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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

Supporters of Portsmouth Public Art Strike Again!

The SPPA's newest murals are now mounted on Olde Towne's New Colony Theatre, across from the Commodore Theatre. The three giant-sized works depict three musical giants who hailed from Portsmouth: Tommy Newsome, Ruth Brown, and Bill Deal. We can all thank the SPPA volunteers for their pursuit of a cool and quirky Olde Towne vibe. Their creative ideas, fund-raising prowess, and ability to follow-through  continue to  make Olde Towne a fun and welcoming place for everyone. Visit them on Facebook!

Halloween in Olde Towne brought fun; folks

What better way is there to immerse yourself in the rendering of ghost stories but with a guided walk through a darkened, tree-lined historic district like Portsmouth's Olde Towne? On Friday, October 24, over 1,000 visitors found what guests for over 34 years have discovered: the Olde Towne Civic League's annual Ghost Walk is second to none for bringing home the spooky spirit of Halloween. On Saturday night the Olde Towne Business Association's Safe Trick of Treat saw over 9,500 kids collect over 101,000 pieces of candy from the neighborhood's shops. Also on Saturday, Portsmouth was declared the winner of

Did You Say: “Halloween in Olde Towne?”

Yup, the Olde Towne Civic League's annual Olde Towne Ghost Walk is happening on Friday, Oct 24, at 7, 8 and 9pm. Get your ticket info at 525-0318, and get your gang down there! Stroll through the night to hear spooky tales . . . and, perhaps, encounter a surprise or two! And, for the first time this year, carve YOUR pumpkin, install a battery-operated tea light, and take it to High Street Landing between 3-6pm on Friday, Oct 24, or between noon-3pm on Saturday, Oct 25. Help Portsmouth vie against Norfolk for honors in the GREAT PUMPKIN CHALLENGE. Pumpkins

Pilot Article Features Work of Roc Solid Foundation

The Virginian-Pilot's September 21, 2014 edition featured a story detailing the Roc Solid Foundation's recent project at a young family's Chesapeake home. Please click here to see more. Roc Solid is the creation of Lefcoe Leadership alumnus Eric Newman, who has worked with the continuing assistance of several fellow Lefcoe alumni to windows ultimate key nurture and grow this formidable organization. Please click to read more about Roc Solid.

Olde Towne Fall Crawl is Oct 4

It's time again for the Olde Towne Fall Crawl! This year the event, organized by Ghent Bar Tours, benefits the Portsmouth Humane Society. Following the Partnership's First Friday Courtyard Concert and Saturday Farmers' Market, the OTBA's Antiques to Flea Market, and the Portsmouth's Coast Guard Celebration at Portside, this year's crawl will showcase the numerous and diverse restaurants of Olde Towne.  Early registration is only $20 ($25 on the day of the event), and the event will run from 4 until 9pm on Saturday, October 4. Further info and registration can be had at OldeTowneFallCrawl.com. See you there!

Portsmouth named Bicycle Friendly Community

City of Portsmouth Named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists As thousands participate in Bike to Work Week nationwide, the League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including the City of Portsmouth at the bronze level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community. The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and

Farmers’ Market is back in gear!

The Portsmouth Partnership is pleased to announce that its 2014 weekly Farmers' Market got under way on Saturday, April 26. Colonel Crawford was on hand to usher in greens from the Brothers' Elizabeth City farm (pictured above) plus all of the other offerings that our market fans have come to enjoy. Plan to visit often, bring a friend or two, and enjoy all of Olde Towne's shops, museums and restaurants - every week, thru December 20.