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Board Meeting Wednesday September 1

August 30, 2010

It’s hard to believe that August is almost gone…

The Board of Directors will hold its meeting Wednesday September 1, 7PM at the Friendly Fox. Neighborhood resdients are encouraged to attend. There will be an Open Forum for residents concerns at the beginning of the meeting. The Agenda for the meeting is here: SP Agenda, 09.01.10.

Steve McCord

Should your old windows be saved?

August 26, 2010

For those who have expressed an interest in a “Working Windows Workshop”, we’re trying to find a date when we can pull together the experts to hold a workshop. We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve got everything together.

In the meantime, here’s an article from Fine Homebuilding magazine on the subject. If you’re still debating the repair or replace question for your home, you’ll find the information useful. Many of the older homes in our neighborhood were built in the period when windows were constructed from old-growth timber. That’s very stable wood, so investigating repairs is a wise choice.

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/articles/should-your-old-wood-windows-be-saved.aspx?ac=ts&ra=fp

Several homes in the neighborhood have metal casement windows that open outward. These windows, found on many Tudors, lend alot of character to the homes. There are several good options for interior storms that allow you to keep the old windows and their charm.

Tacoma Avenue passes final hurdle

August 25, 2010

The Fort Wayne City Council approved the contract to Garcia Concrete for the work on Tacoma Avenue between Maple Grove Avenue and Prange Drive. This was the final step in the approval process.

The project will replace the heaved sidewalks and shattered and sunken curbs. Several street trees (mostly ash) will be removed in the project. The project is supposed to be completed by November 10, 2010. Be on the lookout for work crews sometime soon.

August 2010 Award Homes

August 18, 2010

Here we are at 4717 Tacoma, where Jane Williams, the home owner, has worked diligently to plant beautiful greenery and flowers in her yard.  How lovely!  Makes you want to relax on the large screened in porch and enjoy the view.  What a welcoming sight!

Congratulations to you for being an August Award Home winner!
Seeing red no longer!  This home has gone through a major transformation.  4329 Drury Lane has a new paint lift, and the inside is being worked on too! 
Thanks to owner Bernie Gump, this house and it’s large remodeling is making the neighborhood look good.  Nominated by a fellow neighbor, looking beautiful is what it’s all about.  Congratulations to the August Award Home for Historic Southwood Park!

Got a camera? Let’s have a contest!

August 15, 2010
Southwood Park has lots and lots of photo opportunities…
I’m thinking of our gardens: yours, your neighbors’, our Southwood Park pocket gardens.  
Send your favorite digital garden pictures to southwood_park@yahoo.com by September 30th and we’ll post them in our next enewsletter for a neighborhood vote.  The winner gets bragging rights.
(By submitting photos for the contest, contributors are allowing Historic Southwood Park fair use of those photos on our website or promotional material. Ownership of the images remains with the photographer.)
 
Pat Thomson
 
To get your digital juices flowing, here’s a few examples:

Listing of City projects

August 10, 2010

If you are curious where all of the City’s neighborhood infrastructure projects are located, take a look at the PDF that follows. The projects are arranged by City Council district. Southwood Park is in District 5, and we have a handful of listings.

TES.capital projects.NA.2010

(If your version of Adobe opens the document sideways, go to “View” and select “Rotate”.)

Foster Park Pavilion #1 unveiling

August 10, 2010

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department would like to invite you to attend a news conference at Foster Park Pavilion #1 on Monday, August 23 at 2 pm. We’re unveiling all the renovations to the pavilion and thanking John Oldenkamp for his support of the improvement project. Mayor Tom Henry, Friends of the Parks and Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll will also attend.

We hope to see you there!

Natalie Eggeman, City Public Information Officer