Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

June 2009

             Guest Speaker, Honorable Barclay C. Winn, At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, June 8, 2009, 7:00 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Colonial and 37th Street.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be Monday, June 15, 2009, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the July issue is Friday, June 19, 2009.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Honorable Barclay C. Winn will speak - Annual elections.

A Message From the Civic League President
Sheila Janes, Civic League President, 469-3531,

Greetings neighbors! As my odometer of serving the Colonial Place Riverview Civic League as President rolls past the one year mark, I am pleased to report great news about CPRV! Our neighborhoods continues to be strong, well organized, and a delightful place to live!

Years of hard word paid off this year as the city moves forward with its plans for a $1,250,000 Haven Creek Living Shoreline and walking path. We are on the schedule to get an update with the playground at the Colonial Greenway. Overall crime is down in our neighborhood and we will soon benefit from a Spot Shot System that will be installed in our greater community, aiding the police with state of the art technology. This is a project whose idea came about at a CPRV board meeting several years ago and has grown into reality, showing up in the 2010 budget for the City of Norfolk.

Businesses along Granby Street have seen a nice makeover, most notably, the EHI building next to the Riverview Market. Plans are underway for aesthetic improvements to the medians along Granby Street thanks to the ongoing hard work of the Granby Business District.

A welcoming committee is getting its feet up off the ground to welcome the many new neighbors who will be moving into our fabulous neighborhood. Knitting Mill Creek is organizing many of its friends in support of making sure that the creek is the best possible ecological environment that it can be! A new medical building is in the works for construction across from the Riverview Theater and the Riverhouse Apartments off of Llywellyn Avenue are slated to open this fall.

The Traffic Committee has worked diligently to make sure that we have the safest traffic flow for our neighborhood. The Community Improvement Committee has worked overtime to make sure our housing stock doesn’t suffer in this nationwide economic downturn. The Dog Park Committee has made sure that the little dogs have a place to play without being run over by the big dogs and have designed a smaller area within our existing dog park to accommodate them. The webpage has expanded and improved to bring you even more information than ever and our listserv continues to grow with new members.

There are so many wonderful things happening in our community, please take a moment and consider joining, what I hope will be, the largest civic league in the City of Norfolk. If you sign up to be a part of this great league at the June meeting, you will get a half of a year of free membership, as your membership won’t expire until December 2010. I urge you to take a minute and fill out the form on the back of this newsletter - together we stand united!

Next Civic League Meeting: An Evening with Our City Council
Artemis Stoll, Civic League VP

I am pleased to announce the Honorable Barclay C. Winn as our speaker for the June Civic League meeting, on Monday, June 8. (*Please see note below.) Mr. Winn, our Ward 6 City Council representative since May 2000, has accepted the invitation to address our League on current city developments and to field questions from you, his constituents.

A Norfolk native, Mr. Winn is Chief Executive Officer of Winn Nursery of Virginia, Inc., headquartered in our fair city. On City Council, he serves as chairman of the Public Amenities and Marketing Committee and as a member of the Youth, Education and Neigh­borhood Services Committee. He is also co-chair of the Council’s Ghent Task Force, Wards Corner Task Force and Ocean View Task Force. In addition, Mr. Winn represents Norfolk on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

While Mr. Winn (and Dr. Whibley!) have been responsive to phone calls and readily available to assist our citizens throughout the year, it will be beneficial to have City Council representation on hand for an evening of face-to-face conversation.

Make sure to come out to Knox Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 8 to have your voice heard!

*Please note: The Honorable Theresa Whibley, our Ward 2 representative was also invited to speak. Due to a prior personal obligation, however, Dr. Whibley deeply regrets she will be unable to attend our meeting. For any questions you would like to pose to her directly, she can be reached at Barclay C. Winn

May 11, 2009 General Meeting Highlights
Sharon McGlone, Civic League Secretary

Meeting called to order at 7:04 p.m.

PACE Officer reported crime stats for April

Residents encouraged to call the PACE office at 823-4477 or e-mail with any suspicious behavior. Tips were given on ways to prevent copper thefts.

Guest Speaker: The owner of Green Alternatives gave information on ways to be green.

Committee Reports:

The election of officers will be held at the June Meeting

Arthur Katz will notify CPRV of date of community wide yard sale

Resident from Highland Park Civic League gave information about petition to halt rezoning for multidwelling units in area

Meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m.

Tall grass and empty houses
Rosemary Thornton

With the downturn in the economy, abandoned houses are presenting an occasional problem here in Colonial Place/Riverview. Once abandoned, the tall grass, combined with piles of uncollected mail strewn about the front porch, are a green light for the copper thieves. According to City Code (sec. 27-2[c]), Grass and weeds are “…a nuisance if it exceeds 12 inches and provides potential cover or harborage for rodents or vermin.”

Once the city inspectors confirm that the grass and weeds exceed 12” in height, they are required to post a notice on the front door, giving the owner a few days to remedy the problem. In that it takes the city a few days to get to the property and do their required inspection, please contact “Norfolk Cares” ( a few days before grass hits the 12” height requirement.

Further, if you see any suspicious activity around an abandoned house, please call police immediately and report what you’ve seen. Oft-times, the copper thieves will show up at the abandoned property the night before to scope things out. Further, during the most recent copper theft, thieves did not turn off city water before stealing pipes. Now we must also now be alert for the sound of running water in an abandoned house. If you hear running water, contact the water department (normal working hours) or 911 (during nights and weekends). For more information, contact Rose at

Dog Park News
Buffy Masten

Hello, everyone. By the time you get this newsletter I should have fliers & envelopes at the dog park for donations for the small dog area we need to have fenced. I hope everyone can part with a small (or large) donation. We need to raise $1500 before the installation can begin. The quicker we do this, the faster we can have the area for small dogs ready.

I also want to bring attention to all dog park users that there is always a danger in areas where dogs congregate for an infestation of heartworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. These parasites are transmitted through doggy waste. There is only one way to protect your dogs and that is by using Interceptor tabs. These can only be obtained from your vet. Interceptor is the only medication that will protect your dogs from all of these parasites at once. I encourage everyone who uses the dog park to make sure that their dogs are protected. And I encourage everyone to scoop their dog’s waste at the park. Thanks, and continue to enjoy the dog park!

CPRV Stickers
Jeanne Ullian

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. 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.

Tips for Homeowners/Businesses to Prevent Copper Thefts

Over the past few years, a sharp increase in the theft of copper piping, wiring and other components from construction sites, utilities, vehicles, homes and even houses of worship have created serious safety and economic challenges for builders, utilities, property owners and the general public. This rise is alarming but not unexpected; thefts of recyclable metals spike when scrap metal prices rise. Due to the market value of copper increasing as much as 400% since 2000, the metal has become more attractive to thieves looking for an easy source of cash. Thieves look for copper in many forms and places:

What you can do to prevent this from occurring: Call the Police if you observe any suspicious behavior around construction sites, vacant houses, office buildings or vehicles in parking lots. Report any suspicious activity to the Norfolk Police Department at 441-5610.

Celebration of the Wetland Restoration at 46th and Colley
John Stewart

On Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m., the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership will celebrate the restoration of the 46th Street wetland on Knitting Mill Creek with the unveiling of an educational sign that describes the restoration project and serves as its capstone. The ceremony will take place at 46th Street and Colley Avenue. Colonial Place and Riverview residents are invited to be a part of this exciting event – if it weren’t for the early support of the project by the Civic League, it might never have happened.

CPRV Elections at the June 2009 Annual Meeting
David Spriggs, Chairman, 2009 Nominating Committee

The following persons were nominated for Civic League offices at the May 2009 meeting.

President: Sheila Janes
Vice President: Artemis Stoll
Secretary: Sharon McGlone
Treasurer: Amy Butala
Neighborhood Representative: Jack Kennedy

There were no nominations from the floor. A motion to close the nominations was carried.

While the incumbent officers are running unopposed, we must nevertheless conduct a vote or pass a motion to elect by acclamation. Each of these options requires a quorum of 20 League Members, including at least two officers. So, please make your plans to attend this meeting.

In accordance with the By-Laws of the Civic League, those officers elected at the June meeting will begin their one year term upon conclusion of the meeting.

What’s up at
Jeanne Ullian

The 2008 Real Estate Statistics have been added to the website. Please remember these are statistics. Categories have changed over the years, as have reporting by average or median price. Read and compare carefully!

Watch the website for progress on fundraising for the small dog park. New photos of the dog park have also been added, including some from a recent doggy birthday party.

Signing up for the Colonial Place/Riverview Community E-mail List is an excellent way to keep in touch with what is going on in the neighborhood. Posts include recommendations for repair people, goods to be given away, as well as important crime prevention alerts. Look for the link to sign up on the home page. Then be sure to read the intermediate page reminding you that this is an unmoderated community listserv—not an official CPRV Civic League project. And finally, provide only as much personal information as your post requires.

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.

CPRV Vegetarian Potlucks - Great Food! Good Company!
Joanna Jenkins

Once a month, open to everyone! Day and time may vary depending on who is hosting. Join the Veg Club listserve by going to: Or send an email to: CPRV_Veggies-sub­ If you would like to join us or have any questions, contact Joanna at

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Arthur Katz

Wedding bells are in the air, and so is the urge to do some spring cleaning. What better way to get rewarded for your efforts than getting money for the stuff you no longer need or want. On Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, CPRV will be hosting its annual community yard sale. Last year we had 50 families participate, and EVERYONE made money. Let’s make this year’s event even bigger!

To get you started on things to sell, use wedding logic:

A few ground rules and reminders: We’ll be advertising this sale in the Virginian-Pilot, and also on Craigslist. Each participant will need to get their own permit from city hall. As with last year, we’ll be publishing a list of participating addresses, and we will need some help distributing fliers, printing signs, posting signs, etc. If you would like your address to be included, or you can help with printing, posting, or distributing fliers, please email me – the more people who get involved with this, the easier it is for all of us!

For info, to include your address, or to help, please email me at

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. COMMUNITY NEWS is produced by:
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