The President’s Message

This year is really moving along. Our beautiful neighborhood will be in full Autumn bloom soon. I just wanted to bring some important items to your attention.

– Project Newsletter from the city dated Sept 12, 2013-W. Moss Ave and Bradley Ave ADA Ramp improvement project 2013 regarding new crosswalks. MBRA has for the last two years been asking for “traffic calming” in our neighborhood. The city listened and is providing ADA compliant crosswalks, has added additional stop signs, painted parking lanes on Moss Ave and reduced speed limits to 25 mph on our busy neighborhood streets. Thanks to our last two MBRA boards of directors.

– Pending sale of Washington school on Moss Ave, by school board at auction to highest bidder.

– School board action regarding sale or repurpose of the Peoria Stadium.

We hope to bring a voice to these pending decisions involving our neighborhoods. Your opinions are welcome.

This month’s membership meeting will feature the interim Director of Wellness at BU who will present the changes and direction the university has taken to address substance abuse on campus. Also, we will hear a report on the RNNC recently completed this past weekend.

One last thing… if you have not had a chance to visit the recently remodeled Pere Marquette, it would be time well spent. Our city can be proud of the new “Pere”.

Jim Evenhuis,

President MBRA

Call for Photos


As you may have already seen, the Moss Bradley Residential Association recently launched a new website. If you haven’t checked it out, please visit

We would like to include more photos of the neighborhood and we need your help. If you have any photos that you would like to share, please send them to

This is a great opportunity to show what our neighborhood is all about. You will be credited for your submission.

Please make sure you acquire any necessary permission to distribute your photos. If you have any questions, please emails us at

Bradley University: Arts

Upcoming Theater at Bradley University


Bradley University Theatre will present Side Show from September 26 to October 6 in the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1423 W. St. James.

The Steve Snyder-directed musical is based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins whose spectacular journey catapulted them from the freak shows of the Dust Bowl to Vaudeville stardom and Hollywood fame.

The show runs Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $16 for faculty, staff, and seniors, and $9 for students. Group discounts are available for groups of ten or more. For tickets call Bradley’s Cultural Events Box Office at 309-677-2650 or make reservation requests at

Side Show’s book and lyrics are by Bill Russell; music by Henry Krieger; vocal and dance arrangements by David Chase; and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler.

Steve Snyder teaches acting courses for Bradley’s Department of Theatre Arts and typically directs two productions a year. Recent productions includeCompany, Barefoot in the Park, Extremities, and Cabaret. He also teaches voice, movement, and career preparation and directs the annual Senior Showcase in Chicago.


Upcoming Music at Bradley University


An Indian classical music (Carnatic music) concert will take place on October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center, located at 1417 W. Barker Avenue.

Artists Vandana Kolluru, vocal, Savita Viswanathan, violin, and Ram K. Kolluru, mridangam, will perform.

Admission is free and open to the public. The concert is funded by Bradley University’s Intellectual and Cultural Affairs Committee.

Proclamation commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Moss Bradley Residential Association


(Pictured L to R): Charles Grayeb, Brian Buralli, Beth Jensen, Jim Ardis, Paul Masik (hidden) and Sid Ruckreigel.

On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, the Moss Bradley Residential Association was honored by the city of Peoria with a Proclamation commemorating the 40th anniversary of the organization.

Mayor Jim Ardis and 2nd District councilman Charles Grayeb made the presentation. Accepting on behalf of MBRA were board members Brian Buralli and Sid Ruckreigel along with Beth Jensen and Paul Masik.

Thru the Windshield

How do we look to those passing by? Observations…questions…hopes…concerns

by Marjorie Klise

Summer in the ‘hood….our ‘hood… our very own neighborhood…can you believe it?

We begin in May with a meal shared by neighbors, friends, pastors and politicians. The food is contributed by all….and our palettes are pleased. We relax and relate. We review the past year and look ahead.

Then it is June and on one Friday evening we see some tents being erected and trucks slowly passing and pausing. There are ‘no parking’ signs in place and the yellow numbered squares appear up and down Moss Avenue. By 5am on Saturday the place is awash with antiques, pottery, gee-gaws and thing-a-ma-jigs. Then the crowd arrives with shopping bags and dogs and strollers and bikes. Tantalizing smells are in the air, too strong to be ignored. Who says you can’t eat onion rings at 9am! The day is filled with friends greeting friends, old neighbors passing by and strangers becoming new friends. By dusk we are thoroughly tired and pleased by the experience.

As the sun gets hotter and our lawns are thirstier, it is time for music and food and relaxation on a blanket listening to music on the Moron House lawn. It is the Fourth of July and everyone comes together to celebrate the holiday and watch the kids parade around on ponies.. We relish a slice of watermelon and several choruses of America the Beautiful.

August keeps us in our air-conditioned homes or on the front porch with a pitcher of lemonade. School supply lists are out. Our vacation jaunts to the lake are just memories. And we need to check on a few home repairs before fall arrives. We eat Mexican ice cream and browse thru funky shops on Main Street.

Then it is September and October and Fall is here!

It is an amazing place to live. We are blessed to have each other in our lives. As the years pass and newcomers become friends, and generous neighbors continue to plan and execute these festive occasions, we are all too ready to acknowledge how lucky we are to live where we do.

The Courtyard Estates of Peoria: Grandparent’s Day Breakfast

courtyard-estatesThe Courtyard Estates of Peoria hosted an All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on September 8.

Estates of Peoria teamed up with Neighborhood House to celebrate the community’s grandparents and their families. In addition to the Pancake Breakfast, the event held a raffle drawing with prizes varying from hand made quilts to local restaurant gift cards.

Between the raffle drawing and the tickets sold, the event raised over 500 dollars!

All proceeds were donated to Neighborhood House’s Senior Program which serves local seniors.

Neighborhood House has been an asset to the Peoria Community since 1896. Linda Johnston, Neighborhood House’s Senior Outreach Coordinator commented, “We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out from the community, we are grateful to all who shared in the special day with us and are so thankful for the generous donations.”

Both Courtyard Estates and Neighborhood House wanted to extend a special thank you to all who participated in the Pancake Breakfast.

For any additional information on Senior Programs at Neighborhood House please contact Linda Johnston at 309.674.1131.

Pettengill-Morron Historical Home


“Miss Morron’s World Travels” Exhibition at Pettengill-Morron Historical Home Held Over Until November 3

Due to the popularity of this exhibit, we are pleased to announce that we will be able to share the “Miss Morron’s World Travels” exhibition at our Pettengill-Morron Historical Home thru Sunday, November 3.

If you haven’t already had the opportunity to  enjoy the literally hundreds of items on display (including her vast collection of Louis Vuitton luggage), please do join us on either Sunday, October 6 or Sunday, November 3 between 1-4 p.m.

Cost to tour is $7 per adult and $3 per child.

In 1912, Miss Morron took her first world tour with her father via steamship.  After that trip, travel became her life passion. In addition to the above mentioned items, you’ll be able to view Miss Morron’s travel wardrobe, custom dinnerware and fine china along with pieces of art she purchased on her trips abroad.

“Celebrating the Holidays Post World War II – 1945”

Please mark your calendar to  join us on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 as we celebrate the holiday season with our Annual Holiday Homes Tour.  More details will be available in the November newsletter.

For other information regarding tours and events scheduled for our Pettengill-Morron Historical Home, please contact either the Peoria Historical Society office at 674.1921 or Kathy Dallinger, P-M House Chairperson at 309.266.7811 or at

The Central Illinois Jazz Society

Submitted by: Dick Marsho, President

Sunday, September  15, 2013

The Starting Gate Banquet Room
Landmark Recreation Center

CIJS House Band at 6:00 p.m.

Guest Group: Speakeasy, featuring Judy Page at 7:15 p.m.


Speakeasy features Judy Page on vocals. Judy was recently featured, along with fourteen other Central Illinois artists, in the PBS “Illinois: Art in the Works” series. The WTVP web page includes links to the featured artists. ArtsPartners of Central Illinois assisted WTVP over last summer with coordinating these artists.

Judy is joined by a group of very skilled musicians. Gary Adkisson on bass, Bryan Moore on drums, Dave Parkinson on tenor sax, alto sax and flute, Steve Degenford on guitar, and Dorsey Doss on keyboards, round out this talented group.

They will play a variety of music styles, ranging from jazz to Rhythm & Blues.

Speakeasy will appear at the Central Illinois Bluesfest on Saturday, August 31 with Preston Jackson in the Jazz Tent.

Judy and Steve Degenford have a duo act that performs regularly at French Toast in Peoria Heights every other Friday, beginning August 30, 7-10 p.m. They also have scheduled dates at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Plaza, 5-8 p.m., for September 6 and 20.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. For more information call 692-5330 or visit

Franciscan Recreation Complex: Open Volleyball

Open Volleyball for Adults 18+ at Franciscan Recreation Complex in West Peoria.

Mondays, 7:30-10 p.m. & Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.

These are low-key, self-refereed pick-up games. $3 per visit, or $20 for a 10-visit punch card.

More information can be found at or by calling FRC at 309.677.6705.

Westminster Presbyterian Church News

phillip-sarah-nolanHello Westminster family,

I am so excited to begin this journey with you all. I grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island in a family of seven. I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church until High School, where I began attending Greenwood Presbyterian Church. My very first Sunday at Greenwood, I was invited to youth group and my life has never been the same.

After high school I attended Eastern Nazarene College where I earned a Bachelor’s in Theology with a minor in youth ministry. I served as an intern at Bethel Church of the Nazarene in their student ministry program and really developed a call and passion to lead youth and college ministry.

I met my wonderful wife Sarah Nolan during my sophomore year and we married after I graduated college on August 9, 2008. (I can’t believe how fast our first five years has gone by!).

After graduating I attended Nazarene Theological Seminary, where I am almost finished with my Masters of Divinity program. After moving to attend seminary I became the youth pastor at Shawnee Park Christian Church.

Sarah and I have four cats (Oreo, Oliver, Lulu, and Chloe). I am a huge science fiction fan, I enjoy playing video games, and love watching movies (my favorite being Forrest Gump).

My sincerest hope is that we all act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord our God (Micah 6:8) as we discover what He has in store for our journey together.

– Phillip Nolan

Bradley to Observe Civil Rights Achievements

bradley-standing-togetherBradley University has adopted a university theme for the 2013-14 school year “Celebrating Civil Rights – Past and Present,” a year-long campus-wide theme, with collaborations between and among all colleges and departments on campus.

The theme was initiated by the 50th anniversary of passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and the key role that U. S. Minority Leader Everett Dirksen played in getting 27 of 33 Republicans to support the bill.

This is the first time the university has adopted a year-long campus-wide theme and Bradley President Joanne Glasser says she is proud that the University will focus on civil rights.

“For America, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was transformative. It paved the way for better education, better job opportunities and better quality of life for millions of people and generations to come,” Glasser said.

From its earliest days, Bradley University has maintained an open admission policy providing a means to gain an exemplary education to all men and women regardless of age, race ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic level or sexual orientation. President Glasser sees this celebration as an extension of that policy. “I see this as the beginning of an ongoing discussion on inclusion and understanding for students, faculty, staff and society.”

Celebration co-chair Dr. Stacey Robertson, Interim Dean of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is passionate about the importance of understanding our history. “Having and understanding a working knowledge of where we have been and the issues we as a society have been through, will help us to deal with situations that are happening in the present day.  The lessons learned during this time in our history can indeed play a pivotal role in our future.”

Brad McMillan, Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley,  co-chairs the committee and says it’s important to take note of the important role Central Illinois leaders played in advancing civil rights in the United States. “Abraham Lincoln gave his first speeches against the expansion of slavery in central Illinois.

Betty Friedan, from Peoria, wrote The Feminine Mystique, which is often credited with sparking the second wave of women’s rights in America.

Everett Dirksen was from Pekin and he had a significant role in getting this legislation passed. Unfortunately, this generation and many others are simply not aware of the important roles that central Illinoisans had.”

The first event of the year-long celebration was the showing of To Kill a Mockingbird in Neumiller Lecture Hall located in Bradley Hall on September 25. There was an introduction by President Glasser and commentary by Cliff Scott-Rudnick and Don Jackson, Peoria NAACP President.

Other events throughout the year will include visiting speakers including Terrence James Roberts (one of the Little Rock 9) and U.S. Representative John Lewis; re-enactments and performances; poetry contests; campus wide book reads; showing of movies 42 and Lincoln; plus much more.

For more information on “Celebrating Civil Rights – Past and Present” at Bradley please visit To arrange interviews, call the Bradley University Office of Public Relations at 309.677.3260 or 309.677.2242.