Norfolk News Now - January 2013 edition


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[MUSIC] >>> WELCOME TO THE JANUARY
EDITION OF NORFOLK NEWS NOW. I'M LORI CROUCH WITH THE CITY OF
NORFOLK. THANKS FOR JOINING US.
WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO HEAD TO D.C. OR PLACES FARTHER NORTH
WITHOUT HAVING TO PLAN LONG WAITS IN TRAFFIC ALONG I-64 AND
I-95 INTO YOUR TRIP? YOU'RE IN LUCK!
THE TRIPLE N'S JOHN LINKA EXPLAINS.
[ TRAIN WHISTLE ] >> I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT
TODAY IS A HISTORIC MOMENT. >> Reporter: LAST MONTH, NORFOLK
MAYOR PAUL FRAIM HAD THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE MONTH AND
PERHAPS ALL OF 2012 IN NORFOLK WHEN AMTRAK TRAINS RETURNED TO
THE MERMAID CITY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1977.
>> I LOVE ANYTHING WITH A LARGE ENGINE AND A TRAIN IS MY
FAVORITE, ALWAYS HAS BEEN, FROM A LITTLE GIRL, YOU KNOW, JUST
BEEN MY FAVORITE. TRAVELING WITH MY DAD AND MY
MOM, YOU KNOW. >> RESIDENTS, BUSINESS PEOPLE
AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WILL BE ABLE TO BOARD AN AMTRAK
TRAIN HERE AT HARBOR PARK NEXT TO OUR SUCCESSFUL LIGHT RAIL
LINE, THE TIDE, AND TRAVEL IN SAFETY AND COMFORT AND
CONVENIENCE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO NEW YORK AND FURTHER NORTH.
>> Reporter: MAYOR FRAIM JOINED LEADERS FROM ALL LEVELS OF
GOVERNMENT AND OTHER VIPs ON THE INAUGURAL TRAIN RIDE BACK INTO
NORFOLK AS WELL AS HUNDREDS OF FOLKS WHO CAME OUT TO CELEBRATE
AMTRAK'S RETURN. THERE'S ONE NORTHBOUND DEPARTURE
EACH WEEKDAY MORNING AT 4:50 A.M. AND A SOUTHBOUND
ARRIVAL AT 8:50 P.M. SATURDAY DEPARTURES ARE AT
6:05 A.M. AND ARRIVALS AT 11:48 P.M.
SUNDAY DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS ARE 6:05 A.M. AND 8:40 P.M.
RESPECTIVELY. AND WHILE THERE RIGHT NOW IS
JUST A TEMPORARY STATION AT HARBOR PARK TO WAIT FOR THE
TRAIN, A NEW PERMANENT, 3500-SQUARE-FOOT STATION IS
CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE IN
THE FALL OF 2013. >> I LOVE IT.
I CAN'T WAIT TO GET ON TOMORROW. I JUST CAN'T, YOU KNOW.
LIKE A LITTLE KID WAITING FOR SANTA CLAUS.
>> Reporter: AMTRAK SERVICE RETURNING TO NORFOLK IS
DEFINITELY AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM SANTA CLAUS THAT
COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT TEAM WORK FROM MANY
DIFFERENT ELVES. >> I THINK THIS IS A MARVELOUS
EXAMPLE OF A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, OF THE STATE,
LOCAL, AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE
PRIVATE SECTOR, GETTING THINGS DONE, NO EGOS INVOLVED,
EVERYBODY WORKING TOGETHER, NOT WORRYING ABOUT CREDIT, JUST
TRYING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND GET THINGS ACCOMPLISHED.
>> NORFOLK SOUTHERN WORKED SWIFTLY TO APPROVE THE LINE FROM
HARBOR PARK TO PETERSBURG. CSX WORKED QUICKLY TO SUPPORT
THE CONNECTION. WORK WAS COMPLETED IN RECORD
TIME AND MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR SERVICE TO BEGIN TEN MONTHS
EARLIER THAN INITIALLY PROJECTED.
>> Reporter: BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, LEADERS OF THE
MERMAID CITY EMBRACE THE PROJECT, MAKING PASSENGER RAIL'S
RETURN TO NORFOLK AS SMOOTH AS, WELL, A RIDE IN ONE OF THESE
SEATS. >> WE DON'T GIVE NORFOLK ENOUGH
CREDIT. EVERY TIME WE CALLED AND SAID
THIS IS WHAT WE NEED, THEY SAID HOW FAST, AND THEY DID IT AND
LOOK HOW QUICKLY IT CAME TOGETHER.
>> Reporter: AMTRAK ARRIVED TEN MONTHS EARLY INTO NORFOLK AND
LOOKS LIKE IT'S HERE TO STAY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AMTRAK
IN NORFOLK OR TO BUY TICKETS TO RIDE, JUST CALL 1-800-USA-RAIL
OR LOG ON TO AMTRAKVIRGINIA.COM. FOR NORFOLK NEWS NOW, I'M JOHN
LINKA. >>> TWO CITY DEPARTMENTS HAVE
RECEIVED HIGH HONORS FOR WORK RELATED TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2011
AND 2012 BUDGETS. THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS
ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA STARTED AN AWARDS
PROGRAM NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO
GO BEYOND MINIMUM REPORTING STANDARDS AND STRIVE FOR
TRANSPARENCY. THE ASSOCIATION PRESENTED
NORFOLK'S OFFICE OF BUDGET AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT WITH THE
DISTINGUISHED BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD FOR THE
FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET. THE BUDGET IS JUDGED BY A PEER
REVIEW PANEL AND IS EVALUATED AS A POLICY DOCUMENT, AN OPERATIONS
GUIDE, A FINANCIAL PLAN, AND A COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE.
THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT WAS AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF
ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR THE
COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT RELATED TO THE FISCAL
YEAR THAT ENDED ON JUNE 30, 2011.
THAT AWARD IS THE HIGHEST HONOR IN THE AREA OF GOVERNMENTAL
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL REPORTING.
>>> PRELIMINARY CONSTRUCTION WORK BEGAN THIS MONTH ON THE
ELIZABETH RIVER TUNNEL PROJECT. EARLY WORK INCLUDES IMPROVEMENT
TO SEVERAL CITY STREETS AND A REROUTE OF THE ELIZABETH RIVER
TRAIL. THE EXISTING SECTION BETWEEN
WARRINGTON AVENUE AND PLUM PARK CLOSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS
MONTH AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THE PROJECT WRAPS UP IN
THE FALL OF 2016. WHEN THE TRAIL REOPENS, A
PORTION WILL BE WIDER, FROM 11 TO 14 FEET, AND A 14-FOOT BRIDGE
WILL REPLACE THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING.
TO VIEW A DETAILED MAP OF THE REROUTE THAT WILL BE IN PLACE
UNTIL 2016, VISIT WWW.DRIVEERT.COM.
THE ELIZABETH RIVER PROJECT IS A $2.1 BILLION PUBLIC/PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL BUILD A NEW TWO-LANE TUNNEL PARALLEL TO
THE EXISTING MIDTOWN TUNNEL. THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING MIDTOWN AND DOWNTOWN TUNNELS AND
EXTENDS MLK IN PORTSMOUTH FROM LONDON BOULEVARD TO I-264.
>>> IF YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THE DESIGN OF THE DOWNTOWN
NORFOLK TRANSIT CENTER, THEN DON'T MISS THE LAST MEETING
LATER THIS MONTH. THE MEETING IS THE LAST OF THREE
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS. REPRESENT TIFS FROM THE CITY'S
PUBLIC WORKS STAFF AND HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT DISCUSSED THE
CITY'S EFFORTS TO INCREASE HRT RIDERSHIP AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.
THE LATE JANUARY MEETING WILL FOCUS ON THE DESIGN OF THE NEW
NORFOLK TRANSIT CENTER AND THE MEETING WILL HAPPEN ON THE 31st
IN ROOM FOUR AT NORFOLK SCOPE AT 6:00 P.M.
CALL 664-4284 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
>>> THE CITY OF NORFOLK RECENTLY MADE THE "AMERICANS FULLY
COMMITTED" LIST AND THE 2.5% CLUB FOR THE 100,000 HOMES FOR
100,000 HOMELESS CAMPAIGN. THE CAMPAIGN AS NATIONAL
MOVEMENT OF COMMUNITIES WORKING TOGETHER TO FINE PERMANENT HOMES
FOR 100,000 OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST VULNERABLE HOMELESS
FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS BY JULY OF 2014.
THE FULLY COMMITTED LIST PUTS NORFOLK AMONG THE TOP 17 CITIES
NATIONWIDE COMMITTED TO FINDING HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS.
THE 2.5% CLUB MEANS THE CITY IS MEETING THE NATIONAL GOAL TO
HOUSE AT LEAST 2.5% OF THOSE HOMELESS IDENTIFIED AS
CHRONICALLY HOMELESS AND VULNERABLE IN THE LOCAL
COMMUNITY. THE CITY OF NORFOLK'S OFFICE TO
END HOMELESSNESS REMAINS DEDICATED TO FINDING WAYS TO
HELP PERMANENTLY END HOMELESSNESS IN THE CITY.
>>> THE CITY OF NORFOLK JOINED UP WITH RESIDENTS AND NON-PROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS TO GIVE A ONCE VACANT BUILDING A SECOND CHANCE.
NOW THAT BUILDING IS PROVIDING SECOND CHANCES TO OTHERS.
THE TRIPLE-N'S JOHN LINKA EXPLAINS.
>> Reporter: IN THE FAST A QUICK GLANCE AT THE OUTSIDE OF THIS
BUILDING AT 2715 STANHOPE AVENUE RIGHT NOT HAVE DRAWN MUCH
ATTENTION. >> FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THE
CITY OF NORFOLK, CHESTERFIELD HEIGHTS CIVIC LEAGUE AND SECTION
CHANCES HAVE BEEN COLLABORATING TO RENOVATE THE FORMER BOYS
GROUP HOME AND CONVERT IT INTO A MODERN SUSTAINABLE FACILITY.
>> Reporter: THOSE THREE ENTITIES HAVE COME TOGETHER TO
GIVE NEW PURPOSE TO WHAT IS NOW THE STANHOPE HOUSE.
>> ALL RIGHT! >> Reporter: IT WILL BE
NORFOLK'S FIRST DUAL PURPOSE COMMUNITY HOUSE.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR: >> IT'S GOING TO HOUSE AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE CIVIC LEAGUE TO COME IN AND
HAVE CIVIC LEAGUE MEETINGS, TO COME IN AND USE COMPUTERS AND
EVERYTHING THAT YOU WANTED TO HAVE IN EVERY COMMUNITY.
>> Reporter: AND ON THE SECOND FLOOR:
>> IT WILL BE THE HOME OF SECOND CHANCES.
A TRANSITIONAL HOME FOR 12 NONVIOLENT EX-OFFENDER WOMEN
HOUSED ON THE SECOND FLOOR. >> Reporter: A REALITY TEN YEARS
IN THE MAKING, GIVING THIS 7900-SQUARE-FOOT BUILDING A
SECOND CHANCE SO IT CAN GIVE A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE IN
NORFOLK WHO NEED IT. >> IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S VERY,
VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALL
COMMUNITIES THAT PEOPLE HAVE A SECOND CHANCE AND HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO GET BACK, TO GET THEIR FAMILIES BACK.
>> Reporter: FOR NORFOLK NEWS NOW, I'M JOHN LINKA.
>>> WHEN WE COME BACK: HOW THE MacARTHUR MEMORIAL
FOUNDATION HELPED LAUNCH A MUSEUM HALF A WORLD AWAY.
>>> PLUS, AN UNUSUAL REWARD FOR READING.
>>> AND 2,012 IN 2012. WE'LL LET YOU KNOW IF THE
NORFOLK ANIMAL CARE AND ADOPTION CENTER MET ITS LOFTY GOAL.
>>> IN 1977 IN JOHANNES BURG, SOUTH AFRICA, AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY
UP THE GAME OF GOLF FROM HIS FATHER.
BY THE AGE OF 9, HE WAS ALREADY OUTPLAYING HIM.
THE ODDS OF THIS AGAIN TELL LAD WINNING THE JUNIOR WORLD GOLF
CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE AGE OF 14: ONE IN 16 MILLION.
THE ODDS OF THAT SAME BOY THEN MAKING IT TO THE U.S. AND
EUROPEAN PRO GOLF TOURS: ONE IN 7 MILLION.
THE ODDS OF THE BIG EASY WINNING THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ONCE AND
THE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TWICE: ONE IN 780 MILLION.
THE ODDS OF THIS PROFESSIONAL GOLFER HAVING A CHILD DIAGNOSED
WITH AUTISM: ONE IN 150. ERNIE ELS ENCOURAGES YOU TO
LEARN THE SIGNS OF AUTISM AT AUTISM SPEAKS.ORG.
EARLY DIAGNOSIS CAN MAKE A LIFETIME OF DIFFERENCE.
>>> HEY, GUYS, THIS IS MY TEENAGE FRIEND FRED.
>> RAD! >> HEY, PAM, YOU WANT TO PAY
ATTENTION TO THE ROAD. >> RELAX, I GOT IT.
>> YOUR BAD DRIVING KILLS ME, I WILL HAUNT YOU SILLY.
I'M NOT JUST GOING TO BE GOING OVER YOUR BED, I'LL MAKE A WORSE
NOISE. >>> WELCOME BACK TO THE
TRIPLE-N. THE NAMES OF 53 PUBLIC SAFETY
OFFICERS FROM NORFOLK WILL BE AMONG THE MORE THAN 700 NAMES
ENGRAVED ON THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL IN
RICHMOND. THE MEMORIAL HONORS HEROES FROM
VARIOUS PUBLIC SAFETY REALMS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF
DUTY. THEY REPRESENT POLICE, FIRE,
RESCUE, AIRPORT AUTHORITY DEPARTMENTS, AND RAILROAD PUBLIC
SAFETY. THE NAMES OF 146 HAMPTON ROADS
MEN AND WOMEN WILL BE ENGRAVED ON THE MEMORIAL.
VIRGINIA IS ONE OF ONLY FIVE STATES THAT DOES NOT YET HAVE A
STATE-LEVEL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER MEMORIAL.
CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN IN SUMMER.
THE VIRGINIA PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION HAS RAISED NEARLY
HALF OF THEIR $2 MILLION GOAL. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE
VIRGINIA PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION ONLINE AT
WWW.VPSF.ORG. >>> YOU CAN BET JUST ABOUT EVERY
TIME YOU VISIT THE VIRGINIA ZOO, YOU'LL SEE SOMETHING NEW.
CHECK OUT WHAT'S HANGING AROUND NOW.
THE TRIPLE-N'S JOHN LINKA HAS THE STORY.
>> Reporter: THIS IS A PERFECT CASE OF ART AND ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP COMING TOGETHER TO BETTER THE VIRGINIA ZOO AND THE
ENVIRONMENT. EXHIBIT A, THE EAGLE SCOUT RAIN
GARDEN. >> IT BEGAN WITH A PROBLEM ON
GROUNDS OF RUNOFF AND MITIGATING STORM WATER RUNOFF, AND WE WERE
APPROACHED BY BOY SCOUT TROOP 24 FOR A PROJECT AND THEY CAME IN
AND WITH THE HELP OF THE NORFOLK MASTER GARDENERS, THE CLIENTS AT
EGLESTON/TANNERS CREEK GROWING CENTER, WE INSTALLED THIS
GARDEN. >> Reporter: EXHIBIT B, THESE
ORNAMENTAL DISKS HANGING ABOVE THE RAIN GARDEN, MADE OF
RECYCLED PLASTIC THANKS TO LOCAL ARTIST ANGIE VAN DIKE AND THE
NAVY. >> THIS IS SPECIAL TO ME BECAUSE
I'VE BEEN WORKING AT THE ZOO AS A VOLUNTEER FOR SEVERAL YEARS,
BUT MY HUSBAND AND I ARE BOTH NAVY AS WELL.
THIS IS KIND OF OUR LIFE, BEING NAVY AND ZOO.
>> THE DISKS BASICALLY STARTED AS A PILOT PROJECT IN THE EARLY
90s TO SAVE DECK FACE ON THE SHIP SO WE -- DECK SPACE ON THE
SHIP SO WE DIDN'T HAVE TO THROW THE THINGS OVERBOARD WHEN WE
CAME BACK TO THE PIER. THE NAVY IS ON A MISSION TO
FULFILL EXECUTIVE ORDER TO DIVERT OVER 50% OF OUR SOLID
WASTE IN THIS REGION BY 2015 AND WE'RE CURRENTLY AT 45%.
>> Reporter: EACH DISK WEIGHS AROUND TEN POUND AND IS MADE UP
OF A LOT OF MELTED PLASTIC. >> IT'S 190 16-OUNCE PLASTIC
BOTTLES, 180 20-OUNCE, 90 TWO-LITER BOTTLES COMPRISE
THOSE. >> Reporter: NOT ONLY OF THE
DISKS RECYCLED, BUT SO ARE THE IRON TRACKS THEY HANG ON.
THREE OF THE EXHIBITS OF THE COMING TOGETHER OF LOTS OF
DIFFERENT TENTACLES TO FORM A RAIN GARDEN AND STATUE, HELPING
MAKE THE ZOO LOOK BETTER AND HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT BE
BETTER. CASE CLOSED.
FOR NORFOLK NEWS NOW, I'M JOHN LINKA.
>>> THEY'RE ROUND, AND THEY ARE ON THE LAMBERT'S POINT GOLF
COURSE, BUT THESE ARE NO GOLF BALLS.
LAST MONTH, CONSTRUCTION CREWS PLACED BOULDERS RANGING IN SIZE
FROM FOUR INCHES TO SEVERAL FEET ACROSS ONTO THE SHORELINE AT THE
COURSE. THE HEAVY LIFTING WAS PART OF A
FIX FOR NEARLY 2,000 FEET OF SHORELINE EROSION THAT TOOK
PLACE IN 2011, COURTESY OF HURRICANE IRENE.
>> THIS IS A LANDFILL THAT DATES BACK TO THE '20s AND WAS
OPERATED BY THE CITY FROM 1940 TO 1980.
THERE WAS EXPOSED TRASH BAGS ALONG THIS SHORELINE THAT WAS
DISCOVERED BY AN OLD DOMINION JOURNALIST STUDENT WHEN HE WAS
OUT KAYAKING, AND SO WE IMMEDIATELY WORKED, STARTED
WORKING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL -- VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TO GET IT RESOLVED.
WHAT WE DID IMMEDIATELY WAS PUT IN SOME FABRIC OVER THE EXPOSED
TRASH AND THEN WE CAME BACK AND DESIGNED AN ARMORSTONE TO KEEP
THIS EROSION FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
>> THE HOPE IS THE FIX WILL ALSO PREVENT FUTURE EROSION.
>> IT WILL PREVENT ANY EROSION FROM OCCURRING IN THE FUTURE.
WE LOST PROBABLY FOUR FEET LAST YEAR DURING THAT STORM, AND IT
JUST PROTECTS US AS -- YOU KNOW, IT WAS A LIABILITY FOR MANY
YEARS, IT WAS JUST AN OPEN AREA THAT HAD NO USE, AND BY MAKING
IT INTO A GOLF COURSE, WE NOW HAVE AN ASSET, SO WE'RE
PROTECTING OUR ASSET AS WELL AS PREVENTING ANY KIND OF EROSION
THAT WOULD CAUSE THE TRASH TO BE EXPOSED.
>>> NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE PEN.
THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE AT THE NEW MacARTHUR MEMORIAL VISITORS
CENTER LAST MONTH AS STAFF JOINED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE
INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT TO SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.
THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT ASKED THE MacARTHUR MEMORIAL
FOUNDATION FOR HELP AS THEY PREPARED TO BUILD A MUSEUM ON
THE ISLAND OF MOROTAI. >> THE MacARTHUR FOUNDATION WILL
ASSIST THEM IN TERMS OF PROVIDING ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE
ON DESIGN OF A MUSEUM BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE THAT WE'VE HAD
WITH THE NEW VISITORS CENTER THAT WE'RE IN TODAY AS WELL AS
THE WORK THAT WE'VE DONE IN THE MacARTHUR MEMORIAL.
>> SO WHAT'S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN AN INDONESIAN MUSEUM AND
MacARTHUR MEMORIAL? DURING WORLD WAR II, MOROTAI WAS
THE SITE OF THE LARGEST U.S. AND ALLIED AIRFIELD IN THE SOUTH
PACIFIC THEATER, THE SAME THEATER WHERE GENERAL DOUGLAS
MacARTHUR LED ALLIED FORCES. ONCE COMPLETE, THE TWO MUSEUMS
WILL PROMOTE EACH OTHER, SHARE ARTIFACTS, AND SHOWCASE SPECIAL
EXHIBITS. >> HERE, VISITORS WOULD KNOW
THERE IS A MUSEUM IN INDONESIA THAT DEALS WITH GENERAL
MacARTHUR AND WORLD WAR II AND THAT THEY IN INDONESIA WOULD SAY
THERE'S A MUSEUM IN NORFOLK THAT DEALS WITH THE SAME TOPIC, AND
TOGETHER, WE BOTH HAVE THE SAME COMMON GOAL, AND THAT IS TO
PRESERVE AND PRESENT THE STORY OF ALL WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE
ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND,
INDONESIA AND OTHER ALLIED COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.
>>> STUDENTS FROM 23 PUBLIC AND TWO PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
PARTICIPATED IN A FALL READ-A-THON AND WON A CHANCE TO
VOTE ON A NEW MASCOT FOR THE NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY.
THE KIDS RACKED UP A HALF A MILLION MINUTES OF READING IN
JUST TWO WEEKS. THE KIDS REWARDED THEIR SUPER
ACHIEVEMENT BY DECIDING THE MASCOT WILL BE A SUPER HERO!
BUT IT DOESN'T END THERE. THIS WINTER, NORFOLK MIDDLE
SCHOOL STUDENTS GET IN ON THE ACTION.
THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN A READ-A-THON AND WILL EARN THE
RIGHT TO NAME THE NEW MASCOT. AND NOT TO BE OUTDONE, THERE'S A
VERY IMPORTANT ROLE FOR NORFOLK'S HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
IN ALL OF THIS. THIS SPRING, THEY WILL HAVE
THEIR OWN READ-A-THON AND GET THE CHANCE TO DESIGN THE SUPER
HERO MASCOT FOR THE NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY.
>>> 2,012 IN 2012. THAT WAS THE LOFTY GOAL FOR THE
NORFOLK ANIMAL CARE AND ADOPTION CENTER THIS PAST YEAR.
THE ORGANIZATION SET THEIR SIGHTS ON ADOPTING OUT 2,012
ANIMAL COMPANIONS IN 2012. NOT ONLY DID STAFF MEET THEIR
GOAL, THEY MET IT WITH A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO SPARE.
IN MID DECEMBER, THE 2,012th ANIMAL FOUND A FOREVER HOME WITH
A NORFOLK FAMILY. THIS YEAR THE ANIMAL CARE AND
ADOPTION CENTER SPAYED OR NEUTERED NEARLY 1500 ANIMALS.
THERE ARE ALWAYS LOTS OF GREAT ANIMAL COMPANIONS WAITING FOR
NEW HOMES AT THE CENTER. VISIT THEM AT 5585 SABRE ROAD OR
CHECK OUT THE PETS UP FOR ADOPTION ONLINE AT
WWW.NORFOLK.GOV/NACC. >>> THAT WRAPS UP THE JANUARY
EDITION OF NORFOLK NEWS NOW ON THE TRIPLE-N.
THANKS FOR WATCHING NORFOLK'S NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK FOR ALL
THINGS NORFOLK. I'M LORI CROUCH WITH THE CITY OF
NORFOLK. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR
CITY, AND CELEBRATE LIFE DAILY. CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY
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>>> HERE'S THIS HOUR'S NEWS SNAP.
I'M LORI CROUCH. AFTER A 35-YEAR HIATUS, AMTRAK
SERVICE HAS RETURNED TO NORFOLK. THERE IS ONE DEPARTURE EACH DAY
FROM HARBOR PARK TO RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON, D.C.
A TEMPORARY STATION IS IN PLACE AT HARBOR PARK WHILE A PERMANENT
3500-SQUARE-FOOT MULTI-USE TRAIN STATION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
IT'S DUE TO OPEN LATER THIS YEAR.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS, JUST CALL
1-800-USA-RAIL OR LOG ON TO WWW.AMTRAKVIRGINIA.COM.
THANKS FOR WATCHING TV-48. >>> HERE'S THIS HOUR'S NEWS
SNAP. I'M LORI CROUCH.
THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES
AND CANADA PRESENTED NORFOLK'S OFFICE OF BUDGET AND GRANTS
MANAGEMENT WITH THE DISTINGUISHED BUDGET
PRESENTATION AWARD FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET.
THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT WAS AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF
ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR THE
COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT RELATED TO THE FISCAL
YEAR THAT ENDED ON JUNE 30, 2011.
SEE YOU NEXT TIME RIGHT HERE ON THE TRIPLE-N.
>>> TIME FOR A NORFOLK NEWS SNAP.
I'M LORI CROUCH. PRELIMINARY CONSTRUCTION WORK
BEGAN THIS MONTH ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER TUNNEL PROJECT.
EARLY WORK INCLUDES IMPROVEMENT TO SEVERAL CITY STREETS AND
REROUTING THE ELIZABETH RIVER TRAIL.
THE EXISTING SECTION BETWEEN WARRINGTON AVENUE AND PLUM PARK
CLOSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS MONTH AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED
UNTIL THE PROJECT WRAPS UP IN THE FALL OF 2016.
SEE YOU NEXT HOUR ON THE TRIPLE-N.
NORFOLK'S NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK. >>> I'M LORI CROUCH.
TIME FOR A NORFOLK NEWS SNAP. IF YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THE
DESIGN OF THE NEW DOWNTOWN NORFOLK TRANSIT CENTER, YOU GET
YOUR CHANCE AT THE END OF JANUARY.
THIS MEETING IS THE LAST OF THREE SCHEDULED MEETINGS TO
DISCUSS THE PERMANENT TRANSIT CENTER.
THE JANUARY 31st MEETING WILL FOCUS ON DESIGN AND THE MEETING
STARTS AT 6:00 P.M. IN ROOM FOUR AT NORFOLK SCOPE ON THE 31st.
WE'LL SEE YOU THERE. THANKS FOR WATCHING THE
TRIPLE-N, TV-48. >>> IT'S TIME FOR A NORFOLK NEWS
SNAP. I'M LORI CROUCH.
THE CITY OF NORFOLK RECENTLY MADE TWO LARGE STRIDES IN
RECOGNITION OF THE EFFORT TO END HOMELESSNESS.
THE FULLY COMMITTED LIST PUTS NORFOLK AMONG THE TOP 17 CITIES
NATIONWIDE IN TERMS OF EFFORTS TO FIND HOUSING FOR THE
HOMELESS. THE 2.5% CLUB MEANS THE CITY IS
MEETING THE NATIONAL GOAL TO HOUSE AT LEAST 2.5% OF THOSE
HOMELESS IDENTIFIED AS CHRONICALLY HOMELESS.
THANKS FOR WATCHING THE TRIPLE-N.
>>> HERE'S THIS HOUR'S NEWS SNAP.
I'M LORI CROUCH. THE STANHOPE HOUSE RECENTLY
REOPENED IN THE CHESTERFIELD HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD.
ONCE VACANT, THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TWO-STORY BUILDING WILL NOW
WILL SERVE AS THE CHESTERFIELD HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER,
OFFERING PROGRAMS RANGING FROM AFTER-SCHOOL CARE TO SENIOR
WELLNESS. THE SECOND FLOOR WILL BE A
HOUSING INITIATIVE FOR 12 NON-VIOLENT, FEMALE
EX-OFFENDERS. THANKS FOR WATCHING NORFOLK'S
NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK, THE TRIPLE-N, TV-48.
>>> TIME FOR A NORFOLK NEWS SNAP.
I'M LORI CROUCH. THE NAMES OF 53 PUBLIC SAFETY
OFFICERS FROM NORFOLK WILL BE AMONG THE 765 NAMES ENGRAVED ON
THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL IN RICHMOND.
THE MEMORIAL HONORS HEROES FROM VARIOUS PUBLIC SAFETY REALMS WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
A TOTAL OF 146 MEN AND WOMEN FROM HAMPTON ROADS COMMUNITIES
WILL BE NAMED ON THE MEMORIAL. CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN THIS
SUMMER. THANKS FOR WATCHING NORFOLK'S
NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK. >>> HERE'S THIS HOUR'S NEWS
SNAP. I'M LORI CROUCH.
ANIMALS, ART, AND THE ENVIRONMENT MET AT THE
CROSSROADS OF THE VIRGINIA ZOO RECENTLY.
BOY SCOUTS, MASTER GARDENERS, AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS CREATED THE
EAGLE SCOUT RAIN GARDEN TO HELP MITIGATE STORM WATER RUNOFF.
THE U.S. NAVY DONATED THE 10-POUND ORNAMENTAL DISCS MADE
FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC, WHICH HANG ON RECYCLED TRACK FROM THE
ZOO TRAIN. MORE IN THE NEXT HOUR ON THE
TRIPLE-N, TV-48. >>> I'M LORI CROUCH.
TIME FOR A NEWS SNAP. IF YOU'VE NOTICED A LOT OF ROCKS
AT LAMBERT'S POINT GOLF COURSE RECENTLY, THERE'S A REASON FOR
THAT. NO, IT'S NOT SOME STRANGE NEW
CHALLENGING HOLE ON THE COURSE. HUNDREDS OF ROCKS WEIGHING UP TO
2,000 POUNDS EACH WERE RECENTLY INSTALLED ALONG THE ELIZABETH
RIVER SHORELINE TO HELP MITIGATE SHORELINE EROSION HURRICANE
IRENE LEFT BEHIND IN 2011. THANKS FOR WATCHING NORFOLK'S
NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK THE TRIPLE-N, TV-48.
>>> HERE'S THIS HOUR'S NEWS SNAP.
I'M LORI CROUCH. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE
INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT WERE AT THE MacARTHUR MEMORIAL'S NEW
VISITORS CENTER LAST MONTH TO ASK FOR HELP AS THEY PREPARE TO
BUILD A MUSEUM ON THE ISLAND OF MOROTAI.
DURING WORLD WAR II, MOROTAI WAS THE SIGHT OF THE LARGEST U.S.
AND ALLIED AIRFIELD IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER.
GENERAL MacARTHUR LEAD TROOPS IN THAT THEATER.
ONCE COMPLETE, THE TWO MUSEUMS WILL PROMOTE EACH OTHER, SHARE
ARTIFACTS, AND SHOWCASE SPECIAL EXHIBITS.
SEE YOU ON THE NEXT HOUR ON TV-48.
>>> HERE'S THIS HOUR'S NEWS SNAP.
I'M LORI CROUCH. STUDENTS FROM 23 PUBLIC AND TWO
PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED IN A READ-A-THON
THIS FALL TO CHOOSE A NEW MASCOT FOR NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARIES.
THE KIDS VOTED, AND THE NEW MASCOT IS A SUPER HERO.
THIS WINTER AND SPRING, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL
PARTICIPATE IN A READ-A-THON TO VOTE ON A DESIGN AND NAME.
MORE NEWS IN THE NEXT HOUR ON TRIPLE-N, NORFOLK'S NEIGHBORHOOD
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SNAP. I'M LORI CROUCH.
THE NORFOLK ANIMAL CARE AND ADOPTION CENTER MET THEIR 2012
GOAL OF ADOPTING OUT 2,012 ANIMALS BEFORE THE END OF THE
YEAR. THE CENTER REACHED ITS GOAL A
COUPLE OF WEEKS EARLY WHEN THE 2,012th ANIMAL WENT TO A NORFOLK
FAMILY ON DECEMBER 17th. THERE ARE ALWAYS LOTS OF GREAT
ANIMAL COMPANIONS WAITING FOR NEW HOMES AT THE CENTER.
VISIT THEM AT 5585 SABRE ROAD OR CHECK OUT THE PETS UP FOR
ADOPTION ONLINE AT WWW.NORFOLK.GOV/NACC.
MORE NEWS IN THE NEXT HOUR ON THE TRIPLE-N.