Clean Your Block Party – This Saturday

This is not your average block party, let’s get out and clean our blocks  and meet our neighbors on Saturday, June 12.  Volunteer to be your block’s party captain and set your party time, register at the link below to get garbage bags and fliers to invite your neighbors delivered to your house.  The captain is responsible for handing out the fliers and inviting their neighbors to come out, visit and clean up.

And since we LOVE a social media challenge…post pics of your block party and tag the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use #100reasonsbelhaven to enter your pic!  Prizes will be given to the poster of the “Most Improved Block” and “Most Creative Block Party”.

https://www.cognitoforms.com/GreaterBelhavenFoundation/BlockCaptainRegistry

Message from John Lewis with the Greater Belhaven Security Association

Between now and the end of the year, please following these Security Measures:

  • -BE ALERT & AWARE of your surroundings at ALL times! When you are in vulnerable
    situations, pay attention to what is going on around you.
  • -If you see something suspicious, PLEASE CALL our Securitas Officer immediately.
    They are likely just around the corner and can get there in just a few minutes.
  • -Please put this number in your phone, under “SECURITY” or “SECURITAS”:
    601-720-6452. When you call, please give them as much detailed info as possible.
  • -Call JPD too! Often our Securitas Officer will also call JPD if it is security situation
    that will potentially need law enforcement to effectively deal with. Given the sizes
    of our Police Precincts, it may take a while for them to get to our neighborhoods.
  • -DO NOT leave any valuables (gifts, packages, laptops, jewelry, cash, credit cards, etc)
    in your cars! Especially overnight! Take them INSIDE your home. We do NOT want
    our great neighborhoods to be known as the “Shopping Destinations” of the criminal
    element in Jackson!
  • -If you see something suspicious, PLEASE CALL our Securitas Officer immediately @
    601-720-6452. They are likely just around the corner and can get there in just a few
    minutes. They can “check out” the situation and deal with it as needed.
  • -Be sure ALL of your exterior lights are working! The new LED light fixtures and bulbs
    use very little electricity and put out tons of bright light! Add more if needed!
  • -BE AWARE of your surroundings at ALL times! When you are in vulnerable situations,
    pay attention to what is going on around you.
  • -Help us increase our JPD Night Watch Patrols by joining GBSA! For $30 a month, you
    can help be a huge part of a greater law enforcement presence in our neighborhood!
    For more information, please call Adam @ 601-353-0800 or click on GBSA on the Greater
    Belhaven Foundation’s website!
  • -If you are a Greater Belhaven property owner, please SIGN the C.I.D. Petition, ASAP! Just
    over $100,000/year, of the money that will be generated, will be dedicated to enhancing
    security in our neighborhoods. Cameras, more patrols, enhanced security measures, and
    many other things can be implemented, IF we get the petition signed and the CID voted on!

Belhaven Boo Starts at 6pm!!!

Happy Halloween! The Belhaven Garden Club has been hard at work creating a Spooky Scene on Belvoir Place. Trick or Treating, games, music, face painting and food!! Belhaven Boo starts at 6pm with gates located at Belvoir/Riverside and Belvoir/Linden. $3 per person. The Greater Belhaven Foundation will also be there with information on the Community Improvement District as the Petition for interested parties to sign.

The Community Improvement District Petition Signing Kick Off Party was a Touch Down!! There is still time to Join the Team!!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday October 8 to be one of the first residents to sign our Petition to form a Community Improvement District. We got off to a great start but let’s keep this momentum going! Please see below more dates that Petition will be out and about for you to sign. If you would like to schedule a time to sign please email me at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com. A copy of the Petition is also available for signing at NeighborHouse, 1104 North Jefferson Street.

Greater Belhaven CID Petition Signing Opportunities

  • Friday, October 18, 7:30am to 9:30am, Deep South Pops, 1800 North State Street
  • Monday, October 28, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, BIA Neighbor Night, The Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview Street
  • Thursday, October 31, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Belhaven Boo, Belvoir Circle
  • Saturday, November 2, 10:00am to 11:30am, Puppets in the Park, Belhaven Park, 1000 Poplar Blvd.

Thank you for joining us for Pumpkins in the Park!

Saturday, October 5 was a wonderful day in Belhaven Park!! T.B. Ledford performed during pumpkin decorating which was followed by a showing of “Goosebumps 2, Haunted Halloween.” Thank you to everyone who attended and especially thank you to our event sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant. Thank you to all our Art Series Sponsors: Mississippi Arts Commission, City of Jackson, Baptist Health Systems, Funderburg Sessums & Peterson PLLC, & Brandley Arant Boult Cummings.

Community Improvement District Petition Signing KICKOFF Party!!

Stop by The Rickhouse, 717 Poplar Blvd., between 5:30 and 7:00pm Tuesday, October 8 to be the one of the FIRST residents to sign our Community Improvement District Petition!

What is a Community Improvement District? Before 2001, Mississippi law allowed special local improvement assessment districts to be formed to supplement city services and enhance property values and quality of life. That legislation “sunset” (it expired) in 2001. For more than a decade, the Greater Belhaven Foundation has worked with legislators and community leaders to get it re-enacted, and in 2019, House Bill 1612 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. The passage of this Special Local Improvement Assessment District Act once again allows communities to form special assessment districts in order to enhance their neighborhoods and property values. The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District is the first step toward creating a detailed plan to improve Greater Belhaven by taking advantage of the reenacted legislation.

In order to form our Greater Belhaven we must submit a petition showing that the owners of 60% of the taxable property in Greater Belhaven are in favor of creating the CID. Once this is done, the City will schedule a special election. If 60% of qualified voters within the district are in favor, then the CID for Greater Belhaven can be created.
Bring any questions you may have and bring your ideas for what we can do!

Registration is open for the 2019 Pearl River Clean Sweep!

Cleanup teams will be deployed at over 30 locations along the Pearl River watershed, from its headwaters in Nanih Waiya, MS, downriver through the Ross Barnett Reservoir, along the border of Mississippi and Louisiana, all the way to Pearlington on the Gulf Coast. The Sweep also includes locations on the Strong and Bogue Chitto River tributaries. This event will celebrate drinkable, swimmable, fishable water in 15 counties, 2 parishes, 2 states and over 490 miles of beautiful river!

In 2017 and 2018, this event engaged more than 1,700 volunteers and removed over 60,000 pounds of trash from our watershed! The Clean Sweep was an American River’s 2017 Cleanup Champion Award Winner for “Most River Miles Cleaned”. Huge thank you to all who participated last year!

Please join us for our 3rd annual event scheduled for Sept 21, 2019. All event information can be found here: https://www.pearlriverkeeper.com/2019-pearl-river-clean-sweep.html

Belmont Street Bridge Closed

The Department of Public Works has closed the Belmont Street Bridge due to multiple structural deficiencies.  The existing structure is a timber bridge that has exceeded its life expectancy.  The bridge structure is located on Belmont Street between Piedmont Street and Saint Mary Street in Belhaven.  Please adhere to the Detour signage.  The Department of Public Works will review design strategies, and funding during the closure.  The closure could last for several months.  The Department is requesting patience as they review all avenues to get the bridge back open to traffic.

Mississippi Farmer’s Market Open for Summer Hours

The Mississippi Farmers Market is located at 929 High Street, adjacent to the State Fairgrounds. The Mississippi Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Beginning June 13, the Market will also be open on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For more information about the Market or to find out what’s fresh each week, call (601) 354-6573, go online to www.msfarmersmarket.com, or visit the Mississippi Farmers Market on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Belhaven Neighborhood Night – Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm.

Mention Belhaven Night and receive a $12 ticket. Limited seats available. Subject to availability.

May 28-June 1 and June 4-8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
June 2 and 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $35; $28 seniors/students

Every true story carries a secret untold.

Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. The arrival of a young soldier just home from World War II, sets Alice Murphy on a journey to understand her past; what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Winner of the 2016 Drama Desk Award, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daring and hopeful. Recommended for ages 13+