NMCA Newsletter (07/13)





Welcome to our Newest Business Member

dance venturesDance Ventures , Greenville’s Dancing School for Adults, is taking new students now!  New beginner classes started July 8.  Classes in tap, jazz & ballet.  Owner/Director Sandra Hunnicutt Griffin is a former Las Vegas Hilton dancer & figure skater.  Located at 1156 Rutherford Rd @ Stone Plaza, you can call them at 864-271-7701, or check out their website for more information.  No matter your mood there’s always a dance class to make you feel better!  The Dance Ventures studio is the first to offer cardioTAPdance®, Sandra’s signature tap class for adults.   Dance Class is your best weight bearing exercise alternative!  Have fun while you get fit!


Upcoming Community Development Meetings 

Stone Ave Dev.Recently, Council Member Amy Doyle met with a local team of developers/designers regarding a mixed use development at the corner of East Stone and Rowley Streets.  The proposal includes office/retail space and residential apartments.  The proposed building is reportedly of high quality with innovative design features.  You will recall in the Stone Avenue Master plan, the lots on Stone Avenue were suggested mixed use giving new options for housing and neighborhood retail services.   This new project should set a high standard for all forthcoming development in the North End of town.  The development team would like to meet with residents to share their plan.  The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 15, at 5:30 pm at the Sears Shelter, 401 East Park Avenue.  Please share with your neighbors who may be interested. The attached image from Google will give you a better idea of the proposed location.

elrod propertyA second meeting will be held that same day (Monday, July 15) at 7:30 pm and is being hosted by Jamie Elrod, who plans to request a zoning change on East Earle Street near Wade Hampton. It will be at the site, next to Shinola, where Mohawk, Wade Hampton, and E. Earle Street come together. This will be more like a ‘drop-in’ to walk over the lots to look at the building site and parking area. “Our existing E. Earle St. lot (TMS # 35-8-21.2) will be combined with the “51 Wade Hampton Blvd.” lot (TMS # 35-8-22) and will be split for frontage access from Wade Hampton. This will be an exciting (commercial over retail) building and fits in with the Stone Avenue Master Plan. We want you to see the lots, describe our plans and answer your questions. This brief meeting is in preparation for the Public Hearing on August 8, 2013.” Please RSVP to Mr. Elrod at 421-0049 so he can get a head count. Rain or Shine: Bring your umbrella.


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 is 4.74”. The record maximum temperature for the period 1962-2006 was 103°F on July 19, 1986. (But who can forget July 1 of just last year when GSP recorded 107°F (and many of us were without power for hours). The record minimum was 54°F on July 1, 1979. Record high rainfall was in 1984 with 13.57” with minimum precipitation of 0.75” in 1993. The highest daily rainfall for this area was a reported 11.50 inches on July 12, 1949 at Caesars Head. lightninghttp://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html

In a little bit of climate history, on July 4, 1925, the first confirmed lightning fatality on a golf course in South Carolina was reported.  This July 4 was also not a good day to be on the golf course!



Keeping the Green in Greenville

I think we all agree the City of Greenville does a good job of keeping the city clean and the landscaping maintained…it’s one of the reasons people want to move here.  But we all can play a part in that.  For newer residents, the City has a very useful webpage for new residents and by scrolling over the list on top you can learn about things like garbage pickup, the trolley schedule, etc.

As for the rest of you, here are a few things to remember:

1.  The grassed area between the street and sidewalk is your responsibility to take care of, not the City’s.  It can detract from your home’s curb appeal if not mowed or maintained.

2. Garbage carts,  recycling bins and bulk waste should be out at the curb no earlier than 12  hours before collection day and all City containers must be returned to the rear of the structure within 24 hours of collection. Remember: It is both unsightly and a violation of City ordinance to leave these containers out on days other than normal collection days. 

3. Curbside  carts should be placed within 2 feet of the curb, and at least 3 feet away  from obstructions such as mailboxes, telephone poles, parked cars,  recycling bins, fences, piles of yard waste, or bulky items placed out for collection.

4.  The City will pick up large household items such as furniture, mattresses, box  springs, carpet (if installed by the homeowner), or discarded lawn  equipment such as mowers. However, you must schedule a collection time for  these items by calling Customer Service at 864-467-4345. Please note:  Televisions are no longer collected. Per state law, all televisions must be recycled.

5.  The City will collect your yard waste on the same collection day as your garbage and recycling. To ensure collection, place proper materials at the curb by 7:00 a.m. Place your items in separate piles at least 3 feet away from other obstacles such as mailboxes, utility poles, and automobiles. The City will collect: grass clippings, leaves, limbs (no longer than 6 feet long or 6 inches in diameter). Please keep leaves separate from branches and limbs.

leaf pile6. Don’t bag it!  LEAF it at the curb. Please help with collection services by not bagging any yard debris. Or consider composting!  And remember it’s illegal to blow leaves  into the street unless they will be corralled into a pile.

7.  Don’t cause clogs by piling leaves near storm drains, inlets, culverts or ditches.  Leave at least a foot between the curb and the pile.  For one thing, it’s easier for the city to pick up.  Secondly, storm water can bypass it without backing up in front of your house or your neighbors; and most importantly, if it’s away from the curb, it’s harder for storm water to pick up and carry debris to the storm drains and into the Reedy River!  And please do not place trimmings in the median on North Main.


July Yard and Garden Update

July and August are the months to prune azalea, dogwood, forsythia, redbud and rhododendron.  They should be pruned after they bloom, but before bloom set in the fall.  Oakleaf hydrangea and late-flowering azalea cultivars might also be considered now.  Avoid any pruning in the spring and fall if at all possible.  See Pruning Trees and Pruning Shrubs for more information.

zinniasAlthough many of us were surprised how long our pansies lasted this spring….they finally faded once hot weather really started.  Many chose annuals to replace them for rapid color.  Most annuals need full sun for at least 4 to 6 hours a day to flower well. Choose shade-tolerant species such as impatiens, coleus or begonias for locations that receive less sun.  Avoid planting in areas where water stands after a heavy rain. Also avoid areas near large trees and shrubs that may have many thirsty feeder roots. Good bed preparation is essential for good performance.  Remove spent blooms (called dead-heading) to encourage new flowering.

If you don’t want to have to replace them every year, think about planting flowering perennials that will attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Herbaceous perennials generally live forsalvia three or more seasons, but usually the tops die back to the ground each fall. The crown and roots of the plant resume growth in spring. A few perennials are evergreen or keep a green rosette of leaves at the base in winter. There are perennials for full sun or heavy shade, for dry or wet soil. Select perennials that are suited to the growing conditions where they will be planted.  Once they finish blooming, cutting them back may encourage new growth and additional blooms.

mitesPests can be a problem for both annuals and perennials.  The wet conditions of late can cause fungal problems such as root and stem rot and also powdery mildew and other diseases on leaves.  Your county extension office can help identify the cause and recommend a treatment.  Don’t assume the yellow leaves you are seeing on some plants indicate a lack of fertilizer.  Look closely on the underside with a hand lens and you may find spider mites.  Even though most insects favor hot, dry conditions, for some reason mites have discovered my butterfly bush in spite of recent humid weather.  Often for these piercing, sucking type insects, a 1-2% solution of dish detergent in water will help (that’s about 3 Tbsp. per gallon of water).  But remember they are on the underside of the leaf so coverage is critical and don’t spray in sunlight…wait until evening to avoid burn.  For more information, check out Clemson University’s publications on flowers, lawn care, shrubs and trees.

Crime Update

Don’t’ let vacation time become victimization time.  If you plan to leave, let a couple of neighbors know so they can keep an on your home and property.  The following crime prevention tips or recommendations from the Greenville Police Department are designed to allow a safe and secure trip and a return to a secure residence.

  • Make sure to stop all mail and newspapers, or have a neighbor pick them up. A collection of newspapers or overflowing mail boxes is a strong indicator that no one is home.
  • Put your lights on a timer. Make sure it is the same lights that you have on normally and that they come on and go off at the normal times. Also, leave blinds and shades in their normal position.
  • Test your smoke and burglar alarms prior to your vacation.
  • Don’t announce your absence on answering machine messages or on your Facebook or MySpace page.
  • Have an inventory of your valuables with all serial and model numbers and photographs of any items that do not have them. Keep this list in a safe or safety deposit box. Also in the box, keep a list of all your credit card numbers and take with you the number to call if the cards are lost or stolen.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
  • Contact Greenville Police Department’s non-emergency number to have extra patrol on your property while you are away.
  • While traveling, try not to carry large amounts of cash; if you must, do not flash it around or carry it all in the same place. (I knew someone who carried cash in the sock or shoe they were wearing.)
  • Label your luggage with your name and business address or your cell phone number.
  • If traveling by vehicle, do not advertise you are a tourist—keep all maps and brochures in the glove box.


This Month’s Trivia

worm charmingCompetitive Worm Charming: You just thought you’d ‘seen’ it all!   In 2009, a 10-year-old girl set a new world record by bringing 567 worms up from the ground during Britain’s World Worm Charming Championships.  Sophie Smith of Willaston, England, won the competition by besting the previous world record of 511 worms listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.  A number of techniques were employed to try to coax worms from the ground during the light rain, including a man who strummed rock tunes on his guitar, a woman who tap danced to the theme from “Star Wars,” a man who played the xylophone with bottles and the most common method, sticking a garden fork into the ground and smacking it with a stick to create vibrations.

Kenneth Catania, a U.S. neuroscientist specializing in sonic phenomena, said in research published last year that worm charming is at its most effective when competitors make sounds that emulate those of the mole, a natural predator of the worm.  “We carefully compared the frequencies,” Catania said, “and it’s moles every time. When it rains the worms come out slowly, but with charming and moles they come out as if they were running. That’s if worms could run.”  As far as we know, Sophie’s record still stands.


Flash From the Past

From Last Month:

water towerParis Mountain Lake Dam-Tower.  From 1889 to 1918, the Paris Mountain Water Company built numerous lakes and dams on the mountain creating the first water system for Greenville. The City of Greenville purchased the company and operated the system until a new reservoir at Table Rock was created.  In 1935, the city donated the land for use as a state park.  Paris Mountain State Park was originally built during the economic recovery efforts following The Great Depression. The Civilian Conservation Corps developed the park, building many of the facilities that are still in use. The original stone and timber construction takes visitors back in time.  Paris Mountain is a monadnock located north of the city.  Monadnock is originally a Native American term for a lone mountain that stands above the surrounding area. In the Carolinas these only occur in the Piedmont. Other examples are Pilot Mountain, Kings Mountain, and Table Rock. These mountains have survived erosion. They tower above the rolling hills.  Paris Mountain is a single giant rock of hard basalt that rises about 1800 feet above sea level.  http://www.greenvillewater.com/history.html


old photo no2The Sanitary Café was located at 20 W. Washington Street and was ‘noted for better food’.  It operated over 20 years in the same location and touted ‘mechanical air-conditioning?   Can anyone give us an idea when this restaurant was in business?   We know that a postcard with this photo was mailed from Greenville to Knoxville, TN in 1938.  What I wonder is the name….does that imply all other restaurants in Greenville were not sanitary??



Do you recognize these photos….










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.

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

For other events in this area bookmark Go-greenevents  for a listing of various events with registration, etc., handled online to save needless waste of paper.  

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. The Greenville Collection is now the largest and the most complete collection of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors owned by any public museum in the world. Discover this magnificent collection of works by America’s iconic watercolor master. Highlights include Four Poster and Dusk.


Century BMW Reedy River Concerts.  TD Stage at the Peace Center.  Wednesdays, 7-9 PM, in June, July and August.  Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic supper and sit back and enjoy a variety of musical concerts featuring jazz, country, patriotic, rock & roll, blues and reggae. This free, outdoor family event provides the perfect way to spend a warm summer night.   More info

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival (USF) celebrates its eleventh summer of presenting free productions of Shakespeare’s classic plays in beautiful Falls Park. May through August at the TD Amphitheater.  Thursdays through Saturdays at 7pm.  These imaginative stagings exhibit the best of regional talent in productions that entertain the entire family. Bring a picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy exciting theater under the stars. USF is presented by the Warehouse Theatre and Greenville City Parks and Recreation. More info

July 13 – Dinner and a Movie.  Silver Screen Café.   Tickets can be purchased at 1540 Wade Hampton Blvd.
(864) 283-0888.  Limited seating.  Check website for menu and price.

July 14 through July 18Vacation Bible School at Northgate Baptist like you’ve never experienced before! 5:45 – 8:30 pm.  Children age K5 through grade 6 are admitted free.  During the same week, youth (grades 7 through 12) can experience Thrill Seekers, with Bible study and special activities planned just for them. This week of fun, food, and exciting learning opportunities is FREE of charge and open to everyone.  Call 864.242.3805 or visit our website www.northgatebaptist.com for more information.

July 17Earth Market.  3pm – 7pm.  Now at their new location.  220 North Main St. Greenville. @ the Hyatt Hotel and Roost Restaurant in NoMa Square.  Other upcoming dates are August  21 and Sept 18.

July 19Northgate Soda Shop.  Karaoke from 8pm – 1am.  Food served until 9pm.

July 20North Main Multi-family yard sale in the parking lot of Palmetto Drum Co.  5 Wade Hampton Blvd.  9am-2pm.  Rain or shine.  Lots of fun finds from several homes.  Wide range of items:  Household – kitchen, books, some clothes, odds and ends, gently used microwave, etc. 232-1726.

camp animal careJuly 22-25 or July 29-Aug1Camp Animal Care.  For Rising 4th – 6th graders.  The goal of Camp Animal Care is to educate about proper care and treatment of pets, give ideas how to help animals at the shelter, create volunteers for tomorrow and show campers how they can make life better for animals.  The cost is $125 per child for the 4 day camp week.  For more info, check out the Animal Care Services Website.

 August 2 – T.L. Norris Gallery: Friday with Friends.  Come by the gallery for their monthly meet-up, to enjoy an evening surrounded by beautiful art, art-loving people, and good food and beverages. Make it a date night or invite a few friends, and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere. It is also your last chance to view the amazing works of Renato Moncini.

August 3Run2Overcome.  6am – 11am.  Cleveland Park at Julie Valentine Memorial.   Lakehurst Street/Cleveland Park Drive.    Certified 5k, 10k and kids fun run to benefit the Julie Valentine Center serving child and adult survivors of child abuse and assault. Telephone: 864-331-0560×24


For other community events, check the Greenville City calendar

Or, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Summer Programs at Greenville Community Centers

Program Instructors Needed

The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is seeking instructors to offer fun and exciting recreational and educational classes to our community. Our department offers a wide variety of recreational programs to citizens of all ages. These programs take place in city parks, community centers and other locations.   For a full listing of programs visit  http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/RecPrograms.aspx

Summer 2013 Program Schedule

  • To view the summer calendar for the Bobby Pearse Center, go to the Parks and  Rec website
  • To view the summer program calendar for the Sears Recreation Center, go to the Parks and Rec website        You will be able to view program information and pay directly online.


….Or pick up a program brochure at your local community center.

 Community Center Rental

Both the Bobby Pearse Center and the Sears Shelter are available for rent.  For information about renting the Bobby Pearse Center, email Jonathan Jones or call 467-4331.

Planning a special event like a wedding reception, birthday, anniversary or family reunion? Why not have your events at the Sears Recreation Center? It is conveniently located in McPherson Park at the corner of North Main Street and E. Park Avenue (100 E. Park Avenue).

Some of the Community Center features are:

  • Kitchen
  • Restrooms
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Piano
  • Banquet tables & chairs
  • Plenty of parking
  • Sound system

Contact Jan Cox at 864-467-4326 or jbcox@greenvillesc.gov for more information and availability.

The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation is working with LiveWell Greenville to promote healthy eating among our athletes. Watch this short video to learn more about eating healthy snacks at youth sports!


The use of trade names or advertisements in this publication does not constitute endorsement or discrimination by the North Main Community Association.

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NMCA Newsletter (07/13)
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