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.

Snowfall 2014

2014 is getting off to a big start with two snowfall events in under a week. Many Shea Terrace residents have been holed up in their homes, hoping for warmer temps to begin melting the 8″-10″ of snow that fell Tuesday night (Jan 28th). True to form in the Hampton Roads region, we will go from record lows on Thursday to 60+ degrees by the weekend, giving us the much-desired warming to get this snow gone!

Civic League President, Bruce Bremer and wife (and former Civic League President), Anne, took these two photos depicting the enormity of this snow event.

do do do looking out my front door

(Looking out and onto the property of the former 7th Avenue School, now a lovely home for seniors).






(Kathy, on Idlewood, shares this photo of her two babies dressed for the weather, and enjoying some fun time in the snow.)






(Bruce shows the depth of the snow in front of his home on Constitution. Quite an accumulation.)






We look forward to receiving more photos from our fellow Shea Terrace neighbors, and will update this post as they come in. Stay tuned….




Ramp to remain closed for up to 12 months

PORTSMOUTH –  The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project team, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will temporarily close the London Blvd. off-ramp from US 58 South beginning Thursday, Jan. 23 for up to 12 months for construction activities on the Martin Luther King (MLK) Freeway Extension. The closure is necessary to reconstruct the US 58 South off-ramp to London Blvd. and build a temporary London Blvd. on-ramp to US 58 North in preparation for the next traffic configuration.

Initial work coinciding with this closure begins on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and includes removal of existing striping and installation of new striping on US 58 South and Route 164 East. Traffic traveling toward East London Blvd. will detour west on High St. to London Blvd.

Completion of the MLK Extension will create an efficient, connected transportation network, providing direct access between the Downtown and Midtown tunnels. Additionally, new changeable message signs on the MLK Extension will improve communication of traffic conditions to motorists.

A schedule of the closures and alternate routes can be found on Current lane closure information is available on  VDOT’s weekly lane closure forecast. Due to the nature of construction, dates are subject to change.

Visit, call 511 or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the VDOT Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.

Headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, LLC, is the private partner of the Virginia Department of Transportation for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project. For more information on the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project, visit Follow us on Twitter at

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

Shea Terrace Civic League – Monday, June 17th

The next meeting of the Shea Terrace Civic League will be this coming Monday, June 17th at the Flagship Restaurant, 7:00 p.m.  Please invite your neighbors and pass along this e-newsletter.  We will be discussing the proposed tolls on area bridges and tunnels and how it will impact Portsmouth.
See you there.
Bruce Bremer, MBA

April 20th Creek Cleanup Needs Shea Terrace Citizen’s Help

Scotts Creek Needs Your Help

The Shea Terrace Civic League and concerned citizens in Portsmouth will be meeting to  clean up the shoreline at London Blvd., across from IC Norcom High School. We will be  doing this now instead of on Clean The Bay Day as the marsh grasses are shorter now  and the trash will be easier to access.

This is a city sponsored event, and as such, they will supply grabbers and garbage bags. Wear long pants and bring gloves.

Start Time: Sat. April 20, 2013; 8:30 AM to 11:00
Meeting Place: East End (Creek End of Scotts Creek Park)

If you have any questions, contact Nancy Lamartin: (757) 393-2293

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”.