Friday, July 31, 2009

Annual block party - Friday, 8/14

The annual BPNA summer block party is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 6-9 pm. Everybody in the neighborhood is invited, whether they are BPNA members or not. Come meet new neighbors and celebrate with old friends.

Craig Brenner and Friends will once again inspire dancing in the street—specifically the 1000 block of South Dunn St. Please bring a potluck dish to share with your neighbors. BPNA will provide lemonade, grilled meat and veggie burgers and hot dogs generously provided by our sponsor, Nick’s English Hut. As an added treat, we will provide Edy's slow-churned ice cream for the first 100 guests, courtesy of Edy's.

We are also grateful to the City of Bloomington, which awarded us a Small & Simple grant to help with the non-food costs of this large party. The party drew about 300 people last year, and we expect an even bigger turnout this year. Volunteers are needed to help organize and run the grill; contact Jon Lawrence at or 334-2075 if you can help.

This is a great time to pay your membership dues. Dues are just $5 a year, and we will have a table set up to take dues at the picnic. BPNA T-shirts are back by popular demand. We hope to have a custom design ready for the occasion. Come by the BPNA table to see the design and place your order.

Last but not least, remember the hungry while you enjoy the party food. Dee Hupp-Sanders of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank asks that you bring a food item to donate to the food bank.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FW: [CONA] Bloomington Hospital Survey, B-line trail phase II

Hi everybody -

Council of Neighborhood Associations is hosting a survey about the
possibility that Bloomington Hospital may move from its current
location. The purpose of the survey is to raise awareness of the
impact that this move will have on Bloomington neighborhoods by
collecting opinions from residents of those neighborhoods. Please
take a moment to fill out the survey at We hope to present the results by our September 16th meeting.
Please forward this survey to others in your neighborhood!

Also, there is an open house for the B-line trail phase II on
Thursday July 30 from 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 6:30pm in the council
chambers at the Showers complex at 401 N Morton Street. The City
of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is designing phase II
of the B-Line Trail. Final plans and specifications must be submitted
to the State of Indiana by the end of August. Construction is
anticipated to begin in spring 2010, and will involve the city-owned
former CSX rail corridor from the east side of Adams Street to the
west side of Rogers Street (bordering Near Westside, Maple Heights and
11th Street Neighborhoods), and from Second Street south to the north
side of Country Club Drive (bordering McDoel and Grandview
Neighborhoods). For more information about the open house, contact
Dave Williams (812) 349-3700.

From: Greg Alexander []

Monday, July 27, 2009

Agenda for Tuesday 7/28 meeting

Our regular meeting will be Tuesday, July 28, from 7-8 p.m., at the Free Methodist Church (corner of Grimes and Lincoln). Please let me know ( if you want to add anything to the agenda. A presentation by Ellen Jacquart, founder of Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) will be rescheduled. She will talk about a re-naturalization project in Bryan Park at an upcoming meeting.

Old Business

1. Weeds: Weeds and standing water in Davis ditch. City decision about maintenance.
2. Poop Tubes: If you have any plastic bags to spare, bring them to the meeting! Liz thanks neighbors for filling the tubes and can always use more bags--the tubes at the park empty daily.
3. Fall Picnic: Update on plans (t-shirts, volunteers, food drive, membership dues, ice cream).

New Business

1. Incident Report: As a new regular meeting feature, our Neighborhood Watch contacts Dick and Mary Lou Mitchell will briefly describe incidents reported this month.
2. New Email List: Questions?
3. City Business: Henderson sidewalk update, city news from Isabel Piedmont-Smith.
4. Templeton Benefit at Nick’s: Natalie Cabanaw has offered to sponsor a benefit at Nick’s for the Templeton Playground renovation.
5. Call for Volunteers: Volunteer for BPNA projects.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Found bike

From Albert Reiser:

We found a bike that we suspect was stolen last weekend. It was left in our front yard. It’s a gray Fuji mountain bike.

Our address is 1200 S. Grant. Our phone number is (812) 334-3417.


[B-TOP] Help us assess Bloomington's walkability, bike education, and climate change action

Here are several items of interest from Bloomington Transportation Options for People:

Walkability Survey
Please help us gather data about Bloomington neighborhoods! B-TOP is working with the Active Living Coalition to administer a survey developed by Health by Design in Indianapolis in order to rate the walkability of different neighborhoods in Bloomington. Go to to fill out the survey online, or print a paper version you can mail in. We suggest you walk around your neighborhood and check things out for the best information. If you’d like, take a camera with you—you can upload up to four image files with your survey. Please share this with your friends and neighbors too!
Bicycle Education Opportunities
Traffic Skills 101 – August 15, 2009
This course is structured to be a fun yet intensive educational experience with the aim of increasing a cyclist’s confidence and safe riding skills. It will be held on Saturday August 15th from 9am to 6pm at Bloomington City Hall (room #135). Registration must be received by August 10, 2009.
LCI Training Seminar – August 28-30, 2009
The League of American Bicyclists is holding a seminar to train and certify League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) in Bloomington from August 28-30. This is a unique opportunity that is rarely offered in Indiana – so don’t miss out. If you are an experienced cyclist and would like to teach others, please consider taking the next step towards certification. Traffic Skills 101 is a prerequisite for the certification seminar. Registration is handled by the League of American Bicyclists on their website:
More information on both offerings is available at Feel free to contact me if I can provide further information.
Raymond Hess
Climate Change Action: Bloomington 350
See for background on an international day of climate action planned for October 24, 2009. In Bloomington, a group called Bloomington 350 is getting together to plan local events. This may involve events spread out through the 350 hours (about two weeks) before October 24 as well. If you’re interested in getting involved, come to the next meeting (see below), or email
Thursday, August 6
5:30-7:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library meeting room 1C

B-TOP contact:
Elizabeth Venstra
Vice-President, Bloomington Transportation Options for People

Saturday, July 11, 2009

June 2009 Minutes


June 23, 2009

There were 41 in attendance.

Jan and Jon announced the block party will be Friday, August 14, from 6 to 9 PM in the usual place.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs.

There was discussion on selling T-shirts at the block party.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard asked to borrow our shade tent and the vote passed.

Ann Schertz gave a talk on how to get rid of poison ivy.

Mary Miller and Joe Davis both gave a synopsis of their wanting to be the neighborhood president.

The ballots were passed and Isabel Piedmont-Smith, our neighborhood council person, and Dick Mitchell, our neighborhood “sheriff” tallied the votes.

The outcome:

President Mary Miller

Vice president Jan Sorby

Secretary Jenny Bauer

Treasurer Mary Lou Mitchell

The voting was contested so on Sunday June 28th Isabelle and Dick recounted the votes for the 4th time and wrote up a break down. This can be found on the Neighborhood blog.

Submitted by Dick Mitchell

Friday, July 10, 2009

Neighborhood Play Day 2009

I'm contacting you to let you know that Bloomington Parks and Recreation will be holding a Neighborhood Play Day Wednesday, August 5 from 1-3pm. It's for all ages and we will be playing games and celebrating and facilitating play. We want you to let your neighborhood know so that they can come out and join us for the play day. The following are the specific parks we are going to be at: Broadview Park, Olcott Park, Bryan Park, Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, and Sherwood Oaks Park. We hope to see everyone there and make it a successful play day event!
--Lynsie Burton
Program Specialist
City of Bloomington
Parks and Recreation

Monday, July 6, 2009

2009 Officers

PresidentMary Miller
Vice PresidentJan Sorby
TreasurerMary Lou Mitchell
SecretaryJenny Bauer