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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.
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.
The project to install LED lighting in the Alabama underpass is making progress, but needs your help. The initial grant money, $10,000, was generously provided by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund and the Lilly Endowment. After many design meetings and much bureaucratic red tape, the project is nearly a go. After a commitment from the ONS Foundation in the amount of $2,000, the project still has several thousand dollars left before its implementation. If you’d like to help, please contact email@example.com.
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