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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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