NMCA Newsletter (July 2017)

 

 

*The Board of Directors now meets the first Tuesdays of most months at 6:00 PM at the Bobby Pearse Community Center.  Members are welcome to attend. Please email northmaincomm@gmail.com in case there is a location change and to insure we are meeting that month.

                        Welcome to Our Newest Business Members

(jī-rōz), a Greek Joint, is an exclusive farm to table Greek concept!! Enjoy mezé, Greek cheeses, traditional Greek dishes, in-house charcuterie, in-house pastries and breads, Greek wine, local craft beers and people you will love!  The owner, John Makkas, was born in New York and moved to Greenville when he was 5. He grew up here and decided to leave when he was 25, moving to Chicago and enrolling at LeCordon Bleu Chicago. After finishing culinary school and living in Chicago for about 2 years, Greenville was slowly becoming just a memory.  Little did he know what was going on in the town he grew up in: it was becoming a jewel! Four years later he and his wife decided to make the move. His dream all along was to open a cool, hip Greek restaurant!  Located at 644 N. Main Street, you can learn more on their website and FB page, or call them at 864.373.9445.

Damian Hall Group | BlackStream Christie’s Int’l Real Estate is a high end Real Estate firm serving North Main’s Real Estate Needs. The Damian Hall Group is a boutique real estate brand backed by the power of Blackstream | Christie’s International Real Estate.  The DHG are purveyors of fine homes, lakefront properties and equestrian farms across the Upcountry of South Carolina. Originally from Charleston, Damian has been a resident of downtown Greenville for the past 5 years. He brings to the table a multitude of real estate and marketing experience, including luxury residential, equestrian, commercial, development projects and property management. “We treat every home like a masterpiece. For each listing, we create custom branding, gorgeous websites, cinematic films, architectural photography, extraordinary events, and more. Each step of the way, we communicate openly and honestly with our clients. Our unique approach to real estate has made us one of the most trusted brands from Simpsonville to Lake Keowee.”  Contact them at their website, FB page or call (864) 561-7942.

 

  

Development and Other City News

  • Work is progressing on NorthPointe with roadwork in the first phase of construction. Stone Avenue will be widened to 5 lanes and will intercept with Wade Hampton by the end of the year.  According to WYFF, $2.8 million from the city will help pay for public improvements including street and landscaping and pedestrian and street lighting.  Construction could be complete as early as 2019. Website: crhrealestate.com/northpointe     Email for questions & to request regular updates: infonorthpointe@crhsc.com
  • You may have noticed that where the old CVS was demolished on Wade Hampton at Chick Springs, a three-story climate controlled indoor storage facility is currently under development. The rendition at the right is what was included in the BZA request in 2016.
  • New Trolley Route: According to Gary Shepherd, Greenville’s Public Transportation Director, the city is now in possession of both new trolleys.  Stops are being installed.   The state has just today (July 14) given approvals for installing their stops on the state right of ways.  Once all the stops are installed in accordance with ADA requirements, they hope to begin service in about 3 weeks.  Check out the extended trolley route here.

Summer in Your Yard

Hot, dry summer months are some of the most stressful times for plants in the landscape. One of the most common problems seen is improper watering.  Without adequate moisture, plants cannot function normally and can become predisposed to other stresses in the environment, such as winter injury or diseases. Particularly susceptible to drought damage are plants that have developed shallow root systems due to improper watering practices.

How to Identify a Thirsty Lawn: If you choose to irrigate your lawn during drought periods, do so efficiently. Water when the lawn shows signs of “thirst,” applying an appropriate amount at the right time of day.

Footprinting: Walk across your lawn. If your footprints remain in the grass very long, the lawn is dry.

Color test: When a lawn is dry a long time, it will have a bluish-gray cast. Watering brings back the color.

Check leaves: Dry grass responds by wilting, rolling or folding the leaves.

Screwdriver test: If the soil is very dry, it will be hard to insert a screwdriver into the lawn.

 

Once you have determined that your lawn is dry, apply about an inch of water per week. Usually this can be done by watering twice and applying at least 0.5 inches each time.  This amount should moisten the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Early morning is the best time to water when there is less evaporation. (And check your system often as power ‘blips’ in the summer can wreak havoc on timers.)  There is a popular misconception that landscapes should be watered daily – after all, plants use water every day. This idea completely ignores the fact that soils hold water.  Stretch the interval between each watering to encourage development of deep, extensive roots. If we need one inch of water per week and we irrigate daily, we will in effect be applying 1/7 inch (0.14 inches) of water each day, wetting the soil to a depth of less than one inch.  While this promotes growth of weeds, it encourages shallow rooting and water will never reach the roots of shrubs or trees unless their roots are very close to the surface, in which case you may see the grass suffer.  That is why a good rain always seems to help everything look better.

Trees & Shrubs:  Drought symptoms can be confusing and can vary with different types of plants. Woody plants under drought stress can have many symptoms, including yellowing, wilting leaves that develop early fall color and burning or scorching on the edges of leaves. Plants may drop some or all their leaves and appear to be dead.  Generally, most woody plants will usually recover when watered. Plants that appear to be dead might recover when watered, or may lose upper leaves as in the photo at right and suffer long term damage. Always check closely first to see if a plant is dead before removal. Scrape the outer layer of a twig, or cut it to see if a green layer exists indicating that it is still alive.  When watering trees and shrubs, make sure you are watering the root system, much of which is out near the drip line (the outer edge of the canopy) of the tree, and not at the base of the tree.  The drip line is where most of the feeder roots are.

Evergreen plants respond a little differently than deciduous trees. The new growth on evergreen plants often wilts when plants are under water stress. The leaves or needles can remain green up to several weeks after an evergreen plant has died.  http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/other/irrigation/hgic1805.html


For Our Four Legged Friends

 

Summer can be a very dangerous time for our four-legged friends.  Please don’t leave your pets in a closed car for ANY length of time.  Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car with all the windows closed can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.  Approximately 26 states have laws that regulate this practice. Unfortunately, as of 2017, SC is not one of these states.  Most of these laws provide that the animal must be confined or unattended in a parked or stationary vehicle. Further, the laws add that in order for a person to violate the law, the conditions have to endanger the animal’s life. Under some state laws, law enforcement or other individuals are allowed to rescue animals left under extreme conditions.  For an overview of various state laws, click on this link.  One positive note is that often someone who is a good Samaritan and actually breaks a window to rescue an animal is not charged; however, if an animal dies as a result of being left in a hot car, the owner can be charged with animal cruelty.

During dry periods, it’s even more important to provide fresh water for birds and other wildlife and pets.  Consider putting ice cubes in pet’s outside water bowls. According to the American Kennel Club, it’s safe and ice cubes can actually be used to slow down the rate of ingestion of water by overly excited dogs.  When dogs are overheated, they sometimes drink too fast.  Offering ice cubes is a way of adjusting the rate and amount of water a dog takes in.   Also, make sure they have a shady place to rest.

 

From Greenville Animal Care Services:  All large dogs (over 40 lbs.) are free to a good home all summer at Greenville Animal Care Services on Furman Hall Road.   All other animals are only $35.   Volunteers are always needed for various tasks from walking dogs to taking care of cats and kittens, dogs or puppies.  Please check out their website page for more information and how to apply.

From the Greenville Humane Society: Is your male cat stressed out? Marking? Prone to wandering? Send him on an Alteration Vacation! For the month of July, male cat neuters are only $20! For more information and to schedule an appointment please visit www.greenvillehumane.com/spay-neuter!  The Humane Society is undergoing a lot of changes with construction of the new Medical Center.  The new Medical Center will include three times more dog and cat kennels for public animals enabling our clinic team to perform even more spay/neuter surgeries and keep up with the public’s demand for appointments.  The Medical Center’s two additional exam rooms and enlarged lobby will increase the number of animals we can vaccinate, cut the wait time for each patient, provide privacy for people and their animals, and reduce uncomfortable interactions between pets due to congestion.

 

Weather Tidbits

According to climate data from 1884 to the present, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in July is 90°F, and the average low is 69°F.  The average rainfall for the month is 4.8”. Think it’s hot now??  The maximum high was 107 on July 1, 2012, which most of us remember. The maximum low temperature was 80 on July 12 & 14 back in 1932 & 1937, respectively.  The minimum high temperature was 64 on July 12, 1999 and the minimum low was 53 on July 2 & 26 in 1899 & 1911, respectively.  Maximum precipitation in a 24-hour period was 4.8” on July 7, 1898. The wettest July on record was 1984 with 10.99”.  The driest was in 1957 with just 0.58”.  http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php .

We mentioned last month the total solar eclipse that will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017.   Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. The path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.  South Carolina is one of the 12 states in the country that will experience a total eclipse of the sun.  Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.

As you know, you will need special glasses for viewing. Many of the organizations planning events will provide these. But if you plan to watch from your own backyard, you can purchase them from several sources, including  Walmart, Amazon, or other online sources.  Also, more than 2,000 public libraries will receive a package of free glasses, plus an illustrated booklet of eclipse background information and public outreach ideas.  Check your local library to see if they are participating.  Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime!  Greenville has created a special website with a countdown clock and a list of eclipse events. Also, Greenville Schools will start a day late this year, on August 22…the day after the eclipse. To see the full 2017-18 Greenville School calendar, click here.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has already produced four tropical cyclones before the mid-point of July, a quick start for what is historically a slower time of the hurricane season.  Does this early-season activity say anything about what we can expect in the months ahead? Perhaps. It could point to an active rest of the season, as forecasters are already projecting.  Tropical Storm Bret’s naming on June 19 marked the earliest a storm has formed in the Main Development Region. The Hurricane Research Division (HRD) says that overall activity in the Atlantic for a given season has been “at least average and often times above average” when a tropical storm or hurricane forms in the MDR during June or July based on 1944-1999 data. As we all know, hurricanes are often difficult to predict, but be aware that this could be an active season.

 

                                        

Shop Local

Keep your dollars in your community. We have a list of local businesses on our website’s Shop Local page who are committed to preserving the beauty and economic well-being of the North Main Community and the greater Greenville area.  Please thank them and give them your business when you can.

If you would like to see your company listed, please join the NMCA today!  Businesses do not have to be located in the North Main Neighborhood to be members.  They only need to provide services to North Main residents.

 

 

Calendar

 

City Council Formal Meeting and Work Session schedules can be found at http://www.greenvillesc.gov/city_government/meet.asp

The Hughes Main Library has numerous programs for adults and children.  Check out their June calendar.

The Children’s Museum has great programs for kids.   Check them out at their website calendar

Greenville County Museum of Art – The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and on Sundays 1 – 5 pm. As always, admission is free.  Considered the premier American art museum in the South, the GCMA is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth.  The GCMA boasts a particularly strong collection of works by South Carolina artist Jasper Johns.

Check out the current exhibits and other programs at the Upstate History Museum.

Don’t forget about a great local resource for family activities.  Macaroni Kid lists all kinds of local activities for kids and families.

Mondays, Tuesdays and ThursdaysLine Dancing, Lindy Hop and International Folk Dance at the Sears Shelter at McPhearson Park.  Dances are taught in a fun and easy way with a variety of music. No partner or dance knowledge required. Two left feet are fine. Bring your friends and have some fun. Check out the Parks and Rec website for times and registration for each.

July– There’s always lots going on at the Community Tap.  Check out their calendar.

Yoga at Bobby Pearse – due to lack of an instructor, there is currently no summer yoga session.  They hope to find an instructor for the one-night-a-week class and start up again in the fall.  Stay tuned.

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, March–OctoberYappy Hour.  6-8pm. Location TBD. For $10, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and live music from local artists. For more details or in case of inclement weather: consult our Facebook page or event calendar.

June 1 – July 30 – In celebration of the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth, the Art Museum presents Wyeth Dynasty, a retrospective of Andrew Wyeth’s art complemented by works of his father, N. C., his son Jamie, and his sisters Carolyn and Henriette. More than 80 examples are featured in this exhibition of works by the first family of American painting. Exhibition through September 10, 2017.

July 18Upstate Native Plant Society Meeting. 6:30 – 9pm.  Landrum Depot, 211 North Trade, Landrum, SC.  The July meeting of the Upstate NPS chapter features Keith Bradley who will give us a look at the rare and unusual native plants of the other end of the state, the Low Country. Bradley was recently asked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to survey and map the rare plants of the national wildlife refuges in the low country, including the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve in Horry County, South Carolina.

July 19Liberty Bridge Jump Off6:30 – 8:30pm.  A portion of South Main Street near the Liberty Bridge will be blocked off for the event, which will feature 12 professional or Olympic-level track and field standouts competing for prize money. Come out to downtown Greenville to get a taste of professional track and field, up close and personal and by an Olympian herself! Greenville’s Sandi Morris will be back in town pole vaulting for the public!  Street party to follow will include vendors, food, brews, music and more!

July 17-20 Art for Animals. Greenville County Animal Care.  9am – 3pm. Ages 10-14. Cost $275 per camper.  If your child loves art and animals then this is the perfect camp for them. Campers will learn how art can be used to help homeless animals in their quest to find their forever families. During this creative camp, your kids will experiment with different animals and art mediums, all designed to promote our homeless pets. The animals might even get in on the action!

July 20-30  Folkmoot.  a ten-day event, held across the mountains of Western North Carolina, plus a first performance in Greenville, South Carolina. The 2017 festival dates are July 20 – 30 and feature cultural ambassadors/dance performing groups from India, Netherlands, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, Wales and local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians. Folkmoot is defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural exchange through dance and music. The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.  The Greenville performance will be July 26 from 7-9pm at Centre Stage, 501 River Street.  Contact:  828-452-2997 or info@folkmoot.org

July 25Get Your Play On – Park Play Day.  9am.  Cleveland Park. Join the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation staff for a Park Play Day! We will be at Shelter 6 in Cleveland Park. Event is free and open to the public. Mobi-Rec, our mobile recreation vehicle, will be on site to provide games and activities for the kids. There will also be a special Parks and Recreation version of Touch-a-Truck, with Grounds Maintenance equipment. Make a day of it, enjoy a picnic in the park, then visit the Greenville Zoo, which is just a short walk away.

July 31 – Aug 3  Middle School Beginning Vet Camp. Greenville County Animal Care. 9am – 3pm.  Ages 12-14. Cost $275 per camper.  This camp is designed for middle school age kids who have an interest in becoming a veterinarian. Campers will get an age-appropriate glimpse into the world of veterinary medicine. They will spend time both in the clinic and in our adoptions area learning first-hand what goes into keeping animals healthy and adoptable, and the important role veterinarians play.

July – Aug – Check out the classes and other events at the Swamp Rabbit Café.

July 20 – (and every third Thursday through Nov 17).   Earth Market.  2 – 6pm.  Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, 205 Cedar Lane Rd.

Now through Sept 24 – In partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Upcountry History Museum will host “Over the Top: American Posters from World War I,” a special exhibition featuring 44 rare war bond posters. This timely exhibition explores the role of illustrated images in rallying Americans to the cause and shaping public perceptions of the war. This exhibit is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, and will be on display at the Upcountry History Museum through September 24, 2017.

Aug 25PNC Bank ZooTunes Concert Series.  ZooTunes is a concert series, hosted by The Greenville Zoo Foundation, and offered in partnership with the Greenville Zoo, the City of Greenville, and Eleven Events.  An exclusive concert series in an intimate and unique setting at the Greenville Zoo. In addition to amazing music in this unusual venue, Beer, wine, and food complete the VIP experience.  Upcoming concert is The Revivalists on Friday, August 25 at 7:00 pm.  Futurebirds is the opening band!  VIP tickets are sold out but General Admission tickets are still available!  Purchase tickets here.  Must be 21 or older to attend. ID required for admission to event.

Check out additional events at the City’s calendar.

 

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