Thursday, December 13, 2018

Indian River Park Ivy Pull cancelled on Saturday 12/15

Hi everyone - with the forecast of rain Friday night and Saturday morning, we are cancelling the planned Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Work Day (Invasives/English Ivy Removal) on Saturday 12/15.  We are rescheduling this event to Saturday, January 19th.

But please join us for Annual Holiday Party next Thursday, 12/20 at 7 pm.  It's a chance for us to get together and celebrate the year's accomplishments.  Bring a holiday treat (like vege platter, appetizer, or dessert} to share and join us for the fun - including a chance to finish your Christmas shopping at our silent auction.  Even if you have not been to a meeting in a while or if this would be your very first meeting you are invited.  See below for details.

And we are also planning a First Day Hike at Indian River Park on January 1st!. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

December Newsletter and Events



Our Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 20th and we very cordially invite all our members, volunteers, and their guests to come join us at our year end celebration.   We'll recognize our wonderful volunteers and all their great accomplishments, share holiday treats and appetizers, socialize ... and do some shopping!  The party features our big silent auction, always brimming with some quality items donated by our members.  Even if you have not been to a meeting in a while or if this would be your very first meeting, we encourage you to come out and partake in the merriment.   The party is from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Oaklette United Methodist Church.    Please bring a desert or appetizer to share and join the festivities.   Also, the Oaklette United Methodist Church food pantry will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items.

Sincerely,
Rogard Ross
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator


Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Work Day (Invasives/English Ivy Removal)
Date: Rescheduled to January 19th
9 am to Noon

** New location: Meet at the Indian River Park entrance at Paramont Avenue by the Power Lines (by the Ipswich Sign) ~2151 Paramont Ave

We'll be working on invasive plant removal, particularly English Ivy.   Come help us control this scourge. The more volunteers that come out the more that we can accomplish! 

Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. Bring pruning clippers, loppers, screwdrivers (which are amazingly useful in prying ivy off tree trunks) and/or pruning saws if you have them.  We will have water and lots of snacks. (We also always encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles). Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision



Annual Holiday Party and Volunteer Appreciation
Date: Thursday,  December 20,
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Dr.

This will be our end of year celebration to recognize our many accomplishments, recognize our volunteers, and socialize. Please bring a desert or appetizer to share and join the festivities. 

We'll have a silent auction, so you can finish some Christmas shopping too. 

Please also consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food items for the Oaklette United Methodist Church food pantry to the meeting this evening. 

Even if you have not been to a meeting in a while or if this would be your very first meeting, we encourage you to come out and partake in the merriment.



First Day Hike

Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Starting Location: Indian River Park, 2001 Rokeby Ave.

Join us for new New Year's Day tradition to explore Indian River Park and it's century old forest on the Indian River flood plain.  Learn about the history of the park, its native trees, and its value to maintaining the health of local butterfly, bird, and wildlife populations.  Note: the forest trail has uneven surfaces and minor elevation changes. 


Other News

Chesapeake Public Schools have released the Superintendent’s Proposed 2019-2029 Capital Improvement Plan.  For our area, the Plan foresees modest enrollment growth over the next decade, but cites the need to modernize the 54-year old Indian River Middle School.  Chesapeake Public Schools commissioned an architectural firm to conduct a facility condition inspection for Indian River Middle School, along with other older schools, and concluded that the facility is in need of major modernization.  The project is slated early in the proposed modernization queue, with design work scheduled to begin in 2019-20. This project will include a modernization of the main building and provide additional permanent classroom space to house all Indian River Middle School students in the main building. Estimated completion would be in 2023-24.   Projected cost, $48 million.  Another Public Hearing is scheduled for December 10 at the Chesapeake School Administration Building, 312 Cedar Road.  This would be a good opportunity to speak in support of our local schools and the modernization of the Indian River Middle School.   https://cpschools.com/new-construction-and-planning/capital-projects-new-construction-planning/
https://cpschools.com/school-board/schedule/

Thank you to the volunteers who came out last month to help with the Native Plant Garden at Indian River Park and the Adopt-A-Road cleanup along Indian River Road.   The gardening work help us lay down mulch and re-do the irises that were getting way too crowded.  And during the cleanup the following week, volunteers picked up about 8 bags of litter including lots of small stuff - cigarette butts, cigarette filter tips, cigarello wrappers, (see a trend?), ketchup wrappers, bottle caps, straws, food wrappers, etc. 

Please consider the Friends of Indian River in your year-end giving.  You can become a member of the Friends of Indian River, renew your membership, or make a donation online at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/membership.html

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Newsletter and Events


Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Work Day
Date: Saturday, November 10
10:00 am to 1 pm

Meet at the park entrance at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.)

We'll be doing another round of work around the park entrance,  mainly dividing plants, weeding, and mulching.

Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. If you can, bring shovels, rakes, pruners, saws and other gardening tools. We can use some wheel barrows to move mulch if you can bring one.  We will have water and lots of snacks. (We also always encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles).   Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.



Monthly Meeting: City Council Member Matt Hamel
Date: Thursday, November 15,
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Dr.

Our scheduled guest speaker will be City Council Member Matt Hamel.  This meeting with City Council Members is a great way to learn about how our city functions and ask questions about items of concern.

Please also consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food items for the Oaklette United Methodist Church food pantry to the meeting this evening.

There will be light refreshments and door prizes after the meeting.





Quarterly Cleanup - Indian River Road - 

Date: Saturday, November 17, 9 AM to Noon
Starting Location: Post Office side parking lot at 3810 Indian River Rd

We need your help for our quarterly cleanup.   Join us for a few hours to clean up the mile of Indian River Road from the city limits at Wingfield Avenue all the way to MacDonald Road. We are also asking all business owners along Indian River Road - and everywhere really - to make sure they sweep up in front of their storefronts as part of the effort.   And if you can't make it out for our organized cleanup please take 15 minutes and clean up the street and ditches in front of your home; pass the word to your neighbors!

The city will provide garbage bags and orange safety vests. We'll have water and snacks available. Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.


Other News

The first version of Site Plan for the new condos adjacent to Indian River Park was available from the Planning Department last month.  We've submitted comments expressing concern that it does not appear to provide the 25' vegetated buffer to the residences on Miller Avenue required by the proffers on the zoning approval. Nor is it clear how it achieves its 15% tree canopy (2.7 acre) requirement.   We've been told that revisions have been requested from the developer.  Read more at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIndianRiver/photos/a.123643934367633/2050961148302559

The natural gas pipeline being built through Georgetown, Campostella, and Berkley has been making headlines this past month.  Here is a link to a fact check done by the Virginian Pilot - https://pilotonline.com/news/local/environment/article_364ffd18-dc52-11e8-aea2-0fec775becee.html

Here is a fun video clip on the importance of scooping the poop. Share it with your kids!  https://youtu.be/COcl8AAWzYs

Photos from last month's Hike and Adopt-A-Park events at Indian River Park. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we got a lot accomplished at the native plant garden, getting it all weeded and mulched.  https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIndianRiver/posts/2048147518583922 

On a personal note, I wish to personally thank everyone for the outpouring of support we received for the Cox Conserves Heroes nomination. The number of favorable testimonials made by individuals and groups in support of me and Friends of Indian River provides such great encouragement for our combined efforts. Alas, the National winner was the California nominee and I extend my congratulations to him. But we are the Virginia winner, which did come with a generous contribution from Cox Communications and the The Trust for Public Land, and the Friends will be carefully considering how to put these funds to good use; stay tuned for more info as we approach our Annual Meeting in January. - Rogard Ross

You can now also become a member of the Friends of Indian River, renew your membership, or make a donation online at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/membership.html