Holiday food drive for the Spartan Open Pantry to be held the next three Saturdays at the Church of the Covenant

Flyer for Spartan Oen Pantry food drive

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Neighbor Kim Burroughs to display and sell his pottery at holiday-season shows in College Hill and Westerwood

pottery holiday decorations by Michael Kim BurroughsCollege Hill potter Kim Burroughs has scheduled a couple of holiday-season shows, one in the neighborhood and one just a short walk away.

Kim will hold his own show next Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by neighbor Katie Gallagher at 126 S. Mendenhall Street. The show also will feature guest potter Tim Martin.

Kim also will join several other artists and artisans Sunday December 15, noon to 5 p.m., in a show at Double Oaks Bed & Breakfast, 204 N. Mendenhall Street. That show will include fabric scarves and bags, folk art dolls,  jewelry, painting and photography in addition to pottery. It also will feature the work of a feltmaker and a metalsmith. Double Oaks will offer a cash bar and food for purchase.

For more information, go to the Facebook page for Kim’s November 16 show or the KB’s Pottery page.

If you’re a College Hill artist, artisan or craftsperson with work you’re selling this holiday season, please let us know!

pottery kiln at night

From KB’s Pottery on Facebook: Working late at a kiln

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One of College Hill’s oddest little houses sells for a pittance

small 2-story brick house

919 Carr Street has been sold for the first time since it was built 58 years ago. After letting it sit empty since the last tenants moved out several months ago, the owner finally seems to have given up, rather abruptly, on the home she and husband built for their small family so long ago. It wasn’t listed for sale. She probably just had her rental agent of 50-plus years find a buyer for her, accepting a low-ball offer of $72,000.

The house is distinctive in its way. It catches people’s eye, a squat little bunker with an unusual second-floor balcony on a street of Queen Annes and modest cottages. The house was built in 1961; the next-newest houses on the block were built in 1935. It has been making people ask, “What’s that doing there?” for decades.

It’s not that the house is ugly, though many people don’t care for the way it looks. It’s not that it has been run down for so long, although now that it has been sold, the place has to be totally gutted and renovated to make it fit to live in again. It’s mostly a matter of it simply being so out-of-place, even among the other run-down little rentals on that side of the street. And it’s partly the enigmatic look of the house, so free of distinguishing features that would suggest any recognizable architectural style.

The family that built the house, the Deals, didn’t actually live there very long, perhaps only four or five years, but the owner held onto it, sentimentally, long after her children grew up and her husband died and her somnolent rental agent stopped caring about what kind lowlifes he put in there. The last tenants were fine, a very nice family that managed to tolerate the place for two or three years. But for 20 years or so, the house had seen more short-term tenants than you could keep track of, each seemingly worse than the last. A remarkable number had to be evicted. There were the two college boys who never took their garbage to the curb. For months they just dumped it beside the house in an ever-growing pile that they covered with a tarp until neighbors called the city. They were evicted.

And the hoarder who crammed the house full of what mostly appeared to be garbage. On the infrequent occasions when she would throw something out, she did so quite literally, tossing stuff off the balcony onto the front yard. She was evicted, and it took weeks to clean the place out.

And the woman who moved in but didn’t actually live there. She would show up during the day about once a month, and each time someone would visit her, driving up in a car with state-government license plates. After a few months, a notice was posted on the door, notifying the tenant that she had violated her probation. I think she went to jail before she could be evicted.

Now the house has been bought by an LLC that owns a number of rental properties. No one is jumping for joy over another absentee landlord being represented on the street, but perhaps this one will be more responsible than the last leasing agent. They appear to be serious about renovating the place, at least. The deed is dated November 6, and a crew began working before 9 a.m. that morning. The collapsing ceiling has been ripped out and the walls with black mold, too, and more, all piled in the front yard for now.

Over the past year, two of the ragged-looking rentals on the 900 block of Carr have been impressively renovated (925 and 927). One is even owner-occupied now. 919 could be on its way to a better future, too. Two others remain vacant and, like others on Carr Street with absentee owners, they’re looking increasingly derelict. But it’s still big news that there are two and now maybe three that won’t blight the neighborhood any longer.

the same house, with a large pile of debris in the front yard

919 Carr Street, late in the afternoon on November 6

 

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Trick-or-treating postponed in College Hill due to forecast of Halloween-evening thunderstorms and high winds

A dark and stormy night is forecast for Greensboro, so the College Hill Neighborhood Association has postponed Halloween trick-or-treating until Friday night, November 1. As of 1:45 p.m. Thursday, the weather forecast for Halloween evening calls for a high probability of thunderstorms and strong winds. Everyone will be safer coming out on Friday evening.

If you’re giving out candy on Friday evening, please leave your porch lights on during trick-or-treat hours ( 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or so). If not, please leave them off.

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Monday night: College Hill Neighborhood Association to make a recommendation to the city on paving Edgar Street

gravel street with potholes filled with rainwater

A quiet moment on Edgar Street after a rainstorm

After many discussions at neighborhood association meetings and gatherings of residents with properties backing up to Edgar Street, College Hill will decide Monday night on a recommendation to the city about the future of the alley. The two major questions: whether to pave Edgar and how to reduce the speed and volume of cut-through traffic.

Residents of Tate Street whose properties back up to Edgar have expressed a majority, though non-unanimous, preference for paving the alley. To control runoff, a longstanding problem on Edgar, the city has suggested paving it in a concave manner, the opposite of the usual crowned design. Water would run from the sides of the street to existing drains in the middle. The roadway would not be widened.

A majority of Tate residents also have expressed a preference for keeping traffic going two ways. Options for controlling the amount and speed of traffic are limited because the city has rejected closing McGee Street at Edgar and/or blocking Edgar at the Sushi Republic parking lot to reduce traffic, citing the theoretical need for first responders to use the street. In keeping with the city’s general policy, it also has ruled out speed bumps or any other strategies to slow traffic. It has expressed an openness to one-way traffic.

The city’s perennial dithering about whether it’s actually responsible for the alley has been resolved, at least to the extent that it’s willing to commit explicitly to maintaining Edgar, which it has been doing occasionally for years anyway.

The regular monthly meeting of the CHNA will be Monday October 28, 7 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall Street, in the Fellowship Hall (enter from Mendenhall Street).

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Condolences to our neighbor David Millsaps and family

Leslie MillsapsWith deep sorrow, we report that our neighbor Leslie Millsaps died Thursday. Leslie was stopped in heavy traffic on Interstate 40 in Davie County when her car was rear-ended. Our condolences go to her husband, David, and their children, Megan and Clay.

Leslie and David have operated DLM Builders, renovation specialists, for the past 25 years. Their first project together was their own remarkable Queen Anne cottage on Rankin Place. Leslie held professional certifications in remodeling, green building practices and aging in place. In 2017, she and DLM were featured in the “Made in Greensboro” campaign produced by Action Greensboro and the city of Greensboro.

Leslie was a board member and secretary of Preservation Greensboro. She also was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Greensboro Builders Association. She was well known among her friends as a yoga practitioner.

Leslie was a good neighbor, a friend of many College Hill residents and an engaged member of the community. She will be missed.

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Spring Garden Street closed at Freeman Mill Road overpass, blocking access to downtown from College Hill until next year

Beginning today (September 30), two blocks of Spring Garden Street from S. Edgeworth Street to S. Spring Street will be closed for maintenance and repair of the Freeman Mill Road bridges that run above Spring Garden.

Also closed will be the Downtown Greenway Morehead parking lot on this section of Spring Garden. The lot will be used for construction equipment. The greenway will remain open for foot traffic.

This two-block section of Spring Garden Street is expected to remain closed until the end of this year.

Detour signs will be in place, and motorists should use alternate routes to avoid the work area.

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2nd annual fund-raiser on Sunday October 6 for Rett’s Syndrome research and Josie Clark-Trippodo’s daughter

happy little girl

Charlie Clark-Trippodo

Charlie’s Angels is hosting their 2nd Annual Fall Festival on Sunday October 6, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Double Oaks Bed & Breakfast, 204 N. Mendenhall Street.  The event is a fund-raiser benefiting Charleston “Charlie” Trippodo and Rett Syndrome Research. Charlie is the daughter of long-time College Hill resident Josie Clark-Trippodo.

The night will include live music, a silent auction and food.

Tickets are available online for $20 (tax deductible); you can send an email to Josie to arrange to pay with cash or by check. Tickets also will be available at the door for $25.

Funds raised will help towards the increasing expenses required to manage Charlie’s daily medical and therapy needs, and modifications to her living space. Costly renovations are needed for Charlie to have a safe and comfortable home.

Rett syndrome is a genetic brain disorder that typically becomes apparent at 6 to 18 months of age in girls. Symptoms include problems with language, coordination and repetitive movements. It often results in slower growth and problems walking. Complications can include seizures, scoliosis and sleeping problems.

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A new Indian restaurant on Tate Street, next steps on Mendenhall Street and the 2019 Tate Street Festival

view from sidewalk of taaz indian kitchen

It was a sad day in 2016 when decades of Indian food on Tate Street ended. Three long years later, a new Indian restaurant has opened to carry on the tradition of the late, lamented India Palace. Taaz Indian Kitchen opened last week in the former Cottage Inn location (427 Tate if you need an address). The take-out menu (PDF) shows vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers, entrees, biryani and specials.

Tate Street Festival

The annual festival will be held on Saturday October 19, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. That’s also the weekend of the UNCG homecoming.

Mendenhall Street traffic project

Now that the four-way stop has been moved and the lane shifts have been established on South Mendenhall Street, the next step in the traffic-calming plan is designing and installing the bump-outs, parklets and such that will give drivers something to navigate around. The goal is to install them next summer. The city Planning Department will work with the neighborhood to design the structures and with the city engineering department to get them installed. The Greensboro transportation department has declined to be involved.

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Your annual reminder: All College Hill residents are eligible for credit-union membership

screenshot of credit-union homepage

All College Hill residents are eligible for membership in the Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union. This eligibility is extended to members of all neighborhood associations that belong to the Greensboro Neighborhood Congress. All College Hill residents are members of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, which is a member of the GNC.

The credit union has offices at 217 N. Greene Street, 2200 Soabar Street and 2511 Phillips Avenue. Members also can use the offices of the Co-Op Shared Branching network, including 23 in the Greensboro area and 5,000 nationwide.

ATMs are at the Soabar and Philips offices, the Depot and the Greensboro Farmer’s Market. Members also can use more than 30 surcharge-free CashPoints ATMs in Greensboro and hundreds more across the state.  CashPoints locations in Greensboro include the State Employees Credit Union office at Tate and Market streets, the Elliott Center at UNCG and Municipal Plaza on South Greene Street downtown.

 

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