C.A.N. to Hold Candidates Forum

Article courtesy of C.A.N.

The Primary for Asheville City Council is October 6th, which will narrow the candidate field from the current 15 down to 6. On October 21st, the final six will participate in a forum and debate sponsored by C.A.N. All neighborhoods and residents are welcome and invited to participate! The event will be held in the Kenilworth neighborhood at the Kenilworth Center and be moderated by David Hurand of WCQS.

Asheville is facing unprecedented change. As we, the citizens, prepare to hire three city Council members, what questions do you think are important to ask of the people who will be working for you? C.A.N. is interested in collecting those questions in advance of the forum.

Submit your questions by October 1st for consideration. These can be emailed directly to: teddy.jordan30@gmail.com with C.A.N. as the subject line.

Note: There will also be limited time during the forum for general audience questions as well.
Event details

WHERE: The Kenilworth Center at 4 Chilies Ave. in the Kenilworth neighborhood. The center is behind the Kenilworth Church at 123 Kenilworth Rd.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Because of limited parking, C.A.N. is asking people to carpool.

APD To Use Next Door

Article courtesy of by Christina Hallingse APD Public Information Officer

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.

Approximately 60 of our Haw Creek neighbors are already using Nextdoor to build a happier, safer place to call home.

On Monday, September 14, Asheville Police Department began utilizing Nextdoor to share information on crime, crime prevention, safety and emergency notifications. Our Community Resource Officers (CROs) will be the primary source of information on Nextdoor. CROs are officers who work as a liaison between the police department and the community. They assist with public education, crime prevention and neighborhood specific issues. 

We would like to remind everyone that police staff can only see our own posts and replies to our posts. We will NOT be able to access or view any information that you and your neighbors have shared on Nextdoor. 
Nextdoor is not the appropriate way to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity, or file a report. If you require emergency services, or wish to report suspicious activity, please call 9-1-1. For all non-emergency inquiries please contact the Asheville Police Department (828) 252-1110. 

We would like to thank you for allowing the Asheville Police Department to be a part of your Nextdoor experience. We look forward to connecting with you to build stronger and safer neighborhoods throughout Asheville!

HCCA is already using Nextdoor to promote our events. Joining is easy – log into Nextdoor.com and follow the easy steps. Get the word out to your neighbors. Let’s bring Haw Creek together.

Advertising With HCCA

Are you interested in advertising in our newsletters? Our new advertising cycle will begin with our winter newsletter in December.

We have four newsletters a year, three emailed to over 600 residents/businesses in Haw Creek and our summer newsletter is mailed to every door and business in Haw Creek. We also place your ad on our web site, hawcreeknc.wordpress.com and mention you on our Facebook page.

Contact HCCA at hawcreeknc@gmail.com, a board member will contact you with more advertising information.

National Night Out THANK YOU!

Article courtesy of Lisa Thomson

Thank you to the Haw Creek community for attending our first National Night Out. It was a great coming together of neighbors and we are already planning for next year, which we hope will bring all of East Asheville’s communities together for National Night Out

A huge thank you to all our sponsors, without whose generous contributions we would not have been able to hold this event – Frank’s Roman Pizza, Filo, East Village Grill, Post 70 Indulgence Bar, Target, L.E.A.F, Asheville Municipal Golf Course, Ultimate Ice Cream, WNC Nature Center, Alnuge and Ingles.


WNC Funfest 2015

Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin

Dancing Bear Toy’s in hosting their 3rd annual WNC Funfest, which is a FREE festival for families, highlighting the best kid’s activities WNC has to offer.

The event will be held Saturday, September 26th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the store’s location at 518 Kenilworth Rd. just off Tunnel Rd.

Participating organizations include:

  • WNC Nature Center
  • Brother Wolf
  • Roots and Wings School of Arts and Design
  • The Real Food Truck
  • Snake, Rabbit and Snail Bookmobile and more!

There will also be face painting, a tattoo station and the Fun Fest’s first ever Kidzone. Go to https://wncfunfest.wordpress.com for more info.

Haw Creek Community Association is grateful for this local, family-owned business that is donating the children’s prizes for our pumpkin carving/painting contest coming up on Oct. 24th.

Fall and Winter Home Safety Tips

Article courtesy of  Kelley Klope, Asheville Fire Department

It may be bitter sweet that Asheville Fire Department is sending out fall season fire safety messages as we prepare to say goodbye to summer! Some residents may be excited about the upcoming cool weather while others are sad.  Either way we cannot deny fall will be here soon.  As we do prepare for the changing of the season, the Asheville Fire Department would like to send out some helpful fire safety reminders.

Home heating
Soon you may need to fire up the furnace so it is important to have your system professionally inspected, cleaned and serviced. Filters need to be changed or cleaned, and you should always make sure combustibles are stored at least 3 feet from the furnace. Have any alternative heating sources checked out as well, such as fire places and wood-burning stoves. Creosote buildup can cause heat buildup and ultimately cause a house fire.

Space heaters
Before plugging in your space heaters for the first time be sure to inspect the cords to be sure there are no frayed wires. Be sure to keep heaters away from combustibles and out of the path of children and pets. Space heaters need space and it is recommended to keep a 3 foot distance around a space heater.

Holiday fire safety
November, December and January account for a larger percentage of residential structure fires than any other months in the year. Please be careful when cooking, keep kids and animals away from the stove/oven. Keep decorations away from open flames and keep exits clear of obstructions.

Smoke alarms
Having working smoke alarms in your home gives you precious time for escaping a home fire alive. Tips regarding smoke alarms:

  • Replace the batteries twice a year.
  • Clean dust from smoke alarms with a vacuum attachment.
  • Replace units that are over 10 years old.
  • Push the test button monthly to ensure proper operation.
  • Have an outside meeting place where your family will meet in case of a fire. Practice home fire drills!

Carbon monoxide alarms
Carbon monoxide, or CO, alarms are an important part of your home safety plan too. They detect unburned gases that may leak from gas burning appliances. They must also be tested monthly and have batteries replaced annually. CO is an odorless deadly gas.

Many Asheville residents use candles in their holiday decorating to create a festive and warm atmosphere. Unfortunately, candles can lead to home fires when they are left unattended and ignite nearby combustibles. Use sturdy candle holders that are large enough to collect candle wax and are resistant to tipping over. Keep candles up and out of the reach of children.


Article courtesy of Lisa Thomson

Tucked away in the former parsonage for Bethesda United Methodist Church, Sew-In-Love, a group of wonderful women, spend every Wednesday sewing quilts for sale to the public and their service project, Project Linus. They will also finish quilt tops. Ask for a price quote.

On Saturday, November 7, 2015 they will hold their annual fundraiser in fellowship hall at Bethesda UMC from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Items for sale will be quilts, quilted pillows and placemats, many hand crocheted items and white elephant items. They will have for sale sausage and gravy, sausage biscuits, cinnamon rolls and coffee for breakfast; hot dogs for lunch.

If you are interested in joining, they meet every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Contact Ruth at 299-8221 or Jackie at 298-0221. Bring a bag lunch and join in the fun.


Nature’s Corner – What Makes a Good Fall Color Year?

Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin

In the next few weeks the trees in the Southern Appalachians will get all gussied up in their fall finery. Ever wonder why some year’s fall color is more spectacular than others? The answer starts with knowing what’s going on in the trees’ leaves.

During the spring and summer the trees make chlorophyll in the leaves, a chemical that allows them to “eat” sunlight and turn it into food. Chlorophyll reflects the color green and our eyes see the reflected color. There are other pigments in the leaves that are masked by the green. Chlorophyll breaks down easily in cold and in sunlight, so the tree makes other pigments to protect the chlorophyll from light and to capture the energy the chlorophyll misses.

These other plant chemicals are powerful antioxidants, the same ones that we are encouraged to get in our food to keep us healthy. One group is anthocyanins and they reflect red or purple. Another group is the carotenoids, which reflect yellow and orange.

As the length of day shortens in the fall, the trees decrease the production of chlorophyll, the green fades and the other color pigments begin to show through. A cold snap will enhance the fall colors as cold breaks down the chlorophyll even quicker.

Conditions for the best fall color would include a warm, wet summer so the trees would have made lots of leaves and pigments. Then a fall that is dry, sunny and cool at night intensifies the color. A cold snap starts the show.   Because we have lots of microclimates in our region, different areas get different weather causing pockets of varied color patterns. Soil pH also plays a part in the red leaves. The more acid the soil, the more bright red we see such as with red maples. The less acid, the leaves turn more purple, like in the sourwoods.   With over 100 species of trees in the Southern Appalachians, the diversity alone ensures us that at least some of the tree species will be having a good year. Enjoy the show this fall Haw Creek!



Spotlight On East Asheville – History Of Haw Creek Fire Department

Article courtesy of  Jeanette Fortuna

Haw Creek is fortunate to have a Fire Department right here in our neighborhood on New Haw Creek Rd. It was established in the 1950’s as a Volunteer Department. In 2009 it became city Fire Station 12. Six firefighters are assigned to the station who rotate 24 hour shifts. Manned by 2 individuals 24 hours a day, they are the first responders for any medical/fire emergencies. In addition, Station 8 will respond from the Tunnel Rd location as well as downtown stations. These fire fighters are EMT certified with intensive 22 weeks of training with additional 240 hours each year to maintain certification. If you are in the area, stop by to say thank you. Bring some cookies or a pizza. They deserve it for risking their lives for us everyday.