Welcome to the first edition of the NANA news in 2016. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, including the absolutely beautiful North Avondale Luminary event (see photos page 8), and that you all have a good start to 2016. Thank you to Michelle Baxter and Carolyn Gillman for chairing this event as they have done since 2005!
Mother Nature is for sure making it interesting this period with snow one week and unseasonable warm weather the next. I saw crocus springing up in the gardens yesterday, which is clearly a little out of turn!
Weather aside, NANA has a lot of activity on-going in the neighborhood, and we hope you are all ready to engage with us during 2016:
- The Beautification committee is in full swing applying for KCB grants and soliciting volunteer support for 2016 projects promoting safety and walkability in North Avondale. It is amazing all they do, and as spring is approaching, they will also need everyone to come out and help make our common areas cleaned up and beautiful, so stay tuned to our Newsletter and emails for dates and logistics.
- The Law and Safety committee, supporting the police and the city, are achieving strong results in terms of real actions being taken against public nuisance and unacceptable rental properties, making North Avondale a better place to live for every resident. (see their update in the Committee Updates page 2)
- NABA and NANA are in the process of narrowing down the projects for this year’s Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) grant application, and we are in the middle of implementing projects we have received grants for in the prior years. NABA’s Annual Meeting is February 11 (see more information in Around the Neighborhood pg. 8)
- The Neighborhood Summit is taking place on March 11 and 12, which is a great event to learn about and influence the city’s and other neighborhood’s activities. If you are interested in attending, please let any of our board members know and we can organize the North Avondale representation well. (see Fun With Your Neighbors pg. 4or more information and links)
- And last, but not least, we are forming the committee to organize North Avondale for the Cincy Neighborhood Games taking place late spring and summer. We need a strong organizing committee stood up as soon as possible, and eventually a lot of able participants, so please join the committee chair Ken Brawner to make this happen. I am convinced North Avondale can show gamesmanship and competitive spirit at this fun event! (see Fun in the Neighborhood in the next column for more information)
We will have more information about all of this at the February General meeting on February 9th. See our full agenda above, including Vice Mayor Mann visiting us as part of his Neighborhood Connect effort. If there are any particular topics of interest, please send them to our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will address these as a priority.
Hope to see as many of you as possible at the North Avondale Montessori School Cafetorium next Tuesday!
Hanne Loken Larsen