Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

August 2004

             Guest Speakers: Mr. Michael Caprio, Principal, Maury High; Mrs. Carol Hamlin, Assistant Principal, Blair Middle School; Mrs. Wendi James, Dean of Students, Blair Middle School; and Dr. George Boothby, Principal, Granby Elementary School

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, August 9, 2004, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, August 16, 2004, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the September issue is Tuesday, August 31, 2004.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Guests: Mr. Michael Caprio, Principal, Maury High; Mrs. Carol Hamlin, Assistant Principal, Blair Middle School; Mrs. Wendi James, Dean of Students, Blair Middle School, and Dr. George Boothby, Principal, Granby Elementary School.

President’s Notes
Andy Wallach

Our new vice-president, Steve Earnhart, is scheduling some very interesting presentations for our upcoming meetings. So come on out on the second Monday evening of the month and join your neighbors in learning more about our community and working to improve our neighborhood. If you need transportation to the meeting, call one of the board members and we will arrange for someone to pick you up. If you have ideas about topics/speakers for our meetings, call Steve.

At the July board meeting, the CPRV Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting the East Ocean View Civic League, the East Ocean View/Little Creek Improvement Association, and the Bay View Civic League’s request that the City use the vacant land between 3rd and 7th Bay along East Ocean View Avenue for a park (Bay Oaks Park). Over 10 CPRV residents attended the City Council public hearing on July 20 to voice their support for a park. Many of us feel very strongly about the need for more open space in Norfolk and our need to repay residents in other areas of the city who supported our successful effort to prevent development in Lafayette Park.

I attended the Healthy Neighborhoods Community Forum on July 21st. This City-sponsored forum addressed code policies and practices, asking discussion groups to determine what is good about current codes and enforcement and what needs improvement. The City has set up the Norfolk Cares Assistance Center (664-6510) for you to report concerns, obtain information on any City service, or check on a response to previous complaints and requests for service. If you see something that needs rectifying on private property or City property, call the Assistance Center. If the problem turns out not to be a code violation but is still affecting the neighborhood adversely and you do not feel comfortable talking to the property owner, call me and someone from the Civic League will contact the owner. Early intervention may prevent a code violation from developing. Code policy and enforcement is a constant balancing of individual rights versus community good. The Civic League is not an enforcement agency but may be able to assist in maintaining a nice, friendly community. If you, or someone you know, cannot afford to properly maintain your home, assistance is available. Contact me and I’ll see what can be done.

A special thanks to Elizabeth Vogel for her concern about our mermaid that normally resides on Mayflower Road next to the river. She contacted the city to have the mermaid picked up and repaired. She has tentatively named the mermaid Lauren, after her granddaughter. Unless the mermaid already has a name or there are objections, Lauren is a fine name.

Upcoming Guest Speakers!
Steve Earnhart

As the new CPRV Civic League Vice President, I want to be very inclusive of your ideas and suggestions for guest speakers at our meetings. Please email me at with your thoughts. Want an issue addressed? Have a cool concept that you think would be interesting? Let me know. Here is what is on tap for the August, September, and October Meetings -

August: Back to School Night! No, it is not too early to start thinking about that Tuesday in September when the school doors fling open and summer ends. Come and meet our community school representatives as they discuss “what’s ahead” for our students. Come with any questions/concerns you might have about schedules, activities, programs, or the SOLs. We will hear from the following: September: Performing Arts Night! No, Andy Wallach will not be doing his Streetcar Named Desire “Stella” yell for us, but we will have representatives from local performing arts organizations to let us know what to look forward to in the upcoming seasons. I am currently contacting local groups; if you know of one that we should include, email me at Get to the meeting a little earlier than usual; I am planning to have some local student musicians exhibit some of their talent.

October: 3rd District Dialogue! Don’t miss it. It is so exciting, it gets its own article (see the separate article in this newsletter).

Calling all CPRV kids!!!
Sheila Janes

The OYSTERS need your help!
How about a chance to get down and dirty all in the name of helping the Elizabeth River? I need kids of all ages (and adults!) who want to learn about what they can do to help clean up the river that surrounds our neighborhood and who are willing to get down and dirty in the name of cleaning up the environment. Healthy oysters filter water and remove sediments and pollutants from the river. Together, we will harvest a new batch of oysters in floats around our neighborhood. We will care for them so they can become healthy oysters and once they are mature we will let them go free to help clean up the river. Interested? Call Sheila Janes @ 469-3531 or e-mail her at

Granby Street Beat
Rosemary Zemanian

It’s a hot, sticky summer in Norfolk, but don’t let the humidity keep you away from Riverview Village. While it may be tempting to hike up the a/c and stay indoors, your neighborhood businesses district needs you to come take a stroll, patronize the district shops, and show your support.

Take a break at the Riverview Coffee Parlor for a limeade or smoothie with the kids. Let them play a game of checkers or work on a puzzle while you re-energize with a cup of coffee (hot or iced). Then attend to some of those errands while you’re out: gas up your car at Granby Shell or Texaco, drop your dry cleaning at A&J Alterations and Cleaning and don’t forget to get take care of those banking needs completed at Bank of the Commonwealth. If you love a good antique hunt, stop by Poor Boy’s Antiques. If your tastes include unique 20th century items (and some creative kitsch) that are sure to inspire conversation and bring beauty to your home, stop by Futures Antiques. Classic gifts and home decorating items (especially lamps) abound at Mary Barnett’s. Then treat your home and garden to some plants or fresh cut flowers from Tanner’s Creek or Bloom – The Art of Flowers (and so much more!). Camp Zama offers a wide selection of tunes to add to your music collection. And if you’re thinking about a cool dinner out (or hot take-out), Tabb’s at Riverview, The Veneziano, Mi Hogar and Subway provide an array of varied options. (Conundrum’s hopes to open by Labor Day.)

While you may be stuck in town for the summer, remember Africa is just down the road at the Virginia Zoo. If you haven’t seen the baby zebra, Ariana, stop on by. Theodore, Alvin, and Simon, the Red River hogs, are very cute even if you catch them during their siesta! Monica and Lisa, the elephants, remain the grand dames of Africa and are always family favorites. On your trek through the delta you’ll see the giraffes, rhinos, meerkats, and the rest of the African wildlife. The Zoo’s horticultural staff continues to make the zoological park a gardener’s delight (ask for the horticultural brochure at the gate) with both African plants and beautiful native vegetation. If the heat starts to take a toll on you while on safari, just head back to the Compass Rose Plaza and enjoy the spraying fountains. With the help of a few friends, see if you can stop the Kugel from spinning. By that time you’re likely to be hungry. So you’ll be pleased to learn that a new food service provider joined the zoo this spring. Fantastic fries, delicious Dip & Dots (you, or better yet your kids, have to try these – a very different ice cream experience) and good quality family-friendly fare are now available from courteous Aramark employees. And don’t leave the zoo without stopping by the gift shop, where you will find everything from educational toys to inexpensive souvenirs to designer items for home or office.

Remember that when you eat, drink and shop at the Zoo your dollars are going back to the Virginia Zoo, so as always, this is another great reason to shop the neighborhood, and your Virginia Zoo, first.

Vote 2004: 3rd District Dialogue in October!
Steve Earnhart

Mark your calendars now for a very special “Election 2004” October Civic league meeting (7 pm, at Stuart). The CPRV Civic league will sponsor a 3rd District Dialogue to be held during our October civic league meeting (October 11th). Colonial Place’s very own Glen Sussman, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Political Science, will moderate a discussion that features the candidates for our U.S. House of Representatives district (3rd) and YOU! Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (incumbent, Democrat) and Mrs. Winsome Sears (challenger, Republican) will be taking your questions and comments. Our neighboring civic leagues have been invited and local media coverage is expected. Bring your ideas, bring your concerns, bring your friends & neighbors. Democracy is not a spectator sport and it is hard to play if you don’t show up – come and participate in the CPRV 3rd District Dialogue! For more information, email Steve Earnhart at

What's up at
Announcing the OLD PHOTO ID contest

Jeanne Ullian

In an effort to lure you to our web site and to build up a little more neighborhood history, Dave Spriggs, our Riverview Representative, has offered to share some of his historic neighborhood photos. Every month a new photo will go up and a new contest will begin. The goal is to not to only identify the subject of the photo, but also to gather historic details and personal anecdotes. Email your "answers" to

All photos and pertinent information submitted will be added to the web site in a photo archive. At some point we may be able to run the photos simultaneously in the newsletter, but for at least this month you need to run to a computer, log onto, and click the link to the August Photo. I hope to hear from YOU.

Vote Early & Often & at Stuart!!! Just a reminder!
Are you registered to vote? You will want your voice heard in November, but by our October civic league meeting it will be too late. Go to to download the easy-to-fill-out form and get registered


In an effort to keep our streets safe, your Crime Prevention committee has been working with Dominion Virginia Power and the City of Norfolk to report known broken street lamps in our neighborhood and along the Granby corridor. We have made tremendous progress but realize there are still outages and broken poles that have not yet been repaired. Therefore we are seeking the help of everyone in CPRV to assist us in maintaining our street lamps to ensure all are in proper working condition.

According to the Safety Program Engineer for the City of Norfolk, Mr. Jeryl Riddick, to report broken street lamps or outages:

  1. Contact Dominion Virginia Power at 1-888-667-3000 (automated) or and provide the following information:
  2. Also report the problem to (664-6510)
  3. If the repairs are not made by the above-referenced deadlines, please contact Mr. Riddick at 664-7301.
Beginning in August, the Crime Prevention Committee will resume meeting on the last Monday of every month at 6:30 PM in the Stuart Center Cafeteria. We welcome you to attend to discuss what you feel are the most serious crime-related problems in our neighborhood and to offer suggestions about what to do about these problems. The Pace officers are there to listen to our issues so they may act accordingly. We encourage you to be heard - don’t sit around and let crime happen.

Please contact the Crime Prevention chair, Malcolm Martin, at for more information.

World’s Greatest Neighbors

James E. Devlin

Since this is my first installment under Sheila Janes’ original creation, “Meet the Neighbors,” I thought it appropriate to introduce to our community the neighbors my family and I first met when we arrived in fair Colonial Place/Riverview, namely, Artemis and Pete Stoll, who are the proud parents of Nicholas (age 7, who is soon off to school at Granby Elementary – go Bulldogs!), and Daniel (age 3, who longs to go where his big brother goes). The Stolls live in the beautiful, grand white house located on Colonial Ave., between New York and Connecticut.

Pete is a career naval aviator currently assigned to help the Coast Guard with America’s maritime homeland defense. Artemis works at home, raising the two boys, as well as working for our neighborhood through active community involvement. With Pete’s help, she also happens to throw the best parties this side of Delaware Circle.

Together, the Stolls have done much to preserve and enhance CPRV’s standing in Norfolk and beyond. Whether it’s sponsoring a front porch exhibit at the annual Art Walk, protecting our green spaces near the Zoo, serving as our unofficial neighborhood watch, planting flowers near our historical signs, or handing out the CPRV Community Newsletter, the Stolls set a terrific example of what it means to be the world’s greatest neighbors.

When Pete and Artemis decided to move back to Hampton Roads, to be close to family, they chose to live in CPRV because of its developed sense of community and commitment to diversity. They espeically loved the fact that we all get to share the Lafayette river and its estuaries, something other Norfolk neighborhoods can’t match.

Artemis and Pete are proud of our neighborhood being one of the most vocal and organized communities in Hampton Roads. The Stolls think CPRV residents are concerned, active, and “civicly articulate.” They cite many reasons, like the Front Porch Art Walk. “The talent in our neighborhood is enormous and it is demonstrated daily in our community involvement,” states Artemis.

I know she’s right about our neighbors being talented. She and Pete share their talents every day for the benefit of their neighborhood and their neighbors. We’re lucky to live near the Stolls.

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