Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Unfortunately, caroling didn't happen this year. It was a busy month and we just never got a date worked out to do it. Sorry to disappoint anyone who wanted to go caroling (there's still time if someone wants to put something together for this week!)
The original plan had been to have a house party where folks could gather around a piano and sing while drinking hot chocolate or cider and eating cookies. If someone wants to organize this event for 2010, please let me know. Or, if anyone has an idea of something they would like to do this winter, we'd love to have a gathering.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Today's litter pick-up served as a small experiment for me to see what sort of response we would get without passing around flyers. A little over half of the neighborhood is on the email list, but I think I've learned that flyers serve 2 purposes:
1) the word gets to everyone, including those not online or at least not on the email list
2) they are a physical reminder, hanging on the fridge
So, in the future, we will definitely get flyers out for every event.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

November 2009 Neighborhood Little Pick-up

On Sunday, November 1st, we are planning a neighborhood litter clean- up after the Halloween holiday and before really cold weather sets in. We will meet at Post and Grandview again to organize. Let's plan on 1 p.m. since it is chilly in the morning and a lot of folks may be at church in the morning. Please think about volunteering to help pick up litter in the neighborhood. It took about 1 hour for a crew of 9 in the spring. This is a nice way to help make our neighborhood look nice.
If it is raining, we will postpone until Saturday, November 7th.

Friday, October 30, 2009

2009 Halloween Shindig

Rachel Wheeler and Carol Austin will host the 2nd annual Halloween party on Saturday, October 31, 1:00-2:45 p.m. at Rachel's house. Once again, the party will conclude with a neighborhood parade.
We will have Halloween themed stations around the yard for parents to accompany and assist their children. If you are interested in helping decorate, "man a station" or donate pumpkins or other items please let Rachel or Carol know. The MCCSC children are off school Thursday and Friday that week so depending on the weather we may try to decorate early.
More details later, but be sure to mark your calendars. You know this event is not only for children--bring your folding chairs, have a carmel apple & cider and catch up with everyone. After the party, let your inner-child shine by walking around the neighborhood with the kids while tooting on a kazoo (it's very therapeutic)!
Only six weeks until the big day so you better start planning your costume--what will YOU come as for the party?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Looking forward to a busy fall

This has been a good year for the GHNA so far. Lots of neighbors have been getting involved, including some of our new neighbors. Please welcome new folks to the neighborhood when you see them.
The annual ice cream social was a success. Gillian did a wonderful job of planning as usual. I think everyone had a good time.
In the works is a Halloween party that Carol Austin and Rachel Wheeler are planning. More details will come. Carol and Rachel planned last year's party as well. It's a nice opportunity for the kids to show off their costumes and for everyone, adults included, to get to know their neighbors better.
November 1st we are planning another "Pick It Up" date to clean up any trash left from Halloween (and just from the summer and fall) before cold weather hits. If it is inclement that day, our rain date is November 7th. We have lots of blue bags from the city to use for this project. In the spring it took a crew of 9 approximately 1 hour to clean up the neighborhood. We filled 10 or so bags.
I've asked Chuck Macklin if he would like to organize caroling this holiday season. Hopefully his schedule will permit. Otherwise, I'll be looking for another volunteer.
This is your neighborhood and I want everyone to feel they have a part in making it the wonderful place it is. One of my goals is to have more people involved in planning activities. If there is something you would like the neighborhood association to do, please share. If you would like to get more involved and help organize something, please, please, let me know. Helping out is a good way to get to know more people in the neighborhood.
One of those activities that was suggested was some sort of progressive meal over the winter or early spring. If someone would like to organize this, it is a great idea.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SR 45/46 Bypass Construction

Since many of our neighbors are interested in this topic, I will try to post updates about construction here. Please check back regularly to see what is going on. Rather than have many, many emails on the list, this is a location where folks can discuss via comments issues pertaining to construction. (To discuss this topic on the website, please request an account if you haven't already. Please provide enough information (eg. address) so we can verify that you are a legitimate user as opposed to a spammer.)
* There is a Facebook group Bloomington Residents Opposed to the Bypass Project at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=109141005676
* An email list has been created to help coordinate neighborhood activities regarding widening of Bypass. If you are interested in joining the email list, let me know and I will forward your information to the list owner.
* Also, Greg Alexander has started a blog to discuss issues pertaining to the Bypass project. It is a public blog.
* Recent activity on the email list has centered around discussions about an honorary name for the Bypass (Herman B. Wells Boulevard seems to be popular) and creating anti-Bypass widening bumper stickers.
I highly recommend that anyone who wants to keep up join the email list.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ways to keep up with information

As noted in the comments, there are an email list and a Facebook page. Also, Greg Alexander has started a blog to discuss issues pertaining to the Bypass project.
The blog is at http://b-top.org/blog/
It is a public blog.
Also, the group opposed to Bypass widening is working on bumper stickers.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2009 Ice Cream Social

Most treasured Neighbor, you are cordially invited to this year’s
Grandview Hills Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
This Sunday, August 16th, 2009, at 2pm
At the home of Gillian Field
This year the Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association has received a grant from HAND ( Bloomington City Housing and Neighborhood Development Dept) to fund this gathering! Everyone is welcome to chat and enjoy ice-cream.
Please bring your own bowl and spoon.
Drinks will be provided.
If you would like to bring your favorite sweet treats they will be most welcomeJ. So will balls, Frisbees and jump ropes!
Friendly bulb and plant swapping will be encouraged amongst gardeners and beginners.
Funding provided in part through the City of Bloomington’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Department Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

reading list (Bypass)

From Lucille Bertuccio:
Here's a reading list for people who would like to be informed about this issue:
Better NOT Bigger: How to take control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community, by Eben Fodor. Eben came to Bloomington in 2007? - his idea is that growth is not a good thing and that the growth promoted by our governments can lead to our community becoming scarred and saddled with high costs. He talks about transportation and growth issues.
Geography or Nowhere and Home from Nowhere two by Howard Kunstler. He also visited Bloomington in 2006? His ideas are making cities walkable, the "new urbanist idea. His third book is the Long Emergency and in it he discusses Peak Oil and the problems it would cause in the area of transportation of people and resources.
City Form and Function by Michael Hough - is a wonderful book about how cities function as ecosystems and how we ought to keep them functioning this way. He talks about unclaimed land - those weedy places people would like to destroy as being places for wildlife - some info about walkability and transportation. I have often thought of giving our planning department a copy (if only they would read it).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bid letting date

Per an email from Jane Spearman:
As per the INDOT website, the letting dates for the projects comprising the bypass expansion have been moved to October 7, 2009 (they were previously listed as 8/12/09). You check it out at this linkhttp://www.in.gov/indot/div/lettings/18MonthsConstLettingDetails_Ext.pdf (page 19 of the document).

Monday, August 3, 2009

New commentary regarding Bypass 8/3/09

What a great opportunity to have long-term impact on the growth of our beloved communities. If it's done right, Bloomington could end up as one of those "ideal cities" in terms of connectivity AND environment. If it's done poorly, we'll end up like other smog-filled, car-friendly cities--with an emaciated downtown, and a characterless mall as the traffic-jammed gateway to that end of Bloomington. I vote for a focus on mass transportation, ped and bike safety. Encouraging businesses we have--local first and otherwise second, along with the greenspace to support it.
I'd like to envision a desirable entryway for 46. Who knows examples of what we might have along this main artery into town? Is it on the web? WHat experts should we be talking to? WHat experts should our City be talking to?
Cynthia Bretheim
Some neighborhoods (apparently starting with Green Acres) are organizing around opposition to the bypass widening. Figure you all might be interested.
The bypass widening would be traumatic to Green Acres (which is literally right next door), but it will affect every neighborhood in some way. To some of us it may seem good at first, as traffic will bypass our neighborhoods in the center of the city. But over time the impact will be much different as money flows away from the center of
town and into the suburbs. Our property values and more importantly our quality of life may be severely diminished. Nevermind the added headache of getting to all the stores that will invariably open alongside the new bypass, competing with our downtown favorites. Plus it will add more incentives for students to think of IU as a "commuter campus," which means more parked cars in our neighborhoods near campus, and more student drivers on our streets. Even I can remember the days when students considered a car to be optional -- this is yet another step away from those days.
- Greg Alexander
Dear Neighborly folks,
This just in from Sarah Ryterbrand:
Tom Morrison is the new VP for capital project and facilities. He is Lynn Coyne's boss and could temper Coyne's contempt for the public.
Lynn Coyne is the Real Estate manager for IUB. He was the one at the MPO-PC meeting who was so annoyed that the public couldn't hear him and that he had to move himself closer to the microphone. He was the member who wanted to know where we have been all these years and whose final remark was "in my opinion the Bypass is one of the most backed projects in the City of Bloomington.”
A friend of Sarah's accesses Tom this way: Its not going to be the same-old same-old. He asks good questions, he is going to be more engaged; he wants to know and understand what he is inheriting. Change will be slow but I think inevitable.
Ann Kreilkamp
Green Acres

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ice cream social grant application description

I thought folks might be interested in reading the lovely piece Gillian wrote for our grant application, which was accepted. Below is the text with minor revisions to meet all criteria of the application (particularly, notification).
The Grandview Hills Neighborhood Ice Cream Social will take place on Sunday, Aug 16, 2009. The date is carefully selected to include as many neighbors as possible. We like to choose a date after school starts so parents can chat and school children will be connected and possibly sharing the same schools and teachers. Under the shade of a very old Locust Tree we will gather together and meet and visit. Some older folks are sure to be guided to chairs, while teenagers will linger and joke in clusters to the side. Many couples will introduce themselves and smile, and all of us will line up for helpings of ice cream. Generous contributions from neighbors will include watermelon, peaches, zucchini bread, chocolate bars and chocolate strawberry dip and will all be placed on a table to be shared. Even contributions of daffodil bulbs and other plants will be offered and shared with eager gardeners.
The Neighborhood Association will provide ice for cooling, lemonade, napkins, toppings and fourteen gallons of various flavored ice cream, including homemade varieties. Other items including drinking pitchers, tables, tablecloths and ice cream scoops will be provided by neighbors, as well as a canopy for shade. Everyone is encouraged to bring a bowl and spoon to cut back on disposable waste and a washing station is provided for clean up. Croquet will be set up on the lawn and Frisbees will fly in the street, while younger children will laugh and run and yet some even smaller children will watch from the safety of holding a friendly hand.
The Association will notify all neighbors via flyers approximately one week prior to the social, as well as through our email list, which 57% of the neighborhood is on, and a notice on our neighborhood website.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2009-06-13 Annual Meeting

The annual membership meeting was held prior to the block party on June 13. Below are the minutes as recorded by Claudia Lindman, Secretary.
The meeting was delayed due to a lack of a quorum. By laws state that we need 10 households represented in order to conduct the meeting. As we had only 8 we started with a steering committee meeting. Jeff moved that we temporarily suspend the requirement to have a minimum of 10 present. Claudia seconded. The motion passed.
Chris called the meeting of the GHNA end of fiscal year to order at 2:30. 9 members were present , Lindman, Eller, Novotney, Garraghty, Satterfield, Morris, Crable, Fox. and Andrews. Later Rozycki joined us to make 10 present.
Chris thanked Lori and Jeff for their efforts arranging for the Block party which followed the meeting. He thanked Megan for her help assisting him as president these past two years. We all thanked Chris for his leadership as president of the association. Chris recommended that the upcoming steering committee review the association By-Laws in the coming year.
The secretaries report was read by Claudia Lindman. Harold moved acceptance, Mike seconded and the motion passed without dissent. Jeff gave the treasurers report. He said there was $41.04 in the account. The expense of advertising the yard sale was $ 40, the magnets which were delivered to each house cost $42. There were no questions.
Member-at-large: Lori had nothing to report.
Neighborhood watch: Jeannie asked if action needed to be taken regarding reports of speeding in the neighborhood. Contact Jeannie Novotney for concerns. Mike recommended that we join with other neighborhood associations to ask the city to lower the neighborhood speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour. This is a recurring concern across the city.
Old Business: None
New business: Claudia noted that there is a rumor that Bell Trace is considering building a road into the neighborhood through a lot (purchased from Marge Toole) by the owner of Bell Trace for his daughter. The daughter has recently moved into the house. Mike noted that any plans for a path or drive would have to be taken before the Plan Commission and that neighbors would have to be notified by law. He suggested someone call the Plan Commission and ask who would be notified of such a plan if it exists.
The issue of the multitude of cars, a boat, a trailer and a car for sale at the entrance of the neighborhood was raised. When this was brought to the HAND group a couple years ago the reply was “inconclusive”. The house was found to be rented by no more that 3 unrelated adults. Since there are usually many more than 3 cars on the premises including several that park on the grass, we feel this is an issue. Chris said that anyone can contact Sergeant Oldham of the police department for assistance. He is assigned as liaison for our neighborhood.
The third question discussed was the lack of a sidewalk on the SW corner of Pete Ellis across from the Post Office. Mike said the sidewalk was torn up in order to cut the tree roots so that the trees might be moved when the street was widened. Then the City ran out of money. The State plans to widen 45 (10th) but we don’t know when. It didn’t make sense to build a sidewalk then have to tear it down. Julie suggested they build it where they planned to when Pete Ellis is widened.
Ice Cream Social: Gillian will be hosting this event August 16th. Megan noted that there is an Ice Cream Social grant through HAND. Julie agreed to submit a grant application.
The election of officers for President and Member at Large was held. Lori nominated Megan as President. Megan accepted the nomination. The motion to elect Megan was made by Lori and seconded by Harold. Megan was elected President unanimously.
Claudia nominated Julie Fox as Member at Large. Julie accepted. Megan made the motion, Harold seconded. Julie was elected unanimously. Thank you Megan and Julie!!!!
Jeannie moved to accept the current By Laws for the coming year. Harold seconded. The motion passed. We may decide to amend the By Laws at the June meeting 2010.
Mary Alice moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:30. Harold seconded. The motion was passed without descent.
Respectfully submitted,
Claudia Lindman, Recording Secretary.

Friday, June 12, 2009

2009 Block Party

The block party was once again a success! Pictures from the event are attached below.
When: Saturday, June 13th
What: Annual Meeting 2 – 3 pm; Neighborhood Party 3 - 6 pm
Where: Staats between Grandview and Post

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Why do you live in Grandview Hills?

For our table at the Blooming Neighborhoods Celebration, we would like to put together a poster of why folks choose to live here. Let's advertise our neighborhood and give people a reason to watch for properties to come on the market here.
So, why do you live here? Why did you choose this neighborhood and why do you stay? If you can think of a few sentences, a poem, a top ten list, whatever, please share it.
Here are the responses used on the poster at the Blooming Neighborhoods Celebration:
As you know, my house was on the market last year. I didn't move because I couldn't find a house I could afford and liked as well as 501. But I wasn't at all disappointed; rather, I was GLAD not to leave this neighborhood. Here's why: there's space and privacy, yet a sense of congeniality and community. It's a quiet and attractive area, too -- two attributes that are really important to me. It's close to everything commercial and cultural, but has a feeling of separateness and seclusion.
– Bonnie Fisher
There are lots of reasons I love Grandview Hills. We have lived here for nearly 15 years now and raised our sons here. 

- Safe, small neighborhood

- People are friendly and take time to get to know each other

- Neighbors were kind and patient with our sons when they delivered the newspaper for 3-4 years

- With definable boundaries, it is easier for kids to stay in the neighborhood when riding bikes. (They know where Grandview Hills ends!)

- Interesting people live here!

- Beautiful trees, lawns, open green spaces

- Active neighborhood association

– Terri Arnold
I love the fact that we live so close to the University that I can bike to work and around town!
I love the fact that there are 3 bus routes that are less than 1/2 mile from our front door!
I love being able to walk to Target or Marsh or Bloomingfoods!
I love having the Indiana Rail Road travel past our backyard!
I love that there is a mix of IU students, individuals, families with young and older children and prime timers and we all seem to gel!
I love that our houses look vastly different from each other--no cookie cutter houses here!
I love that our daughter is able to attend an amazingly diverse elementary school--less than a mile from our front door!
I love that we help look out for each other!
I love that our neighborhood is quiet!
I love that our neighbors are friendly and care about us!
I love that we have the Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association to encourage us to be more neighborly!
I love the get-togethers we have and getting to know each other!
Most of all, I love the sense of community and ownership we have living in Grandview Hills.
– Rachel Wheeler
This is why I like living in the Grandview Hills neighborhood.
Great neighborhood
Red, orange, and yellow trees each fall
Annual block party
Nice neighbors
Dogwoods and daffodils bloom in spring
Variety of home styles
Indiana University just minutes away
Everything close by
Winter beauty
Helpful neighbors
Ice cream social in summer
Lovely lawns
Location, location, location
Shady streets
– Judy Wagner
My husband and I moved into Grandview Hills in 1969, 40 years ago! Here we raised our family and conducted our lives in a safe and friendly neighborhood. Everyone has always pulled together when there were issues that affected us. Having a train run past our back yard has been a blessing as well. Our children learned to count with these trains. We have always proudly said that we live on the "right side of the tracks".
– Claudia Lindman
Top Ten Reasons to Live in Grandview Hills
10. Affordable houses on good size lots, a Bloomington rarity
9. University Elementary district
8. No homeowners association, but a great neighborhood association
7. Lots of mature trees and open spaces
6. Individuality of neighbors and houses – we’re not all the same!
5. Quiet, with little through traffic, safe for the kids to play outside
4. Wildlife – deer, chipmunks, rabbits, birds, foxes, squirrels, ground hogs and more
3. Walking distance of College Mall, Post Office, grocery store, 2 parks
2. Convenient location near 3, 6, 8 bus lines, so we don’t have to drive
1. Great neighbors, the very best reason to live here
– Meagan Eller

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bag of goodies

Everyone should have received a bag of goodies today. The bags contained some information from the city (sorry we are late getting these out; we got them last fall) plus a nifty Grandview Hills magnet to remind us all of the URL for this site and the email address for the list.
Please keep the magnet handy so you can check the website often for updates. Or, you can subscribe to the RSS feed. Also, any neighbor can request an account on the website and be able to post comments, blog info, participate in the forums, etc. Just make sure to put enough information in so we know it is someone who should have an account (name, address). Occasionally, spammers request accounts, which we remove.
As for the email list, anyone on the list can send a message to it and it will reach all the neighbors who are on the list. The list is secured so people need approval to join. If you are not already on the email list or need to update your email, please send me a message (you can click on my name at the top of this post and then contact me.) And spread the word to new neighbors who may not be on the list. This is the easiest, most efficient way to keep the majority of the neighborhood in contact.
From the city, there were a few flyers, including last year's waste program information and the lower the boom ordinance. Once again, we apologize for not getting these out last fall. Life was hectic and it just didn't happen.
We hope to see lot of folks at the upcoming block party and meeting on June 13. Also, we'd love for anyone stopping by the farmer's market on June 6 to come by our table at the Blooming Neighborhood Celebration. Don't forget to send me a brief bit about why you live in Grandview Hills!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Poison ivy

Hi neighbors,
Sunday was a great day to get out into the yard and pull some weeds and clip a few hedges. With all the rain, everything had grown and we weren't able to get into the yard to do the work before now.
Since we are allergic, I'm always on the lookout for the early sprigs of poison ivy and I found a couple along the fence line. I have a great, eco-friendly way to kill it. No chemicals. No damage to nearby plants. This method works best while the plant is still small and less than 12" high with a thin stem. I've used this method for over 25 years.
Fill a tea kettle with water and bring it to a boil. Take the kettle out to the plant and slowly dribble the boiling water over the leaves and up and down the stem. Continue pouring the whole kettle of boiling water over the plant and stem and around the base of the plant. The leaves should be wilting by now and the soil at the base of the plant will be steaming. You have cooked the ivy. The plant will shrivel, die, and the remains will blow away in a couple of days.
We call it a "vine" so find a stick and use it to pick through the grass and weeds to see if the poison ivy has "vined". Treat anything along that vine with a new pot of water.
I have found that the poison ivy never comes back. When I used a commercial killer, often it killed the leaves but the root was still there and it re-emerged later in the season. Catch it early. After the vine has grown thick and woody, you may need to resort to chemical brush killer or professional help.
If you are not sure that the 3 leafed plant in your yard is poison ivy, I would be happy to come and take a look.
The boiling water method also works well on grass and weeds that grow in the cracks of your sidewalk and driveway.
Judy Wagner

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sidewalk interrupted

A summary:
The story of "Sidewalk Interrupted" begins with a plan to dramatically change 10th St. in the Bypass to Pete Ellis Dr. area. The City though Parks, Planning, and Engineering departments asked IDOT to move the trees along the west side of Pete Ellis Dr. and North of the Indiana Railroad tracks. Prior to moving the trees however and due to their size, the roots had to be pruned and the sidewalk had to be removed to allow pruning.
Both City and state moved forward with this plan until street designs became less certain. It was no longer clear that the trees needed to be moved. So, the sidewalk remains torn up. The City is unwilling to pay (an estimated $50K) to move trees that may indeed not need to be moved.
I've asked our Planning group to place this project back on a schedule. In particular, I'm asking them to move the trees if it is likely they will be in the way of the state's plans. Assuming the trees need to be moved, they won't be moved earlier than this fall when trees enter their dormant season. This is as far as I can see this project at this time. After the trees are moved then, I'll work on the sidewalk. If it is clear the trees won't be moved then, I'll urge a speedy replacement of the sidewalk.
Mike Satterfield
Bloomington Common Council
District 3 Representative

Monday, May 4, 2009

Neighborhood Yard sales

Each spring, and sometimes in summer, the neighborhood association sponsors a yard sale. Anyone in the neighborhood is welcome to participate. The association pays for an ad in the newspaper and provides a map of participants to each location to help steer traffic. This has been a fun and successful event each year.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

2009-05-02 GHNA Steering Committee Meeting

The meeting was held at the home of Chris and Meagan Eller. Present were: Chris Eller, President and Meagan his assistant, Jeff Morris, Treasurer, Judy Wagner and Lori Garriaghty, members at large, and Claudia Lindman, Secretary.
Jeff reported that there is $107.46 in our account. This represents dues of $1 per household per year as well as money raised from recycled aluminum cans, which Chris turns in periodically. To participate, just leave your bagged cans in the trailer in Chris’s driveway.
Neighborhood Clean-up: Meagan and Lori reported that 7 adults plus some children met last Saturday (April 25) to pick up trash. They filled 9 plastic bags. Another clean-up is planned for early November. Next Spring the event will be held after Little 500.
E-mail List: Meagan reported that 49 of the 88 households in the neighborhood are now on the e-mail list. Anyone can send a message to the entire list by using the following address: grandviewhillsna@yahoogroups.com
Chris is updating the Web site. Please visit often to see what is going on in our neighborhood. That address is: http:// ghna.inbloomington.us/
Upcoming Events: Yard Sale May 16 from 8-1. Call Meagan if you want to be included on a map noting all the sale sites that day. Meagan will put an advertisement in the paper.
Meagan signed us up to participate in the HAND project which promotes strengthening neighborhoods. There will be a GHNA booth at the Farmer’s Market June 6. Call Meagan if you can help with the booth.
June Block Party: Lori will coordinate this event to be held June 13 from 3 to 6 PM. Traffic on Staats will be blocked. We will set up grills and supply napkins, plates, plastic ware, ice and beverage. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass and whatever you wish to grill.
Ice Cream Social: This annual event will again be hosted by Gillian Fields'. The date is August 16. More details to follow.
Annual Meeting: The annual meeting will be held from 2-3 on June 13, prior to the Block party. We need to elect two officers, the president and one member at large. These are two year terms. Please contact the current officers for more information if you are interested in participating in our neighborhood in this way. Annual dues of $1 per household will be collected at this meeting.
Claudia Lindman , Secretary