Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

June 2008

             Guest Speakers at the June Meeting: The Honorable Barclay Winn and The Honorable Theresa Whibley

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, June 9, 2008, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, June 16, 2008, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the July issue is Tuesday, June 17, 2008.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - The Honorable Barclay Winn and the Honorable Theresa Whibley will speak - Update from Richard Levin - Annual elections.

President’s Notes: Fanfare for an Uncommon Neighborhood
Steve Earnhart, Civic League President

This is my last President’s Notes column. Unlike a lot of area civic leagues and neighborhood associations, CPRV’s bylaws have term limits (2 years max) on its four key leadership positions. Thus, we have more frequent personnel changeover than other community organizations, but I think we are stronger for it. New people bring new ideas and talents which help to keep our civic league moving forward and one of the strongest in Norfolk. I am very pleased to see such a strong team nominated to serve the league (see Mr. Andy Wallach’s article). I wish them the best of luck and I hope they don’t have too much damage control to perform after the last two years with me at the helm. It has been my pleasure to serve the league and to work with so many wonderful members of our community.

The league, with all its faults and occasional clumsy errors, is at is heart a wonderful thing. My family’s motto, when translated from the tribal tongue, is No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. That is a lesson that one learns very quickly in any volunteer capacity, but gets re-enforced when one is the public representative of a civic league. All we can hope for is that the balance between what we get right and what we get wrong is slightly on the positive side. I am proud to have at least attempted to do right by a diverse and creative neighborhood that can boast two pedestrian-friendly (and going to get even friendlier when we get the light on Granby Street which we will!) business districts with great restaurants, a community garden, a thriving dog park, public water spaces, and beautiful houses and trees. But most importantly, it is the people. Since we moved into our house on Pennsylvania Avenue 7 years ago, Jen and I have been constantly reminded that we live among wonderful, funny, loving and sometimes charmingly eccentric individuals and families. It’s beautiful Spring days like this, and wonderful neighbors like you that fill me with gratitude for having the opportunity to live here and be a part of this civic league.

Before I take leave of this space, I do want to thank some people who operate behind the scenes and who have been steadfast and dedicated in their support to the league. I would like to personally thank Mrs. Sheila Janes for being my sounding board and right-hand woman. The officers and board of the civic league are to be thanked and awarded medals for their hard work in their respective roles and committees (not to mention putting up with me and my corny jokes). Mrs. Stephanie Hale, our CPRV newsletter editor, and Mrs. Mary Hormell and Mr. F. Buddy Petzinger III, have been so much fun to work with as we prepare and send out our monthly newsletter. They make it look easy, and for those of you reading these words, it usually is not. Also, Stephanie, I apologize for my numerous late articles. Like this one. Thanks also to our newsletter bundle carriers who do their best to deliver these words to your house every month. We as a league would not have a place to meet unless it was for the gracious help of Mr. and Mrs. Tilley who allow us a place at Knox Presbyterian Church every month. No one would hear us without Mr. Kenny Morton who serves as both the CPRV sound engineer and “Rat Czar”. Mr. David Spriggs has been a great help to our civic league in his role as sales manager for our historical neighborhood book (see the ad in this newsletter and buy a copy soon as we are very close to selling out our supply of limited editions). Mrs. Alice McCoy, who wears so many hats in her work for the league and the Riverview Business District, is the consummate volunteer and is so generous with her time and resources. I am also indebted to Mr. Arthur “Mac” MacConochie who has, over the last couple of years, taken the time to send me notes and letters that continue to raise my spirits. Lastly, I have to thank my bride Jen for simply everything.

See you at the June meeting. We will hear from our city council representatives, receive an update on the Riverview Theater and, more importantly, vote in a new group of volunteers. For the last time, I sign off with…
It’s not just a neighborhood, it’s a lifestyle…
Steve Earnhart,

City Council Representatives Want to Hear from YOU!
Sheila Janes, Civic League Vice President, 469-3531

I am honored to present to the CPRV Civic League in June our elected City Council Officials. The Honorable Barclay Winn, our superward 6 representative since 2000 (and just re-elected last month!), will be on hand to address our league. Also joining us is the Honorable Theresa Whibley, our ward 2 representative since 2006. While both Mr. Winn and Dr. Whibley have been just a phone call away and readily available to citizens all year long, it is nice to have them both in for an evening of updates and conversations about what is important for the city right now and to listen to what is important to their constituents in CPRV. Budgets, developments, Waterside, libraries, public safety, education, etc... the list goes on and on for topics that our city council has been involved with over the past year. Now is your chance to have the ear of the two council members that represent CPRV.

Mr. Richard Levin, visionary for the Riverview Business District and owner of the famed Riverview Theater, will also share with the civic league updates to his latest projects in Riverview (see Steve Earnhart’s article below).

Make sure to come out to Knox Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 9th and have your voice heard!

Update on the Riverview Theater & Request for Historic Designation in Cruser Place
Steve Earnhart, Civic League President

Following the update from our city council representatives, Mr. Richard Levin will briefly discuss two issues before the league:

The first is the historic designation for the Cruser Place apartment house located on East 39th street. Mr. Levin has sold the apartment to developer Mr. Craig Dean. It is Mr. Dean’s intention to spend in excess of one million dollars to renovate the building. The historic designation is a condition of the sale. The Cruser Place Civic League has already approved this issue, as has the CPRV Board, and now Mr. Levin is coming to the league for a vote of support.

The second issue Mr. Levin would like to discuss is the Riverview Theater. He is in the planning stages of the rehabilitation of the Riverview Theater. At this time, he is not able to show plans for the theater itself. But he would like to present his plans for the area directly adjacent to the theater. Mr. Levin is owner by contract for the purchase of this land, which runs from Granby Street to Columbus Ave. It is his intention to use this area as a parking lot. The plan calls for a buffer separating the parking lot from the residential neighborhood, and the traffic will only be able to enter and exit through Granby Street. The biggest problem for lower Granby Street is parking. By purchasing this land it will allow the Riverview patrons a place to park.

Please plan to attend and see what Mr. Levin has to say.

CPRV Elections at the June 9 Annual Meeting
Andy Wallach, Chair, Nominating Committee

The following people were nominated at the May League meeting:

President – Sheila Janes
Vice President – Artemis Stoll
Secretary – Sharon McGlone
Treasurer – Amy Butala
Riverview Representative – Jack Kennedy
The individuals elected at the June meeting will begin their one year term upon conclusion of the meeting. I, personally, thank the outgoing officers: Steve Earnhart, Shelia Janes, J.J. Jacobson-Allen, and James Gregg.

CPRV Yard Sale June 14 & 15
Steve Bayer,

Clothes that have shrunk, books you have read
clutter collected from under your bed;
The weights in the attic, the rug on the floor
that tattered old wreath that fell off your door;
Cookbooks you bought when you tried to be vegan
the statue of Buddha from when you were pagan;
Pictures and frames, gifts that were lame
The exercise gizmo that just causes pain;
Roll up your sleeves, and drag out those boxes
Gather the stuff that's just plain obnoxious!
Yes, it's Community Yard Sale time in CPRV. On June 14/15 (Saturday/Sunday) join your friends and neighbors in decluttering your homes and putting a few bucks in your pocket. Published start/end times will be 8-3 Saturday, and 10-2 on Sunday. This should give most folks an opportunity to participate. Please note that everyone who is having a yard sale will need their own permit. This can be obtained for $5 at City Hall, or by mail. I will be posting a link to the permit form, as well as yard sale updates on the CPRV listserv and CPRV website (

Since not everyone has the desire to hold their own yard sale, we're encouraging folks with just a few items to ask a neighbor to sell them for you. One thing we'd like to try is some "themed" sales throughout the neighborhood. If someone has a preponderence of a specific type of item they will have at their yard sale (i.e. baby items, kitchen, exercise/sporting goods, etc.), please let me know if you'd be willing to "host" a themed sale where folks can drop off items of a similar nature. If you can host, or if you just have a few items you'd like to get rid of, or if you’d like your address listed on a flyer of our participants, please email me at no later than Monday, June 9th.

Let's all hope for sunshine and carloads of folks with money to spend!

The Victory Garden is Back: Mini-farms in CPRV
Steve Earnhart, Civic League President

In case you missed the national and local coverage of the “growing” trend that is suburban minifarms, please go to this link: CPRV’s very own Mrs. Susan VanHecke and family are featured in this video.

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.

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 June 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.

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.

10th Annual CPRV Front Porch Art Walk
Tara Sheldon

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 12th to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the CPRV Front Porch Art Walk! Watch for more information in the newsletter and on the listserv as the date nears. If you have any questions, contact Tara Sheldon-Davis( or Suzanne Watson (

Village Crier
Alice McCoy, Riverview Village Business Association

Riverview Village is pleased to announce the upcoming Exhibition: "Chesapeake Bay Watercolorist's 24th Annual Spring Show Winners Exhibition" opening reception on June 13th, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. This exhibition is free and open to public. Featured artists include Janet Eggen, LaVerna Leach, Peggy Kelly, Nancy Midgette, Barbara Knight, Joan Kamrad, Susan Check, Beatrice Ferguson, Joan Kerrigan, Megan Robison, Ginny Stringer and Jeane Kight. Come enjoy the “best of the best” of the Chesapeake Bay Watercolorist's Spring Show Winners Circle! Exhibit continues through July 6th. This event is hosted by One Eleven Art Gallery & Studios at 111 Pennsylvania Avenue (Located on Granby Street across from the Riverview Theater). For more information, call 625-1110.

Making a Difference in Our Local Waters
Sandy DiCarlo

If you would like to participate in Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Gardening program, now’s your chance. It’s a great way to help save the bay and teach your kids about oysters too.

Did you know that a single adult oyster can filter up to 60 gallons of water a day? They filter algae and sediments which increases the water clarity. This improves light penetration for seagrass which provide habitat for birds and fish.

Norfolk Yacht and Country Club will be holding a one hour seminar Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30 p.m. where we will pick up our juvenile oysters or spats. CPRV has agreed to purchase the needed supplies. We should be able to use a spot on Knitting Mill Creek to grow them. These oysters will require cleaning at least once a month. After a year, the oysters will have matured and will be turned in at an oyster roundup and transplanted into the local sanctuary reefs. You’ll be contributing to the area’s economy and ecosystem. Please email Sandra DiCarlo is you are interested at

CPRV Playgroup
Kristin Bourcier, 441 Connecticut Ave.

The CPRV Children’s Playgroup meets Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at rotating houses. For further information, contact Kristin Bourcier at 622-5324.

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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