President’s Corner: Tempting Fate … And Sticky Fingers

President’s Corner: Tempting Fate … And Sticky Fingers

by Hans Schmidt, LSNA President

HPSI have lived in Lockeland Springs for several years now, so I guess it was bound to happen eventually: my bike was stolen from my back porch.
This, of course, was not the first time I’ve experienced a theft. The first time I realized someone had rummaged through my car was not long after we moved to East Nashville. One night, I was outside late with the dog when I saw a gentleman walking down the street in our direction. It was only when he got closer that I realized he was going down the row of parked cars checking to see which ones were unlocked. By the time I ran inside to get my phone, he was long gone. To their credit, the police responded quickly.
About three years ago, I walked out of the house one morning only to find an empty street where my car had been parked the night before. Gone! The ensuing exchange with the police officer who came to take my report was actually kind of embarrassing:
Officer (not seeing any broken glass on the street): “Was the car unlocked?”
Me: “Yes… and, um, there was a spare key in the console.”
Officer (pause): “Uhuh, well …”
I nearly felt compelled to explain that I really was not trying to get the car stolen. No; instead, in a moment of laziness or forgetfulness — or both — I managed to leave the spare key in an unlocked car at the same time and on the same night that someone decided to see which cars on my street were unlocked. Two days later it was recovered, none the worse for wear (for the most part). I guess the thieves either were unimpressed with my older vehicle or they had to dump it in a hurry — they left a nearly full pack of Marlboros in it. I threw them away; it was a small measure of justice. The most annoying part of that episode was having to pay over $100 to get the car out of the Metro impound lot.
Now, back to my bicycle. Honestly, I am pining for my lost bike more than I did for my car. It may sound silly, but it feels more personal. Maybe it’s because it was stolen off my back porch, just a few steps from the kitchen door and before 9:00 p.m. even.
With the car, if it gets stolen, you figure that’s what insurance is for and really, a car is a car. Sure, a car gets me from place to place, but a bike, that’s different. You cannot cruise around Shelby Bottoms and get a bird’s eye view of the Cumberland River from the pedestrian bridge in your car.
Mine was a white/silver Trek road bike that I got used from Halcyon Bike Shop at a good price. Just the day before it was stolen, we had gone on our first bike ride of the summer and were looking forward to many more. If you were wondering, no, it was not locked up. That’s what makes it sting all the more; the feeling that I would still have it if only I had been more careful and not let my guard down even this one time. Our neighborhood has seen dramatic changes over the last few years, but, unfortunately, some things remain the same.
So I will close this month with some “presidential” advice (actually, it’s the same message I’ve heard expressed by East Precinct Commander Imhof and Sgt. Fisher on several occasions): Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicles; secure your cars, bikes, lawnmowers, and similar property; don’t get into the habit of thinking, “I’m sure it will be fine that I left [fill in the blank] out tonight; I’ve left it out before and nothing happened.” You’re tempting fate and one day… (see above).
Jot down serial numbers (I didn’t before but do now) because they will be helpful if something is stolen. After the police report was filed, I got a call from an officer that put a description of my bike into a database used by the police and pawnbrokers. If someone ever tries to pawn my bike, then it should be entered into the database. The officer said he was an avid rider and would notify me if he anything pops up so we can check it out to see if it’s mine.
I’m still holding out some hope that it might turn up that way. The more likely scenario is that my bike is somewhere nearby and I’ll see someone riding it around the neighborhood.
Living in East Nashville, you quickly understand that the good and the bad are a packaged deal; you cannot get one without the other. Fortunately, the good so far outweigh all else and it’s why we love to call Lockeland Springs our home.

President’s Corner: Help guide the LSNA board

HPSWe need your help! Please take our neighborhood survey.

Recently, the LSNA Board of Directors participated in our annual planning meeting. The purpose of these extended sessions (generally on Saturday mornings, no less) are twofold:

(1) to have a sort of year-in-review—a look back at the accomplishments, events, activities,
expenditures and finances of the LSNA over the prior year; and

(2) to brainstorm new objectives and goals that will guide the activities of the LSNA during the coming year.

This year, however, we also engaged in a very thoughtful and deliberate discussion about the purpose and core missions of the LSNA. We debated such questions as: Are the missions of the LSNA as stated in the bylaws still relevant or do they need refreshing; and do the typical activities of the association (such as LSNA-sponsored events, like alley clean-ups, grant-giving, publication of this newsletter, spending and other outreach efforts) truly support and further such missions?

We are smart enough to know that there is no one right answer to such questions and so this is where you, our fellow residents, come in. We have posted a short online survey because we want to hear your opinions. We want to know how you rank the LSNA’s missions in importance; what are your concerns; and what are your ideas for future events and projects? Finally, we really want to hear how you interact and stay connected with the LSNA and the neighborhood.

We will use the data from this survey to guide our strategic planning. We have tried to make completing the survey as painless as possible — click here to complete the survey online. We will report the results and provide updates on our efforts in upcoming issues of our newsletter and online.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. We really do need your help and want to hear from you.

– Hans Schmidt, LSNA President

Life, Death and Community in Lockeland Springs

Life, Death and Community in Lockeland Springs
by Mark Gordon

On January 25, my 52 year-old brother Paul was stricken by cardiogenic shock, a life-threatening condition in which the heart can no longer provide blood and oxygen to the body unassisted. Paul had long suffered from myocarditis, a chronic condition caused by a viral infection of the heart, and it was expected that before long he would become a candidate for a heart transplant. Then he fell off the cliff.

paulgordonAfter admission to Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital West, Paul was sedated, placed on a ventilator, and hooked up to kidney dialysis. An external circuit that included a pump and an oxygenator replaced his natural cardiac function. He lay in that condition, unconscious, for just over two weeks before the sedation was lifted and the ventilator removed. Although still a very sick man, there followed four glorious days during which Paul was alert and able to communicate. But on the fifth day, he suffered a minor stroke and was intubated again. On the sixth and seventh days he appeared to have rebounded. Then, on the eighth day, Paul suffered a massive stroke from which he could not recover. He died late in the afternoon on the following day, February 18, attended to by his wife, Jennifer, his two sons, Alexander, 14, and Graham, 11, and his brothers.

Two funerals, one in Nashville, where he lived, and one in our home state of Rhode Island followed Paul’s death. Hundreds attended the services. Paul was a widely regarded professional musician, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and touring sideman. At the time of his death, he was the keyboardist for both the legendary B52s and the crossover country performer Jennifer Nettles, of Sugarland fame. Friends and associates from around the country – and especially New York City and Los Angeles, his former homes – flew in to pay their respects.

But the most remarkable outpouring, and the point of this essay, was what happened in the small “village” of Lockeland Springs in East Nashville, a hip enclave of young families, bungalows, boutiques and coffee shops where Paul and Jennifer had made their home. During the three-week ordeal leading to Paul’s death, and in the weeks that have followed, I have been privileged to watch as a genuine community enfolded my brother’s family in a warm, protective embrace of love, service, and self-sacrifice.

Neighbors and friends cooked and cleaned, washed and folded laundry, shopped for everything from toilet paper to chicken nuggets, got the boys to and from school, provided shuttle service to the hospital, and attended to the family’s emotional needs. They created diversions for the boys, organized a birthday party for the oldest, arranged for pro bono accounting services, and opened their homes to family members like me who came to stand vigil. Dozens of men and women invested countless hours, often at the expense of their own families’ needs, and in spite of their own deep grief over Paul’s condition, in order to make ordinary life bearable in the midst of one family’s extraordinary suffering.

And they put their money where their mouths were. When it was revealed after Paul’s death that there was no life insurance – he could never qualify after his diagnosis – an enterprising local couple established a Go Fund Me site to help with funeral expenses and short-term income. Within two weeks the fund had reached $60,000, more than half of that money donated by local friends and neighbors. Others slipped envelopes with cash or checks into Jennifer’s hand. One friend picked up the $850 tab for Paul’s funeral Mass.

What struck me then and still does now is that there was no orchestration to this, no master plan or majordomo to preside over the assignment of tasks and the inspection of results. Instead, the Lockeland Springs community was like a gas, filling every nook and cranny of a needy family’s life with selfless solicitude and ceaseless service. And nearly three weeks after Paul’s death, the community’s presence remains strong, with no sign of dispersal.

Most remarkable is that this is a community whose members defy easy characterization. No common history or dogma binds them to one another. The vast majority are transplants to Nashville. Some are older, some younger; some single, others married. They are straight and gay, white and black. They are music business people and those who have nothing to do with that industry. Some are wealthy, some poor or middle class. Many are religious, but many others are not.

Many in Lockeland Springs claim that my brother Paul was their catalyst, and indeed he did possess a genius for making friends and creating networks. But something more accounts for what I witnessed over the past six weeks. The community that is caring for my sister-in-law and nephews is “intentional” in every sense of the word: deliberate, purposeful, and enduring. Its catalyst wasn’t one man or his blessed memory, but the free decision of good people to love and serve a suffering family. Those good people have proven the words of Dorothy Day, who wrote, “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
-Mark Gordon

(Reposted with Permission from: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thedorothyoption/love-death-and-community-in-lockeland-springs/)

If you would like to help Paul’s family here is a link to the GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/PaulGordon

LSNA Grant Recipient: East Nashville Little League

Grant recipient: East Nashville Little League

ENLL 02Last spring, the neighborhood board voted to give $650 grants to three organizations (see details on how to apply on page 4). The final organization featured in the newsletter is East Nashville Little League. This article was submitted by Brett Vargason.

East Nashville Little League’s focus is to provide youth in East Nashville with an atmosphere that encourages mental, social, and emotional maturity while developing excellent fundamental baseball skills.

ENLL believes youth sports belong in the community and we love giving this opportunity for kids to have fun playing baseball in their own neighborhood. We believe that by keeping sports in the community it develops stronger ties to local schools, businesses, and families.

ENLL has been a chartered member of Little League Baseball since 2012, a national organization that’s committed to helping children develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork, and physical well-being.

Our program is located in historic Shelby Park (across from the Shelby Bottoms Greenway), where East Nashville’s youth have been playing baseball for over 100 years.ENLL 01

This year, we expect ENLL to involve more than 500 kids, ranging in age from 4 to 14.

The league so grateful for the LSNA grant because it provides funding for our scholarship program. We will never turn a child away because of a economic situation. We believe sports are for everyone and the LSNA grant ensures that belief and promise.

Five New Signs Mark Historic Neighborhood

Five New Signs Mark Historic Neighborhood
By Annie Neal, LSNA board member

newsigntweetI hope that if you are reading this article, you have seen the new Lockeland Springs signs that have been placed at 5 major entryways into the neighbor-hood. The LSNA Board really hopes that you love them as much as we do. This neighborhood is historic and worthy of signs that mirror its beauty and demonstrate the pride I know we all have in it.

I have been on the Board for 7 years now and we have always talked about getting nice gateway signs. Over the past several years, the Tour of Home has done really well and we finally had the capital to fund this project. We searched for grants for a long time and had no luck in that department so we decided to take the plunge. It was one of those daunting projects where it feels like a wall is in front of youwhen you begin because of all the unknowns. It seems simple, right, it’ just some neighborhood signs.

However, there were many challenging issues like who do I contact (city, one-call, state), who do I need
IMG_1372 (1)approval from, what design to use, what sign company to use, locations, liability? Each of these issues was dealt with in due course. Once I found the right contacts, people were extremely supportive and helped knock down any barriers that I felt were keeping this project from completion. It seems like now would be a good time to thank a few people instrumental to getting the  signs in the ground. First, Korby Bowden at Nashville Public Works met with me in the neighborhoodseveral times to make lsna signsure our sign placements were safe and had the city’s seal of approval. Margot,from Margot’s Café in Five Points was so generous by allowing one of our signs to be placed on herproperty! Don Bailey, a fellow Board member and amazingly talented graphic designer, created the design for the sign. It was Spot On Perfect. Finally, Patti Clark from Brand Imaging Group was absolutely amazing in helping me make decisions about the design and installation of the signs. I could not recommend this sign company enough. They were amazing. So, in closing, let us all feel proud that we now have signs as beautiful as the neighborhood we live in!

Old House Fair will be March 5, 2016

The Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners will host the 2016 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9am-3pm, at the Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Avenue. The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival showcasing new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for homeowners to learn more about sustainable and historic products and services, and gain tips for planning and executing your project.

web-OldHouseFair-225x125-2016nov11-01Exhibitors included companies, retailers, and artists experienced in working with homes of many ages and styles, from Antebellum to Mid-century Modern.

Know a young preservationist? We’ll have children’s activities, too thanks to HistoricTravellers Rest Plantation & Museum.

Opportunity to win great raffle items.

 

Sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Robin Zeigler at robin.zeigler@nashville.gov or (615) 862-7970 ext.79776.

For more info, visit: http://www.nashville.gov/Historical-Commission/Events-and-Programs/Old-House-Fair.aspx

Neighbor to Neighbor: Hans Schmidt

Neighbor to Neighbor: Hans Schmidt
February 2016

Name: HHPSans Schmidt, LSNA President
Family: Wife, Tomianne; Daughter, Olivia
Profession: Attorney
Years in neighborhood: Nearly 6

 

What’s the best part of living in Lockeland Springs?

We love that a playground, elementary school (one day, hopefully), bakery, ice cream shop, toy store, hot dog stand, coffee shops, restaurants ,and shopping are a short walk (or, in our 3-year old’s case, a little red wagon ride) from our house.    

Tell us what motivates you to lead the association.

Over the last few years, Lockeland Springs is one of Nashville’s historic neighborhoods confronting complex questions about how to balance the city’s need for increased density and development without losing the character and integrity of the neighborhood that drew so many of us here in the first place. I am motivated to serve as LSNA president for a second time because I want to play a role in shaping the direction of our neighborhood and in finding the right balance.  

Is there a neighborhood project that makes you proud?

The Lockeland Springs Park (at the end of Woodland Street) is an example of local government, community leaders, and dedicated residents working together to achieve great success. After Metro Parks acquired the property, there was little money available in its budget to do much to the springs that gave our neighborhood its name. Seeing the park’s potential, a group of neighbors, led by Bo Parr, Jim Polk, and others, spearheaded efforts to reclaim a small part of our neighborhood’s history from a thicket of privet and honeysuckle bushes.  

 

What do you look forward to for the neighborhood’s future?

A recognition that the changes happening throughout the neighborhood are not all bad; with them come new people that are equally excited to be a part of the best neighborhood in Nashville.

The Fountain: New LSNA website a wealth of information

New LSNA website a wealth of information
By Tony Gonzalez, The Fountain

If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out! The new lockelandsprings.org could make the case as one of the coolest and most informative neighborhood pages around. From the superb aerial photography of the neighborhood (more on that in a moment) to convenient links to Metro agencies and civic information — as well as access to back issues of the newsletter — it’s a vibrant testament to Lockeland Springs.

And if you haven’t heard the full backstory, it’s worth putting into the record. It’s true that in spring 2015, the website was hacked. What they wanted with the LSNA, we may never know, but as has happened with other local institutions, service was interrupted for a few months.

Enter webmaster and board member Kevin Wisniewski. He bore the brunt of questions about when the website would be back. After some behind-the-scenes wrangling, he debuted a website this fall that goes far beyond expectations.

The aforementioned photos are thanks to Aerial Innovations, which sent up a drone for a short flight to capture what will likely be lasting images of the area.

The new website also means it’s easier than ever for LSNA to post news, meeting announcements, and other relevant local documents. Yes, that is a call for content! Send ideas to info@lockelandsprings.org. You might consider sharing information about upcoming events or photos that can be turned into galleries from important local events.

Otherwise, it’s “no news is good news” about the website. No hack attack in 210 days. And counting.

2016 LSNA Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

It’s that time of year to submit your LSNA grant applications.  The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association started its grant program in 2014 and it has been hugely successful in providing funds to many amazing projects going on in the neighborhood.  The factors that the Board considers in awarding the grant are:  (1) building community; (2) beautification; (3) education; and (4) safety.
If you have an idea for a grant application, please submit it by April 30, 2016 to: grants@lockelandsprings.org.

 

2015 Grants were awarded to:
East Nashville Hope Exchange -read more
East Nashville Little League – read more
Tennessee Alliance for Progress- read more