Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

January 2001               Now Is The Time To Renew Your Civic League Membership

Civic League Meeting, Monday, January 8, at 7pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Ave.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Major topic of discussion to be announced at the meeting

The next Civic League board meeting will be January 15, 2001, at 7 pm, 710 Georgia Avenue.

Neighborhood Leadership Institute
David Block

Congratulations go to Michele Logan, Craig Reilly, and Mary Ann Toler, who have successfully completed the 12-week Neighborhood Leadership Institute course!

This course is offered by the City of Norfolk. Classes are held one night a week at various locations throughout the City. You get to meet folks from all over the City with many different backgrounds and perspectives. While attending the Neighborhood University, you learn much about how the City operates, and you get to know the people who are responsible for conducting the City's business. Completion of the course entitles you to continuing education credits at TCC. As NLI graduate myself, I have found that the knowledge and personal contacts gained at NLI have been extremely helpful in getting things done in our community. For more information on the next Norfolk Neighborhood Leadership Institute session, call Patrick Howard at 441-2400.

Community Corner
Kathy Stark

Haven Creek walking and biking path - The first phase of the Colonial Place bulkhead renovation project has been completed except for tree planting, which should begin in the spring of 2001. The next phase of the renovation project is scheduled to begin early this year. In addition, a committee has been formed to guide the process of receiving resident input regarding the addition of improvements such as a walking path to the greenway around the bulkhead.

I don't know of any other community in the city or elsewhere that has as much public access to a waterway as we do. As has been mentioned before and bears repeating, the Lafayette River is one of our community's most important assets. A recent Virginian Pilot editorial, "Let's Get Going With Greenways" (Sept. 30, 2000), indicated that the first statewide conference on this issue was a great success. The editorial goes on to say that public momentum for trail systems is building. Attractive and safe walking and biking areas make a large contribution toward making a community (and subsequently a city) more livable. Stay tuned. More information on this issue will be appearing in the February newsletter. We want your involvement.

Volunteers Needed For New Year
Ann Fitzgibbon

The Spring Home & Garden Tour Committee needs volunteers. We are organizing an event to showcase our neighborhoods in the springtime. 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.

Lovely Lights
Audrey Webb

Our neighborhoods were aglow this holiday season, thanks to so many of our neighbors who decorated their homes with lights, luminaries and lovely things for the eye.

Judging for the annual Holiday Decoration Contest took place on December 20, and the judges all agreed, the decisions were tough to make because there were so many wonderful homes to choose from. Our thanks to everyone who got into the spirit of the season and made their lights shine!

Best Lighting        112 Holly
Best Door        737 New Jersey
Best Yard Display        728 Rhode Island
Most Original        722 Rhode Island
Best Use of Natural Materials        4905 Colonial
Best Group of Homes        The 600 block of Georgia
Judges Favorite        636 Virginia

A special thanks goes to our merchant neighbors, who supported the contest with prizes and gift certificates:

Fellini's, O'Sullivan's Wharf, Greater Grinders, Simply Salads, Seeley Florist, Daniel's Lawn & Garden Center, Batterson's Steak House, Sandy Point Tackle & Marine, Mary Barnett Gifts, Levin's of Virginia, and Premier Soccer & Rugby

Membership Renewal Time
Wayne Johnson

Now is the time to renew your Civic League membership. The membership form with complete information and instructions is on the back page of the newsletter. Mail it in, or bring it to the next civic league meeting. Your support is greatly valued.

On-Line Newsletter Offers More
Wayne Johnson

Be sure to check out the Civic League's on-line newsletter in addition to reading the printed version. It sometimes offers information not included in the printed version. Certain time-critical articles and announcements that arrive too late to be included in the printed version may still be included in the on-line version. Also, if someone offers a newsletter contribution that can't be properly squeezed into limited space in the printed version, it may be presented in an abbreviated form with a reference to more complete information in the on-line version.

There are some additional advantages to the on-line newsletter: it's available if your printed copy should fail to arrive; previous issues are now being archived for easy reference; and while you're there, you have an opportunity to check out the rest of the web page which continues to grow. Jeanne Ullian does a great job with it. Make it a book mark -

Share Your Talent
Ann Fitzgibbon

Do you play an instrument, dance, or act? Are you in a band or a theater troupe? Are you a writer of prose or poetry?

We want to create an event to showcase 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.

Save The Dates
Ann Fitzgibbon

Make a resolution to get involved with your neighbors and your neighborhood this year. Mark these dates on your calendar, and join us in making our communities better with each passing month:

January 8        Regular Civic League Meeting
February 12        Regular Civic League Meeting
March 12        Regular Civic League Meeting
March 31        Neighborhood Clean-up Day
April 9        Regular Civic League Meeting
May 5        Home & Garden Tour / Spring Festival
May 14        Regular Civic League Meeting
June 11        Ice Cream Social
July 9        Regular Civic League Meeting
August 13        Regular Civic League Meeting
September 10        Regular Civic League Meeting
September 29        Neighborhood Clean-up Day
October 8        Regular Civic League Meeting
October 13        Front Porch Art Walk (Tentative)
November 12        Regular Civic League Meeting
December 10        Holiday Social

Civic league meetings are held the second Monday every month, beginning at 7 pm. The location is the Stuart Center at 411 Virginia Avenue in Colonial Place. All residents of Riverview and Colonial Place are welcome.

COMMUNITY NEWS is produced by:

              The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
              P.O. Box 6347
              Norfolk, VA 23508

              (757) 640-5555 extension 20943

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Community News Editor:   Wayne Johnson, Phone 623-1078
Community News Distribution:   Margaret Bright, Phone 627-2815
Advertising:   Jeff Stark, Phone 640-8938

Please deliver typewritten newsletter items to:

              Wayne Johnson
              637 New Jersey Ave
              Norfolk, VA 23508


The deadline for the February issue is Tuesday, Jan 30.

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