Haw Creek to Become BearWise

Support the work of the HCCA by renewing your membership! We need your help as we pursue becoming a BearWise community. Your annual $12 membership provides educational opportunities and resources for all our neighbors. Join today!

Haw Creek is the first neighborhood in North Carolina to pursue the BearWise designation. Through the BearWise program, our neighborhood aims to reduce the negative interactions with the native black bear population.

BearWise was developed by bear experts from the Southeastern states and is supported by Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The program shares ways to prevent conflicts, provides resources to resolve problems, and encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild.

Want to help Haw Creek become BearWise? Join the BearWise leadership team today and help implement the six BearWise basics in our neighborhood. Email us today at info@ilovehawcreek.com if you would like to join the leadership team.

The Six BearWise Basics

  • Never Feed or Approach Bears: Intentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs!
  • Secure Food, Garbage and Recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food, liquids or garbage.
  • Remove Bird Feeders When Bears Are Active: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears.
  • Never Leave Pet Food Outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food where bears can’t see or smell it.
  • Clean & Store Grills: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.
  • Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity: See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information on how to avoid bear confl icts. Bears have adapted to living near people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.

Join the HCCA Board

There’s currently an opening on the HCCA Board of Directors. Live in Haw Creek and want to help build up your neighborhood? Email us today at info@ilovehawcreek.com.

The HCCA Board works to build community through social events, including the summer BBQ and other events throughout the year, and we encourage and help residents in creating local interest groups. We maintain the neighborhood through litter cleanups and augment it by working to create shared spaces such as Haw Creek Park and the Masters Park. We also work closely with the city to improve pedestrian and bike safety with sidewalks, to prevent over-development, and to advocate for Haw Creek homeowners and the neighborhood in general whenever issues arise.

What is involved with being a board member?

  1. Be a member in good standing of the HCCA with annual dues paid.
  2. Attend monthly board meetings, which are approximately 1.5 hours in duration. Some month’s meeting may be shorter if combined with a social event. Be accessible for personal contact in between board meetings.
  3. Attend Association sponsored events.
  4. Be willing to serve on a committee or take on an assignment if needed.
  5. Take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the board.
  6. Act as an ambassador for HCCA by helping to communicate the mission of our organization with neighbors and Haw Creek organizations through the Association’s various communications and at social events.

Asheville Noise Ordinance Forum

Residents Noise Ordinance Forum Flyer

The City of Asheville is undertaking a Noise Ordinance revision. For this process, they are holding engagement meetings with Asheville’s businesses, organizations, and residents. The goal is to reach as many individuals and groups as possible to inform and guide the revised ordinance.

The City is hosting two Residents Noise Ordinance Forums on May 16, 2019 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center. One session is scheduled for 8:30am and the other is scheduled for 5:30pm.
For additional information on the Noise Ordinance revision process, below is a link to our Noise Ordinance Revision web page. Attached is a flyer with some basic meeting information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For additional information on the Noise Ordinance revision process, please visit the Noise Ordinance Revision web page.

Bouchon’s RendezVous is Hiring

Haw Creek’s newest restaurant, Bouchon’s RendezVous is preparing to open in the coming weeks. They are hiring for all front-of-house and back-of-house positions, including dishwashers, servers, server assistants, host, expo, and line cooks. If you’re interested in applying, submit a resume for front-of-house positions to Mary Cassidy (mary@ashevillebouchon.com) and for back-of-house positions to Ben Anderson (ben@ashevillebouchon.com). Welcome to Haw Creek!

Bear Study Meeting on April 23


The HCCA has heard our neighbors’ concerns about the increasing bear activity in the neighborhood. We are excited to share that Haw Creek has been invited to participate in the second phase of the Urban/Suburban Black Bear Study, a collaborative research project between NCSU and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Since 2014, the researchers have been live-trapping and GPS-radio-collaring resident black bears in Asheville to learn about urban black bear spatial ecology, movements, demography, and reproduction. If Haw Creek residents decide to participate in the study, we will provide the researchers with live-trap sites. We will also voluntarily participate in BearWise, a regional program that promotes responsible co-habitation with black bears through bear-proofing strategies. The second phase of the project provides Asheville communities with an exciting opportunity to be directly involved in wildlife research efforts, and assist in providing science-based information to create informed and effective management plans for black bears in urban/suburban areas. Please join the HCCA for a very important community meeting regarding our participation in the study: Black Bear Study & BearWise Community MeetingTuesday, April 23 at 7:00 pmSt. John’s Episcopal Church Sanctuary Researchers Jennifer Strules and Ashley Hobbes will help us understand what becoming BearWise-compliant entails and how individual households will participate. Participation in this study will require a high level of community cooperation, so this is our opportunity to learn more and ask questions before deciding to move forward. Please make plans now to attend this important community meeting.

Preliminary Design Plans for the Bell-Beverly Sidewalk

Click here to view the preliminary design plans.

The preliminary design plans are at the 30% design stage and let you see which side of the road the sidewalk will be on. Basically, the new sidewalk starts off on the west side of New Haw Creek Road near Beverly Road and then crosses back and forth three more times so as to avoid steep and narrow areas, eventually ending at Bell Road/Charlie Bullman Park.

The design plans call for installing curb and gutter along one side of the existing roadway, adding a 6′ wide sidewalk behind the new curb and gutter, and providing ADA ramps as needed. This design will look similar to the prior section of sidewalk along New Haw Creek Road between Arco Road and Beverly Road.

The City of Asheville expects the design plans to be finished toward the end of this calendar year. After that, the timeline for construction depends on a number of things, such as Right-Of-Way and easement acquisition as well as obtaining a successful bidder. Once construction begins, a preliminary estimate for completion is approximately 15 months.

If the sidewalk does not fit in existing Right-Of-Way (public-owned / maintained property), then the City will have to acquire Right-Of-Way from the affected neighbors to cover the new sidewalk. The City will also likely need Temporary Construction Easements. These allow access room to build the sidewalk but go away after construction is completed.

For additional information about the project, please contact Lora Sepion, Project Manager, Capital Projects Department: 828-575-4385, lsepion@ashevillenc.gov

New Yoga Studio in East Asheville

Locally-owned, woman-operated business EVERYBODY Yoga, adds to the ever-expanding holistic landscape in East Asheville by offering yoga classes that are accessible to all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities.

From traditional styles including Yin and Restorative, to family yoga and the more vigorous fusion-inspired Vinyasa flow and Power Yoga, we have something for everybody. Inspired by the yoga studios of yesterday, EVERYBODY Yoga embraces the simplistic. Housed in a light-filled, one room studio, the focus is on the practice, not the frills.

“For us, Yoga is not about how bendy you are, if you chant “Om” perfectly (or even at all) or what you are wearing. It is ok to ask questions in class, laugh and modify any pose to fit your today. We take yoga seriously. Ourselves, not so much.” -Melissa Bertenthal, Owner

Every Saturday a sliding-scale class is offered at 3pm with a portion of the proceeds donated to SistasCaring4Sistas, a local non-profit that empowers women of color through doula training and birth services for the Pisgah View and Hillcrest Communities.

Located at 1145 Tunnel Road, next to the Ingles at Riceville Road and Filo Café, EVERYBODY Yoga opened in January 2019. For more information please visit www.everybodyyoganc.com. Suggestions always welcome and accepted, melissa@everybodyyoganc.com