NMCA Newsletter (09/14)



Welcome to NMCA’s newest Business Member

ujointThe Universal Joint has set up shop in Greenville to offer great food, an always-rotating draft & bottle selection, a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, and an easy going bar scene.  Come ujoint logoenjoy our patios, yell at our TVs when your team is playing, grab a bite to eat with a refreshingly cold beer, and meet new friends.  Located at 300 E. Stone Avenue, within easy walking distance for many North Main Residents.  Check out their online menu or come in and treat yourself to a sample first hand.  Check out their Facebook page. Information on parking and hours can be found on their website.

Second Call for Nominations – 2015 NMCA Board

This is the second call for nominations for the 2015 NMCA Board of Directors.  All officers must reside within the geographical boundaries of the NMCA for the entire period they hold office, Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015.  All officers 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.   Any member may nominate someone for office.  The nomination must be submitted no later than November 1.  You may email the nomination to pgilreath@aol.com or mail to PO Box 571, Greenville, SC  29602.  The person nominated must agree 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 in late November or early December.

 Neighborhood Watch Information

Last month we sent out information on a number of break-ins and thefts.   The rash seems to continue.  The NMCA board is planning a neighborhood meeting with our police liaison to find out options to better protect our neighborhood.  In the meantime, some of you may have misunderstood some information we sent out last week when we mentioned the lack of a dedicated police patrol in the neighborhood.  In talking with the city, they do patrol regularly, but we do not have a designated patrolman who is responsible for just the North Main Community.  You may not see the patrol cars as they tend to patrol more during the day when residents break inare at work and fewer people are home, and more around businesses in the evening.  I know some would like to see more police presence at night, since most incidents seem to occur at night.  That is something we will address.

In the meantime, please be aware that the vast majority (but not all) of these incidences and thefts have been situations where car doors or garage doors were left unlocked.  It’s hard to get too upset when you make it that easy for them.  Let’s all try to do better about keeping a watchful eye on our neighbors at all hours and reporting any incident to the police.

Local Development Update

Here we go again!  Who can forget the time and effort spent by some of our North Main residents fighting the proposed “Cottages at Townes” development (the landlocked parcel between W. Mountainview and W. Hillcrest homes)?  Well, another developer is working with the city on some very preliminary plans for a new development at that location.  There are significant differences in that this time the 2 rental houses on Townes St. are not part of the plan and there are 7 houses planned (actually only one less on the same parcel of land if you exclude the rentals).  There are still a lot of problems with the plan and the impact on both the environment and to surrounding neighbors, especially those downhill from the site.  As the plan becomes more than just preliminary and we get more details, we’ll keep you posted of meetings, etc.

I’m sure most of you also saw on the local news an update on the changes at the Stone/North Main project by the Beach Co.  The developer that had been planning a 51-unit apartment building with retail on the other side of Rowley Street backed out, so the Beach Company will be taking over the development of that property as well.  Councilwoman Amy Ryberg-Doyle said, “They are expanding their planned development. They are adding more residential on that side of Rowley Street. They are adding town homes and they are bringing more uniformity to the design on Stone Avenue.”  “Barring any unforeseen delays, the Beach Company would like to start construction as soon as they can … likely October or November,” they said.

To see the newest renderings, go to WYFF’s website.

Resources for Residents

If you haven’t visited our website lately, there’s lots of good information there, with much of it geared to new residents.  Find out about things like debris pick up restrictions, city government, city service requests, public information  and events, meet our local business members, find out about the trolley schedule, live/local music, Greenville Craigslist and much more.

Scroll down for links to Greenville’s Welcome Guide and Things To Do and See.  Want to know more about the history of the North Main Neighborhood?  We have a page just for that.  We always appreciate feedback on our site and hope you will visit it and tell us what you think.

Have a complaint about something in your neighborhood?  Is someone piling up brush or other debris that is too large to be picked up?  Is there a house near you in disrepair or abandoned and becoming an eyesore?  Got a question about how to get that burned out street light bulb replaced, a pot hole filled or a cracked sidewalk repaired?  All these and more can be answered by Greenville Cares.  Check out their website to see the types of problems they address.  They can quickly put you in contact with the government department  or official who can help you.  Just email them at cityinfo@greenvillesc.gov or call 864-232-2273.  I’ve always found them to be extremely helpful and quick to respond to requests.  They are definitely the go-to site for problems.

Reminder – ACS Free Cat Neuter/Spay for 29609 Zipcode 

kittenGreenville County Animal Care on Furman Hall Road in Cherrydale is still offering FREE spays and neuters for pet cats and kittens for residents in the 29609 zip code through 2015.   This was done because of the staggering number of cats surrendered to the shelter or found stray there. Residents of the 29609 zip code should contact (864) 467-SPAY to make appointments to have their cats or kittens spayed or neutered at no charge.  You will need to bring in proof that you reside in the 29609 zip code.

The Greenville Humane Societyis still running a special on adoptions.  Adult dogs are $49, puppies $95, adult cats $25 and kittens $75.  All animals are neutered and up to date on shots.  (Prices subject to change.)

The Humane Society would like to give a huge ‘round of paws’ for all those who participated in this year’s Mutt Strut!!  Over 2000 2-legged, 1500 4-legged, and 119 teams helped SC’s largest dog-friendly race blow last year’s fundraising totals through the woof!, raising over $75,000.  Plus, many dogs were adopted as a result of folks meeting them at Mutt Strut.  Check out the website for race results, award winners, and photos. It’s great to live in a city whose residents care so much for their feline/canine companions!

Weather Tidbits

According to climate data, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in September is 81.2°F, the average low is 61.2°F and the average precipitation is 4.0”.  The record maximum temperature for the period 1962-2006 was 96°F on Sept 4, 1975.  The record minimum was 36°F on Sept 30, 1967.  Record high rainfall was in 1955 with 11.65” with minimum precipitation of 0.16” in 2005.     http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html

September Yard and Garden Update

 book    “The falling leaves…drift by my window…”   

well…maybe not quite yet, but they’re coming…fall is in the air, a favorite season for many, bringing a respite from the hot, humid summer.

Many trees are already starting to lose that bright green hue and looking a little duller in color.  I’ve even started seeing a little color in some of the earlier species to turn.  Soon we will becaesars head treated to the beautiful colors that the season brings.  Keep a LIVE LOOK on the fall foliage from the Upstate with the SC State Parks Table Rock webcam, and check out their fall foliage reports posted each Wednesday.

Summer perennials and annuals are starting to fade, but don’t be too quick to remove those seed heads This is an important source of food for birds in the fall and winter.  If you plan to plant trees or shrubs, start planning now.  Late fall and winter are the best times to plant.  If you found you put a shrub in the wrong spot, fall and winter are the best times to move it.  For large shrubs, consider slowly root pruning starting in October to reduce transplant shock when it’s moved.

If you have a need for new plants, start planning now and mark your calendar for the SC Upstate Fall Native Plant Sale…Saturday, October 18 from 9am to 1pm at the University Center Parking Lot.  In addition to you, the customer, they are also in need of volunteers for the sale…everything from night watchman to tagging, plant movers with trucks, set up, etc.  For a complete list, go to www.scnps.org .  Click on activities, then calendar, then the plant sale date.  Or call July Seeley at 864-0855-6396.

You’re also probably seeing more butterflies in your garden lately and I’ve seen more hummingbirds than in the last few years.  Of the three butterfly periods each year, late summer to fall is the most active.  For an amazing and comprehensive list of the butterflies found in Greenville County, check out the Butterflies and Moths of North America website.


Here are a few reminders of yard chores this month:

  • Vegetable garden clean-up and start thinking about cool-season veggies.
  • Time to divide spring and summer flowering perennials.
  • Time for a second application of fertilizer to cool season grasses like fescue. Don’t fertilizer warm season grasses in late fall. If you haven’t had your soil tested, now is a good time.
  • Fall is a great time to aerate cool season lawns. Mid-September is also a good time to over-seed. This next month is also the best time to plant a cool season lawn.
  • Take a look at your irrigation system. You may need to apply less as the weather begins to cool and plants lose their leaves.
  • Think about composting all those leaves that will be falling instead of just raking them up and piling them on the street. They also make good mulch.
  • Start looking for plants and trees you want to plant this winter.


Hawk Watch and Monarch Migration

broadwing hawkFrom now until late November, members of the Greenville County Bird Club participate in a count of migrating hawks at Caesar’s Head State Park. The Hawk Watch is normally manned by volunteers who call themselves “Wing Nuts”. The birds are attracted by the thermals and updrafts generated by wind currents on the south facing escarpment. On a good day in September, hundreds even thousands of raptors might be seen passing through. It’s not unusual to see 200 to 300 hawks at one time soaring or circling in a thermal overhead. This phenomenon is referred to as “kettling” or a “kettle” of hawks. To date, the highest single day count was over 5,200 birds. For more information about the Hawk Watch program, visit our hawk watch page.   Caesar’s Head Hawk Watch Video.

Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States so they migrate south and west each autumn to escape the cold weather. The migration usually starts inmonarch about October of each year, but can start earlier if the weather turns cold sooner than that. From the eastern states, the Monarch migrates to Mexico and hibernates in oyamel fir trees. They use the very same trees each year when they migrate, which seems odd because they aren’t the same butterflies that were there last year. These are the new fourth generation of monarch butterflies, so how do they know which trees are the right ones to hibernate in? Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away each year. For the best viewing sites in our area, check out this website.

Fall Migration Bird Count

yellow rumpThe 2014 Greenville County Fall Migration Count Day, coordinated by the Greenville Bird Club, is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 20. The count area includes all of Greenville County, so choose a favorite birding area (includes yard counts), go out and count birds that day and send your data to J.B. Hines at jbhines3@chesnet.net 864-706-8421. The regular bird walk at Lake Conestee Nature Park (LCNP) will be included as part of the count. Let them know where you are planning to count in Greenville County (unless you are going to LCNP) so that they can avoid overlapping areas and assign participants to areas not being covered. See the Migration Counts Page for more information, including historical data and a map of the county showing areas to be covered. Thanks and good birding!


This Month’s Trivia – Test Your SEC Football Knowledge

NO CHEATING!!  Answers are at the end of the newsletter.

1.  The SEC was founded in Dec 1932, when 13 schools left which other conference?

Big South___   Dixie Conference ___ Atlantic Conference ___ Southern Conference___

2.  What team was the first ever champion of the SEC?   Tulane__   Alabama___ Georgia ___ Vanderbilt___

3.  Which charter member left the SEC after the 1939 season?

Sewanee ___ North Carolina ___ Florda State ___   Citadel ___

4.  In 1939, which SEC school was the last major college team in the 20th century to finish a regular seaon unbeaten, untied, and unscored on?   Tennessee ___ Alabama ___ Georgia ___ Auburn ___

5.  Which 2 schools departed the SEC in the mid-1960’s?

Louisville & Miami __ Kentucky and Vandy __ Georgia Tech and Tulane __ Arkansas & LA Tech _

6.  Which team had their 1984 conference championship vacated by SEC officials?

Mississippi __ Georgia __ Auburn __ Florida __

7.  The SEC expanded to 12 teams in 1992 with the addition of which two schools?

Miami & Clemson__ Arkansas & S. Carolina __ Marshal & W. Virginia __ Memphis & Wake Forest __

8.  The addition of 2 new members led the SEC to create a two-division format, with respective winners meeting in a season-ending championship game.  Which school won the 1st of the title showdowns?

Alabama __ LSU __   Florida __   Auburn ___

9.  In 70 seasons of the SEC, which was the only school that failed to win an SEC title?

Kentucky ___ Mississippi State ___ Vanderbilt ___   Mississippi ___

10.  Which stadium hosted the SEC Championship game every year from 1994 to 2008?

Legion Field ___   Georgia Dome ___ LA Superdome ___ LP Field   ___


Congratulations to City Council Member Lillian Brock Flemming

Lillian Brock Flemming and Sarah Reese, who both graduated in1971 as the first female African American students at Furman University, were awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree during Furman University’s Fall Convocation at McAlister Auditorium on Thursday, September 4.

Flash from the Past

From Last Month:

old photo1This is photo is looking north on North Main in 1947. You may have noticed some landmarks of the time such as the News Piedmont clock on the right. The Greenville News started off as a four-page publication in 1874 by A.M. Speights. For a one-year subscription, it was eight dollars. After five different owners and many editors, the Peace family under the leadership of Bony Peace bought the paper in 1919 from Ellison Adger Smyth, around the same time that Greenville was becoming known as “The Textile Center of the South.” The Peace family acquired the evening paper The Piedmont in 1927. In 1965 both papers helped to form Multimedia Inc. Then in 1995, the smaller afternoon paper and the larger morning paper merged to become The News-Piedmont. In December 1995 Gannett purchased Multimedia, changing the newspaper name back to The Greenville News. Today The News prints over 50,000 newspapers a day and is online.

old photo2In this photo you are looking south from the Ottaray Hotel in the 1920’s. The Rivoli Theater is on the right. It opened on September 7, 1925, with seating listed as 744. It was renamed Fox Theatre in 1949 and was closed in 1978. Sears Roebuck and Co. is on the left. After 1920, Greenville experienced a building boom and the city prospered throughout the decade. Note all the parked cars (and how they all look alike) and the congestion. Obviously, downtown was a real destination back then!  

What about these two places?

old photo1


old photo2


Wit and Wisdom

First World Problems: U.S Obesity continues to grow … for pets as well as humans. An AP report noted that fat Labs and poodles now have Pilates (‘Pawlates”) and yoga (“doga”) and even play “Barko Polo” in the pool, while Morris Animal Inn offers five-day fitness camps for dogs ($249) in Morristown, NJ. (More cats than dogs are overweight, but getting cats to the gym is perhaps beyond human capability.) (excerpted from News of the Weird, Funny Times, Sept 2014)

There are only two things a child will share willingly: communicable diseases and his mother’s age” (Benjamin Spock)

 It is easier to build a child than fix an adult” (Frederick Douglas)




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 August Calendar.

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

The city also has a website listing Family Things to Do and See.  According to this website, The Carillon, located at RiverPlace, has 25 bells floating within a simple structure of three painted steel columns, the tallest of which is 54 feet. At the foot of the tower is a continuously flowing water feature. The open structure of the bell tower preserves the direct view through the RiverPlace courtyard to the river and to the city beyond.  Check the website for the hours the carillon chimes.

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.  

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

Greenville County Museum ofArt – 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.

Greenville Humane Society 2014 Yappy Hour Series continues, presented by Camp Bow Wow.  6-8pm.  Every 2nd Thursday of the month from April to October. For $8 you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and live music from local artists. Your dog can run off leash in our canine courtyard and take a dip in the “doggie” pools.  Dogs must come on leash and be friendly, spayed/neutered, over 6 months of age, healthy & up to date on vaccinations.  For more details or in case of inclement weather: Consult their Facebook page orwww.greenvillehumane.com.

Downtown Line Dance. 6:15 – 8pm. Offered every Tuesday from 6:15 to 8 pm. at Sears Rec Center in McPherson Park. Dances are taught in a fun and easy way with great music – Hip Hop, R&B, Rock & Roll, Latin, Country, Shag, Swing.  No partner or dance knowledge required. Two left feet are fine. Bring your friends and have some fun. Cost – $4 for Greenville city residents, $5 for others. Telephone: 864-467-4326.

Sept 16 – Global Beer Tasting!  Community Tap.  5:30-7:30pm.  Join them as they welcome Kevin Cratty from Global Beer for an all Belgian Beer tasting featuring gems from Piraat, Gulden Draak, Kasteel and more! This tasting is FREE! Stop on in and get your Belgian Beer Fix!! Cheers!!!!!

Sept 19 – Trivia is back at the Northgate Soda Shop.  7-8pm.  Karaoke with BJ the DJ from 8pm – 1am.  Food served until 9pm.

Sept 20Bamboo Society Festival. 9am – 6pm. Furman University Trone Student Center. 8th Annual Bamboo Festival featuring tours of the Furman University Asian gardens and Place of Peace, workshops on growing, managing and farming bamboo. Demonstrations by a traditional Japanese longbow archer, as well as many plant and artist vendors. 704-398-9247.  Admission: Free

Sept 20Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. 8:30am – 1pm.  CU-ICAR.  701 Millennium Blvd.  A community walk at CU-ICAR, registration starts at 8:30am and the walk will start at 10:00am.  864-609-5054. Admission: Registration fee.

Sept 20Kick off for a Cure  Brings together cheering football fans to enjoy watching featured games including Clemson vs Florida State away game.  ONE Greenville, 1 North Main St. Tailgate food will be served, beverages will be poured, and fans can peruse the silent auction items that are sure to include some unique fan gear.  Other entertainment will include live music on the rooftop patio, tailgate games and more.  The goal is to raise at least $30,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundatio(843) 388-5968 or at vconrad@cff.orgn.  843-388-5968 or vconrad@cff.org

Sept 25Rock Out Hunger.  6:30pm – 10pm. Larkin’s Sawmill at North Main.  22 Graves Drive.  Rock Out Hunger is a benefit concert for Loaves & Fishes, Greenville’s only food rescue organization. Come and enjoy great music from The Revelers, straight from Lafayette, LA, delivering a night of Cajun, Zydeco and Blues Music. Craft brews from some of Greenville’s finest local breweries and delicious Cajun cuisine from Larkin’s Catering available. 864-232-3595.  Admission: $15

Sept 25Handbags for Hope. 6-9pm.  Certus Loft.  101 W. Broad St. Featuring over 100 purses designed by artists and individuals from around the region, as well as over 20 celebrity signed purses and a few golf bags. Both live and silent auctions.  Actor Andie MacDowell is spokesperson.  864-373-6306. Admission: $35brings together cheering football fans to enjoy watching featured games including Clemson vs. Florida State away game. Tailgate food will be served, beverages will be poured, and fans can peruse the silent auction items that are sure to include some unique fan gear. Other entertainment will include live music on the rooftop patio, tailgate games, and more.  Our goal is to raise at least $30,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from this event

Sept 27 – Susan G. Komen Race for the CureStart Time: 8am.  End Time: 10am.  West end of Fluor Field. 945 S. Main St.  5k run and a 1 mile, walk a fundraiser benefiting the Susan G Komen for the Cure Upstate SC Affiliate.  864-234-5035. Admission: race registration.

Sept 27Free Shredding and Electronics RecyclingTD Convention Center in the Crosrol Parking Lot10am – 1pm.  Bi-annual shredding and electronics recycling event.  Businesses and individuals are welcome. All paper must be bagged or boxed and each person is limited to three trash bags or three small boxes of paper. Accepted electronics: computer monitors, keyboards, mice, CPUs, etc. (all things that plug into a computer), televisions. Note: There is a limit of 10 electronic items per person. The City no longer is accepting fluorescent bulbs for recycling.  864-467-8300

Oct 1- 4Oktoberfest.  NOMA Square. 220 North Main St.4pm – 9pm.  Traditional Oktoberfest Festival with music, German food and entertainment.  Opening Day: 5pm-9pm – The ceremonial keg will be tapped! Entertainment by the Foothills Oompah Band. On Thursday morning, the Paulaner Brewing Truck arrives bringing their mobile biergarten which is fully equipped with tables, taps and an abundance of Paulaner kegs. North Main Street will be transformed into “Little Bavaria” in a few short hours.   864-331-8412

Oct 3 – Glow Golf Tournament. 4:30pm – 10:30 pm. Hejaz Shrine Gold Club. 200 Ranch Road. Greenville. Food, Drinks, Prizes and a Fairway full of Black Lights! Play 9 holes while the sun is still shining,then see how good your game really is while you play the second nine after sunset with glow in the dark equipment. All proceeds from the event benefit Little Steps, a local nonprofit that assists teen and young parents and their children.  864-243-8694.  Admission: $75 per player

Oct 4Over the Edge for a Brighter Tomorrow. 9am – 5pm. Bank of America Building in ONE City Plaza.  7 N. Laurens St.  Teams will rappel off the Bank of America building for charity. Seventy men, women and teens will rappel 15 stories (that’s 228 feet!) to raise funds for their individual charity.  Some will go willingly, but others will need to be coaxed through your donating force.  Goodwill Foundation and 70 other non-profit participants.  864-329-9292. For more info on how you can become an ‘Edger’, click here.

Oct 525th Annual Walk for the Homeless2pm – 6pm.  Fluor Field.Walk 4 the Homeless raises awareness about homelessness in Greenville and raises funds to support the programs of United Ministries. Beginning and ending at Fluor Field, walkers follow an educational route in downtown Greenville that passes human service organizations. The community is invited to come together in compassion for our less fortunate neighbors. Small registration fee for adults.

Oct 5Falls Park 10th Anniversary  2pm – 5pm.  Falls Park and Amphitheater. .  864-467-4489.  Free,

Oct 5 – Safe Harbor Oyster Roast.  4-7pm.  Runway Café. 21 Airport Rd. Ext.  Safe Harbor “True Grit Oyster Roast & BBQ Fund Raiser” to raise funds and awareness about Safe Harbor which advocates/shelters victims of domestic violence.  864-608-3646.  Admission: $40 16 – Adult;  $20 11-15;  14 & under free

Oct 10Fall for Greenville5 – 10pmMain St. from North St. to Augusta including all side streets.  A food festival in downtown Greenville featuring several local restaurants, entertainment of live music and beer and wine.  864-467-2776.  Admission: Free

Oct 18Native Plant Sale. 9am – 1pm. Greenville Tech. 225 S. Pleasantburg. (Corner of Antrim and S. Pleasantburg).

Oct 25North Main Community Yard Sale.  7am – 2pm.  Northgate Soda Shop.  Watch for more info.

Nov 2 – Daylight Savings Time Ends

For other community events, check the Greenville City calendar

Or, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Fall 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

Fall 2014 Program Schedule

  • To view the fall 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.


Trivia Answershelmets

  1. Southern Conference
  2. Alabama
  3. Sewanee
  4. Tennessee
  5. Georgia Tech and Tulane
  6. Florida
  7. Miami and Clemson
  8. Alabama
  9. Vanderbilt
  10. Georgia Dome (shame on anyone who missed this one!!)

Did anyone get 100% of the answers correct ??


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