Greetings everyone, hope that you and your families, neighbors and friends are enjoying your first few weeks of Spring. The Spring brings out so much; the flowering bulbs, forsythias, many daffodils in Seasongood Square Park in full bloom, flowering Redbuds, Aristocrat Pears that line Mitchell Ave, the dogwoods and longer days.
The other things of Spring are our neighborhood Clean-ups. We had a very very successful Great American Clean-up Effort Saturday April 1st in North Avondale. Success because of the organized effort and the help that I got from Maura Wolf, and all the neighbors who came to help with various tasks of this monumental effort: Janet and Bob Banks, Nina and Mike Caporale, Teresa Harten, John Hassel, John Jones, Marvin Masterson, Jane Sillet, J. Miles Wolf, Tyler Wolf, Ann Wong, Hanne Larsen and Cyril with their beautiful daughter Miss Louise, and Dave from Ledgewood Avenue. Thanks to Bridget McComas for creating a very creative flyer and to Carolyn Gillman for her social media efforts to ask for volunteers far and wide. A special thank you to Michelle Edwards of Councilmember Smitherman’s office who was a great team leader for the entire clean-up, and Tianna Brown who came from Walnut Hills to serve pizza to the students. You all were tremendous! Thank you so much!
Our morning started off at 8:15 with good fresh brewed coffee, real cream, sugar and a blueberry sour cream coffeecake and dedicated neighborhood volunteers.
Maura and I were so thrilled when we saw all the neighbors that came out to support us, our efforts and of course North Avondale.
Our Recreation Center is a great hub of activity and neighborhood inclusion. We owe Blake Williams and her staff a tremendous amount of thanks for the use of the Recreation Center and Van for our neighborhood. Blake transported students and the Team Leaders so they had an adequate amount of time to get the job done. What a wonderful contribution for which I and the neighborhood cannot say thank you enough to Blake! We also greatly appreciate our sponsors at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and the Tool Bank!
Many Thanks to the 110 volunteers from UC sorority Chi Omega. This group of young women hauled tires up a ravine, carried bags of trash and left exhausted and full of pizza and ready for an afternoon nap. I thoroughly enjoyed the group of women that I walked with and hauled tires and trash with. Not one person was idle. Their parents would be very very proud of their daughters. NANA has donated$200 to their chapter funds.
My thank you to John, my husband for letting me get to the things that I love to do with and for our neighborhood especially on your April 1st birthday.
Beautification has 2 more events this month of April, the 8th at Seasongood Square Park this upcoming Saturday 4/8 at 9am. I have groups from Xavier University, Dorothy Day Center for Justice and a co-sponsor, Environmental Community Organization (ECO) from UC. Our focus is to concentrate on the side streets and major streets around Seasongood, picking up litter and debris. We will begin at 9am and stop at 11:30 to enjoy pizza from Marcos (marcos.com).
The 29th of April our yearly commitment to sprucing up Seasongood Square Park by cleaning flower beds, edging, spreading mulch around trees and beds and playground mulch. The other area is MLK Park and we can tackle this park if we have enough volunteers on the 29th of this month.
In closing I want all of you to know that there are some flower beds available in Seasongood Square Park. Please let me know if you want a flower bed to maintain. It is very rewarding!
Thank you so much everyone for the support!
Emily Harten, Chair
To pay the Parks to maintain the flower pots along Reading Road, we are taking donations for 2017. You can make a donation online at: http://northavondalecincinnati.com/donate/ and check Other and put: flower pots or you can mail a donation to: NANA, 617 Clinton Springs Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229, ATTN: Beautification.
Please consider helping with a tax deductible donation so we can continue making our neighborhood beautiful and adding value to YOUR property!!! Thank you!
Beth Ewing Flower Pot Fundraising Chair