Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

November 2007

             Guest Speakers at this Month's Meeting: John Deuel from the Ernie Morgan Center and John Stewart, CPRV resident and organizer of the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, November 12, 2007, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, November 19, 2007, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the December issue is Tuesday, November 20, 2007.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - John Deuel from the Ernie Morgan Center and Keep Norfolk Beautiful to talk about what their agency does in leading people to environmental stewardship - John Stewart, CPRV resident and organizer of the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership, about the ongoing efforts to revitalize a small but valuable portion of wetlands on Colley Avenue - Vote on a donation of $200 to the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership

President's Notes: Thank You
Steve Earnhart, Civic League President

In the spirit of brevity being the soul of wit, and with knowledge that I am running low on wit, I have only a brief but heartfelt thank you note to offer this month. Hopefully you were able to enjoy the CPRV Front Porch Art Walk last month. Interacting with the artists and the participants reminded me why CPRV is like no other neighborhood. Ms. Tara Sheldon, Mrs. Artemis Stoll and Mrs. Suzanne Watson did a great job organizing this year's event and I thank them for their hard work, patience and dedication to continuing this project. I would also like to thank all the artists and volunteers who made this day so special.

It's not just a neighborhood, it's a lifestyle (and a gratitude journal).
- Steve Earnhart,

November’s Meeting: Leading Us To Environmental Stewardship
Sheila Janes, Civic League Vice President

It's time to come on out and join your neighbors for a lively night of civics! This month we are fortunate to have John Deuel from the Ernie Morgan Center and Keep Norfolk Beautiful to talk to us about what their agency does in leading people to environmental stewardship. He will also have tips on how to green our homes.

We will also hear from John Stewart, CPRV resident and organizer of the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership, about the ongoing efforts to revitalize a small but valuable portion of wetlands on Colley Avenue by the Adams billboards. The Lafayette Wetlands Partnership has been working for many months on this project and is now raising some funds to continue their efforts. At the September CPRV Civic League Board meeting, the board recommended a donation of $200 that will be drawn from $600 award given to the civic league by the City of Norfolk in recognition of our recycling efforts. Per the bylaws, the civic league is required to take a vote on an expenditure of this amount. Please plan to attend the meeting to be part of the conversation around thinking globally and acting locally.

The holiday party is on the horizon and in keeping with the spirit of giving, we will host a holiday toy drive for the FOR KIDS agency that is located behind Bernstein's. Every year they open up the ForKids Holiday Shop that is filled with new toys and gifts collected from the community. Moms get to purchase the gifts with the vouchers they earn from the agency by adhearing to their personal plan. I share this with you early for those that do their shopping before the big crowds - make sure to add CPRV to your holiday list as they help out ForKids!

CPRV Bookclub
Kristin Bourcier (441 Connecticut Ave.)

The Roanoke Valley, a South African professor, and the Apocalypse... what do all of these things have in common? Over the past several months, our neighborhood bookclub has read books regarding all of these subjects! If you are an open-minded bibliophile interested in participating in enlightening and enlivened discussions of a variety of literature, then you might want to join us. We typically meet once a month (generally Tuesday evenings around 7 p.m.), rotating our meetings at each participant's home. Upcoming books on our reading list include Joan Didion's "Year of Magical Thinking," "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and "One of Ours" by Willa Cather, amongst others. Contact Kristin Bourcier at 622-5324 or to find out more. (And in case you're wondering, the books referenced in the title of this article are: "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard, "Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee, and "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy!)

“Riverview Village: The Historic Gateway to Downtown Norfolk”
Alice McCoy

The Riverview Village Business Association has adopted the practice of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Many of the Village Businesses have incorporated environmentally friendly products and building materials. However, the Tabb's Restaurant has taken the cleaner, greener environment to a new level and is now Smoke Free!

As the holidays approach, the business corridor will come alive with fall plants in the planters, festive windows, new store merchandise, hot soups & beverages in addition to other fall fare. Many of the businesses will be hosting Open Houses in November. So, check with your favorite establishment for more details. You are bound to get great deals and specials when you shop the neighborhood first!

CPRV Vegetarian Potluck - November 17 @ 5:30 p.m.
Tara & Kristie, 627-1176,

The CPRV Vegetarian Potlucks are held once a month. The next one will be hosted by Archie and Cleriece: 716 Carolina Avenue (#3-bottom doorbell). Please RSVP by the morning of the 17th by calling 627-4620 or send an email to or Both vegetarian and vegan dishes welcome. Great food! Great company!

To join the Veg Club list serv: go to: or go to

New Norfolk Ordinance: No.42.795
Stephen Brown, 4200 Mayflower Rd.

An ordinance to amend and reordain section 25-280 of the Norfolk City Code, 1979 so as to provide parking clearance next to driveways. Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Norfolk:

Sec. 25-280 General prohibitions.
No person shall park a vehicle or permit it to stand, whether attended or unattended, in the following areas: In front of a public or private driveway on a street or alley, or within three feet (3') of the edge of the driveway entrance, unless otherwise indicated.

Colonial Place/Riverview Front Porch Art Walk
Tara Sheldon, Artemis Stoll, and Suzanne Watson

We hope you were able to stroll the neighborhood, meet new neighbors, catch up with friends, and buy some fabulous art at this year's CPRV Front Porch Art Walk! If you have kids, they no doubt brought home (or wore on their shirts!) a sweet & colorful creation made at the Baxendell's!

If you missed the event, you can see some pictures on Archie Whitehill's "Sparkling Diversity" blog on Pilot Online: 10/14/07 - Colonial Place & Riverview Art Walk - An Artistically Fantastic Day.

On behalf of the CPRV Art Walk chairs, we have many people to thank. As the saying goes, without their help, it would not have been possible. We offer many thanks to the following:

Most of all, we thank the artists for sharing their work, and YOU for coming out to enjoy and support this wonderful event! See you next year!

Keep CPRV Clean Doggone it!
Susan Barrie Sussman

Dog waste around the neighborhood and in the dog park has increased. If you own a dog it is your responsibility, not your neighbors', to clean up. The city of Norfolk Environmental Health Services law is stated as follows: “Accumulation of dog/animal droppings (feces) contributes to fly breeding, provides food for rodents, may cause disease, and is a public health nuisance. Droppings should be removed daily.” With reference to dog parks: “Owners must clean up and dispose of waste left by their dog and provide the equipment for these tasks.” So dog owners when you take your pooch for a walk or a jog, remember to grab a bag and scoop the poop.

The River House Apartments
Taylor Franklin, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Company
Managing Partner, River House Apts. L.L.C.

The River House Apartment development is progressing as scheduled. In the month of October the existing piles around the site were removed from Haven Creek. We decided to remove the dilapidated piles to help clean up the look of the overall neighborhood. We have made two positive changes to the layout of the site since we last met with the civic league. The first adjustment was moving the building closest to the Granby Street bridge further down Llewellyn. The reason that we moved the building is that we didn't find the views and the noise level very appealing. The second positive change we made was to the height of the buildings. We decreased the height of the buildings from five stories down to four stories in height. The change in building height forced the development to reduce its unit count from 220 to 194 apartment units. The parking for the development will be all surface parking enclosed within the River House community. The look and design of our buildings have only slightly changed since our meeting back in April. The most significant change is the decrease in height. Our building plans are being submitted to the city on December 17th of this year. We will have everything ready to begin development by the middle of March 2008. The completion will take about eighteen months after we begin construction. The River House and its partners are looking forward to being an active part of the Riverview community.

Up From The Soil
Jim Hoffmaster,

One of the many things I love about living in Hampton Roads is gardening. We are so lucky that we can garden almost all through the winter as long as the ground is not frozen. Ok, it's a stretch in February but every month has its warm days. I am asked all the time, “What can I plant this time of year for lasting color?” For winter color, you can't beat a Pansy!

Pansies are to be treated just as you would any other annual. Meaning any plant that has a one year or one season life cycle and then it's gone. To get the biggest bang for your buck, look for plants that are full and tight in the pot. Avoid long “leggy” plants or pansies that are hanging over the edge of the pot. Plant your pansies in full to partial sun using any good draining garden soil and water well. With our current drought, you might consider using a water retention mix to help keep the soil moist. Add a little Osmocote or any other time released three month fertilizer and you're set for the winter!

To help keep your pansies brightly blooming throughout the season, pinch off the blooms that have already opened and died off. This keeps the plant from producing seeds which hinders new blooms. In a really hard cold snap (like in February), your pansies will look a little sickly but as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature rises above freezing, they'll perk right back up and throw their faces right up to the sun!

Pansies will usually stay full and beautiful until May. Other annuals that do well in Hampton Roads are Snapdragons (the tall variety), ornamental Cabbage and Kale and many groundcovers such as mondo grass, vinca vine and ajuga.

With the grey of winter on the way, there's no reason to not have a rainbow of color in your garden all season long! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank You!
to Knox Presbyterian Church
From the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League and residents,
for their generosity in allowing us to meet there for our monthly meetings.

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