The People’s Perk has closed after six years; T-shirts showing the store’s “Wonderful Women” mural are still available

The People’s Perk closed on August 14. The Mendenhall Street coffee house had been open since 2013.

“I’m keeping visitor hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday until August 28, while I clean up and close out the space, for hugs/conversation/laughs or to purchase t-shirts or art,” owner Karen Archia posted on Facebook recently. The T-shirts show the “Wonderful Women and Fabulous Femmes” mural, painted inside the store in 2017. Sadly, the closing of the shop means the end of the mural, which has been painted over.

“Dear Beloved Customers: The People’s Perk is closing. The last day of business with full service is August 14. This shop has been an incredibly joyful and satisfying experience. … Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Archia wrote on Facebook.

The Perk’s building was sold in early 2018, and city inspectors found problems that will require extensive work to fix.

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UNCG schedules street closures for Monday August 19

view of spring garden street at tate street

Don’t plan to turn onto Spring Garden from Tate Street around midday on Monday.

UNCG will hold a day-long event for new students, called Nav1Gate, on Monday August 19. Since the event involves large numbers of students walking from one place to another on and around the campus, several streets will be closed for all or part of the day. For drivers who will be only passing by or through campus, the main issue will be the closing of the on-campus section of Spring Garden Street from noon to about 1:30 p.m. Also, a block of Glenwood Avenue will be closed at the same time. Note that the section of Walker Avenue that will be closed is entirely on campus.

Nav1Gate — Monday, August 19, 2019
Traffic Plan/Road Closures

These streets will be closed at the specified times. All major crossing points will be staffed by uniformed traffic officers.

  • West Drive from Gray Drive to Walker Avenue will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m.
  • Walker Avenue eastbound will be closed at Kenilworth Street from 7:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. Traffic will be allowed to turn right onto Kenilworth Street to enter the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.
  • Stirling Street northbound will be closed at Theta Street from 7:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. Traffic will be allowed to turn left onto Theta Street to enter the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.
  • Spring Garden Street from Tate Street to Kenilworth Street on campus will be closed from noon to about 1:30 p.m.
  • Forest Street between Oakland Avenue and Spring Garden Street will be closed from noon to about 1:30 p.m
  • Glenwood Avenue between Haywood Street and West Gate City Boulevard will be closed from noon to about 1:30 p.m.
  • The few parking spots in front of the Foust Building on Administrative Drive will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. They will be available once students have cleared the area.
  • College Avenue will be closed to vehicles (except emergency vehicles) until students have cleared the area in the afternoon.
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The Spartan Open Pantry needs our help to provide food to UNCG students facing financial hardship, homelessness

brick building seen fro street

The Smith Campus Ministries Building at UNCG, across the street from the Elliott University Center

Classes start again at UNCG in just two weeks, August 20. A significant number of returning and new students will be coming from families experiencing financial difficulty. Some will find themselves hungry and perhaps even homeless.

This is presenting unique challenges for many of our Spartans that are trying to do well in school, “fit in,” and figure out what their future will look like. … Without support systems in place, these students, many of whom prefer to remain hidden during hard times, are facing these challenges alone while struggling to provide for their own livelihood.

— the UNCG Dean of Students office

The Spartan Open Pantry helps provide food for these students and some staff members. Greensboro College students also are eligible. To be as successful as it can be, it needs support from the community.

Donations of food can be brought to the Wesley Luther ministry at the Smith Campus Ministries Center (adjacent to the Walker Avenue Parking Deck across from the EUC), Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Donation boxes are located on campus at the Dean of Students office (EUC), Housing and Residence Life (Weil-Winfield), Office of Leadership and Service Learning lobby (Foust), Student Affairs (Mossman), Gove Student Health Center and Moore Nursing Building (first floor).

Monetary contributions can be made online or by checks written to the Wesley-Luther Campus Ministry, Smith Campus Ministries Center, UNC Greensboro, 500 Stirling Street, Greensboro NC, 27402.

What to donate

The SOP now accepts fresh fruit, vegetables and bread. These items can be accepted Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Smith ACM or during SOP’s distribution hours, Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at College Place United Methodist Church at Tate and Spring Garden streets.

“We, unfortunately, can not accept green beans, corn or peas,” the SOP says. “We have limited space to store food and need to use remaining space for other food types.”

The most needed items include:

  • Bread
  • Canned vegetables (especially high fiber)
  • Canned fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Canned meat (especially chicken)
  • Canned beans (except green beans)
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Boxed pasta
  • Pasta sauce (non-glass)
  • Canned soup (both condensed and non-condensed, and microwaveable)
  • Dried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered milk
  • Jelly
  • Rice (small bags)
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Chili
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salad dressing (ranch and Italian)
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard)
  • Cooking oil
  • Small toiletries
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper

The SOP also needs volunteers for a variety of tasks, among them helping to distribute food on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at College Place United Methodist Church. This opportunity involves checking dates, shelving food, folding laundry and other small cleaning tasks. You can use the volunteer schedule to sign up.

The pantry is operated by Wesley-Luther. It’s part of Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartan, operated by the UNCG Dean of Students Office.

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Top 7 things to know about College Hill’s National Night Out: It’s this Tuesday, on Tate Street, with free food and …

Tate Street busness district

The 300 block of Tate Street, location of this year’s College Hill National Night Out. The sky is expected to be just as clear and blue on Tuesday.

1. It’s on Tate Street

This year’s event will be held in the Tate Street business district. Tate Street will be blocked from Walker Avenue to Carr Street.

2. It’s on Tuesday

This Tuesday, August 6, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The street will be blocked from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3. There’ll be free food!

From Slices by Tony, Sushi Republic and Jimmy John’s. And hot dogs and watermelon. And a preview of the so-new-it’s-not-even-open-yet Oden Brewery.

4. … music and dance!

By Dr. Brewer and the Disappointments and a Grateful Dead tribute band from UNCG. Plus a dance performance from Artistic Motion.

5. … very large vehicles!

The always popular Eco-Bus mobile zoo will be there along with an official Greensboro Fire Department fire truck.

6. … College Hill T-shirts!

You’ll look great in a College Hill T-shirt. Available at the event for just $15.

7. … and … and … and …

A Spartan Open Pantry food donation box, Re:Cycles, Hypnotica, children’s games and street art, AARP Livable Communities activities.

Special thanks to Becky Paterson of Sisters and the Tate Street Merchants Association and UNCG for joining the neighborhood in organizing the event!

diagram of National Night Out

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City to eliminate buses on Tate Street and Walker Avenue effective Monday August 5; new stops added on Spring Garden

screenshot of video explaining

Click on the image to see a video explaining the new bus routes.

City buses will no longer run on Tate Street and Walker Avenue in College Hill effective Monday August 5. Riders who want to go downtown to the Depot will be able to catch buses at new stops on Spring Garden Street. The changes are part of a system-wide revision of routes announced this week.

For years, the inbound Route 2 bus (Four Seasons Mall) has come into College Hill on Tate Street from Gate City Boulevard, making stops on Tate, including one in front of Coffeeology and Don, and then turning onto Walker Avenue. There have been multiple stops on Walker before the buses turn right onto Fulton Street and then left onto Spring Garden Street toward the Depot.

While that bus will no longer come through the neighborhood, the inbound Route 1 bus (W. Wendover Avenue) now will come down Spring Garden Street through UNCG and make stops in College Hill as it heads downtown to the Depot. Route 1’s outbound course also will run on Spring Garden, making stops in the neighborhood as it comes from downtown and continues through the UNCG campus.

Buses will continue to run on West Market Street to the Depot.

HEAT bus routes will not change.

There will be no fares charged on Monday August 5, the first day of service on the revised routes.

For more information, click here for the Greensboro Transit Authority website.

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New 4-way stop at Mendenhall and Walker to go into effect August 7 as part of traffic-calming initiative on Mendenhall

sign announcing new 4-way stop sign on S. Mendenhall Street

city workerer installing new traffic signs on Mendenhall StreetThe repaving of South Mendenhall Street has allowed the neighborhood’s traffic-calming initiative to get under way after years of planning. As part of that effort, the 4-way stop on Mendenhall will be moved to Walker Avenue effective August 7. The existing 4-way stop at McGee Street will become a 2-way stop, with only the traffic on McGee stopping. Many neighborhood residents wanted both intersections to have 4-way stops, but the city’s transportation department refused to allow it.

The new lines that have been painted on Mendenhall reflect another element of the plan. Some parking spaces in the 100 block have been switched to the south-bound side of the street, and the no-parking zones all along the street have been better marked. Rather than seeing a straight, clear lane from Market Street to Carr Street, drivers now see the center line shifting from side to side, deliberately narrowing one side and then the other to provide a visual incentive for drivers to slow down and follow their lane.

Further traffic-calming enhancements will be added to Mendenhall. Funding for the project comes from College Hill’s Municipal Service District funds.

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Reminder: New recycling rules in effect

graphic: new recycling rules

The city reminds us that under the new recycling rules:

  • No glass is allowed in the biweekly recycling pickup at the curb. There are four drop-off locations where you can leave glass recyclables (listed above).
  • Metal recycling is limited to food and drink cans only.
  • No shredded paper is accepted.

The College Hill Neighborhood Association is working with Greensboro College and the city to establish a glass recycling drop-off location in the neighborhood. We’ll let you know when that facility is established.

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The last of College Hill’s originally African American-owned homes is sold for the first time

1110 w. mcgee under renovation seen from the street

1110 W. McGee Street, the Booker-Benton House, built in 1923

1110 W. McGee Street has been sold for the first time since it was built in 1923. The Booker-Benton House is one of just two pre-1980’s houses left on the block. The area was once a rare African-American neighborhood in otherwise all-white west Greensboro.

“After the Civil War, African-American citizens sought to avoid high costs of land by living in the area alongside and behind the white-owned homes of South Mendenhall Street.  Some of these early residents purchased land from Cyrus P. Mendenhall, once mayor of the city and a Quaker. Others rented their homes. …

“During the Jim Crow Era of racial segregation, black residents in the neighborhood began to decrease in numbers as renters and homeowners relocated to traditional African American neighborhoods such as East Greensboro. Their modest College Hill homes were sometimes destroyed to make way for larger white-owned homes. By the 1970s, less than ten structures with African American associations remained in College Hill. All but one of those structures were razed to make way for condos by the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission in the early 1980s. The Booker-Benton House is likely the sole survivor.”

Benjamin Briggs, Preservation Greensboro

Sisters Mattie and Louie Booker bought the lot in 1919 and by 1923 were living in the house. “The Craftsman-style bungalow was stylish, incorporating a theme of Asian architecture that is exemplified in the low-pitched roofline, wide overhanging eaves, and exposed structural timbers such as rafter tails and knee braces,” Briggs wrote in 2017. “The sisters shared ownership of the house until their deaths. Louie Booker married Oscar Benton in 1935, and the house remains in the Benton family today through Oscar’s son Ted.”

Ted was the last family member to live in the house. He moved away a few years ago, and the house has been vacant since. An LLC called Signature 31 bought it last month for $60,000 (property records indicate the heirs of Maggie Bridges retain a 12 percent stake in the house). They are making significant renovations and have applied for a certificate of appropriateness. The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the application Wednesday July 31, 4 p.m., at the Melvin Municipal Building, Plaza Level Conference Room.

Signature 31, a family-owned company, owns eight properties in Greensboro; the others were purchased between August 2015 and January this year. The four owners of the firm live in Summerfield and Wrightsville Beach. The family operates two other LLCs — Lehrer Properties, which owns 10 houses in Guilford County, and Creative Property Equity Corp.

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Nationally known minister and writer to be installed on Sunday as Church of the Covenant’s new pastor, and we’re all invited

headshot of mark sandlinThe Presbyterian Church of the Covenant will install its new pastor, the Rev. Mark Sandlin, next Sunday. The neighborhood is invited to attend the service, which will begin at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at 3 p.m.

Sandlin is a co-founder of The Christian Left website. He blogs at https://revmarksandlin.com/. He also has written for huffpost.com and Sojourners, among others.

Sandlin has been serving as PCOC’s interim pastor since December 2015. He received his M. Div. from Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity. He holds undergraduate degrees in business administration and English.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent blog post, “The Overprivileged Judgement of John 3:16,” that provides an example of his views:

You see, for me John 3:16, is incomplete without 1 John 3:16 – or at least the meaning behind 1st John 3:16. Let me read them to you together. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.”

I’m much less concerned about what the theological question of atonement would encourage us to do and more concerned about what the life and teachings that lead to the cross would encourage us to do.

In my way of reading these verses, in John 3:16 we learn how far Jesus was willing to go to show us how much we are loved, then in 1st John 3:16 we learn how far we should be willing to go in response to that love to show others how much they are loved.

Far too often, those of us who consider ourselves, call ourselves, “Christian” forget to practice our faith as if these two verses go together.

Somehow, we don’t realize that on its own John 3:16 is only half the story. When we think it is the whole story, it is just a little bit too easy to feel slightly privileged, it is just a little bit too easy to measure the rest of the world by your own standards, judging whether people measure up rather than just loving them.

The truth is we all need to be a little bit better about turning our faith outward.

You see, as John 3:16 says, the ultimate sacrifice was made for us, but it’s not some sort of soul saving buffet – “Jesus did it, come and get it.” It comes with requirements, some assembly required, the work is not yet done.

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College Hill news in photos: Beautification volunteers needed, a vulture goes to church and more comings and goings

College Hill sign with well-tended flower bed

The neighborhood sign at McGee and Spring streets has been revived by volunteers, led by Beth Langlois (photo courtesy of Jack Whebb).

Beautification projects scheduled

The College Hill beautification team has scheduled work days for the next two Sunday afternoons, April 28 and May 5, noon to 3 p.m. both days. Volunteers — and anyone can volunteer, especially you — will meet at the pergola at Mendenhall and Walker. Projects include removing the hedge across the street from the pergola and tending some of the flower beds that need attention. Click here for more information.

steel being erected for new school of nursing building

The newest building on the UNCG campus is going up right next to the oldest.

New School of Nursing is coming up

Construction began in January 2018, and now steel is rising on the site of the new UNCG School of Nursing. The demolition of the McIver Building revealed a surprise — 9,000 cubic yards of granite that had to be moved. Completion has been pushed back to spring 2021 from the original fall 2020 date.

former cottage inn location with "for lease" sign in window

Are four enough? With Cottage Inn closed, Tate Street is down to New York Pizza, Slices, Sam’s Oven and Grill, and Manhattan Pizza and Subs for pizza.

So long, again, Cottage Inn

The Cottage Inn pizza restaurant on Tate Street has closed again. It originally opened early in 2018 and closed by summer. It eventually reopened and now is closed again. It’s almost as if there are too many pizza places on Tate Street.

storefront church being painted

The nondenominational tabernacle with its painting in progress

Paint job for storefront church

The gloriously named Power for Living Tabernacle Church on South Mendenhall Street has gotten a new coat of paint in a new color.

vulture spreads its wings atop the College Place UMC tower

A moment of peace and quiet before the crows arrive

A vulture visits the Methodists

One of our friendly neighborhood vultures stopped by College Place UMC this week. All it wanted was to stretch its wings for a moment, but it was quickly driven away by a murder of crows.

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