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July 2010 Award Home winners

August 6, 2010

1038 Maxine Drive—The Krouse Family

It wasn’t long ago that this house sat vacant and lonely. The Krouses turned this one-time rental into a happy, owner-occupied home. New landscaping, backyard fencing and other details have contributed to this home’s transformation. Located on a corner lot its large front yard is definitely in scale with the house. Thanks go to the Krouses for giving so much love to this once again beautiful home.


4521 South Wayne Avenue—Doug and Amy Snyder

It’s just adorable! All the happy flowers that adorn the yard make it a cool spot to lounge. It seems a very welcoming area to enjoy a glass of lemonade and sit and enjoy the neighborhood. Doug and Amy Snyder have lived in the home for about 7 years and have worked hard to give it such an inviting attitude. Thanks and congratulations go to our winning Award Homes!

Send your nominations of deserving homes, owners and efforts to Cheryl McCarthy, phone 458-9265. Or e-mail the Association at

April 2010 Award Home winners

August 6, 2010

Congratulations to our Award Home winners! Thank you for making Southwood Park such a wonderful neighborhood to live in! But April? The April award winners were mistakenly left out of the May newsletter… Our apologies! After too long a wait, here they are:

4333 Drury LaneKathy Bock and Suzanne Galazka

Kathy wrote: “When we moved there in 1999, there were 3 large crabapple trees dominating the front yard. We removed two of them (so you could actually see the house again!), and Suzanne created beautiful perennial beds. We also had the wooden front porch historically restored and renovated. Most recently, we removed a small stand of arborvitae trees that were damaged in the great ice storm of 2008 and replaced them with smaller bushes and a “friendship path” that now connects our yard to our neighbor’s yard next door.


4414 Tacoma AvenueRoger Geiger

One good thing about looking at these photos in summer is that we are reminded of the cool, non-humid weather of the spring… Lush spring lawns with woodland flowers and bulbs in bloom are so nice! There’s a lot of visual interest at Roger Geiger’s house in any season. He has been here about four years and has done a lot of work inside and out. You can tell it’s a labor of love.

Tacoma Avenue improvement timeframe

August 6, 2010

Are you wondering when improvements to the sidewalks and curbs on Tacoma Avenue between Maple Grove and Prange Drive? Here’s an update from Mario Trevino, who works for the City:

This project will go for award before the board of Public Works on Wednesday August 11th and then contract approval before the same board on August 18th. Then we will submit the project for prior approval before City Council on August 24th. This project should begin towards the first of September and finish before October 1st (weather permitting)

(Thanks to Dick Beam for asking the questions from the right folks!)

Second Chance Garage Sale to be held Saturday August 7th

August 5, 2010

Historic Southwood Park will conduct an association garage sale on Saturday August 7. There are more than 725 home in the neighborhood, so there are sure to be many bargains. The sale has been advertised in Fort Wayne Newspapers and signs have been placed at the edges of the association.

It’s always fun to get out and see your neighbors and meet new ones, too.

If you’re unsure of our boundaries, here’s a map to help guide you:

August Newsletter is available

August 5, 2010

The August Southwood Park News is now available:

SPN 08.10

Pilfered plants from Foster Park

July 2, 2010
There have been some recent plant thefts from the Foster Park gardens.
Keep your eyes open for plants being moved on the weekends or odd hours. Don’t hestitate, call the police if there are suspicious persons doing bad deeds.
Below is a letter from Lynda Heavrin of the Parks Department:
We are having problems again with plants, perennials and annuals, being stolen from Foster Gardens. I would like to make the neighborhood residents more aware of the problem and keep their eyes open for anyone digging, pulling, or walking away with plants.
For example, about a month ago a visitor told Lynne, a park gardener, that someone was digging plants on a weekend and when questioned said they worked there.
I realize that not everyone knows there would not be any park employees digging plants on the weekend but it makes sense to at least question when something like that happens. We had the same problem a few years ago at  Lakeside and I attended a neighborhood association meeting to stress the importance of calling the police when there is something suspicious.
Lynda Heavrin
Manager of Landscape & Horticulture

June newsletter available

June 24, 2010

The June issue of the Southwood Park News is now available. Click here to view it: