East Beach Buddies Book Drive

East Beach Buddies (EBB) is a group of about 60 East Beach neighbors who volunteer at Ocean View Elementary School. There are two Teams – Reading (volunteers Wednesday 10:30 – 11:30) and Math (volunteers Tuesday 10:00 – 11:30). The Reading Team works with 1st and 2nd graders who need a caring adult to provide one on one reading time. The Math Team works with students from all grade levels providing support with math skills. The programs run from October until April.

As a result of COVID, we were not able to finish last school year or start this one with the children in the school. Different times call for different ideas! Thus, our Teams have decided to undertake a book give away for ALL of the students at Ocean View Elementary. This will be set up in front of the school and the families can drive by and pick up books. We are putting bins in about 10 Ocean View and East Beach locations and asking the community to help us with this book drive. We are asking for new books appropriate for children K – 5th grade.

The students, families, and faculty of Ocean View Elementary appreciate any and all help. Thank you.

Locations and boxes include COVA (at Shore Drive and Pretty Lake Ave), The Attic and Cross Fit in the shopping center on Shore Drive), and Crystal Palate (on Pretty Lake Ave).

Message from Deputy Commissioner of Revenue

My name is Charles Stanton and I am a Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue for our wonderful city. I want to take this opportunity to provide my contact information should there be any questions about our operations or about tax requirements during this difficult time under COVID-19.

I am working from home, so there therefore calling City Hall will not work until we reopen to the public. In the interim, please use this email address and I will be very happy to reply to any questions that you may have. My cell phone number is 757-803-6575. 

Here is some basic information for your use.

The 2 car tax relief days normally held in May are cancelled. If one believes they are entitled to a tax reduction due to high mileage on the vehicle, citizens must provide a copy of their most recent state inspection report.

Other Tax Payment Clarification: 

Tax revenue is important to the City of Norfolk to be able to provide much needed services, especially in this time of economic turmoil when services are in greater demand. Timely payments will assist the City to keep these vital services operational. 

Due date of June 5, 2020 for Real Estate taxes.

Due date is June 5, 2020 for Personal Property taxes. 

Fiduciary tax filings are due by the 20th of each month.  Businesses must continue to file monthly. If you are not able to pay by the due dates no late fees will be assessed until August 2, 2020.   

The Treasure informs us that convenience fees for credit/debit cards and e-checks are waived until August 2, 2020. If you do not want to pay any penalty, interest or convenience fees, pay your taxes before August 2, 2020, no exceptions.

Please stay safe and healthy! Let me know what I can do going forward.

With warm regards,

Charles Stanton

COVID-19 Tax Relief

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 2019 VoiCeS Adult Education Course

The VoiCeS program provides in-depth presentations by leading experts on subjects related to the health of the natural environment, including geography, wildlife, wetlands, fisheries, urban and rural solutions to pollution, local restoration, citizen advocacy, and much more, including at least one on-water field trip aboard our educational vessel on a local waterway.  The program is very popular, but we only host it once a year and in a different location year-to-year.

Successful graduates will complete a 40-hour service project of their choosing within one year to receive CBF’s designation as “Chesapeake Bay Stewards.”  Space is limited.  Suggested donation (not required); $20/individual; $40/couple.  To register: www.cbf.org/voices-hr.

See flyer for more information

Survey Work in Dunes

 Please be advised that within the next two weeks consultants for the City, representatives of VIMS, VMRC and the City will be working in the dunes to identify the toe of the dune and collect some survey information. This work is part of a study to evaluate the possibility of reducing the VE flood zone in this area. This work will allow the engineers to analyze the dune and determine if a reduction may be warranted , if so, applications with FEMA will be filed requesting a letter of Map Revision, LOMR.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Scott A. Smith, PE, LS CPWP-M

Coastal Resiliency Manager

TGOV Summer Schedule

The 2019 Thank Goodness it’s Ocean View schedule of events at Ocean View Beach Park is available here.

Become a Member of the OV Crew

See attached info to become a member of the Ocean View Crew sponsorship program at Ocean View Beach Park.

Neighborhood Notes & Updates

Good Afternoon!

A couple of important announcements for you: If you planned on attending the Granby Street Bike Lane conversation, the meeting will be rescheduled to a later date.  The NBN Spring schedule has been released and we still have grant money that’s available to civic leagues! As always, please share this edition of Your Neighborhood Notes with your community and neighbors.

  • Granby Street Bike Lane Community Meeting Will Be RESCHEDULED The community meeting scheduled on February 11th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Pretlow Library to review the Granby Street Bike Lane project is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • Little Creek Business Association is Getting Off the Ground!  Interested in being a part of the NEW Little Creek Business Association? Plan to attend the first meeting that will kick off the initiative to create the association aimed at representing businesses along the Little Creek corridor. Bayview Community Pharmacy, 1846 E. Little Creek Rd.  Monday, February 11, 2019 at 8 am.   RSVP to eastlittlecreekbizkickoff.eventbrite.com See the attached postcard for more info and please share!
  • Neighbors Building Neighborhoods (NBN) Academy. Attached is our Spring 2019 NBN Academy Schedule – this year’s theme is based off Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood theme “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The first class, “Working with Different Personalities” is on February 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church (2401 Ludlow Street). Come out and participate in these FREE leadership classes for residents. For the remainder of the courses, please see the attached schedule.
  • Block-by-Block Neighborhood Pride Grant Program Applications Deadline is March 1st! Thinking of a community project and in need of some money to make it happen? Apply for a grant and get those Spring/Summer projects done! Through the provision of matching grants, civic leagues/neighborhood organizations can receive up to $2500 to undertake a neighborhood improvement project. Applicants must match funding to at least 50% of the amount granted by the city. Eligible matches may be cash, quantifiable in-kind contributions, and volunteer time. Have a smaller project that just needs a little help? The city now has a mini Block-by-Block Grant. This is a full grant that provides up to $500 to a civic league or organization to fund a project or event that meets the program guidelines and requirements. A W-9 form must also be completed.  For more information, call 757-664-6770 or neighborhoodengage@norfolk.gov.

 

Block By Block Grant Application Packet

Mini Grant Fillable form

Matching Grant Fillable form

  • Norfolk Emerging Leaders Summer Program. The Norfolk Emerging Leaders summer program is now accepting applications. This is a great opportunity for Norfolk youth to be involved in the City and have a tremendous learning and working experience over the summer. Know a teen that may benefit from the NEL program?  Make sure they apply!

ü  NEL – Executive Intern (must be a Norfolk resident and have attained at least a “junior-level” status while currently in attendance at a four-year college or university to apply; application deadline: February 15thhttps://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/norfolk/jobs/2284640/nel-executive-intern-2019

ü  NEL Lead Counselor (Norfolk residency not required; must have completed at least sophomore year in college; application deadline: February 15thhttps://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/norfolk/jobs/2292503/nel-lead-program-counselor-program-counselor-2019

ü  Norfolk Emerging Leader (Norfolk residency not required; 16-19 year old’s may apply; application deadline: March 8th)https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/norfolk/jobs/2285300/norfolk-emerging-leader-nel-2019

  • Norfolk Police Department Security Survey. The Norfolk Police Department is offering free security surveys for Norfolk residents and business owners to help protect their property and learn what steps residents and businesses can take to improve their security. Please see the attached NPD Security Survey sheets (front and back).

Also, make sure you protect your vehicles.  Although the temperatures are getting a little warmer, our Community Resource Officers stress to not keep your cars running and to always lock your doors.

  • The Attucks Theatre is Celebrating Its 100th Year.  This Friday, February 8th, there will be a free documentary screening of “The Historic Attucks Theatre:  The Apollo of the South”. See the attached flyer for more information.  Join the Attucks Theatre as they celebrate this historic achievement all year long.  Here’s a link to the events https://www.sevenvenues.com/attucks100/attucks-100-events
  • Meet the Daughter of NASA “Hidden Figure” Katherine Johnson at Nauticus.  In celebration of Black History Month, take part in “And Still I Rise” and meet the daughter of Katherine Johnson—the gifted African-American NASA mathematician and computer scientist highlighted in the movie Hidden Figures.
    Katherine Goble Moore—who will share her mother’s story—will be among the day’s speakers, along with representatives from Hampton University, Roots for A-Stem and more. All programming throughout the day will focus on African-American leaders in the history, military, and science fields.  Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Discounted Admission for Locals.  Visit Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin between January 18 and February 28, and enjoy a special, limited-time offer!
    Residents with a 757 area code pay only $7.57 (plus tax) per adult or child, less than half the price of regular admission. In addition, family memberships are only $75.70! Proof of residency is required. No other discounts apply.

 

Yours in Service,

 

Ryan “Nikki” Southall

Neighborhood Development Specialist

Department of Neighborhood Development

401 Monticello Avenue

Norfolk, VA 23510

757-823-4217 office| 757-364-4172 cell

West OV Fly-Over Update

Attached is the final design plan for updates to the 4th View / OV Avenue / Tidewater Drive fly-over replacement.  Questions can be directed to Christine Fuller, VDOT Program Manager with the City of Norfolk.  757-664-7459

West OV Fly-Over Final Design

VA Natural Gas Improvements in EOV

VA Natural Gas will be starting a pipeline upgrade project in parts of EOV in August, 2018.  For streets and areas affected see the links below.

EOV VA Natural Gas Project

VA Natural Gas Construction Process