Back to School Picnic

October 2nd, 2015

balloon-man-picnic-2015.jpgThe 2015 Back to School Picnic was a  success. It was held on Friday, October 2nd at the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC). We had a great turnout of students, neighbors and families totaling over 200 people! Chef Andrew Kostielney and his sous-chef Roland Reese grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for all.Andy at Grill  Fresh corn on the cob was steamed by Donna the daughter of the late Sonny Ross who was missed by all at the picnic. Notre Dame cheers were led by the Leprechaun and cheer-leading squad. Members of the N.D. LaCrosse team played with the children. Children were also treated to Lu’s famous popcorn, face-painting, balloons and bubbles.Both the South Bend Fire Department and Notre Dame Fire Department arrived with trucks for the children to explore. St. Eve and the Vibe provided fantastic live music.

Kelly Park

September 14th, 2015


Just to update you the Kelly Park Renovation Project.  YEAH!!! Work has once again resumed at the park.  Thanks goes out to Rocky Gean, of L.L. Geans Construction.  He stepped up to the plate and held us accountable and now basketball courts, swings, pavilion and playground equipment will be installed by mid October, 2015.  Also thanks to all who have worked so hard to make this project happen for the children of the community.

There is still time to purchase bricks and pavers at


September 10th, 2015

Louis Lee Clark, Jr. 
July 11, 1977-August 10, 2015

Heartfelt condolences to our 2015 Monk Malloy Award Recipient, Lu Ella Webster and her family on the loss of her son, Louis Lee Clark Jr. Louis departed this life on August 10 in Indianapolis. Cherishing his memory are a host of family and friends including his loving wife, Lacresia and his seven children.

Louis’ Celebration of Life was held on August 18 in South Bend at the River Of Life Family Church.

John  Williams
January 3, 1950-September 4, 2015

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Captain John Williams, a retired South Bend Police Officer and the President of the South Bend Eastside Reunion.  John served this community with great honors and was respected by all that knew him.  He also was a community resource officer for the South Bend Community School Corporation. He will be greatly missed by his family and the City of South Bend.

Eastside Reunion

July 15th, 2015

July 24-25 2015

8:00 - 6:00pm
Perley Park 

This is a bi-annual gathering of community residents who grew up on the east side of South Bend.  Through the years, friends, city leaders have participated in the celebration.   Approximately 2,000 people will attend from 46 states several countries.

Annual Meeting

June 1st, 2015

Held June 8, 2015

2015 Monk Malloy Award Recipient
Lu Ella Webster


 L-R: Marguerite Taylor, Rob Pryor, Lu Ella Webster,
Alfreda Redding, Jennifer Knapp Beudert

Congratulations to Lu Ella Webster. Lu Ella was recipient of the Monk Malloy Award announced at the recently held annual meeting of the NENC. The Monk Malloy Award is given annually to someone who has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Northeast Neighborhood. Monk Malloy was the first recipient of this award.

Lu Ella is a lifelong resident and tireless advocate of the Northeast Neighborhood. She has been an active board member of the Northeast Neighborhood Council for numerous years. Most recently, Lu Ella is the committee chair of the Kelly Park renovation project and has joined the Parks Department as a community advisory member. The Kelly Park project evolved from Lu Ella’s work with the neighborhood/Robinson Center children in the Engaging Youth Engaging Neighborhoods city-wide competition. The children won this competition which empowered them to meet directly with our mayor to present their Kelly Park proposal. Lu Ella mentored and supported the children in this effort. Additionally, Lu Ella actively participates in every community event, regularly attends city council meetings when neighborhood interests are at stake and is co-editor of the Northeast Neighborhood Newsletter.

At the meeting, President Bill Stenz summarized the council’s activities and events over the past year including support of the Kelly Park Project.  He acknowledged the three police officers in attendance and thanked them for their regular presence at council meetings and their availability to board members and neighborhood residents. Treasurer, Solomon Anderson, gave a brief report on the Council’s financial status which is secure. Tom Bull, who oversees the Food Pantry, reported an increase in the number of clients being served and he thanked the volunteers who do such a great job running our neighborhood Pantry. Linda Jirreh presented the slate of officers who were then elected. Two new board members were introduced by Marguerite Taylor: Torrence Moody and Kisha Hoover.


NENC BOARD MEETINGS: Second Monday of the Month
5:30 pm Northeast Neighborhood Center 803 N. Notre Dame Ave.