Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

March 2001

             Guest Speaker, Ken Gibson, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, March 12, 2001, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be March 19, 2001, at 7:00 pm, 710 Georgia Avenue.

DEADLINE for the April issue is Tuesday, March 27, 2001.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Ken Gibson, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, will speak - Vote on Colonial Place bulkhead landscape enhancements - Vote to select a location for a mermaid - Vote on WWII memorial bench replacement cost.

March's Guest Speaker
Craig Reilly

Come to the March meeting to hear from one of our Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys. Our guest speaker is Kenneth "Ken" Gibson. Ken works in the Juvenile Unit for the Commonwealth's Attorney office. The topics for discussion are still open, but I understand they will include juvenile crime and will touch on other areas that are important to our residents. And now for one of those facts that will really get everybody out of the house on Monday night for the Civic League Meeting: Ken is a neighbor! That's right, I understand Ken recently bought a house in Colonial Place on Mayflower Road. So, come to the meeting, and give Ken a warm welcome to the neighborhood. Not only will we get to hear about important issues, we'll get to meet one of our new neighbors. I'll look forward to seeing everybody there.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration!
Neighborhood Oyster And Pig Roast. All You Can Eat!

Sponsored by North Colley Partnership, your neighborhood businesses.
              Date: Sunday, March 18
              Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tickets sold in advance at Heritage Bank & Trust and O'Sullivan's.
              Adults $12.00
              Children, 6-12, $6.00
              Under 6, Free!
For more information call 423-5070.

Neighborhood Clean-Up Day - March 31

Dumpsters will be in the same locations as before. Please, no hazardous materials such as paint or garden chemicals. The city requires that all items be placed in the dumpster and not left to the side.

Parking Tickets Are On The Way
David Block

Help keep our neighborhood friendly, safe and looking good, and at the same time, avoid getting a parking ticket. Many of our neighbors have been asking for more strict enforcement of the city's parking ordinance. There have been several motor vehicle accidents and countless near-misses on our streets. Pedestrians (especially children, parents with baby strollers and senior citizens) should not have to walk in the street because a vehicle is blocking the sidewalk. Let's all be well mannered and thoughtful and keep the parking ticket books from seeing the light of day in Colonial Place and Riverview. I know you all can do it!! In response to complaints forwarded to the Civic League, NORFOLK POLICE OFFICERS WILL TICKET VIOLATORS BEGINNING MID MARCH.

Observe the following to avoid a parking ticket and/or having your vehicle towed: Don't block the sidewalk or a driveway (including your own) on the city's right-of-way - 2 feet from the house side of sidewalk to the curb. Park at least 20 feet from any corner and 15 feet from fire hydrants. Park no further than one foot from the curb. Keep the wheels of your vehicle on paved surface. Do not straddle curb or park in grass. Park in the direction of traffic flow - on the proper side of street. Do not park commercial vehicles, trailers, boat trailers, or campers on the street or the city's right-of-way.

Ticket fees range from $35 to $50 per offense, and towing fees start at $65.00!! Please be responsible. Our PACE officer, Jim Prentice, will be available at the March meeting to answer any questions.

Crime Prevention Needs Your Help
David Block

Because of work and family responsibilities, Tilford Flowers has respectfully stepped back as chair of the Crime Prevention Committee. Tilford will stay involved in the community with a variety of other efforts. We thank Tilford for his community service.

I'll bet you'll agree that feeling safe and secure in your home and in your community is extremely important to our quality of life! Please contact one of your Civic League officers today if you feel you or someone you know would be just the right person for the job. All it takes is just a little of your time and a willingness to help your community! We have a team ready to help you get started. The volunteers that operate your civic league are largely responsible for the renaissance taking place in the community. We must be vigilant and continue the good work, or we risk losing the fruits of our labor. Volunteer just a few minutes here and there to help your community. Call Today!! I promise you'll have fun, meet new and interesting people, and improve your neighborhood, all at the same time. Do It Now!!

Danger! Contractor Alert
Jack Kennedy

It's that time of the year when contractors appear, offering big promises to homeowners needing things done around the house. But watch out. A few of these contractors may be fair-weathered and unscrupulous. Avoid an expensive disaster by simply checking them out in advance. Call the Better Business Bureau's 24-hour Anytime Line at 531-1300. Also, it's a good idea to use contractors referred by friends or neighbors

WWII Memorial Rededication
Ann Fitzgibbon

The city has done a wonderful job of landscaping the World War II Memorial on Mayflower Road. Our thanks to Audrey Webb, Beautification Committee Chairperson, for making that happen. We are planning a rededication ceremony for Memorial Day weekend, so mark your calendars.

Are you a WWII veteran? Do you know someone in the neighborhood who is? Call the Fitzgibbons at 628-8338 to tell us about a WWII veteran in the neighborhood you know.

Trolley Tours 2001
Civic Connection

The Neighborhood Pride Tour series, is a part of a year-long celebration of the Good Neighbor Campaign. This urban voyage began in February and will continue through November of 2001. Sponsored by the City of Norfolk and Hampton Roads Transit, the tours will concentrate on the many facets of Norfolk's more than 120 neighborhoods. The tours will take place on designated Saturdays throughout the year, and will be free and open to the public. The tours will primarily focus on different areas based on original boundaries and 9 subsequent annexations that have occurred over the past 155 years. Each tour will begin at 11:00 am and will last roughly 1 hours, and will depart from Lot G at Harbor Park. These tours will take a broad look at the traditions, stories, and people of Norfolk. Tour guides who live and work in Norfolk will be sharing their stories and experiences. You will learn the history of local landmarks and discover the City's cultural amenities and entertainment venues. Lastly, participants will gain knowledge of the many advances that have been made to improve the quality of life throughout the city.

              Neighborhood Pride Tour Schedule
              17 February - Original City of Norfolk Boundaries (1845)
              17 March - Brambleton Borough (1887)
              21 April - Atlantic City/Ghent Borough (1890)
              19 May - Park Place/Colonial Place/Riverview Borough (1902)
              16 June - Berkley Borough (1906)
              21 July - Huntersville/Lamberts Point Borough (1911)
              18 August - Campostella/Lafayette/Larchmont (1923)
              15 September - Sewells Point/Ocean View (1923)
              20 October - Tanner Creek Borough (1955)
              17 November - Princess Anne Borough (1959) and Moore's Point Acquisition (1988)

Talkin' Trash
Kathy Stark

This information is provided to make trash and recycling pick-up easier for you. Trash is picked up every Thursday in our two communities. Recycled items are picked up every other week on Thursday. The SPSA curbside recycling pick-ups for the months of March and April are as follows: March 22, April 5, and April 19.

To improve code enforcement and to keep the cost of trash pick-up down, the City will only pick up solid waste that is in City-provided containers, items outside City containers previously called-in for special collection, recycled items, and yard waste within City regulations. Waste that does not fall into one of these categories will not be collected. Collection begins at 7:00 am, on collection day. Place the container at the curb no earlier than 5:00 pm, the day before collection and no later than 7:00 am, on the day of collection. To make collection possible for the automated garbage trucks, place the container at least six feet away from vehicles and other obstructions.

All garbage and trash must be placed inside the container so that the lid closes completely. Should you regularly generate more refuse than a single 90-gallon container will hold, the City will provide an additional container for an additional fee. Items that will not fit in the container must be scheduled for special collection by calling Waste Management at least one day in advance, prior to 3:00 pm.

After trash collection, empty containers should be removed as soon as possible, but no later than midnight on the day of collection. If you are unable to handle a 90-gallon container due to age or physical limitations, please call Waste Management and they will schedule a visit by one of their inspectors. In such cases, they will either provide a smaller container or place you on their exempt list.

Call Waste Management at 441-5813 to request their services, or you can access their web page at Please keep our community clean by following these guidelines.

Neighborhood Improvement Public Meeting
Kathy Stark

If you care about the quality of your neighborhood; the value of your home; the future of your community; or the vitality of your city, then this meeting is for you!

The City and people from neighborhoods across Norfolk are working together to produce a Strategic Improvement Plan for Norfolk's Neighborhoods. Research and public input for the Plan has been going on for the past six months. Community meetings were held in four Norfolk areas in December and February. The March meeting will be the first citywide meeting for all Norfolk residents to attend - to learn and share their thoughts about the Plan.

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2001, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Granby High School at 7101 Granby Street
For more information contact: Steve Morales at 623-1111. You can also contact me, Kathy Stark, Neighborhood Strategic Plan Advisory Board Member, at 640-8938.

Community News Correction
Wayne Johnson

Apologies go to Mary Barnett, whose name I mistyped in last month's newsletter article, "Granby Street Beat."

Membership Update
Jeff Stark

For those of you who have recently sent in your membership application, thank you very much. I would like to update you on your membership status. The membership chair left for a vacation during the month of February and left me with some cards to hand out. Due to the overwhelming response to membership renewals, I did not have enough cards to distribute to all of you. Please do not send another check for membership if you haven't received your card yet. Several of you have done that already, and I will be returning those checks along with your cards. I will be distributing the cards that I had before you receive this newsletter. Rest assured, you will receive your membership card as soon as our membership chairman returns from his vacation. Thank you for your patience in this matter. If you have any questions call me, Jeff Stark, at 640-8938.

Arts Within Reach
Ethel Pollock

Mark your calendar for a very special event at Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 17, 2:00 pm. The Arts Within Reach program will present Barbara Chapman with her harp and Debra Wendells Cross with her flute, featuring the work of local composers. Those attending Barbara and Debra's programs in the past have really enjoyed these two artists very much, both for their fine music and for the rapport they establish with the audience. We hope you will all take advantage of this concert. As always there is no charge for this event.

Beautification Update
Audrey Webb

Environmental Action Awards: The Norfolk Environmental Commission is once again sponsoring an awards program to recognize individuals and organizations which have improved Norfolk's environment through individual action or group stewardship in the past fiscal year, ending June 30, 2001. If you are aware of an organization that has made an extraordinary contribution to help promote the conservation or beautification of the environment, please give me, Audrey, a call at 623-1197.

Neighborhood Clean-Up Day: Please mark your calendars for March 31, our next clean-up day. Dumpsters will be in the same locations as before. Please, no hazardous materials such as paint or garden chemicals. The City requires that all items be placed in the dumpster and not left to the side.

Tree Trimmings: The residents of the Virginia Zoological Park are very hungry this time of year. Some of their favorite tree boughs (bamboo, photinia, and magnolia) are in short supply. Tree trimmings can be delivered to the Zoo, but please call the Horticultural Division (441-2374) to determine if your particular boughs are acceptable. They will also give you directions for delivery or pick-up. Winter and late autumn are especially good times to supplement the animals' needs.

Web Page Update
Jeanne Ullian

Print out your very own copy of the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League bylaws. We have just added the bylaws to the Web site in two versions. The current version (amendments integrated) is available at or from a link highlighted on our home page. At the bottom of the current version is a link to the bylaws as written and adopted in 1986 with amendments appended. In addition to welcoming any corrections to what has been posted, we are looking for additional documentation as to the dates of the amendments.

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

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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
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              Norfolk, VA 23508


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