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We are now using a private online network called Nextdoor Blue Ridge, and we think you'll benefit from joining us. On our Nextdoor site, neighbors share community events, recommendations, items for sale/free, crime/safety concerns, ideas about how to make our neighborhood better, and more. Please join us to build a better neighborhood!

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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:

https://nextdoor.com/invite/kctdmbsyqgwzbvaphyqw

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
(812)349-3330
gladishp@bloomington.in.gov

Captain Joe Qualters
Bloomington Police Department
(812)349-3317
qualterj@bloomington.in.gov

 

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 (www.nextdoor.com), 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 www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.

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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, amyyhenn@netzero.net 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.

Road Repair Project Next Week

The following City of Bloomington Utilities project will impact the Blueridge Neighborhood during the week of August 31 through September 6, weather permitting.

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR

Project Manager:  Kevin Housel

Dates:  September 3 through September 5 (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.

Road Repair Project This Week

The following City of Bloomington Utilities project will impact the Blue Ridge Neighborhood during the week of August 24 through August 30, weather permitting

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR

Project Manager: Kevin Housel

Dates: August 25 through August 29 (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.

Stormwater & Road Repair Projects This Week

The following City of Bloomington Utilities projects will impact the Blue Ridge Neighborhood during the week of August 17 through August 23, weather permitting.

Project Type: STORMWATER
Project Manager:  Tony Eads
Dates:  August 18 through August 19 (these dates are weather permitting)
Location:  East Blue Ridge Road at North Walnut Street, 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.

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR
Project Manager:  Kevin Housel
Dates:  August 18 through August 22 (these dates are weather permitting)
Location:  East Blue Ridge Road at North Walnut Street, 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.

 

From the Annual Meeting: Emerald Ash Borer Links

Thanks to Lee Huss from the city of Bloomington and Seth Inman from Turf ‘n Tree MD for their talk on the Emerald Ash Borer. Here are some links for more information:

The City of Bloomington: Emerald Ash Borer in Bloomington

The City of Bloomington: Street Trees and Landscaping

International Society of Arboriculture: Trees Are Good

Purdue Entomology Extension: Emerald Ash Borer in Indiana

Turf ‘n Tree MD

2014 Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be held on August 12th at 7:00 PM at the Holiday Inn (1710 N Kinser Pike). This is a great chance to meet your fellow neighbors, board members, and get useful information from our guest speakers.

This year’s guest speakers are:

Seth Inman

His educational and professional experience is based in natural resources and environmental interpretation. He is constantly researching plants and organic solutions to provide the most sustainable landscape for our local climate. He specializes in natural stone construction, ecosystem implementation for water and soil, themed landscape design and providing rare conifers and Japanese maples.

He collaborates with homeowners, municipalities, and government agencies regarding tree risk assessment. He specializes in tree injection, with focus towards battling the Emerald Ash Borer.

From February 2007 to present he has been co-owner of Bloomington Valley Nursery, where he and his partner work with a specialized staff to create a destination garden center that provides the best selection of unique plants, exclusive garden decor, and quality hard goods in our area.

Lee Huss

  • Urban Forester for the City of Bloomington

Lee Huss received his BSF from Purdue University, is an ISA Certified Arborist, and has been the Urban Forester for the City of Bloomington for 30 years.

Lee oversees the Urban Forestry program that is responsible for arboriculture practices on all public land in Bloomington. He also oversees a Parks & Recreation Department lumber recovery program that he humorously refers to as “No Log Left Behind.” Instead of sending usable logs to landfills or chopping them up for firewood, the department has them sawn and locally kiln dried.

Blue Ridge is now on Twitter

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