Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

September 2002

             Howard Copeland, Guest Speaker, on the Elizabeth River Project

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, September 9, 2002, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be September 16, 2002, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the October issue is Tuesday, September 24, 2002.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Howard Copeland will speak on the Elizabeth River Project.

President’s Notes ‘N’ Stuff
Craig Reilly

Well, the “Dog Days of Summer” are over and Fall is just around the corner. Activities in our fine city are abounding; I hope everyone will take time to enjoy some of them. Visit our Dogpark, volunteer at a hospital or a school, help a neighbor, shop and eat at our local stores and restaurants, take the Neighborhood Pride Trolley Tour, go to the Virginia Zoo (ZooToDo, 9/21/2002), sign up for a course from the Neighborhood University; or just pick up trash as you walk with the dog, kids, friends or family through the neighborhood. Something as simple as picking up trash not only helps keep our neighborhoods looking good, it shows our Civic Pride and assists in maintaining our own fragile Lafayette River. While I am suggesting things to do, I would like to mention a special event going on at Town Point Park.

The city is planning a simple yet solemn ceremony on Wednesday September 11, 2002, to honor the men and women who lost their lives during the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on United Airlines Flight 93. Make your plans to join members of our City Council to honor the “Heroes of 2001.” The ceremony starts at 8:30 am and you can call 664-4268 for additional details.

I am sure everyone has heard by now about the dead birds found in our area that were infected with the West Nile Virus. The Norfolk Department of Public Health has increased their mosquito-fogging program in response, and although they are no longer picking up dead birds they do still want you to report them. The phone number you need to call to do this is 683-2840. Customer Service hours are from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and they can answer any questions that you have about mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus. You can also get an update for areas being fogged by calling 683-2914.

Finally, I just recently received an open letter (found on page 2) from David & Sharon McDonald about what’s turning into a mighty nice annual Front Yard Event. I hope you will mark your calendars for their party, as our October newsletter will not be out in time to remind you about this again. See you at our next meeting!

Planning For Fall Plantings
Kathy Stark

The design plans for the beds around the historic markers are complete, and the city is going to prepare the beds and deliver the plants. Now, all we need is your help to make sure the plants are placed into the ground this fall.

Join the BOB Committee (Beautify Our Borders) members at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 14, 2002, to place shrubs and flowers around the three historic designation signs in our two communities. If the weather is such that the plants cannot be delivered on the 14th, we will plan to plant on the next Saturday, September 21, 2002.

Come and work together with your wonderful neighbors to beautify your community’s gateways. Call me if you’d like more information or would just like to say that you’ll be there to help. My number is 640-8938.

Open Invitation to our Neighbors
Dave and Sharon McDonald

We will be having a party that will be held in conjunction with the Lafayette Raft Up River Regatta on October 12th, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Free food and drinks. Kayaks available. Catered by O'Sullivan's Restaurant. Hosted by Sharon and Dave McDonald: 619 Mayflower Road (between Gosnold and Newport)

Bring a chair and hang out on the water with your neighbors, with lots to drink and eat. We look forward to meeting our new neighbors and seeing our old friends!

Best of health,

Dave and Sharon McDonald

RSVP 623-5739

Transportation Official Clears Up Traffic Concerns
Andy Wallach

During the August Civic League meeting presentation, Mr. Ron Tola, Old Dominion University’s Assistant Vice President for Facilities, stated that Convocation Center cross-town traffic would be directed across 38th Street. Civic League members pointed out to Mr. Tola that 35th Street is more appropriate for cross-town traffic and that there are already signs on Llewellyn and Granby that direct drivers to use 35th Street.

Following the meeting, we contacted Mr. John Stevenson in Norfolk’s Division of Transportation. He reassured us that the City supports the use of 35th over 38th Street and that the City will notify ODU. The City will also install signs directing cross-town traffic leaving the Convocation Center to 35th Street.

Update on the Blood Drive
Deborah Williams

Thanks so much for all your support on the August 22nd Blood Drive held at The Garden Gate, Riverview Coffee Parlor and Everafter. We had a total of 31 contributors, 28 of whom were able to donate. It sure felt good to see our community in action. The next Blood Drive will be around November 13th ... so get that iron intake up and get ready to roll up your sleeve. Again, thanks so much ... sure does make us proud.

Mark your calendars...
Andy Wallach

The next two civic league meetings should be very informative. Our speaker for the September meeting is Howard Copeland. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth River Project. His topic will be “Doin’ Right By the River.”

Our speaker for the October meeting is none other than our own Mayor and City Council Representative, Paul D. Fraim He will be discussing the upcoming transportation referendum. He has also been asked to comment on the difficult issue of an “Elected Mayor,” highlighted in last month’s Community News.

Both men will be answering questions from the audience, so be thinking about what you would like to ask Mr. Copeland and Mayor Fraim.

Front Porch Art Walk

Sunday, October 13

Save the date.

Creating Our Future Update
Michael Fitzgibbon

A group of Colonial Place and Riverview residents met at Enrico’s Ristorante on August 27 to plan an opportunity for the community to come together to formulate and express our desires for the future of our neighborhoods.

The members of the planning committee in attendance were Buz Jones and Tim Howlett of Riverview, Dave McDonald, Carol Wilson, Kathy Stark, Craig Reilly, Arthur MacConochie, Steve Earnhart, Jen Barbee, Cheryl Cooper, Margaret Bright, and Michael Fitzgibbon of Colonial Place. We were blessed with a special guest cicerone, Norman Pollock, who now lives in a nearby neighborhood but who provided energy and leadership in Colonial Place for over 37 years.

The group identified a set of objectives, listed potential stakeholders who should be invited to participate, and addressed a range of logistical factors necessary to hold the first in a series of community meetings. The outcome of these sessions will be to articulate the community’s desires and keep the city of Norfolk informed of our views.

In addition to planning a specific event to capture the thoughts of the community, the group created a mission statement to convey their intent.

“We are creating a process and a series of community conversations to allow the stakeholders in our community to voice a broad vision for our neighborhoods.”

The next meeting of the group will be held at Enrico’s Ristorante, 4012 Colley Avenue, at 6:00 pm on September 17, 2002.

Anyone interested in participating in the planning process should contact me at 628-8338 or

Your Neighbor Wins Inspiration Award
Stephanie Gray

This month meet Samantha Wegener Art Education teacher for the past 5 years at Crossroads School in Norfolk. Her peers for education’s version of the Oscars first nominated Samantha. Next a panel reviewed the nominees and 3 finalists are picked for each category. On the day of the awards all 3 finalists attend and the winner is announced at the ceremony. This year Samantha was awarded her Inspiration Award for “Most Outstanding Art Educator for the City of Norfolk”. To further enhance her teaching, Samantha wishes someday to have her own classroom. Currently she teaches “art on a cart” moving room-to-room giving children a positive outlet for their creativity. You can just imagine how creative she needs to be to make this work.

Samantha attended school in Norfolk as a youth and was inspired to teach art from a desire to give children an opportunity to excel at art. She attended ODU and received a degree in Fine Arts concentrating in Photography and is certified to teach pre-K to grade 12. She has work currently on display at Harbor Center in Portsmouth and has participated in the Front Porch Art Walk, Stockley Gardens Art Festival, was Best in Show at ODU gallery twice, and has received many art awards. Her work was even featured in a full-length film. Co-founder of the Wonder Gallery she also teaches at S.O.F.A.

Samantha lives in the 500 block of Rhode Island Ave with her husband Markus, lovely 2 yr old daughter, Daisy, and many pets.

It’s That Time of Year Again...

Ten Back To School Tips

This is a taken from an article that appeared in last September’s Community News compliments of Clyde Berry. I thought this might be a good time to run it again.

1. Make sure your children go to school. While this advice may seem obvious, many people often give their kids a day off for shopping, etc. Children cannot afford to miss school unnecessarily.

2. Make sure your children have ownership of their work. It’s your children’s duty to get missed work.

3. Advise the children to work conscientiously. What good is going to school if they’re not going to make the best of the opportunity.

4. Insist on healthful routines. Make sure your children eat well and are properly dressed.

5. School is a full-time job.

6. Sleeping is best done at home. Kids that stay up late aren’t focused the next day.

7. Contact the teacher if you are concerned. If you have a concern, don’t wait for the teacher to call you, call the teacher.

8. Become involved. If you don’t like a school policy or issue, ask yourself when you raised the issue at the last PTA meeting.

9. Crack the books! If you haven’t seen your children’s books at home, chances are they haven’t either.

10. Remember, the teachers, administrators, and staff are on your side!!

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