October has been a beautiful month this year. The weather has been incredible and it was ideal for Halloween night. We had lots of trick or treaters and not much candy leftover. Good planning on my part – except no leftovers for the Doyle house!
The Elizabeth River Trail celebrated the official opening of the glow line at Jeff Robertson Park in the West Ghent neighborhood. There are small particles that are embedded in the sidewalk. They absorb the light during the day and then glow at night in a fern-like pattern. This glow line is one of only three in the United States. If you are nearby near dusk, you should swing by and see the glow. The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation has done such an excellent job adding amenities all along the trail with more to come.
I attended many civic leagues and task force meetings in October to hear updates from the neighborhoods and to provide updates on City Council actions. I always learn so much when I attend these meetings and simply listen. These civic leagues are engaged and truly advocate for their neighborhoods with such thoughtfulness and determination. Thank you to all who attend these meetings and for those who serve in a leadership position in the civic leagues. Norfolk really calls upon that leadership to be a voice and it means a lot when considering neighborhood issues.
We held our fall Norfolk City Council retreat at the Zoo on October 7 (where I met Carson the owl in the photo below). Updates were given on the status of the Norfolk Police Department, economic forecast, downtown flood wall expansion project, St. Pauls project, and the legislative agenda for the upcoming 2023 General Assembly. Stephen Edwards, CEO, Port of Virginia, provided a state of the union on the Port and it was all good news. We have a strong Port that is competing well and has a bright future.
November 8 is election day. Please vote. I ask you to vote for me for Ward 2 – Norfolk City Council if you live in the ward. I never take for granted the privilege and responsibility to vote in a free, fair and safe election. I voted a few days ago in early voting at City Hall and it was a seamless experience.
I would like to thank all who have served our great country on Veterans Day this November. And, my best to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Courtney and Carson at the Zoo for our city council retreat
Painting the street sign post with neighbor in West Ghent
Ribbon cutting at the glow line on the Elizabeth River Trail
Grady vs. ball….. always ends up under the couch