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Friendly Fox is changing owners

September 30, 2010

The Friendly Fox has been sold.

Founder Trish Fox, we’re told, has sold the eatery to a group of four new owners. The word is that the news owners will be very hands-on and have improvements in mind. There will be a three-day hiatus beginning October 15th to make the transition.

We’ve always loved the Friendly Fox. We look forward to finding out more about the coming changes and improvements and wish the new owners the best of luck!

Leona Group has decided not to purchase the Taylor University Fort Wayne campus

September 29, 2010
The Leona Group has decided not to purchase the Taylor University Fort Wayne campus. Here is the press release as it was provided to us by a good friend of the neighborhood, Michael Mortensen at the TUFW Alumni and Friends Resource Center:

“Leona Group, LLC, officials have advised Taylor University that they are not going to be pursuing purchase of property that was part of the former Taylor University Fort Wayne (TUFW) campus.

In April, Leona and Taylor began exploring the possibility of a purchase agreement of the campus buildings and grounds located on the south side of Rudisill Ave.

Taylor President, Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, said Taylor will continue to maintain the campus and is actively seeking interested parties who can purchase the property.

“We recognize that a college campus is a unique asset, the sale of which is not like selling a home or individual building,” he said. “We are confident that we will be able to locate a buyer or buyers who will put this historic campus to its highest and best use.”

Jim Garringer
Director of Media Relations
Taylor University

See also:

Taylor U. Loses Its Buyer for Local Site, Journal Gazette, by Holly Abrams –

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