Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bypass/Walnut/College lane closures

Construction on the Bypass is a dreaded reality these days, when getting there from here is nearly impossible. What with lane closures on 10th, 3rd and Bypass recently, leaving home is fast becoming a chore. And it will likely only get worse.

As indicated in a newspaper story today, Walnut, College and Bypass will all be one lane, with dedicated left turn lanes, from today through the winter. Between Kinser Pike and College Ave, traffic on Bypass will all be on the north side of Bypass to allow for bridge work.

The good news is that the small area west of Kinser is being reopened. And the work on North Dunn, north of the Bypass, seems to be done, with the intersection finally open.

If anyone is on Twitter, @IUtraffic tries to keep updated on traffic issues around campus, although it is a volunteer effort so not 100%. If you plan to go past the athletics complex area, I recommend double-checking the sports schedules since traffic is often diverted for basketball games (and football games in the fall) along with the extra traffic.

As previously mentioned, one alternative to Bypass if you are heading to Ellettsville or beyond is to take 17th St to Arlington Rd.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bypass construction update

As many of you may have noticed, construction has begun on Bypass. Lane restrictions in the area of the Bypass/Walnut/College intersection have been causing long delays. North Dunn Street is also currently closed north of the Bypass, with the detour pouring more traffic through the congested intersection.

According to an update in the Herald Times this morning, lane restrictions may be removed next week but will return in December. At least travel should be improved over the holiday weekend!

The construction on North Dunn has been delayed. The road was supposed to be reopened already but there is currently no estimate.

Safe travels through town and over the upcoming holiday. And may I suggest 17th Street to Arlington Road if you plan to travel to Ellettsville?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Free Thanksgiving meal at Mother Bear's

Thought I would share that Mother Bear's is once again offering a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops in on Thanksgiving, noon to 4 p.m. The menu will include Pilgrim's Pride pizza (topped with mashed potatoes, turkey and dressing), green bean casserole, cranberries and gravy. There will also be pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert and soft drinks.

Recent power outages

Parts of the neighborhood have had power outages recently. We have had at least 3 in the last month. You may have read in today's Hotline in the Herald Times today that Park Ridge East has also had this same problem. I have noticed that Duke sometimes provides the reason for the outage in their call-back, if you request one.

The apparent reason for the last few outages has been squirrels getting into the transformers. According to one technician, who stopped to check on the power after a recent outage, there are newer transformers that are more squirrel-proof (ha!) but not in our area. He had no idea when Bloomington would start getting some.

Hopefully, considering the number of outages recently, they will roll them out in our area. I for one do not look forward to this trend continuing into colder weather.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Free home energy audit

Bloomington homeowners have a chance to get a free home energy audit regardless of income. This is a great opportunity as an audit can normally cost several hundred dollars.

The city, SCCAP, and the US Green Building Council are trying to complete as many audits as possible for a "Beat the Meter Blitz" in early December.

To apply, call the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development department at 812-349-3420.

More information is available in this press release.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shalom Center Holiday Gift Program

Julie Fox is coordinating a gift donation from the GHNA to some children through Shalom Center's Holiday Gift Program. She will contact Shalom Center, coordinate gift buying, collect the gifts, and deliver them to Shalom Center. Please contact Julie if you would like to participate. Gifts need to be collected at Shalom Center by the end of November, so please contact Julie as soon as possible if you would like to help out.

Halloween 2010

Trick or Treating in the city of Bloomington, Ellettsville, and Monroe County are all Sunday, October 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Various groups in the area also have Halloween events. Here is a selection:

Safe Trick or Treat at City Church, 1200 N Russell Rd, Saturday, October 30, 4-6 p.m.
Skate or Scare at Frank Southern Ice Arena, Saturday, October 30, 7 p.m. (admission fee)
Safe Halloween with the Panhellenic Society, North Jordan Avenue, Wednesday, October 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Safe Halloween at College Mall, Saturday, October 30, 4-9 p.m. (Trick-or-Treating 4-6 p.m.)
Rocky Horror Picture Show, Buskirk Chumley Theater, Saturday, October 30, 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. (admission fee)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Coats for Kids drive

The annual Coats for Kids drive is going on now through October 26th. If you have a coat you would like to donate, there are several drop-off locations, including:

  • Woodbridge Post Office
  • The Herald-Times office
  • downtown Post Office
  • Salvation Army office
  • Head Start
  • Fountain Square Mall
  • Ellettsville Post Office
You may also leave a donation at your mailbox with a note "For coat drive." 

Donated coats will be distributed at the Salvation Army gym November 1-5.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall leaf collection

Autumn is upon us as evidenced by the gorgeous colors and falling leaves.

City leaf pickup begins October 18th for leaves in leaf bags. Leaf bags are picked up for free on our usual Wednesday trash day.

Beginning November 8th, vacuum trucks will collect leaves raked to the curb. Per the city, please do not rake leaves into the street.

More information is available through the city website.

Real estate update

There is currently one home for sale in Grandview Hills.

While we will miss the Weavers, spread the word if you know anyone looking!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bypasses for Bypass

As many of you have noticed, construction has started on Bypass with the removal of many large, lovely tress. Starting next week, October 4th, Bypass will be one lane. It's time to start finding bypasses for the Bypass!

Here is the press release from IU with some suggested routes to and from campus:

It will be a long 2 years until this is done, so we have lots of time to find all the alternative routes across town. May I recommend going south? With West 3rd also under construction, that may be the best way to go west.

UPDATE: As has been pointed out, the information has not been updated with the current construction timeline. If anyone has current information, please pass it along.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

MCPL Bookmobile

A message from the Monroe County Public Library regarding Bookmobile:

I work in the Outreach Department of the Monroe County Public Library. I drive the Thursday night Bookmobile route during which we visit University School from 5:05pm-6pm. We’re looking for new ways to publicize our services and I see that your neighborhood is right across the street. I’m wondering if you might be able to put a blurb about the Bookmobile in your newsletter or blog.

Thanks for any support you might be able to offer!

Corinna Manion
Monroe County Public Library
Community Outreach Specialist
812-349-3050 ext. 2067

Thursday, September 2, 2010

IU Football traffic patterns

Many streets around the stadium area will be one-way before, during and after IU football games. Here is a map of the traffic plan along with information on the various gates.

Please note that the plan is the same as for last year despite construction on the 45/46 Bypass.

Monday, August 30, 2010

BPD has online incident reporting!

If you need to file a report for a minor offense, BPD offers online incident reporting. Please read the guidelines to decide if you can use this format. 

If you would like to keep up to date with more at BPD, they are on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2010 Ice Cream Social

Mark your calendars for the 2010 Neighborhood Ice Cream Social!
Saturday, August 28 from 3-5 p.m. (rain date 8/29)
Come to the Lindman's front yard at the intersection of Staats and Grandview to eat yummy Hartzell's ice cream and chat with your neighbors. Just after the start of school, this is a great time for kids in the neighborhood to have a last hurrah and for the adults to reminisce.
This year the ice cream is being provided courtesy of Hartzell's Ice Cream, located on Dunn St between 5th and 6th. A big thanks to neighbors Hilary and Hartzell Martel.

Moving the website

Due to the frequency of updates with the software we were using and the fact that we were not using all the capabilities of it, we have decided to move the GHNA website to Blogger. The move is not yet complete, but it will hopefully be seamless to most.

Some benefits of this move include:

  • No additional accounts required to comment. You may use your openId or Google account.
  • Easier posting for those who post information.
  • Familiar format.
Hopefully this is a change for the good. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2010-07-07 Steering Committee Meeting

Grandview Hills Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
July 7, 2010
Meeting started at 7:40pm. Jeff Morris (Treasurer), Meagan Eller (President), Erin Wager Miller (Secretary), Julie Fox (Member at Large) and Jessica Savarese (Member at Large) were in attendance.
Meagan stated the neighborhood has had seven annual events in the past. Do we still want 7? Each committe member agreed to spearhead one event.
Ice Cream Social- Gillian and Claudia Neighborhood residents Hartzel and Hillary, and owners of Jiffy Treet on Pete Ellis and Hartzels IceCream downtown, have generously donated 5 gallons of ice cream to the social. Many thanks to them. The date is TBA.
Halloween Party/Fall party- Julie Fox Julie is considering planning a progressive supper at the end of Sept. in lieu of Halloween Party. This would be a big undertaking, however. Perhaps a book (DVs? Board games? CDs? Entertainment items?) exchange instead. Stay tuned for more info.
Caroling in December- Jessica This year Jessica will host a sing along in her home rather than caroling this year. She will need musicians from the neighborhood for accompaniment. This will happen in early December.
March Pizza Party-Jeff
Litter pick up in April- Erin Wager Miller Typically we have it after Little 5. Perhaps instead of a group clean up we could divide the neighborhood into sections and have a captain for each section. Erin will figure this out.
Yard Sale- Meagan Normally this happens in May. It was discussed to change this to fall to give folks more time to get ready. Meagan said we’ve had it in July but it proved to be too hot. It was mentioned that compared to other neighborhoods we do a good job advertising and our map is very helpful.
Treasurer report- Jeff Morris reported we have $73.36 in the neighborhood fund. There was discussion about how we might be able to collect cans from neighbors who are not dropping them off. Meagan is sure to put this on the flier once a year and thinks that word of mouth works best. In addition, those who do drop off cans need to have them in grocery bags. JD Salvage does not accept paper bags.
Chris Eller made a bag dispenser and placed it at the front of his yard. Dog walkers who have forgotten bags to clean up after their dog are free take one. If you would like a dispenser for your yard, or would like him to show you how to make one, contact Chris.
Our next meeting will be next May to plan the Block Party and set the agenda for the General Neighborhood meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.
Respectfully submitted by
Erin Wager Miller, Secretary

Saturday, June 26, 2010

2010-06-26 Annual Meeting

The meeting was called to order by president, Meagan Eller once a quorum was reached.
About 50 people attended the annual block party cook-out. Meagan reported that the association had several successful events this past year. These included the Ice cream social in September, the Halloween party, a Pizza party in February, the yard sales in May and two neighborhood clean-ups.
Jeff reported that we have $63.50 in the treasury. Dues of $1.00 per household make up part of this amount, the rest is from the sales of aluminum cans which Chris Eller collects and takes in for recycling.
The association by-laws were readopted unchanged from last year.
The following members were elected to offices. Secretary: Erin Wager-Miller, Treasurer: Jeff Morris, and Member at large: Jessica Saverese.
New business: Gilian Fields said that she will organize the Ice cream social again this year. She suggested a change of venue. Claudia and Harold Lindman offered their shady yard for the event. Claudia and Gilian will decide on a date for the event.
Respectfully submitted,
Claudia Lindman, Secretary.

Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 Block Party and Annual Meeting

The date has been set for our block party and annual meeting!
Saturday, June 26th from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Come join your neighbors for a cookout on Staats Drive between Grandview and Post. We will provide a grill, plates and drinks. Please bring a dish to pass, something to throw on the grill and a lawn chair.
We will also have our annual meeting during the block party. Required business includes approving the bylaws and electing 3 officers. Offices up for election are Secretary, Treasurer and Member at Large. Each is a 2 year term, but duties are light. Please contact Meagan Eller if you are interested in one of these offices. You must be present to be nominated and elected.
If your household has paid dues for this year, please try to attend as we need 10 voting households to reach quorum. You may pay your $1/household dues at the block party or any time before then to Jeff Morris or Meagan Eller.
We hope to see a lot of neighbors there!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

2010-05-29 Steering Committee Meeting

GHNA Steering Committee Minutes
May 29,2010
The Steering committee met at the home of president, Meagan Eller. Also in attendance were Jeff Morris, Julia Fox and Claudia Lindman.
Jeff reported $43.50 in the treasury.
Annual Meeting and Block party: The event will be held June 26th on Staats street starting at 4:30 PM. Please bring a side dish to share and meat to grill. Grills will be provided as well as plates, napkins, cups and plastic ware. Soft drinks, lemonade and water will be available. Bring a lawn chair as well. Come meet your neighbors!
We have 14 paid member households. Dues are $1.00 per household. We will be having a short business meeting about 5PM. We will be electing the following officers for a 2 year term: secretary, treasurer, and member at large. Duties are easy. There are only 2 planning meetings a year plus the annual meeting. If you would be willing to take one of these positions, contact Meagan Eller.
We need 10 household members to conduct the annual meeting. Please try to come at 5PM. Jeff is happy to accept 2009 and 2010 dues at this meeting.
Claudia Lindman, Secretary

Sunday, April 11, 2010

2010 Yard sale

Clean out your garages, basements and closets! The annual yard sale will take place on May 22nd this year.
If you plan to participate, please let us know so we can add you to the sale map. More information will be provided by flyer closer to the date.

2010 Neighborhood clean-up

It's that time of year again when trash piles up from windy spring days and the usual litter of Little 500 celebrations. Let's get a crew together on Sunday, April 25th, at 1:00 p.m. to walk the neighborhood and pick up litter. With a crew of volunteers, we should be able to finish in an hour or so.
Please think about volunteering a little time to make the neighborhood look nice. We'll meet at 1 at the corner of Grandview and Post to split into teams and distribute bags. This is the day after Little 5, so we should have plenty of debris to pick up! If enough folks volunteer, we can assign a block to each group and be done in no time!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2010 Pizza Party

The neighborhood association is planning a pizza party to break the winter doldrums scheduled for March 13th at 4:30 p.m. Jeff Morris has graciously offered to open his house for us.
We will be asking neighbors who plan to attend to RSVP so we can get an idea of how much pizza to order. In your RSVP, please let us know how many in your family will be there along with your preference for pizza (cheese, sausage, pepperoni, veggie).

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Greetings, neighbors. I hope everyone is doing well as we welcome a new year. 2009 wasn't too bad for the neighborhood; 2010 should be even better.