NMCA Newsletter (4/2017)


Please Welcome Our Newest Business Member

Sisters on Main are working mothers and entrepreneurs. “We teamed up as sisters and partners to provide the best service for your home search. Whether looking for a new place or just want it sold, we work harder than anyone else, providing professional home marketing services and negotiating skills that get you the best price and the most desirable terms. As a team consisting of a police wife and an army mom (deployed), we live and work in and are a part of this community. Specializing in the communities you love, we provide the expertise and experience you deserve.” Conservus Realty at 16 N. Main Street is that rare hybrid of advocates, strategists, and matchmakers. Contact Cheyenne Willis Kozaily at 864.999.1959 or visit their FB page.

NMCA Spring Member Social

Reserve the date!  Saturday, May 20, at the Community Tap, from 3-6 pm.  Family friendly event with face painting for the kids, live music, food and beverages.  We have several sponsors but there’s always room for more!   We’re also looking for local businesses to donate door prizes…gift cards for meals, merchandise, home and garden items, free massages or haircuts, free lessons, etc.  Donors will get recognition at the event and in our advertisements for the event via email and FB.  If interested, email Sunnie Harmon at sunnieharmon@gmail.com

If you have not renewed, you will be getting an invoice prior to the event.  We urge you to join before the social to avoid lines. Our website is still being updated, but the Paypal method seems to be working, or you can mail a check to PO Box 571, Greenville, 29602.  Thank you!

Development Update and Other City News

  • The former “Gypsy G” location at 520 Rutherford Road. The new owners are creating a new 10,000 square foot event space called The Rutherford. It can hold between 165 and 300 people, depending on the configuration and spaces utilized. The building is divided into three spaces: The Brick Room, The Warehouse and the Courtyard, which can be rented individually, or all together for larger events.  Lots more information, renderings and some inside shots at Upstate Business Journal. See plans here:  https://www.facebook.com/therutherfordgvl/ (Email: Amy Doyle)
  • Restriping of Chick Springs Road: City Traffic Engineering will be re-striping Chick Springs Road this Spring. The area will include Chick Springs from Rutherford Road to Mohawk Dr.   New paint on the road will be critical to address safety at the crossings (Twin Lakes, Poinsettia, Northwood, Lotus, etc….)  In addition, Chick Springs is on the City Engineering list for repaving in the next few years depending on state funding match.  (C-Funds). Unfortunately, Chick Springs does not qualify for NStep (sidewalks) program.   “Chick Springs Road is part of the Greenways Master Plan and we will continue to look at a possible trail opportunity to address safety for cars, cyclists and walkers.​  http://www.greenvillesc.gov/313/Trails-Greenways​”  (Email:  Amy Doyle)
  •  Rezoning signs at 120 Rutherford Road. (Corner of Buist Ave-Rutherford Road).  This property is in the county but Amy did speak with county zoning office. The property owner is requesting to be rezoned to c-3 to allow light manufacturing.  They are a wood workshop and intend to expand their woodworking business and possibly offer a showroom.  The second reading at County Square is scheduled for April 18.   See calendar here:  https://www.greenvillecounty.org/gcpc/common_files/current_planning/zoning/activedockets.pdf    If anyone has questions here is zoning number at county: 864.467.7425 (Email:  Amy Doyle)
  • Summit Drive Elementary Expansion: The school district purchased property along Chick Springs Road (adjacent to school property on Summit Drive).  Expansion is scheduled to open in Fall 2021.  Expansion will include additional 150 seats. Construction will begin in 2020.  (Email:  Amy Doyle)
  • Garbage Collection Time Adjusted: Beginning April 10, the City will operate five garbage/yard waste collection routes per day instead of six. In spite of this change, each customer’s pickup day will remain the same. The only difference customers may notice is that their garbage/yard waste is collected at a different time than they’re used to. Since the collection crews will operate from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., they encourage customers to have their carts at the curb by 7 a.m.

If you are on Facebook and have not seen the amazing video done about Greenville, go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitGreenvilleSC/videos/10155712608449045/ and check it out.  The photography is beautiful and turn your sound up as you don’t want to miss the music!

NMCA Updated Website

NMCA now has an updated website that is better than ever!  We hope the changes will make it easier for you to find information, join or renew, post comments, etc.  We are very lucky to have Chad Chandler as our webmaster.  He did the original website and has done a great job incorporating our changes in the new one.  Please take a look and let us know what you think!   In addition to his regular job and his volunteer work with NMCA, you can also reach Chad at his own business, Chad Chandler Strategic Marketing Consulting at http://chadchandler.com  Thanks, Chad!!


April in Your Yard

This is the time of year when there’s a lot to be done in your yard…pruning, planting, watering, fertilizing…

  • Fertilize your lawn, shrubs and trees. When fertilizing shrubs and trees, be sure to scatter the fertilizer out around the drip line and not up close to the trunk.  Most of the feeder roots are out near the drip line as shown in the diagram below. The tap root is there mostly to support the tree and anchor it.  If using liquid foliar fertilizer, be sure to wait until leaves are fully expanded so they will be able to take up the fertilizer.

  • Now is a good time to inspect your irrigation system for repairs and upgrades.  You should also make sure the timer is set properly for early season irrigation. See the Home and Garden Center’s irrigation publications for more information.
  • Get a great start on your spring planting by attending the Upstate Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 22, at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Rd from 9a, – 1pm. This year they are featuring the following guest vendors:  Carnivorous Plants; Carolina Wild; Earthen Organics; Natives Plus Nursery; Natives, by George; Natures Organics; and Wildside Garden.  Click here for an excellent publication from Clemson with information and photos on native plants for SC Landscapes. Click here to see a list of plants for sale. (Does not include outside vendors.)

Remember that NMCA business member Daylily and Hosta Gardens at 2396 Roper Mountain Road opened for the season March 31. Hours are Fridays 12-6, Saturdays 9-4 and Sundays 12-6. Closed Mon – Thurs. Over 900 varieties of daylilies and hostas!  Pet friendly garden – dogs welcome.

Spring is also when we’ll be seeing baby birds and other baby wildlife.   If you happen to find a baby bird on the ground, here is a website from Cornell’s Ornithology Lab for advice on what to do.  And don’t worry…a mother bird will NOT abandon the baby because a human touches it. She does not recognize it by smell.

Remember, Earth Day 2017 falls on Sunday, April 22.  Earth Day is all about appreciating the uniqueness of our planet Earth with its incredible biodiversity. On this day, various national and international activities are conducted to understand the biodiversity and how we should protect nature – plants, animals and environment.  The City will have compost bins available for sale from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.at the Whole Foods parking lot, 1140 Woodruff Road. Bins cost $20 each. Habitat for Humanity will be on site to accept recycled furniture and household goods. Check the city Website for other events that day.

Arbor Day is April 28.  Celebrate National Arbor Day by planting a tree and sharing it using #NationalArborDay on Social Media.


We’ve noticed that as gardening and lawn mowing have picked up there still seems to be some confusion in terms of what is picked up by the city.  Especially for you newcomers, we have listed below the city guidelines:

The City will collect: grass clippings, leaves and limbs (no longer than 6 feet long or 6 inches in diameter).

◦Consider Composting. Call 864-467-8300 for more information.

◦Do not bag yard debris. Leaf it at the curb.

◦Do not cause clogs by piling leaves near storm drains, inlets, culverts or ditches.

◦Do not pile leaves or yard debris on water meters, sewer clean-out pipes, or next to signs, fences or mailboxes.

◦In dry weather dampen your piles of leaves with water prior to collection.

◦Keep leaves separate from branches and limbs – this seems to be one of the most frequently observed mistakes.

Crime Corner

  • Police Body Camera Implementation:  The Greenville Police Department (City) has completed all procurement and preparations to implement its body-worn camera program. The department will begin training and issuing the video recording systems to its patrol officers and many uniformed specialized officers on April 19, and will complete training by May 5.  The officers will be equipped with Flex-2 body cameras by Axon. The company provides Cloud storage of video that is recorded.
  • Not a lot of crimes have been reported.  According to the online Community Crime Map residential burglaries were reported in the last couple of weeks on Parkwood, Robinson and W. Earle Streets.
  • Remember to keep doors locked and call the police non-emergency number (864.271.5333) if you observe anything suspicious.   You can request a free security survey at this Police website.
  • Be advised that there was apparently a lot of activity lthe night of April 15…on E. and W. Hillcrest,  W.Mountainview, Hindman and on Buist as reported by residents. Several people had someone try the locks on their cars. They removed the car cover from one car. In at least two cases, the cars were unlocked. In one case, a checkbook was taken. In the other the glove compartment was ransacked but it’s unsure yet if anything was taken. A new car was stolen on E. Hillcrest.  If you saw anything suspicious, call 271-5333.   And be extra vigilant about locking your cars and keeping an eye out for your neighbors.


For Our Four Legged Friends

We still see too many notices about lost and found pets.  Please keep your pets indoors or in a fenced in area, and bring them in at night, if possible. (Put a padlock on the gate if necessary to prevent it being inadvertently opened). NMCA is happy to send out emails and post information on our FB page about lost or found pets. We have helped many pets find their way home.  Just email northmaincomm@gmail.com and we’ll get the information out there. You can also post to North Main Next Door.  Also, check the ACS website page for lost and found pets.  You can also check and post on the Lost and Found Pets of the Upstate Page.  For other alternatives to help your pet find its way home, check out this website.

Kitten Season is almost upon us.  We will be seeing more and more kittens available for foster and/or adoption at local animal shelters starting about now.  The Greenville Humane Society and ACS almost always needs foster homes for young or sick animals …usually for only a couple of weeks. Plus, the more they can place in homes, the more room they have to take in others.  If you’re interested in fostering, please visit www.greenvillehumane.com/foster-program or http://www.greenvillecounty.org/ACS/Foster.aspx   It doesn’t cost a dime, just some love and your time…

Found a litter of kittens? If you don’t see mom around, don’t move so fast! Wait a while to see if she returns. She’s probably just out grabbing dinner. Kittens have the best chance of survival when they stay with their mother until they are weaned.  Unless you are able to catch the mother and babies and willing to keep them and care for them for at least 2 months, it’s best to leave them alone.  Click here for additional information.  Although the bulletin is from New York, the information is still applicable.  Check out this website from Alley Cat Allies about socializing feral kittens.

Yappy Hour is back!  For $10, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and live music from local artists. Meanwhile, your dog can run off leash in our canine courtyard and take a dip in our “doggie pools”.   April-October, second Thursday of each month – 2017 Location TBD due to ongoing construction on the Humane Society’s Expansion.  You can always check out their FB page for details.


Don’t miss Animal Care Service’s Tails and Trails 5K Walk/Run.  Saturday, May 6, 8:30 am at Conestee Park.  All proceeds go directly toward building a NO KILL community in Greenville County.  Register at www.greenvillepets.org


Strut your stuff at South Carolina’s largest dog-friendly walk/run and Mutt Market! Now with cooler weather and a cooler location!

This year the 2 mile walk/run is through beautiful DOWNTOWN Greenville! Join us Saturday, April 29th at 8:30 a.m. for the 6th Annual Mutt Strut.

This two-mile walk or run begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market at Falls Park, featuring free food, live music, exciting vendors and plenty of doggie entertainment! You won’t want to miss this family-friendly event, which benefits the Greenville Humane Society!


Please be aware that we have had several reports in the last two weeks about dogs roaming and attacking cats.  The most recent report was of two cats on W. Mountainview killed by dogs.  Animal Control is usually alerted and they will pick up roaming dogs.  Remember there is a leash law in Greenville.  Dogs that are lost or dumped tend to join in packs and are much more dangerous than when alone.  Coyotes often get blamed, but most are killed by dogs.


Weather Tidbits

According to climate data from 1884 to the present, the average maximum temperature for Greenville in April is 73°F, and the average low is 48°F.  The maximum high was 94 on April 20, 1917. The maximum low temperature was 70 on April 29, 1894.  The minimum high temperature was 40 on April 8, 1907 and the minimum low was 22 on both the 14th and 15th that same year.  Maximum precipitation (rain) in a 24-hour period was 3.34” on April 29th, 1963.  Maximum snow was 0.3” on April 3, 1987. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/index.php .

From the Weather Network:  “Overall, we expect widespread warmer than normal conditions to spread across most of the country this summer. This summer’s pattern will be influenced at least somewhat by a developing El Nino pattern in the equatorial Pacific. We also expect a less active hurricane season in terms of the total number of storms due in part to the increased wind shear associated with the developing El Nino. However warm water near the coast does raise the threat of an impactful landfall or two from any storm that does approach the US.” 

The Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t quite agree: “Summer will be cooler than normal, on average, with rainfall above normal in the north and near normal in the south. Watch for tropical storm threats in early to mid-June and late August. The hottest periods will be in mid-July, early to mid-August, and early to mid-September.

Think About This….

  • The longest recorded point in tennis history took 29 minutes and featured the ball crossing the net 643 times! This took place in 1984 at a women’s match. In 1988 Steffi Graf won the French Open Final in a total of 34 minutes
  • There have been 3 Olympic Games held in countries that no longer exist.
  • Major League Baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear while on the job in case they split their pants.
  • The phrase about winning something “Hands Down” originally referred to a Jockey who won a race without whipping his horse or pulling back the reins.  (Greenville Rec Webpage)


2017 NMCA Board of Directors:

President: John DeWorken

Vice President:  Phyllis Gilreath

Membership Sec:  Dave Modeen

Recording Sec:  Taylor Cox

Treasurer:  Jim Gilreath

Social Committee Chair: Sunnie Harmon

Parks & Beautification Chair:  Hunter Cutchin

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


Thank You to our Business Members                                   

Keep your dollars in your community. We have numerous businesses that 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.  Rather than listing them all here, we direct you to our updated website listing of businesses where you can see the entire list with a description and a link to their website.

If you are a business and would like to see your company listed on our website, 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 April 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.

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

Currently featuring the work of Grainger McKoy.  He initially produced realistic carvings of birds in flight, but slowly began transforming his intricately carved birds into gravity-defying sculptures that played with form and space, while continuing to accurately render each species in detail.  Also featured is the work of Carew Rice, a native of the SC low country.  As a student in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he discovered the art of cutting silhouettes and worked from the Depression era up until 1970, when he cut silhouettes for South Carolina’s Tricentennial celebration.


Listed below are some of the events coming up in late April and May…for more, check the city calendar.

Dance Ventures will be offering 2 new classes in May.  Jazz on Wednesdays at 6pm. Ballet on Wednesdays at 7pm.  Both classes will study at level 1.  Beginners are welcome to try a Free lesson!  Free introductory lessons will be on Wednesday, May 3.  Please text or call 864-271-7701.  Still accepting students in beginning tap of Tuesdays at 7pm and Thursdays at noon. Also, level 1 jazz Mondays at noon and level 1 ballet on Tuesdays at 1pm.  Come have fun getting that exercise we all need!

Michael McDunn with McDunn Studio is still accepting applications for 2 classes this year.  For more information, check out his website or FB page.  There he describes the dates and times as well as the projects.

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

April – Check out the classes at the Swamp Rabbit Grocery and Café.

April 20South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony  5-9pm.  Hyatt Regency. Come out and support the SCFHOF Enshrinement Ceremony and see the Class of 2017 be inducted!

April 21Karaoke with Vannah the DJ from 8:30 pm- 1am.  Northgate Soda Shop. Food served till 9pm.

April 22 – Earth Day 2017. See article in newsletter text for special events.  In addition, Southern Om is hosting a free yoga class on the patio of Whole Foods (weather permitting, of course). Bring a mat, water, towel, and good vibes.

April 22 – Medical Cannabis Awareness Rally. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Graham Plaza.  Join Cannabis Forward for their 3rd Annual Medical Cannabis Awareness rally in downtown Greenville. The SC State legislature is debating a bill that would allow the establishment of a medical cannabis program. Hear testimony from patients that will share their story of how cannabis is saving their lives! Share your testimony with us, too! Parking is available in paid lots.

April 22Reedy River Run  7am – 11:15 @ Falls Park.  10K, 5K, Youth mile road races

April 22 – Upstate Native Plant Sale.  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Conestee Park.  See article in newsletter text for more information and the link to the list of plants for sale.

April 22Kids Fest at Heritage Green. Kids’ Fest at Heritage Green is an annual celebration to kick off the Week of the Young Child. This festival is geared towards our youngest learners and is filled with age appropriate activities for kids 1-5 years old. Each Heritage Green organization will have a booth on the lawn with opportunities for families to experience what their museum or entity provides our community every day.

April 28National Walk @ Lunch Day.  11am – 2pm.  Falls Park.  Free health and wellness event to promote walking at lunch.

April 28Stone Academy Arts Alive.  Stone Academy.  3:30 – 7pm.  @ Stone Academy. Annual School Carnival.

April 29 – Trees Greenville Trees on Tap.   TreesGreenville will be selling a variety of native trees at the event. Trees will be for sale ranging from 1, 3 or 7 gallon sizes.  Purchase a tree or two and part of your purchase will be tax deductible!!!  Click here for the list of trees for sale and more information about the event.  Proceeds benefit TreesGreenville’s mission to plant, promote and protect trees in Greenville County.

April 29The Community Tap’s Rare Beer Festival.  2 – 6pm.  Fluor Field. They still need about 60 volunteers to work the festival.  This year the Brewer Reps cannot actually “pour” their beer.  Volunteers will pour for 2-3 hours and have fun for 2 hours (and not necessarily in that order)…and everyone gets a T-shirt!  They need to round up more volunteers ASAP so they can work on the schedule.  If you are interested, please go to the following link to register.   Thanks!     https://goo.gl/forms/ZnSjckIztlgW6VNx1

May 6 Reedy River Duck Derby. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Main Street Plaza.  The Greenville Evening Rotary Club invites you to spend the day in Falls Park and cheer your little yellow duck across the finish line. Race time is 2:30 p.m., and there is no admission charge. The day is filled with entertainment from Tim TV and the Secret Cirkus, My Girl Whiskey and Me, Vilai Harrington and the Hamptones, and Morgan Riley. There will be food, face painting, balloon artists, games and more. Adopt a duck at for a chance to win $1 million dollars, groceries for a year from Publix, and many more prizes.

May 6 Shredding & E-Waste Recycling Day.  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ TD Convention Center, Crosrol parking lot.  A local non-profit partner, Harvest Hope, will be on-site throughout the event. At this free event, citizens can dispose of unwanted electronics and have their sensitive documents destroyed and recycled in a secure manner. All paper to be shredded MUST be bagged or boxed, and each person is limited to three large trash bags or three small boxes of paper. Bags and boxes must be intact, with no rips or tears. Reusable bags, boxes or containers will be returned to you. City residents and businesses can drop off the items listed below for free during this special event. There is a limit of 10 electronic items per person. *The City no longer is accepting fluorescent bulbs for recycling. • Televisions • Computer monitors • Keyboards • Mice • Wires • Circuit boards • CPUs • Scanners • Printers

Every Wednesday in May – Fidelity Investments Moonlight Movies at Falls Park on the Reedy.  Free.  Food Trucks on site. Bring your chairs, a blanket, and a picnic, but leave your pets at home. If you bring alcohol to consume on site, a wristband must be purchased for $1. Movie begins at dusk.

May 6 to October 29, Saturdays –  TD Saturday Market, 8am – noon. Downtown Greenville.

May 12 – 14 – Artisphere. All Day @ Main Street.  Greenville’s annual top ranking arts festival. See 135 local, regional, and national visual artists and 48 performances from some of the country’s most promising performing artists as well as Greenville’s own non-profit arts groups. The weekend long signature event is free and open to the public and is filled with entertainment for all ages. Watch for more details.

May 20 Save the date!!   NMCA Member Spring Social Those who were there last year remember what a great day it was… with over 350 people in attendance.  This year we have a new venue…. The Community Tap. Join us for food, drink, live music and face painting for the kids.

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NMCA Newsletter (4/2017)
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