Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

February 2010

             Guest Speaker at This Month's Meeting: Ms. Hope Lomax-Jones, Facility Manager for the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, February 8, 2010, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, February 15, 2010, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the March issue is Friday, February 18, 2010.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Ms. Hope Lomax-Jones, Facility Manager for the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center, will provide information on the facility’s amenities, recent equipment upgrades, membership fees, classes, and workshops - Vote to match funds for the small dog park.

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

Greetings Neighbors! There is a book I read in my preschool class called Dogs, Dogs, Dogs! and it is fitting for such a dog friendly neighborhood as our own. In this book, big dogs, small dogs, and the smallest of the small invade a man’s backyard bar-b-que. Luckily, our neighborhood dogs have a hangout place and I don’t have to worry about them hanging out in my backyard. At our last civic league meeting, members voted to dedicate 15% of the existing dog park to an area for the smallest of dogs. This will go into effect as soon as the money needed for this project can be raised. The ideas flowing for a dog fundraiser are interesting: a large dog walk around the neighborhood where each dog owner purchases a ribbon in support of the park, a dog show where awards such as “Best in Show, Best Costume, Ugliest dog,” and many more are awarded, a dog photo shoot at the park, and other ideas as well. There are plenty of dogs that want to become involved, but what we really need are people for this one to get a fundraiser project organized. We will take a vote at the upcoming civic league meeting to see if the Civic League would like to match funds up to a specific amount to support this project.

Soon, spring will be upon us and interest for a Saturday morning garden club is growing. Last year, people gathered to plant bulbs and get to know one another and there has been some desire to see this project expand. If this is something that interests you, please contact me either via phone or email, so we can start early in organizing some garden projects around the neighborhoods.

I see that people in the neighborhood are interested in organizing Senior Activities. It could be a chess night, a bridge club, quilting, poker, or just a Tuesday morning coffee meet-up. If this is something that is of interest to you, please contact me at 469-3531 and we will organize.

CPRV is filled with many authors, musicians, and artists. Our neighborhood art gallery, 111 Art located at 111 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the new host to our monthly board meetings. If you have not visited this gallery, please do so. The talent in our neighborhood is amazing! I am organizing a CPRV night out in which I would like to see neighborhood musicians, authors, and arts come together for a night of entertainment. This is still in the early planning stages, so if you would like to volunteer to help organize, call me or email me. Let’s get this event off the ground and maybe it will become an annual CPRV Night Out!

The possibilities are endless with the amazing group of neighbors that we have! I encourage you to get involved in a project to help make CPRV an even more amazing place to live.

February and March Civic League Guest Speakers
Artemis Stoll, CPRV VP

Our scheduled speaker for the February 8 Civic League meeting is Ms. Hope Lomax-Jones, Facility Manager for the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center (NFWC). Ms. Lomax-Jones will provide information on the facility’s amenities, recent equipment upgrades, membership fees, classes, and workshops.

NFWC is a valuable, affordable resource in our community, just minutes away from CPRV. Located at 7300 Newport Avenue, near Wards Corner, the Center offers a wide variety of classes. NFWC members have opportunities for instruction in aerobics, swimming, music and dance, to name a few.

Ms. Lomax-Jones has 20 years experience in the fitness field. Her educational background is in Administration and Recreation. As Facility Manager for NFWC, she manages all the fitness and wellness programs. Ms. Lomax-Jones has been with NFWC for five years. She can be contacted at hope.lomax-jones@

Looking ahead to the March meeting, Mr. Ben Tokarz, Civil Engineer with Norfolk’s Department of Utilities, will present information and answer questions about Phase 3 of the sewer upgrade project. He will also address other general sewer-related topics as needed. Mr. Tokarz attended our September meeting and presented information on Phase 2 of the project.

As announced in September’s newsletter, the Department of Utilities is in the midst of a $700,000 infrastructure improvement project. The project areas receive new sanitary sewers and fully resurfaced streets. The construction contract is held by Precon Construction. As in the last project phase, the Department of Utilities and their contractor will make every effort to minimize inconvenience to the neighborhood. A City of Norfolk construction inspector, Thomas King, will be on site daily during construction. Residents may contact him at 813-5450 with any construction-related concerns. In addition, Project Manager, Ben Tokarz can be reached at 664-6735.

Donate Mobility Devices to Haiti
Debbie Tompkins, 627-9772

Everyone in the world has been distressed by the earthquake in Haiti. While looking for a way I could help, I came across an organization called Physicians for Peace. They informed me that there is a need for mobility devices for Haitian residents who have lost limbs due to amputation, disease or injury. I am collecting donations of crutches, walkers, canes, manual wheelchairs and old prosthetic devices. If you have any of these devices that you would like to donate, please drop them off on my porch at 4123 Columbus Ave. in Riverview, and I will make sure they are sent to Haiti through Physicians for Peace. I will be collecting until the end of February. If you’d like, you may attach a personal message that will be delivered with your device. Thanks!

CPRV General Meeting
January 11, 2010

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.. There were four people that were first time attendees.

PACE Officer Report: Crime reporting is down compared to statistics of 2008. Officer Pascal reminded residents to stay as safe as possible. Some suggestions may include getting a dog, locking doors and windows, installing an alarm system, and being aware of your neighborhood.

Small Dog Park Discussion: Buffy Masten reported that tonight CPRV members will vote on whether a small dog area will be fenced inside the dog park. The present design will have 15% of original space fenced off for the small dog area. The estimate cost will be around $1600. A first-aid kit will be installed at the dog park. Questions and discussions: A small dog is defined as a dog that is 15 pounds and under. Discussion about safety issues between small dogs and large dogs. A motion was made that a small dog park be created within the large dog park. Motion was seconded. Vote was: In favor, 26; Opposed, 10

Vice President Report: The Vice President asked for suggestions for speakers or programs for future meetings.
Norfolk City Library resources
Light Rail progress
HRT system
Beautification of Neighborhood
City Council visions
Small Business
CPRV Authors and Musicians

Secretary Report: A motion was made and seconded that November minutes be approved.

New Business:
Landscape and geese control on area around Knitting Creek
Tree cutting on Gosnold and New Hampshire
Light poles on Mayflower—call power company
Blinking light at Granby and 41st used to be there, got knocked down. (President will contact traffic division)
Will there be a crosswalk at Granby and 42nd street?
Colonial and Carolina corner needs maintenance
38th and Colley potholes
Residents were encouraged to call Norfolk Cares Line: 664-6510 or email

Unfinished Business: Street Sweeping will begin this month. Signs will be installed on exisiting poles. Schedule will be 2nd Tues- Even Day; 2nd Wed – Odd Day

The Civic League extends a sincere thank you to Alice McCoy for the use of the Riverview Coffeehouse for monthly CPRV board meeting. Future Board Meeting will meet at 111 Art- Pennsylvania Ave- 3rd Monday 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Street Sweeping in Colonial Place and Riverview

The streets in Colonial Place are swept on the second Tuesday and second Wednesday of each month. This schedule responds to the limited off-street parking in the neighborhood. The even-numbered side of the street is swept on Tuesday, and the odd-numbered side is swept on Wednesday. In Riverview, where there is more ample off-street parking, both sides of the streets are swept on the third Wednesday of each month. These schedules will remain in place after the new street sweeping signs are erected.

The signs in the two neighborhoods will also be different. In Colonial Place, the signs will be regulatory in nature – they will prohibit parking during the times that street sweeping will be in progress. These signs will be red and white, and they will be mounted on existing poles along the streets. In Riverview, the signs will be advisory in nature – they will alert residents about the street sweeping schedule without imposing parking prohibitions. They will be blue and white and mounted on existing poles at the entrances to the Riverview neighborhood.

The Civic League is working with the City’s Environmental Stormwater Division to determine the exact location of the Riverview signs as well as the schedule for sign installation in both Colonial Place and Riverview. Information about the project will be shared in each issue of the Newsletter. Questions and concerns may be directed to John Stewart (623-8127,

Small Dog Park Approved; Focus on Fundraising
Buffy Masten, Dog Park Coordinator, 622-6635

Passionate small dog owners and others are needed to volunteer to help raise funds for the small dog park. The goal is to raise $1500. Please contact Buffy Masten, dog park coordinator, at 622-6635 or email

Last Saturday afternoon, my husband and I visited the Chesapeake dog park, which consists of both large and small dog areas separated by a wire fence. We observed the behavior of the dogs on both sides of the fence, and found that barrier aggression was not an issue. We also spoke with the dog owners there who frequently visit the small dog area. We discussed the issue of barrier aggression with them, and they told us that the dogs get along fine. These dog areas have been side by side for five years and the dog owners are happy with this arrangement. We also spoke with the park officials in charge of this dog park, and they told us that they have had no complaints of barrier aggression.

We will take a general vote at this upcoming civic league meeting about getting matching funds from the civic league to help with our financial needs, so I urge everyone who is interested to come to the meeting. Anyone still interested in sending contributions to the small dog park fund can mail them to: CPRV Civic League Small Dog Park Fund, P.O. Box 6130, Norfolk, Virginia 23508.

Veterans Day Nor’easter Damage in CPRV?

If you experienced damage and have not previously notified Audrey Webb, please do so now so that we can summarize our losses to the appropriate agencies.

Estimated cost $ _________
Please return to: 3843 Beach Ave. Norfolk, VA 23504, or e-mail, or call 625-0442.

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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