The President’s Message

At last night’s board meeting we discussed at length our transition to the digital newsletter. It has always been the goal to be inclusive of all members of our neighborhood and develop the newsletter as a means to more efficiently communicate with all of our members…The submissions from our veteran neighbors are treasured and the newer features and articles are valued and encouraged. The new digital newsletter may have a new look and feel, but it is still the content that is most important. Inherent in change sometimes leads to push back or reluctance to move ahead and blend in. We encourage all to embrace the opportunity of the new format and continue to contribute to our newsletter.

Jim Evenhuis, President
Moss Bradley Residential Association

Upcoming events & happenings in our neighborhood

  • Main and University intersection construction
  • Washington School Sale
  • April 19 Great American Cleanup
  • May 7 MBRA Potluck
  • May 18 River City Marathon
  • May 18 Grand Tour of Homes
  • June 7 Moss Avenue Sale

Meet Our Neighbors: Ed Tarbuck & Joanne Bannon


Street you live on:
We live on Moss

How long have you lived in the neighborhood:
Ed moved in and began renovations in 1999, my three children and I moved in after Ed and I were married in 2000.

Best thing about where you live:
Best thing about living here is the eclectic nature of our neighborhood. So many people are willing to pitch in on projects that define our association. From a broader standpoint, we love the fact that we can enjoy the many benefits of our city. Downtown restaurants and pubs provide countless live music events. Civic Center events cater to a wide audience, are usually very reasonably priced, and readily available tickets. We both genuinely enjoy the hometown, friendly feel of the Peoria area.

Where are you originally from:
Ed is originally from Calumet, Minnesota, I was born and raised here in Peoria.

What kind of work do you do:
Ed is a geologist and writes a series of five college textbooks in Earth Science, Geology and Atmosphere. I’ve worked at Bradley and ICC in Student Services/Education Administration, but currently work with Ed from our home office proofing, editing, and updating his manuscripts.

We especially enjoy traveling–especially wine country and, of course, anywhere Ed can always find an interesting geological site to explore! Last fall, we enjoyed a (short, but sweet) trip to Argentina where we visited a few significant geologic sites as well as the iconic wine region in Mendoza.

Your idea of “the perfect day”:
Ed’s perfect day would center on his “stay up late, get up late” mantra and would include some combination of fishing, drinking nice red wine, enjoying a good meal, and watching a great movie. I enjoy all those things, (most to a lesser degree–fishing, for example) but add the flavor of time with family and friends, and we’re good to go!

Favorite meal:
Our favorite foods are, undeniably, Italian! Our favorite places in Peoria are locally owned where we can always enjoy great meals with family and friends!

One World Cafe

oneworldGrowing up on the south side of Chicago, Bob, Sam and George Eid worked in their dad’s neighborhood stores learning about fresh produce, meats, and old fashioned customer service. The Eid brothers also spent time in the kitchen helping their mother turn simple ingredients in to great food. It was there they learned that great food and hospitality is an art that has the power to bring people together. The combination of the brothers entrepreneurial spirit and raw business experience was the spark for opening a café concept.

In 1993, the Eid boys and their friends opened One World, located on the corner of Main and University Streets, as a one room coffee shop and it quickly evolved to the One World that you see today, a full service restaurant and bar, built on the foundation of quality, consistency, variety and hospitality. Their guiding principle is that food and hospitality are art forms that can bring people together.  They have a full menu serving breakfast and lunch all day. Dinner entrees are available after 4 p.m. everyday of the week. Their selection of fresh food served in a comfortable, artistic atmosphere gives us the unique flair that has helped them become a local favorite.

Councilman Chuck Grayeb

I wish to report that work continues apace on the West Bluff Intersection remake and the treatments intended to protect the adjacent neighborhoods. We have had numerous meetings and discussions with the public and I feel the plan is solid and will make for a safer more visually appealing West Bluff. We hope to reeducate the public to understand that the West Bluff streets are not better than I-74 to reach downtown and that other routes are as efficient when traveling. 

Also, I wish to report that we will soon need to meet in reference to whether or not we have a strong suitor for 839 W. Moss. This may require a special MBRA meeting. For additional information on the West Bluff road redux, you may navigate to the City of Peoria website and you can go to the area where it is discussed. Please be careful during the winter storms.

Best Wishes, Chuck Grayeb

Also, I wish to report that we will soon need to meet in reference to whether or not we have a strong suitor for 839 W. Moss. This may require a special MBRA meeting. For additional information on the West Bluff road redux, you may navigate to the City of Peoria website and you can go to the area where it is discussed.

Please be careful during the winter storms.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society

David Hoffman and FriendsSubmitted by: Dick Marsho, President

Sunday, March 16

Presents: Illinois Central Jazz Train at 6:00 p.m.

Guest Group: David Hoffman and Friends at 7:15 p.m.

Admission: $5.00 Members | $7.00 Non-Members | Students are free

David Hoffman will be doing something different for this program. It will be a surprise called “Life of a Groove”. David will present original music that draws from many idioms that have influenced him, including jazz, funk, r&b, ethnic and world music. He will be drawing on the unique talents of friends that play unusual instruments, or usual instruments in unusual ways. Those who have attended previous programs know how talented David is as a writer and as a performer. He has performed regularly with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and as a guest performer. He is well recognized as an instructor and mentor for developing musicians. He also performed as an arranger and composer with the Ray Charles Orchestra throughout the world for more than 13 years.

The Illinois Central Jazz Train, directed by Larry Harms, will play during the first set. The Jazz Train is an Illinois Central College performing group, where they present two concerts per year. The Jazz Train includes some of the finest young and seasoned jazz musicians in Central Illinois. They have a big band sound with an extra kick.

For more information call 692.5330 or visit

Run River City Marathon

runrivercityThe 2014 Run River City Marathon is Peoria’s premier running event featuring a full marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10k, 5k, and youth run. All races start and finish downtown Peoria.

The marathon and marathon relay will be run on Sunday, May 18th at 7:00am.  More information and updates to follow at membership meetings and in our newsletter.

The Latest on the 2014
 Moss Avenue Sale & Festival

mossbradsaleThe date for this year’s Moss Avenue Sale & Festival is Saturday, June 7th. Save the date postcards went out the first of February and applications will be sent out in late March. As always, we can use people for block captains and various help for the sale, so if you would like to volunteer, please give me a call.

Last year’s sale was one of our most successful and we would like to repeat and exceed the success of last year. Our success is largely dependent on the generosity of the homeowners in allowing us to use their property for dealer space. When contacted, please consider saying yes and letting us use your property. With the addition of live music and fine arts, we have broadened the appeal of our sale and have attracted a wider demographic.  We also have established a Facebook page, which has attracted new dealers and new attendees to our event.  We have over 1000 “likes” at this point!

Remember, this is the only fundraiser that our organization has and the funds raised go for a variety of neighborhood improvements/events – planting on corners, greens on lamp posts at the holidays, July 4th celebration and the annual holiday party to name a few.

If you would like to volunteer or if you have a question, comment or suggestion for the sale, please feel free to call Jan Krouse at 309.676.7900.

St. Mark’s School Round-up & Open Enrollment

st-marksSt. Mark’s School Round-up March 14, 8-9 a.m.

If your child is turning 5 on or before Sept. 1, they are eligible to enter kindergarten. The Round-Up is a great chance to meet the kindergarten teacher, visit in the classroom, and register for the 2014-’15 school year. Coffee, juice, and donuts will be served. Contact the school office to make your reservation today!

Open Enrollment

St. Mark’s School is currently accepting new students for the 2014-2015 school year. There are many benefits to joining our school community!

St. Mark’s School First Lego League team competed in the Illinois Central First League Championship Tournament in Champaign on Jan. 18. They won first place in the Presentation Category. Congratulations Marksmen!

During Catholic Schools Week St. Mark’s Student Council organized a food drive to benefit the West Mark Food Pantry. Students filled five Haddad’s shopping carts with non-perishable food items ranging from pasta, cereal, baby food, canned meats and sweet treats!

Contact the school office for more information.

St. Mark’s School 711 N. Underhill Peoria IL 61606 •  676.7131 •

Become a Trolley Guide with the Peoria Historical Society

trolleyLearn more about your Moss-Bradley neighborhood and how it fits into Peoria history and share your knowledge by becoming a trolley guide with Peoria Historical Society. Now’s the ideal time to be learning a script.  Be ready for the season, which begins in June and runs through October.

Guides average one tour a month. Trolleys run on Thursday,  Friday, and Saturday.

To learn more, call PHS Exec. Walter Ruppman, 674.1921 or