Two Snakes meet an Armadillo, The all-new Crossroads, Flooding latest – Norfolk Perspectives


>>>STAY TUNED FOR
GREAT STUFF RIGHT HERE ON NORFOLK PERSPECTIVES.
>>>WELCOME TO NORFOLK PERSPECTIVES. I’M BOB BATCHER.
YES, THE ZOO IS BUSTING OUT ALL OVER WITH ATTENDANCE, WITH ANIMALS AND NEW EXHIBITS,
AND I’VE GOT GREG BOCKHEIM WITH ME, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VIRGINIA ZOO.
HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>GREAT.
>>A NEW PERSON ON THE SOFA. IT IS SO COOL.
IT’S ALLISON ZOM. DID YOU GET THAT RIGHT?
>>UH-HUH.>>AND YOUR POSITION WITH THE ZOO IS?
>>I’M THE PROGRAM ANIMAL COORDINATOR. I HAVE THE FUNNEST JOB AT THE ZOO.
I GET TO PLAY WITH THE ANIMALS.>>SO YOU TELL THE ANIMALS EXACTLY WHAT THEY
NEED TO DO AND THEY DO IT?>>I WISH.
NO. I GET TO WORK WITH THE ANIMALS THAT ARE AMBASSADORS.
SO THEY’RE THE ONES THAT GO OUT TO SEE THE KIDS AT SCHOOLS, AND I WORK WITH ALL THE PEOPLE
WHO HANDLE THE ANIMALS.>>SO THEY’RE THE ANIMAL VIP’S THEN?
>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>DID YOU BRING ANY ANIMALS WITH YOU TODAY?
>>WE’VE GOT A FEW WITH YOU.>>I’M HOPING THAT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THE ORANGE
BAG. I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN DYING, GREG, TO LET HIM
OUT.>>IT’S A HONDURAS MILK SNAKE, HIGHLY COLORFUL
AMAZING ANIMAL FROM CENTRAL AMERICA.>>THAT’S THE HEAD RIGHT THERE.
>>YES.>>WHY IS IT CALLED A MILK SNAKE?
>>IN FOLKLORE, THEY USED TO THINK THAT THEY USED TO BE ON FARMS TO ACTUALLY DRINK THE
MILK OF THE CATTLE, BUT THEY WEREN’T ACTUALLY THERE FOR THAT PURPOSE.
THEY WERE THERE TO EAT THE RODENTS ATTRACTED BY THE CATTLE AND CATTLE FEED.
THAT’S HOW THEY GOT THE NAME MILK SNAKE.>>THERE IS A SPECIAL WAY — THAT’S THE HEAD
THERE.>>YEAH.
>>I THOUGHT I WAS GRABBING THE OTHER END. THERE IS A SPECIAL WAY TO HANDLE THESE ANIMALS.
YOU DON’T JUST PICK THEM UP OUT OF A BAG.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.
YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. NOT EVERYBODY CAN DANGLE A SNAKE ON THEIR
WRIST, GREG.>>THERE YOU GO.
SUCH TALENT YOU HAVE. WHEN I GO OVER TO THE ZOO, THOUGH, THERE IS
THIS NATURAL HABITAT, AND THEN SIGNS SAYING DON’T FEED THEM BECAUSE THEY’RE IN A TIGHTLY
CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT, AND HERE YOU ARE HANDLING A SNAKE.
>>THERE ARE SOME ANIMALS THAT WE ACTUALLY RAISE IN THE ZOO BUSINESS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
THAT ARE REALLY MEANT TO BE HANDLED A LOT, BE FAMILIAR WITH PEOPLE SO WE CAN BRING THEM
INTO OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OR TO SHOW TO YOU TODAY, AND THESE ANIMALS, REALLY, I WOULD
SAY ARE AMBASSADORS THAT CEMENT A LINK BETWEEN PEOPLE, CHILDREN AND ANIMALS AND NATURE SO
THAT THERE IS A GREATER STEWARDSHIP, A GREATER KNOWLEDGE GAINED.
I THINK YOU ACTUALLY GET TO TOUCH, SEE, AND SMELL AN ANIMAL THIS CLOSE.
>>WHAT WOULD THE SNAKE BE NORMALLY DOING IF IT WAS OUT IN THE WILD AND YOU CAME UP
TO IT?>>WELL, IT WOULD PROBABLY HIDE BEFORE YOU
SEE IT BUT IT WOULD BE IN KIND OF A GRASSLAND HABITAT AND EVEN FARMLAND IN CENTRAL AMERICA,
BUT IT WOULD BE GOING ABOUT ITS BUSINESS LOOKING FOR FOOD BY DAY.
>>WHICH YOU ARE NOT ITS FOOD?>>RIGHT, RIGHT.
BECAUSE IT IS A PREDATOR AND A PREY SPECIES FOR LARGER ANIMALS, IT’S ALWAYS AWARE OF WHAT’S
GOING ON AROUND IT, SO IT WOULD PROBABLY BE HIDING FROM YOU BEFORE YOU EVEN GOT VERY CLOSE
TO IT.>>WHERE I SAID YOU WERE BUSTING OUT ALL OVER,
DON’T GO INTO SONG, THEY’RE GETTING A NEW HABITAT, AREN’T THEY?
THESE GUYS?>>OUR ANIMAL AMBASSADORS, YES.
WE JUST RENOVATED A NEW FACILITY ON THE OPPOSITE OF THE ZOO FROM OUR ORIGINAL FACILITY, PART
OF OUR WELLNESS CAMPUS, WHERE ALL OF THESE ANIMALS WILL BE HOUSED.
WE’VE RENOVATED THE INDOOR AREA AND ARE NOW GOING TO CREATE THE OUTDOOR SPACES.
EVENTUALLY YOU’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE OUR TRAIN RIDE AND DRIVE BY AND SEE IT IS OUR ANIMAL
HEADQUARTERS. THERE WILL BE GRAPHICS THERE, AND WE WILL
BE TRAINING SOME ANIMALS OUT FRONT. VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE HOW WE GO ABOUT
TRAINING SOME OF THE ANIMALS WE USE IN THESE PROGRAMS.
>>WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT TRAINING, WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?
YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT GETTING THIS GUY TO DO TRICKS, ARE YOU?
>>NO. THEY’RE NOT DOING TRICKS.
THEY’RE JUST DOING WHAT THEY NORMALLY DO IN THE WILD.
BUT WE WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO SEE THEM CLIMB A TREE.
WE WANT THEM TO SEE A FOX DIG. WE WANT THEM TO SEE A SNAKE CALM AND NOT RUNNING
AWAY FROM THEM. SO THESE ANIMALS NEED A LITTLE PRACTICE.
>>MY NEXT QUESTION IS REALLY PERSONAL. I HAVE A LOVING, WHINING, NEEDY EAGLE THAT
I CAN’T GET TO GET OFF THE SOFA TO GET OUT. SO HOW DO YOU GET A PORKY PINE TO CLIMB A
TREE ON COMMAND?>>WE USE AWARDS.
PLUS SHE ALSO LOVES THE MYRTLE BLOSSOMS.>>I’VE GOT A COUPLE.
THIS IS KIND OF LIGHT. WHAT IS IN THIS?
>>OPEN IT UP. THERE IS A HELP ERRED — LEOPARD GECKO IN
THERE.>>IS THIS THE SAME GUY?
>>YES. HE WANTED TO COME BACK AND SEE YOU.
YOU’LL HAVE TO PICK HIM UP FROM THE CENTER. THEY ONLY EAT INSECTS, SO DON’T BE AFRAID.
>>SO UNLESS HE MISTAKES MY — YEAH.>>AND THEY DON’T BITE VERY HARD AT ALL.
>>DO I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BREAKING HIM? HE’S SLIMY ON THE BOTTOM.
ISN’T HE PRESSURE US? PRECIOUS?
HE REALLY IS PRECIOUS.>>THEY’RE NOT REALLY SLIMY.
THEY’RE DRY WITH GRANULE SCALES. THEY HAVE A TOUGH OUTER COAT.
>>I’VE GOT TO ASK YOU, DO THESE GUYS NORMALLY — SHOULD THEY SEE EACH OTHER?
>>IN THE WILD, THEY WOULD NEVER RUN INTO EACH OTHER.
THEY’RE ON TOTALLY DIFFERENT CONTINENTS, BUT A MILK SNAKE IS A LIZARD SPECIALIST.
WE WON’T LET HER GET TOO CLOSE.>>LEAVE MY GECKO ALONE.
>>YOU’VE GOT SOMETHING UNDER THAT BLANKET, TOO, RIGHT?
WE MIGHT AS WELL GET ALL THREE OF THEM OUT OF HERE, AND THEN WE WILL TRY TO STAY FOCUSED
AND TALK. THE NEW HABITAT FOR THESE GUYS IS NEXT TO
A BRAND NEW BUILDING GOING UP, RIGHT?>>THAT’S RIGHT.
IT’S PART OF OUR ANIMAL WELLNESS CAMPUS, WHICH IS A NEW VETERINARY HOSPITAL AND DIET KITCHEN
THAT’S ALREADY BROKEN GROUND AND SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING ABOUT A YEAR FROM NOW.
AND OUR VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY LOOK INTO THE WINDOWS AND SEE DIETS BEING
PREPARED, SEE INTO THE ANIMAL TREATMENT AND SURGERY ROOMS AND ALL SORTS OF EXCITING STUFF
LIKE THAT.>>I’M GOING TO SHOW THAT AND ASK A FOLLOW-UP
QUESTION. ON THE TRAINING THING — NOW I’M DISTRACTED
COMPLETELY. TELL US WHAT THAT IS.
WHAT IS HE DOING IN YOUR POCKET?>>LOOKING.
>>LOOKING FOR CREDIT CARDS.>>THIS IS VIGO, AND HE’S A THREE BANDED ARMADILLO.
THIS COMES FROM SOUTH AMERICA AND WOULD LIVE IN THE WOODLANDS AND IS A VAN AS — SAVANNAHS
IN SOUTH AMERICA.>>IS HE IN THE ULTIMATE DEFENSIVE MODE.
>>YES. HE CAN ACTUALLY CURL ALL THE WAY UP INTO A
BALL.>>CAN YOU GET HIM TO OPEN UP OR IS THAT SOMETHING
DIFFICULT TO DO?>>I GUESS MAYBE HE’S NERVOUS ON TV.
>>A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE. ME INCLUDED.
WE’LL SET HIM DOWN AND SEE IF HE OPENS UP IN A LITTLE BIT.
WHEN HE DOES, HE MOVES QUICKLY.>>SO BE CAREFUL.
>>WHAT HE WANTS TO DO IS DIG AROUND. HE LOVES BUGS AND HE CAN TEAR APART ROTTEN
LOGS. HE CAN DIG TUNNELS FASTER THAN YOU CAN BELIEVE.
>>HE’S STARTING TO OPEN UP. HE LOOKS LIKE A BOWLING BALL.
THESE GUYS NORMALLY IN THE WILD WILL JUST GO FIND WHAT THEY CAN FIND, AND YET YOU’RE
SETTING UP A DIETARY KITCHEN. THERE IS STILL A NATURAL HABITAT BUT HEALTHY
EATING?>>THAT’S RIGHT.
WE TRY TO BUILD LARGE ANIMAL EXHIBITS FOR OUR ANIMALS OUT IN THE BIG EXHIBITS SO THAT
THEY WILL BE MOVING AROUND IN A NATURAL WAY, AND THEY DO GET A GOOD DEAL OF TRAINING THEMSELVES,
IKE OUR — LIKE OUR TIGERS, LIONS, TRAINED TO SHOW THEIR TEETH, FEET, ALL KINDS OF BODY
PARTS TO THE ANIMAL KEEPERS SO WE CAN EXAM THEM.
>>ARE THEY HELP SOMETHING.>>RIGHT.
OUR ELEPHANTS, WE DO HAVE A 10,000-POUND RESIDENT AT THE ZOO THAT HAS LEARNED HOW TO BREAK DOWN
TREES AND POLES, AND SO WE ARE REINFORCING OUR ELEPHANT EXHIBIT WITH STEEL.
>>THE NEIGHBORS APPRECIATE THAT.>>BECAUSE SHE HAS LEARNED HOW TO BREAK THOSE
14-FOOT TALL PYLONS THAT ARE 20 INCHES IN DIAMETER.
IT’S KIND OF BECOME A GAME FOR HER, SO THAT SHOULD BE FINISHED WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.
>>I’VE NOTICED YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF EVENTS GOING ON, BUT I HAVE A SENSE THERE IS A NEED
FOR A POTTY BREAK, AND WE’RE GETTING TO CLOSE OUT ON THE SEGMENT.
THERE ARE A LOT OF ACTIVITIES GOING ON, AND YOU’VE GOT TO WEBSITE.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S VIRGINIA ZOO DOT ORG, AND YOU CAN LEARN
ABOUT OUR CONCERT AND MOVIE SERIES HAPPENING LATER THIS SUMMER.
>>LOTS OF GREAT STUFF. A LOT OF EVENTS COMING UP.
ZOO GROOVES COMING UP SOON?>>AUGUST 25th.
>>I FEEL A POTTY BREAK COMING ON. GREG AND ALLISON, THANKS FOR COMING ON AGAIN
WITH SOME OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS.>>THANK YOU.
>>OUR PLEASURE.>>WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT
HOW WE CAN PREPARE FOR FLOODING, BECAUSE YES, THEY WILL COME.
STAY TUNED.>>>I AM FOLDING THE PANTS.
THE PANTS ARE LONG. DO THEY GO ON MY HEAD?
DO THEY? DO THE PANTS GO ON MY HEAD?
NO.>>EVERY DAY MOMENTS CAN BECOME TEACHING MOMENTS,
BECAUSE LEARNING STARTS LONG BEFORE SCHOOL DOES.
GIVE YOUR CHILD THE START THEY NEED AT 4 LEARNING DOT ORG.
>>>WELCOME BACK TO NORFOLK PERSPECTIVES. YES, WE ARE FLOODING, RIGHT?
>>FLETA JACKSON, YOU’RE A PR SPECIALIST. YOU KNOW HOW TO TELL ME THIS.
IS NORFOLK REALLY FLOODING?>>NORFOLK DOES EXPERIENCE FLOODING OCCASIONALLY,
AND WE DO HAVE THE SITUATIONS THAT KIND OF PROMOTE THAT ENVIRONMENT, BEING A COASTAL
CITY, BEING SURROUNDED BY SO MUCH WATER. WATER IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE CELEBRATE AROUND
HERE, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ARE SO MUCH FUN ABOUT LIVING IN NORFOLK, BUT IT ALSO OCCASIONALLY
CAN INFRINGE UPON YOUR PROPERTY LINES.>>LET’S FACE IT, WE GET A BIG HEAVY DOWNPOUR,
ONE OF THOSE ONES THAT ALWAYS COME IN DURING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC, BIG HEAVY DOWNPOUR, MONTICELLO
AVENUE FLOODS, AND PEOPLE CALL IN AND SAY, DO YOU KNOW MONTICELLO AVENUE IS FLOODING,
AND WHEN WE TELL THEM TO WAIT 20 MINUTES, THEY GET UPSET.
WHY IS IT 20 MINUTES LATER IT’S GONE?>>FOREFOLK IS FAIRLY FLAT.
WE’RE A COASTAL COMMUNITY, COASTAL CITY. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF ELEVATION IN THE CITY.
SO THE WATER DOESN’T HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF A LOT OF GRAVITY AND FLOAT TO MOVE IT FAST.
WHEN WE HAVE THOSE SUMMER DOWNPOURS, THOSE AFTERNOON SHOWERS AFTER IT’S BEEN 110 DEGREES
IN THE SHADE, IT DOES TAKE A WHILE FOR THE STORM WATER SYSTEM TO ALLOW THE WATER TO RECEDE,
AND IT DOES. IT JUST TAKES A WHILE FOR THE SYSTEM TO GET
THE WATER BACK OUT.>>THIS IS A VERY TECHNICAL DEMONSTRATION,
BUT WE’RE HIGH BUDGET TV HERE. YOU’VE GOT LAND HERE, WATER HERE.
WHEN IT RAINS, WHERE DOES THE WATER GO?>>IT HAS TO GO OVERBOARD, IT HAS TO GO INTO
THE CLOSEST BODY OF WATER.>>SO HOW DO WE GET IT THERE?
>>THROUGH A SERIES OF PIPES AND CATCH BASINS, SOMETIMES PUMP STATIONS.
WE HAVE A LARGE PUMP STATION IN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK THAT HELPS DISTRIBUTE THE WATER OVERBOARD
WHEN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK EXPERIENCES LARGE VOLUMES OF RAIN.
>>SO THAT’S RAIN. YES.
>>NOW. WE’VE GOT LAND HERE.
WATER WAS HERE.>>RIGHT.
>>WATER — THIS IS HIGH-TECH GUYS. IS IT REALLY DOES THIS?
>>TIDES. YES.
WE ARE DEFINITELY TIDEALLY INFLUENCED. SO ON HIGH TIDES, THE STORM WATER SYSTEM,
THE PIPES UNDERGROUND CAN ACTUALLY CONTAIN TIDAL WATERS, WHICH ALSO WOULD LESSEN THE
CAPACITY OF THE PIPE.>>SO WHEN IT’S DOING THIS, WHERE DOES THE
WATER GO FROM HERE?>>WELL, IT DOES STILL HAVE TO GO THE SAME
ROUTE. IT EITHER JUMPS OVERBOARD FROM THE STREET
OR HAS TO GO THROUGH A PIPE SYSTEM AND JUMP OVERBOARD.
DO YOU SEE THOSE LARGE PIPES AT OCEAN VIEW ON THE BEACH?
THOSE ARE THE OUTFALLS. STORM WATER IS NOT TREATED, SO IT’S DUMPED
IN.>>WHICH IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DO
THE RIGHT THINGS IN BETWEEN STORMS OR TIDALS.>>EXACTLY.
>>ONE MORE THING. WE’VE GOT WATER DOING THIS, THIS IS THE LAND.
IS IT REALLY DOING THIS?>>OCCASIONALLY.
>>SINKING.>>YES.
WE DO HAVE SOME THAT WE’RE DEALING WITH AS A CITY, ALL THE COASTAL CITIES UP AND DOWN
THE COAST LINES. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT’S TOTALLY UNIQUE TO
NORFOLK. NORFOLK IS BEING VERY PROACTIVE AND LOOKING
AT IT AND TRYING TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO MITIGATE THE LAND SUBSIDE ENSOR LAND SINKING
AND THE TIDES THAT ARE RISING OR OCCASIONALLY GET HIGHER THAN WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE SO
THAT THE CITY CAN CONTINUE TO THRIVE DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE GET WET SOMETIMES.
>>THERE WAS A COMMERCIAL, A REAL POPULAR COMMERCIAL FOR BUTTER WHEN I WAS GROWING UP
THAT SAYS, YOU DON’T MESS WITH MOTHER NATURE. SO HOW DO YOU GO AHEAD AND INTERRUPT THIS
PROCESS?>>WELL, WE CAN — WE’VE GOT A LOT OF EXPERTS
ON BOARD TO COME UP WITH SOME STUDIES AND SOME SOLUTIONS.
THE EXPERTS ACTUALLY HALE FROM THE NETHERLANDS.>>IF ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT FLOODING.
>>THEY WOULD KNOW. THEY’VE BEEN DEALING WITH IT FOR A LONG TIME
AND HAVE A THRIVING ECONOMY DESPITE THE FACT THAT OCCASIONALLY WATER DOES COME OVER THE
SHORELINES. SO IT’S TIMES AN ENGINEERING SOLUTION THAT
IS A WAY TO GET AROUND THE RISING TIDES. SOMETIMES IT CAN BE SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS
LANDSCAPING TECHNIQUES THAT A HOMEOWNER CAN USE.
>>YOU KNOW, I’M GETTING TO LEARN A LOT MORE ABOUT IT KIND OF ACCIDENTALLY.
I WAS IN A COMMUNITY MEETING LAST WEEK WHERE WE HAD PEOPLE FROM STORM WATER AND FROM THE
COMMUNITY AND REALTORS AND THAT ABOUT REDOING AN BETTER SECTION — INTERSECTION, AND IT
JUST SEEMED LIKE A REALLY SIMPLE PROCESS, BUT THEY TALKED ABOUT ELEVATION, FUTURE PROJECTS
WITH OVERFLOW. EVEN NOW, A PROJECT THAT MIGHT OCCUR IN 10,
15 YEARS, THEY’VE ALREADY GOT IN MIND WHERE IT SHOULD BE TODAY, DOING THE WORK, PLANNING
IT ALL TOGETHER. IT’S A STRATEGIC APPROACH.
>>VERY STRATEGIC. WE ARE LOOKING TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF FUNDS
THAT ARE AVAILABLE, RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.>>AND WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT CHEAP PROJECTS.
>>THEY’RE NOT. THEY’RE NOT.
BUT THEY’RE WORTHWHILE PROJECTS, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE DONE CORRECTLY AND THOUGHTFULLY.
I THINK THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE EXPERIENCING IN THAT MEETING WITH JOHN WHITE AND THE OTHER
CITY OFFICIALS THAT WERE THERE, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WORK WE DO TODAY HAS A LONGEVITY
AND FITS WITH THE MASTER PLAN AND THE STRATEGY.>>NOW, YOU KIND OF HINTED THERE ARE SOME
THINGS WE CAN DO TO, A, KEEP OUR WATERWAYS CLEAN AND SAFE, BUT B, GET READY FOR AND BE
PART OF THE SOLUTION. IS THERE A PLACE YOU CAN GO TO GET MORE INFORMATION?
>>THERE CERTAINLY IS. WE JUST LAUNCHED A NEW FLOODING WEBSITE WITH
THE CITY OF NORFOLK, SO WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT.
IT WAS A LONG PROCESS, NOT TOO LONG, BUT SEVERAL MONTHS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS AND FOCUS GROUPS,
A PANEL THAT WE EVEN ASKED AREA EXPERTS. WE ASKED CITY EMPLOYEES IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS
WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THIS WEBSITE. SO IT WAS DESIGNED WITH THE RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES,
VISITORS, ANYONE THAT MIGHT NEED INFORMATION ON FLOOD AWARENESS AND MITIGATION AND WHAT
THE CITY IS DOING. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO FIND OUT FEMA INFORMATION
ABOUT FLOOD INSURANCE, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT RESIDENTS OF THIS AREA NEED TO BE CONCERNED
WITH AND THINK ABOUT. IT SHOWS THE LATEST MAPS AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS.
YOU CAN GO ON THERE AND FIND OUT IF YOUR HOME IS IN A FLOOD ZONE, AND IF YOU NEED QUESTIONS
ANSWERED OR HELP, WE HAVE A QUESTION AND ANSWER SECTION.
WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW QUESTIONS, SO I’D LOVE TO HAVE ANY INPUT FROM RESIDENTS
OR BUSINESSES OR EVEN VISITORS THAT COME TO THE AREA.
>>SUPER. I KNOW PART OF THE OLD THINKING WAS TO PUT
UP A HARD SEA WALL. NOW THERE IS TALK ABOUT PUTTING IN GRASSES
AND DO MORE OF A NATURAL CONNECTOR BETWEEN THE LAND AND WATER, TOO.
SO WILL THIS GIVE YOU INFORMATION IF YOU’RE A LANDOWNER BY WATER, WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAINTAIN
THOSE AREAS?>>THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO.
THAT WOULD BE PLANTINGS AND LANDSCAPING. THIS SITE PROBABLY WILL NOT GIVE YOU THOSE
KIND OF HARD AND FAST DETAILS, BUT IT DOES LINK YOU TO OTHER SITES TO FIND THAT INFORMATION
OUT. THE CITY STORM WATER SITE ALSO HAS A FEW OF
THOSE OPTIONS BECAUSE STORM WATER — NOT ONLY DO WE DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF FLOODING WITHIN
THE CITY. WE ALSO DEAL WITH WATER QUALITY.
SO WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A WIN-WIN WITH SOLUTIONS THAT WILL IMPROVE THE FLOODING SITUATION,
BUT ALSO IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY SITUATION OF ALL OF OUR RIVERS.
>>I’VE GOT TO ASK YOU A PERSONAL QUESTION, BECAUSE YOU MENTIONED THEM.
YOU DO A LOT OF COMMUNITY — IN FACT, IF SOMEONE WANTS TO HAVE YOU ALL COME OUT AND DO A PRESENTATION,
YOU WILL DO THAT.>>I’D LOVE TO DO THAT.
>>SO HOW DO THEY GET AHOLD OF YOU?>>THEY CAN GET AHOLD OF ME THROUGH THE CITY.
MY DIRECT PHONE NUMBER IS 82340007. IT GOES DIRECTLY TO MY DESK.
823-4007. I CAN COORDINATE WHATEVER TOPICS YOU WANT
TO TALK ABOUT. I DO WORK WITH PUBLIC WORKS.
THERE ARE ABOUT 11 OR 12 DEPARTMENTS IN PUBLIC WORKS, SO WE DO A LOT OF KEEPING THE CITY
RUNNING IN THAT DEPARTMENT.>>HERE IS A PERSONAL QUESTION.
>>YES.>>YOU HAD A REALLY SPECIAL GUY SITTING NEXT
TO YOU THE LAST TIME YOU WERE ON. HOW IS STORMY DOING?
>>STORMY IS DOING REALLY WELL. HE WAS JUST AT TITUS TOWN WRECK CENTER WITH
SOME 5 TO 8-YEAR-OLDS LEARNING ABOUT WATER POLLUTION.
WE HAD A GREAT TIME. WE MADE PAPER PLATE FISH OUT OF RECYCLED MATERIAL.
>>THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF FUN.>>IT WAS.
>>>FLETA THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING. SAY HELLO TO STORMY FOR ME AND THANKS FOR
EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING TO BRING GOOD INFORMATION TO THE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY
AND PROVIDING GOOD INFORMATION BACK.>>RIGHT.
THANK YOU.>>WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT
THE REC CENTERS AND HOW YOU CAN GET ENGAGED AND HOW THEY ARE ENGAGED IN YOU.
STAY TUNED.>>>MOMMA, COME ON.
>>JUST TWO SECONDS. STAND STILL.
STAND STILL.>>MOM.
>>MOM.>>GO, GO, GO.
>>NO. BOYS, HANG ON.
BOYS.>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE A PERFECT
PARENT. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER
CARE WHO WILL TAKE YOU JUST AS YOU ARE.>>>WELCOME BACK TO NORFOLK PERSPECTIVES.
A LOT GOING ON IN NORFOLK. A LOT OF IT IS RIGHT IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY
AT THE REC CENTERS. I’VE GOT NICOLE OWEN, DIVISION HEAD OF RECREATION
AND LEISURE.>>HI.
HOW ARE YOU?>>I HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING TO COMMUNITY
REC CENTERS FOR COMMUNITY MEETINGS, AND I’VE BEEN AMAZED FROM LITTLE GUYS TO OLD PEOPLE,
THE REC CENTERS ARE BUSY.>>THEY ARE BUSY.
ALMOST ALL OF OUR CENTERS AVERAGE ABOUT 100 KIDS A DAY THIS SUMMER, WHICH IS AWESOME,
BETWEEN 8:30 IN THE MORNING AND 5:30 IN THE EVENING.
SO IT’S BEEN GREAT.>>SO YOU’RE KIND OF GLAD TO BE A NICE QUIET
TV STUDIO.>>YES, I AM.
>>HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN CALM?>>HE — YOU REALLY DON’T.
WE WANT THE KIDS TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. THERE IS A PROGRAM FOR STRUCTURE.
THEY DIVIDE UP IN AGE GROUPS. A LOT OF TIMES YOU CAN WALK IN IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE DAY AND NOT EVEN TELL THERE IS A SUMMER PROGRAM GOING ON, BUT THE KIDS ARE HAVING
A GREAT TIME.>>THE OTHER DAY I WAS OVER AT ONE, AND THE
KIDS WERE HAVING A BLAST GETTING WET.>>THAT’S ONE OF OUR BUSIEST CENTERS.
WE JUST OPENED UP A SPLASH PAD THERE, SO PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE CITY ARE COMING TO COOL
OFF.>>YEAH.
I’M IN A COMMUNITY MEETING WITH A COAT AND TIE ON AND THERE ARE KIDS OUT THERE GETTING
WET. THAT’S NOT FAIR.
>>YOU SHOULD HAVE JOINED.>>DO ME A FAVOR.
LET’S REEL IT BACK MAYBE 8 YEARS AGO. WHAT WAS AT THAT REC CENTER?
>>I’M NOT SURE. I WASN’T HERE THEN.
BUT THE THAT ONE WAS BROUGHT ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO.
THAT’S ONE OF OUR LARGEST, FOCUSING ON TEENS. A TEEN WING IS THERE AND ACTUALLY A REALLY
NEAT CAMP GOING ON THERE THIS SUMMER, DIGITAL CONNECTORS FOR TEENAGERS, TEACHING THEM ABOUT
COMPUTERS.>>SO IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT BASKETBALL?
>>NO, NONE OF OUR REC CENTERS ARE JUST ABOUT BASKETBALL.
THERE ARE EDUCATIONAL CLASSES GO ON, ARTS AND CRAFTS, FITNESS ROOMS, PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH,
SENIORS, ADULTS AND TEENS. IT’S AMAZING.
>>I ALMOST MADE THE COMMENT THAT NORVIEW REC CENTER KIND OF MODELS FOR WHERE THE PROGRAM
IS GOING, BUT THAT’S NOT REALLY TRUE EITHER BECAUSE WE’VE GOT CROSSROADS COMING IN.
>>RIGHT. THAT’S A TOTALLY NEW THING.
CROSSROADS IS AN INITIATIVE WHERE WE HAVE THE REC CENTER CONNECTED TO AN ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL, WHICH IS AWESOME, BECAUSE WE HAVE OUR AUDIENCE BUILT IN.
>>YEAH.>>WHERE IS CROSSROADS?
>>CROSSROADS IS GOING TO BE WHERE THE OLD CROSSROADS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS ON OCEAN
VIEW ROAD.>>KIND OF IN GENERAL, BEHIND ARBY’S?
>>YES.>>I KNOW.
I’M GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THAT ONE LATER.>>YES.
WE’RE VERY EXCITED, BECAUSE OUR NEW CENTER WILL BE OPENED SEPTEMBER 4th, THE FIRST DAY
OF SCHOOL. SO IT’S PERFECT, RIGHT IN TIME FOR OUR BEFORE
AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM.>>DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PLACES.
THAT ONE WAS DESIGNED UP AS A COMBINED FACILITY, RIGHT?
>>YES, IT IS. BECAUSE OF THE BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
AT THAT FACILITY, IT WORKED OUT PERFECTLY. THE KIDS WILL LEAVE THE REC CENTER AND WALK
RIGHT OVER TO THE SCHOOL. AND THEN AT 6 O’CLOCK, ONCE OUR BEFORE AND
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM IS OVER, IT’S OPEN FOR TEENS AND ADULTS, AND IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY
GREAT, BECAUSE THE NEW CROSSROADS WILL HAVE A COMPUTER LAB, TEEN LOUNGE AND A GYM, SOMETHING
THE OLD ONE DIDN’T HAVE.>>OKAY.
I’M GOING TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. WE FIRST MET IN PUTTING TOGETHER — I GUESS
WE MET BEFORE THAT IN PUTTING TOGETHER COMMUNITY CONVERSATION FOR THE REC CENTER, AND WE WERE
TALKING ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ARNOLD DOMINION. ONE OF THE POINTS THAT YOU MADE WAS IT’S NOT
JUST THE BRICK AND MORTAR BUT THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE BUILT.
>>DEFINITELY. ONE OF THE THINGS WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON IS
THE STAFF GETTING TO KNOW THE PARTNERS AROUND THEIR COMMUNITY, NOT ONLY THE CITIZENS THAT
LIVE THERE, THE BUSINESSES, THE SCHOOLS. WE REALLY BELIEVE IN BUILDING COMMUNITY AND
GETTING TO KNOW THOSE AROUND US.>>SO IT’S NOT A MATTER OF JUST OFFERING PROGRAMS.
>>NO, IT’S NOT. WE ARE OPEN FOR ANYONE TO COME IN AND DO THINGS.
YOU WILL SEE THERE ARE PROGRAMS BEING OFFERED BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, COMING IN TO DO
MEETINGS. THERE ARE SCHOOLS THAT COME IN.
THERE ARE PTA MEETINGS, ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS. WE ARE DEFINITELY THERE FOR EVERYONE IN THE
COMMUNITY.>>I THINK SOME WILL SAY MANY YEARS AGO THE
MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL THING, JUST KEEP THEM BUSY, BUT YOU’RE REALLY USING AND RELYING
ON PARTNERS, AREN’T YOU?>>WE DO.
WE KNOW HE CAN’T DO IT ALL OURSELVES.>>WAIT A MINUTE.
WANT TO SAY THAT AGAIN.>>WE DEFINITELY CANNOT DO THAT ALL OUR SERVICE.
>>THIS IS GOVERNMENT TV.>>BUT WE RELY ON OUR PARTNERS.
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY AND NORFOLK STATE HAVE BEEN A TREMENDOUS AS SET — ASSET TO
US IN OUR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. THEY PROVIDE TUTORS THAT COME IN EVERY DAY
TO HELP KIDS WITH HOPE WORK. NOT ONLY ARE THEY HELPING INCREASE THEIR GRADES,
BUT THEY’RE BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND BECOMING MENTORS TO OUR KIDS.
THEY’RE ALSO SHOWING KIDS, YOU CAN GO TO COLLEGE. I’M JUST LIKE YOU, CAME FROM THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD
YOU CAME FROM, AND I WENT TO COLLEGE. IT’S AWESOME.
>>COOL. ONE OF THE REC CENTERS, WE HAD A COMMUNITY
CONVERSATION ON HEALTH, AND I THINK ABOUT SIX PEOPLE SHOWED UP WHO USED THE EQUIPMENT,
AND THEY WERE VERY EXCITED. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BUILT
BETWEEN THE PEOPLE USING THE EQUIPMENT AND HELPING EACH OTHER.
>>IT’S AWESOME. NOT ONLY DO OUR STAFF COME IN — THAT’S REALLY
WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT WHEN THEY COME TO A FACILITY.
THEY BUILD RELATIONSHIPS. OUR STAFF IS VERY GOOD ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW
EVERYONE WHO WALKS IN, AND PEOPLE WHO COME IN AND USE THE FITNESS EQUIPMENT GET TO KNOW
EACH OTHER AND WORK OUT TOGETHER.>>I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY PEOPLE FROM PARKS
AND REC HAVE BEEN SITTING ON THE SOFA TRYING TO GET ME OUT OF THIS CHAIR.
I CAN GO OVER THERE AND JUST TALK?>>YOU CAN.
>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE THE EQUIPMENT?>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO, BUT SOMEONE IS GOING
TO COAX YOU INTO IT.>>ON THAT NOTE, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU’RE
DOING TO REALLY BRING THE COMMUNITY TO THE REC CENTER BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY BRING THE
COMMUNITY TOGETHER AT THE REC CENTER.>>AT THE.
>>APPRECIATE IT.>>>WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU WHAT YOU WOULD
LIKE TO SEE ON TV 48. MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD? GIVE US A HOLLER AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU
WANT TO CELEBRATE.>>>AS USUAL, IT’S A WONDERFUL TIME TO BE
IN NORFOLK, JUST BECAUSE OF YOU. CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY CAPTION ASSOCIATES,
LLC WWW.CAPTIONASSOCIATES.COM

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