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

Thursday, November 30, 2006

8:50 AM

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Send us your neighborhood photos

Our front page is now displaying samples of photos taken by neighbors in Germantown.

If you have digital photos that you've taken here in Historic Germantown and you'd like to share them, send them in and we'll include them for all to see!

Monday, November 27, 2006

10:35 PM

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Board Meeting Minutes Available Online

Among other items, the minutes from monthly HGN meetings are now available online at the HGN website.

10:30 PM

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Nashville Community Garden Steering Committee meeting

Vera Vollbrecht wrote to let us know about an upcoming meeting concerning community gardening in Nashville:
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday, November 30, at 4 p.m. at the Nashville Farmer's Market conference room for our Nashville Community Garden Steering Committee meeting. I've listed a DRAFT agenda below - please let me know if you'd like to add any items of discussion to the agenda. We're also looking for new folks to invigorate our team, so please invite anyone you know who is involved in Nashville CG's or who would like to be more involved. Thanks, everyone!

Nov. 30, 2006
Community Gardens Steering Committee Meeting
Draft Agenda

1. Introductions
2. Garden Updates
- Watkins Park - Jessica Rosenthal
- Shelby Park - Marcus Kerske
- People's Park - Sean Siple
- Farmer's Market - Jeff Themm
- Others??
3. Community Garden Group Naming Contest - Results and Vote
4. Jan-Feb 2007 CG Leadership Workshop - Del Ketcham/Sizwe Herring
5. Subcommittee Development/Assignments
6. Set next meeting

10:23 PM

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Metro's Residential Oil and Grease Recycling Program

Metro Water Services, Metro Public Works, the Metro Health Department as well as all residences in Nashville can be effected from improper disposal of residential fats, oils and grease whether that be sewer backups, stream pollution, landfill space used and/or associated increase in costs from repair services.

In a cooperative effort to minimize and/or reduce these negative effects, Metro is beginning a new residential oil and grease recycling Program.
Residents of homes and apartments generate Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) during the preparation and cooking of food. Fats, oils, and grease poured in kitchen sinks or other drains, can cause blockages in the city sewer line and possible sewer line back-ups in neighboring residences, or result in sanitary sewer overflows that pollute our environment with raw sewage. In a cooperative effort to minimize environmental impacts and sanitary sewer blockages, Metro Public Works and Metro Water Services have begun a new pilot program to recycle used cooking oil and grease.

Residential fats, oils and greases can now be properly disposed of at the Omohundro Convenience Center at 1019 Omohundro Place Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00.

Collect the fats, oils and grease waste in a sturdy, sealed container in order to prevent leaks during transport to the Convenience Center for recycling. Open the lid on the recycling bin, pour the cooking oil or grease into the bin and dispose of the container in the dumpster.

It is estimated that approximately 100,000 gallons of fryer and waste cooking oil is disposed in the landfill each year. The residential grease-recycling program provides an opportunity for customers to dispose of their fryer oil properly to protect the environment, prevent problems in their neighborhood, and utilize FOG for beneficial reuse.

10:18 PM

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2006 Holiday Lights Competition

Entry Deadline for 19th Annual Holiday Lights Competition Draws Near

Nashvillians are invited to show their holiday spirit and celebrate Nashville by decorating their homes and yards for the 19th Annual Holiday Lights Competition.

The contest is sponsored by Mayor Bill Purcell, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, Nashville Electric Service and NewsChannel 5.

The Holiday Lights Competition is open to all residents of Davidson County, and awards are made in each of the 35 Councilmanic districts. In addition, five regional winners and one countywide winner will be selected. The deadline for entering is Monday, November 20. Judging begins on Friday, November 24.

For more information, call Metro Beautification at 862-8418, or visit http://www.nashville.gov/news/beautification. Contest rules and entry forms are available on the Metro website.

10:16 PM

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Gingko Tree, Autumn

Bob O'Hare took this great photo of the Ginkgo tree on the 1300 block of 6th Ave N in full fall colors.

10:09 PM

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Leaf Pickup Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, November 28, Public Works crews will travel Metro’s 12 brush routes picking up bagged leaves left at the curb or in alleys. Crews will make a second sweep of the routes in January.

You should have bagged leaves out by the first day of collection in your area, use only paper or plastic biodegradable bags, and place them where your trash is collected. Satellite cities (Belle Meade, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Berry Hill, Lakewood and Goodlettsville) are not included in Metro’s leaf collection program.

There are several ways to dispose of leaves. They can be mulched in place by a lawn mower, piled up in your yard for composting, or set out in bags for Metro’s collection service. Whatever you choose to do, please don’t rake your leaves into the street where they may plug up storm drains or cause other problems.

Until the end of December, you can also take bagged leaves to Metro’s Bordeaux mulch facility at 1400 County Hospital Road free of charge. If your leaves are bagged in plastic, please plan to take the bags back home with you. Plastic bags will not be accepted with your leaves. In January, there will be a minimal charge to dispose of bagged leaves.

For more information, call 880-1000, or visit www.nashville.gov/recycle for a more complete list of leaf collection guidelines.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

9:28 PM

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Neighborhood Association Business Meeting, Mon, Nov. 20th

All neighbors are invited to the Historic Germantown Neighborhood Association 2006 Annual Business Meeting.

At this meeting, we will recap the year in Germantown and bring you up-to-date on HGNA activites as well as plans for next year.

Please attend and help us by voting for candidates to take positions on the Board.

The meeting will be held here in Germantown in the Assumption schoolroom at 7th and Monroe at 6:00 PM.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

9:27 AM

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Special Tree-Planting Event, this Saturday, Nov 18

Neighborhood-Wide Tree Planting
Magdeburg Oak Planting
Saturday, Nov 18th

The neighborhood will be participating with the Nashville Tree Foundation in a demonstration tree planting, focusing on selecting appropriate trees for planting under utility lines. NES is also a partner in the project and purchased the 35 trees being planted. Residents whose properties were approved for the trees will be assisted with the digging and planting by about 30-40 volunteers recruited by the Tree Foundation.

Meet at the corner of 5th and Monroe at 10:00 AM to get equipment and find volunteers to help. Neighbors who are not planting their own tree are encouraged to come out and participate in the whole effort.

In addition to the demonstration tree planting, a rather significant event will occur at 10:45 in Morgan Park with the planting of the Magdeburg Oak. The Oak is a gift to Nashville from the people of Magedeburg, Germany, Nashville`s Sister city.

Mayor Purcell is expected to participate with representatives from Sister Cities and Metro Parks and Greenways to plant the tree.

It will be a part of landscaping along a new Greenway spur to be designated the Magdeburg Greenway. We hope you will come to share in this celebratory tree planting event.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

10:15 PM

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Neighborhood Association Business Meeting, Mon, Nov. 20th

All neighbors are invited to the Historic Germantown Neighborhood Association 2006 Annual Business Meeting.

At this meeting, we will recap the year in Germantown and bring you up-to-date on HGNA activites as well as plans for next year.

Please attend and help us by voting for candidates to take positions on the Board.

The meeting will be held here in Germantown in the Assumption schoolroom at 7th and Monroe at 6:00 PM.

Monday, November 06, 2006

9:17 PM

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NPT Needs Volunteers

Nashville Public Television needs volunteers and has asked our Neighborhood Association for help.
We need help with their on-air fundraising on Dec. 11, from 6-10 PM.
Contact Bill Mullins, our Group Leader, to sign up!

9:15 PM

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Special Producer's Section at the Farmer's Market

From now through December 23rd, there's a special producer's section at the Farmer's Market every Saturday from 8 am until noon.
This week, the producers included Lazzaroli's Pasta (with several kinds of fresh pasta and ravioli), Bonnie Blue Farm (with several varieties of award winning goat cheese and feta), and several other producers with goods such as free range eggs, handmade soaps, kettle corn, and homemade snacks.
If you're interested if local producers continuing to bring their quality products to the market, make sure to stop by on Saturday mornings to check out what's available. Both Lazzaroli's and Bonnie Blue said they would definitely be back next weekend.

9:13 PM

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Thank you, Neighbors!

Thank you Historic Germantown Residents for all your hard work in preparation for and during Oktoberfest!

The event was a success thanks to your efforts and support. Special thanks to those of you who assumed positions of leadership and who encouraged all to do their part. As we move into November, let’s continue to be thankful for our neighbors and our neighborhood.

9:10 PM

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Public forum: Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Monday, November 13, 5:30-7:30 PM
Sponsored by Councilman Mike James, the forum will include a survey of the audience for the councilman to gauge public opinion.

Metropolitan Planning Commission, Howard School Auditorium, Tuesday, November 14, 4 PM
The Commission will approve to approve or disapprove the Westin proposal. If the vote is “yes,” it will take a simple majority to pass in Council; if the vote is “no,” it will take 27 votes for Council to approve.

Please plan to attend and voice your position.


As a tourism destination

Broadway is, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, our “point of difference” in a world rapidly becoming homogenized. The CVB promises music “presented in an authentic, unique, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.” That phrase perfectly describes Broadway. People from all over the world visit Nashville because of what they find on Broadway.

From the press: “For years, the Metro Historical Commission has been working to preserve Lower Broadway’s historic buildings and revitalize the area without glitzing it up too much. Keeping a place Real is a challenging task. . . . . Slick drives out Real every time. That’s bad news for places like Broadway.” (Preservation magazine, 1996) “The haunting lyrics of songs like Chiseled in Stone are not the same when you are sitting in a posh hotel.” (Letter to the Tennessean, a visitor from Abingdon, VA, November 1989) “Lower Broadway is one of the only streets in downtown Nashville that is attractive to pedestrians. Nashville is in danger of cleaning up to the extent that a visitor cannot recognize the attributes for which it is famous. Broadway has the only real music culture left in Nashville and [is in danger of being] replaced with artificiality.” (Robert Campbell, former architectural critic, Boston Globe, 1987)

To the city’s architectural and historical significance

In the late 1700s, Nashville was settled in this location because of the Cumberland River and its role in river transportation. Goods from all over the world arrived at the city’s wharves at the foot of Broadway and were distributed to the buildings on Second Avenue (Market Street) and Broadway. Since that time, the buildings that were these centers of trade have withstood natural and human challenges. Several of the buildings survived the Civil War; most were flooded numerous times. Still they have remained through the years, visible reminders of the city’s earliest days.

No part of our city is more historic, more tied to the river to which Nashville is now seeking to reconnect, than this small, fragile, human-scaled section of downtown. In no other part of our city can we touch and see our early commercial history as we can on Broadway. These buildings, worn as they are, tell the authentic story of our city’s development.

Broadway from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in July, 1980, for its architectural merit and its significance in the city’s commercial history.

From the NR nomination: “Nashville, a river town, grew outward from the banks of the Cumberland. The Broadway District begins just one block from the river and encompasses some of the oldest blocks of the city.” It was the center of furniture, hardware, feed and grain trade.

“In the 1920s Nashville became the center of the newly emerging Country and Western music business. The Ryman Auditorium . . . . became the home of the Grand Ole Opry in 1941. . . . . Soon after the Opry came to the Ryman, the Broadway district became the home of a number of Opry-related businesses and remains so today. . . . . . This aspect of Broadway’s history is relatively recent but is of extraordinary importance to Nashville as country music continues its phenomenal expansion in world popularity. If the country music phenomenon can be said to have a focus, that focus is on the Broadway district.”


Effect on historic fabric

The developers plan to demolish three historic buildings eligible for the National Register. One of those, Richards and Richards Storage, is a building type so endangered that the State Historic Preservation Office says it may be individually eligible for the Register.

The developers promise preservation of three storefronts on Broadway. Their plan calls for removing the inappropriate changes made to the Broadway facades. But, with the gutting of the interiors of the buildings, 19-story rear addition and 13-story addition to the east side of the historic structure, and changes to the Third Avenue elevation, this is “preservation” of only parts of two exterior walls, not total preservation of historic structures.

That block will be removed from the National Register if the Westin is built as planned; it will no longer contain any historic buildings. This will be the first reduction in size of any National Register district in the city. And it sets a dangerous precedent. If this is allowed, on what basis can other large-scaled development be denied?

Note: The developers say that the National Register listing will be affected only if someone initiates de-listing. This is a highly visible project; the proposed changes will be evident. To preserve the integrity of the National Register, the State Historic Preservation Office reviews National Register listings regularly and de-lists those that no longer meet criteria.


Broadway is a neighborhood of historic buildings that range from two to five stories; the tallest building is about 70 feet high. The Westin will rise to 19 stories, approximately 200 feet.

To compare with the Hilton Hotel behind the south side of Broadway in the block between Fourth and Fifth: The Hilton sits 225 feet from Broadway and is 120 feet tall at its highest point. The lower tower of the Westin will sit 60 feet from Broadway and rise to 140 feet; the higher tower, 200 feet tall, is 130 feet from Broadway.

On Third Avenue, South, the tower has a minimal setback of 20 feet before rising to 200 feet, destroying the fabric and scale of that block. Currently, that block is a virtually intact pedestrian-scaled streetscape.

Changing the Rules

The Westin as proposed cannot be built by right. The current zoning does not allow it.

9:08 PM

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Cooking Demonstration

Education Event

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m.
At the home of Nancy Hardaway
512 Monroe Street

Please join your Germantown neighbors at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 12 for a cooking demonstration. Start to finish preparation of appetizers will be demonstrated, followed by tasting. As the holiday season nears, everyone can use a new culinary trick or two so please join us for what is sure to be an educational and useful event.

Because this event requires food planning, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, November 8 to Marilyn Dillihay at 242-2625 or chezdelahaye@comcast.net

We look forward to seeing you there. Bon Apetit!

9:07 PM

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Open House Job Fair

Metro Nashville Fall Community "Open House Job Fair"

Monday, November 13th, 2006 @ Vanderbilt University

9am to 2pm

Sponsored by: Career Options Open House Job Fair

Gold Level Co-Sponsors include:

Metro City Government

State of Tennessee



Home Depot

H&R Block

University of Tennessee

United American Insurance

And others

9:04 PM

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Metro Parks Openings

Metro Parks announced the grand opening of the Parkwood Community Center (3220 Vailview Dr) and the re-opening of Hartman Community Center (2801 Tucker Rd).

8:02 PM

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Winetasting & Silent Auction

Stephanie Moore is the chair of the Ronald McDonald House Winetasting and Silent Auction committee. This event will be held Friday, November 10, 2006 from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.at Thoroughbred Motorcars (2350 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN).

Cost in advance is $60 and cost is $70 at the door.

Friday, November 03, 2006

6:25 PM

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Nashville Race for the Cure: Saturday Nov 4

Don't forget the Nashville Race for the Cure is this Saturday, Nov. 4th!

The race will commence at 8:45AM and finish around 10:00AM. The proposed course will run up and down 5th Ave. 6th Ave. 7th Ave., and 8th Ave. between the Bicentennial Mall and Taylor St.

Residents on the race course will be affected primarly by parking restrictions on the day of the race. The streets will have to be free of parked cars from 5:00AM until the race is over (around 10:00AM).