September Community-Hosted Events

September Community-Hosted Events

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) GED Preparation Re-ENTRY “Right Track”: C. Waldo Scott Center for HOPE, 3100 Wickham Ave., Newport News, is hosting a series of classes in partnership with Monet’s Adult Learning Center Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon beginning Sept. 17. Registration began Sept. 10 and is ongoing; participants can sign up at any time. Call 757-236-3613 for more information.

  • Essential Tips for Today’s Entrepreneurs: The Newport News Economic Development Authority and the Newport News Department of Development is hosting this event, hosted by the Newport News Commissioner of Revenue. Dates:

    • Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m., Piggly Wiggly Community Room, 3101 Jefferson Ave.

    • Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Inn- City Center, 980 Omni Blvd.

    • Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m., Centura College- Events Room, 616 Denbigh Blvd.

    Light refreshments will be served at each event. For more information, call 757-926-8428.

Neighborhood Leadership Series

Neighborhood Leadership Series

The Neighborhood Leadership Series (NLS) is a great starting place to gain the knowledge and skills to become a community leader. The program includes seven weekly learning sessions and ends with a graduation celebration:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Teambuilding Exercises and NLS Alumni Discussion Panel

  • Session 2: Tuesday, Oct. 30 – History of Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood

  • Session 3: Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Conflict Resolution and Consensus-Building

  • Session 4: Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Local Government 101: Ways to Get Involved and Be Heard

  • Session 5: Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Leadership and Community Organizing 101

  • Session 6: Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Community Resources and How to Start a Business or Non-Profit

  • Session 7: Tuesday, Dec. 4 – NLS Recap and Debrief

  • Session 8: Friday, Dec. 7 - Graduation Ceremony

Sessions will take place from 6—8 p.m. at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Ave. Dinner and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. Registration is free, but space is limited.

Because NLS is part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, we must give priority consideration to those who live in the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood. If you are not sure whether you live in the neighborhood boundaries (39th Street to the north, Hampton Roads harbor to the south, I-664 to the west, and Marshall Avenue and the former Chase Bag property to the east), you can check the map or call 757-926-8761.

Please register by contacting Latara Branch at branchls@nnva.gov or 757-926-8081.

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Your Input is Needed for a Broadband Study

Your Input is Needed for a Broadband Study

One of the goals in the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Transformation Plan focuses on improving Internet connectivity in the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood in order to foster resiliency and self-sufficiency.

Beginning Sept. 10, we will begin surveying community members to help us better understand broadband usage and connectivity needs. Your perspective is important, so we want to hear from you. Participation in this study is voluntary, and responses are confidential.

Because the survey is examining broadband access, we are asking everyone who has internet access at home to complete the survey online from your home computer.

If you only access the internet through mobile devices, like cell phones, you can also complete the online survey that way.

If you do not have internet access at home, you can use a public computer, such as a library computer, or you can fill out a paper version of the survey. Paper copies will be available at the Family Investment Center at Ridley Place, 600 Ridley Circle.

Survey participants will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a $250 gift card. Deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 12. Questions? Call 757-926-8761.

Artist Reception for Boys & Girls Club Muralist S. Ross Browne

Artist Reception for Boys & Girls Club Muralist S. Ross Browne

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The Department of Planning for the City of Newport News invites you to attend a reception at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to celebrate the mural created by artist S. Ross Browne at the Boys and Girls Club at 629 Hampton Avenue.

The mural is part of the Arts in Communities Early Action Activity for the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Mr. Browne was the artist chosen by residents to create the mural, which celebrates the history and culture of the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood through the arts. It is a colorful depiction of community leaders and key landmarks in the Southeast Community.

Mr. Browne has personal connections to the Boys and Girls Club of America, having attended the chapter in Mount Vernon, New York as a child. He has also taught art at the Church Hill Chapter in Richmond, Virginia. His artwork typically features portraits of African Americans and imagery that is rich in cultural and historical context. Mr. Browne stated that his goal for this mural project was to use vibrant colors to convey a message of hope to young people in the community and to remind them that “you are magnificent”.

The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) leverages public and private investments to replace distressed public housing and transform neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into neighborhoods of opportunity.  In 2016, the City and the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority were awarded a CNI Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop a Transformation Plan for the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood, a one-square mile area located in the Southeast Community.

The Transformation Plan, which is in early stages of implementation, focuses on four critical areas: people (supportive services), education, housing and neighborhood (safety, economic development, workforce development). Arts in Communities was one of the Early Action Activities in the Transformation Plan and was coordinated by the resident-led Early Action Activities Subcommittee. For more information about CNI, visit newportnewschoice.com or call 757-926-8671.

Newport News Receives $480,000 for Coworking Space

Newport News Receives $480,000 for Coworking Space

Newport News and the Economic Development Authority are excited to be awarded a $480,000 Industrial Revitalization Fund grant in support of the rehabilitation of 2506 Jefferson Avenue. On July 31, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam announced a total of $1.44 million in awards to three Virginia localities— the other awards, each totaling $480,000, went to Middlesex County and to the City of Norton. The Newport News grant will help offset project costs associated with the rehabilitation of 2506 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a complete overhaul of the interior of the building and preservation of the existing building façade.

“Strong infrastructure is key to any successful economic strategy in the Commonwealth, and with this funding we are supporting the revitalization of vacant buildings that will bring new life, new business, and new opportunities to these communities,” said Governor Northam.

2506 Jefferson Avenue, a two-story, 5,419 square-foot building, is owned by the Economic Development Authority, and is the future location of the coworking space identified as a Critical Community Improvement through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. It is included in the Transformation Plan for the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood. The coworking space will be a location where small businesses and entrepreneurs can obtain technical assistance, attend business management workshops, and receive expert advice on various topics including business planning, industry research, accounting, and capital sources.

The Industrial Revitalization Fund provides gap funding for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies, and is managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Newport News is proud to be a recipient of an Industrial Revitalization Fund grant for this impactful project at 2506 Jefferson Avenue, which supports the implementation of the Transformation Plan for the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood.

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Community Back-to-School Events

Community Back-to-School Events

As summer winds down, there are several back-to-school community events to help families prepare:

  • Back to School Supply Drive: Hosted by Ivy Baptist Church, 50 Maple Ave., July 1-Aug. 17. Supplies will be given out at their annual Community Day Block Party, Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 757-244-8165 for more information.
     
  • Good News and Back to School Community Outreach Event: Hosted by House of Refuge, Saturday, Aug. 18, begins at 10 a.m. with march from Anderson Park (16th St. and Oak Ave.) to King-Lincoln Park (600 Jefferson Ave.); event ends at 3 p.m. Call 757-827-5416 for more information.
     
  • Back to School Drive: Hosted by Gamma Chapter of Alpha Gamma Xi Sorority, Inc. and Educate Inspire Transform, Sunday, Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m., 726 16th St.
     
  • NNRHA Back to School Gala 2018 (Ridley):  Hosted by Newport News Housing & Redevelopment Authority at Ridley Recreation Center, 600 Jefferson Ave. Please know your account number to receive your book bag. Thursday, Aug. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. Items are for youth ages 5-10. Call 757-928-2620 for more information.
     
  • NNRHA Back to School Gala 2018 (Lassiter):  Hosted by Newport News Housing & Redevelopment Authority at the Boys & Girls Club located at Lassiter Court. Please know your account number to receive your book bag. Thursday, Aug. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. Items are for youth ages 5-10. Call 757-928-2620 for more information.
     
  • NNRHA Back to School Gala 2018 (Marshall Courts & Orcutt Townhomes):  Hosted by Newport News Housing & Redevelopment Authority at the Marshall Courts Recreation Center. Please know your account number to receive your book bag. Friday, Aug. 24, 3:30-5 p.m. Items are for youth ages 5-10. Call 757-928-2620 for more information.
     
  • Back to School Bash: Hosted by Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Ave., Saturday, Aug. 25, noon- 5 p .m. featuring music, entertainment, inflatables, and more. Registration is required for the 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Call 757-247-8603 for details.
     
  • Saved by the Bell Back to School Bash: Hosted by The Lighthouse Outreach Inc., Sunday, Aug. 26, 3-6 p.m. at King-Lincoln Park, 600 Jefferson Ave. Call 757-827-7787 for more information
     
  • Stuff the Bus: Hosted by Piggly Wiggly, 3101 Jefferson Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Help our students kick off the school year in the “write” direction! Show your support by helping Piggly Wiggly fill a bus with school supplies! Donations will benefit Newport News Public Schools.  Children from Eagles Nest Learning Center will be on-hand around 11 a.m. to help stuff the bus! 

Did we leave something off the list? Email the details to newportnewschoice@nnva.gov.

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CNI Community Update Meeting

CNI Community Update Meeting

Mark your calendars for the CNI Community Update Meeting, which will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Marshall Early Learning Center, 743 24th Street.

Come get an update on the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) implementation and our next steps.

On the agenda:

  • Recap of feedback from HUD
  • Discussion of next steps
  • Overview of upcoming activities

Dinner will be provided.
Questions? Contact Latara Branch at 757-926-8081 or branchls@nnva.gov

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Statement Regarding CNI Grant Application

News Release- City of Newport News

2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607 ·  www.nnva.gov  ·  city@nnva.gov

www.facebook.com/CityofNewportNews ·  www.twitter.com/CityofNN

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Media Contact:

July 6, 2018                                         Kim Lee, Manager of Media Relations

                                                            (757) 926-3685, (757) 508-2782 – cell; klee@nnva.gov

 

Statement Regarding Newport News’

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Application

 

Newport News, Va., - Newport News City Manager Cindy Rohlf and Redevelopment and Housing Authority Executive Director Karen Wilds today released the following joint statement regarding Newport News’ Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant application.

“Today we received notification from HUD that our application for $30 million in grant funds to transform the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood was not selected for funding. We are disappointed with this decision, and we intend to apply again in September for the next round of grant funds. We will soon be meeting with HUD officials for a debrief and to gain a better understanding of how we can strengthen our application.

“We are deeply thankful to everyone who worked so very hard on this application with us including our citizens in and around the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood as well as nonprofit and business partners. It is an honor to have been named a finalist for the funding out of 20 applications submitted from across the country, competing in the final round with some localities that are much larger than Newport News such as Baltimore, Tulsa and Phoenix.”

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Building Better Futures- Gang Violence Prevention Discussion

Newport News’ youth and gang violence prevention initiative, Building Better Futures, has begun to create a three-year strategic plan to strengthen prevention and intervention efforts in the city. Community members are invited to attend a discussion on Tuesday, July 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center to plan a vision to enhance the city’s efforts in preventing violence. Come and discuss:

  • How violence impacts you directly or indirectly
  • Strengths of the community
  • Possible solutions

For more information contact buildbetterfutures@nnva.gov or call 757-933-2311.

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Digital Technology Workshop - July 11

Digital Technology Workshop - July 11

Digital technology, like the internet, is key for success today. Most social
connections and practically the whole economy depend on it. Do you have it?
Can you get internet in your home? What does it mean for you, your family and
work, and the community?


As part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the City of Newport News is
studying technology for the Marshall-Ridley area. Join us and find out how fast
internet access, or broadband, can help us implement the Housing, People, and
Neighborhood strategies in the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood
Transformation Plan.

Register for one of two sessions: 

  • Session 1: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Session 2: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Call 757-926-8671 to register.

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Follow us on Social Media!

Follow us on Social Media!

You can now find NewportNewsChoice on Facebook and Instagram. Get updates about the implementation of the Transformation Plan for the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood, notices about public meetings, and information about opportunities to participate in the transformation process. Log in, stay informed, and get involved!

Neighborhood Leadership Series (Postponed)

Neighborhood Leadership Series (Postponed)

Update: The Neighborhood Leadership Series has been postponed. New dates will be announced at a later time.

 

The Neighborhood Leadership Series (NLS) is a great starting place to gain the knowledge and skills to become a community leader. The program includes seven weekly learning sessions and ends with a graduation celebration:

  • Week 1: Tuesday, July 17 – Teambuilding Exercises and NLS Alumni Discussion Panel
  • Week 2: Tuesday, July 24 – Driving Tour and history of Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood
  • Week 3: Tuesday, July 31 – Conflict Resolution and Consensus-Building
  • Week 4: Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Local Government 101: Ways to Get Involved and Be Heard
  • Week 5: Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Leadership and Community Organizing 101
  • Week 6: Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Community Resources and How to Start a Business or Non-Profit
  • Week 7: Tuesday Aug. 28 – Graduation Ceremony

Participants must live or work in the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood. Sessions will take place from 6—8 p.m. at the Ridley Recreation Center, 618 18th Street. Dinner and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. Registration is free, but space is limited. Childcare will be available for program participants. Please register by contacting Latara Branch at branchls@nnva.gov or 757-926-8081 by July 13, 2018.

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July 2018 Community-Hosted Events

July 2018 Community-Hosted Events

  • Bridging the Gap: Gethsemane Baptist Church, 5405 Roanoke Avenue, launched a new Student Summer Program starting Monday, July 2, 2018 through Friday, August 31, 2018. The program is aimed at bridging the gap for students who are too old for summer camp and too young for a summer job. This free program runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional field trips and provides breakfast and lunch in partnership with the Southeast Foodbank. For more information, contact ami.berry@gethsemanebaptist.org or pick up an application at the church.

 

 

  • Ice Cream Social - July 18, 3-6 p.m., Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue: Hosted by the Wickham Avenue Alliance. Call 757-244-9223 or 757-247-8603 for more information.