Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

April 2010

             Guest Speakers at the Month's Meeting: Norfolk Mayoral Candidates

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, May 10, 2010, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, April 19, 2010, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the May issue is Friday, April 16, 2010.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Meet the Norfolk Mayoral Candidates - Discuss the Street Sweeping Signs project - Introduction of Nominating Committee.

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

Greetings Neighbors! This is my favorite time of year because the earth comes alive with blooms in all colors. CPRV is the best place to feel that spring has sprung because the amount of flowering trees is abundant.

Several years ago, I went to City Hall and was able to retrieve a picture of my 1923 home that was taken in 1948. The landscaping was much different than what is here now and there is even a little child riding a tricycle on the sidewalk out front. It was just a joy to discover this picture. The woman behind the counter made a quick photocopy for me, which I was grateful for. I found out from reading the assessment card on my house that many years ago there was a fire in the attic and I found out the date as to when my back porch was turned into an eat-in kitchen addition. Finding out some history of our home was exciting for the whole family.

Sue VanHecke and Artemis Stoll wrote an elegant and informative hardcover coffee table book on the history of CPRV several years ago. Recently, we came to inventory the book and found that there are not that many copies left. If you are interested in getting a copy of Colonial Place and Riverview: 100 Years of History, then you should really act fast. One hundred per cent of the proceeds of the sale now go directly to the civic league.

Please come out to April's meeting because we will have the ear of our mayor candidates. Our City has so much to offer and it will be nice to hear what each candidate sees as the future of our great City! It is also our opportunity to convey what issues are important to CPRV residents. We will also introduce the nominating committee to the league for the upcoming civic league elections.

The warm weather brings more people out and about. I have submitted a long list of the street lights in CPRV that are out. If you notice a light out while you are out and about, please notify Virginia Power as soon as possible so we make sure that our neighborhood remains a nicely lit place for neighbors to stroll with their families on the sidewalks.

There are so many ways to get involved in the civic league. If you have been meaning to get involved, make sure to take the first step and join us this Monday evening. I look forward to meeting you.

Meet Our Mayoral Candidates
Artemis Stoll, CPRV VP

Four candidates--an ODU student, a retired construction boilermaker-come-activist, a city councilwoman, and the current mayor--are all vying for the chance to serve as our next Norfolk Mayor. They are Ryan Cooper, Daniel Montague, Daun Hester, and Paul Fraim. As varied as their backgrounds are, each candidate brings forth different ideas on how our fair city should be run. But on one thing they can agree: your vote is important May 4th. That is why they have all readily agreed to make time in their schedules to attend our next CPRV Civic League meeting on Monday, April 12th.

At the meeting, CPRV residents will have an opportunity to hear each candidate's platform, ask questions, and, perhaps most importantly, get answers first-hand. (To learn more about the candidates before the meeting, visit their websites listed below.)

Colonial Place resident and ODU Professor of Political Science, Glen Sussman, will serve as the evening's moderator.

Candidates' websites
Ryan Cooper: no website
Daniel Montague:
Daun Hester:
Paul Fraim:

CPRV Civic League General Meeting

March 8, 2010

Book Sale to Benefit REACH

There will be a book sale on Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Riverview Coffee Parlor, 4117 Granby Street.

Current nonfiction, fiction, hardcovers, paperbacks, and graphic novels will be sold. Come fill a bag for $10 or buy books for a donation. Call 757-627-4722, or visit for more information. Treat yourself to a great read, and put books in the hands of homeless kids with the money that we raise!

Rental Properties
Rose Thornton, 615-7144

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

Special Discounts for CPRV Civic League Members

Did you know that many Riverview Village Businesses support nonprofit organizations? Some of the nonprofits are FONE, SPCA, CHKD, REACH, WHRO and CPRV! Many of the businesses have special discounts for CPRV Members so, be sure to bring your membership card when you stop by.

Street Sweeping Signs: Topic at April Civic League Meeting
John Stewart

The Civic League established at its October 2009 meeting a policy position regarding the installation of signs regulating on-street parking on days that the streets are to be swept. That policy said that if signs were to be erected, they should only be placed on existing poles. That policy was presented to Storm Water Management, and it was accepted. In February, however, we learned that Storm Water Management's interpretation of our agreement was somewhat different. In an email message, John White, Storm Water Engineer, said that "We always indicated that we would do our best to accommodate the needs of the Civic League. This was always going to be balanced by the statutory needs for the parking sign installation. We will use existing No Parking Sign Poles, Electrical Power Poles and Street Light Poles where practical. Other areas may require a few added poles for the Street Sweeping Parking." The League has been waiting for amplifying information since that date.

On Friday, March 19th, the Storm Water Management office notified the League that it planned to erect new sign posts along Newport Avenue (9), Mayflower Road (7), Connecticut Avenue (3), New Jersey Avenue (2), Delaware Avenue ((2), and Plymouth Crescent (2). The email said that "The City is required to install No Parking signs every 200' dependent on streetscape and clutter in the area. There are a few sections of Colonial Place that did not meet this requirement." The installation of these signs will not begin until after the April 12 Civic League meeting.

The agenda for the April 12 meeting will include a review of the recent history of our collaboration with Storm Water Management on this issue, and it will afford the League an opportunity to decide how it will respond to these new developments.

Contact John Stewart (, 623-8127) for specific sign locations and to share your concerns in advance of the meeting.

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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