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Vote for your favorite Award Home of 2010

December 3, 2010

It’s just for fun. We’re voting on your favorite Historic Southwood Park Award Home from 2010.

Can’t remember all the winners? Click on the “Award Homes” category on the right side of the page to view the different articles for each month’s winners. When you’re done, click on the survey link below to cast your vote. We’ll announce the winner in the January newsletter.

Oakdale Christmas Tree sale – support our neighbors!

November 26, 2010

Trees seem to be marked down to $20 as of December 15th…

The Oakdale Christmas Tree Sale begins this year on Friday, November 26th at a brand new location!  You can find us at the northwest corner of Rudisill & South Wayne!  Consider making an Oakdale Neighborhood Association tree your holiday tradition!

Great Selection—Choose from Northern Indiana’s best fresh-cut Scotch & White Pine, Plus Douglas & Fraser Fir

Beautiful Quality • Priced To Sell • Nothing Beats A Real Tree
Monday-Friday 5:00-8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday Noon-6:00pm

Street Tree Rules

October 21, 2010

In the 10-10-10 Journal Gazette, Frank Gray published a fine but incomplete article on the loss and replacement of our street trees. There is no doubt that Fort Wayne will lose thousands (300+ just in our neighborhood) and that few if any will be replaced by the city or via the annual and limited street tree program.

Frank suggests that homeowners should replace their lost trees themselves but only hints at the rules governing street tree placement and tree variety. The rules are clearly and fully stated on the Street Tree 2010 Application form. Follow these rules, water well, don’t mound up mulch on the trunk and you will have a lovely, happy street tree.

Placement rules are defined to assure healthy trees and safety. Here are the placement rules:

– minimum 2″ diameter and 8′ – 14′ height
– not under utility lines
– not in a park strip less than 5′ deep
– not within 40′ of another tree (street tree or yard tree), or intersection
– not within 15′ of a residential driveway
– not within 10′ of a street light, hydrant or traffic signal
– not within 3′ of curbs and/or sidewalks in poor condition

Street tree variety rules limit options to reliable and handsome canopy trees Allowed tree varieties are:

– Honeylocust
– Linden (American or Littleleaf)
– Maple (Sugar, Freeman, or Red)
– London Plane ‘Bloodgood’
– Hybrid Elms
– Common Hackberry
– Oak (Red, White, Burr, English, Swamp White, Northern Pin, Shingle, Heritage, Regal Prince, Northern Black, Chinquapin)
– Tulip Tree
– Sweetgum
– Zelkova
– Kentucky Coffee Tree ‘Expresso’
– Hornbeam (European or American Hop)

Your Board will be considering the establishment of a fund to replace lost Southwood Park street trees. If established, the above rules will be our rules too.

Pat Thomson

Collected news about the TUFW sale

October 21, 2010

Here are some news clips about the sale collected for you:

  – Philanthropic group eyes use of site by fall of 2011  – Journal Gazette –  by

Beautification Day: 1PM Sunday, October 24 at the Roundabout

October 21, 2010

Just a quick reminder about our Beautification Day on Sunday: bring a friend, a rake and some water to drink! We’re going to get things cleaned up!

We now return to regular programming… 😉

UPDATED: Ambassador Enterprises intends to purchase entire TUFW campus

October 20, 2010

At 2PM today, Taylor University and Ambassador Enterprises will issue a press release regarding Taylor’s Fort Wayne campus.

Ambassor Enterprises intends to purchase the whole TUFW campus, with the exception of the WBCL Radio Station offices. This purchase will include the TUFW Alumni and Friends Resource Center, Brown Gables and the historic buildings on the north side of Rudisill Boulevard. The parties hope to close the deal before the end of the year.

Ambassador is looking at a “center for cooperative excellence in education”. They are working on their master plan, so there are no final details yet. It could be a high school. It could be residential. One model they are reportedly studying is Columbus, Indiana’s Community Education Coalition.

When the TUFW campus was closed in 2008, Ambassador Enterprises was hired to help find a new owner for the property. Several public meetings were held to gather public input. An earlier 2010 attempt by the Leona Group, LLC to purchase half the campus did not come to fruition.

Here is the official press release:

Fort Wayne-Based Ambassador Enterprises, LLC Signs Agreement for the Sale of Former TUFW Campus

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Officials from Taylor University and Fort Wayne based, Ambassador Enterprises, LLC have announced the signing of an agreement for the proposed sale of the former Taylor University Fort Wayne (TUFW) campus at 1025 West Rudisill Blvd.

The proposed sale includes every campus building and all of the grounds that comprised the former TUFW campus, with the exception of the WBCL radio facility, including the house in which the Fort Wayne Alumni and Friends Resource Center is located. An arrangement with Ambassador will allow the Resource Center to continue to operate in its current location. The proposed sale does not impact Taylor’s MBA program or TU Online, which are housed in the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, 3201 Stellhorn Road. Prior to becoming Taylor University Fort Wayne in 1992, the campus was Summit Christian College and Fort Wayne Bible College.

“Ambassador is well respected throughout northeast Indiana and has many strategic partnerships among the business, educational and non-profit sectors,” said Taylor President, Dr. Eugene B. Habecker. “We believe they are uniquely qualified to continue a rich legacy of learning and service in the community of Fort Wayne and beyond.” 

“Momentum has been growing with the Fort Wayne Alumni & Friends Resource Center,” said Michael Mortensen, director of the Fort Wayne alumni center. “I am very pleased we have the opportunity to stay in the Lillian Rolf House for the foreseeable future and believe the sale of the campus will be a good thing for our Fort Wayne campus alumni and our neighbors.”

Garrett Cooper and Matt Lesser, Officers of Ambassador Enterprises, said they look forward to working with government, education, religious, community, and private sector leaders to develop a collaborative community of excellence in education. “We believe Fort Wayne is a wonderful place to live and work. It has a long and storied history of creative innovation. This campus has excellent, well-maintained facilities with beautiful grounds and is located in a historic district of Fort Wayne. Its heritage of faith-based service, its strategic location, and the beauty of the property make us confident that this campus will play a vital role in Fort Wayne’s future.”

Ambassador Enterprises is a for-profit, philanthropic organization catalytically and strategically investing in leaders and organizations. Ambassador Enterprises is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

For comment, contact:

Matt Lesser, Ambassador Enterprises – (260) 487-4037 –

Garrett Cooper, Ambassador Enterprises – (260) 487-4053 –

Jim Garringer, Director of Media Relations, Taylor University – 765-744-7907 –

October 2010 Award Homes Announced

October 5, 2010
Here at 1135 Westover Road, Aaron and Brittney Collins have not only kept the house in mint condition, but have made a festive arrangement next to their home.  Since it’s the time of year for pumpkins and cider, they’ve managed to capture the spirit of the fall season.  Thank you to the Collins for keeping the neighborhood of Southwood Park a fun and beautiful place to live.
1221 Sunset Drive is also an Award Home for October.  Scott and Emily Stanski have done a tremendous amount of work in sprucing up their new home.  Let’s all give the Stanskis a warm welcome to the neighborhood.  They’ve been here since April of this year! 
Thanks to you both for moving in, and working to make our neighborhood a treasure of Fort Wayne. Congratulations to October Award Home winners!
Cheryl McCarthy