Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
Guest Speaker, Mr. Kevin Dubois, Environmental Engineer with the City of Norfolk, At This Month's Meeting
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, November 17, 2008, at 7:00 pm.
DEADLINE for the December issue is Tuesday, November 18, 2008.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Mr. Kevin Dubois, Environmental Engineer with the City of Norfolk, will speak.
Greetings Neighbors! A heartfelt thank you to the organizers of the CPRV Art Walk, Kristen Bourcier and Tara Sheldon, and all the amazing artists! It was a fabulous day all around in CPRV!!
I was fortunate to take a wetlands class offered by the City of Norfolk. I learned more than I ever thought I needed to know about wetlands, wetland plants, and wetland marine and wildlife. Kevin DuBois taught both the lecture and the field class. I am including a slide he had from the lecture showing the Elizabeth River Habitat Loss of East Haven Creek and Knitting Mill Creek. You can see that in 1944, the areas of spillover at the end of Knitting Mill Creek and on either side of Haven Creek were Tidal Marshes. Those areas got filled in over time, but at one time were what we think of as traditional mushy wetlands.
The City of Norfolk is working with residents along Haven Creek to come up with a walking path design that will replace the deteriorating existing walking path and enhance public land along Haven Creek with a living shoreline. When all the kinks are ironed out, and this project is complete, the benefit to the wetlands, the marine and wildlife, as well as the neighborhood will be magnificent! A group of residents met with Mr. DuBois about the challenges that the south end of Knitting Mill Creek poses. Not only is grass slow to grow with the tidal flooding, but the old style of shore stabilization (which involved concrete trucks dropping off their excess concrete on the shoreline) is no longer aesthetically pleasing or functioning as shoring up the shoreline. Both sides of the creek pose challenges. The benefits of protecting our wetlands, stabilizing the shoreline, and providing neighbors safe access to their waterfront shared community, while balancing the needs of the neighboring homeowners will prove to be the greatest challenge that will last generations to come. I encourage everyone to attend November's CPRV Civic League soak in the wealth of knowledge.
Remember to keep up to date with CPRV community news by subscribing to the neighborhood listserve and keeping up with the neighborhood webpage. Both can be accessed at www.cprv.org. As always, feel free to call me if I can be of service. The Future Looks Great in CPRV!
The Hauntin' The Hood 2008 Winner had two 8 foot plus jack o'lantern creatures with outstretched arms welcoming us to enter, accompanied by rail sitting carved pumpkins, tombstones and hanging ghost (all of which had their required maintenance several times during the windy month of October). On Halloween night, they were joined by a voice activated "dancing ghoul" and fogger with candy being dispensed by a fully attired satyr. When the official sign, certificate and naturally non-fat candy prize were ceremoniously delivered to the winner at midnight on Halloween, the party at 612 (Connecticut) still was in full swing. That is the real spirit of Halloween! Thanks to all who joined in the spirit this year and remember everything is on sale now for next year, so get ready.
For several years, the Haven Creek and Knitting Mill Creek projects have been underway. From bulkhead construction to shoreline maintenance much has been accomplished. But there's still much to be done. Our shoreline continues to evolve. What does all this mean for our area's wetlands? What's the real benefit of wetlands in our community? Wonder no more. November's guest speaker will be Mr. Kevin Dubois, Environmental Engineer with the City of Norfolk. As a VA Certified Wetland Delineator, Mr. Dubois' primary responsibility to the Wetlands Board has him performing technical evaluations on all wetlands permit applications for compliance with State law. He's also involved in the design and installation of wetland creation and restoration projects throughout the city. To educate citizens, he teaches a free dune and wetland workshop throughout the year. Sheila Janes was fortunate to attend one of these workshops recently. She gained valuable insight into the importance of our wetlands and recommended that Mr. DuBois present us with a condensed version. He graciously agreed and, at our Civic League meeting on November 10, Mr. Dubois will give us an overview of the functions and values of wetlands. He will also offer a review of wetland restoration projects in the city. Make sure to mark your calendar and attend!
Did you know CPRV has a listserv? Did you know our listserv has helped alert neighbors when suspicious people are lurking around our homes, riding our bikes, or pulling (loaded with loot) trash and recycling bins out of our neighborhood?! Join the listserv and help us help each other! It is easy. Just go to our website, www.cprv.org and click on "subscribe".
We would like to welcome our new Pace Officers to CPRV. Officer Randy Paschal (823-4477 firstname.lastname@example.org) and Officer Carrie Maglalang (823-4477 email@example.com) will now be our Pace Officers. Officer Jackson is a tough act to follow and we thank him for being such aninstrumental force in our community.
Watch the listserv for the next Crime Prevention meeting with our new Pace Officers.
Kristie & Tara Sheldon Davis, 703-304-9428, firstname.lastname@example.org
Crime Prevention- Kristie Davis:
A training series for residential and small commercial building contractors and sub-contractors. 10 sessions in all covering various topics to include Greening HVAC Installations, Solar System Installation, Energy Star Audits and more. Classes held 8 am until noon at the Ernie Morgan Center, Lafayette Park. For further information please call the Norfolk Environmental Commission at 441-1347.
Saturday, November 8th: Participating businesses include Bloom, One Eleven Art Studio, Riverview Coffee Parlor, Tabbs, Absolute Style & more. Come early, show your support & shop the neighborhood first!
Residents of Colonial Place and Riverview are urged to contact the city when they become of aware of properties being offered for rent within our neighborhood. Call Rusty Masten at 664-6527 (City of Norfolk) and request an Occupancy Permit Inspection for the vacant or soon-to-be-vacated rental property.
REACH, Inc. (Reading Enriches All Children) is in great need of new children's books or gift cards for Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Prince Books, Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart etc. for our shelter program where the children receive new books. If folks are interested in donating new books for REACH, please contact Sarah or Rasheedah at 757-627-4722, or via REACH@reachreads.org, or Volunteers@reachreads.org.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells Christmas is on its way! With it comes the annual CPRV Holiday Decorating Competition, an event of monumental proportion that is eagerly anticipated by all. Decorating for the holidays is a sure cure for the what ails you and those who gaze upon your labors. Since the election will be over and the press coverage will have to go somewhere, if we work hard, we may take the place of Joe the Plumber on the national news front. So cover your houses with lights, stick Santa in your chimney and hang angels from your trees (or better yet put your imagination to work) to compete for the honor of being selected as an Award Winner, waking to find a sign proclaiming you as such to the world and receiving your extra special Award Winner prize. Last year's winners cannot win this year but still are urged to set a good example.
Well, it hasn't frosted yet, so I've left a few tomato plants in the garden that still have little “greenies” ripening on them. I pulled one with little tomatoes out by mistake, so they are ripening on my windowsill. The peppers seem to come back to life in the fall, so they're still going. This was a good year for the Ichiban eggplants, too - the long, narrow ones – and I just got a few more this week. Last year one of our community gardeners rescued some bedraggled mums that were left at a garden center, and we put them in the ground; in the spring, I kept pinching them back so they would fill out and not bloom yet – and they are sure pretty now. Mums will winter over here – I just cut them back when the branches start to die off – cut pretty much close to the ground, actually – and little green shoots start re-appearing real early in the year. Last year my geraniums made it through, too, cut back like that, although it was a pretty mild winter. Its bulb time - I dug up some daffodils back before all the stems disappeared, and will replant them pretty soon.
The Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden wants your leaves to use as mulch. It would be real kind for willing folks to take those clear bags of leaves down to the garden (behind Fellini's) and toss them in the compost bin. Take a look at the mums while you're there, too!
The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
P.O. Box 6130
Norfolk, VA 23508
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