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Activist Michael Muhammad calls for removal of Councilman Tommy Smigiel as school principal

By CHERISE M. NEWSOME , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Community activist Michael Muhammad called for the removal of Councilman Tommy Smigiel as principal during a School Board meeting Wednesday. Muhammad, a former mayoral candidate, said Smigiel’s position as an elected official conflicts with his role as principal of the new Academy for Discovery at Lakewood.

VaNews December 17, 2015


Smigiel keeps Ward 5 Norfolk council seat

By BILL SIZEMORE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Freshman Ward 5 Councilman Tommy Smigiel won a second term with more than 80 percent of the vote over former Norfolk School Board member Jim Driggers. Smigiel's overwhelming win was a far cry from his first campaign four years ago.

VaNews May 7, 2014


Norfolk councilman: Educate about tolls

By JILLIAN NOLIN, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Electronic tolling may be a part of the plan to ease traffic woes at the Midtown Tunnel, but Councilman Tommy Smigiel said Tuesday it's just as necessary to ensure that motorists know their options. Smigiel wanted to know what is being done to educate motorists, especially tourists who may get caught without cash on hand for the toll. He said something similar happened to him in Florida and that it was off-putting.

VaNews September 12, 2012


Norfolk colleague laments silence on Riddick's unpaid taxes

By HARRY MINIUM, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

At least one councilman wants to consider censuring Paul R. Riddick in the wake of a federal lawsuit in which the IRS says Riddick owes $246,000 in taxes, some of which date to 1998. But Councilman Tommy Smigiel's request probably will die from a lack of support.

VaNews January 31, 2012


'Father of light rail' Randy Wright feted on debut's eve

By HARRY MINIUM, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

For more than a decade, W. Randy Wright was a dogged and often lonely proponent for light rail. He jetted around the country, button-holing federal transit officials to tell them Norfolk was the perfect place for mass transit. He pored over light-rail budgets, made frequent suggestions on design changes and picked the name for Norfolk’s starter line: The Tide. Many, including Mayor Paul Fraim, call Wright the father of Norfolk light rail.

VaNews August 19, 2011