On Wed., February 12, 2014 at 6:30 P.M.
your EAST FOREST PARK CIVIC ASSOC. presents
Ah, SPRINGTIME for EAST FOREST PARK
Let’s make our neighborhood a bit greener !
The care and maintenance of a variety of plants, trees, and shrubs.
by Dave Bloniarz, President, and the Regreen Springfield Team
in the Holy Cross Church Meeting Room
Entrance to Parking Lot is off 221 Roosevelt Ave.
on Wheeler Ave.
Training sessions will be conducted on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College, and will be approximately 3 hours each. All materials, books and tools will be supplied free of charge. Session #1 – January 23, 2014 – Tree Growth, Planting and Maintenance Session #2 – February 13, 2014 – Orchard Care, Maintenance and Pruning Note: Participants that attend both training sessions will receive the Orchard Tender certification and complementary pruners.
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The East Forest Park Civic Association wishes to commend the efforts made by the EFP Branch Library staff for making their Bright Nights Bus Trip on Friday, Dec. 20 at 5 PM a huge success!
It was a delightful, memorable evening for the children, parents, and patrons. The joy of their faces on the Peter Pan Double Decker Bus was a sight to behold, second only to the citizens in East Forest Park and Forest Park (as we traveled caroling and greeting all) on the streets to and from those spectacular Bright Nights views! We are grateful to the Springfield City Library System.
Also on Fri., Dec. 20, 12-8 PM, we hope you stopped in to Nathan Bill Restaurant’s Toy Drive where enthusiastic neighbors enjoyed a free select meal for their efforts to bring Christmas joy to children in our city.
We are proud of our new Business Partner!
The EFPCA Board of Directors
The people who stopped in at the EFP Branch Library, on Saturday, 12/14/13 between 12:30 and 2:30 PM, and lingered over our crafts, coloring, cookies, candy, punch, and face painting, enjoyed the wonder and warmth of this gathering place which has a staff, lovely to work with and their talents enriched our elfish affair! (Did anyone find Waldo?)
This was EFPCA’s 4th annual event, and though the weather was frightful, the warmth and enthusiasm inside was delightful.
The Cookies and Punch Table greeted everyone and made them feel immediately welcome !
Santa made every child feel special and the smiles on every adult’s face came from him too! The cookies were the best ever!
The face paintings were beautiful and interacting with each child, made all faces glow!
Because of everyone’s loving care for our East Forest Park neighborhood, it was a great success.
God Bless us, everyone!
The East Forest Park Civic Association Meeting, on Wed., Dec. 11 at 6:30 PM in the Holy Cross Meeting Room will address serious concerns in our neighborhood presented by Deputy Chief, Bob McFarlin, Officer Jim Gormally, Senior Citizen Specialist, and the City’s Sector H Team. Crime Watch techniques will be stressed to make residents watchful, informed, and observant enabling quick, accurate information to the police, fostering safety in our neighborhood. Day and night vigilance on the part of residents and reporting any suspicious activity to the Spfld. Police will prevent crime in our area. Neighbors, home in the daytime, watching out for working neighbors and neighbors, who return and are more active in the evening, watching out for their neighbors will bring needed safety for everyone.
Come hear about Cathedral High School’s future at this month’s Meeting on Nov. 13th, at 6:30 PM in the Holy Cross Church Meeting Room at 221 Plumtree Rd.
Diocesan representatives and Cathedral Administration will be sharing their future plans with our residents.
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Update on Surrey Rd.
Oct 7, 2013
Diocesan, school officials begin planning for Cathedral High future
(Iobserve file photos)
SPRINGFIELD – In the month since the tornado damage insurance settlement was announced, renewed planning for the future of Cathedral High School has quietly begun on many avenues.
Following the Sept. 10 settlement announcement by Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, conversations between diocesan officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA, were advanced, as was architectural planning for a facility on the Surrey Road site.
This occurred, while plans to address the tuition endowment fund also were started.
“The settlement answered one very important question, but has now left us with many courses of action, which each have their challenges, which must be balanced and carefully coordinated,” said diocesan spokesperson, Mark E. Dupont.
The first obstacle the diocese has faced involves its previously announced plans to demolish parts of the Surrey Road campus that have been deemed unusable for the future. “That plan has been slowed down so as to ensure we follow all FEMA guidelines and don’t inadvertently and adversely impact our claim,” Dupont said.
The diocese is being guided in making its claims to FEMA by Witt and Associates, a company with experience in submitting applications for FEMA funds. It has advised the diocese to carefully follow steps which include historic reviews and open bidding procedures.
The process is further complicated by the current federal government shutdown which has impacted FEMA operations. A planned meeting with FEMA officials next week will not take place if the shutdown continues.
Diocesan finance officer William LaBroad is overseeing both the FEMA application process and structural review for the diocese. He told iobserve it is a careful balancing act.
“We are looking at our available dollars from the settlement, the potential additional dollars from FEMA, and the needs for a facility on Surrey Road, while carefully considering the different levels of potential FEMA funds depending on which course of action we undertake,” he said. FEMA offers different types of assistance depending on the scope of reconstruction.
LaBroad would not say how much was potentially available through FEMA, except to indicate the amount could be considerable and important to a successful outcome. He also emphasized that any plan has to take into account St. Michael’s Academy Middle School, which resided in a section of the Surrey Road facility.
Diocesan officials met with CBT Architects from Boston, the firm hired after the tornado, to restart a discussion on what options are available given the damage and academic needs.
“As you start to plan you realize the dollars go quickly as the basic educational needs are addressed, so we need to be smart about what to keep and renovate, and what to demolish and re-build,” LaBroad said.
The second, and equally important challenge, lies with the bishop’s intention to base a final rebuilding decision on the success of the Cathedral High School community to raise significant funds for a Cathedral Tuition Fund. This effort is being jointly managed by CHS development staff and diocesan staff.
“Bishop has made it clear that if the future of CHS is to be viable it will require a significant tuition endowment fund,” Dupont said.
At the settlement announcement press release, Bishop McDonnell put out a challenge to the CHS alumni, especially those who were educated at little or no cost, to pledge a current year’s tuition, $9,300, to this fund. He cited lagging endowment and the need to help more families as important aspects of ensuring the future of the school.
“You cannot have essentially a new building and not enough students to pay the overhead and expenses, it’s simply not a viable solution,” said Dupont. “We’ve heard from many CHS alums in the last two years regarding the need to keep this high school opened, so there is no reason this campaign should not be successful,” he said.
School officials already have heard from a small number of donors interested in making that pledge, and they are selecting a steering committee which will guide a formal campaign for later in the year.
“Within days we had promises from inside and outside the diocese, which is a positive sign that this tuition campaign can be successful,” Dupont said.
Since the June 1, 2011 tornado, Cathedral High School has been operating out of a temporary facility at the former Memorial School in Wilbraham, which has options through 2015. St. Michael’s Academy Middle School has been consolidated with the elementary grades at the former Holy Cross School on Eddywood Street, not far from the Surrey Road location.
Citing the uncertainty around the government shutdown and its impact on FEMA decisions, neither LaBroad nor Dupont would estimate a date when a decision could be expected, only saying everyone involved knows time is of the essence.
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