Monday, August 23, 2010

2010 Officers

PresidentMary Miller
Vice PresidentJan Sorby
TreasurerMary Lou Mitchell
SecretaryJenny Bauer

BPNA News - Aug. 2010

We won't be meeting this month, our usual hiatus after the neighborhood block party. Thanks to everyone who made it such a big success!

If you didn't get a chance to join or renew your membership at the party, please download the form and mail it in to Mary Lou Mitchell. The suggested membership fee is $5/year, but payment is not required for membership.

Isabel Piedmont-Smith, our City Council Representative, will hold her monthly constituent meeting, Saturday, August 28, 11 am to 12 noon at Rachael's Cafe, 300 E. 3rd St.

Become a Member!

Please add my name to the BPNA membership list. I want to join my neighbors in helping make Bryan Park a better place to live. Voluntary annual dues: $5.00 per household.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bryan Park Neighborhood Block Party, Friday, Aug. 20

Our annual block party is this Friday, Aug. 20, from 6-9 p.m., in the 1000 block of S. Palmer (between Davis and Allen). Join new and old neighbors in a new location to celebrate the end of summer.

Enjoy the sounds of local band Craig Brenner & Friends ( They will play blues, jazz and boogie woogie for dancing in the street. Also, our neighbor Joe Lee will perform his Cirque du Jolais clown performance for the kids.

Nick's English Hut is graciously providing Nick's Burgers, their new Black Bean Burgers and hotdogs for the grill. BPNA will supply drinks, condiments, plates and plasticware. Neighborhood history books, as well as t-shirts and chef's aprons will be for sale.

Bring a favorite side dish to share. If you are able, please bring your $5 yearly membership dues. Pass the word to your neighbors!

Funding provided in part through the City of Bloomington's Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Grant program.

Special thanks to Nick's English Hut!

Nick’s English Hut would be proud to be known as your core neighborhood restaurant/bar. We established ourselves in 1927 and have been growing to meet the needs of our customers ever since.

Lots of our customers know us for our large selection of local foods, great salads, homemade soups, strombolis and pizza. Others come for our fresh salmon baked to perfection in our cast iron skillet or our famous Nick’s Burgers. Then there is the after 10 pm crowd who come in to play ‘Sink the Biz’ or enjoy our libations.

Look for managing owner and dedicated chef Gregg Rago and his wife Susan Bright walking their dogs in the Bryan Park neighborhood, or look for them at Nick’s where they spend their time making ‘the Hut’ a better place to patronize.

We look forward sharing our Nick’s Burgers and recently created Black Bean Burgers at the picnic on August 20. If you can’t make the picnic be sure to walk or ride your bike to your neighborhood place to eat and drink! We are located at 423 E. Kirkwood Ave. You can reach us at 332-4040.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Backyard Habitat Class this Sat.

From Ria Collee:
Vicky Getty, a Bloomington Wildlife Habitat Board member, will be offering a presentation "Backyard Habitat, Yes you Can!" at Bloomington Valley Nursery, 5230 South Old State Road 37 this Sat. Aug. 7, from 10am to 11:30am. Participants will receive a wildflower plant and hand-outs. Cost is $10. More information on the attached flyer.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Home security tip from Mary Lou Mitchell, BPNA Neighborhood Watch

Here's a simple no cost way to increase your home security. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. 
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:
It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it.

It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.

It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar won't stick around.

After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

This would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.