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Jo Basey Thanked for Eight Years as BRNA President

Jo Basey was President of our Blue Ridge Neighborhood Association from 2007 to 2015. Milestones accomplished during her time in office include:

  • Blue Ridge annual meeting and election of officers conducted as an official meeting separate from the annual picnic
  • Blue Ridge website, which received the City of Bloomington’s 2011 Mayor’s Excellence Award
  • New landscaping and repair for the front gate
  • Spring brush pick-up
  • Smithville fiber optic cable installation

Jo’s fellow members on the Board of Directors thanked her for her service at our latest BRNA meeting. She was presented with a gift certificate from Bloomington Valley Nursery and an illustrated scroll with a limerick commemorating her contributions.


Looking for help on the Blue Ridge Neighborhood Association Board

Dear Blue Ridge Residents,

Our esteemed vice-president of the BRNA, Don Granbois, will soon be moving out of the neighborhood. This means that we are in need of a new vice-president to take his place and are looking for any potential candidates. The duties of the VP “… include performing the duties of the President in his/her absence or incapacity and performing whatever other duties as may be given him/her by the President, Board or membership.”

So if you’d like to get more involved in making your neighborhood a better place, please email

Hand in Hand Program

Do you have non-perishable food items that you’d like to clear out of your pantry? Consider donating them to area food pantries though Stone Belt’s Hand in Hand program. This program provides individual with disabilities meaningful work by helping to collect food donations in neighborhoods in Bloomington and the surrounding area.

Call +1 812 332 2168 or email for more information or to schedule a pickup.

Photos from the 2015 Annual Picnic

Photos from the Smithville Fiber launch event

2015 Neighborhood Brush Cleanup Weekend

2015 Neighborhood Brush Cleanup Weekend

When:  Saturday/Sunday April 4/5 2015.

What: Free pick up of brush and limbs.

Who: All property owners and residents of Blue Ridge who are current on their Blue Ridge dues are welcome and encouraged to participate.

How: On Sat/Sun 4/4-5 stack the material in piles by the street (NOT in it, pls). The collection will actually occur on Monday and Tuesday of the following week, but it must be in place by Sunday afternoon so we can check and verify the amounts. We need to impose limitations on volume in order to stay within budget. 

If you want to use some of the chips that are created in this process, contact us.  We can have the contractor dump a load on your property.  This will help save some resources by keeping some volume in the neighborhood.

Limits: 1 pickup-size load. This is a pile about 4ftx4ftx8ft or the amount a crew can pick up in 20mins or so. Please do not cut into small pieces to reduce volume, this takes longer to load or chip. Cut only into a managable size to be able to get to curb. Individual limbs should be less that 6inch in diameter. No logs.  If you have more than this limit, contact us we may be able to arrange some extra volume for a reasonable price.   And, be sure it is only organic material (limbs, brush).

We will verify the size limits, count and tag the piles before dark on sunday. Please do not add anything after that as it will not get picked up.  The pickup will take place the following Monday-Tuesday.

Why:  The Blue Ridge Neighborhood Association (BRNA) is sponsoring this collection of plant debris to help neighbors out with the discount of volume.   In addition, it is to help folks achieve  compliance with Bloomington’s Municipal Code Title 12, Chapter 12.24.040 (2) , that requires property owners to keep brush trimmed from sidewalks and streets.

Help: If you need assistance with moving plant debris to curb or conversely would be willing to assist our elderly or disabled neighbors, and/or help with the management of this effort, please contact us.

Questions? Call/email Rex Tayloe at 337-9525/, call Don Granbois at 332-5781,  or email the BRNA board (

Watch for additional details near the cleanup day.

Nextdoor: a New Neighborhood Website/Social Network

Greetings fellow Blue Ridgers:

The Bloomington Police Department has partnered with a new neighborhood web service (Nextdoor) and from what I’ve seen, I am very impressed. If everyone signs up, this could become our main communication tool for the neighborhood. The press release follows, but here is the essential info:

Blue Ridge is currently a pilot neighborhood. To become permanent, we would need to have 10 verified members within 21 days. That means we would need at least 8 more people to sign up and verify their addresses by October 22nd. We should be able to do that easily. Our friends to the south in Matlock Heights already have over 50 members.

Signing up is free, easy, and only take a couple of minutes. Use this invitation link:

If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know or take a look at Nextdoor’s help section.

October 1, 2014

For more information, please contact:

Sergeant Pam Gladish
Bloomington Police Department

Captain Joe Qualters
Bloomington Police Department


Bloomington Police Department Adopts Nextdoor; A Private Social Network for Neighborhoods


Partnership Will Enable Police Department to Communicate with Residents and Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch


Bloomington, Indiana – October 1, 2014 – The Bloomington Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (, the private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents.

This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Bloomington Police Department to communicate online with Bloomington neighborhoods. Residents and police will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts.

With Nextdoor, Bloomington residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Bloomington Police Department will be able to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, to Nextdoor websites within the city.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the Police Department. Each Bloomington neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites and the Police Department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.

“We continue to take advantage of innovative ways to increase safety for our residents. With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts,” said Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters. “We see this as another way to promote communication and the exchange of information between the Department and Bloomington neighborhoods.”

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit


Photos from the 2014 Annual Picnic

Annual Picnic on Oliver Drive – Sunday, Sept. 14, 4:30 PM

Mark your calendars to come chat and break bread with your neighbors. The BRNA provides the meat (BBQ pork and chicken), drinks, tables and chairs. Each neighbor is asked to bring their own table service plus a covered dish or dessert to share. If you’re new to the neighborhood and want to feel more connected to the Blue Ridge community, please join us.

This is also a great volunteer opportunity. We could use a few helping hands to set up and tear down the tables and chairs beforehand and afterwards. Or maybe you have a beverage tub, large cooler, or trash receptacle to loan for the event. Please send a message to Amy Henn, or leave a message at 336-6450 to express your interest in helping make this event a success. Regardless of your level of participation, we look forward to seeing you there! 

Note: East Oliver Dr will be closed to traffic from 3-8pm that day for this event.


The Road Repair Continues

The following City of Bloomington Utilities project will impact the Blue Ridge Neighborhood during the week of September 7 through September 13, weather permitting.

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR
Project Manager: Kevin Housel
Dates: September 8 through September 12 (these dates are weather permitting)
Location: East Blue Ridge Road between North Walnut Street and North Blue Ridge Drive, will be restricted to one lane of traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place. Questions concerning this project are to be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Jon Callahan at 812-349-3940.