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Jeff Syracuse For Metro Council District 15 November Update

Dear Friends,

My sincere thanks to everyone who came to my campaign kick-off at the historic Grand Ole Opry Studio A.  The turnout was incredible and I’m blessed with the strong show of support from so many already!  This year has been very successful in building a solid foundation for the campaign and I’m excited about fully launching it next year.

If you haven’t visited my website yet, I invite you to check it out.  I’ve expressed my thoughts in the About section regarding what the campaign is about and detailed what areas I will focus on as your next member of Metro Council for the 15th District in the Issues section.

I hope you enjoy the two blogs I created – Soul of a City and Hearts of the People.  It’s always a joy for me to share music with others and talk about the people of Donelson who are making a big difference in our community.  Stay tuned for the next editions coming soon.

Below will be the core sections of my newsletter that I will be sending out regularly.  My disclaimer – There is a great deal of wonderful things going on in the community and I’m sure I will miss highlighting something.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know about something going on in your neighborhood, our schools, non-profits, or business that I can feature.  I want everyone to know as much about our great community as I can fit in one newsletter!

An event that I encourage you to put on your calendars is at McGavock High School on Monday, November 10th at 6pm.  The “preferred future” that has been created through the NashvilleNext process of updating the Nashville General Plan is ready for the public to give final input and learn how it will impact our Community Plan for Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory.  I’ve been at the very heart of this process over the past couple of years and am excited for everyone to see how important Donelson is being recognized as part of Nashville and Davidson County’s next 25-years of growth, development, and preservation.

Best,

Jeff Syracuse

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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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Getting Involved and Campaign “Pizza & Planning” Meeting at Jeff’s House – Saturday, December 13th

Many have asked what they can do to help with the campaign and I’m so thankful for the support.  In addition to financially supporting the campaign, there are a number of ways you can help.

  1. Share this newsletter with your friends and encourage them to sign up for them on my website.  I look forward to putting them together regularly.
  2. As mentioned in the beginning of this newsletter, I have two blogs on my website and the whole online experience wouldn’t be possible without the talents of Peter & Vicki Beare at Bear Web Design.
  3. Like and share my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.  I post community news, events, and music industry related content.
  4. Follow this link to let me know if you’d like to put a sign in your yard or at your business, host an event, help with canvassing, or anything else.
  5. Make sure your voter registration is up to date!  Go to the Nashville.gov page here for more information.

I’d like to invite you to come to my house at 222 Graeme Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 on Saturday, December 13th at noon for pizza and planning.  There are a number of specific things to work on for next year and it will be a great opportunity to put some strategies and plans together.  Let me know if you’d like to come over so I can order enough pizzas and drinks. 

Thank you again for all the support, words of encouragement, and energy you’re putting into this campaign!  We’re off to a great start.  See you soon.

Best,

jeff-syracuse

 

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Donelson School News

Beginning Monday, November 3rd, Metro Nashville Public Schools expands the school choice options for the 2015-16 school year.  The Optional Schools Application is now online.  For the first time, families with rising ninth and tenth graders have expanded options to choose their school and course of study as well.  In addition, the Nashville Metro Transit Authority StrIDe program allows 9th-12th grade students to ride MTA busses for free.  Visit each link for much more information.

At the beginning of this school year, the Nashville After Zone Alliance expanded to the McGavock cluster of middle schools.  Metro 3 created a great video, which talks about NAZA’s after school program activities.

Congratulations to the McGavock High School Band for making it to the finals in the 2014 Contest of Champions!  McGavock also did a great job of hosting the 36th Annual Music City Invitational Contest on Saturday, October 18th.  Ironically, that day was also my 20th High School Reunion in Marietta, GA.  Our class attended the homecoming game and as a former drum major, my band director (still there!) offered me the opportunity to conduct the fight song again.  I still remembered after 20 years!  It was a great time.  Music programs in our schools offer incredibly rewarding experiences for our kids and create memories for families that last a lifetime.

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Donelson Non-Profit News

The Donelson Gateway Project’s annual Fall Work Day will be on Saturday, November 8th at 9am.  Most of the help is needed at the Briley Parkway site, but we will be working at the Tollgate (Stewart’s Ferry) and Stones River Bridge sites as well.  We will be spreading pine straw and planting winter color.

The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion will host their annual Holiday Historical Tours on December 12th, 13th, and 14th.  This is an excellent opportunity to see the continued restoration progress and visit this unique historical treasure in Donelson decorated for the Holidays.

FiftyForward Donelson Station welcomed new a director, Angela Bryan, just over eight months ago and she is doing wonderful things at keeping our community center thriving and active.  The 28th Annual Donelson Fall Festival & BBQ fundraiser was a big success and included live music, children’s activities, a haunted theater, much more, and of course fantastic BBQ.  Congratulations to Angela and all involved in making it a success.  Coming up will be a Holiday Craft Fair on December 6th during the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Christmas Parade.  Contact Angela at abryan@fiftyforward.org to reserve a booth.

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Donelson Business News

Over the past couple of years, Donelson’s renewed economic development has shown promise and progress.  The redevelopment of The Crossings shopping center bringing new restaurants and businesses, to sidewalk infrastructure improvements, and new businesses in the community have been welcomed signs of an improving overall economy and renewed investment in Donelson.

The new life and vitality at the old Two Rivers Ford building when Ace Hardware moved in to the space along with Phat Bites, which became host for the weekly Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market, has been a real destination for both neighbors and visitors this summer.  The Market will return next May.  A wonderful addition to the Market has been the CedarStone Bank Entertainment Stage.  I’m thrilled to have been involved in helping book music and my thanks go to CedarStone for their sponsorship that has allowed us to make that happen.  You may have noticed that construction began recently for their new branch at the intersection of Donelson Pike and Lebanon Pike.  It is a welcome sight to see on a piece of land that has been empty for many years.  Just a few months prior, Wilson Bank & Trust opened their doors to a brand new branch on Donelson Pike next to JVI Secret Gardens.

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