Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

June 2006

             Guest Speaker, Mr. Ron Keys, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the City of Norfolk, At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, June 12, 2006, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, June 19, 2006, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the July issue is Tuesday, June 27, 2006.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Guest Speaker: Mr. Ron Keys, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the City of Norfolk, who will discuss hurricane preparedness - Vote on whether or not to pursue expanding the boundaries of the Civic League - Election of Civic League Officers.

President’s Notes
Andy Wallach

At our June meeting we will discuss and have the membership vote on whether or not to pursue expanding the boundaries of the Civic League. If the members decide that we should consider expanding, a committee will consider possible new boundaries, contact people that live or own in areas under consideration to determine their interest in joining the League, draft potential changes to the by-laws and present data to the League membership. Any boundary changes require amending the by-laws.

The preliminary membership vote in June is just to determine if the membership wants to consider expanding. Our current boundaries from our by-laws adopted in 1986:

The geographical boundaries for the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League (the "League") are as follows: Colonial Place is bounded on the north and west by Mayflower Road, on the east by the "paper street" Mayflower Road (in actuality, the Haven Creek bike path and the Colonial Place Greenway); and on the south by 38th Street (only the north side of 38th Street is included). Riverview is bounded on the west by Granby Street, on the north and east by the "paper street" Beach Avenue, and on the south by La Vallette Avenue.
The Civic League does not include the areas between Haven Creek/Llewellyn and Granby Street. Thus part of Riverview Village Business District and Cruser Place are not part of the CPRV or any other active civic league. Cruser Place is listed on some maps as part of Riverview. Sometimes it is referred to as West Riverview or Little Riverview. The neighborhood was once farmland owned by Captain Cornelius C. Cruser. When Cruser died in 1921, his sons developed the neighborhood. Most of the homes were built in the 1920s. Cruser Place consists of about 25 to 30 homes, two apartment buildings and a nursing home.

I thank all of our fine residents that have done so much over the past two years during my tenure as CPRV Civic League President. I look forward to supporting the officers elected in June and participating in future civic endeavors.

Hurricane Preparedness
Civic League Meeting: Monday, June 12th, 7:00 p.m. at Stuart Center

Steve Earnhart

By the time you read this article, Hurricane Season will have started. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( is predicting a very volatile hurricane season this year. NOAA’s forecasts call for 8 to 10 hurricanes manifesting themselves, of which 4 to 6 could evolve into Category 3 strength or higher storms. Living in a community by the water, we have a vested interest in preparing for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. With that in mind, June’s meeting will feature Mr. Ron Keys, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the City of Norfolk, who will discuss hurricane preparedness. Whether you have lived through several of the big storms that have hit Norfolk over the years or you are a newcomer to the area, this is an important topic. Following Mr. Keys, we will hold our annual election for the officers of the civic league.

A note of thanks goes to Ms. Christie Angelson & Ms. Shasta Robertson of Corner Stone Bakery (corner of 41st Street and Bowden’s Ferry Road) for providing us with refreshments at our May meeting.

See you at the June meeting.

Jim Hoffmaster

We call this monthly article Up From The Soil but this month I’d like to call it, “Flowing From The Soil”. Sounds strange, I know, but here in Hampton Roads with our proximity to sea level and the surrounding waters, the soil and water are nearly the same. What we place on or in the soil flows to the water and what flows to the water comes back eventually into our lives one way or another. This is why we need to be so very careful what we put into the soil. What we put in, comes back, always and forever in a cycle that never ends. I think that has been put to music at one time and I am sure you have heard this “song” many times before but it is so important now, more than ever to ensure the survival of this geographic area, this earth and ourselves!

Be mindful of what you plant, how you take care of it throughout the year and how you harvest and dispose of everything. Steer away from plants that are invasive as they can choke out native or beneficial plants crucial to our wetlands. When our native wetland plants are gone, then the natural “filters” to our waterways are shut down and in turn, kills our streams, creeks and rivers. Choose perennials, trees and shrubs that do not require large amounts of fertilizers to grow or bloom and when you do fertilize, go ORGANIC and even still … use sparingly. It is only common sense that when you use fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, the excess that is not absorbed by the plants is flowing into the rivers. Multiply the amount that you are using by the number of neighbors on your block alone and just imagine the gallons of toxic materials that are being flushed into the waterways. Once you do that bit of math in your head, think of the wildlife that depends on the water for survival and ask yourself, “Would I want to bathe in or eat out of that water?” And if you did, how long would YOU survive?

Eco friendly gardening is not always easy at first but just like anything new, it takes time to learn and a willingness on your part to make a change. There are many products on the market (more than ever before) to help you with eco friendly gardening from organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides to all natural insect repellants and sunscreens. All of which are available right in your neighborhood at Tanners Creek Garden Center. We also have free literature on water conservation, eco friendly gardening, native plants and even weather safety from NOAA all in our research lounge. Stop, think and take the time to make the change. Now and for the future. Happy gardening and we’ll see you soon at Tanners Creek!

Newsletter Routes
Steve Earnhart

Mrs. Mary Hormell (627-2392) and Mr. Buddy Petzinger (622-0233) are still looking for volunteers to deliver newsletters to the 400 & 500 block of New Jersey Ave. Please get in touch with Mary or Buddy if you can spare a couple of minutes each month helping out your community. Mary and Buddy are also looking to create a pool of back-up deliverers. If this appeals to you, please give our newsletters distribution team a call.

Report of the 2006 Nominating Committee
Bill Nusbaum

In early April, President Andy Wallach asked me to chair the Civic League’s Nominating Committee, and to recruit 2 other members. In keeping with our Bylaws, one member had to be a resident of our neighborhoods for more than 7 years, and one for less than 7 years. In keeping with our custom, at least one of the members was to be from Riverview. After some thought and consulting with Andy, I recruited long-time Riverview resident Jack Kennedy and newly arrived activist Chris Casnelli. At the April membership meeting, and also on both the and Yahoo list serves, I made known the Nominating Committee’s composition, our contact information, and our charge, and solicited suggestions from the membership. We received a number of recommendations.

From the suggestions we received, your Nominating Committee, at the May 8 League meeting, unanimously nominated the following slate of officers for the 2006-2007 Civic League year:

No one else was nominated at the May 8 meeting, but under our Bylaws, nominations remain open until a motion to close nominations is made and adopted at the June 12 meeting. (Elections, of course, will be held immediately after nominations are closed.) Thus, while your Nominating Committee is of the opinion the persons listed above are the best choices for the respective offices, if anyone wishes to contest any of these offices, they are free to do so by nominating themselves (or getting someone else to nominate them) at the June 12 meeting.

Artemis Stoll

The Colonial Place and Riverview of yesteryear will soon be captured in a commemorative pictorial history book lovely enough for your coffee table. The book -- a 72-page, hardback title with approximately 90 black and white photos and a dozen color shots -- will be produced by the Donning Company Publishers., which specializes in pictorial history publications for non-profit organizations. Sue VanHecke and Artemis Stoll, both CPRV residents, are spearheading the project and need your help to make it a success. If you have ideas or contacts, please notify Sue VanHecke at: or Artemis Stoll at:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Freda Shaver

On any Wednesday morning you can see them gliding along the Lafayette River in a sleek, 60-foot fiberglass shell. In the back, a petite, 49-year old working mom with muscles in places she didn’t know she had muscles, pulling in unison with seven other women burning serious calories and getting into their best shape in years.

They’re just one of the groups who’ve found rowing and the Hampton Roads Rowing Club. It’s the perfect way to get to know the neighbors and enjoy the beautiful waterways surrounding our neighborhood. Located just around the corner in Lakewood Park, the club has been around for almost 20 years and it’s made up rowers of all ages--recreational rowers and racers, beginners and masters. Plus the boats and rowing styles are just as varied--8, 4, 2 or 1-rower, and sweep rowing (one oar per person) or sculling (two oars per person).

But the club is about more than rowing. HRRC is a member of the Elizabeth River Project’s River Star program. This program works with organizations and businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship. HRRC has committed to using environmental friendly cleaning compounds, participates in the Norfolk Adopt a Spot Program by performing quarterly litter collections on the Lafayette River and has installed trench drains along boat wash areas. Future projects include habitat restoration along our waterfront, placement of artificial oyster beds, and construction of an osprey nest.

HRRC also awards an annual scholarship for a graduating rower who plans on rowing on college. This year two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Daniel Smith of Granby High and Brittany Cummings of First Colonial High. Daniel is the captain of the Granby Crew Team and has been recruited to Mary Washington University where he will study Business/Finance. Brittany is the president of the First Colonial Crew Team and was the fastest U.S. Junior Woman Rower at the 2006 World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, MA. She has been recruited to Clemson University where she will study Nursing/Health Sciences.

The club also has mentored local high school crew teams and aided their introduction into the Eastern Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association. Mentorship includes the use of club boats, identifying and assisting coaches, helping start parents’ groups and assisting with insurance requirements. School clubs that HRRC have mentored include Hickory High School, Granby High School and Western Branch High School.

Learn to row classes are offered throughout the summer. For more information visit

See you on the water.


Monday, June 12th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
7:00 p.m. - Civic League Meeting - Stuart Center
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Thursday, June 15th, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Virginia Beach Mariners Soccer - Contact 430-9800
Friday, June 16th, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Big Bands on the Bay - Ocean View Beach Park
Monday, June 19th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
7:30 p.m. - Virginia Beach Mariners Soccer - Contact 430-9800
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
- Bayou Boogaloo Festival - Town Point Park - Contact 441-2345
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Big Bands on the Bay - Ocean View Beach Park
Monday, June 26th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
6:30 p.m. - Crime Prevention Meeting - Stuart Center
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Friday, June 30th, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
8:00 p.m. - Virginia Beach Mariners Soccer - Contact 430-9800

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

Board Meetings are held on the Third Monday each month. These meetings are open to anyone. For more information contact the CPRV President.

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