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2009 Year in Review

November 21, 2009

2009 has been an incredible year in Southwood Park! Here’s a few events that made it great:

  • Southwood Park hosted a wildly successful Home & Garden Tour with ARCH. Over 1200    people came to the tour! It is the best-attended ARCH tour so far! The event showcased our neighborhood to the region perfectly. Over 130 attended the public lecture and over 100 volunteers took part in the Volunteer and Homeowner tour. Many thanks are owed to ARCH, our event sponsors, all of our volunteers and the neighbors who bravely opened their homes. As tour hosts, my wife and I can say it was worth all the work that went into it. It was so much fun! We met so many people and heard so many stories. It was a day we’ll never forget!
  • Southwood Park now has a blog. You’re reading it now! It provides our news to you and the world. Visit it at:
  • There are two new rock gardens—the guerilla gardeners strike again! Both are on Pettit, one at South Wayne and another at Tacoma.  The rocks were donated.
  • Sherwood Terrace has been rebuilt. The City is nearly finished working on the block between Old Mill and Stratford. The road is concrete and there will be proper curbs along the way. Thanks to the owners who signed the petition and the City for funding the project.
  • Tacoma Avenue reconstruction is partly done. The southern block has all new curbs, sidewalks and paving. The difference is truly amazing! We are hoping CEDIT funds will be allocated to continue work on the other successfully petitioning blocks in the near future. Thank you to those who eagerly signed for improvements! Thanks also to our petition carriers, John Gevers and Pat Thomson. Finally, thanks to the City and Councilman Pape for working the project into the budget. All involved hope the remaining blocks with good petitions are funded soon.


2010 has the promise of being an incredible year as well! The Board hopes that we will be able to purchase new “security patrolled” signs in addition to the National Register signs that will go up around the neighborhood. There will be new efforts to further beautify our area. And we are especially excited to use Facebook to build social events. We hope you’ll join us!

— Steve McCord


Join Southwood Park on Facebook!

November 21, 2009

Are you on Facebook? If so, join the group: “Historic Southwood Park Neighborhood”. is a social networking website. It’s free and easy to join! Our group was created just this month and already has about 150 members!

It’s a way to meet new neighbors, connect with former neighbors and find ways to be involved. A Book Club is already forming. Euchre tournaments, block parties, poker nights and wine tastings are just some of the other ideas that are being discussed online.

Bringing SP together socially has been a challenge, and this may be a good way to do it. Kelly McCaulley, Lori Keys and Steve McCord are administrators of the group.

2010 homeowner dues will be $38.50

November 21, 2009

The Board of Directors voted at the September meeting to raise yearly dues by $3.50 to $38.50. This is the first increase in eight years. Postage rates and security prices have increased several times since the dues were last adjusted.

Seeking Board of Directors candidates

November 21, 2009

Any homeowner who is interested in running for a position on the Board of Directors should contact by November 28 with a statement of candidacy. The statement will be included with the December mailing of ballots.

Winning candidates are expected to attend all board meetings, which are held six times yearly on Wednesday evenings. Ideally, candidates are also available for occasional committee work and other special projects. Candidates must be current in dues payments.

 Questions? E-mail Southwood_Park

If you’re not yet ready to run for the Board, there are many chances to be a volunteer in Association activities. Ask any Board Member for ideas.

New neighbors

November 21, 2009

We extend a hearty welcome to all these new neighbors!

4030 Indiana Avenue—Melissa Sestilli

4128 Tacoma Avenue—Nadine Rager

4222 Indiana Avenue—Barton L. Tyner

4230 Indiana Avenue—Kenny & Sara Dennison

4312 Pembroke Lane—Susan K. Elser

4209 Drury Lane—Nicola Perego & Giovanna A. Garlati

1115 Westover Road—Jeffrey A. Kuhn

4617 Old Mill Road—Thomas F. Menrath

4725 Beaver Avenue—Blaine A. Chambers

812 Prange Avenue—Sean P. Nolan

4632 Fairfield Avenue—Chad & Lisa Steinacker

Girl Scout Troop 20067 thanks Southwood Park neighbors

November 16, 2009

100_8104On Saturday, October 31, Girl Scout Troop #20067 dressed in their Halloween costumes and went trick-or-treating for non-perishable food items to donate to the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen and the First Christian Food Pantry.  They collected items from noon to 2:00 p.m., covering about 9 blocks in the Southwood Park neighborhood.  Neighbors were notified of this food drive by flyers which were passed out the week of the event.  The neighbors were very generous and the troop collected 315 non-perishable food items, a $5 donation to purchase additional food items, and a frozen turkey for the soup kitchen.  There were also many kind notes and thanks to the girls for their efforts to help those less fortunate.  God graciously provided awesome weather and generous hearts.  The director of the First Christian Food Pantry came to the troop meeting on Tuesday to accept the donations.  The girls loaded up his car with 18 bags of food items.  The St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen donations will be delivered the following Saturday. 


The Girl Scout troop would like to give a BIG THANK YOU for all of the generous donations received from the Southwood Park neighbors.   

Katie Quinn-Newberg, Leader

Colette Steigmeyer, Leader

It’s official in Indy! Nomination headed to Washington, DC

October 28, 2009

I just got a phone call from Pat Thomson and Angie Quinn in Indianapolis…

The Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board approved the Southwood Park nomination to the State Register of Historic Places today! Pat and Angie were present as our case was on the agenda. The approval is now forwarded to the National Park Service for final federal review of the National Register nomination, which should take place in roughly six to eight weeks.

Thanks to the people who worked to make it possible. And while we’re at it, we congratulate our neighbors across the river to the west in Indian Village who also recieved the same designation.

So it’s official – – – you can start referring to us as HISTORIC Southwood Park Community Association.

— Steve McCord


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