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June 13, 2008

Chloe Newman

If you're from Southern Indiana around New Albany, chances are you've heard of Chloe Newman. If your memory needs a jog, she's the 6 year old from Silver St. Elementary who had been battling Leukemia. Chloe stopped fighting this horrible disease early Thursday morning.

I didn't know this family, so everything I've seen has been from the outside, but I tell you what, she brought a big darn part of this community together. A few weeks ago, the school, church and neighborhood association where she lives put on a fundraiser and with the help of the community raised over $10,000 for this family! That right there is enough to make me proud of New Albany.

While I am of course grieving for this family and their loss, it has done a good job in strengthening my gratitude once again, if not shaming me for my actions and behavior. My children are amazing and (Praise God!) healthy, I have a wonderful husband, who's been working and helping other people in a time of need. I have an amazing family, consisting of my natural family and my in-laws who care about me very much. I have a wonderful church and church family, who, even though we don't see eye-to-eye on stuff, reach out to me and others to show their love on regular basis. I have friends who care for me and who's relationship I cherish, and have taught me many things about becoming a better person and friend.

I'll be stopping by the visitation to show my support for this family, I'll be saying a prayer that God touches his hand upon this family and eases their pain, and for Chloe to surround them with her love. If you're so inclined and able I implore you to do the same.

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Following service tomorrow, dinner will be served at Silver St. United Methodist Church, 413 Silver St., New Albany, IN (at the corner of Silver St., and Elm St., off of Spring St.) Someone will be at the church after 10am to except any food donations.

Visitation for our Chloe ~ 12noon to 8pm, Friday, June 13 and 11am- 1pm on Saturday at Generations Funeral Home (3308 Ballard Lane, New Albany--off of Grantline Rd) Funeral Service will be at 1pm on Saturday at the Funeral Home.

September 08, 2007

motivation

Today was the Historic Homes Tour in downtown, and it was a motivator if there ever was one. I am so envious of the houses and their owners. I mean these people have done a fantastic job! A lot of time, blood, sweat and tears I'm sure.

That's what I have to keep reminding myself too. Is that when we bought this house, we knew it was going to take time to get all the work done that we wanted (as if work on older homes ever stops!) and that we're relativly young here and it doesn't have to be done now.

After telling Adam about it, I think he's ready to refocus and get more work done. The kids kind of slow us down to you know?

Just a few critiques, I really think the cost is a bit much for this. Maybe $10? I'll be interested in hearing the final count. My friend Ted F, who's on the Commission, said it was crazy busy. Also more houses, less commercial buildings. I like talking to the owners and seeing their personal touches.

Great job to everyone who was involved!

March 27, 2007

Knitting For A Need

Tonight was the second "Knitting for a Need" meeting, and I'm happy to report there were quite a few people who showed up from both the church and the community.

The CJ was there to do a story and hopefully get the word out about the group. I'd like to see the group become mostly a supplier for various organizations around the city to help the homeless or whoever needs it when it gets cold.

I'm very excited for this opportunity and thanks to all who have donated or come out to a meeting. Remember first and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 at Central Christian on Spring street!

March 07, 2007

Votin' It, Votin' It.

day 30/ VOTE SUCKAS!

March 01, 2007

New Albany Business Review

Attn: New Albany Residents, if you have furniture or trim that needs to be stripped and refinished, do NOT take it to Moody's Professional Furniture on Vincennes.

He underbids then charges you more when he's done with the job, doesn't listen to instructions, and is incredibly rude.

I will be sure to tell EVERYONE about this experience.

February 23, 2007

New Albany City Council

Hold on to your seats ladies and gents. Thanks to several last minute filings for city council seats, this is going to be an election not to miss.

Check out the new listings via the Tribune. With the primarys being the first of May, we have some major rushed campaigning to do, so if you live around here, watch for me hitting the streets and of course GET OUT AND VOTE!!

November 14, 2006

Wal*Mart, Nazi's and Consumerism. OH MY!

In my small town, one of the many topics that comes up repeatedly is focused around Wal*Mart (and other chains) and how they are killing the small-town mentality and local business'.

This just added fuel to the fire.

I don't really care for Wal*Mart, mostly because of the censorship thing with their music. And isn't it wonderful to be idealistic and swear off big-box stores in favor of smaller boutiques?

I was all about this until I had kids. Especially Lilli, did you know that Meijer and Wal*Mart are the only stores within a 20 mile radius of my house that carry preemie diapers? I couldn't find one mom and pop or boutique store that even carried diapers, let alone preemie diapers. Target doesn't even.

Also, when buying clothes for a 2 year old which will most likely be stained or grown out of in a week, I head to a big box store. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to buy all their stuff from Strassburg and Hanna Andersson, but I can't spend $15/shirt that won't last around here.

I do however buy all my books from my local bookstore (which is quite a few) eat at a local restaurant at least 2-3 times a week, buy flowers from my local florist, buy my hometown newspaper, and Adam bought my birthday present at the local jewelers.

For Christmas, my sister and I get angels from the angle trees, in lieu of presents for some family members. Our budget goes a lot further at Target or Wal*Mart, allowing us to give these kids clothes, presents and just a little bit more then if we were limited to just boutique shopping.

September 05, 2006

Homes Tour

This Saturday is the Historic Homes Tour which features two houses on my block and several others that are just amazing. If you an old house junkie then this is just the thing for you. I know Adam and I will go and probably just get sick over all the awesome things in these other houses, while remembering all the work that needs to be done to ours.

You can check out more information by visiting this site. I'll be a greeter at the Potts house, so stop by and say hello.

August 03, 2006

No, it's cause it's dirty

Umm the real reason that people don't shop at this store is because it's dirty, most of the other people that shop there are scary, and they don't carry a lot of stuff.

It's sad but true, shopping here would be a lot easier for me since it's only like 5 blocks from my house, but I don't because it is terrifying to go in there. You have the craziest of crazy's hanging out there. People don't buy "cartfulls" of food there because they can't afford it. Not being a judgemental bitch but the few times I have gone in there the other patrons have been buying WIC stuff only, or cigarettes.

I don't know why it's open 24 hours either, oh wait yes I do, crazy crack heads.

But awesome, that means were going to have another empty building sitting in New Albany.

I will have to go there and buy all their moon-pies though.

July 24, 2006

Now that we've hit bottom, where do we go from here?

Gah, this has not been the most positive news week for New Albany that's for sure. Last Tuesday, Indiana 9 did another story on the garbage in the alley's of the city, you can watch it here(side note, sweet lord is that what I really look like? jiggle jiggle jiggle, our story is about halfway through).

Then in this Sunday's Courier-Journal local columnist Dale Moss did a survey about the readers opinions on various topics throughout the reader area, and oh wasn't this a beauty.

The city people least want to live in? New Albany. Hmmm I have a few guesses as to why that might be, and hopefully with the next election coming up in 2007, we can get some intelligent people in the offices and on council, people who are actually willing to work and do something for this freaking city. I am also guessing that this whole YMCA issue is not reflecting well on the city, one minute it's happening, the next minute it's not.

The reason that people don't want to live here is not because of property taxes or sewer problems, it's because our city is stagnant. Compared with Louisville, Jeff hell even ghetto Clarksville is doing stuff, we look like we are just caught in the backwoods.

I don't blame people for not having a positive image of New Albany. I'm surprised more people haven't left. I guess the nice part is that once you get involved in the city and with your neighbors, you realize the awesome potential New Albany does have and how great we can be.

How do we get there is the question. For answers and information on people actually doing something, check out this blog.

June 02, 2006

Have I mentioned how much ass my husband kicks?

So there is this super fun and time consuming political blog that I spend way to much time reading, and today there was a fun post about a recent Memorial Day broo-haha put on the by city.

This one guy makes some really dumb and assanine comments about the military brainwashing, so of course my big mouth responds, though I did retype it several times, the first reply was just a string of cuss words.

But the most beautiful part was where my husband, who hates all things blog, posted and put this little shit in his place. Saaaaah-weeet.

You can read it here.

April 12, 2006

Your Name in Lights

Well, actually not really, just print, in our local rag.

Last night was another neighborhood forum meeting, and I think it went pretty well. Most of everyone is in agreement that we are interested in cleaning up New Albany, and making it a more desirable place to live.

Based on a neighborhood forum last week, the citizens have decided that for right now, we want to focus on stregnthening the code enforcement.

As shocking as this may be, sometimes I have a tendancy to run my mouth, and start a little shit, but I think I did fairly well last night. I didn't call anybody names or punch anyone in the face (but I do have a list...)

So anyway the meeting was productive and we are all eager to move forward.

You can read my awesome quote here.

January 10, 2006

Council Meeting

I attended my first council meeting on Monday night. It was...interesting. I had heard several different ways of how past meetings have gon, so I didn't really know what to expect.

There were some outbursts during the public speaking forum, and a little confusion during the time in between the public and official speaking time, and the guy from the Humane Society JUST WOULDN"T SHUT UP!

A few of the things I noticed (and maybe this is how things work or are supposed to) was a lot of the council members didn't really have all the information on the subjects being discussed so while lots of questions (a few good) were being asked, it seemed as though maybe some of this stuff should have been discussed or figured out before the meeting.

It was really just a nice time to sit back and absorb.

Despite what, I am sure, several people think, I did go into the meeting with an open-mind and tried my best to not come with any preconcieved notions about how people were supposed to act.

With few comments from the peanut gallery, and the section I was sitting in, didn't get any debris thrown our way, the meeting was educational and I look forward to attending for the rest of the year.

December 08, 2005

Possible buyer inquires about fire-damaged Georgetown landmark

Not quite New Albany, but info about a historic home in Georgetown that was supposed to have been restored but the people who own it currently have failed the home miserably.

Any insite as to why they haven't please post!

December 02, 2005

Silver Grove Neighborhood Association

Here is an amazing article about a fellow neighborhood association in New Albany. This is an amazing example of people in our city doing a kick-ass job and not just talking about it. They are a real asset to us!

What a great piece. Jim is always around learing from other associations and is as friendly as they come! Apparently the Silver Grove area used to be it's own town, used to be the country!

Click below for the whole article!

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October 21, 2005

The next Martha or Genivieve?(or however the hell you spell it)

I thought I would update with some pictures of the house with stuff in it!

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August 30, 2005

The HOUSE!

Ohhh yeah. We move this weekend. Here are pictures.
Front of the house, with Adam, Adam's mom and dad




This is the formal dining room and the french doors go into the office



Great Room looking from the dining room through it and into the kitchen

standing from kitchen looking through great room towards the formal dining room



into the bathroom(s) from the great room



Backyard from back door, brick path goes to the garage. On the side of the garage is the entrance to the Secret Garden



Closeup of entrance to Secret Garden

So what do you think? Do you like it?

August 29, 2005

movin

-yay we move this week/end.
-Can't wait to have people over.
-I think the house is haunted.

August 23, 2005

Sanitation Department

Good night, I can't believe that it has gotten this far and no one can agree on anything

New Albany council looks for ways to save sanitation

By Ben Zion Hershberg
bhershberg@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal

Members of the New Albany City Council discussed cutting the city's 2006 budget yesterday to save the Sanitation Department from privatization, with some of the talk focusing on the city's financial commitment to the Scribner Place development downtown.

But they didn't agree on what, if anything, can be done.

Councilman Steve Price said he believes that several hundred thousand dollars can be trimmed in equipment, travel and other discretionary costs from many different departments.

He also said he believes that the city's proposed $400,000 annual commitment of economic development income-tax revenue to Scribner Place can be cut substantially, especially if county government takes part, saving up to $265,000 a year.

"It has to be across the board" that city government tightens its belt, he said.

"The cuts are here" if city leaders are willing to make them, Price said.

Councilwoman Beverly Crump said after the meeting that "there is a possible way to fund sanitation."

But she said she doesn't know if the budget cuts discussed last night are practical, and she doesn't want to risk plans for financing Scribner Place.

Mayor James Garner didn't attend last night's meeting. His announcement last month that he intends to privatize most city garbage collection and recycling services precipitated much of the discussion.

He said he intends to complete a contract with Industrial Disposal Co. soon so it can take over city garbage collection and recycling by Oct. 3, immediately eliminating the Sanitation Department losses, which are projected at nearly $800,000 this year.

Garner said the eight-year contract would keep the city's monthly sanitation fee at the current $13.75 a household through next year.

The city's 26 sanitation workers and many supporters from the public have opposed Garner's plan.

"How difficult would it be to put together a budget that has sanitation in the general fund?" Councilman Dan Coffey asked.

City controller Kay Garry said it costs about $2.6 million a year to operate the department, and it brings in about $1.9 million.

"What department of city government are you going to take $700,000 from?" Garry said.

She said after the meeting that she didn't hear anything that would save the department from privatization.

Garry said she will submit the $16.1 million budget the administration has proposed to the City Council for a public hearing and first vote on Sept. 8. It will be up to the council to act at that point, she said.

Price said he will continue to discuss possible budget cuts with his colleagues to see if he can get enough support to enact them next month

August 22, 2005

New Albany

So as if my anxiety and utter disgustance (hell is that even a word?) with people wasn't high enough, I have decided to get involved with New Albany politically now. Mainly just an observer at this point, but some of the "good ole boys club" crap is just pissing me off. Everyone in this damn town has their hand in someone elses pocket, and is so scared of change that progress for our town is being hindered.

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