Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier August 2, 2017
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August 2, 2017

SFNA General Meeting
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30pm-8pm
The next general meeting of the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8 from 6:30pm-8pm at the Sherwood Forest Presbyterian Church on the corner of Wilmot Avenue and Beltline Boulevard.

City of Columbia Code Enforcement Deputy Housing Official Michael O'Neil will speak and take questions regarding residential codes and neglected or abandoned properties.

Our neighbor Megan Harrington has agreed to serve as our social committee chairperson and will discuss some of her ideas and ask for yours.

Municipal Police Officer (MPO) Kevin Schmidt from the City of Columbia Police Department will speak and answer questions about crime in our neighborhood and surrounding areas.

A representative from the Richland County Penny Sales Tax team has been invited, but not confirmed, to speak about the progress for transportation in the County.

From 6-6:30pm join in socializing and snacks with your neighbors. The general meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of the second month of each quarter.

If you have any questions or concerns, or ideas for speakers, please let us know!

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Tired of Stepping, Swimming & Playing in Dog Poop?
Pathogens including bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in all pet waste can spread diseases directly to humans and other pets that come in contact with it. So not only is it gross to step in, it can be harmful to humans and animals. Home owners should pick up and toss waste from their yards into household garbage (the green rollcarts, not into trash piles) once per week. However, anytime dogs poop in public areas, waste must be picked up and properly disposed of, and if you do not, you can be fined.

Our neighborhood is applying for a Pet Waste Station through the City of Columbia's Trash the Poop program to help keep our neighborhood clean and safe. The station will be located on City right of way at the intersection of Kalmia and Wilmot in front of the Powers' home. Thanks to the Powers to agreeing to this!

The station will hold bags for dog owners to use for waste, which should then be disposed of in trash cans, not in curbside waste piles. A few more neighbors need to sign Trash the Poop agreement forms to be able to apply for the free dispenser. Forms will be available at the meeting on Tuesday, August 8, and those who sign will get free leash bag dispensers and bumper stickers.

For more information about the program, please go to:

USC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, August 20, 1-4pm
The public is invited to an open house at the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum Sunday, August 20 from 1 until 4pm. The open house program is held the third Sunday of every month, and features a variety of learning elements in these events.

Contact Gail Wojtowicz at 618 402-8736 or by email or see USC's Department of Biological Sciences W. Gordon Belser Arboretum web page for more information.

USC W. Gordon Belser Arboretum Endowment Fund
The USC W. Gordon Belser Arboretum in the heart of Sherwood Forest is in part supported by two funds established in 2007 by the University of South Carolina. The Belser Arboretum Endowment Fund (#B11336) was established to provide a permanent funding mechanism for the Arboretum operation. Only 5% of interest earned by the Endowment Fund can be used each year; however, this endowment fund once fully funded will guarantee the future of the Arboretum. The second is the Belser Arboretum Fund (#1A3769) which is a spendable fund from which monies can be freely spent for current Arboretum needs.

If you wish to donate to either of these funds, simple write a check to the USC Education Foundation, 1027 Barnwell St, Columbia SC 29208 and indicate in the memo field the name and number of the fund.

For more information or to arrange for large gifts, contact Vincent R. Suarez, Senior Director of Development, 803 777-4232 or mobile 803 260-3645, or email him at

Solar Eclipse 2017
Monday, August 21, 1-3pm
For those who do not want to get caught in the August 21st Eclipse traffic Jam, Sherwood Forest Church will be hosting a viewing party for the neighborhood. We will fire up the grill and offer hotdogs and soft drinks for free and if you want something special we will be happy to throw it on the grill for you! Please bring you own certified viewing glasses. The event will go from 1pm to 3pm.

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SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
Saturday, August 26, 8:30-10:30am
Volunteers are invited to participate in the two hour cleanup which is part of the Keep The Midlands Beautiful Adopt-A-Highway program. We will meet at the Piggly Wiggly parking lot at 8:30am. We will work from Devine to Rosewood on Kilbourne, then east to Beltline, and finishing at Sherwood Forest Church. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes and bring their own gloves

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

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