Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

March 2011

             Guest Speakers at this Month's Meeting: Lenny Newcomb (Zoning), Wayne Green (Neighborhood Quality Manager), and Chuck Joyner (Knitting Mill Creek Bulkhead)

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, March 14, 2011, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

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)

RIVERFest on the Lafayette Is Fast Approaching!

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 for more information about RIVERFest.

Upcoming Civic League Meetings
Sharon McGlone, CPRV Vice President

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.

Important RIVERFEST Details for Friends and Neighbors in Colonial Place

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.

CPRV Civic League February 2011 General Meeting Summary
James Gregg, Secretary

Pace Officer Report:
Progress has been made on apprehending criminals who were looking in vehicles and then stealing items from them. Thanks to alert neighbors, who called the police, the police were able to respond in time to catch the criminals. There was some discussion about copper thefts and how to deal with this issue. The police were not able to arrest the thieves without observing the theft. If the copper was identifiable, and the home owner would assist the prosecution, then there would be a chance to get a conviction.

There is a new session of the “Citizen’s Academy” beginning April 7, going through June 23, every Thursday, at 2500 North Military Highway. This is a chance to be a big help to our police force by knowing how to help properly.
Brad Morgan, who owns Back East Landscaping, gave a presentation about raised gardens and the benefits of them. Also how to make them, how to prep the ground under them, and what to grow in them (veggies and herbs). Any questions about landscaping and gardening, call him at 406-1428.

Trista Soave of O Jardim, the Brazilian Café at 110 La Valette Ave. in Riverview, gave a presentation about the plans for the café. She shared that their hours are 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will extend to 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., Monday - Friday, and 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturdays, after their ABC license is approved for beer and wine sales.

The past president of Park Place Civic League mentioned how he was looking forward to CPRVCL and PPCL having joint activities.

The representative from Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues mentioned how their organization, to which we are sending reps for CPRVCL, works to network the 44 civic leagues in Norfolk. They encourage the formation of new civic leagues and raising concerns to the City Council. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., at Taylor High School.
Presidents Report:
Dave McDonald mentioned that the bike path and living shoreline, by the Lewellyn Avenue boat ramp, should be completed this year. The CPRVCL ad hoc traffic committee has met several times in last few months and is planning on positive changes to the traffic pattern to reduce the excess traffic racing across Colonial Place. There was a meeting at the dog park recently and several people volunteered to help with the current dog park and the possible development of a second dog park for large dogs, thus leaving the current park for small dogs. Dave is asking everyone to assist Rose Thornton, who has worked tirelessly to get the City to enforce the city codes when property is deteriorating to an alarming state. Everyone, please call the city about problem houses you see. The more calls, the more action from the city.

Riverfest is coming….April 30th ….on Mayflower Road, on the waterfront!

Vice President’s Report:
Sharon McGlone mentioned that she is working on having various presenters in the months ahead. Each meeting will be interesting!
Treasurer’s Report:
Dave Spriggs mentioned our current checking account balance is $2,676.90 and the latest invoice for printing the last newsletter still has to be paid. Dave also had some concerns that some advertisers are not paying promptly for their ads and this situation could cause possible problems in the future if it isn’t corrected. The CD Balance is $5,130.67 and may have to be redeemed if we lose too many advertisers.
Beautification Committee Report:
Jack Kennedy gave Audrey Webb’s report on the “Clean Up Norfolk” campaign and how our neighborhoods need to get out on March 19th to clean up our neighborhood. We get points toward a monetary reward from the City for being a more beautiful neighborhood.We have scheduled the Sheriff’s Workforce to cleanup public spaces on March 12th, to help with neighborhood cleanup.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 p.m.

Newsletter Advertisers
David A. Spriggs, Treasurer and Riverview Representative

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.

Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up
Audrey Webb, Beautification Chair

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.

Amber Alert For Pets

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,

But before Fido or Fluffy go missing, make certain you’ve taken these precautions:

  1. I.D. tags: Equip your pet with an I.D. tag that carries two current phone numbers on it, including area codes. Check regularly that the information is legible and not wearing off.
  2. Microchips: Shelters and vets across the country are equipped to read microchips now and can immediately identify a pet’s guardian.
  3. Photos: Take close-up color photographs of your pet from at least two different angles—a full-body picture from the front and a full-profile picture of the side(s).

CPRV Vegetarian Potlucks - Great Food! Good Company!
Joanna Jenkins

Once a month, open to everyone! Day and time may vary depending on who is hosting. Join the Veg Club listserve by going to: Or send an email to: CPRV_ If you would like to join us or have any questions, contact Joanna at

Rental Properties
Rose Thornton, 615-7144

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.

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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