What’s Happening in Norfolk

Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you well and healthy.  I have enjoyed the last few days of sun and warmth after a very rainy and cold February. I am looking forward to spring in a few weeks!

The vaccine is on everyone’s mind.  Supply is limited.  The rollout has been challenging at best – and, I am being too kind with that statement. If you haven’t already pre-registered, I encourage you to do so at the state website: vaccinate.virginia.gov.  Also, I recommend you register with CVS, Walgreens or the other pharmacies that will now be administering the vaccine. The Biden Administration is supplying more doses/week to states but it will take time for supply and demand to balance.  The J&J vaccine may be available starting next week thus, there will be three vaccines available for use very soon. I am quite involved in the COVID world through my work at Sentara, through the city and through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.  In fact, I actually dream about vaccine at night!

One final note, the Norfolk Dept. of Health is responsible for the distribution and administration of the vaccine.  And, while the City of Norfolk doesn’t receive vaccine doses, the City has been an excellent partner with many organizations. The City coordinated vaccine distribution sites, developed a website, created a call center, opened rec centers to enable residents who don’t have an email or access to the internet to pre-register and more. The City is doing their part and I thank them for being proactive and willing to collaborate.

I continue to focus on pedestrian and vehicular safety.  I met with neighbors living in Lafayette Shores and Lakewood to discuss speed reducing strategies that we are going to pilot in the near future. The input from the residents was invaluable and we meet again in March to finalize the plans.  Willow Wood Drive has been a speed magnet for a long time and I think this pilot will have a significant impact.

While socially distant, many neighbors in Ghent conducted a trash pick-up this past weekend.  It was 37 and sunny and everyone enjoyed being outside. I never thought I would say 37 felt good!  I appreciated many business owners and residents thanking us as we walked the streets to pick up trash and debris.

Have a great weekend and stay well!


Trash Pick Up Ghent


Grady making sure I am on time getting to my office!

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