North Avondale Litter Report
Hey neighbors –
I wanted to thank everyone that came out to our Reading Road Cleanup at the end of July. We had fifteen volunteers including seven children and it was lovely seeing kids getting out and cleaning up! Judicial candidate Elizabeth Tye stopped by and did the Dana-Clinton Springs-Reading triangle with her husband. It was great to see a political candidate that lives and volunteers in our neighborhood! After consolidating the bags, we collected around seven 30-gallon bags of trash which is a pretty good haul. Some of the volunteers took home Don’t Trash the ‘Nati yard signs with them and I also put a few up around Reading – I’ll be honest, it doesn’t seem to have made a dent in how often people litter on Dana and Reading so if anyone has any thoughts or recommendations on how to reduce littering or have more effective clean ups please reach out! Special thanks to Elizabeth Tye, Kevin Bristol, Jolene Struebbe, Jim Miller, Marian Miller, the Wolfenberg Family, the LaNiear Family and Paul Harten.
Another way that we can reduce litter in North Avondale: moving our cars when the street sweepers come! Not every street in North Avondale has the same street sweeping date so I’m including instructions on how to check your address. Go to http://cagismaps.hamilton-co.org/cincinnatiServices/ServiceSchedules/ and enter your address in the right-hand side text box (pictured right). You’ll then be able to see what day the street sweeper will be on your street and move your car to a driveway or a different street that’s not getting swept that day. Make sure to also tell your neighbors and friends to “Show their pride, move their ride” on street sweeping days! (Not my slogan by the way, that’s straight from the Department of Public Services 😊).
Your neighborhood Litter Chair, Coral Weigel
NANA Community Gardens
North Avondale gardens are still in bloom. A big thank you to those who volunteer in our community gardens, and to those who have captained our beautiful gardens, some for many years.
We have 8 gardens that our NANA gardeners maintain. Our garden at the triangle of Clinton Springs and Washington is in need of a captain and volunteers to refurbish and help us transplant plant materials. The committee and nearby residents would be appreciative of any help you might be able to provide. We have a new plan for this garden and hope to get started this fall, if we have volunteers to assist.
Please put October 23, 2021 on your calendar as a workday in our gardens – more information to follow.
Judy Evans, NANA Community Gardens
Featured Garden of the Months
September 2021 NANA Featured Garden- 413 E Mitchell Avenue
Welcome to the backyard patio at 413 E. Mitchell Ave, at the corner of Lowry and Mitchell Avenue, and home of Michael Marsh and Melvina Chapman. Mike and Melvina moved to North Avondale 16 years ago from Walnut Hills and didn’t even know their new home had a back yard when they moved in. There was a very small patio and seating area and lots of very tall (10 foot high) honeysuckle. Mike wanted more places to sit, so they began cleaning out and enlarging the space. In 2018 they redid the hardscape by having these three-dimensional pavers installed.
In addition, they choose all of their plants by themselves. These include: crimson pygmy barberry, moon shadow euonymus, Japanese barberry, Green Velvet and Winter Gem boxwoods, Colorado Blue Spruce, dwarf red oak, Montgomery dwarf spruce, and purple leaf sand cherry to name a few!
This generous space is perfect for hosting large gatherings, but still feels intimate. In fact, neighbors on Park, Dickson, and Lowry were treated to the space when Mike hosted the Lowry Street Block Party recently. As a fellow conifer lover, this garden caught my eye. Be sure to slow down when you are out for a drive and take a look!
Jolene Struebbe, Beautification Chair