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  • 08 Dec 2016 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Sunday, October 2, the Old Northside Foundation hosted a reception at Great Oak Commons Park to thank its donors.  Over the last three years, community members raised approximately $140,000 through private donation for improvements to Shawn Grove  and Great Oak Commons Parks, art installations, and the Tinker Street Project. 

    In 2013, Joe Everhart and Ken Ramsay held a series of fundraisers at their residence on Park Street to kickstart the effort.  ONS residents responded enthusiastically by annually pledging, on average, $1000 per household.  Some of the campaign's highlights include new rubber mulch at Shawn Grove to protect children as they play, the repair and upkeep of the Victorian fountain in Great Oak Commons, and plantings on Tinker Street.

    "The ONS Foundation plans to continue its fundraising efforts in order to create a trust to run the parks and provide upkeep in the neighborhood," says Foundation member Alisa Advani.  "Before we moved forward, however, we felt it was important to wholeheartedly thank our donors.  Without them, countless improvements wouldn't have happened.  We also felt it necessary to especially thank Joe Everhart and Ken Ramsay for their tireless contributions to the neighborhood."

  • 24 Sep 2016 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the work of resident Hilary Barnes, the state issued $14,000 in NAP tax credits. This will permit further landscaping of Shawn Grove and Great Oak Commons and indirectly allow our foundation's maintenance trust to grow. Donations are being solicited in amounts between $100 to $1,000 which with the credits and Federal tax deductibility can have a real cost of only 11% of the donated amount (depending on your tax bracket).

    Please make your contributions to the Old Northside Foundation and send to treasurer Diana Mullendore at 1420 N. Alabama St., Indpls, IN 46202. For more information visit the Foundation page on this site. 

  • 24 Sep 2016 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Old Northside Foundation (ONSF) has continued improving the neighborhood parks, Central Ave Public Art, corner plantings, and 16th Street plantings, thanks to Old Northsiders' donations to our fundraising campaign.

    Most recently the ONSF replaced Great Oak Common's 25 year old alley side gate (see photo) and fence and stepped up the cleaning of the park's fountain. Thanks to Teen Works volunteers who helped beautify the ONS this summer with mulch supplied by the ONSF.

    Teen Works is a program whose mission is to “empower teens to achieve excellence in college, career, and community.” For six weeks every summer, teen workers engage in the employment and college readiness program. The ONS was happy to have them making a difference in their community and ours! 

  • 15 Aug 2016 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Old Northside Foundation recently applied for and received Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits in the amount of $7,119.00, which will mean a total fundraising of $14,238.00 if all credits are sold. The NAP tax credits help the Foundation raise money for certain neighborhood projects and improvements. The funds received pursuant to this year’s NAP credit award will be used primarily for improvements to the neighborhood parks, including new landscaping, reseeding, new tree planting, installing a free library, new lighting, repairing and painting fencing as well as installing new fencing.

    These tax credits are distributed to donors at 50% of the contribution amount and are subtracted from a donor's state income tax liability. To illustrate, if a donor were to make a $500 donation to the Foundation, the donor would then receive $250 in state tax credits, which amount to a dollar for dollar reduction to the donor’s state tax liability. If you are a member of the Old Northside Neighborhood Association you are eligible to donate and receive NAP tax credits.

    The minimum donation required is $100.00 and the maximum donation that will be accepted is $1,000.00 per donor.  NAP credits are now available to all Old Northside Neighborhood Association members on a first come basis until sold out.

    This is a great opportunity to support improvements to your neighborhood for half the cost! Please contact Hilary Barnes (hilarybarnes@abatelegal.com) if you are interested in purchasing NAP credits (i.e. making a donation) from the Old Northside Foundation pursuant to this year’s NAP credit award.

  • 27 Jun 2016 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (from the Indiana Landmarks website) 

    Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016

    Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early admission ($5 per person) begins at 8 a.m.

    Location: Indiana Landmarks campus & Old Northside neighborhood

    At this year's annual Treasure Hunt -- an antiques market at Indiana Landmarks' campus accompanied by y'arrrd sales throughout the Old Northside -- you can expect more vendors, more food trucks, ice cream, and entertainment including music and roving performers.

     At Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., and Morris-Butler House, 1204 N. Park Ave., where 70+ dealersin antiques, collectibles, and architectural salvage will set up booths on the parking lot, lawn and in Cook Theater.

     To keep shoppers refreshed, we'll have a food truck court with seating on 12th Street, our Jolly Roger Grog 'n Grill (for patrons 21 and over), and an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor by Zaharakos inside Morris-Butler House. We'll even have a water and treat station for Fido, sponsored by Three Dog Bakery.

     Treasure Hunt includes more than 30 y'arrrd sales throughout the Old Northside Historic District, including the Big, Big, Really Big Sidewalk Yard Sale at All Saints Episcopal Church at 16th and Central. Visitors can pick up a map showing Treasure Hunt y'arrrd sale locations throughout the neighborhood at Indiana Landmarks Center.

     Admission: Free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per person for early admission at 8 a.m.

     Contact: Mark Szobody, 317-639-4534, mszobody@indianalandmarks.org

     Location and parking: Not sure where we're located? Check out this map for directions to Indiana Landmarks Center. Parking is available on surrounding streets.

  • 29 Apr 2016 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As more and more ONSers are moving away from the email listserv, they are encouraged to use the private, neighborhood social network, Nextdoor. Nextdoor has a desktop site or an app which makes it easy to use and stay engaged with the goings on in the ONS. The site allows neighbors to connect with each other, post items to sell on the site, and ask for tips to find qualified landscapers or plumbers, for instance.  https://nextdoor.com/neighborhood/oldnorthside--indianapolis--in/

  • 29 Apr 2016 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9! The Old Northside neighborhood will be partnering once again with Indiana Landmarks for the annual Treasure Hunt. In its fifth year, this popular event features yard sales throughout the Old Northside and an antiques/vintage market with food trucks, a beer garden and music at the Indiana Landmarks campus.

     ONS residents who are interested in holding a sale on July 9 should contact Libby Cierzniak at libby@scoutdog.net to get their sale on the Treasure Hunt map. As in previous years, Indiana Landmarks will handle publicity, maps and signs to promote the event,  which draws more than 2,000 people to the Old Northside to shop for unique antiques and vintage treasures in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.

  • 29 Apr 2016 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who braved the chilly temperature to come out and help beautify the neighborhood.  About five people showed up at Great Oak that morning and another dozen emailed indicating they were cleaning specific areas of the ONS at some point in the day.  Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.(KIB) is in charge of the Great Indy Cleanup, and according to their site, KIB’s Great Indy Cleanup is “an anti-litter program in partnership with the City of Indianapolis designed to assist individuals and community groups combat heavy litter and debris that has accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, greenspaces and waterways.”  As always, neighbors are encouraged to take pride in their yards, streets, and alleys and help keep the ONS and Indianapolis beautiful!

  • 05 Apr 2016 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With thanks to those who graciously gave to the ONS Foundation’s capital campaign, Great Oaks Commons received new signage. The ONS Foundation, separate from the ONS Association, seeks to maintain and improve the parks and public spaces in the ONS. The new sign was installed by Tom Mote, Rick Patton, and Seth Patton. A new sign for Shawn Grove park was also recently installed.

  • 05 Apr 2016 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    As the weather becomes nicer and more ONS residents are out and about, they may take notice of more potholes, abandoned vehicles, or graffiti. The city provides a service through the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC) which their site describes as “[providing] the citizens of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County with a single point of contact to request City services, obtain information, or provide feedback. The following are just a few of the issues that can be reported through the MAC: ​​Potholes, missed trash collections, abandoned vehicles​, traffic signals or signs, zoning violations, and many more!”  If you have a request, download their app, visit their site at http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Mayor/Mac/Pages/Home.aspx, or call 317-327-4MAC.

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