Volume 28 | November 2020
Connecting you to our urban, waterfront community.
A Truly U.P.L.I.F.T.ing Event

In an exciting drive-in awards ceremony at Harbor Park on Saturday, October 10, the Department of Neighborhood Development recognized 19 exceptional community partners for their contributions to Norfolk neighborhoods during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each award winner exemplified the principles of Unity, Public service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship, and Teamwork in their efforts to provide neighbors with resources and support. Selected individuals, businesses, and non-profits were celebrated by a medley of honks, kazoos, cowbells, and cheers from nominators and fellow awardees while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your unwavering commitment to serving and inspiring Norfolk citizens. View the full list of award recipients.
HRT Suspends Fares
Hampton Roads Transit will not collect fares on its bus, light rail, ferry and paratransit services on Election Day, November 3, as a public service to the citizens in the region. The service will run from the start of the transit day until the end. The fares are being waived to give riders every opportunity to get to the polls to vote.
A Winning Combination
The Olde Huntersville community was recognized as Virginia's Citizen Planners of the Year from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) for their collaboration with the City's Planning Department to create the Olde Huntersville Plan Book. APA recognized the plan book for its citizen involvement to better their community with the City’s help.
Attention At-Home Chefs
Did you know that 70% of the sanitary sewer blockages and overflows in the City of Norfolk are caused by the buildup of fats, oils, and grease? Norfolk encourages at-home chefs to collect and dispose of these drain-clogging substances properly. Keep your drains clog-free and healthy this holiday season and any day by practicing these methods.
Election Day
Tuesday, November 3
6AM - 7PM

Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony
Wednesday, November 11

America Recycles Day
Workforce Development Center
Saturday, November 14
9AM - Noon
Let's Hear From You!
It's been a year since we launched the MyNorfolk app/online portal and our redesigned norfolk.gov website! We want to make sure we're making it easy to find what you need, submit requests and more. Let us know how we're doing by taking these two surveys:
Providing Skills and Hope
For 11 years, the CARES T.E.A.M. has provided support, services, and a path to self-sufficiency for people returning to our community after justice system involvement.

Qualifying participants find education and training, resume and interview skills, and assistance to obtain necessary documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards and driver’s licenses. Support includes unlimited amounts of encouragement and kindness.

In October, Norfolk expanded these services to even more people, including anyone with a criminal history, recent or long past, along with adults with child support cases who are non-custodial parents, and youth and young adults who are transitioning out of foster care.

To see if you qualify, email or call Family Services Supervisor Madonna Flores at 757-664-7799.
New Operational Hours
Beginning November 2, Norfolk Public Library (NPL) will reopen three additional neighborhood branches and Recreation, Parks and Open Space (RPOS) will reopen indoor pools. Effective October 24, Slover Library will have new operating hours.

Barron F. Black, Park Place and Van Wyck branch locations will operate two days a week. The Jordan-Newby and Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branches will keep the same operating hours. The new operating hours for Slover Library are:
Sunday and Monday, Closed
Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

RPOS will reopen indoor pools at Huntersville and Southside Aquatics. Reservations are required.
November is Adoption Month
Thanks to the caring and compassionate Family Services Team at the Department of Human Services (DHS), the City of Norfolk leads the way in completed adoptions this year for the Eastern Region of Virginia.

Team Norfolk finalized the most adoptions – 30 – of the 120 children who found forever homes in the Eastern Region. That total matches the number of adoptions completed by Norfolk’s DHS last year. Statewide, 858 children found permanent adoptive families.

“Finalized adoptions mean forever families for children who would otherwise linger in foster care,” DHS Acting Director Denise Gallop wrote. “One child at a time!”
Bland Street Gets Local Artist Flavor
Local artist Mensah Bey worked with community volunteers to complete Gathering in Abundance, a street mural on Bland Street near the Five Points Intersection in the Norview neighborhood.

The 100’ long, brightly colored artwork draws inspiration from West African Adinkra symbolism. Ideas of unity, togetherness, abundance, and cooperation are used to inspire growth in community, business, and relationships. The artwork also uses pedestrian movement and dance to evoke a sense of activity and caution when entering/exiting this side street to a busy and popular intersection.

The project was supported by a grant from the Bloomberg Asphalt Art Initiative with funding awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Virginia and Norfolk Arts.
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