Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier May 1, 2020
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May 1, 2020

Message from the SFNA
As we enter our second month of a drastically changed social environment, we must remember that even though we have not seen the level of suffering in other areas of our country and the world, a great deal of our good fortune has come because of the measures we have taken. Stay at home orders, social distancing, school and workplace closings and increased attention to hand washing and personal sanitation have no doubt had an effect to limit the spread of the virus. And now wearing cloth masks has been recommended. So let's keep it up!

Our neighbors and others have been out walking more than before, and generally being very considerate about social distancing. And many yards have interesting and beautiful flowers and plants. Walking is the best way to appreciate all the wonderful aspects of nature in our neighborhood.

If you have any interesting photos or observations about nature or wildlife in Sherwood Forest, add to our discussion thread in the SFNA Facebook group!

For local COVID-19 information:
City of Columbia website
Richland County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info
SCDHEC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control information:
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Using and making cloth face coverings
SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
The Saturday, May 9 clean up has been cancelled. Feel free to freelance!

Please contact Dave Nelson at 803 447-4793 or for information or any questions.

SFNA also thanks Dave for maintaining the two poop bag stations in our neighborhood! And please remember that pet waste in plastic bags or other containers should not be placed in yard debris, but should be placed in the green household waste roll cart or otherwise properly disposed of!
SFNA General Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm-8pm
This general meeting is cancelled.
UofSC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, May 17, 1-4pm
Open Houses are cancelled until further notice.

Contact Gail Wojtowicz at 618 402-8736 or by email or see UofSC's Department of Biological Sciences W. Gordon Belser Arboretum web page. Find event info and sign up for the newsletter on Facebook.
City of Columbia Solid Waste
Yard trash services continue to run behind schedule because there has been a tremendous increase of yard trimmings and bulk items at the curb.

Only household garbage and recycling in the the appropriate City-issued roll carts will be collected. Bags and boxes of garbage and recycling outside of the roll cart will not be collected.

Please double bag any garbage that may be infectious if there is someone sick in a household. Recycling should remain loose and plastic bags should not be used or placed in the blue roll cart. Plastic bags are not recycled by the City, but can be at numerous retail stores.

DO NOT FLUSH disinfecting wipes, paper towels or napkins. Only toilet paper should be flushed. Other items can cause sewer blockages in your home or further along in the system.
Statewide Primary Election
Tuesday, June 9
As of now, the June 9th Primaries are still on. The deadline to register is May 8.

You can vote 1) absentee by mail or 2) absentee in person at the Richland County Elections & Voter Registration Office at 2020 Hampton St. At this time, concern about Covid-19 is not reason to become eligible for absentee voting, but being over 65 years of age, physically disabled (includes illnesses and injuries), or caring for sick or physically disabled persons and other conditions are. In-person absentee voting begins May 4.

See for details on registration and absentee voting. You can also check your registration information and see sample ballots for the Democrat and Republican primary races.
The 2020 Census Is Happening Now
Of course, you have already responded to the 2020 Census like a responsible citizen! But in case there was a slip up, you can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

See for details.
Midlands Gives 2020
Tuesday, May 5
Don't forget your favorite charities. Midlands Gives is the day of giving where over 400 nonprofits across the Midlands put out a special request for help. United Way of The Midlands, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and American Red Cross Blood Donation Services are examples that directly serve the community. And this is a bad time for many non-profits who have seen a huge drop in revenue. Do what you can to help!

See for details.
Crier emails
We are making an effort to send out these informational emails around the first of every month to keep neighbors up do date on neighborhood events, and other events and information of interest. It's cheaper and better for the environment not to print and pass out fliers! But we could all probably use the exercise!

If you have information of interest to the neighborhood, please pass it along and we may include it in a future Crier.

Tell your friends and neighbors to subscribe. No membership required, but of course we would like everybody to join! New neighbor? Let us know and we'll send out the welcome wagon.

To subscribe, email or subscribe online
Join the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association
Become a member or renew your membership now for 2020!
Dues are only $20 and are due in January. Pay your dues now online. Or pay at the next general meeting or mail a check to Henry Nechemias, 4 Robin Hood Ct., Columbia, SC 29205 and you will be paid up for 2020!

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