Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
Prime Plus, Sustainable Living and Norfolk Public Schools at This Month's Meeting
CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, November 8, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, November 15, 2010, at 7:00 pm.
DEADLINE for the December issue is Friday, November 19, 2010.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Prime Plus - Sustainable Living - Norfolk Public Schools
Sustainable Living at November Civic League Meeting
Robert Berz, RA, LEED, AP and architect with RRMM Architects, will be at the November 8 meeting to
discuss “Sustainable Living.” Sustainability helps you to reduce your impact on the environment and save money,
without compromising your lifestyle. Doing smart things like switching off the lights, walking to errands
and installing insulation saves money, improves fitness and protects our environment. If at least 30 adults attend
the November 8 meeting to hear this presentation, additional points will be added to CPRV’s EARNN cash. So
let’s show our support for the EARNN program and our speaker.
The EARNN program stands for Environmental Awards for Recycling in Norfolk’s Neighborhoods. EARNN
rewards civic organizations for specific “GREEN” practices. These include recycling. litter prevention, energy
conservation, storm water management, graffiti removal and others. The City of Norfolk sponsors EARNN
through Keep Norfolk Beautiful (KNB) in an effort to encourage responsible environmental stewardship
throughout the city. EAARNN provides Colonial Place and Riverview with an opportunity to make a difference
in our neighborhoods and earn cash awards! We receive monthly awards by collecting points in different green
Charity Begins . . . in Colonial Place and Riverview?
Chris Casnelli, Crime Prevention Chair, 651-3273 or firstname.lastname@example.org
After Roman playwright, Terence, wrote the script for Andria, the most enduring line became “Charity
begins at home.” CPRV is home to many charitable folk, but apparently, we are charitable to a fault. Norfolk
Police Officer Randy Brann noted at last month’s Civic League meeting that residents of CPRV are “giving
away” our belongings. Worse, would-be thieves already know the neighborhood’s reputation as an easy target.
From October 1 through 21, 2010, two crime-reporting databases, both of which cite the Norfolk Police
Department as their source, list at least 15 incidents of theft and burglary in CPRV. We CAN be better at
protecting our homes and our belongings. Consider employing the tips below to help reduce the likelihood that
your home will become a target for thieves.
Charity may begin at home, but when theft of personal property is concerned, home is where charity should
- Install deadbolt locks on doors. Close and secure all windows, house, garage and car doors when not attended.
- Check exterior storage locker doors and hasps for proper closure.
- Protect crawl holes or ventilation openings by installing grilles, heavy screening or locks to prevent access
under your house.
- Consider installing an intrusion alarm system.
- Keep porch lights on at night! Consider installing motion lights for the driveway or other dark areas.
- Make sure your house number always is visible from the street.
- Install lighting timers and leave a TV or radio on when gone, so that your house always appears to be
- Trim shrubbery and bushes to prevent blocking the view to any door or window. Keep lower tree limbs
pruned up to eight feet from the ground. These actions ensure a clear view to your property and your vehicle
by preventing burglars from using landscaping to hide their criminal activities. Also, prune large trees near the
house so that limbs will not provide easy access to a second story window.
- A well-kept lawn gives your home a “lived in” look that deters potential thieves.
- Never leave valuable items in plain view or unsecured in your yard or car. Remove them from sight and lock
- When unknown, unexpected visitors or solicitors knock on your door, do not give them money or any
information about your home. They may be surveying your property to decide if it is an easy target!
- Engrave valuables so that they can be easily traced and identified. An engraving tool will be available for use
or at each CPRV Civic League meeting.
- Report suspicious activity immediately to the non-emergency police number at 441-5610. (If you have
questions about what constitutes “suspicious” activity, read some descriptions on the web at http://www.cprv.
- Have a representative of the NPD’s Crime Prevention Unit perform a security survey of your property. The
service is free and the result is an analysis that helps homeowners reduce vulnerability to crime. Call them
today at 664-6901!
- Join the CPRV Block Watch program! Many Block Captains are needed. Contact Chris Casnelli as noted
above for more information or to volunteer.
Excerpted in part from the Norfolk Police Department pamphlets entitled Crime Prevention and Reduction Tips
and Residential Burglary.
October 2010 CPRV Meeting Summary
James Gregg, CPRV Secretary
- CRIME REPORT:
- Pace Officer Randy Brann, reported on last month’s criminal activity. He pointed out that our
neighborhood has much better crime stats than many other neighborhoods in Norfolk. We had 12 incidents of
robbery; from unlocked cars, homes, and stolen bikes, which were recovered. He mentioned that he is always
proactive and has no problem with asking anyone in our neighborhood why they are there and where they live.
This form of informal information gathering is what helps to solve cases. He stressed to keep your valuables out
of your car to reduce vehicle break-ins. Also he stressed us to call the police if we see anything suspicious going
- Chris Casnelli, 651-3273 or email@example.com, Chair of Crime Prevention Committee, talked about our
Neighborhood Watch Program and how important it is to have block captains on every block, to keep our
neighbors aware of how important it is to look out for each others security. She is asking for neighbors to
contact her to be block captains so our neighborhood watch program can be fully staffed and more effective.
- Jack Kennedy, a Riverview resident, made a presentation of his proposal to clean up the
vegetation at the end of 39th St. and 41st St. as they reach the water, so that people walking along Holly
Avenue can see the Lafayette River. He wants to enhance the river view. If the CPRVCL backs this project,
then the city of Norfolk will cooperate with us. Some people asked for more details, which he provided. A few
property owners, that lived next to the 41st St. location, objected to the project and then emphasized the cases of
vandalism that they have suffered, due to too much pedestrian traffic near their property.
- ODD AND ENDS:
- Dave McDonald, our President, mentioned that the CPRVCL Traffic Committee met in
September and is working on ways to make the traffic going through the neighborhood safer. This committee
will meet once a month to see what can be done. If you want to be a part of this committee call Dave at 624-
- Dave Spriggs, our Treasurer, handed out copies of the treasurer report and it was approved. Our current balance
- Buffy Masten, Chair of Dog Park Committee, mentioned that she is waiting for a donation of only $140.00 to
have enough money to complete the small dog park project. So she asked everyone to give generously to make
this small dog park happen soon.
- Kristin Bourcier, 622-5324, Chair of the Art Walk event, wants to thank all who made the event such a success.
Good planning, good artists, good weather, good neighborhood, and lots of people made it a rousing success.
Several members echoed that sentiment in their comments.
- President Dave McDonald continued, from last month, a positive discussion about using free labor from
the Sheriff’s Labor program to clean up the public spaces around Colonial Place and Riverview. Dr. Lauren
Cogswell Ramseur, a Presbyterian Minister and resident of CPRV, asked about the treatment of the Sheriff’s
inmate work crews. Were they forced to go out on these projects? She was assured by several members, that the
Sheriff’s Department set up this voluntary program for low risk inmates so they could get out of the jail setting
for a while and do something useful with their day. It was a win - win for both the inmate and the community.
There will indeed be a speaker at the November
meeting from the Norfolk Sheriff's Office to explain more details on the
Norfolk Sheriff's Work Force Crew. Dr. Ramseur also gave the positive suggestion that residents in CPRV also come together to do these projects
in our neighborhood as a team effort to promote neighbor interaction. Several others thought that was a good
- A CPRVCL Member mentioned that he had heard that there were going to be major changes to the Retro Diner
property, according to word he had heard. So he asked Pres. Dave McDonald to write to Peter Decker asking
about the future plans for his property. Dave said he would do that.
- Vice President Sharon McGlone mentioned the speakers for the Nov. 8th meeting. We will have representatives
from the following: Prime Plus, Norfolk Environmental Commission, and several from Norfolk Public Schools.
- CPRV Board meeting was announced for Monday Oct. 18, 7 pm at 111 Art.
Book sale Fundraiser
REACH is having a Book Sale Fundraiser at Riverview Coffee on November 20, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Live music
and some give-a-ways as well. Folks can choose the price of their purchase. They have kids selections as well.
Vehicle Sidewalk Obstruction
David A. Spriggs, Treasurer and Riverview Representative
I have begun to notice an increasing number of residents who park their vehicle in their driveway in such a
manner as to partially or completely obstruct the sidewalk. I would ask that each resident be considerate and
park so that their vehicle does not block any portion of the sidewalk for the following reasons:
- Our neighborhoods are the homes of many parents of young children whom they regularly walk in
strollers. They should not have to detour over your grass or into the street to get around your vehicle.
- Our neighborhoods are also the homes of senior citizens, some of whom use a walker or, perhaps,
a wheelchair. These devices are not designed to go over grass or curbs to get around an obstructing
vehicle; seniors could fall and be injured.
- Children under the age of 15 are permitted by City Code to ride bicycles on sidewalks. This is safer
than having those children riding in the streets. Obstructed sidewalks require them to detour into the
streets, which creates a very dangerous situation. Sec. 25-398. Riding on sidewalks. (b) No person
fifteen (15) or more years of age shall ride a bicycle, toy vehicle or motorized skateboard or scooter
upon any sidewalk, whether paved or unpaved, in any district, except that any person shall be allowed
to ride a sidewalk on the sidewalks of the area designated as the “Elizabeth River Trail”.
- Lastly, obstructing a sidewalk is a violation of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norfolk and may
incur a fine: Sec. 25.1-61. Report and notice of and general penalty for violations of chapter. (a) …
PARKING FINE SCHEDULE …….Blocking driveway/sidewalk . . . 30.00
Second Annual Community Garden Leaf Drive
Sue VanHecke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Got leaves? We’ll take ‘em! On November 27 and 28, drop off your bagged leaves anytime at the Knitting
Mill Creek Community Garden’s Michigan Avenue entrance. They’ll go to good use as we put the garden to
bed for the winter with a thick layer of leaves over all the plots. It’s a natural, organic way to keep weeds away,
plus nourish the soil when the leaves are dug under in the spring. Please, leaves only – no pine straw, branches,
With hundreds of square feet of growing space to blanket, the Community Garden needs loads of leaves.
We’ll be grateful for yours!
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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