Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

May 2008

             Guest Speaker, Delegate Kenneth Alexander, At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, May 12, 2008, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, May 19, 2008, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the June issue is Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Delegate Kenneth Alexander will speak - Community discussion on the future of Stuart School - Report from the Nominations Committee.

President’s Notes: A Future for Stuart School
Steve Earnhart, Civic League President

At a recent CPRV Board meeting we took some time to discuss the future of Stuart School. As you might recall, the civic league heard from Norfolk Public School officials at our March meeting about the plans for the closure of the school and the relocation of the services offered at Stuart School (early childhood education, gifted education administrative offices, head/fair start programs, etc.). Thus Stuart School would then be “returned” to the management of the City of Norfolk and would not part of the physical plant operated by the Norfolk School Board.

The conversation at our board meeting was greatly enhanced by the sage input of Mrs. Amy Waters Yarsinske, CPRV resident, author, preservationist, Renaissance Woman, who helped us generate the idea that Stuart School could be an outstanding location for the future main library of Norfolk after the Kirn Memorial Library is demolished to make way for the light rail transit stop. Stuart School offers many things necessary for a great library: generous amounts of room for books and people, spaces for performances and meetings, plenty of parking and a location that is truly central to the City of Norfolk. Of course, Stuart would need a full rehabilitation/renovation to ready it for this purpose, but this has been done successfully at Blair, Maury and many other public and private buildings. The Boys & Girls Club that currently meets at Stuart could continue to do so after the renovation period thus keeping that valuable service in place. The current gymnasium could be refurbished for indoor athletic activities and the kitchen & cafeteria could make a great coffee house for library patrons. There are many good reasons why Stuart School should be “renewed” so that it stays in public hands and benefits not just our neighborhood, but the entire City of Norfolk. So what do you think? The CPRV Board is very interested in this idea and I would like to raise it for discussion at our May meeting. This is the beginning of a very interesting and exciting conversation. Come join us and share your ideas.
It's not just a neighborhood, it's a lifestyle…
Steve Earnhart,

May Civic League Meeting
Sheila Janes, Civic League Vice President, 469-3531

I am pleased to welcome our Delegate, Kenneth Alexander, to May's CPRV Civic League Meeting! The House of Delegates consists of 100 members who are elected by the qualified voters of their districts to serve for terms of two years. The Virginia House of Delegates is the lower house of the Virginia General Assembly. Members are elected for terms of two years and unlike most states, these elections take place during odd-numbered years. Kenneth Alexander has represented our part of Norfolk since 2001. Over 3000 pieces of legislation were introduced in the 2007 session. Delegate Alexander has dealt with everything from transportation to education, the Chesapeake Bay pollution to eminent domain, to health care and seniors...and the list goes on and on. What is happening at the state level directly affects our quality of life here in Norfolk. Communicating to our representative the issues that are important to us is the key part to making a representative government work. We have his ear, so make sure to come out for a great night of civics and let your voice be heard!

Adams Outdoor Advertising Contributes To Wetland Restoration Project
John D. Stewart,

Adams Outdoor Advertising, Inc., the owner of a portion of the Knitting Mill Creek wetland at 46th and Colley Avenue, is a member of the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership. The company recently joined a growing list of corporate donors with a contribution of $500 toward the restoration and maintenance of the wetland. Adams has been actively working with the Partnership to make the project possible; this contribution is a generous and tangible measure of that support.

The Partnership is now assembling an application for a wetland permit to be reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and ultimately, the Norfolk Wetlands Board. Final cost estimates are in place, and Eco Systems, Inc., the company that completed the wetland restoration at The Hermitage, has been asked to do the work. While a portion of the project may be completed by June, 2008, the Partnership is targeting October of this year as the date of completion for this phase of the work.

Rental Properties
Rose Thornton, 615-7144

Residents of Colonial Place and Riverview are uged 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.

Community Garden
Becky Kiser,

The Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden gives a big "thank you" to Fellini's for a $100 donation towards our brick border, and to the Civic League Board who also approved a donation to this project. And while we're at it, thanks to the folks who have come out for our two "work days" to get up and going for spring. The garden still has some plots available for folks hungry for home-grown tomatoes and more this summer. We garden as close to organic as we can get, we work together on the whole garden (mowing, edging), and we like to have pot-lucks. Cost is $35 for the season.

Farm Market Sneak Peek
Bev Sell

The Five Points Community Farm Market is re-opening in its new location at 2500 Church St. (that's 3 blocks south of the zoo at 26th St. in the old Brickstone Studio building)! Come and take a Sneak Peek at the Market and try samples from its vendors on Sunday, April 27th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Virginia beers and wines will also be available for sampling and sale as a fundraiser for the Market. The Grand Opening was held on Saturday, May 3rd with a variety of activities. New hours for the Farm Market are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11-7, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 11-5. The Market will be open all year and feature fresh local and (New this year!) southeast regional produce. So, yes, Virginia, you will be able to get vine-ripened tomatoes, just picked, nearly the year around! For more information, go to or email or call 853-0300 or 857-1794. Or come see us in person!
[ed. note: New phone number as of 5/2/08 is 757-640-0300]

CPRV Vegetarian Potlucks - Great Food! Good Company!
Tara & Kristie, 627-1176

Every month some neighbors from CPRV get together to enjoy vegetarian and vegan dishes. You do not have to be vegetarian to come, in fact quite a few folks come just for the great food and company! The potlucks are usually on Sundays at 5 pm, but the day and time may vary depending on who is hosting. You can join the Veg Club listserv by going to: or sending an email to: If you would like to join us or have any questions, contact Tara or Kristie at 627-1176.

Civic League Officer Elections
Andy Wallach

Steve Earnhart, President of the CPRV Civic League, named Andrew Wallach (622-8315), F.J. Buddy Petzinger III (630-8553), and Patrick Miskell (622-6767) to the nominating committee for officers for the next fiscal year. If you would like to serve as an officer, please contact one of the committee members. Duties of the positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Riverview or Colonial Place Representative) are delineated in the By-laws available on the website or from one of the committeemen.

CPRV is different from many civic leagues because of our two term limit. While term limits ensure new ideas and broader participation, they also require a continuous stream of volunteers willing to serve. Be one of those volunteers.

The following, from the By-laws, describes our election process:

Article VIII. Elections

Section 1. A nominating committee shall be named at the April League meeting. This committee will be comprised of three members. At least one member of the nominating committee shall have been a resident for seven years or longer and at least one member of the nominating committee shall have been a resident for less than seven years.

Section 2. The nominating committee shall nominate a slate of officers of one or more names for each elective office at the May meeting. Nominations for elective offices may also be made from the floor. All nominations made at the May meeting shall be published in the next newsletter.

Section 3. The election of officers shall take place at the League annual meeting in June.

Section 4. No officer shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. For the purposes of this Section 4, any period of six months or less shall not constitute a term.

Section 5. Each officer's term shall commence upon the conclusion of the meeting at which such officer was elected.

Section 6. If any position is not filled at the annual meeting, then it shall be treated as an interim vacancy, as provided in Article IV, Section 7.

One Eleven Art Gallery & Studios
Alice McCoy, Riverview Village Business Association

Stop by One Eleven Art Gallery & Studios, at 111 Pennsylvania Avenue in Norfolk, just off Granby Street across from the Riverview Theater (625-1110). Their upcoming exhibition is "Goodwin & Company" with an opening reception on May 9th, 2008 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. This event is free and open to public. This exhibit features artists that have studied over the years with Norman Goodwin; renowned artist, teacher and lecturer and continues through June 8th.

CPRV Stickers
Jeanne Ullian

Promote CPRV by displaying the CPRV sticker on your vehicle, bike, and even lawnmower. The regular size black and white oval sticker costs just $1.00; the mini size goes for $.50. Even at these low prices the Civic League reaps some income. Stickers will be available at the May meeting (please bring exact $$). Get your “Stickers-by-Mail" by sending a check made out to CPRV to: Jeanne Ullian, 4400 Mayflower Road, Norfolk 23508. Be sure specify the number/size and your delivery address as I usually hand deliver these on my neighborhood walk.

TAG-OUT Graffiti Abatement Pilot Program

In an effort to rid our city of this unsightly destruction, and to take a more aggressive stance with graffiti abatement, the City has established a Graffiti Abatement Pilot Program – TAG-OUT. This program will be piloted in the area with the highest concentration of incidences of graffiti. The program seeks to eradicate graffiti in the pilot area within one day, when possible. The program includes both public and private property. Additionally, the graffiti hotline has been established so that incidents can be addressed quickly. The City will initiate agreements with volunteers, civic leagues, and residents to establish procedures, levels of commitment, rules and responsibilities associated with the program. CPRV To report graffiti, call 664-6510

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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