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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)

February Guest Speaker NBG Director, Donna Krabill Our Mission: Neighbors helping neighbors for the good of our community. Together we make things better.

February 14th Meeting Agenda: • Police Officers visit • Director Krabill • Upcoming events

Think Spring! Our February speaker is Norfolk Botanical Garden’s own Director of Education and Communications, Donna Krabill. The botanical Garden is home to many species of flora, including the incredible Rose Garden, Wildflower Meadow, Sensory Garden, World of Wonders Children’s Garden and, since 2003, the famous Eagle nest and Eagle Cam. Educational opportunities abound for visitors and members of all ages. Join us as we learn more about the Norfolk Botanical Garden, and the wonderful opportunities that await us there.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Feb 14th, at 7:00 pm. Bring a friend and bring a snack to share. See you there! INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Crime Prevention Alert Child Safety Seat Round-Up Learn about “Gem Lots” Creating Neighborhoods of Choice February “In the Garden”

• Networking social

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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 Membership John Huffman Refreshments Pat Davidson Darlene Hodges Safety and Security John and Sara Gaul Zoning Laura Brown Education & Legislation Cindy Huffman Sunshine Janet Hayden Environment & Beautification Vacant

587-3405 480-4507 587-3219 531-0335 531-0323 351-6981 480-4507 241-0045 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 5

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✬ From the President ✬ ✬ ✬

Have you heard about the grassroots effort seeking the right to elect the Norfolk School Board? We live in the only Hampton roads city that doesn’t let its citizens elect the School Board. Our School Board is appointed by City Council and many people have expressed dissatisfaction with that set-up. If you believe that we should be able to, like most municipalities across the nation, democratically elect our School Board, be sure to sign the petition being circulated. Signing the petition won’t change the arrangement immediately, but if at least 11,865 signatures are collected by July 18, the question can be place on the November 6 ballot. I believe we should at least get to vote on the question. For more information, check out the grassroots campaign site: We will try to have petitions available for signing at upcoming BCL meetings, too. With the challenges our schools face now and in coming years, it’s important that our School Board be accountable to “we, the people” of our fair City.

On a completely different note, have you seen the robins? For a couple months now, the robins were gone from my yard, but I saw a small flock feasting in the yard yesterday. Oh, boy! I hope to see a flock of BCL members and friends at our Feb 14 meeting. Happy Valentine’s Day! Linda Lundquist Remember: Together, we make things better! Volume 13 Issue 5

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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.



Neighborhood Watch by John & Sara Gaul (10/18 – CRIME STATS 11/22) Burglary – Residence: 4 Larceny – from auto/of auto parts: 9 Larceny – Other: 4 Narcotics Violations: 2 Robbery – Individual: 1 Simple Assault: 5 Aggravated Assault Stolen Vehicle: 1 Prostitution Rape Vandalism: 6

(11/22 1/22) 11 17 17 2 5 1 1 1 1 13

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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From the stats it appears that property crime in our area is increasing. Burglaries, larcenies, and robberies have increased. To help reduce property crimes we should keep valuables out of sight and lock all windows and entrances. Vandalism has remained steady with approximately 6 per month. Stolen vehicles have decreased with only 1 occurring over the past 2 months. 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. One positive trend noticed is that violent crimes (assault, rape, murder) have decreased. In November there were approximately 5 violent crimes in one month. Since November there have only been 7 violent crimes reported. 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).

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Crime Prevention Alert The following alert was given to us from the Norfolk Crime Prevention Unit on January 22nd. It regards ongoing robberies being committed in the Norfolk area: Since Oct. 14, 2011 to Present there have been over 20 armed shotgun robberies in the Tidewater Regional Area. Three have been within the City of Norfolk. Event description: Two armed black males, wearing masks and gloves, enter a restaurant or business and jump over the counter. Weapon of choice is a shotgun but sometimes the second suspect carries a handgun. No vehicle description or suspect travel information is available because the suspects usually have employees lay on the floor or go into an office during the robbery. Targeted time for these robberies is usually between 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM. Targeted businesses in the Tidewater area are Domino’s, Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut, Chanello’s, Cal’z, McDonald’s, Auto Zone, CITGO and Family Dollar. Please keep an attentive look out for all surrounding business that fit the targeted locations, and remember to always report any suspicious activity to the Police. If you do know anything about these crimes please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCKUUP. You can remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest you could receive a cash reward.

AAA Digest of Motor Laws

TIPS TO MAINTAINING SAFETY AND SECURITY by John & Sara Gaul Please keep an eye out for yourself and others, and call 911 if anything seems suspicious. Please consider the following tips to help maintain safety and security: • • • • • • • •

Always Lock Exterior Doors, Especially Storm Doors Lock Windows when Away from Home Keep All Entrances and Garages Well Lit When Going Out, Keep a Television or Radio On Utilize an Alarm System Keep Valuables Out of Sight Never Leave an Automobile While it is Running When Entering and Exiting Always Lock Your Car

To contact the Neighborhood Watch with concerns please email us at or you can call 757-531-0323.

24th Annual Clean the Bay Day SAVE THE DATE!!! The 24th Annual Clean the Bay Day is coming soon, Saturday June 2nd. Registration for the event begins on March 1st. Is there anyone out there interested in forming a representation from Bayview Civic League. If so please contact me directly at 717-0615 (after 6 pm) or via email at

AAA's Digest of Motor Laws has provided information for over eighty years on current traffic laws, vehicle registration and driver licensing across all 50 states and Canada. This unique resource is now available online and free to the public at DrivingLaws.AAA. The new version presents the more than 700 page book as an easy-touse online resource. Volume 13 Issue 5

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Seize the Day Scholarship Applications from the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute will be available any time after January 31. Full or part time students majoring in criminal justice and attending a Virginia state college or university are eligible to apply for the scholarship program. In addition to completing the application, students must submit SAT s c o r e s , t r a n s c r i p t s a n d a n e s s a y. Applications will be available at: http:// or from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Scholarship Committee last year awarded 64 scholarships. Bayview Civic League’s own scholarship application and information will be available online by the end of this month. Be on the lookout for worthy applicants.

Our PRIDE is showing!

A Military Homecoming A lot of homes in our neighborhood showed visible signs acknowledging the safe return of family members. Neighbors in Bayview joined military families from all over the United States to welcome home our brave Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who are returning from the wars in the the middle East. The last combat troops deployed in Iraq are now home with their families. This year many combat troops who are still in Afghanistan will be able to join them. Bayview Civic League is very proud of all our veterans and would like to take this time to say “Thank You” for all you do and have done to safeguard our nation.

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Holiday Basket Raffle for Scholarship Fund. After a great turn out for our Annual Holiday Party, I am pleased to announce our basket raffle helped to raise $145.00 for our Scholarship Fund. Special Thanks goes out to Mona Lisa’s Pizza and Sandfiddler Café for their generous donations. Additionally I would like to thank Pam from the former Treasures, Feathers, and Fins for the discounts and donations over the past three years to help make our raffles and auctions special. I hope that each one of you found the themed basket raffles a fresh and fun way to raise some additional funding. As many of you are aware our Scholarship is awarded to a graduating Bayview Senior who has shown exceptional civic duty. Some of you may not feel that this directly effects you or your family however I would beg of you to reconsider. These same young people of today will be the leaders and caregivers of the future. Whether they are your child or grandchild will not affect their ability to help care for everyone’s future. I look forward to new ideas for future growth of this fund. Gena Goodnough

Child Safety Seat Round -Up February is child safety seat recycling month. For the 23rd straight year in Hampton Roads, old, used and potentially unsafe child safety seats will be collected to eliminate their future use. As an incentive, donors will receive a $5 Walmart gift card for each seat (maximum 2 per person) turned in. All seats will be completely recycled so the environment will thank you,

too! The program is sponsored by WVEC-TV, Drive Safe Hampton Roads, AAA Tidewater Virginia, Walmart, Virginia DMV, Children’s Hospital of the King’s

Daughters, Synergy Recycling, West Service Center, Waste Industries and Hoffman Beverage. DROP OFF LOCATIONS: February 1–29, 2012 -Any AAA Tidewater branch -Any DMV Customer Service Center -Local Walmart stores Note: Virginia law requires children under age eight to be properly restrained in an approved Department of Transportation child restraint. For more information on any aspect of passenger safety for children and adults, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website, is also a great resource for child passenger safety tips.

TIDEWATER  DRIVE  STORAGE  CENTER Call  Now  (757)333-­‐7800  CIVIC  LEAGUE  SPECIAL  Save  $50,  $40,  or  $30  on  1st  Month  Rental    FREE  MOVE  IN  TRUCK!    FREE  $12  DISC  LOCK!      6555  Tidewater  Drive,  Norfolk      Email **offer  expires  February  29,  2012

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New Fitness Opportunity Norfolk will have a new fitness opportunity as the Norview High School track will open for public use. The track will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to allow residents to run and walk. The opening of the track is a pilot program for future partnerships between Norfolk’s Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space (RPOS) and Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) to share facilities for public use. Future partnerships may also include school gymnasiums and auditoriums to be used for athletic and community events. Public use of the track is also a key component of Norfolk City Council’s priority of establishing safe, healthy and

inclusive communities by providing increased spaces for Norfolk citizens to live, learn, work and play. The track will be staffed by Norfolk RPOS during public use times. Residents utilizing the track must wear flat sole surface shoes. Only water in a non glass container will be permitted inside the track. Bicycles and scooters are not permitted. Track use will be contingent upon NPS events (scheduled or make up), which will take priority. Norview High School is located at 6501 Chesapeake, Boulevard. For more information, contact Norfolk RPOS at (757) 441 2400.

Bayview Civic League Minutes— SUMMARY

Side Lot for Side Yards Initiative:

January 10, 2012 After the meeting opened, Rick Dempsey (with Gary Kimber), Norfolk Utilities, gave a report on the neighborhood water/sewer projects. Gena Goodnough reported the 2011 holiday party auction results Under Business, a motion succeeded to move the Tuesday, March 13 meeting to Monday, March 12, so Councilman Tommy Smiegiel can attend. Linda voiced the pressing need for someone to chair the Beautification committee. She also presented Fresh Pride’s offer to allow a BCL group yard sale in its parking lot sometime in April. Following the community resource officers report, announcements were made regarding the following items: • A petition for an elected Norfolk Public Schools school board. See for further details or contact Patrick Smith at (757) 284-0022. • Attendance & Membership: 27 in attendance. • Ways to participate in the new legislative session • The January 26 Norfolk budgetary meeting at Pretlow Library • Refreshment acknowledgements The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

GEM LOTS GEM lots are acquired through the City’s blight laws. Where single vacant lots (non buildable) are located next to a property with improvements, the Side Lot for Side Yards Initiative provides an opportunity to adjacent property owners to expand their properties. Side yards must be legally combined with owner’s original house lot, permanently creating a larger residential parcel. It is strongly encouraged that GEM lots be fenced, landscaped or, by some other means, physically or aesthetically consolidated with the adjacent property. The objectives of the Side Lot Disposition program are: • To place vacant properties under an adjacent owner’s care; • To encourage the long term growth of the City’s property tax revenue by enhancing property values; • To give neighborhood residents additional yard space that can be used for additions, driveways, gardens, or other personal uses. There is no cost for the GEM parcels under the Side Lots for Side Yards Initiative; however, applicants will be required to pay any related costs associated with the transfer of the title. Upon conveyance, property owners will be responsible for all future real estate taxes.

Fat disposal tips from the Department of Utilities 1. Can the Grease Pour used cooking grease into an empty, heat safe container, such as a soup can, and store it in the freezer. Reuse the oil for up to six months, or once solidified, toss the can into the garbage. 2. Scrape Your Plate Wipe all pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils with a paper towel prior to washing to absorb the grease. 3. Catch the Scraps Eliminate using the garbage disposal. Catch food scraps in your sink with a basket or strainer and toss them into the trash. Volume 13 Issue 5

If you have a deep fat or large turkey fryer, you should properly recycle or dispose of large quantities of household fats, oils or grease accumulated from cooking, frying, and general food preparation. Norfolk residents can dispose of used cooking oil at the SPSA Household Hazardous Waste collection site located at 3136 Woodland Avenue. Operating hours are on the first Saturday and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. For more information on ways to keep your drains fat free, visit–oh-my/ or www.norfolk/utilities. Page 8

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Creating Neighborhoods of Choice Citizens have long complained about too much attention given to downtown and a lack of attention given to neighborhoods. At last there is a program where the attention is on the neighborhoods and has provisions for residents of the neighborhoods to be involved in making their neighborhoods better. Neighborhoods of Choice are Places where people choose to live, not just have to live. Neighbors, working together: ✓Assume ownership ✓Identify and mobilize the positive attributes ✓Know and care for each other ✓Create beautiful and clean blocks ✓Invest in their homes ✓Position their neighborhoods as vibrant places to live, work and play Included in this initiative are: NBN Academy: NBN will provide the training neighborhoods need to lead the development and implementation of their community action plan. Three training modules will be offered over a 2-3 month period. Residents representing the NBN pilot neighborhoods will have registration priority. Classes will start March, 2012. Pilot neighborhoods include East Ocean View, Norview, Park Place, Lamberts Point, Campostella Heights, and Oakdale Farms/Denby Park/Cottage Road. The Norfolk Front Porch Summit is intended to broaden civic participation and foster relationships among Norfolk’s residents and community leaders by providing them with a forum to meet, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration around the Neighbors Building Neighborhoods theme. The day-long event will have a relevant and energizing theme, workshops, and speakers representing national, state and local best practices; neighborhood showcase; family entertainment, etc. Good Neighbors Campaign: Good neighbors know each other by sight. They check in on residents with special needs. They maintain their properties, and help neighbors maintain theirs. They are friendly to all of their neighbors. They participate; They work together to plan regular events, neighborhood improvement projects, and other activities that provide opportunities for positive interactions. Social interactions are critical to building a strong community. Block parties, activity clubs, festivals, and parades are just a few ways to meet neighbors. It is also an opportunity to welcome new neighbors into the community. The more often neighbors get together for fun, the more unified they are when facing arising issues. Neighborhood Pride Block Grant Program: Whether a project addresses new gateways, park enhancements or Volume 13 Issue 5


pride events, these activities symbolize to residents and visitors alike that people care about their neighborhood. To make an impact, neighborhood improvement projects should be visible to those passing by. Well-planned projects create pride and encourage investment by residents. This is especially true of activities near highly visited places in the community, such as small pocket parks or public facilities. New and visible investment in community improvements signals to the real estate market, real estate professionals and those outside the community that the neighborhood is changing and headed in a positive direction. As a component of NBN, the City will fund opportunities for residents to undertake neighborhood improvement projects through the provision of matching grants. Funds will be allocated city-wide through a formal and competitive application process. NBN pilot neighborhoods will be allocated funding for neighborhood projects based on community participation. Curb Appeal Guide: The benefits of good curb appeal are far reaching. A house with good curb appeal - one that appears tidy and well-cared for - increases the desirability of the neighborhood and can even make a difference in the value of your home. Conversely, a home that is unkempt brings down its value, and the value of its neighbors' homes. Crime and other negative impacts are also related to the appearance of homes and the overall neighborhood. You’ll find lots of good tips in the guide on the website. So be a good neighbor and pick up a rake, get out the paint or plant some flowers! Easy and affordable improvements can help to turn our neighborhood into a "neighborhood of choice." E-Access Library: The E-Access Library is a compilation of Bureau of Community Enrichment and NBN documents, along with other selected capacity building and outreach materials. Step one is to develop a community action plan which establishes a framework for the direction the community wants to take and how change will be implemented. Residents could volunteer their skills and talents to the community, solve neighborhood issues, develop selfreliance, become involved with their neighbors and improve relationships with each other. Through regularly working together to plan, implement and manage goals we could make Bayview a “Neighborhood of Choice.” We would increase the quality of life, increase property values, and attract new residents to the area. However it will need broad participation by as many residents as possible. "...the challenge is to think about neighborhoods in a new way - not as problems to be solved - but as assets to celebrate and grow." Interested? Learn More: Page 9


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Refreshment Thanks t DECEMBER t by Pat Davidson Darlene and I hope you were one of the many that enjoyed our Christmas Party and also one of the Lucky Members, who won one of the nice Gift Baskets that were raffled. Thanks to our Special Guest In The Red Suit, 'SANTA"! Once again Fresh Pride, especially Johnnie in the Deli came thru with our lovely and delicious Food Trays. Many thanks to all who donated a dish to share. Peggy Meador MR& Mrs Frost Darlene Hodges Rick Peterson Aaron Ellis The Hoopers Janet Hayden Pat Woods Shirley New Karen & Sherrie Susan &Harvie Jones Amy Gena Goodnough Ann Mrs Keroctchal Angel Jeannie & Linda Ruby Pat Davidson


Where were you on the 10th of January? We missed you . Only had about 24 , but we still had some goodies to share and some News to share. Darlene Hodges Shirley New Linda & Jeannie Pat Wood Aaron Ellis Susan & Harvie Jones Sam Maddox Ann Powell Pat Davidson Sara & John Gaul Helen & Jim Ripley Kathy Poorman Thanks to one and all!! Hope to see you on the 14th of FEB. Any ideas or suggestions, please call Darlene at 531-0335 or Pat at 587-3219. Thank you!!! REMEMBER !!!!!Bayview Is The Place To Be !!!!!! Welcome To Our New Members!!! Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of Helen MCKouen, who passed away on Jan. 8th. Christ United Methodist Church is collecting tabs from drink cans to get a wheelchair. If you bring some to the meetings, there will be a jar in the kitchen for them.–Pat



Mike Strader Owner 866-824-5173

Ask about our “Cleanup Specials!” The greatest compliment I could receive is a referral from a satisfied customer: friend or family! Volume 13 Issue 5

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Norfolk Air Goes Mobile from the Civic Connection, Jan 2012 Access property info & data on your Smartphone Norfolk’s Address Information Resource (Air) is now available on your Smartphone. The application allows Blackberry, iPhone, Android and users of small 7” tablets to access property information and data on the go! Unlike the   web  version  of   Norfolk   AIR  this  version  does   not   include   any   maps   or   aerial     photography.   The   regular   Norfolk   AIR   website   will   automa?cally   determine   the  screen    size  of  your  device.  So  if   you  use   a  computer/laptop  or  full  sized  tablet  such  as  an  iPad  it     will  send  you  to  the  regular  web  version  of   Norfolk  AIR,   but   if   you   are   using   a     Smartphone   or   a   smaller   7””   tablet  it  will  automa?cally  go  to  Norfolk  AIR  Mobile.   Here  is  how  it  works: • Go  to  hLp://     using   the   web   browser  on   your  mobile  device.  Enter  an   address.   You   do   not   need   to   type   in   the   full   address,  but   you  need   at   least   the  house  number   followed   by   a  space.   If   you   type   478   and   a  space   you   will   get   all   addresses   that   have   478   as   the   building   number.   (4   proper?es   should   be   listed.)     You   can  also   enter   a  house   number   and  a  por?on   of   the   street   name.   For   example:   359   C   will  

automa?cally take   you   to   359   Cherry   Street   since   that   is   the   only   address   that   matches   the   search   criteria.         • To  ini?ate  the  search  you  will  need  to  either  use  the   Enter  key,   or  Go  key  depending  on  your  device.  You   can   also  click   on  the  arrow   icon  to   the   right  of   the   input  box.    Click  on  the  menu  bar  to  see  informa?on   about   a   property.   (The   Real   Estate   Data   bar   has   several  sub  menus) • Use   the   back   buLon   on   your   device   to   get   to   a   previous   screen,   or   click  on  the   Home  buLon   in   the   upper  right  to  get  back  to  the  main  search  screen. • An   address   that   is   a   condominium   will   list   all   the   units.  For  example  123  College  Place  will  give  you  a   list  and  you  can  click  the  View  link  on   the   le]  to  see   the    details  about  a  single  unit.  The  list  can  be  sorted   by  clicking  on  any  of  the  column    headings.     • Func?ons   like   rota?ng   your   device   for   landscape   view  and  zooming  in  on  a  page    using  the  two  finger   pinch  are  supported.    

This new   applica/on   is   an   example   of   the   City’s   commitment   ensuring  all  Norfolk    residents  receive   access  to  important  informa/on.  

American Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor

Established in 2009, Cagney’s is a new dining experience like nothing you ever encountered. You get home style cooking in a movie style setting of the past. Marilyn Monroe, James Cagney and many other stars adorn the walls on this classic but hip restaurant. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

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February 2012 Your Friendly Neighborhood Market Great Variety • Great Low Prices


DIRECTOR: Jim Royer PHONE: 757 583 4848 E-mail: 347@FRESHPRIDE.COM

Checkout for recipes, coupons and more!


Be sure to visit our web page! HANDYMIKE Carpentry Painting Plumbing Electrical

General Fix-it Yard Work Hauling Roof & Gutter

Mike Supan 757-729-0512

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February 2012 t Celebrate Black History Month t

Calendar of Events 2 12 14 14 20 22 1,15,29 8,22 10 16

Groundhog Day Lincoln’s Birthday St. Valentine’s Day Bayview Civic League meets President’s Day Washington’s Birthday Recycling Pickup Week 2* Recycling Pickup Week 1* Street Sweeping (Area N-2)** 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

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade March 12 “Faith and begorra, me lassie child. Tis a wee fair sight for Irish eyes!” Join with your OV community for the 45th annual Ocean View Saint Patrick’s Day parade – the day that all of Ocean View is Irish.

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NEW Charitable Opportunities Dr. Colson and the staff at Sunset Family Dentistry are hosting a food drive through the end of March. The food we collect will be allocated to the Food Bank and local churches with food pantries. Your contribution of a non-perishable food item or items, may be brought to our office at 1021 Sunset Dr, Norfolk, VA 23503 Monday -Thursday 8:30-5:00 or Fri 8:30-12:30. We also have hockey tickets for the Feb 17 Norfolk Admirals game available for sale. All proceeds go to the Relay for Life. Inquire through our office at (757) 587-1485. In addition to this, we are accepting monetary donations for Relay for Life which benefits the American Cancer Society. Our office will walk for the cure on May 11 and 12. In the future we hope to sponsor other charitable events. Your thoughtfulness and kindness is greatly appreciated.

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GARDEN FEBRUARY 2012 by Susan Jones Although it is cold, it is not too early to start thinking about your garden. I am repeating some of this advice because a plan really makes a difference in being able to create the garden you want. There are things you can do now that will make your gardening easier this spring and it all starts with a plan. Design a long-term, general garden plan. Or look over the one you've made in previous years and see what you want to accomplish. Bring your map or plan up to date based on the growth of your trees and shrubs, what may have not survived the winter and needs to be replaced, and how the garden plan worked. You may need to revise it to better meet your needs. Do you eventually want a new flower bed somewhere; a new tree; additional shrubs; or a water garden? Are you interested in new garden art, footpaths, or a seating area? Gardens are usually works in progress and are implemented over several years. Again, this kind of overall planning helps you see the work you do as part of a design, and not just hit-and-miss each year. Remember. Large lawns are a lot of work, expensive, and often frustrating projects. Somehow, no matter what I did my lawn never had that smooth, manicured look that you see in lawns maintained by professionals. They are also not always good for the environment because people use a lot of chemicals to keep them green and weed-free. These chemicals run off into the storm drains and into the bay where they cause more problems.Some of you may remember that my long range garden plan included getting rid of grass and using native plants and shrubs with mulch. I’m almost there. I have one remaining small grassy area in the front which I can cut in about 10 minutes. The rest is plants and much and I have to say I love it.

tasks you'd like to accomplish in the weeks and months to come. You can return to previous issues of the Bayview Bulletin online to check out the best times of year for certain tasks. Put those on your calendar. Remember the budget. Draw up a 12-month gardening budget. Once you have created your calendar and decided your priorities, don’t forget to create your budget. Almost no one can afford to do everything in the garden or yard they'd like to in one year. Think about what you can spend and the priorities for you. For example, if you're focusing on lawn care, you'll be spending money in that category, not on purchasing a bunch of new annuals or perennials. If you are creating new beds, you want to check out the spring sales of plants. Start a garden journal. Keeping a garden journal is fun and can be very helpful in planning. There’s no specific way to keep a garden journal. Do what works for you: make notes on weather, rainfall, frost dates, snow dates, seed-starting times, transplant times, etc. Keep reminders, tips from friends and garden experts, and don’t forget to leave space for your future garden fantasies. See GARDEN, page 15

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GARDEN. Continued from page 14 Check out the plant catalogues and nursery brochures. These should begin arriving soon if they haven’t already. You should also visit your favorite online garden supplies site to see what they're offering in February. Decide what you want to plant this season. Look for new varieties, new ideas for combinations of flowers in sunny and shady areas, and consider a new look for your garden this year. If you prefer to buy locally, make notes from the catalogs and look for the plants in your area. Watch for plant sales at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Hermitage and other local venues. Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for your growing and transition seasons.) You should receive ordered plants at the appropriate time for planting in your region. In deciding what to plant this year, remember that perennials — plants that come up every year — are a great investment. Especially if you are just beginning a garden, make sure to plant a few perennials every year. Focus on native plants for your garden as they will be more drought and disease resistant and will grow best in this area. They will grow and spread, and then you can divide them and replant elsewhere, or trade with your friends! Garden cleanup in February. Remove unsightly leaves around doors, foundations, and shrubs—but don’t uncover tender perennials and sprouting bulbs. Rake heavy mounds of leaves away from early bulbs, such as snowdrops, grape hyacinth and crocus, that are starting to emerge. However, don’t expose others, such as tulips, hyacinth and daffodils, unless your region has entered the spring growing season. • Don’t try to work the soil in flowerbeds yet. Except in the most southern zones, it's likely to be too wet and the weather remains too cold. However, you can spend a warm day, if we get any, pulling out dead annuals left from last fall. Also, cut off dead stalks of perennials. • Check the mulch level around perennials, trees and shrubs. Replace it, if necessary. Sometimes this just means raking it back into place. • Take a tour of the garden. Look for flower buds on witch hazel and forsythia. These are early spring bloomers, and will give you an idea Volume 13 Issue 5


of the arrival of spring in your area. In late February, check for signs of early blooming bulbs, such as snowdrops, and crocus. • Fall-blooming and late-summer blooming shrubs, such as bush clove, buckthorn, cinquefoil, euonymus, Franklin tree and hibiscus (Rose-of-Sharon), may be pruned at this time. • Do not prune spring-blooming shrubs in February. These include forsythia, mock orange, lilac and spirea. They should be trimmed only after blooms have begun to fade in the late spring or early summer. • Other types of non-flowering or evergreen shrubs may be pruned in late winter or early spring, before new growth appears. These include junipers, arborvitae and yew.

Birds in February

• Keep feeding the birds. They are starting to pair and seek nesting places for their spring broods. If you’ve had a bird feeder out in the preceding months, they’ve come to depend on it. • Go to the library and check out some bird books, or invest in a good one, such as any produced by the Audubon Society. Keep the book near a window where you can watch birds coming to the feeder. • Put out birdhouses in February. You can make them or buy them, but they need to be in place before the birds start looking for nesting spots. Wrens and bluebirds will be drawn to nice little houses. Make sure the openings are the right size for the bird you want to attract. Small birds require small openings and won’t make a nest in a large-holed house. Page 15


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

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February 2012 - Bayview Bulletin  

The Bayview Bulletin is the monthly neighborhood newsletter for the Bayview Civic League in Norfolk, VA. Volume 13 Issue 5

February 2012 - Bayview Bulletin  

The Bayview Bulletin is the monthly neighborhood newsletter for the Bayview Civic League in Norfolk, VA. Volume 13 Issue 5