Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

November 2000               Happy Thanksgiving

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Three issues will be discussed and voted on (see The Meeting below, and Vote on Off-Premise ABC Change for details

The Meeting
David Block

Three very important issues will be discussed and voted on at the November 13th meeting. Spokespersons for each issue will be at the meeting to discuss the merits of their proposal. Residents will be able to ask questions, and League members will vote to decide the League's official position.

1. An individual will ask for Civic League support in having the vacant lot located at the northeast corner of 38th Street and Llewellyn Avenue rezoned. The current zoning would allow for construction of one single-family detached home. The proposed zoning change would allow construction of three townhouse housing units.

2. The folks who currently operate The Max Restaurant at 1421 Colley Avenue will be present to discuss their plans for opening an eatery at the former Ballyhoo's Raw Bar and Grill location at 4012 Colley Avenue. They wish to have Civic League support in their application for an on-premise ABC license under the Adult Use Special Exception Ordinance.

3. Your League's Board of Directors is seeking the membership's approval to support a citywide effort to have off-premise ABC stores conform to the same guidelines as on-premise ABC establishments.

I wish to commend these business persons for taking the initiative to contact the League and give residents the opportunity to express our opinions. I encourage each of you to take this opportunity to hear them, and participate in a decision-making process that will help determine the quality of life for our community. See you at the meeting.

The next board meeting will be November 27, 2000, at 7 pm, 710 Georgia Avenue.

Thanks For The Memories
David Block

Boy, there is talent in Colonial Place & Riverview!

A SPECIAL THANK-YOU is in order for the efforts of all the resident volunteers who made the weekend of October 14th & 15th so wonderful!! I'm sure many of you had an opportunity to enjoy the goings-on at the River Raft Up, the neighborhood cookout at the home of Dave and Sharon Mc Donald, the Front Porch Art Walk, and the Garden Tea at the Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden. On behalf of your Civic League, I want the volunteers to know, "We appreciate all you do for your community!"

Hundreds of visitors came to our neighborhood on a beautiful sunny weekend, had a terrific time, and I'm sure took many good memories with them. Space does not permit me to name all of the participants and sponsors, but we know who you are, and we thank you for the good time your efforts made possible!!

Let your League leadership know of any interest you may have in participating in next year's activities or bring us an idea that the League could help bring to life. You can count on our support for activities that help improve the quality of life for our residents. It's fun to get involved!! You will meet other nice people like yourself! Our entire community benefits!!

Neighborhood Pride Tour #10
Norman Pollock

The final neighborhood trolley tour for 2000 (the Norfolk annexation of 1959 - from East Ocean View to Elizabeth River Park along the border of what is now Virginia Beach) will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2000, at 11 am, leaving from Harbor Park where the NET buses stop. I don't know who the narrator will be. A new series will begin in late winter, 2001, starting at the beginning, the Norfolk of 1845.

What's Your Talent?
Ann Fitzgibbon

The Front Porch Art Walk proves there are a lot of visual artists in our community, but how about the performing artists? Do you play an instrument, dance, act? Are you in a band or a theater troupe? Are you a writer of prose or poetry? We are looking to develop a means for showcasing all the talented people who live in Colonial Place and Riverview. Let us know about your talent or your talented neighbor. Call me, Ann Fitzgibbon, at 628-8338.

Home & Garden Tour Committee Volunteers Needed
Ann Fitzgibbon

We are looking for volunteers to help the Civic League sponsor a Spring Home and Garden Tour of the neighborhoods. The event is tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in May, 2001. If you'd like to help or you'd like to share your home and/or garden with visitors, please call me, Ann Fitzgibbon, at 628-8338.

Thanksgiving Invitation
Ethel Pollock

The community is invited to Knox Presbyterian Church (corner of 37th Street and Colonial Avenue) for a Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 19th, 12:30 pm. All are welcome. Please call 627-0915 by November 14th to make your reservations. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted to defray expenses. We'd love to see you there.

Cash From Trash
Audrey Webb

11,030 lbs. Yes, that was the total amount of trash collected on our Trash Amnesty Day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped, including a special thank-you to the Blair and Maury students who greatly assisted with the Haven Creek and Knitting Mill Creek sites.

There's nothing quite so exhilarating as pawing over other people's trash. As the old saying goes, "One person's trash is another person's treasure." A few of our dumpster technicians did find a treasure trove. I overheard a very amicable argument between two of the technicians regarding who should keep which piece of junque.

I would be remiss if I did not give honorable mention to Betsy Kennedy for the best packed dumpster. It was truly a work of art. She definitely wins the title of Dumpster Packer Technician Extraordinaire!

When the Civic League participates in the EARNN Program (Environmental Award for Recycling in Norfolk's Neighborhoods), we win monetary awards. We could earn $100 for having increased our participation level in the recycling program. We could also win $50 for having a community cleanup, adopting four streets, having an environmental/beautification committee, or for having a member of the Civic League on the NEC (Norfolk Environmental Commission), which I do myself.

Hopefully. we will be able to schedule another cleanup next spring. And who knows, maybe we'll beat our present record of 11,030 lbs. of stuff. See you there!

Holiday Decoration Contest
Audrey Webb

Suggestions from the Judges: Make sure to light what you want the judges to see. Don't leave that beautiful wreath in the dark. Make last-minute adjustments to lighting at night. Remember to have your house number visible so we know where to deliver the prizes and signs the next day! Most important of all, have fun decorating, and use the contest as a way to get to know your neighbors.

Judging takes place in December. (See the December newsletter for the date and time.) Categories: Best Lighting, Best Door, Best Group of Homes, Best Porch, Judges' Wild Card and Best Overall. If anyone is interested in volunteering for this committee, or if you have questions, please call me, Audrey Webb, at 623-1197.

If These Walls Could Talk...
Wayne Johnson

Did you know that the apartment building on the corner of Gosnold and Connecticut was originally built as a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients? Later it was used as an orphanage before being converted to apartments.

Senator John McCain once lived with his parents in the house currently owned by the Nusbaum's on New Hampshire Avenue. His father was stationed here in the Navy.

Thanks, Barbara Zimmer, for those tidbits. If anyone else would like to share things their walls would say if they could talk, we'd love to hear them.

Vote On Off-Premise ABC Change
Kathy Stark

As reported in last month's newsletter, the Norfolk Planning Commission held a public hearing in October to consider adding off-premise ABC businesses to the list of special-exception, adult-use establishments. The Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend approval of this change to City Council. The Council is expected to convene a public hearing on this matter in December or January (we will keep you posted). If approved by Council, this change will require an applicant requesting an off-premise ABC license to go before the Planning Commission.

Changing the process for off-premise ABC establishments accomplishes many goals: it gives communities more time to notify residents, consider the community impact, and respond effectively to this issue when it arises. It provides a process that requires more review by the City before a decision is made, and it gives residents the opportunity for more local control over what impacts their quality-of-life. Businesses and communities prosper together when businesses share the values embraced by their neighbors. Come to the November meeting and share your opinions. Please call me, Kathy Stark, at 640-8938 if you have any questions.

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