Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

June 2007

             Guest Speaker: Dr. Theresa W. Whibley, our Ward 2 Representative to City Council

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, June 11, 2007, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, June 18, 2007, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the July issue is Tuesday, June 19, 2007.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Dr. Theresa W. Whibley, our Ward 2 Representative to City Council, will speak - Election of Civic League Officers - Discussion of the property at 38th and Gosnold - Discussion and Vote on Door-to-Door Solicitation Policy

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

By the time you read this article, the school season will be wrapping up and I will have a bit more time to work on organizing our community radio project. I have received many emails and phone calls from neighbors who are interested in working with Dr. Dan and the WODV team on establishing CPRV's presence on the AM dial and further. Please drop me an email if you are interested. I will be in contact with you soon.

Please do yourself a favor and take a stroll through our CPRV Community Garden located behind Fellini's at the intersection of Mayflower Road and Georgia Avenue. It's really looking good and we would like to thank Rev. Becky Kiser and her gardening volunteers for all the hard work they do at this site and Fellini's for their support of our green endeavors.

We learned at our last civic league meeting that the City has purchased the triangular-shaped lot at the corner of 38th Street and Gosnold Avenue. We look forward to working with the City to make this “lot” a public space that we all value and enjoy.

I am happy to announce that our Ward 2 Representative to City Council, Dr. Theresa W. Whibley, will be our guest speaker at the June meeting (June 11, 7 p.m., Knox Church). She is completing her first year in office as our voice on council. In addition to discussing the recently approved city budget and future plans for Ward 2 and the City of Norfolk, she will be taking your questions and comments. Since “all politics is local,” I encourage you to attend June's meeting and be part of the process. See you at the June civic league meeting. It's not just a neighborhood, it's a lifestyle.
Steve Earnhart,

Nominating Committee Report
(Nominations for Civic League Officers)

Kathy Stark, Chairperson, Nominating Committee

The nominating committee was named at the May meeting. Its members are Ellen Libby, a resident of Colonial Place for less than seven years, and Pat Miskill and Kathy Stark (Chairperson), both longtime residents of Colonial Place. In the May newsletter, I listed the Nominating Committee's contact information, the intent of the current officers to run again, and solicited suggestions from residents if they wished to provide nominations. Pat Miskill represented the nominating committee at the May league meeting and named the slate of officers. At that time, all existing officers had indicated they were willing to serve again. However, since then, David Nye, the Vice President, has said that regrettably, an increase in his work commitments will make it difficult for him to serve a second term. Shelia Janes, our current Crime Prevention Committee Chair, has agreed to be nominated for the job of Vice President. So, at the June meeting, the nominating committee would like to make the change to offer Shelia Janes for the office of Vice President. The Nominating Committee thinks the list of candidates below are the best choices since they currently serve the community so well in their capacity as a league officer or committee chair. Nominations for elective offices may also be made from the floor at the June meeting. Nominations remain open until a motion to close nominations is made and adopted at the June 11 meeting. (Elections, of course, will be held immediately after nominations are closed.)

The election of officers is supposed to take place at the league's annual meeting in June. If there are no objections to the change in candidates described above, a vote will be taken at the June 11 meeting for the election of officers. The list of candidates willing to serve in the following offices are:

Please contact Kathy Stark at 640-8938, Pat Miskill at 622-6767, or Ellen Libby if you have any questions or nominations.

Flag Etiquette
CPRV resident contributor

As we walk around our neighborhood we notice there are many flags not given their due respect. Many people may not know that there are laws on how to properly display Old Glory. The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. You can learn more about these laws at As members of the miltary we proudly wear it on our uniforms and want to ensure everyone gives it its due respect. If not for us, then for those serving proudly and selflessly in harm's way overseas.

Little Dogs, Bark For Your Park!
Joanna Jenkins, Colonial Place resident

We face an opportunity at the intersection of 38th Street and Gosnold Avenue. Gifted by the city with a nice property, we could have a small-dog park…if we want it. Why should we make a special place for little dogs? What advantages come with this site?

  1. Big-dog owners could stop worrying that their pets might hurt smaller ones at our existing dog park. Anyone watching the action at Delaware and Llewellyn can tell you that little dogs don't belong there. Not long ago, members of the CPRV listserv discussed the fact that for safety reasons some people feel that children should be discouraged from coming into the dog park. Adults have been knocked flat in the rush of big-dog enthusiasm. If even adult owners sometimes get hurt, that park is not for Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, Toy Poodles, etc.
  2. From a crime prevention standpoint, an active park has eyes. 38th Street and Gosnold is a corner with a history of police concern. Observers...a dog park would attract them to this place where they're needed.
  3. Dog parks bring people together. Standing and watching Rover and Fifi, people talk, share concerns, laugh, meet neighbors. As a gathering place for dog lovers from both Colonial Place/Riverview and Park Place, the proposed dog park at 38th and Gosnold could help to build community.
  4. More parking than at Greenway Park.
  5. An opportunity to create a nicely landscaped gateway to Colonial Place; attractive fence perhaps surrounded by azaleas, interior grass of the type recommended by PETA as dog resistant.

Would a small-dog park be an unheard-of tribute to snobbery? Not at all. It's been done elsewhere. Richmond, for example, boasts a wonderful small-dog park. Our state capitol saw the need to create a place freeing large dog owners from worry that their dogs might hurt small ones, incurring some kind of liability. To get this idea off the ground, we'd need a project chairperson. There will be discussion at our next Civic League meeting. So…small-dog owners, here's a chance at a good thing. Tuck little Phideaux under your arm and come to the next Civic League meeting. Porque Choppe and I will be there. She wants to bark for the park.

CPRV Crime Prevention Committee
Sheila Janes, 469-3531,

Summer is finally upon us and as we begin to relax in the great outdoors, please remember to keep an eye on crime. Report any suspicious behavior; keep the sheds locked; and keep the bikes and lawnmowers locked up when not in use. Continue to keep the car free from clutter that prowlers might find enticing.

If you haven't met your block captain, it probably means you don't have one. Please contact me to check out who your Neighborhood Watch Block Captain is if you don't already know. Make sure when you go out of town to let a neighbor know and ask them to remove any junk left on the porch from businesses advertising door to door or charities leaving their large plastic bags on the door knobs. This will ensure that your house doesn't appear unattended while you are gone.

With the invention of the new CFL light bulbs, there is no excuse not to leave the porch light on. CFL's have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting and are the first step towards creating a green home. Sticking them in your porch light can provide added security for your home. Please note that the CFL contains a small amount of mercury. The mercury in compact fluorescent bulbs poses no threat while in the bulb, but if you break one be careful not to inhale the mercury. Immediately use a wet rag to clean it up and put all of the pieces, and the rag, into a plastic bag.

As always, make sure to sign up for the CPRV neighborhood listserv to be kept up to date on the latest crime issues for our community. You can sign up from the CPRV homepage at . If I can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Vote on Door-to-Door Solicitation Policy
Sheila Janes

Residents are concerned that the people coming door-to-door may or may not be legitimate sales people. This comes into play when they are security alarm sales people and are taking note of people's systems and asking a lot of questions about personal security. I have spoken with the City's Attorney and we could request the City Council to write up a permit system for door-to-door solicitations. This would accomplish two things. We would be able to quickly see if the solicitor had followed the proper channels to sell door-to-door and be assured that they were checked out as well as we could have the opportunity to opt out individually from door-to-door sales visits. While our neighborhood couldn't opt out as a whole, we could have enough people in the neighborhood opt out of these door-to-door sales visits that it might make coming to CPRV unattractive. Please come to the next civic league meeting to discuss this and possibility take a vote.

Knitting Mill Creek Wetland Plan Takes Shape
John Stewart

The Lafayette Wetlands Partnership met on Wednesday, June 6th to consider a first draft of a comprehensive plan that will ensure the preservation and maintenance of the Knitting Mill Creek wetland. The wetland is located at 46th Street and Colley Avenue. The Partnership was formed in January 2007 and is composed of representatives of our civic league as well as individuals from non-profit and for-profit groups and city government who are concerned about the health of Norfolk's urban wetlands.

The plan has been under discussion for several months. It will ultimately identify the tasks and the costs necessary to remove debris, retard erosion and run off, supplement the wetland grasses and upland plants, provide for an ongoing maintenance effort and install a walkway over the wetland.

The Partnership has erected a sign along Colley Avenue alerting motorists and pedestrians that the restoration work is underway. A clean-up on Keep Norfolk Beautiful Day, March 24th, netted a dumpster load of trash and debris pulled from the wetland. Over 30 volunteers also pruned upland shrubs and mulched trees that were planted in an original restoration effort in 2004.

The Partnership welcomes everyone to the work. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact me, John Stewart, at 623-8127 or

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

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 Suzanne Watson at 620-4766 or

Up From The Soil
Jim Hoffmaster,

I never thought I would say this, but sometimes, I just get bored with the same old flowering annuals being used as fill in color for my garden beds year after year. I still want the color in the garden throughout the season like the rich reds, subtle blues, golds in all shades and even greens from deep forest to chartreuse. Many people have asked me about this method of using foliage annuals so I thought I would share with you some of my suggestions and personal favorites.

For most of you reading this, I would bet that your yard, especially the back is nearly half shade. Many older neighborhoods with established yards are, so let's cove the best foliage plants for the shade garden. Many tropical plants usually used for inside the home have become so inexpensive that it is well worth trying out a few of the 4” or 6” sizes to use in the shade garden. The shades of green you can achieve are endless. Spider Plants are a real stand-out with their variegated, strap-like leaves and “baby” runners. Also try using Rex and Tuber Begonias. Eventually, they will flower but these are usually collected for their variety of leaf shapes and the colors can be rich in red, gold, green and even some with pink spots! Hostas are not annuals but you can't beat them for their rich, bold statement they can make in the shade! Always, have Hostas!

Now for the sunny spots, nothing, and I mean nothing beats the Sun and Kong variety of Coleus! They grow quickly, branch out beautifully with a little pinching at the top, come in various heights and the colors are unbelievable. Once you have these in your garden, you will not miss having flowers at all. There are also a few different types of Dusty Miller from the thick, wide leaf variety to one that actually has a lacy look to it. Both are nearly white and quite a stand out!

Yes, I still love flowers and I'll probably plant more next season, but there are so many choices for creating a colorful foliage garden in the sun or shade. My point here is, experiment. I honestly think you will be quite pleasantly surprised by the effect and by the compliments from your neighbors!

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