Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

February 2008

             Guest Speakers at this Month's Meeting: Mr. Darrell Crittendon, Norfolk Recreation Parks and Open Spaces Director and April Reading, Public Service Coordinator from the Neighborhood Design and Resource Center

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, February 11, 2008, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, February 18, 2008, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the March issue is Tuesday, February 19, 2008.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Mr. Darrell Crittendon, Norfolk Recreation Parks and Open Spaces Director will speak - April Reading, Public Service Coordinator from the Neighborhood Design and Resource Center will speak

President’s Notes: Quiet Stewardship
Steve Earnhart, Civic League President

As we are now in a tumultuous and protracted political season, we hear the word "change" tossed around quite a bit by politicians, pundits and other soothsayers of public media. This month, I want to use this space to talk about another word that should get more use: stewardship. Wait, don't stop reading yet. I know this word may not have the buzz, amp, or panache of other words that float in our collective vocabulary. But I think our society would do well to reflect on this word and its implications for our involvement in our community, our nation and our world. The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that the word derives from the Old English word stiweard which loosely translates to "ward of the house." In its many usages, stewardship implies care taking, looking after, or carefully managing (originating from the Latin word, manus, for "hand") something. It's this caretaker spirit, this hands-on model of looking after that seems to be part of what is missing in our culture. When you couple this idea of stewardship with the idea of patience, determination, perseverance, you arrive at something called Quiet Stewardship.

For an example of quiet stewardship, please look into the work the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership (article below). In a steady and deliberative way, this group of citizens, business owners, non-profits and city government organizations have been working together to repair and revitalize a small, but important piece of wetland along Knitting Mill Creek. There are too many individuals involved to name them all in this space, but I do think we should recognize CPRV's very own Mr. John Stewart as the genesis of this project. In the last year, these “care takers” have spent a great deal of time planning, working and fundraising to continue their work. For their efforts, they received the 2007 Environmental Stewardship Award of Excellence for River and Watershed Protection by the Norfolk Environmental Commission. It's hard work, accomplished by many hands and often under the radar that is the hallmark of quiet stewardship and I think we can benefit from reflecting on their accomplishments.

On another note, I would like to welcome to the CPRV community Sarah and Ryan Featherer. Sarah, a history teacher at Maury High School, and Ryan, Maury's Orchestra Maestro, recently moved into a house on New Hampshire Ave. The Featherers are both tireless educators and a great addition to the CPRV community.

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

February's Civic League Meeting
Sheila Janes, CPRV Vice President

Valentine's week is quickly upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to share your love for Norfolk's parks. Mr. Darrell Crittendon, the new Norfolk Recreation Parks and Open Spaces Director, will be presenting to the league on February 11th at 7pm. He is responsible for directing the management and maintenance of the City's parks, playgrounds, City beaches, the urban forest and City owned cemeteries as well as plan for Norfolk's future skate park!

We will also hear from April Reading, the Public Service Coordinator from the Neighborhood Design and Resource Center. She will let us know all the great things that the Design and Resource Center can offer!

I hope to see you out for a great night of civics. I challenge you to find a neighbor who doesn't normally come out to the civic league meetings or who never has been to a civic league meeting, and ask them to come along with you. Share the pride in contributing to a great civic league!

The Village Crier
Alice McCoy, Riverview Village Business Association

Happy Valentines Day from the Riverview Village Businesses! Thank you for your past patronage and support and we look forward to serving you in the new year. Don't forget to shop the neighborhood first for your sweetheart's gifts, flowers, chocolates and dinner reservations.

NEW PARTNERSHIPS TO BENEFIT TWO YEAR EVENT TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: The Friends of Norfolk's Environment, Inc. (FONE), a non-profit organization that supports the environmental education programs of the Norfolk Environmental Commission and the Ernie Morgan Center, have begun planning for the third annual “River Ride and Eco-Fiesta” to be held Friday, May 2nd. The Riverview Village Business Association (RVBA) and the Bank of America Hampton Roads Environmental Network have joined FONE in developing plans. The day includes a kayak/canoe option for anyone who would like to experience the natural beauty and history of our local waterways firsthand, followed by a celebration at the Ernie Morgan Center with music, Mexican food and drink as well as fun activities for all ages. “We are thrilled that the RVBA as well as the Bank of America has gotten involved and know that it will result in an even better event for our community”, said John Deuel, Executive Director of Keep Norfolk Beautiful and the Ernie Morgan Center. More information about the River Ride and Eco-Fiesta will be released in the early spring. For more information contact the Ernie Morgan Center at 441-1347 or go to FONE's website at

Wetlands Fundraising Initiative Produces More Results
John Stewart, Lafayette Wetlands Partnership

The donation of $500 from the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League to support the work of the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership has proven to be a pace-setting gift. In December, 2007, the members of the Larchmont Civic League also decided to award $500 to support the work in the wetland at 46th and Colley Avenue. In January, 2008, the Partnership was notified that the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Board recommended that $2,417 be included in the Governor's budget to support the project. That proposal will be deliberated by the Virginia General Assembly this spring. If all goes well, the grant will be approved and the money available in July, 2008.

The Partnership has initiated work with the City of Norfolk to obtain the necessary permits to begin the concrete removal, re-grading and replanting as well as the restoration of the wetland soil and planting of additional wetland grasses. It anticipates that the work will begin no later than the fall of this year, and perhaps by spring.

The Partnership will also be sponsoring a clean up day at the wetland in March, 2008 in conjunction with Keep Norfolk Beautiful activities. Details about date and time will be published in the March newsletter.

As always, thanks to everyone in Colonial Place and Riverview for your continuing commitment to wetland preservation along the Lafayette.

Dog Park Update
Buffy Masten

We received a generous donation from Winn Nurseries in January. They have planted a new Red Maple tree in the dog park, complete with fertilizer & mulch. I will try to keep it watered as we don't want to lose this to the drought. I also want to add that we welcome every dog owner to use the park but PLEASE watch your dogs while you are there. The dogs like to chase each other while they are playing, but it can get out of hand when the pack mentality rears its ugly head. A dog was recently injured when a fight broke out & it cost the owner in excess of $300.00 for the vet bill. Try to monitor any signs of aggression such as "dominance mounting" as this can set off unpleasant reactions. Try to stop any dogs that appear to be "ganging up" on others. If we stay vigilant in monitoring our dogs we can avoid any unpleasantness in the park.

Cartwheels for Cal
Mollie Hunter and Sarah Baxendell

Cal Hesse is a sweet, bright 2 ½ year old Colonial Place resident who has been fighting acute myeloid leukemia (AML) since April 2007. He is currently undergoing a bone marrow transplant at Duke Medical Center, and his family temporarily relocated in early January to Durham, North Carolina for up to 6 months. We have organized a fundraiser to help defray some of the Hesse's living expenses during this time.

Sunday, February 10th
Tidewater Gymnastics Academy
7712 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk
(located in shopping center just before Terminal Blvd.)

Can't come but still want to help?
If you are unable to attend a class on the 10th, but would still like to donate to Cal's fund, checks can be made out to "Cal Hesse Fund" and mailed to Mollie Hunter or Sarah Baxendell. Collection Deadline: February 17. Please contact Mollie or Sarah with any questions. Mollie Hunter, 615 New Jersey Ave., Norfolk, VA 23508 - (757) 321-2868 -
Sarah Baxendell, 4808 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23508 - (757) 624-6810 -

Up From The Soil
Jim Hoffmaster, Certified Horticulturist,

“It isn't easy being green”. Your tropical house plants are singing that right now. It's the coldest time of year and sure, your plants are safely inside under your care but dry heat is being pumped into your home more frequently at this time as well and that spells trouble for many indoor plants.

Two things that tropical plants need to survive indoors even more than warm temperatures and proper water are humidity and high light levels. Home heating systems produce dry heat and dry up any moisture that might exist in the home. Do everything you can to raise the humidity levels such as a pebble tray full of water under the plant or better yet, invest in a cool mist humidifier.

With the shorter days and cooler temperatures, your plants need as much full spectrum light, such as sun light, as possible. Of course some plants do not do as well in intense sunlight but in the winter, the sunlight is not as strong and plants can safely absorb more this time of year. Keep your plants watered so that just the top inch or so dries some but never allow the soil to separate from the edge of the pot. That usually means you've waited too long in-between watering and now when you water, it will just flow to the sides, down and out of the pot without properly reaching the roots.

Keep the dead or dropped leaves cleaned out of the pots and on the floor, snip any dead stems and give your plants a shower in the bathroom now and then. They'll stay healthy and vibrant until the time you can open some windows or place the plants outdoors. And if you need a green “fix”, this is usually the time of year your local garden center unpacks a new shipment from the south. So go shopping!

Colonial Place/Riverview 2008
Recycling Pick-up Schedule

(Every other Thursday, with regular trash pick-up)

February 14, 28
March 13, 27
April 10, 24
May 8, 22
June 5, 19
July 3, 17, 31
August 14, 28
September 11, 25
October 9, 23
November 6, 20
December 4, 18
January 1 (2009)

Crime Prevention Tips from your P.A.C.E. Officers
Officers Curtis Jackson and MPO Beverly Hubbard

Let's start out 2008 right by knowing how to protect your valuables at home and in your vehicle. And know what to do if your property is stolen.

Did you know that in Norfolk you must register your bicycle(s)? Sec. 8-21. Required. It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of eighteen (18) years, who resides in the city, to operate or use a bicycle upon any sidewalk, street, alley, lane or public highway of the city, or for any parent or guardian to allow any person under the age of eighteen (18) years, who resides in the city, to operate or use a bicycle upon any sidewalk, street, alley, lane or public highway of the city, unless such bicycle has been properly registered in accord with the provisions of this article. (Code 1958, § 8-2)

If you call your P.A.C.E Officer he or she will come out to your location and for no charge fill out a bicycle registration form and issue the bicycle(s) a city decal that the officer will then attached to your bicycle(s). The decal will only be valid to the person who was issued the registration and the bicycle(s) the decal was issued to. New owner(s) will have to register the bicycle(s).

Because you have registered your bicycle(s) with the city, this will help police officers in locating you should the bicycle be recovered. In protecting your bicycle, make sure you also use a good lock if you leave the bicycle unattended, even if you keep the bike in a shed or garage. Never think your bicycle(s) is safe if you leave it in your yard at home.

Norfolk Police Department Crime Prevention Section
Did you know that you can request a Security Home Survey from our Crime Prevention Officers? An officer will come out and inspect your lighting, your locks on your door, your doors and windows, they will make note of the location of your trees and shrubs. Bad guys like to use your shrubs and trees to hide behind to avoid detection.

The Crime Prevention officer will give you recommendations as to what improvements are needed. Plus if you are interested in Block Security or any other neighborhood programs you can call 664-6901.

Home Security
While at home with nothing to do, take a look at your valuables that you enjoy. You worked hard to get many of them. Look at some of the items home owners reported taken in a burglary to their home.

Your crime prevention homework assignment will be to write down the serial numbers to each of these items you have at home and to any other valuables that has a serial number. Also on the same paper you will write down the make and model and the value. Should you have a burglary to your home you'll have this information to provide the police officer making the report. If your valuables are recovered you will be notified. Another good idea is to use an engraver and mark your valuables. Should you need assistance please contact your P.A.C.E. officers or any Crime Prevention officer.

Larceny from vehicles
Please, do not leave valuables in your unattended vehicle! The two problems we have today are valuables being left in vehicles and car doors unlocked with valuables inside, and the bad guys know this. And we hear “Where are the police when you need them?” But this community problem takes more than the police; it needs the police and citizens to work in a partnership to reduce the larcenies from vehicles and other crimes in your community.

Several suspects have been arrested who were breaking into cars thanks to citizens who just happened to look out their window at the right time and observed the suspicious situation and called 911 and based on the detailed information given to the police an arrest was made. Be aware of what's goes on in your neighborhood, report anything that appears suspicious. If you're not sure call the non-emergency number 441-5610. You do not have to give your name, but at least give the dispatcher a phone number so the dispatcher could call you back in case the officer needs more information. Some of the hot items being taken from vehicles are:

Some GPS will allow you to insert a code that will lock the GPS and prevent unauthorized persons from using it. And please make sure you have serial number(s) in a safe place at home. Do not leave your GPS or Satellite radio in your vehicle when the vehicle will be left unattended. For those vehicle owners who have their GPS or Satellite radio attached to the windshield, you're just letting the bad guys know you have something they want.
  1. Keep valuables out of an unattended vehicles
  2. Always lock your doors
  3. Make a police report
Norfolk Cares Assistance Center - 664-6510
Have you ever wondered who to call when you see...
  1. Damaged or missing street sign
  2. Pot holes
  3. A home or business without the address (numbers) displayed
  4. Junk or abandoned vehicles on the street or in someone's yard
  5. High grass or weeds
  6. A yard with bulk waste, and trash
  7. Possible boarding house
  8. Someone using his yard as a car repair shop
  9. Boats, RV, Campers, Commercial vehicles parked in residential yards
  10. Health and sanitation issues
Even if you're not sure who to call, the Norfolk Care Assistance Center can point you in the right direction.

Please pass these Crime Prevention tips to friends, family, and to anyone who does not attend your civic league and partnership meetings. For more information, contact your P.A.C.E. officer:
Officer Curtis Jackson,
MPO Beverly Hubbard,

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