Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

May 2007

             Guest Speakers at This Month's Meeting: Rose Thornton--Resident and Sears Kit Home Expert and Kelly Brown--Norfolk Animal Control

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, May 14, 2007, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, May 21, 2007, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the June issue is Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Rose Thornton, expert on Sears Kit Homes will speak - Kelly Brown of Norfolk Animal Control will speak - Naming of the nominating committee - Call for nominations

President's Notes:
Brief Thoughts on a Beautiful Spring Day

Steve Earnhart

I wish to thank Mr. Bob Reardon for his many years of help, tending to the flower beds around the CPRV Historical Signs. His efforts have been instrumental in making our neighborhood brighter.

I have heard a lot of positive feedback (excuse the pun) from Dr. Dan's presentation at the April CPRV Civic League meeting. If you were not able to attend the meeting, here's the deal: CPRV has the opportunity to partner with WODV to broadcast low-powered AM radio around the neighborhood and webcast around the world. Email me if you are interested in working on this unique community radio project. Thanks to Dr. Dan and Dr. Sabrina for bringing this opportunity to the civic league.

Lastly (and this may reach you just in time as the newsletter comes out on the weekend before the second Monday of the month), the Riverview Coffee Parlor is hosting a book-signing event for our new book, Colonial Place and Riverview: One Hundred Years Of History on Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Co-authors Artemis Stoll and Susan VanHecke will be on hand to sign copies and discuss their work with neighbors and friends. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to drop by so that they can enjoy a copy of this limited edition book, a cup of Alice's coffee, and some local history.

See you at the May civic league meeting.

It's not just a neighborhood, it's a lifestyle,
Steve Earnhart,

Election of Officers
Kathy Stark

It's time to start thinking about the election of civic league officers again. A nominating committee consisting of three residents will be named at the May meeting. According to the league by-laws, at least one member of the committee needs to be a resident for seven or more years, and one needs to be a resident for less than seven years.

The nominating committee's job is to nominate a slate of officers at the May meeting. The good news is that all of our current officers for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer have agreed and are eligible to serve another year. Nominations for these offices may also be made at the May meeting. Of course, you can always contact one of the nominating committee members to recommend a resident for office. Our league President has asked me, Kathy Stark, to chair the committee. You can contact me at 640-8938 if you have recommendations.

The election of officers will take place at the League meeting in June. Please be sure to attend!

At This Month’s Meeting
Dave Nye, Civic League VP

You've seen these ads in turn-of-the-century magazines, newspapers, and catalogs…

“For only $872.00 we will furnish all the material to build this Six-Room Bungalow, consisting of Mill Work, Siding, Flooring, Ceiling, Finishing Lumber, Building Paper, Pipe, Gutter, Sash Weights, Hardware, Painting Material, Lumber, Lath and Shingles. NO EXTRAS, as we guarantee enough material at the above price to build this house according to our plans.”
This is typical of an advertisement for a Sears, Roebuck and Company kit home that ran from around 1908 until 1940. We will welcome to our May meeting a new neighbor and expert on Sears Kit Homes, Rose Thornton. Rose's full time job (and favorite hobby!) is Sears Homes. She has traveled throughout the Midwest, researching, documenting and lecturing on Sears homes. In addition to her book “The Houses That Sears Built”, Rose has written more than a dozen articles on Sears homes. She has systematically memorized each of the 370 different designs of homes that Sears offered and she often does “Sears Homes” surveys for communities, to help them discover their Sears homes.

Her book has been featured in the Old House Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Historic Illinois and dozens of regional newspapers. Rose has appeared on WGN-TV, CBS Sunday Morning News and PBS's new series, “History Detectives.”

Rose has already been doing her detective work in CPRV and has discovered several Sears Kit Homes within our borders. She's been active on the listserv answering questions about the homes and offering advice on how to determine if your home may have been built from a kit. Check out Rose's website at

We’ll also be welcoming Ms. Kelly Brown, of Norfolk Animal Control. She’ll discuss the recent incidents of stray/wild dogs attacking cats and other animals in CPRV. Please join me in welcoming Rose and Kelly to our monthly meeting, 7:00 PM, Monday May 14th at Knox Presbyterian Church (corner of Colonial and 37th Street).

Up From The Soil
Jim Hoffmaster,

"Garden terminology 101". Every year about this time I'm faced with the same questions about what certain terms mean in the plant kingdom. We in the business use terms like annual, perennial, deciduous, tropical and I can see customer's eyes glaze over as I am talking and I know I am losing them. I don't mind facing the same questions year after year, after all, that is part of why I am in this business. So I thought I would help provide some of you with the basic terminology tools you can use when shopping for your garden plants this season. For some, this is very elementary but for most, these are words you need to know!

When a customer is looking to fill a new garden bed, usually, the first question asked by the sales person is, "are you looking for annuals or perennials?" If you want instant color at a low price and you don't mind replanting every year, tell them you want ANNUALS. They have a one-year life cycle from seed, to bloom or mature height, till their decline and then you have to purchase them again next season. PERENNIALS, on the other hand, return year after year if planted correctly and given the right conditions. They usually die back to the ground in the late fall or at the end of their growing season and then grow back from the root next season. Perennials cost a little more and sometimes have a shorter bloom cycle so you need to pick perennials carefully and plan where to place them but they are usually lower maintenance and well worth the investment.

When purchasing a tree or shrub the question asked is, "Do you want an evergreen or deciduous specimen?" EVERGREEN is pretty self-explanatory. They retain their leaves or foliage all year long. DECIDUOUS means they drop their leaves or foliage and go into a dormant stage usually in the winter. Again, you need to plan carefully where the plant is going to be placed before you make your decision.

And finally, "HARDINESS". When buying trees, shrubs and perennials always check the plant tag for the hardiness of that plant. What "zone" is it labeled for? Here in extreme southeast Virginia, we are classified as zone 8 but we are at the extreme edge of that zone. If you want to be safe, look for plants classified for zone 7. The numbers get lower the further north you go. There are perennials labeled for zone 10 or 11 but they are perennials for THAT zone. In our zone, they are considered tropicals and will not survive our winters outside. Most of the plants we buy as "house plants" are TROPICAL and classified as zone 10, 11 or 12.

I hope this helps you in your selections this year when you go to your local garden center. If you cannot find a sales person, at least you'll know what to look for and if you see a sales person, you can impress them by knowing what to ask for! Feel free to drop me a line if you have any other questions.

Village Crier
Alice McCoy, Riverview Business Association

Riverview Village Merchants would like to welcome our New Arrival! The Silver Rattle is now open for business. Be sure to stop by this adorable baby boutique on Granby Street. Inside you will find great gifts for the new baby, toddler or proud parents. The store is located next to Future Antiques and before the 7-Eleven.

Fat Boys has reopened for the summer! Be sure to stop in and grab a shake, burger & fresh cut fries! Be sure to bring the whole family or take it to go. There is something on the menu for everyone.

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and explore, the shopping district closest to your door. The Riverview Village Merchants welcome you!

Call For Artists!
Save The Date - October 14, 2007

Artemis Stoll

The 9th Annual Riverview-Colonial Place Front Porch Art Walk is in the works for Sunday, October 14, 2007. Resident artists will have the chance to once again convert their porches into art galleries and display and sell their artwork to visitors and neighbors.

The Art Walk is open to all artists in any media of the visual arts, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber, metal, glass, and wood; however, current guidelines allow for only original works of art of the artists' own design.

If you are an artist living in Riverview or Colonial Place and would like to participate, or if you are interested in volunteering to help with the Art Walk please contact Artemis Stoll (627-1728 or email

CPRV Crime Prevention Committee
Sheila Janes, 469-3531

Neighbors, our crime stats are down which is reason to celebrate! Please make sure to clear your car of clutter removing all electronics, chargers, sports equipment, compact disks, and even the coins from the change console. Do a quick walk around your car (or even better, ask someone else who might notice something you overlooked) to make sure that nothing is visible from the windows.

It is the law in Norfolk that bikes be registered. It doesn't cost anything to register your bike, but it can cost you if your bike is not registered! Come out to the Bicycle & Scooter Safety Clinic on Saturday, May 5th from 10am - 1pm! It will be held at the Lafayette Park next to the Zoo Admin. Bldg. at a fun place called Safety City! There will be free helmets, bike inspections, bike registrations, prizes, a safety course, ident-a-kid, and more!

Officer Jackson, our neighborhood PACE officer, has been leading the way for a gunfire detection system in our area. There is a meeting set up in May for the police to see a demonstration from one of the companies that sells the system. He will keep us updated on this project. Please continue to follow the procedure for reporting gunfire. The steps and numbers are posted at the neighborhood website,, for easy access if you need it.

Due to the dwindling attendance at crime prevention meetings (I'm going to take this as a positive note that people are feeling safe out there), I am suspending monthly crime prevention meetings until such time as they are needed. Please continue to remain current on the latest crime issues in our neighborhood through the CPRV listserv. Directions for signing up to this important e-mail list can be found at I have mapped out our crime stats for the each month this year, and links to the maps can be found on the community webpage as well.

As always, feel free to contact me regarding any crime concerns you have.

Crime Prevention Vote
Sheila Janes, 469-3531

At the last crime prevention meeting, it was brought up that some neighborhoods are on a list with area restaurants asking for fliers not to be handed out in their neighborhoods for safety concerns. The discussion moved on to inquire if we could ask if charities not hand out items that are left on people's porches or at least not on Fridays when many people might leave for a long summer weekend. Items left for days on porches or doors can be a big signal that people are not home.

I want to get somewhat of a consensus before approaching these businesses. I want to approach them on the basis that the neighborhood civic league supports this idea. Therefore, a vote should be taken at the upcoming civic league as to whether you support this crime prevention effort. Please attend so your voice can be heard. Decisions are made by those that show up!

Mother's Day Weekend Book Signing Event

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother's Day? How about grabbing an iced latte and some fascinating local history?

On Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., co-authors Artemis Stoll and Susan VanHecke will sign copies of Colonial Place and Riverview: One Hundred Years Of History at Riverview Coffee Parlor, 4117 Granby Street.

The hardbound coffee-table retrospective sells for $24.95 and beautifully captures a century of life in two of Norfolk's most venerable neighborhoods. Net proceeds from the book's sales benefit the CPRV Civic League, a non-profit organization.

For this event, Alice McCoy is offerering free coffee with the Riverview Coffee Parlor travel mug. There will also be other specials and discounts throughout the day for customers who do not have a travel mug.

MAY Meetings & Activities
Colonial Place/Riverview & Beyond

CPRV Meetings
CPRV Civic League Meeting
Monday, May 14, 7 p.m.
*Knox Presbyterian Church*

CPRV Board Meeting
Monday, May 21
Call CPRV President for details.

Just For Kids
CPRV Children’s Playgroup
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Call 624-6810 for details.

CPRV Vegetarian Pot-lucks
Sunday evenings, once a month
Call 627-1176 or email for details.

Out & About
“Pungo Strawberry Festival”
May 26, 4:30 pm
Pungo Fairgrounds, Va. Beach

“Clutter Workshop"
May 23rd, 7-9 pm
Studio for Healing Arts
Call Tara Sheldon - 627-1176 or email for details.

Dates and times are subject to change without notice. Consult your local periodicals for additional information, costs and updates.

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