Friday, August 28, 2009

Isabel Piedmont-Smith on Sat., Craig Brenner on Sunday, and Nick's benefit report

Isabel Piedmont-Smith Monthly Meeting
Isabel Piedmont-Smith, our District V Representative on the City Council, will be holding her monthly constituent meeting on Saturday, Aug. 29. It's 11 am to 12 noon at Rachael's Cafe, corner of 3rd St. and Lincoln St. Updates on the city's budget proposal and the Unified Development Ordinance will be discussed.

Craig Brenner & the Crawdads Sunday at the Waldron
Craig wants to invite all BPNA neighbors to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for the Tried & True Concert Sunday, Aug. 30, beginning at 4 p.m. The show begins with the Gordon Bonham Duo, followed by the Dynamics, followed by Craig Brenner & the Crawdads. What a deal for $5.00!

Craig & the Crawdads will play some tunes from their new CD, Live to Love. See the review in the Bloomington Independent at It's a very good review for a wonderful group.

Templeton Benefit at Nick's
Natalie Cabanaw and Erin Heffley, the two servers at the Templeton benefit on Wed., donated their tips from the evening… totaling $356! The bar tender was Richie Bowling…another Bryan Park area neighbor. Natalie, Erin, and Richie all worked without wages for the event… a big thank you to them! In addition, Nick's may also donate a percentage of sales from the benefit. Thanks to Raggs, Susan and Nick's for supporting the cause of the Templeton playground renovation. And thanks to all the neighbors who attended. It was a really fun and well attended event.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Meeting Agenda and Templeton Benefit This Wed., 8/25

We will have a meeting this Tues., Aug 25, from 7-8 pm, at the Free Methodist Church on the corner of Lincoln and Grimes. We often don’t have a meeting in Aug. because of the picnic. If you can make it, it should be pretty short. Be sure to check out the Templeton benefit at Nick’s English Hut this Wed., Aug. 26.

Templeton Playground Renovation Benefit at Nick’s this Wed., Aug. 26
Natalie Cabanaw has organized a benefit for the Templeton playground renovation. To have your bill count towards the fundraiser, go to the back dining room on the first floor of Nick's between 5:00-8:00 pm. Natalie and her co-workers are donating their tips to the cause. Nick's generously supported the annual block party this year by donating the burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and fixings. Come on out to support a great local business, help our neighborhood school, and meet your neighbors.

Block Party
More than 200 people attended the party on Aug. 14. We had a wonderful meal, cold ice cream and dancing in the street with Craig Brenner and Friends. Thanks again to Raggs, Susan and Nick’s English Hut for their generous donation of food.

Pitch-in Dinner:
Jon Lawrence organized volunteers, got the tables and chairs, and took care of the grill.

Ice Cream Social:
We enjoyed ice cream thanks to Anne Hedin, Jan Sorby, and Edy's.

Food Drive:
Dee Hupp-Sanders got the refrigerated truck and organized the collection of 103 lbs. of food for Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Dee can always take donations of food. Call her 325-1024 for more information.

BPNA T-Shirts:
Joanne Henriot and Corrinne Carpenter led the t-shirt sales effort. We sold 51 shirts and will have 24 more available for purchase. We hoped to have them at the meeting, but they will be ready later in the week. We will deliver your shirts. After all expenses are paid (and once everyone has paid), our profit will be almost $500.

Membership report:
37 households signed up as new members. That is something like 56 new people. Welcome to everyone! 34 existing-member households paid their yearly $5 dues at the picnic.

Treasurer report:
Mary Lou Mitchell

Turn in any picnic receipts you still have, if you want to be reimbursed for any expenses.

Thanks to everyone for a fun and successful event!

Church on Washington St
Skip VanCel has purchased the chuch on S. Washington St. He lives in Miami, Fla., and has many family ties in the Monroe County area. He is looking forward to fixing up the exterior of the building. There are no zoning issues, since he bought it with the idea of renovating it as a residence. If a business comes forward and wants to rent the building, any relevant zoning issues will be addressed.

Feedback on New Email List
Questions, suggestions, problems?

Bump outs on Lincoln St.
Mulch added?

Welcome bag for new neighbors?
Member form, brochure, plus city welcome bags?

Incident Report
Regular monthly report from Dick and Mary Lou Mitchell, our Neighborhood Watch representatives.

Templeton Small and Simple Grant
For playground renovation at Templeton School.
Neighborhood association will sponsor? They hope to apply this fall.

Poop Tubes
Liz thanks neighbors for filling the “poop tubes” with plastic bags. She can always use more bags--the tubes at the park empty daily.

August 2009 Newsletter

Here's link to the August 2009 BPNA newsletter.

July 2009 Minutes


JULY 28, 2009

New president, Mary Miller, presided over the meeting.

Twenty-two were in attendance

The question had been raised as to who was responsible for the weeds on the Davis Street ditch. The city says it the adjacent property owner’s responsibility.

The group voted to buy a load of mulch for the south bump out on Lincoln. Jon Lawrence volunteered to deliver it.

The neighborhood block party will be Friday, August 14 on South Dunn between Davis and Allen. There will be a table to sell T-shirts and a table to pay dues. The Food Bank will have a container for non-perishable foods.

Dick Mitchell reported that there have been several non-emergency incidents lately. Graffiti, produce stolen from gardens, noise etc.

All of the signs reminding neighbors of the monthly meeting are now in use and being displayed.

The construction on Henderson Street is moving along and should be completed by the start of school.

Natalie will do a benefit at Nick’s for Templeton school.

The Bryan Park naturalization clean up was reported to be on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Templeton PTO Fundraiser at Nick's August 26

The Templeton PTO has been hard at work planning for a full-scale renovation of Templeton’s playgrounds--the oldest in the Monroe County school corporation. The renovation will include new equipment, surfacing, and trees. Angela Lexmond, one of the organizers, reports, “We have already raised $12,000 through grants and from major donors, but we have far to go to reach our fundraising goal of $65,000. We hope our neighbors will help us. Last spring, the kids themselves raised over $1,000!”

One neighbor, Natalie Cabanaw, is sponsoring a benefit at Nick’s English Hut for the cause on Wednesday, August 26, from 5:00-8:00 pm. Natalie is coming in on her day off and will donate all her tips; all you’ve got to do to help is come in and order off the menu. Nick’s management will also donate a percentage of the bill for people who identify themselves as Templeton supporters.

To have your bill count towards the fundraiser, go to the back dining room on the first floor of Nick's between 5:00-8:00 pm. Natalie won a Be More Award from the City this spring for similar generous fundraising work for local charities, and Nick's generously supported the annual block party this year by donating the burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and fixings.

If you can help directly, please send your tax deductible donation to the FMCCS (Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools) earmarking it in the memo line for the “Templeton Playground Fund.” Their address is 315 North Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401. For more information, contact Angela Lexmond (339-0782) or Jennifer Livesay (334-0764).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BPNA block party this Friday!

The annual BPNA summer block party is this Friday, August 14, 6-9 pm. Everybody in the neighborhood is invited. 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.

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 will have a custom design ready for pre-order.

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

Monday, August 10, 2009

Donation options for discarded furniture

This is the time of year we see discarded furniture and other household goods set out for city trash pick up. Many of the items left out to be trashed are usable. If you see items that could be reused, here are some donation options from Anne McLaughlin with Volunteers for Change. Your donations will keep usable items out of the landfill and help these nonprofit agencies:

Furniture & Appliances
St. Vincent de Paul for free pick up.
(812) 961-1510 or
Schedule at least 48 hours ahead of time.

Please include the type of usable furniture or working appliances you wish to donate, your address, and a phone number. St. Vincent de Paul is all volunteer organization that distributes usable furniture and working appliances free of charge to those in need (people moving from homelessness, etc).
* See how your donations can help:

Drop off everything else at nearest location :
The Salvation Army Thrift Store :
115 N. Rogers St .
Just west of Courthouse, between Kirkwood & 6th
WED – Sat, 10 am – 6 pm

East Side
840 S. Auto Mall Rd.
Between mall & theater, across from Pier 1 Imports
Mon – Sat, 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday, noon – 6 pm

West Side
1284 Liberty Drive
Between W. 2 nd and 3 rd Streets, across from Menards
Mon – Sat, 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday, noon – 6 pm

Backstreet Missions:
928 Arlington Rd.
West 17th leads into Arlington
Mon – Sat, 9 am – 4 pm

Habitat ReStore:
300 W. 11 th
Furniture, appliances, building materials, hardware
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wed, noon – 5: 30; Sat, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm