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New Board Member Is In Step With History

 A visitor to Olde Towne Portsmouth can immediately see that the city’s original planners got it right: Lay the city out in a logical grid with a wide main street (High Street), an occasional less-wide cross street (Court and Washington Streets), with all remaining streets narrow, quaint, and shady. What has been less obvious – until today, at least – is that the 103 original squares formed by cross streets had names. Some even had names which were linked to their purpose. Church Square? Home of Trinity Episcopal Church. Market Square? That was the Kroger of its day. Courthouse Square?

Starting Block Helps To Create New Businesses

When you disembark from the Elizabeth River Ferry at the foot of High Street, one of the first sights to greet you as you head up High Street is Portsmouth’s own Colonel Crawford (actually, a statue of him) standing guard before the TowneBank building at the corner of Crawford and High. You might say that his figure marks the "starting block" of the path toward pedestrian-friendly Olde Towne’s many restaurants and shops. But now there’s more: on the second floor of the Colonel’s building you’ll now find the new space made available to Portsmouth entrepreneurs whose big ideas needn’t be

Partnership Snags ALLI Award

The Portsmouth Partnership has been recognized as the 2015 Alli Awards Arts Partner by the Cultural Alliance of Hampton Roads for three of its affiliates' work in support of tourism, the arts, leadership, and education in the city of Portsmouth. "The Partnership's impact is felt far beyond Olde Towne's boundaries as the Partnership supports areas that touch the lives of all residents - education, the public schools, and the Portsmouth Schools Foundation.  Economic growth and the development of future leaders are the hallmark of the Portsmouth Partnership," the Cultural Alliance noted in making its presentation. The Partnership's PortsEvents affiliate, created in 2008 when the city eliminated its

Portsmouth FLAVOR

Presents: PORTSMOUTH FLAVOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015 FROM 6 – 8:30 PM AT THE WOMEN'S CLUB OF PORTSMOUTH 304 Sycamore Road, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707 FOR A TASTE OF PORTSMOUTH WITH THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANTS: 757 Crave on the Harbor, Dock of the Bay, Foggy Point Bar & Grill, Gosport Tavern, Homegrown, JoJack’s Espresso Bar & Cafe, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, Roger Brown’s, Still, Stove, The Bier Garden, and more... SILENT AUCTION SPONSORED BY:  LOCAL BEER AND WINE TASTINGS ENTERTAINMENT: Porte Towne Magic Jazz Band Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at door – and includes beer and wine tasting. Cash bar beyond tastings. For ticket information, go to www.prha.org or email portsmouthflavor@prha.org.

Partnership, City Endorse Transportation Grant Request

The Portsmouth Partnership and Interim Portsmouth City Manager Brannon Godfrey have written in support of the City of Chesapeake’s request for grade separation at Freeman Avenue, adjacent to Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad’s soon-to-be expanded Virginia Yard facility. The unique opportunity presented by the combination of NPBL’s facility expansion and a Freeman Avenue flyover holds value for Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and the entire region. By mitigating congestion caused by the moveable lift bridge on the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch, delays of both rail and vehicular traffic in Portsmouth and Chesapeake will be reduced, as will the delay of maritime traffic

Partnership’s Farmers’ Market is Business Incubator!

THE TERM “BUSINESS INCUBATOR,” for most of us, conjures images of quirky urban spaces where casually-dressed young techies huddle over smart devices and foot-tall cups of Starbucks coffee. But the 30 or so vendors at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market contend that they, too, share an incubation space with a vibe all its own: their weekly market at Court and High Streets. Their stalls are, after all, the ultimate “temp space;” their revenue provides investment for their businesses’ growth, and their customers’ testimonials provide the most credible brand of advertising out there. “I STARTED MY BUSINESS OUT OF MY HOME over

Taste Portsmouth’s Best on November 5

Signature dishes from some of Portsmouth's most inventive chefs, select beers from Smartmouth Brewing, and wines from the Eastern Shore's own Chatham Vineyards will be featured at the Portsmouth Service League's Glenshellah Women's Club on November 5. Proceeds from the $35 per ticket (plus cash bar) event will support Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority's Scholarship Foundation and the Portsmouth Partnership. Event sponsor Elizabeth River Crossings joins TowneBank and the Whitmore Company to bring "Portsmouth FLAVOR," featuring Porte Towne Magic, a silent auction and more. Tickets are in limited supply - for info, please visit www.prha.org or email portsmouthflavor@prha.org.

Golf Tournament Moves to September 30

The torrential rains and subsequent flooding experienced throughout Portsmouth and south Hampton Roads on September 10 have necessitated the tourney's move to SEPTEMBER 30. The event will still take place at Portsmouth's Bide-A-Wee golf course. AS PORTSMOUTH ENTERS ITS 5TH YEAR AS ONE OF SIXTEEN OFFICIAL US COAST GUARD CITIES, the Portsmouth Partnership is pleased to dedicate its 10th annual golf tournament to a celebration of that status. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 10, at Portsmouth's Bide-A-Wee Gold Course, where special rates will be offered to teams of USCG golfers. While Portsmouth and the Coast Guard have a

Creativity Drives Portsmouth Public Schools’ Summer Programs

  MANY PEOPLE COULD BE forgiven for thinking that today’s kids are so preoccupied with viewing other people’s stories and listening to other people’s music that they are incapable of creating their own.  Those people would simply not be familiar with the work of some of Portsmouth Schools’ 4th thru 12th graders. A PORTSIDE STORY, an original musical that was written and performed by PPS students and funded by the Portsmouth Schools Foundation, was performed at I.C. Norcom High School on Friday, April 11, to a full crowd.  The show addressed the themes of bullying, humility and pride, plus the