Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

February 2006

             Guest Speakers: Mr. Patrick Miskill on the Norfolk Crime Line and Mr. Glenn Harris on historic conservation

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, February 13, 2006, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, February 20, 2006, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the March issue is Tuesday, February 28, 2006.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - First speaker: Mr. Patrick Miskill on the role of the Norfolk Crime Line - Second speaker: Mr. Glenn Harris on historic conservation of our sidewalks and driveways.

President’s Notes
Andy Wallach

I hope that you are not a winter afficionado. The leaves on our Gerbera daisies and our geraniums haven’t even frozen yet. The relatively warm weather really helps those heating bills.

Police Chief Marquis briefed some of the civic leaders on the initiatives that he is implementing in the Police Department. I applaud his changes which will place six additional patrol cars on the streets without increasing the number of police personnel. There will be three patrol divisions/precincts vice the current two.  CP/RV will be in the new division. Each division will have three sectors as they do now. Each sector has a police car assigned. In addition, there will be three more cars, each of which will be assigned to a neighborhood that requires greater police presence: current areas are Park Place, Denby Park/Oakdale Farms, and Huntersville. In addition, the number of operations officers will be increased to 18 from 6 and will be out on the streets to handle minor accident reports and to take minor crime reports. Operations officers are not sworn officers who currently perform administrative duties in the precinct offices. The decision on the eventual permanent location of the Third Precinct headquarters has not been made. Temporarily, the headquarters will be on Tidewater Drive in the building that used to house the Special Enforcement Division. This reorganization does not affect PACE/Community Resource Officer duties or the Safe Streets Initiative. With more, smaller, precincts and more, smaller sectors, the police will have a greater opportunity to get to know the communities. Effective date is approximately March 1st.

Develop your self; build community partnerships; tap into resources. Now is the time to sign up for the Spring Neighborhood University Courses. The courses, including two new ones this year, are only six hours in duration in the evening or on Saturday. Classes are in February, March, or April. Call 441-5423 or go to the website . We need civic league members willing to take on leadership duties. Our by-laws include term limits for our officers. An individual can only serve two consecutive years in one position. This June, we will have to elect different members to each office. While completion of Neighborhood University courses is not a prerequisite, the knowledge gained and connections made would certainly help to make you more effective.

The American Cancer Society will hold Relay for Life of Norfolk on June 2nd and 3rd. Relay for Life is a celebration of cancer survivorship and community spirit that takes place in 4,200 communities worldwide. It would be great for Colonial Place and Riverview to field a team or teams. Anyone want to volunteer to lead? Let me know. Call 853-6638 or go to to learn more.

I announced at the January meeting that I was running for election to City Council and would not use my position as your civic league president to promote my candidacy. Also that if a majority of the Board of Directors (officers and chairpersons of standing committees) decided, at any time, that I should resign the Presidency, I would. The Board voted at their January meeting to retain me in office. I look forward to participating in an upcoming, customary CP/RV “Community Dialogue”, which would be open to all Ward 2 candidates.

Norfolk Crime Line & Historic Preservation
Civic League Meeting: Monday, February 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Stuart Center School

Steve Earnhart

This month we are excited to hear from two CPRV residents on two different topics. Dovetailing into our recent conversations both at the civic league meetings and also on the list serve, Mr. Patrick Miskill will discuss the role of the Norfolk Crime Line in promoting a safer Norfolk. Mr. Miskill is active in many local volunteer activities and will be speaking as a concerned citizen, as well as a board member of the Norfolk Crime Line. After we hear from Mr. Miskill, we will shift gears and hear about historic conservation from Mr. Glenn Harris. Mr. Harris will discuss his ideas for keeping the traditional look of our community’s sidewalks and driveways intact as CPRV evolves into the future. He has researched the city codes that govern sidewalk and driveway installation and repair and has some intriguing ideas on what we can do to protect our historic look while not encroaching on the rights of the property owner to have the sidewalk, driveway or apron of their dreams.

Please mark your calendar now for our CPRV Civic League meeting and drop me a line if you have questions or suggestions:

a thousand fibers
Chris Casnelli

Herman Melville wrote, “A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

Over the past few weeks, the CPRV outreach effort has focused upon examining the fibers that connect this neighborhood with Park Place. As Melville noted, the fibers are “a thousand.” We are connected by thoroughfares, geography, historic designations, convenience stores, crime, and, of course, our humanity. We also are bound by threads of hope for a safer future, and a fabric woven with stern determination to improve the quality of life in our community. Park Place residents feel strongly that the deterioration of their neighborhood is the effect not of action, as Melville wrote, but of inaction and long-term neglect. They hold accountable not only themselves, in the form of ineffective leadership, but also cite a lack of concern on the part of City government. Now, however, the citizens of Park Place are spinning new threads and weaving a fabric of change. As they set about this task, they have expressed clearly their need for advocacy from surrounding neighborhoods, including Colonial Place and Riverview.

A number of conditions exist, identified by Park Place leaders, which will require a well-coordinated, simultaneous approach for solutions. In recent discussions, Park Place citizenry have identified the following pressing needs.

Colonial Place and Riverview residents have an opportunity to lend a hand in this present cause. We can steady the spinning wheel, gather the threads, stitch a strong, new fabric, and, as Melville proposed, watch our actions come back to us all as the effect of being cloaked in safety.

For more information on the Park Place outreach effort, contact Chris Casnelli at,

Proposed standards
Glenn Harris

In a time when the sidewalks need replacing they will also raise issues (and possibly costs) as they do not fit into the spirit of Article I, Section 42 of Norfolk City Code. I am proposing that the Civic League request that Code be amended for Colonial Place (and Riverview if the residents so desire) to require the following:

Returning to the original patterns used when Colonial Place was built will help maintain the historical integrity of the community, improve the appearance and make the City’s job easier when work needs to be done.

As a side note: I am aware the existing sidewalk / apron combination on my own driveway is not to these standards. When it needs to be replaced I will have the job done to the standards I propose.

Note: If there is no sidewalk on your street or you don’t have a driveway, this matter will not affect your property. However, if in the future you choose to add a driveway or sidewalk they will need to meet these standards.

Graffiti log
Richelle Davies

There has been a noticeable increase in graffiti being spotted in and around our neighborhood. Grime breeds crime, and we should not tolerate graffiti artists tagging our beautiful neighborhood. If we allow our neighborhood to be a graffiti target, it shows that we don’t care and aren’t willing to take action against crime. Please be alert, and if you see someone with a spray paint can in their hands by stop signs, post boxes, telephone poles, and power boxes, please report them to the Police Non-Emergency Number at 441-5610. Graffiti removal can be requested by calling 664-5600, option #3. Also, James Hoy, Colonial Place resident, has volunteered to be our new Neighborhood Graffiti Coordinator. He will take photos and log reports of graffiti, and help follow up on the “tag” art being removed. Please notify James of your graffiti report at

Richelle Davies

January’s guest speaker was Master Officer John Richardson, from NPD’s Crime Prevention Department, who updated us on the Neighborhood Block Security Program’s purpose, goals, and ways to implement the program. The goal of our Block Watch program is to encourage CPRV residents to get involved in crime prevention by being aware of suspicious criminal activities and learn how to report it. We also hope participation will build on the community by getting people to know who their neighbors are and improve communication with neighbors by subscribing to the CPRV Listserve (a great way to receive up-to-date info on neighborhood regarding crime activities/concerns as well as other neighborhood info). Hopefully, all this will make our neighborhood a safe home for our families and friends. If we are able to gain 65% residential participation in the Program, we will be rewarded with Neighborhood Watch signs, but more importantly, we will have committed residents who take pride in our wonderful neighborhood and will not stand for crime. There are many blocks in Colonial Place that still need Block Captains to sign neighbors up to participate in the Program. If you would like to be a Block Captain for your block (or any block near you), or would like more information regarding the Program, please contact me at 580-5900 or There are also many Block Watch forms that have not been turned in by Block Captains in both Colonial Place and Riverview. If you are a Block Captain and I have not received your Block Watch form yet, I will be calling you in February to check on progress.

Joanne Hickman

The judging took place during the week of December 13-20. We rotated judges this year and had some new judges who generously gave of their time and energy to help make this fun event a success!

2005 Winners

Best Lighting:417 New Hampshire Ave
Judges’s Favorite:4815 Gosnold Ave
Best Use of Natural items:636 Virginia Ave
Best Door: 4905 Colonial Ave
Best Display:4123 39th St
Best Group:612-620 Connecticut Ave
Most Original:511 New York Avenue
Honorable Mentions:416 Massachusetts Ave, 401 Massachusetts Ave, 4612 Gosnold Ave, 635 Virginia Ave and 4709 Colonial Ave

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors who generously provided prizes for our winners: Bruce H. Gould, Attorney at Law; Bobby Lawrence, William E. Wood; Gordon Zedd, Attorney at Law; MiHogar Mexican Restaurant; Bank of the Commonwealth; Tabb’s at Riverview Restaurant; Riverview Coffee Parlor and No-Frills Bar & Grill. Please support these establishments as they never fail to donate and support our civic league.

Margaret Bright

After March, I will no longer be the Community Newsletter Distribution person. This activity takes 3-4 hours each month and includes:

It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and the pay is terrific! If you’re interested in volunteering please call me at 627-2815.


Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
7:30 p.m. - “The Marriage of Figaro” - Virginia Opera - Contact 623-1223
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
7:00 p.m. - ODU Basketball - Constant Center - Contact 683-4444
Friday, February 10th, 2006
7:15 p.m. - Admirals Hockey - Scope - Contact 640-1212
8:00 p.m. - “The Marriage of Figaro” - Virginia Opera - Contact 623-1223
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
7:15 p.m. - Admirals Hockey - Scope - Contact 640-1212
Sunday, February 12th, 2006
2:30 p.m. - “The Marriage of Figaro” - Virginia Opera - Contact 623-1223
Monday, February 13th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
7:00 p.m. - Civic League Meeting - Stuart Center
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
7:00 p.m. - ODU Basketball - Constant Center - Contact 683-4444
7:15 p.m. - Admirals Hockey - Scope - Contact 640-1212
Friday, February 17th, 2006
7:15 p.m. - Admirals Hockey - Scope - Contact 640-1212
Monday, February 20th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
7:15 p.m. - Admirals Hockey - Scope - Contact 640-1212
Monday, February 27th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
6:30 p.m. - Crime Prevention Meeting - Stuart Center
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Opera InSight: “Norma” - Virginia Opera - Contact 627-9545 Ext 3326 (FREE)

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

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