Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Town Riverwoods



I had someone email me asking if I knew what would the "Newtown" developed would be for Riverwoods. I honestly had not seen anything from the City side. The person message me back and found the details onlien and shared with me. So I thought I would share with you. One mistake I saw already if that it says "middle" school instead of "Intermediate". The lots are going from $149k-$299k. It will be interesting to see what will go in the area.


Students in Helena


German Adventure
A group of Helena students and parents went to Germany and the Alps and returned last week. Thought you might like to include it on your blog.

Leadership Scholarship
Congratulations to Brandon Beers from Helena. He is the winner of the James Jeffrey Leadership Scholarship to Auburn University. It is full tuition. Way to Go!



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

World Series and City Council



World Series
Congrats to the 12U Shelby Sidewinders from Helena, Alabama for finishing 2nd in the Grand Slam World Series in PCB, Florida. This is an Amazing achievement, Way to Go!

Helena City Council 
Hey all, it was Helena City Council meeting last night so here are my notes from the meeting. Theses aren't the official minutes but you can get those from the City Clerk. Theses are just bit and pieces that I wrote down.
What I think I look like during fireworks
July 1st 
We were told at Council about Fireworks plan for July 1st during First Fridays at 9pm. Thanks to Farmer Guard for being the sponsor. Everyone be sure to to thank Alan and JJ for that. Also there will be an Air Force band performing at the Helena Museum parking lot starting at 6pm. Let's give them a warm Helena Welcome. In other words, dont leave me being the only person their clapping, swing by and let's go America! http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2016/06/27/helena-first-friday-set-for-july-1/

Oh btw the way, I got around 500 fireworks 3D glasses. I was going to do something cheesy and put something like Vote for Hewy Woodman for City Council on them but changed my mind so some may still have those stickers on it. Otherwise, I will hand them out or leave a bunch with at the Helena Museum for you. (Also we discussed the peeling paint on the museum. It looks like it will be around $9,800 to put siding on it)

Road Repairs
We heard about the plans to repave and repairs roads in Helena. We should get bids back this week and then we have to get the asphalt which if you are in construction, you know how hard it is to get some.
Railroads
CSX didn't  not approve a rail arm so we have to submit another request for this years. It is really silly that one track has a rail arm and the other doesn't in Old Town . Mike has done a great job at keeping this alive.

Mark said that the has been movement on the pedestrian railroad  crossing  next to Old Town. Blair, our city engineer is looking for funding to make it happen.

Some good news, Pelham arrange a deal to help prevent train block roads which will help us out as well. See here: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2016/06/27/pelham-signs-csx-crossover-project-agreement/

Helena Trail Park 
If you read this blog long enough, you'll know that I go on rants about this. We received Federal funds and raised the money to match it so everything is ready to go to make an amazing trail system in Helena which will expand the Hillsboro trail. The only thing holding us back is ALDOT approval.

I have poured over theses plans which are as thick as a phonebook. This will be an amazing project and will make Helena trails 10k long including bridges and tunnels. The trail-head will be at the sports complex. See above, this map is pretty accurate except the Billy Gould part had to be cut due to the bridge.

Mobile Food Unit Ordinance
Well, the Food Truck issue that started in Old Cahaba finally brought to life a new ordinance that is based on Vestavia Hills' model. I appreciate Laura looking over it and people in Old Cahaba. I think we have to ask the city attorney another question but it should be voted on next month.  Currently Food Trucks are not permitted or check for cleanliness/health in Helena. When they are allowed for festivals they dont have to pay a fee like our Helena restaurants. So this ordinance will ensure public safety and that they purchase permits to operate like out brick and mortar businesses in Helena. I have a draft if anyone want to see it.
ADEM Storm Water
There was a public hearing about ADEM/EPA Storm water management project. Basically, Helena and other cities need to do more education about how your discharged water affects the river systems and that we need to pay for water monitor, dry screening, discharge auditing, etc. We used to do this in cooperation with Shelby but now that say that cities are on their own so part of it is a good idea but  the other part is just another unnecessary Federal mandate that will cost Helena money. Sorry, I must be grumpy today because I am typing awful fast*.

6A Sports
The expansion of the High School field is expected to start on the 29th. Although they will have to use portable bathrooms until funds are available later.

Parks Repairs
Bill reported they repaired the Pavilion at Joe Ticker, install bark, and the new handicap swings are on order.

Election Manager
Amanda Traywick was appointed the Election Manager for Helena. The City Elections will be in August but campaign has already started. The official registering starts July 5th but so those who have declared they are running or seeking reelection in Helena are: Mark Hall, Leigh Hulsey, Mike Jones, Cris Nelson, Alice Lobell, Laura Joseph and Hewy Woodman (me).  After the July registration, we will know the rest. Keep in mind that Helena has an "At -Large" council so you can vote for all members. You do not have a Council person assigned to a particular ward in Helena. All of them are your Council person.


I think that is everything I remember, if I left something off then let me know and I will correct.

*-Sorry

Monday, June 27, 2016

Fire, Essay and BBQ


Meet the Firemen!
Helena Library 2016 Summer Reading Program has a special event tomorrow Wednesday at 2pm at Helena City Hall. We get a visit from the Fire Department. Learn about and get an up close look at firefighters, fire prevention and more. This is also a good program for allaying the fears of your children if one day (heaven forbid) that you have situation which requires the firemen to come rescue you. Your children will already be acclimated to the rescue workers and their equipment.


Grand Opening
Although you can already get appointment at the new location for Therapy South,  located in front of Publix, beside the Chevron, in the old vet location. They will have their official ribbon cutting hosted by the Helena Business Association HBA on Thursday, July 14, 2016  from 4 to 6pm. Here is their information below:
Nolan Williams

Location
4690 Hwy. 17
Helena, AL 35080

Phone 205-624-4708

Fax 205-624-4710

Service Director
Nolan Williams, DPT, MTC
nwilliams@therapysouth.net

Office Manager
Debbie Wilson
dwilson@therapysouth.net

Loading Dock Closing 
Sadly Loading Dock South is closing . Their building is prepared for another business so they had a huge auction on Monday. We will miss them. They were the best place to find doors, rugs, and sinks in Central Alabama.



Husky Football Skills Camp
Helena High Football will be having a Non-Contact Football Camp on Saturday, July 23, 8:00am—12:00pm at the Husky Stadium on the campus of Helena High School. It is open to any athletes grades 1st—6th grade.

Pre-registration $2, which  includes Camp Shirt (Deadline July 13)
Walk up registration $30 (no camp shirt)
What to bring: Cleats, tennis shoes, water bottle, shorts, shirt and a great attitude Parents are encouraged to use sun screen on all athletes.
Camp includes: Instruction from HHS coaches and senior football players on all football positions, weight training and nutrition information. Camp will conclude with a punt, pass and kick competition. Bottle water and Gatorade will be available for purchase $1.


Best BBQ in Helena Cook Off
The Helena Market Days hosted the Best BBQ Cook Off in Helena with all funds going to the Helena Belles. I had the honor of being the event organizer this year but I would really like to thank the Helena Belles, the BBQ contestants  and the judges: Mayor Mark Hall. the Honorable Helena House Representative Allen Farley, Chef Sciarrotta and Chef Smiley.  The event raised over $2500 for the Belles.

Congratulations to the Judges Choice winners:Que Brothers and the Peoples Choice Winners: Boom Shaka Laka! Also Thank You to all the volunteers of Helena Market Days who get up every morning at 6am to put up those tents and take them down at high Noon. It is a hard job but we wouldnt have a market without them.

Papa Saia's Weekly Schedule
WEDNESDAY 6/29------ERATH
THURSDAY 6/30---------MATT HILL
FRIDAY 7/1-----------------EVEN STEVEN
SATURDAY 7/2-----------FIFTY NINE SOUTH
SUNDAY 7/3---------------JASON MAYO 1-5
FIRST FRIDAY IN HELENA WITH FIREWORK AT DARK
FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS ALL WEEKEND


Helena Middle School 6th Grade 2016 Americanism Essay Winners
HMS Essay Winners
The Cahaba Valley Elks Lodge No 1738 hosted an essay writing contest about Americanism.

Helena Middle School 7thth Grade 2016 Americanism Essay Winners

Below is from HMS 2016 6th Grade Americanism grand Essay Winner was Aidan Naron 
Below is from 7th Grade Winner at HMS Britney Nguyen
Great job for the students, parents and teachers who put their time into making this happen and the Elk Lodge for making this a priority.





Friday, June 24, 2016

Helena Weekend


This Weekend in Helena

Friday Star Wars in Helena
Every Friday during the Summer the Helena Business Association provides free movies at the Amphitheater in Helena. It start at sundown (normally 8pm). They have a concession stand open which pays for the movie rentals so no outside food allowed. The concession opens at 6:30pm. They also let you park on the grass inside the first fence.

 Be sure to bring a chair or a blanket because seating in on the green (a flashlight is good for after the movie). The movie is shown on a giant inflatable screen on the grass. Since last Friday was rained out, they will show Star Wars the Force Awakens.

Helena Market Days
This Saturday is an amazing  FREE Helena Farmer Market from 8am til Noon at the Helena Amphitheater at 4151 Helena Road. Not only will there be the best produce from local farmers. We will have the musician Leah Rose performing live from 9am-11am! And that is not all

Leah Rose will come to Helena Market Days to provide a free outdoor concert
Best Helena BBQ Cook Off
Come out to taste and sample the Best BBQ in Helena as our competitors battle it out for the Judges and People's Choice Trophies. You can help pick the winner. Come out and sample all the BBQ and leave a donation at the one you think is the best or more than one. The table that raises the most money for the Helena Belles will be giving the People Choice Award. Come on Out!

Music in Helena

At Rio's Bar and Grill
Friday Night-Momma B will be here for your karaoke pleasure at 8:30
Saturday Night-MICROWAVE DAVE & THE NUKES 9pm...$5 cover

At Papa Saia's
Friday ----------Even Steven
Saturday-------Uncle Mayham

The Coal Yard
Edmonds Butler Band playing starting at 7pm on Friday

Amanda
Congratulations to Helena City Clerk Amanda Traywick for being nominated for Clerk of the Year!

Helena Football Skills Camp

Helena Woman Arrest
"A 29 ­year ­old Helena woman was arrested and charged with unlawful possession and
receiving a controlled substance after allegedly possessing controlled substances in schedules I through V, according to Alabama Code". http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2016/06/22/helena-woman-faces-felony-drug-charge/

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday in Helena


Helena Sunset
The picture of the day is the Helena sunset over looking Old Cahaba by John Hodges

Helena Man Arrest
The Alabaster Police arrested a Helena man on June 17 and charged him with one felony count of second degree rape. Second­ degree rape is a Class B felony, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison if convicted. See more at Source

Helena Business Honored
HELENA, AL-Mspark, a print and digital media company in Helena recently announced that it won 13 individual design awards at the 2016 American Inhouse Design Awards competition sponsored by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA). The competition, considered the premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers, recognizes designers for their talent and the value they bring to the organizations for which they work. Way to Go! Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2981591#ixzz4CFmFJvOz

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday in Helena, AL


Helena Sunset
The picture of the day is the Helena sunset over looking Old Cahaba by John Hodges

Helena Man Arrest
The Alabaster Police arrested a Helena man on June 17 and charged him with one felony count of second degree rape. Second­ degree rape is a Class B felony, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison if convicted. See more at Source

Helena Business Honored
HELENA, AL-Mspark, a print and digital media company in Helena recently announced that it won 13 individual design awards at the 2016 American Inhouse Design Awards competition sponsored by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA). The competition, considered the premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers, recognizes designers for their talent and the value they bring to the organizations for which they work. Way to Go! Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2981591#ixzz4CFmFJvOz

Wednesday in Helena


Helena Sunset
The picture of the day is the Helena sunset over looking Old Cahaba by John Hodges

Helena Man Arrest
The Alabaster Police arrested a Helena man on June 17 and charged him with one felony count of second degree rape. Second­ degree rape is a Class B felony, and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison if convicted. See more at Source

Helena Business Honored
HELENA, AL-Mspark, a print and digital media company in Helena recently announced that it won 13 individual design awards at the 2016 American Inhouse Design Awards competition sponsored by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA). The competition, considered the premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers, recognizes designers for their talent and the value they bring to the organizations for which they work. Way to Go! Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2981591#ixzz4CFmFJvOz

Monday, June 20, 2016

Super Soccer and Library Events in Helena


Picture of the Day
JKhodge on Twitter has the Helena Picture of the Day with this Sunset

Helena Library Events
The Helena Summer Reading Program is scheduled to take place every Wednesday through July 13.
The remaining schedule for the summer reading program is as follows:
June 22–Alabamians in the Olympics, an interactive program–2 p.m.
June 29–Visit with the fire department–2 p.m.
July 6–Visit with the police department–2 p.m.
July 13–Summer reading close out celebration–2 p.m.


2016 AL.com Super All-State Boys Soccer Team
Congrats to Jeremy and Vince from the Helena Soccer team. They were chosen for the Super All Stat Boys Team. It was a big honor because Helena is only 4A-5A and they are up there with players from 7A and 6A:
F - Jeremy Hughes, Sr., Helena
M - Vince Narvaez, Fr., Helena