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CENTER POINTE RESIDENTS CALL 911 FOR NOISE COMPLAINT

YES! Weekly has obtained the audio of the 911 call and the identity of the person that complained about the noise coming from Greene Street Nightclub on April 8. The complaint came from downtown resident Glenn Romano, who is the husband of Downtown Greensboro Inc. board member, Theresa Yon. In the audio, which you can listen to on our website, Romano claims that Greene Street was “playing music outside.” However, that was not the case. In fact, police that responded to the 911 call and did not find any noise violations.

There was no music being played outside at Greene Street at all that night as Romano claimed.

It has been well documented that many of the Downtown Noise complaints come from Center Pointe, Documents show that residents from Center Pointe have called nearly 300 times in the past. Out of those 911 calls, only a handful resulted in violations. All of the violations were ultimately dropped.

Kenny Efird, the owner of Greene Street nightclub, reported to YES! Weekly that the Greensboro Police Department came to investigate his club on April 8 because of a noise complaint.

According to Efird, two GPD officers showed up at 11:05 pm and informed Efird that he needed to close down his rooftop bar because they had received a noise complaint. The problem with that was the rooftop bar was not even  2015.4.9-yesweekly-halfpage.pdf 1 4/13/2015 2:25:18 PM open that night.

“We had over five nationally known bands at our club that night and over 400 tickets were sold in advance for this show. We had a mixed crowd of parents and kids. Everyone had a wonderful time. I was embarrassed to have the police pull up as parents and kids were leaving. We didn’t even have our rooftop open.”

According to Efird, the officers arrived at his club 5 minutes after the noise ordinance goes into effect. “The officers that came here didn’t even measure the noise. They just told me that there was a complaint and I needed to close my rooftop down. After I explained to them that the rooftop wasn’t open they just suggested I turn one speaker off, close the doors and they left.” Ultimately, police found no noise ordinance violations at the club and Efird only received, what he describes as embarrassment.

“I didn’t like having two officers show up as parents and their kids are walking out of the club. I had five bands breaking their equipment down so they could go on to their next shows and two officers show up about the noise five minutes after the noise ordinance goes into effect.”

Efird feels he is being targeted by someone and he would like to know who made the complaint. “I asked the police to tell me who made the complaint and they wouldn’t. I even called Watch Operations to ask who made the complaint and the police still wouldn’t tell me,” Efird said.

ARTS AND CRAFT BEER COMING BACK TO SAW- TOOTH IN WINSTON-SALEM

Winston-Salem’s Sawtooth School for Visual Art continues to make plans for their second annual Arts & Craft Beer event, during which folks can get a hands-on art experience while sampling some of the region’s local craft beer.

It’s all for a good cause as well. The event gives guests the chance to create their own limited-edition screen printed t-shirt or tote bag, or make a pair of earrings from bottle caps. This year’s Arts & Craft Beer event takes place on May 1, from 5:30-9 p.m.

Last year’s event featured only two beer vendors, but Sawtooth got a big boost when the Winston-Salem Jaycees jumped in and helped expand the number of vendors to five.

“Working with the Winston-Salem Jaycees has brought a totally new and exciting dynamic to Arts & Craft Beer,” said Sawtooth Sales & Marketing Director Kevin Mundy. “The Jaycees and their peers are the ideal target audience for an event like this, and they are making sure that the plans for the evening will appeal to the crowd. Thanks to their help, we’ve doubled the number of beer sponsors, and we hope to double the number of attendees as well!” Beer from Foothills, Brewer’s Kettle, Natty Greene’s, Gibb’s Hundred and Olde Mecklenburg breweries will be available. Tickets are $18 in advance, and $20 at the door.!

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