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Cleanup Day: April 25th!

April 14, 2020

The association has scheduled a Cleanup Day for April 25th!

You can participate in two ways:

1) A city provided dumpster will be located at the corner of Beaver and Westover at 8:00 AM. It will be hauled away between 12:00PM and 2:00 PM. So get there early and bring all of your items that you couldn’t fit into your regular trash bin during your stay-at-home-purge!

**PLEASE NOTE** No electronics, tires or toxic waste is allowed in the bins! We have a Tire and TV Amnesty Day event May 16. See the events tab for more information.

2) Volunteer to clean one of our associations pocket gardens!

The signup sheet can be found here!

Be at your selected garden at 10:00 AM and bring any tools you might use like rakes and gloves! The association will provide you with lawn bags for leaves and debris!

**We want this to be a safe outdoor event! Remember to practice proper social distancing**

April 13, 2020

We appreciate Southwood Parks own Nancy Gouloff-Grabner for lifting spirits in these unusual times by displaying her fantastic Halloween character collection. 🧡 Be sure to check out the many displays on Hartman Road and Sherwood Terrace!

Cartoon cutouts bringing joy in time of unease

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Nancy Gouloff-Grabner’s collection of plywood character cutouts weren’t created for springtime.

Shrek and Donkey, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and Sven and Olaf instead were made to delight trick-or-treaters along West Sherwood Terrace amid a landscape of pumpkins and fallen leaves.

But as others began placing teddy bears in windows and rehanging Christmas lights to provide lightheartedness and hope during the coronavirus pandemic, Gouloff-Grabner knew her piled-up Halloween decorations also could provide a welcome reprieve.

Her neighbors agreed.

Various fictional characters – including those from “Shrek,” “Scooby-Doo,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Frozen” – have found temporary homes in lawns near Foster Park.

“They’re all out,” Gouloff-Grabner said last week. “Everything I have is now scattered around the neighborhood.”

Bev Zuber, the Wayne Township assessor, was thrilled to welcome the “Scooby-Doo” gang and their Mystery Machine to her yard. The decorations make for a natural photo op.

“It just brings happiness,” Zuber said. “The kids come running up, and even adults have come running up.”

Megan Chapla is now used to children checking daily on her house – er, yard – guests, Shrek and sidekick Donkey. She said she enjoys giving the kids something consistent to look forward to during this uncertain time.

“It’s just been a ton of fun,” Chapla said.

If she had had a choice, Tracy McMenimen said she would have picked “The Wizard of Oz” crew for her yard, but somebody got to those first. That’s how she ended up with characters unfamiliar to her, those from “Despicable Me.”

McMenimen encourages families to pause for a photo with Gru and his minions.

“It breaks up the day for the children,” she said.

Gouloff-Grabner’s character cutout tradition began about 13 years ago when her children – now 19, 22 and 24 – wanted to decorate for Halloween, and she had a 4-foot-by-8-foot piece of plywood to spare.

“I’m pretty handy with the jigsaw,” she said.

Gouloff-Grabner sometimes draws the figures by hand, but she also uses a projector to get the shape and proportions right. Her sister, Jeanni Musgrave, has helped with painting, she added.

Some notable characters are missing from the wooden sets – such as Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” – because Gouloff-Grabner and her family dressed up as them for Halloween, she said.

Gouloff-Grabner’s decision to pull the decorations out of storage has brought more than whimsy to the neighborhood as COVID-19 forces people to stay home, said Zuber, the resident hosting Scooby-Doo.

“I think it’s a great illustration of the (468)07 community and how we stick together and will do this together. We’ll get through it,” Zuber said.

She described Gouloff-Grabner as the perfect instigator for the effort.

“When Nancy does something,” Zuber said, “she does it well, down to the last detail.”

Neighborhood Cutouts Gallery

Vote by Mail in the 2020 Primary Election

April 11, 2020

The Allen County Election Board will be allowing all registered voters to vote by mail in the 2020 Primary Election due to COVID-19.

Please see the link below learn how to vote by mail.

April 8, 2020

Remember:  We have an option for groceries right here in the neighborhood – Antonuccio’s Italian Market! Here’s one of their Facebook posts.

“Thank you for continuing to support Antonuccio’s Italian Market. Here is a list of some of the items we offer in the market. If you are interested in ordering, please call ahead (260)999-6973 or email We will get your order together as soon as possible and contact you about pick up procedures.”

@Antonuccio’s Italian Market

Sharing: A Friendly Reminder to Everyone About Social Distancing

April 5, 2020

Just a friendly reminder to everyone about social distancing. When I’m out on walks I’ve seen neighbors playing corn hole and touching the same bags, kids from various houses playing together, friends going for walks 6 feet apart. None of this is social distancing. The 6 feet apart is meant for scenarios where it’s impossible to avoid being around other people. Unless you share a bathroom with someone on a daily basis you shouldn’t be playing games or going for walks with them. Indiana had the highest percentage increase of COVID cases last week and the Fort Wayne ICUs are already full of patients. That means when we peak (if people handle social distancing correctly) the hospitals will be moving into other units and eventually into tents, and the staff gets overwhelmed. I know a number of physicians and at-risk people in our neighborhood, we all need to do our part to help them survive this even if it sucks.

How to Raise a Concern Politely with Neighbors

April 3, 2020

This year, more folks are working from their home office than ever before.

The neighborly thing to do: try to limit disruptions your moped tuneup, power tools, air hockey game, or Rammstein tribute band might cause during neighbors’ working hours.

If your neighbors don’t exercise self-restraint, we can ask Emily Post what she would do.

US Census Reminder

April 1, 2020

Have you responded to the US Census yet? Community services depend on a full, accurate count.  Visit!