Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
Topics at This Month's Meeting: Bully Prevention, Primeplus Senior Center, and The River’s View
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, October 18, 2010.
DEADLINE for the November issue is Friday, October 15, 2010.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report; Anti-Bullying Specialist with the Crime Prevention Unit of the Norfolk Police Department; Bill Odom – Norfolk Karate Academy – Bullyproof; A Representative from Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center; Jack Kennedy – a Riverview Resident – The River’s View
Participate in the 12th Annual Front Porch Art Walk. This is a wonderful way to explore the neighborhood and support local art. It takes places Sunday, October 10th from noon until 5 p.m.
After the Art Walk you are also welcome to swing by the McDonald’s home (619 Mayflower Road) after 5 p.m. on the 10th to say good by to Jen and Steve Earnhart, as they get ready to shuffle off to Buffalo for new opportunities.
Two important issues/topics in the neighborhood are traffic and crime. Fortunately, we have two involved neighbors working to reduce crime and traffic in Colonial Place and Riverview.
Dan O’Leary has held two informative meetings investigating serious traffic issues particularly in Colonial Place. More specifically cars racing through the southern half of our neighborhood, cutting through to points east and west. We are looking at options to discourage non-residents to travel through our narrow streets. Special thanks to neighbor, and Norfolk City Employee and Traffic Expert, Patrick Higgins for attending our last meeting and sharing his knowledge.
Chris Casnelli has breathed new life into the Crime Prevention Committee. Please see her insert and attach this to your refrigerator! Chris is putting in lots of time on her crime reduction crusade. Give Chris a call to lend a hand. And thanks to Buffy Masten (and other donors) the small dog park is coming soon.
If you want to know what’s happening around the neighborhood, come to our meetings. You will get first hand information about neighborhood projects, businesses, programs and services. This month we are planning to have the following speakers:
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully . . . and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
One wonders whether Emerson knew, in his day, how accurately his words portray the dynamics of modern-day bullying behavior; that is, when faced with an equal or stronger resolve, the bullying façade crumbles.
Barely a day passes without sad stories of the potentially devastating effects of bullying. And, the problem rages within our own communities. On June 3, 2010, the Daily Press from Newport News reported the death of an area high school freshman, Christian Taylor. The youth’s mother, Alise Williams, was convinced that bullying by a schoolmate set the stage for her son’s suicide.
Exactly how prevalent is this problem? The numbers are difficult to pin down, but nearly all available statistics reflect the extensive nature of bullying behaviors. The Daily Press reported, “as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least ten percent are bullied on a regular basis.” Another study cited by the Virginia Youth Violence Project indicates that thirty percent of students are involved with bullying, either as bullies, or as victims, or as both. Some statistics are much higher. The American Psychological Association (APA) stated in 2005 that “ninety percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of some form of bullying.”
Statistics aside, the long-term implications of bullying behaviors are entirely disconcerting. APA notes that “Bullying behavior has been linked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting, and the use of drugs and alcohol. Victims of bullying experience loneliness and often suffer humiliation, insecurity, loss of self-esteem, and thoughts of suicide. The impact of frequent bullying often accompanies these victims into adulthood.”
To compound the problem, bullying isn’t limited to school settings. In fact, bullying can take on a more formidable nature when it takes place outside the close supervision of adults. As an example, it was only this past summer that some CPRV parents and children experienced bullying behaviors within our own borders.
Bullies pick on the timid, as Emerson expressed. But, what happens when the beard of the bully is taken by the resolute -- by those who meet the bully’s challenge with equal confidence and skill? To answer this question, the CPRV Crime Prevention Committee is organizing an event from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on October 30, 2010, with an eye toward creating a “bully-proof” neighborhood. The afternoon will be filled with excitement and fun, tricks and treats, games, and even a little magic, most generously provided by John Kingry.
In another big-hearted gesture, Bill Odom, a retired Colonel and Army Ranger, a Ph.D. in history, a sixth degree black belt, and owner of the Norfolk Karate Academy, has volunteered his impressive facility and his time to CPRV for this occasion. Parents and children ages 8-12 will leave the event equipped with skills that empower them to take away the bully’s beard!
Mark your calendars now for October 30, and come to the October Civic League meeting to hear Mr. Odom introduce the “bully-proof” program to the community. All adventurers are welcome, but be prepared to leave “timid” behind!
It has been proposed to ask the City’s help in improving views of the Lafayette River at the eastern ends of 39th and 41st streets in Riverview. Neglect, dumping and overgrown vegetation has limited vistas for walkers and residents. The plan would be to remove undesirable species, do wetlands restoration and plant appropriate plants with low or above eye height foliage where needed. If approved by CPRV, the City will assist, but much of the initial work and the majority of the maintenance must be done by volunteers. A plan will be presented for discussion at the October meeting. Those who either favor or oppose the concept are invited to participate.
Good News! The fundraising for the small dog park is almost finished. We need a generous contributor, or more, to donate $140.00 & we will be ready to start installation. Send contributions to CPRV Small Dog Park Fund, P.O. Box 6130, Norfolk 23508. And a big thank you to all who have already contributed. I will let everyone know when it is finished, and ready for the more diminutive of our doggie friends.
The Tri-Neighborhood Community Garden of Norfolk invites families with young children who are curious about or interested in urban gardening to join the volunteers every Monday at the corner of 25th and Fawn Avenue across from the Five Point’s Farmer’s Market in Norfolk. If you arrive around midday you can join us for lunch and an informative tour of the garden.
We are a non-profit community garden functioning as a “teaching garden.” We work a 10,000 square foot urban corner lot, the use of which has been graciously donated by Surface Technologies Corporation. Surface Tech installs the ‘non-skid’ decking material to the helicopter and fixed wing landing surfaces aboard our naval vessels. STC has very generously consented to allow our group of volunteers to build a community based, teaching garden on their lovely corner lot. For more information, please call 623-4675.
COMMUNITY NEWS is produced by:
The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
P.O. Box 6130
Norfolk, VA 23508
Deadline for articles and advertising is the third Friday of the month
Community News Editor:   Blair Barbieri
Newsletter Advertising Chair: James Gregg
Community News Distribution:   Mary Hormell, Phone 627-2392
CPRV Web Page: www.cprv.org