CY volunteer says it’s the small things that matter

By Stephanie Gonzalez You don’t have to be a long-time Cooper-Young resident to recognize Debbie Sowell. In fact, when my husband and I moved onto the same block as Sowell and her husband, Chris McHaney, it only took them about 12 hours before they stopped by to welcome us to the neighborhood … and tell us to join the Cooper-Young Community Association, of course! Sowell, this month’s Volunteer Spotlight, is familiar to many as one of...

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Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history
May02

Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history

By Sharron Johnson Alas, May has arrived, and it is time for the Cooper-Young gardens to come alive. With so many types to choose from, where does one begin? Well, I receive nominations from neighbors and folks I come to meet that want the rest of the community to recognize the beauty that they appreciate. Sometimes, I stumble across a garden and just cold call them up. The reactions are all different. Some are ecstatic with joy and...

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Landmarks update: voting process explained

Many of the questions surrounding the proposed landmarks status in Cooper-Young continue to revolve around the process required to achieve this status. In order to attain landmarks status with the Memphis Landmarks Commission several steps have to be accomplished. Currently, several members of the neighborhood are hosting public meetings and receiving feedback on proposed guidelines in order to create a document that represents the...

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Board members form base of CYCA

Aside from the hard work contributed by our Executive Director, Kristen Schebler, all of the work done by the Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) is thanks to your neighbors who volunteer their time throughout the year. Because of your tremendous support and our terrific volunteer base in Cooper-Young, the CYCA, its projects, and responsibilities have grown tremendously over the years. The overall management of the organization...

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Passion for gardening sparks  CY-er’s love of volunteering
Apr13

Passion for gardening sparks CY-er’s love of volunteering

By Stephanie Gonzalez Robbie Dixon, the Lamplighter’s April Volunteer Spotlight, inherited a love of gardening from his mother growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He started with house plants, but when he moved to Elzey Street in Cooper-Young in 1993 he greatly expanded his botanical palette and embraced a new love for volunteering rooted in his new passion. Now Dixon’s house features a variety of vegetable beds that he plants from...

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Letter to Cooper-Young: Garden Walk invites participation

Dear Cooper-Young Residents, The Cooper Young Garden Club would like to personally invite you and your family to participate in our 2nd annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk. Our neighborhood garden tour happens May 20th-21st. Garden tours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily with garden speakers from 3-4:30 p.m.  Get your two-day pass tickets by May 5th for $15 or $20 after May 5th. Order online at https://cygardenwalk.eventsmart.com or pick-up at CYCA...

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