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Hi, I’m Diane Becker, the Communications Director for the City of Norfolk, which means you’ll likely see me with camera, pen and paper capturing the behind-the-scenes news of the City of Norfolk and sometimes right-out-in-the-middle-of-the-street news of Norfolk.

dianebecker2It’s a great job because the City of Norfolk has great people. Just read Jessica Chamberlain’s blog post (she’s our Library Director) and you know we have the coolest library director ever. It’s the same way with all of the other divisions. Really. I’ve been writing articles about the City for about 13 years and have been bowled over by the knowledge and skills of City division heads and their staff.

I’ll bet you didn’t know the Water Pollution Plant cleans 3.5 million gallons of water a day using bugs or that we have 13 parks in Norfolk. It’s easy to take the clean water we drink, the police officers who protect us and our professional firefighters all for granted. That’s their job – to work so hard we don’t have to think about ways for disabled people to have housing (like the Housing Division does) or whether the streets needs resurfacing (like Public Works does).

If you’re like me and you like to think about these things anyway, you are a prime candidate for Norfolk 101: Citizens Academy. It’s an eight week, one night a week class that gives you a tour of all the City divisions. One night it might be about parks and streets. The next night it’s the West Water Treatment Plant. You get a tour and a visit with the head honcho of that division. This is an incredible behind-the-scenes program and it’s free. Go to our website at www.ci.norfolk.ne.us/about/norfolk101.htm to print off an application. The first night is September 15, 2015 so sign up and I’ll see you backstage Norfolk soon!