Cancellation of Suburban Acres 4th of July Parade and Picnic

The board of the Suburban Acres Civic League has made the difficult decision to cancel the community 4th of July parade and picnic, as well as the June and July general league meetings.

This was a tough but necessary decision to ensure our community’s safety.  The Suburban Acres annual July 4th event is always a fun outing where we celebrate the founding of our country with neighbors and our elected officials.  We will certainly miss seeing everyone this year.

Thank you, as ever, for your support of the civic league.  We hope you and your families remain safe and well.  Have a good Memorial Day – a time to remember and honor those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  This year may we also give thanks for those who currently serve our country, whether in the military services, first responders, law enforcement, health care, and all the other essential workers.

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SACL General Meeting 3/9/20

Suburban Acres Civic League Meeting, Monday, March 9, 2020

Political Forum for the May 5, 2020 General Election for the City of Norfolk local elections.  Candidates will be given time to speak and to answer your questions.

Speakers from the medical community will provide information on the novel corona virus, COVID19.

Refreshments provided by Wards Corner restaurants – Guad’s and Clean Eatz!

When:  6:30 pm.  Doors open at 6:00 pm for refreshments and socializing.

Where:  Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole Street

Please come and join your neighbors to learn what’s going on around our neighborhood.  Our Community Resource Officer from the Norfolk Police Department will give updates.  Hope to see you!


SACL General Meeting 2/10/20

Suburban Acres Civic League Meeting, Monday, February 10, 2020

Speaker:  Jackson Hewitt Tax Service at Wards Corner will talk about recent changes in tax laws and answer your tax questions.

When:  6:30 pm.  Doors open at 6:00 pm for refreshments and socializing.

Where:  Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole Street

Please come and join your neighbors to learn what’s going on around our neighborhood.  Our Community Resource Officer from the Norfolk Police Department will give updates.  Hope to see you!


January 2020 Meeting Recap and Minutes

The minutes for the January 2020 Suburban Acres Civic League meeting held on January 13, 2020 are posted and available by clicking here.

Please review the minutes for a general recap of discussion items and speakers.

Highlights include:

  • A spike in car larcenies, generally in the Archer’s Green apartments area
  • Guest Speaker for the meeting was Lynn Clements, the Executive Direction of the Slover Library
  • Caton Park Picnic Shelter added to The City Capital Improvement Plan.

We look forward to seeing you all out at our next meeting, February 10, 2010 at 6:30 at Suburban Park Elementary.

The league calendar has been updated with dates of the various events for the year.

Please also remember to check out our events page on Facebook for information on our meetings and events for the year!

Don’t forget to renew your membership!

Good Times at the SACL & Wards Corner Joint Holiday Party!

League Holiday Party a Big Success!

The civic league’s festive holiday party was a great success with a record crowd of about 150 people. The Wards Corner Civic League co-sponsored the party with our league again this year.

A number of elected officials came by, including Virginia Delegate Rob Bloxom and his aide Ted Drake, Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron, Mayor Kenneth Alexander, Ph.D., City Council Members Andria McClellan and Courtney Doyle, Norfolk Public School Board Chair, Dr. Noelle Gabriel, and School Board members Carlos Clanton and Adale Martin. Tony Wagerman, representing Virginia Senator Lynwood Lewis, also joined us.

Nearby civic league presidents in attendance were Garnzie West from Coronado, Nate Kinnison from Larchmont-Edgewater, and Dale Ryder from Highland Park, in addition to our own Louie Gabriel and Wards Corner league president Scott Guirlinger. The Norfolk Public Schools Jazz Band provided the entertainment.

Thanks to everyone who helped out, brought side dishes and desserts, and helped to eat all the great food! And many thanks to Harris Teeter for its donation of gift certificates, and to Golden Corral for its donation to the costs of the fried chicken.

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[REMINDER] Suburban Acres & Wards Corner Civic Leagues Holiday Party, December 9th

When:  6:00 pm, Monday, December 9, 2019

Where:  Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole Street

The Suburban Acres Civic League and Wards Corner Civic League will hold its annual joint holiday party at the December meeting, inviting the Wards Corner Civic League to join us.  Please bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share.  The civic leagues will provide fried chicken and beverages.  Entertainment by Norfolk Public Schools Jazz Band.

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Suburban Acres Civic League November 2019 Meeting Cancelled

The Suburban Acres Civic League will not meet on November 11th, due to the Veterans Day holiday.  Let’s send out a big salute to all our veterans and their families who so selflessly serve our county. Thank you!

Please mark your calendars for the next civic league meeting on December 9th, 6:00 pm, at Suburban Park Elementary.  It’s the annual pot-luck Holiday Party, with lots of food, fun, and musical entertainment.  It’s a great way to meet neighbors, talk with the civic league board and elected officials, and support our community.

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Ditches along Railroad Tracks near Yorktown Drive Cleared

Building off of the momentum from the September 2019 meeting of the Suburban Acres Civic League, Norfolk Southern and The City of Norfolk worked together to clear the ditches along the railroad tracks that run parallel to Yorktown Drive and Virginian Drive.  Completion of this project has been a long time coming for residents along Yorktown and Virginian.  This work should also lead to improvements in storm water drainage along surrounding streets.

The SACL would like to thank all residents who showed up at the September 2019 meeting and expressed to City speakers in attendance their frustration with the clogged ditches and resulting poor drainage, leading to this positive action.

For details of discussions at the September meeting, please see the Meeting Minutes area of the SACL website.  That meeting was attended by several neighbors who lived along Yorktown and Virginian, along with Councilwoman Andria McLellan, Gabriel Phelps from City of Norfolk Utilities, & John White from the Norfolk Department of Public Works.

It’s great to see SACL members and neighbors make a difference for our neighborhood through involvement with our meetings and direct communication with the City.

Pictured below is resident Louis Demarco.

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October General Meeting Recap: Crock-pot Cookoff and Candidate Forum

The minutes from the October 2019 Suburban Acres Civic League meeting held on October 14, 2019 are posted and available.  Please click here to view the minutes from the meeting.

The meeting was extremely well-attended.  Candidates on the ballot for the upcoming elections were in attendance and addressed the membership!  Members had a great opportunity to hear from and interact with the candidates.

Candidates in attendance:

State Senate District 6

  • Lynnwood Lewis
  • Elizabeth Lankford

Delegate for District 100

  • Rob Bloxom
  • Phil Hernandez

Clerk of the Court

  • George Schaeffer

We had a great turnout for the Crock-pot Cook-off and another year of fabulous dishes prepared by members!  There is some serious cooking talent in our community!

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who brought dishes and contributed to such a great event.

Here are the result of the cookoff!

  • Crock-pot Cook-off Results:
    • 1st Place: Gabriel & Helen Kinnison – Veggie Chili
    • 2nd Place: Ann Owens – Beans and Beef
    • Special Recognition: Marissa O’Neill – Chocolate Lava Cake
    • Other food:  Thanks to everyone else who brought delicious slow-cooked dishes (Everett Leseberg, Joan Wilson, and Dave and Kathryn Hunter); cornbread (Pearl Windle and Karen Mayne); and desserts (Noelle Gabriel and JoAnn Powell). And many thanks to Harris Teeter for its donation of gift certificates.

We’ll see everyone again at the Holiday Party in December!


[REMINDER] SACL October Candidate Forum and Crockpot Cook-off

When:  Monday, October 14, 2019.  Doors open at 6:00 pm for the Crockpot Cook-Off.  Meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

Where:  Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole Street

Candidate Forum for the Virginia General Assembly

Senate of Virginia, 6th District

Elizabeth A. Lankford – R

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. – D

House of Delegates, 100th District

Robert S. Bloxom, Jr. – R

Phillip M. Hernandez – D

Crockpot Cook-off:  Show off those slow-cooking culinary skills.  PRIZES . . . and bragging rights for the best slow-cooked dish! Please bring your own serving spoon.  Plates, bowls, tableware, beverages, power cords provided.

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