NMCA Newsletter (06/2016)





*The Board of Directors now meets the first Tuesdays of most months at 6:30 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

Greyrock Accounting  “At Greyrock, we strive to grow with the clients we serve by creating, maintaining and replicating genuine relationships that result in accountability and trust.  Relationships are the foundation of our business. That is why we go beyond the numbers when providing accounting solutions to basic or complex accounting needs. We bring relevant ideas to our clients because we understand their personal or business needs. We see each of our clients as significant and unique and we believe in marketing our business by servicing our clients and gaining their trust.  We have the combined expertise to offer our clients scalable solutions that will continue to grow with them and their business. We have a proven track record of successfully developing, managing and providing header-logofinancial advice to individuals, business start-ups, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Our entire team is committed to this vision and we look forward to the opportunity to help you develop and implement proven strategies and solutions that will bring you success.” They are located at 135 S. Main, Suite 701. Visit their website or call 864.662.7667 for more information.

JWK Design is a design & construction management consultancy, offering personalized, cost-effective solutions for residential and small business clients, from concept to construction.  Services include: Jake Landscape design concepts & project planning, Architectural space planning & material selection, Construction drawings & material selection, Bid/contract review & contractor vetting, and Construction 2015-10-29 jwkdesign_logooversight & quality control.  Drawing from his experience in residential landscape architecture, hospitality planning & design, and public space & hotel construction management, North Main resident, Jake Krokowski, started JWK DESIGN to provide home and small business owners comprehensive designs that meet their exact needs & aesthetics. Visit their website or call 864.214.5323 for information.

churchNorthside United Methodist Church Rev. Donald R. Brown, Pastor, would like to invite North Main residents to participate in their services and activities.  Located at 435 Summit Drive, they can be reached at 864-233-8359 or you may email one of their staff members. You can also check out their Facebook page


Don’t Forget to Vote!

GET OUT THE VOTE!   For the June 14 primary, there are no democratic candidates, so you will be choosing between Republican candidates.  Maybe you’re a Democrat and feel that you can’t or don’t need to vote in the primary. Yes, you can and you should!  Regardless of party, whoever is elected will still be representing you and our district, so you need to educate yourself about what the candidates platforms and major issues are and VOTE.vote

We have two candidates running for State Representative, District 22:  Jason Elliott, and Incumbent, Wendy Nanny.  There are 3 Republican candidates running for State Senate, District 6:  Johnny Edwards, incumbent Mike Fair, and William Timmons.

Won’t be in town that day?  No excuse. A voter can vote absentee in-person at the voter registration office through 5pm on Monday, June 13.  Just go to their office at 301 University Ridge, Greenville SC.  Follow the red signs along the road to the voting area and request to vote absentee.

Those in Precinct 3 will be voting at Summit Elementary School and those in Precinct 4 will be voting at Stone Academy.

Spring Social a Big Success!

Thanks to all our friends and neighbors who helped make this year’s Spring Member Social and Membership Drive such a success.  We gained over 40 new members and many others renewed.  The ‘iffy” weather finally cooperated and it was a beautiful afternoon! We hope everyone enjoyed the food, drink, music and the effort our social committee and sponsors put into making this happen.  Again this year, a special thanks to Maria and Roland Gomes for opening their ‘yard’ to over 300 people!  The kids enjoyed the balloon making and the face painting.  And we have to thank all our wonderful sponsors for the monetary donations, beverages, food, gift cards, raffle prizes, etc.  These include:   Jason Elliott Law Firm, Lil Glenn Company, Greenco, Central Realty Holdings, Darrohn Engineering, Drop-in Store, Curry, P.A., Redhype, Sunnie& DeWorken, The Community Tap, At Your Service, Carolina Crafted, and Urban Digs.  We couldn’t do it without you!  Please remember these folks when you are doing business in the neighborhood!

We’ve put a few photos below and posted a lot more on our Facebook page.  If you haven’t seen them yet, take a look.

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We still have NMCA T-shirts available.  Adults $20 and Kids $15.  Please email northmaincomm@gmail.com to find out the sizes and colors we have left.  Proceeds go toward our beautification fund.

Also…if you are an existing or new business or residential member and have not received your 2016 decal, please let us know. Email us and we’ll get one to you right away.  Additional decals are available for $5.


Development and Other City News

  • The NorthPointe proposal has been pulled from Monday’s City Council agenda. They are scheduled for the first reading on June 27th.
  • Mail was stolen from multiple houses this past Friday on W. Mountainview Ave at 11:15am today. Gold sedan, two males. Reports have been filed with GVL PD. A smart neighbor videotaped the mail theft…Gold Inifiniti G35. SC License Plate # MHJ789.  We’ve also had reports that this has happened on Buist and W. Avondale.  As one resident said…” Mailboxes on the street are more at risk for both theft and vandalism”.  If you have something important to mail, we suggest dropping it at the post office or a postal mailbox in a secure location.

Gardening and Wildlife in June

sprinklerYour irrigation cycle should be in full swing by this time.  See the Home and Garden Center’s irrigation publications for more information, especially the publication on Irrigation Time of Day.  One inch per week is the appropriate amount for most lawns and vegetables (except sweet corn and yellow squash, which may require up to two inches depending on growth stage).  Include rainfall in this amount, and see How Much Water to determine how much water you are actually applying.  And make sure that you adjust your water applications with plant growth stage and time of year – one size definitely does not fit all for the entire year.  Also see Determining When to Irrigate to help determine when your plants need water.  Do not irrigate every day!  There are a few exceptions to this rule (such as potted plants), but only a few.

And try to avoid irrigating in the evening.  This just insures that plants stay moist and encourages disease, most of which thrive on moisture.  Apply a second, light fertilizer application to trees in June if there is sufficient moisture and conditions promote good growth.  Do not apply if growing conditions are poor or if there is a drought.  See Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs for more information.

Pruning – now is another good time to prune most trees and shrubs.   Azalea, dogwood, forsythia, redbud and rhododendron should be pruned after they bloom, but before bloom set in the fall.  Oakleaf hydrangea and late-flowering azalea cultivars might also be considered soon.  Avoid any pruning in the spring and fall if at all possible.  See Pruning Trees and Pruning Shrubs for more information.  http://www.clemson.edu/extension/county/laurens/yard_garden/06_june.html

If your lawn is showing weak areas, it is most likely brown patch, as May and June are when it frequently appears.  It’s a fungal disease but it’s hard to control with fungicides.  There are some non-chemical practices you can follow to helpbrown patch reduce the spread. Avoid high rates of nitrogen.  This disease loves lush grass.  As we said above, irrigate only when needed and early in the day.  Keep lawns mowed to the proper height.  For fescue this is 2 ½ – 3 ½ inches.  For centipede, 1 ½ inches.  Although I am a proponent of leaving the clippings on my lawn with a mulching type mower, removing clippings is one way to help prevent spread.  Also, get your soil pH tested. Brown patch prefers an acid soil, less than 6.0 pH.

You’re also probably seeing more young birds and mammals.  Many are urgently looking for food to feed their young, so be tolerant.  Keep your feeders filled and maybe put out some suet cakes for woodpeckers and others.  You may also see young raccoons or possums around.  A note from Possums everywhere! They can’t help they aren’t pretty but they bring positive benefits to your yard! They eat ticks and other creepy crawlies, including roaches! They are immune to most snake bites and most diseases, including rabies.

snakeAnd there are very few poisonous snakes in most yards.  If you do encounter “Mr. No-Shoulders”, as I’ve heard them called, remember there are 38 snake species in South Carolina, only six of which are venomous. Many snakes provide an important service keeping rodent and other pest populations under control. The black snake pictured here is a good snake.  So don’t just kill every snake you see, check out this DNR website for help identifying them.  There is also a good page for distinguishing characteristics between the two.

And speaking of wildlife, we’ve had several reports of deer in the area and reports of red foxes. It is sad but likely that these animals and others are being run out of their habitat by development and are looking for shelter and sources of food.


Weather Tidbits

According to climate data from 1884 to the present, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in June is 88°F, and the average low is 66°F.  The average rainfall for the month is 3.8”. The maximum high was 105 on June 20, 1887. The maximum low temperature was 84 on June 3rd, 1895.  The minimum high temperature was 58 on June 10, 1913 and the minimum low was 40 on June 1, 1972.  Maximum precipitation (rain) in a 24-hour period was 4.21” on June 1, 1964 and June 16, 1969. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php .

While forecasters have predicted a near-normal hurricane season, El Niño is dissipating and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 70 percent chance that La Niña — which favors more hurricane activity — will be present during the peak months of hurricane season, August through October. However, current model predictions show uncertainty as to how strong La Niña and its impacts will be.

alaskaBaked Alaska? The US is set to smash a host of climate records in 2016, including the earliest snowmelt date at NOAA’s Barrow Observatory, the northernmost point in the nation.  Staff at the observatory reported snowmelt occurred May 13, the earliest snowmelt date in 73 years of record-keeping, beating the previous mark set in 2002 by a full 10 days.  The early melting follows a record-setting winter that saw temperatures average more than 11 degrees above normal for the 49th State, shattering the previous record set in 2015.  At 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is usually one of the last places in the United States to lose snow cover.

Speaking for Those with No Voice

In every community, in every state there are homeless animals. Nationwide, more than 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters. These high numbers are the result of unplanned, unwanted litters that couldimages (1) have been prevented by spaying and neutering.  Many of these were healthy and adoptable dogs and cats that would have made wonderful companion animals, but the volume of surrendered animals far exceeds the number of adoptive homes available.  Spay and neutering is the only 100% effective method of birth control. By spaying and neutering your pets and by supporting Speak for Animals you are part of the solution.

Speak for Animals is a volunteer and donation based 501 (c) 3 headquartered in Greenville, SC.  They partner with participating veterinary hospitals and clinics, including Greenville Humane Society, Foothills Veterinary Hospital, Greenville County Animal Care, The Cat Clinic of Greenville and Hillcrest Animal Hospital.  Their Mission:  to enhance the lives of animals in Upstate South Carolina and beyond by:

·         Providing low-cost spay and neuter options for the community.
·         Educating the community about the benefits of spaying and neutering and the importance of humane treatment and proper care of companion animals.
·         Collecting dog and cat food to provide for animals in need.
·         Advocating for the welfare of animals.
·         Changing hearts and minds to facilitate a positive impact on the lives of companion animals.

For the month of June only, the Greenville Humane Society will spay/neuter any kitten or puppy under 6 months of age for only $20.  Sorry…rescues are not eligible for this special. For more information and forms, go to their spay/neuter webpage.  Please help reduce the number of unwanted and homeless animals roaming the streets, hungry and at the mercy of predators.  Also check out Greenville Animal Care Services for their low cost spay/neuter program. Both have “Have-a-Heart” traps which can be checked out for feral cats.

sick dogAt Greenville Animal Care Services, adoption of all animals is only $35 and includes:  Spay or neuter, Microchip and Registration, Canine or Feline Vaccines, De-wormer, Flea spray treatment as needed, Heartworm Test (for dogs), Feline Leukemia/FIV Test (for cats), Coupons with local pet related businesses, $5 off coupon Hill’s Science Diet pet food.  Plus, you are saving animals and allowing them to take in more.  Remember, they are required to take in EVERY animal that is brought there. I have heard a lot of negative comments about ACS.  Instead of bashing them, help them… by adopting, volunteering your time or donating, either monetarily or to their pet food bank.  Or consider fostering…both agencies are always in need of foster families.  A little spare time and a spare room can make all the difference for dogs and cats with “colds” or other minor medical issues.

Greenville’s History Timeline

It’s interesting how a piece of land turns into a city.  In 2006, the City commemorated 175 years of City services including downtown development, transportation, parks and recreation, public works, neighborhood services, etc.  Information dates from 1769 to 2006.  One of the things included was a timeline of events such as:

  • 29 JULY 1769. Indian Trader, Richard Pearis, a native of Ireland, received a deed for 12 sq. miles of land north of the Cameron grant extending east of Reedy to west of Saluda.
  • 17 MAY 1770. In a letter from Indian interpreter John Watts to John Stuart re: Pearis, Watts said Pearis arrived with 3 wagons loaded with goods, including a number of guns, and traded the guns for another tract of land. Watts warned Stuart: “I take him to be a very dangerous fellow who will breed great disturbances if he is let alone for he will tell the Indians any lies to please them.”
  • 28 MAR 1778. The General Assembly at Charles Town ratified an Act making the territory ceded by the Treaty of Dewitt’s Corner an official part of Ninety Sixth District.
  • 21 MAY 1784. Four hundred acres, including the Pearis site, were surveyed for Thomas Brandon. This acreage constitutes downtown Greenville.
  • 22 MARCH 1786. Greenville County was formally established as Greeneville, probably in honor of Gen. Nathaniel Greene, by Act of State Legislature.

It’s quite a lengthy list, but if you are a history buff, it’s interesting and some of the entries are very amusing.


logoDid You Know? In 1998, a downtown marketing campaign sought to define and create a distinctive and meaningful image for downtown Greenville. It was determined at that time that Greenville needed a logo that was simple, clear, not trendy; something that would be the center and focus of the Upstate. As a result of a public survey to help create an image for downtown, a logo for downtown was invented. The logo is a multicolored “g” that contains the color yellow representing a bright spot of the upstate, and the color blue representing the Reedy River and the falls.


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Shop Local     Keep your dollars in your community. The following companies 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.

 Gardening and Plants

 Law Firms/CPAs/Financial


Retail/Home Décor



Personal Health/Well Being

Home Improvement/Builders/Architects

Miscellaneous Professional Services

If you would like to see your company listed here, 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.




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
  • 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.

Every Tuesday – Line Dancing at the Sears Shelter at McPhearson Park from 6 – 8pm.  Swing Dance – McPherson Log Cabin each Tuesday evening. Lessons begin at 7pm. $4 for City residents! No partner or dance knowledge required. Two left feet are fine. Bring your friends and have some fun.

Also, if anyone is interested in a beginner knitting class please contact Jan Cox, 467-4326

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

June 27 – Summer Yoga Session Begins.  Monday evenings from 6:30 – 7:15. Bobby Pearse Community Center on Townes St. (North Main Rotary Park).  Only $6 per class (Greenville City Residents $5).  You can register for the entire session or just come as you can to single sessions and see what it’s all about.  It can’t hurt to try.  Come start the week out feeling great!

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, March–OctoberYappy Hour.  6-8pm. Due to the new expansion construction, the July thru October Yappy Hours will be held at Brewery 85 at 6 Whitlee Ct. in Greenville. For $10, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and live music from local artists. Meanwhile, your dog (neutered and vaccinated) can run off leash in our canine courtyard and take a dip in our “doggie pools”.  For more details or in case of inclement weather: consult our Facebook page or event calendar.

June 14 – Summer is approaching quickly, but you can come chill out at Frozen Fluor on Monday, June 13th, as the drive and United Community Bank Ice on Main are once again teaming up for a fun, frozen-filled night at the ballpark!  First pitch for the game between the Drive and the Hickory Crawdads is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Fans will get to take pictures with ice princesses and mascots before and during the game. There will be fun contests and giveaways happening all evening long!

June 14-28- Check out the June Cook Local Classes and other classes at the Swamp Rabbit Café.

June 16 – (and every third Thursday through Nov 17).   Earth Market.  2 – 6pm.  NEW LOCATION: Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, 205 Cedar Lane Rd.

June 18 & 192016 Upstate Farm Tour.  1-6pm. Meet Your Local Farmers! It’s Farm Fresh Fun for the Whole Family on Father’s Day Weekend!  Tour local, sustainable farms and discover the delicious meat, dairy, fruits and veggies produced right here in the Upstate!  The tour is an educational event produced by CFSA.  Email Stephen Nix or call CFSA at (919) 542-2402 for questions.

June 17 & July 1Karaoke.  8:30 PM – 1 AM. Northgate Soda Shop. Food served until 9 pm.  Happy Hour at the OS (Other Side) every Thursday from 5 – 10pm.

June 18 Ice Cream Social at the Zoo. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Thank you to Future Scholar 529 for sponsoring Ice Cream Social. Come cool off at the annual Ice Cream Social, featuring ice cream with a variety of toppings, free entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits!

June 21Native Plant Society Upstate Program.  7pm. Greenville Tech University Center – Multipurpose Room #2.  Dan Whitten, Upstate President, will talk about his favorite hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the wild things – flowers, wildlife, waterfalls – to see on them, with an emphasis on spring wildflowers.  Dan will be featuring his photos and those of Bill Sharpton.

July 4 – All City offices will be closed.  Greenlink Transit will not be running that day.fireworks

July 4Red, White and Blue Festival.  5-10pm. July 4th Celebration with fireworks, music and food!  Admission is Free – Tickets for food and beverage.  It will feature two live music stages with four different bands, delectable food, frosty beverages, and even a Zaxby’s Kids Zone just for the kiddos!  Fireworks are scheduled to light up Greenville’s skyline at 9:45 p.m.  Visit the city’s site for information on parking, maps of vendor locations, band information, and more!

July 4Receive $2 off admission by wearing red, white and blue on July 4th at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Plus, enjoy special patriotic themed programming.  9am – 5pm

Art ALL DAY: 4th of July Firework Painting

Fantastic Fibers: Felt Starfish at 11 am & 2 pm

Science Experiments: 4th of July Alka-Seltzer Experiment at 12 pm & 3 pm

July 9, and August 13 Salsa at Sunset (formerly Salsa Under the Stars) returns for its second summer series: 2nd Saturdays. In its first year in 2015, over 1,000 people enjoyed live music, dancing, cash bar, and outdoors celebration in beautiful downtown Greenville. Salsa at Sunset is held in the Graham Plaza on the corner of Main Street and Broad Street in front of the Peace Center fountains.  The event is free and open to the public! Family-friendly and all are welcome!

July 10Rock the River Concert Series at the Peace Center.  7:30pm. There’s nothing like kicking back with family and friends, soaking up sun rays, and listening to live music. May through August, we’ve got amazing acts coming right to our TD Stage. It’s the perfect way to get away, without going too far away.  Check their website for shows and ticket information.

July 11Fitness Boot Camp Begins 5:30 AM - 6:30 AM @ Sears Recreation Center.  In each class of Fitness Boot Camp, participants will perform exercises individually and as teams, focusing on muscular strength, flexibility, and muscular endurance. The emphasis is on both physical and mental improvement and each week builds upon the previous classes. The program is designed for all levels of fitness with workouts including body weight, cardiovascular endurance and core strength exercises. Participants may choose between participating 2 or 3 times per week. The classes meet at the Sears Recreation Center on Park Avenue.

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