Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

December 2008

             Holiday Party at This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, December 8, 2008, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be in January 2009.

DEADLINE for the January issue is Tuesday, December 23, 2008.


Community Pride
Sheila Janes, Civic League President, 469-3531,

The community pride is oozing out of Colonial Place and Riverview! I see it every time I drive by a home with beautiful landscaping, when I see a neighbor helping another neighbor, and when I see the community coming together for the greater good.

This month one of our neighbors, Les Parks, donated several hundred bulbs for the neighborhood signs. In coordination with our Beautification Chair, Audrey Webb, nine residents gathered on their Saturday afternoon and planted bulbs around the historical signs in Riverview and Colonial Place. This spring we will again be reminded of their community pride.

Skateboarders who frequent the boat ramp snapped a few of the boat ramp poles doing some extreme tricks. A plan was made with the city to landscape the boat ramp sign and the Colonial Greenway sign in good faith. Sixteen kids and three adults came out to help the Friday after Thanksgiving and the results were beautiful. This project has further strengthened the community pride that these young people have for our neighborhoods.

Community Pride is all around us. Let's jump in and make a difference in the scene around us! I extend a special thanks to the following community helpers who donated their time to make our community beautiful!

Rashad BorlandMary HormellSuzie Berg
Ian JanesKendall BurrisJeff Morse
Kelly ChanceRandall CobbLibby Janes
Nova JanesSean JanesDebbie Leeson
Sheila JanesRandy CookAudrey Webb
Mary CommanderMontana MartynBella Roman
Mark DavidHunter RomanJanine Roman
Chris GilliamDustin GilliamMichael Shaw
Chase HambyWalter ShawPhyliss Gonsalves

The Future Looks Great in CPRV!

The Time of Year for Holiday Cheer

In keeping with tradition, we're putting aside all business at our December meeting. We've planned an evening filled with sweet treats and holiday cheer to help everyone get in the spirit of the season. Bring the kids, ride with a neighbor. Plan to be a part of the festivities!

Cookies & Cocoa in CPRV
When: Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church
Admission: A can or two (or more!)
to help our friends at the Foodbank who find themselves in dire need this year as they strive to feed the growing number of folks affected by the economy.

Thank You!
Artemis Stoll, Civic League Vice President

Thank you to two residents who stepped forward recently to beautify CPRV. Charles Chavoustie and Les Parks each made notable contributions for the good of the neighborhood.

Charles worked hard to fix the National Register of Historic Places sign from the 42nd Street entrance in Colonial Place. The sign was damaged when a car ran into it earlier this fall. (Two city employees should also receive credit for the repair. Chuck Swan, City Construction Engineer, helped Charles erect the restored sign. Freda Burnes, Right-of-Way Coordinator, paid for the repairs from her budget and gave Charles the three days he needed to complete the work. Without her, he says, the project would not have happened. A CPRV "thank you" to Mr. Swan and Ms. Burnes.)

Les donated 200-250 bulbs of assorted narcissus (daffodils) to be planted beneath the historic signs in Riverview and Colonial Place.

To Les and Charles, we commend you for helping to make our neighborhood even nicer.

CA Copies Donates Sign Updates
Artemis Stoll, Civic League Vice President

Ever notice the signs posted to publicize our Civic League meetings? Before last month they weren't too pretty! Sporting an attachment held together with binder clips, the signs looked a little shabby.

Thanks to our friends, owner, Holly Chacon and company at CA Copies on Colley Avenue, all five signs have a fresh look, complete with updated location information. And to show appreciation for our business and support over the years, Holly provided this service as a gift to our community and our Civic League!

Next time you're at CA Copies, be sure to thank Holly. And, remember, shop the neighborhood first!

Holiday Decoration Competition
Mary Commander

The judging for the 2008 CPRV Holiday Decoration Competition will be completed by December 18, 2008, so be certain to have your lights lit and your candies caned when the committee cruises by. Displays will be judged by their appearance during both day and night, even though Santa Claus only comes after nightfall. Again this year, prizes will be awarded to the winners. Signs will be posted in the winners' yards. Last year's winners cannot win again this year, but we will be looking to them for inspiration.

The decorations are a part of what makes this a great place to live! Get filled with enthusiasm for the holidays and demonstrate it by covering your house with signs of the season. Happy Holidays!

November 10, 2008 General Meeting Highlights
Sharon McGlone, Civic League Secretary

Crime Report:

Guest Speaker: Kevin DuBois. Environmental Engineer, City of Norfolk
The importance and value of wetlands: Secretary Report: Treasurer Report: New Business: Committee Reports:

Traffic Committee Chairman
Randy Cook, Traffic Committee Chair

I would like to introduce myself as the new chairman of the Traffic Committee. I have lived in Colonial Place for the past 12 years and also lived here in the mid 60s while attending Maury High School and Old Dominion. There are several concerns that neighbors have expressed regarding traffic that my committee intends to study. My first priority is to address the Delaware and Llewellyn light. I have contacted the city to look at the times for the light cycles at the intersection of Delaware and Llewellyn because I am tired of waiting through two light cycles to drive into the neighborhood when someone is making a left from Delaware onto Llewellyn. I did a time study for that intersection and the times on Llewellyn range from 45 seconds up to 1 minute and 45 seconds while the times on Delaware average 10 seconds for each cycle. To compare, the light at 38th and Colonial averages 40 seconds in both directions. I will keep you updated on the progress of this light timing request.

If you have any traffic concerns please contact me at or 623-7202.

CPRV Vegetarian Potlucks - Great Food! Good Company!
Joanna Jenkins

Rental Properties
Rose Thornton, 615-7144

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.

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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