Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
Guest Speakers at this Month's Meeting: Lenny Newcomb (Zoning), Wayne Green (Neighborhood Quality Manager), and Chuck Joyner (Knitting Mill Creek Bulkhead)
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, March 21, 2011, at 7:00 pm.
DEADLINE for the April issue is Friday, March 18, 2011.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Guest speakers: Lenny Newcomb, Zoning Services & Land Use Manager; Wayne Green, Neighborhood Quality Manager; and Chuck Joyner (Knitting Mill Creek bulkhead project)
This one-day festival to celebrate and connect with the Lafayette River takes place on Saturday, April 30, right here in Colonial Place on the 500 block of Mayflower Road. Hosted by the Elizabeth River Project, RIVERFest is a great event where you and your family can learn what you can do to make this branch of the Elizabeth River safe for swimming and fishing by 2014. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date slated for May 1.
There will be lots of activities for the whole family, varieties of fresh food, boating and fishing events, exhibits by local artists and plenty of live music by award-winning musicians, including Julie Clark!
Get active in the kayak/canoe events or the dog parade. Join in on the “Boo to Poo” Relay Race or take a tour of The Learning Barge. Find out what you need to do at home to qualify as a River Star Home, helping bring about this transformation of the beautiful Lafayette. You can even make your own rain barrel during the festival and start recycling rainwater (and saving money).
The waterfront along Colonial Place will be alive with a waterman’s work boat, education vessels and recreation boats...all celebrating the Lafayette River. Come by boat or bike. Just don’t miss it!
Deadlines to participate in RIVERFest have been extended. Artists can reserve a 10x10 space for $50 to display and sell their river or wildlife-inspired work and keep all the proceeds. The first 20 artists to register are guaranteed a waterfront spot. The deadline for artist registration is March 15. Food vendors can make sure their restaurant is represented by reserving one of the few spaces left for $50. The deadline for food vendors to sign-up is March 15. School, church and other children’s singing groups are invited to perform on one of our stages during the event. Each group will perform two selections, preferably related to the river, wildlife or the environment. The deadline for choirs is March 21. RIVERFest is still in need of sponsors to support the event. Funds free up resources for oyster projects in the Lafayette. The deadline for sponsors is March 15.
If you would like to volunteer or help with this festival, contact Fleta Jackson at 823-4007 or Amry Cox at 969-3461. Visit www.elizabethriver.org for more information about RIVERFest.
March: Do you have questions about zoning issues? Lenny Newcomb, Zoning Services & Land Use Manager and Wayne Green, Neighborhood Quality Manager will be at the March meeting to answer your questions and concerns. Also, Chuck Joyner will discuss the Knitting Mill Creek bulkhead project.
April: Residents Open Mic: Come and tell us your concerns about our neighborhood. No topic will be off limits.
May: Our school officials, city council representatives and state delegates will be speakers. Date to be announced.
All meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, located on 37th Street and Colonial Avenue.
The City of Norfolk will close off the 500 block of Mayflower Road on Saturday, April 30 to create the perfect block party informal setting. Tents and tables for activities and stations will be set along the best view of the Lafayette in all of Norfolk. To ensure safety and security, temporary fencing will be put in place along the bulkhead and in the front yard of homes along this block of Mayflower. All other water access will be normal. Signs will direct cars to designated parking spots along the edges of the neighborhood. Walking, biking, carpooling and mass transit will be encouraged so we don’t over stress the river or the neighborhood.
Riverfest is coming….April 30th ….on Mayflower Road, on the waterfront!
The businesses owners, who place the advertisements which appear monthly in the back of the Newsletter, create a revenue stream which sustains the publishing of that Newsletter. As the same advertisements appear each month, it becomes easy to ignore them.
However, I would ask that you take every opportunity to give your business to them. And, when you do, please mention that you did so, because you saw their advertisement in our Newsletter. Times are tough, and our sponsors need to know that their advertisements are generating business or they may consider reducing their costs by withdrawing their support. That would be a lose-lose for everybody.
In conjunction with Keep Norfolk Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful the weekend of Saturday, March 19th has been designated as clean-up time for Colonial Place and Riverview. Please volunteer to adopt a spot or street in CP/R for this year’s clean-up event to keep our neighborhood beautiful. I will need to know which area you will be tackling as the results must be forwarded to Keep Norfolk Beautiful. This is another opportunity for us to earn points towards our EARNN Program goals with cash awards. Please call me, Audrey Webb, at 623-1197 with any questions.
No one wants to think about the possibility of losing a beloved pet. But if it happens, you should know there’s a great resource you can use. It’s the Colonial Place/Riverview Community Email List or Listserv! To join, simply follow the instructions found on the Civic League’s website, www.cprv.org.
But before Fido or Fluffy go missing, make certain you’ve taken these precautions:
Once a month, open to everyone! Day and time may vary depending on who is hosting. Join the Veg Club listserve by going to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cprv_veggies/. Or send an email to: CPRV_ Veggiesemail@example.com. If you would like to join us or have any questions, contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of Colonial Place and Riverview are urged to contact the city when they become of aware of properties being offered for rent within our neighborhood. Call Rusty Masten at 664-6527 (City of Norfolk) and request an Occupancy Permit Inspection for the vacant or soon-to-be-vacated rental property.
COMMUNITY NEWS is produced by:
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
Newsletter Advertising Chair: James Gregg
Community News Distribution:   Mary Hormell, Phone 627-2392
CPRV Web Page: www.cprv.org