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Cooper-Young Community Association

The Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) was created in March of 1977 and is a fully registered and recognized nonprofit 501(c)3. With an initial goal of mobilizing residents to stem the tide of decay that so many urban areas experienced, this organization has always functioned as a grassroots, volunteer effort. The CYCA has assisted with a number of projects including an early neighborhood watch, the installation and maintenance of the nationally-recognized Cooper Street Trestle Bridge, and the redevelopment of the communities’ eponymous corner at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. It also began publishing its monthly community newspaper, The Lamplighter, in the early 1990s; this publication continues today and is hand-delivered to each residence within the neighborhood. This organization currently maintains community office space within a redeveloping commercial area in the southeast quadrant of the neighborhood. It is financially supported through events including its annual Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler and Beerfest as well as membership dues and donations. While it continues to be a predominantly volunteer organization, it does employ a full-time executive director as well as a small part-time staff for The Lamplighter.

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Lamplighter News

Summer Break Blues?

By Sheree Stubblefield Summer break is a gift and a curse. It's a chance for you to spend time with the kids but it's also a chance to spend time with the kids. Know what I mean? To beat the summer break blues, we have scoured the internet for all the best summer day...

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5 Reasons Being a Block Captain Rocks

By Sheree Stubblefield This Thursday, we are hosting a Block Captain Mixer for all of our Cooper-Young neighbors who want to make this neighborhood even better! We know you're wondering, "Me? Do I have what it takes? Do I have the time? Do I have the skills?" Um, yes....

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Riding the Bus Isn’t so Scary After All

By Sheree Stubblefield Friday, May 10 I had the opportunity to take the bus in Memphis for the first time at the "Bus Bunch" event hosted by Commute Ops Memphis and the CYCA. Commute Ops is an advocate for alternative transportation options and we wanted to get in on...

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Principal For a Day

By Robert Hatfield On Thursday, May 2nd, I had the honor of participating in Shelby County Schools’ Principal for a Day representing the CYCA. Each Principal for a Day met their assigned school’s principal at Bellevue Baptist for a breakfast and introduction to the...

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CYCA Awards First Scholarship

By Sheree Stubblefield Cooper-Young Community Association is proud to announce the winner of its very first scholarship, Jackson Danley! Danley lives in the neighborhood and attends Central High School as a Junior. He boasts a 4.0 GPA and is an Eagle Scout. When asked...

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Your Spring Cleaning Guide From the Experts

By Sheree Stubblefield Spring cleaning season is upon us! To help Cooper-Young prepare, the Lamplighter interviewed Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins, owners of Aunt Keys Apothecary, a Midtown-based natural cleaning company. Aunt Keys officially began in 2013, although...

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Cooper-Young Recycle Bins to Find a New Home

By Sheree Stubblefield Approximately twenty years ago, the word “recycling” was added to the lexicon of the average American home. It was becoming “normal” rather than an extreme practice of the new-age,  “granola” community. Nowadays, some people are hyper-recylists...

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5 Reasons to Join Cooper-Young’s Hottest Book Club

By Mackenzie Campbell and Tiffany Calhoun Have you ever read a book so good that you can’t stop talking about it, but no one gets it because they haven’t read the book? What if there was a group out there to help with this very issue? Well, contain your excitement...

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4 Things to Know About the Memphis Aquifer

By Sarah Houston CAESER, University of Memphis Memphis sits atop a special underground water source – the world-famous Memphis aquifer.  Sometimes it’s called the Memphis Sand Aquifer, but “Memphis Sand” is the name of the geologic formation... “Memphis aquifer” is...

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Top 10 Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning Tips

By Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Breaking it down into smaller portions will take the anxiety and chaos out of each chore. 1. Start from the top! Dust needs time to settle before you can sweep or vacuum it up....

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Green Ways to Cut the Clutter

By Stephanie Gonzalez You’re sniffling, it’s raining nonstop, the dogs are constantly tracking mud in from the backyard. It can mean only one thing: Spring is here! The season of renewal is a great time to pare down some of the clutter that’s gathered in your home...

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10 Reasons to Create an Urban Garden

By Kim Halyak Spring is around the corner which makes us think of flowers and sunshine. It's the perfect time to plant your garden and watch the flowers grow but living in the city with a smaller garden does not mean you are left out! For all the city dwellers out...

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Dirty finger nails advisory: Garden to-dos for July

By Bob MorrisonCooper-Young Garden Club Ornamentals Fertilize annuals in July. Please note: Annuals are heavy feeders and must have a continuous supply of nutrients to stay good looking.Boost flower power - remove faded flowers to encourage annuals to produce more...

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Summer Reading List 2019

By Kenzie Campbell and Tiffany Calhoun Have you already finished your summer reading list? Looking to get one started? The founders of Cooper-Young’s hottest book club, Dear Readers, are here for you! We’ve picked 5 books you won’t be able to put down. Whether you’re...

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“Wine and Walk” explores CY arboretum

Cooper-Young resident Judi Shellabarger helps residents explore the arboretum. For its June membership meeting, the Cooper-Young Community Association partnered with CY neighbor Judi Shellabarger, president of the West Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Urban Forestry...

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July book club book explores world of books

Dear Readers Book Club, the Cooper-Young neighborhood book club, will have their monthly gathering Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. July’s selection is The Library Book by noted New Yorker contributor Susan Orlean. The nonfiction book tells the unsolved tragic story of...

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CYCA relaunches block captain program

Block Captain Captain Kenzie Campbell helps relaunch the program. On Thursday, June 20, approximately 25 residents came to the Cooper-Young Community Association offices for an informational meeting on reviving the organization’s block captain program. A longtime...

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