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Join our Fort4Fitness Parties!

September 24, 2018
Neighbors, it is that time of year again that the parade of runners will be coming through beautiful Historic Southwood Park! Come out and cheer them on and show how great our neighborhood is!!
Friday, September 28: 6:00 PM, corner of South Wayne Ave and Sherwood Terrace – come mingle with neighbors,  bring a snack,  BYOB, and chalk the the streets! Color South Wayne with inspirational messages to the runners.
Saturday, September 29: 7:30 AM, cheer on runners as they come through the neighborhood.  The 10K, half and full marathons will be coming down South Wayne at Sherwood Terrace.  Bring a dish to share,  BYOB, and cheer on runners.
This is truly an inspirational and fun event.  The runners appreciate your support more than you know.  We hope to see you there!
Learn more about the schedule, course route, and street closures by visiting http://fort4fitness.org/fall-festival.  If you can’t take time to cheer on the runners, please help out by removing cars from FWPD no parking zones the night before the races.  Plan ahead and avoid driving across the event route.  Most neighbors will find it easiest to head to Broadway via Rudisill to exit the neighborhood.chalk 5

Parkview Physicians Group to Open Primary Care Clinic at The Summit

August 20, 2018

Here is some exciting news from The Summit!  This facility will be an adaptive reuse of the former Lehman Library building.

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Aug. 20, 2018)Parkview Physicians Group (PPG), in collaboration with The Summit, will soon bring a primary care clinic to a new area of Fort Wayne. The clinic will house two physicians and two advance practice providers, along with a support staff of about 20.

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The 7,000 square foot clinic will house nine exam rooms and a procedure room, as well as e-visit exam rooms, lab services, concierge-style check-in areas and several other amenities designed to optimize the patient experience.

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PPG joins a variety of socially-minded organizations on The Summit campus who are working together to help the community thrive, such as Healthier Moms and Babies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana and The Literacy Alliance. Existing Parkview services at The Summit include Parkview Sports Medicine and Parkview Community Partners.

The clinic is expected to open in August 2019. 

Homeowners Can Report Dead Trees to 311

July 23, 2018

In the past City residents have had little recourse for dead trees not on public property. That has now changed. You can report totally dead trees to the City via 311, the city website, or app. Read this article for more information.

 

http://www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/news/502-residents-can-now-call-neighborhood-code-compliance-to-report-dead-trees

“Heroes of the Neighborhood” Block Party a Total Success

July 22, 2018

Despite a steady rain, Saturday’s “Heroes of the Neighborhood” Block Party was a total success!

The kids had a great time in the Justice League bounce house. There were fun games like cornhole when the weather cooperated. The food from 07 Pub and Shigs In Pit kept everybody happy. And we had great music from The Windows and swimmingintoview that kept the crowd entertained. The tent was full just about all afternoon!

A number of thank-yous are in order:
— Thank you to Councilman Geoff Paddock for visiting us.
— Thank you to our neighbors on Westover Road for allowing us to close their block to traffic for the day.
— Thank you to all our board members who helped plan the event, and greeted and talked to everyone. I think there were several new neighbors who came to the event and met new faces and friends.
— Special thanks to Board Treasurer Ellen Simmons. She works at Mutton Party & Tent Rental, and ordered exactly what we needed to keep us comfortable.
— Special thanks to our Dynamic Duo of Membership Committee Chairs, Nadine Rager and Scott Marker – Hoosier Realty Crew. Nadine worked on kids activities, nailed down the food orders, developed the theme, and kept an eye on the details. Scott made the trips to purchase water and pop, made band arrangements, and was generous enough to sponsor the much-appreciated pizzas from the 07 Pub. Yum!

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The biggest thanks go to all of you wonderful neighbors who weren’t scared of the weather forecast and came out to do some community building – bonding together as a neighborhood! That’s what it’s all about. And that’s what makes Historic Southwood Park such a great place to live!

— Steve McCord

Sign Our Petition. We Need Dependable Garbage and Recycling Collection.

June 8, 2018

Red River Waste Solutions became the garbage and recycling contractor for the City of Fort Wayne on January 1, 2018.  Since that time, trash and recycling pickup for residents and ratepayers has been unreliable.  There were many missed pickups in winter.  There have been many missed pickups in summer.  Many of these problems go unresolved for days.

If it doesn’t get better, we may have to change the city flag.

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Red River has blamed this poor track record on many things.  Poor weather has been blamed.  Sickness among workers has been blamed.  Equipment malfunction has been blamed.  New drivers and crews have been blamed.  Yard waste season has been blamed.  And reported in a recent News-Sentinel article, even city residents have been blamed.

Six months to learn the job is more than enough time for Red River.  We Fort Wayne residents are tired of missed pickups.  We are tired of having to report misses to 311. We are tired of watching trucks pass blocks of unemptied bins.  We are tired of seeing and smelling overflowing garbage bins.

We want the City of Fort Wayne to hold Red River Waste Solutions accountable for its inaction.  We want the City to impose penalties for missed contract targets.

We simply want the trash and recycling trucks to run on schedule. That surely isn’t too much to ask, is it?

Sign our petition HERE: https://bit.ly/2HvusM5

This petition will be delivered to City Council and the Mayor before a June 19 meeting where this issue will be discussed.  Please sign.  Please continue to report missed trash and recycling pickups to the City 311 Call Center or report online to  https://cityoffortwayne.custhelp.com/app/Fortwayne/home

Sincerely,

Steve McCord

President – Historic Southwood Park Board of Directors

Association-Wide Garage Sales June 9

June 6, 2018

garage sale signThe Association will place ads in Fort Wayne Newspapers and post signs around Southwood Park. You should post balloons or a sign in front of your house on those Saturdays to let buyers know you are participating.

Other neighborhoods having sales the same day include Historic Fairmont NeighborhoodHistoric Foster Park Neighborhood AssociationWilliams Woodland Park Neighborhood and Historic South Wayne Neighborhood Association. It should be a very big day!

It’s a great way to make space in the garage or basement, earn a little pocket cash, and get out and meet your neighbors! Or it could be the chance to snap up some great bargains. In any case, it’s fun. Good luck!

Recreational Fires and Open Burning in Fort Wayne: a Primer

June 6, 2018

There have been questions and concerns shared about both recreational fires and open burning in the neighborhood. We hope these press releases from the City sheds some light on the situation.

City press release:
RECREATIONAL CAMP FIRES

There is a city ordinance that shall be followed whether you are installing a campfire/fire pit, an enclosed bowl type or fireplace type enclosure for a recreational fire, please see the ordinance stated below. With any of these products, please remember to follow all the manufacturers’ specifications, directions and any and all guidelines recommended by the manufacturer. Please take all fire safety precautions when cooking or having a recreational campfire.

The following is the city ordinance relating to open burning and recreational camp fires.

The code states this;

A barbeque pit or grill is a stationary or portable device, with either electric, gas or charcoal fuel, which is used for the preparation of food and is allowed by code, but not within or on balconies of any apartment complex.

A fireplace(like an in-home style whether built or store bought) which is meant to be a part of your deck or patio is not regulated but there are some safety issues to think about which are the same as the rules for a fire pit. A fire pit or campfire which is meant for recreation, scouting events or family cookouts shall be subject to the following conditions listed;

  • A garden hose connected to a water supply, buckets, shovel, fire extinguisher or other approved fire extinguishing shall be readily available at the burn site.
  • Only wood products shall be burned-no leaves, paper or trash.
  • A fire shall be attended by a responsible party at all times until completely extinguished.
  • A fire shall be located at least 25 feet away from any structure, fence or right of way.
  • A fire shall not exceed an area 3 feet wide by 2 feet high.
  • If the open burning creates a smoke nuisance, or a hazardous condition exists, the open burning shall be immediately extinguished.

Anyone who recklessly, knowingly or intentionally kindles, or maintains any open burning consisting of a trash fire, leaf fire, bonfire, refuse fire, or other open burning that damages property of another person or spreads to property of another person may be liable for criminal mischief.

Any person who maintains burning of combustible materials out of doors or open burning not permitted shall be in violation and may be fined 50 dollars. If the violator does not appear in response to a notice issued to them within a period of 30 calendar days from the date and time shown on the notice, the penalty shall be 75 dollars.

If you have any further questions you may contact the Fort Wayne Fire Department at the 260-427-1479.

Please take the extra time necessary to exercise safety at all times.

 

AND THIS ALSO:

As the leaves begin to fall from the trees, people look for ways to remove them. For those considering burning leaves, twigs or trash that have accumulated on their lawns, the Fort Wayne Fire Department reminds everyone to avoid open burning as a general rule.

FWFD Fire Marshal Jim Murua says, “No one is to kindle or maintain open burning consisting of a trash fire, leaf fire, refuse fire, or other open burning according to Fort Wayne City Code.”

He explains that there are two exemptions allowed under certain conditions.

1. Bonfires celebrating school pep rallies are one exemption which requires obtaining a Burn Permit from FWFD at least 24 hours in advance of the permitted open burning. Call 427-1102 for more information or with questions.

2. Recreational camp fires for scouting or family cookout activities are allowed without a Burn Permit and are subject to the conditions listed below.

These exemptions must be subject to the following:

· A garden hose connected to a water supply, buckets, shovel, fire extinguisher or other approved fire-extinguishing equipment shall be readily available at the burn site.

· Only wood products shall be burned ‘€“ no leaves, paper or trash.

· A fire shall be attended by a responsible party at all times until completely extinguished.

· If the open burning creates a smoke nuisance, or a hazardous condition exists, the open burning shall be immediately extinguished.

· A fire shall be located at least 25 feet away from any structure, fence or right of way.

· A fire shall not exceed an area three feet wide by two feet high.

Anyone who recklessly, knowingly or intentionally kindles, or maintains any open burning consisting of a trash fire, leaf fire, bonfire, refuse fire, or other open burning that damages property of another person or spreads to property of another person may be liable for criminal mischief.

Any person who maintains burning of combustible materials out of doors or open burning not permitted shall be in violation and may be fined $50. If the violator does not appear in response to a notice issued to them within a period of 30 calendar days from the date and time shown on the notice, the penalty shall be $75. Repeat violators will be fined.

Please take the extra time necessary to exercise safety at all times.