Tickets on sale for 2017 Tapas & Tango
Our next NRC event is coming up fast! It's the annual Tapas & Tango, set for April 29 at The Hall at St. Peter's with Spanish Heart and Tapestrie. This unique event features delectable small plates from Tapestrie, one of downtown's finest dining experiences. These include marinated shrimp, Spanish style lamb meatballs, and the ever-fabulous roasted chorizo-wrapped medjool dates! Plus a specially brewed mango-habanero beer from South Bend Brew Werks, and sangria of course!
NRC Program Notes
The night also features thrilling tango performances and flamenco music from South Bend's own Spanish Heart, including dancers Carolyn Hine-Edington and Vladimir Sorokin with music by their flamenco guitarist, Bryan Edington. Latin dance instruction, back by popular demand, is offered by Emily Tyson & Joventino Nval.
Proceeds from Tapas & Tango will help Neighborhood Resources Connection (NRC) in its work with neighbors to improve South Bend neighborhoods. Working closely with community partners, NRC provides SB neighbors with tools and opportunities that will help them effect the changes they believe will improve their quality of life.
For complete details and easy online ticket orders, see the Eventbrite link.
Over the years, the NRC and its board members have worked closely with Common Council's Tim Scott, other stakeholders and neighbors on nuisance property and landlord registration issues. As some are aware, Indiana SB 558 has been introduced to prohibit local governments from regulating rental/housing rates for privately-owned property and to prohibit local governments from imposing penalties against landlords and tenants for requesting law enforcement assistance on behalf of victims. We offer here a message from Scott on the SB 558, which will be heard April 3 in the House Judiciary committee:
"As written, Aim (Indiana Association of Cities and Towns advocacy) has several concerns about the impact of this legislation. Many municipalities have nuisance ordinances that are used to bring actions against irresponsible landlords who are not adequately overseeing their properties, e.g. excessive numbers of code enforcement and law enforcement calls out to the property for all sorts of crimes and violations. SB 558 calls these ordinances into question, so Aim is working with stakeholders on language that would allow locals to continue enforcing these ordinances that are being used to successfully to clean up problem properties in communities.
NRC Community Partner Corner
There is another section of the bill that would prohibit local governments from enforcing local regulations that “have the effect of establishing a sales or lease price.” The intent of this language is to prohibit local governments from requiring developers of private land to set aside a certain number of units or plots for affordable housing. The way the language is written, however, could have unintended consequences for local governments who have aesthetic and design standards that contribute to a higher sales or lease price of properties. Aim is also working to clean this up.
We are hopeful we can reach an agreement with the stakeholders before then to ensure that current processes local governments are using – both on the nuisance issue and the sales/lease price issue – are not negatively impacted."
Neighbors are encouraged to learn more at the website, http://iga.in.gov/, and, to contact the chairman of the assigned committee to voice your concerns. The bill can be tracked at this link.
Neighborhood Resources Connection is a 2017 community partner of Back the Bend, a continuation of the annual CommUniversity Day service event. Back the Bend brings students from South Bend's campus communities together with neighbors, working together on at least 14 different service projects. From the Northeast Neighborhood, to the NNN and Southeast SOAR, there's an opportunity for you!
Want to see what the options are and sign up? Check this link here.
South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight
Michael Hebbeler is an active member of the Near Northwest Neighborhood and serves on its board. He also serves on the advisory boards for the Robinson Community Learning Center and Bertrand Farm, and continues his work with the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame.
NRC Neighborhood Toolbox Tip
The NRC Neighborhood Leadership Academy is pleased to present a Spring Workshop with South Bend Code Enforcement. That's set with a new date for May 6 at the Colfax Cultural Center, and is open to the public. Come out to learn more on good stewardship in our neighborhoods while working with city officials to keep them attractive and safe. Call NRC at 574.287.0425 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested or have questions.
Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods
As director for Student Outreach and Advocacy, Michael works with South Bend nonprofits and groups to develop community service opportunities and student advocacy training. Thanks MIchael for all the contributions you make to the NNN, other neighborhoods and to the wider South Bend community!
Turn off your lights and join the Notre Dame Office of Sustainability for a Glow in the Dark Frisbee event from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. That's on campus at the South Quad in front of South Dining Hall. The fun is part of #MegawattMadness to reduce power consumption in a friendly competition between residence halls. It's (obviously) inspired by the March collegiate basketball frenzy, while turning attention to the importance of sustainable living -- a message to benefit the wider community too!
Community calendar events
April 1: IUSB International Food Festival
April 5: West Side Wednesday
April 9: Town Hall on ACA health care
See more calendar events linked here.