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Historic Old Northeast Newsletter December 2011

Historic Old Northeast Newsletter December 2011

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December 2011 issue of the quarterly newsletter for St. Petersburg's Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood.
December 2011 issue of the quarterly newsletter for St. Petersburg's Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood.

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St. Pete’s Jewelon Tampa Bay
 
HONNA NeighborhoodMeetings are held the thirdMonday of each month(except August and December)at Westminster PresbyterianChurch, 126 11
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Avenue NESocial: 6:45pm—Program: 7pm
Volume 39 Issue 4 / December 2011 / www.honna.org Published Quarterly
UPCOMING MEETINGS Mark your calendar!
continued on page 2
Deceber 19
th
Old NE Holiday Party
(see below)
 January 16
th
Sharing Plans & Ideasfor HONNAFebruary 20
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To be Announced
Celebrating 100 Yearsof Community 1911-2011
continued on page 10
 
In thIs Issue
B
ells will be ringing onSunday, December 11
th
, for this year’sCandlelight Tour of Homesfrom 3-8pm.Start your holiday off withsome festive cheer and graba friend, neighbor or familymember as you make your way through eight of The Old Northeast’s historic homes inwhat has become St. Peters-
 burg’s nest holiday tradition.
You won’t want to miss seeingthese homes lovingly decoratedfor the holidays!The ticket price of this year’stour, our 14
th
annual, will be $20in advance and $25 on the day
Bells Will be Ringing
by Sharon Kantner Chair, Candlelight Tour of Homes
HONNA Teas Up with The City to Enjoy aGood Old-Fashioned Picnic
by Robin Reed and Chris AvrenPicnic Coordinators and HONNA Board Members
G
reat weather, unique antique cars, a harmonized barber shop quartet and family members teaming up
with one another, all vying for $25 gift certicates donated from
Cold Stone Creamery
ice cream(1961 4
th
Street N) or $25 VISA gift certicates donated by HONNA. All you had to do was be better than
anyone else at the three-legged race, bean bag toss or the ever-messy egg toss!Some picnickers indulged themselves on pre-ordered gourmet box lunches (prepared by neighbor 
Rita Fabula
) or purchased fully-dressed hot dogs. Themore organized packed their own. Ice cream, popcornand water were available for the old fashioned priceof 25 cents.The expanse of North Shore Park at 15
th
Avenue NEwas a bee-hive of activity. Face-painting, building a box city and a bouncy tent were available for free for the “wee ones.” Croquet and bocce games attractedthe more sedate in the crowd. A DJ played music fromFor all Old NE residentsDATE: Monday, Dec. 19
th
 TIME: 6:30-9pmPLACE: Old Northeast Tavern,201 7
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Avenue N
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ere’s a chance to mixa
nd mingle with your neighbors from The Old NE – catch up with old friends andadd some new ones to your list.Christmas and New Year’s will be fast approaching and this will be a great time to take a well-deserved “time out” from all thehustle and bustle.There will be a $5 per personadmission charge which willentitle you to helpings of pizza,salad and dessert; cash bar for drinks.Please bring a new, un-wrapped toy or book whichwe’ll be donating to localcharities committed to helpingabused, homeless and needychildren and young teens and brightening their holiday sea-son during these challengingeconomic times.We thank the Old NortheastTavern for again hosting our holiday party. Please join us and be a part of this festive neigh- borhood tradition.
Old Northeast Holiday Party 
What an Event – The 100 Year Anniversary of The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood 
Changes on 1
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Street .......3HONNA Honored ..............5Scam Artists.....................14Red Light Cameras......17No Strangers Here ...20-21The Monticello ........28-29
 
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*Preprinted inserts that you provide are delivered within the newsletter. Dueto delivery restrictions, inserts are available on a limited basis.
The newsletter quarterly publication dates are March, June, September, andDecember. The deadline for accepting new ads and ad changes is three weeks prior tothe publication month. The next deadline is
February 7
th
. Payment for new ads should be submitted at the same time that the ad layout is provided and should be addressedto “HONNA Advertising.” The newsletter is distributed by mail to all homes in The Old Northeast (boundaries are 5
th
Ave N to 30
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Ave N, and 4
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St N to North Shore Dr/Cof-fee Pot Bayou Blvd). There are approximately 2,500 active home mailing addresses.
Contact Sue Strott:
www.honna.org/Newsletters/Advertising-Questions.html
 Ad space is limited so please make arrangements early.
AD SIzE
1Qtr 2 Qtrs 3 Qtrs 1 Year 
Business card 50 93 128 1601/4 page (H 4.9” x w 3.7”) 100 186 256 3201/2 page (H 4.9” x w 7.8”) 200 372 512 640Full page 400 744 1024 1280Back Cover 1/2 page 1400*Inserts and Premium Placement: Rates Upon Request
AD RATES
Published quarterly – March, June, September and December and mailed to all households in The Old NortheastP.O. Box 76324, St. Petersburg, FL 33734e-mail NSNAeditor@aol.com
The Newsletter of the Historic OldNortheast Neighborhood Association
Circulation
Joe O’Connor 
Contributors
All our Old Northeast neighbors
Newsletter Layout & Design
Sharon Bond: SharonBond@gmail.com
ADvERTISING INFORmATION:
Sue Strott
www.honna.org/Newsletters/Advertising-Questions.html
Editor 
Rick Carson
Colunists and Reporters
 John GeeJill McGrathSue StrottMike DaileyBarbara MarshallMike PanettaCourtney EllisSusan CoffeyLaura Fage
Candlelight Hoe Tour 
from page 1
of the tour. Tickets in advance may be purchased through PayPal on our HONNA website (www.honna.org)and at ticket outlets around town. Thisyear with the advance ticket purchasewe are offering the book,
Souvenir of St. Petersburg – Views from the Vinoy
,for just $10 (which retails for $14.95)as well as the historic neighborhood
ags for $25 (which retail for $30). The
 book is full of interesting pictures andinformation about The Old Northeastneighborhood and is a wonderful coffeetable book or a holiday gift idea. The
ags are a great way to show your appreciation and support for our 
neighborhood and are available in two colors, burgundy and green.Tickets will also be on sale the day of the event from 2-7pm for $25at Westminster Palm View, 939 Beach Drive NE.The tour is our neighborhood association’s largest fundraiser, so please help us spread the word in promoting the event. A portion of the proceeds will be going to Clothes to Kids, a local charity providingnew and quality used clothing free of charge to low-income, school-aged children in Pinellas County.For more information or if you would like to volunteer for the event,go towww.honna.orgor e-mailcandlelight@honna.org.
2010 Tour Home2010 Tour Home Kitchen
 
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overview of crime in the neighborhood with a high incidence of auto burglaries (all from unlocked cars) and residential robberies(mostly from open garages and bikes left on porches).The election of members for the HONNA Board of Directorstook place at the
November meeting
, after we went to press.
 
Results will be posted on the HONNA website and appear in theMarch issue of this newsletter.There is
no monthly meeting or Porch Party in December
.Instead, all Old NE residents are invited to the annual
HONNAholiday party
on Monday, December 19th, at the Old NortheastTavern [see page 1 for details].The
January monthly meeting
will be an opportunity for neighbors to share ideas and thoughts about ongoing and newactivities and events sponsored by HONNA and learn more aboutthe association’s goals and plans. We encourage residents to par-ticipate in this meeting (Monday, January 16
th
) to provide input as
the ofcers and Board of HONNA consider what the association
will be doing going forward.
Porch Parties
Larry Smith, Coordinator (and Membership Chair)
As we nish up another year of successful HONNA Friday night
Porch Parties, I just wanted to say “Thanks” to all of the individualswho helped make these events such a success. Those who openedup their “porches” included:
Don Culpepper
and
Dino Cappelli;
 
Rick 
and
Sharon Kantner;
 
Drexie Smith;
 
Chris
and
BeverlyAvren;
 
Judi Reed;
 
Bill
and
Erin Nobles;
 
Steve
and
Nina Urgo;
 
Steve Deal
and
Frank Hay;
and
Peter Motzenbecker
and
ShandaSpanfelner
. Two individuals who helped with getting the e-blastnotices out were
Bob Hunter
and
Joe O’Connor
. And nally, our 
greeters included
Barry Avedon, David Morris, Jill Kern
and
Gabe
and
Renee Hobbs
.Our goal is to hold Porch Parties in all parts of our neighborhoodeach quarter and would like to encourage all new residents to cometo a Porch Party to meet your neighbors. In that regard, we usu-ally hold a brief “meet and greet” meeting just prior to the PorchParty to discuss ideas on how we could become more welcomingto our new neighbors or improve theses events. If you would liketo help with “meet and greet,” “host” a Porch Party or volunteer as a greeter for a portion of the party, please contact me at
Larry.Smith@HONNA.org
or 
PorchParties@HONNA.org
.
Historic Preseration
Robin Reed, Chair 
Sunken Gardens Guide Now Aailable
Looking for a colorful shrub or unusual fruit tree for your gar-den? Need a little help in identifying an unusual plant as you strollthrough Sunken Gardens? A newly published
Sunken Gardens Plant Guide and History
is now available to help you navigate thewonderful world of plants to be found at Sunken Gardens.Our good friend and horticultural expert, Bill O’Grady, has writ-ten fascinating descriptions of a wide variety of tropical fruit trees,
 palms, shrubs and owering trees. A time-line and brief history
are also included for those who have an interest in why and whenSunken Gardens was founded and how it was eventually saved
Association News & Actiities
Committee Reports
The
Septembermonthly meeting
was
the nal potluck of the
year. A brief programwas offered by Chuck Wells of the St. Peters- burg Police Department(see photo left) whospoke on Internet safety, particularly as it appliesto children and youthand sexual predators. 
October’s meeting
was devoted to an overview of the City’s plans for reducing car speeds on the one-way 1
st
Street below22
nd
Avenue and facilitating the inclusion of bike lanes as part of an extension off the North Bay Trail. Mike Frederick, the City’sManager of Neighborhood Transportation, (photo below) led thediscussion, which sought to obtain input from residents alongand near 1
st
Street. Eliminating one lane of trafc should slowtrafc (a recent study indicated most drivers average over 30mph
on this stretch and the speed limit is 25mph). A large majority of the approximately two dozen residents in attendance favored theCity moving forward with the bike lanes. There was also discus-
sion about trafc on 4
th
Street, plans for medians and creatingdedicated left turn lanes. The state Department of Transportationdoes not support the installation of additional crosswalks (theexisting crosswalk between Sunken Gardens and Panera Breadrequired nine years to gain approval) but is agreeable to having
medians. A report by the Community Police Ofcer provided an

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