NELSON NEWS Downtown and Proud A quarterly publication informing and encouraging the residents and businesses of Nelson Neighborhood PO Box 1224, Muskegon, MI 49443 Spring 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org Contacting NNIA Your New NNIA Board of Directors President The Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association held its election William Parker (747-6756) for the Board of Directors in February. The following is your new Vice President Board: Larry Spataro (725-9384) William Parker, President; Larry Spataro, Vice President; Daniel Secretary Dan Rinsema-Sybenga (740-5676) Rinsema-Sybenga, Secretary; Susan Kroes, Treasurer. Treasurer Irene Cooper, Ann Craig, Christopher Drake, Romella Ealom, Susan Kroes (722-0398) Rebecca Flowers, Dollie Hippchen, Bill Krick, Gregory Laws, Amy Membership Committee Varnado, and Bill Wright. Dollie Hippchen (726-4890) Please feel free to contact your board members with any questions. Newsletter Editor Phone numbers for those not listed to the left can be found on the Christopher Drake (740-9406) City of Muskegon website at: www.shorelinecity.com Welcome Spring! NNIA Mission Spring has arrived in Nelson Neighborhood! For many of us, it brings Nelson Neighborhood spring cleaning, community gardening, and the opening of the Improvement Association, as a Muskegon Farmers Market. community-based organization, is an agent of change Community Gardens are located at 257 Muskegon Avenue, and empowering the community to 1224 5th street (across from Nelson Place Apartments). Contact Bill maintain and improve the quality Krick (747-6966) for more information. of life, plan for the future, and Muskegon Farmers Market, 700 Yuba Street, opens on May 4, rain encourage good relationships or shine. The hours are 6am until 3pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and among residents, agencies, Saturday. The flea market operates on Wednesdays 6am until 3pm. houses of worship, and Bridge Cards are accepted. businesses of our neighborhood and other neighborhoods. Call 722-3251 or go to www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com for more information. Monthly Meetings Dumpster Day will be on May 14 at Craig School, 1580 Park, from 8am until noon. If you can help out, please contact Dan Rinsema- Day: 3rd Wednesday Sybenga at 286-8608. Board Meeting: 5:30-6:30 Unused Medication Collection, sponsored by the Muskegon Area General Meeting: 6:30-7:15 Medication Disposal Program will be held at the Muskegon Fire Department, 770 Terrace Street, on April 30 from 10am until 2pm. Location: Nelson Place Apartments You can find more information at: http://www.mamdp.com 350 Houston Avenue Muskegon County Household Hazardous Waste will be accepted Community Room. at the employee parking lot of the Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice Note: Please park on Houston The event will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9am-1pm at the Avenue, as the parking lot has a Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice employee parking lot on Pine Street. limited number of spaces for Please enter the lot off Walton Avenue. residents and their guests. You can find more details at: co.muskegon.mi.us/hhw Spring 2011 Nelson News Page 2 NNIA Membership NNIA is supported through dues paid by its members. If you are not a member, we would welcome your participation. Being a member ensures that you will be notified by email of all meetings, NNIA events, and other special notices and also allows you to vote for board members at the annual meeting. The NNIA membership year begins January 1st. Please contact Dollie Hippchen or any member for more information. or Go to the City of Muskegon website and download a membership application at: www.muskegon-mi.gov/community/neighborhoods/nelson NNIA Newsletter Online The NNIA Newsletter is now available online at the City of Muskegon Website. It is available in PDF format. The electronic version of the newsletter contains additional news that we simply cannot fit on this sheet of paper. Log on to: www.muskegon-mi.gov/community/neighborhoods/nelson for the latest issue. Neighborhood Security If you see something suspicious, don’t hesitate to report it to police. Below are several ways to report crime in addition to calling 9-1-1. Muskegon Police 724-6750 or Silent Observer 722-7463 or Muskegon.schooltipline.com or students send a report text "@tip" then your anonymous msg to 847847 Events Calendar APRIL 20: NNIA MONTHLY MEETING APRIL 30: MUSKEGON COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL APRIL 30: UNUSED MEDICATION COLLECTION MAY 4: MUSKEGON FARMERS MARKET OPENS MAY 14: DUMPSTER DAY MAY 18: NNIA MONTHLY MEETING JUNE 15: NNIA MONTHLY MEETING JULY 20: NNIA MONTHLY MEETING A Message from Dollie Hippchen, Membership Committee Chair I will be available to meet with residents and business owners about Nelson Neighborhood issues by appointment on Thursdays between 11am and 5pm at: First Congregational Church Office 1201 Jefferson Street Phone: 726-3254 Scheduling an appointment to talk or meet with me may be the best way to voice any concerns without having to wait until the next monthly meeting.