NMCA Newsletter (07/11)


We realize that summer is a busy time of year with vacations, etc., but we are now over halfway through the year and the majority of our membership has not renewed for 2011. Remember…..we run on a calendar year from January to December. (If you are not sure if you have renewed, just email pgilreath@aol.com and we’ll let you know.) The dues are still only $10 annually for both residents and businesses (website ads are available for businesses for an additional $25 annually).

Just where does your $10 go? Much of our money goes towards the North Main Rotary Park…..trees, mulch, irrigation supplies, etc. Recently, we supplemented the grant we received last year from the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners to purchase plant stakes for identifying the native plants in the park. We also enlarged and laminated a poster on the native plants in the park done by a Clemson student (as part of this same project) which was is on display in the Bobby Pearse Center. Take a look at it next time you are there! We also help with replacement of diseased/dead dogwood trees in the North Main Street median via the Greenville Tree Foundation. Member volunteers maintain the small garden areas by the North Main Community signs just past the Rite Aid and at the corner of North Main and Rutherford by planting and mulching seasonally. Money is also used to help fund social events such as the spring membership drives and the fall social events. We also use a small amount of funds for things like our website, our P.O. Box, etc. So…that $10 goes a long way towards helping us keep our neighbors informed and making North Main a great neighborhood to reside in. We encourage you to not only renew, but also tell your neighbors about us….give them our website….we appreciate your support!

Remember…..if you change your email address, please let us know so we can update our files and you will continue to receive the latest updates and newsletters!

2012 NMCA Board Members – Call for Nominations

It’s time to start thinking about NMCA elections for the coming year. According to the by-laws, the annual election takes place at the fall membership meeting, tentatively scheduled this year for October (details to follow). Officers will be elected by the members of the NMCA. All officers must reside within the geographical boundaries of the NMCA for the entire period they hold office, Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2011. All officers must have been a member in good standing for a minimum of 12 months prior to the election and must be 18 years or older. The President and Vice President may serve 2 consecutive terms and may then run for any office other than the one currently held. The Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary will be able to succeed her or himself as elected by the members.

This is a call for nominations for the 2012 NMCA Board of Directors. Any member may nominate someone for office. The nomination must be submitted in writing no later than September 15. You may email the nomination to pgilreath@aol.com or mail to PO Box 571, Greenville, SC 29602. The person nominated must agree in writing to serve if elected and a brief statement of their qualifications and past contributions would be helpful. Election ballots will be emailed or mailed to all members prior to the October meeting.

Waffle House BZA Update

The City of Greenville Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday, June 16, 2011, regarding the Waffle House re-application for a special exception to remain open 12-5am. WH wanted to get rid of the security detail on Thursday night, have only one guard on the weekends and abolish the yearly review. Partly due to concern over a recent police incident on adjoining residents’ properties, the BZA decision was to keep security arrangements in place and get rid of the yearly review, with the added provision offered by Erin Dando that the WH make more of a direct outreach to the neighborhood in the form of communication to adjacent neighbors and perhaps a regularly scheduled WH Open House. For additional information, see summary provided by Mike Mecklenburg on the NMCA website at http://northmaincommunity.org/waffle-house-bza-update/ WH is still suing the city over the timing of the City’s change to the C-2 zoning hours of operation. That suit will be heard this fall…we will provide additional information when we learn it.

North Main Resurfacing Update

Some have noticed the lane closings and patching work being done recently on North Main. There are currently 8 resurfacing projects on the city’s table. According to the City of Greenville’s engineer, Wil Ravenhorst, the schedule for North Main and a couple of other nearby resurfacing projects is tentatively set as follows: (FDP is full depth patching – a process where they dig out the road and repair down to the subgrade).

N. Main St. (S-3): FDP – July or Aug 2011, Paving – May 2012
Pelham Rd. (S-492): FDP – July or Aug 2011, Paving – Feb 2012
Roper Mtn. Rd. (S-183): FDP – July or Aug 2011, Paving – Oct 2012

They stress that these dates are subject to change and we will keep you posted whenever we get updates from the city. (Thanks to Amy Ryberg-Doyle for helping us research this issue)

Crime in City Down

Although crime in the city is down overall according to Chief Terri Wilfong, it’s not all good news for North end neighborhoods. Recently, there were approximately TEN car break-ins on Wade Hampton Blvd, Holmes Drive, Vanderbilt Circle and the Stone Lake pool parking lot. The crimes included property damage and stolen property. The Police Department is emphatically urging residents: DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR!!! Do not leave cups of change, ipod earbuds, laptop cases, cds — NOTHING!!!! — in your car. And, hiding purses under seats and piles of clothes have proven to be an ineffective precaution as 6 purses were stolen out of the Stone Lake pool parking lot. Please help the Police Department keep our streets safe by removing all your “STUFF” out of your car. Call 911 immediately if you see suspicious activity on your street. Contact Officer Courtney Palmer to come to your neighborhood meeting or business to discuss neighborhood crime prevention. 467-5147 or cpalmer@greenvillesc.gov

Also, the curfew made into Greenville law over the past few years has given the Police Department the necessary tool to encourage teens off the street at 10pm downtown. Several cities across the Southeast are seeking a similar policy based on Greenville’s success. Over the past couple of summers, several dozen teen violators have been issued tickets in Greenville. Most violators of the curfew have been given an average of 8 hours of community service by Judge Hawley.

Basic Curfew Info:
1. Who: any person who is under the age of 18
2. Where: Central Business District downtown Greenville
3. When: Friday night from 10 pm until 6 am and Saturday night from 10 pm until 6 am (when applicable, 10 pm until 6 am the day before a city holiday)
4. Exemptions: accompanied by their parent or guardian that resides in the same household; traveling through to get to home; employment; visiting a place of worship; or a volunteer for a special event. (Email from Amy Ryberg-Doyle, June, 2011)

North Main August Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the next blood drive at the Northgate Soda Shop…. Monday, August 15th, 4 to 8 pm. Each donor who comes in to help save a life by donating blood will have their choice of a pair of movie tickets or a t-shirt.

Recycle Drink Tabs and Support Local Charities

You can help support the Shriners Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House by bringing your drink can tabs to the East Stone Avenue Recycling Center. The City of Greenville will deliver the tabs to the organization so they can recycle them and use the funds to support their non-profit programs. If you would like a tab collection canister for your business, please contact recycling coordinator Brittany Keller at 864-467-8300.

Electronics Ban in Effect Beginning July 1, 2011

It is against the law to dispose of COMPUTERS, COMPUTER MONITORS, TELEVISIONS and PRINTERS (as well as parts of any of these items) in a recycling or trash container. For more information about this new law and ways to lawfully recycle the electronics listed above, visit www.scdhec.gov/e-cycle .
The City of Greenville holds twice annual electronics recycling days to collect these items. Or, you may drop off electronics anytime at any Greenville County recycling center. For additional information, check out the following websites: http://www.greenvillecounty.org/apps/video/video/Ewaste.wmv , http://www.greenvillecounty.org/Solid_Waste/ , http://www.greenvillecounty.org/announcements/Electronic%20Waste%20Recycling.pdf

Conestee Park (Former Municipal Stadium)

Watch for the grand opening in August of the new Conestee Park. The facility has four new baseball fields and a renovated stadium. It is adjacent to the 400 acre Lake Conestee Nature Park with over 5 miles of hiking trails. http://conesteepark.com/ When trail construction is complete, Lake Conestee Nature Park will become a major destination along the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail as it expands north and south through Greenville County. http://greenvillerec.com/parks/3/municipal-stadium/

Swamp Rabbit Cycling Jerseys

The county has received a new shipment of Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail jerseys. They are available at Cafe & Williams Hardware, Carolina Triathlon, the Great Escape, Gusto Cycles, Sunshine Cycle, On On Tri, Pedal Chic, TTR Bikes, and Greenville Rec’s Administrative Office. When you get your jersey send them a picture of you cycling. They will add it to their “Where in the World is the Swamp Rabbit” page on greenvillerec.com. They have photos from as far away as the Dutch coast. Send your photo to greenways@gcrd.org. (Note: the jerseys are approximately $90 with part of the proceeds going to the Swamp Rabbit; thus, are usually not subject to discounts, etc. You may want to call the vendor about availability as they tend to sell fast.)

Weather Tidbits

According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in July is 88.6°F, the average low is 68.7°F and the average precipitation (rainfall) is 4.74”. The record maximum temperature for the period 1962-2006 was 103° F on July 19, 1986. The record minimum was 54°F on July 1, 1979. 1984 was the wettest June with 13.57” and the driest was 1993 with 0.75”. On July 1, 1784, the ‘Great Hailstorm at Wateree’ reportedly produced stones nine inches in circumference, blanketed the ground three feet deep and stones were visible on the ground for up to 45 days in the swamp after the storm. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php

Ever wonder what “Probability of Precipitation” or “Chance of Precipitation” really means? “MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.” What does this “40 percent” mean? …will it rain 40 percent of the time? …will it rain over 40 percent of the area? The “Probability of Precipitation” (PoP) describes the chance of precipitation occurring at any point you select in the area. How do forecasters arrive at this value? Mathematically, PoP is defined as follows: PoP = C x A where “C” = the confidence that precipitation will occur somewhere in the forecast area, and where “A” = the percent of the area that will receive measureable precipitation, if it occurs at all. So… in the case of the forecast above, if the forecaster knows precipitation is sure to occur (confidence is 100% ), he/she is expressing how much of the area will receive measurable rain. (PoP = “C” x “A” or “1” times “.4″ which equals .4 or 40%.)

But… most of the time the forecaster is expressing a combination of degree of confidence and areal coverage. If the forecaster is only 50% sure that precipitation will occur, and expects that, if it does occur, it will produce measurable rain over about 80 percent of the area, the PoP (chance of rain) is 40%. ( PoP = .5 x .8 which equals .4 or 40%. ….. Also, a measurable amount is defined as 0.01” or more (usually produces enough runoff for puddles to form). http://www.utexas.edu/depts/grg/kimmel/nwsforecasts.html

Greenville Humane Society Needs Foster Homes!

Don’t want or can’t commit to adopting a new puppy or kitten? Please consider fostering. Animals are placed in foster care for a set period of time and later returned to the Humane Society for adoption. For the duration of foster care, the Greenville Humane Society provides food, any necessary medications, training for the volunteer, a collar (for dogs), a pet carrier (for cats) and leash (if needed). All you need to provide are love, attention and proper care.

There are many reasons why the Greenville Humane Society must rely on foster care. A lack of available space in the shelter or minor health issues that the animal may have are a couple of those reasons. By opening up your home to these animals, you are providing a valuable service and you’ll help us learn information about them and their personalities that will help in the adoption process. Interested in fostering one of the adorable pets at the Greenville Humane Society? Contact the Foster Program Manager, Emily Alongio, at 864.444.6616, email her at fosterprogrammanager@greenvillehumane.com or go to http://www.greenvillehumane.com/foster-program.


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

June 15 – July 15 – Exhibition of woven baskets by Jerry Maxey. McDunn Gallery. A reception will be held on Friday, July 15 from 6 to 9 pm….open to the public… to meet the artist. http://www.mcdunnstudio.com/jerry-maxey.htm

Now Through October- Saturday Market – Over 50 vendors. Opens at 8 am. www.saturdaymarketlive.com and facebook.com/saturdaymarket New this year, the market has partnered with The Children’s Museum to provide a kid-centric activities area every fourth Saturday of the month. Children of all ages are invited to participate in this free event!

July and August Educational Activities Include:
• July – We will bring our worm compost bin and the kids can explore a worm bin. They will also get to do a worm art project.
• August – The science of making bubbles. Kids can measure and mix ingredients to make a bubble blowing liquid and then test out their creation with bubble wands. We will also have a seed spitting ontest.

Upcoming Booth with a Cause Participants July 16 – Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue; July 23 – Ten Thousand Villages – Greenville– Greenville; August 20 – Susan G. Komen SC Mountains to Midlands

July 17 – You Go Girl Women’s Only Triathlon. 7am-10am. GHS Life Center and Surrounding Roadways, 875 W. Faris Rd Greenville. Swim, Bike, Run, Pool swim event. http://www.setupevents.com/?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=1902

July 19 – Upstate Chapter. SC Native Plant Society Meeting. 7 pm. The relationship of Cherokee people with plants: Utilitarian or otherwise? Dr. Karen Hall. Botanical knowledge in historical Cherokee culture was finely developed and this is likely no less true with contemporary Cherokee people. This knowledge includes plants that are used for food, medicine, shelter, art, weaponry and so forth. Founder’s Hall in the Dining Commons at Southern Wesleyan University in Central. http://www.scnps.org/activities_ups.html

July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 – Earth Markets Greenville. Third Thursdays, monthly. Holiday Markets – Saturdays Nov.19, and Dec. 17. Michael McDunn Gallery, 741 Rutherford Rd. @ N. Main . 2-6 pm. Adding new producers each month, and fresh produce in season comes in as ready! Contact janettewwesley@yahoo.com for any questions or visit www.slowfoodupstate.com

July 22 – Community Shredding Event. 11am – 2pm. Greenville County School District Office, 301 E. Camperdown Way. The City of Greenville is partnering with Shred-it Greenville, a local company that specializes in providing secure on-site document destruction, to hold an identity theft awareness and free shredding event for the public. All paper MUST be bagged or boxed and each person is limited to three trash bags or small boxes. http://www.greenvillesc.gov/publicworks/RecyclingSpecialEvents.aspx

August 6 – Run2Overcome. 7am-11am. Cleveland Park at Julie Valentine Memorial. East Washington Street. Run2Overcome is a certified 10k run, 5k run/walk and Kids Fun Run to benefit the Julie Valentine Center, serving child and adult survivors of assault and abuse. http://www.julievalentinecenter.org/

Upcoming Programs for the Bobby Pearse Community Center

The following classes will be held at the Bobby Pearse Community Center, 904 Townes St., on the dates indicated. For additional information or to register for programs call 864-467-4331.

Program Name: Yoga
Dates/ Time: Now – August 8; Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Fee: $5 per class for city resident; $6 per class for non-city resident
Registration: Fee may be paid upon arrival.
Description: This is an 8-week beginner yoga class. The instructor, Brooke Kleinfelter, will teach the class at a beginner level; however, it will tailored to the participants, so all levels are welcome to join.

Program Name: Jr. Jazzercise Camps
Dates/ Time: Saturday Camp – July 9 – August 13, 2-3:30pm
Sunday Camp – July 10 – August 13, 2-3:30pm
Fee: $140 for all
Registration: Call 467-4331 or 346-4671
Description: We will be offering two Jr. Jazzercise Camps this summer at Bobby Pearse, one on Saturdays and one on Sundays, with both camps ending on Saturday, August 13 for a final performance. The ages for the camps are 7-14 years old. Jr. Jazzercise is a highly accredited youth fitness program that consists of workouts, nutrition and self-esteem lessons, dance performances and creative games!

Program Name: Youth Karate
Dates/ Time: Now – September 13; Tuesdays, 6:30pm
Fee: $7 per lesson for city resident; $9 per lesson for non-city resident; Fees can be paid on a weekly basis. There is an $8 registration fee paid once per semester.
Registration: Fee may be paid upon arrival.
Description: This fun course for children is designed for self-defense purposes to emphasize child safety awareness. We DO NOT teach bullying tactics. Self-discipline rather than aggressiveness is promoted.
A certified black belt will instruct various basic self-defense/karate techniques and forms. *No physical contact is allowed in beginner classes. Students completing the course with perfect attendance will receive an award! Testing is available for rank promotion. Each class is 45 minutes long and divided by age and ability.

Program Name: Monthly Writing Workshops: Out of your Head and onto the Pages
Dates/ Time: The second Sunday of the month: August 14 , 2-4pm
Fee: $5 per class
Registration: Register at http://www.emrys.org/workshops-seminars/ or fee may be paid on arrival to the class.
Description: In partnership with the Emrys Foundation, these writing workshops will be led by various members of the Writing Room faculty. They are designed to stimulate creativity and generate ideas for fiction and nonfiction. We’ll use a series of short in-class writing exercises to inspire new work and deepen your writing. Come prepared to write in class, to share your exercises without fear or self-judgment, and above all, have some fun. All levels are welcome.

Program Name: The Greenville Chess Club
Dates/ Time: Every Thursday at 7pm
Description: The Greenville Chess Club meets at Bobby Pearse each Thursday evening at 7pm. Both rated and informal games are played, and everyone is welcome.

Program Name: Music Together of Greenville (Fall Interim Session)
Dates/ Time: August 17 – September 3;
Wednesdays (9:30-10:15am; 10:30-11:15am),
Thursdays (9:30-10:15am; 10:30-11:15am),
Saturdays (9:30-10:15am; 10:30-11:15am)
Fee: $70/1st child and $50/sibling. Infants 8 months of younger who attend with paying sibling – FREE
There is a $15 registration fee for all new families. This fee is non-refundable.
This registration fee will be waived for City of Greenville Residents.
Registration: Call 467-4331 or visit http://musictogetherofgreenville.com/
Description: In partnership with Music Together of Greenville, the classes will work with 6-12 children and their caregiver to offer forty-five minutes of music and movement experiences. Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including finger plays, small- and large-movement activities, and instrument play. Children and their adults have opportunities to create and improvise—making up new words to songs, offering movement ideas, making silly sounds, and sharing musical ideas from the family’s play at home. The relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community.

Program Name: Music Together of Greenville (Fall Session)
Dates/ Time: September 12 – November 12;
Wednesdays (9:30-10:15am; 10:30-11:15am),
Thursdays (9:30-10:15am; 10:30-11:15am),
Saturdays (9:30-10:15am; 10:30-11:15am)
Fee: $169/1st Child and $129/sibling. Infants 8 months or younger who attend with paying sibling – FREE
There is a $15 registration fee for all new families. This fee is non-refundable.
This registration fee will be waived for City of Greenville Residents.
Registration: Call 467-4331 or visit http://musictogetherofgreenville.com/
Description: In partnership with Music Together of Greenville, the classes will work with 6-12 children and their caregiver to offer forty-five minutes of music and movement experiences. Each weekly class offers a dozen songs and rhythmic rhymes, including finger plays, small- and large-movement activities, and instrument play. Children and their adults have opportunities to create and improvise—making up new words to songs, offering movement ideas, making silly sounds, and sharing musical ideas from the family’s play at home. The relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented classroom setting respects and supports the unique learning styles, developmental levels, and temperaments of all participants, creating a strong sense of community.

Other Upcoming Fall Programs at Bobby Pearse:
• Homeschool Fitness
• Yoga
• Parents’ Night(s) Out
• Fall Break Camp
• Girls on the Run & Girls on Track
• Writing Workshops

Don’t forget to renew your NMCA membership. Only $10 annually. You can renew easily via PayPal or download, complete and mail the form found at http://northmaincommunity.org/membership/ Membership runs on a calendar year from Jan 1 to Dec 31. If you are not sure if you are current in your dues, please let us check for you. Just email pgilreath@aol.com and we’ll let you know.

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NMCA Newsletter (07/11)
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