This is the electronic version of a special newsletter that was printed and distributed to homes in the neighborhood.
Welcome to a special, one-time printed edition of the Allendale Neighborhood Newsletter. Your Allen-dale Neighborhood Association Board decided that printed newsletter would be an opportunity to reach the many newcomers in the neighborhood. An expanded version (including photos) of this newsletter will also be emailed to online subscribers. If you wish to subscribe to the email edition, please go to https://allendaleneighbors.com/ and follow the link at the bottom of the page to sign-up, so you don't miss future editions and news about your neighborhood.
First and foremost, we hope that you all are staying safe and healthy through these difficult times. The neighborhood is full of people walking, cycling or jogging through our beautiful streets. It’s a good thing to do, at a safe distance.
And it is Allendale’s beauty that is one of the themes of this month’s newsletter.
One of the main objectives of our neighborhood association is “to preserve and protect the established character, beauty, and ‘de facto property standards’ of the neighborhood.” We’ve recently had two great examples of neighbors taking it on their own to contribute to this objective:
If you see Nick or Nina, please thank them for their efforts. Also, if you have a chance, please comple-ment our many other neighbors who maintain the beauty of their home-sites. Only by following their examples, will we be able “to preserve and protect the established character, beauty (and desirability) of Allendale.”
Neighborhood Association Leadership Changes
We are pleased to announce that Andy Corty has joined the Association Board as our new Treasurer. Some of you know Andy either personally or through his role as community lead-er and executive at the Tampa Bay Times. We are very fortunate to have him as part of our team. He and his wife Betty live at 1139 Monticello. Welcome Andy.
As many of you know, Nina Light has been the association’s Treasurer for many years. Nina, at her re-quest, is stepping down as treasurer so she can focus on her crime watch responsibilities.On behalf of the entire neighborhood, we want to thank Nina for her faithful and skillful service as our treasurer. We are also very thankful her service as crime watch coordinator will continue. How did crime watch start?
Here’s Nina’s story: “Early in 2007, our house was home invaded at 6:30 a.m. by three young teens with guns. It was a very surreal experience. Thankfully, we all survived and the following day, the St. Petersburg Police and City Council met with neighborhood residents and helped us form our Allendale Crime Watch, Inc. There are several of us that have been patrolling the neighborhood in vehicles, bicycles and on foot for the past four-teen years. And we continue to work hard to identify and correct any situation that might pose even the slightest threat to our neighborhood. People have learned to lock their cars and homes and many have also installed security cameras. As a result, police records confirm that Allendale is one of the safest neighborhoods in the City, and we will be working hard for you to keep it that way."
Please offer Nina your personal thanks the next time you see her patrolling the neighborhood
Important City Information
Another goal of your association is to make sure you are aware of City of St. Petersburg programs and activities that might affect you or your Allendale neighbors. To help residents stay ahead of tropical storms and hurricanes, the City has an alert system called Alert St. Pete. Residents can sign up for notifications during emergency situations affecting St. Petersburg, including mandatory evacuations, hurricane information, flooding events, local emergencies and optional National Weather Service bulletins. Learn more at https://www.stpete.org/news/alert_stpete.php
Our Beautiful Trees
Historically, Allendale has been known for its thick canopy of beautiful trees. As our trees die or are cut down, we thought you’d be interested in some facts recently published by the national Arbor Day Foundation:
More Beautiful Trees
In 2018 Nina Light coordinated a wholesale purchase and installation of thirteen live oak trees at 10 home sites. The trees are all healthy and growing and will soon contribute to the beauty of the neighborhood. The wholesale price saved residents more than 20 percent. Your association is planning an-other similar project. For more information, watch for details in an upcoming email newsletter. Or you can let us know by filling out a simple form.