Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

August 2003

             Crime Prevention at This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, August 11, 2003, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be August 18, 2003, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the September issue is Tuesday, August 26, 2003.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Crime prevention - Budget approval FY03-04.

President’s Notes ‘n’ Stuff
Craig Reilly

Thanks to all the people that put so much effort and energy into making our Ice Cream Social such a great success!

For our August meeting we will be getting updated information on the Neighborhood Watch Program. Unfortunately, we have lost exclusive use of our dedicated PACE officer. Brett Routon has now been assigned collateral duties, which remove him from our neighborhoods three or four days every week. Never the less, Officer Routon has committed to being at our August meeting and presenting an overview of the Neighborhood Watch program.

In the mean time, our crime statistics are in fact climbing and we must reverse this trend NOW! It is very important to let our City Council know that while we understand a temporary lapse in the PACE program, it must be brought back completely as quickly as possible. It is not satisfactory to watch our crime statistics climb while our PACE officer is assigned to other duties!

We are also going to be presenting our 2003-2004 proposed budget at the August meeting. It is important for all our members to see and understand how their membership dues are going to be allocated. Our new treasurer, David Nye, has been working extra hard computerizing our records and developing a budget that will be acceptable to all of our members. Please attend our next meeting to vote on the proposed budget and hear what we can do to help assist the Norfolk Police keep our neighborhoods a safe place to live!

Treasurer’s Report
David Nye

The proposed 2003 – 2004 CPRV budget has been prepared and is ready for a vote. Although we currently have ample funds in the treasury to operate, the proposed budget does reflect a small deficit. If we wish to maintain the programs, projects and events that are making the city and other neighborhoods take notice, we need to have the support and involvement of all of our neighbors.

If you’ve been putting off becoming a member, now’s the time. If you join today, your membership will not need to be renewed until January 2005! (Please see the membership form on the back of this newsletter.)

The changeover to Quicken ® is moving right along. All checking information since the first of the year has been entered and we are now set up with the Bank of the Commonwealth’s on-line banking system. The on-line system will allow the transfer of our data directly into the software program. It will also permit us to track transactions and create statements at our convenience.

The Granby Street Beat
Rosemary Zemanian

No, it wasn’t a mirage. An oasis of palm trees did actually appear one afternoon on the old Christmas tree lot at the foot of the Granby Street Bridge. Less than two months later the seasonal use is complete and the palm trees have found homes (in Virginia Beach?).

Bloom: The Art of Flowers has completed its relocation to the east side of Granby Street. The building received quite a facelift and the parking lot has been repaved. The building next door is undergoing its own set of renovations and will soon emerge as the restaurant Conundrums, which anticipates a September opening.

Sandwiched between The Garden Gate and The Riverview Coffee Parlor is A & J Cleaners and Alterations. Proprietor Judy Dinini was attracted to Riverview Village by the “little shops, friendly people and convenience to Granby Street.” Store hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 –6:00 and Saturday 9:00-1:00. So drop off your dry cleaning when you stop by for a cup of coffee at the Riverview Coffee Parlor. The old HealthSouth/ Diagnostic Center has been purchased and is now for lease as office space.

Although most of the summer activity has occurred at the north end of Granby Street, the southern end (next to Futures Antiques) has become home to an established business that relocated from the ODU area. Camp Zama, a music store in business since 1993, is owned and operated by Colonial Place residents Donna and Bill Bradshaw. “Camp Zama,” says Donna, has “lots of things you hear on the radio” as well as focusing on “underground music.” Special orders may also be placed. The Bradshaws are active in the music and arts community working at the Chrysler Museum, nTelos Harbor Center Pavilion, the Ted Constant Center, the Virginia Beach Pavilion, and special events at Chrysler Hall, Scope and the Roper Center. Be sure to stop by and see their new shop. Hours are Monday thru Saturday noon to 8:00 and Sunday noon to 5:00.

We’re still waiting on the trashcans and crosswalks but we are assured that both will be provided sometime in the fall. As always, remember to shop the neighborhood first.

Calling All Neighborhood Artists
Sheila Robinson

It's time to gear up for the next Riverview-Colonial Place Front Porch Art Walk scheduled for Sunday, October 12th, 1 to 5 pm. If you are interested in participating again this year, or if you are a new artist in the neighborhood and would like more information, please call Sheila Robinson at 625-2880. And if you would like to help with the art walk or serve on the committee, please call Sheila. You're assistance is most welcome!!

Crime Prevention
Malcolm Martin

The Crime Prevention Committee met at the home of Eleanor Lockington on July 2nd. A dozen CPRV residents attended plus Officer Brent Routon - P.A.C.E. Officer for CPRV . It was decided that the time has come to restart the Neighborhood Watch program in CPRV, and Officer Routon agreed to make arrangements for a formal presentation on Neighborhood Watch by the Norfolk Police Department at the August 11th CPRV Civic League meeting.

Riverview was especially well represented at the July 2nd meeting, and I gather has made a lot of progress in the intervening weeks. According to Audrey Webb of Riverview, "The program is moving along the area is smaller and therefore easier to coordinate. Residents have very kindly volunteered their services as Block Captains and are presently canvassing neighbors to explain the Block Security Program, Operation I.D. and the Police Survey. Riverview can always use more volunteers. If you are interested, it takes very little time, please call Audrey Webb [at] 623-1197."

Colonial Place can use more volunteers, too. If you are able to help make our community safer, please contact me at 625-8285 or

Special thanks to Eleanor Lockington, Amy Fant, Audrey Webb and Officer Brent Routon for their invaluable assistance to the Crime Prevention Committee. Were it not for their efforts we would not be so far along.

Stuck on CPRV?
Let CPRV Get Stuck On You!

Jeanne Ullian

Nearly fifty CPRV stickers should now be on vehicles throughout our neighborhood. If you missed the opportunity to pick up a free sticker at the July Ice Cream Social do not despair. Stickers will be on sale at the August meeting for the modest price of $2.50 each, or for whatever exact change you have above that amount. This price is good only if you also agree to display the sticker on a vehicle. Promote the neighborhood. Display the CPRV White Oval.

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