Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

January 2008

             Guest Speakers at This Month's Meeting: Sherry Johnson from the Norfolk Cares Assistance Center plus Melinda Luchun and Galina Burley from the City of Norfolk's Bureau of Community Outreach

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, January 14, 2008, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, January 21, 2008, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the February issue is Tuesday, January 22, 2008.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Sherry Johnson from the Norfolk Cares Assistance Center will speak - Melinda Luchun and Galina Burley from the City of Norfolk's Bureau of Community Outreach will speak.

President’s Notes: What the Mountain Taught Me
Steve Earnhart, Civic League President

I am writing this note to you after having spent the last two days attempting to learn how to ski in Winter Park, Colorado. There is nothing like learning a new sport or skill to keep you grounded. Literally, grounded. As in your face in the ground. I learned that it is easier to go fast and reckless than slow and sure and that the quickest way to a face plant is to think things are going well. I learned that physics is not theoretical when it comes to snow, trees, plastic and metal and that gravity always wins over incantations, wishful thinking and solemn supplications. I also learned that the best proactive treatment for hubris is to watch a six year old skier fly past you as you are attempting once again to recover from a spill with your legs and skis resembling a deformed pretzel. I am not yet sure that skiing is fun, but it did help me relax and take myself a bit less seriously. We keep falling down, but more importantly, we keep picking ourselves, and our fellow humans beings, back up.

I hope your end-of-the-year celebrations and rituals have given you the pick-up we all need for the upcoming year. Lots to do, lots to work on and lots to think about. See you at the January meeting.

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

Happy New Year!
Sheila Janes, CPRV Vice President

I welcome in the new year with much enthusiasm! I live in a wonderful, safe, and healthy neighborhood with the best neighbors I could ask for! So many wonderful things happen in our two neighborhoods that it understandable that we are such a tight knit community! The civic league is touted as being one of the most active civic leagues in the City of Norfolk. I invite you to become involved this new year in your civic league! There are many ways in which you can serve and we are always open to new projects that would further enhance our great neighborhoods! Please take a moment to look on the back of the newsletter and consider becoming involved in one of the committees listed or consider heading up a new idea that could contribute to the wonderful things happening around CPRV! If you've never attended a civic league meeting, please show up on January 14th at 7pm and resolve to meet your neighbors - we welcome everyone!

Occasionally, I get pulled aside or receive calls from concerned neighbors about things they see in the neighborhood that aren't up to code. They are not sure about what to do or who to call, and their concern is not to be vindictive, but to just make sure that everyone is doing the basic upkeep that is required for urban living. Sometimes absent landlords aren't aware as to what is going on in their rental and sometimes even homeowners aren't aware of situations on their own property. I'm happy to invite Sherry Johnson from the Norfolk Cares Assistance Center to discuss some of the ways we can make improvements to our community and to remind us of some of the basic requirements that are part of urban living. She is a Norfolk native, has been with the Norfolk Cares Assistance Center for eleven years, and is truly dedicated to Neighborhood preservation.

I also have invited Melinda Luchun and Galina Burley from the City of Norfolk's Bureau of Community Outreach to talk to us about what their agency is doing for neighborhood preservation and building strong neighborhoods in Norfolk. We all have a wonderful investment in the community we live in and I'm confident that the new year will bring forth an even stronger Colonial Place and Riverview community! Again, please look over the list on the back and make it a point to come out to the civic league meeting and enjoy an evening of neighbors!

"Christmas Decoration Awards"
Mary Commander

As usual, this year there was no shortage of beautiful homes. They all were winners. Those that were chosen for awards were:

Our friends at Enrico's and Tanner's Creek Seafood Restaurant provided gift certificates to the honorees. Next year promises to continue to bring on the prizes which will include improved signs, gift certificates and everyone's favorite CASH! So, start making your decorating plans now and beat the Christmas 2008 rush. Also, look forward to the ghoulish new Halloween decorating competition for those of you with leanings in a more “sinister” direction.

CPRV Civic League Membership
Bob Baxter & Glenda Warner

Memberships for 2007 expired on December 31. Please consider joining and supporting the CPRV Civic League by renewing your membership today. Just fill out the form at the back of the newsletter, make out a check to the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League, and mail it to: P.O. Box 6130, Norfolk, VA 23508. Or, bring your form and check to the January meeting.

Recycling Roundup
Audrey Webb

Green Alternatives (next to Cogans on Colonial Avenue) accepts CFLs, batteries and ink/toner cartridges for recycling during regular store hours. They are also hosting the electronics recycling event on January 5 and 6. For more information call 457-8991 or check their web site

Up From The Soil
Jim Hoffmaster, Certified Horticulturist

It's a new year and what better time to make a new start than now. This year, make one of your resolutions a commitment to our earth. Be a good steward of the only home we have by starting in your own home and garden right now.

Start by making last year's Holiday waste, this year's benefit to the environment. Maybe you did some home made garlands of popcorn or cranberries? Don't throw them in the trash. Hang them on a tree in your back yard for the wildlife to enjoy. Birds love popcorn and some will appreciate the berries as well. Assorted nuts have a long shelf life but most people get rid of them after the party is over. Place them in a shallow bucket outside and let the critters have a field day. They deserve some Holiday left over's too!

Now that your “live” tree is bare and no longer showing signs of life, what will you do with it? The LAST thing you should do is place it out with the regular trash. That tree was specially grown for years just so you can have a beautiful decoration in your home. Why end it's legacy on the curbside? Call SPSA for information on their drop off program where they mulch the spent trees and re-use the shredded product for mulch. Sometimes you can take some mulch with you at no charge! Or better yet, mulch it up yourself! Another suggestion is to set it up out side and hang bird feeders or that home made popcorn garland on it and let the birds have some fun. Once spring arrives, you can break it up and use the branches for plant stakes! I have even heard of some people submerging the tree in a pond or lake to decompose naturally and create a breeding habitat for fish.

Finally, please don't put all those cardboard boxes out with the trash for the City to have to deal with.Flatten out the boxes and take them to your local recycling center. Most fire stations have a drop off container available for public use. While you're there, drop off all of those cans, bottles and plastics you generated during the New Year's bash or football party you had.

There, see how easy that is. You're well on your way to reducing your “carbon footprint” on the earth and once you get used to recycling, conserving and reducing, it becomes second nature. Happy 2008 and beyond!

Crime Prevention Committee,
Tara & Kristie Sheldon-Davis, 627-1176,

Light Up CPRV
Thanks to 25 volunteers, 300 + energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs were passed out to CPRV residents.

Crime Prevention Tip
Keep informed - join the CPRV listserv. It is a great way to let each other know if a suspicious person is walking around or knocking on doors. Just go to to join. Larceny continues to be at the top of our neighborhood offenses. Let's all pitch in and do what we can to make a difference.

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