Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

May 2005

             Guest Speaker, Mr. Barclay Winn, Norfolk City Councilman, Superward #6, At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, May 9, 2005, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be May 16, 2005, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the June issue is Tuesday, May 24, 2005.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Guest Speaker: Mr. Barclay Winn, Norfolk City Councilman, Superward #6 - Vote on Riverview Village planters.

President’s Notes
Andy Wallach

May is an important month for the City; the Council considers the next fiscal year budget.  The budget concerns all of us.  It is our money and our needs (such as the Haven Creek bulkhead/path).  You have a great opportunity to address one of our council members, Barclay Winn, at our May 9th meeting.  A large turn-out will impress upon the Council the interest that our residents have in the management of our City.

Some residents have voiced concern about the Single Occupancy Residency housing proposed for the ex-RC Cola building in Park Place.  The CPRV Civic League Board decided to send a letter to the Council objecting to the process.  (The Board has not taken a position on the proposal.  Any overall Civic League position must be approved by the membership.)  Land-use decisions need citizen input … before the decision is made…not after.

The condition of the surface at the dog-park is a concern.  Frankly, we do not know the solution.  If you have a recommendation, contact Buffy Masten. 

Army Corps of Engineers objections to the proposed use of articulated mat for bank stabilization along Knitting Mill Creek is delaying continued rebuilding of that bulkhead. The Corps’ concern is that, if the Creek is ever dredged to the allowable depth and width, the mat might cave into the channel.  The City has funds allocated and will let a contract when there is an engineering solution.  Steve Tobias is our liaison with the City and Corps on this project.  If you have questions, contact Steve.

The City has agreed to purchase 24 planters for Riverview Village, if the business owners have a plan to maintain plantings.  Rosemary Zemanian, our Midtown Revitalization chairwoman, is proposing a substantial Civic League monetary contribution that demonstrates our interest in the beautification of Granby Street and our support for our local businesses.  We will consider her proposal along with our overall budget for the next fiscal year at our June Annual Meeting.

A special thanks and hearty congratulations for a job well done to Kelly Sorensen, our outgoing CPRV Newsletter Editor.  She did a fantastic job each month ensuring we were kept informed.  Please support Joe Rivas as he takes over as editor.

I would like to express my appreciation to all of you for making our neighborhood such a success.  We receive e-mails from people who inquire about joining the Civic League even before they have closed on their home in CPRV.  The other day I had the pleasure of walking our community with my sister-in-law, showing her the river vistas, the dog park, the community garden.  She took notice of the all the on-going restorations/additions.  I’m very proud to lead your Civic League and represent you.

Mr. Barclay Winn Norfolk City Councilman, Superward #6
Steve Earnhart

Please mark your calendar for your May civic league meeting (Monday, May 9th, 7 p.m.) featuring the Honorable Barclay C. Winn, CPRV’s Superward representative to Norfolk’s City Council.  With so many issues before the city council (real estate assessments, SRO, Haven Creek, Bay Oaks Park, library funding, just to name a few), it is important you take time to listen and dialogue with your elected representative.  Please attend and voice your concerns.

Keep America Beautiful
Audrey Webb

Since March 26th and running through June 11th, thousands of volunteers in Norfolk will be picking up litter during the nation’s largest annual community improvement program. CPRV has selected May 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to clean up our neighborhood. This effort will involve picking-up litter along our streets and, if you are so inclined, the waterways. CPRV needs your help and support. Perhaps you have a group who would like to volunteer to cover a particular area or block. Our participation and number of volunteers will be submitted to Keep America Beautiful campaign. CPRV is planning a get-together immediately following the clean-up effort, refreshments will be provided. For more information and to assist in planning, please call Ms. Audrey Webb at 623-1197.

Rosemary Zemanian

The City of Norfolk has agreed to purchase 23 planters for Riverview Village, intended to bring “green” to areas which do not have enough room for trees or other plantings. The red, brick-like planters will be narrow and rectangular in shape, and it is anticipated that the plants will be “changed out” twice per year.  The Riverview Village Business Association (RVBA) is currently receiving bids for year-round maintenance and watering. Due to previous disappointing efforts by other business districts, the City’s commitment to providing these planters in our area is contingent on an adequate maintenance plan being in place. The RVBA is in the process of soliciting its membership and hopes to be able to move forward on the plan by May. The City has also asked for a signed contract or memorandum from the association.

The Riverview Village business district is an important area for both Riverview and Colonial Place; it is the common ground between our neighborhoods. The Riverview Village business district is also an important route for access to downtown, and its continued revitalization and beautification is important for our community and the City. For these reasons, the Midtown Revitalization Committee is requesting that the CPRV Civic League authorize a $500 contribution.  This item will be on the agenda for the May 9 General Meeting.

Mother’s Day in Lafayette Park
Christine Hoppe

The 3rd Annual Mother’s Day for Peace and Justice - and Music, will take place on Saturday, May 7th at Lafayette Park. Festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. with free food for all attendees; at 2:00 p.m. there will be singers, musicians, children’s activities, speakers and poetry. Queen Sheba, a well known African-American local poet, will recite her dramatic poems. At 4:00 p.m., there will be a March for Peace to the famous and renovated Attucks Theater, located approximately two miles from Lafayette Park. The founder of Mother’s Day, Julia Howe, stressed the importance of peace, urging all mothers never to send their sons to war; hence our theme of Peace. This festive family event, which is organized by the Norfolk Peace Coalition, is free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Christine Hoppe at 628-8279 or email:

Fire Safety
Norfolk Fire-Rescue

In Virginia, fires kill an average of 115 men, women and children per year. Most people who die in residential fires are not in the room where the fire starts. National research shows that the chances of fatalities are cut in half when a working smoke detector is properly installed and operating. To request information on having a free smoke detector installed in your home, please call The Fire Prevention Bureau of Norfolk Fire-Rescue at 664-6616.

Rosemary Zemanian

The Virginia Zoo and the Indianapolis Zoo are pleased to announce that an African elephant from the Indianapolis Zoo has now joined the elephants at the Virginia Zoo. Cita [SEE’-TAH], a 35-year-old elephant, is the new herd mate to elephants Monica and Lisa.

According to Virginia Zoo Director, Lewis Greene, “The decision to move Cita from Indianapolis to Norfolk presented a win-win situation for her and both zoos. We are very happy that Cita will be able to enjoy a home equally as enriching as the one she had in Indianapolis, and she, in turn, will be a wonderful new companion for our elephants.”

Indianapolis Zoo president and CEO, Mike Crowther, added “We believe she will be able to adapt easily to new surroundings and companions as she has consistently appeared more comfortable in smaller groups rather than larger herds.  This is a very good opportunity for her to experience some new mental and physical stimulation.  We are very happy to help out the Virginia Zoo as part of the cooperative programs among AZA zoos across the nation.”

Following a period of quarantine in the holding facility and successful introductions to the other elephants, Cita will be on public exhibit this spring.

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

We made it through the coldest of the weather and now it’s time to have some fun! Actually, the month of May is not so strenuous for the gardener.  This is the month when we get to use our imagination and create new gardens or new configurations in the garden.  For the patio or balcony gardener, this is when you get to create your own little slice of paradise with beautiful container gardens.  The first of May is the time to put your tomatoes, basil, cucumber and any other cold-tender plants in the ground.  For the pond enthusiast, if you haven’t done this already, then this is the time to treat your pond or make any changes to the filter system or waterfall.

When making changes to your garden beds, always think of the future.  Think of how you want that section to look in June, July, August and so on.  In other words, plant for year-round beauty.  There are far too many considerations to include in this article but in a nutshell, you want bright color for spring, heat-tolerant showy plants for mid-summer, plants with colorful foliage for fall and a few evergreens for winter.  It can be a challenge, but you should strive for a garden that has a few bare spots all year long.

For container gardening, the same rule applies, but careful consideration has to be given to the fact that the plants’ roots will not actually be “in the ground.” The roots and the plant itself are much more exposed and vulnerable to wind damage and root rot or freezing. Choose your plants carefully. For the pond gardener, you have it just a little easier because, if your plants die back in the late fall, you still have the beauty and sound of the water and the falls to enjoy during the winter.  For the rest of the year, consider perennials and grasses at the edge of your pond and beautiful lilies and rushes in the water. Perhaps place evergreens behind the waterfall or to the back of the pond.

Enjoy the season, take it easy on your back, always stop to smell the flowers and, when your legs get tired of all that shopping, take a break at one of the cool eateries and cafes in our beautiful Riverview Business District! -


The 2005 season for Norfolk swings into high gear in May at Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk waterfront with “Concerts at the Point” every Friday evening. All Cingular “Concerts at the Point” begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance at or $10 at the door. New for 2005 is the Point Pass. This $25 pass includes admission to all four “Concerts at the Point,” plus fabulous discounts. Between 6 and 7 p.m. on the evening of the event, Cingular customers receive one free admission just by showing their phone. Concerts held rain or shine, no refunds. See your CPRV Calendar for a list of events.


The 4th Annual Halizo Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, 21 May, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 22 May from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Tabernacle Church of Norfolk, 7000 Granby Street (1/2 mile south of Wards Corner). The Halizo Arts Festival is a family-oriented art festival exhibiting a broad range of art, including oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, printmaking, glasswork, ceramics, photography, and sculpture. Halizo will feature a large hands-on children’s art workshop, face and henna painting, hands-on crafts, and pony rides. A large mural painting featuring this year’s festival theme “Love that Endures,” will be created by young people attending the festival under the supervision of local artists.

This year’s featured artist is Nancy Dooley. She is a recipient of the 2001 Outstanding Artist of the Year award. Nancy is a master teacher for emerging artists in Hampton Roads. She will be demonstrating her art, as well as hosting an area of her student exhibitors - The Tidewater Twenty.

Music will be provided throughout the festival featuring many local musicians: jazz, folk, ethnic singing and dance, and gospel. Food vendors will be on hand offering Mediterranean cuisine as well as local favorites such as BBQ and Ribs. For more information contact Halizo at 493-2167 or visit their website at

CPRV Calendar

Thursday, May 5th, 2005
5:00 p.m. - Cinco de Mayo - Waterside (Free)

Friday, May 6th, 2005
6:00 p.m. - Gavin DeGraw - Town Point ($)

Saturday, May 7th, 2005
1:00 p.m. - Mother’s Day Fest - Lafayette Park (Free)

Monday, May 9th, 2005
7:00 p.m. - Civic League Meeting - Stuart

Friday, May 13th, 2005
6:00 p.m. - Carbon Leaf with special guests: The Virginia Coalition and The Samples - Town Point ($)

Saturday, May 14th, 2005
12:00 p.m. - Virginia Beer Festival - Town Point ($)

Sunday, May 15th - 20th, 2005
Argentine Naval ship visit (SPIRO) - Otter Berth (Open to Public)

Monday, May 16th, 2005
7:00 p.m. - CPRV Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 17th - 21st, 2005
Chilean Naval ship visit (Esmerelda) - Otter Berth (Open to Public)

Friday, May 20th, 2005
6:00 p.m. - Lifehouse - Town Point ($)

Saturday, May 21st, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 2005 Great American Cleanup

9:00 a.m. - Halizo Arts Festival - Tabernacle Church of Norfolk (Free)

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
2:00 p.m. - Halizo Arts Festival - Tabernacle Church of Norfolk (Free)

Monday, May 23rd, 2005
6:30 p.m. - Crime Watch Meeting - Stuart

Friday, May 27th, 2005
6:00 p.m. - Ryan Cabrera - Town Point ($)

Saturday, May 28th - 30th, 2005
AFR’AM Festival - Town Point Park (216-7518)

(Dates and Times subject to change without notice)

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