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  • May 01, 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Neighbors had a wonderful time at last month’s St. Patrick’s Themed Progressive Cocktail Party. It was estimated over fifty neighbors attended! A big thank you goes out to Ken and Pat McGuffey as well as Cheryl and Jim Strain for opening up their beautiful homes and making sure neighbors were treated to an impressive spread.

    the Progressive Cocktail Party

    Above: The beautiful layout at Cheryl and Jim Strain’s home during the Progressive Cocktail Party

    If you’re interested in hosting a future event, please reach out to social chair, Ashley Pierce, at Agray88@gmail.com with your contact information.

    On May 18th, the social committee is putting on the first annual Race to the Park event in honor of the Indy 500 Race. Neighbors will be meeting at Shawn Grove Park at noon for a pitch in. Both adults and children are encouraged to come. Please check your email, Facebook, and Nextdoor app soon for more information.

    Lastly, don’t forget the second annual Plunder in the Park is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for July 13th!

    Spring Flowers at Park

    Above: Plantings by the Foundation are coming into bloom at Great Oaks Common Park

  • April 01, 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the last three years, we’ve enjoyed the company of some great neighbors. In spring 2016, Lisa and Clayton moved into 1226 Broadway Street. Lisa quickly got involved with the Old Northside Foundation, first as an honorary member and later as a board member. We lured her into joining by telling her it was just a great way to meet new neighbors, which is true, but you also have to do things, lots of things.

    And Lisa did lots of things. She spearheaded the first Plunder in Park fundraiser, which thanks to her, was a huge success, netting more than $12,000 for the Old Northside Foundation. She was instrumental in handling the repairs and bringing in new equipment for Shawn Grove Children’s Park. (So, next time your kid takes a ride on Gilbert the frog, you can thank Lisa). She showed up to nearly every planting in Great Oak Commons. She participated in every fundraising brunch. Lisa was a great asset to the Old Northside Foundation, and not just in terms of her contributions, but in her personality and character.

    While Clayton was not a member of the Old Northside Foundation, he might as well have been. If you knew Lisa and Clayton, you knew that if Lisa was tasked with something, Clayton was going to be helping in some way as well. And he graciously helped with a lot of things, from Plunder, to fundraising brunches, to plantings in Great Oak.

    But Lisa and Clayton weren’t just helpful, they were fun, and generous, and kind. And we’ll miss them, a lot. We wish them well in Napa, California. Don’t drink ALL the wine, guys.
  • April 01, 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Herron High School students and the Old Northside are joining resources to clean up and renew the planting beds at the intersection of Tinker (16 th ) and Pennsylvania Streets. The New Tinker Street Committee (NTSC) coordinated the combined effort by proposing to student leaders at Herron High School that they adopt the planting beds and give them a distinctive Herron appearance and identity. A group of students responded enthusiastically and are making plans to plant Black-eyed Susans, Lavender, Tiger Grass, Milkweed and Blazing Stars. The students are working with the School’s arts department to design decorations for the flower beds and borrowing planting supplies from the Herron Gardening Club. Tentative plans are to start work in early April.

    There is a significant historic connection between Tinker Street and Herron High School. The Tinker family were early Indianapolis settlers and owned the land on which the School’s buildings now sit. The named the land and their home there “Talbot Place.” The family also owned an extensive amount of land in what is now the Herron-Morton Place neighborhood. Accordingly, Tinker Street was the original name of 16th Street.

    The Tinker family donated Talbot Place to the Indianapolis Art Institute as its first home. John Herron later donated funds for construction of the main building that still stands prominently on Tinker Street.
    The members of the student committee are Kaylin Johnson, Maddie Swank-Brooks, Jackson Bruce, Atsede Zemichael, Amaya Davis, Genesis Brown, Jaala Weaver-Young and Rylee Butcher. Their sponsor is Ms. Ashley Coulter.

    The NTSC also arranged financial assistance for the student’s project from the Old Northside Neighborhood Association and Foundation. The two organizations have committed funding for 2019 – 2021. Some of the student’s work will be done on the Old Northside (south) side of Tinker Street. However, the project will include attention to the traffic island and south side planting bed immediately west of the intersection. These areas constantly need attention and long-term solutions to some maintenance problems.

    This project is also part of Old Northside efforts to renew plantings and other identification markers at the neighborhood’s “gateways.” The NTSC hopes to coordinate similar cooperative projects with the many interests and entities along Tinker Street. One plan for the near future is to promote a similar adoption of the east end of Tinker Street by The Oaks Academy.

  • April 01, 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As mentioned above, for April we’re coming together to beautify the neighborhood in which we all take so much pride.

    In May, the social committee is excited to announce “Race Into the Park,” a family friendly picnic highlighting one of our beautiful neighborhood parks. More details to come in next month’s issue.

    Lastly, if you’re interested in volunteering for Plunder in the Park on July 13th, please email us at Plunder@OldNorthside.org. We’re expecting a large turnout this year so any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • April 01, 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars on Saturday, April 13th for the annual Old Northside Spring Cleanup. We will be coordinating with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s (KIB) Great Indy Cleanup, who will provide some supplies for the project. The day will begin at 10am with complimentary coffee and donuts at Great Oak Commons. (Plenty of time to check out the Presidential Egg Roll at the Benjamin Harrison House at 9am before heading over to the park.) After we get some energy from sugar and caffeine, we will gather our supplies and break into groups to tackle streets, parks and other parts of the neighborhood that need attention. Watch your email, Facebook and Nextdoor for more specific instruction.

    Which street will have the most participants? Will it be the folks on Broadway? The eastsiders of Carrolton? The residents of Alabama or will a numbered street swoop in for the honors?

    Keep the spirit of competition going and consider becoming a KIB Adopt-A-Block captain to help keep the Old Northside looking its best year-round. More information regarding Keep Indianapolis Beautiful can be found at www.kibi.org/adopt-block.

  • March 01, 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Neighbors joined in for an ONS social hour at Provider February 2019.

    Garry Elder and Tyson Chastain at Provider for the February social event

    Eric Meininger and Peter Kim, our featured neighbors

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