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Beautification Day is Sunday, 1PM

May 14, 2010

We’re going to replant a pocket garden at the north end of South Wayne, remove some bushes at the pillars and edge some pocket gardens. Bring a friend and a spade and gloves and maybe a little water to drink.

We’ll meet at the Roundabout at 1PM Sunday and split into squads from there. We hope to see you!

Charity Hanging Basket sale this Saturday

May 4, 2010

100 free trees available

April 30, 2010

I have 100 trees to give away on Dirt Day. These were graciously donated to our neighborhood by our State Representative, Phil GiaQuinta. Thank you so much, Phil, for keeping Southwood Park green.

I have Red Oak, Pecan, Black Walnut, and River Birch. These are healthy 3′ bare root whips that should be planted ASAP.

Look for me (and the trees in the back of my Beetle) at the Dirt Day sites. If you miss me at those, please stop by my home, 1321 Sunset Drive, to pick up your tree. Tel. 456-7468

–Pat Thomson

May newsletter available

April 29, 2010

As promised, the Southwood Park News has gone green. The choice was made so we can save hundreds of dollars in printing and mailing costs with each issue. The end of year and beginning of year issues will still be mailed to all owners and homes with ballots, dues notices and the coming year’s basic calendar.

The May issue is eight pages. Dirt Day, Garden Center discounts, board meetings, window workshops, Award Homes, and Garage Sale information are some of the articles included.

Click on the link to read it: SPN 05.10

Dirt Day this Saturday

April 28, 2010

Dirt Day is May 1.

We will have quality tri-mix soil at three locations for residents to use in their pots, boxes and gardens at the following locations: Lexington at Beaver; South Wayne at Maple Grove; and Crestwood at Sunset. Rain date is May 8.

Don’t be a “Dirt Hog”. Take your fair share, but be considerate and give everyone a chance to get theirs, too!

Tentative buyer for parts of Taylor campus announced

April 16, 2010

Taylor University officials invited neighborhood leaders to an “early release” news event at Brown Gables at noon today. The public press release was given at 2PM, and follows:

Leona LLC Signs Letter of Intent Toward Purchase of Former TUFW Campus

Officials from Taylor University and The Leona Group LLC have announced that Taylor and Leona have signed a letter of intent which could lead to the eventual sale of the former Taylor University Fort Wayne (TUFW) campus at 1025 West Rudisill Blvd.

While the agreement between Taylor and Leona is preliminary in nature, the desired result would be an educational partnership utilizing the property and buildings on Rudisill’s south side. In the coming weeks, Leona officials will work to identify education-related businesses and services to partner with them. This process will include interaction with local government and economic development specialists, as well as representatives of the surrounding neighborhood associations, as the project begins to take shape.

The possible sale does not include the WBCL studio, the Fort Wayne Alumni and Friends Resource Center or the buildings on the north side of Rudisill.

Leona, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., operates the Timothy L. Johnson School on Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, as well 71 charter schools throughout the United States.

Taylor officials said the sale, if completed, would result in continued education-related use of the property, which prior to becoming Taylor University Fort Wayne in 1992 was Summit Christian College and Fort Wayne Bible College.

—- end of statement —-

Thanks to Alumni Center Director Michael Mortensen for the release.

In the early Q & A session, Taylor and Leona officials suggested the campus could be a boarding school, taking advantage of the dorms and food services facilities on the property. One answer suggested it could be a residential campus for foreign students. Leona may also sub-lease office space to “education-based” businesses.

The buildings on the historic core of campus on the north side of Rudisill are not included, nor is the WBCL office, Brown Gables and the future Alumni Resource Center.

The Leona Group was founded by former FWCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Coats.  The Leona Group runs sixty charter schools, including one in Indiana, the Timothy Johnson Academy on South Anthony Boulevard.

Naturally, there are many questions. There may be meetings to share more information in the near future, and when we can reliably update the information, we will.

Steve McCord and Pat Thomson

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Save 10% at Broadview Garden Center

April 16, 2010
From April 26 through May 31 at Broadview Garden Center on Winchester Road, mention that you live in Historic Southwood Park BEFORE your Broadview Garden Center purchases are rung up and you’ll receive a 10% discount.  This discount offer does NOT apply to Florist shop purchases, just ones from the Garden Center.
Broadview is at 5409 Winchester Road. Call 747-3146 with questions.

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