Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
Guest Speakers at this Month's Meeting: Council Members Whibley and Winn
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, June 20, 2011, at 7:00 pm.
DEADLINE for the June issue is Friday, May 20, 2011.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Council Members Whibley and Winn will speak - Knitting Mill Creek bulkhead.
The 1st annual RiverFEST is in the record-books. I must say, and attendees will agree, that the RiverFEST was a huge success. We made certain to park our Colonial Place – Riverview table next to the Showmobile and the Learning Barge, so we enjoyed plenty of great music and saw hundreds board the Learning Barge for activities and education about the River.
With the exception of announcements and set up time, the music was indeed non-stop. The Delvers were four guys with a violin, stand-up bass, and two guitars. They had a nice blend of country rock and folk music. The Zen Monkeys were three talented women with two guitars and a vocalist. They played a variety of tunes with excellent harmonies. Julie Clark and company (which included volunteer extraordinaire Katie Duckett on guitar and back-up vocals), played hits from her two CDs and some favorite covers. However, probably the coolest song was the one Julie wrote and sang about the Lafayette River! Julie, when is your next CD?
Lots of Norfolkians rode their bikes to the RiverFEST, and East Coast Bikes and Bike Norfolk did a brisk business with the unique bike valet. The costumed dogs were also a hoot.
There were boat tours, along with kayak and canoe river tours. They actually caught plenty of fish during the catch and release tournament on the Lafayette. Look out Bass Masters!!! The award winners did not win a boat or $1,000s, but they did receive some nice gift certificates. Good food, artwork, plenty of activities for kids and adults, and a chance to meet your neighbors on a super day weather-wise. I’m not sure who won the “Scoop the Poop” relay, but all the kids had a good time participating.
Special thanks to Fleta Jackson and her daughter Erin and all of the folks helping to put this together. Amry Cox beat the bushes to the other Civic Leagues to increase attendance. Marjorie Mayfield of the Elizabeth River Project and HRSD were major players here as well. Thank you to all the neighbors in the 500 block of Mayflower, especially Mike D’Orso. Mike helped to sponsor the fine music and hosted the reception the night before. (Mike and co-Author Ted Danson will be discussing and signing their collaboration, OCEANA at Prince Books on May 14th.)
This event left a positive impression with our visitors, and its theme: making the Lafayette swimable and fishable by 2014 a viable goal, which takes everyone’s commitment along the watershed.
It does not stop here: Sign up for River Star Homes. You don’t have to live on the Lafayette to have an impact on the River. Contact the Elizabeth River Project (399-RIVR), or ElizabethRiver.org to learn how you can become a River Star Home.
Also, if you missed your opportunity to tour the Learning Barge stay tuned for a bon voyage “Rockin’ on the River” party on the barge before it sets sail back home to Portsmouth. We will be hosting a party for the Elizabeth River Project later this month.
A few extra notes: yes, the small trash cans and bags provided by Doody Calls (DoodyCalls.com) will be permanent improvements along Mayflower Road. Thank you Doug Barnhart!
Update on the bike path from Wayne Webster, Structural and Waterfront Engineer with the City: “The rock sill that will protect the living shoreline from boat wake and wind driven waves is almost complete. The living shoreline will run from just north of New York Avenue to just north of Rhode Island Avenue and the next step will be to bring that area to the proper elevation so that the wetland vegetation will grow properly. The area will be stabilized with an erosion control mat until the vegetation can be planted this fall.
Within the next week or two, the Contractor will begin driving the timber piles which will support the elevated pathway through the living shoreline area, and then construction of the elevated pathway will begin. Fencing will be installed between the living shoreline area and the adjacent properties from just north of New York Avenue to just north of Rhode Island Avenue. The fencing installation will occur probably toward the end of the project in so that the fence panels will not be damaged by construction equipment.
After the living shoreline has been brought to the proper elevation, the work will begin to replace the existing asphalt pathway with a new concrete pathway between Rhode Island Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue. Final grading and seeding on the sides of the pathway will take place after construction of the new concrete pathway is complete.”
Come and share your ideas and vision for our neighborhood and Norfolk to Council Members Whibley and Winn this Monday night. We will also discuss more ideas on the Knitting Mill bulkhead.
Our June Civic League meeting will discuss potential traffic changes in our neighborhood. These changes will impact you, and your input and voice may make a difference. The meeting will be on June 13 at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m.
Concerned about the increasing high-speed and pass-through traffic in CPRV? We are too! Mark your calendar for the CPRV civic league meeting on Monday, June 13th where we will discuss these issues in earnest.
A group of CPRV residents have been working on an ad hoc traffic committee since August 2010. We have been discussing options for addressing these concerns and have developed a proposal for CPRV civic league members to consider and approve before bringing it forward to the City of Norfolk traffic-engineering department for review and action.
Please join us for this presentation and to offer your further suggestions so that we can diminish these traffic concerns and continue to live well in the best neighborhood in Norfolk.
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.
This year 63 adults and seven children, including the Sheriff’s crew and Tanner’s Creek Garden Center, volunteered to clean-up the neighborhood. The result was 1,320 pounds of trash collected plus tires, wood and other assorted debris not included in the trash count. ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped not only our neighborhood but also The Great American Clean-Up.
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.
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_Veggies-sub¬email@example.com. If you would like to join us or have any questions, contact Joanna at joannajenkins@ cox.net
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