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					                                                                              November 18, 2008

     A Monthly News Service from the Division of Communications for Norfolk Civic Organizations


       Holidays in the City, one of Southeast Tourism Society‘s Top 20 Events for
November, celebrates 24 years with six weeks of magical festivities, saluting the holidays
of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve. The festivities
begin on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 pm with the Grand Illumination of the downtown
skyline. The lighting of the skyline signals the start of Hampton Roads‘ most cherished
event, the 24th Annual Grand Illumination Parade. The theme for this year‘s Grand
Illumination Parade is ―Celebrate the SEAson.‖ Festive floats, marching bands, giant
balloons, dancers and Santa himself will delight spectators with a nautical theme as they
parade through downtown Norfolk.
       Another signature event of Holidays in the City is the award winning 10th Annual
Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival which will be held on Saturday, December 13.
 Created and launched in 1998, the Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival is now
Portsmouth‘s signature holiday event, featuring hundreds of musical performances and
carolers throughout the day. Concerts, which range from barbershop harmony and jazz to
steel drums and brass ensembles, are staged in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations
and in several historic churches.
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      Beat the crowds and park for $1 by taking advantage of the City of Norfolk‘s "Early
Bird Parking Special" on Saturday, November 22 for the 24 th Annual ―Celebrate the
SEAson‖ Grand Illumination Parade, which begins at 7 p.m. Patrons can come early to
enjoy dinner, shopping, or visit their favorite attraction before Downtown kicks off Grand
Illumination with this spectacular parade.
      From 3 to 5 p.m., patrons can park for $1 upon entry at city-owned, attendant-
operated parking facilities in Downtown. At 5 p.m. special event rates ($5 or $4
depending on location) will be in effect. Early Bird Parking rates do not apply at the
following facilities: Scope Garage, St. Paul‘s and Brambleton Lots. Also, all Harbor Park
Lots and the Harrison Opera House Lot will be closed to the public for the entire day to
accommodate parade participants.
                          City of Norfolk, Division of Communications
                     810 Union Street, Room 302, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
                    [757] 664.4266 / fax: [757] 664.4006 /
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       Regular weekend rates ($1 before 6 p.m. and $2 after 6 p.m.) will be collected upon
entry at both of the MacArthur Center Garages.
       Due to the large crowds expected for the parade, Waterside Drive could be closed
as early as 6 p.m. Granby Street and Plume Street between Boush and Granby will be
closed to accommodate the parade. All other streets will be left open to enhance access to
parking facilities. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the ―Early Bird Parking
Special" and enjoy the holiday atmosphere of Downtown Norfolk.
       For additional parking information, please call 664-6222 or visit For additional parade information contact Downtown Norfolk
Council at 623-1757 or visit

Holidays in the City Continued from page 1…

      Throughout the holidays, downtown Norfolk serves up seasonal delights.
Traditional favorites include: A Christmas Carol, presented by the Virginia Stage
Company and Holidays in Virginia, presented by the Hurrah Players. And do not forget
those ongoing treats such as Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection, and
MacArthur on Ice, the area‘s largest outdoor ice skating rink at MacArthur Center.
      Look for the Holidays in the City mascot ―Cool Jack‖ throughout the six weeks of
events and festivities. ―Cool Jack‖ is downtown‘s prince of cool – an oversized snowman
who knows how to enjoy the city. ―Cool Jack‖ will make appearances at a variety of
venues downtown including McArthur on Ice and the Grand Illumination Parade.
      No holiday celebration would be complete without welcoming the New Year.
Downtown – on both sides of the water - will definitely be ―the place to be‖ on New
Year‘s Eve as hotels, restaurants and attractions team up to package a variety of
celebrations worth remembering.
      Holidays in the City is sponsored by Dillard‘s and serves up a season full of
amazing experiences in the most vital and vibrant holiday destination in the region. A
complete calendar of holiday happenings in downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne
Portsmouth is available by visiting and clicking on
―Holidays in the City‖.
      Holidays in the City is presented by Dillard‘s in association with the Cities of
Norfolk and Portsmouth and media partners The Virginian-Pilot and WVEC TV-13 and is
produced & managed by the Downtown Norfolk Council. The Downtown Norfolk
Council is a private, not-for-profit membership organization comprised of businesses and
individuals working toward a dynamic, attractive and prosperous downtown.


     Norfolk Botanical Garden‘s annual Garden of Lights will begin November 27 –
December 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. This two-mile driving tour through a
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million twinkling lights will quickly become a part of your family‘s holiday traditions.
Tickets are priced per car, $10 general admission, $8 for NBG members. For more
information about the Garden of Lights, log on to or call


      The windows at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be unveiled with special
holiday decorations. Courtesy of Macy‘s, Lowe‘s and the Winter Wonderland Coleman
Collection, the windows will be adorned with holiday scenes and festive items. The
windows will remain decorated through the first week in January.
      The unveiling of these windows kicked off the holiday season and are specifically
aimed at the holiday events that benefit Children‘s Hospital of The King‘s Daughters
    Friday, Nov. 21 – Saturday, Nov. 22-The Holly
      Festival of Trees; The Marriott will host the 26th
      Annual Holly Festival of Trees that has been a
      highlight of the holiday season in Hampton Roads.
      This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Holly
      Festival of Trees and since its inception it remains a
      much-anticipated event. More than 1,000 patrons
      will participate in the weekend events beginning at a
      luncheon on Friday, November 21, through the Gala
      and Auctions on Friday evening and culminating
      with Breakfast with Santa for the whole family on
      Saturday morning.
             The Marriott ballroom will be transformed and feature more than 45
      beautifully decorated trees, enchanting gingerbread creations, elaborate gift items,
      and spectacular wreaths designed and donated by local artists, chefs, businesses and
      community groups. These unique designs are auctioned off to the highest bidder
      and all proceeds benefit CHKD‘s Virginia Beach Center. In the past, the proceeds
      from these events have purchased the following items for CHKD: Neonatal Air
      Ventilators, an Aquatic Therapy Pool, a Pediatric Transport Unit (Ambulance),
      State-of-the-art Pediatric Cribs and Endowment Funds for the Child Abuse and
      Nursing Scholarship Programs. The Holly Festival of Trees allows the Hampton
      Roads community to ―deck their homes‖ with unique holiday decorations and
      ensure the vitality of our future, the health of our children through CHKD.
    Saturday, Nov. 22-Norfolk‘s Grand Illumination; Participants may stay at the
      Marriott for a discounted rate and enjoy Norfolk‘s grand illumination of the
      downtown buildings and holiday parade on Saturday November 22. There is no
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     charge for this event and it is hosted by the City of Norfolk. It does not benefit
     CHKD, however it is one more fun holiday event happening in downtown Norfolk.
    Sunday, Nov. 23 at 6:00p.m.- 10th Annual Fantasy Shopping Night; For the tenth
     year, MacArthur Center will open its doors to ticket holders for an evening of pre-
     holiday shopping to benefit CHKD. Merchants at the mall offer various discounts,
     special items and enticing events to participants. It is a wonderful way to get a
     jump on holiday shopping.
    Saturday, Dec. 6 in the evening-46th Annual Holly Ball; The King‘s Daughter‘s
     Holly Ball has been a holiday fixture for more than 45 years. This year it will be
     held at the elegant Westin Hotel in Town Center. The evening will celebrate the
     season in the tallest building in Virginia Beach. Guests will have a chance to take
     in the breath-taking views from the designer models and owner‘s lounge on the
     37th floor of The Westin Residences. They will also enjoy music by Phoenix in the
     ballroom and Skylark featuring Anna Gunn in the lounge. Discounted room rates
     will be available to Holly Ball patrons as well.

       All these Holiday events are projects of The King‘s Daughters, founders of
Children‘s Hospital of The King‘s Daughters, the largest and longest contributor to
CHKD. All proceeds from the Holly Events benefit CHKD – specifically the new CHKD
Virginia Beach Center.
       There are more than 1000 King‘s Daughters members in approximately 40 Circles -
small groups of volunteers - located in communities throughout Hampton Roads.
Members of the Circles are working professionals, stay-at-home moms, and community
leaders who have joined together to help ensure the future of CHKD. Each Circle has its
own unique projects, fundraisers and events. Membership is open to anyone who has a
desire to support CHKD and uphold the mission of The King's Daughters.
       For more information about buying tickets for these exciting events and to learn
more, please visit The King‘s Daughters website at or call the
office at 757-668-7098.


       Mayor Paul Fraim announced October 22 that the city will establish a Commission
on Children and Families to improve and expand the quality and availability of child care
in Norfolk‖.
       In setting up the Commission on Children and Families in Norfolk, Fraim said
―With the majority of our pre-school age children in out-of home care during the work
day, the need to positively influence their child care environment is essential,‖ Fraim said.
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       Mayor Fraim said that the city is home to nearly 20,000 children under the age of 4
- or 8 percent of the city‘s population. These 20,000 people hold the key to the city‘s
future, Fraim said.
       However, the Mayor pointed out that only 4 accredited early childhood education
programs are available in the city and the waiting lists grow longer each day.
       ―We can do better than this and we will do better than this,‖ Fraim said. ―I am
committed to doubling the number of programs in the city that can qualify to provide early
childhood education and I hope the other cities in the region will do the same.‖
       Gov. Tim Kaine also announced $4.7 million in grants from The Norfolk
Foundation that will help implement early care and education for children in Norfolk and
other South Hampton Roads cities.
       The grants to Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads will help implement early
care and education for children in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia
Beach. Kaine spoke via teleconference before a meeting of the Early Childhood Business
Advisory Council in Norfolk.

The Smart Beginnings programs funded by the grants are:
      School readiness action plans in the five southside cities
      A Quality Rating and Improvement Program Initiative System at 28 area childcare
centers and 10 family childcare homes
      Scholarships for childcare workers at centers involved in the Quality Rating and
Improvement Program Initiative System
      A screening and referral program for area families with newborns
      An expanded public awareness campaign focused on the importance of children‘s
early care and education

       The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of The Norfolk Foundation provided
$4.1 million in grants to help implement the programs. Virginia Beach philanthropists
Frank and Jane Batten started the donor advised fund at the Foundation in 2003 to
improve educational opportunities for area youth. Smart Beginnings also received an
additional $585,000 grant from The Norfolk Foundation‘s unrestricted funds. Since 2001
The Norfolk Foundation has focused on improving early care and education in the region.
It has awarded nearly $10 million to nonprofit organizations working in this area.
Governor Kaine called the Foundation‘s grants to Smart Beginnings South Hampton
Roads ―an incredible commitment to the young children in this community.‖
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Slumping Economy Continues to Hammer at State Revenues; 1 st Quarter Data
Confirm Trouble. State Secretary of Finance Ric Brown told House and Senate money
committees recently that state revenue collections continue to slide.
       September, which completed the first quarter of FY09, is a significant month for
revenue collections with estimated payments from individuals, corporations and insurance
premiums all due, along with the regular monthly collections in withholding, sales and
other sources.
       According to Brown, monthly total general fund revenue collections fell 7.4 percent
in September, despite two more deposit days than in September 2007. Although the extra
deposit days boosted withholding, sales tax collections fell 3.9 percent, and corporate
collections dropped 10.9 percent. On a year-to-date basis, total revenues have declined 4.2
percent in the first quarter, below the annual forecast adopted in May 2008 calling for 2
percent growth. If the trend continues, the state will collect fewer dollars in FY09 than in
the previous fiscal year. In fact, the dollar amount of projected revenue collections
submitted this month by Gov. Tim Kaine for FY10 is also below actual revenue
collections for FY08.
       Because half of state general fund dollars are funneled to local governments to
carry out state mandates and other high priority programs of interest to the state and
localities, local governments will face significant challenges to balance next year‘s

Possible K-12 Budget Cuts Outlined. Given the sharp, sustained drop in state revenue
collections, reduction in direct aid to education appropriations are likely to be considered
for FY10, according to a staff report presented at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Senate
Finance Committee.
       The report outlined potential options, including reducing minimum staffing levels,
scaling back programs, improving (for the state) the methodology used to calculate the
cost of education programs, reducing the state‘s share of the Standards of Quality funding
from the current 55 percent to 50 percent, and looking for efficiencies in the delivery of
educational services.
       Several of these options would result in increased funding responsibilities for local
governments, which already pay a larger share of the costs of public education than does
the state.
       The state would save between $60 million and $90 million a year by changing the
process of funding the state‘s share of the prevailing health insurance premium.
       Local governments fund the additional positions in order to improve the ability of
students and schools to meet state and national accountability standards, such as those set
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forth in the Standards of Learning, Standards of Accreditation and federal No Child Left
Behind Act.


      The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. is currently accepting nominations for
the 25 Annual Community Leaders‘ Award commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nominations are accepted from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs, organizations,
and other entities. Volunteer committees coordinate the awards
process and select the recipients each year from a pool of
outstanding community leaders and organizations. Categories for
the award nominations: Community Service/Volunteerism;
Education; Employment; Health; and Housing. These awards are
presented to individuals or groups who promote a positive image,
exemplify community service and demonstrate values that model
those of Dr. King. Additionally, the nominees must also
demonstrate support of the Urban League‘s mission to assist
African Americans and others in achieving social justice and
economic equality. Nominations must be submitted by December 2, 2008. Awards will be
presented at the 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2009 at
the Virginia Beach Convention Center. For more information contact the Urban League of
Hampton Roads, Inc. at 627-0864.


       On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his famous ―Four
Freedoms‖ speech to Congress on the eve of WWII in response to the rise of fascism in
Europe. In that speech, FDR singled out four core values which he hoped would define all
nations in the future: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom
from want, and freedom from fear. Norma Rockwell brought these four principles to life
in four historic covers for The Saturday Evening Post.
       Middle school students in Hampton Road studying civics will not only have a
change to view the four freedoms in the new exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of
Norman Rockwell, but they also have the opportunity to express their views on the subject
in an essay contest.
       A panel of judges, selected by the Chrysler, will review all entries and choose the
15 finalists who best answer the question: ―What do President Franklin Roosevelt‘s Four
Freedoms mean to Americans today?‖
       These 15 finalists will be asked to read and record their essays as a video to be
posted on the Museum‘s website. Then, it‘s up to you to help us determine a winner.
Simply log on to from December 22, 2008-January 11, 2009 and vote
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for your favorite essay. The grand prize winner of an iPod Touch will be announced on
Wednesday, January 14, 2009.
      All essays must be the original, unpublished work of the student. Submissions will
be accepted from November 12, 2008-December 2, 2008. All middle school students
studying civics are welcome to enter.
      For official rules and entry form, please visit Please contact
Channon Dillard at 757-333-6239 or for additional information.

Norfolk News Now and Norfolk’s Citizen Guide Receive Honors at National
Communications Conference

       The City of Norfolk received national recognition for two projects designed to
provide information to citizens. Norfolk received a Savvy award for Norfolk News Now
and the Award of Excellence for the ―Community Connection: A Guide to Citizen
Services‖ at the annual 3CMA Conference. Norfolk News Now received top honors in
the TV and Video: News Programming category, while the Citizen‘s Guide won in the
Printed Publication: Resident Guide category. Norfolk‘s winning entries were chosen
from among 881 submitted from agencies nationwide.
       Norfolk News Now has developed from a copy only news production into a mostly
video full-length newscast. Produced monthly, the show is designed to inform and
entertain citizens of Norfolk and covers a wide variety of topics. Norfolk News Now is
broadcast on cable TV 48 and streamed on the City's website, A
number of segments are also available on the video-sharing site YouTube, where they
have been viewed by thousands.
       Community Connection, A Guide to Citizen Services 2008, was published to
provide a one-stop shop where Norfolk residents could arm themselves with information,
using the power of knowledge to help make Norfolk a safer, more vibrant community. The
guide is available at the information desk in City Hall or by calling 664-4266.
The Savvy Awards competition is sponsored by the City-County Communications and Marketing
Association (3CMA), and is held in cooperation with the National League of Cities. The awards recognize
outstanding local government achievements in communications, public sector marketing, and citizen-
government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city/county/agency professionals who
have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations.


     Acclaimed Virginia Symphony conductor JoAnn Falletta has been appointed to be a
Member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National
Endowment for the Arts. The United States Senate confirmed President George W. Bush‘s
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nomination of JoAnn Falletta to serve on the NCA on October 3, 2008 for a term
extending through September 3, 2012.
       Ms. Falletta joins a list of distinguished artists and arts advocates who have served
on the National Council on the Arts since its establishment in 1964, including Leonard
Bernstein and Isaac Stern. The National Council on the Arts advises the NEA Chairman
on programs and policies. Council members review and make recommendations to the
Chairman on grant applications, funding program guidelines, and national initiatives.
Members are chosen for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts, their expertise or
profound interest in the arts, and their established record of distinguished service or
achievement in the arts. ―I am very excited to have been appointed to serve on the NCA,
and look forward to having the opportunity to promote the importance of the arts in
America,‖ says JoAnn Falletta.
       Hailing her as a ―leading force for the music of our time,‖ the American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers honored her this past spring with her 10th ASCAP
award. Falletta, who studied with Leonard Bernstein while she was a student at the
Juilliard School, is the host of the nationally broadcast PBS television special, The Berlin
Celebration Concert, which celebrates Bernstein's historic performance of Beethoven's
Ninth Symphony marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Christmas Day 1989. The
program was seen in Hampton Roads on WHRO TV 15 Public Broadcasting in
       JoAnn currently serves as Music Director of the Virginia Symphony and the
Buffalo Philharmonic, and guest conducts many of the world's great symphony orchestras,
including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony,
Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony
Orchestra and the National Symphony.
       For more information on the National Council on the Arts appointment, visit


       Mayor Paul Fraim announced recently that Frank Batten, Sr., the long-time
chairman of Landmark Communications, has committed a $20 million contribution to the
construction of a new central library in downtown Norfolk. Fraim described the gift as
―the largest in the city‘s history‖ and expressed gratitude on behalf of the city‘s citizens
for the Batten family‘s generosity.
       During a press conference called to announce the gift, Fraim said that construction
of the new central library may begin as soon as the fall of 2010.
       Mayor Fraim also announced that the new library will be named in honor of Samuel
L. Slover, who founded Landmark when he acquired the Ledger Star and then merged that
newspaper with the Virginian Pilot, which he purchased in the early 1930s. For more than
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50 years, ―Colonel Slover‖ was a dominant figure in Virginia newspaper publishing
       Slover was Batten‘s uncle. In 1954 at the age of 27, Batten assumed the leadership
of the Virginian Pilot and the Ledger Star. With strategic acquisitions and key
investments, Batten developed Landmark Communications into one of the nation‘s largest
and most influential media companies.
       In a prepared statement, Frank Batten, Sr.,
who was not available for the news conference,
made the following comments:
       ―I take great pleasure and satisfaction in
being able to provide this gift to the City of
       I am pleased the new central library will be
named in honor of my uncle, Samuel Slover, who
raised me after my father died when I was less than
a year old.
       Col. Slover was the founder of Landmark Communications and a former Mayor of
Norfolk. Col. Slover loved this city, and he believed that an informed citizenry is one of
the most important keys to its success.
       Throughout my life and career, I have tried to honor my uncle and his devotion to
the betterment of the communities that we serve, and his commitment to integrity, honesty
and a sense of fair play. He would be glad to know that this state-of-the art library will be
named in his honor.‖
       Fraim said a new central library will be composed of the historic Seaboard Building
on Plume Street and a new structure that will be constructed between the Seaboard
Building and Selden Arcade. It is anticipated that they will be connected by a glass –
enclosed courtyard and atrium.
       The combination of the restoration of the Seaboard Building and the construction of
the two new structures will create a national model for blending an historic building with
the most up-to-date library technology. It will contain creative spaces for the future, but
will also be a place where the memories of Norfolk will be preserved.
       The city acquired the Seaboard Building in 2007 for $7.2 million. The city is
spending an additional $2.8 million to restore the building.
       Ray Gindroz, an internationally known and respected architect, planner and
designer, described the Seaboard Building as one of the most outstanding works of
architecture in America.
       ―It is a superb example of the 19 th century Renaissance Revival Style, exquisitely
crafted, with meticulous detailing,‖ Gindroz said.
       The original plan called for the Seaboard Building to serve as a temporary location
for the city‘s aging Kirn Memorial Library, which is scheduled to be demolished in
March, 2009 to pave the way for the construction of a light rail passenger station.
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       The new building will be designed to reflect the architectural integrity of the
Seaboard Building.
       ―Mr. Batten has always championed causes that improve the lives of people,‖ Fraim
said. ―The unwavering commitment to invest in the lives of all of our citizens has been the
cornerstone of Mr. Batten‘s extraordinary life.‖
        To honor Batten‘s wishes, Fraim vowed that the new Slover Library will be the
most technologically advanced in the United States.
       ―Mr. Batten believes that technology has the potential to change lives,‖ Fraim said.
―We are determined that the new library will permit our citizens to access the latest 21 st
century technology with the goal of providing a more informed society‖.
       The cost of the new construction will total nearly $40 million. Combined with the
cost of the purchase and renovation of the Seaboard Building the price of the Slover
Library will total nearly $50 million.
       Fraim will also lead an effort to raise additional funds for the construction cost of
the new facility.
       ―I believe that a gift from a man of Mr. Batten‘s stature and reputation will
influence other people to support this project,‖ Fraim said.
       The estimated programmable space for the new main library will increase to
approximately 92,000 square feet, 34,000 square feet more than currently available in
Kirn Memorial Library.


       The curtain dropped on Town Point Park Monday, October 20 following the
conclusion of the 26th season of events and will be closed to the public for the next 8
months as major renovations begin to this 7 ½ acre waterfront icon.
       A newly renovated park will reopen in grand style on the July 4th weekend with
Norfolk‘s annual Harborfest celebration; Friday- Sunday, July 3-5, 2008. The 2009
schedule of events is released today with a combination of favorite festival traditions as
well as several new featured events.
       The $11.5 million renovation is a first in the park‘s 25 years as a Norfolk
institution. ―The project will ensure that this valued public open space continues to
operate year-round as a first class waterfront venue for community celebrations and as a
safe and enjoyable urban oasis when the park is not active with events and programs,‖
explains Norfolk Festevents Executive Director Karen Scherberger.
       During the eight-month renovation, the waterfront‘s bulkhead, electrical, water,
sewer and storm water systems will all receive needed upgrades. The park will feature an
improved layout and pathway systems for pedestrian access to the waterfront and along
Waterside Drive, new stage locations that will provide better lawn seating, sound, lighting
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and support facilities. New light fixtures, signage, interactive water fountains and
landscaping will make the park greener and more user-friendly.
       Norfolk Festevents is leading the community‘s efforts to raise $1 million in private
funds to support the project by launching a grass roots commemorative Brick and Marker
program called the ―Turning Point Park Project‖. Throughout the renovated waterfront
park, bricked foot paths, park benches, trees, fountains and plazas will bear the names of
thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations who wish to participate in this
special ―legacy‖ program. For tax-deductible contributions starting at $100, one can
sponsor any number of engraved commemorative bricks, markers and plaques, as well as
sponsor a limited number of park benches and trees. Visit for more
details or call 757-441-2345.
       Due to the July opening of the park, the Spring Virginia Beer and Town Point
Spring Wine Festivals will be held on the Nauticus and Half Moone Cruise Terminal
grounds. Other traditional June events will be scheduled later in the summer.

2009 Schedule of Events
All events are in Town Point Park unless noted

8th Annual Virginia Beer Festival        Saturday, April 25, 2009
Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Ticketed & open to public

3rd Annual AT&T Spring                         Saturday, May 9, 2009
Town Point Virginia Wine Festival              Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome
Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center

GRAND OPENING of Town Point Park,              Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5, 2009
33rd Annual Norfolk Harborfest &               Free & Everyone is Welcome
27th Annual AT&T 4th of July
Great American Picnic & Fireworks

The 27th Annual Norfolk Jazz Festival          Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26
Presented by AT&T                              Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome

4th Annual Bayou Boogaloo                      Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hurricane Relief Benefit Silent Auction        Free & Everyone is Welcome
& Artist Welcome Reception

The 20th Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo            Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2& Cajun
Food Festival                                  Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome
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Weekly and daily family entertainment and activities at the Waterside Landing Fountain

New! Town Point Family Movie Series            Wednesdays, August, 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2009
Free & Everyone is Welcome

New! Major Concert Announcement                Saturday, August 15, 2009
with special guests to be announced            details to come…

9th Annual AT&T Norfolk Latino                 Saturday, August 29, 2009
Music Festival
Free & Everyone is Welcome

Weekly and daily family entertainment and activities at the Waterside Landing Fountain

New! Antique Car & Boat Show                   Sat., Sept. 12 – Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009
Free & Everyone is Welcome

5th Annual In-Water Boat Expo & Sailfest Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009
In partnership with National Marine
Manufacture Assoc.
Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome

4th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival        Saturday, September 26, 2009
In conjunction with the Friends of Pagoda,
Oriental Garden Foundation & local
Chinese Organizations
Free & Everyone is Welcome

4th Annual AT&T                                Sunday, September 27, 2009
Acoustic Music Festival
In partnership with 93.7 BOB FM
and in partnership with Barnes and Noble
at Tidewater Community College
Free & Everyone is Welcome
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Weekly and daily family entertainment and activities at the Waterside Landing Fountain

21st Annual AT&T Virginia                      Saturday, October 10, 2009
Children‘s Festival
Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome

22nd Annual AT&T Town Point                    Saturday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009
Virginia Wine Festival
Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome


       Dress for Success® Norfolk expands to serve the needs of Greater Hampton Roads
and formally announces its name change to Dress for Success ® Hampton Roads.
       Dress for Success was originally chartered as Dress for Success Norfolk . Now, in
its third year, Dress for Success Norfolk has been authorized by the international
organization to embrace the seven cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth , Chesapeake, Virginia
Beach, Hampton , Newport News , and Suffolk .
    The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of
disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the
career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since opening our
doors in January 2006, Dress for Success has been dedicated to serving the women in our
community as they find employment and transition to self-sufficiency. Our clients are a
diverse group of women who have faced a variety of life challenges. By helping a woman
succeed, we are also helping her children to succeed. To date, this organization has
served over 400 women. Dress for Success Hampton Roads welcomes the opportunity to
assist women from all of the seven cities to enter the workforce and become independent.
       Volunteers are invited to get involved in implementing the process. Organizations
in the seven cities of Greater Hampton Roads who would like to know more about how
Dress for Success can support their city should contact Debra Dandridge, or visit Dress
for Success online at
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CITY UPDATES ............................................................................................. 16
City Council Actions ......................................................................................... 16
Community Mental Health Services ................................................................. 23
Finance .............................................................................................................. 23
Fire Rescue ........................................................................................................ 23
Grant Management ........................................................................................... 24
Human Resources ............................................................................................. 24
Human Services ................................................................................................. 25
Keep Norfolk Beautiful ..................................................................................... 28
Legislative ......................................................................................................... 28
Libraries ............................................................................................................ 33
Nauticus............................................................................................................. 33
Neighborhood Preservation .............................................................................. 35
Police ................................................................................................................. 37
Project Updates ................................................................................................. 37
Public Health .................................................................................................... 38
Public Works ..................................................................................................... 39
Recreation, Parks and Open Spaces ................................................................. 40
Zoo ..................................................................................................................... 41

FYI .................................................................................................................... 43

THINGS TO DO AND SEE ........................................................................... 49
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Summary of some recent action – for further details on these and other City Council
actions, check or the City Clerk’s Office.
    Revoked the Fort Norfolk Plaza, LLC Empowerment Zone Bonds allocation
      because since the adoption of the Resolution in 2007, Dr. Keith Newby has
      acquired a new partner, Lauth Property Group. The new partnership has decided to
      use conventional financing for their project.
    Permitted Eastern Virginia Medical School to encroach into the right of way of
      Brambleton Avenue, on the Brambleton Avenue crossover, at 745 Fairfax Avenue
      with six security cameras and two panic buttons for monitored security.
    Approved request to add a Check Cashing Establishment inside the Farm Fresh
      Grocery Store located at 1200 North Military Highway. The proposed Check
      Cashing Establishment will be conducted entirely within an existing building. The
      site provides sufficient parking. The proposed hours of operation for the Check
      Cashing Establishment are from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday,
      from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. on
    Approved a request to allow the operation of a Tattoo Parlor in a single-story
      building located on the northeast corner of Monticello Avenue and East 21st Street.
      The proposed hours of operation for the Tattoo Parlor are from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00
      p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.
    Accepted a donation of a 2008 Ford 650 Crew Cab Truck from the Hampton Roads
      Planning District Commission. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
      has purchased the 2008 Ford 650 Crew Cab Truck and previously donated medical
      and transportation items for the City of Norfolk to support the Hampton Roads
      Metropolitan Medical Response System (HRMMRS). These items will be used by
      Norfolk Fire-Rescue to help provide medical response during a mass casualty,
      disaster or terrorism event that would create a large medical emergency.
    Approved a request for hazardous duty benefits for employees in eligible positions
      in Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority. Effective July 1, 2008, all Hampton
      Roads Regional Jail Authority participating cities‘ employees who contribute to
      VRS are eligible to receive the Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous Duty. Currently,
      the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority is the only correctional facility in the
      region that does not provide its eligible hazardous duty employees (full-time
      salaried jail superintendents and jail officers whose tenure is not restricted to
      temporary or provisional) the VRS Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous Duty or
      equivalent retirement benefits. There is a significant cost associated with granting
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     of Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous duty benefit to Hampton Roads Regional Jail
     employees. Superintendent Roy Cherry has reported to the Board that the first
     year‘s cost is estimated to be $787,400. The Board has endorsed the
     Superintendent‘s plan to cover those increased costs by increasing the number of
     federal inmates. Since there is sufficient capacity and the federal government pays
     a higher per diem rate for inmates than is charged to member localities, the
     Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous Duty Positions can be paid by federal revenues.
    Took action to allow development of single-family detached structures on lots at
     least 35 feet in width on the east side of Church Street and Goff Street and Johnson
     Avenue. The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority property acquired in
     2007 was later developed with townhouses. Recently NRHA acquired the corner
     parcel and demolished the structures and is proposing to develop the parcel with a
     single-family detached dwelling. In order to permit residential development
     consistent with the rest of the block, the applicant is requesting that The General
     Plan be amended, the Church Street Townhouse Overlay district be changed to
     allow single-family detached structures on lots with a minimum width of 35 feet,
     and the subject property‘s zoning designation be changed to R-10 (Townhouse) and
     CSTO (Church Street Townhouse Overlay) district. This area is located in the
     Huntersville neighborhood which is zoned R-8 (One-Family) and developed
     primarily with single-family homes. There is a small retail establishment
     immediately across Johnson Avenue and to the southeast is a church.
    Took action to permit The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority in
     proposing to develop the property at 512 and 518 Campostella Road between
     Arlington Avenue and Montclair Avenue with three single-family homes. Two of
     the homes would front onto Montclair Avenue and one would front onto Arlington
     Avenue. All three lots would meet or exceed the minimum lot width and area for
     the R-8 (One-Family) district. Campostella Road is developed with a mix of
     commercial and residential uses. To the north of the site is a retail lumber
     establishment and a vacant lot previously developed with a shopping center, to the
     south is a church, and to the west immediately across Campostella Road is a gas
     station and a church. To the east, northeast and southeast is the Campostella
     Heights neighborhood which is generally developed with single-family homes.
    Permitted the sale of the former Utilities Site to Luna Development Services, LLC
     for the development of flex/office space, multifamily residential, and single family
     residential. This is a negotiated sale based on Luna‘s response to RFP 3072. Luna
     will develop not less than 20 office/flex units (~2,500 SF each) for sale, not less
     than 24 apartment units ( of which 60% will initially be Affordable Housing) and 2
     single family homes on the parcels that comprise the approximately 5 acres for sale.
     The Land Disposition and Development Contract requires Luna to pay $35,000/acre
     (or approximately $175,000 for the total site). Over 10 years, the project is expected
     to provide over $1.4 million in additional City revenue. This project will bring
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       needed commercial development to the Church Street portion of the site, providing
       commercial ownership opportunities not currently available in the Mid-town area.
       The multi-family and single family in-fill will help to continue to promote diverse
       housing opportunities along the Church Street Corridor.
      Adopted an amendment to zoning laws to provide greater definition for the
       evaluation of a certificate of appropriateness. The existing provisions governing
       issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness contain vague language that has been
       identified as a concern by residents of the Ghent and West Freemason historic
       districts. The proposed changes provide greater clarity regarding the factors that
       must be considered in the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness. Currently
       reviewing applications for Certificate of Appropriateness for the erection,
       construction, reconstruction, remodeling, exterior alteration or restoration of a
       building or structure, including accessory structures, involves the consideration of
       several factors in determining the appropriateness of architectural compatibility.
       One of the criteria requires that the proposed project be reviewed within the context
       of the ―immediate vicinity‖ of the proposed project, but the ―immediate vicinity‖ is
       left unidentified. Similarly, the ordinance requires that projects be architecturally
       harmonious and not incompatible, but no guidance is offered as to what factors
       should be considered in this determination. These proposed amendments seek to
       define the context area that must be considered for the issuance of a Certificate of
       Appropriateness and to clarify factors that must be considered in determining that a
       proposed building is harmonious and compatible with the District.
      Adopted an ordinance to review a proposal by the owner of 4005 Granby Street, to
       convert and expand the former gas station located on the property at 4005 Granby
       Street to accommodate an Eating Establishment. The existing one-story, three-bay
       brick building, which is approximately 408 square feet by enclosing the canopied
       area. The existing repair bays will provide additional interior dining space.
      Approved a Downtown Development Certificate for 767 Granby Street. The
       applicant, Erick Smith is proposing to construct a single-story retail structure on a
       16.5 foot wide vacant lot located at 767 Granby Street. The site is located on the
       southwest corner of Wilson Street and Granby Street.
      Accepted conveyance to the City of Norfolk land located at 401 E. Freemason St.
       The City constructed the Reception Center at 401 E. Freemason Street, on land
       located north of MacArthur Mall Garage. At that time, the title to the land was not
       conveyed to the City. NRHA is now dedicating the land to the City of Norfolk
       which will give clear title to the site. The Chrysler Museum of Art manages the site
       on behalf of the City. There are no funds connected with the transfer of this
       property. The Chrysler Museum receives an annual appropriation from the City for
       the operating costs, personnel, and routine maintenance of the facility.
      Accepts a 2007 State Homeland Security Grant via the City of Portsmouth. The
       City of Portsmouth, Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, is the
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       lead agency for the Hazardous Materials Southside Tidewater Team. The team is
       comprised of the Cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
       The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has allocated a total of
       $170,973 from the 2007 Homeland Security Program Grant for hazardous materials
       team equipment and training. Of this amount, $36,095 was allocated to the City of
       Norfolk for equipment purchase. As mandated, these funds are to be used to
       purchase Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear/Explosive (CBRNE) response
      Revoked permission for a canvas canopy encroachment granted to Commonwealth
       Enterprises, LLC (the Tazewell Hotel) for the Granby Street right-of-way. The
       original encroachment was granted to the Tazewell Hotel on March 9, 1999. Since
       that time, the canvas canopy has been repeatedly damaged. Although
       representatives of the Tazewell Hotel have repaired the canopy in the past, they
       have not repaired the most recent damage. They have been contacted and told on
       several occasions to repair the canopy. However, they have failed to comply.
      Accepted not less than $38,715 in federal carryover grant funds for the Federal
       Fiscal Year 2008, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for
       HIV/AIDS Health and Support Services in Norfolk Transitional Grant Area (TGA)
       as prioritized and allocated by the Greater Hampton Roads HIV/AIDS Health
       Services Planning Council.
      Accepted and appropriated the sum of $14,948 from the Department of Criminal
       Justice Services Recruiting and Retention of Criminal Justice Professionals Grant
       Program to be used for recruiting minorities as criminal justice professionals. This
       award is for the third year of the grant program. The $14,948 grant is designated to
       fund workshops, career fairs, and advertisements for the recruitment of minorities
       as criminal justice professionals. The $14,948 grant, which does include a local
       cash match of up to $4,983 will allow the Norfolk Police Department to enhance the
       recruiting and retention program.
      Approved an ordinance permitting River House Apts., LLC to encroach into the
       rights-of-way of Llewellyn Avenue and Granby Street with a fence, fire water line,
       landscaping, and irrigation system.
      Approved an ordinance permitting First Baptist Church to encroach into the right-of-
       way of the 7400 Block of Fargo Avenue for a distance of 1.9‘ ± with a residence,
       porch and fence and 4.7‘ ± with steps.
      Approved an ordinance to change the name of TWA Drive to Academy Drive.
      Approved a Lease Agreement between the City of Norfolk and the Generic Theater
       and authorizing the execution of the Lease Agreement on behalf of the City.
      Accepted a Selective Enforcement Grant award of up to $23,086 from the Virginia
       Department of Motor Vehicles to pay police officers overtime to assist with traffic
       safety enforcement and to purchase equipment, appropriating and authorizing the
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       expenditure of the grant funds and authorizing a local match of $4,618 as in-kind
       services by the Norfolk Police Department.
      Letter from the City Manager and an Ordinance entitled, ―An Ordinance authorizing
       the City as administrative and fiscal agent for the Norfolk Transitional Grant Area
       (TGA) under Title I of the Ryan White Comprehensive Aids Resources Emergency
       (CARE) Act to accept carryover grant funds in the amount of $38,715.00 from the
       U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for HIV/AIDS Health and Support
       Services and appropriating and authorizing expenditure of the grant funds,‖ will be
       introduced in writing and read by its title.
      Letter from the City Manager and an Ordinance entitled, ―An Ordinance approving an
       Institutional Development Plan on property located on the west side of Riverview
       Avenue,‖ will be introduced in writing and read by its title.
      Letter from the City Manager and an Ordinance entitled, ―An Ordinance approving
       the acceptance of a Veterans‘ Employment and Training Services grant award of
       $7,000.00 from the U. S. Department of Labor for Project Homeless Connect Event,‖
       will be introduced in writing and read by its title.
      Adopted a resolution to endorse an application to the Virginia Department of
       Transportation for a federal Transportation Enhancement Program grant in the
       amount of $435,000 to fund construction of Phase IV of the Elizabeth River Trail
           o General: The Enhancement Grant funding has enabled the City of Norfolk to
              complete several on-going phases of the Elizabeth River Trail. The proposed
              Phase IV project would be an extension of the current cycling and walking
              trail which begins in Downtown Norfolk and ends at the foot of the rail
              overpass of Hampton Boulevard. This Phase of the trail would continue the
              path from Jeff Robertson Park to the north including the construction of two
              scenic off-road connections to portions of the trail at key points. The
              Lamberts Point segment will connect Parker Avenue with W. 25 th Street
              removing a large section of shared roadway and replacing it with an
              exclusive off-road trail along an establishment community garden. The
              Larchmont Library section will be located adjacent to the Elizabeth River
              through a greenway before reconnecting to shared roadway along the west
              side of Hampton Boulevard. Planned phases of the Elizabeth River Trail will
              eventually extend the route all the way north to the Norfolk Naval Base. This
              proposed Phase IV project is consistent with the plan that was previously
              reviewed and approved by City Council.
      Accepted a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for Project Homeless Connect.
           o General: The Project Homeless Connect event held on August 21, 2008
              served 981 homeless persons and brought together over 950 community
              volunteers. The main goal of this one-day event was to provide outreach and
              service initiative for single homeless adults in Norfolk. The U.S. Department
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            of Labor (DOL) made a grant award of a $7,000 to help defray one-third of
            the cost of putting the event together. The rest was provided by private
    Approved a request by Willie Clark of Clark Nexsen Architects on behalf of Fort
     Norfolk Plaza LLC for an institutional development plan for 301 Riverview
     Avenue. The applicant is proposing a development that will include medical offices
     with retail space on the ground level. A parking garage and a surface parking lot are
     part of the project. The property boundaries are Brambleton Avenue on the north
     and east, Riverview Avenue on the east and the Elizabeth River Trail on the south
     and west. In September 2007, City Council approved an institutional development
     plan for an office tower, hotel, parking garage and surface parking lot. The
     applicant has since modified the project to eliminate the hotel, thereby requiring a
     new institutional development plan.
        o Analysis: The project site is located in the Institutional Campus (IN-2)
            zoning district, which allows medical offices and multi-functional
            institutional buildings and uses. Generally, the IN-2 is intended to provide
            special standards and procedures to accommodate the unique needs of multi-
            functional institutional uses such as a medical center. The grouping of
            institutional uses may be public or private, nonprofit or for-profit uses that
            are interrelated in purpose and function. Due to the independent ownership of
            the subject parcel to be utilized for this development project, this is being
            processed as a single-parcel Institutional Development Plan.
        o General: The applicant is proposing to construct a nine-story tower with
            198,000 square feet of medical office space and 16,000 square feet of retail
            space, a nine-story parking garage with 903 spaces, and a surface parking lot
            with 74 spaces.
    Approved an ordinance amendment to create a regular funding source for Public
     Art. The ordinance provides that 1% for all eligible construction projects will be
     added to the capital improvement budget for the purpose of public art. Eligible
     construction projects are those over $500,000 that are facility or amenity
     renovations, expansions or new developments that are not maintenance or
     infrastructure projects.
        o General: In March 2004, the Council established an eleven-member Public
            Art Commission. This ordinance establishes routine funding of public art by
            adding 1% of all eligible construction projects to the capital improvement
            budget for the purpose of public art. These funds will be pooled in an annual
            public art account. An annual work plan of expenditures will be developed.
            The work plan will outline specific art projects, dollar amounts, maintenance
            and conservation recommendations for the public art funds.
        o Fiscal: Public Art funds have been added in the last four fiscal budgets—‘06,
            ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09. This amendment will formalize and clearly establish the
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             guidelines and intentions of the City to establish a Public Art Program. As
             funding is tied to the capital building program, the yearly addition of funds
             will fluctuate in conjunction with 1% of new building and renovation,
             expansion or new development.
         o Community Outreach/Notification: Community and civic league members as
             well as other stakeholders will serve on public art selection committees that
             will define the parameters of the artist request for proposal and assist with the
             selection of artists.
      The Public Arts Commission will work closely with staff to research and oversee
      the program policies, procedures and guidelines as well as the yearly work plan of
      projects. They will review public art proposals and make recommendations
      concerning commissioning, purchasing, or adopting works of art for the public art
      collection, including artist and/or artwork selection, site selection, maintenance, and
      deaccessioning of works of art for the public art collection.

Ghent and Freemason Height Restrictions. As a result of a recent legal dispute, the use
of the terms ―maximum‖ and ―minimum‖ has been found to be confusing. In actuality
there is no absolute maximum or minimum in these two historic districts, since the special
provision of subsection (c) may be available for properties located in such a manner that
the special conditions could apply. Furthermore, property owners may be confused by the
use of the term ―variation‖ in subsection (c), which may sound like a ―variance‖ is needed.
       In order to continue to have a viable height rule for the Ghent and Freemason
historic districts, it is recommended that any inconsistent, potentially confusing language
be removed and more simplified language be substituted. The proposed changes are as
     Section 1: - That Section 9-1.8 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Norfolk,
       1002 (as amended), entitled ―Height requirements,‖ is hereby amended and
       reordained so as to require a special exception, in addition to a certificate of
       appropriateness, for occupied buildings less than or greater than certain specified
     Section 2: - That Section 9-2.8 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Norfolk,
       1992 (as amended), entitled ―Height requirements,‖ is hereby amended and
       reordained so as to require a special exception, in addition to a certificate of
       appropriateness, for occupied buildings less than or greater than certain specified

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Need a Speaker? Norfolk Community Mental Health Services will provide a speaker free
of charge to any group that would like to know more about mental illness. For further
information, contact John Creekmore at 441-1170.


Moody‘s and Fitch Postpone Global Scale Ratings for U.S. Municipal Bonds. You
may recall that during Council‘s recent presentation by JoAnne Carter, Managing Director
at Public Financial Management, Inc. that she stated both Moody‘s and Fitch are in the
process of ―recalibrating‖ their ratings of U.S. municipal bond issues and issuers to its
global rating scale. This recalibration is structured to facilitate comparability of credit
quality for municipal and corporate bonds. Moody‘s, which is further ahead in the
recalibration process than Fitch, announced in September that it planned to begin
transitioning to state governments in October and municipalities in January 2009.
However, earlier this week both Moody‘s and Fitch announced that they are delaying the
recalibration of municipal ratings until the current turmoil in the market improves. While
both Moody's and Fitch have stated that they remain committed to a global rating scale,
they have not provided a new timeframe for when the recalibration is expected.


Chief Senter Retries after 26 Years of Service. It is with regret, but support for Loy
Senter, that we announce his resignation as Fire Chief, effective November 14, 2008.
With over 26 years of service with Norfolk, Loy is retiring from the City to become the
Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
       Loy has been a proud member of Norfolk Fire-Rescue for over 26 years starting as a
firefighter assigned to Engine 2 on Church Street and working his way up to Chief. Loy
has built many relationships and has served on many City committees and regional
groups. Loy will be missed, but this is a great opportunity to further his professional

Commissioning of Norfolk Fire-Rescue Vulcan II. Mayor Fraim joined other invited
guest speakers at Mercury Landing in Town Point Park on Thursday, November 6 at 2:00
p.m. to commission the City‘s brand new fireboat. At the end of the program, the boat will
execute some maneuvers in the Elizabeth River.
       Vulcan II was built by Northwind Marine. It is forty-one feet long, a little over ten
and half feet wide and runs at about 35 miles per hour. Before 1922, the City‘s vast
waterfront property was protected by privately owned fireboats. However, in 1922, the
City purchased a vessel which was once used by the U.S. Navy called the Harvey Brown.
With an investment of about $40,000 then, the City converted the vessel into a fireboat
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and the water-based engine company was named the Vulcan. Vulcan served the City for
almost two decades before it was sold to O.L. Powell and W.D Moore of Mathews City.
       In late 1942, with financial support from the U.S. Navy, fire protection on the
waterfront resumed. About eight fireboats were strategically located along the harbor and
staffed by the U.S. Coast Guard firefighters. For the Coast Guard to respond to fire
emergencies in the City, the City‘s fire alarm signal was tied into the Coast Guard‘s alarm
system which when activated sent the nearest fireboat to the scene of the fire.


HUD Entitlement Grant Programs. The Office of Grants
Management is currently preparing for the FY2010 Annual Plan
process for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) Entitlement Program Funding. Through
this process, the City anticipates distributing federal resources
under three (3) HUD programs: the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership
(HOME) and the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG).
      Two application workshops will be held in the 10 th Floor Conference Room of City
Hall. The first session was held Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. The second
session will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. Copies of the
application forms and information packets describing the Annual Plan Process, the three
HUD programs, and the Application Workshop may be obtained by calling the Office of
Grants Management at (757) 664-4080, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
weekdays or by downloading the applications by going to The
deadline for submission of applications is Friday, December 12, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.


NFWC Membership Office Temporary Relocated to Building’s Atrium. The Norfolk
Fitness and Wellness Center‘s membership office has been temporary relocated to the
front atrium – which is located in the lobby of the building.
       NFWC officials decided on the move when medium sized pieces of concrete (i.e.,
patch-work) fell thru the ceiling of the membership office. No one was injured in the
October 17th incident.
       After assessing the damage, the Facility and Enterprise Management Division
concluded that the patch work fell due to years of water damage which occurred prior to
the City owning the building. They indicated that the structure is sound. Gilcom
Contracting Company has been contracted to perform repairs on the damaged ceiling. The
work is expected to last between 2 -3 weeks.
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Town Hall Meeting Draws Crowd. On September 18, 2008, the Norfolk Prisoner
Reentry Council held a Town Hall meeting at the Workforce Development Center to a
standing room-only crowd. Two-hundred and twenty-five ex-offenders, their families, and
potential employers were on hand to hear from the Council about the progress being made
to address the challenges of housing, financial obligations, healthcare, employment, and
       Each year, 10,000-12,000 men and women are released from state prisons and
returned to communities throughout Virginia. Within three years, approximately 29% of
those released have returned to prison. The Norfolk Prisoner Reentry Program began as a
pilot 18 months ago to increase public safety and reduce the rate of recidivism. It has
succeeded with Norfolk‘s current recidivism rate at 4%.
       To date, the Reentry Program has served 202 men and women who have come back
home to Norfolk. This has been accomplished without funding and with voluntary
participation by the community, inmates, prisons and jails, and agencies.
       The Norfolk Reentry Council, under the direction of the Norfolk Department of
Human Services, administers the Reentry Program with the close assistance of Norfolk
Second Chances, STEP UP, and the Virginia Department of Corrections, Probation and
Parole, Norfolk Office.

A Win for Virginia. Virginia is one of the five most successful states in the nation for
reducing poverty, according to the Heartland Institute‘s comprehensive study Welfare
Reform After Ten Years. Virginia received high marks for its anti-poverty success and
welfare reform policies. The new study examined how states implement the Personal
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA).
       One of the most crucial variables for determining a state‘s success was the decline
in the number of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
benefits. Virginia‘s caseload has declined 58% during the first ten years of Welfare
       The good news comes on the heels of another recent report that Virginia ranked
highest in the nation for job entry rates for TANF recipients in federal fiscal years 2005
and 2006.

Fuel Assistance Program The Fuel Assistance Program is designed to
assist low-income households with their heating needs. The Fuel
Assistance Program can help:
     Pay your electric bill to operate your heating equipment
     Pay your electric security deposit
     Pay your gas security deposit
     Purchase oil or kerosene
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     Pay late charges
     Pay connection or re-connection fees
     Pay installation fees
     Pay delivery fees

Call 664-7550 or 664-7552 for more information about the Fuel Assistance Program and
the application process.

Help Brighten the Holidays for our Children in Foster Care More than 200 children in
Norfolk will be spending the holidays in foster or residential care. The Department of
Human Services invites individuals, businesses and organizations to brighten the season
with a contribution to the Annual Holiday Project Foster Children. All donations will go
towards the purchase of toys or gift certificates for each child. Because public funds are
not available, the project relies upon the generosity of individuals, businesses and
community organizations to make this vision a reality.
      Contributions may be made in the form of a check or gift card. If you would like to
get involved in a more personal way, you may choose to sponsor a specific child or
children or purchase specific gift items on a child‘s wish list.
      Contact Kim Williams at (757) 664-7781 or
regarding your donation and additional information.

Foster and Adoptive Parent Orientation January 12, 2009. The Norfolk Department of
Human Services is seeking foster and adoptive families to provide children in crisis with a
warm, stable, and loving home. Our curriculum for pre-service foster parent training
incorporates both foster and adoptive instruction, so that all parents receive dual
certification.  The state-approved P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information,
Development, & Education) training program is a model of practices, geared toward five
    Protecting and nurturing children
    Meeting children‘s developmental needs and addressing development delays
    Supporting relationships between children and their families
    Helping children to develop safe and nurturing relationships intended to last a
    Working as a member of a professional team

The next Foster/Adoptive Parent Orientations will be held 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm,
January 12, 2009. If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent or adopting a
child, please contact our Nancy Brock with the Resource Development Team at 757-
664-6079 or For additional information about foster and
adoptive parenting visit us online at
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Volunteers Needed for Free Income Tax Assistance Program. The South Hampton
Roads Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition (SHREITC) is seeking volunteers to help low-
income working families during the 2009 Tax Filing Season as part of the Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
       Tax Preparers, Greeters, and Quality Reviewers will be needed at several of the 14
VITA sites in Norfolk (4), Virginia Beach (4), Portsmouth (1), Chesapeake (2), Suffolk
(2), and Franklin (1), through April 15 th to assist taxpayers who qualify for the Earned
Income Tax Credit.
       The EITC is a special federal tax credit for low-income workers that can result in a
refund of as much as $4800. For more information about becoming a VITA volunteer,
visit or call 1-866-664-6116.

Child Care Assistance – NO WAITING LIST! The Norfolk Department of Human
Services Child Care Assistance Program aids eligible families in the arrangement and/or
purchase of childcare for their children. This program helps promote: parental choice and
consumer education by giving parents information to make informed choices about
childcare, activities to enhance health and safety standards established by the state, and
activities that increase and enhance childcare and early childhood development.

2008-2009 Eligibility Requirements
    18 years of age or older
    A Norfolk resident
    Employed, attending school, or both
    Income eligible

                         Gross Monthly Income Requirements
       Family Size              2              3        4           5             6
   Income at or below        $1,867       $2,347     $2,827      $3,307        $3,787

Call (757) 664-6175 for additional information about the Child Care Assistance Program
and the application process.

Water Bill Woes? Norfolk‘s LIFELINE Can Help. The Lifeline Program was initiated
by the City of Norfolk in 1999 to help Norfolk citizens avoid disruption in water services.
Lifeline offers financial assistance to low-income senior citizens, families and individuals
to provide relief from the combined services utility bill. Norfolk‘ Departments of Human
Services and Utilities work together to provide Lifeline information and assistance.
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Eligible residents may receive:
    Bill Assistance - Maximum annual assistance of $270 in the
      form of a non-refundable payment to Hampton Roads Utility
      Billing Service (HRUBS) in your behalf.
    Plumbing Repairs Assistance - Maximum annual
      assistance of $500 for plumbing repairs to licensed plumbers
      on behalf of owner occupants.
Lifeline applications are available at the Department of Human
Services, HRSD, and at the Department of Utilities, or you may
request an application by mail. Completed applications may be
returned by mail or in person to the Department of Utilities or any Department of Human
Services location.
For eligibility guidelines or to request an application, call 664-6035 or 664-6311.


Green Contractor Training Series. A new training series for residential & small
commercial building contractors & sub-contractors. How can you save money &
protect the environment through site management? By getting certified through the
Green Contractor Training Series! Keep Norfolk Beautiful has organized a ten-class
series of sessions that will give contractors and sub-contractors the knowledge to satisfy
the growing demand from customers for more energy-efficient and environmentally
friendly construction.
       Led by experienced instructors with national certification, topics include (but not
limited to) alternative energy systems, HVAC systems, home audits, insulation & building
envelopes, site management for cost savings and introductory information on LEED,
Earthcraft & Energy Star programs.
       Sessions take place monthly beginning November 12 th with ―Greening Your HVAC
       Participants may register for any or all sessions, with a discount when registering
for three or more.
       For more details on sessions and times, contact Keep Norfolk Beautiful at 441-1347
or visit

LEGISLATIVE (Norfolk’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office monitors State
and Federal legislation)

Appointment of the New Director of Intergovernmental Relations. I am pleased to
announce that Bryan Pennington has been appointed as the new Director of
Intergovernmental Relations. Bryan is no stranger to most of us as he has served as the
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Executive Assistant to Mayor Fraim since August 2006. In that capacity, he was the
Mayor‘s ambassador to the public and liaison to the City‘s Administration and to various
regional, state, and federal agencies.
      Prior to Norfolk, he spent six-years working in many municipalities and state
agencies across the country as an Urban Management / Public Affairs Consultant. Before
working in the private sector, Bryan worked in the Mayor‘s Office in the City of
Indianapolis and as a Research Analyst for the Institute for Social Justice.
      Bryan has a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan College and Master of Public
Affairs from Indiana University. Before attending college, he spent three years in the U.S.
Army as Recon Scout for the 82nd Airborne Division.

Governor Kaine Announces Judicial Appointments. Fills Circuit Court vacancies in
Norfolk. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine recently announced the appointments of the Honorable
Jerrauld C. Jones, the Honorable Louis A. Sherman and the Honorable John R. ―Jack‖
Doyle III to fill vacancies in the Norfolk Circuit Court.
        ―I am pleased to fill these vacancies with three highly qualified people whose
dedication to justice in Norfolk makes them ideal for the job,‖ Governor Kaine said. ―I am
confident the people of Norfolk will be well served by Judge Jones, Judge Sherman and
Commonwealth‘s Attorney Doyle in their new roles.‖
        The Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones, a native of Norfolk, has served the Norfolk
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since 2005. Judge Jones represented the
89th District in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1988-2002 where he served on the
Finance and Judiciary Committees, and as the Chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black
       Judge Jones has a long and respected history of contribution to the youth of
Virginia. He is on the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and the Governor‘s
Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and previously served as Director of the
Department of Juvenile Justice under Governor Mark R. Warner. He has extensive
experience in private practice, served for two years as an Assistant Commonwealth‘s
Attorney for the City of Norfolk, and was the first African-American to serve as a law
clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia. Judge Jones attended
the Washington and Lee School of Law and was admitted to
the Virginia State Bar in 1981.
       The Honorable Louis A. Sherman has served the
Norfolk General District Court since 1995. He was in private
practice from 1983-1995 and served as Executive Director of
Tidewater Legal Aid Society for five years.
       Judge Sherman is involved with numerous professional
organizations including the Association of District Court
Judges in Virginia, the Tidewater Area General District Court
Judges Association, the American Judges Association and the American Bar Association.
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He attended the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the Virginia
State Bar in 1971.
        The Honorable Jack Doyle has served as the Norfolk Commonwealth‘s Attorney
since 2000. He was an Assistant Commonwealth‘s Attorney, Deputy Commonwealth‘s
Attorney, and Chief Deputy Commonwealth‘s Attorney in Norfolk from 1983-1992 and
was in private practice from 1992-2000. Judge Doyle attended the Marshall Wythe School
of Law at the College of William and Mary and was admitted to Virginia State Bar in

New State Revenue Forecasts Call For $2.5 Billion Shortfall, Gov. Kaine Announces
Reductions, Bonds, Stabilization Fund To Meet FY 2009 Shortfall . Gov. Timothy M.
Kaine today announced the official revenue reforecast, and immediately announced an
executive spending reduction plan to meet the fiscal year 2009 shortfall. The Governor‘s
plan reduces government spending by making operations more efficient and reducing the
scope of some government programs, while protecting K-12 education and other critical
government functions, like public safety. The cuts include reductions in the Governor‘s
office and residence budgets, previously announced.
       ―Since October of last year, the continuing uncertainty and downturn in the national
economy has required us to adjust the revenue forecast downward twice, and thus far,
we‘ve reduced the state budget by over $1.7 billion, not including the reductions we‘re
making today,‖ Governor Kaine said. ―Just like families and businesses, state government
is feeling the effects of the national economic crisis. And just like Virginia families and
businesses, we‘re going to have to reduce our spending to make ends meet.‖
       The official revenue reforecast projects a shortfall of $973.6 million for fiscal year
2009 and $1.54 billion for fiscal year 2010, or just over $2.5 billion for the biennium.
Governor Kaine will balance the FY 2009 budget through state agency savings and
spending reductions of over $348 million and additional steps, including a withdrawal of
about $400 million from the Revenue Stabilization Fund.
       The revised revenue estimate is based on a series of meetings the Governor and his
Secretary of Finance held with economists, critical industry leaders, and legislative
leaders of both parties.
       The new forecast predicts a decline in the general fund budget for fiscal year 2009
of 4.0%, and very slow growth – of 3.6% – as the recovery begins in fiscal year 2010.
In anticipation of this shortfall, on September 2, the Governor directed his Cabinet
secretaries to work with their respective agencies to develop a range of possible spending
reductions. This action enabled the Governor to order immediate reductions in spending
upon completion of the revenue reforecasting process.

The Governor‘s savings actions include:
·    recovering over $40 million in balances from fiscal year 2008;
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·      capturing savings of over $24 million resulting from Governor‘s directives to
agencies in August to immediately implement a hiring freeze and cuts in discretionary
spending; and
·       reducing agency spending by over $323 million, based primarily on the
recommendations made by state agencies in their 5, 10, and 15 percent reduction
strategies, including the delay of the planned 2% state employee salary increase.

The Governor‘s reduction strategies include:
·    $100 million in improved business practices and efficiencies
·    nearly $32 million in the reduction or elimination of current services
·    over $27 million in reduced personnel costs
·    over $13 million in reduced discretionary expenses

       For example, the Department of Forestry will save $50,000 by sharing the cost of a
hydrologist with Virginia Tech; the Science Museum will save $100,000 by closing for an
additional day each week; the Department of Taxation will save over $1.7 million by
reducing technology costs; and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and
Substance Abuse services will save over $2 million by consolidating certain targeted
administrative services regionally for their mental health treatment centers.
       Governor Kaine will propose addressing the remaining portion of the $973.6
million shortfall through bonding nearly $250 million in capital outlay that had been
planned for cash payments and through a withdrawal of around $400 million from the
Revenue Stabilization Fund, which currently holds over $1 billion. These actions must be
approved by the General Assembly.
       Use of the Revenue Stabilization Fund in fiscal year 2009 enables state leaders to
protect certain critical services from 2009 cuts, most prominently, K-12 education.
       ―While no agency can expect complete exemption from cuts, it is important to
protect crucial state services as much as possible,‖ said Governor Kaine. ―By employing
the Revenue Stabilization Fund, we can avoid fiscal year 2009 cuts in K-12 education.
This action avoids a devastating impact on classrooms with the school year already
       Major actions in the Governor‘s announced fiscal year 2009 reduction plan include:
    About 570 layoffs, the elimination of more than 800 additional positions that are
       currently unfilled, holding about one-third of all at-will positions vacant, and the
       imposition of a continued freeze on new hiring
    The delay of a previously planned 2% salary increase for state employees, to July
       2009 from November 2008
    Reductions of 5 or 7 percent to institutions of higher education
    Administrative efficiencies in Medicaid, the Department of Aging, and Community
       Service Boards that will prevent deeper cuts in direct service delivery
    Restructuring Department of Corrections facilities, closing several older facilities.
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    Previously announced reductions in the Governor‘s office and mansion budget,
     including a continued reduction in the Governor‘s own salary

    ―I know that the layoffs associated with these cuts come at a challenging time for state
employees, and I regret that they are necessary,‖ Gov. Kaine said. ―I have instructed the
Virginia Employment Commission and our Human Resources Department to help those
state employees who are laid off through this difficult transition.‖
    The Governor noted that some strategies, like delaying the 2% state employee raises,
would be reconsidered as further reductions for 2010 are considered. Reductions to
address the $1.54 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2010 will be announced in the coming
months and are expected to include further layoffs and structural changes.
    ―The shortfall for 2010 is projected to be even greater, and while I will work to protect
items like employee raises, we must keep open the possibility that they may have to be
eliminated altogether as we make additional reductions,‖ said Gov. Kaine. ―We will
continue to examine every government expenditure for performance and efficiency, but
we will have to look at new ways of doing things and ask ourselves hard questions about
all of our programs.‖
    ―No one would wish for a crisis like this, and as we move forward, there will be more
difficult choices to make,‖ the Governor continued. ―But we should embrace the
opportunity to critically evaluate how we‘re spending taxpayer money, and whether every
program is delivering the results people deserve.‖

State Budget Outlook. The State‘s revenue growth in FY09 has slowed well below the
level necessary to meet current ongoing obligations. In response, Gov. Kaine recently
released a proposal to balance the State‘s forecasted $1 billion budget shortfall for FY 09.
The Governor‘s proposal includes a one-time $400 million withdrawal from the State‘s
Rainy Day Fund as well as a $279 million reduction in State Agency spending, which
includes a $16.3 million dollar reduction in local aid.
       The Governor also plans to make reductions in the following areas: $45 million
reduction in state and state-supported local employee salary increases; $20.7 million
reduction in K-12 sales tax aid; and $7.7 million reduction in HB 599 police funding.
       Of the proposed State budget cuts for FY 09, the following are the anticipated fiscal
impacts specific to our City: $500,000 reduction in HB 599 police funding, $200,000
reduction in state-supported local employee salary increases, and $12,000 reduction in
pass-through funding for the Norfolk Senior Center. The remaining FY 09 fiscal impacts
to Norfolk are still being determined.
       During last the recent Virginia Municipal League Conference, Jim Regimbal, Fiscal
Analytics, Ltd, gave a presentation titled ―Outlook for Local Aid Reductions in the State
Budget.‖ I have attached his presentation for your review. According to Mr. Regimbal,
local governments should expect a further decline in state support in FY2010 and
anticipate significant reductions in K-12 and Medicaid funding.
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Norfolk‘s Main Library is Moving this November. Kirn Main Library, located at 301 E.
City Hall Avenue, will be moving during the month of November 2008 to its new home,
the Norfolk Main Library at 235 E. Plume Street, in downtown Norfolk. During
November, Kirn‘s collections will be moved and service at Kirn Main Library will be
limited to a staffed book return. This service will be available
until the Norfolk Main Library opens in early December
2008. The first library services that will open at Norfolk
Main Library will be the computer technology center on the
lower level featuring 60 computers, and a staffed book
return. Additional library services at Norfolk Main Library
will resume as the other three floors of the library become
       During this time of transition, please continue to
utilize the Norfolk Public Library by visiting our 11 branch
libraries and bookmobile located throughout Norfolk (see below for branch locations and
hours of operation) For more information, please call 664-7328 or visit

Veterans Information @ Your Library. A Program to Help Veterans & Families
Understand New GI Benefits.
       In coordination with the American Library Association (ALA), Norfolk Public
Library is reaching out to local veterans and their families to help them understand new
educational benefits available under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill. NPL is one of many libraries
across the country to help explain the confusing array of veteran‘s benefits that become
available next year. Outreach efforts are expected to grow in the weeks and the months to
       ―Libraries are valuable community resources,‖ said ALA President Jim Retting,
―and a fitting place to help veterans and their families make the most of the new benefits
and eligibility requirements that take effect Aug. 1, 2009.‖
       Joining the ALA in the outreach are the American Legion, the National Military
Family Association, the American Council on Education and the National Association of
Federally Impacted Schools.
       For more information about Larchmont Branch Library‘s program, please call 441-
5335. More information about the new educational benefits is also available from Norfolk
Public Library‘s website at


Horseshoe Crab Cove Opens at Nauticus. One of Nauticus‘ most popular ―living‖
exhibits - the Tidal Pool Touch Tank - opened in its new and expanded form as Horseshoe
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Crab Cove on November 7. The redesigned exhibit features a 2,000-gallon pool
containing adult horseshoe crabs, spider crabs, sea stars, whelks and small fish species
that make their home in the near-shore aquatic environments of our region.
      Horseshoe crabs are natives of coastal intertidal zones and are incredibly adaptable,
with an ancestry that goes back hundreds of millions of years. Recently, these
invertebrates have offered new insights not only into evolution but also human health as
they have become a focus of biomedical research.
      While at Nauticus, visitors can also experience exciting hands-on exhibits, touch a
shark, build a buoy or create a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) in the Seabots Design
      For more information, please call Nauticus at (757) 664-1000.

Nauticus SNOWA Camp Offers Alternative for Working Parents. School‘s Not
Open—We Are—was created to address the needs of working
parents. The camp provides safe, interactive, education-based
care when public school systems close with short notice due to
snow storms, hurricanes or other unpredictable situations,
provided that conditions are safe enough at Nauticus to offer
such care. Implemented on an as-needed basis, the camp is
geared to students ages six to twelve, who will be taught in a
group setting, similar to a one-room schoolhouse. SNOWA
may also be offered on teacher in-service days or school
holidays to accommodate the needs of our community.
Extended hours from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. are available for an additional fee.

SNOWA Camp will be held on the following 2008-2009 dates:
       Monday, January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
       Friday, January 26 (local teacher workday)
       Monday, February 16 (President‘s Day)
       Inclement weather days (as safety permits)

Here’s how the SNOWA Camp works:
  1. Pre-registration will be open in the fall or with the first notice of inclement weather.
      Forty registrations can be confirmed in advance. To register your child, call
      Nauticus at 664-1041 and ask for the SNOWA Camp coordinator.
  2. SNOWA Camp will be activated on an as-needed basis and registrants will be
      notified of the camp‘s opening (or closure) via telephone or email by 7 a.m. on the
      possible day of the camp.
  3. SNOWA Camp will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; extended hours are
      from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $10 per day. Cost is $35 daily for
      non-members; $30 for Nauticus members. If multiple days of operation are
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      needed, a $5 per day discount will be offered. Prepayment will be accepted for
      scheduled dates; payment will be accepted the day of camp for inclement weather

   During SNOWA Camp, children will participate in educational activities, science
demonstrations, make-and-takes, games, and tours of Nauticus exhibits. Camp activities
are led by a trained Nauticus educator. Each camper should bring a bag lunch and
beverage and wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty.
   For more information or to register your child, please call (757) 664-1041 or visit


5th Annual Teen Culture Fest Gearing Up. The City of Norfolk‘s Department of
Neighborhood Preservation, Office of Youth Development is seeking performers,
exhibitors and sponsors for its 5 th Annual Teen Culture Fest scheduled for Saturday,
December 6, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall
located at 201 E. Brambleton Avenue.
       The Norfolk Teen Culture Fest brings teens together in a positive environment to
learn about the different cultures in Norfolk and the surrounding cities through activities,
entertainment, and conversation. The event is free, and all teens between the ages of
thirteen through nineteen are invited. Teens will enjoy cultural music, food, dance and
       Sponsors and exhibitors will share in the excitement with over 1000 area teens, as
well as receive recognition in advertising for the event.
       There are also opportunities available for teens who‘d like to see what it‘s like to
work behind the scenes in planning an event. Volunteers will get the chance to develop
their leadership skills as well as work with other teens from around the city and earn
volunteer hours.
       For more information about the 5th Annual Norfolk Teen Culture Fest or how to get
involved,     call   Felicia    Howard      at    441-6042    (ext.    228)    or    email:

Home Rehabilitation and Resource Initiative Workshop. Making Your House Safety
Proof for the Elderly and Disabled workshop will be held November 18 from 11:30 a.m.-
1:00 p.m. at the Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center, 830 Goff Street, Norfolk.
What steps can you take to make your home safer for those who are elderly or disabled?
This workshop will give you a practical, low-cost suggestions that will improve your
home‘s livability and safety. Presented by Shirley Confino-Rehder, designer and chair of
the Mayor‘s Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Call 757-823-4363 for more
information or e-mail
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Northside Park Skate Plaza Design Input Day. Skaters are encouraged to attend this
event to provide input for the design of the Northside Park Skate Plaza. The meeting will
be held on November 22 at Northside Middle School, 8720 Granby Street, from 9:00 a.m.-
11:00 a.m. To reserve a spot so we know how many people
plan to attend, please contact Bo Danos at 441-2400 or

Northside Park Skate Plaza Design Options Day. There
will be a meeting on January 24, 2009 regarding the design
options for the Northside Park Skate Plaza. The meeting will
be held at Northside Middle School from 9:00 a.m.-11:00
a.m. To reserve a spot so we know how many people plan to attend, please contact Bo
Danos at 441-2400 or e-mail

Tag-Out Graffiti Abatement Pilot Program. Become a Graffiti Spotter and Report!

Why Should I Report Graffiti? Removing graffiti promptly significantly reduces the
change of reoccurrence. A speedy report followed by cleanup makes repeat offenses less
likely, and gets our community looking better right away. Vandals will know that the
community is watching.

How Do I Report Graffiti? If you spot graffiti, call the Graffiti Hotline at 757-664-6510.
Be prepared to provide a street address of the ―tagged‖ property.

What Happens Once I Report Graffiti? The property owner will be contacted and advised
of the problem, and the steps they can take to have the graffiti removed. Photos and
reports will be taken, and consent forms completed. If there is no response and no cleanup
is made by the property owner or consent given to the City to remove the ―tag‖, the owner
will be contacted again. The second contact is a courtesy call, however it could lead to
legal enforcement. If the owner gives the City consent to remove the graffiti, the City will
move forward with clean up arrangements.

To become a Graffiti Spotter, Track and Report Graffiti! Graffiti Hotline 757-664-6510.

2008 Norfolk Afterschool Initiative Provider Forum. On October 8, 2008,
Councilwoman Daun Hester together with David Freeman, the Director of Neighborhood
Preservation, welcomed over 80 Afterschool Service Providers in the area to the Norfolk
Afterschool Initiative (NAI) Fall 2008 Provider Forum at the Attucks Theater. The theme
of this Forum, which was hosted by the Office of Youth Development, was to Rekindle,
Refocus and Reconnect.
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      The NAI is an Action Plan created by the Norfolk Afterschool Committee as part of
the ―Municipal Leadership for Expanding Learning Opportunities,‖ a technical assistance
project awarded to the City of Norfolk by the National League of Cities Institute for
Youth, Education and Families. The Forum provided opportunities for Afterschool
Service Providers to discuss issues such as priorities and program needs for child & youth
development from pre-school through high school aged youth. Participants also had an
opportunity to network, discuss ―best practices,‖ and share information on upcoming
events at their respective agencies. The next NAI Forum is a training session on ―Staff
Moral designed for Supervisors and Directors‖ on January 28, 2009.


Norfolk Police Hosts Community Forums. The Norfolk Police Department will host its
fifth in a series of community forums at the Bayview Recreation Center, 1434 Bayview
Blvd., on Wednesday, December 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Police Chief Bruce P.
Marquis and Mr. David Freeman of the Department of Neighborhood Preservation will
welcome citizens, who will participate in breakout sessions on the following topics:

      Gang Activity
      Crime Prevention
      Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
      Office of Professional Standards
      Codes Enforcement

The last community forum is scheduled for:

Thursday, February 29, 2009 Huntersville Neighborhood Svc. Ctr. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 664-6921 or 664-6901.


The City Of Norfolk‘s Department Of Utilities Has Recently Completed A Water
And Sewer Upgrade Project In The Kensington/Park Place Neighborhood. This
project included the replacement of water and sewer mains, associated service lines, and
associated appurtenances along the 800 block and 1000 block of 35th Street, 36th Street,
and Killam Avenue. The water and sewer mains in this area were more than 80 years old
and in generally poor condition, causing poor water pressure and an increasing number of
sewer backups.
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       During construction, 35th and 36th Street were closed to through traffic, and traffic
lanes were restricted along Killam Avenue in immediate construction areas, causing only
minor construction-related inconveniences.
       The upgraded water and sewer structures meet current design standards and will
enhance the water and sewer service to the Kensington and Park Place areas for many
years to come.

City Closes Portion of Llewellyn Street. The City has closed Llewellyn Street between
33rd and 34th Streets due to the unsafe condition of the Tabernacle of Deliverance Church
located at 303 W. 34th Street. The church‘s bell tower facing out onto Llewellyn Street
and a chimney on the west side of the building are identified as potential hazards. These
conditions, in the interest of public safety, prompted City staff to order the closure of this
section of Llewellyn Street.
       The Church representatives have been very
cooperative and have been accessible to City staff
throughout this process. They have responded
immediately by hiring a structural engineer, to evaluate
the structure and then develop a plan to address the
identified unsafe conditions. Also, they have contracted
with East Coast Demo to implement the plan for
emergency repairs, which the structural engineer is in the
process of preparing. Due to the magnitude of this issue, the Administration cannot
provide a timetable for the reopening of Llewellyn Street; however, Council will receive
ongoing updates on the status of ongoing repairs.

No Turn On Red Signs Installed. The Division of Transportation recently installed
illuminated LED ―No Turn on Red‖ signs at three intersections in the downtown area.
The signs are located at Waterside Drive and St. Pauls Boulevard, City Hall Avenue and
St. Pauls Boulevard and Market Street and St. Pauls Boulevard.
       The signs are installed on the mast arm portion of the traffic signal at each location,
and display a ―No Turn on Red‖ message to motorists in the right-turn lane during the
weekday hours of 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The illuminated LED signs are more visible to
motorists than the existing static signs and should be helpful in deterring motorists from
violating the ―No Right Turn on Red‖ law at these heavily congested traffic areas.


Norfolk Department of Public Health Welcomes New Director. Dr. Kim McDonald
has been selected as the new Director of Public Health in Norfolk. McDonald replaces Dr.
Val Stallings who was with the City for 35 years. Although this is a State position, top
City officials were involved in the interviews for the director.
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      McDonald is a board-certified specialist in general preventive medicine and public
health. Since 2005, she has been the regional physician, medical epidemiologist and team
leader for North Carolina Public Health Regional Surveillance Team One based in
      She received a B.S. degree in biology from the University of California at Irvine in
1991 and a M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in 1995. After
completing an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth, she was a Navy general medical officer in New Orleans. Subsequently, Kim
attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where she earned a
M.P.H. degree with a focus in health services administration and completed a residency in
general preventive medicine and public health. McDonald then served as a preventive
medicine officer at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit No. 2, Norfolk,
where she was program manager and instructor in medical management of chemical,
biological, and radiological weapons casualties. Kim will assume her new duties January
10, 2009.
      Dr. David Trump, Public Health Director for Newport News, has been performing
double duty having been assigned the duty of Acting Director in Norfolk, in addition to
his Newport News responsibilities.


Illegal Sign Removal Training Class. Help rid Norfolk of those unsightly signs that
clutter our sidewalks, roadways and other public property. Attend an Illegal Signs
Removal Training Class and learn how you can make a difference in your community. All
it takes is just one 30-minute class to become certified to remove illegal signs. Illegal Sign
Removal Training classes are offered monthly at the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action
Center, 3500-A Granby Street, near Lafayette Park and the Virginia Zoo. All classes are
free and open to the public.

Class Schedule

November 20                1:00-1:30 p.m.
December 12                2:30-3:00 p.m.
January 20, 2009           1:00-1:30 p.m.
February 25, 2009          9:00-9:30 a.m.

To register or for more information, contact the Department of Public Works at or call 664-4600.
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―Reading for Living‖ Literacy Program. The Huntersville Neighborhood Service
Center (HNSC) received the RADM Ben Hacker 2008-Program Leadership Literacy
Award on September 11, 2008 at the Courtyard Marriot.
       The Huntersville Center Literacy Program, whose mission is to improve the lives of
adults through literacy, was formed in September 2006 for adults who cannot read at the
4th grade level and thus are not able to participate in Norfolk Public Schools‘ (NPS) Adult
Basic Education Program. Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center (HNSC) volunteers
conduct one-on-one tutoring sessions to help adult learners achieve their personal reading
goals. Furthermore, they provide life-skills training such as, how to pay bills, complete
forms and applications. They also help students with their homework. Program
participants also learn about current trends, events, and community issues, including but
not limited to, how to better understand the functions of city government.

Northside Park Premieres New Cross Country Trail. High school athletes, avid joggers
and marathon runners now have a new place to run amid the woodlands, creek and open
space of one of the City‘s most popular parks.
       A new cross country trail has been developed at
Northside Park. The scenic course, designed as either a 5K or
3.1 mile run, is currently being used for both school
competition and recreational cross country running. Because
the trail was also created for public use, walkers, joggers and
bicyclists are welcome to use it.
       The course is basically the perimeter of the park. For
cross country school competitions in Hampton Roads, athletes must run the course twice to
complete the distance. The trail – consisting mostly of natural turf with wood mulch in
some areas – begins and ends at the parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts).
       The course was developed by RPOS Staff with assistance from, David McDonald
an NPS Cross Country Coach and the Cross Country Coaching Staff from Maury High
School. The course clearing and prep work was completed by RPOS‘, Bureau of Parks &
Urban Forestry.

Energy. The new heating and cooling system at the Larchmont Branch Library is our
latest energy efficiency initiative. This geothermal system uses groundwater as a heating
and cooling source. The net result is a 100% increase in the efficiency of the system, and
50% decrease in the utility bill. We completed a similar system at the Little Creek Branch
Library with the same results. We have completed over 100 energy saving projects in
recent years.
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Green Pools. Pool covers have been installed on our three outdoor pools. These covers
reduce our use of water and chemicals. They also save much labor in cleaning debris from
these pools. The nearby trees result in huge amount of leaves in the pool. Cleaning them
out is a significant expense. We are pleased that these covers reduce the amount of water,
electricity, and chemicals we use.

Families. Norfolk‘s families use our 136 playgrounds daily. We keep them in great
condition with frequent preventative maintenance visits. This playground on Redgate
Avenue is a good example. In partnership with Recreation, Parks, and Open Space, we
constructed new playgrounds at Berkley, Barraud, Lakewood, Captain‘s Quarters, North
Shore Road, Ingleside, and Tanner‘s Creek. In the near future new playgrounds will be
constructed at Lafayette Park, Colonial Greenway, Larchmont Elementary, Bayview
Elementary, Mona Ave. and Craig Street.

Tennis Courts. Facility Maintenance provides 142 free, public tennis courts for our
residents‘ enjoyment. This past summer we renewed the color coating and nets on many of
these courts. We also put special emphasis on Fergus Reid courts. We repaved the three
asphalt courts and replaced the fencing, nets, and windscreens on all courts. The five clay
courts are getting daily manicuring by Al Whaff, a temporary employee. Tennis players
praise this renewed condition of the courts and the daily attention to their condition.

New Park. Construction is almost complete on a new park along Ballentine Boulevard at
Broad Creek Subdivision. Residents will enjoy the landscaping, benches, lights and water
features. We hope to receive funding for this new mission of maintaining the park to keep
it in excellent condition

Kid‘s Day. This month the City held a special celebration for our kids at the new Shoop
Park. The park features an exciting new playground, a spectacular fountain, basketball
courts and extensive open spaces.


It‘s a Zoo Baby Boom! And the Stork is exhausted after bringing eight babies to the
Virginia Zoo. Bouncing baby bongo, armadillos, snakes and turtles have kept the
proverbial stork busy visiting the Virginia Zoo. Highly endangered in the wild, Eva, a
baby bongo, was born on September 23. The beautiful antelope, native to Africa, features
large ears and a bright chestnut coat with vivid white stripes and spiraled horns.
       The Virginia Zoo is the only zoo in the U. S. to successfully rear armadillo
offspring. Two male six-banded armadillo pups, named Beauregard and Ed, were born
July 24. Armadillo mothers are highly nervous and sensitive, and breeding pups that
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survive past the fourth week is quite rare. The pups have grown quickly and will be
mature at 9 months old.
      The Zoo acquired an adult copperhead snake
and it was discovered she had given birth to four
baby copperheads; (copperheads are not hatched
from eggs).
      A baby bog turtle hatched on September 26.
Bog turtles are listed as an endangered species in
Virginia and federally listed as threatened throughout the country.
      The births of diverse animals and reptiles illustrate that the Virginia Zoo‘s breeding
and conservation programs are successful, and that they also contribute significantly to the
captive genetic population of each species. The births and all of the animals on exhibit
teach visitors to better appreciate the value of the world in which we live.

The Virginia Zoo Train is Pulling into the Station! Choo-Choo! The Zoo train
celebrated its grand opening for riders October 18. The opening featured a short ribbon
cutting ceremony. The train‘s daily operating hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and
tickets will be $2.00 per rider.

Zoo Train Facts
   The Zoo train is a 1/3 scale model of a C.P. Huntington steam engine
   Three cars can accommodate up to 66 passengers – adults and children
   The permanent track is 3/4 of a mile long
   Riders will board the train at the Beazley Foundation Station located near the entry
     plaza, as well as at the Goode Family Station at
     the Africa exhibit
   The journey will include live narration from the
     train engineer about the Zoo and its collection of
     plants and animals
   The train is ADA compliant – and can
     accommodate wheelchairs
   The train will not operate in rain or inclement
   The tracks will pass the red panda exhibit under the watchful eye of Yin and will
     include a peak at the Asia-Trail of the Tiger construction site
   Funds raised from the sales of train tickets will support the operation of the Zoo
     train and will also support activities including conservation programs and animal
     exhibit expansion
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Virginia Zoo Mourning Loss of Rufus the Rhino. The entire Virginia Zoo staff,
volunteers and board of directors are grieving the loss of Rufus the oldest resident of the
Virginia Zoo.
      Rufus, a white rhinoceros at the Virginia Zoo, died today October 27, 2008. He was
36 years old.
      Cause of death was determined to be injuries sustained when the two adult male
rhinos forcibly charged each other while inside their night house sometime during the
night or early morning. There is indication that proper husbandry policy and procedures
by the staff, the night before, were not followed. Corrective action will be taken at the end
of an internal investigation. A final histology and pathology report may provide more
information when completed.
   Rufus came to the Virginia Zoo in 1974, making him the longest resident of the Zoo.
The Virginia Zoo is home to another white rhinoceros, Alfred. He is currently on exhibit.

    Facts about White Rhinoceros and Virginia Zoo Rhinos:
   Average life span between 25 to 45 years
   Rhinos have poor vision, but a keen sense of smell
   Rhinos are the second largest land mammal
   Rhinos are solitary in nature
   Rufus was about 36 years old (It is estimated that he was about 2 years old when he
    arrived at the Zoo)
   He was the Zoo‘s longest resident, having lived here 34 years
   He weighed over 4,300 pounds
   The Virginia Zoo has another rhino, Alfred
   Alfred is the one of the oldest animals at the Virginia Zoo (he is 40)


      Virginia‘s nine most egregious child support evaders are profiled in the Virginia
Department of Social Services‘ (VDSS) recently released ―Most Wanted‖ list, now
available on the agency‘s Web site.
      The latest online poster features eight men and one woman, all non-custodial
parents, who owe a combined total of $523,605 in past-due support to their children. The
poster contains each person‘s photograph, physical description, last known address,
occupation and the amount of child support owed.
      ―We want parents to be financially responsible for their children,‖ said VDSS
Commissioner Anthony Conyers Jr. ―One in four children in Virginia depends on child
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support to live. Placing these individuals on our Web site is a visual reminder that
providing children with consistent financial resources is critical to their success and our
stability as a Commonwealth.‖
       The individuals profiled work in a variety of occupations and include a painter, car
salesman and quality assurance inspector. Some of the parents featured owe debts ranging
from $23,304 for two children to $177,401 for one child.
       Many child support evaders try to elude authorities by moving out of state or
overseas; however, when a non-custodial parent relocates, the child support order
continues, and Virginia has reciprocal agreements with all states, U.S. territories and more
than 25 countries. Virginia‘s most recent list features parents whose last known addresses
include Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Carolinas.
       Issuing the state‘s ―Most Wanted‖ list online is one of many tools Virginia uses to
collect child support. Other methods include income withholding, freezing assets held by
financial institutions, suspending driver‘s licenses, booting vehicles, subpoenaing cell
phone records, placing liens on assets and intercepting federal and state tax refunds.
―In the past, issuing ‗Most Wanted‘ posters has proven effective in obtaining information
from the public regarding the whereabouts, employment and financial situations of
egregiously delinquent parents,‖ said VDSS Deputy Commissioner and Director of Child
Support Enforcement Nick Young. ―Virginia‘s child support enforcement professionals –
with the assistance of the public, the courts and law enforcement – have a unified
commitment to tracking and apprehending individuals who fail to honor their financial
obligations to their children.‖
       This most recent ―Most Wanted‖ poster is the 21st list of child support evaders to
be issued since the agency‘s program began in 1989. Last year, DCSE collected a record
$629 million in child support benefiting one-quarter of the children in Virginia.

The ―Most Wanted‖ list can be viewed at If you have any
information regarding the location or employment of these parents, or any person evading
their child support obligations, please call toll free 1-800-257-9986.

More information about Virginia‘s ―Most Wanted‖ and the Child Support Enforcement
Program can be found at


        Crime prevention is most successful when citizens get involved. Crime
Prevention Month is a great time to enhance your awareness of basic crime prevention
and safety tips, and recruit year-round support from the citizens in your communities in
keeping your neighborhoods safe. Crime Prevention Month is a time for communities to
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unite; stand up for what's right, and stress that crime will not be tolerated in your
         This month, get involved in your community. Help the Norfolk Police
Department identify and eliminate crime problems in your communities and participate
in your Neighborhood Watch program. Take ownership of your neighborhood, and help
create a safer community for you and your family.

Below are some basic crime prevention tips to reduce your chances in becoming a
victim of crime.

Doors: Your doors should be equipped with a door viewer and deadbolt lock, with a one-
inch throw.
Windows: All windows should be secure. Draw window shades or drapes after dark.
Trees and Shrubbery: Keep trimmed. Criminals look for hiding places. Shrubbery in
front of windows enables anyone to pry unseen at a window or hide while looking inside.
Exterior Lighting: All entrances and garages should be well-lit.
Keys and Locks: Change your locks when moving into a new residence/apartment.
Remove house keys when a mechanic has your car. Remember that whoever borrows a
key from you can have it duplicated. Do not leave a key under a doormat, flower pot, etc.
Answering the Door: Remember that you do not have to answer your door. Should a
stranger request to use your phone, do not allow the person to enter, and offer to make the
call yourself.
Answering the Phone: If a stranger calls, DO NOT give the person any information,
especially your phone number and whether you are home alone.
Going on Vacation: Stop deliveries if they will collect outside. Remove valuables from
view. Your residence should still look "lived in." Tell a trusted neighbor who can also
have a key, if needed. Use timers for lights and a radio.
Address Numbers: All too often police officers, firefighters, etc. cannot find an address
because of hidden or hard to see (blending into background color) letters or numbers.
Addresses should be easily visible day or night. Do not depend on painted curb numbers
as cars often block them.
If You Are Burglarized: Do not go inside your home if you return to find that your home
has been entered illegally. Call the Police immediately. Do not touch anything. You may
destroy evidence.
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Destinations: Plan your route and avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots, or unlit
areas. Walk near the curb and away from alleys and doorways.
Be ready: Do not overburden yourself with packages or a bulky purse. Be aware of your
surroundings at all times.
In Your Car: Lock your doors. Never leave valuables in your vehicle or in plain view.
Have your key in you hand so you do not have to linger before entering your vehicle. Be
alert to anyone near your vehicle.
Don‘t be a victim: Do not carry large sums of money in your purse or wallet. If possible
carry a small purse, tucked from view. Be wary approaching strangers. If someone grabs
your purse, do not resist.
If attacked: Run to the nearest residence or business. Cries for help can discourage
criminals and may result in their arrest. Be a good witness. Try and remember accurate
descriptions of clothing, hair and height to give to the police.
Suspicious or Illegal activities: Report these immediately to the Police. Give accurate
descriptions of suspects and/or vehicles, and remember to write down license numbers.
Concerned about security: The Crime Prevention Unit of the Norfolk Police
Department offers a FREE SERVICE designed to help homeowners and business owners
protect their property. While no plan is foolproof, a security survey can identify areas to
improve security that may make it more difficult for a crime to occur. To schedule a
Security Survey please contact: Norfolk Police Crime Prevention Unit; 2500 N. Military
Highway; Norfolk, Virginia 23502; 757-664-6901.

By Bonita Billingsley Harris, Public Information Officer, Norfolk Sheriff‘s Office

       ‗Tis the season to be jolly and SAFE! Sheriff Bob McCabe wants to remind you
not to give criminal a chance, as we head into the holiday season. Crooks love the
holidays as much as everyone else, because they have more opportunities to commit
crimes. Houses are jam-packed with tantalizing toys and glittering gifts. Families go out
of town to visit relatives. Stores, malls and downtown streets are filled with unsuspecting
shoppers. People are rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute
gifts. It‘s enough to make a crook spring into action. This time of the year calls for
special safety measures. You must be extra careful to protect yourself and your family.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season.
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If you‘re going out of town:
     Get an automatic timer for your lights, radio, or TV
     Ask a neighbor to watch your home and to park in your driveway from time to time.
     Have someone get your mail and newspaper daily. If it piles up, it's a sign you're
     Leave information on where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted
      neighbor and ask them to keep an eye on the house

If you're out for the evening:
     Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone's home
     Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave
     Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside

If you're shopping:
     Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you
     Park in a well-lit space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide
       shopping bags and gifts in the trunk
     Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever
     Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don't overburden yourself with packages.
       Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not
       dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket
     Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get

If a stranger comes to the door, beware. Con artists sometimes pose as couriers delivering
gifts or volunteers collecting for charity. Ask for identification, and find out how the
funds will be used. If you aren't satisfied, don't give. Help a charitable organization you
know and trust instead.

Sheriff McCabe encourages you to invite one of our deputies to speak at your civic league
or other community organization. For more information, contact the Norfolk Sheriff‘s
Office, Community Affairs Division at 664-4979. Let‘s make the holidays a SAFE and
happy time for everybody - except criminals!


Brighten Your Holidays! Want to share in the season of lights, but not crazy about the
energy costs involved? Make the switch to LEDs! LEDs use 80% less energy, can last up
to 10 years and don‘t generate much heat (keeping that drying tree a little safer for your
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family). will help get you started. Simply ship your old lights to
Recycling Program, 120 W. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1403, Jackson, MI 49201, and you‘ll
receive a coupon for 10% off their holiday lights! Your old lights will get recycled, and
you‘ll be on your way to a brighter, safer, and greener holiday season!

Reduce Your ―Waste‖-line! Reducing waste is especially important during the holiday
season. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New
Year‗s Day than during any other time of the year. The added food waste, shopping bags,
packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons add up to an additional 1 million tons of
waste each week. That‘s a lot of garbage!
       This year, consider doing something a little different -- give the gift of experience.
Treat someone you know to a dinner out or a live theater performance. If you still want a
gift to hand to someone, make it yourself. Coupons for babysitting, yard work, or other
services show you care enough to give of your time, not just your money. Bake a tasty
treat. Consider wrapping gifts inside re-useable containers such as cookie tins, book bags,
flower pots or baskets.
       Do something special in the office this year – volunteer! Forgo the secret Santa, and
give the gift of time and energy. Join in with staff and take a couple of hours to volunteer
at the Foodbank, a local shelter, or one of the many other non-profit options in our area.
It‘s a warm & fuzzy way to share the holidays with co-workers. For ideas, contact
Volunteer Hampton Roads (624-2400,
       For more ideas on having a low-waste or even waste-free holiday season, visit Keep
Norfolk Beautiful at


It takes a Community to Drain a Street….

During the fall and winter seasons, there are a tremendous amount of leaves, yard debris
and litter that may cause pollution or contribute to flooding. As a resident of Norfolk,
there are steps you can take to make a difference in your community and the environment.

1.   Dispose of leaves and yard waste through Waste Management.
       - Leaves and yard waste may be recycled by placing the debris in clear, plastic bags
for disposal during your regularly scheduled trash day. For details, visit the city website at
       - Piles of leaves in the curb and gutter stop the flow of rain water down the street
and may clog the storm water system, ultimately causing flooding of streets and yards.
       - City Street Sweepers are not able to clean large piles of leaves from the curb line.
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2. Place litter, trash and debris in closed trash bags and receptacles.
      -Trash that is not placed inside a closed bag and trash receptacle may blow around
your community.

3. Keep your roadside ditch mowed and your curb line clean.
       - According to the Norfolk city code, the responsibility for your property doesn‘t
end at the edge of your lawn. It includes cleaning your roadside ditches and curb and
       - When the curb and gutter are kept clean, storm water can run smoothly down the
street and into the storm water catch basin, reducing flooding problems
       - If your roadside ditch is clean but your neighbor‘s is clogged with debris, guess
whose yard floods? Encourage neighbors to do their part, and lend a hand to elderly
residents who can‘t manage yard work

4. Dispose of household hazardous waste at the SPSA collection site.
       - Any chemicals placed in the storm water system go directly into the Elizabeth
River and the Chesapeake Bay. Contents from the storm water system are not treated prior
to discharging to our natural water ways.
       - Disposal of household hazardous waste at SPSA is FREE to Norfolk residents
       - See the SPSA website at for further details

5. Participation in local community events such as the Great American Clean-Up or
Earth Day.
      - Volunteers may contact Keep Norfolk Beautiful at 441-1347 to arrange
community clean up events

For more information on how you can help, please contact the Division of environmental
Storm Water Management at 823-4000 or visit our website at


The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the December performances
in its Arts Within Reach series. From Berkley to Ocean View, from Park Place to Five Points, the Norfolk
Arts Commission presents and supports free programs that bring great art to Norfolk communities. Now
in its 13th season, Arts Within Reach features free performances, workshops, and demonstrations in
neighborhoods throughout the City. Get to know local artists while you enjoy their talent and creativity in
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a relaxed atmosphere. You never need a reservation; simply arrive at the venue five to ten minutes before
scheduled start time. Schedules are subject to change; call 664-4321 for updates.


Dec. 10 (Weds.) 7 pm – Arts Within Reach. Bay Youth Orchestras in concert. Hear symphonic
holiday music presented by 100 talented and dedicated young musicians. Under the direction and
guidance of many supportive music educators over the past 33 years, Bay Youth Orchestras has developed
into one of the largest and best youth orchestra programs in the country. Offering four levels of ensemble
training, Bay Youth gives student musicians the opportunity to learn and perform the world's greatest
orchestral literature. Over 250 student musicians from all over Hampton Roads create four performing
ensembles to present concerts throughout the Tidewater area. The Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center,
7300 Newport Avenue, 23505. 664-4321.

Dec. 11 (Thurs.) 11:30 am – Arts Within Reach. Virginia Symphony Ensemble in concert. Virginia
Symphony musicians ring in the season with time-honored, classical holiday compositions and carols.
Mount Zion Baptist Church, 900 E. Middlesex Street, Norfolk 23523. 664-4321.

Additional free performances and programs in Norfolk for the month of December include:

1 – 3 pm Saturdays. d‘ART Demos. d‘ART Center presents local artists in weekly interactive arts
demonstrations and workshops. Selden Arcade, 208 E. Main Street, Norfolk, 23510. 625-4211.

Dec. 7 (Sun.) 6 pm - Norfolk State University Choirs Winter Concert. Virginia Children‘s Chorus
with Norfolk State University Choirs. Wilder Auditorium at Norfolk State University Fine Arts Center,
700 Park Ave., Norfolk, 23504.

6:15 - 8:45 pm Wednesdays. The popular Art of Jazz features an all-star lineup of regional performers
every Wednesday night in the Museum‘s Huber Court. Wine and refreshments are available for purchase,
and the Museum‘s galleries stay open for guests‘ enjoyment. The Chrysler Museum, 245 W. Olney Road,
Norfolk, 23510.


Tuesdays November • 10:15-11AM
Shake, rattle and roll with the return of Tunes for Tots - Tuesday mornings this fall! Join us in WOW for
programming to be shared by toddlers and their grown-ups. Be ready to bang drums and shake maracas
while our Garden Teacher leads songs that will have everyone up and moving!
Free with Garden Admission

Wednesdays • November • 10:15-11AM
Wednesday mornings join us in WOW as a Garden Teacher reads a story and then leads a Garden
exploration. From jungle adventures to those three little pigs, each week will feature a different tale with
plenty of pictures and props to delight the senses.
Free with Garden Admission
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Fridays • November 14 & 21 • 7-9PM (2 days)
Join Golden Star Award Photographer Ty Brown as he explains what it actually takes to create a great
photograph. He will discuss all elements of photography while showing what works and what doesn‘t
work. The second night participants will bring in their photos for a class and professional critique -
learning ways improve what is captured on ―film.‖ (.4 CEU credit hours)
Cost: $50 ($40 for NBG Members)
Class min: 8 / max: 20

Wednesday, November 19 • 7-9PM

All classes taught by Gina McVeigh, Professional Sommelier (wine expert) and Chef in partnership with
Farm Fresh

Impress your guests with the tastiest and easiest treats. Learn to make an array of light hors d‘oeuvres
paired with wines for fun and fancy entertaining.
Cost: $30 per class ($20 per class for NBG Members)
Class min: 10 / max: 30

Saturday, November 22• 9:30-11:00AM

Marcus Jones, Curator of Woody Plants

Let Marcus be your guide to the Garden as fall colors provide a majestic vibrant display. Learn to ID trees
and shrubs during this season. Dress for the weather and enjoy some fresh air!
Cost: $16 per program ($10 per program for NBG Members)
Class min: 8 / max: 30

Tuesday, November 25 • 9:30-11:30AM
This Thanksgiving bring a bountiful fresh arrangement to your holiday feast!
Learn step-by-step how to make these festive floral arrangements with Lifelong Learning Program
Manager & Floral Designer Betty Ann Galway. Participants will create their own arrangements to take
home and enjoy. Bring garden gloves and clippers.

Cost: $55 ($45 for NBG Members)
Class min: 8 / max: 18

Thanksgiving Day through New Year‘s Eve (Nov. 27 – Dec. 31)
5:30 - 10PM nightly
Norfolk Botanical Garden will be aglow with the sights and spirit of the holidays during the 14th Annual
Garden of Lights. This 2 ½ mile drive through winding paths lets you experience the magic of the four
seasons coming alive with close to a million twinkling lights. Tickets go on sale October 1st.

Charge per vehicle: $10 ($8 for NBG Members)
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For more information about Garden of Lights, please call 441-5830 (ext. 324) or visit


The City of Norfolk‘s Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts & Entertainment and Broadway Across
America are proud to announce the 2008-2009 Broadway season lineup to include:

Monty Python‘s Spamalot              November 11-16, 2008
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy         December 10-14, 2008
Avenue Q                             January 27-February 1, 2009
Wicked                               May 13-31, 2009

The Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts & Entertainment and Broadway Across American will also be
presenting CATS (March 20-22, 2009) as an optional show add-on; this presentation is not part of the
subscription package.

For Broadway Across America subscription questions, please call the Norfolk Service Center toll-free at
1-866-927-7469. Representatives are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time. When
renewing, season ticket holders need to have their account number, renewal invoice, and credit card.
Ticket buyers can also visit for the most up-to date information about
touring Broadway, as well as the ability to renew and purchase new season tickets online.


Classics at Chrysler, the Planets                          November 22      8 PM
Family Classics, Music of Walt Disney                           November 29      3 PM
Norfolk Southern Pops, Music of Walt Disney                     November 29      8 PM

Virginia Ballet Theatre Presents Richmond Ballet‘s The Nutcracker with Virginia Symphony
Orchestra, Virginia Children‘s Chorus and Todd Rosenlieb Dance at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk,
December 5-7, 2008

        A beloved holiday tradition returns to Norfolk in an extraordinary new collaboration this
December, when Virginia Ballet Theatre presents Richmond Ballet‘s spectacular The Nutcracker in
Norfolk‘s Chrysler Hall.
        The collaboration was announced by Virginia Ballet Theatre‘s Artistic Director Juri Safonovs and
Executive Director Thom Prevette. "I am thrilled,‖ said Safonovs. ―The Virginia Ballet Theatre is
committed to bringing the very best in professional ballet productions to the region, and we could not
have chosen a better production, or a better partner to showcase that commitment than Richmond Ballet."
        Richmond Ballet‘s production of The Nutcracker is a visual feast, resplendent with original
choreography and characters, and lavish sets and costumes. Choreographed by Artistic Director, Stoner
Winslett, the production brings new imagination to the classic ballet. Among the charms awaiting Norfolk
audiences in the performances are a 59-foot dragon from China, a dancing butterfly, a Russian bear and
mischievous lambs. Artisans from across the United States and throughout the world were enlisted to
fabricate the magnificent costumes, under the direction of designer David Heuvel. The exquisite mouse
and bear heads, which bring the characters to life, were created by craftsmen Robert Allsopp, from
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London, England, and Marvin Schlichting, from Toronto, Canada. The elaborate sets and props were
created by Charles Caldwell, and the inspired lighting design by Richard Moore.
         ―There is no production in the ballet repertory that comes close to The Nutcracker in scope,‖
declared Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett. ―It is a ballet, a theater piece, a magic show, a
parade of national dances, and a symphony and choral concert combined. The Nutcracker has become a
beloved part of holiday tradition in our community. As the State Ballet of Virginia, we have always had a
strong commitment to tour and build a statewide audience for dance. We are excited to bring our annual
holiday gift to the community of Norfolk.‖
         Richmond Ballet will dance The Nutcracker in four performances throughout the weekend in
Norfolk‘s Chrysler Hall, December 5-7. Joining the company will be a cadre of young dancers selected by
audition especially for the Norfolk engagement. The Virginia Symphony will perform the Tchaikovsky
score, one of the most popular in all of ballet, as full of treasures and delights as the holiday it celebrates.
With 208 performers, two-thirds of whom will be from the Norfolk area, The Nutcracker will be a treat
for artists and audiences alike.
         Extending a tradition long enjoyed in Richmond, the Norfolk engagement will include a
Sugarplum Tea following the Saturday, December 6 matinee performance. Patrons at this ticketed event
can enjoy delicious treats and opportunities to meet and photograph characters from The Nutcracker.
         Auditions for approximately 72 children‘s roles will be held Sunday, September 21, at Old
Dominion University‘s Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building.
         The joint effort by Virginia Ballet Theatre and Richmond Ballet marks a new era in the
relationship between the arts communities of southeastern Virginia. ―This is an unprecedented
collaboration,‖ noted Keith Martin, Managing Director of Richmond Ballet. ―Norfolk has a rich dance
heritage and Richmond Ballet is honored to join that proud tradition of excellence. We have performed
throughout the region for decades, but never with this level of partnership and cooperation. It is a
testament to the entire cultural sector that Norfolk‘s arts community is so open and welcoming.‖

Synopsis of Richmond Ballet‘s The Nutcracker

        Set in Nuremberg, Germany in the early 1800‘s, the story begins with a Christmas Eve gathering in
the home of the Silberhaus family. A young girl, Clara, receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather, the
mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer. As the story transitions from the party to Clara‘s dreamland, amazing things
begin to happen as the audience travels with her underneath the Christmas tree and then into the Land of
        After mice and toy soldiers engage in battle, Clara‘s nutcracker magically comes to life. With
Clara‘s help, the soldiers defeat the mice and the nutcracker is transformed into a handsome young prince
who leads Clara to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. In the second act, Clara arrives in Confitenburg and
marvels at its frosted, candy-like appearance and many whimsical characters. The Sugarplum Fairy and
her Cavalier welcome Clara and host a celebration of dance for her and the Prince.


—The Chrysler Offers Hands-On Glassblowing, Spotlights Examples of 19th-Century Cameo Glass

       Much more than just a ―pretty vase.‖ Each carefully carved cameo masterpiece possesses a style all
its own—a beautiful floral design, a mythological scene, images of animals, or a combination of several
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themes. Their rich history, beginning at the height of the Roman Empire, coupled with the intricacy of
each design, intrigues adoring fans and has inspired artists for centuries.
        This exhibition consists of 38 unique objects, each reflecting a different influence—neo-
classicism, classic Roman and Greek, Victorian, Asian, and contemporary themes. Although they differ in
design, the tedious process through which each cameo glass was created took significant skill and patience
to complete.
        Cameo, broadly defined, is any glass in which the surface is cut away to leave a design in relief.
Carvers used hand cutting tools, similar to those used by sculptors, to slowly and carefully cut away the
unwanted portion of the glass—creating a spectacular one-of-a-kind design. Wheel cutting and
hydrofluoric acid were also used to perfect the art. Since the late 1800s, artists have preferred the use of
hydrofluoric acid, reserving wheel cutting and hand sculpturing to finish and detail each masterpiece.

—The Norfolk Society of Arts Introduces New Schedule of Upcoming Events—

As the summer sun settles and the autumn leaves fall, the Norfolk Society of Arts will gear up for the first
installment of their 2008-09 season.

The Norfolk Society of Arts, a non-profit organization originally founded in 1917, introduces an exciting
line-up of lectures each year featuring some of the biggest names in the art world. This year, the series will
include notables such as founder and chair of the Pulitzer Foundation Emily Rauh Pulitzer, antiques dealer
and appraiser on the ―Antiques Roadshow‖ Nicholas Dawes, author and critic Jed Pearl and many more.

Each lecture is held at the Chrysler Museum of Art on selected Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted,
through April 2009 and begins at 11 a.m. A special coffee reception is held at 10:30 a.m.

The Norfolk Society of Arts has released the following schedule:
Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder & Chair of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis
The Pulitzer Foundation for Arts: A Unique Institution
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jed Perl, Author, Art Critic
Antoine's Alphabet: Watteau & His World
Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Don Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator, Smithsonian Institution
How to Read a Piece of Antique Furniture
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

John Leighton, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland
Tartan Art: Collecting for the National Galleries of Scotland
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lindsay Pollock, Author; Journalist with Bloomberg's
Dealer, Taste Maker, and Champion of American Art: Edity Gregor Halpert
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nicholas Dawes, Antiques Dealer, Author, Parsons School of Design faculty, frequent appraiser on
―Antiques Roadshow‖
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The Art of Rene Lalique
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
For more information about the lecture series or becoming a member of the Norfolk Society of Arts,
please contact Pam Pruden at 757-623-0875 or email

Seniors Art Forum - The Seniors Art Forum is a senior citizens group that meets at 2 p.m. on the first
Saturday of every month for a tour, discussion, and light refreshments. No reservations are necessary for
individuals, but please call (757) 333-6268 for group reservations. Cost: included with Museum


Countdown to Eternity: Photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ben Fernandez. In the years before
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated award-winning photographer Ben Fernandez documented his
Now-March 1, 2009

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Drawn from the Norman Rockwell Museum in
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, this exhibition surveys the career of America‘s premier 20th-century
commercial illustrator and arguably its most beloved artist. The exhibition includes 41 of Rockwell‘s oil
paintings, a group of drawings and posters including the Four Freedoms, and all 323 covers that the artist
created between 1916 and 1963 for The Saturday Evening Post.
November 9, 2008–February 1, 2009

50 Years Later: The Lessons of Massive Resistance. As part of a city-wide commemoration marking the
50th anniversary of the end of ―massive resistance,‖ the exhibition highlights this period in national history
by chronologically displaying photographs, documents, and clippings of the people and places that forever
changed Norfolk‘s Public Schools. 50 Years Later: The Lessons of Massive Resistance tells the story of
the reopening of schools in Norfolk after Governor Lindsay Almond closed them rather than agree to
court ordered desegregation.
January 14, 2009–March 1, 2009

The Art of Glass II (in addition to Chrysler Museum this will be in various locations region wide) This is
the first exhibition to thoroughly examine the career and art of Lino Tagliapietra, widely revered as the
maestro of glassblowing and elder statesman linking the glass centers of Venice, Italy and the United
States. He is widely credited with changing the course of contemporary studio glass through his teaching,
disciplined work ethic, and passion for the material. The exhibition will present 155 works from the
artist‘s own collection and collections around the world as well as designs made for industry and objects
that have never before been exhibited.
April 19, 2009–July 19, 2009
Contemporary Glass Among the Classics. This exhibition will feature awe-inspiring glass installations
from four contemporary artists: Katherine Gray, Stephen Knapp, Karen LaMonte, and Beth Lipman.
Focusing on each artist‘s approach to the versatile material of glass, this exhibition will present new
works inspired by the Chrysler‘s collection. Gray, LaMonte, and Lipman‘s works will be featured
throughout various galleries alongside objects from the Museum‘s collection. In addition, there will be a
dazzling light installation on the exterior of the building created by Knapp.
April 26-July 19, 2009
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11/16 – 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk
11/19 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Gallery Talk; 6:15-8:45 p.m. The Art of Jazz
11/22 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. American Essays: Writing in Response to Norman Rockwell; 2-3 p.m.
Gallery Talk
11/23 – 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk
11/26 – 6:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m. The Art of Jazz
11/29 – 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk
11/30 - 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk


What to do on a wintry Wednesday evening? Come in and enjoy the Chrysler‘s popular jazz series, The
Art of Jazz. Featuring a stellar line-up of regional jazz performers every Wednesday night from 6:15 to
8:45 p.m. in the Museum‘s Huber Court, this is the place to relax and mingle. Wine and refreshments are
available for purchase, the entire Museum stays open until 9 p.m. and admission is pay-as-you-wish all
day every Wednesday.

Sponsored by Farm Fresh, The Fine Art of Wine—an informal tasting—takes place the first Wednesday
of each month during The Art of Jazz. Members receive a $1 discount on each glass of wine and half off
wine tasting.

Friday, December 12, 7:30PM
A Tribute to Sam Cooke
The Kaufman Theatre
Chrysler Museum
245 W. Olney Road
Norfolk, VA
Call 757-729-3357 or visit for tickets

Saturday, December 13, 1:30PM
Christmas Special
The Kaufman Theatre
Chrysler Museum
245 W. Olney Road
Norfolk, VA
Call 757-729-3357 or visit for tickets


208 East Main Street, Selden Arcade, Norfolk
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This unique visual arts facility features 50 resident artists creating, displaying and selling original fine art.
Come meet the Artists and see how Art is made. d'ART offers adult and children's art classes and
workshops. Enjoy changing art exhibits in five sky lit galleries.
FREE ADMISSION Tues- Sat 10am-6pm, Sunday 1-5pm

The d'ART CENTER is a regional, private, non-profit, visual art facility featuring 40 resident visual artists
creating, displaying and selling original fine art. Our special events support the center's mission of
connecting the public with the visual arts process.

The d'ART Center is teeming with wonderful, amazing, unbridled creative energy. Why wait for an art
show, connect with the creative process year round as 41 resident artists create one-of a kind artwork in
lampwork glass, painting, photography, pottery, mixed media and more. Inspiring creativity, d'ART offers
a variety of adult and children's art classes and camps for all skill levels. World class local, regional and
national art exhibitions continually transform the d'ART Centers 5 sky-lit galleries.

Waterside Garage (entrance on Atlantic between Waterside & Main) or Main St. Garage (entrance on
Atlantic between Main & Plume); & meters on the street.
*Please present parking receipt at each class.
d’ART Center is supported in part by funds from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Business
Consortium for Arts Support and the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Fall in to your favorite Art Center and rev up your creative spirit this October! d'ART offers two Art
Exhibitions, One Great Roof Top Party and a wonderful PMC Jewelry workshop ~ something for

Nov. 22 - Dec 31 - The d'ART Center Holiday Gift Shop opens with a spectacular array of artwork for
Hampton Roads local artists. Pottery, jewelry, scarfs, ornaments and more - make unique holiday gift

Dec 15 ~ Kids Gingerbread Workshop
Betsy Rivers Kennedy, Instructor
Create your own family tradition and adorn your home with a kid created, edible gingerbread house. A
great opportunity for parents to get some alone-time for holiday shopping.
For ages 5-15 (siblings can share)
December 15, Saturday, 1-3:00PM
Tuition: $25 per gingerbread house
CALL 625-4211 and Sign Up TODAY!


Understanding Norfolk's Wetlands Workshop – Wear Your Boots. With encouragement from the
Norfolk Wetlands Board, Norfolk's Bureau of Environmental Services has developed a one-day wetlands
educational seminar. Morning sessions will provide information on the functions and values of wetlands,
the importance of wetlands in marine ecosystems and their value to society, restoration projects in the
City, the regulatory process, enforcement issues and City staff contact information.
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         In the afternoon, we'll go into the field to explore a local marsh. Staff will drag nets for fish, filter
marine sediments for critters, and we'll look at vegetated wetlands to relate classroom concepts to
Norfolk's wetland resources. Participants will have the opportunity to be actively involved in the field
activities so dress accordingly. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Ocean View Recreation Center,
9520, 20th Bay Street.
         Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided to registered participants. Contact Kevin DuBois
( or Annette Newkirk (664-4746) to register.

Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue.

Nov. 11-12              Are Good For You
                        Lynn Earle, RD, MPH

Nov. 12th               Healthy Spines
6:30-7:30               Dr. Milot

Nov. 19th               Holidays &
11-12                   Relationships
                        Virginia Mollner, MS

Dec. 3          11-12 Holiday Blues
10              6:30-7:30 Managing Stress
17              11-12 Meditation, Wellness & Equanimity

Hampton Roads Naval Museum Opens Beautiful Currier and Ives Navy Exhibit. The Hampton
Roads Naval Museum has opened a beautiful exhibit of Currier and Ives prints reflecting the history of the
Navy in the 19th century. The 23 prints are all from the museum's collection. The exhibit is located
adjacent to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on the second floor of Nauticus in the Forecastle Gallery.
It will remain on exhibit through October 31 and admission is free.

Currier and Ives traced the growth of the Navy in the 19th century, which went from an infant fleet to one
of the worlds most powerful during that time. Currier and Ives popularized the sea service and helped the
American public visualize the conflicts the Navy and its role.

Between 1835 and 1907, Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives‘ New York City print shop published
over a million prints on over 7,500 different subjects. Their motto was ―Publishers of Cheap and Popular
Pictures.‖ Through the use of modern marketing and manufacturing techniques, their prints found their
way into millions of homes across the country. Their prints have become timeless symbols of the
American values of a bygone era.

Nathaniel Currier learned new art of lithography as a young teenager in Boston and Philadelphia before
going into business for himself. He partnered with Andrew Stoddart in 1834 on Wall Street in New York
City. Stoddart quickly grew frustrated over the lack of profits and left just a year later. Currier continued
the business as a solo venture and signed his prints ―N. Currier.‖ Several of the prints in the exhibit are
from this time period.
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James Merritt Ives was a self-taught accountant, industrialist, and salesman, but not an artist. Currier
hired him in 1850 and his abilities led to the rapid growth of the company. By 1857, Currier made Ives an
equal partner and giving birth to ―Currier & Ives.‖

Ives was a relaxed, easy going person in contrast to Currier‘s more rigid and exacting personality. The
partners complemented each other, which led to the success of the company. Even after these two
founders died in the 1880s, the Currier and Ives name survived as their families continued to operate the
business. It was the new medium of photography that forced ―Currier & Ives‖ to close in 1907.
Some of the more notable prints in the Hampton Roads Naval Museum exhibit include:
―Terrific Engagement Between the ‗Monitor‘ 2 Guns, and ‗Merrimac‘ 10 Guns, in Hampton Roads,
March 9th 1862

―Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Va. Oct. 1781‖

The Sinking of the ―Cumberland‖ by the Iron Clad ‗Merrimac,‘ off Newport News Va March 8, 1862

The Victorious Attack on Fort Fisher, NC Jan. 15th 1865

The True Yankee Sailor. A Good Ship & A Stiff Breeze

Hampton Roads Naval Museum and USS Wisconsin Fall Operating Hours

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum and its principle artifact, USS Wisconsin, will resume limited
visitation hours beginning Tuesday, September 2. Hours of operation will be as follows:

Mondays: Closed

Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Owned and operated by the United States Navy, admission to both the Hampton Roads Naval Museum
and Battleship Wisconsin is free. For additional information, please visit our website at


Second Floor Galleries Now Open Free on Tuesdays. The Hermitage Museum & Gardens is pleased to
announce that the second floor galleries of the museum are now open free to the general public on
        The second floor galleries consist of the permanent exhibition space for a portion of the museum's
permanent Asian collection as well as two galleries of changing exhibit space displaying student artwork,
solo exhibits, group shows, historical and cultural exhibits, and Hermitage in-house exhibits throughout
the year.
        For more information on the Hermitage second floor galleries, contact Caitlin Smith, Public
Programs Manager, at 757-423-2052 ext. 207, or

Hermitage Hosts Second Annual Studio Artist Exhibition. The Hermitage Museum & Gardens will
hold the second annual Hermitage Studio Artist exhibition, Artistic Differences, Now – November 23.
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        The Hermitage opened the doors of the Gardener's Cottage, located adjacent to the Hermitage
Visual Arts School, in July of 2007 to the first group of participants of the program. Each year, six artists
are juried into the program based on portfolio submissions, professional commitment, and interest in
participating in the exchange of artistic ideas.
        The program invites juried artists to experience the Hermitage as the Sloane family did: inspired
by the surrounding natural beauty of the grounds and the richness of the arts community.
The six artists included in this year's exhibit Artistic Differences are Jane Cleary, Anne Iott, Patricia
Isenhour, Helena Navarro, Amanda Page Stephens and Virginia Van Horn. These artists work in a broad
range of media and their exhibited works will demonstrate that same range of artistic expression through a
variety of techniques, materials, and styles. From vibrant watercolors to coffee-stained canvases, dyed
fabrics to textured oil paints, Artistic Differences will endeavor to discuss the choices behind self
        To view featured artists' biographies, artist statements, and sample works visit

For more information on the Hermitage Studio Artist Program or the exhibit Artistic Differences, contact
Caitlin Smith, Public Programs Manager, at 757-423-2052 ext. 207, or

The Hermitage offers 45-minute guided tours, on the hour, of fifteen galleries filled with the Sloane family
world-wide art collection, furniture, and history. The Visual Arts School houses classrooms, a complete
ceramics studio, and darkroom photography facilities. Open daily 10-5, Sundays 1-5-closed
Wednesdays. Free for Museum Members, children under 6, and Active Duty military. Admission: $5 for
Adults, $2 for ages 6-18, and $3 for students. For more information on the museum and membership
offerings call 757-423-2052 or visit


Norfolk Admirals Hockey Prepares for 20th Season. The Norfolk Admirals hockey team will hit the
ice for their 20th season at Scope starting this October. The Admirals are members of the American
Hockey League and are the top farm team of the NHL‘s Tampa Bay Lightning. With new players, new
coaches and upgrades to Scope – including a new, state-of-the-art video board – the 2008-09 season is
sure to be one of the most exciting to date.
        The Admirals provide a one-of-a-kind venue for your organization to spend a fun night out or to
raise much-needed funds. Group tickets to Admirals games start at just $10 each. There are also exciting
new incentives available to group leaders. The Admirals can also help with your fundraising efforts with
the successful Bucks and Pucks program where your organization earns 20% of the total raised and enjoys
a night of hockey together. Are you looking for a cool place to celebrate a birthday? Don‘t forget the
Admirals for great birthday packages that will make your child‘s birthday one to remember.
        To find out more, contact the Admirals at 640-1212 or visit them online at
Admirals hockey is Five Star Fun!


November 22-December 31, 2008

24th Annual Grand Illumination Parade: Celebrate the Season with our nautical themed parade. It all
kicks off with the spectacular illumination of the Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth
Saturday, November 22
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7 p.m. Downtown Norfolk

26th Annual Holly Festival of Trees
Proceeds benefit CHKD
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
November 21-22

MacArthur On Ice
Outdoor Skating Rink at MacArthur Center
November 22 – January 19

The Planets
Presented by the Virginia Symphony
Chrysler Hall
November 22, 8 p.m.

The Elixir of Love
Presented by the Virginia Opera
Harrison Opera House
November 23, 2:30 p.m.

‗Tis the Season: A Holiday Planetarium Show
Children‘s Museum of Virginia
November 25-December 31
393-5258 ext. 14

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection:
Preview Weekend: November 21-23
Open November 28-December 31
Courthouse Galleries
Olde Towne Portsmouth

The Magical Music of Walt Disney
Presented by the Virginia Symphony
Chrysler Hall
November 29, 8 p.m.

A Christmas Carol
Presented by the Virginia Stage Company
Wells Theatre
December 3-23
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Handel‘s Messiah
Presented by the Virginia Symphony
Chrysler Hall
December 4, 8 p.m.

Downtown Norfolk Art Galleries
December 5, 5-8 p.m.

First Friday in Olde Towne Portsmouth
Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association
Historic High Street, Portsmouth
December 5, 5-8 p.m.

Richmond Ballet‘s The Nutcracker
Presented by the Virginia Ballet Theatre, With the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Children‘s Chorus and
Todd Rosenlieb Dance
Chrysler Hall
December 5-7

Lunch and a Story with Santa at the Children‘s Museum
Children‘s Museum of Virginia
December 6, Noon
393-5258 ext. 10

Historic Port Norfolk Holiday Tour of Homes
Port Norfolk Historic District
December 7, 3-7 p.m.

Olde Town Candlelight Home Tour
December 12, 5-9 p.m.
December 13, 1-5 p.m.

11th Annual Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival
Saturday, December 13
Noon-6 p.m.
High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth

Holiday Home Tour
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Freemason Historic Area
December 7, 1-6 p.m.

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy
Presented by Broadway Across America
Chrysler Hall
December 10-14

Holidays in Virginia
Presented by the Hurrah Players
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
December 12-14

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Presented by the Hurrah Players
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
December 13, 7 p.m.

Handel‘s Messiah
Performed by the Cantana Chorus
Trinity Episcopal Church
December 13, 8 p.m.

Lancaster Memorial Concert
Monumental Methodist Church
December 14, 3 p.m.

Holiday Classics
Presented by the Virginia Symphony
Chrysler Hall
December 18, 8 p.m.

The Nutcracker
Presented by Ballet Virginia International
Harrison Opera House
December 19-21

11th Annual Olde Towne Scottish Walk
Olde Towne Historic District
December 31, 4 p.m.
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For more details about these festivities or to view a complete calendar of holiday events in Downtown
Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth, visit and click on Holidays in the City, or
call the Downtown Norfolk Council at 623-1757.


November & December 2008 Programs

Tacky the Penguin Visits Norfolk Public Library
Join us for a special story time with Tacky the Penguin, the quirky book character created by children‘s
author, Helen Lester. Tacky is an odd bird who marches to the beat of his own drum, but his friends love
him! Don‘t forget your camera! Check your local library or visit online at for dates and

Native American Indian Heritage Month @ NPL (November 2008)
Celebrate the American Indian Culture with special programs about Native American artifacts and stories.
Check with your local library for program information!

Barron F. Black Branch Library
6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806

School Age Storytimes
Thursdays @ 4:00 PM (School Age)
Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Join us for fun stories, games and activities!
Nov. 13:        American Indian Heritage
Nov. 20:        Fractured Fairy Tales
Dec. 4:         Hats
Dec. 11:        Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes

Arrows in the Wind
Monday, November 17 @ 5:00 PM (All Ages)
Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Chief Bright Sun, Swamp Rat, and Sparrow Hawk will captivate the audience with legends and stories of
nature‘s wisdom, and share their history through American Indian artifacts.

Chess Club
Every Tuesday @ 3:30 PM
(Sept. 2 – Dec. 30) except Nov. 11 (All Ages)
Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Chess takes a few minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master. All skill levels are welcome, and each session
will begin with a lesson on an aspect of the game.

Teen Advisory Board
2nd Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM
(Nov. 12 & Dec. 10) (Teens)
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Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Come make a difference @ BFB! Meet with other teenagers, suggest programming, recommend books,
share your concerns, and have fun doing it. Refreshments will be served.

Teen Movie Nights @ BFB!
3rd Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM (Nov. 19 & Dec. 17) (Teens)
Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Join us to view a movie once a month recommended by the Teen Advisory Board.

Internet Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, December 3 @ 4:00 PM
Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Can you find every item in 30 minutes?

Christmas Ornament Workshop (All Ages)
Thursday, December 18 @ 3:00 PM
Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Join us to make beautiful ornaments for your tree!

Blyden Branch Library
879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852

Color Is In!
Tuesday, November 18 @ 6:00 PM (Teens)
Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852
The fall fashion colors are in! Learn tips for accentuating your wardrobe with colorful jewelry you make
yourself. Try making a bracelet, earrings, or both. Feel free to bring your favorite munchies and drink.
Register early!

Tom Turkey
Tuesday, November 25 @ 5:00 PM (School Age)
Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852
Boy turkeys are called toms, girl turkeys are hens, and baby turkeys are called poults. What a lot of names!
Which one will you make; a poult with a bonnet or cap, a Tom with a big black hat, or a hen with a fancy
feathered hat?

Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool)
Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852
Our language rich story time has something for everyone. There are songs to sing and music to move little
bodies. Come and join the fun! Story time themes vary each month.

Homework Fun
Monday to Thursday @ 3:30 - 5:00 PM (September through December)
Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852
Students participate in enrichment programs focusing on homework. (School Age)

Teen Advisory Committee
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Tuesdays @ 5:00 PM beginning Sept. 23 (Teens)
Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852
Teens get together for group discussions about issues affecting today‘s youth, book talks and teen-related

You‘d Better Watch Out! (Preschool & School Age)
Tuesday, December 23 @ 6:00 PM
Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852
Come visit with Santa Claus live from the North Pole! He will arrive in his Red Escalade this year
because Rudolph‘s nose isn‘t working properly. Don‘t forget your Christmas list and camera!

Horace C. Downing Branch Library
555 East Liberty Street~441-1968

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM
Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968
Join us for fun stories, songs and games!
Nov. 6:         Uncle Chuck's Truck
Nov. 13:        Mama, Do You Love Me?
Nov. 20:        This is the Turkey
Dec. 4:         The Gumdrop Tree
Dec. 11:        Raggedy Anne and Andy
Dec. 18:        Clifford the Big Red Dog

Tacky the Penguin Visits HCD!
Saturday, November 8 @ 3:00 PM (Family)
Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968
Join Horace C. Downing for a special storytime with Tacky the Penguin, the quirky book character created
by children's author, Nancy Lester. Tacky is an odd bird who marches to the beat of his own drum, but his
friends love him! Don't forget your camera.

Turkey Too: Foods Native to America
Wednesday, November 19 @ 3:30 PM (School Age)
Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968
Join us for an American Indian Month Celebration. Learn about foods native to America, make crafts and

Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM
(Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19 & 26; Dec. 3 & 17) (Babies & Toddlers)
Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968
Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join
Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (ages birth - 24 months) and their caregivers.
Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, please call 441-

Santa Visits Horace C. Downing! (School Age)
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Saturday, December 13 @ 3:00 PM
Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968
Bring your camera to take pictures of your child with Santa. Create simple holiday crafts while waiting for
a turn.

Janaf Branch Library
124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM
Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660
Join us for fun stories, songs and games!
Nov. 6:         Tacky the Penguin Visits Janaf
Nov. 13:        Music – I've got music in me
Nov. 20:        Thanksgiving – Gobble Gobble
Dec. 4:         Fancy Nancy – Wear a fancy outfit
Dec. 11:        Music-toe tapping books
Dec. 18:        Christmas: stories, songs, crafts and visit from Santa!

1-2-3 Grow with Me
Wednesdays @ 10:30AM (Nov. 19 & 26; Dec. 3, 10 & 17) (Babies & Toddlers)
Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660
Each 90 minute program features free play, art activities, circle time, and great resources for parents about
childhood development. Registration is required.

Tales to Tails
Every 3rd Saturday @ 2:00 PM
(Nov. 15; Dec. 20) (School Age)
Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660
Practice your reading skills by sharing tales with book loving therapy dogs. Registration and parental
consent are required. Please call 441-5660 for more information.

Crazy Christmas Crafts (School Age)
Thursday, December 11 @ 2:00 PM
Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660
We‘ll make ornaments and crazy Christmas crafts!

Jordan-Newby Branch Library
961 Park Avenue~441-2843

Beaded Jewelry
Saturday, November 22 @ 1:00 PM (Teens)
Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Learn about the importance of bead and jewelry in the Native American culture. Create your own necklace
or bracelet. Registration is required.

Digital Television Transition Program
Saturday, November 29 @ 1:00 PM (Adults)
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Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Will you be ready when the TV stations switch from analog to digital? Will your old TV work with this
new technology? Join us for this informative program and learn what the digital TV conversion is all

Kute Kids Story Time
Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Join us Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM (Preschool)

Teen Advisory Club Library
Thursdays @ 3:00 PM (Nov. 6 & 20; Dec. 11) (Teens)
Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Teens, make your opinions count and your voices heard. Play games, listen to music and meet new

Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM
(Nov. 8 & 22) (Babies & Toddlers)
Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join
Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (ages birth-24 months) and their caregivers.
Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, please call 441-

Safety First with Safety Print (Family)
Saturday, December 6 @ 1:00 PM
Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
This Children‘s Identification Program, sponsored by the Norfolk Sherriff‘s Department, will fingerprint
and provide a photo ID for kids, aged newborn to 16.

Cookie Time! (School Age)
Saturday, December 13 @ 11:00 AM
Jordan-Newby Branch~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Decorate Holiday cookies and enjoy them with a big glass of milk, while reading some of our favorite
Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah stories.

Holiday Card Making (Teens)
Saturday, December 13 @ 1:00 PM
Jordan-Newby Branch~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
We‘ll create cards to share with our loved ones this holiday season! All materials are provided.

Family Movie Matinee – Holiday Movies! (Family)
Saturday, December 20 @ 1:00 PM
Jordan-Newby Branch~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Join us for holiday classics, tasty cider and cookies!

Lafayette Branch Library
1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842
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Share Your Thanksgiving Day Story with us! (November, 2008)
Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842
We‘re anxious to hear your special Thanksgiving Day story! Submit your story by November 24th and
we‘ll display it for other patrons to enjoy! (All Ages)

Thanksgiving Holiday Storytime
Monday, November 24 @ 2:30 PM (All Ages)
Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842
We‘ll step back in time and share special Thanksgiving stories. It‘s the last day to submit your own story.

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Sept. 4 – Dec. 18)
Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842
Join us for stories, songs, puppets and fun for your lovable, little one! (Preschool)

Lafayette Library Adult Book Club
Every 3rd Tuesday @ 10:30 AM
(Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) (Adult)
Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842
Join us for this lively book discussion. A different book will be discussed at each meeting on the third
Tuesday of the month.

Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM
(September 24 - December 17) (Babies & Toddlers)
Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842
Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join
Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants ( birth-24 months) and their caregivers. Read to
them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, please call 441-2842.

The Elf Workshop (All Ages)
Monday, December 22 @ 2:30 PM
Lafayette Branch Library ~ 441-2842
Join us at the Elf Workshop, a program of children‘s stories and holiday cheer.

Larchmont Branch Library
6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335

Larchmont Branch Book Club
Every Third Monday @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
(Nov. 17 & Dec. 15) (Adults)
Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335
Join us September to discuss Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love. Refreshments will be served.

Thursdays @ 10:30 AM
Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335
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Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join
BabyGarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (ages 1-24 months) and their caregivers. Read
to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For information, call 441-5335. (Babies &

       Rosebuds: Thursdays @ 10:30 AM
       (Nov. 6 & 20; Dec. 11)

       Morning Glories: Thursdays @ 10:30 AM
       (Nov. 13; Dec. 4 & 18)

Digital Photography Club by Linda Howie
Tuesdays @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
(Nov. 4, Dec. 2 & 16) (School Age)
Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335
Join us for this eight-part series photography workshop to create wonderful, lasting memories!

Tales to Tails
Every 4th Saturday @ 11:00 AM
(Nov. 22) (School Age)
Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335
Practice your reading skills by sharing tales with book loving therapy dogs. Registration and parental
consent are required. Please call 441-5335 for more information.

Holiday Themed Make-and-take Crafts (All Ages)
Join us @ 10:30 AM & 3:00 PM
Larchmont Branch Library ~ 441-5335
Wed. Dec. 3: Holiday cards
Wed. Dec. 10: Ornaments
Wed. Dec. 21: Gift bags

Little Creek Branch Library
7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751

Tracing Family Roots- Genealogy Workshop
Tuesday, November 18 @ 6:30 PM (Adults)
Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
Sergeant Memorial Room staff will share tips and resources for researching your family history.

Little Creek Reads Book Club
2nd Thursdays @ 12:00 PM (Nov. 13 & Dec. 11)
Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
Join us this fall for a lively book talk! (Adult)

Little Creek Urban Fiction Book Club
Join us monthly @ 6:30 PM (Nov. 25 & Dec. 16) (Adult)
Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
Join our NEW Book Club to discuss popular urban fiction titles on the Essence best seller lists.
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Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM
(Sept. 17-Dec. 17; no program Nov. 26)
Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join
Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (birth - 24 months) and their caregivers. Read
to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, call 441-1751. (Babies
& Toddlers)

Toy Collection Drive (Family)
(Toys collected through December 18, 2008)
Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
Bring holiday joy to our local children by donating new, unopened toys for Toys for Tots and the Norfolk
Foster Care Holiday Project. We‘ll collect toys until December 18th, 2008.

Cooking with Carlton (Adults)
Tuesday, December 2 @ 6:30 PM
Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
Carlton is back for more culinary tips and demonstrations! Learn new holiday recipes!

Merry Christmas: Crafting with Miss Carol (Family)
Saturday, December 6 @ 2:00 PM
Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
We‘ll make ornaments and holiday cards!

Park Place Branch Library
620 West 29th Street~664-7330

Club Kitabu
Second Saturdays @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
(Nov. 8; Dec. 13) (Adults)
Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330
If you love to read and talk about books, then Club Kitabu is for you! Join us for spirited book
discussions, author visits and signings, light refreshments and fun.

Join us Wednesdays @ 1:30 PM
(Nov. 5, 12 & 19; Dec. 3, 10 & 17) (Babies)
Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330
Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join
Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (birth - 24 months) and their caregivers. Read
to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required.

Preschool Storytime
Join us Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM
(September 10-December 17)
Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330
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Join us for fun stories, games and activities.

Kwanzaa Celebration (Family)
Thursday, December 18 @ 5:30 PM
Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330
Storyteller Eunice Jones will share stories and traditional themes of Kwanzaa.

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750

Movies @ Pretlow: Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month
Mondays @ 6:30 PM (Teens, Adults)
Join us for movies in celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month.
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Nov. 3:       Windtalkers (R)
Nov. 10:      Pow Wow Highway (R)
Nov. 17:      Hidalgo (PG)
Nov. 24:      The New World (PG-13)

Thanksgiving Craft and Storytime
Tuesday, November 18 @ 4:00 PM (Family)
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
We‘ll learn how our forefathers celebrated Thanksgiving and make a craft.

Author Mike D'Orso Visits Pretlow
Thursday, November 20 @ 7:00 PM (Family)
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Local, award-winning author Mike D'Orso will join us to discuss his latest book; Eagle Blue: A Team, a
Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska.

What is the Virginia Employment Commission?
Thursday, November 20 @ 6:00 PM (Adults)
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
The VEC will visit to provide information about workforce services, job opportunities, and the labor
market. Learn how the VEC can assist the unemployed.

Down by the Bay
Saturday, November 22 @ 11:00 AM (Teens, Adults)
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Dr. Harold Cones, consultant for the Mariner's Museum and former biology professor will talk about the
history of the Chesapeake Bay.

Let‘s Talk Turkey!
Tuesday, November 25 @ 4:00 PM (Family)
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
We‘ll present the Children's Theater of Hampton Roads' own Bucket of Monkeys in a fun, educational and
interactive experience.
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Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Sept. 17 - Dec. 17) (Babies &Toddlers)
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Come join Babygarten, an early literacy initiative designed for infants and their caregivers. Registration is
required. For more information, please call 441-1750.

Family Drive-In Matinee
Saturdays @ 2:00 PM (All Ages)
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Park the family in the library for an afternoon movie and pirate game. Bring something soft to sit on and
something to drink. We'll provide the popcorn! (Parents, please use discretion regarding the
appropriateness of the movie for your child.)
Nov. 15:       Harry Potter and the
               Prisoner of Azkaban (PG)
Dec. 15:       The Spiderwick Chronicles

Just Me and My Dad
Saturday, November 22 @ 10:30 AM
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
This interactive storytime is designed for dads and children under 6 yrs. For more information, please call
441-1750. (Preschool)

Deck the Halls (Family)
Wednesday, December 10 @ 5:00 PM
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Make a beautiful ornament and share some holiday stories and songs!

Peacemaking for Kids (School Age)
Friday, December 12 @ 4:00 PM
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Resolve conflicts with others, deal with angry feelings, and learn how to keep your cool.

Hanukkah's Here! (Family)
Wednesday, December 17 @ 4:00 PM
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
We'll learn about this Jewish tradition.

All Wrapped Up (All Ages)
Saturday, December 20 @ 2:00 PM
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750
Create a festive holiday gift bag.
Van Wyck Branch Library
1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844

Arrows in the Wind
Tuesday, November 18 @ 5:00 PM (All Ages)
Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844
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Chief Bright Sun, Swamp Rat, and Sparrow Hawk will captivate the audience with legends and stories of
nature‘s wisdom, and share their history through American Indian artifacts.

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays @ 11:00 AM
Join us for fun stories, songs and games!
Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844
Nov. 6:         Bears and More Bears: Let‘s go on a bear hunt!
Nov. 13:        Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month: Tales of Coyote and his antics.
Nov. 20:        Happy Thanksgiving! Join us for turkey tales. Gobble! Gobble!
Dec. 4:         Holiday Stories: Tis‘ the season to be jolly!
Dec. 11:        Christmas Stories: We‘ll celebrate the holiday season with stories
Dec. 18:        Happy Hanukkah: Pa Pa‘s Latkes and the Magic Dreidel.

Every Thursday @ 10:30 AM (Sept. 11 - Dec. 18)
Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844
Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join
Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (birth - 24 months) and their caregivers. Read
to them, sing to them, love them! For more information, please call 441-2844. (Babies & Toddlers)

Teen Advisory Group
Thursdays @ 3:30 PM
Meets each month (Sept. 11 – Dec. 18) (Teens)
Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844
Join us and give us your input. Make new friends while having fun, plan future events and help with
programs. For more information, call Doris Modlin Johnson @ 441-2844

Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas! (Family)
Wednesday, December 17 @ 4:00 PM
Van Wyck Branch ~ 441-2844
We'll enjoy stories and a special visit from Santa. Bring your camera!

Autumn Story Times @ NPL

Blyden Branch Library~879 E. Princess Anne Road~441-2852
Wednesdays @ 10:30AM (Preschool)

Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806
Thursdays @ 4:00 PM (School Age)

Horace C. Downing Branch~555 E. Liberty Street~441-1968
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool)

Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-2843
Thursdays @ 10:30AM (Preschool)
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Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844
Thursdays @ 11:00 AM (Preschool)

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library~111 W. Ocean View Ave~441-1750
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool)

Park Place Branch Library~620 W. 29th Street~664-7330
Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool)

Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM
Last Wednesday of the Month @ 6:30 PM

Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool)

Jordan Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843
Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM
Thursdays @ 11:30 AM

Order Your 2009 Norfolk Historical Calendar Today!
The 2009 Norfolk Historical Calendar is now available for purchase! This second annual calendar features
photographs from the Norfolk Public Library‘s Sargeant Memorial Room collection and intriguing tidbits
from Norfolk‘s past. The cost of the calendar is $10.00 and all proceeds will go to the Norfolk Public
Library Foundation‘s Sargeant Memorial Room Endowment. The calendar is available for purchase at any
Norfolk Public Library location and select local retailers. For more information on how to order, please
call City of Norfolk Historian Peggy McPhillips at (757) 664-7310, or go to


Only the Finest: General MacArthur’s Honor Guard . Comprised of men hand-picked for the
assignment, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur‘s Honor Guard was one of the most important and
visible parts of the General‘s official family during the closing months of World War II and throughout
the Occupation of Japan. The members of this elite unit were selected based on their military bearing,
intelligence and physical stature. Every combat Division of the U.S. Army in the Pacific was represented
in its ranks. They were the best of the best. They had to be – General MacArthur would accept no less than
the best for the men entrusted to provide security not only for himself and his Headquarters but for his
family as well. Only the Finest: General MacArthur’s Honor Guard examines a heretofore little-known
unit that was such a large part of General MacArthur‘s military family. Through December 2008.

Far East Air Force exhibit to open at MacArthur Memorial
Now – December 2009
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         The air war in the Pacific Theater during World War II is often overlooked and over-shadowed by
the battles which took place in the skies above Europe. The U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe had the
luxury of better planes, better support and more personnel than their counterparts in the Pacific. The saga
of the Army Air Force in the Pacific was to do the most with what they had – which at times was very
little. Far East Air Force operated out of more than 50 different islands, flew over an area larger than the
United States, and carried the war from Australia to Japan itself, all while turning men and aircraft around
for the next mission as quickly as possible.
         MacArthur’s Airmen: Far East Air Force tells the story of Far East Air Force, the airmen who
served under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur in the Southwest Pacific during World War II and
the Korean War, using many artifacts and photographs which will be displayed for the first time.
Highlights include a leather flight jacket belonging to FEAF commander, General George C. Kenney; a
50-caliber machine gun from a P-40 Warhawk; American and Japanese flight suits; and a runway light
from the large airfield on the island of Tinian.

MacArthur Memorial: The MacArthur Memorial is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed New Year‘s Day, Thanksgiving Day and
Christmas Day. Admission is free. Call 757-441-2965 or log onto for more


The 2009 Miss Norfolk Pageant will be January 3, 2009. Place to be announced. The divisions are:

Junior Miss Norfolk – ages 7-9
Miss PreTeen Norfolk 10-12
Miss Teen Norfolk 13-17 (junior in High School)
Miss Norfolk 17 to 24 years old.

The 2008 lineup: Jordan Frankos, 2008 Junior Miss Norfolk, Brittany Walters, 2008 Miss Preteen
Norfolk, Samantha Hardee, 2008 Miss Teen Norfolk and Ashley Smith, 2008 Miss Norfolk.

Check out our website at and become a contestant, sponsor or volunteer. The
Miss Norfolk Scholarship Pageant is the official preliminary to the Miss Virginia and Miss America
Organization. For more information, please contact Traci Marquis, executive director at 757-402-0861


Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Temporary Exhibits
Through December 31. Seabots: Pilots of the Deep. Nauticus‘ exciting new exhibit takes visitors behind
the scenes of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) – underwater robots which scour the oceans exploring
the mysteries of the sea! Seabots combines elements of Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss with an
innovative ―living laboratory‖ that lets you see invention in action – or take part in it yourself!

Ongoing Programs
Shark Feeding. 10:30 a.m. (Saturday only)
Watch Nauticus‘ live Nurse and Spotted Bamboo sharks eat as you learn about shark behavior and
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Shark Touch. Saturdays 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.; Sundays 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.;
Weekdays 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(Height restrictions apply.) What does a shark‘s skin feel like? Find out at Nauticus‘ Shark Petting
Lagoon, where you can touch the back of a warm-water Nurse Shark. Sharks in the Lagoon vary in length
from two to three feet.

Kiddie Tidepool & Storytime. Saturdays 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.
Learn about the animals that live in the Elizabeth River in this story-time presentation. (Ideal for children
5 & under)

NOAA Science On a Sphere Presentation. Daily.
Enjoy this exciting and interactive presentation on our newest exhibit, Science On a Sphere. Explore the
Earth‘s surface and learn about weather patterns, how hurricanes are formed, climate conditions around
the world, and much more!

Aegis. Daily.
Aegis is an ancient word for shield. It‘s also the name of the Navy‘s hi-tech protection system used by
destroyers to form a 250-mile-radius shield around a naval battle group. This specially designed command
center theater simulates a battle situation, allowing you to feel the weight of command, as you make hair-
raising, snap decisions.

Design Chamber: Battleship X. Daily.
Inside this multi-media interactive theater, match wits with America‘s best ship designers on the eve of
World War II in a race against time to create the greatest battleship ever. If you are a tactical genius, this is
the place to show it.

Battleblast. Weekends. 1 p.m.
How do explosions work? Awesome experiments investigate the science of energy, force, pressure and
combustion, as well as the technology of speed, armor and firepower associated with battleship design.

Digital High-Definition Films
Gateway to the World. (35 min.) Daily.
This digital, high-definition film celebrates the beauty and grandeur of our Seaport. Within the largest
natural harbor on earth, the Seaport of Virginia serves as a gateway to the world through maritime
operations. The film tracks the course of a single day, with choreographed motions of trains, cranes and
container ships revealing the beauty of transportation, where workers harness the power of the gargantuan
machinery towering over them. This film was produced by Nauticus in conjunction with Xenon, a film
and interactive production company.

The Living Sea. (45 min.) Daily.
This film celebrates the world ocean - its beauty, diversity and importance to all life on Earth. Swim with
thousands of golden jellyfish and witness the bizarre spawning behavior of giant clams. Surf in Hawaii,
deep-sea dive in Palau and test your courage with the Coast Guard in some of the world's roughest seas!

Volunteer Opportunities--Exciting times on the Nauticus campus! What a delightfully busy summer it
has been at Nauticus and we could not have survived without our fantastic volunteers. The school year has
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begun and with our younger volunteers departing to continue their education, we are now seeking adult
volunteers to assist us using their subject matter expertise.
        There are many opportunities for volunteers to choose from. This year at the Half Moone Cruise
and Celebration Center, we will welcome the largest number of cruise passengers ever to the city of
Norfolk. If you have interesting facts to share about Norfolk and like to interact with people, you could
provide a valuable service by greeting cruise visitors. Nauticus also welcomes many schools groups
throughout the year for special tours, educational programs and fun activities. If you have the ability to
interact positively with young people, we‘re always looking for people who love to watch children learn
and grow.
        Special events are another area where Nauticus needs volunteers; as individuals and groups, either
on a regular basis or for one time special events. There are many ways for you to become involved and we
are always pleased to have you.
        For more information on how to become a part of this fun and exciting time at Nauticus, please
call Juli Manchester or Melissa Swanson at 757-664-1043 or visit our website



Norfolk Neighborhood University Fall 2008 Schedule

The City of Norfolk‘s Department of Neighborhood Preservation, Bureau of Community Outreach
announces Neighborhood University‘s (NU) Fall 2008 Courses. NU offers community leadership and
capacity building training. The curriculum provides a continuum of training that is designed to enhance
the community‘s leadership capacity through knowledge and skill building, networking and community
stewardship showcase, in a quality learning environment.

All Neighborhood University Courses are FREE and open to the public. Residents of Norfolk and civic
league members receive registration priority.

Fall courses will include:

Getting the Grant—Advanced
November 22, 2008
9 am – 12 pm
Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 East Little Creek Road

Know Your Norfolk: Services, Programs, and Functions of City Government

Common Code Violations
December 6, 2008
9 am – 11 am
Campostella Heights Resource Center,
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Help create and maintain safe and healthy communities by increasing environmental code awareness and
enforcement in your neighborhood! In this course, Code Inspectors from the City of Norfolk provide
practical tools for recognizing and resolving community issues related to environmental codes.

Registration is required and can be done online at: or by calling 757-823-4210.

In addition to NU courses, the Bureau of Community Outreach will host a Fix-it Trade Show on
September 13, hold a TAG-OUT volunteer training on October 1, and is making plans to host 3 home
rehabilitation workshops.

The Bureau of Community Outreach provides support to Norfolk‘s community through an extensive and
diverse network of outreach programs and services and strives to enhance its service delivery to better
match it with the needs and assets of our growing community.


Programs for Families and Children
Sukkot: The Feast of Ingathering
Sunday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. at the Moses Myers House
Learn more about Norfolk‘s Jewish heritage as the Moses Myers House, home of Norfolk‘s first Jewish
residents, highlights the festival of Sukkot, which commemorates the protection given the Israelites during
their exodus in the wilderness and celebrates the gathering of the harvest. Help build and decorate a
traditional sukkah!

Crossroads: Transportation in Norfolk at the Norfolk History Museum
This exhibit at the Norfolk History Museum traces the transformation of transportation in Norfolk, from
the horse drawn carriage to light rail. Explore how Norfolk‘s citizens have gotten around town by land,
sea, and air, from early settlement to the present day.

Moses Myers Maritime Merchant at the Moses Myers House (opens October 10, 2008)
During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, shipping merchants stood at the center of a network of
international trade. One of the most respected and widely known international shipping merchants of his
day, Moses Myers is an outstanding example of how private and public interest frequently overlapped in
the world of maritime commerce. During his career as private businessman, foreign consul, and collector
of customs he was involved in virtually every aspect of international trade. Our new installation will
explore the business of maritime commerce through Moses Myers and link history with modern day
commerce and the growth of Norfolk as an important shipping port.

Weekend Programs at the Historic Houses
The Weekend Programs at the Historic Houses explore many of the themes in the Moses Myers House in
more detail. Weekend programs are scheduled weekly at 1:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
November: 22 & 23 - The Myers – A Jewish-American Family: Enter into the religious life of the
Myers family and understand the challenges faced by early American Jews. Find out how the Myers
family practiced their religion and how their beliefs found expression in their public lives.
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November: 29 & 30 - Ladies of Norfolk – The Myers Women: Spend an hour in company with the
women of the Myers household and learn about the vital roles they played at home and in society. Meet
the Myers‘ daughters - Adeline, Augusta, and Mary Georgiana and contrast their lives with that of Chary,
a 14 year old slave girl.


NPD Community Forum: Your opportunity to ask the question you always wanted answered!

Chief Bruce P. Marquis and the Norfolk Police Department invite you to attend the first NPD Community
Forum. Learn about: Codes Enforcement; Crime Prevention; Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault; Office of
Professional Standards; Gang Activity. Citizens will hear from experts and participate in Q&A sessions.

Saturday, October 25, 2008 – Norview High School
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – Bayview Recreation Center
Thursday, February 26, 2009 – Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center

Questions? Call the Community Outreach Coordinator at 664-6937.


Individuals with a disability are entitled to participate in programs offered by the Norfolk Department of
Recreation, Parks & Open Space. If you require any special accommodations call 441-1035 at least seven
days prior to the event.

Dance Magic
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Harrison Opera House
General Admission - $10.00. All tickets purchased through Ticketmaster and one hour before the show at
the Harrison Opera House Box office.
Call 757 441-5833 for more information

Ocean View Senior Center Activities

60+ Club Business Meeting 11:00a.m.
Featuring Card games, BINGO, Ballroom Dancing, Hot Meal
Line Dancing Class 11:00a.m.
Square Dancing 6:30p.m.
Square Dancing 10:30a.m.
Nutrition Program 10:00a.m
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Staff Assistance is provided each month to permit groups such as civic groups, Tidewater Appalachian
Trail Club and Mayors Task Force.

All events are located inside the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center at 7300 Newport Avenue. Norfolk
Senior Center is a not-for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults
age 50+. More information is available at 625-5857.



The Selden Gallery
208 East Plume Street, Norfolk VA 23510

        Norfolk‘s Bureau of Cultural Affairs presents ―Of Nature and Necessity‖ an exhibition of
artwork by Anna Velkoff Freeman and Brett LaGue. There is an Opening Reception Friday evening Nov.
14, 2008 from 5 PM –7PM and a Gallery Talk Friday November 21, 2008 at 6:30 PM. The exhibition
runs from Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, 2008.
        The Exhibition is a thoughtful juxtaposition of LaGue‘s two dimensional work with Freeman‘s
three dimensional work and installation. Both artists navigate the troubled waters of the delicate balance
between man and nature.
        Brett LaGue, an honors graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, has
been exhibited in national and regional juried exhibitions Since 1985, including the 2008 20” x 20” x
20”: A National Compact Competition at Louisiana State University. ―Whether by observing the power of
a flooded stream as it rolls across its banks into surrounding fields, or noting that fewer toads make their
home in his neighborhood with each passing year, Brett‘s work is based on the environment‘s influence
over man, man‘s impact on the environment, and the energy created by this never ending tug- of- war. His
drawings interpret this energy, as he experiences it, into thought provoking works on paper and canvas.‖
Anna Velkoff Freeman received her MFA from the Old Dominion/Norfolk State joint Visual Studies
program in 2006 and is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at both Old Dominion University and
Virginia Wesleyan College. Her work has been seen nationally including Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago,
Gloria Kennedy Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Indiana State University Art Gallery. The content of
Anna‘s work ―deals with our current industrialized system of food production and agriculture, and our
general disconnectedness with what we eat.‖ The imagery of her work ―explores food-borne pathogens,
monoculture, use of corn for fuel production and colony collapse disorder in honeybees, which are vital
pollinators for our food crops.‖ Anna states, ―Ceramic vessels, such as plates, bowls and cups, are an apt
vehicle for my food-related imagery. I hope to evoke humor and irony by placing the enlarged bacterial
imagery on vessel forms, which are finished with a food-safe glaze.‖


(Norfolk Senior Center Familiarity Tours)
Visit one of the greatest facilities Norfolk has to offer during Senior Center Month.
Senior Groups are invited to tour our facility to find out about the many programs and services we offer.

Call 625-5857 to schedule your group a visit to:
*Tour the facility * Sign up for Membership
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*Enjoy our lunch program
*Participate & hear about our exciting programs

Holiday Faire
Friday, November 21,         12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 22,       10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find unique gifts for the holidays! Bring your family and friends and enjoy hassle free shopping in a safe
and comfortable environment where you can find a variety of handmade crafts.

Norfolk Senior Center t/a Primeplus is a not-for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of
life for adults age 50+. More information is available at 625-5857.
All events are located within the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center at
7300 Newport Avenue.


2008-2009 Season of Italian Opera

Season subscriptions are available* by calling our toll-free subscriber hotline at 1-866-OPERA-VA (1-
866-673-7282). Subscriptions to all four operas range from $99-$351 in Norfolk.

Trovatore by Verdi - Lift up your hammers!
The wealthy Count de Luna brings his forces to bear against those of the troubadour Manrico; both men
fiercely determined to capture the love of beautiful Leonora. However, amidst the ringing clash of steel
lies a shattering hidden truth: they are brothers, separated at birth by an old gypsy obsessed with
vengeance. Verdi's sweeping tale is an action-packed romantic tragedy reeling with valiant patriotism,
passion and drama. October 3, 5, 8, 10 & 12, 2008

Tosca, by Puccini –
You Will Cause My Death!
This supremely melodic masterpiece is a tautly suspenseful thriller set in Rome during the Napoleonic
wars. Floria Tosca, a headstrong and celebrated operatic soprano, loves the handsome painter Mario
Cavaradossi, whose political activism places him in the crosshairs of the evil Baron Scarpia. As the Chief
of Police, Scarpia uses his power to set in motion a plan that will force Tosca to satisfy his carnal desires,
and rid him of Cavaradossi once and for all. Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, 4, 6 & 8, 2009

The Elixir of Love - All it took was one sip!
Toast the holidays with this hilarious concoction and delightful romp through the Italian countryside!
Donizetti's intoxicating romantic comedy follows the efforts of the hapless farmer boy Nemorino to win
the object of his desires, Adina, the prettiest belle in town. His heart aching with love unrequited, and
desperate for an advantage over her current debonair suitor, Sergeant Belcore, the young farmer buys a
powerful love potion from the traveling cure-all ―Doctor‖ Dulcamara. Nov. 14, 16, 19, 21 & 23, 2008

The Barber of Seville – Rossini
Figaro! Figaro! FIGARO!
If you enjoyed our recent operatic comedies: The Marriage of Figaro and Pirates of Penzance, you will fall
in love with The Barber of Seville. Rossini‘s spicy masterpiece is a nonstop comedy express. Its spirited
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music bounces us happily along with the outrageous mayhem dispensed by a singing barber, whose
meddling ways may yet help the handsome young Count Almaviva to marry the beautiful Rosina. Her
guardian, Dr. Bartolo, has other plans, however! To what extremes will these men take their cat and
mouse games for one woman‘s love? March 13, 15, 18, 20 & 22, 2009


Direct form South Africa, the Soweto Gospel Choir is an awe-inspiring vocal ensemble, performing in
eight different languages, in an inspirational program of tribal, traditional and popular African and
Western gospel. Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a cappella and charismatic performances combine to
uplift the soul and express South Africa's great hopes of the future.

Fri. Nov 21, 8:00 PM
Attucks Theatre,Norfolk
$25.00, Students $12.00
Call 757-671-8100 or visit for tickets.


2008-2009 Season at Chrysler Hall

November 29; 8 p.m.; The Magical Music of Walt Disney-Hear the music that has enchanted
generations—including ―Beauty and the Beast,‖ ―The Lion King,‖ and ―The Little Mermaid,‖—live in
concert—complete with multi-media presentation!

January 24, 2009; 8 p.m.; A Tribute to Motown- Celebrate the magic of Motown as Spectrum blends
the harmonies of The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations for hit after chart-busting hit!

February 7, 2009; 8 p.m.; Lerner and Loewe‘s Camelot- The Broadway smash musical—in concert!
Be charmed again by the legend of King Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot as they were brought to life in
music and song by Lerner and Loewe ―in that one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.‖

March 13, 2009; 8 p.m.; Cherish the Ladies- Irish eyes will be smilin‘ as Cherish the Ladies celebrate
the wearin‘ o‘ the green, performing all of your Irish favorites! A spectacular display of virtuosi
instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step-dancing—combining all the facets of Irish
Traditional Culture!


Nauticus, The National Maritime Center has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available for adults
and teenagers (over age 14). Whether you‘re showing a child how to touch a sea star, helping guests find
the perfect souvenir, or providing support to our office staff, you will be an invaluable part of our crew!
Volunteer positions are currently available in Administration, Cruise Support, Education, the Banana Pier
Gift Shop, and Visitor Services. Benefits include free parking, discounts, special programs, and more. Join
our crew! For further information and an application, please contact Melissa Swanson, Volunteer
Coordinator, at (757) 664-1043 or
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Family Friendly Fun (fun for the whole family)
Sunday, November 2 10am - 2pm
Creepy candy stations (Don‘t forget your trick-or-treat bags!)
$1 Haunted Hayride* $3 ZooBoo Choo Choo
Animal pumpkin smashing Costume Contest & More
Adults $7, Children (2-11) $5
Seniors (62 and over) $6
Virginia Zoo Members: Free

For more information, call 441-2374 ext. 242/223

Would you like to host a private party?
Looking for a unique setting to host your next function? Visit Available Facilities or call 757-441-2374
ext. 223 for more information

Do you want to volunteer? The Virginia Zoo Can Help! The Virginia Zoo is offering a Docent
Training Program for those volunteers interested in educating the public about our mission. Because of
their high visibility, Zoo docents have a special opportunity to share their enthusiasm about animals and
the Zoo. The Docent Training Program provides a basic preparation for this work through an educational
program followed by an animal handling course and mentorship with experienced docents.
Docent training began in January. For more information about this hands on experience or to reserve your
spot in the Virginia Zoo‘s docent training class, please call Pat Clark at 441-2374 ext. 225 or send her an
email to

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