• This Week’s Issue: May 19-25

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  • Store Closures, Lack of Access Drive Food Insecurity on East Side

    The closure of many east side Marsh supermarkets in the past several months has made the “food desert” even worse say many residents. As the grocer goes into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and hopes to be bought by another company, the odds of all the Marsh stores closing are getting worse. Low income residents with no transportation to get to and from stores, or who must rely on public transit to get to the stores, are particularly hard-hit by neighborhood grocery stores closing.“This
  • City Re-Launches Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership

    Local, state, and federal law enforcement officials announced a re-launch of the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnersship (IVRP) on May 15. The partnership, beginning with the first meetings with the Executive Law Enforcement group in IVRP, will be focused on creating new initiatives to combat crime on city streets.Mayor Joe Hogsett noted that the administration and police were becoming increasingly concerned about young people with weapons. “We’re seeing an increasing number of
  • IMPD Officer Wins TOP COPS Award

    INDIANAPOLIS — The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has selected Detective Sergeant Robert Pearsey as one of the honorees to receive the prestigious TOP COPS Award.  The TOP COPS Award pays tribute to the men and women of law enforcement for their outstanding service to America’s communities.  TOP COPS are nominated by fellow officers. This award is given to ten officers around the country, and Sergeant Pearsey was honored on May 12, in Washington D.C., d
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  • Federick Polley Retrospective at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center May 13-July 31

    IRVINGTON — The renowned Hoosier artist, Frederick Polley (1875 – 1957) lived at 327 S. Emerson in Irvington for 25 years, just down the road from William Forsyth. Polley was a member of a group of noted artists known as the Irvington Group. Sixteen influential artists, who also lived in Irvington, made up the group. They included Paul Baus, Simon P. Baus, Carolyn G. Bradley, Alice D. Cook, Robert Craig, Constance Forsyth, William Forsyth, Martha Lee Frost, Helene Hibben, Thomas Hibb
  • German Church Fundraising Goal Achieved

    CUMBERLAND — The effort to save the historic German Church from demolition moved one big step forward as $75,640 was raised from more than 95 donors.Last month, St. John United Church of Christ, which owns the vacant building, asked for $75,000 by May 4 in order to keep the current agreement to purchase open until March of 2018. The congregation extended the deadline to May 8 when it saw fundraising efforts had gained momentum.Indianapolis-based TWG Development LLC has agreed to buy the bu
  • Kiritsis And Me: Enduring 63 Hours at Gunpoint by Dick Hallwith Lisa Hendrickson

    In February 1977, an angry Tony Kiritsis wired Dick Hall to a sawed off shotgun and paraded him through downtown Indianapolis prior to holding him hostage for three days. After forty years, Dick Hall (with co-writer Lisa Hendrickson) tells his side of the story in Kiritsis and Me: Enduring 63 Hours at Gunpoint. Tom Cochran’s foreword sets the stage for reading Hall’s memoir. As a young radio reporter working for Fred Heckman at WIBC, Cochran reported on the evolving situation. This p
  • Applause!: May 19-25

    • Many thanks to the police officers in the East District, who recently helped an older woman who, while unlocking her gate o park her car in her driveway, had her running car stolen. The lady’s purse, house keys, phone, cane and other important items were in the car. The first policeman to respond called a far eastside district officer to go to her good friend’s house for the extra house keys (which she didn’t have after all). The officer and backup officers tried to get
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  • You Can’t Tell A Building By Its Location

    “Hey, that must be the old train station,” walkers, bikers, others who traverse the Pennsy Trail are often heard saying as they pass by the building at the east end of Bonna Ave. at its intersection with Good Ave. A quick look around might seem to confirm this assumption – small structure; 1890-1900 style; immediately adjacent to former railroad. But, looking a little deeper into the building’s location one might ask, “If it’s the old train station, why is it
  • George W. Julian School 57 Awarded Learning Garden

    IRVINGTON — George W. Julian School 57 has been awarded a Learning Garden by national organization, The Kitchen Community and hosted a kickoff ceremony May 16.Classes from Kindergarten through 6th grade filled the garden beds with soil and planted a variety of plants and seeds.The Kitchen Community’s Learning Gardens are designed to be outdoor classrooms that connect kids to real food, increase academic achievement and drive community engagement.For more information, contact Principa
  • Shrek, The Musical debuts at Beef & Boards on May 18

    INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone’s favorite ogre takes the stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre for the first time May 18 in Shrek, The Musical. The hilarious, Tony Award-winning stage production based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film runs through July 2.Shrek, The Musical brings all the characters from the film to the stage where the unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey with a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a sh
  • $850,000 homes in Indiana, Louisiana and California

    A cedar-and-glass house in Michigan City; an Acadian-style home in New Orleans; and a modernist retreat in Palm Springs.
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  • Trump Claims to Have Saved U.S. Jobs. But How Many, Really?

    Starting with Carrier, the president has been saying that companies are keeping and creating jobs here because of him. The reality doesn’t match.
  • Cows, Horses and Forklifts

    The assistant farm manager does a little bit of everything: allocating assignments, vaccinating cows and driving trucks, along with riding horses for fun.
  • This Week’s Issue: May 12-18

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  • Springdale Neighborhood Celebrates New Park for Ancient Tree

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Springdale Neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis is honored to have not one, but two ancient chinquapin oak trees a short distance from each other, both estimated to be over 300 years old. Through a partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB), Springdale created a permanent greenspace and walk to share with nature lovers everywhere. The public is invited to participate in an opening celebration for the newly formed Chinquapin Oak Park on Saturday
  • Commemorating George W. Julian’s 200th Birthday

    Former United States Congressman, civil rights advocate, and Irvington resident George W. Julian was born on May 5, 1817, and to commemorate his 200th birthday the Irvington Historical Society, the Indiana Historical Bureau, and the Wayne County, Indiana Tourism Bureau sponsored a series of events.  On March 21, 2017, Indiana Representative Dan Forestal presented a resolution in the Indiana General Assembly recognizing Julian’s accomplishments and the 200th anniversary of his birth.&n
  • Housing and Medicaid Services Pilot Program Unveiled

    INDIANAPOLIS — On May 1, Mayor Joe Hogsett, along with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Partners in Housing and Adult & Child Health, launched a first-of-its-kind pilot program that will provide a temporary safe haven and healthcare services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Indianapolis community. The program’s launch will target those residents impacted by the closing of The Jungle, a recently closed site that had been home to many individuals experiencing homelessn
  • Martin University Launches Instrumental Music Program May 14

    INDIANAPOLIS — Martin University will launch a new Instrumental Music Program with a Musical Celebration on Sun., May 14 at 3:00 p.m. This special event will be held in the Father Boniface Hardin Gathertorium on Martin’s campus located at 2186 N. Sherman Drive in Indianapolis. The celebration will be led by the director and performer of the San Francisco All Star Big Band, David Hardiman, Sr., and feature well-known local musicians and vocalists Sandy Lomax, Everett Greene, the &ldqu
  • LHS Student Break Ground for New Field & Track

    INDIANAPOLIS — On the morning of Tuesday, May 2 the students of Lutheran High School held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new multi-purpose field and track.The students were selected for the honor of breaking ground because they exceeded their fundraising goal last fall. The students conducted a walk-a-thon in October 2016 and raised 126 percent of their $10,000 goal.Construction of the athletic facility will start in mid-May after final approval is received from the Permit Department
  • Dreamgirls at Footlite

    Footlite Musicals’ production of Broadway favorite Dreamgirls is amazing. With awesome music, incredible choreography and very professional production values, this local performance is on par with the very best Broadway shows.  It is hard to imagine a better performance.The entire cast was excellent. Kathryn Council as Deena Jones is the picture of elegance and grace. Rayanna Bibbs as Effie White stands out in an already amazing cast with her incredible voice. And Brenton Anderson&rsq
  • Train Stations Then and Now by Ken Fitzgerald

    Railroads transformed America. In 1829 the first common carrier locomotive ran on American soil. Soon trains took the place of waterways for the transport of freight and passengers. The first stations were merely ticket offices near a shed and some platforms. It wasn’t long, though, before railroad companies erected elaborate Victorian buildings. Ken Fitzgerald’s new book, Train Stations Then and Now, comprehensively tells the story of American train stations.The book consists of 144
  • Annual Native Plant Sale & Auction May 13

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Native Plant & Wildlife Society’s annual Plant Sale and Auction will take place May 13 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Park Tudor School, Upper Gymnasium, 7200 N. College Ave. The pre-sale presentation starts at 9:30 for a $10 fee. The fee entitles ticket holders to hear a talk, begin shopping 15 minutes before the general public, and receive a $10 discount on any auction purchase. Plant sale and book sale open 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Live auction begins
  • Applause!: May 12-18

    • Irving Circle Park clean-up is Sat., May 13 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. A breakfast, including coffee, and lunch will be provided by the Friends of Irving Circle. Volunteers are needed to pull weeds, pick up trash and sticks, and mulch flower beds and around the trees. Irving Circle is located on South Audubon at the University Ave. intersection. The first concert of the season on Irving Circle will be on Sat., June 3 from 7-9 p.m. featuring Audio Diner.• Steven Stolen has been named th
  • Two Films at Garfield Park in May

    INDIANAPOLIS — Film historian Eric Grayson will screen two films in May at the Garfield Park Arts Center. Both are on real film shown on real projectors from Grayson’s collection of films and shorts.First, the 1940 film, Danger on Wheels, starring Richard Arlen and Andy Devine at the Garfield Park Arts Center will be shown on Sat., May 13 at 8 p.m.  A reckless test driver (Arlen) is working on a new engine that will help him win races.  His bad attitude gets him banned from
  • C.A.R.E. Bags Pilot Program A Success

    INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning the week of March 20, the City of Indianapolis partnered with Gleaners Food Bank to pilot a Community Action Relief Effort (CARE) Bags program. Through this pilot, the Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) is coordinating with Gleaners to provide sacks of groceries to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers for distribution directly to residents in need.The CARE Bags pilot is an expansion of the CARE Mobile Pantry program, which provides fre
  • 10 Most Endangered Landmarks Announced

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Indiana Landmarks has announced the 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy. The list includes a courthouse, municipal, commercial, community  and school buildings, houses, and barns that share an unusual characteristic.“These places shape lives and give identity to communities, and when they’re gone, they leave a void that can’t be filled,” says Marsh Davis, president of the nonprofit preservation organization.
  • KIB Offers Tree Canopy Planning & Mapping Tool

    INDIANAPOLIS — Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s new Tree Canopy Planner and mapping tool is a community resource to help Indianapolis residents visualize where trees are, where they can be planted, and where environmental improvement and stewardship is occurring. Neighborhoods can use the planning map to develop a tree planting application or plan with KIB staff.Residents can visit kibi.org/map to explore the tree canopy in their neighborhood. The “View” tab of the map allow
  • New HS Yearbooks Added to Library’s Digital Collection

    INDIANAPOLIS — High school yearbooks from Lawrence Central, Southport and Perry Meridian High Schools are the latest additions to the growing collection of Indianapolis-related historic materials available for viewing on The Indianapolis Public Library’s Digital Indy website at digitalindy.org.Thousands of images of class photos, clubs and athletic teams can be found in these full-text collections that join those from all 10 original Indianapolis Public Schools as well as Beech Grove
  • Best of Mutts Show May 13

    GREENFIELD — On Sat., May 13 from 2-4 p.m., mutt owners in Central Indiana will have a chance to show why they have the best dog ever at the 3rd Annual Harper’s Best of Mutts Show.  It’s a fun event with lots of contests like Waggiest Tail, Best Dressed, Most Obedient, Best Dog “Shaming” poster, Wet-T Shirt Race and more. The show will be held at 6280 W. 800 N. in McCordsville.Come for the silent auction and to shop the vendors. All proceeds from this event go
  • Irvington Summer Music Series Kicks Off with Celtic Music Concert

    IRVINGTON — On May 5 from 7-10 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 University Ave., the new Irvington Summer Music Series will kick off with a Celtic Music Concert.
    The concert will highlight the contributions of Irish and Scottish music to Indiana music. Featured performers include Hogeye Navvy singing sea chanteys, railroading and canal songs; Jim and Kate Smith playing traditional Irish tunes on Irish flute, Uillean pipes and fiddle; Irish step dancers Sarah and Michael Conw
  • Dial “M” for Murder at the IRT

    The final production for the Indiana Repertory Theatre in the 2016-17 season is the suspense play Dial “M” for Murder by Federick Knott. The film adaptation in 1954 by Alfred Hitchcock may be familiar to audiences, and the IRT’s staging of the play reflects some of the film version. However, the fresh-faced and energetic cast brings the story alive as only live theater can.The convoluted plot involves a former pro tennis star who marries for money, Tony Wendice (Matt Mueller).
  • Porch Party Initiative Kicks Off May 5

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Harrison Center for the Arts joins with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the 500 Forward community partnership initiative to invite Hoosiers to celebrate the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The kickoff celebration will take place on the “porch” of the Harrison Center’s City Gallery during the May 5 First Friday event from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a festive porch atmosphere, live acoustic music, race-themed activitie
  • High Weed and Grass Season Begins

    INDIANAPOLIS — The City’s high weeds and grass program is starting once again.  Indianapolis property owners are reminded to do their part by maintaining their lots and yards.Vegetation over 12 inches in height is considered high weeds and grass per the City-County Code of Ordinances and beginning this week, the City of Indianapolis will start dispatching inspectors and launch proactive outreach in communities that have seen the highest rates of weeds and grass violations. Addit
  • How to Prevent Children’s Sports Injuries

    It’s getting warmer and spring/summer sports are starting up again. While sports are great for physical activity, they can also lead to injuries. Here are a few tips to help child athletes prevent sports injuries.Make sure that your child warms up before each sporting practice or game. A warm up is a significant way to reduce sport-related injuries. A good warm up should last five to 10 minutes and involve stretching and moving muscles to prepare for strenuous activity. Start off slow and
  • On Safari in the City: A Guide to Urban Wildlife Viewing

    On your next visit to Austin, Chicago or other urban ecosystems, keep an eye out for coyotes, prairie dogs and free-tailed bats.
  • Three Former Skater Boys Confront Fatherhood

    They didn’t have dads growing up. Now that they’ve moved past 40, they’re thinking about what it means.
  • Spread of Hate Crimes Has Lawmakers Seeking Harsher Penalties

    The legal definition of bias-motivated crimes varies, with the same acts bringing vastly different punishments depending on the state where they occur.
  • Senior Source Special Section: April 28-May 4

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  • Kurt Vonnegut’s Boyhood Home the 2017 Decorators’ Show House

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 56th annual St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Show House and Gardens will begin Sat., April 29 through Mother’s Day, May 14. Local interior designers, landscape designers, and their support teams donate hundreds of hours, as do the members of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild, to refurbish an area home and its surrounding property. All ticket and tour proceeds benefit Eskenazi Health. This 100 percent volunteer initiative has raised over $12 m
  • German Church At Risk of Being Demolished Unless Cash Raised

    CUMBERLAND — The 100-year-old church at the corner of German Church Road and Washington Street is once again in jeopardy of being demolished. Federal housing tax credits that are required to redevelop the property as senior housing have been delayed by the federal budget process, and the congregation has requested $75,000 by May 4 to pay for upkeep.If the money doesn’t come, the church says the building will come down on June 1.So the town is partnering with Indiana Landmarks to rais
  • Binford Redevelopment & Growth Area Gets Facelift April 29

    INDIANAPOLIS — Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will host nearly 200 volunteers this Saturday in the Binford Redevelopment and Growth (BRAG) neighborhood as part of the April Great Indy Cleanup. Volunteers will join neighbors in street cleanups, habitat restoration, and tree plantings along Binford Ave. between 65th and 75th Street April 29 from 8:30 a.m.-noon.The BRAG neighborhood was selected as KIB’s 2017 Focus Neighborhood during a public selection event in November 2016.
  • Photos of Meaningful Hoosier Places Sought for Exhibition

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Landmarks and iMOCA want photos of special Hoosier places for an exhibition called Meaningful Places. Photo subjects can be any place that has meaning, whether it’s personal, communal, visual, artistic, historic or natural.Photographers may submit up to three images via email by May 15. Entrants will be notified of acceptance by May 31. Additional instructions and submission forms are at http://bit.ly/MeaningfulPlacesPhotoExhibitThe exhibition will open to the
  • Eastbound I-70 Exit to Post Rd. Closes April 28-May 1

    INDIANAPOLIS — Milestone Contractors plans to close the eastbound Interstate 70 (Exit 91) ramp to Post Road starting Fri., April 28 at 9 p.m. until Mon., May 1 at 6 a.m. for concrete paving and patching on the ramp.During the weekend ramp closure, exiting traffic will be directed to continue eastbound to Mt. Comfort Road (Exit 96) and return westbound on I-70 to access Post Road.All lanes of eastbound I-70 will remain shifted to the left between I-465 and Post Road as construction continue
  • Dreamgirls at Footlite Musicals

    INDIANAPOLIS — Footlite Musicals concludes its 2016-2017 season with Dreamgirls every weekend May 5-21. Indianapolis’ oldest continuing community theatre presents its productions at its home, the Hedback Community Theater, 1847 N. Alabama St. Curtain time for its Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees have a 2:30 p.m. curtain.Dreamgirls tells of the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. A young female singing trio from Chicago get
  • Applause!: April 28-May 4

    • It’s almost May, and that means the Indy 500 Film Festival at the Irvington Branch Library is back on. Patrons can  relive the magical moments in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tues., May 9 and Tues., May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington St. with a series of short films about the race. This year’s festival salutes the 40th anniversary of legendary driver A.J. Foyt’s fourth Indy 500 win in 1977. His previous wins were in 196
  • Selling a Concept

    The Boss and I watched the film The Founder the other night. It’s a 2016 film staring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the man who turned a drive-in restaurant into an international food icon and changed the eating habits of the world. In 1954, Kroc, who sold Prince Kastle milkshake mixers, went to San Bernardino, California to find out why a drive-in restaurant wanted to purchase six multi-unit shake machines — that would be 36 shakes at a time. The drive-in was owned by two brothers Mau
  • George W. Julian

    “I know of nothing better than to settle in the vicinity of Indianapolis, which is undoubtedly destined to be one of the largest cities of the Middle West, and where we shall be accessible to society, libraries and lectures,” said George W. Julian about his decision to build a home in Irvington. Standing today at 115 S. Audubon is the Italianate style brick house that Julian had built in 1873; “It is spacious and bright, with a quality of dignity.”While the house had ten
  • Paramount’s Robotics Teams Return to Worlds for the 4th Time

    INDIANAPOLIS — Paramount School of Excellence’s VEX IQ Robotics recently returned to the VEX IQ Worlds championship for the fourth consecutive year. Paramount was represented by two elementary and one middle school teams. Eighth-grader, Sam Clouse, has been a part of a champion team each year. The Paramount students joined top-ranked teams from around the world in Louisville, Kentucky from April 23-26. The intense three-day annual robotics-engineering tournament featured the top team

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