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The Bayview Bulletin is the monthly neighborhood newsletter for the Bayview Civic League in Norfolk, VA. Volume 10 Issue 8

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  • May 2009 NEW WEBSITE www.mybclonline.com

    Volume 10 Issue 8 Page 1

    organization, dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. The organization's motto, Save the Bay, defines the organization's mission and commitment to reducing pollution, improving fisheries, and protecting and restoring natural resources such as wetlands, forests, and underwater grasses. To achieve its mission, CBF seeks to educate and engage constituents to take action for the Bay. In January 2009, CBF filed a lawsuit to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce pollution of all kinds enough to remove the nation's largest estuary from the federal impaired waters list. Join us on May 12 as we welcome Christy Everett as our guest speaker.Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 12th, at 7:30 pm. Bring a dish

    for the social if you want and dont forget to bring a friend!

    Remember our Military. They remember you!

    Police Officers visit

    Christy Everett

    Upcoming events

    Networking social

    Our Mission:Neighbors helping

    neighbors for the good of our community. Together we make things better.

    May 12thMeeting Agenda:

    Bayview Civic LeagueMeets 2nd Tuesday of each month September through June

    7:30 pm at 1601 E. Bayview Boulevard, Norfolk (Christ United Methodist Church)

    May Guest SpeakerChristy Everett of the

    Chesapeake Bay FoundationThe Chesapeake Bay Foundation is the largest conservation organization, and the only independent non-profit 501(c)(3)

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Free Church Safety and Security Training! pg 4/5 Volunteer at Nauticus pg 6 Tax Holiday for Hurricane Gear pg 7 Home Invasion Report pg 8/9 Clean the Bay Day Reminder pg 11 May Gardening Tips pg 13 and much more....

  • May 2009 NEW WEBSITE www.mybclonline.com

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    Clean and Safe NeighborhoodNorfolk CARES Assistance Center 644-6510

    website: www.norfolk.gov/311CallCenteremail: HealthyNeighborhoods@norfolk.gov

    Ocean View Project Team 441-17848132 Shore Drive (Pretty Lake Permit Office)

    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 NUMBERSCurb and Sidewalk Repairs 823-4050Damaged & Faded Signs 441-5818Ditch Maintenance 823-4000Potholes 823-4050Recycling 441-1347Refuse Collection 441-5813Street Flooding 823-4000Street Light Outages 1-888-667-3000Keep Norfolk Beautiful 441-1347

    All Emergencies- call 911 Animal Protection 664-7387Health Department 683-2700Rabies Control 683-2712Pretlow Library 441-1750Voter Registrar 664-4353Bayview Elementary School 531-3030Oceanair Elementary School 531-3095

    President Dranan Sparks 588-24561st VP Ron Wilson 588-30912nd VP Jimmy Hooper 587-6209Corres Secy Susan Jones 587-9586Rec Secy Sylvia Ross 583-4664Treasurer Gena Goodnough 588-8131Editor Jeannie Wilson 588-3960Ways and Means - Advertising for Bulletin Susan Jones 587-9586Communications - Bulletin Distribution Anita Unger 587-3405

    Membership Linda Lundquist 588-3960Environment & Beautification Eileen Sparks 588-2456 Refreshments Pat Davidson 587-3219 Margie Hodges 587-9527SACCC Community Awareness Coordinator Ron Wilson 588-3091Zoning Benny Smith 718-9595Area Preservation Claire Jones 587-2203Youth & Recreation Sylvia Ross 583-4664Printer ANW Publications 588-8642

    Civic League Board

    Local Contacts

    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. www.mybclonline.com

    Bayview Civic League Goes GreenBayview Civic League believes that reducing any environmental impact is a

    worthy goal. To further this goal, the Bayview Bulletin is printed on recycled paper.

  • May 2009 NEW WEBSITE www.mybclonline.com

    Volume 10 Issue 8 Page 3

    I wish to start off by thanking Sam Maddox for volunteering to chair this years Nominating Committee, and to also thank the full committee, Aaron & Beverly Ellis, Ann Powell, Susan Jones and Gena Goodnough. Their charge, to select a slate of candidates for each elective office, is no small task. But through their involvement they are helping to shape the future of our Civic League, and with that have my utmost respect and appreciation. This committee will present their recommended slate at the May meeting, and the membership will have an opportunity to make additional nominations from the floor. Voting and installation of the new leadership will take place in June.

    If you didnt make it to our April meeting, you missed a good one. City Councilman Randy Wright was our guest speaker. And as Randy always does, he packed the house. The discussion and questions included issues of the city budget, light rail, and SPSA, and much more. We were also pleased to have Sylvia Wagner, mother-in-law and campaign representative for Lieutenant Governor candidate Jody Wagner. Its not often we get a representative for an office of this magnitude, and to be fair, I hereby invite other candidates for this office, and the Governors office, to come to Bayview and speak to our members.Lastly, but by all means not the least, is to say so long to an old friend of Bayview, and a friend of mine. Benny Smith and his wife Sharon are moving out of state. Benny has been very active in our community, and in the city, and in the BCL for a long time. His presence and influence has helped shape our civic league into the fine organization it is. We will miss Benny and Sharon, but wish them all the best of luck and happiness in their new home.Dranan Sparks

    From the President

  • May 2009 NEW WEBSITE www.mybclonline.com

    Volume 10 Issue 8 Page 4

    The Norfolk Sheriffs Office presents, Church Security Solutions. Violence is on the rise in places of worship across the country, of all sizes and denominations. The disturbing headlines are multiplying: Pastor Slain in Illinois Church Shooting; Jewish Leaders Decry Synagogue Attacks; Church Arson Motivated By Anti-Obama Rage; Mosques Under Attack and thats just a few from 2009 alone.The good news is religious leaders can learn from these tragedies to better protect their flock. The Norfolk Sheriffs Office Community Affairs division is offering a free seminar called Church Security Solutions, specifically for churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other worship centers. The presentation includes:

    Reasons Houses of Worship are Vulnerable Most Likely Areas of Victimization Strategies to Prevent Crime A Comprehensive Security Survey Protecting Funds Developing a Rapport with Local Police

    For more information, contact Capt. Roger Stephenson:Phone: 757-664-4979Fax: 757-441-2530E-mail: roger.stephenson@norfolk.gov

    Take steps to prevent crime before it happens. Well come to you!

  • May 2009 NEW WEBSITE www.mybclonline.com

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    Its your home; its your money.Your Neighborhood Realtors!!

    Ben Fuller, ABR, GRI & Kelly Thompson, ABR, GRIRealtors, Lic in VA

    Ben Direct (757) 675-9383 Kelly Direct (757) 286-5355

    Realtor Man Says

    Ive got good news and other news. As of April 1, 2009 whenever a home is appraised the appraisal must also include the Absorption Rate (AR). What is this Absorption Rate you ask? It is the rate in which homes are selling in a specific area. Or, at the current rate, how many months will it take to sell all of the homes currently for sale. If the AR is 6 months then we have a balanced market. More than 6 months then we have a Buyers Market, less than