Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

September 2008

             Guest Speaker, Rick Wernicke, City Forester for the Division of Parks and Urban Forestry, At This Month's Meeting

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

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, September 15, 2008, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the October issue is Tuesday, September 16, 2008.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Approve the 2008/2009 CPRV Budget - Rick Wernicke, City Forester for the Division of Parks and Urban Forestry will speak.

Summer Wrap-up
Sheila Janes, Civic League President, 469-3531, thejanesfam(at)

Hello Neighbors! It's time to head back to school now that summer is officially over. Before it is too far behind us, I must take a moment and thank Artemis Stoll and crew for a delightful July Ice Cream Social! It is nice to get the opportunity to put business aside and socialize with neighbors!

You may have noticed some markers up along the Haven Creek walking path. The city has designs to extend the walking path that is currently along the boat ramp down to Rhode Island Avenue and to create a living shoreline along Haven Creek. The CPRV Board, the City of Norfolk, and Haven Creek residents are currently in discussions on making sure the best possible plans can be put in place for the walkway and the living shoreline. The markers were marking off the height of the railing that the city proposed, but after meeting with residents who live along Haven Creek, the City is working with their designers to lower the height and to tweak the railing designs. Be on the lookout as these plans will head to the general membership hopefully sometime this fall.

The Environmental Storm Water Management Department for Norfolk unveiled their new street sweeping schedule this summer. Our neighborhoods are now swept monthly with Colonial Place being swept on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and Riverview being swept on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Since our civic league voted not to place signs or have regulations put in place about parking on street sweeping day, we need your help! On street sweeping days, please do your best to clear the road of your vehicle. If you must keep your vehicle on the road during sweep times, please take a few minutes and make sure that the area where you car sat is swept up. Keeping our streets clean helps our storm drains work effectively and helps our neighborhood look its best!

I must also remind everyone of the Norfolk City Code concerning feeding wildlife. Personal bird feeders on your own property excluded, there is no feeding of wildlife permitted in the City of Norfolk. Bringing bread or corn to Knitting Mill Creek to feed the Canadian Geese and ducks is against the law. Due to the leftover food that residents are leaving out for the waterfowl, our vermin population is increasing. Animal Control has been on site and has asked that reports of people feeding the waterfowl be called into the non-emergency police line at 441-5610 to stop this behavior.

Our neighborhood historic sign and our mermaid suffered some damage recently and both are in repairs and should be back on display in the near future. Make sure to come to September's meeting as Artemis has an exciting night of speakers planned and we have the business of approving the 2008/2009 CPRV Budget. I encourage everyone to join the neighborhood listserv so that you can be kept up to date on neighborhood news as it happens. Instructions for signing up to this e-mail list are located on the CPRV website at Please contact me if I can be of service to you.

Tree-Huggers Unite!
Artemis Stoll, Civic League Vice President

Broaden your knowledge of our city's trees at the next Civic League meeting Monday, September 8th, at 7 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Rick Wernicke, City Forester for the Division of Parks and Urban Forestry which oversees the planting, protection and maintenance of Norfolk's trees.

According to Mr. Wernicke his job is "to promote the benefits of trees in Norfolk's urban forest, maintain a healthy tree population and reduce tree-associated conflicts."

Are you aware Norfolk has "approximately 75,000 street trees which have been inventoried by Tree Steward Volunteers and are maintained by City Forestry Crews on a fifteen-year pruning cycle"?

At the meeting you will hear Mr. Wernicke's overview of Norfolk's Urban Forestry Program. He will also field questions about tree issues and concerns.

This is sure to be an interesting presentation. Don't miss out on a great opportunity for a bit of continuing education.

Thanks to Our Ice Cream Social Volunteers
Artemis Stoll, Civic League Vice President

At July's Ice Cream Social, the following neighbors came out early to help set up and stayed late to ensure the room was left as we'd found it:

Thanks to all our volunteers who made the set-up and clean-up a breeze. I truly appreciate your assistance. Each of you made my job much easier!

The Village Crier
Alice McCoy, Riverview Village Business Association President

The Riverview Village would like to introduce a new neighbor, Absolute Style! Absolute Style is a hair and nail salon that offers upscale service for a reasonable price. It is located at 108 West 35th Street. Owner and Operator Heather Snyder aspires to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting yet exudes class. Heather is a Master stylist with 16 years in the field. She specializes in foil work and has a unique flair for cuts. Jevonne Whidbee is a Master stylist with over 10 years experience and works with all hair textures. LaTasha Jefferson has been doing hair for over 15 years, she specializes in ethnic hair with styles that can wow any crowd. Jayla Dininny is their newest stylist from Pennsylvania, she enjoys working with foil for highlights and low lights. Joni Anderson will be offering nail services for natural nails as well as gel and acrylics. At Absolute Style they are keeping a small staff that can accommodate any need for a great group of neighbors. So be sure to stop by and see what a great place this is! You may also call phone 616-0480 to make an appointment.

Knitting Mill Creek Wetland Project Completed
John D. Stewart, Lafayette Wetlands Partnership
jdstewart1(at) or 757-623-8127

On Saturday, September 6th more than 20 volunteers planted 1,200 sprigs of Spartina grass in newly restored soil in the wetland located at 46th Street and Colley Avenue along Knitting Mill Creek. They also planted a variety of upland shrubs and plants on a slope created by the removal of over 40 linear feet of concrete and wood pilings from the wetlands. The Spartina grass will help the wetland provide nutrients and habitat for wildlife while protecting the creek and river from storm water runoff and soil erosion. The upland plants will prevent soil erosion while bringing color and texture to the wetland throughout the year.

The two initiatives concluded over a year of planning and preparation by the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership, a community-based group of residents, government and non-profit representatives and business people. The approximately $7,000 cost for the removal of concrete, preparation of the soil and purchase of the plants was made possible by grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League was the lead local donor its initial commitment of $500 helped pave the way for additional local donations from the Larchmont Civic League, Fellini's Restaurant and Adams Outdoor Advertising, the owner of the property. The Partnership is grateful for the support that the members of the Civic League gave to the project, and it invites everyone to stop by the wetland and see the result.

Call for Block Captains!
Kristie Davis, Crime Prevention Committee Chair
703-304-9428, madisonave1(at)

Are you a block captain? Would you like to be? Do you have ideas to share to help reduce crime in CPRV? Please come to our next meeting and brainstorm with us. It will be at The Riverview Coffee Parlor on Wednesday, September 10th at 5:30 pm. Alice McCoy has generously offered a free drink to anyone who volunteers to be a block captain!

The streets below currently have block captains assigned to them. If you don't see your block listed, then it is not covered. Let's get all of CPRV covered! To sign up, contact your Crime Prevention Committee. If you are block captain covering one of the streets below, we thank you!

Looking for Volunteers!
Sarah Sterzing, Executive Director, REACH

REACH (Reading Enriches All Children) is in desperate need of volunteers who can spare one hour a month working on a team at shelters that are not far from your backyards; Elizabeth Place and Dwelling Place in Park Place and Haven House and Morgan Place in Ocean View. We also need school supplies for the upcoming year, for our shelter programs and for the other at-risk children we serve. We also need helpers in our office and folks interested in dropping books off and picking them up around town. The summer has hit us hard and volunteerism has dropped dramatically since February. Our annual fundraiser is next week and we are down $10K in sponsorship, so we are also looking to our community partners interested in having a book sale fundraiser for us.

REACH also needs volunteers for our Read Aloud Programs in Norfolk and Portsmouth, as well as folks interested in creating craft kits. They can call the REACH office anytime for details at 757-627-4722, or visit our website at

Dog Park Update
Buffy Masten, Dog Park Committee Chair

The dog park has looked busier than ever this summer and I would like to remind those that use the dog park to PLEASE watch your dogs and pick up any poop that he or she might deposit. A lot of poop is not being picked up & this is not only against dog park rules but can lead to the transfer of sickness to other dogs. Also, if anyone who uses the park sees that there have been deposits not picked up, please get a disposal bag pick it up yourself. If we all work together we can keep the park a safe attractive place to let our dogs play in. I would also like to thank Ron Johnson for putting together another picnic bench for our park. It looks great & it very much appreciated.

CPRV Vegetarian Potlucks - Great Food! Good Company!
Kristie & Tara Sheldon Davis
703-304-9428, madisonave1(at)

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 703-304-9428.

Save The Date for Art Walk 2008!
Tara Sheldon-Davis

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 12th to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the CPRV Front Porch Art Walk! The artist registration form can be found on the CPRV website ( The deadline for artists to register is September 14th. **New this year** The brochure will be available a few days before the event on the CPRV website!
Hauntin' The Hood 2008
Mary Commander

Calling all fans of blood soaked porches, ghosts in trees, huge inflated pumpkins in yards and witches falling from the sky. It is time for the CPRV HAUNTIN' THE HOOD 2008 competition for the BEST decorated Halloween building/yard. Participants are encouraged to use their imaginations and to appeal to all of the senses. The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be honored with a special ghoulish sign acknowledging this accomplishment, as well as prominent mention in the newsletter (as well as possible resume use). A cash prize may be awarded (but any extra candy will be given to the winner for sure). The prize will be awarded at midnight October 31, 2008.

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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