Sherwood Forest Crier, May 1, 2021

Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier May 1, 2021
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May 1, 2021

Neighborhood Yard Sale
Saturday, May 15, 8am-12pm

You can either host a sale at your home and put a balloon on the mailbox or you can set up to have a table at the Sherwood Forest Presbyterian Church. Please let Mark Hering know if you will be doing a yard sale and if you are requesting a table at the church via email or call him with questions at 803 360-9527.

The City does require a permit for a garage sale at your house the cost is $5.50. Call the City of Columbia Business License Division at 803-545-3345 or visit the City’s website for more information.

SFNA General Meeting
Tuesday, May 11, 6:30pm-8pm
This general meeting is canceled..

The next scheduled SFNA general meeting is August 10. If the pandemic trend keeps going down and vaccination keeps going up, we plan to meet in person at the Sherwood Forest ARP Church on the corner of Wilmot and Beltline.

The day of the meeting may change depending on activities scheduled at the church.

If you have questions, answers, requests, offers or comments about the neighborhood, you can join the discussion in our SFNA private group on Facebook at

Only your neighbors can see who’s in the group and what is posted.

UofSC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, May 16, 1-4pm

All are welcome to join us at Open House, always the 3rd Sunday of every month. Gates are open at Bloomwood Road and Wilmot Avenue.

Please note that trails are natural and hilly in sections. Restrooms are not available. Please leave pets at home. Visitors are asked not to park on the lawns of surrounding properties.

Follow the Arboretum on Instagram and see Facebook for event info,

Contact Gail Wojtowicz at 618 402-8736 or by email or see UofSC’s Department of Biological Sciences W. Gordon Belser Arboretum web page.

Sherwood Forest Real Estate Snapshot

In the past month, four homes in the neighborhood have closed including 4104 Blossom for $875,000! Three homes are pending sale and four homes are actively for sale. Two homes have been listed since last month’s Crier: 4225 Mimosa was just listed for $419,000 and 608 LaBruce was listed early last month for $799,000. With low-interest rates, pandemic relocations, and the first round of millennials buying homes we continue to be in a very strong seller’s market.

Chances are you have been getting postcards, letters, phone calls and text messages with We Buy Houses for Cash offers.

Real estate investors that offer to buy homes quickly for cash usually offer around 65%–94% of a home’s value. Right now it’s a seller’s market, and homes are often going for 10% or more over listing prices so you risk leaving a pile of cash on the table. They may also offer no hassle transactions. This may mean that standard seller protections are not included in the contract. Also be aware that in addition to flipping a property to make quick cash, investors may convert properties into rentals, which is often bad for the quality of life in our neighborhood. Some may even be out-and-out scams!

I suggest contacting a qualified real estate seller’s agent to handle the sale of your property for peace of mind and to maximize the value!

Mark Hering

Orangey Brown Water?

All of our neighbors have probably turned on the tap to find orangey brown cloudy water coming out!

Chances are good that it’s the result of City of Columbia maintenance or repair to the system somewhere before the water gets to our neighborhood. The City will dispatch someone to drain the system through a fire hydrant once the repair has been finished.

If you see the system has been flushed or if several hours have passed, you can run the water for a few minutes to see if it starts to run clear.

To avoid filling your home’s water pipes with sediment-bearing water, test the water on an outlet (sink or outdoor faucet) that is closest to your water supply intake. That should be near to your water meter usually at the front of your home close to the street.

By the way, your water meter may have a shut off valve to cut the water off to your home in case of a plumbing incident! There should also be a shut off valve located inside the house near the street or near a waterheater. It’s good to know where they are if you have a leak in the middle of the night! Here’s one website with shut off valve locations information.

Also avoid using hot water until the water runs clear, since a hot water heater is usually a big water tank. Sediment builds up in the tank and reduces capacity and efficiency and can cause failure.

Avoid flushing the toilet to avoid sediment build up in that tank too!

For more information visit the City of Columbia Water Service website.

SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
Saturday, May 15
The clean up is tentative. Feel free to freelance in the meantime!

Here’s another reminder that dog poop bags should not be left on yard waste piles, but should only be placed bagged in the green rollcarts!

Please contact Dave Nelson at 803 447-4793 or for information or any questions.

Crier emails
We are making an effort to send out these informational emails around the first of every month to keep neighbors up do date on neighborhood events, and other events and information of interest. It’s cheaper and better for the environment not to print and pass out fliers! But we could all probably use the exercise!

If you have information of interest to the neighborhood, please pass it along and we may include it in a future Crier.

Tell your friends and neighbors to subscribe. No membership required, but of course we would like everybody to join! New neighbor? Let us know and we’ll send out the welcome wagon.

To subscribe, email or subscribe online

Join the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association
Become a member or renew your membership now for 2021!
Dues are only $20 and are due in January. Pay your dues now online. Or pay at the next general meeting or mail a check to Henry Nechemias, 4 Robin Hood Ct., Columbia, SC 29205 and you will be paid up for 2021!