By MARILYN CZAPE
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
The Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institute (JNLI) completed its fourth class on Thursday evening, June 13, with a graduation ceremony to which past institute attendees, Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (JNLA) members, city representatives and family and friends of graduates were invited.
Michael McCoy, a professor from the the University of Louisville, completed the teaching of this fourth class at the Ken Ellis Center in Jeffersonville. The participants were given certificates and a “thank you” for a job well done, but in reality, their city and neighborhood participation is just beginning.
Graduates will continue to work on neighborhood projects, including the development of new neighborhood organizations in those neighborhoods not already represented. Over the next weeks, these projects will be highlighted in Neighborhood News.
WATHEN HEIGHTS LEADERSHIP PROJECT DRAWS RAVES
JNLI graduate Veronica Eastwood from Jeffersonville’s Wathen Heights Subdivision demonstrated her leadership skills and civic pride with the presentation of her five-part project at the latest leadership institute. The Wathen Heights subdivision in Jeffersonville’s East Side is a square area bounded by Ray, Regina, Virginia and Bennett Streets and contains Wathen Park.
Ms. Eastwood divided her project into five steps and has already completed step one. The process began with a door-to-door campaign in Wathen Heights to notify neighbors of the “meet and greet your neighbor” event held June 11. More than 50 neighbors attended the event, with the group even drawing a few neighbors from nearby neighborhoods of Wathen Ridge and Cherokee Terrace.
Len Ashack, director of the Jeffersonville Sewage Department, gave neighbors an update of sewer construction in the area. In addition, a landscape contest was held in the neighborhood and the winner will be entered into the citywide contest to represent Wathen Heights.
Future steps are: 2. Participate in National Night Out this year; 3. Form a neighborhood association; 4. Install a surveillance camera at Wathen Park; and 5. Install sidewalks in the subdivision.
JNLA PLANNING BEGINS FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
The Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (JNLA), an organization which got its start from the first two Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institutes, met Sunday, June 16, in the Mellwood Subdivision to begin the preparation for the National Night Out celebration to be held Aug. 6.
JNLA President Josh Rodriquez spoke at the Jeffersonville City Council meeting last week about the night and requested financial assistance for the JNLA project. Last year, Jeffersonville’s National Night Out, a JNLA event with emphasis on neighborhood crime prevention, won a National Award for Jeffersonville. The next planning meeting will be held on at 6 p.m. June 30 at the Lady Bug Community Garden.
EAST SPRING ENJOYS AND PROMOTES NEIGHBORHOOD
East Spring Neighborhood Association (ESNA) in New Albany has had a lot going on with more to come. In June, the neighborhood held its Annual Progressive Dinner. If the email response in any indication, it was well attended and very enjoyable.
“It was a beautiful day spent with wonderful neighbors and, of course, great food” were the sentiments of numerous neighbors. According to President Greg Roberts, the next ESPN meeting/ social will be held Wednesday, June 26.
Larry E. Ricke, a neighborhood association member, reports that Develop New Albany Inc. selected the Ricke house at 917 E. Elm St. to have their annual “Exclusively New Albany” fundraising event. This event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. today, June 20. Tenth Street between Elm and Oak Street will be blocked off that afternoon and evening so tents can be set up for local restaurants and exhibitors. Music, entertainment and dining tables will be located in the Ricke yard. Tickets to attend the event are $30 per person and can be purchased on the Develop New Albany website — developna.org
JEFF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS PARTICIPATE IN JEFF FEST
Terraces of Park Place, Port Fulton Landing and Rose Hill Neighborhood Associations made a great showing at the local celebration last weekend at Jeff Fest, an annual festival for families held at Preservation Station Park.
Rose Hill Neighborhood presented an historical review with pictures of their neighborhood and Jeffersonville, which drew many Jeff residents who enjoy looking back. Terraces of Park Place promoted its Community Garden by letting children plant their own flower in a small pot. Port Fulton promoted their neighborhood with face painting for the kids and information about their neighborhood.