April 2024 e-newsletter for Council Member David Little
April 2024 e-newsletter for Council Member David Little
From the desk of Council Member David Little, District 2
Eyes Up, Phone Down
Just a heads-up: The City's revised hands-free ordinance will be enforced in a few months. Starting July 1, police can issue citations to motorists using hand-held devices while driving. While we recognize this may be a difficult behavior change for some drivers, the goal is to save lives. Distracted driving is a leading cause of death on our roads, and we want you to be safe. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the changes to the ordinance and discover more tips for staying safe while driving.
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Storytime at Chapman Elementary
Council Member David Little was proud to read to Chapman Elementary School students as part of Read Across America Day. The observance, established by the National Education Association in 1998 to get kids excited about reading, promotes literacy and celebrates bookworms of all ages. If you ever need a book recommendation, Council Member Little is more than happy to oblige!
First Stop Tour
Council Member Little toured the First Stop, Inc. facility on Stokes Street, alongside Executive Director Jennifer Geist. This organization plays a pivotal role in offering essential services to the unsheltered population, aiming to empower them toward achieving independent and sustainable livelihoods. Through its dedication and commitment, First Stop exemplifies a beacon of hope and support for those in need, embodying the spirit of compassion and resilience in our society.
Big Spring Park Expansion
Here we grow again – the City Council approved a contract with Bostick Landscape Architects to craft plans for transforming the site occupied by City Hall into an extension of Big Spring Park. The City continues to provide the infrastructure required to support a vibrant downtown.
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Celebrating Women
There was a great Women’s History Month celebration at the inaugural HerPower Walk at Big Spring Park. It was a gray, chilly morning, but the trees were in full bloom and participants’ spirits weren’t affected by the weather. We hope Huntsville Parks & Recreation makes this an annual event.
Here Comes Panoply
Happening soon is the 42nd annual Panoply Arts Festival in Big Spring Park. The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, with regionally celebrated bands and musicians, the fan-favorite juried Art Marketplace, STEAM Street, art and STEAM interactives, an interactive temporary art project, craft beer and wine, local food trucks and more. Don’t miss the fun!
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Celebrate Earth Day
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 20, and join the fun at the annual Earth Day Festival at Hays Nature Preserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free activities for all ages include eco-friendly exhibits, Southeastern Raptor Center demos, face painting, live music and more. Remember your reusable water bottle for refilling stations. There is limited parking at Hays, so use Mark Russell Recreational Center at 429 Taylor Road, with shuttle service provided by Huntsville Transit.
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Beautification Nominations
Numerous beautifully landscaped properties grace the City, with several located in District 2. The Huntsville Beautification Board is currently accepting nominations for the 2024 Beautification Awards. Remember, the deadline for nominations, accompanied by a $50 entry fee per property, is April 8. Judging will occur after Memorial Day.
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April 11: City Council Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1st Floor Chambers, Huntsville City Hall

April 20: Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hays Nature Preserve

April 25: City Council Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1st Floor Chambers, Huntsville City Hall

April 26: Panoply Arts Festival Kickoff, 5 p.m., Big Spring Park

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