cleanup on 9/19. But due to predicted high flood tides, our focus will shift inland to do a roadside cleanup along Indian River Road. We'll still meet at Lilac Avenue and Indian River Road at 9 am. Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/1MPA7wuTw6R1ajSc6 to speed up registration and improve social distancing at the start of the cleanup.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Greetings! We hope everyone had a safe and healthy summer. This fall the Friends of Indian River are going to get back in gear with various volunteer events and, at least initially, virtual monthly meetings. We can also report progress on various cooperative efforts with the City.
- Upcoming Events
- Virtual Monthly Meeting - Planning Community Gardens - Thurs., 9/17
- International Coastal Cleanup @ Indian River - Oaklette Bridge - Sat., 9/19
- Indian River Canoe/Kayak Cleanup - Sat. 9/26
- October preview
- Voting Guide
- Other News
- Indian River Park Small Area Plan Update
- Blue Heron Landing Park Update
- Plymouth Park Picnic Shelter
- Indian River Park Trail Planning
- Census 2020
- Contests sponsored by Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council
Date: Thursday, September 17, 7 pm
Location: Zoom Meeting, Pre-register
Chris Epes, Norfolk Extension Agent will talk to our group about the ins and outs of creating a community garden.
We'll also go over some organization business and the latest community news and updates. Please pre-register for the event to get the Zoom meeting URL. https://forms.gle/GxLsPTNFDKPMKwci7
Date: Saturday, September 19, 9 am to Noon
Location: Meet at Lilac Avenue and Indian River Road. Park along Lilac Avenue by the Norfolk Highlands Primary School. It is a No Parking zone along Oleander Avenue (parallel to Indian River Road).
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2 pm to 5 pm
This is a "Bring Your Own Boat" event. If you plan to participate, it is important to let us know so that we can plan appropriately and provide additional information on logistics and where we will gather. If you have a boat but nowhere to put in along the river, contact us to make arrangements on where to put in. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Dates in October
- Monthly Meeting - Speaker TBA - Thursday, October 15
- Adopt-A-Park @ Indian River Park - Saturday, October 17
- Halloween Hike @ Indian River Park - TBA
- Early In-Person Voting will be available from Friday, September 18 through Saturday, October 31 at
- General Registrar's Office located at 411 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322
- Satellite locations at one library in each zip code in the city, including Indian River Library, South Norfolk Library, and Greenbrier Library.
- Available Monday thru Friday and the last two Saturdays in October, hours to be announced.
- Election officials will be at the sites to enable voters to cast their ballot. Voters will not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early, but must provide their name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement.
- Vote by Absentee Ballot
- You can request an absentee ballot online at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/. You will need a valid Virginia DMV driver's license or state ID card to request an absentee ballot online. Otherwise you can mail in your application or go to the Chesapeake General Registrar's office.
- You do not need to give reason to vote absentee in Virginia.
- Once you receive your absentee ballot, return your ballot to your local registrar by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day; or it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your registrar by noon on the third day after the election.
- If you request an absentee ballot and decide to vote in person instead, you must hand in the unused, unopened absentee ballot to an election official when you vote in person.
- Vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 3, 2020
- Polls will be open from 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
|Blue Heron Landing|
- Notable Yards Contest is looking for yards that "Look Good and are Good For Nature". The deadline for nominations is NOW - Tuesday, September 1st.
- Chesapeake Calendar Photo Contest, looking for photos that highlight the beauty and splendor of parks and scenic area around the City of Chesapeake, is taking entries thru September 18th.
- Business Beautification Award, which recognizes businesses in Chesapeake that takes pride in the visual impression it leaves on the surrounding neighborhood and shows an awareness of the environment, is accepting nominations until September 30th.
- Submit all entries via https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/ceic
Sunday, June 14, 2020
In this month's issue, we have:
- Other News
- Indian River Park Small Area Plan Update
- Primary Election on June 23; Absentee Ballot Information
- Census 2020
- Indian River Library
- Friends of Indian River Monthly Meeting - June 18
- Adopt-A-Road Cleanup - June 20
The City and their consultants are reviewing the public input gathered last month for the Indian River Small Area Plan. The next step is for them to use this data to draft recommendations and proposals for how to improve the area. This is the real core of the study. More public meeting/public input sessions to review these proposals will be set up later this summer. Stay tuned!
Primary elections will be held on June 23. For the 3rd Congressional District, which covers the Indian River area in Chesapeake, the ballot will cover the Republican House and Senate primary candidates. Some local voting sites have been moved. Learn more at http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/city-departments/departments/Voter-Registrar.htm
Due to the COVID-19 risks, everyone is still eligible for absentee voting. You can request an absentee ballot online or by mail. See https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/ for details; the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is Tuesday, June 16.
If you haven't yet filled out your Census survey, please do it now. It only takes about 10 minutes online and it's very important that everyone gets counted. This head count determines our representation in Congress, helps to make sure we get a fair share of funding, and provides vital statistics used for all kinds of analysis and planning. https://2020census.gov/
Indian River Library
Thank you to Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council - CEIC Conservation Landscaping Subcommittee for doing this wonderful garden upgrade to at the entrance to the Indian River Library. Our understanding is that there are still some finishing touches, but it is looking great. And to top it off, the plantings are primarily native plants that are suited to the area and support birds and pollinators. See a video on the installation at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIndianRiver/posts/3161220690609927
Here are some webinars and online resources which may be of interest
- Jewels of the Night: Conservation of Fireflies in the U.S. and Canada - http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/jewels-of-the-night-conservation-of-fireflies-in-the-u.s.-and-canada
- Elizabeth River Project Virtual River School - https://elizabethriverprojec.wixsite.com/kids