More than 50 Southeast Community residents attended Tuesday's City Council meeting to express their desperate need for a grocery store in that part of town, which is now considered a food desert.
Several people asked council members to do anything they can to attract a real grocery store to the community, including providing incentives.
"The city has spent millions on parking garages, parking lots, fishing piers ... when the Southeast Community is in distress," said Debra Wilson, a member of the East End Neighborhood Association. "We should have no community left behind."
Since the closing of Fresh Pride at 2309 Jefferson Ave. in late June, the closest grocery chains are a Wal-Mart and Food Lion about four miles away off Mercury Boulevard, and a Food Lion nearly five miles away on Kecoughtan Road in Hampton.
Community center activity area complete
A multigenerational outside activity area adjacent to the new Denbigh Community Center is now complete and open for use.
The activity area includes an electronic exercise apparatus that involves 360 degrees of activities to help strengthen peripheral vision, auditory and special awareness for people of all ages, according to a memo from City Manager Jim Bourey.
The area also has a number of shaded outdoor workout stations designed to improve flexibility and stamina, geared for people ages 50 and older.
The outdoor activity area is open for use daily, from sunrise to sunset.
Elected officials to hold meet and greet event
The city is holding a "One City Meet and Greet" from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Boulevard to give the public a chance to speak one on one with state and local elected officials.
Members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, the City Council and school board will be present.
The events will be held quarterly and rotate to locations throughout the city.
International soccer and outreach event to be held
The Newport News Hispanic Advisory Committee to the City Manager is hosting its fifth annual International Soccer and Community Outreach Event Saturday.
The free event will be held at Riverview Farm Park, at the intersection of Menchville Road and Riverview Parkway.
Soccer matches will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and organizations will be present from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a free youth soccer clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, open to youth ages 7 to 12.
Inflatables, games, face painting, musical entertainment and food vendors will be on site.
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