Pike Road School Groundbreaking Video

January 10th, 2014 categories: Buyer Tips, Neighborhoods, Pike Road, Schools
If you weren't able to make the Pike Road School groundbreaking ceremony at The Waters this morning, here's a quick video so you can see what you missed. Because I have been to quite a few of these Town of Pike Road events, I expected a well-executed, inspirational, informative ceremony.  I got exactly that.  See if you don't agree that Pike Road, Alabama, is an exciting place to live these days. If you'd like to learn about homes for sale in Pike Road because of the new school, or if you're just interested in Pike Road real estate because it's an great place to live, give us a call (256) 853-0357 or contact us here.  We'd love to talk with you about the possibilities. The Town of Pike Road had a nice tent set up on The Avenue of the Waters, where the school will be located in east Montgomery County. For those of you familiar with The Waters neighborhood, you go in the main entrance off of Marler Road, go over the first little bridge, climb the hill, and it's on your right before you get to the tennis courts.  It was a cold, misty day today so everyone was glad to have some shelter! As you can see from the video above, a little line of dirt was set up in the background with ten or twelve fancy shovels at ready. Mayor Gordon Stone welcomed everyone. You could tell that the Mayor was bursting with pride today. It was understandable, because he and many others have been working for about sixteen years to get to this point. In fact, the Mayor went out of his way to thank any and everyone involved, most by name. He even recognized former Town councilmen, which I thought was a nice touch. Then he introduced Ms. Linda Ware, Vice President of the Pike Road School Board. She led the invocation and did a really nice job. After the pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Stone read a proclamation and then introduced some various speakers.  Wayne Rabren spoke first. Mr. Rabren was the first mayor of the Town of Pike Road. He gave a different angle on the history, pointing out that the first Pike Road School was formed in like 1919 and educated area children until the late 1960s. Next, Chris Dunn spoke. Chris is the current Chairman of the Pike Road Town Council and Mayor Pro Tempore. Chris is a great speaker and always delivers. Next up was Ray Hawthorne. I have never met Ray, and was curious about what he would say as he is the President of the Pike Road School Board. He did a good job as well.  Mr. Hawthorne spoke mainly about keeping true to the original vision of excellence by keeping standards high and working hard. Before the Mayor wrapped up, Dr. Ed Richardson spoke. Dr. Richardson is the former State of Alabama Superintendent of Education, and is widely regarded as a visionary, effective leader in the education field. Dr. Richardson was a key cog in the Pike Road School process - he served as the Executive Director of the Pike Road Leadership Council. I knew that they would be OK when it was announced he would head the effort to negotiate with the Montgomery public school system for the asset split. At the groundbreaking, Dr. Richardson also talked about the need of high standards, and urged residents to stick to them, even if it means there are some rough patches! After that, everyone shifted over to the shovels for the official groundbreaking. It was a really fun time when the town councilmen, school board folks, parents, and even kids got in the act. The weather was cold in rainy, as you can see in the above video. But it's clear that the Town of Pike Road is burning with optimism about its school and the community's future!

Pike Road’s ENHANCE Open House Tonight!

February 21st, 2013 categories: Activities, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Pike Road ENHANCE Open House

The Pike Road ENHANCE Initiative is "a plan by the future of the Town of Pike Road will be shaped."

Head to the Town Hall tonight from 5:30-7:00 pm, and see displays and representatives from each of the nine ENHANCE programs, and learn how you can plug in and shape the future of the Pike Road community.

Quite a few "Quality of Life" programs already exist, and are open to everyone in Pike Road:   Agriculture and Stewardship Club, The Neighborhood Leaders, The Recreation Service Corps, The Patriot Club, The Pike Road Arts Council, The Pike Road Business Association, The PRAYER Team, The Education Service Committee, and the PRICE Foundation.

For more info on ENHANCE, check out the video below:

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For more information on this event,  contact Mary Catherine at marycatherine@pikeroad.us, or CLICK HERE to  visit the Town of Pike Road website.

If you're interested in homes for sale that will be zoned for the upcoming Pike Road school, you need to know that the Town of Pike Road will always be the authority on school zoning.  If you would like to know about homes for sale in Pike Road neighborhoods, CLICK HERE for our Neighborhood pages.  Here you'll find pictures, neighborhood video tours, and most importantly, a current live feed of homes for sale in each neighborhood from the MLS.   Check out neighborhoods like The Waters, Lochshire, and others on these Neighborhood pages.

We love to talk Pike Road real estate.  Give us a call at (334) 221-5862, or CLICK HERE to contact us, and get connected with Realtors who specialize in the Pike Road area.

Pike Road School System Hires Heavy Hitter

March 21st, 2012 categories: Montgomery, Pike Road, Schools
Photo Credit: Montgomery Advertiser.com

Photo Credit: Montgomery Advertiser.com

The fledgling Pike Road, Alabama, school system took a big leap forward by hiring an executive director of the Pike Road Education Leadership Council. And they didn't hire just anybody. Ed Richardson will lead the Council in their negotiations with Montgomery County, and oversee the beginning stages of setting up the town's school system. Anyone that has spent any time in Alabama in the past 20 years should know him. Mr. Richardson has served as the President of Auburn University, and also the Superintendent of Education for the entire state of Alabama. Learn more about this huge announcement in this Montgomery Advertiser article by Annie McCallum Bitter. Richardson tells the Advertiser that he sees the new Pike Road school system as a "golden opportunity to form a very strong school system" and "You seldom have an opportunity to start a school system and to build it in a very qualitative way with parents who are highly interested." Are you highly interested in a home for sale in the Pike Road, Alabama, area? We can help. Check our Neighborhoods Page, we have information on lots of Pike Road neighborhoods like Bon Terre, Providence, Lochshire, The Waters, Stone Park, and more. Don't see anything you like? Please Contact Us on this page and we can customize your home search.

Frozen On Sturbridge Pond

January 9th, 2010 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods
Sturbridge, a popular neighborhood in east Montgomery, has two big ponds at its Vaughn Road entrance.  I was shocked to see that one of them is nearly completely frozen over in about half inch thick ice.
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Buyers relocating from up north might say, "what's the big deal?" But let me tell you, for central Alabama, a frozen pond is a rare occurrence.  This recent cold snap is breaking records.
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I was running errands with my kids yesterday in the Vaughn Road area and was surprised to see some bigger kids playing at the edge of the pond.  They were breaking off big hunks of ice and throwing them back on the iced surface.  We paused to take some pictures and the below video.  For Alabamians, this is surreal.
Hey readers - does anyone else have some good cold weather photos and videos, in Sturbridge or the rest of Montgomery? Leave a comment or reply below and let the rest of us see!

Lemonade Stand In East Montgomery’s Sturbridge Tastes Like Summer

June 1st, 2009 categories: Activities, Montgomery, Neighborhoods
I have a great home for sale in Sturbridge.  I took my real estate assistant over there to put out some more flyers today and encountered my first lemonade stand of the summer: lemonade-stand I wasn't surprised to see one here. Sturbridge is a great neighborhood in east Montgomery, one with an apple pie, American feel.  Kids ride their bikes around there.  Moms power walk. Teens play ultimate frisbee in the "green space." What I was surprised about was how good the lemonade was.  It was actually like a limonada - sort of a blended, Icee consistency, with just the right amount of sweet and sour.  Worth every bit of the 75 cents and 25 cent tip.  What's up? Do the kids in Sturbridge have some sort of secret recipe? I will return to that one. Even though I am one of the cheapest humans alive, I will always stop at a kids' lemonade stand.  It is free enterprise in action. It fires me up that capitalism is alive and well, no bailouts in the lemonade stand industry, no sir. While I'm on the subject, let me point out one more great reason to stop a lemonade stands: Make A Stand - Montgomery's own Pat & Elizabeth Adams are involved with this effort to bring awareness and raise money to fight pediatric brain cancer.

When Will Pike Road, AL, Have A School System? The Mayor Answers

April 16th, 2009 categories: Pike Road, Schools
The Town of Pike Road had an "Education Summit" tonight at St. James United Methodist Church. It mostly covered the nature of the school system, which will be a P.D.S. school - or a Professional Development School - more on that later. For now, check out this video of Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone answering the big question: When will Pike Road have its own school system? His answer: Also, I was pleased to be interviewed by WSFA Channel 12 and WAKA Channel 8.  It also aired on the local Fox affiliate WCOV. I revealed two great pearls of wisdom: 1. choice is good and 2. schools are important. Gee, I am brilliant.

Proposed Zoning for Carr and Wilson Schools in Montgomery, AL

March 23rd, 2009 categories: Montgomery, Schools

The Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) website has posted proposed zoning for the newest east Montgomery schools:  Wilson Elementary and Carr Jr.  This new zoning will take effect Fall 2009.

Below is the zoning map for Carr.  For closer detail, click here for the PDF from the MPS website

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Here is the proposed map for Jim Wilson Elementary School.  Again, for more details click here for a link to the map on the MPS website.

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This is a really important and exciting time for the Montgomery Public Schools and the city of Montgomery.  Two public forums have been scheduled to discuss the  new school zoning:  Monday, March 23rd  (today) at 6:00 pm at Blount Elementary School, and Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 pm at Brewbaker Junior High.  Parents are encouraged to attend these forums.  Voting on the new zoning will take place in April.

As always, if you're looking for a home in one of these new Montgomery school zones, we'd love to help.  It costs you nothing to let an experienced Realtor help you with your home search.  Give us a call or email from the info at the top of the page, or contact us via the contact tab.

For pictures and video of these schools under construction check out these posts:

Neighborhood Spotlight:  New Park (video shows Wilson school)

Right Before Your Eyes:  Carr Middle School

Snow in Montgomery, AL – 2 Years in a Row!

March 2nd, 2009 categories: Activities, Montgomery
My kids are getting spoiled by all this winter weather - two mornings of snow in two years is cause for celebration in Montgomery!  Last year it snowed one morning in February, and this Sunday (March 1, 2009) it snowed all morning long.  This might be the third time we've seen snow in ten years. Since it is such a rarity around here, I thought I'd share a few of our pics.
Walking out the front door.

Walking out the front door.

This is a LOT of snow for Montgomery!

This is a LOT of snow for Montgomery!

Looking across the back yard.

Looking across the back yard.

The entrance to Lochshire was pretty.

The entrance to Lochshire was pretty.

Homes covered with snow in the Lochshire neighborhood.

Homes covered with snow in the Lochshire neighborhood.

Video Tour of the Montgomery Zoo

January 26th, 2009 categories: Activities, Montgomery
We love the Montgomery Zoo.  It really is a gem.  It's not just a petting zoo - it is the real deal with monkeys, elephants, giraffes, lions, and a rhino. There's a new bald eagle exhibit, plus a river otter and (separate) alligator area under construction.  Very cool. You can make a morning, afternoon, or all day event of it, and everyone needs a nap when you get home! Check out my video of our trip last week. [viddler id=a663161d&w=437&h=370]

It’s Fun to Play at the Montgomery, AL YMCA

September 11th, 2008 categories: Activities, Montgomery
YMCA Soccer Good GameThe Y's are great in Montgomery.  Spread all around town, they have excellent facilities and high participation from all ages.  That's where people go.  From someone who did not grow up with an active YMCA program, this is a marvel - great fitness and entertainment for the whole family (year round) for a really cheap cost! YMCA Montgomery SpinningFor moms with young children, they have child care.  For working parents, there's after-school care.  My personal favorite is the heated indoor swimming area - a great change of pace from the regular February activity! The exercise classes are top notch, as are the personal trainers - should you be so inclined.  The fellowship with other families is an added bonus. YMCA Montgomery Google MapIn east Montgomery alone, there are Y's located on Bell Road, Atlanta Highway, and at The Waters. It's hard to get too far from one. Click here for a larger version of this map. There are sports programs - soccer, t-ball, baseball, football, volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, wrestling, track, cheerleading, swimming, etc., and their website says over 10,000 kids in Montgomery participated in sports through the Y.   Non-members can play sports, but Y members get a 50% cut in registration fees.  Even for small families, that discount will almost pay for the monthly membership cost. It's a great deal.  I had no idea.