Sandbridge Beach Civic League Newsletters
Letter from the President – November 2018
Well, it’s that time of year when the air starts to get a little crisper, the mornings are darker, the days are shorter, and the leaves are beginning to fall. It can only mean one thing – autumn! Now with the summer season behind us, we can look forward to the holiday season starting with Halloween! I’m so excited for it this year since we have so many families living in Sandbridge that have young children. So please remember to be on the lookout for the little ghouls, goblins, princesses, comic book heroes, and other critters roaming the streets in search of tricks or treats. Just don’t give any candy to the foxes.
October also means Oktoberfest and we had another great celebration this year. Special thanks to Janice Lott who took over planning for Oktoberfest this time. I think she did an amazing job for her inaugural event. I would also like to thank Jim Reeve and the Baja crew for allowing us to use the restaurant and for looking the part. The weather was amazing, though a bit chilly, but just perfect to enjoy brats and beer and strudel.
This year is an election year for several local, state, and national races. We held our political forum at the October membership meeting and we had nearly all of the candidates running for city council in attendance. The meeting was well attended and the forum ran smoothly with each candidate having an opportunity to address our concerns and meet with the members following the forum. Don’t forget to vote on November 6. Every vote counts and matters.
This fall we are having our semi-annual Community Cleanup on November 4. We’ll meet at Little Island Park to “assign” streets for cleaning and then we’ll convene at the Baja for a food-filled get-together afterwards.
The upcoming holiday season is a busy time for most of us. It can also be a stressful time for many – both in good ways and bad ways. We should take time this year to reach out to others and lend a helping hand when we can. It can be small gestures like just holding the door for someone whose hands are full of bags, giving up a seat on a crowded bus, saying “please” and “thank you”, flashing a smile, or making small donations when you can. Every little bit goes a long way to making someone feel better and every person we can help creates an opportunity for that person to help someone else. Helping people and making them feel a little bit of kindness is contagious. Try it, you’ll see.
Stay safe, stay warm, don’t forget to vote, and remember to greet each other with a smile and a wave.
Letter from the President – October 2018
It’s autumn! While it may not feel like it yet, fall is in full swing and that brings school, changing leaf colors, the Neptune Festival, Halloween, Oktoberfest, Fall Cleanup, Baja Surf Contest, Thanksgiving and our Community Yard Sale. Please be sure to keep an eye out for the little ones boarding the school buses.
This year, fall also brings an election in November. At our next Civic League meeting on October 15, we’ll be having the candidates present for our SBCL Candidates Forum. We have a lot of candidates on the ballot this year and several will be in attendance. Don’t miss this important event to meet the candidates and hear their positions on a host of issues pertaining to the city, Sandbridge and the state. We hope to hear some intelligent solutions to address our flooding problems in Sandbridge, on our only road in and out, and within the surrounding communities – among other important issues.
The annual Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad’s Pig Pickin’ was a huge success. I haven’t received the numbers yet, but if the turnout is any indication, the event did well and should help our local rescue squad continue the very important task of providing emergency services to our community and the entire city. For those who are not aware, our EMS system (excluding fire and police) is comprised of volunteers and most expenses have to be funded by the individual squads. Events like Pig Pickin’ help raise the funds necessary to buy equipment and supplies. Thank you to our rescue volunteers, our lifeguards and everyone who attended the event and contributed their time and/or money. Special thanks to the Sandbridge Beach Business Association for the wine table at the Pig Pickin’ again this year. I know that plenty of people were thankful to have an alternate beverage option.
We heard from police that while crime in Sandbridge is at an all-time low, vehicle larcenies in the City of Virginia Beach are up – both grand and petty. We were reminded that most of these larcenies are crimes of opportunity so it is very important to remember to remove your belongings from the vehicle, or stow them in the trunk, and remove your keys/fobs from the vehicles and lock the doors. Let’s not make the criminals’ jobs any easier. Remember: “Beep it to Keep it”.
If you have not already done so, please be sure to RSVP for the Oktoberfest. This year’s event promises to be a good one with some exciting additions to the menu and activities. I don’t want to spoil anything so you’ll have to come out and see for yourself. Oktoberfest is on Sunday, October 21 at the Baja restaurant. Hope to see you there!
Letter from the President – September 2018
Well, we are nearing the last third of summer. The summer days are getting shorter while still staying hot, and the summer nights are getting a little cooler and longer. Some of our children are heading off to college again or for the first time. Good luck Angel and all of the other freshmen this year. We will also have some youngsters heading off to kindergarten, elementary, middle,
or high school. Good luck to all the students!
Just because we are nearing the end of summer doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun. We have the annual Pig Pickin’ in September to raise money
for the all-volunteer Sandbridge Rescue Squad. There is the Party at the Pier and the Baja Surf Classic and at the Oceanfront (the other beach) there is the East Coast Surfing Championships. We are so fortunate to have a wealth of activities taking place in and around our little piece of the world.
I hope that everyone had a great summer and that the rains we’ve been getting didn’t put too much of a damper on the season. It is so weird that there can be places where they desperately need rain and we are getting so much of it. I don’t want to complain, as we all need rain, but there is such a notion as “too much of a good thing being bad” for us. That being said, we need to work
together as a community to get the City to work with us and fix the problems of flooding that occurs every time we get more than an inch of rain. What’s the point of having this nice beach if you can’t even get into the neighborhood or
cross the street because of all the standing water?
Civic matters aside, let’s still enjoy the summer we have left as we slowly welcome fall, school, and the retail holiday season. We still have many
more community activities in store for the fall. Remember to greet each other with a smile and wave and be good to one another.
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