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Bayview Civic League Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month September through June 7:00 pm at 1601 E. Bayview Boulevard, Norfolk (Christ United Methodist Church)

Christmas is in the air! Our Mission: Neighbors helping neighbors for the good of our community. Together we make things better.

December 13th Meeting Agenda:

Don’t you love the lights, trees, decorations, Christmas cantatas, school programs, carols and parties? And the food! Shared cookies, candies, and other home-made goodies are always delicious. Celebrate with Bayview friends on Dec 13, at 7:00 pm. Bring your favorite Christmas treat to share and bring friends and family to help share in the fun. We’ll raffle some lovely baskets, draw for our membership prize, and celebrate together. 83rd District Delegate Chris Stolle will be with us. Rumor has it the big guy - Santa - will visit, too! Don’t forget our January meeting! Since we don’t publish or distribute a separate January Bayview Bulletin, be sure to make your new 2012 calendar for our meeting on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 pm. And have a blessed Christmas, filled with love and wonder. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Shopping - Safety and Security pg 5 A Different Pollution Problem pg 7 Help Norfolk map your Future pg 8 AAA presents “Tow to Go” pg 9 Norfolk Holiday Events pg 10-11 Join Us at our Holiday Party pg 15 IN THE GARDEN - Winter pg 18 lots of recycling tips and much more....

‣ NO SPEAKER ‣ Silent Auction ‣ Christmas Party!

Note: 2012 will begin with a meeting on January 10th but NO January issue of the Bayview Bulletin. Volume 13 Issue 4


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The purpose of the Bayview Bulletin is to communicate information to Bayview Civic League members, supporters, and neighbors. Front page artwork contributed by Jeannie Wilson. Bulletin contents are considered property of Bayview Civic League. Articles within the bulletin reflect personal viewpoints of the authors and are not necessarily the views of advertisers or the Bayview Civic League. The Bayview Civic League is apolitical and does not endorse any candidates for political office.

Civic League Board* President Linda Lundquist 1st VP Aaron Ellis 2nd VP Janet Hayden Corres Sec’y Susan Jones Rec Sec’y Sylvia Ross Treasurer Gena Goodnough Editor & Web Manager Jeannie Wilson Area Preservation Jim Ripley Ways and Means - Advertising for Bulletin Susan Jones (temp)

588-3960 587-0004 241-0045 587-9586 553-7817 333-3913 588-3960 587-9149 587-9586

Communications - Bulletin Distribution Anita Unger 587-3405 Membership John Huffman 480-4507 Refreshments Pat Davidson 587-3219 Safety and Security John and Sara Gaul 531-0323 Zoning Laura Brown 351-6981 Education & Legislation Cindy Huffman 480-4507 Sunshine Janet Hayden 241-0045 Environment & Beautification Vacant N/A *Email addresses are available on our website!

Local Contacts

Clean and Safe Neighborhood Norfolk CARES Assistance Center


website: email: Report these issues: Health: Pet area/yard not cleaned regularly, rodents, tall grass/weeds, biting or abused/neglected animals; Zoning: Parking on grass in front yard area, commercial vehicles/ equipment parked in residential areas, boat or camper in front of house, inoperable vehicles; Waste Management: Dead animals, improper curbside disposal; Other Issues: Streets, lights, sidewalks, curbing, traffic signals or street signs, wetlands, dunes...

Non-emergency number 441-5610 for Police, Jail, Animal Control, and suspected criminal activity.

PUBLIC WORKS PHONE NUMBERS Curb, Sidewalk, or Pothole Repairs 823-4050 Damaged & Faded Signs 823-1223 Ditch Maintenance 823-4000 Recycling 441-1347 Bulk Waste Collection 441-5813 Street Flooding 823-4000 Traffic Signal Service 664-7300 Keep Norfolk Beautiful 441-1347 Polluting hotline for illegal dumping 441-2536

All Emergencies - call 911 Animal Protection Health Department Rabies Control Pretlow Library Voter Registrar Bayview Elementary School Oceanair Elementary School

664-7387 683-2700 683-2712 441-1750 664-4353 531-3030 531-3095

Bayview Civic League Goes Green Bayview Civic League believes that reducing any environmental impact is a worthy goal. To further this goal, we actively encourage use of recycled material. Volume 13 Issue 4

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✬ From the President ✬ ✬ ✬

I feel like I’m on fast forward to Christmas. My favorite holiday, it’s challenging to slow down and savor the joy and promise of Christmas. There is so much to savor. My wish for you is that you feel and enjoy the blessings of the season. Have a healthy and prosperous New Year, too. I also wish a year of abundance for Norfolk Public Schools. Abundant learning, integrity, and performance of students, teachers and other leaders. May the coming search for Superintendent be more successful than the last. We certainly need more than 14 months. I can’t help but be reminded that, unlike anywhere else I’ve lived, we don’t get to vote for who represents us on our School Board. This odd situation has gone on too long. We should be allowed to vote, in this free nation, for those who set the course for our public school system. Perhaps with that kind of representation and accountability, we would be able to insist upon vision, focus, and strategies that provide consistency, drive, achievement, collaboration, and a healthy learning environment. Rather than paying out contracts, let’s use the money for our schools. What are your thoughts? I wish you a very merry Christmas and a great 2012.

Linda Lundquist Remember: Together, we make things better! Volume 13 Issue 4

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Bayview United Church of Christ

(Congregational Christian) 1051 E. Bayview Blvd. Norfolk,VA 23503 PH; 588-2479

Welcome! Worship Service: 11:00am Sunday School: 9:45am

(Nursery Provided) Communion celebrated the first Sunday of each month.

Bayview Neighborhood Watch by John & Sara Gaul PREVIOUS CRIME STATS (9/26 – 10/18) Burglary: 2 Simple Assault: 1 Stolen Vehicle: 1 CURRENT CRIME STATS (10/18 – 11/22) Burglary – Residence: 4 Larceny – from auto/of auto parts: 9 Larceny – Other: 4 Narcotics Violations: 2 Robbery – Individual: 1 Simple Assault: 5 Stolen Vehicle: 1 Vandalism: 6 For more detailed information on Crime Stats please visit t h e N o r f o l k C r i m e Vi e w w e b s i t e : h t t p : / /

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CRIME TRENDS From the stats it appears that crime in our area is increasing. Burglaries, larcenies, and robberies have increased. This can be expected with the holiday season approaching. To help reduce property crimes we should keep valuables out of sight and lock all windows and entrances. Vandalism has increased; however, this can be attributed to Halloween and typical youthful shenanigans commonly associated with the holiday. Stolen vehicles have remained constant with roughly 1 per month. An important thing to avoid as colder weather approaches is “warming up” our automobiles without being inside of them. A vacant automobile that is running is a crime of opportunity waiting to happen. If you have any interest in the Neighborhood Watch or would like to contact the Neighborhood Watch with concerns, please contact us at b c l . a d v i s o r y. n o t i c e @ g m a i l . c o m o r b y p h o n e (757-531-0323).

We hope you all have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!

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Shopping - Safety and Security John & Sara Gaul The holiday shopping season has arrived, and we would like to provide you with some safety tips to keep in mind while out at the stores: • Shop during the daylight whenever possible. If you must shop at night, take a friend or family member. • Dress casually and comfortably. • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep your cash in your front pocket • Pay with a check or credit card when possible. • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit. • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps. • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. • Dropping off purchases to your vehicle? Be aware of the surroundings. If possible, get in and move your vehicle to appear as if you are leaving the area. Burglars seek out unguarded purchases. Volume 13 Issue 4


Here’s a list of tips you should consult when shopping online. Keep these tips in a handy place so it will be easy to review before you order. • Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item over the web, or if you feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you shouldn’t. • Be knowledgeable about web-based auctions. Take special care to familiarize yourself not only with the rules and policies of the auction site itself but with the legal terms (warranties, refund policy, etc.) of the seller’s items that you wish to bid on. • Double check pricing. Whether the product is being sold as new or used, suspect prices that are too good to be true. Also consider carefully whether you may be paying too much for an item, particularly if you’re bidding through an auction site. It is wise to comparison shop, on or offline, before you buy. • Find and read the privacy policy. Read the privacy policy carefully to find out what information the seller is gathering from you, how the information will be used, and how you can stop the process. If a site does not have a privacy policy posted, you may not want to do business with that site. If it does have a privacy policy, there will probably be a link to it from the seller’s home page, or it could be included with the Legal Terms. • Review the return, refund, and shipping and handling policies as well as other legal terms. If you can’t find them, ask the seller through an e-mail or telephone call to indicate where they are on the site or to provide them to you in writing. See Legal Terms. • Check that the Internet connections are secure. Before you give your payment information, look for signals that indicate that security software is in place. See Security. • Use the safest way to pay on the Internet. Pay for your order using a credit card. • Print the terms. You should print out and date a copy of terms, conditions, warranties, item description, company information, even confirming e-mails, and save them with your records of your purchase. • Insure the safe delivery of your item. If you’re concerned about the safety of your package if there’s no one home to receive it, ask whether you can specify that the shipper must receive a signature before leaving the package. Or, it may be safer to have the package delivered to your office. • Inspect your purchase. Look at your purchase carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact the seller as soon as possible if you discover a problem with it. Tell the seller in writing about any problem that you are concerned with, ask for a repair or refund, and keep a copy of your correspondence. Page 5


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RECYCLING NEWS Christmas Tree Recycling Christmas trees may be left at the curb, decorations and lights removed, for collection as part of yard waste collection. No request for special collection is needed. Missed Recycling or Trash Collection? If your recycling or trash collection is missed, call 441 5813 by close of business the following day. Friday collections need to call by the following Monday. Is Your Organization Having an Event? Want to Recycle? Keep Norfolk Beautiful can help! They can loan you: ✴ Portable recycling containers ✴ Bags ✴ Tips on how to make recycling a success ✴ Signs to promote the recycling of cans and bottles at your event Your group needs to: ✴ Arrange to pick up supplies ✴ Collect recyclable items after the event ✴ Return materials to KNB Contact the KNB Special Event Recycling Coordinator at or 441-1347 for details. Volume 13 Issue 4

Reminder: Plastic bags are a big NO-NO in your recycling cart Plastic bags, whether kitchen trash, shopping, produce, or other bags are not accepted in your blue recycling cart – even if they contain recyclable materials. During the mechanical sorting process, those plastic bags blow around, clog the machinery and keep it from functioning. Return your plastic bags for recycling to participating grocery stores such as WalMart, Harris Teeter, Farm Fresh, Food Lion and Kroger (or better yet, take reusable shopping bags!). Use paper bags instead for storing and carrying household recyclables to your blue recycling cart.

Recycling Ambassadors Wanted! ★ Are you a recycling fanatic? ★ Do you like helping others? ★ Want to have fun at local events? Then we have the opportunity for you! Keep Norfolk Beautiful Recycling Ambassadors make local events greener through their Special Events Recycling Program (SERP)! Ambassadors get to provide recycling education and encouragement to event visitors, and enjoy the sights and sounds of our local festivals, at the same time! Recycling at local events and having fun? Now that’s a great way to keep Norfolk beautiful! To v o l u n t e e r, c o n t a c t t h e K N B Vo l u n t e e r C o o r d i n a t o r a t or 441 1347. Page 6

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A Different Pollution Problem by Susan Jones When most of us think about pollution, we think of chemicals, trash and tangible things. Often overlooked is the noise made by loud music and loud machines. This has become a very noisy world. Noise Pollution generally refers to unwanted sounds produced by human activities— unwanted in that it interferes with communication, work, rest, recreation, or sleep. Unlike other forms of pollution, such as air, water, and hazardous materials, noise does not remain long in the environment. However, while its effects are immediate in terms of annoyance, they are cumulative in terms of temporary or permanent hearing loss. The hazardous effects of noise depend on its intensity (loudness in decibels), duration, and frequency (high or low). High and low pitch (think that really loud bass) is more damaging than middle frequencies. Repeated or prolonged exposure to a noise level around 90 decibels can cause permanent problems. Loud, abrupt sounds can harm the eardrum, while sustained sounds even at lower volume can damage the middle ear; both types of sounds can cause psychological damage. Numerous studies have documented the heart-related, respiratory, neurological, and other physiological effects of noise. Noise also disrupts sleep and communication. Stress, high blood pressure, anger and frustration, lower resistance to disease and infection, circulatory problems, ulcers, asthma, colitis, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and many other physiological and psychological problems have been linked directly to noise. Sources of noise at this level include city traffic, truck traffic, entertainment systems, vacuum cleaners, snow and


leaf blowers and more. Power lawn mowers, motorcycles, and power tools such as saws, drills, and generators routinely produce over 100 decibels. Consider others around you when you entertain, play music or use noisy power equipment. We should make every effort to decrease the levels of noise we make and, when we do make noise, limit the duration of the noise and pay attention to the time of day our noisemakers are in use. The table below shows permissible sound levels in the Norfolk City Code:

It is inconsiderate to play radios, televisions, or musical instruments so loud that they can be heard by neighbors inside their houses or cars. A blaring car stereo with a booming bass can penetrate your car even with all the windows up and has been known to make your car vibrate if you’re unlucky enough to stop at a traffic light near one. Garage bands produce similarly painful noise. Loud noise is not only disturbing to others, but can be harmful. It is important that all of us keep this in mind. All residents deserve a peaceful environment in which to live.

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Help Norfolk map your neighborhood's future The City is developing a plan that will guide land use decisions for the next 20 years. What would you change about your neighborhood and what would you like to keep the same? Please go to and click on the link for Open City Hall on that page. Learn more about the plans, read and support other perspectives, then post your own public comment. Through community meetings, an online forum, facebook and other vehicles, the City is reaching out for your help in creating plaNorfolk 2030, the new City of Norfolk General Plan. The plan is about what the City of Norfolk will look like in 20 years. It will involve many small steps and some big ones. Norfolk today is, in large part, determined by the policies and actions in previous plans. MacArthur Center, light rail, East Beach, Pretlow Library, Broad Creek, Norfolk Wellness and Fitness Center, restoration of wetlands and dune protection were all envisioned in previous plans, as were many other initiatives in the city. Planning guides determine how and when the City will fund projects, where to encourage private sector development, and where to put public infrastructure, such as recreation centers, bike paths, and libraries. It will guide zoning, land use and transportation decisions. Like all plans, PlaNorfolk 2030 will be updated as conditions change. But the decisions contained in this general plan will guide us for the next two decades. PlaNorfolk 2030 will be the road map. The City has developed a draft plan – based on previous plans and current and projected conditions. But, Norfolk needs to hear from you. Are we on the right track? What have they left out? You can help to define the vision of PlaNorfolk 2030 and the tools Norfolk will put in place to guide us there. Please share this information with other residents that you think would like to engage in Norfolk's land use plans. Thanks!

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Fine FREE Days at Norfolk Public Library Hailed a Success The Norfolk Public Library’s (NPL) Fine FREE Days campaign, held from September 16 to September 30, was a huge success. The Library achieved its main goal, which was to gently nudge patrons into bringing back the many overdue library books and materials that were missing from library shelves. NPL offered amnesty from fines for the items that were returned, with no questions asked. As one good deed deserves another, NPL asked the community to voluntarily help local families in need by donating non-perishable foods for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. For two weeks, patrons filtered into the libraries returning overdue items and dropping off food donations. The end result — hundreds of books, DVDs, and more were returned fine free, and are now available for others to use. Also, library branches collected more than 750 pounds of food to give to the Foodbank.

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Community Service Announcement:

AAA presents “Tow to Go” Don’t drive DRUNK! Read on about a program to make our Holidays safer. Through the Holiday Season until January 1, 2012 at 6:00am, Tow to Go will provide a safe ride home for adults in the Greater Hampton Roads area who have had too much to drink and are unsafe to drive. The goal is to help prevent alcohol-related vehicle crashes while keeping you and others safe. Tow to Go is FREE and available to the public at no charge. Call (757) 631-1700 or 1-800-AAA-HELP

Baby, it’s Cold Outside Prepare you pipes for winter. As winter weather moves in, it’s time to prepare your home for freezing temperatures. A frozen or burst water pipe can instantly freeze your holiday gathering. Follow these tips from to help reduce energy costs and protect your plumbing before cold winter weather arrives. Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe so an overnight freeze doesn't burst the faucet or the pipe it’’s connected to. Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. It's best to wrap water pipes in unheated areas (such as the garage or crawl space) before temperatures plummet. You can find pipe wrapping materials at any hardware or building supply store.

✓The program is not a substitute for designated drivers. ✓Service will be provided to the requesting individual only, no stand-ins. ✓No reservations allowed. ✓The requesting individual must be with the vehicle at time of service and have the keys to the vehicle. ✓The only service that is to be provided under the Tow to Go is towing to the individual's residence. No light service will be provided under Tow to Go. ✓AAA and our contractors will not provide service in situations involving law enforcement, i.e. DUI accident tows unless requested to do so by law enforcement. ✓This program provides towing within the Greater Hampton Roads area only which includes the Cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Yorktown and Williamsburg, VA. ✓Service will be provided to "regular" vehicles only no large trucks or RV's. ✓Convenience tows are not covered. For example, if an individual wants the vehicle towed from one bar to another or from a bar to a shopping center, etc. (towing to residence only). ✓A bartender may call on behalf of an individual who needs to be towed. ✓The tow truck will only allow the owner/driver of the vehicle and one other rider in the tow truck. Volume 13 Issue 4

Consider installing "heat tape" or "heat cable". Install "heat tape" or similar materials on all exposed water pipe (i.e. exterior pipe, or pipe located where the temperature might drop below freezing). It is relatively easy to install and can be found at your local hardware or building supply store. Be sure that you use only UL listed products and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Seal off access doors, air vents, and cracks. Winter winds whistling through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes. DO NOT plug air vents used by your furnace or water heater. Use caulking to fill cracks and stop leaks around fixtures, pipes and between walls and windows doing so will prevent freezing and help lower your energy bills. Check on the water heater. Water heating is a major part of the utility bill. Have a technician come by the house to make sure it’s functioning in peak condition. Also consider using less hot water, and insulating the water heater tank and hot water lines. If your water heater is on its last legs, consider buying a new, more efficient version. Find the master shutoff valve. Usually located where the water line enters your house (or near the water heater or washing machine), the master shutoff valve turns off the water to the entire house. Paint it a bright color and make sure everyone in the household knows where it is. Don’t forget outdoor irrigation systems should be winterized to protect them from being damaged by freezing temperatures. Contact your irrigation system manufacturer for specific winterization instructions. For more information, contact the Norfolk Department of Utilities at 757 664 6700 or Page 9


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A CHRISTMAS CAROL December 2 - December 24 Location: Wells Theatre 110 E. Tazwell Street It wouldn't be the holidays without Dickens' A Christmas Carol at VSC. And this year, VSC is proud to introduce a whole new look for this holiday favorite, with updated costumes, a bright new set design and even more music! Ebenezer Scrooge and his travels with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future reawaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us. This timeless tale is a heartwarming tradition for many Hampton Roads families. All tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (757) 671 8100 or at any Ticketmaster outlet, at the VSC box office, or online at 8301?brand=vsc Phone: 757 627 1234

d'ART Center Holiday Gift Shop Continues through December 31 Location: Selden Arcade, 208 East Main St. d'ART Center Hours Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm Find the perfect one-of-a kind artful gift at the d'ART Center. The d'ART Center artists and numerous area artists transform the d'ART's Decker Gallery with pottery, ornaments, jewelry and many great gift with pricing starting at only $10! Website: Click Here Phone: 625-4211 Volume 13 Issue 4

ON SALE NOW! NPL’s 2012 Norfolk Historical Calendar This fifth annual calendar features photographs from the Norfolk Public Library’s Sargeant Memorial Collection and intriguing tidbits from Norfolk’s past. The calendar is on sale for $10.00at all Norfolk Public Library locations and all proceeds will go to the Norfolk Public Library Foundation’s Sargeant Memorial Collection Endowment. Get more info at the Norfolk Public Library website.

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection Location: Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth The official opening celebration for Winter Wonderland began the day after Thanksgiving. The exhibit continues until December 31. Exhibit Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Closed: Mondays, Christmas day and at 5:00 pm, December 24 and 31, 2010 Special Time: December 26: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Admission: Free for museum members. $3 all others. Website: Click Here Phone: 393-8543

MacArthur On Ice Continues through January 16 There is only one place to skate outdoors during the holidays. Bring the family, bring your friends and get the best skating extravaganza Norfolk's ever seen. Enjoy public skating, figure skating exhibitions, lessons, skating with the Norfolk Admirals and more. SKATING SESSIONS: Monday – Thursdays: 3 pm to 10 pm Fridays: 3 pm to 11 pm Saturdays: 10 am to 11 pm Sundays: 11 am to 8 pm Special Times: December 21-23, 26-30: 10 am to 11 pm Christmas Eve: 10 am to 7 pm Christmas Day: noon to 11 pm New Year’s Eve: 10 am to 8 pm New Year’s Day: 10 am to 11 am January 2: 10 am to 11 pm Regular admission is $6 for skating, $5 for skate rental. Military personnel and their family members get $2 off! Additional pricing and services are noted on the website. Ice skating rink may be closed without notice due to unseasonably warm weather, heavy rain, if there is lightning in the area, or unforeseen mechanical issues. Website: Click Here Phone: 314-4409 Page 10


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Continues until January 1, 2012. 5:30 - 10 pm PRICE IS PER CAR: $10 (Sun-Thurs) $15 (Fri-Sat) MONDAY MILITARY NIGHTS $5 with Military id TUESDAY NBG MEMBER NIGHTS $5 with NBG id $1 off Monday - Thursday with Food Lion MVP card NBG members - $2 discount, Cash only at the gate. Don’t miss Hampton Road’s favorite holiday tradition. Bring your family and friends to our 17th annual light show extravaganza for a magical holiday experience. During this event, our garden is transformed into a winter wonderland where you can enjoy a 2-mile drive through a million sparkling lights bringing the four seasons to life. NEW THIS YEAR: a spectacular synchronized light display that is sure to captivate the whole family.

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Pretlow Library Winter Events


TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Repeats daily, until December 12, 2011. 9 am - 5 pm Included with Garden Admission The holidays are almost here and it’s time to start your shopping list. Members receive double discounts in the Gift Shop during our “Twelve Days of Christmas” celebration. Bring in the coupon (below) between December 1 and December 12 for a ONE TIME shopping spree and save 20% on all regular priced merchandise. It’s a great opportunity to shorten your list and save money. Clip your coupon at

DANCING IN THE GARDEN ARGENTINE TANGO January 3 7 pm - 8 pm Repeats weekly, until February 7, 2011. (6 week session) $75 ($60 for NBG Members) NO PARTNER, NO RHYTHM, NO PROBLEM! Learn to dance the tango! Newbie or novice, all levels are welcomed. This class prepares you to dance both in local events and other tango communities. Taught by Mercedes Cook. Pre-registration required

GARDEN STARS FRIDAY January 6 7 pm - 9 pm February 3 7 pm - 9 pm $18 ($12 for NBG members) Come out for an evening under the stars & join the Back Bay Astronomers as they take us on a tour of the solar system. After a brief indoor presentation, step outside and observe the skies above through high-powered telescopes. Those nights when the skies don’t cooperate, participants enjoy an indoor presentation. Bring a flashlight; involves some walking. (.2 CEU credit hours) Rain or Starshine! Pre-registration is required. Volume 13 Issue 4

Deck the Halls Saturday December 10 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Celebrate the holidays with glitter, glue amd good tidings. Make and take a fun winter craft.

Santa @ Pretlow

Saturday December 17 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Cap on head, suit that's red, special night, beard that's white...MUST BE SANTA! Join us as the Jolly old elf stops by to read stories, sing songs, and spread some holiday cheer. Don't forget your camera!

Chinese New Year Saturday January 21 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM "I reign," is the motto of the Dragon. Join us as we ring in the luckiest of New Years and help to ensure that prosperity, happiness and good fortune reign in 2012. Contact: Pretlow Children's Dept. 757-441-1750

2011 Holiday Closings The Virginia Zoo will be closed on the following dates. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful Zoo Year! •Closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2011 •Closed Christmas Eve,Saturday, December 24, 2011 •Closed Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2011 •Closed New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012 Page 11

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Dominion Power’s Proposed Power Plant by Susan Jones Citizens of Hampton Roads need to be more aware of and concerned about Dominion Power’s proposed Coal fired plant in Dendron, in Surry County about 75 miles west of here. The 1,500 megawatt Cypress Creek Power Station would be the largest coal-fired power plant in Virginia. If built, it would cause a major rise in both air pollution in this area and further pollution and destruction of the Chesapeake Bay. This area would see increased numbers of days with poor air quality which would not only affect those who already have respiratory problems but would increase the number of asthma and other related respiratory diseases among the people who live here. It is important to realize that there is no such thing as clean coal no matter what you see in TV advertisements. Remember , Dominion also told the developers of the golf course in Chesapeake that it was safe to use a base of fly ash, a by product of burning coal that contains many toxic heavy metals. This did not turn out to be the case and, because of concerns about leeching into wells that are the source of drinking water for residents around the golf course, the city is having to extend city water lines to these homes which is costly. Scientists working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are able to predict how many premature deaths, heart attacks, and other impacts are caused by power plant pollution based on recent scientific studies by researchers affiliated with the American Cancer Society, the Harvard School of Public Health and other top universities and research institutions. In Indiana, researchers found that "Fine particle pollution from power plants also causes 123,098 lost work days, 845 hospitalizations and 21,532 asthma attacks every year, 1,274 of which are so severe they require emergency room visits." The primary source of fine particle emissions comes from combustion of fossil fuels. "Because of their small size, fine particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs, and may enter the bloodstream. . . . There is broad scientific consensus that fine particle pollution endangers our health. These health effects range in severity from minor symptoms to chronic, serious and fatal outcomes." IS this what we want for our area? http:// w w w. c a c e f i n d i a n a . o r g / n o d e / p r o g r a m s / c i e e p / global_warming/health I have seen no expression of concern about this from the cities of Hampton Roads, including Norfolk. We as citizens need to let our city council and state representatives know our concerns and that we expect them to actively oppose the granting of permits that would allow this coal fired plant to be built. Volume 13 Issue 4

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What’s In Your Car?

from the Civic Connection

Treasures await many auto burglars as they venture out looking for the perfect opportunity to enhance their finances. Unfortunately, the treasures to be found are one person’s gain (the burglar) and another’s loss (the victim). Most burglars are looking for the easiest of opportunities and less “work” usually means less chance of being caught. To better protect ourselves from crime, such as theft from vehicles, we need to take a quick step into the shoes of burglars and see what helps them decide which cars to target and those to skip. Key factors that encourage a burglar’s vehicle selection include: • The PERFECT LOCATION – out of the immediate eyesight of you and most anyone else. • DARKNESS can be a plus, aiding the burglar in their “secretive” act. • SILENCE – a burglar alarm can be very distracting and make a vehicle much less attractive. • UNLOCKED DOORS OR OPEN WINDOWS can be a burglar’s best friend.

Reducing and eliminating these opportunity enhancements will certainly help to make your vehicle less desirable to a thief. However, the most important deterrent is simply to remove the treasure. A laptop, purse, backpack, camera, GPS or cell phone is exactly what they’re looking for. Check your vehicle today. Is there something, anything, in there that would be a treasure for a burglar? Every time you leave your vehicle do you put loose items, electronics, phones and other items in the trunk or take them with you? The perfect New Year’s resolution is to not leave anything in your vehicle when you’re not inside with it! Who’d want my dirty gym socks? Would you believe, a burglar might? Well, it’s not so much that they are interested in your dirty laundry, but rather they’re interested in your duffle bag or other baggage. Not knowing what’s inside is an enticement; it’s a challenge for the burglar. They may be willing to take a risk to see what’s inside. Their curiosity may be short lived when they unzip a bag full of dirty clothes, but the damage is already done and a broken window or forced open door can be a lot more costly than a pile of dirty gym shorts!

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Winter Calendar of Events December 2011

Adopt A Pet & MORE! The staff (and animals) at the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center invites you to celebrate their best adoption year on record with free fun activities and discounted adoption rates, Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 5585 Sabre Rd. The Center has adopted 1,700 animals to loving homes, just shy of their 2,011 goal for the year. Staff hopes December adoptions will push the total over the top. Those who bring donations of pet treats and toys will receive a $25 discount on any adoptions. Light refreshments will be served and the center will host a live reptile show featuring alligators, snakes and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. courtesy of the ACME Reptile Show. The staff of the NACC will also demonstrate dog training techniques as well as clicker training for cats. A Pet Food Pantry will assist individuals/families in need to feed their pets during these difficult economic times. While supported by Friends of the NACC, the pantry depends primarily on donations of dry and canned dog and cat food and cat litter. The Pet Pantry is located behind the Norfolk Adoption Center. Donations can be dropped off at the center or at PetCo or Muddy Paws. The NACC is open for adoptions Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday from Noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Friends of NACC, a 501c3 charitable giving organization. For more information, contact the NACC at 757-441-5505.

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Pearl Harbor Day Bayview Civic Holiday Party Hanukah begins Winter Solstice Christmas Day First day of Kwanzaa Hanukah ends New Year’s Eve Recycling pickup, Week 2* Recycling pickup, Week 1* Street Sweeping (Area N-2)** Street Sweeping (Area N-5)**

January 2012 1 New Year’s Day 10 Bayview Civic League meets 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 4,18 Recycling pickup, Week 2* 11,25 Recycling pickup, Week 1* 13 Street Sweeping (Area N-2)** 19 Street Sweeping (Area N-5)** *Week one or week two? All of Bayview is in week two, except Evelyn Street and Pythian Avenue (south of Sunset Dr.) are in week one. **Help keep our streets clean! Please avoid parking on the street on the day your street is to be swept. Area N-5, swept monthly on the 3rd Thursday, is all streets east of Capeview Avenue. Area N-2, swept monthly on the on the 2nd Friday, is all streets from Capeview Avenue west. Street Sweeping MAP: stormwater/CityWideSweepingZones.pdf Now you can print the BCL calendar page online.

Recreation, Parks & Open Space Partners with Bon Secours Recreation, Parks & Open Space (RPOS) partners with Bon Secours Healthy Communities to Install New Playground at the E. Ocean View Community Center The Department recently installed a new $84,000 playground at the East Ocean View Community Center. Made possible in part by a donation of $7,200 from Bon Secours Healthy Communities, the new playground contains climbers, slides, swings, spring riders, activity panels and viewing binoculars which allow children to view the scenes of Pretty Lake and the Shore Drive Bridge. New trash cans and seating benches have also been provided and the existing tree canopy helps provide shade on hot summer days. The new playground equipment replaced aged playground equipment that was previously donated by the Little Creek Lions Club. Check it out! Page 13

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Bayview Civic League Minutes SUMMARY November 8, 2011 The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the police report. Ofc. Snyder cautioned people to be more on guard during the holiday season. Rick Dempsey, Tracy Conover, Sam Maddox, and Cindy Hoffman gave reports that included information about area sewer/water projects, the Bay View Elementary School PTA, and local city planning meetings. Guest speaker Thelma Drake, Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation (which has been split off from VDoT), explained what her department does and spoke about Amtrak Virginia. She took questions from the audience and stayed through the end of the meeting. Announcements included attendance, electronics recycling, December’s league holiday party, and refreshment acknowledgements. The meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m. Minutes prepared & submitted by Sylvia Ross, Recording Sec’y

Citizen’s Coalition for Good Government by Pat Davidson Citizen Coalition of Good Government meets the first Monday of each month at Cagney’s Restaurant at 7:30 am. W are a non-partisan organization. Breakfast is served, if you like, for around $5.25. We have different Guest Speakers each month. Meetings usually last about an hour. Hope to see you there! January meeting will be held January 9th, due to the Holiday.

Dear Bay View Civic League, Recently Cindy and I, Bay View Civic League members, took an 11 day trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. We wanted to explore a city rich with history and culture. We drove up to JFK airport with a quick sightseeing stop in Atlantic City. We checked our luggage in at the Aerosvit Airlines counter. Next we went through TSA screening. We boarded the plane for Kiev, Ukraine where we would pick up our flight to St. Petersburg. Newspapers in Ukrainian, Russian, and English (New York Times) were offered to the passengers for the red eye flight. The flight from New York to Kiev is 9 ½ hours. We were served 5 drinks and two meals. Once landed in Kiev we had to exit the airplane and enter a bus that would take us to the terminal. We entered the terminal and then proceeded to security screening where they checked our passport and searched us and our carry on bags via metal detectors and scanners. We loaded onto another bus which took us to the plane bound for St. Petersburg. On that 2 hour flight we were served two beverages and a sandwich meal. We arrived in St. Petersburg, went through Passport Control, and picked up our luggage. I negotiated with several taxi cab drivers and found that the cheapest taking us into the city and to our hotel, Hotel St. Petersburg, would cost 1300 Russian Rubles ($39). Once at the hotel we checked in, went to our room, and then ate at the hotel restaurant, The Bering. The first full day in St. Petersburg we walked many miles through the central area while crossing the Neva River three times. We came aboard the Cruiser Aurora, saw Peter the Great’s original cabin, walked in Trinity Square, walked through Peter and Paul Fortress (final resting place of the Tsars and their family), saw the Bronze Horseman, walked around St. Isaac’s church, and then walked up and down Nevsky Prospekt, the most famous street in Russia. We crossed several canals (St. Petersburg is the Venice of the north) and saw the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. We then returned to the hotel via Liteiny Prospekt for another delicious meal at the hotel restaurant. The rest of the trip we explored different parts of the city finding and entering churches, eating at Russian, Italian, Thai, and American restaurants, walking through the Hermitage (The world’s biggest art museum), visiting Tikhvin (Nevsky’s and Dostoyevsky’s cemetery), walking through many major gardens and parks, walking by Mariinsky Theater, haggling prices at souvenir stands, riding the Metro train to different stops, and walking through the shops at the Gostiny Dvor. The weather was between 40 and 50 degrees and drizzling most of the time. St. Petersburg is the largest northern city with a minimum of 1 million people or more and it is farther north than Juneau, Alaska. The people were nice. I always tried to speak Russian which I believed helped and I’m sure they appreciated. It took a lot of time, effort, and money to obtain the Russian visas, but was well worth it. The city was beautiful, the people friendly, and we had no problems with Passport Control getting into and out of Russia. If I had to do it again I would have spent two weeks in Russia, one in St. Petersburg and the other in Moscow. On the flight home we got a view of Greenland and its glaciers. Sincerely, John and Cindy Huffman Volume 13 Issue 4

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Bayview Civic League’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser To benefit the Bayview Civic League Scholarship Fund. Get ready! The holidays are just around the corner. This year we hope your family will participate in the Bayview Civic League Holiday Fundraiser. This year there will be gift baskets available for your pleasure rather than an auction. You buy raffle tickets and choose the ones you desire. Past donation examples were gift certificates, artwork, nautical items, children’s books, handmade dolls, and an autographed Redskin coat signed by Joe Theisman. All items are donated by members, local businesses and other supporters of our civic league. All proceeds benefit the BCL scholarship fund. Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to another great fundraiser this year. Editor’s Note: The fundraiser is just a small but meaningful part of our Holiday Party. Make sure you mark your calendar for December 13th and come ready to have fun. We usually have quite a feast, Santa’s visit, and musical entertainment. Who knows! Maybe you’ll win the perfect Christmas gift or that treasure you never knew you wanted.

VA “Goodies” Drive It’s time to collect donations for our annual Veteran’s drive. Many veterans who stay at the VA don’t have nearby family to help provide personal supplies, such as shampoo, deodorant, extra socks, denture supplies, playing cards, note paper, etc. Looking for a thoughtful way to recognize and assist those who have put themselves on the line for our nation? Bring your donations to the Holiday Party or call any BCL Board member for pickup. This is a great opportunity to deliver a welcome message of caring! Volume 13 Issue 4

Norfolk Botanical Garden Wins “People’s Choice Award” Norfolk Botanical Garden's nomination to the 2011 Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program, a collection of 11 Moses Ezekiel statues, received the “People’s Choice Award” and was given an honorable mention for receiving the most votes cast receiving over 35,000 votes in the public voting contest. “Our online fans are really quite wonderful,” said Don Buma, Executive Director of Norfolk Botanical Garden. “They are very dedicated and have enabled us to win several online voting awards. The Moses Ezekiel sculptures here at the Garden should certainly benefit from this innovative VAM project.” The program was designed and implemented by the Virginia Association of Museums to create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries, and archives throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Garden’s 11 seven foot tall statues, carved from Cararra marble, were designed by Sir Moses Ezekiel in Rome between 1879 and 1884 for William Wilson Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. These statues were originally designed to be set in second story niches in the Corcoran Gallery. They depict notable painters and sculptors: Antonio Canova, Thomas Crawford, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo, Bartolome Murillo, Phidias, Raphael, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Titian. The majority of the statues were donated to the Garden in 1962 and 1963 by Richmond residents Bruce Dunstan and Vincent Speranza. Read more about the winning objects and view photographs of all nominations at Page 15


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November Refreshment Thanks by Pat Davidson Thanks again to one and all! We had another wonderful “Turnout” for our November meeting. We also had an abundance of good food to share. Thank you so much to the following B.C.L. Members: Anita Unger Janet Hayden Aaron Ellis Darlene Hodges Helen & Jim Ripley Patricia Wood

Thomas Florence Mr. Walker Karen (Anita,s neighbor) Susan & Harvie Jones Sara & John Gaul Pat Davidson

A REMINDER-----A FOOD HANDLERS CARD IS REQUIRED TO BE IN THE KITCHEN!!!!!! November Raffle: Thanks go to Cindy Huffman, Janet Hayden & Darlene Hodges for their contributions. CLEAN UP NEWS: First of all, Thanks to Jimmy & Johnnie at FRESH PRIDE for donating the Donuts for the Clean Up. They went well with the fresh hot coffee, hot cocoa, and O.J. Not a large showing , but the “Bayview Crew to Clean The Strew” did a super job! It was cool and windy but we came thru with a lot of trash. THANKS for coming out. Aaron Ellis & his brother Jennifer & Brandon Flowers Darlene Hodges DR. Mansfield

Anita Unger Susan Jones Michele Seebode Pat Davidson



Make a note to be at our CHRISTMAS PARTY on December 13 at 7 p.m. I hear we may have a SURPRISE VISTOR!!! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Any ideas or suggestions, please call Darleen at 531-0335 or Pat at 587-3219. Stay Safe and Stay Happy!! REMEMBER!!!!! Bayview Is The Place To Be!!!!!! Welcome To Our New Members!!!

Mike Strader Owner 866-824-5173

Ask about our “Fall Cleanup Specials!” The greatest compliment I could receive is a referral from a satisfied customer: friend or family! Volume 13 Issue 4

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GARDEN Winter 2011-2012 by Susan Jones Most of our gardening tasks should be done for this year and we should be focusing on planning next year’s garden and, of course, making out our Christmas wish list for the garden. However, there are still some tasks for December and January. One is caring for our camellias. The camellia is an evergreen shrub that produces large pink or red flowers and is the state flower of Alabama. It is an easy-to-maintain plant that requires little more than adequate sunlight, space to grow and moist soil. If you have been hit with a harsh winter, you may have to prune the camellia bush in January. Pruning camellia in late January can help save the plant from disease and keep it healthy as well as vibrant through the rest of the year. Put on the gardening gloves. Pull out all flowers that have frozen or turned brown over the winter. Remove any branches or limbs that are frozen and clear up all the frozen flowers and branches from the camellia plant to prevent disease. Prune any weak branches with the hand pruners and cut any interior branches that appear to block sunlight from the camellia. Prune any feeder branches, as these can catch diseases and pass it on to the camellia. Prune any branches to half beyond the growth scar, or the area where the branches stopped growing. This will create a healthier and larger camellia bush. Perennial Lantana: The best plant for attracting butterflies. Pruning - WARNING: Pruning lantanas in Fall ensures death of the plant. Wait to prune and remove old wood on lantanas until new growth begins to emerge in mid-Spring. Light pruning or shearing during summer is ok. Fertilization - Fertilization is not absolutely necessary, however a periodic dose during the Volume 13 Issue 4

growing season of a good flower food or an organic fertilizer will keep the foliage dark green and enhance flower production. Cease fertilization in late summer. Watering - Once established, lantanas are among the most drought tolerant perennial plants. They will sail through even the worst drought without any watering. Known Pests - We've found lantanas to be completely insect, deer and disease resistant. I thought the following advice from last year was worth repeating: Your garden plan: Create a plan for your garden, or if you already have a plan, now is the time to update it. Decide what worked and what didn’t. Are there shrubs that did not work well in their current spaces. Decide whether you want to move them and where they should go. Look up the best time for transplanting. Take a walk around the garden or yard. The winter garden has its own beauty, you can see the “bones” of your garden when there is less foliage. Are there empty spots that need filling? What would you like to see there? Are there shrubs that are too big for their space? This is the time to transplant them. Do you want more color for longer periods of time during the warm months? Decide which plants will provide See GARDEN, page 19

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GARDEN. Continued from page 18 that color. I tend to focus on perennials because I prefer flowers and flowering shrubs that come back year after year. There is also a place for annuals. You need a vision for your garden. You might want to create a small map of your garden, and use it as a guide for ordering plants and seeds from the catalogs which will be arriving in the mail soon. You may also want to put new plants or gardening tools on your Christmas list, they make great gifts. A gift card from Home Depot, Lowe’s, or a local nursery is a good gift for the gardener. Example: Roses: I have some roses that need to be moved this year in order for them to be at their best. For example, I have a climber that ended up in a spot where it does not get enough sun and doesn’t have proper support for the shoots. I intend to move it so I looked for advice on transplanting roses. This is what I found: Late winter, after the possibility of freezing has passed, and early spring, when the roses are just coming out of their dormant period, are appropriate times for transplanting. Transplanting a rose bush while it is dormant or just emerging from the dormant state can mean less stress and shock to the plant, plus it's easier to prune while it's in the dormant cycle. 1. Prepare the new site before digging up the plant. Select a new location that receives full sun for six to eight hours daily and has well-draining soil. Dig a hole in the new location twice the size of the root ball then mix a 4-inch layer of organic matter such as compost with the soil.

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2. Prune back the dormant bushes to 18 to 24 inches. 3. Remove each rose bush by digging a trench 12 to 24 inches wide and deep. Raise the root ball carefully out of the hole and transport it by wheelbarrow, or drag it on an old sheet if it's too heavy to lift. 4. Place the rose bush at ground level. Backfill the hole, pressing the soil firmly around the root ball. Water deeply to establish the rose bush in its new location.. 5. Apply 3 inches of mulch such as pine straw or wood chips around the rose bushes, avoiding the trunk of the bush. The mulch will suppress weeds and keep the soil moist. 6.This year, consider purchasing a living Christmas tree for your home. They really aren't that much more expensive than a cut tree. This is an excellent way to improve your landscape, and at the same time, save a tree. Before bringing a living tree into the house, water it thoroughly. Living Christmas trees should not be kept in the house for any longer than 10 days. If you decide on a cut tree, after the holiday, put it outside in a corner of your garden and hang food for the birds and small animals from its branches. It will also provide shelter for them.

Happy gardening in the new year! Source:

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Thomas R Smigiel, Jr. City of Norfolk Councilman Ward 5

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Bring a joyous spirit and a generous heart to the Holiday Party. Then, let’s start next year face to face.

Mark your Calendar–January 10, 2012 meeting!

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The Bayview Bulletin is the monthly neighborhood newsletter for the Bayview Civic League in Norfolk, VA. Volume 13 Issue 4

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