Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

July 2001

             Ice Cream Social

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, July 8, 2002, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be July 15, 2002, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the August issue is Tuesday, July 30, 2002.


From Your New President
Craig Reilly

I just want to say hello to all my friends and neighbors in Riverview and Colonial Place. My name is Craig Reilly and I have just been elected to be the president of our civic league. I’m looking forward to working with and meeting lots of new people from our neighborhood. Remember the civic league works when everyone works together to accomplish set goals to make our neighborhoods a better place to live.

Before I go any further I would be remiss if I did not thank David Block for serving as our president for the past two years. He did a tremendous job and everybody appreciates the accomplishments that took place on his watch. On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to work with David and I have learned so much from our association. In addition, I am sure that we will still be able to count on David to stay involved in our civic league. A wholehearted THANKS!!!!!

I plan to continue working with our league for improvements in our neighborhoods. There are lots of things happening and there can’t be a better time for you to get involved. Last Night (6/25/02) the Norfolk City Council approved, by unanimous decision, amendments to our neighborhoods’ General Plan. The civic league will continue to monitor this exciting development and try to keep everybody informed.

Have you seen the new Riverview Historic sign at 42nd Street and Columbus Avenue? Colonial Place residents, look for your Historic Designation signs on the circle at Delaware and Colonial and another one on 42nd Street just as you get to Mayflower Road. And who could have missed the barges along Knitting Mill Creek, working to replace the bulkhead? There sure are a lot of possibilities to make things happen in our Historic Districts!

Remember, we always need new people willing to help. Volunteering and participating with Your Civic League is a great way to be involved with community affairs in Norfolk. Take the time to talk with a board member to let them know what you would like to do to help. I’ll see everybody at the July Ice Cream Social.

Granby Street Beat
Rosemary Zemanian

"Antique Row” appears to be a growing theme along the east side of Granby Street between 38th and 40th Streets. The newest shop, opened in June, is Antiques & Accessories. Proprietors Victoria Carney and Carolyn Dias have moved from The Ghent Market and Antique Centre to the corner of 39th and Granby Streets. Their shop is open from noon to 5:00 p.m. Be sure to stop in and browse through the beautiful antique furniture, accessories, books and clothing.

My sincere apologies to Alvin Jones. With a slip of a computer key last month, I unhelpfully renamed his store Country “Bob” instead of Country Boy Antiques. Alvin, being very good natured, maintained his sense of humor despite a heap of ribbing from his regular customers and neighboring vendors. So please stop by and see Bob....uh, I mean his Country Boy store, which is loaded with “shabby chic” treasures.

I must have been comatose last month. Please note that Everafter, our new floral boutique, has Saturday hours. Visit Patrice Dupuis on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, by chance).

Alice McCoy, at Riverview Coffee Parlor, anticipates adding ice cream to her menu and possibly extending her weekend hours into the evenings. Be sure to stop in for a scoop.

And remember, shop the neighborhood first.

Party Time
Ann Fitzgibbon

Just a reminder, the July civic league meeting is the Ice Cream Social. There will be some activities. Mark your calendar to attend and bring a friend

Beautify our Borders Update
Kathy Stark

By now you’ve probably noticed that the historic designation signs in Colonial Place and Riverview are in their proper places. Don’t they look great! As you’ve read before, we are planning to landscape around the signs. I talked with Dean Bowles, the City Landscape Architect, about whether we should plant now or wait until the Fall. He recommended waiting until the Fall when the weather will be kinder to new plantings. He suggests waiting until after September 15. So, keep that date on your calendar. In the meantime, admire the signs in their new homes. And thank Jeff Stark, Historic Designation Chair, and Mary Miller, Norfolk City Planner, for the signs that we have in the neighborhood today.

Do you have any ideas for other projects we could work on during the summer months that don’t include planting? One suggestion might be to start raising funds to improve the walking paths throughout the circles. We could also start working on a plan to improve the entryway at Llewellyn and Delaware Avenues.

Those are some ideas I’ve thought of. Call me at 640-8938 to let me know what you think.

Neighborhood Watch Info

At the last civic league meeting, we were given some phone numbers that you might want to keep near your phone. Officer Prentice, our neighborhood policeman, gave us his cell phone number. It is 237-5192. We were also given the non-emergency number for the police department. It is 441-5610.

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