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Fort-4-Fitness Half Marathon is Tomorrow!

September 24, 2010

Historic Southwood Park welcomes thousands of runners from all over the midwest tomorrow, September 25!

Cheer them on as they pass through the neighborhood. It’s going to be alot of fun!

Tree information for Tacoma Avenue and the Emerald Ash Borer infestation throughout the neighborhood

September 17, 2010

There have been several newspaper and newsletter articles about the Tacoma Avenue tree and sidewalk situation this week. All of those articles are brought into one place here. 

From the September 16 News-Sentinel: Sidewalks getting smooth treatment – Aging ash trees’ roots caused them to buckle, by Ellie Bogue –

From the September 16 Journal Gazette: Tacoma trees just the tip of the ash heap, by Frank Gray

From the September 15 Journal Gazette: Tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old ash tree, photo and caption by Swikar Patel

Nobody wanted to see the trees go, but the emerald ash borer has doomed the ash trees. Keep in mind there are more than 300 ash trees in Southwood Park alone. There will be many dead ash trees along our streets and in our yards. Once you know how to spot an infected tree, you will notice others seemingly everywhere.

Fortunately for the Tacoma Avenue project, there will be replacement trees planted. UPDATE/CORRECTION: The trees will be planted in 2011. Originally I thought this would occur in 2010. Apparently, it will be too late in the year for procurement and planting. – SMc

For the rest of the ash street trees in the neighborhood that are still standing in 2011 (275+ trees), the future prospects for city replacement off the 4600-4700 blocks of Tacoma Avenue doesn’t look so good. A story in the September 17 Journal Gazette reports that beginning in 2011, the City will not have money to replace all the ash trees it needs to remove. Here is the article: Trees get cut from parks budget – Pinch comes as ash borer infests neighborhood stands, by Benjamin Lanka –

Finally, here is a link to two articles from the September Southwood Park News about the emerald ash borer and the Tacoma trees. The articles are on page one: SPN 09.10.

September Award Homes announced

September 16, 2010

Here at 4316 Pembroke, Cathy Niemeyer and David Griebel have lovely ferns and flowers.  The color of this two story home shows off the beautiful reds and greens of all the window boxes, planters and hangings, which definitely compliment each other.  Thank you Cathy and David for keeping your home so beautiful!

4633 Crestwood is a home in a less traveled area of our neighborhood, but what a sight to see.  Greg and Kelli Lee are the new owners of this elegant home.  They’ve put a lot of work and TLC into her already.  New windows, a new fence and a new roof are just some of the things they’ve already done.  We’re excited to see how much further this home’s fix-ups will be.  Congratulations to the Lees for their new home and being winners of our award!

 – Cheryl McCarthy

September 2010 newsletter available

September 15, 2010

You can read the September 2010 Southwood Park News here: SPN 09.10

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.

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.