Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

January 2010

             Open Forum and Small Dog Park Vote, At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, January 11, 2010, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, January 18, 2010, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the February issue is Friday, January 15, 2010.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Open Forum - Renew your membership - Vote on the Small Dog Park issue

A Message From the Civic League President
Sheila Janes, Civic League President, 469-3531,

Greetings neighbors! I am excited to welcome in the year 2010 as this is the year for recreation projects! This year we will see the Colonial Place Greenway playground renovated. I would like to thank Steve Earnhart for his work on this project. This year we will see the completion of the Haven Creek Walking Path, a project that will not only bring with it a nice walking path, but an environmentally friendly living shoreline as well. I would like to thank Bill Nusbaum for his years of hard work on the Haven Creek Walking Path Project. This is the year that the city plans to have the Northside Skateboard Park open for business as well. Many of our younger residents of CPRV helped in the design for this new park and it has been anticipated for quite some time now!

Also, this year may bring about some change to the dog park to accommodate smaller dogs as well. Make sure to come out to this month’s meeting to get your vote heard on the design of cordoning off a smaller section for small dogs to interact safely. I want to thank Buffy Masten for her hard work over the years so that CPRV can have an amazing Dog Park.

This year will bring about some new leadership for CPRV as well, as Artemis Stoll, Jack Kennedy, Sharon McGlone, Amy Butala, and I are coming to the last leg of our terms. I hope the New Year brings new faces and new ideas to the table in how historic Colonial Place and Riverview can continue being the most amazing neighborhoods that they are. The historic homes in CPRV and the beautiful natural wetland environment that surrounds CPRV is an amazing gem in this city.

Being that it is the New Year, please make sure to bring your membership current. Being that there will be a vote on the Dog Park design at January’s meeting, it is important that all memberships are brought current before the vote takes place. Membership will be on hand at the meeting so you can renew your membership or sign up as a new member. I look forward to seeing at January’s meeting.

Guest Speaker Plans for January Meeting
Artemis Stoll, CPRV VP

As I write, Christmas is nearly here and my original plan for January’s guest speaker has had to be modified. So, rather than scramble to put another speaker in place—or push past my deadline any further—I’ve come up with a new plan. For January’s meeting, we will have an “open forum,” an opportunity for residents to make suggestions about future speaker topics.

Is there a topic you’d like to see addressed? Are you involved in a specialized line of work, or do you have expertise in an area that would be of interest to our residents? (You can volunteer yourself as a speaker!)

Bring your suggestions to our first meeting of 2010 on January 11th. If you can’t make it to the meeting, email me at and I’ll be happy to present your idea on your behalf.

See you at the meeting!

Holiday Party Re-cap
Artemis Stoll, CPRV VP

Thank you to everyone who attended the CPRV Holiday party at ForKids. The atmosphere was festive and the donation table was laden with toys and gifts brought by our residents. From Community Relations Coordinator, Priscillia Monti, who gave a brief presentation, we learned how community involvement can make a difference for the families the organization assists.

I would also like to extend a BIG thank you to the volunteers who helped get everything in place before the party and those who stayed after to help wrap things up. Each of you helped make my job so much easier. My sincere appreciation goes out to the following folks:

Did I forget anyone? If so, please let me know and I’ll get you in the February newsletter. Thanks again to all! And thanks to ForKids for hosting.

2009 Holiday Decorating Competition
Mary Commander

Despite a Nor’easter that followed a Nor’easter, the neighborhood got into the holiday spirit with another season of enthusiastic holiday decorating. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Plan for Street Sweeping Signs Takes Shape

John White, Stormwater Engineer for the City of Norfolk, and Fleta Jackson, Stormwater Public Information Specialist, have been working with the Civic League to plan for the installation of advisory and enforcement signs to support street sweeping in our neighborhoods. The outcome for the project is to increase the quantity of debris removed from our streets by reducing the degree to which on-street parking impedes the cleaning. Street cleaning makes a significant difference in the health of our creeks and rivers, and it helps prevent street flooding caused by clogged storm water drains.

Regulatory signs alerting residents to the street sweeping schedule and to “no parking” zones during the cleaning periods will be installed in Colonial Place. Advisory signs will be installed at the entrances to Riverview. The difference in approach is due to the greater density of on-street parking in Colonial Place. The sign installation schedule will be developed in January, and the work may begin in February, 2010.

Based upon a resolution passed at a recent Civic League meeting, the program will include:

The Civic League is working with Fleta Jackson, a Colonial Place resident, in planning for the installation of the street sweeping signs. John Stewart is coordinating communication with her office. Any questions or concerns about the project can be sent to him at, or by phone at 623-8127. Responses to all inquiries will be shared in the newsletter and at Civic League meetings. Articles and announcements concerning street sweeping in our neighborhoods and throughout Norfolk will appear in upcoming issues of the newsletter.

Arts Within Reach Concert for the Family

On Monday, February 8, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s School in Norfolk, the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia will be presenting a concert program that the whole family will enjoy. The orchestras’ music director, Helen Martell is a resident of CPRV and teaches strings at Meadowbrook School.

The groups performing in this program, the String and Jr. String Orchestras are under the direction of Chris­tina Morton (another CPRV member) and Beth Argiro. The group consists of students from throughout Hampton Roads and will be performing selections from Mozart and Mussorgsky from Beethoven to Dvorak to Vieuxtemps.

The title is “American Serenade,” where we are exploring our country’s musical roots through a variety of pieces from the “New World Symphony” to variations on “Yankee Doodle”.

The concert is sponsored by the Norfolk Arts Commission and is free and open to the public. Call 618-1800 or more information or visit to learn more about the group.

CPRV Vegetarian Potlucks - Great Food! Good Company!
Joanna Jenkins

Once a month, open to everyone! Day and time may vary depending on who is hosting. Join the Veg Club listserve by going to: http:// Or send an email to: CPRV_Veggies-subscribe@ If you would like to join us or have any questions, contact Joanna at

CPRV Stickers
Jeanne Ullian

CPRV regular size stickers are still only $1.00 each; mini stickers are a mere $.50 each. Even at these low prices the CPRV treasury benefits and you promote the neighborhood. Stickers will be available at the January meeting. (Please bring exact $$). Get your “Stickers-by-Mail” by sending a check made out to CPRV to: Jeanne Ullian, 4400 Mayflower Road, Norfolk 23508. Be sure specify the number/size and your delivery ad­dress as I usually hand deliver these on my neighborhood walk.

Rental Properties
Rose Thornton, 615-7144

Residents of Colonial Place and Riverview are urged to contact the city when they become of aware of properties being offered for rent within our neighborhood. Call Rusty Masten at 664-6527 (City of Norfolk) and request an Occupancy Permit Inspection for the vacant or soon-to-be-vacated rental property.

Thank You!
to Knox Presbyterian Church
From the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League and residents, for their generosity in allowing us to meet there for our monthly meetings.

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