2. We don’t want to be seen as a sloppy neighborhood.
3. Some types of litter are a health hazard.
4. Litter hurts your house’s “curb appeal.”
5. A littered environment can contribute to depression.
6. It’s easy to do as part of a team, and walking in brisk fresh air promotes health and wellness.
7. A litter cleanup event keeps us connected as neighbors and members of a community.
8. There’ll be popcorn and drinks.
9. It’s been six months since the last cleanup.
10. There’ll be door prizes! Drawing at 11:45
So … let’s do it!
When Saturday, Oct. 27
Where Meet at Lewter Family Park, corner of Wellman and Windham to get a safety vest, a bag, and your door prize ticket
Why See above!
How Just show up. All we need is volunteers; everything else is furnished, thanks to City of Huntsville’s Operation Green Team.
Please attend to meet Jerry Berg; he initiated this biannual event over 10 years ago! Please, talk to him about being the point person for this 2x year event AND / OR to start one for other parts of NE Huntsville, too.
Lots of folks came out to see the draft plan and talk to city staff from offices of Traffic Engineering and Planning and GIS mapping. We didn’t see anyone from Parks and Recreation, however. Stay tuned for the next meeting to flush out more details. Here is the summary:
Join us at the Optimist Recreation Center (703 Oakwood Ave. NE) on June 12th from 6-8PM for a reveal Small Area Master Plan.
Over the past eight months, city planning staff in coordination with the Northeast Huntsville Civic Association and the Five Points Historic District Association gathered opinions and ideas from residents in a series of public meetings to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
This will be an open house-style event with no formal presentations or exercises, so you may come and go as you please. Staff from many departments will be represented.
The plan highlights several issues considered important by the residents of the study area, including:
Parks: Residents identified the neighborhood parks and Land Trust access as a strength of their community, but some improvements can be made. Come and tell staff how you want to use the parks: Bierne Park, Oak Park, Philpot Park, and Lewter Park.
Streetscape: Improving streets in accordance with the new city-wide Complete Streets policy. Come find out what that means and how you want to use the ribbons of asphalt and concrete in the area.
Pedestrian Connectivity: Highlighting new sidewalks and crosswalks to make access to amenities easier and safer. If you were in charge of spending limited $$, what are the priorities?
Zoning: Encouraging development that complements the surrounding architecture and land uses. What should houses and stores look like? Is there enough diversity?
This plan is still a draft, and comments will be gathered at the meeting.
Charles Marohn, renowned civil engineer turned city planner, will be in town on June 14th, from 5-7 pm at the Museum of Art.
Gardeners appreciate rain, and Rain We Got on the 2nd Garden Gathering April 14, 2108. Still, people came out with freshly dug perennials, cuttings, and vegetable starts. The rain did not dampen our spirits. Neighbors made new connections and revived aquaintences.
Greg Parker and Brent Avery of city Parks and Recreation hosted the Pizza Garden station, and the city Landscape management division supplied the soil. Sabrina also set up stations for the kids to make “seed bombs” and decorate their own tin can to use for a planter.
We all took delight in the joy of lil’ Nicholas’ romp and the Garden Music Station that Emily Bodnar built. The Worm Hotel from Jerry King was a big hit…and Mrs. Mary Howe, Master Gardener, helped everyone identify unmarked contributions. Adornments from “Wood and Beam” were available for sale to show our affinity for nature.
Original artwork by @Brandy Baird was appreciated in the raffle as well as:
Our vision for improvements in our area begins to take shape with the help of professional planners and engineering staff. Imagine if Andrew Jackson Way had stores and apartments above them as in this picture; a lot of people liked that configuration! This sort of preference can/may lead to new zoning policy to make it a bit easier for a developer with vision to accomplish the makeover.
Check out the results of the last two meetings here:
The inaugural Tweed Ride on Nov 12th was a hit! Mike Smith came from Madison with his penny-farthing, sitting atop his saddle at 8 ft tall. He did the entire loop!
classic clothes for classic event
The riders came from all points of the compass and they discovered the businesses on Meridian Street- our western border of our service area. At the end of the ride, the staff at Mad Malts welcomed everyone with fire pits and smiles, the Josh Couts Jazz Band warmed spirits, and the two food trucks Beast Mode and Doctor BBQ were a great complement to one another. If the joy of bicycling is something you want to promote for our area and you will help out for the next ride, contact Brandy at
Brandy is intentional about building a group who will keep it going. In this, the inaugural event, the NE Hsv Civic Association contributed some money and provided the hot tea in the park along. This type of riding is an international phenomenon.
Incidentally, George Hamilton of Old Town hosts a casual bike ride held on the last Sunday of the month. Gather at Huntville Middle School and leave at 2 pm, for a short distance 6-8 miles. The pace is conversational, no spandex needed. Sorta like a mini tweed ride, w/out the old fashioned clothes.
The Homeowners Association of Saddletree needs an audit of its books by a Public Accountant. If you know an accountant who is a CPA or works at a CPA firm and will review the ‘books’ for this group either free or for a nominal fee, please contact the president of the HOA, Ms. Sherri Rhoads email@example.com
A great community of all of NE starts with your block!
If you are a member and you get something going for the benefit of the neighbors on the few blocks near you, we may be able to help you with some materials and perhaps a little money and PR. Contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org We have a small “exec” committee so our decisions don’t take long.
Chapman School Merry Market Sat. Dec 9th 10 am – 2 pm
The teachers at Chapman sold booths to raise money for the National Junior Honor Society for a trip to Memphis to see the National Civil Rights Museum and The University of Mississippi, as well as the Greenpower Team and the Chapman Cheerleaders. There are many holiday markets, but this one will benefit our future leaders! Please pop over:
A few more helpful ( I hope so ) tidbits:
Be sure to use See Click Fixto report pot holes, street lights out, illegal dumping, zombie houses, etc, anywhere in our city. Open an account and use it often.
Contact the Community Watch Associationto find out who is organizing a watch group for your area. We know that members Joe Jefferson and Jean Arndt are spending lots of time on that. Thank you!
Please stay healthy…let’s get some Vitamin D and some exercise! Everyone can park at the Oak Park fields and do some hiking from the trailhead there, it’s beautiful! Please help Scott Akridge with the improvements and maintenance of the trails; all hands welcome. Tools provided. Either send Scott a note via email@example.com OR sign up for notices of work days: Just send a text TRAIL to 84463. This work is a commitment we make as Trail Care Partners of the Land Trust. Did we mention that we FEED our volunteers, thanks to Ted’s BBQ and Galens!
Brunswick stew for the crew!
Oak Park Trails behind the concession stand of eastern-most baseball field
Lastly, we spent a little money from our account to thank our Firefighters for their service, too. We delivered a Smoked Whole Turkey from TED’s BBQ to station # 2. They like That kind of smoke! Please keep your space heaters away from other objects! (And consider updating your electric wiring if you live in a house built in the late 50’s or the 60’s.)
Stephanie Pinto can smell the good kind of smoke- turkey from Ted’s BBQ
Yes, there are auto shops, a party rental store, and electric supply stores on Meridian. There are also iconic and out-right uber cool new retail sites now, and the success of the Lincoln Academy and Village can’t be understated. And NOW, just for FUN, this Sunday is the inaugural Tweed Ride in Huntsville starting and ending at businesses right off Meridian Street. It is a regional draw….yes, it’s a thing and we are just now hearing about it!
Lowry House, 1205 Kildare St
Tweed Rides are an internationally popular way to mix it up with people devoted to leisure for an afternoon, wearing fine or vintage street clothes, exploring the city on slow bikes, talking to each other, enjoying a spot of tea at the park and picnicking with a jazz band. A group from Memphis is coming to Meridian Street with their Bone Shaker Bikes!
Beth Norwood, host at WLRH public radio and a resident of our area, interviewed Brandy Baird and me, Frances, on Nov. 8th to learn more about the NEHCA and the ride. The Darwin Downs neighbors received a special shout-out as the Original Tiny House Community.
Shakers and Movers since 2006
The Tweed Ride is also the first time our Association is sponsoring a special event to showcase the progress on Meridian Street, the western “limit” of our service area. Think of downtown as the heart with arteries like Meridian Street. Much of the progress on Meridian is a because of private investments, later supported by city investments in street scape as mentioned in the 2006 Downtown Master Plan.
The most recent investment is in the rennovation of the Lincoln Mill Commissary building, formerly home to an antique store and stage theatre. The very current and classy Preservation Company will fill part of the building. Holt Leather Company will sell high end goods from the other section, and they employ 35 people making the goods sold all over the country.
Ten years ago people would have thought you crazy to visualize Meridian Street as home to a renovated Lincoln Mill business center (thanks Ana and Jim Byrne and Wayne Bonner), an uber cool retail stores in a renovated Lincoln Mill Commissary (thanks, Butler family), a flourishing Lincoln Village Ministry (thanks Mark Stern, Southward Presbyterian, First Baptist, and other churches). The Downtown Master Plan of 2006 put Meridian street on the radar, and the private investments were complemented by attractive street lights, long sidewalks, bike lanes, and new construction design standards.
When you hear the call to participate in the Master Planning Process or The Big Picture this winter, please make every effort to attend, will you?
In any event, make a visit to the interior of Lincoln Mill, check out the shops in the Lincoln Mill Commissary, volunteer at Lincoln Academy, and while you are here, enjoy the sound of old fashioned commerce rolling through our area! (Warren Buffet is watching BSNF, too.)