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Donelson Neighborhood News January 2016

With the cold weather here, our neighbors across Davidson County experiencing homelessness are the most vulnerable and need help.  The Metro Homelessness Commission has an opportunity for volunteer opportunities.  See the below flyer for details and contact information.

Metro Homelessness Flyer for Extreme Cold Weather Events

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Donelson Neighborhood News - November 2015

The Donelson Neighborhood Leader Breakfast at the Two Rivers Mansion on Saturday, November 7th turned out great and was an enjoyable and productive morning.  Melanie Moore with Legacy Foods catered a delicious breakfast and special guests were Senator Steve Dickerson, School Board Member Anna Shepherd, CM Holly Huezo (District 13), Commander Preston Brandimore and Sgt Jeff White from our Hermitage Precinct, Sharon Kipp representing the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber and Leadership Donelson-Hermitage, and Frank Trew, President of Hip Donelson.  About 25 neighborhoods across Donelson were represented and it was a great morning of sharing successes, challenges, opportunities and discuss a number of topics about managing change and successfully creating a strong communications network.  We also discussed the Metro Arts THRIVE program, our new Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory Community Plan, the upcoming Metro Police Christmas Charities and much more.

Donelson Neighborhood Leader Breakfast - Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15

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Donelson Neighborhood News - October 2015

Several months ago, Jenny White, President of Lincoya Hills Neighborhood Association, asked me about what other neighborhoods were doing to engage neighbors, encourage participation in their neighborhood, etc.  It sparked the idea of having a gathering of neighborhood leaders to share some learned best practices of communications, administration and support each other’s shared challenges.  Our neighborhoods have a wide variety of organizational structures, from none at all, to communication methods of email or social media, new to established Neighborhood Watch’s, Neighborhood Associations and Home Owner’s Associations (this is a good link that contrasts the difference between a Neighborhood Association and an HOA).  I have put together a breakfast coming up early next month at Two Rivers Mansion and reached out to all our neighborhood leaders inviting them to come.  I hope each neighborhood leader leaves that gathering with new ideas and has successful networking with other Donelson neighborhood leaders.  Finally, it will be a great way for me to say “Thank You” to those that spend their time and talents on behalf of their neighborhood.  I look forward to sharing pictures and a report of how it went.  Hopefully, it will lead to a regular beneficial gathering.

I was very happy to see a large turnout for the Neighborhood Watch meeting on September 29 organized by Pam Miller, President of River Glen and all of Pennington Bend.  They were experiencing issues largely due to Theft from Vehicle crimes.  Sgt Jeff White of the Hermitage Precinct spoke to the large group about crime prevention and answered many questions from neighbors.  Thank you to Grace Church of the Nazarene for hosting, Pam for organizing and everyone who attended.  I am always available and willing to help with Neighborhood Watch efforts if anyone needs assistance or advice.

Donelson’s own Fire Station 28 is selling shirts to the public to help fund the daily living costs at the station that are funded by each employee.  Just stop by the station or at the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market to buy them.  They are $15 for short sleeve and $20 for long sleeve.

Donelson Fire Station 28

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Donelson Neighborhood News - August/September 2015

Councilman Claiborne and I led a meeting on September 1 with Public Works and neighbors on Fairway Drive to discuss a sidewalk project coming early next year.  CM Claiborne has worked on securing funding for this project for several years so we have him to thank for this finally happening.  This project will connect Stanford Montessori with our Donelson Library.  There are a number of logistics to work out over the coming months and if all goes well, it should begin in early 2016.  It should be completed in about 6-months.

Fairway Drive Sidewalk Project

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July Neighborhood News

Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department will host a Traffic Safety Event & Share the Road Awareness Event at Centennial Park on July 25.  There will be auto-theft VIN etching, shred-it and pill drop-off services and more.  See flyer for details.

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June Neighborhood News

Neighbors interested in learning about the inner workings of our Metro Nashville Police Department are invited to apply for the 31st session of the Citizen Policy Academy.  Go here for more information and to sign up.

There will be a Community Meeting at the Hermitage Precinct on Monday, June 15th from 6:30pm – 8pm.  The agenda will be about domestic violence issues.  See flyer below for details.

Community Meeting in Hermitage Precinct on June 15

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May Neighborhood News

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will be having their next Sheriff’s Safety Days on June 6 from 9am – noon at Donelson Bowl at 117 Donelson Pike with a number of great services for the community featuring safe disposal of items, shredding, fingerprint identification for kids and much more.  See the flyer below for details.  Thanks to Sherriff Daron Hall and all the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department for all you do for our community.

Sheriffs Safety Days - June 6, 2015

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April Neighborhood News

April Neighborhood News

At our quarterly Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s Aviation, Transportation and Infrastructure meeting at the Nashville Airport recently, we learned that the Music City Star ridership is up 20% from last year.  MTA/RTA is also in the early stages of planning a couple of side rails for long-term planning of increased use of the line.  That’s great news.  More great news is for neighbors participating or will be spectators of the St. Jude Country Music Marathon on Saturday, April 25, the Music City Star will run then as well.

I enjoyed being with Lincoya Hills neighbors on Saturday, March 14 for their annual chili cook-off and I also gave a presentation on the NashvilleNext process. 

Great job to our Maplecrest neighbors who are hard at work clearing out a very visible in their neighborhood at Maplecrest Drive and Fairway Drive.  The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office did a great job of cutting the brush down that had been growing for years, now neighbors are working to clean it up even more and will begin a beautification project. (pictured above)

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February Neighborhood News

The Metro Nashville Police Department’s Citizen Policy Academy has sign-ups through February 17.  It may already be full as it fills up quickly, but visit this link to get more info.

Metro Public Works Brush and Leaf Collection begins soon for our area.  They begin in the Pennington Bend area.  Note: The Brush Crews sometimes go into the next zone when finished with the prior zone to stay ahead of demand in case of storms or equipment issues. They will run the entire zone again starting on the scheduled date.  Visit the link above for the brush do’s and don’ts.

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Donelson Neighborhood News

I’m very happy to announce that starting Friday January 9th, the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center will open its first ever satellite counseling location in Donelson! They will have a financial coach located at the Donelson Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 2731 Lebanon Pike on Fridays from 9am to 3pm. To make an appointment, please call the FEC number at 615-780-3620. This is a FREE one-on-one service that provides professional financial counseling and methods to reduce debt and build assets. Since launching in March 2013, the FEC has helped Nashville neighbors reduce over $900,000 of debt and increase savings of over $200,000. Please pass this on to your family and friends that could benefit from their services.

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Donelson Neighborhood News

Big thanks go to neighbors in Bluefields for all their efforts at landscaping and beautification this Fall and congrats on another successful Low Country Boil.

Thanks to the Lincoya Hills Neighborhood Association for hosting a candidate forum recently for the State Representative District 60 race.

Congrats to Maplecrest Neighborhood Association on their formation this year and two very successful block parties.  The one this past Spring was the largest neighborhood block party I had ever been to.

The Donelson Hills Neighborhood Association invites all neighbors across Donelson to their year-end meeting on Tuesday, November 11th at 6:30pm at Donelson Heights United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall.  The special guest speaker is Metro’s first Vice Mayor, George Cate!  Also in attendance will be our 2015 Mayoral candidates, so come learn about the fascinating history that created the first combination city/county government in the United States and those that are now working hard to lead us into the future. 

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