Join Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors this Saturday for the Mayor's Spring Clean. We will have dumpsters available from 9A-noon donated by BHN Neighbor, Jeff Maddox of Griffin Waste Middle TN, located in the back parking lot at the Catholic Diocese at 2400 21st Ave. Supplies will be available for cleaning up the neighborhood, too. Volunteers can help us scour the alleys and sidewalks for trash. Come join us get the neighborhood ready for the Marathon!
Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors will once again be participating in the Mayor's Spring Clean by hosting a Neighborhood Clean Up Day from 9 AM-Noon on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Dumpsters (graciously donated by neighbor, Jeff Maddox) will be located in the parking lot behind the Catholic Diocese at 2400 21st Ave, South. We will have gloves, trash bags, t-shirts and support for volunteers who want to help spiff up our neighborhood so that we shine just in time for the Marathon! See you on the 21st!
From Second Sunday Gardners: Hi neighbors, It looks like tonight may be our last freeze so it's time to plan the summer garden. Second Sunday Gardeners is open to anyone interested in growing some of their own food, herbs and pollinating plants. We meet tomorrow, April 8, 2:00pm at the home of Liz Williams, 2500 Oakland Ave. We will talk about what to plant now, what needs to wait till it's warmer and much more. I also hope you will share your ideas and hopes for this spring/summer garden season. Bring extra seeds or plants too if you like. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Maureen
Hi neighbors, Tis the season for just picked salad greens, asparagus and the first radishes! If you have ever thought of converting or expanding some of your lawn to a garden bed with vegetables, herbs and gorgeous native blooms join us this coming Sunday, April 8th at 2:00 at Liz Williams' home, 2500 Oakland. We will share ideas on edible landscaping, what to plant now, how to attract pollinators, and much more. No experience necessary. Bring your ideas and questions, as well as seeds or plants if you like. The meeting will last about an hour.
On April 16th, Greenways for Nashville is partnering with Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Harpeth Conservancy, and Sierra Club to present "A Conservation Conversation on Transit.<https://t.e2ma.net/click/xj17t/phe6kk/hja6sm>" This public forum will be a great opportunity for Nashvillians who care about open space, conservation, and the environment to learn more about Metro's proposed transit plan. The forum will be on Monday, April 16th, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Metro Parks Headquarters at 2565 Park Plaza. We will open with an overview of the transit plan by the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Sustainability, and then we will hear from a panel of conservation organizations on how this transit plan relates to their missions. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so this is a great opportunity to ask questions to one of the plan's representatives and conservation experts before the vote on May 1st. We hope you will join us for this important discussion. You can visit the Facebook event here for more information and to invite your friends.<https://t.e2ma.net/click/xj17t/phe6kk/xbb6sm>
Join BHN and friends for a Transit Forum on Tuesday, March 27 at 6PM at Belmont Methodist Church, 2007 Acklen Ave. Neighbors are invited to learn more about the proposal and ask questions. See you there!
Safe Tennessee Project, and the Safe Tenn Youth Advocates Board are hosting a sign making party THIS FRIDAY night (March 23) at Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, from 7-9pm for the March for Our Lives march and event on Saturday. Join us!
Dear Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of Gene TeSelle. Gene is an icon of Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, creating our group in 1971 to promote neighborhood improvement through inclusion, planning & zoning and advocacy. A native of Ames, Iowa, Gene received his BA from University of Colorado, a BD from Princeton Theological Seminary and his PhD from Yale where he taught for seven years before moving to Nashville where he spent the next 30 years on the faculty of the Divinity School at Vanderbilt. Gene and Penny lived, worked and played in the Belmont Hillsboro Neighborhood for most of their lives together. They met in the PTA at Eakin School and soon married, blending their families and raising Gene’s two and Penny’s three children. They now have nine grandchildren. After retiring, Gene & Penny remained active with Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, with Gene guiding and mentoring us as our neighborhood grew and changed over the years. His thoughtful advice, opinion and historical background has strengthened BHN and made each of us better in the process. He will be greatly missed. Representative John Ray Clemmons will introduce and pass a Resolution in the House in his honor. 18th District Council Member Burkley Allen will introduce a Council Resolution as well. Read more about Gene’s life and his service here. Gene’s life will be celebrated with a service of witness to the resurrection on Saturday, March 17 at Second Presbyterian Church located at 3511 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215. The service will begin at 10 AM with a reception to follow. Take a moment of your day today and give thanks to Gene TeSelle for his service to our neighborhood and a life well lived. Read more about Gene and his life work here: https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2018/03/07/vanderbilt-divinity-professor-and-committed-community-activist-dies/?utm_source=myvupreview&utm_medium=myvu_email&utm_campaign=myvupreview-2018-03-08
From Representative John Ray Clemmons: Don't forget our community meeting tomorrow! Please join us tomorrow Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00 - 7:30pm for a Community Meeting on the upcoming I-440 construction. We will have a panel of local and state transportation officials present to provide updates and information, as well as answer your questions. Event: Community Meeting on I-440 Construction Date: Thursday, February 22nd Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM Location: Christ the King School 3105 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN 37212
Dear Neighbors, the following was issued by MNPD in regard to the recent rash of aggressive robberies... Chief Steve Anderson today ordered the formation of a multi-component task force to interdict what may be two separate groups of armed teenagers responsible for auto thefts, violent carjackings and personal robberies in various parts of the city over the past several days. The task force will deploy both overt and covert strategies. “Nashville and its police department will not tolerate the violent gun crime being exhibited by these teens,” Chief Anderson said. “While we ramp up enforcement strategies, it is time for parents, extended families and other stakeholders to take notice of what is occurring and do their part to stop it.” West Precinct detectives this afternoon are charging Isaiah Lewis, 16, with Wednesday night’s robbery of a 22-year-old female Crestmoor Road salon employee who was confronted while taking out the trash at 8:25 p.m. by two armed black teenagers. They demanded her belongings and pistol whipped her when she refused. Lewis is also being charged with two counts of aggravated robbery by East Precinct detectives. He is accused of taking part in the 8:50 p.m. robbery of a woman at N. 12th Street and Forrest Avenue as she was getting into her vehicle. He is also charged with the 9:25 p.m. robbery of a woman in the 3900 block of Gallatin Pike as she was walking to her car. Lewis was apprehended at 3 a.m. today after Madison Precinct officers saw a stolen Honda Accord in the area of 310 Old Hickory Boulevard. Five teenagers were in the car and fled in multiple directions when they saw police. Officers gave chase and set up a perimeter. Lewis was taken into custody. The other four were not located. A pistol was left in the Honda as well as potential evidence from area robbery cases. Investigations are continuing into three other cases in the Green Hills and surrounding areas last night, including the shooting of a 32-year-old man outside the Green Hills Library on Benham Avenue at 7 p.m. That victim reported that he was approached by two armed black teenagers who demanded his property. He complied, yet was shot in the upper abdomen. The victim’s wife said he frequently went to the library to study. At 8 p.m., a 29-year-old man was robbed by two teenagers with guns as he walked along Horton Avenue near Capers Avenue. After getting his belongings, the teens fled on foot. At 8:35 p.m., two victims, a man and woman, ages 25 and 28, were walking on Benton Avenue when they were approached from behind by two gun-carrying teens with similar descriptions who demanded their belongings. They complied and the teens fled from them on foot. While detectives work to identify all of the teens involved in the rash of robberies, officers throughout the city continue to be on the lookout for 14-year-old Rico Ransom, the suspected shooter in last Friday afternoon’s wounding of Demario Crowder across from Pearl Cohn High School. A Juvenile Court arrest order in relation to an outstanding charge of attempted murder has been issued. Anyone seeing Ransom or knowing where he is staying is asked to immediately contact 615-742-7463 or 615-862-8600. Detectives believe Ransom has at least loose ties to one of the robbery groups. West Precinct detectives are also continuing the investigation into Monday’s shooting of a 26-year-old man during an attempted robbery on Highway 100 at Old Hickory Boulevard, and whether it is related to the other robberies. In that case, the victim’s car was struck from behind by a dark gray sedan. When the victim got out to check on the damage, the gunman, described as a black teenager, got out of the passenger side of the gray car and demanded his belongings. It appears the victim was shot as he attempted to push away from the gunman. The police department has become increasingly concerned at the actions and attitudes of suspected teenage criminals. At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 15-year-old who was preparing to gas up a car that was taken earlier this month in an armed carjacking attempted to draw a fully loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on an approaching East Precinct Flex officer. The officer struggled with the 15-year-old over the gun, ultimately gaining control of it. The teen ran and was apprehended a short time later by another officer. The 15-year-old and a 17-year-old who remained in the passenger seat of the car remain under investigation in regard to other crimes. On Wednesday afternoon, two West Precinct officers, who had just transported a 15-year-old alleged burglar to juvenile detention, were told by the teen, “I empty my Glock when I see you on my block.” One of the officers asked him what he meant. The teen replied, “I’m going to empty my Glock into your car and (other officer’s name) car and kill your families.”
See below. These crimes all happened last night (2/14) between 7 - 9 p.m., within a few miles of each other. Each involved multiple suspects, possibly traveling in stolen vehicles. Please exercise extreme caution if walking in the early evening hours, even in what might be considered “safe” areas. Call the police at 615-862-8600 if you see anything suspicious. _______________ Metro Police are investigating after a man was shot near the Green Hills Branch of the Nashville Public Library. Police responded to several calls just after 7 p.m. Wednesday saying a man had been shot. The victim was found with a life-threatening gunshot wound to his stomach. Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a maroon Jeep Cherokee with three male black suspects inside leave the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The victim told police that the suspects jumped out of the Jeep and a bullet struck him. It is unclear whether the man was inside the library at the time of the shooting. _______________ Wednesday February 14, 2018, at 8:18 PM, Metro Nashville Police and Vanderbilt University Police responded to a report of an aggravated robbery at 18th Avenue South and Horton Ave. The victim stated that the two males approached him displaying handguns and pushed him to the ground, demanding his wallet and valuables. The suspects were last reported fleeing south bound away from campus. Police have a limited description of the suspects – reported as two black males wearing dark hoodies. _______________ Metro Police confirm a Green Hills salon employee was assaulted and robbed on Wednesday night around 9 p.m. The woman was taking out the trash at Salon YaYa on Crestmoor Road when a male black suspect approached her and demanded that she gives him her purse. The victim refused, and the man struck her in the face with his handgun. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a newer model Gold Ford Taurus with at least one other occupant in the vehicle.
Mayor Megan Barry will participate in a public signing event for Executive Order No. 40 on Urban Forestry Tuesday, February 13 at 1 PM at The Belmont University BookStore located at 1700 Portland Ave. This executive action recognizes trees as a public utility, establishes new guidelines to govern Metro’s planting and maintenance of trees, and appoints a new Urban Forestry Program Manager to lead and coordinate all Metro tree-related activities. Mayor Barry will be joined by District 18 Councilmember Burkley Allen; Belmont University President Bob Fisher; Metro’s new Urban Forestry Program Manager Naomi Rotramel; and appointed members of both Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee and the Metro Tree Advisory Committee. During recent heavy renovations, The Belmont Store went to great lengths to both protect and enhance the survival of a 60-70’ historic elm (ulmus Americana) tree on its property. It is Belmont University’s policy to try to preserve existing trees during any construction-related activities on its campus. Nashville’s recent development boom has placed significant pressure on the urban tree canopy, so Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville sustainability plan has set an umbrella goal of 50 percent countywide tree-canopy coverage by the year 2050—an approximate addition of 300,000 net new trees planted by 2030, or 500,000 net new trees by 2050. Executive Order No. 40 seeks to help Nashville achieve its long-term sustainability goals: protecting air and water quality, improving public health, and saving public dollars on heavy infrastructure to mitigate stormwater impacts.
BHN Neighbor, Maureen Mays, has started a great neighborhood gardening group called "Second Sunday Gardeners". The group will meet this Sunday at 2:00 pm at 1716 Sweetbriar Ave. Maureen says, "Dress for the weather as we hope to demonstrate a no-dig bed which is a great way to get ground ready for planting. We will also discuss ways to encourage food growing in our neighborhood through learning, sharing and working together. Hope to see you."
The Tennessee Environmental Council is sponsoring the Plant 250k Tree Day on Feb 24. The goal is to plant 250,000 trees with over 25,000 volunteers statewide to improve our state's economy, health and community well-being. You can order trees to be picked up at the Nashville Chess Center at 2911 Belmont Blvd on Saturday, 2/24 from 9-11am. Order your seedlings here: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TennesseeEnvironmentalCouncil/default/index.php