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This Week in NFK: NEON, Hockey, Housing, Carpools, Baseball Buyouts, Hauntings, and more.

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Council members Tommy Smigiel and Mamie Johnson raised concerns that the Plan NFK 2050 effort is too focused on Downtown. Rip it.Chronic absenteeism declined in Norfolk Public Schools from 24% to 20% of students, with efforts ongoing to keep the trend going. Rip it.Downtown Norfolk hosts the ABCs of Housing next week with City planning officials, local architects, and housing advocates. Rip it. 5,000 locals deployed for the Mediterranean aboard the USS Eisenhower. Rip it.Take a look at the candidates for Virginia’s 93rd District, which consists entirely of Norfolk: Jackie Glass and John Sitka. Rip it.New Virginia voters are registering at a slower pace than in past election years. Rip it. ODU is looking at joining several Virginia universities offering guaranteed admissions for students with certain GPAs. Rip it.HRT and Traffix are offering carpool matching services across the region, and can help you get to events like NEON Fest for cheap. Rip it.HRT is starting to collect resident feedback about expanding light rail, or other high-capacity transit, to Chesapeake. Rip it. The Hampton Roads Regional Jail is expected to close. Rip it.The Virginia Supreme Court reinstated a ban on electronic skill games, vacating an injunction that let them remain in stores. Rip it.160,000 Virginians on Medicaid lost coverage due to a review of eligibility as the COVID-19 public health emergency was declared over. Rip it.The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) released a study showing that over 80% of Virginia households with children can’t afford the cost. Rip it.Health professionals from NSU, ODU, EVMS, and the Centers for Disease Control are coming together to leverage data for improvements to community health outcomes. Rip it.TCC’s Visual Arts and Design Center is open Downtown and absolutely worth getting a glimpse at. Rip it.Olympic silver-medal boxer and Norfolk native Keyshawn Davis competes this weekend with hopes to continue a 9-0 professional career. Rip it.ODU will continue to keep two lead quarterbacks on the roster as the season progresses. Rip it.Electronic skill games are banned yet again after injunction lapses. Still set to be delegated in trial this December. Rip it.


The second day of the NEON Fest kicks off tonight with dozens of events across 19 locations. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.Next Month Madeline Rile Smith comes to Chrysler Museum for a performance glass art show. Rip it. The Governor’s School for the Arts brings “Metamorphoses: Based On The Myths Of Ovid” to the stage in early November. Rip it.The Hermitage Museum has a capital campaign underway to fundraise for the remodel of the on-campus Visual Arts School. Rip it.Radium Girls opens at Little Theater of Norfolk this week. Rip it.Up next from the ODU Rep Theater: “Blood at the Root” exploring race and prejudice in the South. 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.Charles Atlas: Selected Videos 1987–2015 at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.Jaime Guerrero: Dendrolatry at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.2023 Artists/Educators Exhibit 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.Nurture | Nature at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.Vague Appliances and Utilities at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.Papahanaumoku: A Panoply of New Island Cultures at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.“Fiber Friends” by Kristin Skees & Ryan Lytle at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.Everything Pink at The Gallery At Elation. Rip it.“A Look Within” a CAN Foundation collaboration at TCC Arts & Design Center. Rip it.Selections from The CAN Collection at Assembly. Rip it.


Don’t miss our conversation with Tony Brothers, the NBA ref, non-profit leader, and restaurateur bringing Grammy-winners, celebs, and more to Norfolk. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. The 757 Makerspace is unexpectedly having to move their dreamspace, and they could use the community help to fund the move. Rip it.The Norfolk Tides are being sold to Diamond Baseball Holdings, a company that owns over a dozen other teams. Rip it.Innovators, Creators, and ambitious professionals are gathering for spontaneity social at Codex next week with the Norfolk Innovation Corridor. Rip it.Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday, typically the first weekend in August, is back this weekend. Rip it.Two ODU professors are getting $3 million to study red algae blooms in the Chesapeake and regional waterways. Rip it.Angela Reddix, the CEO of Norfolk-based ARDX, bought the former TCC Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth. Rip it.The HR Association for Commercial Real Estate is hosting its 2023 Design Awards in the Neon District next month. Rip it.The City of Norfolk’s BIZ Cafe is back on November 2nd. Rip it.September was the 8th consecutive record setting month for the Norfolk International Airport with 385K passengers and over 4 million pounds of cargo. Rip it.

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La Brioche is baking up some amazing looking tartelettes that you just have to try. Rip it.Yendidi Restaurant is serving some of the best authentic African cuisine in the city! Rip it.A beautiful braised short rib that melts in your mouth, only at Varia. Rip it.Brinner, the secret 4th meal. Get yourself some of the limited specials at Commune. Rip it.The Veil has unleashed 5 new brews available now! Rip it.Tiramisu ice cream, who would have imagined! Lolly’s Creamery is crafting new flavors all the time. Rip it.The Green Onion serves a killer vanilla crème brûlée for just $9.00! Rip it.10 years of great service at Streats in Ghent! New hours, new menu, new decade of wonderful eats and drinks. Rip it.Brisket, the delicious meat treat of the gods, is now available at Red Wood Smoke Shack. Rip it.The Big Apple Sammy, country ham stacked with brined apples, honey dijon, and too much to describe here. Only at The Stockpot! Rip it.If you’ve ever wanted to know what The Ten Top is serving, they have their daily specials on their Instagram EVERYDAY. Love looking to see what they’re cooking up. Rip it.Food Truck Sightings:Friday:Crop Circle at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.Ghost Kitchen & Nacho Libre at Cova. Rip it.757 Laos Street at Benchtop. Rip it.Bar-Q Desserts at Afterglow. Rip it.Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.Saturday:The Lit Auntie at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.La Cocina Patina & Nacho Libre at Cova. Rip it.Flippin’ Hangry & Krazy Trompos at Reaver Beach. Rip it.The Salty Cactus at Afterglow. Rip it.Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.Sunday:Gavin’s at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.Weng’s Kitchen at Cova. Rip it.In Between The Bunz at Benchtop. Rip it.Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

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Paul Stetson Rice

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Paul is the creator of NFKVA.com. 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.

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