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May 25

Main Street Library offers Local History Resources

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 9:42 AM by Communications Department

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Located within Main Street Library, the Martha Woodroof Hiden Memorial Virginiana Room contains over 4300 individual volumes specializing in historical photo_SCVirginia genealogy and local history. This special collection contains books, manuscripts, maps, periodicals, photographs and microfilm on the history of Newport News and Virginia. The Library also has a subscription to, which is available onsite in the Virginiana Room to any Newport News Public Library cardholder.

A few times per week, Library staff members post photos to the Virginiana Room’s Facebook page. All of these photos are part of the collection available in the Virginiana Room. Be sure to follow the page for snapshots into the city’s past!

The Virginiana Room is located on the first floor of Main Street Library, 110 Main Street in Newport News. The room is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment on Sunday. Visit the NNPLS website or call 757-591-4858 for more information.
May 25

Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood Gets Spruced Up

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 9:42 AM by Communications Department

Vice Mayor Tina Vick kicked off the third annual Newport News Home Repair Blitz this past Saturday morning. Habitat for Humanity was onceCNI Blitz 1_SC again the principal partner for the Blitz with support from other organizations including the United Way, Trivent Builds, and Lowe's. In an effort to support the great work of the Choice Neighborhood Initiative, the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood was the focus of this year's blitz, and the Boys & Girls Club (Hampton and Jefferson) served as the host.  Over the course of the day, 10 qualifying homeowners were assisted. Approximately 150 volunteers, including City and Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority staff, worked to complete projects ranging from minor landscaping and painting to building a shed and back deck.

This year in addition to the blitz, the Choice Neighborhood Planning Team hosted its first Neighborhood Cleanup and Block Party. Residents, CNI Blitz 2_scpartner organizations, community volunteers, and City and housing authority staff joined together to do some spring cleaning and celebrate their ongoing commitment to transforming the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood. Volunteers gathered at Marshall Early Learning Center, where they were split into teams and provided supplies for cleanup. Volunteers picked up litter between 16th and 28th Streets between Madison and Marshall Avenues, along with a portion of Ridley Place, before heading back to the school for food, music, and activities for the kids.

The Block Party was made possible through the generous support of J. Smith Enterprises (McDonald’s), Uncle Nick’s Premium Meats, Hornsby Tire and Service Center, Naval Station Norfolk Special Operations Department, The Mariners’ Museum,  Virginia Living Museum, Couture Cakes by Nika, and Newport News Public Schools.
May 25

Fish Without a License First Weekend in June

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 8:57 AM by Communications Department

Next weekend, June 2-4, everyone in Virginia is welcome to fish without a license. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is encouraging families to enjoy the state's natural resources, which we have plenty of right here in Newport News!Fishing_SC The license holiday applies to recreational rod and reel fishing but regulations including size and catch restrictions remain in effect.

Visit the Parks, Recreation and Tourism page on the city website to find a list of different fishing locations in Newport News, ranging from saltwater fishing to freshwater fishing, along with the hours and fees. More information about the state’s fishing rules can be found online at as well as detailed information about how to obtain a regular fishing license for when the free fishing days are over. For questions or for more information about fishing in Newport News call 757-926-1400.