Memorial Day closings, events in Hampton Roads

Norfolk

Several ceremonies are planned in observance of Memorial Day

Norfolk, Va. – They gave the supreme sacrifice in service of this country and on May 25, 2013 the City of Norfolk will honor their devotion.

The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Veterans’ Affairs will host a ceremony at the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center at 10:00 a.m.

Mayor Paul D. Fraim, members of the City Council, along with Congressman William Whitehurst will be in attendance. Following a brief ceremony inside, a wreath will be laid outside at the Inchon Landing Bas Relief on the City Hall Avenue side of the visitor’s center.

The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Veterans’ Affairs includes representatives from the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

For a complete listing of all events marking Memorial Day in the City of Norfolk, log onto http://www.norfolk.gov

Closings 

Norfolk, Va. – The City of Norfolk’s government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.

The closures include the offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue and the City Treasurer.

Offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Circuit Court, General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and the City’s recreation centers will also be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.

Libraries will be closed both Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27. Recreation centers will be closed Monday, May 27.

RBI baseball games will take place on Saturday, May 25. Hershey Track and Field games will take place on Saturday, May 25.

No garbage or recycling collection is scheduled for Monday.

The Division of Waste Management’s administrative offices and HHW and E-Waste facility will be closed.

The Division of Towing and Recovery will be open 24 hours and will accept unwanted electronic waste only.

All requests for bulk waste pickup on Tuesday, May 28 must be called in or submitted on the Internet at http://www.norfolk.gov/publicworks/WM/bulkwaste_form.asp no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, May 24.

All Norfolk cemeteries will remain open for visitors to honor and remember United States veterans who have been laid to rest.

Lifeguards begin beach patrol duty this Saturday, May 25. Patrol hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day.

The following Norfolk City Beaches are patrolled by lifeguards:

Community Beach Park

700 E. Ocean View Avenue

Between Norfolk Avenue and Chesapeake Boulevard

Sarah Constant Beach Park

300 W. Ocean View Avenue

Between 4th View Street and Mason Creek Road

Ocean View Beach Park

100 W. Ocean View Avenue

Between 1st View Street and Duffy’s Lane

For more information on closings and events in Norfolk to celebrate and commemorate Memorial Day, please visit http://www.norfolk.gov.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Virginia to host 23rdnd Annual UMOJA Festival Memorial Day Weekend

Portsmouth, Va. – The City of Portsmouth will host the 23rd Annual UMOJA Festival starting on Friday, May 24 at 5:30pm running through Sunday, May 26th.

This three-day festival will take place at nTelos Wireless Pavilion and Festival Park.

The festival represents the rich heritage of African culture and the manner in which it weaves into our national tapestry. Festival visitors are introduced to the continent through art, performance, entertainment, demonstration, music, and food.

A marketplace of sculptures, paintings, prints, baskets, and other assorted handcrafted wares and jewelry contribute to the ambiance of the UMOJA Festival.

While children’s activities are a specialty at the festival, this year is no exception, with a Kids Corner featuring storytelling, bounce houses, coloring contests, games and crafts with origins in several African countries.

Admission to UMOJA Festival is free with the exception of the musical acts at nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Saturday night.

Free music performances include: Reggie Gist, Forte Jazz Band, TFC Band, Heatwave, Jody Brown, Phazz II, Against All Odds, Strictly Business, The Fuzz Band, Piney Grove Baptist Church Choir, Early Bynum & Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, Eric Taylor and Alvin Slaughter.

Saturday night’s concert at nTelos Wireless Pavilion include nationally acclaimed musical guests Chaka Kahn and Tony! Toni! Tone!.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or nTelos Wireless Pavilion Box Office.

For more information on the schedule of activities, please visit http://www.umojafestivalportsmouth.com.

Increased patrols

Portsmouth Police Officers will be out in full force this Memorial Day weekend. In order to make celebrations safe for everyone in the City of Portsmouth, ten (10) additional uniformed officers will look for impaired drivers. The Click It or Ticket Champagne will also continue during the weekend. Drivers not utilizing proper restraint for themselves and their passengers could be ticketed.

Officers will conduct patrols at all hours of the day and night starting Friday, May 24th through Monday, May 27th. The officers will be focusing on locations where impaired drivers are more likely to be operating a vehicle.

The aggressive alcohol enforcement is grant funded by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The Portsmouth Police, Strategic Traffic Unit and assigned officers will be working in an overtime capacity. Citizens will see marked and unmarked police vehicles, along with police motorcycles conducting traffic stops and checkpoints in their neighborhoods.

Drivers are reminded to take responsibility when it comes to driving under the influence. Designate a driver, and make sure that you take the keys when a friend has had too much to drink. Host responsible parties and immediately stop serving alcohol to any guest who is displaying obvious signs of intoxication.

The Portsmouth Police Department is dedicated to making the City safe for everyone. These operations, which will continue throughout the year, and will help reduce alcohol related crashes and save lives.

Newport News

Newport News city offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

Virginia Beach

City of Virginia Beach Memorial Day Operating Schedule, May 27 

Norfolk

City of Norfolk offices, facilities close in observance of Memorial Day

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