Volume 57 | April 2023

Connecting you to our urban, waterfront community.

Norfolk Stands Up for Children

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the City of Norfolk invites the community to join in a show of support for the work being done to protect children and families everywhere.

On Tuesday, April 4, join our Department of Human Services (DHS) staff and community partners for the Child Abuse Prevention Walk and Pinwheel Garden Planting. The Walk begins at noon at 741 Monticello Avenue and ends at City Hall (810 Union Street), where Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander will deliver remarks.

Blue and silver “Pinwheels for Prevention” will be planted as a reminder of Norfolk’s commitment to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

Just like plants need good soil to grow, children need a nurturing environment to thrive mentally and physically. DHS offers a host of family support services to help keep children safe in our community.

Learn to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. For more information, visit Families Forward. To report suspected child abuse, call the Norfolk Child Abuse Hotline at (757) 664-6022 or (800) 552-7096. 

Meet the BCU

Helping businesses throughout Norfolk - that's the goal of the Business Compliance Unit (BCU).

The team's efforts have led many businesses to get their proper approvals, including business licenses, short-term rental registrations and conditional use permits.

Find out more.

It's EGGs-treme!

This one-of-a-kind egg hunt is back for a second year!

The Eggs-treme Egg Drop returns April 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Tarrallton Park.

Find eggs after they drop by helicopter. Enjoy games, prizes, raffles, music and more!

Register today!

Inspiring Students

SVT Robotics knows it takes a lot to build a startup and wanted to share their story to inspire students from Southside STEM Academy.

Together, Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk Police Department and local business SVT Robotics are showing Norfolk's future inventors and entrepreneurs the power of persistence.

A New Name for Tidewater Gardens

“Kindred” – a symbol of family bonds, shared experiences and civic pride – is the new name of the former Tidewater Gardens public-housing community. The new name was chosen by residents, community leaders and other stakeholders. The selection of Kindred marks an important next step in the redevelopment of the St. Paul’s Tidewater Gardens neighborhood, which is on schedule to be completed by 2025. Read more.

Great American Cleanup

Through May 31


Easter Egg Hunts with Norfolk Public Library

Friday, April 7

11:30 a.m. at Barron F. Black Branch

1 p.m. at Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library

Norfolk State of the City

Friday, April 14, noon - 2 p.m.

The Main

Special Waste Collection Event

Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. - noon

Norview High School

Who's Taking Home Bragging Rights?

This year’s battle on ice between Team Fire and Team Police returns April 1 at Scope! Team Fire took home the trophy last year in a thrilling overtime game, so expect a great rematch.

The event benefits the Hero Kids Foundation.

Get tickets.

Meatless Mondays Return!

Did you know that eating a plant-rich diet and reducing food waste are effective ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions? Our Environmental Sustainability team and Keep Norfolk Beautiful have teamed up to bring back the "Meatless Mondays" in April to celebrate Earth Month.

Each Monday in April, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at a different location each week, you’ll be able to find food trucks offering vegan and vegetarian lunch options.

Environmental Sustainability and Keep Norfolk Beautiful will be at each Meatless Monday location to share fun, sustainable tips and giveaways to celebrate Earth Month at work, home and around town.

April 3: Lafayette Park, 3500 Granby St

April 10: Storm Water Management, 2233 McCann Ave

April 17: City Hall, 810 Union St

April 24: Fleet Management, 1188 Lance Rd

More info.

Location Has Changed!

The electronic waste (e-waste) drop-off location has changed!


Do you have unwanted TVs, laptops, cell phones or other electronic devices? You can recycle your e-waste and help keep toxic materials out of landfills. As of April 14, Norfolk residents should take e-waste to the Norfolk SPSA Transfer Station located at 3136 Woodland Avenue. After April 14, Towing & Recovery will no longer be able to accept residential e-waste.

Learn more about e-waste, drop-off times and acceptable items.

Eviction Prevention Program

After a temporary pause, our Eviction Prevention Program will begin accepting new requests for financial assistance on April 1.

Due to the high volume of requests and limited funding, some new eligibility guidelines are in place effective March 1.

Find more information on the program, including updated guidelines, along with additional resources.

Residents facing eviction should call (757) 664-6363 to determine eligibility.

NACC Rolls Out Mobile Pet Pantry

Once a month, NACC's Waggin' Wheels will bring the mobile pet pantry to a different Norfolk Public Library anchor branch to provide free pet food, supplies, resources and engagement opportunities.

Any Norfolk resident can access the mobile pet pantry - just look for NACC's Waggin' Wheels. And don't forget to bring your library card or sign up for one while visiting the mobile pet pantry.

Find out more about the program and the schedule here.

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