Sunday, February 21, 2010

BPNA Meeting Tues. Feb. 23, 2010

Our first meeting of 2010 will be this Tuesday, Feb. 23. As usual, we'll meet at 7:00p.m. at the Free Methodist Church at the corner of Grimes and S. Lincoln. This month we are planning to have a social hour without a formal agenda--a good chance to get together with neighbors and visit. Mary Lou Mitchell is baking home-made cookies, and I'm bringing cider.

We can talk about what we'd like BPNA to focus on this year, or we can just enjoy a sociable hour together. Feel free to bring any agenda items to discuss informally, and anything you might like to see on next month's agenda.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Great Unleashing and Local Transportation Planning

The Great Unleashing (from Ria Collee):
THE GREAT UNLEASHING will be a one-day town meeting, celebration and extravaganza that will motivate, excite, educate and engage our community in coming together to envision a vibrant, resilient, and dramatically less energy-dependent Bloomington. Please join us on April 24th, 2010, 9AM-5PM, at Bloomington's City Hall Council Chambers for a day of focused co-creation and visioning.

You are also invited to attend a series of film screenings at Monroe County Public Library.
Thurs March 11, 7-9 In Transition 1.0
Wed March 17, 7-9 The End of Suburbia
Tues April 6, 7-9 A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
Thurs April 15, 7-9 In Transition 1.0 (Repeat)

For more information:

Invitation to get involved in local transportation planning (From Raymond Hess, City of Bloomington Planning Department/Bloomington Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization):
This is an invitation to get involved in local transportation planning. Please note that the next meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee will be held Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30pm in the McCloskey Room (#135) of Bloomington's City Hall.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Trashion/ ReFashion Show

BPNA neighbor Jeanne Leimkuhler is the organizer of this upcoming event:

The Trashion/ ReFashion Show is an all-ages, interactive fashion show and fundraiser for the Center of Sustainable Living, featuring Trashion designs made from trash and recyclable materials not normally used as clothing and ReFashion designs made from previously used clothing that has been reworked into a new style.

The show will take place at the Bloomington Convention Center on February 20th at 7:00pm and will feature two 20-minute fashion shows, with ample time to allow guests a chance to peruse the Trashion and Refashioned accessories up for silent auction, purchase drinks, and express their own creativity on one of our community “Trashion” pieces.

Tickets are on sale now at the BCT Box Office, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
$15-Adults, $10-Under 18 yrs. and $20 at the door.

Visit our website:

B-Aware Web site and City Leadership Series

In light of the recent break-in attempts nearby, Mary Lou Mitchell asked me to post a link to the B-Aware Bloomington Web site ( Mary Lou has found it very informative. The aim of the Web site is to provide information about criminal activity in Bloomington neighborhoods, and to provide information about how to stay safe.

Also, the City of Bloomington is sponsoring a "Neighborhood Leadership Series." This is a series of four free classes over the next few months. Session one is tomorrow night, Feb. 11, 2010. The title is "Leadership: Understanding Yourself and Others." Call Vickie Provine at HAND if you'd like to attend, (812) 349-3505.

The second class is April 8, on "The ABC's of Land Use." The third class is June 10, with a "Round Table Discussion with Proven Neighborhood Leaders in the Area of Land Use." Our own Jan Sorby will be one of the speakers at this event. Finally, on Nov. 4, the topic will be "The Law of the Land: Land Use Policy, the City Council and You."

Remember , the classes are free. They will be held in the City Council Chambers from 7-9pm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Break-ins and attempts in Elm Heights and Bryan Park

Hello all:

I'm copying texts of four messages to the Elm Heights Neighborhood listserv today, about break-ins and attempts:

Kevin Atkins

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 9:22 PM
Subject: House Break-in at 1323 E First Street

We were robbed while away over the weekend. We came home and the garage door
was open -which we had closed. Someone went through the house, opening
drawers, cabinets etc. The items missing are:
Two laptops (2008 SONY Viao and a 2002 IBM T60)
a 22 caliber rifle (Remington)
a box of 22 ammunition,
a Fuji digital camera, some petty cash
an envelope of keys
two 6-gig IPODS.

Not much else was taken from what we can see. The Bloomington Police
(officer Luce) came right away and spent about an hour at our house. She
said that the evidence technician would come by but they have not as of this

If you find any of this please let us know. Or if you know anything please
contact us or Officer Luce 349-3854 X1491

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 11:32 AM

My husband woke up late last night to what sounded like someone trying to
kick in an outside side door. Our dog started barking, and the noises
stopped. There is evidence on the outside of the door today where it looks
like someone did indeed try to kick in the door. We are notifying the
police, but there is probably not much they can do, especially since they
were (thankfully) not successful. Please keep a watchful eye at night.

Rebecca Dilger
1014 E 1st St.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 11:37 AM

Hello! I just saw this email & thought I should respond.

My name is Cynthia Brown & I live at 818 E Maxwell Lane (corner of
Maxwell & Park St). I am technically in both Bryan Park and Elm Heights

I just called Dick Mitchell, the man in charge of BryanPark
Neighborhood Association's Neighborhood Watch, last week to notify him that
my neighbor 2 doors west of me came home at night & someone was breaking
into the back door of his house (the guy ran off into Bryan Park once the
homeowner arrived).

Now, I am sorry that I didn't notify Elm Height Neighborhood
Association as well. Maybe I would have helped to know sooner about this
earlier attempt at breaking and entering.

It seems to me that both neighborhood associations should keep their
residents abreast of these criminal incidents. Hopefully those neighbors
who are not involved in the neighborhood association will then be informed
by their neighbors & friends.

I will do my best to inform my block of this incident. Thank you very
much for reporting this in a way where your neighbors can be cognizant of

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 12:25 PM

There was also a burglary two weekends ago next door to us on the corner of
Maxwell and Stull, while the owner was away. The burglar forced open the
front door. The only things stolen were medications.

Anne Kibbler
710 E. Maxwell

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market, Sat., Feb 6, 9-noon

Bloomington Winter Farmers Market continues its sixth great season at Harmony School, this Saturday morning 9-12. The first two markets have broken all previous attendance records, so come on down and join in the enthusiasm for local food!

Ample free parking is available at Harmony School (902 E. Second Street), on surrounding streets, and at the nearby Atwater parking garage.

Local farmers will be offering early crops including broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash, turnips, carrots, potatoes, and many types of greens. Also available will be dried soup beans, farm fresh eggs, a wide array of cheeses, and alpaca yarns & rovings.

Popular new products include Phoenix Farms’ locally made tofu, a full line of garden seeds from Red Rosa Farm, and scrumptious breads baked by our new young farmers Eric & Katie of Muddy Fork Farm.

Music will be provided all morning by Wayne County Historical Society (9-10:30), and then by Matt Romy Jazz (10:30-12), all thanks to generous support from the Bloomington Community Arts Commission and the City of Bloomington; Bloom Magazine; and Friends of the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gazebo for Sale

From Corrine Carpenter:
I am selling this 12' gazebo. It is two years old, I paid $1300 and am selling it for $600. It is wonderful to live in during the spring, summer and fall- NO BUGS! I have enjoyed it very much but am moving and cannot accommodate it at my condo. The gazebo can be stored as panels until warmer weather. It needs to be moved to a new home as soon as possible. If you are interested (or know anyone who might be) please call me, Corrine Carpenter, at 323-0095.