It’s mid-winter and daylight is slowly getting longer every day. This
year we even have an extra day in February. Do you believe those born
on February 29th age a bit more slowly? After all, they only have a real
birthday every four years – just food for thought.
Those who attended the January civic league meeting heard an
informative presentation by representatives from the Bay Lake
Retirement Community. The turnout was not large, but those in
attendance asked many questions, and there appeared to be quite a lot
of interest in the subject.
Keep in mind, we have eight civic league membership meetings each year. They are always on the third Tuesday of the months of January to May, and September to November. The venue is the fellowship hall at Bayside Presbyterian Church. Meetings
convene at 7:00 PM and typically adjourn in about an hour or so. Please mark your calendars and spend some time with us. You won’t be disappointed.
This month, we have a very timely presentation from representatives at Project Safe House. This is an important organization that assists and advocates for victims of human trafficking. It is a huge problem in this country today because it has increased with the virtually unchecked onslaught of migrants crossing our southern border in the last couple of years. The date for this meeting is February 20, 2024. I hope to see all of you there. This is one you don’t want to miss.
Our 2024 civic league membership drive is underway. As of today, we have 224 member households on the active roster. My personal goal for 2024 is 450 households. That is 50 percent of our 900-home neighborhood. Help Jean Bowman and her membership committee reach that goal today by completing and mailing the membership form in the newsletter. Our low annual household dues are $20.00. It is a
small price to support this active civic league that works on your behalf
throughout the year.
Recently while attending the Virginia Beach Council of Civic Organizations (VBCCO) meeting I had the opportunity to speak with Virginia Beach city manager, Patrick Duhaney. I thanked him for the role he may have played in preventing the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Paul Revere and Independence. Our civic league
has opposed that project since it was in the planning stage about four years ago. We see a traffic light at that intersection as being a detriment to our neighborhood primarily by increasing cut-thru traffic on our narrow residential streets – most with no sidewalks. Last year I sent a letter to Mr. Duhaney reiterating our opposition to that project. The civic league will continue to monitor the issue.
You may have noticed the medical practice at Copperfield and Independence has closed or moved. That was the business that prompted our community to petition the city for No-Parking signs on the streets around that intersection to curb the employees parking their vehicles in front of our residents all day. The building is now for lease. We will watch with interest to see what business moves there.
There are still weeks of winter ahead of us. Please be sure to watch out for your elderly or disabled neighbors. A helping hand or even just a simple phone call is appreciated – and it’s the right thing to do.
John Eason - President