The Croatan Civic League News January 2015 By the Beach with Bill Garvey Hope everyone survived the holidays and is ready to tackle a New Year. We started our first meeting of the New Year at our new meeting location (the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Building on 17th street next to the library). H Clayton Bernick from the City of Virginia Beach presented a proposed sign to be placed at several beach access points to educate people about the reasoning behind and importance of not walking on the dunes. The cost is not known at this time but appeared to be less than $300 a sign. We hope to have more info on the proposed signs soon.
CONTENTS: By the Beach
From the Desk of
Wildlife in Croatan
We had a discussion about making the newsletter electronic and personally printing up copies for those who cannot access them electronically. Expect a neighborhood survey on this soon. We are in the final process of selecting a new design for the front entrance and plan to have it finalized by the next meeting. Spring Fling is closer than you think (June 6th) and we will need some volunteers. Please let us know if you can help out. As always, we are looking for civic minded residents who have an interest in serving on the board. Please contact one of us for more information. Til we share cold one on the beach, take care and be safe. Bill Garvey CCL President
UPCOMING EVENTS: 1/12 Women’s Club 1/15 Book Club 2/2
CCL Board Meeting
From the Desk of Ken Jobe Camp Pendleton/ Dam Neck /Lake Christine: Working Group Meeting with Pendleton may be held in late Jan 2015. Details, when available, will be announced via the CCL e-mail net. Neighborhood Channel Dredging Program: Given no expression of neighborhood interest in this subject for the past ~ 8 months, routine monthly reporting on this subject will cease. If you wish to keep up with program developments, please visit vbgov.com, then departments, then coastal, then NDP. Wetlands Board 20 Jan Meeting: No Croatan applicants. However, FYI, adjacent to Croatan @ 516 Southside Road on Lake Wesley’s western branch contiguous to Rudee Inlet, is agenda item VB 14-224-W. This application is for approval to construct a bulkhead and covert uplands to wetlands. Coastal primary sand dune/beach access educational signage – City of Virginia Beach (CVB) Director of Planning’s Clay Bernick reviewed the program status and the near final draft signage at the CCL January meeting. This education presentation is designed to inform the beach-going public regarding the benefits of the beach-dune system, and to encourage them to assist in preserving same. Croatan Beach – Jan Perriello provided concerns and a photo of 500 block S. Atlantic dune damage resulting from the late fall storms. Her observations, comments and photo were forwarded to CVB authorities. Croatan Road pavement @ curve. Thanks to our friends in Department of Public Works for repairing the curve’s surface. Questions comments on the preceding? Please e-mail them to me – [email protected] See ya on the beach! Ken
Hat’s Off Thanks to our good neighbors who have adopted either a poop bag dispenser or a street drain and the gutters approaching it. Street Drain Adopters:
Poop Dispenser Adopters:
Croatan Road - Gigi Holmes
Croatan Access - The Taylors
Croatan Road - Camp Pendleton (2)
Lockhead Access - The Hankins
Fort Raleigh Drive - The Gillens Fort Raleigh Drive - The Suits Surfside Road - The Duffys Vanderbilt Road - The Cholewas Virginia Dare Drive - The Callahans
Wildlife in Croatan by Suditi (Susanna H. Miller) Winter brings some interesting birds passing through and our water features bring interesting waterfowl. Two recent visitors are featured here: The Gadwall is a large, mallard-sized duck that likes to spend time dabbling (tipping forward to feed on submerged vegetation without diving). They have a steep forehead and slightly narrower bill than a mallard. Gadwall hens have feathers typical of the dabblers – tan and brown colors in a camouflaging pattern. Males tend to be more grey, with breast feathers of alternating black and white crescent lines and distinctive black rumps. Both sexes have a white wing patch that is sometimes visible while swimming or resting. They are found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere. Gadwall breed mainly in the Great Plains and prairies. When migrating and in winter, look for Gadwall in reservoirs, ponds, fresh and salt water marshes, city parks, sewage ponds, muddy edges of estuaries, or no further than Lake Christine! They are often seen in pairs through the winter, because they select their mates for the breeding season as early as late fall. Unusual for a dabbling duck, Gadwall can be pirates, snatching food from diving ducks as they surface. The Ring-billed duck is a compact diving duck most likely to drop into small ponds during migration. They dive in shallow water to feed on the tubers, seeds and leaves of moist-soil and aquatic plants. They also eat aquatic insects, snails and clams. Males are bold black-and-gray ducks with a dark head, black back, and gray sides with a white hash mark on the chest. Females are rich brown with a contrastingly pale cheek, a white patch near the bill, and a whitish eye ring. Adult males have a prominent white ring on the bill. This duck has many popular common names, including: ring-necked, ring-billed shuffler, ring-necked scaup duck, or blue-bill fall duck (Minnesota), black jack (Illinois), and moon-bill (South Carolina). The majority of Ring-necked ducks migrate through the Central and Mississippi flyways to inland wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico and the southern Atlantic coast of the United States. In winter, ring-necked ducks use a variety of habitats, such as fresh and brackish marshes, shallow lakes, estuarine bays and coastal lagoons. Ring-necked ducks are winter visitors to Central America, the northern Caribbean, and vagrant to Trinidad and Venezuela. The Ring-necked Duck breeds mainly across far northern North America. They prefer sedge-meadow marshes, swamps and bogs surrounded by woody vegetation. Female ring-necked ducks nest in flooded or floating emergent vegetation and lay an average of 8-10 eggs. This pretty little duck is also considered very tasty, so it tends to be quite shy of humans-whether pointing guns or cameras! But, fortunately, for us and them, both of these interesting duck species are enjoying a more relaxing time as temporary neighbors in Croatan.
Neighborhood Contacts and Helpers Welcome Wagon
Babysitters in Croatan
Contact Katie Ripberger at [email protected] or phone 434-6450 if you know of new Croatan neighbors
Alexa Anderson Preston Banta Jordan Delaney Devan Doss Cindi Dunker Mariah Dunlap Morgan Garber Sofia Gerloff Alex Goss Alli Ingraham Mariah Jonklaas Nicole Krykanov Brittani McLeskey Cameron Reuss Sofia Risku Sidney Roeder
Book Collection Betty Rosignolo 760 Virginia Dare Drive 437-8662; [email protected] For Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital Auxiliary Regina Oswalt 629 S. Atlantic Avenue 422-2776; [email protected] For Virginia Oncology Associates
Magazine Collection Michele Speight, Teen Crisis Intervention
To make corrections or additions to this page, please contact Marian Kitchin at 437-9554 or email [email protected]
Who to Call
Pet Sitters in Croatan
Dead or Stranded Marine Mammal (dolphin, seal, whale) or Sea Turtle Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team 757-385-7575
Important Contacts Police Fire & Rescue Emergencies 911 Non-Emergency Assistance 385-5000 Miss Utility 811 Potholes, Street Signs and Repairs 385-1470 Animal Control (Option #1) 385-4444 City Landfill 385-1980 Bulk Trash Pickup 385-4650 Croatan Temporary Parking Permit 385-4131 Wildlife Response , Inc. 543-7000 VBSPCA Wildlife Referral Line 263-4762 Wildlife Conflict Helpline (toll free) (855) 571-9003
Donald Black 965-3208/818-2330 (Cell) Peri Bowman 425-9327 Meaghan Dullea 375=6563 Austin Dunkler 425-7476 or 234-1157 Cindi Dunker 287-6725 or 425-7476 Morgan Garber 422-1840 Sofia Gerloff 567-6727 Caitlin Helveston 705-9312 Nadia Kravstova 641-4256 Susan Leslie 437-9626 Molly Pocock 377-2126 Cameron Reuss 491-1245/633-0928 (Cell) Sidney Roeder 288-9577 Annabelle Smith 641-0943 Emily Yoder 286-0159 For recommended pet sitting businesses, visit Nextdoor Croatan or our website at www.croatanbeach.org and go to Neighbortoneighbor/Recommended Services/PetSitters
SCOOP THE POOP!!!!! It’s the LAW!!! Please carry a plastic bag with you when you walk your dog. Don’t let pet waste become part of our waterways or our neighbor’s landscape.
The Croatan Book Club Next Meeting Date:
Thursday, January 15
Leader: Diane Maurice
Selection: The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty All Neighbors are welcome. Just read the book (or maybe not), bring a beverage or snack, and e-mail the hostess that you will be attending. Future Selections —
Feb 19 China Dolls, by Lisa See
Mar 19 The Invention of Wings,
by Sue Monk Kidd See the CCL website for 2015 selections: www.croatanbeach.org/clubs/bookclub/.
Croatan Women’s Club Meeting Notice Date:
Time: 7:00 pm
Laura Taylor, 604 Christine Dr.
Hospitality: A-K – Appetizer; L-Z – Drinks/Wine
A "Lovely" Evening by FIRE AND ICE Quartet
Hospitality: A-K – Drinks/Wine; L-Z – Appetizer See the CCL website for 2015 programs: www.croatanbeach.org/clubs/womensclub/.
VIRGINIA BEACH HOUSEHOLD BATTERY RECYCLING DROP-OFF Virginia Beach residents can return used household batteries to any of 16 disposal sites including 10 public libraries and 6 recreation centers for recycling at no charge. For small amounts of household batteries the closest drop off point is Oceanfront Area Library 700 Virginia Beach Blvd.
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Croatan Civic League Officers, Directors and Committee Chair Contacts President, Events Bill Garvey—Phone 471-5436 Email—[email protected] Vice President, Neighborhood Security George Horvath—Phone 233-0019 Email—[email protected] Secretary, Rock ‘n Roll Cheering Vince Donlon—Phone 450-7317 Email—[email protected] Treasurer Jim Skarbak—Phone 491-3230 Email—[email protected] Director, Membership/Directory Martha Davenport—Phone 428-3348 Email—[email protected] Director, Citizens Advisory Council/Alerts Maria Kania—Phone 343-5707 Email—[email protected] Director Deborah Kurtz—Phone 428-9240 Email—[email protected]