As part of his promised “Listening and Learning Tour.” Dr. Bentley comes to Bayview Civic League to gather our opinions about NPS’ strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement. Dr. Bentley’s top priorities will be improving student learning, and making sure that each child has adults who care about his or her success. Dr. Bentley and his wife, Debbie, moved to Norfolk from El Paso, Texas, where he was Area Associate Superintendent for the Ysleta Independent School District.
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 9, at 7:30 pm. Bring a dish for the social if you want and don’t forget to bring a friend!
Funds from the sale will help the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home – some of the most fragile children from across Virginia – to thrive and reach their potential while receiving the very best, around-the-clock care.
BCL has obtained the floor plans for the home. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger copies.
Please be aware there has been an increase in car break-ins in the
Bayview area. Make sure to keep your cars locked and personal items
out of view.
Sara Barbarisi, SACCC co-chair
The Butterfly House is open now. The Butterfly House remains open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m until October 3. See a variety of beautiful butterflies that fill the house as the summer season draws to a close. Don't forget to save some time to see the Bristow Butterfly Garden full of fantastic flutterers and flowers. Be there for a special Monarch tagging and release day on September 25. The enclosed house provides an unbelievable opportunity to observe butterflies as they circle and land on their favorite nectar flowers providing guaranteed amazement and educational opportunities. It’s the perfect compliment to the 2.5 acre Bristow Butterfly Garden and the giant Butterfly Maze.
Graceful flight and dazzling colors mesmerize the children and the adults. Learn about the habits and life cycles of each type of butterfly, as you spot their eggs on host plants and watch as the caterpillars continually eat and grow. The opportunity to witness their final transformation as the chrysalis opens to reveal a winged beauty is what makes the Butterfly House so thrilling. Look for special children’s activities in the house each day.
FREE BUTTERFLY GUIDE AVAILABLE HERE! This 2 page color flier, produced by NBG, has great information you can use to set up your own backyard sanctuary for butterflies.
This is a great NATIONWIDE TOUR. If you can’t go to the event or you just want more ways to support this Organization for Breast Cancer Survivors and research, take a look at their website: Pink Heals Foundation, Inc.- A Nonprofit Supporting Young Women Who Are Recovering From Cancer Treatment. You can find out where the Pink heals Tour is going as well as where it has been at this site: Pink Heals Tour. The tour is National but proceeds also benefit local facilities. So far over $200,000 has been raised nationally.
The purpose of Pink Heals is to raise awareness and fundraise for women’s health issues including breast cancer. At this year’s event we will have live entertainment by Grant Austin Taylor, Lewis McGehee, the mobile mammogram unit (you must schedule appointments ahead of time), the blood mobile, an art show, an old car show, proclamations from local government officials, a bra decorating contest, a silent auction, a games and play area for children of all ages, and a photo opportunity where we will display pictures of survivors and those who lost their battle with all types of cancer.
There will be food vendors and tents selling all types of pink items. Hair stylists will be on hand to add pink extensions to your hair and Susan G. Komen and Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater will be providing information on site. Both the Norfolk and the Virginia Beach Fire departments are selling pink fire department t shirts to raise money prior to the event. Information about prior fundraisers (like the tropical smoothie day on August 28th) and t shirt sales can be found on our facebook page at Tidewater VA area-guardians of the ribbon
All proceeds will go to local charities including the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, a group that helps families battling cancer with meals during chemotherapy treatments, medical bills, transportation and generally anything that falls through the cracks and is not covered by medical insurance or other resources.
Also scheduled to meet with us is Tim Capoldo, Director of Developmental Services for the Norfolk Community Services Board. Norfolk CSB has purchased the house at 1826 Bayview Blvd and plans to utilize it for permanent housing for people with intellectual disabilities from the SE State facilities. The residents will be permanent and work elsewhere during the day.
We’ll plan for our own Fall Clean Up Day and participating in the Fall Fair at Bay View Elementary. We will also learn about another planned project at 1st Bay from Silvio Mancone.
Although we had planned to hear from Councilman Tommy Smigiel, the new schedule for City Council meetings requires him to be at City Hall during our event. Tommy will join us late in the meeting and for our networking time if the City Council finishes business early.
There is a lot going on in Bayview. Get involved in your neighborhood! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14, at 7:30 pm. Bring a dish for the social if you want and don’t forget to bring a friend!
Don't forget to journey along the Tree Trek Trail, build a gnome home or stop for some storytime fun in the Acorn Academy.
The people's choice winner:
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
DIRECT FROM THE CITY'S WEBSITE, THIS IS THE DESCRIPTION OF ITEM PH-2 ON THE PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA
IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO YET, PLEASE EMAIL ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS - TO OPPOSE THE EXTREMELY "RELAXED STANDARDS" THIS DEVELOPER IS REQUESTING. CITY COUNCIL LINKS ARE BELOW.
CITY OF NORFOLK AGENDA
For June 22, 2010 Meeting
General Plan and Text Amendment and Rezoning:
733 Roland Drive and 6207-6217 Tidewater Drive
If approved, this item would permit Bonaventure, LLC, to move forward with a multi-family residential development of 187 dwelling units at the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Roland Drive with relaxed standards for parking and open space. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the plan amendment, zoning text changes, and change of zoning to accommodate the project. The Planning Commission declined to reconsider their original recommendation.
Here is the background information Roland Park and Sunshine home is presenting:
The neighborhoods of Roland Park and Sunshine Homes are again facing the attempt by Bonaventure Properties LLC of Northern Virginia to change the zoning in our district from low density to high density in order to build 187 rental apartments on less than five acres of land at the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Norview Avenue.
Many citizens believe this action is detrimental to our community for several reasons.
NOT ENOUGH SPACE: The site for this project is 4.2 acres of land. The city code states “The minimum site size for a Planned Development District shall be five acres” and “A parcel of land or contiguous parcels of land of a size sufficient to create its own character … the character of which is compatible with the adjacent parcels and the intent of the Zoning District or districts in which it is located.” The site does not meet the minimum standards to be a planned development.
TOO MANY CARS; NOT ENOUGH PARKING SPACES: The Norfolk City Code requires 357 parking spaces but the Bonaventure plans call for only 301. Why? Bonaventure projects that 16% of their expected tenant will not need cars. Instead the residents of the luxury apartments will ride the bus or use a bicycle. The Norfolk Dept. of Planning and Community Development makes the case for us that Tidewater Drive is not a safe bicycle route, “Tidewater Drive is not designed with bicycle lanes, and given the narrowness of the existing lane widths and the speed at which traffic moves on Tidewater Drive, staff does not consider this a basis for reducing parking requirements”.
NOT ENOUGH OPEN SPACE: City Code requires a minimum of 35%. Bonaventure’s plan allows for 19% open space. And the lack of open space was cited by the Norfolk Department of Planning as a reason for rejecting Bonaventure’s application. The city’s report states, “Staff does not support, and the applicant’s data does not justify, the reduction of interior landscaping.”
CHESAPEAKE BAY PRESERVATION ACT COMPLIANCE: We have concerns about compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, particularly regarding the requirement that in cases of redevelopment, the existing nonpoint source pollution load shall be reduced by at least ten percent.
HERE IS WHAT THEY REQUEST:
EMAIL AND/OR CALL ALL NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS– TODAY! State your opposition to: Bonaventure Properties LLC application to amend the General Plan of Norfolk and to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Norfolk.
MAYOR’S OFFICE: (757) 664-4679
COUNCIL’S OFFICE: (757)664-4268
PLEASE ATTEND THE CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON JUNE 22ND AT 7:00 P.M. You have the right to speak on this issue, or simply be there to support us and observe your City Council in action. Your presence will be felt and appreciated. (If you intend to speak, please arrive between 6:30pm-6:45pm in order to register as required. Speakers are limited to just 3 minutes each. Photo I.D. is required to enter City Hall building. Note: You can pre-register your opposition or pre-register to speak at the hearing by contacting Robert B. Daughtrey, City Clerk, 664-4253 or 664-4289 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org )
ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND CO-WORKERS TO HELP US.
CONTACT ROLAND PARK. We are a grassroots group of citizens working to preserve our communities. Email at RolandParkNorfolk@gmail.com to let us know you helped or if you have any questions.
Celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading Program at the Pretlow Library. Sign up for the Summer Reading Program and play carnival games, get your face painted, sit in the cab of some of Norfolk's biggest trucks, and much much more!
Contact: Pretlow Children's Department 757-441-1750
Summer Reading Program Kick-off Carnival
Saturday June 19, 2010 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
There’s a lot of new content on our Website. We’ve posted both the May and June meeting minutes as well as the Summer Edition (June through August) of the Bayview Bulletin! Get the meeting minutes here! The new Bayview Bulletin is available here. If you only read one copy of the Bulletin, this Summer Edition is the one. It will give you lots of information on local events over the entire summer! There is also a flyer to use as a reminder or as an invitation to our annual picnic available here. Make sure you keep August 1st open! It’s going to be GREAT!
Watch for more website updates in the coming weeks!
Our May speaker is Wayne Green from Norfolk Neighborhood Preservation, Codes and Zoning. Many of us have questions about what to do when we see problems in our neighborhood. What can we do about derelict properties? What are the rules about things like fences and driveways? How can we learn more about classes and opportunities such as Neighborhood University? Join us on May 11 as we hear from Mr. Wayne Green from Neighborhood Preservation.
This is also your chance to ask about how the budget will affect Neighborhood Preservation.
In addition, we will hear from our Nominating Committee and learn of their proposed slate of Officers for our next Operating Year. See you May 11 at 7:30!
Bayview Civic League’s monthly newsletter
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Enroll in Pre-K Today!
A FREE ALL DAY program that gives children
extra help to get ready for school!
Oceanair Elementary at 600 Dudley Avenue, located near the Ocean View Golf Course, will be enrolling children for their 3 and 4 year old prekindergarten classes during the month of May. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by
September 30th, 2010, live in Norfolk, and show need for the program.
Our “Pre-K Application Day” will be on Wednesday, May 5th from 9:00 – 2:00 in Oceanair Elementary’s auditorium.
To enroll, a parent or legal guardian should bring the following items with them:
Child’s state birth certificate
Record of a physical examination & TB skin test
Child’s Social Security card
Proof of residence in Norfolk
If you are unable to make it on Wednesday, May 5th, please bring your enrollment items to Oceanair Elementary’s office Monday through Friday beginning May 6th.
The Oceanair Prekindergarten staff consists of 5 licensed teachers and 5 highly qualified paraprofessionals. The purpose of our Pre-K program is to provide opportunities for exposure to an enriched learning environment: computer technology, language, math, science, social studies, music, and movement. We believe that by allowing the children the freedom to choose activities, explore and discover the world around them, and to learn to share and take turns, we are assisting them to develop readiness skills for other school and life experiences.
For more information, contact Oceanair Elementary
600 Dudley Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23503
757-531-3095, Fax – 757-531-3099
For information about the nearest Norfolk Public Schools Pre-K to your home,
Call Compensatory Education Programs: 628-3922