This Week in NFK: NOAA, NFTW, RGGI, Menhaden, Bookfair, Food Printers, and more.

by | Sep 1, 2023

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City Council voted on Tuesday to approve paying $4.6 million for NOAA-owned properties in Fort Norfolk and Freemason. Rip it. 

Documents obtained by Journalist Jim Morrison show that the NOAA land is slated for use in the Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Project. Rip it. 

City Council approved permits for a large retailer to demolish the former Kroger and the workforce development center and build a new structure. It’s anticipated to be a Target. Rip it. 

Several locals, including City Councilwoman Andria McClellan, participated in a protest against Virginia’s removal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Rip it. 

New Virginia laws mandating parental notification of bullying took effect this week as kids returned to school. Rip it.  

Attorney General Miyares is defending the state’s move to increase Menhaden catch limits by nearly 50 million pounds, which may be harming striped bass and osprey populations. Rip it. 

Blue crabs, typically native to the Chesapeake Bay are becoming an invasive species off the coast of Italy. Rip it. 

The U.S. District Court in Downtown will be hearing arguments in a case where the U.S. Government wants to block a Titanic expedition. Rip it. 

Norfolk’s Keyontae Johnson, a rookie for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, announced the creation of The Key to My Heart Foundation. Rip it. 

ODU’s football team has listened to Enter Sandman at least 427 times ahead of the season opener against Virginia Tech. Rip it. 

Mason McCoy shot 5-under-par 135 for 36 holes to win the overall championship of the Norfolk City Amateur (Decker Cup) at Ocean View Golf Course. Rip it. 


Meet Greeno, the force behind Not For The Weak Records, on this week’s Norfolk Currents Podcast. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Forum is gearing up for it’s 90th season with a star-studded line up. Rip it. 

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the City of Norfolk are partnering for another edition of CommUNITY, a play-in and sing-along show in response to recent hate crimes. Rip it. 
A $42,000 Barbie doll is now on display at the Barry Art Museum at ODU. Rip it. 

Tommy Stinson’s Cowboys in the Campfire come to Sanctuary DMZ on September 15th for an americana, rockabilly, and country show. Rip it. 

Tyler Donovan has finally dropped his album “Gasping4air” – check it out. Rip it.

Norfolk Zine Fest returns to the calendar! Catch them at Not For The Weak Records on September 23rd. Rip it.

No Bragging Rights, Mouth For War, Downswing, Gif From God, and Cataract are headed to Taphouse for a rowdy show. Rip it.

LAVA Presents is seeking bands and musicians for their costumed cover band show: The Halloween Extravaganza. Rip it. 

Marv.P, Andre Love, and more are taking over Smartmouth’s Warehouse for special GEMZ show. Rip it.

d’Art Center has an open call for artists for their next juried exhibition: DYNAMIC. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Heather Beardsley: Strange Plants at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Fashioning Innovation: Madame Alexander at 100 at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Vague Appliances and Utilities at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
SM/NYC: Rough Draft, a solo exhibition by Thomas O’Casey at Assembly Gallery (ENDS MONDAY). Rip it.
Jenny Craddock Art & Design at The Gallery At Elation. Rip it


Norfolk’s Dee Hall is growing and selling flowers right here in the city. Rip it. 

Local hotels are getting a boost thanks to an increase in the federal government’s per diem rates. Rip it. 

Lidl, a grocery store, was announced as an anchor for the Railyard at Lambert’s Point development project. Rip it. 

Bon Secours, one of the region’s largest healthcare companies, is battling Anthem in the courts over “slow pay and no pay” tactics. Rip it

$9 Million in federal funds are coming to the region to improve the navigability of the Elizabeth River. Rip it. 

Dillard’s at MacArthur Mall closes September 4th and is hosting sales on inventory, furniture, and merchandise displays till then. Rip it. 

Dominion Energy is offering grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to make a measurable impact on the environment. Rip it. 

Taste, formerly known as Taste Unlimited, is celebrating 50 years in business in the region. Rip it. 

The Lawson Companies partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Elizabeth River Project to add oyster cages to its Retreat at Harbor Point development. Rip it. 

Invesco is dropping a casual $85 million on an industrial site near the Port of Virginia. Rip it. 

Customs and Border Patrol agents in Nrofolk seized 101 counterfeit scale models of the University of Tennessee’s football stadium earlier this year. Rip it. 

Norfolk Southern suffered a technical problem that shut down its entire railroad system earlier this week. Rip it. 

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Eleanor’s and Reaver Beach team up for a Boozy Book Fair this Saturday. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Elation Brewing’s popular Oktoberfest will be back in North Colley on September 16th. Rip it.

Another dope show presented by LAVA is happening Saturday at Chicho’s Backstage. Rip it.

More than 700 runners are participating in the Elizabeth River Run 10K along the Elizabeth River Trail. The race culminates in a party at the Port of Virginia with music, pizza, beer, and more. Rip it. 

The Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance and the Virginia Zoo are partnering to host “Roar & Pour,” a beer-tasting event with 28 regional breweries. Rip it. 

The Tides host the playoffs for the International League starting September 26th. Rip it. 

Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it 
Writers Coffee Break at Cafe Stella. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Toddler Time at Jordan-Newby Library at Broad Creek. 10:00 am. Rip it 
KinderSTEM at Mary D Pretlow Library. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Common Threads: Knitting and Crochet Club at Mary D Pretlow Library. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Doggy Photo Scavenger Hunt at Pawsnickety Pets. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Ghent Farmers Market. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Flower Crown Making at Aries Apothecary, LLC. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
The OV Beach Tavern 1 Year Anniversary Party!. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Friday Night Live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it
First Fridays Sound Bath Meditation at Grow Empire. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Frank Sings Frank and Dr. Gad Brosch perform live at The Main. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Afterglow. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The OV Beach Tavern 1 Year Anniversary Party. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
SALT performs live at OV Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Bad Movie Night at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
September Open Build Night Art Show Night Market & Music at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Weekly TBMA Friday Jam Hosted by Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Taught by Tawana: Pinot Noir vs. Gamay at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
September Open Build Night Art Show, Market, & Music. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Where There’s Smoke Poetry Slam at The Venue on 35th. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it 
James “JJ” Smith performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Girl-Prov at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it  
Red Stapler performs live at OV Beach Tavern. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Goth Night Rocky Horror Theme at 37th and Zen. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Ladies Night R&B All White Affir at Chartway Arena. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Open Mic at Be A J Juice Bar. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
James “JJ” Smith performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Chris Johnson performs live at Tap It Local. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
ACE&ARO+ Affirming Space / Meetings at LGBT Life Center. 9:30 pm. Rip it 
Pajama Party: Improv Comedy and Storytelling at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it 
Paul Urban & Andrew Crudup perform live at Brothers Norfolk. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Weekend Long Run with OV Run Club. 7:15 am. Rip it 
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it 
15th Annual Boulevard of Wheels Custom Car Show at Janaf Shopping Center: 8:20 am. Rip it.
Redneck Roads & Tarheel BBQ Ride with Tidewater HOG Chapter #5344. 8:30 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market on Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Community Yard Sale to benefit An Achievable Dream Academy. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Bank On Free Financial Literacy Program at Slover Library. 9:30 am. Rip it 
Forest Lawn Tree Tour at Forest Lawn Cemetery. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Seasonal Sale at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Family Village Outdoor Markets. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Real People, Real Climate, Real Changes exhibit at Nauticus. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga at Waters Edge Winery with Sky’s The Limit. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Kpop Daebak at Slover Library. 11:00 am. Rip it.
1-2-3 Play With Me at Jordan-Newby Library. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Cool Creations: Autumn Collage & Painting Clay Leaf Plates at d’Art Center. 11:30 am. Rip it 
Portsmouth Weekly Pokemon League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
End of Summer Party with Nature’s Child at Mona Lisa Restaurant & Bar. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Art Studio: Knit and Crochet at Jordan-Newby Branch Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
One Piece TCG: Buddy Battle at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Princess Diaries at Mary D Pretlow Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Monarch Makes at the Barry Art Museum. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Mom Mends Workshop at Empower – A Birth Collective. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
A Candle A Day Pop UP at Book Exchange. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Boozy Book Fair: The Sequel @ Reaver. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Paul Urban & Terry King perform live at Afterglow. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Roar & Pour at The Virginia Zoo. 5:30 pm. Rip it 
Vino Culture 2-Year Anniversary Party. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventurers League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
RnB Block Party at Norfolk Scope. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
UGA  Alumni Football Watch Party at The Ghent. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Art Rowe performs live at Willoughby Fish House. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Halloween Paint Night at Aries Apothecary. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
NEON Art Tour with Norfolk Tour Co departing The Plot. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Furioso performs live at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
LAVA Presents: Wandcarver, Gull, Buck Gooter at Chicho’s Pizza Backstage. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
NEON Art Tour. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Silent Disco at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it  
Date Night at the Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
ODU vs VT Football Game Watch Party Cogans. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
James “JJ” Smith performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Cake & Sip at Expansive. 9:00 pm. Rip it.

44th Annual Elizabeth River Run on the ERT. 7:00 am. Rip it 
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Sky’s the Limit Yoga on Tap at Reaver. 10:45 am. Rip it 
Privateer Press Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Maple Spice Tea at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Veg Fest Info and Volunteer Meet & Greet at Benchtop. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Norfolk Weekly Pokemon League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Sunday Funday: Board Game Night at COVA. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Happy Planner Group with Amy at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Sail into Fall with OutLife757 and Rover Cruises. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Tour de ORF at Smartmouth Beer. 3:00 pm. Rip it 
Art Rowe – Returns to Makers Craft Brewery. 3:00 pm. Rip it 
Writing Submissions for The 666 Project: A Horror Anthology at Push Comedy Theater. 5:00 pm. Rip it 
Sunset Kayak Tour with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. 6:15 pm. Rip it.
James “JJ” Smith performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Coco Jones performs live at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Norfolk Labor Day Weekend Pier Pressure Party. 9:30 pm. Rip it.



Hops grown at the Norfolk Botanical Garden will be used in a beer made by Cova Brewing. Rip it. 

Iced Watermelon Fogs are creating quite a buzz at Cova Brewing Company. Rip it. 

The Veil dropped five new IPAs this week, so why not try them all for yourself? Rip it.

A delicious spin on a classic, get in on Streats Mac n Cheese before it’s gone. Rip it.

Starting next week Swell Charcoal Grill adds lobster, snow crab, and more to its dinner specials. Rip it.

With summer coming to a close, it’s a great time to enjoy some Tomato Coconut Soup with some Toastys at The Stockpot. Rip it.

ReedWood Smoke Shack has a new menu for the week! Rip it.

Peach, Key Lime, Pistachio, and Lemon Blueberry are leaving soon at POWnd Cakes to make room for more flavors. Rip it.

Café Geneviève is now offering customized designs on their macarons using crazy printing technology! Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Hot Box at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen, Big Belly, & Nacho Libre at Cova. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Benchtop. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Crop Circle at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Moontide Sundries & Courtney’s Kitchen at Cova. Rip it.
757 Laos Street at Benchtop. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Afterglow. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Hades Wood Fired at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Cova. Rip it.
Pard N’ Tha Smoke at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Revery Easts at Afterglow. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

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Paul is the creator of He was born and raised in Norfolk, graduated from Virginia Tech, and narrowly avoided law school. Chat with him about economics, entrepreneurship, hip-hop, and hiking. When he's not working on five different projects, you'll catch him sharing a beer with friends at a local brewery.