• City-County Building Plaza Renamed and Revamped

    INDIANAPOLIS — On October 11, Mayor Joe Hogsett  joined city and community leaders to dedicate the south plaza of the City-County Building as Richard G. Lugar Plaza. Senator Lugar and members of his family were on hand for the reopening, along with former Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard, Lilly Endowment President and CEO, Clay Robbins, and members of the City-County Council.The newly-named Richard G. Lugar Plaza features an event lawn capable of holding up to 1,500 people for various
  • Scholarship Renamed for Mary Moriarty Adams

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis City-County Councillor Blake Johnson announced that the scholarship program he and his wife Natalie Clayton launched in 2016 to recognize eastside emerging leaders will now be named the “Mary Moriarty Adams Memorial Scholarship,” in honor of the longtime City Councilwoman and revered public servant who passed away last month.“Mary Moriarty Adams was fierce, honest, and unflinching in her commitment to serving others, and she set a powerful exam
  • Eastside Resident Awarded IndyPL’s Norris Service Award

    INDIANAPOLIS — A 43-year employee of The Indianapolis Public Library has received the Library’s prestigious Helen L. Norris Distinguished Service Award for her long-standing and passionate commitment to childhood literacy.Warren Township resident Catherine Bridge currently serves as a children’s librarian in the Learning Curve for children and teens at Central Library, following stints at several other Library locations. She was cited for her almost encyclopedic knowledge of ch
  • “Pipeline” at the IRT Asks Tough Questions

    INDIANAPOLIS — The first Upperstage production of the 2018 Indiana Repertory Theatre’s season is Pipeline, a play written by one of America’s most sought-after playwrights, Dominique Morisseau. The play will run Oct. 16-Nov. 11.Pipeline tells the story of a fractured family navigating a world divided by race, class, and money. The term “pipeline” refers to both the removal of students from public schools to place them in gifted educational experiences, and the probl
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  • “I Had a Little Bird . . .”

    Along with the cool days of fall and as predictable as the changing leaves are the public service announcements reminding people to get their flu shots. Such was not the case a century ago when the great pandemic swept across the United States and the world, leaving many today with only misty memories of “my so-and-so family member died of the flu” as a reminder of that devastating health event along with the macabre children’s rhyme: “I had a little bird, its name was En
  • Indy PL Presents Author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Library will present author Rebecca Skloot, who will discuss her revealing book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, on Wed., Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Northview Middle School, 8401 Westfield Blvd.Skloot will be joined by members of the Lacks family as they recall the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who died in 1951 of cervical cancer but whose cancerous cells, harvested and used without her knowledge for research, became the first im
  • Applause!: Oct. 19-25

    •  The community is invited to the Eiteljorg Museum for a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Sat., Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., when admission is free. Nopal Cultural, a local Latino arts organization, and the Eiteljorg are partnering on the celebration that features music, art-making, dancing and a parade of catrinas, which are elegantly-dressed models in skeleton makeup. Performances, music, and an artisan marketplace on the grounds will make it a great day.&b
  • “Man of La Mancha” at Beef & Boards

    INDIANAPOLIS — The five-time Tony Award winning musical Man of La Mancha is on the Beef & Boards stage now on stage through Nov. 18. Beef & Boards welcomes Broadway performer and Disney voiceover artist Richard White in the title role of its much-anticipated production.Man of La Mancha is based on the Miguel de Cervantes 17th Century novel Don Quixote. Set in a dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition, this musical play-within-a-play harkens back to a time of chivalry, adventure, rom
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  • The Big Boom Theory

    On the night of October 3, 2018, I was sitting in bed, surfing my TV for a show to watch. At about 10:20 p.m., a thunderous boom shook my neighborhood. I paused in my surfing, glanced around my room, and listened for other sounds of alarm, such as sirens. Hearing nothing more, I signed on to Netflix. Before I set my pillow for sleep, I visited my neighborhood’s social media page; it was lit up with the usual comments: “WHAT WAS THAT BOOM?” and, “Did anyone else hear that
  • 100 Years Ago: Oct. 19-25

    From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, October 22: Following emergency calls for aid from several Indiana counties where the influenza death rate approaches one in every 200 residents, Captain William King, assistant secretary of the state board of health, declared the most serious aspect of the influenza epidemic in Indiana is the lack of trained nurses. Relief in this connection was assured yesterday with the announcement that the Red Cross will establish a state nurses’ clearing house to
  • Lawrence Twp. Teacher Named 2019 Teacher of the Year

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced that Tamara Markey of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township has been named as the 2019 Teacher of the Year. Markey teaches pre-engineering at the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology.“As subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and math are key to students graduating prepared for the 21st Century workforce, I am honored today to recognize a STEM educator as Indiana 2019 Teacher of t
  • Free Basketball Clinics Offered by IMPD

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Police Athletic League kicked off free basketball clinics from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for children ages 5-14. The clinics will continue each Saturday through November 3rd. No previous basketball experience is necessary.Registration for the Police Athletic League has also begun at  the JTV Hill Center. Children ages 5-14 can participate in the league, which starts in November, at a cost of $20 per child. Scholarship opportu
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  • IMPD Officer Receives 2018 Latino Coalition Leadership Award

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Carlos Trincado recently received the 2018 Latino Coalition Leadership Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions and leadership in the community. The award follows the IMPD’s return to community-based beat policing in April, which allows officers to get out of their cars and build stronger relationships and trust in the neighborhoods they serve.Officer Trincado received the award at the Latino Coalition Agains
  • Helpful Tips for Outdoor Burning Season

    INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County residents are only allowed to burn dried twigs or limbs and branches that are from their property. It is illegal to burn leaves, stumps, grass clippings, waste lumber, and furniture. They are only allowed to burn items in a non-combustible container with a ventilated covering. The container must be at least 15 feet from a structure, trees, or other object that might catch fire. Residents must attend the fire at all times. Burning is allowed between 10 a.m.-3 p.
  • Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts Kicks Off with Mitch Albom

    INDIANAPOLIS — Best-selling author Mitch Albom of Tuesdays with Morrie kicks off the JCC’s 20th Annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts, a three-week festival featuring authors, films, performing artists and fine artists. Among this year’s appearances are a long-time host of the most listened-to drive-time news radio program in the country, a one-armed sharpshooter, a local author with ALS who is featured in a short documentary and a filmmaker chronicling a Brooklyn tailor
  • “Ghost of Frankenstein” at GPAC

    INDIANAPOLIS — Film historian Eric Grayson will screen Ghost of Frankenstein, a 1942 film starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi, and Cedric Hardwicke, on Sat., Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center. This is the fourth film in the annual Frankenstein series at Garfield.Universal Studios had a problem with this one, according to Grayson. The original Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) died, the replacement Dr. Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) was making Sherlock Holmes pictures, and t
  • Spend an Evening with a Secret Agent Oct. 20

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association will present a special evening featuring retired CIA agent Gene Coyle sharing his stories of being an agent for 30 years around the globe. “Secrets, Spies, and Sleuths” will be held Sat., Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ivy Tech Ballroom, 2820 N. Meridian St.  The event is a fundraiser for the ISOA and all proceeds will benefit the educational music programs of the ISO. In addition to the dinner, there will be a &l
  • Applause!: Oct. 12-18

    • The last Irvington Farmer’s Market of 2018 will be held Sun., Oct. 14 from noon-3 p.m. at Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair. Live music, dozens of produce and crafts vendors, and everyone on the east side will be there to celebrate autumn!• East Tenth United Methodist Church will hold a Fall Festival on Sun., Oct. 14 from noon-1:30 p.m. The church is located at 2327 E. 10th St. and will offer lots of fun, with a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, football toss, lollipop tree, and
  • Franklin Twp. Hosts Harvest Luncheon Nov. 10

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Franklin Township Historical Society will hold its annual autumn-decorated Harvest Luncheon on Sat., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. The event will be held at Grace Church, 5605 S. Franklin Rd. The meal — Chicken Parmesan with wild rice, mushrooms and parmesan, plus salad, bread, desserts, and beverages — will be catered by A la Arlette.The luncheon speaker will be Steve Barnett, Marion County Historian, columnist, and president of the Irvington Historical Society, who wil
  • Development on Tap Discussion on the Future of Work

    INDIANAPOLIS —LISC will offer a discussion, “The Future of Work,” on Tues., Oct. 30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Platform, 202 E. Market St.Work, as we know it today, is evolving rapidly. Automation and artificial intelligence are driving changes in the nature of work, the structure of occupations, and skills necessary to earn a good living. Indianapolis will witness and participate in this changing marketplace of work over the next decade and beyond, as emerging technologies cre
  • Finding Something and Getting a Hug

    My message to my friend had been this: “I found something that is similar to the gift I gave you.” Nancy Mahanes called me back and said, “I got your message, and I had to call you before I ended my night.” I had recently spent ten days in Sellersburg, Indiana, dog and housesitting, and had visited with Nancy, who lives across the Ohio river in Louisville, Kentucky. We had talked of a life with books, poetry, art, children and grandchildren, and I had helped with some cho
  • What’s It Worth?

    One of the great joys of writing this column for the past 21 years has been hearing from you, the readers. Your calls and messages have afforded me the opportunity to work with you in understanding the value of your collections and, in a number of cases, to assist you with liquidation.Several times a week I receive an e-mail with a picture of an item accompanied by the question, “what is this worth?” To an appraiser this means an assessment of the insurable value of a piece. However,
  • Colts Lose . . . Again

    We are now 5 games into the 2018 NFL season and our Indianapolis Colts are 1-4. Last Thursday the Horseshoe took on their old nemesis the Patriots at Foxborough — never a lucky place for the team. The Horseshoe stayed as close as they could but Brady and his crew are back in gear and the outcome was never really in doubt. Final score: New England 38 the Colts 24.Andrew Luck is once again a throwing machine. Completing 38 passes on 59 attempts for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns, but also with 2
  • Frankenstein Comes to Irvington

    Matthew Weedman, Assistant Professor of Art at Wabash College will be presenting his talk “It’s Alive! Electricity, Cinema And Metaphor In Frankenstein” at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center at 2 p.m, on Sunday, Oct.14. The subject seems a perfect fit for the upcoming Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. But how much do you really know about Victor Frankenstein’s monster? When you think of Frankenstein, do you envision Boris Karloff’s 1931 version? Mel Brooks&rsquo
  • World War I 100 Years Ago: Oct. 12-18

    From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, October 17: A tent equipped to care for emergency cases of Spanish influenza which might arise among troops passing through the city has been erected at the Indianapolis Red Cross canteen at Union Station. The tent has a board floor, electric lights, two cots, and first aid supplies. Mrs. Harry Griffith is in charge of the Red Cross workers. The Indianapolis Union Railway Co is planning on building a room under the elevated tracks where the canteen can conti
  • 27th Annual Heartland Film Festival Runs October 11-21

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 27th Annual Heartland Film Festival kicks off October11 with the opening night film “Mr. Soul,” a documentary about pioneering black culture show host Ellis Haizlip. Haizlip produced “Soul” in the late 1960s and early 1970s, showcasing black artists and thinkers. The closing film will be “Care to Laugh,” about a comedian who cares for ill parents while juggling his career.Shows will be at the AMC Castleton and Traders Point theatres, a
  • Cottage Home Neighborhood of the Month

    INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett announced that Cottage Home will be the city’s ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ for October 2018. The ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ program highlights Indianapolis neighborhood initiatives, works to engage community groups, and promotes projects by City departments.Located on the near east side of Indianapolis next to Arsenal Technical High School, this historic neighborhood continues to honor its past and embrace its future. The neig
  • Whispers from the Grave Reading on October 20

    INDIANAPOLIS — Hear dramatic readings of historic and infamous moments in Irvington history on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Irving Theatre, 5500 E. Washington St. Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested. Proceeds go to support the free press of Irvington.Special guests Nicole Misencik, Brandon Kline, Julie Patterson, Ed Wenck, and Dave Wilson will read from actual historic documents that shaped the east side community. Special guest Sgt. Jo Moore (Ret.) will recount the stor
  • Indy Chamber and IPS Partner to Improve School Efficiency

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indy Chamber to implement efficiency findings from its recent operational assessment.  The agreement formalizes the Chamber’s commitment to help IPS cut costs as the district seeks $272 million in operating and capital referenda in this fall’s election.Under the MOU, IPS and the Chamber will continue to work together on plans for long-term fin
  • News Briefs Oct. 5 2018

    Indy Moves Transportation Plan Draft Released
    INDIANAPOLIS — The Department of Metropolitan Development, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Department of Public Works, has released a draft of the Indy Moves Transportation Plan. This transportation integration plan aims to tie together Indianapolis’ many transportation-focused efforts and establish a single action plan to keep the city moving for years to come. Earlier this year, the city hosted thirtee
  • Applause!: Oct. 5-11

    • Thank you to the many, many readers and supporters who came by for our garage sale at the office Sept. 28 and 29. We loved meeting you all!• The Christian Park Neighborhood will have a KIBI sponsored community cleanup on Sat., Oct. 13 from 8-11 a.m. Meet at the Christian Park Family Center, 4200 E. English Ave. KIBI will supply trash bags, gloves, and tools.• Near East Area Development (NEAR) and Robson-Voorhees Neighborhood Association will give a presentation on the Sherman Pa
  • Paramount School Wins Blue Ribbon Schools Award

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education recently named the Indiana recipients of the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) Blue Ribbon Schools Award for 2018. The only school in Indianapolis to receive the award was the Paramount School of Excellence Brookside.Created in 1982, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high-performing or have improved student achievement – especially among disadvant
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Annual Fall Festival

    INDIANAPOLIS — The annual Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival will be held at the church in the heart of historic Irvington on Oct. 4, 5, and 6. Hours are 5-10 p.m. on Thursday, 5-11 p.m. on Friday, and 3-11 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.Jessop Carnival rides, food, live entertainment, a silent auction, plus a yard sale will keep everyone in the family entertained at the Fall Festival. There will be a $5,000 Raffle Ticket Grand Prize, plus poker games for grown-ups.Proceeds from the fe
  • IMPD Announces Command Staff Appointments

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Bryan Roach recently announced command staff changes and the creation of a new Performance and Policy Division.Deputy Chief Chad Knecht retired after 28 years with the force, including serving as East District Commander. Josh Barker was appointed Deputy Chief of Operations, after serving as North District Commander for a year.Michael Spears was appointed Deputy Chief of Performance and Policy. The division will oversee accoun
  • Cabaret Poe at the Phoenix

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis is remarkably fortunate to have such an original talent in Ben Asaykwee living in our community. As longtime artistic director of Q Artistry, Asaykwee has shared his stunning talents through his original musical creations including The Donner Party Opera, Zirkus Grimm, Al in Boogie Wunderland and the fantastic and visually captivating Cabaret Poe, celebrating its 10th anniversary. For the Halloween season, the Phoenix brings Asaykwee’s fabulous Cabaret Poe
  • State Receives Funding for Combatting Opioid Epidemic

    INDIANAPOLIS — The state of Indiana was recently awarded a two-year grant of $18.1 million per year from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for opioid treatment services.The funds will enable the state to expand evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery services. In addition, money for recovery housing and medication assisted treatment.Additionally, the Indiana State Department of Health has been awarded a near
  • Red Line Construction Impacts Traffic on Virginia Avenue

    INDIANAPOLIS — On or after Mon., Oct. 8, Red Line construction crews will move to Virginia Avenue. Traffic lanes will be restricted between New Jersey Street and Prospect Street. This phase of construction is estimated to last through December.Pedestrians, bus riders, and drivers will notice lane closures and flaggers at future station locations at Woodlawn, Merrill, and Prospect.Crews will be focusing on utility work, storm water improvements, road resurfacing, sidewalk and curb repairs a
  • Good news of youth

    High school; yes, those were the days. For most of us, memories of this time in our life were captured in the yearbooks that we scurried around on the last day of school to secure autographs of our classmates and teachers. Today, most of these receptacles of our “precious memories” sit in a box on the floor of a closet or attic, or they have been cast off to the Goodwill.I recently attended my 55th class reunion and among the items (relics) sitting on a “table of memories&rdquo
  • Bond Revenue to Finance Infrastructure Projects

    INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett has signed an ordinance which clears the way for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) to invest in additional roads, sidewalks, and bridge projects over the next four years. The bond ordinance passed the City-County Council with unanimous support on Mon., Sept. 10.With the help of the Indianapolis Bond Bank, the funding authorizes the City of Indianapolis to issue $120 million in revenue bonds over the next four years to finance long-term proje
  • Hot Summer Doesn’t Compare to 1936 or 1983!

    This summer’s heat will be something we remember and talk about for years to come. I remember wearing a winter coat the last of April during a neighborhood cleanup and getting my shorts out the next week for the first of May. We only had a day and half of spring! But this is nothing compared to 2 years I know about. I was pregnant with my son Chris during the summer of 1983 which still holds the record for the most 90 degree days (58 to be exact) in any one summer. I had been laid off from
  • USS Indiana to be Commissioned

    By Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public AffairsThe Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 29, 2018. It will be the sixteenth Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be commissioned bearing the name “Indiana.” Mrs. Diane Donald, wife of retired Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, is the sh
  • Indianapolis Foundation Awards Money to Local Nonprofits

    INDIANAPOLIS  — The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded $322,000 grants to 11 not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County. Grants, approved by The Indianapolis Foundation’s board of directors, support organizations and programs that address substance abuse, homelessness, mental health, leadership development, food insecurity and local theater, among other issues.Examples of programs supported in this grant round include:&
  • Garfield Park Named Neighborhood of the Month

    INDIANAPOLIS — Garfield Park was recently named the city’s Neighborhood of the Month for September 2018. The Neighborhood of the Month initiative spotlights an Indianapolis community each month, working to engage local groups and promote projects by various city departments.Located south of Fountain Square, the Garfield Park neighborhood has long been a proud part of Indianapolis history. With easy access to the Pleasant Run Trail, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and multiple inters
  • Bard Fest at Fringe

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indy’s only Shakespeare festival returns with 4 unique productions by 82 actors and crew over 2 long weekends. Each production runs several times during the 11-day festival, which will be held at the IndyFringe Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair St.Bard Fest Indy was founded by three Indiana-based theatre companies to bring a professional-quality, yet intimate, Shakespeare festival experience to Hoosier audiences. This year, a youth theatre group Agape Performing Arts Company w
  • Walking in History’s Footsteps on the Irvington Ghost Tour

    ost big cities have a ghost walk or two that take visitors through haunted areas with bloody pasts (London’s “Ripper Walk,” Chicago’s “Gangsters and Ghosts,” New York’s Ghost Tours, and many more). In Indianapolis, the Irvington Ghost Tour explores the many scary stories associated with the winding streets and beautiful homes of the historic neighborhood. Starting September 28 at 7 p.m., residents can begin this season’s Ghost Tours, guided by our
  • Indy Do Day Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    INDIANAPOLIS — The largest volunteer event in Indianapolis is Indy Do Day, which will be held September 27, 28, and 29. The day(s) bring together people from all over to help neighbors and neighborhoods.The Rotary Club of Indianapolis presents this year’s Indy Do Day, which is a successful project to get companies and individuals involved in creating an active and engaged community committed to making real, positive change. Companies and organizations are welcome to help give back to
  • “Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male” at IndyPL

    INDIANAPOLIS — The entire community is invited to view a powerful photographic exhibit, “Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male,” from Sept. 25 – Oct. 31 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. It is intended to foster a better understanding of this often marginalized segment of the American population.Created by photographer Jerry Taliaferro, the exhibit features images of 30 local African American males and challenges viewers to examine their perceptions and prej
  • Food in Transit Market Launched Downtown

    INDIANAPOLIS — Recently. the city launched an innovative pilot program that aims to increase Indianapolis residents’ access to fresh, affordable, healthy food. The “Food in Transit” program will allow residents to shop for fresh, reasonably priced produce at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center during peak hours of IndyGo ridership. “Food in Transit” is made possible by the Department of Metropolitan Development’s Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) f
  • Electric Scooters Back on Streets with Rules in Place

    INDIANAPOLIS — Lime and Bird electric scooters are back on the streets of Indianapolis for riders to enjoy. However, city officials are stressing that riders will need to obey the rules of the road in order for them to stay.The recently passed city ordinance regulating the riding and parking of dockless scooters will be enforced by city officials and the companies fined for violations. The rules require users to park the scooters upright and leave at least four feet of open sidewalk for pe
  • Finalists for 2019 Teacher of the Year Announced

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced the top three finalists for the 2019 Teacher of the Year.The following individuals are Indiana’s top three finalists for the 2019 Teacher of the Year:• Sarah Wolff — Carmel High School, Carmel Clay Schools• Derek Ruble — Noblesville East Middle School, Noblesville Schools• Tamara Markey — McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, MSD Lawrence TownshipThe 2019 Teacher of the Year

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