We’re back! The kids are back in school and we are resuming monthly meetings after our summer break. This month’s meeting will be jam-packed to make up for lost time. We’ll have three special guest speakers:
- Dr. Terry Horgan of the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center, a partnership of United Way and the Office of Mayor Karl Dean. Here’s their webpage: http://www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Priorities/Economic-Development/Financial-Empowerment-Center.aspx
- Kevin Stacy, the Executive Director of the Office of English Learners for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. He’s excited to discuss the services of the MNPS English Learner Office. Come find out about Reading Clinics and their Parent Ambassador Program! Here’s their website: http://www.mnps.org/Page57039.aspx
- Last but not least, Sgt. Rafael Fernández will introduce himself as our new Metro Nashville South Precinct Community Affairs Coordinator. We’re excited to meet him, as we also wish Lieutenant Taylor Schmitz well in his new position. Thank you for all you’ve done for us, Lieutenant!
Please join us on Monday August 18th at 6 PM SHARP. We meet at the lovely Casa Azafran Community Center at 2195 Nolensville Pike. Enter through the door under the beautiful mosaic.
The Woodbine Neighborhood Association depends on volunteers and annual memberships. To become a member of the WNA, simply bring $10 per household (cash only, please) to the meeting. Members who live within the boundaries of Woodbine are voting members, members who live outside of the boundaries are not voting members but enjoy all other benefits of membership. To view the Woodbine map, click on the ’About’ page.
BREAKING (FABULOUS) NEWS! It’s official, Woodbine’s first Mayor’s Walk is happening! Saturday July 12th! We’ll begin at Coleman Park Community Center Park at 8:00 AM. We have a great walk mapped out that will feature everything from our neighborhood’s homes, Whitsitt Elementary, and Nolensville Pike, ending back at the park. Let’s make this first time the best Mayor’s Walk in Nashville to date! Will you join us?
Also, a special thank you to neighbor Matt Clark for the gift of this wonderful pamphlet on our neighborhood’s rich history. You’ll want to read it again and again, there’s something new each time you read it! History of Flatrock and Woodbine (pamphlet written by Jewel Elam Hancock, 1976)
The Woodbine Neighborhood Association would like to make the residents of the 16th District aware of a property variance request being made by the owners of 2326 Nolensville Pike at the northwest corner of Peachtree Avenue. Here are some relevant facts about the variance request for you to know:
· This variance is a request for a permit to construct a small retail building closer to Austin Avenue (further back from Nolensville) in order to allow more parking at the front of the property
· The retail building would likely require construction of a high wall along Austin Avenue
· This variance request was previously made by the property owners in 2013 and subsequently withdrawn after concerns from the Metro Planning Department and residents of Woodbine that the variance request does not closely follow the Nolensville Pike Corridor Plan (which encourages buildings in the front and parking in the rear) or the Nolensville Pike Community Plan (which encourages walkable neighborhoods)
· Certain residents of the Woodbine neighborhood were concerned in 2013 that the construction of a wall along Austin Avenue could contribute to the buildup of litter or to loitering in the area
· The residents of Woodbine recommended that a traffic study be performed to evaluate the impact of the requested variance on the residents of Woodbine
· A meeting is scheduled for July 3rd, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Board of Zoning Appeals (Sonny West Conference Room of the Howard School Office Building , 700 2nd Avenue South) to discuss the variance. Anyone may attend and speak to the board during the hearing to express their concerns. Opponents get a total of 15 minutes to speak altogether, so if you will be attending please be prepared to be powerful and succinct with your remarks.
Here’s the link to the entire case: Case 2014-058
Happy summer to you Woodbiners! School’s out for the summer and so are we–no meetings in the months of June and July while we all relax and enjoy time with friends and family. But Woodbine Margarita Mondays are back in full swing!
Monday June 2nd and Monday July 7th: Join us at La Hacienda, 6 pm, for a casual neighborhood hang.
TBA: We are working with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods to plan a Mayor’s Walk in Woodbine this summer. Date and details soon.
It’s potluck time again in Woodbine! Bring your favorite Springtime dish and join us on Monday March 17th, 6 pm, at Casa Azafrán • 2195 Nolensville Pike | Nashville, TN 37211.
Also, Nashville School Board member Will Pinkston will visit the Woodbine Neighborhood Association’s monthly meeting on Monday, March 17, at 6 p.m. to brief us on a plan by Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to bring a model pre-K center to South Nashville. In the opening phase of an initiative to expand early childhood education offerings across the city, MNPS is partnering with our friends at Conexión Américas to add up to 80 pre-K seats at the Casa Azafrán Community Center, 2195 Nolensville Road. This proposed pre-K center would serve South Nashville four-year-olds and develop innovative practices for giving our youngest New Americans a running start in English language acquisition. The plan still requires funding approval by Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Council. Our school board member Will Pinkston will talk about the details on March 17. And you can read more about it in the recent Sunday Tennessean.
Spring is just around the corner and we’re all more than ready! At our Woodbine Neighborhood Association meeting this month, on Monday February 17th at 6 PM at Casa Azafrán Community Center, we thought we’d look forward to springtime with this month’s guest speakers:
We’ll be welcoming Courtney Wheeler, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Special Assistant to Mayor Dean, who will be talking through some of the Mayoral initiatives for 2014 and upcoming events from the Mayor’s office.
We’ll also welcome MDHA board member Anna Page, who will talk about a new contract MDHA has entered into for improvements to the Mill Creek Greenway. The approved contract includes, “Demolition of several structures, removal of existing pavement, site excavation and grading; installation of approximately 1,800 linear feet of asphalt and stone walkways; construction of a pedestrian bridge crossing Mill Creek; installation of a new 50-space parking lot: a newly seeded playfield measuring approximately 2,735 square feet, construction of a pavilion and the installation of new playground equipment and signage.”
We hope you’ll join us! Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and mingle.
Have you been tip-toeing around the idea of eating healthier in 2014 but aren’t sure where to begin? Then this month’s meeting is just for you. In keeping with our mission to foster community and to encourage positive and healthy growth, Woodbine’s own Jess Rice Andrews, raw chef at The Wild Cow restaurant and certified Holistic Detox Coach & Raw Food Chef of My Poor Tired Liver fame, will be our special guest. Jess’s mission is “to provide others with easy access to cruelty-free, healthy, living foods. Whether you are high raw, fully raw, vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous, we strive to treat you to something nourishing that you can feel good about.”
- Please join us on Monday January 20th at 6 PM SHARP. We meet at the lovely Casa Azafran Community Center at 2195 Nolensville Pike. Enter through the door under the beautiful mosaic.
Jess will also be teaching ”Raw Foods & an Introduction to Plant-Based Nutrition” and “Raw Foods II” with Nashville’s Community Education Commission this winter.
Enrollment begins January 6th, 2014. Head over to their website to view the Winter 2014 Catalog now! Last semester, classes filled up fast so don’t delay.
Dear Woodbiners and Woodbine-friendlies–we’d love to see you at our annual Holiday Potluck! We’ll be in beautiful surroundings at Casa Azafran, and in lieu of a band this year we’ll mingle and dine to lovely holiday tunes such as Vince Guaraldi’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ thanks to the miracle of iTunes. So bring something yummy to share and join us as we round out this year with friends and neighbors.
6 PM sharp at Casa Azafrán Community Center (2195 Nolensville Pike—the white building with the beautiful mosaic above the door).
If you’d like to volunteer to help set up please shoot us an email at email@example.com