1 ALDERMAN PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER 2012 APCA Newsletter Working Together to Beautify and Revitalize Alderman Park When Weather Postponed the Fish Fry Have you ever seen the show on the Weather Channel, When Weather Changed History? The Alderman Park version could be entitled When Weather Postponed Alderman Park s Fish Fry.. Yes, it rained the Friday afternoon we had the Fish Fry planned, but that was not the weather that caused the postponement it was the storm that came through just days before, on Monday May 14 th, which produced a gustnado that laid the roof of Parkwood Baptist s B building back like the sheets on a bed. As a result there was significant water damage to the interior of the building which holds the Fellowship Hall. About mid-week we realized the Fellowship Hall was not going to be dried out in time to hold the Fish Fry, so we had signs made and posted them along Lone Star Rd. and at the Townsend Blvd/ Arlington Expressway entrance, to notify residents that the event had been postponed. We regret that not everyone saw them and arrived at Parkwood expecting to enjoy an evening of good food and fellowship. With the time constraint we were facing, we decided this was the most feasible and possible form of communication. The good news is that the Fellowship Hall is able to be used once again. After tearing out all the sheetrock and ceiling tiles, lots of cleaning, drying, and more drying, the church is in the process of working to repair and recover. The APCA Executive Board decided that the Fish Fry will still be held at Parkwood and has been rescheduled for Friday, July 13 th from 6:30 8:30 pm. Enclosed in this newsletter is a colored 8 ½ x 5 ½ flyer to post on your refrigerator as a reminder. We hope you ll be able to join us!! No door-to-door delivery of additional flyers as reminders will occur. There will be 5 signs posted in The Park in the same places as last time as a final reminder. Please look for them! APCA Calendar of Events July 10, Tuesday 7 p.m. Board Meeting St. Andrew s Episcopal Church Parish Hall July 13, Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. APCA sponsored Fish Fry Parkwood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall September 8, Saturday Deadline for newsletter articles September 15, Saturday 10 a.m. Newsletter preparation/mailing Lawn Watering Schedule The current watering schedule is as follows: Odd Numbered addresses Wednesdays and Saturdays Even Numbered addresses Thursday and Sundays Water for no more than one hour per zone and not between 10am and 4pm. Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground and surface waters, and water from public and private utilities.
2 2 Carol Marohn CORE AREA GROUPS Core Area One Hello neighbors! It s that time again to get your yards in order and be sure your dues are paid!! Yes, Yard of the Month is here again. YOTM will go from June through August. A gift certificate will be awarded to a home in each area that meets the qualifications. Also we now have new trash cans, please read the instructions that came with them. Please store them away from the front of your homes. I hope everyone who paid their dues received the new directory. If not please give me a call. We have several vacant homes in our area. Please be aware of them and if there is a problem, please call me. Once again I ask for your help in keeping the trash picked up. Check around your home and the curbs; if you are out walking take a trash bag and to pick up any trash you may see. If you have a new home owner on your street please let me know so we can get a New Members packet to them. I want to thank everyone in helping to keep Alderman Park a beautiful place to live! Carol Marohn, Core Captain of Area One Lavaba Timmons Core Area Two Core Area Three Core Area Four Hi! My name is Georgia Lavello, Core Captain for Area 4. I met a lot of you while delivering fliers and newsletters. I hope to meet a lot more of you at the Fish Fry - please come and visit with your neighbors and enjoy the fish. A special thank you to those younger neighbors for helping those who are having a hard time with the new and huge garbage pails. I've seen you and know that you are the kind of neighbor we all want. The yards are looking green; thanks to the rain but like most of you I m glad it has stopped for awhile. Please feel free to call me or me at anytime Core Area Five Jeannie Judy Hi Neighbors! Here's wishing you a happy and enjoyable summer. While most of us love the summer months, keep in mind it is also Hurricane Season so best wishes and I encourage you to be cautious. I have taken on new endeavors and the Association is looking for a replacement for me. If you commit, I promise to work closely with you for the rest of this year. Please share in the responsibility of keeping this community organized. Thank you. Lavaba Would you like to be a Core Captain or Street Leader in Area 3? Area 3 needs your help! For only a couple of hours a month you can be the voice and ears in your area and for our Civic Association. You don t have to do it by yourself recruit a neighbor to help and be Co-Captains or Street Leaders. Willing participants may contact our President, Alfredia Lyons at to give it a try! Hello neighbors! I can hardly believe that summer is upon us already! With the exception of the heat, I love summer. I am looking forward to summer holidays, beach trips, spending time with family and friends, and the Fish Fry! I hope to see a great turn-out from Area 5 to the Fish Fry. It s a great opportunity to connect with your neighbors and possibly meet some new residents of the neighborhood as well. I know there is a continued concern regarding speeding vehicles in our area. I share your concerns. I beg of everyone to please be aware of your speed as you drive through the neighborhood. This is for your safety as well as the safety of all of the residents in our area. As you know, we do not have sidewalks on Parkridge Circle or Park Forest Lane. There are plenty of us who walk the neighborhood and with school being out for summer, there will be even more kids riding bikes and scooters on the street. Please pay attention to your speed and take note of cars that you notice speeding. As always, I welcome anyone who would like to volunteer to assist in Alderman Park Civic Association matters. Any time you can give is appreciated. If you re interested, please contact me by at or by phone at (904) Thanks and have a wonderful summer!
3 3 Recipe Corner Beat the heat with these cool summer treats. Easy to make and no oven required! Ginger-Soy Shrimp Dip 8oz nonfat sour cream 1/2 cup nonfat mayo 2 tsp light soy sauce 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4cup diced red onions 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2cup diced water chestnuts 1-6oz can baby shrimp, rinsed, drained, and chopped low-fat crackers, pita chips, or raw vegetables Combine sour cream, mayo, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic powder in medium bowl; mix until blended smooth and creamy. Add onions, celery, water chestnuts, and shrimp; mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve dip with lowfat crackers, pita chips, or raw vegetables. Waldorff Salad Dessert 3 medium apples- chopped with skin on 1/2 cup praline or cinnamon toasted pecans coarsely chopped 1 stalk celery- diced 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt 1/4 cup nonfat mayo 1 tbsp lemon juice In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, mayo and lemon juice. Add celery, apples, raisins, and pecans to yogurt mixture. Mix to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir before serving. Kids Birthdays Stasia Brightwell April 5 Michelle Urbanek April 6 Tyler Borcherding April 13 Christen Figueroa April 22 Sean Patti April 22 Tony Buckelew May 2 Alexis Hustus May 20 Brittany Buckelew May 22 Cheyenne Hussey May 24 Dominic Trotti June 8 Taylor Monger June 15 Gabrielle Stoddard June 22 Adelyn Chitwood June 23 JD Garner June 26 Anniversaries Announcements Waverly & Dot Fant April 4 Frank & Jacqueline Bowman April 7 Ken & Mary Black April 14 Gerald & Marca Von Oesen April 28 John & Tammy Patti April 29 Bob & Cathy Calhoun May 14 Jim & Carol Burch May 19 Greg & Linda Skeens May 22 Thomas & Sharon Porter May 27 Harvey & Margaret Gray June 1 Bill & Rose Lego June 4 Robert & Betty Getsinger June 7 Rupert & Ingrid Hussey June 10 James & Margery Barnhart June 14 Philip & Barbara Ferris June 17 Bill & Becky Cullen June 20 Bill & Shirley Wooten June 23 Robert & Brenda Daly June 26 We want to celebrate your special date or offer our prayers and comfort to our neighbors. (Anniversary and Children s Birthdays will be obtained from completed membership forms.) If you would like to have yours included, please contact Becky Cullen at
4 4 N E I G H B O R H O O D The President s Message Hello fellow residents. We have officially welcomed summer. The Hurricane season is here and now is the time to take steps to ensure your safety, should a disaster strike. Our best defense is being prepared to act. Jacksonville and surrounding areas have experienced firsthand the devastation that tropical weather can bring on a community. Waiting on a storm to approach is too late to act. Take the time now to prepare a personal evacuation plan and identify the evacuation routes and designated shelters in your community. In your preparedness efforts, please consider the following suggestions: *Know where you will go if you are told to evacuate; *Keep telephone numbers of places and a road map in a safe place and also select alternative routes if roads are closed. *Invest in a weather radio or battery operated radio and listen to radio and TV stations for evacuation instructions. *If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Keep your vehicle gas tank full. *Take meds and medical supplies, bedding, clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows. *Take bottled water, battery operated or weather radio and batteries. *Don t forget the First Aid kit, flashlight, car and house keys. * Include driver s license, Social Security Card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc. Let s be prepared and safe throughout the Hurricane season and encourage our family and friends to do the same, so that we can all be educated about emergency preparedness. Summer is also the growing season. Please make sure when the appearance of your yard spotlights rapid grass growth, there needs to be weed control added in order to maintain the beauty of your lawn and property. Congratulations to all of The Yard of the Month winners for the month of June and Thank you to all of the area judges. Finally, if you have not paid your annual dues of $30, please mail to Alderman Park Civic Association at P.O. Box 8549, Jacksonville, FL The Alderman Park Annual Fish Fry has been rescheduled to take place on Friday, July 13, 2012 at Parkwood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Fish Fry is free to Alderman Park Residents ONLY. The Fish Fry is made possible by annual dues paid by Alderman Park residents. Payment of annual dues may be made at the Fish Fry. Cash and checks will be accepted at the door, upon residency confirmation. You will receive a 2012 Alderman Park Directory and Neighborhood Watch Yard Sign (if you don t already have one in your yard), upon payment of your dues. Have a wonderful and safe summer. With appreciation and warm regards, Alfredia T. Lyons Anyone interested in participating in one or more committees may contact Alfredia Can You Type? Can You Click and Drag? We Need Your Help!! Becky Cullen, who has been the APCA Newsletter publisher for the past several years, will no longer be able to hold this position. Her time has been consumed with family responsibilities including being a primary caregiver. Consequently, we are in need of a new publisher for the APCA Newsletter. According to Becky, the task is really quite simple and only takes a few hours every few months to get the job done. Anyone who can use a word processor, such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect, can type, cut/paste, and click and drag is an eligible candidate. If you ve ever created a document and included clipart, you are ahead of the game! There is no magic, only the help of many others who supply information that is relevant to our neighborhood. Any and all training that you need will be available - free of charge! Please help this important and valuable publication continue to be the voice of what s happening in your neighborhood - home of the longest existing civic association in Jacksonville.
5 5 Automated Collection of Household Waste/Recyclables is Here! The day many of our new garbage cans and recycle bins were delivered was the same day the storm hit that damaged Parkwood Baptist and resulted in postponing the Fish Fry. The wind and rains were so heavy that many carts were blown or floated a couple of houses down the street and any instructions that had been included with the new containers were long gone and never to be found. Consequently, many of our neighbors have not received information on the correct use and placement of the containers. Below are guidelines for proper placement of our new receptacles. The receptacles should be: placed on the driveway or sidewalk (not the street) five (5) feet or less from the curb on the opposite side of the mailbox (if you have a curbside mailbox) away from low hanging tree limbs and parked cars the HANDLE should be facing your HOUSE and TURNED AWAY FROM THE STREET. Arrows embossed on the lid should point towards the street. Garbage is picked up every week. Recycling is picked up every other week ( the container with the yellow top). Bulk item pick up (refrigerators, furniture, etc) may scheduled by calling 630-CITY. Garbage left outside of the receptacle will not be collected all garbage must be inside the container. There is NO CHANGE to yard trash pick-up. Continue to place yard waste by the curb as usual. If we adhere to these rules, it will take less time to pick up our waste. There is only one person on the truck who is the driver. Receptacles that are placed incorrectly make for a longer delay in completing the job as the driver must get out of the truck and place the receptacle properly before he can pick it up and dump the contents. Please consider your neighbors and the garbage men we so dearly depend upon and follow the instructions. If you have further questions such as which week is your recycle week, or can you get a smaller container, you may go online at or call 630-CITY (2489) Is Your House Number Visible From the Street? Have you ever tried to locate a home in Alderman Park that does not have a legible house number displayed? It can be on the driveway, above the garage door, or some other prominent place where police and fire rescue (and neighborhood volunteers) can see the numbers without being required to park their car and get out. If your street number is not in plain sight, please visit your neighborhood hardware store and buy numbers and install your address, so that you will be easy to find in the case of an emergency. VIP Lounge / Arielle s / Aleviar s Update 7707 Arlington Expressway is a nightclub in our neighborhood? You must be kidding. This is a family neighborhood and always has been. A number of the residents of Alderman Park and your Board of Directors have been working diligently for over 7 years to have this establishment shut down. It was originally Red Lobster, but when that closed it, a new owner bought the property and opened it as Arielle's, an upscale restaurant. When it failed, the owner kept changing business partners (we believe) and changing the name, but always claiming to be a nightclub. According to the original approval granted by the Planning and Development Department of the City, it was to be a bona-fide restaurant, producing at least 51% of its revenue from food. The owners were to install a monument type sign, not a sign 20 feet in the air. They were to have an opaque fence around it and it was to be properly landscaped with the parking lot striped with ingress and egress plainly marked. None of these conditions have been carried out in the past 7 years. The current director of the Planning and Development Department, Mr. Calvin Burney, continues to extend the time for this establishment to remain in our neighborhood. Its current name is Aleviar's Nightclub, formerly the VIP Lounge. It should not be allowed under Neighborhood Commercial Zoning. Your support in this matter is appreciated. A letter to Mr. Calvin Burney, Director Planning and Development Department, Ed Ball Building, 214 Hogan Street, Jacksonville, FL would be appreciated. Please express your displeasure with having this establishment as part of our neighborhood.
6 6 Caught in the Act of Doing Good The Kindness Queen Background: Noblesse Oblige is French for noble obligation. It is a person's obligation to behave as the royalty he or she is by exhibiting kind, generous and responsible character and deeds. The Kindness Queen honors those individuals as she sees or hears of their noble acts at schools, communities and corporations. The Kindness Queen (K.Q.) saw Carol Marohn doing yard work at a home that was not the Marohn residence. The K.Q. spoke with Carol's daughter, Kim, to inquire. The K.Q. found out that for Carol and her husband, taking care of others' lawns, in times of need or stress, is an on-going activity. The K.Q. surprised Carol with a visit and a Golden Scepter award and certificate of appreciation for Carol's outstanding noblesse oblige acts. The K.Q. has also seen a man in the Alderman Rd. area (usually near the 4 way stop) with a big black trash bag walking through the neighborhood picking up litter for years. She finally had the time to find out who this noblesse oblige citizen was. He is Ted Davenport. He and his lovely wife, Jennie, have been Alderman Park residents since Jennie used to be a part of the "clean up crew" but due to a challenge with her knee had to leave it to Ted. The K.Q. is so proud of Ted's steadfast attempt to keep Alderman Park beautiful. The K.Q. visited the Davenports and presented Ted with a Golden Scepter award and certificate on behalf of the A.P.C.A. to honor his generous, diligent gift of time. The Kindness Queen is the "cousin"/alter ego and a separate persona of an Alderman Park resident. Unbeknownst to the K.Q., another neighbor was recognizing the good acts of others. Here s his story: A Great Neighbor Let me tell you about my great neighbor. My great neighbor takes care of all the neighbors around him. I have had some health conditions that have prevented me from being able to do yard work for some time. Knowing this, my great neighbor has been taking care of my yard for me. What does he ask for in return? Nothing, just thanks! He has done such a wonderful job taking care of my yard for me that I even got Yard of the Month last summer. When I was getting the sign posted in my yard, I told the committee that the sign needed to go in my great neighbor's yard because he did all the work. I put the sign in his yard and he put it back in mine. So, as a compromise, I put the sign between our houses. Of course, when he cut our yards, he put it back in my yard. That's my great neighbor not wanting to take any credit. My great neighbor isn't just my great neighbor - he's Carlotta Road's great neighbor. You will see him walking down the road with his weed eater, edger, chain saw, lawn mower, sprayer or other yard tools pruning,cutting or mowing the yards of neighbors who need a hand. He also takes care of the yard of an empty house to keep Carlotta Road West looking good. I know my great neighbor is gonna have a fit that I've written this article about him because he doesn t want the attention but he deserves recognition. My great neighbor is your great neighbor and his name is Don Bisplinghoff. Don and his lovely wife Alexis along with their children Ashely, Tre', and Sarah have lived in Alderman Park for a long time and take deep pride in their home and the neighborhood. I am happy to live next door to such a great neighbor. If you see him, thank him for being such a great neighbor to Alderman Park! Mike Figueroa
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8 8 Alderman Park Civic Association P. O. Box 8549 Jacksonville, FL PLEASE RETURN DO NOT FORWARD Alderman Park Newsletter Publisher: Becky Cullen Editors: Alfredia Lyons Marcella Lowe Contributors: Diane Brown-Smith Becky Cullen Mike Figueroa Jeanie Judy Georgia Lavello Marcella Lowe Alfredia Lyons Carol Marohn Jolene Roszelle Lavaba Timmons