Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall 2011 leaf pick-up

Leaf pick-up has changed a little this year. Here's the deal:

1) The city recommends composting your leaves as the greenest practice.

2) Beginning October 24th (next week) through December 22nd, you may place biodegradable (paper) bags of leaves out on yard waste collection days without green tags. Remember our yard waste collection days are every other week, so November 2nd, 16th, and 30th, and December 14th for our neighborhood. As always, bags may not weigh more than 40 pounds.

3) Each residence will have ONE and only ONE vacuuming pick-up this season. Plan to have leaves raked to the curb by November 14th for vacuuming, which runs November 14th to December 30th. You can track leaf vacuuming online at http://bloomington.in.gov/leaves.

If there is anyone in the neighborhood who composts and needs more leaves than they produce, I'm sure there are folks on the list who would be happy to supply some.

And if anyone has any questions about this year's schedule, more information is available online from the sanitation department.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ice Cream Social and Children's Games

Mark your calendars!

Gillian Field and Mark Trotter will host an Ice Cream Social and Children's Games on Sunday, September 18th from 2-4 p.m.

Bring your bowl and spoon to Gillian's house, 512 Kerry, where you can enjoy some ice cream. Sweets and other treats are welcome.

At the same time, Mark will have games next door to entertain the children.

Bring a friend, bring a game! Bring a chair and visit amongst neighbors sharing an afternoon treat.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bypass construction and school starting

Anyone who has traveled Bypass the last few days will have noticed that traffic has been shifted to the newly paved lanes. Looks like progress is being made.

Also, IU students will be moving into the dorms next week. Expect traffic to be congested and stores to be busy. Target is already prepared with everything a college student might need.

MCCSC students will be back in class this Tuesday. The schools have new, longer hours this year, so expect to see buses at times we aren't used to. The new hours are 8:35-3:50 for elementary schools and 7:40-2:55 for middle and high school (although Wednesdays will start an hour later).

Expect details soon about our upcoming neighborhood ice cream social.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Being neighborly


 1.      a person who lives near another.

a person or thing that is near another.
one's fellow human being: to be generous toward one's less fortunate neighbors.
a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
(used as a term of address, especially as a friendly greeting to a stranger): Tell me, neighbor, which way to town?

(from dictionary.com)


having or showing qualities befitting a neighbor friendly.

One of the things we have always really liked about Grandview Hills is that everyone has always been friendly. The neighbors are the #1 reason I recommend this neighborhood to people.

So what does it mean to be neighborly?

I've included some definitions from dictionary.com, but there's more than just being friendly. There's Matt helping Mary Alice shovel in the winter, and Kayla watching out for Mrs. Johnson, and Chris giving Jeff a ride to the auto shop, and Anne sharing the bounty of her garden. There are the folks who watch each other's houses over vacation, who check in if the paper isn't picked up in the morning. There are also the 'hellos' as we pass on the street, the offers of plants when we split them in the fall, the containers of cookies that appear after a baking marathon.

It means looking out for each other, getting to know each other, and respecting one another. It means little acts of kindness and, sometimes, tolerance. It means knowing the people you see each day.

I really like that we watch out for each other and help each other. That's something that is missing in other neighborhoods around the country where people live insular lives and don't get to know the person next door let alone the one two blocks away. I for one am grateful to truly live in a neighborhood.

Friday, July 1, 2011

New laws 7/1/11

Several new state laws took effect today. These include laws about carding for alcohol purchases, a prohibition on texting while driving, redistricting, guns and more. More information about these laws is available here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Deer task force

The Deer Task Force will be holding a series of meetings to discuss concerns and talk about what has been learned so far. We certainly have plenty of deer in the neighborhood, so learning to coexist isn't a bad idea. If anyone is interested in attending any of the upcoming meetings, the schedule is listed below.

Community Outreach Meetings
The Deer Task Force will be holding a series of meetings around the community to talk to citizens about what it has learned so far and to learn more about residents' concerns.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 6:00 pm
    Templeton Elementary School (Cafeteria/Auditorium)
    1400 South Brenda Lane (Henderson & Hillside)
  • Monday, July 11, 6:00 pm
    University Elementary School (Cafeteria/Auditorium)
    1111 N. Russell Road
  • Thursday, July 14, 6:00 pm
    Bloomington North High School (Large Group Room)
    3901 North Kinser Pike
  • Thursday, July 21, 6:00 pm
    Grandview Elementary School (Cafeteria/Auditorium)
    2300 S. Endwright Road
  • Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am
    Council Chambers, Suite 115 of City Hall, 401 N. Morton

Monday, June 13, 2011

Elections 2011 and Block Party review

This past Saturday was our block party and annual meeting. Thanks to all the neighbors who came out. We had gorgeous weather for a cookout on the street.

This was our lowest attended block party. It seems many people were on vacation after the extra long school year. We did manage to get quorum for elections. So, here's what happened at the brief meeting, which lasted approximately 10 minutes.

First order of business was elections. Two offices were up for election: President and one Member-at-Large. Meagan Eller was re-elected President. Gillian Field was elected Member-at-Large. Both were unanimous.

The by-laws were readopted by unanimous vote.

Treasurer's report: Our current balance at the time of the meeting was $99.40, including $28.30 collected Saturday by redeeming aluminum cans.

Julie's report: She started a new activity in the fall and hopes it continues. The neighborhood sponsored 3 children through Shalom Center, purchasing Christmas presents for them. About half a dozen neighbors participated.

President's report: We had 9 or 10 families participate in the garage sales in May. This seems to be a popular event.

General comments: The ice cream social and pizza party are both very popular events that people would like to see continue. Gillian will organize the ice cream social again this year, in either August or September.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Real estate report 6/2/11

There are currently 3 houses for sale in our neighborhood.

The newest is 665 Meadowlark, for $98,000.

3404 Grandview is still for sale, for $164,900.

And 623 Kerry is still listed as well, for $150,000.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bypass closing at tracks

Bypass will be closed between 3rd and 10th for 2 weeks starting June 13th. During that time the Indiana Railroad will be working on the crossing. The detours are via Pete Ellis for south-bound traffic and via Smith for north-bound traffic. A temporary 3-way stop light will be installed at 10th and Smith during construction. (HT article available with subscription)

I imagine the major impact for our neighborhood will be the increased traffic on 10th and on Smith, making it more difficult to get out of the neighborhood during those two weeks. We all might want to leave a little additional time getting places.

Alternative transportation to downtown and campus is available via the #6 bus, which stops on Smith just south of the tracks and on 10th by Barrington Place. The #8 bus is also available at those stops and will take you to College Mall and to Kroger.

If you enjoy walking or biking, I would guess the bike trail may not be a good option, although I haven't heard if it will be closed at Bypass during this time.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Annual Block Party!

Our annual neighborhood block party will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 4:30 p.m. Join your neighbors for a fun celebration on Staats Dr. between Grandview and Post. We will block off the street, so feel free to bring bikes or games for the kids to play.

What the GHNA will provide: grills to cook on, tables, paper products (plates, napkins, cutlery), and beverages.

What you should bring: something to grill for your family, a dish to pass, and chairs.

We will hold a brief meeting during the block party in which we will elect new officers and re-adopt the by-laws. Offices up for election are president, currently Meagan Eller, and one member at large, currently Julie Fox. A link to the by-laws can be found at the top of the blog page.

Please consider taking an office if you would like to get more involved with the neighborhood. Duties are 2 short (usually under 1 hour) meetings (in June to organize events for the year and in May to organize the block party) plus each officer organizes 1 activity (ice cream social, yard sales, pizza party, etc) during the year.

I hope to see plenty of neighbors. I enjoy getting to know more people in the neighborhood and catch up with folks I don't see often.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Annual yard sale

The date has been set for our annual neighborhood yard/garage sale: Saturday, May 21st, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Time to start cleaning out attics, basements, closets and garages. Whether you have a lot or a little, this is a great opportunity to clear things out and make a few dollars.

The GHNA will purchase an ad in the HT and place signs at the entrances to the neighborhood. Each participating family will need to post a sign at their house and run their individual sale.

We also plan to distribute a map of sales to each participating household again, so please contact me (you may even reply to this post to do so) if you are interested in having a yard sale and I will make sure you are on the map.

We hold the sale rain or shine, so having a plan in place for rain is a good idea. Which reminds me, I need to clear space in the garage....

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yard waste collection

Apparently new this year in waste collection is the bi-weekly schedule for yard waste. As I discovered recently, yard waste is only collected on an every other week basis, on the same weeks as recycling. Please see your magnet from the city for the dates. If you lost the schedule, it can be found here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Construction on 10th Street, again

I saw in the HT today that 10th Street at Bypass will have lane restrictions much of Friday, March 11th, (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for a water main project. You may want to take 3rd Street into town on that day.

Between widening of the Bypass, construction of the Cyber Infrastructure Building at 10th and Bypass, and eventual widening of SR 45 (10th Street) to Russell Road, I'm sure we will see many more such closings and lane restrictions.

Personally, I'm just glad we have an exit from the neighborhood onto Smith Road.

Friday, March 4, 2011

State of the City 2011

Mayor Mark Kruzan gave his annual State of the City address earlier this week. Please click through and read the text for his full comments if you haven't already. There is a lot of interesting information in the speech.

Of particular note for the neighborhood, I wanted to point out that Bloomington is instituting a citywide 25 mph speed limit in neighborhoods. As new street signs are put up, you will notice the reduced speed limit in neighborhoods, including our own.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Real estate report 2/24/11

There are currently two houses for sale in the neighborhood: one on Grandview and one on Kerry.

As always, it's good to spread the word - you might even help pick your newest neighbors!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Neighborhood Leadership series

On Thursday, February 10th, I went to the Neighborhood Leadership series. The topic this go round was "How Do I Make It Work in My Neighborhood" and several neighborhood leaders shared information about projects their neighborhoods have undertaken.

Broadview Neighborhood talked about the neighborhood cleanup they did, with funds from a neighborhood cleanup grant.

Maple Heights presented information on a property they reclaimed at 13th and Madison where a garden now grows. (I'm planning on checking it out once flowers start blooming!)

Prospect Hill talked about building neighborhood capacity.

Green Acres presented information about the community garden in their neighborhood. (Wonderful effort and it has helped involve the many students in Green Acres.)

Jacqui Bauer from HAND spoke about sustainability efforts that HAND is currently trying to expand, including bringing Hoosier to Hoosier into more neighborhoods. HtH is a program that tries to reclaim reusable stuff when the student leave each spring and sell it back to new students in the fall. Proceeds go to local charities.

The next Neighborhood Leadership Series session will be April 7th and the topic will be "Get the Skinny on HAND Housing Programs".

Friday, February 11, 2011

Welcome Spring Pizza Party

Mark your calendars!

Join us for a pizza party. After being cooped up during this very snowy winter, it's time to reconnect with all our neighbors.

Saturday, March 5, 4:30 p.m.
Jeff's house, 601 Staats

Please RSVP to Jeff to let him know how many people to plan for and what your pizza preference is (cheese, pepperoni, sausage) so we can order the pizzas.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Car break-ins

I have heard reports of at least 3 neighbors who had their cars broken into last night. From what I understand, nothing was taken although the contents were left ransacked.

It is possible that someone was looking for valuables in the cars or for garage door openers to take snow blowers and whatnot from garages. I wonder about garage access as a possible motive because I noticed the keypad for our garage was open today and we normally leave it closed (although we may have inadvertently left it open.)

In any case, please be aware that this is happening, lock your cars and doors, and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

If your car was broken into, you may want to fill out the online incident report at the police department. Also, as a reminder, Jeanne Novotny and Chris Haynes are our Neighborhood Watch co-captains. If something isn't an emergency (or a crime currently in progress), you can contact either of them to forward information to a BPD contact.