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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />May 6, 2010 <br />11:30 AM <br /> <br />South Bend Certified Realtors will ‘Refresh River Park’ <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />or Sue Solmos, Residential Marketing Specialist, 235-5879 <br /> <br />Seven homes in South Bend’s River Park neighborhood will receive a light fix-up this <br />Saturday, May 8, courtesy of a partnership involving neighbors and the South Bend <br />Certified Realtors. <br /> <br />Joining with the River Park Neighborhood Association and its Housing & Safety <br />Committee, the South Bend Certified Realtors will plant flowers, replace windows, paint <br />homes and perform light carpentry. The activity will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 <br />p.m. Saturday with participants gathering on the 1000 block of Bellevue Avenue near <br />Indiana University South Bend. <br /> <br />“This private partnership is an unexpected and extraordinary dividend of the City’s public <br />strategy to enhance the attractiveness of South Bend neighborhoods,” said Sue Solmos, <br />founder of the “SELL South Bend” initiative. “‘Refresh River Park’ will help elderly and <br />at-risk residents spruce up their homes while enhancing the strong bonds of community <br />and neighborliness already present in South Bend.” <br /> <br />River Park’s Housing & Safety Committee has been involved in similar activity for more <br />than a year – which impressed the South Bend Certified Realtors. Members raised private <br />donations and in-kind contributions to support Saturday’s work. (City tax dollars are not <br />involved in this initiative.) <br /> <br />The South Bend Certified Realtors include 48 graduates of a series of real-estate <br />certification classes prepared by the City of South Bend’s “SELL South Bend” initiative. <br />Each of the Certified Realtors received special training about South Bend neighborhoods, <br />history, attractions and distinctive offerings. <br /> <br />- 30 - <br />