• National Group to Assess Possible Irvington Plaza Redevelopment

    The Urban Land Institute, a nationally renowned land use and urban planning organization started assessing Irvington Plaza and a part of the former Ford/Visteon site on the east side on Monday, Feb. 11 in order to offer insights into potential redevelopment. Partnered with the  Department of Metropolitan Development, for five days, they will discuss with Irvington business owners, residents and community organizations the challenges and opportunties for redevelopment of those key properties
  • SAVE THE DATE: Pi Day on the East Side

    INDIANAPOLIS — East Downtown Indy Neighborhoods (EDIN) is hosting a PI Day celebration on March 14 (3.14) at Paramount Brookside, 3020 Nowland Ave., at 6 p.m.Co-josted by City-Council Vice-President Zach Adamson, the event will feature activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).All are invited to enter homemade pies for the pie baking contest. Categories fo the competition are professional, student, and community pie makers.Bakers who are entering the compet
  • Pothole Patching Season Begins Early

    INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) would like to remind drivers to heed warnings to avoid crews working in open traffic to ensure safety for all.DPW crews have filled 24,690 potholes since January 1, 2019. Check the Indy Pothole Viewer to see open and closed pothole requests across the city. DPW fills potholes as requests come in, focusing first on service requests on main thoroughfares that handle more traffic.Residents are encouraged to report potholes via the
  • Podcast to Feature Al Hunter

    Al Hunter will be at Coal Yard Coffee on Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon to talk about pop culture and history with Jay Baker and Kevin Friedly on the Firehouse Irvington podcast. Drop by 5547 Bonna Ave. and grab a hot beverage and settle in for what is sure to be a fun and informative session.
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  • Broad Ripple Selected as Second Location for Purdue Polytech HS

    INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue Polytechnic High School announced its second charter school will open in the summer of 2019 in Broad Ripple. The STEM-focused innovative high school will occupy a 12,400-square-foot building at 1405 Broad Ripple Ave., formerly home to the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).  Following minor renovations, the second location of Purdue Polytechnic High School will open in July with an inaugural class of up to 150 freshmen for the 2019-2020 school year.The b
  • Kenzie Academy Announces Scholarships

    INDIANAPOLIS — Kenzie Academy, a cutting-edge tech apprenticeship and coding school that focuses on accelerated, project-based learning, announced it would partner with Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Indiana to grant $300,000 in scholarships to the program’s current high school seniors and recent alumni statewide. The scholarships will give JAG Indiana seniors and alumni an opportunity to gain the skills and mindset needed to launch careers in Indiana’s most in-demand
  • Applause!: Feb. 15-21

    • The Big Dig tearing up Brookside Parkway east of Rural St. will shift around in the upcoming weeks. The work at Tecumseh/Nowland, and Jefferson/Brookside and Coyner will be completed soon. Work at Keystone/Brookside will start in mid-February and continue through April, while work at Temple/Brookside should start shortly and continue through June. Work at Brookside Park should be completed by September.• Irvington Community Schools will host Information Night and School Tours on Thur
  • Elephant & Piggie comes to life at the IRT

    INDIANAPOLIS — For the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s fifth year of its Exploring Stages program, the Theatre will produce Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” by award-winning children’s illustrator and author Mo Willems. This first-ever musical in this youth-serving series will run from Feb. 21 – March 24 in the Cabaret for children ages 3 – 8 years old and their families.Based on the more than 20 books by Mo Willems about Elephant Gerald and
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  • Gene Autry Films at Garfield

    Not one, but two, Gene Autry films for your pleasure on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, screened by film historian Eric Grayson.This month’s Vintage Movie Night Series will feature Sagebrush Troubadour (1935) and Git Along Little Dogies (1937). In Sagebrush, Ranger Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and his partner, Frog (Smiley Burnette), masquerade as entertainers on the trail while searching for the killer of an old man who found a gold mine.
  • “Grease” at Beef & Boards

    INDIANAPOLIS – Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of Grease, one of the world’s most popular and enduring musicals, has all the fun of the hit film. The show runs through March 31.Welcome back to 1959 when Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town, and Danny Zuko, the school’s coolest greaser, have a secret summertime romance. But when classes start at Rydell High School, everything is different. Sandy attempts to navigate the tricky social waters and catch Danny&
  • Community Hospital East Opens New Tower

    INDIANAPOLIS — Community Health Network celebrated a milestone in the construction of a new state of the art hospital. The patient tower opened at Community Hospital East, and includes an all new emergency department, medical imaging, surgery, delivery, and inpatient rooms.The public was invited to tour the new space at an open house Saturday, February 2.Designed with input by Community patients, some of the state of the art features include:• innovative bedside technology• enhan
  • CORRECTION: Irvington Plaza Revitalization Meeting

    IRVINGTON — Residents of Irvington are encouraged to attend a panel discussion with the Urban Land Institute and other stakeholders about the potential revitalization of Irvington Plaza. The meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 University. The meeting is open to the public.
    Experts are beginning preliminary assessments about revitalization plans for the shopping plaza at the corner of Kitley and East Washington St. Built in the 1950s,
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  • Irvington Plaza Revitalization Meeting

    IRVINGTON — Residents of Irvington are encouraged to attend a panel discussion with the Urban Land Institute and other stakeholders about the potential revitalization of Irvington Plaza. The meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 University. The meeting is open to the public.
    Experts are beginning preliminary assessments about revitalization plans for the shopping plaza at the corner of Kitley and East Washington St. Built in the 1950s,
  • Housing to Recovery Fund Launched

    INDIANAPOLIS — Housing to Recovery Fund, a new funding model that will seek to raise $4 million for services to help sustain permanent housing, was recently launched with the ultimate goal of ending chronic homelessness in Indianapolis. The funds will be directed at supportive services including initial outreach and engagement, housing navigation, assistance with obtaining benefits, landlord negotiation, and help with daily living skills.The move will help locate housing for those experien
  • Local Students Win 2019 IPS District Spelling Bee

    INDIANAPOLIS — Owen Norwalk (7th Grade, Center for Inquiry School 84), Aryan Sant (4th Grade, Sidener Academy for High Ability Students) and Makenzie Swindle (6th Grade, George Washington Carver School 87) walked away as the first- second- and third-place winners, respectively, in the 2019 IPS District Spelling Bee on Friday, January 25.They, along with 15 other IPS students in Grades 4-8, are preparing for the next round of competition: the 2019 Marion County Regional Spelling Bee on Satu
  • Applause!: Feb. 8-14

    • This weekend plan on attending the Great Indy Seed Swap. The Swap will be held Sat., Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 E. University Ave. in Irvington. Admission is free. Urban gardeners are welcome to come out to swap seeds and stories from the garden. There will be a seed saving tutorial at 12:15 p.m. for beginners. There will be refreshments, including famous chili.• Hot Jazz for Cool Kids! will be held Sun., Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Central L
  • Firehouse Irvington Podcasts Feature Hyperlocal Content

    What the devil is a podcast? A podcast is a broadcast that is usually (but not always) focused on a particular topic, that the listener can download to their phone or pad and listen to at their leisure. Podcasts are a great way to get information about a variety of topics, and have become very popular. News organizations, radio stations, individuals and many others are now using podcasts to delve deeper into stories that more traditional media don’t have the time (or inclination) to report
  • Indiana Offers No-Cost Tax Filing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Customers with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less in 2018 may be eligible to file both state and federal taxes at no cost with the Indiana Department of Revenue’s (DOR) free-file program (INfreefile).“Nearly 2 million Hoosiers qualified to use INfreefile in 2018, but less than 90,000 took advantage of this no-cost filing option,” explained DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “Our goal for 2019 is to ensure more and more qualifying Hoosiers are aware
  • State Awards Child Care Grants

    INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning awarded 22 grants from the School-Age Child Care Project Fund to school corporations and nonprofit organizations that offer care to school-age children. The grants, which total more than $1.53 million through the 2020 – 2021 school years, went to 22 public school corporations or nonprofit organizations that offer care to school-age children (ages 5 through 14), before or after the school day and when sc
  • Study of Police Body Worn Cameras Begins

    INDIANAPOLIS – Officials announced the start of a process to study the feasibility of a body worn camera program for Indianapolis. The process is designed to be community- and stakeholder-driven, seeking feedback from both neighborhoods and rank-and-file officers during a technology pilot period.Over the coming months, IMPD will launch an extensive community engagement process designed to maximize resident involvement in the study. IUPUI will administer a private Web-based community survey
  • 100 Years Ago: Feb. 8-14

    From The Indianapolis News, Monday, February 10, 1919: Following the announcement by Mayor Jewett last month that he will allow motion picture theaters to operate on Sundays provided they do not open until 1:30 p.m. and that no other amusement is offered but the pictures and musical programs, Miss Clara Burnside, supervisor of police women, reported yesterday the formation of a committee of seven women who will censor Sunday moving pictures shown in Indianapolis. The committee formed after consu
  • World War I 100 Years Ago: Feb. 8-14

    From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, February 14, 1919: The 124 Indiana local boards have reported 13,000 delinquents to the state draft headquarters. Maj. Robert Baltzell, Indiana draft executive, conferred yesterday with L. Ert Slack, U. S. district attorney, to arrange a final review of the records of draft deserters. It is estimated that 75 per cent of the delinquents will be cleared up because many of the registered men who failed to file a questionnaire or appear for a physical examination
  • Applause!: Feb. 1-7

    • Congratulations to Terri Skipper, who was recently selected as the Riley Area Development Corporation’s new Executive Director. She was the Economic Director for the International Place Coalition.• Members of Warren Central’s chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society recently participated in the National Tri-M Day of Service by volunteering at Wheeler Mission Ministries. Some students served lunch at the Wheeler Men’s Mission, and others performed music in small groups a
  • Fight the Winter Blues with Local Art & Artists

    INDIANAPOLIS — February First Friday, February 1 from 6-9 p.m., will feature several up-and-coming local artists at sites across the city. The Harrison Gallery will present “Black Spaces and Places,” new work by painter Courtland Blade. Blade received his MFA from the school of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in affiliation with Tufts University in 2011. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in various public and private collections including the permanen
  • Meet the Artists XXXI at Central Library

    INDIANAPOLIS — View the works of locally prominent African American artists during one of Indianapolis’ premier cultural events, “Meet the Artists XXXI,” through March 30 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. This year’s showcase will pay tribute to the founder and curator of “Meet the Artists,” Anthony Radford, who is credited with shepherding the exhibit’s growth and popularity during its 31-year staging.This year, 11 artists will make thei
  • Double Trash Days Due to Weather

    INDIANAPOLIS — All residential trash, heavy trash and recycling collection was cancelled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31. Normal service will resume on Friday, February 1.Routes missed will receive a double pickup on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7. Residents with cancelled routes may set bags outside of their carts for pickup next week. The dangerously frigid temperatures bring safety risks to DPW drivers as frostbite can occur quickly. The frigid air also impacts the
  • Local Student Wins Video Contest

    INDIANAPOLIS — Abby Goebel of Indianapolis is a winner in the Institute for Quality Education’s 2019 National School Choice Week Video Contest. In celebration of National School Choice Week, Jan. 20 – 26, IQE invited students, parents, teachers, classrooms and administrators to create a video sharing their school choice story.Goebel attends Irvington Preparatory Academy, a public charter with a community focus. The school encourages students, staff, parents and other community
  • Traveling with Paula: California, Here We Come! The Winchester Mansion

    In the past I’ve told you that my sister Gail and I take a trip together, just the two of us, every five or six years. Well we decided to include our younger brother Mark and go this year to visit her in Oakland, California at the end of June. We had meant to take him on a trip three years ago when he turned 60 but schedules did not work out. Mark lives in Irvington too and has delivered our newspapers. This is Day 4 of a 8 day trip.We enjoyed ourselves in Oakland and Berkeley the day befo
  • 10th Annual Indiana Supportive Housing Institute Teams Announced

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) announced the six teams that will be participating in the 2019 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. These teams will each establish a plan to create a supportive housing development serving either homeless veterans or individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.Among the organizations participating in this year’s Institute are local leaders the Englewood CDC
  • The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time for Youngsters

    As we’ve all seen in recent years, spending lots of time in front of a computer, television or playing video games has become a favorite pastime for many of us, particularly our children. However, too much time participating in those activities can have a definite and potentially dangerous downside.Studies show that many Americans are each day spending as much as 5 to 7 hours or more watching TV, staring at their computers or tablets, or paying an inordinate amount of attention to their ce
  • IndyGo Proposes Fare Policy Change

    INDIANAPOLIS IndyGo invites the public to review and comment on the proposed fare policy changes to go in effect spring 2019. IndyGo is transitioning its bus service to a grid-based network, adding three rapid transit lines, and improving local routes.The proposed change of fare policy includes:• IndyGo base fare $1.75 ($0.85 half fare) will include 2-hour transfer ticket• Option of an account-based system with tap card and mobile phone app• Fare capping for customers using accoun
  • Great Indy Seed Swap 2019

    The sixth annual Great Indy Seed Swap will be held Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 E. University Ave, in Historic Irvington.This is a free admission event for Indy’s urban gardeners at all levels (beginner to expert): flower, vegetable, fruit. If you save seeds or just love gardening, bring your seeds and stories and share with others. If you are new to seed saving, come and learn from Indy’s seed-saving community. Several expert
  • Applications Open for the 10th Class of the Public Safety Citizens Academy

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indy Public Safety Foundation is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 10th class of the Public Safety Citizens Academy (PSCA). The PSCA is a free, 12-week course designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the work the city’s first responders do each day to keep Indianapolis a safe place to live, work, play and visit. Participants will engage with and learn from our city’s first responders, including Indianapolis Metropolit
  • Scecina announces Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian

    INDIANAPOLIS — Katelyn Renee Hartman is the valedictorian for the Class of 2019 at Scecina Memorial High School, and Andrew Kriech Smith is the salutatorian.Scecina President Joe Therber and Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D., announced the valedictorian and salutatorian on Jan. 15. Katelyn is at the top of the class with a grade point average of 4.32. Andrew’s GPA is 4.27.Katelyn plans to study chemical engineering at Purdue University. She is the daughter of Carl and Lisa Hartman, at
  • IndyPL CEO’s 2019 “Love Your Library Tour!”

    INDIANAPOLIS — Individuals of all ages are invited to meet Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes during her 2019 “Love Your Library Tour” continuing through early March at all IndyPL locations.Attendees can learn about trends and activities throughout the Library system, including new capital projects, and share thoughts about how the Library can better serve patrons’ needs in an informal and conversational setting.This year’s sessions also will provide an in
  • Applause!: Jan. 25-31

    • Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers this Friday January 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Warren Performing Arts Center , 9500 E. 16th St. Buy tickets at www.warrenpac.org The Grammy-nominated ensemble averages 85 student singers and instrumentalists from the IU Jacobs School of Music as well as students from throughout the university. Dazzling choreography and a fun, energetic and entertaining program that appeals to all audiences and all ages.• All former Ransburg YMCA Board members
  • Thriving Schools Challenge Awards Given to Area Schools

    INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Office of Sustainability recently joined 53 Indianapolis-area schools to celebrate the inaugural Indianapolis Thriving Schools Challenge (ITSC) at the Indiana State Museum. Each school was recognized for its efforts to advance sustainability education, strengthening and better preparing our city’s workforce and future.The program received applications from 53 of more than 200 schools in Marion County, and all 53 were awarded certification for
  • “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the IRT Jan. 25-Feb. 24

    INDIANAPOLIS — In an ongoing time of division and struggle across the country, the Indiana Repertory Theatre highlights the power and connection between art, history and current events through the production of The Diary of Anne Frank, presented by Glick Philanthropies. Directed by the IRT’s Executive Artistic Director Janet Allen, this poignant and relevant play will run from January 25 – February 24 on the OneAmerica Mainstage.The IRT previously produced The Diary of Anne Fra
  • IndyPL Launches New Web site and Catalog

    INDIANAPOLIS — Online visitors to The Indianapolis Public Library will find a newly redesigned, mobile-friendly website at indypl.org that features an easy-to-use catalog and improved access to the Library’s many online offerings. Some of the enhanced features include simplified searches for books and other materials, greater connectivity with librarians for reference help, and instant access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and much more. The site also offers enhanced events cale
  • State Accepting Submissions for 2019 Hoosier Women Artists Contest

    INDIANA — Recently, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission announced details for the 2019 Hoosier Women Artists contest. The annual competition, established in 2008, celebrates the importance of the arts in Indiana’s communities and showcases the work of talented female artists throughout the state.Winners of the Hoosier Women Artists contest will have their artwork displayed in her office and the Lt. Governor’s office at
  • Marking the Way

    The unseasonably warm weather and dry streets on New Year’s Eve 2018 gave revelers an opportunity to safely party with friends in homes and nightspots. However, my co-ed granddaughter marked the passing of the old year in a more relaxed and peaceful way by taking a drive eastward to Richmond on the National Road. On her return trip to Indianapolis moments into the New Year, deep in the ebony recesses along the venerable highway an occasional illumination shot through the air bursting in a
  • 97th Year for Indianapolis Home Show

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Home Show is in its 97th year — with more than 900 home-focused experts offering decorating, landscaping, construction and remodeling ideas, along with thousands of products for visitors to gather and compare.The Home Show runs for ten days, from Friday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Exposition Hall, South PavilionThis year, Davis Homes is the builder of the Centerpiece Home. The impressive stru
  • One block temporary lane closure on Virginia Avenue

    INDIANAPOLIS — Starting on or after Monday, Feb. 4, construction crews will be closing one block of Virginia Avenue, from Merrill Street to Lexington Avenue, for 6 weeks.This temporary closure will allow for faster, safer construction of the Red Line stations at this location.All business access will remain open during this period. Local traffic will be permitted to use Virginia Avenue between College and Fletcher Avenues to access all homes, apartments, and businesses.Virginia Avenue thro
  • Early issuance of February SNAP benefits

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is preparing to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for the month of February to nearly 585,000 Hoosiers on Saturday, Jan. 19. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has directed states to issue February benefits to recipients early.In Indiana, SNAP benefits are usually issued to recipients according to an alphabetical schedule over a 19 day period throughout the month. This one-time early benefit distri
  • Community meeting on proposed magnesium recycling plant

    INDIANAPOLIS — There will be a community meeting regarding the proposed magnesium recycling plant by Trinity Metals. It would be next to Warren Schools bus depot and across from Treyburn neighborhood, on Rawles between Post and Mitthoeffer on the southeast side.The meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Lighthouse Community Church, 8401 E. Rawles. City-County Councilors David Ray and Susie Cordi, and representatives from Trinity Metals will be there to answer questions abou
  • Eleven Park proposal unveiled

    INDIANAPOLIS — Keystone Group, an Indianapolis-based real estate development, construction and investment company recently unveiled Eleven Park, a transformational neighborhood development expected to include an office building, retail shoppes, apartments, a boutique hotel – all anchored by a 20,000 seat multi-purpose soccer stadium with the Indy Eleven professional soccer team as the primary tenant.In addition to the multi-purpose soccer stadium, the project scope today includes app
  • Brilliance at the IRT

    Every Brilliant Thing debuted as a Ludlow Fringe Festival play in 2013, and a year later went to off-Broadway, where it was nominated for several awards. Authored by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, this one-man show reveals how we are all touched in some way by suicide, depression, and coping with our frailties by sometimes focusing on the little things that make life worth living.The Man, played by Marcus Truschinski, tells his story with the assistance of several people pulled from the au
  • Enrollment for Scecina Begins

    INDIANAPOLIS — Enrollment is open for eighth-graders looking to attend Scecina Memorial High School next school year. Apply now to join the freshman Class of 2023 in the 2019-20 school year.Scecina awards scholarships and tuition assistance. Check out Scecina’s Admissions page for more information: scecina.org/admissions. If you have questions, please call or email Director of Enrollment Management Miriam Medina at 317-352-3287 or at mmedina@scecina.org or KJ Fallon, Enrollment
  • Community Hospital South Hosts Milk Donor Drives

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Milk Bank and Community Hospital South are co-hosting central Indiana’s first breast milk donation drives on Jan. 24 and Feb. 4. Women who are currently or have recently finished lactating are encouraged to donate their stored, surplus milk to care for ill and fragile infants across the region. Donors will be asked to fill out a medical history form and complete a quick blood draw to determine the best use of their donated milk.Ideal candidates for milk donors are
  • 50 Significant Buildings in Indiana Database Created

    INDIANA — Most people know about architecturally rich Columbus, however few know there’s a church in New Harmony designed without a roof or that you can take a boat ride on an authentic aqueduct in Metamora, the only one of its kind in the US. Indiana is home to rare architectural gems.Indiana has a rich architectural history, and the Indiana Architectural Foundation wants people to know about it and experience it. The Foundation recently announced a statewide database that features

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