Saturday, 28 May 2016
Congratulations Graduates!
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Among our Whitland neighbors, we have lots of proud graduates and their parents to salute this spring.  They include:

Sam Fisher, son of Luci Crow graduated from USN and will be attending Washington University in the fall.

Jackson Regen, son of Robinson & Doug Regen graduated from Albion College

Anna Pitz, daughter of Bob Pitz & Carol Armes received her DDS from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, ,VA  She will continue with a 3-year residency in prosthodontics at the University of Texas Health Sciences in San Antonio in July, 2016

Joel Bell Covington V, grandson of Charlotte and the late Joel Covington, graduated from Hillsboro High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma.  He will be attending Furman University in Greenville, SC in the fall

Crawford Lyons, son of Bob & Melissa Lyons graduated from USN

Elizabeth Conrad, daughter of Marty & Jim Conrad completed her PhD in Molecular Physiology at Vanderbilt University

Will Allen, son of Kelly Motley and John Allen graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy and will be attending Kenyon College and playing baseball for the Lords this fall.

Congratulate these neighbors when you see them!

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Posted on 05/28/2016 1:15 PM by Jennie Fields
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Saturday, 28 May 2016
Important Information About the 4th of July
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The 4th July on Whitland  Avenue event will take place beginning at 11AM on Monday,the 4th of July,2016.  This is the 39th year of this annual fun-filled family celebration which  involves a patriotic program with speaker, a wonderful musical presentation,fellowship,& family-styled picnic.  If you've never attended before, we promise you will not be disappointed!

This notice also serves as a courtesy  to inform you that on-street parking will be TEMPORARILY restricted in the area of Whitland Avenue on Monday, 4 July 2016 from approximately 9:00AM until 3:00PM that day.   Please plan to park your vehicle in an alternate location on the event date.  Any vehicles left in NO PARKING areas during the times  listed above will be ticketed and towed at owners' expense. (please refer to attached map).

We begin setting up for this event on Saturday, the 2nd, and Sunday, the 3rd of July. Although the time is not certain,Crown Tent & Awning will be here sometime during the day (most likely afternoon) of July 2nd to install the large tent at the very small block between West End Avenue & Whitland Avenue at Carden.  The tent will be there for the duration of the event and will not be removed by the tent company  until the morning of Tuesday,July 5th. (see attached map please)

Blinker Lite provides us with barricades for street closures.  They will be placed at West End Avenue so that no cars can enter Carden Avenue from West End where the tent is installed. There will also be barricades at the intersection of Whitland & Cantrell on the day of the event (4th July) and also at the intersection of Whitland & Craighead Avenue the day of the event.  This is to insure the safety of all the guests,as the event primarily takes place between these blocks of on Whitland Avenue (please refer to attached map).  The Whitland barricades are removed once the site is cleaned up and everyone has safely left the event. The barricades  where the large tent  is located (see map) will not be removed until the tent is removed (Tuesday AM,July 5, 2016)

We will have one port-a-potty available  on-site (see map for its location). Since this is a neighborhood event, if you see anyone in need,please offer them  assistance at your  home.

We employ Metro Nashville Police Department Secondary Patrol unit for security at our event.  There w:ill be two officers present at all times during the day of the event.  Contact telephone number for their office is {615) 880-3278. The after-hours pager number is 615-963-0230  One of the officers on duty that day can assist you whenever needed.

 

Other important contact  information you need here:

Rory.Rowan@nashville. gov (615) 862-8782 Rory is with Metro Public Works who can provide more detailed information about the street closure permits issued for this event

Gordon.Richard@nashville. gov (615) 862-8697 Gordon can provide more detailed information about the

Special Event Permit issued for this event.

David Fox,4th July Host Committee and neighbor: (615) 218-3000 dfox@mpf.com

Denise Hawkins,4th July Host Committee and neighbor: (615) 298-1880 or (615) 804-7645 necer@bellsouth.net

CarolArmes 4th July Host Committee & neighbor 615-305-7497 c for texts carolarmes@gmail.com

Bob Pitz 4th July Host Committee & neighbor 615-218-1955 c  robert.w.pitz@vanderbilt.edu

 

Additional Comments about Parking

While this is a neighborhood event and most guests walk to the event,if you have relatives or close friends planning on attending,just make sure they are aware of the temporary street closure (barricades) on Whitland the day of the event on 4th July 2016 and our  on-street parking policy during the hours  of the event on the 4th. There are side streets of Leonard  Avenue or Craighead Avenue where visitors may park.  But we ask that you make sure that no homeowner's driveway is blocked. Please be courteous at all times of others who live in our neighborhood. Carden & Cantrell Avenue side streets are dead-ends and are very narrow -- please do not use these streets for parking unless you reside on these streets. We need to make sure that residents on these narrow dead-end streets have access to emergency needs should that arise and parking along these two streets makes that very,very,difficult.

In the event of an emergency,please notify one of the hosts listed above who  will be on-site and available  during the days leading up to the event and the day of the event. We will assess the situation and take all measures necessary to insure the absolute safety and comfort of our guests.

Thank you!

Please have a safe & happy 4th of July

 

 

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Posted on 05/28/2016 1:58 PM by Jennie Fields
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Saturday, 21 May 2016
A Successful 2016 Annual Creek Cleanup
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The May 21 cleanup of Kingfisher Creek took place as scheduled. In spite of the event being advertised as annual it had not been done last year.  Vegetation had grown up so high the creek could not be seen almost the entire way from Wilson to Bowling. What a difference a day makes to improve the appearance of the street when there is a crew of about 20 neighbors and friends to help. 80% of the work was completed in 2 hours. Click on photos to enlarge.

Lessons Learned

1. Unwanted papers are washed down Carden and Leonard during rain storms and wind up littering in near the creek. Please clean up these papers when delivered and advise the advertisers to take you off their list.

2.  A significant number of filled doggy bags were tossed into the brush and not carried home.  This is worse than not using bags where the waste disintegrates in a few days. Bags can take years. Photo too disgusting to show.

3. The use of woody plant pullers, borrowed from Warner Parks thanks to Melissa, made it much easier to pull up invasive species by the roots easily. This stops the plants from just growing right back. Left side photo shows one standing up. Right side shows Kevin in action.

4. Where the creek runs under Leonard, there is a dam of gravel which creates a pond that could provide a mosquito breeding ground.  Committee Chair Bob is removing some of invasive plants at the bridge.

5. Committee Secretary Cyril provided and operated a chain saw which made quick work of some of the invasive trees and dead branches. Left photo right to left Lucius, Revell & Cyril

6. How to identify plant signs all along the route were a great help to workers to avoid the poison ivy.

 

 

7. It took three people to clean up around the Carden bridge.

 

 

 

8. Most of the crew worked the creekfrom Carden to Leonard. Amazingly there was very little trash to collect along Rolland Road (see 1 & 2 for the exceptions). Chairman Bob G. arranged to have one lane of the road blocked on the creek side. This was a brilliant move since we avoiding having to submit a comprehensive plan and employ an off duty policeman. A number of cones and lane blocked signs were rented. Traffic on the open lane proceeded with caution with very few exceptions.  Being able to put so much brush on the road made it much easier.  Thanks very much to the Rolland Residents for putting up with this. Metro is scheduled for Monday to take all the brush away.

9. At noon a potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. Two residents unable to attend the clean up kindly provided homemade BBQ pork tenderloin.

 

 

 

 

Report & photos by Bob Duthie

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Posted on 05/21/2016 4:37 PM by Bob Duthie
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