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Bayview Civic League Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month September through June 7:30 pm at 1601 E. Bayview Boulevard, Norfolk (Christ United Methodist Church)

Need input! More League Planning in March. and... an update on ongoing water projects. Our Mission: Neighbors helping neighbors for the good of our community. Together we make things better.

March 8th Meeting Agenda:

At our Tuesday, March 8 meeting, Department of Utilities Rick Dempsey and William Nater will provide updates and respond to our questions about the ongoing sewer and water line replacement project in NW Bayview. We will finish our review of the Bayview Civic League Constitution and Bylaws, explore Block Watch, learn more about leadership opportunities in the civic league, and appoint our officer Nominating Committee. We will also consider changing our April meeting to accommodate meeting with Tommy Smigiel, since City Council meets on all Tuesday nights. See you Tuesday!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 pm. Bring a dish for the social if you want and don’t forget to bring a friend!

• Police Officers visit • YOU SPEAK! • Upcoming events • Networking social

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Tornado Drill March 15 New Crossroads Elementary Construction Local Events Weigh in on Norfolk Budget A Master Plan for Bay Oaks Park Gardener’s Corner

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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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 Bill Wagner. 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 Claire Jones Corres Sec’y Susan Jones Rec Sec’y Sylvia Ross Treasurer Gena Goodnough Editor Jeannie Wilson Ways and Means - Advertising for Bulletin Susan Jones (temp) Communications - Bulletin Distribution Anita Unger

588-3960 587-0004 514-4063 587-9586 553-7817 588-8131 588-3960 587-9586 587-3405

Membership Claire Jones (temp) 514-4063 Environment & Beautification Vacant N/A Refreshments Pat Davidson 587-3219 SACCC Community Awareness Coordinators John Gaul or Sara Barbarisi 531-0323 Zoning Laura Brown 351-6981 Education & Legislation Cindy Huffman 839-0881 Sunshine Janet Hayden 241-0045 Web Site Maintenance Jeannie Wilson 588-3960 *Email addresses are available on our website!

Local Contacts

Clean and Safe Neighborhood Norfolk CARES Assistance Center

664-6510

website: www.norfolk.gov/311CallCenter email: HealthyNeighborhoods@norfolk.gov 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 always encourage use of recycled material. Volume 12 Issue 6

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✬ From the President ✬ ✬ ✬ What have you been up to lately? Staying pretty busy over our way. Lita is now active in Brownies, so we can hook you up with some delicious Girl Scout cookies. I loved Scouting, how about you? Well, Scouts still enjoy fun, fellowship, and learning new skills. I am very grateful for the dedicate women and girls who lead Lita’s troop. She is bound for Girl Scout adventures!

I am concerned about funding for our schools, about how we are going to sustain an atmosphere of learning, creativity, nurture and safety? Superintendent Dr Bentley told civic league presidents on Feb 23 that the school faces a $21 million shortfall next year. What gets cut? What stays in the program? I attended the city budget meeting Feb 23 at Pretlow Library. Interesting. Informative. Followed city format of assigning people to task groups that respond to basic questions, assign top three choices, report back to larger group. Well-staffed by the City. If you didn’t get to join in city budget workgroups? Check out the online site www.norfolk.gov and click the Budget 2012 tab. The online forum will be available through March 14. You can mail your comments to Norfolk Cares Assistance Center, 810 Union St. Room 302, Norfolk VA 23510. Remember: Together, we make things better! Linda Lundquist Volume 12 Issue 6

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NEED PLUMBING? Call Roy Barry with Barry And Sons Plumbing

650-3455 Anything from a leaky faucet to new construction Licensed and insured Born and raised in Bayview/OV ODU Alumni City of Suffolk Firefighter Member of the Knights of Columbus

Upcoming Garden Events BE GREEN IN THE GARDEN

Saturday, March 19, 2011 Time: 1 pm - 2:30 pm $12/craft set ($8 per member) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with environmentally friendly crafts and traditional music of the British Isles performed by Hammerkidz by the Bay, a local children’s group of hammered dulcimer players.

MARCH INTO SPRING WALK Sunday, March 27, 2011 | 2 pm - 4 pm Free with Garden Admission 2 MILE FAMILY FITNESS WALK Brush off the winter blues and walk through a half-million daffodil blooms on an enchanting 2 mile scenic path. Moms, dads and grandparents will enjoy a noncompetitive, untimed walk where there is no pressure to hurry along the kids. Tell your family and friends to meet you at the Garden for this fun-filled afternoon. This walk is included with general Garden admission. Members are free. Early registration starts at 1pm with warm up activities conducted by In Motion. There will be seed planting and face painting for the kids, healthy food, and dance & Tai Chi demonstrations. To pre-register or for more information, contact Cathy Fitzgerald at 757-441-5830 x 319 or cathy.fitzgerald@nbgs.org

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Norfolk Botanical Garden News There are 3 eggs in the eagles’ nest - when will they hatch? The eagles have been nesting at the Garden since 2004 - 15 eaglets have hatched since then. Check out the nest via the online Eagle Cam or visit the gardens in person. A new program begins in March, as the Botanical Garden and Bon Secours Hampton Roads partner for “A Healthier You & Healthy Kids too!” Their kick-off even is a 2 mile Family Fitness Walk beginning at 2pm on Sunday, March 27; the Walk is included with garden admission. Don’t miss...

ANIMAL APRIL'S FOOL Saturday, April 2, 2011 Time: 10 am - 11:30 am $12/craft set ($8 per member) Create your own camouflage creature, play games and find scavenger hunt animals hidden througout the World of Wonders Children's Garden.

Neighborhood Happenings School Contacts: Dr. Lawrence C. Taylor (757) 531-3095 Deb Mansfield (757) 531-3030

Oceanair Elementary School lctaylor@nps.k12.va.us Bay View School dmansfie@nps.k12.va.us

Date to Remember: Mar. 17 – EARLY RELEASE DAY - dismissal at 1:45 PM

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BETWEEN BAYVIEW PHARMACY AND POWERHOUSE GYM ON CHESAPEAKE BOULEVARD

Tornado Drill March 15

Order The 2011 Historical Calendar!

At 9:45 a.m. on MArch 15 there will be a statewide Tornado Drill. This drill is a joint effort of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS). Register for the drill and get instructions at www.vaemergency.com/threats/tornado/ index.cfm. To start the March 15 drill, the NWS will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radio. NOAA radios can be purchased online or at electronics, department, discount and sporting goods stores - they are the fastest way to get a tornado warning. Tornadoes are common in Virginia. In fact, 62 tornadoes struck the Commonwealth during the past three years, injuring more than 220 citizens and causing nearly $48 million in property damage.

This fourth annual calendar features photographs from the Norfolk Public Library’s Sargeant Memorial Room collection and intriguing tidbits from Norfolk’s past. The calendar is on sale for $10.00 and all proceeds will go to the Norfolk Public Library Foundation’s Sargeant Memorial Room Endowment. The calendar will be available for purchase at all Norfolk Public Library locations and select local retailers.

Girl Scouts Turn 100 March 12 begins year-long celebrations of Girl Scouts of the USA. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, Girl Scout programs have have influenced 50 million women across the nation. Join the 3.5 million current members in celebrating this great program.

Visit our offices online at: www.cb-pro.com or reach Susan online at: www.gobuyhouse.com Volume 12 Issue 6

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BCL Minutes SUMMARY January 11, 2011

Bayview Civic League Minutes SUMMARY February 8, 2011 After the call to order and pledge of allegiance, Ofc. Lewis shared recent crime statistics and exhorted residents to call 911 regarding suspicious activity around neighborhood homes and vehicles. Norfolk Department of Utilities employees provided an update on two Bayview water/sewer projects. Gena Goodnough gave an update on the Bayview Civic League Scholarship. Sara Barbarisi reported that a Bayview

Vice-president Aaron Ellis conducted the meeting in Linda Lundquist’s absence and opened the meeting at 7:32 p.m. Lt. McConnaughy, Capt. Beer, and Ofc. Lewis of the second police sector provided an overview of area crime statistics. They reported a reduction in reported crime in the Bayview community from 2009 to 2010. Guest speaker Wendy Hill with Norfolk Utilities highlighted Norfolk’s Fat, Oil, and Grease (FOG) program regarding the hazards of dumping these substances down kitchen and bathroom drains. Aaron Ellis reported on the 2010 holiday auction that benefits the BCL Scholarship. League business included (dis)approval of Silvio Mancone’s 1st Bay’s condo development and Mojo Bones and Mona Lisa’s intent to apply for extended hours. The meeting adjourned for refreshments at 8:23 p.m. after several announcements. prepared by Sylvia Ross, Recording Sec’y

Neighborhood Watch meeting will take place at the Pretlow Library at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 23, 2011. Attending members voted approval for the league to continue its sponsorship of Ocean View Crew at the Bluefish level. The next mayor’s Ocean View Taskforce is 5:00 p.m., Mar. 24, 2011, at Pretlow Library. Bon Secours is underwriting a playground at Bay Oaks. Membership began the process of making changes to the league’s constitution and by-laws. Announcements included the 2/24 Litter Prevention Summit, the phone numbers for reporting potholes and burned out streetlights, the light rail poster contest, membership attendance, and refreshment acknowledgements. The meeting adjourned for refreshments at 9:00 p.m. after the raffle. prepared by Sylvia Ross, Recording Sec’y

Spring Forward – Daylight Saving Time Starts March 13 Remember to change the battery in your smoke detectors. (Norfolk Fire-Rescue provides free smoke detectors and installation to residents in need within the City of Norfolk, call 664-6604.) Volume 12 Issue 6

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Recycle, Renew, Reuse Use your blue recycling cart to keep the following items out of the waste stream: newspaper, clear/brown/green glass, plastic bottles and jugs (please remove lids first), steel cans, unwanted mail, cardboard (corrugated cardboard and chipboard), magazines, telephone books, aluminum cans/pie plates/foil. Household hazardous waste, such as old paints, motor oil and pesticides should be taken to the Norfolk Transfer Station between 9 am and noon on the first Saturday or 4th Wednesday of the month. Take electronic recycling to the Norfolk E-cycle facility at 1176 Pineridge Rd. Old clothing and other textiles not fit for donation can be dropped off (24x7) in donation boxes at 17th St & Colonial Ave (Maury High School) or on Security Lane behind Norfolk Vocation and Technical School to be recycled into new textiles. Non-rechargeable batteries can be dropped at the Ernie Morgan Center (24x7) in a special barrel at the rear of center. All other materials should be place in your green trash cart for regular trash collections.

CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART There’s Still time to see the Batton collection

from the Civic Connection, January 2011 The Chrysler Museum of Art has proudly opened American Masterpieces from the Batten Collection on January 26. The collection of American art is from Jane and the late Frank Batten, Sr., who have generously placed these nine extraordinary paintings on long-term loan as promised gifts to the Chrysler. The group of paintings reflects the Battens’ deep love for America, its scenery, and its people, as well as their passion for sailing. The exhibit will run until March 27. The paintings on view from The Batten Collection will include two works by Winslow Homer, in addition to canvases by Alfred Bierstadt, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Redfield, William Glackens, James Butterworth and George Bellows. Each painting dramatically enriches the range and depth of the Museum’s already important collection of American paintings. The public is encouraged to see these rarely exhibited works of art.

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Recreation Center Hours Adjustments Four Norfolk Recreation Centers will be closing for painting at various times between January and March 2011.The upcoming closures are as follows: Bayview Recreation Center: March 7 – March 18

New Crossroads Elementary Construction Underway Have you noticed the construction activities at Crossroads Elementary? The new 145,000 square foot Crossroads School will be the city’s first LEED-certified school, incorporating sustainable elements such as a vegetative roof and a solar hot water system, as well as rainwater conservation systems. Leveraging the benefits of community schooling, the new Crossroads will house 875 Pre-K through 8th grade scholars. Featuring the latest in technology and academic resources, the school will be equipped with interactive Smart Boards and wireless internet capability. Maximizing usage of public space, it will provide space for an afterhours community center with access to computer labs, meeting rooms, gymnasium and game rooms. Watch for the new school to open in the fall of 2012.

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Hampton Roads Comes Alive With the Sights and the Sounds of Music! ShamROCK N' ROLL TowneBank Fountain in Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Date: March 17, 2011 Time: 5pm-10pm Headlining the evening's festivities is Hampton Roads' favorite dance band, Cheap Thrills! Known for performing tunes from Michael Jackson to Black Eyed Peas, this band promises to help you channel your own inner-Irish! Prepare to dance the night away with your friends and soon-to-be-friends! Come and celebrate this Irish holiday and enjoy bagpipe performances by Tidewater Pipes and Drums and feast on traditional Irish delicacies served up at Omar's Fountain Café. With themed specialty adult beverages available for purchase, guests will be green with envy at this St. Patrick's Day celebration. A portion of the beverage sales will benefit the Norfolk SPCA, a no-kill humane society dedicated to fostering the human-animal bond to ensure that every adoptable companion animal finds a home. Guests can learn more at the event about the Norfolk SPCA and look through photo catalogs of healthy, adoptable animals that need a loving home. ShamROCK ‘N ROLL is your first chance to shake off that cabin fever and spend this St. Patrick's Day at the beautiful outdoor setting of TowneBank Fountain Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.

Virginia Arts Festival This year’s Virginia Arts Festival is filled with performances and exhibits galore! Check out the schedule at www.VaFest.org to see what captures your fancy. Always a favorite, the International Tattoo is adding a preconcert feature this year. The Tattoo Hullabaloo will start 2 hours before each show in the Scope Plaza with various performances and snacks, as well as an audience-judged

ARTS Within Reach free Norfolk arts offerings From Berkley to Ocean View, from Park Place to Five Points, the Norfolk Arts Commission presents and supports free programs that bring great art to Norfolk communities. Now in its 15th season, Arts Within Reach allows you to get to know local artists while you enjoy their talent and creativity in a relaxed atmosphere. You never need a ticket to Arts Within Reach. Simply arrive at the venue 5 to 10 minutes before program start time, take your seat, and enjoy exceptional arts offerings. For more information, visit www.norfolkarts.net, or call 664-4321. Mar. 12 (Sat.) noon—3 pm Chrysler Museum’s 2nd Saturday Family Fest/Celebrating America’s Peace Corps. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, and we’re honoring the countries from around the globe where volunteers have served. Travel around the world with us without leaving Hampton Roads. The Chrysler Museum, 245 W. Olney Road. www.chrysler.org. 664-6200 Mar. 24 (Thurs.) 11:00 am I. Sherman Greene Chorale in concert. Now in its 39th year, the Norfolk-based I. Sherman Greene Chorale is Hampton Roads’ foremost African-American singing organization. The I. Sherman Greene Chorale is directed by Terry W. Butler and is known for its performances of traditional spirituals and the music of the great masters. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 900 E. Middlesex Street. piping competition. But the Tattoo is just one of many exciting opportunities. Other performers and concerts range from Alvin Ailey dance to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Wailin’ Jennys, Joshua Bell, Chanticleer, the PANorama Caribbean Music Fest, and the world premier of Rappahannock County. Chrysler Museum of Art will feature “The Civil War: Visual Perspective, Then and Now. Visit http://www.vafest.org/, make your plans, and make the most of Virginia Arts Festival 2011.

♣ Oceanview breaks out the bands for Saint Patrick’s Day! ♣ St Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 12 from 10 am to 12:30 pm

Join with neighbors and friends for the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean View. The parade begins at Northside Middle School and ends at the Knights of Columbus on First View. Where is your traditional place to watch the parade? Everybody joins in the fun to cheer for favorite floats and units from Khedive Shrine mini-cars to high school marching bands, a variety of patriotic units, Scouts, and so much more! Join the After Parade Party in the Knights of Columbus parking lot. This years bands will be: Tidewater Drive and F.A.B. For more information, check out www.NorfolkParade.com. Volume 12 Issue 6

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Keep Free of Fraud from the Civic Connection, January 2011

At times, it seems like fraud, identity theft and all manner of financial crimes are spiraling out of control and for some victims, they are. Fear of these crimes is a natural reaction, but the way to claim victory over these criminals is to move from “fear” to empowerment. Take the time to empower yourself by following a few easy, common sense steps along the way to protect your assets. Here are some quick steps to empowering yourself against fraud: • Don’t do it! It can be so enticing to give your credit card number over the telephone to help a cause that is very important to you. However, do your really know for sure that they are legitimate and not just someone attempting to gain your personal and financial information? Don’t give your credit card information (or any personal information) unless you are calling them and feel completely confident in the security of your information. • Shred it! Don’t leave any items containing your personal information in the trash or recycling. There really are people (criminals) looking just for that information and an opportunity to steal your identity. • A Full Mailbox – Not a Good Idea! Empty your mailbox daily. Leaving items in the box can be very tempting for the thief who is looking for a new credit card or a pre-approved credit application. Leaving items in your mailbox for pickup (especially bills with checks or credit applications) can also be risky and tempting for a thief. • Credit Check Yourself! Check your credit at least once every year, if not more frequently (especially if you have been a victim or you suspect your personal information has been jeopardized). Federal law requires each of the three credit bureaus provide you a free credit report each year. To obtain your federally mandated free credit reports go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call them at (877) 322-8228. • Don’t make a financial commitment (that includes a down payment) on any service or product until you have verified that it is completely legitimate and that the work to be performed is being done by a reputable, bonded and licensed company. Don’t take their word for it - do your own research! • Be careful of persons offering something for nothing, such as “found” money where they want to include you in their “winnings.” Chances are, the only winning will be them; all the way to the bank with your money! Fraud can happen anywhere at anytime, but being diligent and using good common sense when spending or investing your hard earned cash will go a long way. Volume 12 Issue 6

Scandels, Murders, Embezzlements, Oh My!

Time:

At: Pretlow Anchor Branch Library Wednesday March 16, 2011 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Sargeant Memorial Collection Historian Robert Hitchings will fill us in on historical scandels, murders & embezzlements in Norfolk. You don't want to miss it! Sponsored by Norfolk Public Library, AARP VA, and Age in America Grant. For more information, contact Peggy McPhillips @ 664-7310

Weigh in on Norfolk Budget

As City planners build the 2012 budget for Norfolk, they are faced with a projected $32 million shortfall and an additional $21 to $40 million gap in the public school budget. The total gap is at least $53 million and threatens to be even larger. Exacerbating this gap is the $8.5 million in one-time “rainy day” moneys already spent last year. There have been a series of public hearings, seeking citizen input on prioritizing expenditures and related ideas. Public input is sought online until March 14: go to www.norfolk.gov and click on “Budget 2012.” What should the City priorities be? What services should continue, which ones could be targeted for reduction? Be part of the conversation! Decisions made in the face of austerity will affect our City for years to come.

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ATM Safety from the Civic Connection, January 2011 It’s nearly impossible to imagine life as it once was...no cell phones, no laptops, no iPods, but how about those days when you actually had to go into a bank to do your banking? ATM’s have been a staple of easy banking for more than a couple of decades and they are used by a majority of banking customers. From the ease of deposits, withdrawals to even paying bills, these machines have changed the way we bank. This ease of banking has also benefited criminals who are always on the prowl for an easy way to score some cash. However, a good crime preventive mindset and strategy on the part of potential victims can foil the crook’s attempt at an easy theft. • ATM safety begins with AWARENESS, knowing what and who is around you. When approaching the machine keep aware of anyone else at or near the machine, as well as, anyone suspicious in the parking lot. If it’s nighttime consider using an ATM that is inside of a business versus going to an outdoor machine where no one is around. • When leaving your vehicle be sure to turn it off, close and lock the door. An open vehicle, especially one with the engine running, could be quite the enticement for a person interested not only in cash but a set of wheels! • It can be easy to become engrossed in the transaction, but don’t let your guard down. Look around and keep aware. If there’s a mirror attached to the machine, it’s not for makeup, it’s for looking behind you! DON’T SHARE your personal identification number (PIN) by letting wandering eyes look in on what you are doing - block the view of others. • If there is something unusual about the machine especially where the card receptor is located, DON’T USE IT! Some thieves use devices that go over the card receptor slot and when you put your card in it either holds onto the card or reads the account information off the magnetic strip. • Make it FAST and SMALL! Long transactions and large withdrawals are attractive to thieves looking for opportunities to rob and steal. Keep withdrawals to a reasonable amount and do not spend time visibly counting your cash while at the machine. • Take some time TODAY to step up your ATM safety and prevention mindset to make sure that every dollar you withdraw goes into your pocket and not someone else’s. • P.S. – Don’t forget your card!! Volume 12 Issue 6

Painless Saving: Tips to Make Saving Automatic AAA.COM It took a recession, but Americans are finally coming around to the idea of saving rather than spending. Consider these tricks for making savings as automatic and painless as possible: 1. Pay yourself first. The old adage makes more sense than ever. Have a percentage of your paycheck directly deposited into a savings account. You'll be amazed at how quickly you learn to budget around this "missing" amount. 2. Pay your retirement account second. If you haven't already, open an Individual Retirement Account. There's no better place for your money for the long term and the tax benefits are unbeatable! 3. Set specific goals. Create savings goals that you can get excited about "We want to take a family vacation to Disney World." 4. Stash it away. If you're saving with purpose (a down payment on a home), you're less likely to tap the money if it's tucked away in an untouchable account called "house money." 5. Watch your windfall. Put any tax refunds, gifts, inheritances or bonuses in the bank for three to six months before touching it. Then, see if you still feel the need to spend it. 6. Create a simple budget. After all, you don't know what you've got to save until you know what you have. 7. Choose and use credit wisely. Spending less on credit debt each month gives you that much more to save. Consider consolidating high-interest debts onto a home equity loan or line of credit. 8. Keep on truckin'. Whenever you finish paying off a loan (auto, credit card, etc.), continue to make monthly payments but to your savings account! 9. Be a smart shopper. Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban says it best: "You will quickly find that the greatest rate of return you will earn is on your own personal spending. Being a smart shopper is the first step to getting rich."

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Bayview Civic League meets Ocean View St. Patrick’s Day Parade Daylight Saving Time begins St. Patrick’s Day Vernal Equinox (first day of Spring) 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: http://www.norfolk.gov/ stormwater/CityWideSweepingZones.pdf

FEBRUARY Refreshment Thanks What a pleasant “Turnout” for our February 8th meeting. As usual there were plenty of tasty foods to be enjoyed during our networking. Thanks to one and all. Patricia & Pricilla Cindy Huffman Ron Wilson Emily Kircheval Dasleen Hodges Ann Powell Gena Goodnough Janet Hayden Dave Scalin Jeannie & Linda Pat Davidson Sam Maddox Remember “Bayview Is The Place To Be!” Call me if you have any suggestions or ideas. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you on March 8th. God bless. Thanks – Pat 587-3219 Raffle – Harvie Jones furnished two great cakes for our raffle and Linda and Jeannie donated candy. – Thanks, Pat Our sympathies go out to John Gaul on the passing of his father.

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A Master Plan for Bay Oaks Park by D.D. Delaney Chad Morris, planning and development head for Norfolk's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Space, unveiled a master plan for Bay Oaks Park at a public meeting at the East Ocean View Recreation Center on February 16. The reception among citizens attending was positive. "You've done a spectacular job," Bill Kerry, chair of the Bay Oaks Park Committee, told Morris, noting that the plan matched his original vision of what the park should be. The master plan is the culmination of a process that began in 2003 when a few East Ocean View citizens organized to block the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority from building residential housing in open space between 3rd and 7th Bay Sts. The area, cleared of its former blighted housing, is unique because of its groves of water oak trees, many of which would have been destroyed had construction gone forward. A four-year legal struggle followed, which the Virginia Supreme Court finally decided in the Park Committee's favor in June, 2007. Later that year City Council rescinded the ordinances that would have slated Bay Oaks Park for residential development. After that, the park slept for a few years, preserved and undisturbed, though a quiet agreement was made between the city and Park Committee members to divide the park's 21 acres, with open space between 3rd and 5th Bay Sts. and new housing between 5th and 7th.

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Currently, however, no houses have reached the planning stage. Over the past year discussions then began among Park Committee members about what sort of a park Bay Oaks might be. Subsequently, channels were opened at City Hall to include the Department of Parks in the discussions. Joining on the citizens' side were other interested parties, including several Norfolk civic league presidents, residents on the proposed park's periphery, and a representative from the SPCA. That process moved forward over several months, culminating in the master plan which the ad hoc committee approved, with certain features open to further discussion. The master plan calls for a passive park under a generous canopy of trees with two storm water ponds, walking and fitness trails, children's playground areas, picnic shelters, open lawns, a bike path, and parking for 38 cars, among other amenities. But funding will be a challenge. Morris hopes some money will be allocated from his department's budget. But both he and committee members admit the plan will need to be phased in over an extended period of time.

Editor’s Note: D.D. Delaney is an award winning journalist as well as poet, actor, and playwright. Website: The Thinking Dog. The Bayview Civic League will be fortunate to publish original articles from Mr. Delaney for the remaining four issues of the “Bayview Bulletin.” Welcome aboard Mr. Delaney. We look forward to your insights.

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Asia - Trail of the Tiger Virginia Zoo’s newest exhibit is expected to open in March. The Trail of the Tiger will nearly double the number of large animals available for visitors to see. According to the Zoo website, this exhibit will include Malayan tigers and Asian small-clawed otters, primates such as orangutans and and siamangs, Malayan tapirs and a colorful collection of birds. From Asian creatures who dwell on the ground to those in the forest’s upper canopy, the new exhibit features a variety of animals new to our zoo. There will be a series of 12 thatch-roofed pagodas, with the highest at nine stories tall! The raised boardwalk over the “Asian forest” enables visitors to observe from above; there will also be a special area where we can observe tigers and otters swimming from an underwater perspective. Trail of the Tiger promises to transform the Virginia Zoo into one of the most dynamic zoos in the country. Visit for a day or invest in a season pass for the entire family. The Virginia Zoo is a Norfolk treasure.

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Electronic Recycling

Please be responsible with your electronic cast-offs - don’t dump them in the trash. Use the Norfolk E-cycle facility at 1176 Pineridge Rd (Norfolk Industrial Park) Monday Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm for old computers and workstations, TVs and monitors, keyboards, printers, fax machines, telephones, power supplies, switches and circuit boards, cables and connectors, etc. Give a hoot, don’t pollute! This service is open to all Norfolk residents (driver’s license or utility bill used to prove residency.) For a complete list of items accepted, visit www.NorfolkBeautiful.org or call 441-5813.

New Public Websites The City and Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) have both launched new web sites. According to NPS, their web site changes were made with in-house teams so that the easierto-navigate web pages were created at no additional cost. Check out NPS at www.nps.k12.va.us to see what’s happening with our citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

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.

1108 East Little Creek cagneysnorfolk.com Norfolk, Virginia 23518. 757-275-9579 “Proud Sponsor of Bayview Civic League” Volume 12 Issue 6

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GARDEN March 2011 by Susan Jones March is tantalizing for gardeners. It seems to warm up, but then winter comes charging back. And we're itching to get outside and DO SOMETHING. Still, there are some outdoor activities possible in March. Perennials can be divided for later transplant. You can start cleaning out some flowerbeds that don’t have growing bulbs. The early bulbs, like crocus, will be up now. But tulips, daffodils, narcissus and other later bloomers still need winter protection provided by mulch. They’ll start showing next month. Soil in flowerbeds is too wet and cold to work, but you can have the soil tested and add amendments, such as lime or granular fertilizer. Sprinkle these on the surface. They will dissolve in the moisture this month. Many people scatter Epsom Salts onto the soil surface. This adds magnesium, a plant nutrient. Trees and shrubs can be planted this month. It's actually better to plant them in cooler, rather than warmer, weather, in any case. Watering will be important as it has been dry lately. Remember, these plants need at least one inch per week. However, if future hard freezes are expected, remember to turn off the outdoor water supply when you are finished, or you may have frozen pipes! Perennials: Feed peonies and iris. The buds from peony crowns just below the soil should start becoming visible. Iris also will be peeking up. Watch for perennials, such as chrysanthemums, daisies and dianthus, that have been “heaved up” by the freezing and thawing of soil during the winter. Firm them back down, taking care to cover all exposed roots. Lightly apply a granular fertilizer to soil around perennials. A time-release fertilizer is ideal, but a Volume 12 Issue 6

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good general fertilizer will also do. Cultivate the soil lightly, add the granules, and then replace any mulch that must be moved. Prepare your gardening tools: consider a lawn mower tune-up in March to beat the rush. Once the true mowing season starts, you'll be lined up behind all your neighbors. Also, it's a good idea to start checking the condition of other garden tools. Sharpen, repair, repaint the handles or replace the tools entirely while you're waiting for full spring to arrive. In planning your gardens for this year, you may want to consider attending some of these sales to obtain quality plants for your garden.. Heirloom Plant Sales at the Hermitage Museum; The Hermitage holds an Heirloom Plant Sale every year in the spring as well as the fall. Heirloom plants bring a classic look to your garden; they invoke the nostalgia brought on by the sights and scents of older generation blooms.Because they are native to the area, they are more drought resistant and do better in local conditions. Upcoming plant sale dates: Friday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Norfolk Botanical Gardens: Annual plant sales Mothers Day Weekend. May 6-8, 10AM to 5PM Virginia Camellia Society Plant Sale and Show: March 26, 9AM-4PM. Sale begins at 9 and show opens at 1 PM Daylilies: Tidewater Daylily Society Show and Sale: June 12, sale time TBA. Sterrett Gardens, Rich & Rikki Sterrett, Craddocksville, VA (Eastern Shore). They continue to welcome visitors to our official American Hemerocallis Display Garden. Since Rikki retired last summer, they will be open Thursday – Saturday from June 9 through July 16 plus July 3rd and 4th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. To visit at other times, please make an appointment! The gardens are wonderful and well worth the trip. You can also view and purchase daylilies from Sterret on line. http//sterrettgardens.com Ref: http://www.free-home-gardening-tips.com/ Page 15


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Avon Calling! If you haven’t seen an Avon book lately, you might be surprised. We have great gift items – perfume - jewelry for men and women – toys – clothing – videos/cd’s and more!! Call me today for a catalog. I will give a 10% discount on your first order. Joyce Robey 537 Garren Avenue Phone: 857-3734 Email: joycerobey@verizon.net

You can help mold our civic league. Come to the March meeting and give voice to your ideas!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! See you at the Parade! Realtor Man Says… It’s That “Football” Time of Year

What a great time to inspect your home and get it ready for the winter. During half-time during the next “Big Game” take a pad of paper, a pen and your camera and head outside. Start at the top and inspect your home from the top down. Note any items of concern, missing shingles, damaged siding, etc. Take a picture of the item for later reference. Prioritize your list and tackle the items before the weather turns cold. Call us if you have any questions.

It’s your home; it’s your money.

Your Neighborhood Realtor & Lender Ben Fuller

Diana Glasier

Direct (757) 675-9383 benfuller@williamewood.com

Direct (757) 409-6301 teamglasier@townemortgage.us

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The Bayview Bulletin is the monthly neighborhood newsletter for the Bayview Civic League in Norfolk, VA . Volume 12 Issue 6

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