Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

November 2005

             Guest Speakers: Mrs. Ellen McDonald and Mr. Joe Bondi speaking on behalf of their plan to bring the McDonald Montessori School to the former “HealthSouth” building on Granby Street in Riverview Village

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 Monday, November 21, 2005, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the December issue is Tuesday, November 28, 2005.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Guest speakers will be Mrs. Ellen McDonald and Mr. Joe Bondi who will be speaking on behalf of their plan to bring the McDonald Montessori School to the former “HealthSouth” building on Granby Street in Riverview Village - Individual donations towards a CPRV group donation to the family of the late Norfolk Police Officer Stanley C. Reaves will be accepted.

President’s Notes
Andy Wallach

There are many ideas on how to improve our community and many residents are working to turn these ideas into actions. One may wonder, especially if you subscribe to the CPRV listserv, is there someone coordinating all these efforts? Is there someone approving all the actions being taken? So let me provide some insight into my management style. And I intentionally use the word “management” versus “leadership.” Leadership is inspiring people to do things. Those of you who are taking action in our community do not need to be inspired. The Civic League is a volunteer organization. Most people do not like being told what to do or how to do it. So, I believe in letting our Committee chairs “run with it” with little interference. All I ask is that they be considerate of all our residents and of the fine people in the Norfolk City government that help us. Also, that major decisions be brought to the League membership for a vote. While we are a democratic organization, it is impractical to have a league vote on every decision that is made. That is why you elect executives and we have committee chairs. And you always have the right to question any decision and bring the issue before the membership for resolution.

I have heard and read complaints about, and suggestions on, handling traffic ... but no one has volunteered to take this “tar-covered” ball and smooth it out. Robin Huelsbeck, who did a great job heading our ad-hoc traffic committee, needs to devote her time to developing future leaders. We also need volunteers to coordinate Senior Activities for our community. We’re fortunate to have received two energetic volunteers to catalog our local fauna sightings.

So, take action! Make things better! Some people will thank you; some will criticize you; but, most importantly, you will have the personal satisfaction of knowing that you participated in the game and did not just stand on the sidelines and watch.

Proposed Montessori School in Riverview Village
Civic League Meeting: Monday, November 14th, at Stuart Center School

Steve Earnhart

As noted in the October CPRV Community Newsletter, our guest speakers for the November 14th CPRV Civic League will be Mrs. Ellen McDonald and Mr. Joe Bondi. They will be speaking on behalf of their plan to bring the McDonald Montessori School to the former “HealthSouth” building on Granby Street in Riverview Village. In their current location at Temple Israel (7255 Granby Street), the McDonald Montessori School has 7 school employees and 43 students enrolled (2.5 years of age to 3rd grade). According to Mrs. McDonald, the new location would allow the school to eventually grow to serving approximately 100 students with additional staff to support the school. The school would operate from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This plan requires the city’s approval of a “special exemption” to the Pedestrian Commercial Overlay plan before it proceeds any further and Mrs. McDonald and Mr. Bandi want to meet with the civic league to discuss their vision. Please mark your calendars to attend November’s meeting to hear about the proposed school and discuss any questions/concerns you might have.

On another topic, it’s not too early to begin planning your holiday schedule, and what Winter holiday master plan would be complete without the Annual CPRV Holiday Social (Monday, Dec. 12th, 7:00 p.m.)? More details will be provided in the next newsletter, but I wanted to make sure that CPRV gets on your busy holiday party schedule. CPRV: It’s not just a neighborhood, it’s a lifestyle.

Richelle Davies

What is an Email List or List Serve? CPRV Email List Policy Statement: “The CPRV mailing list exists for the use and enjoyment of the Colonial Place/Riverview community. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information relevant to the neighborhood community it serves. Posts to the list are considered to be "on topic" when the content of the message has value or relevance to the CPRV community specifically.” The list serve uses your email address to automatically send you any messages being posted to the list. When another member views the list membership roster, your email address is shown in a slightly altered way to prevent spammers. When registering, you have the option to conceal yourself (email address) from the subscriber list. You may also elect to have each message delivered individually OR you can choose Digest Mode where you will receive several posts bundled together into one condensed email.

Why is the list serve a wonderful resource for CPRV Residents?

Ready to start talking to your neighbors? Need more details? Here is the link to join the CPRV Email List:

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

Leaves, leaves, leaves! Should we let the loathsomely lovely leaves lie lazily on our lawn? Yeah, it actually took me a while to type that, let alone say it out loud! Some quick tips for maintaining the leaf-and-lawn situation. There is a “catch 22” here. The leaves make excellent mulch and send nutrients into the soil as they decompose, a process beneficial to your lawn and garden. However, if you allow the larger leaves to stack up, they get wet in the morning dew and rain and become heavy on the grass, especially new grass. This will smother your lawn. The lowest maintenance thing to do is, to use your lawn mower and mulch the leaves down and spread them evenly over the grass. If you have way too many (because you have not kept up with the raking throughout the fall), then rake them together and use the mowed leaves as a mulch in your garden around the shrubs and trees.

Now, this is a great tip if you like a more natural look to your lawn and garden. If you are of the pristine crowd and don’t want to see a speck of brown on your green lawn, then you really need to keep up the raking chore weekly, if not more, and totally remove the leaves from the lawn. Notice I said rake, not blow! If you MUST use a blower, NEVER blow the leaves into the gutter or into your neighbor’s yard. I am also not advocating bagging the leaves in clear bags to be hauled off to the landfill. I strongly recommend that you find an out-of-the-way place in your backyard to pile the leaves and allow them to decompose naturally and re-use the material in the spring. This is known as composting, and it is the best thing you can do for your garden and the environment. I would love to sell you bags and bags of compost and fertilizers at Tanners Creek Garden Center, but Mother Nature gives it to you throughout the year. All you have to do is gather and spread!

Enjoy the cool weather, the colors, sights and smells of autumn. It’s a short season and holiday time is fast approaching!!!!!. If you have any questions, feel free to come up to the Garden Center or drop me an e-mail at:

Richelle Davies

The holidays are almost here. This is a festive time for our neighborhood with the 3rd Annual Riverview Village Holiday Open House, CPRV Holiday Party, and Holiday Decoration Contest coming up soon. Let’s all make an effort to help prevent crime in our neighborhood so that we may continue to enjoy these wonderful community events in a safe environment.

Criminal activity tends to increase during the holiday season. Stolen personal property is a common crime this time of year because burglars can make quick cash by selling/pawning stolen items. Unfortunately, criminals will also attempt to make quick cash by taking your wallet/purse from you. Please take extra precautions to lessen the chance of being a victim to these crimes! Here are a few things you can do:

If you see someone doing something that looks Criminally Suspicious, please call the Non-Emergency Police Line at 441-5610. If you witness a Crime in Progress, call 911. The police have encouraged us to call whenever we hear or see anything suspicious, even if it turns out to be a false alarm. Not calling can result in a missed opportunity to catch a criminal. Please, do not be intimidated; call these numbers if you feel you need to.

Flu Shots
Joe Rivas

Flu shots will be available at Harris Teeter grocery stores with pharmacies through November 11th. Visit: WWW.HARRISTEETER.COM for hours of operation and associated costs.

Audrey Webb

The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League participates in the EARNN Program (Environmental Award for Recycling in Norfolk's Neighborhoods) and this enables us to be eligible to win monetary awards. Thanks to our increased recycling efforts utilizing the new blue recycling carts CPRV has achieved an increase or maintained above 50% in the level of participation among households in CPRV for the year ending August, 2005. With a high participation rate that was recorded at 65%, the Civic League receives a cash award of $800.00 ($400.00 for the increase over last year and $400.00 for the level of participation over 50%). Please spread the word to you neighbors so that we may continue to improve on our present record, thereby increasing our future cash awards while maintaining a clean and environmentally responsible neighborhood.

Wildlife Watch
Janet Peery

Have you seen dolphins? Bats? Otters? The Green Heron that stalks the backwaters of the marina? If you’ve seen wildlife - resident, occasional, or migratory - around the walks and waterways around CPRV, please let us know. We hope to compile the information and keep track of our animal neighbors in the newsletter and on the website. Send emails to Janet Peery at: or drop off notes, photos, or drawings at 607 Mayflower Rd. Please include your name, phone number and details of the sighting. Children are especially encourage to participate.

Civic Alert
Glenn Harris

The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League will accept donations beginning Monday, 7 November through Friday, 25 November on behalf of the late Norfolk Police Officer Stanley C. Reaves. Residents unable to attend the civic league meeting on Monday, 14 November are encouraged to participate by mailing donations (personal checks) to: CPRV, PO Box 6130, Norfolk VA 23508. Checks should be made payable to: Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League. At the conclusion of the fundraising effort, CPRV will present one united donation to the police officer’s family. Please give generously.

Free Golf
Joe Rivas

Ocean View Golf Course will offer free golf to retired and active-duty military personnel and veterans in November. November is Ocean View’s “Military Appreciation Month”; please call the pro shop at 480-2094 for more information and tee times or visit: WWW.OCEANVIEWGC.COM.


Friday, November 11th, 2005
7:30 p.m. - Cabaret Concert - Virginia Wesleyan College - Contact 671-9142
8:00 p.m. - Jazz on Granby - Kevin Mahogany - Contact 671-8100
Saturday, November 12th, 2005
7:00 p.m. - ODU Basketball - Constant Convocation Center - Contact 640-5555
Monday, November 14th, 2005
7:00 p.m. - Civic League Meeting - Stuart Center
Friday, November 25th, 2005
8:00 p.m. - Elizabeth River Theater's production of Don Quixote at the 40th St. Stage (across from Fellini's)- Contact 423-40TH
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
7:00 p.m. - ODU Basketball - Constant Convocation Center - Contact 640-5555
8:00 p.m. - Elizabeth River Theater's production of Don Quixote at the 40th St. Stage (across from Fellini's)- Contact 423-40TH
Sunday, November 27th, 2005
2:30 p.m. - Elizabeth River Theater's production of Don Quixote at the 40th St. Stage (across from Fellini's)- Contact 423-40TH

Monday, November 28th, 2005
6:30 p.m. - Crime Watch Meeting - Stuart Center - Contact: 469-3531 or 651-3273

(Dates and Times subject to change without notice)
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