Thursday, May 27, 2021

June Newsletter and Events

 In this month's issue, we have:

  • Upcoming Events
    • Clean The Bay Day @ Indian River Park - Sat, June 5, 9 am
    • Moth Night @ Indian River Park - Sat, June 12, 9 pm
    • June Monthly Meeting - Nansemond River Preservation Alliance - Thurs, June 17, 7 pm
  • Other News
    • Indian River Planning Area Study Update
    • Proposed zoning change for Used Car Dealership Withdrawn
    • Local Tree Plantings



Clean The Bay Day/Adopt-A-Park @ Indian River Park

Date: Saturday, June 5, 9 am to Noon
Location: Indian River Park entrance
at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.


The Friends of Indian River's will be hosting a cleanup at Indian River Park.  This will help to spruce up the area, collect trash that will otherwise get washed into the river and impact wildlife. The city will provide garbage bags. 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.   There is also trash to be collected from the flood plain of the creek, which is wet; bring rubber boots if you can help in this area.  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. 

We will be following all recommended Covid-19 safety precautions in place at the time of this event.  Please wear a mask if you have not yet been fully vaccinated. 
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To speed up registration and improve social distancing at the start of the cleanup, please review and complete the online safety release form at least one day before the event.



Moth Night @ Indian River Park

Date: Saturday, June 12, 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Indian River Park entrance
at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.

We're working with the Butterfly Society and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism to host a Moth Night at Indian River Park.  At the event we'll attract, identify, and document moths, like the tuliptree silkmoth pictured here. 

This will be after dark, so please bring a flashlight.

We will be following all recommended Covid-19 safety precautions in place at the time of this event.  Please wear a mask if you have not yet been fully vaccinated. 

Event is limited to 25 persons.  Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/QENiGRchbJ4z6kcd8.



June Monthly Meeting - Nansemond River Preservation Alliance
Date: Thursday, June 17, 7 pm
Location: Zoom Meeting, Pre-register

Our guest speaker will be Elizabeth Taraski with Nansemond River Preservation Alliance.  It will be a chance to hear what this like-minded organization is doing in Suffolk and gets some ideas for ways to improve our programs here in Chesapeake.

We'll have updates on the latest community news.

Please pre-register for the event to get the Zoom meeting URL. https://forms.gle/WB3xX8EsRDC4Kezy7



Other News

Indian River Planning Area Study Public Feedback

The City was collecting comments on the final draft of the Indian River Planning Area Study in May.  The Study is a proposed strategic plan for our community.

The Study laid out a plan with a strong, interconnected combination of actions that, when implemented, should improve the quality of life of our community.   Key themes that we support throughout the Plan include:
- Redesign and revitalization of Indian River Road, including the Indian River Shopping Center, as our Main Street
- Preservation of the residential character of our community
- Interconnecting the community with parks, the civic campus, and open space
- Increasing the overall environmental quality of the community through increased tree canopy, natural areas and shorelines, and green infrastructure.

The Planning Department will review all comments received and factor them into the next draft of the plan.  That version will then be presented to Planning Commission and City Council for their consideration during formal public hearings.   Those are expected to happen over the summer.  


Zoning Change for Used Car Dealership was Withdrawn by the applicant and did not proceed to the City Council. 

Tree Plantings!  Thank you Bethany Baptist Church in Campostella, Oaklette United Methodist Church, and everyone involved for a pair of tree plantings for Earth Week back in April.  The effort was coordinated by one of our members, who will also be the new Tree Board Chair for the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council.  Altogether, 31 trees were planted at Bethany Baptist Church and Oaklette United Methodist Church.   The trees were a mix of native and select non-native trees provided by the Chesapeake Extension Office from their nursery.   Church members helped with the planting and will now care for the trees as they grow and flourish, doing their part for the Care of Creation.  


The Elizabeth River Project has several programs to help home owners upgrade their yards to become better stewards of a healthy environment. The Friends of Indian River is stepping up to provide a little extra funding support for such projects in the And now in the Indian River area of Chesapeake.  Such projects include creating rain gardens, vegetated shoreline buffers, and living shorelines. See the flier in the attached image for more info, visit https://elizabethriver.org/river-star-homes or contact us at info@friendsofindianriver.org 

We always encourage you as individual to pick up any stray litter that you come across along our roads, parking lots, and in our parks.  Every piece of trash collected is one less that causes harm to wildlife in our natural areas and waterways.  And just as important, reduce your use of single use packaging to not create litter in the first place.  Take The Pledge to keep Virginia Litter Free at https://loversnotlitter.org/pledge/

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