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Downtown Norfolk Council

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Downtown Norfolk is having its own “rose ceremony”. Do you have a secret crush, good friend or special someone that works in the Downtown District? You can send them a Valentine’s Day rose with a special message from you! It’s easy, just click here to fill out the form and DNC will take care of the rest. There is no cost to you, DNC just wants to spread the love Downtown this Valentine’s Day. Roses will be hand delivered to your Valentine on Tuesday, February 14 by an Ambassador. While supplies last. Must register by noon on February 8.

Downtown Snow Removal Stats 

The Downtown District had a lot of digging out to do after the snow storm in early January. Here is a snapshot of the work our Ambassador team accomplished to get Downtown up and running as quickly as possible. They cleared Granby Street, Main Street, Plume Street, Bank Street and Atlantic Street and all the curb cuts. The team put down salt, sand and ice melt and addressed any vacant properties. They worked a combined 376 hours over 4 days and went through 1,900 pounds of ice melt and delivered 55 bags of ice melt to businesses in advance of the storm. Way to go Ambassadors! 

Trees on Main Street 

The City of Norfolk’s Parks & Forestry staff are in the process of removing all the willow oaks located in the tree wells along Main Street between Saint Paul’s Boulevard and Waterside Drive. The willow oaks are too large of a species for the small sidewalk cutouts and are not performing well. The trees are being replaced with East Palatka Hollies which have a proven urban toughness in tight spaces. East Palatka Hollies are evergreen, will grow to about 30 feet tall in that area, and have a narrow (10-15 feet) pyramidal shape. Although the female trees have small red berries in the winter, they are not considered a litter problem. Since they are evergreen, they will give a more lively appearance to the Main Street corridor during the winter months.

The new holly trees (approximately 2 inches in diameter by 10 feet tall) will be installed immediately following the removal of the willow oaks. The project is scheduled to be completed by early February. 


Downtown Legends of Music Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert 


Created in 2002, the Legends of Music Walk of Fame recognizes Hampton Roads natives who have made significant contributions of national or international significance to the world of music. In honor of new inductees, Bob Zentz, Margie Day (Walker), Jack Holmes, Adolphus Hailstork, Lenis Guess and Gordon Banks, the City of Norfolk is hosting an induction ceremony and concert on February 26 at 7:00pm at the Roper Performing Arts Center. Attend the VEER Music Awards on February 8th at 7pm at the Naro Cinema and you can get free tickets to the Legends of Music Walk of Fame Ceremony and Concert while supplies last. 

Healthy Downtown – Advice from the Experts at Jim White Fitness

Matters of the Heart 

February is almost here and the month is all about the heart, especially on Valentine's Day. But what about the rest of the month? The heart is one of the strongest muscles in the body, so what are some ways to keep it beating for many years to come? Changing your diet is one way to keep the heart healthy. Adding more fish and non-red meats can decrease the risk of heart disease. Cold water fish are low in fat and are high in omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to lower a person’s risk of heart disease. Removing salt and replacing it with more complex carbohydrates has also been shown to increase heart function. These are just a few examples of how changing diet can help keep the heart healthy, but diet does not have to be done alone; exercise is another key factor in heart health. Exercise helps to increase the good cholesterol in the body, HDL cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure so the heart does not have to pump as hard. Sometimes finding the motivation to exercise alone can be difficult but group exercise is a wonderful way to get fit. Working with another group of people provides a sense of accountability, especially if you are all working towards the same goal. Group exercises also come in multiple different forms such as kickboxing, spin, and Pilates. With such a variety, group fitness classes cultivate an environment that can be more fun and more motivational than a traditional workout.


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