(Drone video by Sky Squirrel Studio)
After three straight cancellations, we were finally able to have Kite Day on May 26. The weather still wasn't perfect, but we had around one hundred people show up, and had some surprise media coverage as well. The Journal Gazette featured it on their front page the next day, and ABC21 also featured it on the news.
We're looking forward to doing it again next year!
Season's greetings, Historic South Wayne neighbors! Given that we most recently distributed an October-November issue of our newsletter, and because December is already such a busy time for everyone, in lieu of delivering printed newsletters to finish out the year, we're going to go all digital with this one. But don't worry! We still plan to continue delivering printed versions in 2019. For now though, kick back with your computer or mobile device and enjoy your final Historic South Wayne Neighborhood News of 2018!
2018 in Review
This was a busy year for Historic South Wayne. Here are some of the happenings and accomplishments to look back on:
Members, Officers and Board Members
New Logo, New Website, and Redesigned Newsletter
Taking advantage of talent and resources we have right here in our neighborhood, our Marketing Committee worked to put a fresh new face on our communications, social media presence and printed materials. Special thanks to Andy Kurzen for his design work, and to Ben Swygart for the amazing aerial drone photos of the neighborhood. Thanks, also, to Wendy Stein and Stein Ad Promos for helping us get t-shirts printed. Keep watching in 2019 for additional chances in to order your HSWN t-shirt if you missed out!
Events and Service
Working with Local Neighbors and the City of Fort Wayne
Overall, it was a successful year, and we're looking forward to more in 2019! (See below)
There's Still Time for Leaf Collection!
If you missed getting your leaves raked to the curb in time for the City of Fort Wayne's leaf collection, you can schedule a pick-up if you place your leaves in biodegradable bags. The City’s bagged leaf program allows residents to call 311 to schedule a pick-up. The bags should be placed at the curb and will be collected within two business days of the call to 311. This option gives residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience.
Homeowner Repair Program
The City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services Homeowner Repair Loan program is now open.
The Roof and Heating & Air Conditioning Replacement Program provides 0% interest seven-year loans for heating, air conditioning or roof replacement. Following are a few of the criteria needed to qualify for the program:
Heating & Air Conditioning Program Guidelines
Roof Program Guidelines
Residents may call 260-427-8585 to leave their information on a voice mail system. Someone from the Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services will then call them back to determine their eligibility. As always, funding is limited for this program, so qualified homeowners are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Looking Ahead to 2019
Through the help and involvement of many of our neighbors, we built some good momentum for our Historic South Wayne Neighborhood in 2018 and really want to see it continue and grow in the coming year. Here are some of things we're looking forward to, and want you to be a part of:
In order to help us gauge overall interest in these things, as well as to get your feedback on other items pertaining to our neighborhood in general and the association in particular, we will be sending out a survey sometime early in the year. Your response will be very important, so please stay tuned.
Thanks again to all of you who helped contribute to a great year. We are excited about the possibilities ahead!
Join the Historic South Wayne Neighborhood Association
It's never too late or too early to become an official member of Historic South Wayne. Membership is a great way to become involved, to help our neighborhood improve, to know about what’s going on, and best of all, to get to know your neighbors. Your dues really do make a difference!
Set up an annual donation using our online payment system, and you won't have to remember to write a check: