Previous Calendar Listings

Monday, Feb. 27, 7 PM, the new Denbigh Community Center: Councilwoman Sharon Scott’s North District Town Hall meeting. I have been to two of these meetings and spoke briefly each time. It would be good for more people to speak at this one and in the future. This is a way to reach new people who will be at the meeting for other reasons, as well as show to Sharon Scott that there is continued support for the park. Please take brochures and ask for signatures on the petition.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2:30 PM, 10th floor City Hall: There will be a discussion by council members during their afternoon work session concerning the City Farm. Open to the public, but no public comment. A large turnout by the public will say a lot to the council members. 2017_2-28 NNCC Work Session Agenda

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.
2017_2-28 NNCC 7PM Agenda

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Monday, March 6, 2017 7:00 PM, First Baptist Church of Newport News
12716 Warwick Blvd, Payne Hall (Fellowship Hall). Park behind the section of the church building nearest the cemetery. Enter back door.

City Council members Bert Bateman and Pat Woodbury will express their views concerning the future of the Newport News City Farm.
There will be a question and answer period.
You may submit questions in advance by e-mail:
RiverviewParkcitizens@gmail.com
Citizens for Riverview Farm Park

SaveRiverviewFarmPark.com

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 4:00-6:00 PM, Bayport Credit Union Building, 11820 Fountain Way, Suite 301, EDA Board Room, 3rd Floor: Comprehensive Planning Citizens Advisory Committee (CPCAC). Information on the Draft Comprehensive Plan at http://saveriverviewfarmpark.com/index.php/one-city-one-future-comprehensive-plan/

Monday, March 20, 2017 4:30-7:00 PM, Marcellus Harris’s “Councilman’s Corner” will be held in the Grissom Library meeting room.

Monday, March 20, 2017 7:00 PM, Grissom Library Meeting Room, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will hold an open meeting to discuss future plans including the petition and speaking at the City Council meeting on March 28. This meeting follows immediately after Councilman Harris’s meeting and is in the same room. Please come early enough to attend at least part of his meeting where you can express your concerns about the City Farm. You can then stay for the CRFP meeting.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00-6:00 PM, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Avenue
Newport News, Comprehensive Planning Citizens Advisory Committee (CPCAC). Information on the Draft Comprehensive Plan at http://saveriverviewfarmpark.com/index.php/one-city-one-future-comprehensive-plan/

Monday, March 27, 7 PM, the new Denbigh Community Center: Councilwoman Sharon Scott’s North District Town Hall meeting. This is a way to reach new people who will be at the meeting for other reasons, as well as show to Sharon Scott that there is continued support for the park. Please take brochures and ask for signatures on the petition.

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

Monday, April 3, 2017 6:30 PM, Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Young’s Mill Lane, Newport News, VA 23602 https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will hold an open meeting to discuss future plans including the petition and speaking at the City Council meeting on April 11.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 4:00 PM, City Council Chambers, City Hall, Newport News Planning Commission.

Tuesday, April 11, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: We would especially like to have a large turnout on this night, including some young people.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 4:00-6:00 PM, James Room, City Center Building Two (Building with Waterworks Office and main office of Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism),
Newport News, Comprehensive Planning Citizens Advisory Committee (CPCAC). Information on the Draft Comprehensive Plan at http://saveriverviewfarmpark.com/index.php/one-city-one-future-comprehensive-plan/

Monday, April 17, 2017 4:30-7:00 PM, Marcellus Harris’s “Councilman’s Corner” (Location not known at this time).              —- CANCELLED —-

Saturday, April 22, 7 AM-3:30 PM, Christopher Newport University (CNU) Gardening Symposium, at the Freeman Center (where they play basketball). Someone has checked with CNU, and though we can’t set up a table there, we are free to petition. There is a plant sale and outdoor market that attracts lots of traffic because it can be seen from Warwick Blvd. This is the kind of event in which people are constantly coming and going. If those interested in gathering petition signatures will let us know what times they can be available, we could set up shifts and try to cover the entire time.

Freeman Center: https://goo.gl/maps/CGHF2dkk4EF2

CNU Parking Map: https://cnu.edu/parking/maps/
For special events CNU usually has signs directing you to which parking lots they want you to use.

City Manager Cindy Rohlf to Meet with the Public on April 24 to Discuss the Planning Process for the City Farm and to Answer Questions

Robin and Lucy van Tine, Rena Crabill, Cindy Rohlf, Adrian Whitcomb

Monday, April 24, 7 PM, Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Young’s Mill Lane,  https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will hold an open meeting with our new City Manager Cindy Rohlf.

Patrick Wright, Rena Crabill, Cindy Rohlf

Tuesday, April 25, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

Tuesday, May 9, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

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Monday, May 22, 7 PM, Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Young’s Mill Lane,  https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will hold an open meeting. Please come and share your ideas and questions concerning how we can continue our efforts to make the City Farm and the city-owned portion of the Deep Creek Marina a permanent part of Riverview Farm Park. If you have been gathering petition signatures, please bring those to the meeting. They do not have to be notarized.

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Tuesday, May 23, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

Wednesday, May 24, 6-9 PM, every Wednesday through August 30, Port Warwick: Concert (free) on Styron Square, schedule at http://www.liveonthesquare.org/list-of-bands-and-dates/  http://www.liveonthesquare.org/

Friday, June 2, 6-9 PM Fridays through August 11 (according to website, though that might change), City Center: Fridays at the Fountain: Live Music (free) http://www.citycenteratoysterpoint.com/events

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Saturday, June 3, King-Lincoln Park Day — You are encouraged to gather petition signatures and hand out brochures. Please e-mail us if you need these materials.

Monday, June 5, 6:00 PM, Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Young’s Mill Lane,  https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will  distribute petition forms and other materials for Election Day Petition Drive.

Thursday, June 8, 6:00-7:30 PM, Mid-Town Community Center: Saundra Cherry’s Town Hall, City Manager Cynthia Rohlf is the featured speaker. Please attend and make comments / ask questions about the City Farm.

Sunday, June 11, 3:00-5:00 PM, Riverview Farm Park: Some of the members of Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will be at a table near the restroom and playground areas to collect signatures on our petition and to distribute petition forms, other materials, and signs to those who would like to help us save the City Farm as part of the park, particularly people who plan to help at voting precincts on Primary Election Day, June 13. See below and also our HOME page for details of our Election Day Petition Drive.

Tuesday, June 13, Election Day Petition Drive, See below and also our HOME page for details.

PETITION

Primary Election, June 13 – We need to make an extra effort to recruit people to do this. The polls are the best place to get signatures because we know that those who come to vote are residents of the city. It’s a more efficient use of our time. These are the people who elected officials are most fearful of turning against them, because they will vote!

We will target precincts where we can expect to get the most signatures and the times of the day when those precincts are busiest.

We can begin by signing up ourselves, sending out e-mails for volunteers, and arranging a schedule for people to cover each precinct.

On Election Day 2008 more than 4,000 signatures were gathered at the polls in Hampton on a petition concerning Fort Monroe. The only absolute limit for us in this election is the number of people who go to the polls in Newport News on Election Day. The more volunteers we have, the more we can accomplish.

We will discuss the details of this effort at our meeting on Monday.

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Thursday, June 15, 6:00-7:30 PM, Downing-Gross Cultural Center: Saundra Cherry’s Town Hall, City Manager Cynthia Rohlf is the featured speaker. Please attend and make comments / ask questions about the City Farm.

Monday, June 19, 7:00 PM, Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Young’s Mill Lane,  https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will collect completed petition forms and contact lists (e-mail addresses and phone numbers) from the Primary Election Day Petition Drive. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Tuesday, June 27, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

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Monday, July 10, 7:00 PM, Grissom Library Meeting Room: Open meeting of Citizens for Riverview Farm Park

Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: City Council meeting with Citizen Comment period.

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VERY IMPORTANT!

Public meeting dates and locations for the Draft Comprehensive Plan presentation.
·         Monday July 17, 6-8 PM, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
·         Tuesday July 25, 6-8 PM, Denbigh Community Center
·         Thursday July 27, 6-8 PM, Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
We need to have a lot of people supporting the park attend these meetings and providing input, written and spoken. Please tell the planning people that we want the City Farm to be shown as a park on the Future Land Use Map.
The meetings will be open house format, scheduled between 6 and 8 PM. There will be a presentation at 6:30 p.m. at each meeting to introduce the plan to the public and then answer questions. There will be several stations set up with copies of the draft plan and key maps so that attendees can take a closer look at the plan – if they haven’t reviewed it yet on line – and ask further questions and provide feedback. These stations will be open before and after the presentation. More details to follow as we get closer to the meeting dates.
You can view the Draft Comprehensive Plan at

 

Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: City Council meeting with Citizen Comment period.

CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN   Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM (9:30 setup time for table displays) – 1:30 PM, Riverview Farm Park: 2017 International Soccer Tournament and Outreach Festival — Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will have a table at this event. We will have brochures, signs, and ask for signatures on our petition to keep the City Farm as part of Riverview Farm Park. See letter from City of Newport News below calendar list.

Monday, August 28, 7:00 PM, Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Young’s Mill Lane,  https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will hold an open meeting. Please come and share your ideas and questions concerning how we can continue our efforts to make the City Farm and the city-owned portion of the Deep Creek Marina a permanent part of Riverview Farm Park. If you have been gathering petition signatures, please bring those to the meeting. They do not have to be notarized.

Monday, September 4, 3:00-6:00 PM, 914 Shore Drive, Newport News,  Congressman Bobby Scott’s Annual Labor Day Picnic, which will be attended by many local and state politicians. This will be an opportunity to talk with some of them.

Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, Brittingham (Midtown) Community Center, Go Green Expo, http://www.nngogreenexpo.org/

Tuesday, September 12, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM (Parade starts at 10:00), Denbigh Day.
The Denbigh Lions Club announces that this year’s Denbigh Day event will follow the successful theme of an Arts and Crafts Festival. Denbigh Day will be held on the grounds of the Courthouse Way Community Center at 14302 Old Courthouse Way in Newport News.                NO RAIN DATE IS PLANNED.  http://www.denbighday.com/

Sunday, September 17, 9:30 and 11:15 AM, 415 Young’s Mill Lane,  https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park President Adrian Whitcomb to speak at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula. The topic will be, “Together We Can Save the City Farm.”

Tuesday, September 26, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

Saturday, October 7 and Sunday October 8, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Newport News Park, Newport News Fall Festival of Folklore. We will be gathering signatures on the City Farm petition. Please contact us at SaveRiverviewFarmPark@gmail.com if you can help.
Information about the festival at
https://www.nngov.com/821/About-the-Festival

Tuesday, October 10, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM and Sunday October 15, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Styron Square at Port Warwick, The Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival. We will be gathering signatures on the City Farm petition. Please contact us at SaveRiverviewFarmPark@gmail.com if you can help.
Information about the festival at http://www.pwartfest.org/

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Tuesday, October 24, 7 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall: One more opportunity to speak to City Council.

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Monday, October 30, 7:00-9:00 PM Yancey – Simonds Debate for House seat, 94th District General Assembly

Shelly Simonds says that she will talk about the City Farm during the debate. If you want David Yancey to say something for the record about the City Farm, which so far he has not, it would help for you to contact CNU and say so. If enough people try to submit a question by phone or e-mail, it might persuade Dr. Quentin Kidd to ask a question on the City Farm.

A Delegate to the General Assembly will not vote on keeping the City Farm as a park, but he or she could be helpful in securing funds for the park and in influencing other people to support the park.

Quentin Kidd

Professor – Dean, College of Social Sciences; Director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy
Luter Hall 224 (757) 594-8499 qkidd@cnu.edu

Parking is available in the Visitors Parking Lot behind the chapel (next to Ferguson Center) or in the parking garage behind Ferguson Center.

http://cnu.edu/visit/campusmap/

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Monday, November 6, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Young’s Mill Lane, Newport News, VA 23602 https://goo.gl/maps/eDoz6P9oZtC2, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park will distribute petitions and other materials to those who are gathering signatures at voting precincts on Tuesday. If you cannot come at this time, please let us know at SaveRiverviewFarmPark@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 7, 6:00 AM-7:00 PM, ELECTION DAY. We will be gathering signatures on the City Farm petition. Please contact us at SaveRiverviewFarmPark@gmail.com if you can help.
During the June primary election, we gathered about 2,200 signatures. We hope to gather more on November 7. This is not a partisan issue. We have park supporters from the two major parties as well as minor parties and independents. If you truly want to help save Riverview Farm Park, this is one of the most critical times to help!

Saturday, November 25, 5:00 PM, Port Warwick, Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Music, including Choir from First Baptist Church of Newport News. This will be a good time to gather more petition signatures. Please contact us at SaveRiverviewFarmPark@gmail.com if you can help.

Monday, November 27, 7:00 PM, Denbigh Community Center. Join Councilwoman Sharon Scott and City Manager Cindy Rohlf at the North District Town Hall meeting to discuss upcoming and proposed developments and more!

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We need to be there asking questions about the City Farm!

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Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 PM, Newport News City Council, If you haven’t spoken at a council meeting recently, please think about doing so at this or another meeting in the near future.

Saturday, December 2, 4:00-8:00 PM, Newport News City Center, Hollydazzle. This will be another good time to gather more petition signatures. We don’t expect you to be there for the entire event. If you can be there for a hour or two that would be great. Please contact us at SaveRiverviewFarmPark@gmail.com if you can help.

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Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 PM, City Council Chambers, City Hall, City Council meeting.

 

 

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Cancelled Because of Weather

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Letter from City of Newport News:

Greetings!

Preparations are well underway for the 2017 International Soccer Tournament and Outreach Festival, hosted by the Hispanic Advisory Committee to the City Manager. We are extremely excited about this year’s event, which focuses on youth participation and family engagement.  The Soccer Tournament and Festival will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Riverview Farm Park, located at the intersection of Menchville Road and Youngs Road in Newport News. We would like to extend an invitation to your agency to participate. There is no cost to attend, you will only need to complete the enclosed form and return it to ljefferson@nnva.gov before Friday, July 21.

The purpose of this event is to educate our community about programs and services that are available to them. This is a great opportunity for your organization to share information about your agency and its benefits to our community.  We are having the adult soccer tournament consisting of local teams comprised of different ethnic and cultural groups, a youth soccer clinic for younger children ages 7 to 9, as well as a separate instructional clinic for youth ages 10 to 12.  All of these activities are free, open to anyone, and should attract a large number of soccer enthusiasts.  We are also having an exhibition performance from various programs offered by the Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism youth programs.

Here are a few other things you should know about participating in this event:

  • The adult soccer tournament will start promptly at 8:30 a.m., however we are asking that organizations participate from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Vendor set-up takes place from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Each vendor receives a table and two chairs under a tent.

If you are not able to participate, we ask that you consider sharing the enclosed flyers and information with those that your organization serves using any of your traditional communication platforms or social media pages. Should you have any questions, please call Eoghan “Owen” Miller at (757) 926-3681 or Latoya Jefferson at (757) 926-6995.

Sincerely,

Cleder A. Jones
Director
Department Communications

Enclosures
cc: Mayra Creed, Hispanic Advisory Committee Chairperson

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2017 Newport News City Council Meetings at 7:00 PM on the dates below

January 10, 24; February 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 11, 25; May 9, 23; June 13, 27;
July 11; August 8; September 12, 26: October 10, 24; November 14, 28; December 12, 26.