Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

July 2006

             Ice Cream Social (Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, and Music) at This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, July 10, 2006, 7:00 pm, Fat Boys, 4117 Granby.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, July 17, 2006, 7:00 pm, Ernie Morgan Center.

DEADLINE for the August issue is Tuesday, July 25, 2006.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   SOCIAL--Ice Cream Social with FREE ice cream, hot dogs, and music.

President’s Notes
What goes On Behind the Scenes

Steve Earnhart

With my apologies to William F. Buckley, Jr., the first thing I wanted to do when I was elected President of the civic league is to demand an immediate recount. Since that did not pan out, I will smile and get to work. I will keep my first President’s Notes article relatively brief other than to say that I look forward to working with you and hope to see you at the July Ice Cream Social (see separate article). I would like to thank outgoing President Andy Wallach and outgoing Secretary Susan Sussman for their service to the civic league. Trust me, a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes in any civic organization and they have done a lot of the heavy lifting. As they step down, I would like to welcome our new CPRV Civic League officers: Vice President Dave Nye, Treasurer James Gregg and Secretary Mrs. J. J. Jacobson-Allen. Mrs. Alice McCoy has agreed to serve as the chair of the Riverview Village Liaison Committee, formerly known as the Midtown Revitalization Committee. Would you like to be involved? Call Alice or any of the other committee chairs and see how you can help.

See you at the July Ice Weiner Roast, Ice Cream Social and Neighborhood Hootenanny.
It’s not just a neighborhood, it’s a lifestyle…

July Hot Dog & Ice Cream Social
Civic League Meeting: Monday, July 10th,7:00 p.m. at Fat Boy’s Restaurant (Riverview Village)

Steve Earnhart

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for our annual CPRV Ice Cream Social. Last year we added hot dogs and a bike rodeo. For a little consistency, we will keep the hot dogs. For a little change, we will lose the bikes and add a little music. Thus, we invite you to the CPRV Civic League Weiner Roast, Ice Cream Social and Neighborhood Hootenanny. What is a hootenanny, you might ask? Simply put, it is an informal gathering of musicians (real, potential and former) sitting around playing songs for the sheer enjoyment of it.  We are fortunate to have as our Head Hootenanniers, Ms. April Philips & Mr. Bob Rankin of the famous local band Lovesick Cousin, which was voted best Country Band of 2005 by PortFolio Weekly (though they are way more than just “Country”). April and Bob will lead the willing and the unwilling in tunes both familiar and strange. We plan to eat some hot dogs, enjoy some ice cream and play some music.

This year we will hold our annual get together at the new Fat Boy’s restaurant in Riverview Village (4117 Granby Street). The owners of Fat Boys, Mr. David Filipowski and Mr. Rich Katz, both residents of CPRV, have generously agreed to host our annual event at their new venture.

Please bring your family and neighbors to our July 10th civic league meeting (7:00 P.M.) for a very special “CPRV Civic League Weiner Roast, Ice Cream Social and Community Hootenanny.” Don’t forget to bring your musical instrument!

FROM THE SOIL - How’s your habitat?
Jim Hoffmaster

Your habitat is your environment or area where you live, eat and sleep.  Do you have everything you need to thrive and function every day? Most of us do and we take it for granted, but how about your garden? Have you ever thought about the “habitat” you are creating while in your garden? Well, now’s the time!

Everything we do in our yard or garden creates some kind of habitat or environment for others such as beneficial insects, unwanted insects, birds we like, birds we don’t like, rodents including the squirrels and many other wild animals. Most of us know the common sense procedures to avoid the unwanted wildlife in our environment. Just don’t give them a place to live or food for nourishment and they will not be a problem. It really is that simple and that is first defense. So, lets talk about the wildlife you really want in your environment. How about butterflies, lady bugs, hummingbirds and song birds just to name a few? Use organics as much as possible and keep the pesticides OUT of your sprayer. That is the basic rule for attracting the right insects. But you also would want to plant the right plants and here’s a small list:

In addition to desirable plants, you also want to provide water and shelter. Add a wren house to a tree at least 6 feet off the ground, a shallow birdbath in an open area and even a very shallow water tray for the butterflies to drink from. A nice bird feeder filled with appropriate seed and or fruit to attract the birds you want in your yard is very rewarding!

This article could go on and on since this is a subject we LOVE at Tanners Creek Garden Center so I’ll spare you here. Come in anytime and chat with us and we’ll set you in the right direction with the proper plants and the right bird feed to create the habitat that will bring years of joy to our environment and your habitat!

Jeanne Ullian

Such a deal--free ice cream and hot dogs plus free stickers for the vehicles in your household. New, current, and renewing members of CPRV are eligible for free new or replacement stickers at the July meeting only. Don't be the last person on your block to display the famous black and white oval CPRV sticker. If you can't make the meeting stickers are always available at the low price of $2.50 each with every penny of your cash or check going into the CPRV treasury to help fund all the wonderful league activities throughout the year. To order your stickers by mail send a check, made payable to CPRV, to: Jeanne Ullian, 4400 Mayflower Road, Norfolk, VA 23508.

Sheila Janes

Please make sure that your yard is not a breeding ground for mosquitos putting you and your neighbors at risk. The Norfolk Mosquito Hotline telephone number is (757) 683-2914. It will be updated after 3:00 p.m. daily, listing fogging locations. The Vector Control Division treats standing water before larvae can emerge. Storm drains have already been treated this season and will continue to be treated.

The Virginia Department of Health recommends the following tips to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

For more information on mosquito control or to report areas of potential mosquito breeding, call Norfolk Vector Control at (757) 683-2840.

1st tee program - lambert’s point golf course
Joe Rivas

The City has started a 1st Tee Program, in agreement with the YMCA of Hampton Roads, to enhance youth golf opportunities. The 1st Tee Program is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and is endorsed by the PGA of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA Tour, United States Golf Association and the Augusta National Golf Club. The Program will be administered at Lambert’s Point Golf Course and Stumpy Lake Golf Course, sessions will cost $75 per youth. Youth’s will learn the skills necessary to play the game and will be given teachings on Life Skills Experiences. The driving range, practice areas and ultimately the golf course will be the classroom. If you’re interested in enrolling your Son or Daughter, contact Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space Staff at: 441-2400 or your local YMCA.

be smart arm yourself with information
Sheila Janes

Summer has brought with it an onset of burglaries. Many of these can be prevented by making sure that doors and windows are secured when you leave the house. Keep watch out for people who are just hanging around and whom you see as suspicious. They could be casing homes and learning your routines or the routines of your neighbors. When strange people ring your doorbell with an exaggerated story as to why they need money, take warning. They could be checking for security systems or whether you have dogs. Don't let them in your house and think twice before giving out money. When people are going door to door selling security systems, be smart. It is ridiculous to tell a complete stranger that rings your doorbell that you don't have a security system. Be aware of what is happening in your part of the neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors. The Neighborhood Block Watch Program is an excellent way to curb crime and get to know your neighbors. Arm yourself with information. Check out for information on the CPRV Crime Prevention Committee. Check out for your neighborhood crime statistics (located on a link about halfway down the page). Come to the crime prevention meetings held the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Stuart Center Cafe and join neighbors who are helping to prevent crimes in CPRV. Please e-mail me if I can be of assistance: or via phone: 469-4531.

news anyone?
Joe Rivas

I would like to thank all the residents of CPRV for the opportunity to serve as your Community News Editor & Advertising Chair, unfortunately my one-year service is soon coming to an end in October. It has been extremely rewarding and a lot of fun bringing you the monthly community news. Special thanks to all the residents who have contributed articles in this fine periodical; advertisers for financially supporting the best civic league in Norfolk and most importantly “Thank You” to Mr. Art Macconochie, who for years was the “true” editorial genius of the CPRV Community News. Aspiring editor’s, journalists, and advertising exec’s may contact the current “hack” at the CPRVNEWS@GMAIL.COM to discuss, philosophize, and interview for the CPRV Community News Editor position. Just kidding about that philosophizing and interviewing stuff. This place is as laid back as any high-tech company in Silicon Valley, I even bring my dog to work and have three RAZOR scooters that I would zip around the hallways of my home, if my wife and kids would let me. It has been a true pleasure


Monday, July 10th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
7:00 p.m. - Civic League Meeting - Stuart Center
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Friday, July 14th, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
7:00 p.m. - Bastille Day Party - 628 & 634 Pennsylvania Ave. - Contact 533-5581
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Big Bands on the Bay - Ocean View Beach Park
Monday, July 17th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Friday, July 21st, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Big Bands on the Bay - Ocean View Beach Park
Monday, July 24th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
6:30 p.m. - Crime Prevention Meeting - Stuart Center
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Friday, July 28th, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Big Bands on the Bay - Ocean View Beach Park
Monday, July 31st, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109

(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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