Holiday wreaths go up on College Hill lampposts

holiday wreath on lamppost

wreaths being made at PCOC

Wreath-maker Rosemarie DiGiorgio at work

Neighborhood volunteers have created holiday wreaths and put them up on lampposts up and down South Mendenhall Street. The wreaths were made possible in part by a generous donation of tree trimmings from the Delancy Street Holiday Tree lot.

Lyddan Pawlowski made the bows, Clara Kelly gathered holly, and Miriam and Tom Herin donated the magnolia leaves. The wreaths were created by Rosemarie DiGiorgio, Clara Kelly, Patti Pogodzinski and Samantha Smith. Josh Stewart and Dan Smith helped hang the wreaths.

The Delancey Street tree lot is at 2108 N. Church Street. “If you haven’t yet purchased your Christmas tree, this is the place to do it,” Samantha Smith, CHNA president, says. “They are so kind and helpful there, the trees are fresh, and the money goes to the very important cause of helping those struggling with addiction, homelessness, and other dire needs.

“Please get your tree from Delancey Street Tree Lot if you can so we can thank them for their generosity. They filled the entire back of my Subaru with fresh tree cuttings!”

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For newcomers and those who’ve forgotten: All College Hill residents are eligible for credit-union membership

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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New page added to website: Community health resources

Figuring out even the most basic aspects of our health-care system is getting more and more complex. With health issues dominating the news like never before, a new page has been added to the website listing community health resources. It’s found under the GSO Guide tab on the navigation bar.

The guide isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a start. Please provide any suggestions you have for additional listings. Here are the initial listings on the page.

  • 12-Step groups

Alcoholics Anonymous
Daily and biweekly groups meet at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall Street, and at St. Mary’s House, 930 Walker Avenue.

NA meetings
Two weekly groups meet at St. Mary’s House, 930 Walker Avenue.

  • COVID-19

Vaccines, testing and other information
Guilford County Health Department
City of Greensboro

  • Drug addiction (harm reduction)

Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem
Syringe access, peer-based

NC Survivors Union
Syringe access, peer-based

  • Family services

Family Services of the Piedmont
Helps families address domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and financial stability.

Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine
Provides primary care and preventive care, including health and mental health/substance abuse services to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status. (Formerly Guilford Child Health Inc. and HealthServe Community Health Clinic)

Women’s Emotional Wellness and Support Group
At the Women’s Resource Center: “A safe & confidential peer-led environment for sharing and support. Topics include coping strategies, self-care, empowerment & tools to help manage life’s daily challenges.”

  • Guilford County Public Health Department

Guilford County Public Health Department
Preventing disease and promoting health, the first public health department in North Carolina and the second in the nation.

  • Hospice

Formerly Hospice of Greensboro and Hospice of Alamance-Caswell.

  • Mental health

The Kellin Foundation
Community-based organization providing free mental health and substance use treatment services. (Mental Health Greensboro merged with the Kellin Foundation in 2021.)

UNCG Psychology Clinic
Comprehensive psychological evaluations and individual and group therapy for children, families, and adults. Providers are graduate students under the supervision of licensed psychologists and health service providers.

  • Sexual health

Carolina Abortion Fund
Abortion resource referrals and financial assistance

Planned Parenthood Greensboro Health Center
“Care no matter what”

STD Testing in Greensboro
“You have options for getting STD tests. Learn about convenient local testing for common STDs.”

Triad Health Project
“Triad Health Project promotes sexual health and justice through radical care, love, and equity while working to free our community from HIV, its stigma, and root causes.”

  • Speech and hearing

UNCG Speech and Hearing Center
Offers professional services for evaluation and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders to individuals across the lifespan. Open to the public.

  • Veterinary

Humane Society of the Piedmont
Provides affordable medical care for animals, including low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and wellness services.

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Early voting is now under way for the July 26 city elections; please note: we’re in a different City Council district now

Thurston Reeder and Nancy Hoffman, City Council candidates, District 4

In case City Council member Nancy Hoffman hasn’t come by your house to inform you personally, you need to know that College Hill has been moved very quietly to City Council District 4. City elections will be held on July 26, so the district candidates we have to choose between are incumbent member Hoffman and Thurston H. Reeder Jr.

Hoffman has been knocking on doors to let College Hill voters know we’re now in her district, since the city itself hasn’t made any effort to tell us.

Mayor’s race

Also on the ballot are candidates for mayor and City Council at-large seats. The mayor’s race has come down to incumbent Nancy Vaughan and Justin Outling, our previous City Council district representative.

City Council at large

There are six candidates running for three at-large seats: Marikay Abuzuaiter, Tracy Furman, Hugh Holston, Yvonne J. Johnson, Katie Rossabi and Linda Wilson. The incumbents are Abuzuaiter, Holston and Johnson (mayor pro tem).

Bond proposals

There are five significant city bond referenda on the ballot, to provide funding for fire department facilities, housing (including $20 million for affordable rental units), parks and recreation facilities, police facilities and transportation projects.

Click here for more information.

Polling place

Our polling place is the Reynolds Center, also known as the old YMCA, on Market Street at Tate Street. Our precinct is G44.

Early voting

Early voting begins today, July 7. The closest early-voting location for us is the Old Guilford County Courthouse, 301 W. Market Street. Hours:

Thursday, July 7 – Friday, July 8: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 23: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

College Hill district information

Here’s where we belong regarding districts for various offices in branches and levels of government, with current office-holders listed:

  • Precinct: G44
  • U.S. Congress: North Carolina District 6, Kathy Manning
  • N.C. Senate: District 28, Gladys Robinson
  • N.C. House: District 61, Pricey Harrison
  • Superior Court: District 18D, Robert Albright, Susan Bray, John Craig (senior resident judge), Lora Cubbage, William Wood
  • District Court: District 18, Larry Archie, Angela Bullard, Tonia Cutchin, William Davis, Kimberly Fletcher, Angela Foster, Tabatha Holliday, Marcus Shields, Kelvin Smith, Brian Tomlin, Caroline Tomlinson Pemberton, Marc Tyrey, Teresa Vincent (chief judge), Ashley Watlington Sims
  • District Attorney: District 24, Avery Crump
  • County Board of Commissioners: District 5, Carly Cooke
  • City Council: District 4, Nancy Hoffman
  • School Board: District 5, Deborah Napper
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Season tickets on sale for the UNCG Concert & Lecture Series featuring the Indigo Girls, Winston Duke, Joshua Bell and more

list of perfprmers and dates for UCLS '22-'23

Right here in our own neighborhood:

Season subscriptions are now on sale for the 2022-2023 UNCG Concert and Lecture Series.  Season subscription prices are 10 percent less than individually purchased tickets. Single-event tickets go on sale 90 days before each event.

The line-up for the series’s 110th season:

  • Winston Duke, one of the stars of the blockbuster Marvel Studios movie Black Panther;
  • Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of our time, in recital;
  • Shaun Leonardo, multidisciplinary artist whose work negotiates societal expectations of manhood;
  • Urban Bush Women, a dance company whose works weave contemporary dance, music, and text with history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora;
  • Indigo Girls, the renowned folk-rock duo in concert with The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra; and
  • Seraph Brass, a dynamic ensemble of America’s top female brass players.

Ticket prices for individual events:

  • Adult: $52.35 / $34.35
  • Senior: $45.80 / $29.45
  • Faculty/Staff: $45.80 / $29.45
  • Non-UNCG Student: $8.18
  • UNCG Student: $4.10

Worth noting: If you’re not a classical-music fan, you may remember Joshua Bell from this now legendary experiment outside a DC Metro station and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post article that resulted.

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In memoriam: Jeff Towne, 92, longtime College Hill resident

Jeff Towne, longtime College Hill resident and landlord, died Tuesday April 26 in Columbus, Ohio. He was 92.

He split his time between 933 Carr Street and a retirement community in Columbus. He had made multiple trips back and forth this year, always driving and always by himself. Jeff had maintained a residence in Greensboro for more than 60 years, but Guilford County records list his mailing address as the Columbus residence.

He had been in declining health for several years. A neighbor said Jeff was hospitalized in Greensboro last month. His family then had him transported to a hospital in Ohio. A memorial service was held in Columbus last week.

Jeff had no family in Greensboro. He is survived by a sister, Joyce Towne Gross, who lives in the same retirement community in Columbus, and a niece. He had been a close friend of Jim Clark of 935 Carr Street, who died in 2017.

Louis Jefferson Towne III was born in Kent, Ohio, on November 30, 1959. He was a graduate of Ellet High School in Akron and the University of Akron, where he received a degree in engineering. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force. He received a master’s degree from Stanford University, apparently while in the Air Force. In Ohio, he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Rubber Maid Inc.

Jeff came to Greensboro around 1959. The city directory that year listed him as a traveling salesman living in an apartment on Chestnut Street in Dunleath. In subsequent years, he was listed as a salesman and manufacturer’s agent.

He married Barbara Jo Evans in Akron in 1961 after an engagement of almost three years. She died in 2004 in Akron. Her obituary suggests they were divorced.

In 1962 and 1963, the L. Jeff Towne Company was listed in the city directory, also at an apartment on Chestnut Street. The directory said its business was auto accessories. During those years, the directory listed Jeff’s residence as Akron, Ohio.

Jeff had a long history in College Hill. He bought 305 Tate Street in 1969, the first of several rental properties he owned in the neighborhood. When he died, county records listed him as the owner of six houses in College Hill (921, 930, 931 and 933 Carr Street; 705 Morehead Street; and 305 Tate) and five elsewhere in Greensboro.

Jeff also had a long history with the city’s Redevelopment Commission, Minimum Housing Standards Commission, and the code and zoning enforcement agencies. County records show that at least twice he averted demolition of houses he owned at the last minute after long avoiding or ignoring repair orders.

He bought 217 Tate in 1975, selling it in 1982 to the Redevelopment Commission. The agency found it too deteriorated to repair and demolished it due to fire damage [correction, May 2, 2022]. (The current house there was built by contractor Gary Jobe in 1985.)

In 1978, Jeff bought one of the most historic homes in College Hill, 911 W. McGee Street, the Walker-Scarborough House, built in 1855. Six years later, Jeff was issued a court order condemning the house and ordering him to surrender it to the city. It has since been restored.

The fate of the houses still in his name is unknown. Three of the College Hill houses continue to have tenants; three are empty. 931 Carr and 705 Morehead are condemned. The status of 933 Carr is unclear; it, too, was condemned in recent years, although Jeff continued to live there when he was in Greensboro.

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Church of the Covenant to host youth orchestra fundraiser, Experience Argentina with Music & Cuisine, Thursday April 21

poster for Experience Argentina, April 21, 2022

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Coffeeology is preparing to reopen after two years

coffeeology notice seeking new staff for reopening

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For sale: 10 Springdale Court, a 1920s bungalow, $220,000

10 Springdale Court, Greensboro
The Paul and Jessie Stratton House

  • $220,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,073 square feet, 0.17 acre
  • Price/square foot: $205
  • Built in 1927 (per county records, but probably earlier; see note)
  • To be listed February 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $135,500, April 2013
  • Neighborhood: College Hill Historic District
  • Note: The listing says the house is a Sears kit cottage. It might be this one, the Argyle.
    • Paul B. and Jessie Stratton bought the property in 1920. The address was first listed in the city directory in 1922. Paul was a salesman.
    • The Strattons sold the house in October 1927, the first of four sales of the property in 16 months. Interestingly for the era, the last three were all to individual women, none of whom listed husbands on the deeds.
    • Edith Willingham Womble (1890-1980) bought the house in March 1929 and owned it for 15 years. She lived in Winston-Salem and used the house as a rental property. She was married to Bunyan Snipes Womble (1882-1976), an early partner in what is now Womble Bond Dickinson, a Winston-Salem law firm with offices in 19 U.S. cities and seven cities in England and Scotland.
    • From 1950 to 1971, the house was owned by Mary A. Tennent (1890-1971), assistant registrar of the Women’s College.
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In memoriam: Larry Horn, former College Hill neighbor

Larry HornThe College Hill Neighborhood Association extends its condolences to the family of our former neighbor Larry Horn, who died Sunday at Wesley Long Hospital. He was 70 years old. Larry and his wife, Judy, owned and operated the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed and Breakfast on South Mendenhall Street from 2011 to 2016. They were friends of many College Hill residents and were active and engaged members of the neighborhood.

Larry was born in Brainerd, Minnesota, and grew up in Chicago. He received a B.S. degree in biology at Northwestern University in Evanston. Larry worked in environmental testing and remediation services in Chicago. He also drove teams of draft horses on hay rides and sleigh rides at the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, Illinois, initially as a volunteer and later as an employee.

In recent years, Larry and Judy lived in the Lake Daniel neighborhood. Larry volunteered at Guilford Courthouse Military Park and the Steven Tanger Center for Performing Arts. He performed in plays with the Community Theatre of Greensboro and other local groups and was a member of the Greensboro Tarheel Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

He also put his acting skills to use as a “standardized patient” for simulation-based learning at the UNCG School of Nursing and at Elon University and High Point University. “Larry Horn was a great actor for the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing,” the school posted on its Facebook page. “He genuinely cared about helping students while playing a patient during various simulations over the years. … The School of Nursing will miss him and is forever grateful for him sharing his talents with us.”

Celebrations of Larry’s life will be held in Greensboro and the Chicago area in the spring. Click here for a full obituary.

Larry Horn with two nurses at UNCG

Larry Horn as a volunteer “standardized patient” with nurses at the UNCG School of Nursing

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