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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."

MEMBERSHIP IS $15 per HOUSEHOLD per YEAR!
Click here to join.

MEETING DATES 2017-2018:  Meetings will be at St. Andrews Church beginning October 18.

o   September 20 – General Meeting (Minutes and Presentation in Library)
o   October 18 – Board/Committee/Work Meeting 
o   November 15 – General Meeting
o   January 17- Board/Committee/Work Meeting  
o   February 21 – General Meeting
o   March 21 – Board/Committee/Work Meeting
o   April 18 – General Meeting 





 




 



Happy Thanksgiving!

 
City of Norfolk Offices to Close in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

The City of Norfolk’s government offices, including City Hall, libraries, and recreation centers including indoor pools will be closed
on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
NORFOLK, VA – The City of Norfolk’s government offices, including City Hall, libraries, and recreation centers including indoor pools will be closed on
Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Commissioner of the Revenue and City Treasurer’s Office, Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court will close at 12:00 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2017 and will remain closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017. All recreation centers and libraries including Slover Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 and reopen for normal business hours starting Saturday, November 25, 2017. 

Garbage, recycling, and the household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste facility services scheduled for Thursday, November 23 have been rescheduled for Saturday, November 25, 2017. 

Requests for bulk waste collection must be made before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by calling the Norfolk Cares IMPACT Center at (757) 664-6510, or by filling out a request online http://www.norfolk.gov/requesttracker.aspx.
 
Norfolk Residents can drop-off unwanted E-waste 24-hours a day and seven days a week at the Division of Towing and Recovery located at 1188-A Lance Road
 
Thanksgiving Trash & Turkey Tips
Thursday trash & recycling collection is rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25th

Schedule your bulk waste pickup no later than 3pm Wednesday, Nov. 22nd

Avoid a holiday headache…don’t dump grease down the drain!

Over time, grease can clog your pipes causing sewer to back-up in the street, your yard or home.
Give the plumber a day off.  Follow these turkey frying tips to properly dispose of oil & grease



CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





FREE EVENT WITH 2017-2018 MEMBERSHIP!  
COMPLETE BOTH STEPS BELOW TO RSVP BY JUNE 5!

STEP 1: CLICK HERE TO RSVP 
STEP 2: CLICK HERE TO JOIN OR RENEW

(PAYMENTS AFTER MAY 12 2017 WILL GO TOWARD 2017-2018 YEAR)

     

-Front row seats for Harborfest Fireworks in West Ghent
-Live Music by Second GLance
-BBQ Dinner, Beer, and Non-Alcoholic Drinks

PLEASE BRING A SIDE DISH OR DESSERT TO SHARE

Please email wgclpresident@gmail.com with any questions.  See you there!


ELIZABETH RIVER TRAIL ADOPT A SPOT CLEANUP                           SATURDAY May 13 9-10AM


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).

Please NO SANDALS.

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!!
 

Join us on NextDoor Neighbor!



11/14/2016   THANKS FOR ATTENDING.  MINUTES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE LIBRARY




VOTE: We will take a vote on a 2 month trial of hiring a private security company using funds from our current budget. Following this trial period, at the February meeting we will present a motion to increase annual dues in July 2017 to continue to support this service. More details regarding the services provided and dues increase will be discussed at the meeting.

SPEAKERS: 
Joshua Wade, Director of Community Awareness J & A Racing 
Topic: Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon preparation and West Ghent Water Stop 

Stephen Leaman, 2nd Vice Chair of the Norfolk Environmental Commission
Topic: E.A.R.N.N (Environmental Rewards for Recycling in Norfolk Neighborhoods) 

Hope to see you at the meeting. Bring a friend! Printable invitations to share with your neighbors will also be available on the website. If you cannot attend, the minutes will be available on the website in the library or contact a board member to request a written copy.

For more information about private security services click HERE.
 

Thanks to all who joined us for the Oyster Roast and Adopt a Spot Cleanup on the Elizabeth River Trail this weekend. Special thanks to MHI for sponsoring!! 


10/18/2016

 

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.

 




09/07/2016

ELIZABETH RIVER TRAIL ADOPT A SPOT CLEANUP                           SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12 9-10AM


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).

Please NO SANDALS.

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!!


07/01/2016

ANNUAL 4th of JULY BIKE PARADE !!!

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.


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!




N5/22/2016

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



Events: 
Taylor Elementary Cleanup April 22 3-5pm
http://www.norfolkgardentour.org/2016tour/

Tickets:
http://www.norfolkgardentour.org/tickets/
http://bicyclegardentour.com/tour/norfolk-garden-tour/







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.

 

MIDTOWN TUNNEL PROJECT 2/18/2016

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

 


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

SPSA

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" 


Join WGCL

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


MAPS

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 - Samantha Perez

Direct: 757-347-0449

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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Officers

Chris Burgess
Treasurer
Brian Casey
Secretary
Brooke HooperBrooke Hooper
President
George Pegram
Past President
Rebecca Topping
Vice President
 

Committee Chairs

Rob Baxter
Traffic
Kelly Hollowell
Membership
VenessaAugust
Parks and Preservation
RobBaxter
Social
JimFarrell
Neighborhood Security
NoelFernandez
Newsletter