Meet the 2014-2015 Board, AND Save the Date: Annual Holiday Potluck December 15th

30 Nov

Hello and a Belated Happy Thanksgiving, Woodbiners!

Below are the new WNA Board Members for 2014-2015. We hope you’ll come meet them personally at our annual holiday potluck on Monday December 15th at 6 PM at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike). 

Board Members 2014-2015

Andie Roberts, President

I’ve lived in Woodbine for 13 years.

I initially moved to this neighborhood because I loved the look and feel of the area and also that it was so convenient to everything.  But after living here for so long, I love it because of the great people that make up this area who are constantly working to make things better in our neighborhood. 

My vision for this neighborhood is to continue revitalization and growth, but at the same, to preserve the history, character, and diversity of our area.

In addition to serving as President of the Woodbine Neighborhood Association, I have also been involved with the South Nashville Family Resource Center for several years. 

Jennifer Baker, Vice-President

I’ve been a Woodbine resident for 7 years.
What I love about the neighborhood: There is a good mix of long time residents that provide history and new residents with their excitement and ideas. Also, I really appreciate the socioeconomic diversity that you don’t find in most places – Woodbine doesn’t consist of clones. This means I can recommend living in Woodbine to anyone because it is affordable for most while at the same time being a desirable location for those on the upper end of the income scale.  
My vision: My ideal Woodbine is simply a close-knit community.  This involves having events and places for neighbors to gather.
My contributions other than serving as Secretary include starting the Scarecrow Contest and volunteering at the Woodbine Farmers’ Market. 

Wim Codington, Treasurer

I’ve lived in Woodbine since December 21, 2009. I love that the people of Woodbine are down to earth, like good food, and are very friendly. I love the history, cultural diversity, affordability, and convenience of Woodbine. I also love the trees! One of Libby’s and my main goals for living here is to form long-term friendships with as many people as we can in the neighborhood and to see the neighborhood increase in unity and diversity (an admittedly tall order and seemingly contradictory!). For example, our street alone (Oriel between Foster and Miller) is represented by residents from 3 generations and about 4 or 5 different nationalities. I love the WNA. I’ve participated in neighborhood cleanup and neighborhood safety initiatives. In the long-term, one of my goals is to create ways to employ people that need work in the neighborhood, increase the value of homes, and increase the neighborliness of residents.

Tamara Price, Communications/Social Media Secretary

I’ve lived in Woodbine since 2006. I founded the Oriel/Peachtree Neighborhood Watch in 2008, then along with Mary Crimmins, David Morales, Toby Leonard, Jane Hooper and Tony Woodham and with help from the Neighborhoods Resource Center founded the Woodbine Neighborhood Association in 2010. I was also on the founding board of the former Woodbine Farmers’ Market. I love, love, love Woodbine and its diversity—families, singles, musicians, artists, nine to fivers—all of us, some born and raised right here and others from places all over the planet, living harmoniously together and teaching one another so many things…it’s why I’m here and why I believe so strongly in both Woodbine’s preservation AND growth. I can’t WAIT to see how this neighborhood and this neighborhood association grow.

Chris Kramedjian, Secretary

Chris is 32 and graduated from Vanderbilt in 2004. He is from California but has lived in Nashville for much of the last 10 years  since graduating from Vandy. He is bi-lingual (English / Spanish).

He moved to Woodbine about 8 months ago because he believes in the long-term potential of Woodbine as a vibrant Nashville neighborhood.

His vision for Woodbine includes improving the following:

- walkability (sidewalks)

- safety

- quality of housing

- overall desirability as a place for people of all backgrounds to make a living and raise a family

He is a great communicator and has committed himself and his family to live in Woodbine for the longterm. He and his wife Della have 3 kids (ages 6, 3, and 1). 

David Morales, Board Member

I have known Woodbine since my wife and I moved to Nashville in May of 2000. As immigrants from Mexico, we both became involved with the Woodbine Community Organization, helping out as volunteers for the Immigrant Services office that was there and now is at the Church of Guadalupe, on Nolensville Pike. We also became members of the advisory board of the South Nashville Family Resource Center, until about 3 years ago. 

We started taking homebuyers classes there and, with that training, bought our first home right in the neighborhood, on Valeria Street, in 2003. We have always liked the pace and feeling of the neighborhood, the diversity and the variety of businesses and eateries, with the added benefits of its very convenient location and reasonable house prices.

Soon after we moved, I started giving housing counseling classes at the Woodbine Community Center, an activity I still perform on an occasional basis for Spanish-speaking clients.

We have seen the neighborhood change and improve significantly in these nine years, and would like to see this improvement continue. Because of this, we participated in the old Woodbine Neighbors Association. A few years after it dissolved, in 2010, I was invited by Tamara Price to become a founding member of the new Woodbine Neighborhood Association, of which I was the treasurer since its founding until serving as President from 2012-2014. 

I envision a growing organization that will help improve the living conditions of our neighborhood and strive to add new members from all the backgrounds and origins that we have in this diverse area, and increase the sense of community. 

I believe my multinational background and Hispanic heritage are useful assets in establishing links with these diverse citizens and aid them in engaging in the civic process and with the public servants that help us keep Woodbine a great place to live. 

Save the Date: November 17th Neighborhood Meeting (Jam-Packed) Agenda

29 Oct

Whew, this one will be super info-packed! Our next Woodbine Neighborhood Association meeting will be held on Monday November 17th at 6:00 PM SHARP at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike). membership renewals begin in November, so if you’d like to renew your membership please bring $10.00 per household (cash only) to the meeting. Membership dues help pay for administrative and event supplies, potluck supplies, website fees, etc. We appreciate your membership!

Guest speakers for the November meeting are as follows. Click on the links for more info. See you then!

Jim Williamson from the Nashville Afterschool Zone Alliance (NAZA) to talk about their program

Erin Williams and Read Ezel from the Mayor’s Office of New Americans to talk about their office and the MyCity Academy course.

Heidi Mariscal, from the Office of Emergency Management, to talk about their services and emergency preparedness.

*For general WNA info/questions or to be added to the email list, send an email to To contact David Morales, president, directly, you may email him at

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.


It’s here! Annual Woodbine Fall Potluck: Monday September 22nd at 6 pm

14 Sep

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, September 22 at 6 PM at Casa Azafrán. Woodbine Neighborhood Association is going to host an awesome neighborhood potluck and we want you to be there! Special thanks to Woodbine’s own Beth Mathews Design for the great potluck poster. 

Join TIRCC Saturday August 30th for the 2nd annual Inter’NASH’ional Food Crawl!

29 Aug

August 18th Meeting: School is in session again and so are we!

14 Aug


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:

  • 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:

  • 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.


Then and Now: July 12th Walk in Woodbine with the Mayor, plus a Neighborhood History Lesson

8 Jul


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)

Case Number 2014-058: The Bright Yellow Cash City Building

27 Jun

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 caseCase 2014-058

Summertime in Woodbine: Margarita Mondays and upcoming Mayor’s Walk in Woodbine

30 May


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 A POTLUCK! Plus: School Board Member Will Pinkston on Pre-K at Casa Azafran

12 Mar

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.

February 17th Meeting: Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Mill Creek Greenway Improvements

11 Feb

Hi Woodbiners!

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.


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