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Welcome to the West Ghent Civic League Website


West Ghent is a vibrant, urban neighborhood defined in Article II of the WGCL BYLAWS as "that area North of the Elizabeth River, West of Hampton Blvd, and south of the railroad tracks bordering Jeff Robertson Park in the City of Norfolk, Virginia."

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1. Neighborhood Security
2. Environment (EARRN Program and Adopt-a-Spot)
3. Communication and Membership


We will be hosting a special meeting on Tuesday October 25th at St. Andrew's Church auditorium for an update on crime concerns and the Neighborhood Watch program as well as an informative presentation by Citizens Against Crime.




The West Ghent Civic League (WGCL) has adopted the ERT (between Langley Rd and Redgate Ave through Jeff Robertson Park at Claremont Ave) for quarterly clean-up, the first of which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12th, starting at 9 am.  The entire clean-up should take no more than an hour.

At least 10 volunteers are needed.  The volunteers will be divided into two (2) groups, one group starting at each end of the trail.  To make things simple, it is strongly suggested that volunteers that live between:

·      Redgate Ave and Princess Anne Rd report to the Redgate end of the trail by 9 am (where Redgate dead ends at the Norfolk Southern chain link fence near Orapax)
·      Baldwin Ave & Armistead Bridge Rd through Azalea Court report to the Jeff Robertson Park end of the trail by 9 am (near the Jeff Robertson historic plaque on Claremont Ave).

Each team will receive a safety and procedures briefing, plastic bags, nitrile gloves and tools (mechanical grabbers or brooms) before setting off.  Both teams will clean half the trail; when the teams meet at the midway point, the wooden bridge over the creek behind the Mallory Country Club, they will turn around and return to their respective starting points.  In addition to picking up litter, Keep Norfolk Beautiful (KNB) has requested we sweep pine needle accumulations off the ERT (NOTE: we don’t have to bag the pine needles, just sweep them off the trail).


Children are welcome to participate, ideally in the company of a parent or guardian.  Children between the ages of 12 and 17 may participate without a parent or guardian if they bring a signed permission form (the 2nd attachment) to the safety briefing.  Children 18 and older do not require a permission form.  NOTE: This can be used to fulfill Community Service requirements for school, Boy/Girl Scout advancements, etc.)

If you want to volunteer or have questions, please e-mail Tom Scarpelli AND Venessa August.  If you have already indicated you’ll be attending via a West Ghent Neighborhood e-mail, you do not need to do so again.

Thanks and hope to see you there!!



We will be having our annual 4th of July bike parade through West Ghent on Monday at 4:30.  Please have the kids meet at the intersection of Weyanoke & Graydon Place with as much red, white, and blue visible as possible. Popsicles & water will be available at the end (also at Graydon Place) for all thirsty finishers.



2016 - 2017 General Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held 4 times per year at the W.H. Taylor Elementary School Auditorium starting at 7pm.

21 September 2016
16 November 2016
15 February 2017
17 May 2017

May 18 2016 Meeting

Thanks to those who were able to join us and to WGCL President George Pegram for a great year.  For those who were unable to make it to the meeting, minutes will be available under the "Library" tab. 
  • Midtown Tunnel Traffic Pattern Update  (Jeff Mannix, COO Elizabeth River Crossings)
  • Neighborhood Watch Program 
Representatives from the Norfolk Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit updated us on re-establishing a Neighborhood Watch Program in West Ghent. We are currently signing up block captains. Help get this program up and running to reduce crimes in West Ghent.  Please contact us if you are interested in being involved
  • Environmental Award for Recycling in Norfolk's Neighborhoods (EARNN program)
Special thanks to Sharon Smith and Tom Scarpelli for their work on this program this year!

Guest speaker: The City Forester Michael Nentwich presented lots of great information about the importance and care of trees in our area. We will keep you updated on local events where free trees are available.  Contact 757-664-6510 if you have an issue with a city-owned tree.


Beginning Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. through Tuesday, May 25 at 11:59 p.m., traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the Hampton Boulevard Underpass on Hampton Boulevard between 21
st Street and 25th Street for critical roadway and drain repairs.   Motorists are encouraged to use Granby Street and Monticello Avenue as alternate routes.

Join us in Graydon Park on Sunday May 15 from 4-6pm.

Drinks will include water, lemonade and beverages from Smartmouth Brewery. Please bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share, the civic league will provide the tables, paper products and cups.

Please remember to bring $15 to renew your WGCL membership for 2016-2017.

Norfolk Home and Garden Tour

Part of Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Taylor Elementary Cleanup April 22 3-5pm


The Spring 2016 session begins on Thursday, April 7 and runs through June 30th.  Click to apply.  Classes are FREE and FUN !!!  Be sure to include your mailing address and/or telephone number. Complete, sign and return the application to the Norfolk Police Department Citizens Police Academy, 2500 N. Military Highway Norfolk, VA 23502. A signed consent to a criminal background check is required as part of the application process. The Norfolk Police Department reserves the right to deny any application based upon criminal history. Due to the popularity of this class, it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible to reserve your place. Application forms may also be obtained by calling Officer M.O. Sarmiento at 390-0387 or emailing him at Officer M.O. Sarmiento.



Click on the picture to see a larger version. For more information on the project please visit: Elizabeth River Tunnels

Interested in starting or becoming a member of a Neighborhood Watch?  Next Meeting: Thursday March 3 2016 at 6pm.  Click here to RSVP

West Ghent Recycling Event HUGE Success!!

Thank you West Ghent residents, volunteers, and truck drivers! Over 175 items were recycled including uncounted yards of wiring.

Special thanks to Tom Scarpelli and Sharon Smith for organizing this event.

Items of Interest 

Midtown Tunnel/Downtown Tunnel Information:  http://www.erc-info.com/

Light Rail:  Ride the Tide   


Important Information for West Ghent Residents

Animal Advocacy

Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC) is the City of Norfolk’s municipal animal control facility.

Garage/Yard/Estate Sales

To see a listing of sales throughout the Hampton Roads area click here.

note: WGCL is not affiliated in anyway with the events listed and is not responsible for the accuracy of the information which is subject to change without advanced notice.

Nearby Civic Leagues

Larchmont-EdgeWater Civic League

Ghent Neighborhood League

Port Norfolk Civic League

Downtown Norfolk Civic League

Downtown Norfolk Council

 Your Elected Officials

Click here for a current slate of national elected officials representing West Ghent residents.  Click here for Virginia state elected officials  Click here for local city elected officials. Note:  We have split districts for National and State representation within our area.  Use your full 9 digit zip code or street address when using the search tools on the websites to ensure you get the correct answer. 

 The Green Zone


 Virginia Natural Gas energySMART Program


Q: How can I properly dispose of left-over paints, thinners, chemicals, car batteries, etc.?

A: Call SPSA at 424-4297 for their Household Hazardous Waste Transfer Stations locations and hours 


 Property Assessments (and more)

Look up various information about your home including tax assessments. Click the map below:

Civic Connection

"City of Norfolk's Newsletter" 


Membership is open to any resident, property owner, or business in West Ghent. Dues are $15.00 per year / per household.  

Two ways to pay dues:

1.  Online via Paypal Secure Payment Center.  Click the "Membership" link at the top of our home page.

2.  Mail payment payable to West Ghent Civic League to this address:

West Ghent Civic League, P.O. Box 11526, Norfolk, VA 23517

**Important**  Please include name(s), address, and email address when paying by mail so we can update our membership roster.      


Taxi Cab and Carpool Services

Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc.  & NuRide  now work together to reward commuters, ride sharing, and other environmentally friendly transportation choices.  Read more here:  HRTI-NuRide

HRTI 24/7 Dispatch Ph# to call a cab:  757-853-7777


Storms and Floods

Current Hurricane Status

Hurricane Preparedness

Disaster Planning

National Flood Insurance Program

West Ghent Flood Map - CAT 2 or higher Hurricane would flood West Ghent

 Red Cross Blood Drive

Schedule of Blood Drives near our neighborhood

 Foster / Adoptive Parenting

Contact Nancy Brock with the Resource Development Team at 757-664-6079 or nancy.brock@norfolk.gov or go online to: www.norfolk.gov/humanservices/foster_care.asp


Click here for Norfolk's Geographic Information System (GIS) portal. For a simple map of the neighborhood go here.

Elizabeth River Trail Map



Community Resource Officer
Third Patrol Division - Blue Sector

Master Police Officer - Jacob Medley

Direct: 757-390-0405

Non Emergency#: 757-441-5610

Graffiti Abatement - Call 757-664-6510

Crime Information Reports :

CrimeLine-Outstanding Warrants

Crime Prevention Tips

 Emergencies: 911

The Neighborhood is the official civic league newsletter. To submit an article for the newsletter or find out about advertising in it, contact the WGCL Newsletter Coordinator.

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© 2016 West Ghent Civic League


Chris Burgess
Brian Casey
Brooke HooperBrooke Hooper
Dan Neumann
Past President
George Pegram
Past President
Rebecca Topping
Vice President

Committee Chairs

Rob Baxter
Kelly Hollowell
Parks and Preservation
Neighborhood Security