Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
Guest Speaker, Amelia Baker, owner of Green Alternatives, At This Month's Meeting
NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, May 18, 2009, at 7:00 pm.
DEADLINE for the Jume issue is Friday, May 15, 2009.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Amelia Baker, owner of Green Alternatives, will speak
Greetings Neighhors! Spring is in full force and our neighborhood is coming alive with the most amazing colors of azaleas, cherry blossoms, and crepe myrtles. As I walk around the neighborhood, I am always impressed with how beautiful the yards are landscaped and cared for. We truly live in a beautiful community. Below are some updates and notes regarding CPRV.
Amelia Baker, owner of Green Alternatives earth-friendly general store, will be speaking briefly about some key eco-tips to get you on the road to green. She’ll also speak about the importance of recycling, what to look for on labels, and how you can make the best of your local greenie resources. She’s eager to share her passion with you and to answer any and all questions you have about going “green.”
Remember, the meeting’s at 7 p.m.---the usual meeting spot , Knox Presbyterian Church!
Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m.
More and more people are using bicycles for transportation, exercise, sport, and just plain fun. This gain in popularity makes bicycle theft very profitable. The best tool to help the police in combating this crime is properly securing your bicycle and bike registration. Registration of a serial number and other identifying marks enables the police to easily trace a stolen bicycle to its rightful owner.
Theft Prevention Tips:
The Lafayette Wetlands Partnership, in collaboration with Theresa Augustin, Curator of Natural Areas with the Norfolk Botanical Garden, planted more than 60 grasses and flowering plants at the corner of 46th and Colley Avenue on Saturday, April 18. The landscape plants will not only help prevent erosion into the wetland off Knitting Mill Creek, but they will also create a visual focal point for an educational sign that will describe the value and importance of urban wetlands. The pedestrian sign will be erected in May.
Theresa created the design and was present to help in its planting. Back East Landscaping tilled the beds. Andy Wallach led volunteers from the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership in planting, mulching and watering the new plants.
The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League was the lead donor in a fundraising initiative that paid for the wetland restoration accomplished last September and for the plants and sign that will complete the work.
The Partnership will be responsible for the maintenance of the landscaping. Anyone interested in helping with that work is invited to contact John Stewart at 623 -8127, or email@example.com.
REACH (Reading Enriches All Children) would like to thank all of the CPRV members that attended the March 28th REACH Book Sale, we made $636 for our reading programs for homeless children! We would also like to give a huge thanks to Alice McCoy for hosting our sale at Riverview Coffee Parlor. We will have another sale May 16 at Riverview during the Riverview Sidewalk extravaganza! Come fill a bag of current titles for $10 or buy a book for a donation. Thank you!
CPRV regular size stickers are still only $1.00 each; mini stickers are a mere $.50 each. Even at these low prices the CPRV treasury benefits and you promote the neighborhood. Now that the weather is finally warming up to the magic 55 degrees required for effective sticker stick it’s time to wash the family car and put on a bright, new sticker. You could also put a few stickers on your trash and recycling bins in hopes that they will stay in the neighborhood and not wander off, as some have recently, with copper pipes from CPRV homes inside. 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.
Sheila Janes, President of the CPRV Civic League, named David Spriggs (627-1441), Maggie Trump (233-9576), and Wilma Haley (623-1434) 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, which are available on the CPRV website (http://www.cprv.org/blaw.htm) or from one of the committee members.
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 excerpt 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.
Hooray, the dream of all of our small dog families has reached fruition! We have the go-ahead to put a small dog park into the northwest corner of the original dog park. It will be 48 feet long by 37 feet wide. The city of Norfolk has agreed to install the fence for us. All we need to do is pay for the materials.The cost for the materials will be approximately $1500. We will collect these funds by donations, so I encourage all dog owners and other interested neighbors and businesses to contribute to this worthy cause. Please send your donations (any amount you feel that you can give) to : The Small Dog Park Fund, Colonial Place & Riverview Civic League, P.O. Box 6130, Norfolk, VA 23508. I will also have fliers and envelopes at the dog park for you to use. Let's get this done quickly so we can use the small dog area this summer. Thanks ahead of time for all your great support.
The Riverview Village Business District will have a Sidewalk Extravaganza on Saturday, May 16. There will be free food and drinks, raffles, children’s activities and entertainment the whole family can enjoy! Many of the businesses will have special sidewalk sales!
We are also proud to support many of our favorite charities.
One Eleven Art Gallery & Studios has an upcoming class, “Simplify Your Time and Space,” offered by Tara Sheldon, MSW. Do you want to clear your clutter? Challenge your beliefs in order to let go of your clutter with this four session class lead by Feng Shui consultant and Professional Life Coach Tara Sheldon. Beginning Saturdays in May (2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th) at 10 a.m. Space limited. The cost is $125 for 4-week group plus a one hour on site consultation. For information and to register go to www.tarasheldon.com and click register.
An upcoming Exhibition, “Migrations and Explorations,” will be presented by watercolorist Amy McKay. The show opens Saturday, May 2, 6-8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Join us as studio member artist Amy McKay presents a new portfolio of exciting water media! Exhibition runs through June 7th.
One Eleven Art Gallery & Studios is located at 111 Pennsylvania Avenue, right off Granby Street across from Riverview Theater. Call them at 625-1110. Their public hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
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.
Once a month, open to everyone! Day and time may vary depending on who is hosting. Join the Veg Club listserve by going to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cprv_veggies/. Or send an email to: CPRV_Veggiesfirstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to join us or have any questions, contact Joanna at email@example.com
ForKids is an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children. ForKids currently serves 150 families with 300 children weekly throughout Hampton Roads. The CPRV Civic League was instrumental in ForKids’ construction of an attractive detached home and apartments for five families on 38th Street. ForKids invites CPRV residents to attend events to support these fragile families who have been greatly impacted by the economic situation.
On Sunday, May 17, at 1:15 p.m. the Norfolk Tides will take on the Louisville Bats to “Strike Out Hunger.” This event is being hosted by the Panim students of the Simon Family Jewish Community Center (JCC). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, by calling ForKids at 757-622-6400 or by calling the JCC at 321-2338. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit ForKids, The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Jewish Family Service. Non-perishable food items can be donated at the game.
To learn more about ForKids, “Food and Facts” will be held on May 13, 8-9 a.m., and May 28, 6-7 p.m., at the Marie & Paul Finch Center for Families & Children on 4200 Colley Avenue. You will be able to tour the Center and hear a brief presentation about the needs of local homeless families and their children. CPRV Civic League members attended in April, so please come over and learn more about how you can help families in our community!
COMMUNITY NEWS is produced by:
The Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
P.O. Box 6130
Norfolk, VA 23508
Deadline for articles and advertising is the third Friday of the month
Community News Editor:   Blair Barbieri
Newsletter Advertising Chair: James Gregg
Community News Distribution:   Mary Hormell, Phone 627-2392
CPRV Web Page: www.cprv.org