Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
August is Vacation Month; No Civic League Meeting
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, September 20, 2010, at 7:00 pm.
DEADLINE for the September issue is Friday, August 20, 2010.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   NO meeting in August.
"Ask not what your neighborhood can do for you, but what you can do for your neighborhood." I think that quote, or something like it, came from famous former President, Steve Earnhart.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer to make our community a better place to live and play. I have always believed in the philosophy that those who complain should get involved. For example, if you are going to complain about youth vandalism, become a member of the Crime Prevention Committee. Upset about the trash around the waterway? Take a walk with a trash bag and you will make a big dent in the problem.
We have tremendous examples of this already happening in our neighborhood: John Stewart and crew making great strides to clean up our waterway by restoring marshes and helping to prevent the runoff of chemicals and trash into the Lafayette. Jeff Stark spending hours upon hours on historical designation of homes in Colonial Place and Riverview; and now as liaison with the City on creating a better shoreline in Knitting Mill Creek. Steve Earnhart doesn't complain to me about the graffiti at our playground; he emails Parks and Recreation officials and they are out immediately to repair the damage. Bill Nusbaum sees some warped boards on the walkway; he contacts the City and they are out that week to make the improvement. (Bill also is staying on top of the continuation of the walkway northward.)
Special thanks to Sheila Janes, Amy Butala and Artemis Stoll (now former Board Members) for their collective hours making our kingdom a much better place to reside.
We have plenty of good events planned for the year: The Art-Walk in the Fall is a highlight, but a new event this Spring is landing in our backyard (the 500 Block of Mayflower Road, actually) "THE LAFAYETTE RIVERFEST." The event will be April 30, 2011. Planned are kayak/canoe races, music, local food vendors, river restoration information, exhibits, floating docks and workshops. The vision is to endow our children with safe swimming and fishing in a bountiful Lafayette River.
The RiverFest planning committee is looking for a volunteer liaison from the CPRV neighborhood to attend monthly meetings of our Lafayette Education sub-committee. Interested parties can contact Co-Chair--Fleta Jackson at 823-4007, or Amry Cox at 969-3461. Much more information to follow in months to come. See you around the neighborhood. Thanks for getting involved.
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 Norfolk Beautiful (KNB) in an effort to encourage responsible environmental stewardship throughout the city. EARNN provides Colonial Place and Riverview with an opportunity to make a difference in our neighborhooods and earn cash awards! We receive monthly awards by collecting points in different green neighborhood categories. Our next opportunity to earn points will be at the November meeting. To do this we must have at least thiry adults in attendance. See you there.
As your Vice President, my duties include inviting speakers to our monthly meetings. Some suggestions for future meeting programs include:
The City of Norfolk will begin enforcement of the street sweeping regulations within Colonial Place beginning in August 2010. Violation of the regulation will cost $35 (http://www.norfolk.gov/Parking/Parking_Violations.asp).
During the month of July some cars that are parked illegally during street sweeping days will receive warning notices. No fines will be assessed for July violations--the intention is to raise awareness and reduce the need for ticketing in the future.
Street sweeping in Colonial Place will occur on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month--the even side of the street will be swept on Tuesday and the odd side will be swept on Wednesday. Streets will be swept between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Let's all help one another remember to keep our cars off the street (or on the correct side of the street) on street-sweeping days--it will save the cost of a ticket, and it will make a big difference in the health and cleanliness of Knitting Mill Creek and the Lafayette River.
Driving through the neighborhoods I have noticed some crape myrtles that are starting to look a little ragged at the base and could use some TLC.
I know there is some confusion as to what we can and cannot do regarding crape myrtles. The City does not approve our pruning or trimming branches but we do have permission, and they would appreciate our help, to remove suckers or shoots that form at the base of the tree where the trunk meets the soil. Removal enables the tree to conserve strength to make flowers and withstand our hot summers. If left, the tree would eventually become a bush.
Just a few minutes and we can keep our crape mytles and Norfolk beautiful. If you have any questions please call me. Thank you.
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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
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Community News Distribution:   Mary Hormell, Phone 627-2392
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