Invasive Plant Workshop Sat Oct. 8th, 10am-12pm

Join us for a fun and informative invasive plant educational session and work day in Haw Creek Park. We’re looking for 30 volunteers to help remove the “kudzu curtains” that have taken over trees and shrubs along Avon Road, along with invasives like English ivy and bittersweet that are creeping into the walking trails. 
Many Haw Creek homeowners are faced with the same predicament—fast-growing invasives from other parts of the world have settled in at our doorsteps and are choking out our native vegetation. As good stewards of our personal properties, and of our community as a whole, we will all benefit from this educational/experiential workshop offered by Asheville GreenWorks on Saturday, October 8, 10 am to noon.
 
GreenWorks will provide hands-on instruction, tools, safety gear to remove invasive plants including: multiflora rose, privet, bittersweet, english ivy and kudzu. Please bring gloves and your water bottle. We will be moving around the wooded areas so long sleeves and closed-toed shoes are recommended.
 
Participation for kudzu removal is limited to 30 so please register today at https://ashevillegreenworks.vomo.org/project/invasive-plant-workshop-and-workday. Everyone is welcome to attend and registration is not required to just listen and learn.
Location:
Haw Creek Park
40 Avon Road
Asheville, NC 28805

Date:
Saturday, October 8, 2022

Time:
10 am to 12 pm

City Council Candidates Forum October 4th

Working together again, the Haw Creek Community Association and Evergreen Community Charter School are co-sponsoring a city council candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 7pm at the Evergreen campus, 50 Bell Rd.

Unique about this program is that students will moderate and lead the event although everyone present will be able to submit questions.

Six candidates are vying for three seats in the Nov. 8th election.

Come meet the candidates and show the kids the grownups are paying attention.

Clean & Green Committee Reclaims Overgrown Sidewalks

Although Asheville ordinances call for property owners to keep sidewalks free of grass and snow, sometimes a little help is needed. Led by Haw Creek Community Asso. members Marti Terry-Purdy, Doug Baughman, Linda Fornoff and Georgena Millar, weed-filled sidewalks on New Haw Creek Rd. are looking fresh and shiny after their recent efforts.

Want to get involved in helping Haw Creek look its best? Join the Clean & Green Committee to make a difference, plus have fun and meet neighbors. Details? contact Christina Maggi at cmaggi51@gmail.com

What Goes in the Blue Recycling Bin

Many of us try hard to maximize the stuff we recycle these days, but it continues to be a challenge to decide what’s “really” recyclable. Just because an item has the recycling logo (the little triangle) on the bottom, doesn’t mean that it’s accepted by Curbie (www.curbie.com) – the company that Asheville uses for recycling services. So, we did a little research to help clarify things for Haw Creek residents.

The standard materials that are acceptable include:

  • Metal cans
  • Plastic containers: milk jugs, juice containers, food containers, etc.
  • Glass bottles: clear, brown, and green
  • Mixed paper
  • Corrugated cardboard

What they don’t take are:

  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Black microwavable trays
  • Plastic film (bubble and plastic wrap)
  • Styrofoam/packing peanuts
  • Dishes or window glass

So what can you do to keep these other materials out of the land fill? Here are some good options:

  • Plastic bags and wrap (grocery bag, bread sleeves, TP covering, etc) – most grocery stores, notably Ingles
  • Bubble wrap/packing air pillows – UPS (any location)
  • Black microwaveable trays – Publix on Hendersonville
  • Styrofoam/packing peanuts – Publix
  • Dishes – donate them or Asheville Transfer Station if broken
  • Motor oil bottles (empty) – Advance Auto or AutoZone
  • Metal items that are not cans – Biltmore Iron & Metal
  • Mirror and window glass – Habitat for Humanity REStore

For other items, check out the GreenWorks (https://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/) Hard 2 Recycle events that are held quarterly. Hard 2 Recycle brings together many specialty recycling services in one place to handle an impressive breadth of your household waste including electronics, phones, computers, and Styrofoam. The next date is September 17th at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock.

Keep up the recycling efforts and let’s keep the Haw Creek community clean and green!

Change of Date: Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Monday the 27th of June!

You are invited to a conversation with your neighbors!

The Haw Creek Community Association will host a get-to-know-you evening for all residents on Monday 27 June.

This will be the first in a series of one-on-one conversations with fellow Haw Creek residents.

Please join us!

– Susan Michael and Rick Fornoff

Haw Creek Commons, Monday June 27th, at 7:00. 

News and Notes: 19 May 2022

The newly elected Board of Directors met for the first time on Wednesday 18 May 2022 at the Haw Creek Commons.

Since the April election, four committees have met to initiate a range of projects throughout the community. Work has begun on the Masters Park parking area; Clean and Green are hosting their first official litter pick-up on Sunday 5 June (details below); and the Community Outreach Committee is planning a community yard sale for Saturday 4 June (details also below).

At the meeting, a proposed single-use plastics ban was discussed. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the Letter to the Editor in from Anna Alsobrook in the Mountain Xpress, as well as this article about plastics in our local environment.

Community Yard Sale
Saturday 4 June 2022 from 8am – 1pm at the Groce United Methodist Church. Spaces are $15. All proceeds support the Haw Creek Community Association. Please contact Leslie Morris at Lesliermorris@gmail.com for more information.

Litter Clean-Up
Don gloves and boots to meet Marti and the team on Sunday 5 June at 10am in front of Creekside for a litter clean-up. Grabbers and bags will be supplied.

Latest News and Public Meeting Follow-Up

Thanks to the 50+ residents who attended the April 19th annual meeting of the Haw Creek Community Association!

At the meeting, we elected a new Board of Directors and heard from the Mayor about a number of issues affecting the community. Since then, the new Board has hit the ground running: all four program committees have already met (or will meet tonight!); and we have some modest, but significant successes, to report.

Committee reports:

Haw Creek Park Committee: Had its first meeting 4:30pm Monday 5/2 at the picnic shelter in the park. Thanks to Jim Brunner for making this happen. We will update you on their progress in the coming weeks.

Clean & Green Committee: Met for the first time Tuesday, May 2nd at 7pm at Creekside. Owners Anthony & Kim have kindly allowed us to gather there. Christina and Renate co-chaired this first meeting. The committee’s first litter pick-up is scheduled for Sunday 5 June at 10am – meet in the Creekside parking lot and bring your gloves! The event can be found on Facebook.

Community Outreach Committee: Will meet for the first time 6:30pm Thursday, May 5th at the library study room. Thanks to Christina and Pam for organizing this first meeting.

Upcoming Haw Creek events include the Haw Creek Elementary School PTA’s annual plant sale this Saturday from 8am to 3pm at Stillpoint Wellness at the corner of Tunnel Rd. and Beverly Rd. See the PTA’s Facebook page or our post here.

The Association also sponsored the watercolor activity at the Haw Creek Common’s Spring Welcome.

Sidewalks, Greenways & Pedestrian Safety Committee: Had its first meeting at 8am Friday 27 April at Creekside. Full disclosure, this was a previously scheduled meeting with CoA Transportation Director Ken Putnam, and CoA Traffic Engineer (and Haw Creek resident) Chris Cairns. We had ten residents present including board members, Sarah, Meghan, Renate, and myself. Andrew Ross, the owner of The Whale, also joined us and had a most positive attitude.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear the results of a traffic study of Beverly Rd. The City recognizes Haw Creek’s downtown is getting busier with ever increasing interactions between pedestrians and vehicles. The proposal tabled was modest: reduction of speed limit from 30 to 25mph in the area below Avon Rd., and increased signage about pedestrians in the same area. Signage change can happen quickly. Speed reduction takes City Council approval–about two months.

All parties agreed this was only an initial action. We agreed to review again in six months as the area is expected to undergo more changes in the coming year with new sidewalks on New Haw Creek, the new pedestrian bridge, new businesses and a new greenway connecting Beverly and Arco Roads.

The next item for the Sidewalks, Greenways & Pedestrian Safety Committee is to prepare a report outlining options for expanding sidewalks on New Haw Creek and Old Haw Creek Rds., per the results of the community survey indicating strong support for this option.

Finally: since the 4/19 annual meeting, the concern expressed to the mayor about lack of action on the Arco Rd. greenway has resulted in action. The property owners who offered an easement over two years ago report receiving from the City paperwork related to formalizing the greenway easement: a small, but vital, step forward.

Other News

We have been forced to move Facebook page’s due to changes to Facebook policy. Please “like” and “follow” our new page at https://www.facebook.com/HCCABoard, and bear with us as we learn to navigate it!

In related news, the Board would like to establish a Communications Committee to manage this website, our Facebook page, the addition of new members to the contact list, and possibly create a communications strategy. If you’d like to get involved, contact Meghan – MeghanLQ@gmail.com or Chris – Chris@chrispelly.com.

Haw Creek Commons Welcomes Spring

Welcome Spring!

on Saturday 30 April from 11am – 2pm

at Haw Creek Commons, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd.

There will be craft activities and stories for the kids, environmental groups, and plenty of local vendors and food trucks. You can learn about what the Commons and the Community Garden have to offer: they are open to ALL members of our community!

Park at Haw Creek Elementary School and follow the signs to the festival. Limited on-site disabled parking will be available.

Board Elections TOMORROW!

Please plan to provide a warm Haw Creek welcome to Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer as she addresses the annual meeting of the Haw Creek Community Association, 7pm Tuesday, April 19th in the East Asheville Library. 

Also on the agenda are updates of community improvements – including 4000’ of sidewalk coming to New Haw Creek Rd., plus pedestrian safety improvements for lower Beverly Rd., and a report of the findings from the recent growth and development community survey.

Elections of leaders for the community association is also on the agenda, followed by a dessert social to which all residents are invited.

You can renew or establish your membership association on the night: it’s only $20/ household per year.

We look forward to seeing you!