Sunday, December 16, 2012

Have the police keep an eye on your home while you're gone

Travelling for the holidays? Did you know that you can request the police to keep an eye on your home while you're gone? Did you know that it's as easy as filling out a quick form online? Take a minute to put your details on this house watch request form, and law enforcement will know to pay particular attention to your home while on patrol. 

In addition to the house watch request form, you can find many useful online forms on the city's website. You'll find ways to notify the city of everything from nuisance animals to playground maintenance requests. Kudos to the city for harnessing technology for convenient communication!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Join us on neighborhood-specific social networking site

Want to keep in touch with your neighbors in Woodburn? Join us on the neighborhood-specific social networking site

Nextdoor allows communities to easily create private websites to facilitate communication among neighbors and build stronger neighborhoods.

Nextdoor was created based on the idea that the neighborhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person's life. Nextdoor's mission is to use technology to help neighbors build stronger and safer neighborhoods.

Sign up at to get to know your neighbors, privately discuss community issues, and keep current on what is happening in Woodburn.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Meeting Minutes - Monday, April 9, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm. Each person present was asked to introduce
themselves and state where they lived.

Morgantown Police Officer Balderson spoke about the Neighborhood Watch program.
Individual watch groups are no longer used. The police work through the neighborhood
associations. He had handouts and suggestions about home and neighborhood security.
There was discussion.

Woodburn Reuse Study Group: Ron Justice distributed the results of the survey and
spoke about them. The goal of the survey was to provide the city council with
information on which to base their decision about the property. Ron thanked Ron Delany
and Wes Nugent for their work on the survey. City Manager Terrence Moore then spoke
about the city’s work with the Board of Education on the issue. The city has ordered a
due diligence assessment of the costs associated with the purchase and upkeep of the lot
and buildings, which will be reported to the council by May 29th. Council will then meet
with the BOE in June. The board may sell the property in separate parcels. Private
partnerships are also being considered. There was discussion. The Woodburn Reuse
Group will meet again at the city Safety Building on June 4 at 6:00 p.m. President Eason
was asked to send thanks to Mr. Moore, the city council members, and representatives of
other neighborhood groups who attended our meeting.

Inclusive City Commission Proposal: City Council member Don Spencer distributed
handouts and spoke about the proposal which is before the city council. Those in favor of
the commission wish to take a proactive approach to encouraging diversity and believe
that managing diversity well is vital to a community’s long term stability and growth.
The commission would have 7 members and act in an advisory capacity to the council.
There was discussion. The president asked for a vote in favor of WAN expressing formal
support of the proposal, which passed with one nay vote.

Woodburn Clean-up Day was set for April 28th at 10 am. Help is needed to organize the

Report from City Council from council member Marti Shamberger:
1. There are concerns about trash in the area, especially in the 800 block of
Charles Ave. Neighbors are encouraged to call and report trash. Though the
Board of Education is not required to follow code, we can report concerns on
school property to the BOE, such as the graffiti-covered dumpster.
2. Neighbors are encouraged to report suspicious persons and activities to police.
3. The city is working to improve lighting by the Dairy Mart and crosswalk.
4. Trash in the area of Gem St and Forest Ave is being addressed by code
5. A possible monthly neighborhood clean-up was suggested by M. Shamberger.
6. A bird walk in Whitemoore Park was suggested.
7. Adam Henry has resigned from the Traffic Commission, so there is an
opening for a member.
8. The city is negotiating a new contract with Allied Waste. They may begin to
pick up more recyclables, and they may pick up the trash earlier. Neighbors
are asked to speak at the council meetings about their feelings about earlier
trash pickups.

Election: Wendy Cerne passed out information about candidate Donna Tennant.

WAN elections: since no one has volunteered to run for president, S. Eason is willing to
continue as she is able.

Woodburn sign: it is in bad shape. Susan and Alice may work on it. Julie Lattanzi will
coordinate flowers for this year.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

(You may download a complete copy of these minutes using the links at the bottom of this page.)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Neighborhood clean up days

 This Saturday, April 21, 9-12 noon is a spruce up day at Woodburn School.  The Local School Improvement Council invites our community to come help weed flower beds and scrape and paint picnic tables.

Saturday, April 28- 9:45 a.m.- 12:00 Clean Up Day in Wooduburn.  Meet at Mario's Fishbowl.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

WAN Meeting on April 9

Please take a look at the updated agenda for Monday.  We welcome the entire Woodburn School Reuse Study Group to our meeting.  They will be first on the agenda.

1.  Welcome
2.  Report from the Woodburn Reuse Study Group- Ron Justice, Chair. The group will share results from the recent survey.
3.  Inclusive City Commission Proposal- Don Spencer will present this initiative, seeking our support. 
4.  Neighborhood Watch- Sergeant Robinson will share how you can participate in the Neighborhood Watch program.
5.  City Council Representative Report- Marti Shamberger has several items relating to safety, trash and litter, graffiti in the neighborhood to report on.
6.  Woodburn Neighborhood Spring Clean-up- Setting date and publicity.
7.  Concern about cars failing to stop at stop signs at Ridgeway and James and Ridgeway and Harrison Streets.
8.  Request for folks to share information about candidates in the upcoming elections.
9.  Annual Dues:  It is time to collect five dollars for our annual dues to be paid to the treasurer, Tamara Riegel.

The meeting will be April 9, 7:00pm at Crosley's Restaurant (next to Mario's Fishbowl).

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Woodburn School Re-use Survey

The Woodburn Reuse Study Group is asking for your help.  Would you please respond to a questionnaire about potential reuses for the Woodburn School should the city have an option to purchase it from Mon County Board of Education.

Your responses are very important.  Your feedback is needed.  Please take five minutes to fill out this online survey and then forward to your friends. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Woodburn History

In 1800, John Rogers received a deed from the Commonwealth of Virginia for a large tract of land adjacent to downtown Morgantown which became known as Richwood Farm and today is Woodburn.

George Rogers, son of Thomas Rogers, acquired his brothers’ land and he and his wife Louise developed “East End Addition”  located behind Woodburn Elementary.

Louise Ave., named for Mrs. Rogers, also runs through Woodburn.

The rapid growth in Woodburn was due in part to the Welsh tinsmith immigrants moving in and coming to work at the Sabraton Tinplate Mill.

In 1905, the Sabraton Railway Company established a trolley line from East Prospect St. up Richwood Ave. across Hartman Run Road into Sabraton.

In 1909, the School Board purchased land in Woodburn to build a new school for the growing community.  Woodburn Elementary sits on top of the hill today, welcoming 225 students each morning.

During this boom time, several service establishments appeared, including the Town Hill Grocery and Gas Station in 1935.  Today Town Hill sits on the edge of Woodburn and is owned by Woodburn resident Mark Thalman and is known for its chili dogs and tankers.

In 1948, Tom and Anna Torch opened the Richwood Avenue Confectionary.  In 1963, Mario and Rosa Spina purchased the establishment which today is owned by Woodburn residents, Karen and Mark Fufari and is known as Mario’s Fishbowl.

Once the home of a Studebaker Car Dealership, 318 Richwood Avenue is now home to local, global cuisine restaurant, The Richwood Grill. This restaurant is owned and operated by Woodburn residents Marion Olingher and Alegria Holland .

Other notable structures of the Woodburn community are the massive stone retaining walls along Richwood Ave. and in Whitemore Park built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration.

These stone walls still hold our neighborhood today.