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