Constitution Water and Sewer Rehab Newsletter

The City of Portsmouth Department of Public Utilities will soon begin replacement of the existing water and sanitary sewer mains along a portion of Constitution Avenue from approximately North Street to Ann Street.  In general, this work will be confined to excavation of the roadway for installation of the pipes, manholes, and various connections.  Upon completion of the utility work, this portion of Constitution Avenue will be repaved.

The project was awarded to Gaston Brothers with an anticipated mobilization at the beginning of May.  The total construction time for this project is two months.  Unfortunately, construction of this magnitude can be disruptive.  However, the City and Gaston Brothers will work very hard to minimize disruptions.  Construction activity will be limited to Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.  However, there will be a maximum of three scheduled water service interruptions as the contractor replaces the water lines.  This work will occur between the hours of midnight and 6 am and you will be notified in advance.

Click the link below to see the attached PDF for information on entrance and exit plans for Shea Terrace traffic.

YARD SALE – May 3rd

Shea Terrace Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale

Just in time for spring cleaning, the Shea Terrace Annual Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday May 3rd from 9AM to 1PM.  Participating homes are requested to donate $5.00 to the civic league to off set the cost of advertising in the Virginian Pilot.  In return, paid participants will have their homes placed on a map that will be handed out at the Constitution Ave. entrance. This will direct traffic your way.

Payment must be made by 5PM May 1st to be placed on the map. This will give us time to create the map with the participating homes on it and get several hundred duplicated.  We have handed out over 200 in the past.

We are also seeking volunteers to hand out maps for a period of one to four hours between 9AM and 1PM.  To arrange for yard sale participant map placement payment, schedule volunteer map hand out time, or answer yard sale questions please call:

Nancy Lamartin at 393-2293 or Pat Pfeiffer at 478-7165.  Please leave a message if we are not in.

Shea Terrace Welcomes New NIO Officer, Whitney Ray

Shea Terrace has had some terrific NEAT (Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team)  officers, termed “NIO’s” (neighborhood impact officers) over the years. In fact, we’re such  great trainers here in the neighborhood, we seem to lose NIO’s to promotion!

Rusty Venters, a previous NIO, is now Lt. Venters. And, unfortunately for us, but happily  for him, NIO Sean Hughes has been promoted to Sgt.

Our new NIO is a trailblazer. Officer Whitney Ray is our first female NIO. Officer Ray will serve Shea Terrace and London Oaks. Ray is well thought of by both her peers and chain  of command. She spent several years in security with the Portsmouth Police Department prior to becoming an officer.

Ray comes to us with 5 years total expNIO Ray (2014)erience. Her last position was as a uniformed  patrol officer in the Southside area, serving residents of Truxton and Swanson Homes on the midnight tour.

Officer Ray has already met with members of the Civic League Board and looks forward to meeting community members at the next Civic League meeting. She has also met with  the two detectives who serve our neighborhood. Ray is clearly a problem solver and  a “people person”; both important qualities in a successful neighborhood officer.

Please be sure to offer Officer Ray a warm Shea Terrace welcome as you see her out and about. As always, call 911 first in an emergency, but feel free to call Officer Whitney Ray at cell phone number 715-3641 or with any neighborhood crime questions or concerns.

10-10-10 Program

Department of Neighborhood Advancement

10-10-10 Program

To fulfill our mission of improving the quality of all Portsmouth’s neighborhoods and maintaining their diversity we need your help.

We need to challenge ourselves to discover the desires and expectations of each community – your community – and then work together to exceed them. We need to know what you think are the important attributes for a good neighborhood, what the negative factors are for a community and what current problems you feel need to be fixed.

The “10-10-10 Program” is our way of learning these specific desires and challenges. We’d like you to tell us 10 good attributes, 10 negative attributes, and 10 things you feel are preventing your neighborhood from being better.

Please take some time to complete the questionnaire below. We would like to have this information collected by October 15th. And please share this page with your neighbors. Thank you for your support.

Fred Brusso
Director, Department of Neighborhood Advancement

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, May 4th

Contact: Pat Pfeiffer (757) 397-6043

** It is the responsibility of each participant to purchase their own
Yard Sale permit (available downtown). I believe the cost remains $5,
and affords the purchaser one “rain date”.

Civic League Meeting: March 25th (7pm)

Next Civic League Meeting
Date: March 25, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30PM

Meeting Agenda:
Donna Corbus – Please join us for the next Civic League meeting with Portsmouth City  Recycling Coordinator Donna Corbus. Find out how you can get rid of your old paint, oil,  old electronics, etc.

Civic League Meeting – Monday, September 10th

There will be a regular meeting of the Shea Terrace Civic League at 7pm Monday night at the Flagship Restaurant. Come by and meet our new community police officer and two of our school board candidates.

Terry Danaher, who helped organize Citizens for Accountability in Politics, will be our guest speaker and give us an update on the pending lawsuit with regard to the new tolls on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels.

Please bring your checkbooks or some cash to help donate to her organization and stop the tolls.

Summer Courtyard Concert Series 2012

First Presbyterian Church, 515 Court Street, in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, invites you the Seventh Annual Courtyard Concert Series.

  • June 27 Tanner’s Creek Whalers
  • July 11 Little Bit of Swing
  • July 25 Dances With Dragons
  • August 8 Top Hats(40’s style Big Band)
  • August 22 Sporting Molly (Celtic Music)

All Concerts begin at 7:00 PM and are free and open to the public.

Bring your lawn chair and join us for these wonderful concerts as we fill the air of downtown Portsmouth with music, excitement and fun.

For more information, please call the church office at 397-3622.