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Nancy Albert newsletter 704 719 1255

Deborah Johnson membership 704 353 1179

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Russell Crandall traffic 704 894 2283

Terry Lett block captain/advertising 704 377 0052

Susan Plott treasurer 704 575 2259

Freda Zeh membership 704 333 3127

Amanda Loftus race 704 608 9089

Todd Rubenson secretary 704 386 4401

Kara Gooding cankerworm/trees 704 604 5660

Linda Nash HENF/block captain 704 332 9808

Melanie Sizemore zoning 704 335 0909

Beth Haenni social 704 332 7992

Matt Nurkin ECA president 704 617 8610

Peter Tart zoning 704 372 4147

Dana Inge crime 704 968 3234

Maya Packard

Roxie Towns zoning/beautification 704 342 1000


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Amy Williams social 704 491 8240

cover photos by Nancy Albert, montage by Little Shiva

social 704 334 2196

vice president 704 331 4989

Open for business by Terry Lett

The revitalization project along The Elizabeth Avenue Corridor, which upon inception was to When I took on the duties of have an end date of April 2009, business liaison for the ECA, has now been extended 45 outside of procuring advertising days with the possibility of an for our quarterly newsletter, additional 15 days… not good I wasn’t really sure what my news. I asked those business role would be. It wasn’t long owners to tell me how the before I was inspired to do construction/revitalization has more, and became involved impacted their livelihood. with the Elizabeth Community Bonnie Warford, an owner Membership Committee. at Carpe Diem, offered: Co-Chairs Debbie Johnson “When we were approached and Freda Zeh, along with by Grubb Properties in 2002 Newsletter editor Nancy to be the first tenant for this Albert and our web designer, project we had such high Suzanne Phillips, had a plan to actively seek out neighborhood hopes. We were excited to be ahead of the construction businesses that would instead of being forced to move participate in an initiative to offer promotions and discounts because of development. The road project was scheduled for to ECA Members. The concept completion within three years was still in the brainstorming but development has been much stages when we got an e-mail slower than Grubb properties from Devon O’Shaughnessy at projected and there’s the Grubb Properties, Marketing Coordinator for the businesses question of whether we can all survive this double whammy of along the Elizabeth Avenue Corridor. Wanting to reach out construction and the economy. We were’t prepared for how to the Elizabeth neighborhood on behalf of these businesses, we invasive this road project would met and we brainstormed. Once become and it’s now going on again I was inspired to do more. well over a year of construction Then Bonnie and Tricia, owners with at least another six months until completion. It’s frustrating of Carpe Diem, came to the that we’ve been given no ECA’s January board meeting definitive schedule. It also seems to express their thoughts on the road closures and access a similar concept. After that meeting, I knew the Membership hasn’t really been thought out Committee was on to something to be less invasive to all the businesses on these corridors. and the support our local businesses initiative was born. All we want is for the streets to Why did we decide be as clean as possible, well-lit, to start here? detours thought out and our businesses accessible.

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When Elizabeth Avenue comes to fruition, this location will be ideal. In the meantime, we’re trying to keep focused on improving things for our customers, neighbors and ourselves. We recently put up sheers in the windows in the bar so we could diffuse the bulldozer scene on the street. Psychologically this has made us feel better. Now the construction is in the world out there, while we maintain the ambience inside. We are participating in the LizBizPromos and many of us will be featuring a drink special called the bulldozer. Maybe we’ll offer a free shoeshine in the spring or put velvet ropes at our entrance. Grubb Properties and all of the retailers are talking about doing a street festival when all this is completed. Maybe we can throw construction hats in the air like at graduation! “

On one hand, the tough times have pushed us to be more creative with our marketing budget. Rather than traditional advertising methods, we’re really focusing on two areas - establishing our online presence and reaching out to our Elizabeth community. We’ve set up events to help draw our neighbors to the area - cooking classes, dinners featuring sustainable, locally grown products, and an upcoming coffee and chocolate pairing event. So far, we’ve had a great response from our customers.

This ongoing and now extended project has impacted us in many ways. Our retail store, with sales down due to the economy along with the road closures and construction, will close temporarily on Feb 15th. We’re planning a Grand Re-opening in August, after all the dust settles. In our restaurants, we have had to lay off 3 people from our kitchen staff and cut hours for many of our other employees to survive this, and having to do that has been especially hard.

All the businesses along here have been impacted and to keep We’re definitely excited about moving forward we meet weekly the growth of the area and and continue to be positive the potential to be situated about the end result. We are right in the heart of a great reaching out to our Elizabeth transformation of Elizabeth. neighbors to let them know we The tough part is hanging appreciate their business with in there until the project is specials and we will be hosting completed. Thankfully, members the first Elizabeth “Social” at of the Elizabeth community who the end of March.” do recognize our situation have Micah Javier, been extremely supportive and GM at Nothing but Noodles: Trey Wilson, Owner have continued to come in, even “As one of the newest and Executive Chef at the though it’s been a little more businesses, opening only 3 Custom Shop: difficult to reach us. months ago, we do not have “In tough economic times We’re extremely appreciative a reference point to judge an like these, it’s really been a of their loyalty and support.” upturn or downturn of sales. challenge to keep afloat. Across Michele Flattum, co-owner No one could have foreseen the nation, in major food cities of NoFo and Mexi Café: that the project along the like New York, restaurant sales “We have a store in Raleigh Elizabeth corridor would are down about 5-10% for most that’s located in a neighborhood have taken so long or that the restaurants. When you add the like Elizabeth and another store economy would be affecting the effect of construction on our in Wilmington. When we saw growth of new business. We can street to these economic factors, Grubb Properties revitalization see past the dust and rubble the combination makes it very plans for The Elizabeth Avenue and see where we will be when difficult for our businesses to Corridor project, we decided to it’s finished. So that inspires us survive. move in before the construction to do what we can do to bring began and we became their business to us with creative second tenants. advertising and coupons and 4

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not place blame on anyone or anything for why we have no business.”

that Bill and Eleanor lost their father, William L. Jenkins, Sr., in the 1950’s and then their mother, Janie Brown Jenkins, in Elizabeth neighbors, I am so the early 1960’s. Still residing amazed by how extraordinarily at their 7th Street home, Bill positive and resilient these and Eleanor were ages 91 folks are and a decision to and 88 respectively when extend a helping hand to these Charlotte was hit by a major businesses has been made. They ice storm in December, 2002. want their Elizabeth neighbors Their immediate neighbors to know they’re open for had checked on them routinely business. Today’s the day to join the ECA and to join us in supporting our local businesses!

able to move her into his home in Florida, where Eleanor currently resides. The Jenkins Home had many distinguishing architectural features. An interesting composition of simple forms, the structure’s fenestration and cladding were unique to this part of the neighborhood. While the brackets and exposed rafter tails were typical for a

photo courtesy of Peter Tart

The Jenkins home by Beth Schultz, Adam Schultz and Peter Tart The Jenkins home, at the corner of Louise Avenue and East 7th Street, was of the Craftsman style with a broad, deep porch overlooking Independence Park, which was opened around the same time the home was built. Siblings Bill and Eleanor Jenkins were born and raised in this home, played in the neighborhood as children, and lived there as adults until 2002. Bill was a draftsman while Eleanor graduated from what is now Queens University in the Class of 1939. She worked as a registered Queens faculty member, Mathematics and Registrar. Bill, following graduation from Central High School, spent his life’s work as a draftsman for J. N. Pease Architectural Firm. He was also a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed writing and composing short stories. Our understanding is

prior to the storm, but a postal worker discovered Bill lying on the floor of the home’s foyer a day after the storm. Medic transferred Bill to Presbyterian Hospital where he was diagnosed with hypothermia. A day later, Bill passed from a stroke. Social Services placed Eleanor in the women’s shelter downtown until they were able to contact a cousin, Whit Brown, of Jacksonville, Florida. Eleanor was then moved to The Place on Woodlawn Avenue until Mr. Brown was

home of this style, there was a rich combination of textures that composed the building’s exterior. The wall shingles were unfinished and over 99 years acquired a beautiful patina of time, moisture and sunlight. The other unusual material was the “chink”, or broken brick, front columns. The home’s windows were very expressive with numerous diamondpatterned muntin dividers at special locations, such as stair landings and second floor bedrooms. the people pages


and certainly efforts to retain historic homes. Architect Peter Tart had provided schematic plans to sub-divide the large tract to accommodate a second home; local developer Monte Richie had attempted to have the home moved to a new location; and architect Babak Emadi maintained efforts to find a buyer for the property. But following a complaint from a nearby property owner, the City inspected the home and found it in violation of code. Given the option of bringing From the period between the the home into compliance or Jenkins’ departure from 7th having it demolished, the home Street in 2002 until December was scheduled for destruction. of 2008 the home had And so, just short of it’s 100th remained vacant. Around 2003 birthday the home is now a pile it was noticed that a demolition of debris. Within two or three company had started to remove weeks there will be an empty lot salvageable millwork from the where, nearly 100 years ago, a interior. The neighbors alerted new home was constructed and the Elizabeth Community new lives begun. Association and with the help of attorney Ken Davies were able to persuade the property’s executor to halt destruction of the beautiful Craftsman home. The ECA offered assistance with keeping the home from looking totally abandoned but such assistance was never accepted. The executor did, however, patch a badly leaking roof, which indicated an interest in saving the historic structure. Over the years there have been many attempts to save the home and property, zoned and deeded for residential use. There have been great efforts to retain a residential use as part of the fabric of 7th Street, 6

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Countdown to the 2009 Elizabeth 8K by Amanda Loftus The 2009 Elizabeth 8K will hit the streets on Saturday, March 28! We are very proud to host Charlotte’s second oldest road race, and this year marks its 23rd edition. Runners and walkers are delighted year after year with the scenic course through the Elizabeth neighborhood and the hospitality of our community. Proceeds from the race benefit the beautification of our common areas and the replenishment of trees, and this is one of our neighborhood’s largest annual fundraisers. In these tough times when we have seen the race’s sponsorship commitments dwindle and our costs increase, we are counting on strong participation from our

photo: Maya Packard

While it is common to find a single accent window on the front of Craftsman homes, the Jenkin’s home had two large accent windows adjacent to the front door. The large picture windows, overlooking the park, had beveled glass in the main body and a top transom of leaded glass. The home’s overall combination of materials, textures and forms were quite pleasing and its place within the fabric of the neighborhood will be missed.

Elizabeth neighbors to make this year a success! The event has something for everyone – an 8K timed race for the competitive sorts, a 3K run/ walk for the casual participants, and the Liz Kids’ Fun Run for the little ones who don’t want to miss out on the action.

Mark your calendars for March 28, and come be a part of our annual tradition! Project Elizabeth brings 28 new trees to Elizabeth by Britta Crandall

After reading this article, take The fun begins at 8:00 am at the time for an extra walk the Hawthorne Recreation through the neighborhood to Center at 300 Hawthorne Lane. appreciate a whole new crop Music, post-race refreshments, of planted trees throughout Elizabeth. In December, awards, and Elizabeth’s own Elvis will all lend to the festive we completed the first atmosphere of the morning. annual “Project Elizabeth” – an initiative designed to To register, please use the flyer increase the number of trees enclosed in your newsletter or in Elizabeth, to continue to visit Inreplace our beautiful tree person registration is available canopy lost from age and on Thursday, March 26 and storms. Based on a successful Friday, March 27 from 12:00 – program implemented on 6:30 pm at Charlotte Running Greenway Avenue for the Company on East Boulevard past two years, we decided to and on race day from 7:00 – expand the program to the 7:45 am (cash or check only, entire neighborhood. please). Thanks to the generous support If running or walking isn’t of the ECA, neighbors were your thing, please come out given a $100 subsidy for every and stand along the course tree planted in their front route to cheer on your yards. This was on top of the neighbors and show the already competitive price we participants Elizabeth’s true obtained from The Maplewood community spirit! Volunteers Company for our bulk order. are also needed on race day. Neighbors had the choice Please e-mail Cheryl Brown at between three trees, specifically if chosen by landscape you can assist. designer Rick Solow for our The race is grateful to neighborhood – a Legacy Sugar presenting sponsor Maple, Bosque Elm, or Aeryn Presbyterian Orthopaedic Trident Maple. Upon ordering Hospital. Core sponsors their trees, Rick personally include Hawthorne’s Pizza and consulted with each owner, Commonhouse Restaurant. deciding the best location for

the trees. Maplewood then came out and did all the work! In the three years of planting trees through either Project Greenway or Project Elizabeth, we have had 100% survival rate the planted trees. The neighborhood response was incredibly enthusiastic. Said one neighbor, “We feel so lucky to receive our beautiful trees at such a great price; plus it feels wonderful knowing we’re contributing to the beauty of our street and neighborhood for decades to come.” We hope to continue to offer this program each winter for years to come. So it’s not too late to continue to rebuild Elizabeth’s natural beauty – one tree at a time. ECA e-mail list is here! by Maya Packard The ECA now has an e-mail notification list for announcements about neighborhood events, important meetings, and ECA initiatives. It’s not an open bulletin board, and isn’t expected to generate more than a handful of e-mails each month. This will be a great tool for keeping us all connected, and will reduce the amount of paper we use to communicate. To sign up for this list, please send an e-mail to elizabethe-mail-request@ with ONLY the word “subscribe” in the BODY of the e-mail (be the people pages


sure to remove any automatic signature you might use). If you have any trouble with this, please notify owner-elizabethemail@elizabethcommunity. com. There’s also a link to the list subscription on the website,

e-mail to owner-lizbizpromos and ask to be added to the list.

Business owners wishing to post offers on this list should send an e-mail to owner-lizbizpromos Posts should include For more specific interests, neighborhood-specific you may also want to sign up promotions, and are not for our crime e-mail list by meant for general advertising. e-mailing kayak1010@hotmail. Posts are restricted to one per com, or for neighborhood info month per business, and will regarding families with children be posted at the discretion of by e-mailing mpackard the list owner. Elizabeth household Please note that if you were waste collection and previously a member of recycling event the crime e-mail list or the by Craig Miller Elizabeth Moms e-mail list, you should have automatically when: Saturday, April 18 from 9am - 12pm been added to this new list, and don’t need to subscribe. where: the parking lot of upper Independence Park (near the rose LizBizPromos: garden) sign up and save! Help Elizabeth go green by Maya Packard and celebrate Earth Day! The ECA has created an e-mail Neighborhood volunteers will mailing list to help encourage be on hand to collect items support of our neighborhood from Elizabeth residents that businesses. are difficult to recycle and Sign up for LizBizPromos dispose of. The items will then today and you’ll begin be taken to various locations to receiving occasional e-mails be reused, recycled or properly from Elizabeth restaurants disposed of. Listed below are and other businesses offering items that you may bring: special promotional deals • Household hazardous waste such to Elizabeth residents. To as paint, cleaners, pesticides, subscribe to this list, send shoe polish, adhesives, solvents, an e-mail to majordomo@ etc. All waste materials must with be well-packaged with no leaks. “subscribe lizbizpromos” in the They must come from your home body of the e-mail. If you have and not a business. trouble subscribing, send an 8

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No large containers such as 55-gallon drums or tanks. • Compact fluorescent lights • Batteries • Electronic equipment: computer, cell phone, printer, DVD player, etc. • Hard plastic bottle caps such as from water, soda and juice bottles; shampoo bottles; peanut butter jars, etc. • Dry cleaner hangers (must be intact and reusable) • Eye glasses • Arts and crafts supplies such as fabric, magazines, tile, ribbon, buttons, wallpaper, string, pantyhose, crayons, etc. • Clean, used blankets and throws You’re welcome to come by and take whatever items have been dropped off by others, even if you don’t bring anything yourself. The more that can be put to a good second use, the better. Volunteers may not accept certain items, such as bulky items that are difficult to transport or items that don’t fit into the above-listed categories. Anyone willing to offer use of their pickup truck or other vehicle to help transport collected items, contact Craig Miller at 704 351 5472 or Kris Solow at 704 806 4456. See you there!

Going green in Elizabeth by Frances D’Amato In my opinion, we live in one of the best neighborhoods in Charlotte. We can walk to our park for refreshing exercise. Most of our homes are surrounded by trees, which help us keep cool in summer and provide kindling wood in winter. We have weekly recycling pick-up provided by our city. Our population is well educated and aware of world events. Going green is a natural.


Many of us have two or more cars. I drive a Honda Accord EX. It has excellent gas mileage and high performance. I feel good knowing that my car serves the environment and me very well. To those who say they need an SUV because they need to put the kids in car seats, I say when my nieces were small I was able to put two car seats in the back seat of my Honda. Composting

I have a small garden in the back and an herb and flower garden in the front. After the last tomato comes off the vine, Here are some of the ways I have a large hole dug in my I’ve discovered to be green. former growing space. I put Appliances vegetable scraps in and cover A few years ago I was in the them with dirt. The worms hospital and then in rehab for do the rest and in the spring 6 weeks. Since it was spring my soil is rich - no need for I turned off everything except fertilizers. In spring, I cover the for my old refrigerator. When soil with newspapers and cut my Duke Power bill came it holes where I plant my tomato, was $36. I went on line to eggplant, pepper, and squash discover that the high-energy plants. This allows the plants to refrigerators used that much grow up without weeds and for electricity in a year. In a year me not to use pesticides. It also I could save $396 on electricity saves volume in the landfill. if I bought a new refrigerator. Heating/Cooling I called Duke Power for a full To cut the cost on heating and energy assessment. I found out cooling bills, I use passive solar if I put my stereo, computer, which means in the winter I and TV’s on a power strip open blinds and drapes when that I could turn off when the sun is shinning and close not using the appliances I them up when the sun goes could save additional energy. down. The drapes are double For the computer this had strength and the material is as the additional advantage of thick as possible. In the summer preventing hacking when I reverse the process. I also I wasn’t using it. use small ceramic cube space heaters for the room I’m in

allowing me to keep the temp of the heating system down. In summer I use jet fans. You’d be surprised at how effective both are for temperature control. I also have ceiling fans in my office and bedroom that help circulate air and assist in heating and cooling. I’ve learned that with a fast acting hot water heater, I can turn it off most of the time and turn it on 15 minutes before I want to take a shower or use the dishwasher. You may also want to look into the feasibility of using solar panels to heat your water or a timed thermostat installed to control both the hot water and heat. Lighting

I use n:vision bulbs that use 14 watts to produce light equivalent to 60 watts. Each bulb saves $46 for the year. I have 22 n:vision bulbs in my home for a saving of $1012 a year. Try them and see what a difference they make. I do still use three full spectrum lights in my three reading lamps. I feel my eyes deserve a light close to the value of the sun that doesn’t flicker. Mail

Does you mailbox look like a garbage bag, filled with unwanted solicitations? Mine did until I started fighting back. I started with unwanted catalogues. I clipped off my name and address being sure to include any codes I saw on the page. I wrote a standard the people pages


note asking to please remove me from their mailing list, enclosing the address label and waited. It takes about 3 months for them to take you off their list so be patient. Now I have fewer unwanted ads in my mailbox. I’ve put all my bills on auto payment and receive all bills online. That also helps cut down on the possibility of identity theft. Recycling

Of course I take advantage of our recycling program. However, I find it better not to bring home things that will need to be recycled, so I use cloth bags for my shopping. I leave the bags in my car trunk and always have one available when I stop in to a store. I try to buy from merchants that wrap meat and fish in paper not plastic trays. I reuse plastic bags for fresh fruits and vegetables. In April the Kings Road Farmers Market will open and you will find me there.

just a little bit cleaner. You may e-mail me at taichifrances@ I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s all go green in 09.

Ever wonder who’s behind the names of Charlotte places like Myers Park, Wilkinson Boulevard or Brevard Street? Easter egg hunt There’s a place in Charlotte by Shelly Misiaveg where you can go to find out It is that time of year again! The who nearly all of the city’s annual Elizabeth Mad Hatter important early residents were Easter Egg Hunt will be on and when they lived. Explore Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 Charlotte’s historic cemetery am in upper Independence this spring on a guided tour led Park (by the rose garden). The by local experts Lynn Weis and rain date is Sunday, March Bill Hart. 22 at 3:30 pm. Please join us May 2009 National Historic for this fun event, and be sure Preservation Month to wear your hats and bring Charlotte Mid-Century: your Easter Basket! If you’re A Celebration of Mid and interested in volunteering, please contact Shelley Misiaveg Post Modern Style For the first time, Historic Hope to see you there! Charlotte will concentrate a Save the date: Historic Charlotte events by Julie Watson Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Charlotte Then and Now

In the years following the Civil War, Charlotte became a symbol of the New South. Today, Charlotte continues to evolve and grow as an urban center. Charlotte Then and Now, by local author Brandon Lunsford, chronicles this extraordinary evolution by These are just a few ways I’m pairing historical photographs being green in Elizabeth. My of the city with specially energy savings for the year is commissioned views of the same $1564. Do an energy check in scenes as they appear today, your home and see the savings documenting a remarkable you can manage. Feel good that development with the passage you’re helping make our air of time in the Queen City. I’ve installed a water purification system in my kitchen faucet so I have clear water always on hand and don’t drink out of plastic bottles that may be toxic and certainly do need to be recycled, using energy to do that.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Pinewood/Elmwood Cemetery

month of events, exhibits and study on architecture and style from the 1930s to the 1970s, focusing on some of Charlotte’s most interesting and enduring Mid-Century Modern homes and businesses. Historic Charlotte, Inc. 704 375 6145 With thanks to the Arts and Science Council for their generous support. The ECA wants YOU by Freda Zeh The ECA needs your involvement more than ever during these tough economic times. Our theme this year is

are we intent on preserving our tree canopy, but we are also keen on supporting our neighborhood’s many unique restaurants and businesses, all within walking distance. The ECA is your neighborhood voice, and your support is vital. There are many benefits to joining the ECA. Please take a few minutes to renew your current membership so you’ll be able to take advantage of your benefits. Not only will you receive two 2009 “Big E” logo stickers to display on your home or car windows, but this year we offer membership cards. ECA members enjoy a variety of benefits offered by our local ECA businesses. There are two ways to stay connected: (1) visit the ECA website: www. for information and news, and (2) sign up for Lizbizpromos, our new e-mail notification program, to receive updates on promotions offered exclusively to ECA members. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated! We appreciate your involvement in the ECA and look forward to seeing you at one of our monthly meetings, held the third Monday of every month 6:30 pm at the Hawthorne Recreation Center in Independence Park, the Fall Homes Tour, the Big E Road Race, at one of our many fun social gatherings, or just around the neighborhood.

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