Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

February 2009

             Haven Creek Improvements At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, February 16, 2009, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the March issue is Friday, February 20, 2009.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Haven Creek Improvements.

Greetings Neighbors!
Sheila Janes, Civic League President, 469-3531,

Make sure to enjoy your newsletter this month and take a moment to think of all the hard work that goes into putting this news together each month! I would like to express my appreciation to Stephanie Hale for her service to the community in writing the newsletter month after month since September of 2006. Stephanie has done an amazing job and has produced an outstanding newsletter month after month. She has passed the baton onto Blair Barbieri who is building a house on the lot at the corner of Delaware and Newport. Welcome aboard Blair!

The city has worked with residents along Haven Creek to perfect a plan for refurbishing the walking path that is in a current state of disrepair. The city has taken the latest suggestions from residents and they are back at the drawing board. If all goes well, the city will be at our February meeting seeking our approval for the final plan. Please come out and see these amazing plans for a living shoreline and a walking path that we can all enjoy for years to come.

If you read the neighborhood email list (sign up at then you know I have been campaigning with the city to start street sweeping at 9 a.m. when most of the cars have left the neighborhood for work. The city is trying something new and beginning in January of 2009, Colonial Place will be swept on a two-day cycle. The 2nd Tuesday of the month the even side of all streets will be swept and on the 2nd Wednesday the odd side of the streets will be swept. Sweeping times will remain at 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. for all streets except Colonial Avenue, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. These four streets will be swept beginning at 9 a.m. They will conduct inspections to chart curb miles swept vs. curb miles missed and then they will report their findings back to us. Storm water runoff is the #1 cause of water pollution. All residents are reminded to maintain their personal property to the roadway including the curbs, gutters, ditches, and sidewalks. Please be part of the solution and let only rain go down the storm drains.

If you have not already purchased your Colonial Place and Riverview: One Hundred Years of History book, then please do so. Those that have, please take a moment and write your feedback for the book on the Website and read what your neighbors have to say about it. Make sure to keep an eye out for each other and join the neighborhood e-mail list for up to date news.

Reminder: Clean up after your pets and keep them on a leash!

Allowing animals to defecate on private property of other persons is against the law! Accumulation of dog/animal droppings (feces) contributes to fly breeding, provides food for rodents, may cause disease, and is a public health nuisance. Please be respectful of our neighbors, waterways and environment and pick-up after your pets.

January 12, 2009 General Meeting Highlights
Sharon McGlone, Civic League Secretary

Crime Report: Officer Paschal

Guest Speaker: Rose Thornton, Community Improvement Chair
Little known regulations that improve our neighborhood New Business: Committee Reports:
Janine—Crime Prevention Randy Cook—Traffic committee Bob Baxter/Glenda Warner- membership drive Dog Park Coordinator—Buffy Masten

Tips to Protect Your Mail and Packages
Janine Roman, Crime Prevention

Dog Park
Buffy Masten

Many small dog owners have been asking for a long time about the need for a small dog park. So, I am in contact with the City of Norfolk about fencing a small area in the back of the current dog park to accommodate small dogs. When I get the measurements for the area I will look into the cost of the fencing, as I originally did with the current park.

We will need donations from all of the users of the dog park to pay for this, and we can deal with that when the time comes. Another reminder goes out to all of the dog park users to pay attention to when the dogs poop, and to be diligent in scooping. If you see someone else’s dog poop, and the owner is not aware, please point it out to them in a courteous way. A clean dog park is a healthy dog park.

REACH Needs Your Help

REACH (Reading Enriches All Children) has a great need for volunteers and or interns for daytime assistance in our resource center (next to A.W. Shucks), as well as readers for our Norfolk shelter READ ALOUD programs. We also have an ongoing need for new and lightly used children’s books for our Growing Readers Program, and we are also collecting current adult books for our upcoming spring book sale at Riverview Coffee Parlor. Visit us online,, or call our office at 627-4722. Please call ahead before stopping by, as we have a very small staff and want to be sure we are here.

Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden Corner
Becky Kiser, Chair,

Thank you to Tanner’s Creek for a backseat’s worth of pansies that we planted around the entrances to the Community Garden. I’d love to be outside putting in more – however, as it is February, I’m having to content myself with starting tomatoes in the windowsill and making plans for next month – maybe, if it's nice. ‘09 Season Plans: watch here next month for the planning meeting for the ‘09 Community Garden season. We have many plots open for new gardeners who are willing and eager to grow veggies in earth-friendly ways, and helpful folks who like to tend flowers, turn compost, paint sheds…. Contact me by email, especially if you want to get started earlier.

Mexican Bluebells are the name of the tall stalks of purple-blue flowers that grow late in the summer on the end of the garden near Georgia Avenue, and that walkers are always asking me about. We need to thin them out, as they like to spread – contact me if you’d like to dig some for your yard.

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              Norfolk, VA 23508

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