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It’s a “New Trash Day”?

November 8, 2018

Today is the new trash and recycling day for MOST of the neighborhood. If you live south of Lexington in Southwood Park or Fairmont, THURSDAY is your new trash day. Is your trash out right now?

If you live north of Lexington, your trash and recycling day remains Friday.  Confused?  Visit www.MyNewTrashDay.com to double check.

This is recycling week for all of us.

We all hope the new recycling schedule and routes fix Red River’s performance issues. But if your trash and recycling is still awaiting pickup at 6PM, please visit the 311 webpage to report it and make your complaint publicly visible. If it doesn’t work, we must let them know!

Good luck.

Visit “Skeletown” for Halloween and Donate to Community Harvest Food Bank

October 24, 2018

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An in depth look by INPUT Fort Wayne at our neighborhoods own famous Skeletown attraction and how it came to “life” at 4429 Indiana Avenue.💀🎃  (Click the link to read the story!)

Don’t forget to donate non-perishables to the Community Harvest food bank barrel when you visit now through October 31, lights are on until 10p daily.

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