Downtown Association organizers' meeting; "Good Neighbor Law" workshop; Mayor Pete special guest at KPNA; Trivia Around the Bend; new officers for River Park; Charles Black grand opening, and more

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Free NLA Workshop Oct. 18: "Good Neighbor" Law

Free! This workshop will separate fact from fiction regarding municipal ordinances, state statues, and other legal principles. Legal experts will discuss such topics as municipal codes and enforcement, nuisance, the Indiana “Good Samaritan” law, and more. Information will also be provided on how you might contact an attorney if you need help resolving specific legal issues. Co-sponsored by the Volunteer Lawyer Network. More information: Webpage  |  Facebook event  |  RSVP.

Mark McGill to emcee NRC’s Trivia Around the Bend Nov. 16

Just announced! NRC is excited to welcome local celebrity Mark McGill as the emcee for our Nov. 16 Trivia Around the Bend. If you don’t know Mark’s signature sense of humor from his morning show on 95.3 Michiana News Channel, you’ll surely recognize him as the on-field voice of the South Bend Cubs. When you combine Mark’s energy, friends, good food and beverages, fun trivia about South Bend and other topics -- all for a great cause -- you know we've got one heck of a fun fundraiser! Advance tickets are on sale now. Tickets are only $10/person. Bring a team of up to 8, or meet new neighbors that night. Get tickets via Eventbrite or Facebook.  

Event sponsors welcome! We have a couple of event sponsorship opportunities remaining. We’ll launch our main marketing soon, so please contact NRC to find out how you or your business can be recognized as a supporter of South Bend neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Updates:
River Park Neighborhood Association elects new Officers

Congratulations to the River Park Neighborhood Association for growing their leadership team with the recent addition of several new Board members and the election of officers at last night’s meeting. The new leadership lineup includes President Phil Niswonger, Vice President Michael Maciulski, Treasurer Howard Berberick, Secretary Jan Maciulski, and Board Members David Harbaugh, Carrie Marks, Linda Deaton, Mindy Sharp. Thanks to these officers and everyone who is active in the River Park Neighborhood Association for being the representative voice of River Park and building a better neighborhood. 

Downtown Neighborhood Association Organizer’s Meeting coming up

If you’ve expressed an interest to NRC in being a part of the organizing team for a new Downtown Neighborhood Association, you should have gotten an email inviting you to join us at our initial organizer’s meeting. If you’re interested but didn’t get that invitation, join the team here. We’ll be setting a meeting date between Oct. 22 and Nov. 1 and announcing it next Monday. More details.  

Kennedy Park to welcome Mayor Pete, announce Survey results at Oct. meeting

Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be the special guest at the next monthly meeting of the Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association. Mayor Pete will share a brief update on City programs impacting Kennedy Park. That evening, Kennedy Park will also revisit the results of the Neighborhood Survey, present the seven Objectives for the neighborhood that the neighbors will work on in the coming months, and share the various committees that interested neighbors can be a part of to build the Kennedy Park community and improve the quality of life for all residents. Note: Officer elections will be held in January and nominations will begin next month, so now is a great time to get involved if you’re interested in a leadership role in your neighborhood organization. Facebook event  |  Flyer  

Northshore Triangle Idea Session #2 is Monday

NST neighbors, you’re invited to help brainstorm new possibilities for your neighborhood association at an informal visioning session on Monday. We’ll be reviewing the “Idea Board” ideas submitted at our recent potluck and thinking about who in our neighborhood has the skills and interests needed to make those ideas happen. This group will essentially serve as a steering/nominating committee for the next chapter of the organization, so all NST neighbors are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on what that next chapter should look like. Light refreshments served. Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at NRC’s offices, 115 N. William St.   Facebook event   |   Flyer 

Pulaski Park project demonstrates neighbor-driven development on West Side

Residents and friends of the West Side attended an Open House on Tuesday to hear from South Bend Venues Parks and Arts and other members of the design team about what’s in store for the Pulaski Park renovation. Neighbors were given a variety of opportunities to share their ideas regarding what they’d like to see in the park. The entire design process - which relies on several types of public input - is a great example of how neighbors can have a say, and is useful knowledge for neighborhood leaders. If you missed it, it’s worth watching: the presentation was livestreamed on SBVPA’s Facebook page, and NRC took lots of photos of the input techniques.
City of South Bend Updates:
Charles Black Recreation Center Grand Opening Nov. 1

Celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Charles Black Recreation Center! There will be giveaways, prizes, and refreshments throughout the evening. The celebration includes an open house of the new spaces, which include 50% square footage from the existing building. New spaces include a bike shop, music studio, new locker room, expanded gym, and updated kitchen. Ceremonial Ribbon Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30 -8:00 p.m. Cutting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. For other details and scheduled events, see the Facebook event.
City now seeking full-time AmeriCorps volunteers for energy efficiency projects

Don't let the word 'volunteer' fool you about the many AmeriCorps positions popping up within the City of South Bend. They're serious opportunities for you to apply current skills, build new ones, earn a living stipend, and make a difference in South Bend neighborhoods. Current openings will support energy efficiency and sustainability projects that increase residents' financial stability, improve housing quality and promote a cleaner environment. All ages and experience levels welcome. Members receive a living stipend, health insurance and education award. Positions begin Oct. 29, so apply ASAP. Learn more or apply here.
City Announces Lead Risk Identification Partnership

The City of South Bend has announced a new partnership with the Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN) that uses a data-driven approach to target outreach to those residents most at risk of lead exposure. The partnership would see that treating physicians are alerted about their at-risk patients and recommend early testing. Read more.
LWW Intersection Improvement Project enters Phase Two

Good news for West Side neighbors - the construction project on Lincolnway West is moving along. Now that Marion Street from LWW to Madison Street has reopened, phase two is underway. That means Charles Martin Sr. Drive between LWW and Oak is expected to be closed until November 16. During phase two, Lincoln Way West will remain open, but traffic will be restricted. Read more.

Calendar of Events

Mark your calendar and watch for more details about these upcoming events
  • Oct. 18 - NLA Workshop: "Good Neighbor Law"Oct. 20 - Community Forum for Economic Justice public meeting and discussion regarding South Bend's public schools. 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon at Teamsters 364 Hall. More information
  • Nov. 15 - NLA Workshop: "The Alphabet Soup of Community Development" (rescheduled from October)
  • Nov. 16 - NRC's Trivia Around the Bend

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The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is an affiliate member of Neighborhoods USA. NRC programs are free to South Bend residents and are funded in part with the assistance of the City of South Bend Community Development Program with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977.