Don't forget you can still vote you favorite Helena events, locations and Businesses in the Best of the Best of Shelby County until July 31st. Don't forget to vote Helena Market Days for Farmer's Market. Here is the link shelbyliving.com/bestofthebest/voting
Victor Stone book Series
Molly Davidson wrote an article about Helena writer James A. Jack. new book series featuring a character named Victor Stone. James has released his 2nd book called Flight Between Worlds which is set in Cold war era. "he travels across the world from America to Russia and even to alternate universes, eluding the KGB, getting tangled in the Bermuda Triangle and finding hidden government documents".
Republic/Allied Waste App
The City of Helena website shared that there is now an app for trash service. I haven't played around with it yet but here are the details: "Starting July 17, all of the great features of My Resource, our customers' online account management tool, are now available in a mobile app, helping customers who are "on the go" effortlessly manage their Republic Services accounts.
With a touch of a button, users can:
- Pay their bill
- View their service schedule
- Schedule a pickup
- Report a missed pickup
- Repair a container
- Access their account 24/7
- Receive weather-related service alerts
- Sign up for holiday schedule reminders
The My Resource mobile app is a free download and will be available from the Apple(r) and Android(tm) App Stores. Republic customers already enrolled in My Resource simply need to install the app on their mobile device and log in. Customers who have not yet registered can do so directly from the app; all they need is their account and invoice numbers. The app is available to any customer who is directly billed by Republic Services.
... "The My Resource app allows customers to view past invoices, receive schedule service alerts, receive alerts for weather delays and view their pickup schedule.
Jazz in the Park
The Jazz in the Park event at the Helena Amphitheater was a success. Laura Brookhart wrote an article describing the event which included jazz artist Roland Gresham and Oli Silk. It was Oli's "'first visit to Alabama and he was very impressed with the support he found in Helena". In fact promoters of the event were so impressed by the turnout and the beautiful location that we should see them again. Here is a video of the event below from 3340
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Helena City Council
Helena's City Council met Monday night in a work meeting and formal Council session. You can get a copy of the official minutes from the City Clerk but here are some short observations from me.
Amendments to Noise Ordinance
Some residents have requested the Helena City Council create a stricter noise ordinance. This issue is coming mainly from residents who live on the other side of Buck Creek from Papa Saia's outdoor deck. The currently amendment would add decibels levels. The City Council members discussed the amendment. Devin spoke for the residents. He felt the decibel level should be lower at night on the amendment. Tammy, Earl, and Jason spoke for Papa Saia's and said they were okay with decibels levels but were concern that Council members were wanting to add an additional hard cut-off time. Martin J Reed from the Birmingham News joined us and wrote an article detailing what he heard: Full Article. I like to keep an open mind until I heard the final argument and see the final draft. We will vote on this next Council meeting. I welcome anyone, who would like to sit down and discuss it.
Amend Yard sale Ordinance
We had request to make it easier for neighborhood wide yard sales. So I drafted a amendment to our current ordinance and the Council passed it last night. Basically starting now, a Helena homeowners association may apply for a neighborhood yard sale permit by paying a fee of twenty five dollars ($25.00) no later than the close of business at the City Hall the day prior to the beginning of the sale. Only one person representing the HOA may obtain the permit, and the representative will provide a list of addresses of homeowners who will be participating when applying. A maximum of two neighborhood sales per calendar year shall be permitted to the HOA, with no single sale to last more than three consecutive days. The HOA will be held to the same responsibility as a person in all other yard sale requirements. Also Martin was there and wrote this article about it Full Article
The Helena Historic Preservation Committee would like to have a celebration the naming of Helena. Helena received its name when Peter Boyle named the depot "Helena" to show his love to local beauty Helen Lee. There is no exact date when the depot was completed but we have the range and it is coming up. Also a display case was needed to showcase Helen Lee's wedding dress during the event. The Helena Historic Preservation has been selling hot chocolate and water bottles to raise money but asked if the Council could help as well. The Council said they could and the Mayor said he also thought they could also find sponsors. They wanted the HHPC to come up with a set date and activities will be involved so they could plan for next year budget.
Mayor Mark Hall reported that the new police vehicles are now on the road. The Quail Ridge road repair was 30 days from completion but was going over budget due to utilities. He reported the Youth field should be open in August. I also asked the Mayor about gate on the dam. He said that must of the mechanism was under the silt. He said he would check and see if the State had someone who could go and check out the state of the dam.
2014 Top Baby Names
I thought this was interesting to see how tradition vs popular media is influencing the names of the next generation. Here are the most popular names of 2014. Not sure who has a bigger influence Hollywood stars or the characters they play.
|1. Imogen||26. Lucy||51. Ruby **||76. Piper|
|2. Charlotte||27. Aurora||52. Mila||77. Avery|
|3. Isla||28. Rose||53. Josephine||78. Jane|
|4. Cora||29. Scarlett **||54. Harlow||79. Sadie|
|5. Penelope||30. Elizabeth||55. Aria||80. Lydia|
|6. Violet||31. Ava||56. Audrey||81. Esme|
|7. Amelia||32. Elodie||57. Isabella||82. Everly|
|8. Eleanor||33. Lila **||58. Wren||83. Gemma|
|9. Harper||34. Nora||59. Quinn||84. Willow|
|10. Claire||35. Grace||60. Cordelia **||85. Maya|
|11. Alice||36. Emma||61. Chloe||86. Frances|
|12. Adelaide||37. Willa||62. Mae||87. Louisa|
|13. Hazel||38. Clementine||63. Emily||88. Elsa *|
|14. Katniss||39. Matilda||64. Luna||89. Ada|
|15. Olivia||40. Eloise||65. Rowan||90. Lola|
|16. Evangeline||41. Caroline||66. Mia||91. Phoebe|
|17. Ivy||42. Clara||67. Stella||92. Kinsley|
|18. Khaleesi *||43. Finn||68. Emmeline||93. Zara|
|19. Maeve||44. Aurelia||69. Ellie **||94. Madeline|
|20. Evelyn||45. Arabella||70. Juliet||95. Hannah|
|21. Maisie||46. Eliza||71. Merida||96. James|
|22. Adeline **||47. Poppy||72. Anna||97. Delilah|
|23. Genevieve||48. Ella||73. Lily||98. Mabel|
|24. Seraphina||49. Sophia||74. Olive||99. Emmett|
|25. Beatrice||50. Iris||75. Margaret||100. Hadley|
|1. Asher||26. Beckett **||51. Zachary||76. Ryker|
|2. Declan||27. Wyatt **||52. Christian||77. Roman|
|3. Atticus||28. Hudson||53. Kieran||78. Nathaniel|
|4. Finn||29. Evelyn||54. Luca||79. Jackson|
|5. Oliver||30. Kai||55. Luke||80. Greyson|
|6. Henry||31. Ethan||56. Elliot||81. George|
|7. Silas||32. William||57. Charlie||82. Knox **|
|8. Jasper||33. Benjamin||58. Elijah||83. Rory|
|9. Milo||34. Soren **||59. Hugo||84. Ronan|
|10. Jude||35. Eli||60. Thomas||85. Xavier|
|11. Ezra||36. Caleb||61. Ryder||86. Daniel|
|12. Emmett||37. Flynn||62. Isaac||87. John|
|13. Harper||38. Noah||63. Theo||88. Finley|
|14. Leo||39. Quinn||64. Jacob||89. Emerson|
|15. Owen||40. Julian||65. Rhys||90. Aiden|
|16. Levi||41. Bodhi **||66. Lucas||91. Harrison|
|17. James||42. Archer **||67. Callum||92. Simon|
|18. Rowan||43. Oscar||68. Arthur||93. Nolan|
|19. Felix||44. Everett||69. Gabriel||94. Charles|
|20. Miles||45. Alexander||70. Samuel||95. Axel *|
|21. Sebastian||46. Django||71. Zane||96. Tristan|
|22. Liam||47. August||72. Nico||97. Arlo|
|23. Sawyer||48. Andrew||73. Micah||98. Beau|
|24. Jack||49. Josiah||74. Avery||99. Jonah|
|25. Theodore||50. Dashielle||75. Dylan||100. Max|
BTW I checked the most common names from my generation and they were Jessica, Jennifer, Amanda, Ashley, and Stephanie for women and Michael, Chris, Matthew, David and Joshua for men.