Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

February 2002

             February Offers Opportunities For Community Participation

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, February 11, 2002, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, February 18, 2002.

DEADLINE for the March issue is Tuesday, February 26, 2002.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police and code enforcement reports - Major topic to be announced - A vote will be taken to pay $1000 out of the dog park fund for the installation of a water spigot.

Dogpark Update
Buffy Masten

Things are moving along in the dogpark. The water spigot has been installed and is almost ready to use. Please come to the next civic league meeting. We will vote to pay $1000 out of the dog park fund for the installation.

I had a few calls about a survey that the city took one day at the dog park. Apparently there was some concern that the city may be closing the parks. I called Mike Nelson at Norfolk Parks and Leisure services. He told me that the city is indeed assessing the dogpark areas but that our park is a model for the rest of the city, so not to worry.

I have also been asked about possibly getting PETA to bring their Snipmobile for pet neutering. I called PETA and was given rates of $41.00 for male dogs, $49.00 for female dogs, $27.00 for male cats, and $39.00 for female cats. They will fix chows, pit bulls and rottweilers for free. I would like to know how many of you would like to do this before I ask them to make a date. Please call me at 622-6635 if you are interested. This is a good deal. The procedure is much more expensive if done by a veterinarian. PETA will also allow the bill to be paid in installments for those who qualify. Neutered male and female dogs get along better at the dogpark, too. And, any dog in heat cannot be allowed into the park.

One final thing I would like to mention is that all dogs must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed by the city. Rabies vaccinations are given by any veterinarian, Petsmart, or the SPCA. Licenses are available at Meadowbrook Hardware at 1215-d W. Little Creek Rd, 489-7293. Cost is $5.00 per year for neutered dogs, $25.00 if not neutered, and $2.00 for senior citizens' dogs. Remember, all license fees go to help the Norfolk Animal Management Center.

Editor's Note: My apologies to Buffy Masten and Susan Sussman. In January, I listed Susan as the author of Dogpark News in error. The article was written by Buffy, who is currently the chair of the League's new Dogpark Committee.

Beautification News Alerts
Audrey Webb

Neighborhood Clean-Up: Please mark your calendars! The morning of Saturday, April 27, has been designated for the next Neighborhood Clean-Up. If you would like to assist in any way, please call me at 623-1197.

Sustainable Landscaping: During the month of February, the Norfolk Environmental Commission will provide classes on the topic of Sustainable Landscaping. The first three classes will be held at the Environmental Action Center, Lafayette Park, next to the Virginia Zoo, on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The final session will be Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.To register, contact the Department of Neighborhood & Leisure Services at 441-2400.

Session I: (2/05/02) Landscape and Erosion Techniques in Your Backyard

Session II: (2/12/02) Water Quality & Riparian Buffers

Session III: (2/19/02) Summary & Overview of the Elizabeth River/Lafayette Watershed

Session IV: (4/06/02) Interpretive Tour of Norfolk Shoreline Landscapes

Artemis Stoll

Did you know there's a Colonial Place/Riverview playgroup? Want to join the fun? It's a great way for you to meet your neighbors and let your kids make new friends in the process! We meet each Wednesday at 10:30 am, at a different location each week. If you would like more information, please e-mail me, Artemis Stoll, at

Backyard Tour 2002
Ann Fitzgibbon

Old Man Winter is outside the door, but spring is just around the corner. We're beginning to plan for the Second Annual Colonial Place/Riverview Backyard Tour, scheduled for May 4.

Last year's event was a big success and everyone who participated will tell you what fun it was to open up their back yards to visitors! The event also made a lot of new friends for the neighborhood. We want this year's event to be even better.

Plan to be a part of this year's Backyard Tour, either by sharing your garden with visitors or by volunteering to help with the event. Call me, Ann Fitzgibbon, at 628-8338 to volunteer or to get more information.

Newsletter Volunteer?
Wayne Johnson

I've edited the newsletter for nearly four years, and I enjoy doing it. But my current workload and other obligations require me to pass on my editing responsibility to someone else. If anyone is interested in contributing about three hours per month, call David Block, president, 624-1749. I'll be happy to help someone get started. Call me, Wayne Johnson, at 623-1078 if you have any questions.

Gardener Call
Becky Kiser

Even during the snow and cold, we soulful gardeners from Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden are plotting and planning what we want to see spring up just a few months from now! Save Saturday March 9 as the first garden work day and public meeting for interested folks. We'll start at 9:00 am. Coffee will be offered. Anyone who wants to help the garden get in shape is welcome. Anyone who wants to join as a garden member is also welcome. If March 9 gives us an unsuitable day, we'll move to the 16th.

Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden is at the end of Mayflower between Georgia and Michigan. This will be our third season of working with each other and with the earth to have a place of beauty (as well as fresh produce!) in our neighborhood. We have worked communally and organically, learning about how things grow. Each year we've added some new veggies and fruits to our repertoire, and we have a lot of fun together. Membership is just $15 plus your work. Contact me, Becky Kiser, at or 627-7007, for more information. If you aren't much for gardening but like to build, we would like to add an archway at the entrances and a nice sign or two this year. We are looking for a couple of folks who would like to volunteer.

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              P.O. Box 6347
              Norfolk, VA 23508

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Community News Editor:   Wayne Johnson, Phone 623-1078
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              637 New Jersey Ave
              Norfolk, VA 23508


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