Fun Thursdays, Suicide Walk, Recycling Tours, Trimming Crape Myrtle Trees


>>TALKING ABOUT SUMMER FUN
THURSDAYS, AT McARTHUR CENTER. YOU’LL WANT TO BE THERE.
AIR CONDITIONING! OUT OF DARKNESS WATCH, A SPECIAL
EVENT. KEEP NORFOLK BEAUTIFUL, YOU
BECOME INVOLVED IN KEEPING IT BEAUTIFUL.
RECREATION PARKS AND OPEN SPACE ANNOUNCES A NEW CITY FORESTER.
WHY? OH, WE DO HAVE TREES.
STAY TUNED FOR GREAT STUFF, RIGHT ON NORFOLK PERSPECTIVES.
WELCOME. I’M BOB BATCHER.
WE’VE GOT TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT.
YOU’VE BEEN ON THE SOFA FOR A LONG TIME AS KAREN WINTERS
REPRESENTING McARTHUR CENTER. YOU HAVEN’T CHANGED EMPLOYERS.
BUT YOU’VE CHANGED SOMETHING ELSE FOR THE SUMMER.
>>I GOT MARRIED!>>THAT’S SO COOL.
I FEEL LIKE I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING ON FACEBOOK!
>>DO YOU? I THINK A LOTS OF PEOPLE FEEL
THAT WAY.>>SO DO YOU HAVE A NEW NAME.
>>MY NEW LAST NAME HUSTLEBY.>>WILL YOU STILL ANSWER TO
KAREN WINTER.>>JUST TO KAREN OR THAT GIRL
FROM THE MALL. I ANSWER TO THAT, TOO.
>>CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU.
>>IT’S REALLY COOL. YOU’RE HAPPY ABOUT IT!
>>I’M THRILLED.>>SO YOU’RE BACK AT THE MALL?
>>YES.>>SETTLED IN.
>>READY TO GO.>>WE’RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT
SUMMER. IS THERE GOING TO BE CHRISTMAS.
>>YES. WE’LL GET THROUGH AUGUST AND
ROLL INTO THE HOLIDAYS.>>WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AUGUST.
>>A NEW EVENT WE’RE LAUNCHING, SUMMER FUN THURSDAYS.
IT’S FREE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT, EVERY THURSDAY IN THE MONTH OF
AUGUST. CENTER COURT STARTS AT 1:00 P.M.
>>SO YOU GOT THE CARS IN CENTER COURT.
>>WE’LL MOVE THE CARS OUT. WE’LL BRING IN A STAGE AND HAVE
DIFFERENT ENTERTAINMENT EACH THURSDAY.
AND IT’S NICE. AUGUST IS SORT OF THAT
TRANSITIONAL MONTH BETWEEN THE END OF SUMMER AND THE BEGINNING
OF FALL, AND IT’S REALLY HOT OUTSIDE.
PARENTS ARE SOMETIMES RUNNING OUT OF THINGS TO DO WITH THE
KIDS. AND SO WE DECIDED IT WAS A GOOD
MONTH TO LAUNCH THIS PROGRAM. SO IT’S — YOU MENTIONED IN THE
OPENING IT’S AIR CONDITIONED. SO IT’S NICE AND COOL INSIDE THE
MALL. AND IT’S FREE.
GREAT FOR FAMILIES. SO IF YOU HAVE A BIG OR SMALL
FAMILY, NO CHARGE. AND IT STARS AT 1:00 P.M. IN THE
AFTERNOON. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO
TO OUR WEBSITE, WHICH IS SHOP McARTHUR.COM/SUMMERFUN.
IF YOU PREREGISTER, YOU CAN PREREGISTER FOR ONE OR ALL OF
THE EVENTS. THE FIRST 300 KIDS WILL GET A
FREE TREAT, EACH OF THOSE 5 WEEKS.
I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THAT.
THERE IS AN ADDED BONUS.>>WE’LL REPEAT THAT.
USUALLY I ASK ONE QUESTION, OUR TIME IS UP.
YOU ANSWERED EVERYTHING. I’M GOING TO PROVE THAT I’VE
DONE SOME RESEARCH. SO IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT SHOPPING.
I MEAN SO ON AUGUST 1, SCHOOL OF ROCK.
>>SO THAT’S HOW WE’LL KICK IT OFF, NORFOLK SCHOOL OF ROCK.
THEY’RE GOING TO DO A HIGH ENERGY MUSIC PERFORMANCE, KIDS
PERFORMING FOR KIDS. AND NOT ONLY WILL IT BE
ENTERTAINING. WE HOPE IT WILL ALSO BE
INSPIRING. IF THERE ARE KIDS IN THE
AUDIENCE THAT HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT LEARNING TO PLAY A MUSICAL
INSTRUMENT, INSPIRED, IN ADDITION TO BE ENTERTAINED, THE
FOLKS FROM SCHOOL OF ROCK WILL BE THERE.
PARENTS CAN TALK TO THEM. IF KIDS WANT TO SIGN UP FOR
CLASSES THEY CAN DO THAT AS WELL.
>>YOU’RE DOING THIS WITH PARTNERS, THEN.
>>YES, WE ARE. THE FREE TREAT THAT DAY IS A
PRETZEL, WHICH IS A FAMILY FAVORITE.
>>INTERACTIVE KIDS EXTRAVAGANZA.
YOU WON’T HAVE VIDEO GAMES.>>NO.
INSTEAD OF ONE MAIN GROUP THAT’S ENTERTAINING WE’LL HAVE LOTS OF
DIFFERENT GROUPS THAT DAY. SO WE’LL HAVE STORY TIME WITH
MAX AND RUBY, AND MAX WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE SO THE KIDS CAN
TAKE PICTURES, AND GET AUTOGRAPHS, AND THE BOOK HAS TO
DO WITH A TREASURE HUNT. SO THERE WILL BE A TREASURE HUNT
THAT BARNES AND NOBLE WILL DO. WE’LL HAVE BALLOON MAKING, FACE
PAINTING, AND HELLO KITTY THERE. A LOT OF KIDS LOVE THAT.
THAT WILL BE REALLY FUN.>>BECAUSE SOMETHING TELLS ME
YOU’RE NOT APPEALING TO PEOPLE LIKE ME.
WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT?>>I WOULD SAY IT’S PROBABLY
10-12 AND UNDER. IT DEPENDS ON THE WEEK.
SO SCHOOL OF ROCK PROBABLY HAS A BROADER REACH.
SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS, MAYBE MAX, RUBY, STORY TIME IS
FOR THE YOUNGER KIDS. BUT THERE IS A LITTLE SOMETHING
FOR EVERY ONE. IF YOU DON’T LEAK THE PIECE OF
ENTERTAINMENT THAT WE HAVE THAT DAY YOU’LL LOVE THE FREE TREATS.
>>THERE WE GO. NO IF YOU GO TO THE WEBSITE YOU
CAN DO.>>YES, ALL THE INFORMATION IS
LISTED.>>YOU DROP THE KIDS OFF OR
EXPECTING THE PARENTS TO HANG AROUND.
>>IT’S FOR PARENTS AND KIDS. THE WHOLE FAMILY TOGETHER.
>>IT’S FAMILY TIME.>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>SO THE MALL IS FAMILY TIME? NOT JUST THE DAD SITTING IN A
CHAIR.>>NO!
>>DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE?>>IT’S AT 1:00 P.M. SO COME
EARLY, HAVE LUNCH OR STAY LONGER AND DO BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING,
YOU CAN MAKE IT A DAY. HOT OUTSIDE.
>>I’VE ALWAYS ENJOYED –>>YOU LIKE THOSE CHAIRS.
>>MAD SCIENCE OF HAMPTON ROADS.>>THAT’S OUR FIRST THURSDAY.
FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS. EXPERIMENTS WITH DRY ICE.
I’M SURE SMALL ERUPTING VOLCANOS.
>>BLOWING STUFF UP!>>THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T TRY AT
HOME BUT IT WILL BE FUN AND ENTERTAINING FOR KIDS.
>>AN PIRATES ARE COMING ON THE 22nd.
>>PIRATES FROM MOODY CREW.>>THEY’RE A LOT OF FUN.
>>YES. SINGING SONGS, TELLING TALES,
TEACHING THE KIDS ALL KINDS OF MOVES THAT PIRATES NEED.
>>ON THE 29th, ROB WEST COT.>>YES.
HE’S BEEN PERFORMING FOR YEARS, HE’LL DO THE FUN, STANDARD MAGIC
TRICKS, AND A BUNNY WILL BE COMING OUT OF THE HAT AT THE
END.>>SO INSTEAD OF MAKING THINGS
DISAPPEAR, HE’LL MAKE THEM APPEAR.
SPEAKING OF APPEARING, I KNOW YOU’RE HUSH ABOUT THIS, BUT
MAYBE YOU’LL TALK MORE NOW, YOU’RE MARRIED.
GOT ANYTHING COMING TO THE MALL? NEW STORES.
I WON’T TELL ANYBODY, I PROMISE!>>BRIGHT AND COLLECTIBLES,
BRAND NEW TO THE MARKET. WE’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT,
WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES AND HAND BAGS, LOCATED ON THE SECOND
FLOOR. THEN TORAD, A PLUS SIZE TEEN
CLOTHING STORE, A REALLY HIGHLY REQUESTED STORE FOR US.
SO WE’RE VERY EXCITED TO GET THAT.
THAT WILL BE ON THE FIRST FLOOR ACROSS FROM AVEDA.
BOTH OF THOSE ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
>>YOU HAVE REMODELING GOING ON? EVERYBODY IS ASKING ABOUT THE
JEWELRY STORE.>>HELP FOR DIAMONDS, DOING A
REMODEL. TEMPORARILY LOCATED IN THE OLD
PEARL VISION SPACE OUTSIDE OF NORDSTROMS, BACK IN THEIR
REGULAR SPACE IN SEPTEMBER.>>THAT’S A REMINDER, IT’S A
MALL THAT’S BEEN AROUND SINCE 1999.
>>ISN’T THAT HARD TO BELIEVE?>>IT IS!
A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE 1999.>>SEEMS LIKE IT’S YESTERDAY,
SOMETIMES YOU CAN IMAGINE THE CITY BEFORE MacARTHUR CENTER.
>>KAREN, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU’VE DONE TO
KIND OF BRING THE MESSAGE OUT FROM BEHIND THOSE WALLS.
>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME FOR SO MANY YEARS.
>>WHEN WE COME BACK WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE HEART OF DARKNESS, A
ROLE THAT YOU CAN PLAY. STAY TUNED.
WELCOME BACK. I HAVE A SPECIAL GUY, MANY OF
YOU KNOW HIM, YOU SEE HIM ON THE 11:00 NEWS OR FIRST THING IN THE
MORNING. TODAY ERR HE’S HERE TO TALK WITH
US ABOUT A VERY SPECIAL CONCERN BUT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A
SOLUTION ABOUT IT. THAT’S A WALK WITH THE OUT OF
DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK, SEPTEMBER 7.
HOW IS IT GOING.>>GREAT!
>>I THINK THE LAST TIME I HAD YOU ON THE SHOW, YOU WERE HERE
TO TALK ABOUT A BOOK YOU HAD WRITTEN.
IT’S BEEN A REAL SPECIAL BOOK FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.
IN THAT, YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR OWN PERSONAL STRUGGLES.
LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT THE WALK IS, AND WHY DOES IT RELATE TO
YOU?>>WELL, THE WALK ITSELF IS A
COMMUNITY OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK.
IT ADDRESSES SUICIDE, AND IT ADDRESSES DEPRESSION.
THAT OFTEN LEADS TO SUICIDE. AND IT IS PURPOSE IS THAT, BRING
SUBJECTS TABOO, SECRET, UNDER THE WATER LINE.
NORMALLY THEY’RE NOT IN THE LIGHT OF DAY.
THAT’S WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND HOPE AND HELP.
SO A LOT OF FOLKS FIND THEMSELVES IN DARK PLACES, FEEL
VERY MUCH ALONE. THROUGH THIS WALK, WHICH IT’S
ONE OF HUNDREDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ALTHOUGH THE IS THE
LARGEST WALK OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY.
THERE WILL BE 3 TO 5,000 PEOPLE AT THIS WALK.
IT’S TO ALLOW — GIVE THE FOLKS AN OPPORTUNITY AND PLATFORM TO
COME OUT OF THEIR DARKNESS, COME OUT OF THEIR PLACE OF ISOLATION
AND FIND THEMSELVES AMONGST OTHERS OF LIKE MINDS AND LIKE
EXPERIENCE. AND TO JUST REALIZE I’M NOT
ALONE. THERE ARE OTHERS GOING THROUGH
WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH. OR WHAT I HAVE GONE THROUGH.
THERE IS HELP. AND THERE IS HOPE.
AND SO THAT’S THE PURPOSE.>>I THINK ONE OF THE FIRST
THINGS THAT YOU SENSE IN DEPRESSION, ONE OF ALONENESS.
AND SO YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE GOING THROUGH IT.
WHY WOULD YOU REACH OUT?>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>NOW, YOUR BOOK. IN PREPARATION FOR THAT SHOW I
READ YOUR BOOK THE NIGHT BEFORE THE INTERVIEW.
IT WAS LIKE WAIT A MINUTE. THIS ISN’T THE CHRIS I KNOW.
I KNOW A GUY WHO IS ALL ABOUT SERVICE.
ALL ABOUT PROVIDING GOOD INFORMATION TO THE COMMUNITY.
AND OF HOPE!>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>BUT YOU STARTED THAT BOOK OFF IN A VERY DARK PERIOD FOR YOU.
>>THE BOOK IS ENTITLED. HOPE AND OTHER LESSONS LEARNED.
THE PREMISE AND THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK TO KIND OF INTRODUCE
MYSELF TO THE READER, IS — BEGINS IN A DARK PLACE IN MY
LIFE, WHERE I HAD GONE THROUGH SOME THINGS THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
OVERNIGHT, BUT IT WAS BY DEGREE. UNTIL AFTER MANY, MANY YEARS, I
WAS IN A VERY DARK PLACE, A VERY LONELY PLACE.
1989, I HAD BECOME A POLICE OFFICER WHEN I DECIDED SUICIDE
WAS THE ONLY — I DON’T WANT TO SAY HOPE.
THERE IS NO HOPE IN SUICIDE. BUT THE ONLY ANSWER OR SOLUTION.
SO ONE DAY I DECIDED THAT MY WIFE WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT
ME, MY SON WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT ME.
CERTAINLY MY POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULDN’T MISS ME.
I DECIDED THAT I WOULD TAKE MY OWN LIFE.
WITH MY 38 CITY ISSUED 38 IN HAND, I PREPARED TO TAKE MY
LIFE. AND GOD INTERVENED IN A
MIRACULOUS WAY. I’LL BE SHARING MY STORY AT THIS
WALK. THERE WILL BE 3 PEOPLE SHARING
THEIR PERSONAL STORIES OF THEIR BRUSHES WITH SUICIDE AND
DEPRESSION. AND I’LL BE SHARING MINE AT THIS
WALK. AND HOPEFULLY, THROUGH WHICH
FOLKLIZE BE ENCOURAGED AND FIND HOPE.
>>I THINK UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF PEOPLE, THE FIRST TIME THEY
HAVE AN INKLING THERE IS THAT POTENTIAL, THEIR CONVERSATION
WOULD START OFF WITH IF ONLY I HAD KNOWN.
IF ONLY I HAD SAID. SO SEPTEMBER 7 OUT AT MOUNT
TRASH MORE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THAT?
>>IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND VERY NON THREATENING, VERY
INFORMATIONAL, LOW KEY SETTING. TO COME OUT AND — THERE WILL BE
FOLKS THAT CAN HELP. IT’S IN A STRANGE WAY, KIND OF A
CELEBRATION, THOUGH. MUSIC, FOOD, A LOT OF FOLKS COME
YEAR AFTER YEAR.>>IT’S NOT A SAD EVENTED.
>>NO. THEY HAVE WRIST BANDS FOR IF
YOUR SPOUSE HAS COMMITTED SUICIDE, YOU’LL HAVE A COLOR,
CERTAIN COLOR. IF IT’S A CHILD, OR A FRIEND.
MY GRANDFATHER COMMITTED SUICIDE.
I HAD TWO FRIENDS ON OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMIT SUICIDE.
YOU COME IN MEMORY OF THOSE FOLKS.
PEOPLE WALK IN MEMORY OF LOVED ONES.
IT’S ABOUT TAKING AWAY THE MYSTIQUE, THAT IT’S SHAMEFUL,
THAT IT’S TOO HUMILIATING TO ADDRESS.
THOSE ARE THINGS THAT FURTHER THE POSSIBILITIES OF SOMEONE
TAKING THEIR LIFE. LET’S GET PAST ALL THAT.
THERE IS A THOUGHT THAT IF SOME ONE COMMITS SUICIDE OR THINKS
ABOUT IT, THEY MUST BE WEAK, THEY MUST BE A COWARD, EATEN UP
WITH SELFISHNESS AND SELF-CENTEREDNESS.
THAT’S FALSE. THROUGH THIS WALK AND THE
EDUCATION, GOOD, STRONG PEOPLE SOMETIMES GET ENSUCH A PLACE
WHERE THEY THINK ABOUT AND TRAGICALLY EVEN WILL TAKE THEIR
LIVES. AND SO WE JUST WANT TO TRY TO
ADDRESS IT AND BRING IT OUT TO THE LIGHT OF DAY WHERE WE CAN
EXTEND HELP AND HOPE, AND FORTUNATELY AS A POLICE OFFICER,
I’VE DEALT WITH IT A LOT, AS A POLICE OFFICER.
I’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH FAMILIES WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH IT.
I’VE TRIED TO HELP AS BEST AS I COULD, UNTIL MY GRANDFATHER
COMMITTED SUICIDE. THEN I FOUND MYSELF ON THE
RECEIVING END. THERE WAS ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER
TAKING A REPORT. AND I WAS THE FAMILY MEMBER IN
SHOCK. AND THROUGH THAT EXPERIENCE, I
WAS REALLY ABLE TO, I THINK, BETTER RELATE TO PEOPLE,
SURVIVORS WHO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THINGS LIKE THIS.
KUDOS TO CHIEF GOLDSMITH, ALLOWS ME TO WEAR MANY DIFFERENT HATS.
WHETHER IT’S THE PIO OR CRIME LINE COORDINATOR OR TAKING PART
IN ACTIVITIES LIKE THIS. I COULDN’T DO IT IF NOT FOR HIS
SUPPORT.>>ONE THING ABOUT THE CHIEF,
POLICE WORK IS MORE THAN JUST THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW.
IT’S REALLY HAVING PEOPLE APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND AND
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN NORFOLK.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU’VE DONE ON A PERSONAL LEVEL TO BRING
AWARENESS. IT’S NOT JUST ENFORCEMENT BUT
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FEELINGS, WITH WHO YOU ARE, BUT
IN THIS TIME IN PREPARATION FOR SEPTEMBER 7, NOW IS A GOOD TIME
TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FAMILY AND REACH OUT AND SAY LET’S DO
THIS AS A UNIT.>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>SO WE CAN DEAL WITH IT. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.
KEEP US POSTED.>>THANK YOU.
>>WHEN WE COME BACK, TALKING ABOUT TWO GREAT PEOPLE WHO
REALLY ARE COMMITTED TO GETTING YOU INVOLVED IN KEEPING NORFOLK
BEAUTIFUL. STAY TUNED.
>>WELCOME BACK. THESE SEGMENTS PUT ME ONLY
NERVE. I’M A TRANSITIONING PERSON.
THESE GUYS WILL CALL ME OUT ON IT.
AMELIA BAKER AND JOHN, HOW ARE YOU.
>>GREAT.>>WE’RE BEAUTIFUL ALREADY;
RIGHT?>>SURE.
>>OF COURSE.>>BUT WE GOT ROOM TO GO?
>>CERTAINLY.>>HOW?
IN 2013?>>WELL, WE’RE GOING TO GO OVER
THAT THRESHOLD OF GETTING MORE PEOPLE RECYCLING.
WE’RE AT –>>THAT’S THE BLUE CART.
WHICH WE HAD YOU IN THE LAST SHOW!
>>I’M CONFIDENT PEOPLE GET THE MESSAGE.
THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE BLUE CARTS ARE FROM BUT NOT USING
THEM ENOUGH. WE’RE DOING THINGS TO HELP THEM,
PARTICULARLY PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT RECYCLE ALL THE TIME.
THEY FORGET WHAT DAY IT IS, WHAT TO PUT IN, THEY GET CONFUSED.
THAT’S UNDERSTANDABLE. WE’VE GOT —
>>IT IS?>>WELL, BY BEING ON THE SHOW
WITH YOU, BOB, OVER THE YEARS I UNDERSTAND IT’S CONFUSING.
>>MY NEIGHBOR MOVED, THE ONE I COUNTED ON TO TELL ME WHEN TO
PUT THE BLUE CART OUT IT FELT NEW ONE IS VERY UNRELIABLE. I
HAVE BEEN GOING TO NORFOLK AND CHECKING ON IT!
BUT WE HAVE ANOTHER WAY TO GET THAT REMINDER.
>>REALLY?>>YEAH.
>>ARE YOU SIGNED UP FOR RECYCLING PERKS?
>>NO. I’M RECYCLING.
THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH.>>I’M HAPPY YOU’RE RECYCLING
BUT IF YOU SIGN UP FOR REPSYCH THINK PERKS YOU GET THE
INCENTIVES IN THE FORM OF DISCOUNTS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES
BUT YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO RECEIVE A REMINDER.
IT’S DIFFICULT TO REMEMBER WHICH WEEK IS ON AND OFF.
>>I WOULD GET AN E-MAIL.>>YES.
THE EVENING BEFORE REMEANEDING YOU TO PUT YOUR CART OUT.
YOU CAN PUT IT OUT AT 5:00 P.M. THE NIGHT BEFORE THE COLLECTION
UP TO 7:00 A.M. THE DAY OF YOUR COLLECTION.
>>THAT’S WHAT USUALLY HAPPENS. I REMEMBER AROUND MONDAY.
BUT COLLECTION DAY IS NOT UNTIL THURSDAY.
SO THEN I FORGET.>>YOU’LL GET A REMINDER ON
WEDNESDAY THAT SAYS DON’T FORGET, REPSYCH THINK IS COMING
TOMORROW.>>WITH THE PERKS, I DO KNOW
ABOUT IT. YOU GET ALL THESE FREEBIES FOR
DOING IT. SO I DON’T NEED THOSE.
THAT’S WHY I HAVE — IT’S NOT REALLY FOR ME.
I’M GOING TO RECYCLE.>>I LOVE THAT RESIDENT WHO SAYS
I DON’T NEED THE FREEBIES. I’M GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY.
THAT’S A WONDERFUL THING TO DO. THAT YOU PARTICIPATE.
YOU CAN GIFT YOUR REWARDS, ONE PART OF IT.
IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE USING LOCAL
BUSINESSES THAT MAYBE YOU DON’T NEED THE REWARDS FOR OR DON’T
WANT THEM, YOU CAN GIFT THEM THROUGH E-MAIL.
AND YOU ALSO HAVE THE OPTION EVERY MONTH TO DONATE YOUR
POINTS TO A LOCAL CHARITY. TRULY, A LOCAL CHARITY.
THAT’S REASON ENOUGH TO SIGN UP.>>AND IT’S EASY TO DO IT.
>>TAKES LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES. A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS REALLY
EASY. WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.
>>THAT’S IT?>>YEAH.
>>NO EXCUSE. WHAT ELSE IS COOKING?
>>WELL, PART OF THE CAMPAIGN IS TO GO TO NEIGHBORHOODS THAT MAY
NOT BE RECYCLING THAT FREQUENTLY, OR HAVE A GOOD
NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT AREN’T. WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO DO SOME
TARGETED EDUCATION IN THOSE AREAS IN THE COMING MONTHS.
>>THE GENERAL THING — I NOTICE I HAVEN’T ASKED YOU ABOUT A
PEANUT BUTTER JAR IN YEARS BUT I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ONE.
THE GENERAL INFORMATION IS THERE.
>>IT IS BUT PEOPLE STILL NEED A REMINDER.
WE WANT TO GO TO NEIGHBORHOODS THAT NEED THAT INFORMATION MORE.
AND WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING THESE FOOD TRUCK EVENTS.
YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOOD TRUCKS IN THE CITY.
WE’RE BRINGING THE FOOD TRUCKS TO NEIGHBORHOODS, HAVING SPECIAL
EVENTS. ONE A WEEK.
AND INVITING THEM TO COME OUT. IF THEY SIGN UP FOR RECYCLING
PERKS THEY WILL GET BONUS POINTS THAT GET THEM MONEY, DOLLARS OFF
THEIR PURCHASE AT THE FOOD TRUCK THAT EVENING.
>>COOL. NOW, I’M STILL STRUGGLING WITH
HOW IT ALL WORKS, WITH THE JAR VERSES THE BOTTLE.
AND — BECAUSE WHEN I SEE THEM DUMP THE CAN IT’S GOING INTO THE
TRUCK. SO ONCE THE TRUCK LEAVES MY
HOUSE WHERE DOES IT GO?>>THE RECYCLING TRUCK — DUMPS
IT INTO THE RESICK THINK TRUCK. SO IT CAPTURES THE RECYCLABLES
AND THAT TRUCK GOES TO A FACILITY IN CHESAPEAKE WHERE ALL
THE MIXED ITEMS ARE SORTED INTO GLASS, ALUMINUM, PAPER, TO THE
INDIVIDUAL COMMODITY THAT MAKES UP THAT BIN.
>>SO THAT’S GLASS, I MEAN –>>IT’S A COMBINATION OF
MACHINERY AND PEOPLE. EYES OPIT, BUT ALSO MACHINERY
THAT SEPARATES IT OUT BASED ON WEIGHT AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES
AND OPTICAL SORTING.>>A GREAT PROCESS.
IT’S STATE OF THE ART IN TERMS OF MATERIAL PROCESSING.
WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE IN RECYCLING WITHOUT THAT —
RECYCLING WITHOUT THAT. THAT’S WHEN WE GOT THE BIG
CARTS, MADE IT A LOT MORE CONVENIENT.
WE STILL GET CERTAIN CONTAMINATION.
PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT THAT. BUT —
>>WILL IT MESS UP THE WHOLE TRUCK IF I ACCIDENTLY THROW A
PLASTIC BAG IN THERE.>>NO.
YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN. IF YOU’RE NOT SURE, DON’T PUT IT
IN. YOU CAN CERTAINLY FIND OUT BY
GOING ONLINE THROUGH RECYCLING PERKS OR THROUGH THE CITY’S
WEBSITE. WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION.
OR YOU CAN CALL AND WE’LL FILL YOU IN.
WE DO PRESENTATIONS. SO THERE IS WAYS TO LEARN.
BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS DO WHAT YOU KNOW.
SO IF YOU KNOW NEWSPAPERS RECYCLING AND READ THE NEWSPAPER
EVERY DAY PUT THAT IN YOUR CART. ALUMINUM CANS, PUT THAT IN YOUR
CART.>>I WAS TOLD ON THE SHOW TO USE
IT FOR GIFT WRAP. I DID THAT YESTERDAY ON MY
WIFE’S BIRTHDAY.>>THERE YOU GO.
>>I’M LEARNING. WE ALL CAN LEARN.
THANK YOU. 30 SOME YEARS AT THIS?
>>NORFOLK ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION HAS BEEN AROUND OVER
30 YEARS. THE MORGAN CENTER, 15 YEARS.
>>REMARKABLE. I WILL GO HOME, I WILL PUT MY
NAME ON PERKS.>>ALL RIGHT!
I’LL CHECK TOMORROW.>>OKAY!
DAY AFTER. WHEN WE COME BACK, TALKING ABOUT
TREES. HANG AROUND!
RIGHT HERE IN THE CITY OF
NORFOLK. STAY TUNED.
I NOT THIS SEGMENT WAS ABOUT TREES BUT IT’S GREAT MERTELS AND
TREES. OTHER CITY FORESTER PARKS AND
REC IS WITH US. WELCOME TO NORFOLK I UNDERSTAND
IS IN ORDER.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH US?
>>ABOUT 2 1/2 MONTHS.>>SO 65 DEGREES TEMPERATURES WE
WERE HAVING WITH BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKIES WAS NOT REALLY SUMMER.
>>NO. THAT WAS MORE LIKE OUR WINTER
DAYS BACK IN SAN ANTONIO. SO I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVING THE
WEATHER HERE.>>WELL, IT’S —
>>SO FAR.>>WAIT UNTIL AUGUST.
OKAY. HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS BEING A
FORESTER AND WORK IN AN URBAN CITY?
>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. I GET THAT ALL THE TIME.
IS WHERE ARE THE FORESTS? EVERYBODY THINKS —
>>SHOULD BE LOGGING IN THE NORTHWEST.
>>WHEN I FIRST STARTED GOING TO SCHOOL THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT I
WAS GOING TO BE DOING TOO, UNTIL I UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF
TREES IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT. BASICALLY, EVERY SINGLE ISSUE
THAT AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT HAS, WITH MORE TREES, CAN BE
IMPROVED. WE CAN REDUCE CRIME, IMPROVE THE
ECONOMY BY PEOPLE WANTING TO SHOP IN BEAUTIFUL PLACES, WHERE
THERE IS SHADE. YOU CAN IMPROVE THE AIR QUALITY.
REDUCE STORM WATER RUN OFF. ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS JUST
BY PLANTING TREES.>>I AM LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE IN
A COMMUNITY THAT HAS RIVER STAR HOMES, MY FRONT YARD HAS VERY
FEW TREES. I NOTICE WHEN I DO YARD WORK IN
THE SUMMER MY BACKYARD, WHICH HAS MULTIPLE TREES AND GREAT
HIGH CANOPY, IS — FEELS 10 DEGREES COOLER.
>>ABSOLUTELY. TREES NOT JUST FROM THE SHADE
COOL, THE ENVIRONMENT, BUT AS THEY TRANSPIRE, AS THE WATER
LEAVES THE PLANT, IT CREATES A SCHOOLING ENVIRONMENT.
SO IT’S NOT JUST THE SHADE. YOU CAN HAVE SIGNIFICANT
DECREASES IN TEMPERATURE JUST BY HAVING PLANTS.
>>MY NEIGHBORHOOD IS ALSO FILLED WITH MANY OF THE OLD,
MATURE GRAY MERTELS.>>YES.
THEY’RE OUR NUMBER ONE SPECIES AROUND THE CITY AS FAR AS STREET
TREES ARE CONCERNED.>>NOW, I HAVE TO BE HONEST.
THERE IS ONE I HAVE NEXT TO MY DRIVEWAY, IT’S GORGES EXCEPT FOR
THIS — GORGEOUS, BUT THE RED FLOWERS FALL OVER MY WHITE CAR.
CAN I TRIM IT UP.>>WE PREFER THAT WHEN YOU’RE
DOING PROPER TREE MAINTENANCE, IS THAT IF YOU HAVE TO RAISE THE
CANOPY TO GET UNDER IT OR CLEAR BUILDINGS, RAISE OVER SIDE
WALKS, IS THAT YOU’RE MINDFUL OF THE BALANCE OF THE TREE.
YOU’RE NOT JUST CREATING A ONE SIDED SITUATION.
WHERE THE TREE CAN GET OFF BALANCE.
SO THE ANSWER IS YES, YOU CAN. AS LONG AS YOU’RE DOING SOUND
MAINTENANCE OF THE ORGANISM OVERALL.
>>WE HAVE PICTURES AND IT DRIVES ME NUTS, YOU SEE IT
BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND CURB, THEY HAVE MINI ONES UNDER THEM.
>>THE SUCKS.>>THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GO INTO
A BRANCH, RIGHT.>>THEY CAN GET BIGGER BUT THAT
TAKES AWAY FROM THE AESTHETIC OF THE TREE.
SO — THEN ALSO CAN GET SO BUSHY THAT IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING.
YOU CAN BLOCK VIEWS, THINGS LIKE THAT.
SO WHAT WE’RE REALLY ASKING PEOPLE TO DO IS HELP US OUT, AND
AS THEY’RE MOWING THE VERGE, IF THEY CAN GO IN THERE AND REMOVE
THE SUCKERS FOR US, AND HELP THE CITY MAINTAIN THE BEAUTY THAT WE
HAVE, WE CAN KEEP THE CLEAR VISION.
WE CAN KEEP THE SUCKERS DOWN. AND BY THE TIME WE WOULD GET OUT
THERE AND MAINTAIN THOSE, ABOUT ONCE A YEAR, THEN THEY GET A LOT
BIGGER. SO IT BECOMES MORE OF A
MAINTENANCE ISSUE. SO IT’S CITIZENS WHO CAN AND
WILLING TO HELP, WE WOULD LOVE THEIR ASSISTANCE.
>>THAT MAKES MORE SENSE. WHEN YOU SEE THEM GROWING UP, IT
REALLY HAS AN IMPACTED ON HOW MY HOUSE LOOKS TOO.
>>ABSOLUTELY. THE OTHER THING, WHEN PEOPLE,
THEY WORRY ABOUT HAVING TO GET A PERMIT TO PRUNE THEIR TREES.
WELLING, THE PERMITS TO PRUNE TREES, IT’S FREE TO GET A
PERMIT. IF PEOPLE ARE WATCHING RIGHT NOW
AND THEY CALL US UP AND SAY I WANT TO TAKE CARE OF MY CREATE
MERTELS — CRATE MERTELS. I KNOW YOU’RE ASKING US TO TAKE
THOSE DOWN AND HELP YOU, WE’LL SAY FINE, YOU SAW THE SEGMENT,
YOUR PERMIT IS HERE. YOU DON’T NEED TO TAKE THE
CLASS. THIS IS THE CLASS.
>>I WANT TO HAVE YOU BACK ON AFTER THROUGH THE 90s.
I NEED HELP IN FALL IN PLANTING TREES.
>>WE CAN HELP YOU THERE AS WELL.
>>THANK YOU. AND WELCOME TO NORFOLK.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH!>>WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ON TV 48. WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD? GIVE US A HOLLER.
IT’S A WONDERFUL TIME TO BE IN NORFOLK BECAUSE OF YOU AND YOU.

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