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New Recycling Program – Transition Time

January 14, 2011
It’s time for Fort Wayne’s expanded recycling program to begin.  We will be in a transition period for a couple of months as the new yellow-topped bins are delivered, but that does not mean we have to wait for the bin to arrive to start following the new recycling guidelines.  
The Solid Waste Department will accept plastics 1-7, etc. in the old bins UNTIL your yellow-topped bin is delivered.
Go to   to get educated on the new recycling program.  Did you know that there are new rules for trash and new recycling bins placement?  If not, click on the “Proper Cart Placement Information Sheet”.
Sign up for your new bin is easy; just call 311.

Board of Directors election results

January 11, 2011

The ballots have been counted and the candidates have all been notified, so the results are listed below. Elected to three year terms:

Kasey Krouse         141

Lori Keys                  115

Lisa Oberlin             101

David Goodman     100

Brooks Beatty         99

Because of two resignations, there were two one-year terms to fill. The Board decided to fill those positions by selecting the sixth and seventh place finishers from the ballot. Elected for one year:

Jeff McCarthy        94

Charles Northrop   92

The highest vote total of the remaining candidates was 76.  

Thanks to everyone who was willing to run for the Board. Thanks to all the residents who reviewed the candidate’s statements and cast their ballots. The collected comments from the ballots will be the subject of a post in the near future.

—Steve McCord

Ballot deadline approaches; call 311 for recycling carts; Christmas tree recycling ending soon.

January 5, 2011

Homeowners: Board of Directors ballots are due this Saturday in our post office box! So if you’re still planning to vote, please get those ballots in the mail ASAP.

All residents: Be sure to sign up for the new City Recycling Carts! These carts are similar to the garbage carts and will replace the current bin system. The carts will only be delivered to addresses that request one. Delivery of the carts hasn’t happened in Historic Southwood Park yet, so be in the first wave of deliveries by signing up now. Once the carts are delivered to the neighborhood, the bins will no longer be accepted.

Call 311 or visit to sign up.

Also approaching is the end of Christmas tree recycling at Foster Park West. The last day for that service is January 14th. Information on a pay for (private) pickup service for trees is available at 456-0330.

Southwood Park Blog 2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 74 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 143 posts. There were 99 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 16th with 205 views. The most popular post that day was September 2010 newsletter available.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for southwood park fort wayne, southwood park, southwood park neighborhood association,, and southwood park association.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


September 2010 newsletter available September 2010


Association Information February 2009


A Realtor’s take on our neighborhood March 2009
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Tour Sites: 1345 Westover Road June 2009


Got a camera? Let’s have a contest! August 2010
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Disposing of Christmas trees – Christmas Tree Pickup Service

December 30, 2010

Live Christmas trees are wonderful… but not along the road or in the Taylor woods. And it can’t go in the trash…

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District will accept Christmas trees at the Foster Park West parking lot until January 14th. See for details.

Did you buy a live tree without a good plan for hauling it away? I recieved a flyer today from Connor Loechner’s Christmas Tree Pickup Service. An enterprising young person is hauling away 8 ft. trees for $10, trees over 8 ft. are $1 more per foot. Call 456-0330 for more information.

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 22, 2010


Photo by John Gevers

Have a safe and merry Christmas!

Not to play the part of Scrooge or the Grinch, but here are some reminders for a safe season:

  • You’re probably making last minute preparations for gatherings and travel, but don’t forget to have your mail stopped, set your light timers and have a neighbor watch your home while you’re gone.
  • Call Allen Protection Services to arrange vacation checks of your home: 747-7700.
  • Try to make sure your walks are cleared, both for pedestrians and to make sure your home looks occupied!
  • After the holidays, avoid placing large electronics boxes at the curb. It’s like an advertisement that you’ve got good stuff to nab.

There have been reports of suspicous snow-shovellers knocking door-to-door. If you notice anything amiss, phone FWPD.

Thank you, John Gevers, for the wonderful photo of the lighted Roundabout!

Steve McCord

Newsletters, Dues Notices and Board Ballots have been mailed

December 10, 2010

All homeowners should already have the end of year newsletter, 2011 dues notice, and Board of Directors ballot, which were mailed this week. The November Southwood Park News is also online here: SPN 11.10

Please return your completed ballots by January 8th. Statements of candidacy appear in the newsletter to help you learn who the candidiates are. Association dues need to be turned in by January 31 to be on time.