Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
October 22, 2009
Oyster Roast Shell Pickup
Call us to get supplies and to schedule pickup
Oyster Roast season is upon us.  If your organization is planning an Oyster Roast fundraiser, please contact LynnhavenRiverNOW before your event to make arrangements for us to pick up the shells.  All shells are cured and used in construction of conservation reefs in the Lynnhaven River.  We can supply small buckets for the tables and baskets for the shells if we are notified in advance.  To schedule your event, call 757-962-5398.  Thank you for supporting this important effort.
 Heron, Chuck Guthrie
Photo by William Thomas
Lesner Bridge Replacement Study
Design Public Hearing, Nov. 5, 5:00-7:00 PM
A Design Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at CoxHigh School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive, beginning at 5:00 PM and ending at 7:00 PM.  Representatives from the City will be available toprovide information on roadway and bridge improvements to Shore Drive at the Lynnhaven Inlet.  Interested citizens can review the project information and the environmental document.  For more information, please contact David Jarman, City of Virginia Beach, Public Works Engineering at 757-385-4131.  
Lynnhaven Oysters featured at New York Restaurant
Lynnhaven Oyster Company was contacted by a restaurant in New York that is reproducing the 1904 menu from the Clover Club in Philadelphia for a special event.  The 1904 menu featured Lynnhaven oysters.  Cameron Chalmers was happy to tell him that he could supply authentic Lynnhaven Oysters for their event!
Tour the New Renaissance Academy and Hear the Results of our
2009 State of the River Report 
LRNow Public Meeting, Dec. 3, 7:00-9:00 PM
Be one of the first to hear results of the Lynnhaven River 2009 State of the River Report and tour the new innovative Renaissance Academy building.  Our December Public Meeting will be held in the Schola of the newest public school on Witchduck Road.

This building will surprise you with all of the innovations that make it the most sustainable school in our region---green roof, cistern, gray water system, solar panels.  Get a look at the 2009 State of the River Report and a pre-opening tour of this amazing new building.  Pre-registration is not required; all are welcome.
Seafood Festival Benefits LRNow
This Sunday at Lynnhaven Shellfish Company & Bubba's 
For the third year, Lynnhaven Shellfish Company and Bubba's are hosting a Seafood Festival where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lynnhaven River NOW.  The menu will include oysters, other good seafood and barbeque.  Tickets are $35 each and are available at Bubba's Restaurant and Lynnhaven Shellfish Company.  Sunday, October 25th from 2:00-6:00 PM.  Have a great time and help to "restore the legend".

Adult photo contest winnerCongratulations to our 2009 Photography Contest winners. 
Thank you to everyone who entered photographs in our 2009 competition.  They were all terrific and the choices were difficult to make.  Congratulations to the winning photographers.
Youth Division
Wildlife - David Gibson
Landscape - Megan Gram
Recreation - Alex Coyle
Overall Best Photo - David Gibson
Adult Division
Wildlife -
1st - Chuck Guthrie
2nd - Chuck Guthrie
Landscape -
1st - William Thomas
2nd - Kevin DuBois
Recreation -
1st - Kevin DuBois
2nd - Scott Ragsdale
Overall Best Photos -
1st - Daniel Burke
2nd - William Thomas 
All of the winning photos will be featured in our 2010 Lynnhaven River Calendar available from our office in November.  Calendars are $12 each or $10 each for 10 or more and make perfect gifts for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, out of town relatives and others.  Place your order today by calling our office, 757-962-5398, or email Laura at
Photo above by Daniel Burke
New VB Comprehensive Plan
Public Meeting Dates Set
The final draft of the new Comprehensive Plan for the City of Virginia Beach is complete and ready to be reviewed.  Copies are available at all VB Public Libraries and on the City's Web Site at  
Three public meetings will be held to hear your comments on the draft before it is voted on by the Planning Commission and the City Council.  Please come out and let our officials know what you think about the vision for the future of our City outlined in the Comp Plan.
Public Meetings:
Monday, October 26, 2009, 7:00-9:00 PM
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Thursday, October 29, 2009, 7:00-9:00 PM
Creeds Elementary School
In addition, there are two public hearings scheduled to provide opportunities for further comment on the updated Comprehensive Plan.  The Planning Commission Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the City Council  Chambers.  The City Council Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers and City Council is expected to consider final action and vote to adopt the plan on December 8, 2009 at 6:00 in City Council Chambers.  For further information, please contact the Planning Department at 757-385-4621.  
Grand Opening, New Birdneck Launch
Saturday, November 7, 9:00-Noon
Please join our Grand Opening paddle on Saturday, November 7th, 9:00 to Noon, from our new launch site, the Birdneck Launch.  You can bring your own boat or kayaks will be available for rent through Wild River Outfitters.  These will be onsite rentals; come out and rent your boat that morning.  The cost to rent a kayak, paddle and pfd is $ 20 and a reservation should be made in advance by calling Wild River Outfitters at 757-431-8566 or LRNow at 757-962-5398.
This site is our fourth public launch site on the LynnhavenRiver and allows access to a particularly beautiful part of our headwaters.  To reach the new launch site, turn west on Old Virginia Beach Road from Birdneck Road (501 City Grill is on the corner) and follow it to the end.
See you on November 7th!  You can view a map to the new site on our website.
 Heron, Chuck Guthrie
Photo by Chuck Guthrie
Listen for LRNow on WHRV Radio, 89.5, next Tuesday, 27th, from 6:00-10:00 AM