Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

October 2005

             Four Candidates for Norfolk City Treasurer at this Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, November 14, 2005, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be November 21, 2005, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the November issue is Tuesday, October 25, 2005.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Four candidates for Norfolk City Treasurer.

President’s Notes
Andy Wallach

A great day to live in Colonial Place and Riverview. The summer heat has broken; the morning is cool; the sun is reflecting off a placid river; the joggers and walkers are out maintaining their health. The natural beauty of our neighborhood is inspiring. We are so lucky to be able to live here, especially in the fall and spring seasons. While I know I will soon have some leaves to rake from the largest oak in Colonial Place ... I know this sounds like a challenge (circumference is 13.5 feet), I still have a month or so to enjoy its canopy.

I'm looking for two volunteers. On our Membership Form in the “Areas of Interest” is a block titled “Senior Get-togethers”. While a good number of members have marked this as an interest, we do not have a committee nor are we doing anything in this area. So, if this is your interest and you want to organize, let me know. I seek another volunteer to compile a listing of fauna that live in or visit our neighborhood or adjacent waterways. Residents would report sightings to the compiler. While I am sure there is a master-gardener who wonders why I am slighting the flora, just the number of different species of weeds that grow in my yard is overwhelming. So let’s note the animals for now. Working and playing together, we enhance our community and our lives. Help your neighbor. Pick up trash. Throw a block party. Enjoy Colonial Place and Riverview.

...And the Race is On!
Civic League Meeting: Monday, October 10th, at Stuart Center School

Steve Earnhart

As the temperatures slowly begin to fall, the race for many elected offices across the Commonwealth of Virginia begin to heat up. Virginians will go to the polls on November 8th to elect a new Governor as well as many other local officials. Given the many commitments we have in our lives, we often find it challenging to stay involved in the political process. As busy as our lives are, we must take it upon ourselves to be part of the process of hiring & firing those who represent us at every level of government – it is our civic-duty and it is in our best interest. On Monday, October 10th, the CPRV Civic League presents a very special “Community Dialogue” with the four candidates for Norfolk City Treasurer. We will have a chance to hear and ask questions from the candidates. Our very own political guru, Prof. Glen Sussman, Ph.D., Chair of ODU’s Political Science Department, will serve as our moderator. After a brief introductory period, we will be taking questions from the audience that will be posed to all candidates. We hosted a well attended dialogue last November with the candidates for the 3rd U.S. Congressional District. We hope to continue to serve the CPRV community and the City of Norfolk by presenting an open, civil and fair discussion on the issues pertaining to the Office of the City Treasurer. Joining us will be:

Please bring your friends and neighbors. If you are a teacher, consider bringing some of your students to the event (they have the day off for parent-teacher conferences in Norfolk). Democracy is not spectator sport! Get involved!.

Chris Casnelli

Over two hundred fifty reports of residential crime occurred in Colonial Place and Riverview between January 1 and August 31, 2005. The reported crimes encompassed a spectrum of violence and criminal activity, ranging from vandalism, to automobile thefts, to residential burglaries, and to various types of assault. The spectrum spanned full length, when, in August, a man was murdered on the 800 block of 38th Street. More recently in September, we witnessed two reports of armed robbery in the heart of Colonial Place. Clearly, the criminal eye is focused on our community.

While the reported crimes are disturbing enough, their insidious psychological effects on our community are equally disturbing. Ironically, we live in one of the most attractive areas in the city, but we are struggling to meet our most basic needs for safety and security. We are not helpless in the struggle, however, and we have only to focus our own sights on an effective strategy for crime prevention.

The most effective crime prevention method available to ordinary citizens is a “neighborhood watch.” According to The National Crime Prevention Council, neighborhood watch is “ effective and so well respected that major criminologists do not generally undertake studies of whether it works, just how it works.” (Emphasis added.) Studies reflect that cities around the country have experienced dramatic reductions in crime rates following the implementation of neighborhood watch programs. We in Colonial Place and Riverview can experience the same renewed sense of safety and security, but we also must look down the same road to realize the effect. Block Captains are needed to help establish an effective neighborhood watch program. Watch your block or the criminals will! For more information contact me at: 651-3273.

Up From the Soil
Jim Hoffmaster, Tanner’s Creek Garden Center

It’s time to start battening down the hatches for the cold months ahead. However, that does not mean that gardening season is over. One thing I love about gardening in Hampton Roads is that, the gardening season never ends as there is always something productive and fun to do in the soil!

Now is the time to consider where to put the tropicals that you want to save through the winter. They should be just fine left outside for most of October since our fall frost date in Norfolk is October 31st. Consider placing your tropicals in the brightest place you can find so that these plants will get the maximum exposure in the short days of winter. Also, try to avoid placing your plants near the heat vents or drafts.

Before the first frost, you’ll want to protect any tender perennials or newly planted trees and shrubs with a nice layer of mulch. Consider recycling the fallen leaves and mulch them with your mower to be spread out as mulch. There is no better soil amendment than what nature has already provided! Don’t load up the landfills with bags of leaves if you can use them in the lawn and garden.

Now let’s talk about the “Colors of the Season,” which happens to be the theme for the Riverview Holiday Open House What color says fall better than orange and what could be more orange than a big beautiful pumpkin? Some pumpkin tips: Look for pumpkins that are not bruised or scratched and have a nice weight to them. Never carry them by their stems because once the stem breaks off, the pumpkin decays faster. When cleaning out, try cutting the pumpkin from the bottom instead of the top. This makes seed removal easier and helps the pumpkin to sit up straight. You can use a saucer on the bottom to hold a candle. Try roasting the seeds as a healthy treat and just FYI … pumpkins are a fruit, not a vegetable.

Speaking of the Holiday Open House, we hope to see all of Riverview and Colonial Place out with their family, pets, friends and relatives on November 5th! There will be tons of entertainment, refreshments, educational exhibits and give-aways throughout the shopping district from the Lafayette River Bridge and the Virginia Zoo. The drum group, BELEZA will be returning to perform at Tanners Creek Garden Center among many other activities. So come on out for a day of fun right here in YOUR OWN neighborhood!. If you have any questions, feel free to come up to the Garden Center or drop me an e-mail at:

Rosemary Zemanian

The 3rd Annual Riverview Village Holiday Open House will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The theme for this year will be “Colors of the Season” and will highlight the 22 new planters that will soon be installed along the Granby streetscape. The planter project is a joint effort between the City of Norfolk and the Riverview Village Business Association to beautify areas that are too narrow for tree pits. The City provided the planters and the initial planting and the RVBA has committed to changing out the plants twice a year and to professionally maintain them by hiring a landscape company to weed, water and fertilize. Private funds to sustain the project for at least two years had to be secured before the City agreed to purchase and install the planters. Riverview Village, again at the forefront of private-public partnerships, should see the planters installed by the 3rd week of October and anticipates celebrating the new look at the very popular Open House event. The three non-profits on our borders all have exciting plans for the day. The Virginia Zoo will have docents and animals stationed in the Education Center at the Zoo entrance. There will also be some delicious treats prepared by Aramark (remember last year’s chocolate fondue!)

At the Environmental Action Center in Lafayette Park, “Green is the Color of the Season.” Keep Norfolk Beautiful will offer visitors the opportunity to make seasonal crafts from recycled or reused materials – fall flowers, holiday wreaths and more. The Center invites you to “stroll the EcoGarden and fall into the spirit of the season.” For more details call 441-1347.

The Tanner’s Creek Garden Center will still be celebrating their grand opening at their new location (on Lavallette across from the park) with plants, pots and lots more for sale. The Center will also be having some craft sessions, so call for times and details (625-2044).

The Norfolk SPCA is excited to be back for another “kitty litter” drive. A one dollar contribution buys 10lbs of litter, and we hope to send 1000 pounds to the shelter. Judging by the popularity of the Dog Park, the Colonial Place/Riverview neighborhoods are filled with animal lovers, so residents will be glad to hear that this year the shelter will be bringing along some canine friends. Alice McCoy, owner of the Riverview Coffee Parlor, has again agreed to have the NSPCA situated in the parking lot, where you can also stop at the CPRV civic league membership table to renew your membership or sign up for a committee. Be sure to stop in the Coffee Parlor for a free coffee sample and to chat with your neighbors.

Many restaurants will be participating in a “Taste of Riverview.” Entertainment, both at individual retail locations and at communal sites will help celebrate the day. Plans are not final, but it looks like the event will have a “moonwalk” type inflatable for the kids and some other child-friendly activities. Most likely the fire department will be on hand with one of their trucks and our community police officers will be out on their bikes. Two off-duty officers have been hired to help with traffic and to assist pedestrians in crossing the street.

The free trolley will be running from the bridge to the Zoo with many stops along the way. Village Ambassadors will be on board and also walking throughout the district to answer any questions you might have. So be sure to mark your calendars for November 5 to come out and shop the neighborhood first.

Jeanne Ullian

The famous black and white oval CPRV stickers are still available. Get one for each of the vehicles in your household--cars, bikes, trikes, and even wagons. Your entire donation of $2.50 per sticker goes into the CPRV treasury to help fund all the wonderful league activities throughout the year. To order your stickers by mail send a personal check, made payable to CPRV and mail to: Jeanne Ullian, 4400 Mayflower Road, Norfolk, VA 23508.

Rosemary Zemanian

The Holiday Open House is currently booking entertainment for the event. We would also like to set up a “neighborhood talent” area to spotlight resident performers (don’t worry, Simon won’t be there). If you would like to volunteer to perform, please call Alice McCoy at 622- 1365.

Rosemary Zemanian

The success of the Riverview Village Holiday Open House is in great part due to the personal door-to-door delivery of a special event flyer. This year the flyers will be delivered sometime between October 31 and November 3. Last year distribution occurred not only in Colonial Place and Riverview, but also in Lafayette Shores, Lakewood, Lafayette-Winona and the Belvederes. This was accomplished by a small group of neighborhood “walkers”, who by the end of their routes had had a full cardio-stair-master workout. Please consider volunteering for a route (if you accompany your kids trick-or-treating – that would be a great time to do a route). Please contact Alice McCoy at 622-1365 to help out.

Rosemary Zemanian

The old HealthSouth building is under contract for sale (pending the approval of a “special exception” to the Pedestrian Commercial Overlay district) to operate as a school (Montessori). The prospective buyer will attend the November 14th civic league meeting to discuss this possible use and to address any questions or concerns the neighborhood may have. The applicant has listed the hours of operation as Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, as of this time, has not stated the maximum enrollment.


Sunday, October 9th, 2005
12:00 p.m. - 6th Annual Front Porch Art Walk - CPRV - Contact 622-5324
Monday, October 10th, 2005
7:00 p.m. - Civic League Meeting - Stuart Center
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 2005 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival - Ghent - Contact 625-6161
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
10:00 a.m. - Military Appreciation Day - Virginia Zoo - Contact 624-9879
4:00 p.m. - Voices of Norfolk Concert Choir - Contact 679-0208
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
6:30 p.m. - Guitarist Sam Dorsey & Friends - Contact 664-4321
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
1:30 p.m. - 7th Annual Costume Walk-A-Thon - Virginia Zoo - Contact 624-9879
Thursday, October 27th, 2005
11:30 a.m. - Classic Jazz with Gary Garlic & Co. - Contact 664-4321
Friday, October 28th, 2005
12:00 p.m. - The American Jazz Ensemble - Contact 664-4321
Saturday, October 29th, 2005
10:00 a.m. - Halloween Boo - Virginia Zoo - Contact 624-9879

(Dates and Times subject to change without notice)
Consult your local periodicals for additional information, admission costs and updates)

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