News, events, and bulletins for neighbors living in Historic Germantown, Nashville, TN.

Monday, July 31, 2006

4:49 PM

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Information Session: 4th and Van Buren

Lawrence Brothers/Village Real Estate
707 Monroe
Thursday, August 3rd

Core Development will be hosting an information session on a planned town home project at the southwest corner of 4th and Van Buren across from Morgan Park Place. All neighbors and interested parties are invited to join us Thursday August 3rd, at 6:00 at the Lawrence Brothers/Village Real Estate office at 707 Monroe.

Aaron White
Core Development
2206 21st Ave South.
Nashville, TN 37212

Friday, July 28, 2006

2:40 PM

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Friday: Free Movie on the Bicentennial Mall

King Kong
Friday, July 28th
This Friday night, the Nashville Scene will be showing King Kong (2005) on the Bicentennial Mall. The movie will begin at dusk.

Food and drink vendors will open for business at 6:00 PM. Free watermelon will be provided by the Farmers' Market.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

10:12 AM

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First Harvest Café

Culinary Arts Center
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road in MetroCenter
11 AM to 1 PM
The Second Harvest Food bank sponsors First Harvest Café every Friday. Each week features a different culinary adventure. So far this summer, the fare has included Tuscan, French, Thai/Vietnamese, Cajun and American Roadhouse.

For only $10 you get all you care to eat, including dessert and drink. The best part is that $5 of the $10 goes to the Second Harvest Food Bank. You may want to add your name to the eFlyer list to get weekly menu notices. Also, you can check the Second Harvest (Nashville) website.

Check out the menu for Friday, 28 July (Santa Fe Chuck Wagon Fajita Buffet).

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

2:34 PM

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Night Out Against Crime needs some helpers

Nashville Night Out Against Crime is Tuesday, August 1st.

Can you help out?
Contact the coordinator
Since we will not be able to partner with Salemtown as previously planned, we need a few neighbors to help make this neighborhood event a success!

We're planning a cook-out, for which we need some key volunteers to help with set up and/or clean up.

We expect to have visits by the Nashville police and fire departments as usual.

Monday, July 24, 2006

9:00 PM

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Nonviolence Works: Identifying Causes, Embodying Solutions

Saturday July 22, 2006
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
1800 Baptist World Center Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37207
Nonviolence Works: Identifying Causes, Embodying Solutions

A summit to equip and educate a new generation of youth and young adults about the social values of living a nonviolent philosophy and lifestyle.

Dr. Bernard LaFayette
University of Rhode Island - Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies

Invited Guests
Mayor Bill Purcell
Police Chief Ronal Serpas
Rev. James (Tex) Thomas

American Baptist College & Belmont University
(Nashville Nonviolence Coalition)

Youth & young adults - Church/Community Leaders - Educators
RSVP - 615-256-1463 or E-mail:

8:47 PM

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Photos needed for unique Chamber Orchestra event


Professional photographers, amateur photographers and kids are invited to submit photos that could be displayed on giant screens above the Chamber Orchestra at Schermerhorn Symphony Center!

The Nashville Chamber Orchestra invites adults in the community to submit photographs depicting what makes Nashville a great place to live, work and raise a family for inclusion in the photochoreography to Don Hart's Concertino for Two Mandolins and Guitar as part of the Chamber Orchestra's October 14 Adventure Series concert.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

9:17 AM

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Discussion about Local Security Issues

The Farmer's Market is holding a meeting Monday, August 7, 2006 at 3:00 PM to discuss what land owners, individuals and businesses alike, can do to help the security in the area. The community coordinator from the Central police precinct will be present to lead the discussion.

The meeting will be held at 3:00 PM, August 7th, in the community room on the second floor of the Farmer's Market.

Contact Skip Lawrence for more details.

9:16 AM

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Oktoberfest Help Needed

Oktoberfest help needed, earlier than usual.

We need two dependable volunteers to help with specific Oktoberfest tasks.

Volunteer #1: Beer Tent Captain
We need someone who has worked in the beer tents previously and is available all day for Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14th. We need someone who can tap kegs and coordinate between the two beer tents to make sure there are enough volunteers in each tent. You won't have to find the volunteers, just shuffle volunteers between tents if needed. It would also be good if you can teach other volunteers how to tap the kegs. You wouldn't have to do any prep work before Oktoberfest, this is all about making sure things run smoothly on October 14th.

Volunteer #2: Neighborhood tent coordinator
Most of the work here takes place before Oktoberfest and early on Saturday, October 14th. You would need to collect materials for the neighborhood booth (ie walking tour brochures, art by neighborhood residents, Germantown posters, etc) and then set them up in the booth on October 14th. I'll help you find people to volunteer for the booth.

If you'd like to volunteer for either of these tasks (or if you have questions about them), contact Kim Unertl.

8:57 AM

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Nashville-Murfreesboro Transit Meeting


Jim McAteer, Nashville Area MPO 615-862-7204
Tim Rosenberger, Parsons Brinckerhoff 216-781-7808

Speedy Buses, Speedy Trains, or Just More Lanes?

Proposed Transportation Alternatives to be Discussed at Public Meetings

Residents, travelers, and business owners in the Southeast Corridor from Nashville to Murfreesboro will be given the opportunity to hear results and provide input on the costs and benefits of several transportation options currently being studied by the Nashville Area MPO. Several transportation options were evaluated in terms of how well they met the community needs and how well each performed in terms of cost, number of riders, distance from housing and jobs, construction costs and environmental concerns.

The transportation planning agency for the Nashville region (the Nashville Area MPO) will hold four public meetings to share with the public the results of the detailed transportation analyses and to hear comments on the alternatives studied and the criteria used to evaluate them.

The following four public meetings will include a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session (presentations will be repeated as needed during allotted time slots):
  • Tues. July 18, 12‚ 2 p.m. ‚Nashville Downtown Library, 615 Church St., Nashville
  • Tues. July 18, 6-8 p.m. ‚LaVergne City Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Rd., LaVergne
  • Wed. July 19, 6-8 p.m. ‚Rutherford County Courthouse, Murfreesboro
  • Thur. July 20, 6-8 p.m. ‚Smyrna Town Centre, 100 Sam Ridley Parkway, Smyrna

Speedy Buses or Speedy Trains
The study is currently evaluating four transit-based alternatives to improve travel in the corridor.

1. The first alternative includes an expanded bus service along I-24 that would connect transit stations in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Smyrna, LaVergne and various locations in Davidson County to downtown Nashville. Buses would use a combination of I-24 HOV lanes and dedicated bus- only lanes on Murfreesboro Road to make trips between Murfreesboro and Nashville.

2. A second alternative proposes commuter rail service from Murfreesboro to downtown Nashville, similar to the Music City Star rail service that will soon connect Lebanon and downtown Nashville. The commuter rail service would run on rail tracks constructed next to the existing railroad tracks in the corridor, which are owned by CSX Transportation, Inc.

3. A third alternative proposes Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on Murfreesboro Road and Old Nashville Pike. BRT is a high speed bus system that operates within its own travel way, separated from other roadway traffic. This option proposes constructing a combination of single (reversible) and dual bus lanes from Murfreesboro to downtown Nashville.

4. The fourth and final alternative consists of a package of lower cost bus improvements along I-24. The improvements are similar to those included in the first alternative, but would not include the exclusive busway.

These alternatives along with the evaluation process, costs and benefits will be discussed in full detail at each public meeting.

"As we plan for a mobile future, transit must be a consideration we take very seriously" said Jim McAteer, project manager and MPO transportation planner. "The MPO is especially interested in the public's comments and response to our analysis of the proposed alternatives."

All of the meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Any individual with a disability who requires special assistance to participate in the reporting meetings should contact Mr. Jim McAteer, Transportation Planner, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 800 2nd Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37201, Phone 615-862-7204, Fax 615-862-7209

8:56 AM

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Phone Directory Recycling Day: July 22nd

Public Works & Bellsouth are sponsoring a "Real Yellow Page Phone Directory Recycling Day" at all their community drop-off sites on Saturday, July 22nd. There will be prizes given to persons/groups who bring in the most yellow page books that day. Public Works is also celebrating the grand opening of the new Dupont-Hadley site in Old Hickory on that day, too. Bellsouth has started delivering new 07 directories and we want to keep the old ones out of the landfill, so bring those old ones to Metro's drop-offs that Saturday.
The five Metro drop-off sites participating in “Telephone Book Recycling Day” are:
  • Hillsboro High School on Hillmont Drive in Green Hills
  • MTA Park & Ride Lot at Highway 70 and Coley Davis Road in Bellevue
  • Joelton Middle School, 3500 Old Clarksville Highway, Joelton
  • Granbery Elementary School, 5501 Hill Road, Brentwood
  • Dupont-Hadley Middle School, 1901 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory

For more information, call 862-8418 or visit Metropolitan Beautification And Environment Commission

8:49 AM

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New Metro Development Services website

Metro has launched a web site just for Development Services.
Home builders, developers, neighborhood groups and citizens now have a one-stop, user-friendly web portal for everything from permits to zoning changes.

The new Nashville Development Services portal provides links to all Metro departments involved in property development including information about construction permits, codes enforcement, zoning laws and meeting schedules.

8:44 AM

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Course in Food Preservation at Farmers' market

Want to find a way to savor a piece of Tennessee summer produce in February? The Nashville Community Gardens Steering Committee, Metro Parks, and the Farmer's Market have teamed up to offer a food preservation course at the Nashville Farmer's Market on
  • Saturday, July 22, 2006 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, July 22, 2006 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The class will cover both freezing and canning techniques, preserving a variety of vegetables, vegetable pH and canning safety and hazards. All topics will be taught by Joan Wherley, a Williamson County Agriculture Extension Agent. Joan has 32 years experience with canning and food preservation and will be glad to share her knowledge and answer your questions. There will be a $6.00 materials fee, which will cover the cost of two publications for all participants.

For more information or to register, please call the Warner Park Nature

Center at 352-6299.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

3:17 PM

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District 8 School Board Candidate Forum

Hillsboro West End Neighbors, Belmont Hillsboro Neighbors
Stand for Children
proudly announce our
District 8 School Board Candidate Forum

Please join us as we learn more about the candidates in this important
school board election and their visions for the future of our schools.
Date:July 10, 2006, 7 p.m.
Location:Belmont United Methodist Church, Parker Hall, 2007 Acklen Avenue, 37212
Participants:District 8 candidates Kathleen Harkey and David Fox
moderated by student board member David Rhodes

District 8 includes the Hillsboro cluster, Southwest Nashville including
Green Hills, Hillsboro, West End, and Belmont.

For information, contact: Tom Cash

3:15 PM

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Trevecca Symphony Orchestra at Assumption Church

On Monday, July 10, The Trevecca Symphony Orchestra will give a concert at Assumption Church beginning at 7:30 pm. The program will include works by Copland, Barber, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Ravel and others.

3:03 PM

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HGNA T-Shirts on Sale

The Neighborhood Association is making t-shirts with a custom-printed design available for purchase as a fundraiser.
  • Adult sizes available from small to xx-large

  • Children's shirts available in x-small and small

  • All shirts are $10 each
Contact Stacy Mosley by email or phone at 255-6006.
Stacy will deliver your order or you can arrange with Stacy to pick them up at her house.

2:54 PM

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ALERT: Gang activity in vicinity of Taylor St.

Michael Darling wrote in with a warning about criminal activity in the area:
I am taking this opportunity to alert and forewarn Germantown neighbors of increased criminal activity that is possibly linked to area street gangs.

I'm no expert on gangs, but I can tell you that many require new "recruits" to inflict random acts of violence or to engage in other crimes to become "fully vested" into the gang's culture and cash flow. From the activity described above, I'd say these urban terrorists are ushering in new recruits this month. Stay safe and be alert,
- Michael Darling

Michael described three incidents in our area:
Incident: Mugging/robbery during week of June 26-30

The youngest son of one of our long-time neighbors was attacked and mugged while walking a round trip to the 8th Avenue Kroger late one night (@ 10 p.m.) from the Taylor Street area. He was attacked in the alley area behind the Mad Platter restaurant. After being beaten with a blunt instument (victim thinks it was a pistol) he staggered home to Taylor St. and was rushed to the ER. Injuries are not life-threatening, but required multiple stiches for a serious headwound.

Description of suspect was vague due to the nature of the attack (hit from behind with blunt object) -- Perp was described as a black male, late teens, early twenties, @ 6ft tall.

All of the victims' groceries and cash were stolen.

Incident: Multiple Car Break-ins at Lose & Assoc. Parking Lot on 5th Avenue North

A neighbor was an eye-witness to a perp breaking into multiple vehicles in the Lose & Assoc. parking lot on 5th Avenue North @ 11:00 pm on July 3rd. Significant damage to cars, several windows smashed. Metro Police arrested the perp @ 5 min after the incident due to 911 call while crime was in progress. Since then, the neighbor has experienced several bizzare series of events, all of which seem to indicate that some sort of possible retaliatory response to the arrest may occur. Metro Police have re-interviewed the neighbor and filed additional reports after she contacted them about a possible retaliation.

Incident: Gang Graffitti in # 202 Alley (between Taylor St. & Monroe St.)

There is graffitti which says "Blood Gang" spray painted on the back of the Lose & Assoc. Building (alley side). For those folks that don't know who the "Bloods" are -- they are the oldest established street gang in Nashville. More details are available in a local news report online.

Thanks for the information, Michael.
Don't forget, our local police have encouraged us to report any incident of crime to the police right away. Even if they are unable to take immediate action, the reports help establish patterns that assist in crime prevention.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

3:27 PM

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July 4th Holiday Trash Collection

Metro trash collection customers who normally have their trash picked up on Tuesdays will be collected on Saturday, July 8th, due to the July 4th holiday.

Residents who have questions or need further assistance with their trash service should contact 880-1000.

3:26 PM

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Downtown Traffic Alert for July 4th Festivities

More details and information regarding street closings are available on the Public Works website.

Following are street closings for Nashville’s annual July 4th Fireworks Celebration at Riverfront Park:

Titans Way and Victory Lane @ LP Field

Closed Saturday, July 1, at 8 a.m. until Wednesday, July 5, at 3 a.m.

1st Avenue North, Broadway to Church

Closed Sunday, July 2, at 8 a.m. until Wednesday, July 5, at 3 a.m.

Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge

Closed Tuesday, July 4, between 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Beginning Tuesday, July 4, at 6 a.m. until Wednesday at 3 a.m.

1st Avenue, Demonbreun to Union
2nd Avenue, Demonbreun to Church
Broadway, 1st Ave to 3rd Ave
Bank Street, 1st Ave to 2nd Ave
Church Street, 1st Ave to 2nd Ave
Commerce Street, 2nd Ave to 3rd Ave
Gay Street Connector, 1st Ave to 2nd Ave

2:38 PM

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Developer Meeting held 6-Jun-2006

The neighborhood held an open meeting with the developers of the site at 4th & Monroe where they presented their plans and took questions.

Sheila Dial of Everton Oglesby Architects PLLC prepared these minutes [PDF] from the meeting.