful, blossoming neighbor-
DISTRICT 2 Andy Wood Committee and Chair hood with others while we recycle things from one home to
1206 Shatto Dr. MEMBERSHIP another
271-8334 Aleksandra Paunovic
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND
DISTRICT 3 Mary Brown COMMUNICATIONS
127 Wythe Crescent Mary Brown
firstname.lastname@example.org PRESERVATION AND
DISTRICT 4 David Bowen Dave Bowman
2406 Chesapeake Ave.
380-1904 GOVERNMENTAL AND
email@example.com BUSINESS AFFAIRS
DISTRICT 5 Jacquie Ream
2612 Kecoughtan Road SOCIAL
Apt. 2 Peggy Krueger
The Olde Wythe News is the Comments are welcome, and References available in
official publication of the so are story ideas and
Olde Wythe Neighborhood thoughts. the Wythe area
Association. It is published For advertising information
quarterly. Visit our website at please contact the editor. • Maintenance/Clean Up
www.oldewythe.com. • Mulching
Editor — Kelly Siegel • Lower to Mid Level Pruning
Layout Editor — John Hargett
• Seasonal Color
Hampton Police Officers Preventing Gang
Share Safety Tips Involvement:
Tips for Parents (from the Partnership on
Hampton Police Division Officers Bradford and
Alexander, shared valuable safety tips with a small, but Youth Violence Prevention)
enthusiastic group at the Olde Wythe Neighborhood
Association’s spring General Membership Meeting at • Establish a regular weekly routine for doing something
Armstrong Elementary School. Some of the suggestions special with your child.
they made include: • Ask where your kids are going and who they’ll be with.
WHEN OUT AND ABOUT: • Be a good listener. Ask and encourage questions.
• Avoid going out alone after dark. If you do go out • Don’t reach in a way that will cut off communication. If
alone, carry a flashlight. your child says things that challenge or shock you, turn
them into a calm discussion.
• Be careful how you carry your purse and wallet.
• Be a living example of your own value system. Display
• Don’t carry credit cards you don’t need OR large the qualities you want your child to have.
amounts of money. Take only what you need.
• Express love, appreciation, and thanks to your child.
• Keep car doors locked and windows rolled up when
traveling, whether you are a passenger or the driver. If • Set clear rules and limits. Discuss in advance the conse-
you do travel with your windows down, keep your quences of breaking them. Don’t make empty threats;
hand on the window control. follow through with the consequences when necessary.
• Trust your instincts and be alert. If someone makes you • Set a curfew and enforce it.
feel uncomfortable, leave the area. • Listen to your instincts and intervene if you feel some-
• Install good locks on doors and windows and use thing is wrong.
them. • Let your child know how much you care.
• Don’t hide keys in mailboxes, planters, or under • Trust your instincts about parenting.
• Make your home a safe, secure, positive environment.
• Keep your downstairs windows closed and locked.
• Get involved in your child’s school, your neighbor-
• When coming home late at night, leave as many out- hood, and your community.
side lights on as possible.
• If you are confronted by a robber, give them what they
ask for. DO NOT attempt to fight the assailant.
WHEN APPROACHING YOUR VEHICLE: DID YOU KNOW…
• Survey the area for individuals just “hanging” around.
Hampton Redevelopment and
• Be alert in parking lots and garages. Park near an
entrance. Park in well lighted areas. A primary goal of the Hampton Redevelopment and
• Secure all packages, clothing, etc. Housing Authority is to provide affordable housing for the
citizens of Hampton. One of the services the HRHA offers is
• Keep your keys in your hand. the home rehabilitation program. The program includes
• Keep your eyes open and pay attention to your these options: 3% home rehabilitation loan, Deferred Home
surroundings. Rehabilitation Loan, Paint Program, and a Wheelchair Ramp
Program. For further information about HRHA programs,
• Look under and around your car as you approach it. please contact (757) 727-1111, option 6.
• Ensure the trunk and doors are still locked.
• Check the back seat before unlocking the door.
The Beautiful Yard Thinking About Selling Your
Contest Home? Landscaping Adds
The winners of this year’s Beautiful Yard Contest are Jerry
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and Tory Bauer of Chesterfield Road. The Runners-up are Did you know that the sale price of your home may be
Dottie and Gene Vaughan of Wythe Crescent. Both will significantly higher if your property includes quality
receive a gift certificate to a local garden center so they can landscaping? According to the American Association of
expand their lovely gardens. Nurserymen, installing healthy trees, shrubs, and plants
can be a wise investment. Think of a $20 plant; as it
grows into a $200 shrub it brings more value and beauty
— among other benefits—to your home’s property.
Reports show that a well-designed and maintained
landscape can boost a home’s sale price, by some esti-
mates as much as 27 percent. Landscaping is so valuable
to real estate agents, they say they prefer listing homes
with attractive, neat low-maintenance yards and gardens
because these properties sell faster.
The agents reveal that besides the fact that they have
an easier time selling landscaped homes, these properties
sell closest to the asking price. Why? According to these
property experts, the public values homes with what
is known as ‘’curb appeal” — the curbside view of
warm-looking inviting dwelling, surrounded by a lovely
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Hampton is the first locality in Virginia to establish a cen-
tralized 3-1-1 call center that offers citizens round-the-clock
access to city services and information. Call-takers are avail-
able to help with everything from reporting a missing trash
collection or a pothole to answering questions about the city
budget or a community center’s hours. This service is easy
to use, convenient, and enhances customer service and the
city’s responsiveness to its citizens. For more information,
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CITY OF HAMPTON REACHES OUT TO THE CITIZENS
Contributed by Phil Pons, District 1 Representative period of six weeks. Linda Curtis, Commonwealth’s
Attorney, gave a thorough background on the function of
There are wonderful examples of the City of Hampton’s her office. She was assisted by presentations given by mem-
effort to reach out to the citizens of our city. Unfortunately, bers of Public Defender’s Office as well as other agencies
these examples are generally not known to most people. responsible for the criminal justice system, support services
During the last year, my wife, Dianne and I had the to victims and other segments of our society. Subsequent
opportunity to attend the Citizen’s Police Academy, The nights were in the actual court rooms of the General District
Citizen’s Codes Academy, and the Citizen’s Courts Court, Circuit Court and the Juvenile & Domestic Relations
Academy. In each of these programs, the City employees Court. In each case, the Judges from the respective courts
gave of their time and energy to present first-class gave of their time to be present and to answer questions.
presentations. Representatives from the Commonwealth’s Attorney and
The Citizen’s Police Academy was presented over a the Public Defender’s Office presented detailed information
period of twelve evenings and in each evening, a senior on their function within each court. The final evening, Judge
person from the various sections within the department out- Taylor presided over a mock trial in which an actual case,
lined the functions of their section and the responsibilities with names changed, was conducted. The chief prosecutor
associated with their duties. In addition, presentations were for the Commonwealth and the head Public Defender
offered on the various City agencies that the citizens such, as presented their case to twelve of us selected as jurors.
Victims Assistance and Child Protective Services. Throughout, Judge Taylor and the attorneys answered
Likewise, The Citizens Codes Academy, presented over a questions and explained each step of the trial.
period of ten weeks, offered an opportunity to become We encourage all interested in what goes on in the city of
familiar with the manner in which the City regulates every- Hampton to inquire as to the schedule for these programs
thing from zoning, to wetlands, new construction, permits for the coming year. For example, a Citizen’s Police
and property maintenance. All the presentations were Academy begins in July. You will find that the events are not
professionally given by those actually responsible for the only most informative, they are very enjoyable. They are
particular function. also a great opportunity to get to know your City’s
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On Sunday, May 31 the Olde Wythe Neighborhood
Association, in partnership with the Wythe Pool, held the
Annual Pool Party to kick off the summer season. The • Painting • Wallpaper Removal
weather was warm and the pool was refreshing. The • Power Washing • Window Repair - Glazing
Association provided the hot dogs and lemonade and the • Rotten Wood Repair • Ceramic Tile Repair
Pool provided the fun. The OWNA also donated over 25
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the pool. If you missed this year’s party you can still enjoy Owner (757) 245-3031
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Still Hunting for History
In May, the 3rd annual Hunt
for Hampton History event took
place. Located again at the
Hampton Convention Center,
the theme this year was educa-
tion in Hampton. Our neighbor-
hood was represented with a
booth highlighting the recent
launch of the Olde Wythe
History website (oldewythehis-
tory.com) as well as the historical
markers that are placed along
Chesapeake Avenue. Next year’s
event will be held in March and
promises to be bigger than ever,
celebrating the 400th anniver-
sary of Hampton.
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Identity Theft: How Can You Help Yourself
These suggestions from a corporate attorney could help 6. FILE A POLICE REPORT immediately in the jurisdic-
you if you ever lose your wallet. tion where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This
proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this
1. DO NOT SIGN THE BACK OF YOUR CREDIT
is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is
CARDS. INSTEAD, PUT ’PHOTO ID REQUIRED.’
2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit
7. CALL THE 3 NATIONAL CREDIT REPORTING
card accounts, DO NOT PUT THE COMPLETE
ORGANIZATIONS immediately to place a fraud alert
ACCOUNT NUMBER ON THE ’FOR’ LINE.
on your name and also call the Social Security fraud
INSTEAD, JUST PUT THE LAST FOUR NUMBERS.
line number. I had never heard of doing that until
The credit card company knows the rest of the number,
advised by a bank that called to tell me an application
and anyone who might be handling your check as it
for credit was made over the Internet in my name.
passes through all the check processing channels won’t
have access to it. The alert means any company that checks your credit
knows your information was stolen, and they have to con-
3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your
tact you by phone to authorize new credit.
home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of
your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact
your work address. NEVER HAVE YOUR SS# printed about your wallet, if it has been stolen:
on your checks
1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
4. Copy the CONTENTS OF YOUR WALLET. Do both
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know
what you had in your wallet and all of the account 3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289
numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):
the photocopy in a safe place.
5. We have been told we should CANCEL OUR CREDIT
CARDS immediately. But the key is having the toll free
numbers and your card numbers handy so you know
whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
Spotlighted in the Daily Press • Verification of all statements may be required.
• Renewal applications will be accepted through the
In May the Daily Press spotlighted 5 Great Places to Walk mail; all other applicants may apply during the months
on the Virginia Peninsula. Our own Chesapeake Ave was of May 2009 through August 31st, 2009.
one of these spots. The article by Prue Salasky goes on to say For questions about the program, you can (757) 727-6690
this about Chesapeake Avenue: between the hours of 8:30 – 4:30, Monday through Friday.
“Residential area provides a spectacular view of the open
waters of Hampton Roads as well as a look at the facades of
some fine homes. Starting at the LaSalle end of the avenue, It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Ready?
after one block, there’s a sidewalk that continues all the way
With hurricane season upon us, the following tips will
to the end of the avenue at 16th Street in Newport News.
help you be prepared.
The sidewalk is across the street from the water. The water
Prepare an evacuation plan and then practice it so that
side divides between private, unfenced property along the
you have confidence your plan is safe and efficient. In an
grassy shore front, and public areas with Civil War Trail
emergency, you may have only a few minutes to gather
markers that detail the First Battle of the Ironclads.
items such as medicines, a change of clothing, water, flash-
The length of the avenue is about 3 miles of shoreline and
light, radio, batteries, your computer hard drive or laptop,
is marked by splendid trees, including magnolias and live
photographs, insurance policies and other important docu-
oaks, and a dramatic water view with a breeze that sweeps
ments. Also, plan ahead for keeping your pets safe. Few
up the smell of the sea with it. Another attraction is the
evacuation centers allow pets.
architectural diversity of the homes lining the shore.”
Purchase enough insurance coverage to rebuild your
home, replace your personal belongings and pay for the
Planning Ahead additional costs of living away from home while your house
is being repaired or rebuilt. Flood damage is not covered
Plans are under way for our annual Fall Festival, which under standard homeowners policies but is available from
will be held the last Sunday of October. If you have ideas to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through your
share and/ or wish to help out, please contact Peggy insurance agent.
Kruger. Hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30.
The middle portion of that six month interval is when hur-
ricanes are most likely to occur.
Guidelines for Real Estate Tax Relief
The City of Hampton offers the elderly or permanently
and totally disabled tax relief on their real estate taxes. Now
is the time to apply for real estate tax relief if you meet the
• Be at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally
disabled on or before December 31st, 2008.
• Own and occupy the dwelling on or before January 1st,
2009. (If the owner is in the hospital, nursing home, or Call Us And Let Us Show You
other institution, he/she is still eligible so long as
such real estate is not used by or leased to other for The Lifestyle You Deserve
• Have a combined gross household income of $50,000 or
less from all sources, including all relatives residing in
• Independent Living
the house. Each relative, excluding your spouse, may • Fine Dining
deduct $7,000 from their annual income when figuring
income requirements. • No Entry Fee
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OWNA Membership Application Form
Any person(s) who is/are over 18 years of age, residing in the boundaries of the Association can become a member of
OWNA. The annual dues are $10.00 per person. Dues are payable each year or at the time of application. For news and
information about OWNA check out our website at www oldewythe.com.
Name _____________________________________________________________ Years Living in Old Wythe ______________
Name _____________________________________________________________ Renewal _________ New Member ________
Street Address ______________________________________________________ Phone Number ________________________
Using the map below, please record your district number ________________
Would you like to receive news of events and issues related to Olde Wythe by email? JY JN
Email Address(s) ____________________________________________________
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OWNA is made up of volunteers working to bring neighbors together for the betterment of the community. If you would
like to help with this mission, please check any of the following committees in which you have interest.
J Board Member J Crime Prevention J History J Social J Beautification J Anything That Is Needed
Please complete form and mail membership dues of $10 per member to:
Olde Wythe Neighborhood Association P.O. Box 1445 Hampton Va. 23661-0445
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