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Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas June 2009 Events

  • June 10, 2009 – No Doubt with Paramore and The Sounds at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, located at Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach.  For more information call 757.368.3000 or visit the event website.
  • June 11, 2009 – Kayaking at First Landing State Park, located at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.  For more details on this fun family event call 757.480.1999 or visit the Kayak Nature Tours official website.
  • June 12, 2009 – 6th Annual ABNB Fishing Fest to Benefit CHKD, located at the Virginia beach Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet in Virginia beach, call 757.523.5300 or visit the 6th Annual Fishing Festival website for more details.
  • June 13, 2009 – Great Dismal Swamp Narrated Bus Tour, the tour departs from Suffolk Visitor Center in Suffolk.  Witness the aftermath of the 2008 wildfire and learn about the swamp’s ecosystem.  This is a great event for the family.  For more information call 757.514.4130.
  • June 14, 2009 – 10th Annual Phelps Brothers Music Festival Free Event, located at Lakeside Park in Chesapeake for more information on this music filled event call 757.467.2149 or visit the Phelps Brothers website.
  • June 18, 2009 – Annual June Jazz Garden Party, located at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk. Come out and enjoy jazz, food, and dancing under the stars.  For more information call 757.889.9421 or visit the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads website.
  • June 20, 2009 – Gold’s Gym ForKids 5K Run for Homeless Children Free Event, come out and help homeless families and children in Hampton Roads.  The race will start at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, for more information call 757.622.6400.
  • June 20, 2009 – Virginia Beach SPCA’s Summer Solstice Celebration, come out with the entire family for this fun filled event to benefit all the animals.  Located at The “View” – southeast of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, call 757.427.0070 ext. 14 or visit the Virginia Beach SPCA website for details.
  • June 25, 2009 – Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum, located at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater for more information and details call 877.598.8698.
  • June 26 – 28, 2009 – 19th Annual Afrikan American Festival Returns to Downtown Hampton come out for this fun event and donate $3.00 (admission) for Peninsula Association for Sickle Cell Anemia.  This event will be held at Mill Point Park in Hampton, for more details call Alton Blackley at 757.817.6513
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Homearama 2009

I just read in HamptonRoads.com that due to low builder interest, this years Homarama will be moving.  According to an article entitled, “With low builder interest, Homearama ’09 on the move again“, The Tidewater Builders Association will be relocating its annual homes showcacse from a condo community in northern Suffolk to a suburban subdivision in Chesapeake.  After changing the show’s location twice in just three months, the Tidewater builder’s Associationhave decided to hold this year’s installation of Homearama in Culpepper Landing, which is a Robinson Development Group Development.  Originally organizers had planned to hold this year’s Homearama in a high-end community in Virginia Beach.  However, since very few builders signed up for the Virginia Beach site, organizeres decided to move it to northern Suffolk.  Since the move, organizers say they have gotten twice as many builders to sign on.  

So far only six builders have signed on to build at Culpepper Landing in Suffolk, the Association needs at least eight builders to hold the Homearama show.  Unlike last year’s show where home prices started at $1,2 million, homes in Culppeper Landing will start in the $400,000s.  Of course these homes will be smaller (1,6000 to 3,000 square feet) than last year’s offerings. 

The decision to move the show’s location and construct less expensive homes is a sign that there are not as many high-end buyers in our local real estate markets as last year.  It also shows that the $400,000 price range is more along the lines of what buyers are willing to pay for the time being. 

Click the following link if you would like to read this article in its entirety and see a map to Homearama 2009.

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The calm after the storm

It is all over now, but the three tornadoes that passed through Suffolk, Norfolk, Brunswick County and Colonial Heights have left these areas in a state of emergency.  I could not believe the damage that some homes here received, it was really an incredible sight.  Thankfully I live about 30 minutes away from where the tornadoes touched down in Suffolk so I was not personally affected, though my thoughts go out to all those who were injured or lost their homes, businesses other personal property during yesterdays freak event.  Thankfully, there are no missing persons and at the present time there are no fatalities.  This is very good news and hard to believe for those who saw the extent of the damage caused by these twisters.

I had never seen anything like it in my entire life.  Homes lifted completely from their foundations, some dropped on top of other ones, cars launched into the sides of buildings and roads closed except for emergency and medical personnel.  It really is humbling to see what Mother Nature can do when she exercises her muscle.  We are fortunate to have such excellent emergency personnel who were ready at a moments notice to help evacuate the injured.  My thoughts go out to them as well, especially my son who is a police officer in Portsmouth and will be assisting Suffolk police for the next few days.

Unlike hurricanes, which are relatively slow moving and very predictable in comparison, yesterday’s tornadoes gave absolutely no warning before striking.  This led me to think about contingency planning.  Could we help to reduce the number of those who are injured during natural disasters by planning?  By having a contingency plan for when tornadoes touch down, can we as a community help to reduce the number of those who are injured?  Tornadoes are highly rare in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and this may be the reason there is no official plan of action for residents of these areas when a tornado strikes.

For more information, you can call the following numbers:

American Red Cross: 539-6645

Suffolk Emergency Management Hotline: 514-7587

Navy families who need assistance in the Hampton Roads area can call 1-800-FSC-LINE or 757-444-2102.

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Plans for Affordable Housing in Suffolk

While reading PilotOnline.com, I ran across an article entitled, “Affordable-housing planned for former Suffolk festival site”. Where the Tidewater Fair Downs once held their annual crop, harness racing and livestock competitions every year, there will soon be a 171 home affordable housing project for low-income homebuyers. Lawson Homes, a Virginia Beach development company plans to undertake this $20 million dollar project named October at Fair Lawns, which will include 72 condominium-style units, 38 multi-family buildings, 13 single-family homes expected to sell between $150,000 and $200,000 and 48 town homes. The estimated annual income required to buy in October at Fair Downs is expected to be in the neighborhood of $50,000 to $62,000.

Even though home prices are dropping in most areas due to the lack of qualified homebuyers compared to the number of homes for sale, many low-income families still cannot afford the average home cost in Suffolk of $250,000. October at Fair Lawns will be a welcome, low cost option in housing for families and individuals who qualify. While providing this great opportunity for low-income buyers this new venture will bring needed development to a “depressed section of the city”. Though many say that when compared to the average household income of $44,000 in Suffolk, the median home price of $250,000 is still far too high, for at least 171 families, October at Fair Lawn will be a welcome addition to this community. Let us hope that this ambitious project by Lawson Homes will be the first of more to address the current housing cost problem in Suffolk.

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