• The Greatest Spectacle in Halloweening

    Forget those races on the west side, or the hundreds of festivals, fairs, conventions, and happenings that draw Hoosiers like moths to flames: the annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival tops them all. A week of Halloween events in the most haunted neighborhood in Indianapolis draws crowds from all over, culminating in a huge Vampire Run and Street Fair that attracted a record 30,000 people in 2015.This year’s festivities kicked off with a sold out Masquerade Ball on Oct. 22 with over
  • Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 7

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin collecting leaves in Marion County beginning Mon., Nov. 7 through Fri., Dec. 2. Residents can dispose of as many as 40 bags of leaves per household each week during the collection window on their regular trash day. Last year, DPW collected over 5,000 tons of leaves through this free program.Indianapolis residents are asked to follow a few simple guidelines:• Place leaves in plastic or specially built large pap
  • Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize Co-Winners Announced

    INDIANAPOLIS — Friends, family, and colleagues of the late Paul M. Chase (1955-2014), a beloved, Indianapolis-based public interest lawyer, gathered to announce the inaugural Co-Winners of the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize (PMC Prize). The 2016 Co-Winners, both public high school senior women from the Southside of Indianapolis, received the PMC Prize and a pledge of $2,500 each towards their college expenses at a ceremony held at Eagle Creek Park on Oct. 23, Paul’s birthday.The Prize
  • IMPD Captain Honored For Contributions

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Captain Brian Nanavaty was recognized at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Foundation’s 10th Annual Gala Sat., Oct. 15 in San Diego, CA. The event honors officers who have made significant sacrifices and/or contributions to the law enforcement profession.Each year the awards committee selects four finalists from the thousands of nominations received from around the world. Nanavaty was selected as
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  • Scecina’s Club 53 benefit on Nov. 12

    INDIANAPOLIS — This year’s eighth annual Club 53: Live and Local, Scecina Memorial High School’s premier benefit, features some of Irvington’s newest restaurants. The event also includes live music, silent and live auctions, and a $5,000 raffle the night of the event.Proceeds benefit tuition assistance, student life, and athletics at Scecina. Club 53 takes place Nov. 12 in Scecina’s gymnasium, 5000 Nowland Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.Local eats will be provided by B
  • R.I.P.

    “We’re coming to a graveyard, hold your breath until we pass by,” is an old admonition travelers would say to one another. The superstitious saying reflected a belief that one risked allowing an evil spirit to enter the body and possess one’s soul if the breath was not held. In Marion County, Indiana’s Warren Township there are nearly 40 cemeteries, and if motorists and passengers “held their breath” they probably would be gasping for air by the time the
  • Library Receives Grant to Increase Information Accessibility

    INDIANAPOLIS — One in ten Marion County residents do not speak English, according to The Immigrant Welcome Center, which also states that more than 120 nationalities and 90 languages are represented in Indianapolis. Public libraries have become an increasingly important first stop for newcomers to the state, but they often aren’t equipped to serve such a pivotal role for residents whose first language is not English. To help reduce language barriers and increase information accessibi
  • Finding Home: Indiana at 200

    The Indiana Repertory Theatre’s original work, Finding Home: Indiana at 200 is a bold, diverse look at the Hoosier State through history. Many Indiana-connected writers contributed to this sprawling story, and the original music by Tim Grimm and family, tells the story of Hoosiers both famous and infamous: Princess Mishawaka, Madame C.J. Walker, Gene Stratton-Porter, William Henry Harrison, James Dean, John Dillinger, Diana of the Dunes, Cole Porter, and Lew Wallace, to name a few. It also
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  • “Into the Woods” with Beef & Boards

    INDIANAPOLIS – Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre is presenting its premiere production of Stephen Sondheim’s enchanting musical, Into the Woods, now on stage through Nov. 20. The Brothers Grimm hit the stage in this epic fairy tale about wishes, family and the choices we make.The story follows a Baker (Don Farrell) and his wife (Meaghan Sands), who wish to have a child; Cinderella (Amanda Downey), who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack (Danny Kingston), who wishes hi
  • The Traveler in the Dark Forest: A Spooky Fable for Halloween

    Long, long ago in a land far away a man made ready for a long journey from his village to the great capital city on important family business. He received a warrant from his noble baron that gave him permission to travel and went to the village priest for a blessing. The priest blessed his journey, but warned him that he would be on the road during All Hallow’s Eve, the night before All Saints Day, at which time all manner of ghoulies, ghosties, long leggity beasties, and things that go bu
  • Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community by Leah Gunning Francis

    Leah Gunning Francis lived in St. Louis on August 9, 2014, the day Michael Brown died in Ferguson. Her new book, Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community, brings us the thoughts and actions of 24 clergy and 13 young leaders who were active in the actions following the tragic death. Their perseverance led directly to the Department of Justice Report on the Ferguson Police Department, sparked a national conversation on reforming criminal justice system and renewed the na
  • Eight Years of Cabaret Poe

    When Ben Asaykwee created Cabaret Poe, he probably didn’t think it would become a part of the fabric of the Halloween experience in Indianapolis. It has become a local classic, selling out most performances and getting standing ovations for its romantically gothic interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems and stories. This year’s performances at Theatre on the Square are the strongest yet.Three characters, Zoilus (Asaykwee), Berenice (Julie Lyn Barber), and Morella (Georganna S
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  • Applause!: Oct. 28-Nov. 3

    • Congratulations to Paula Schmidt, who received the Historic Irvington Community Council’s Founder’s Award on Oct. 24 in recognition of all the hard work she has put into the annual Luminaria and other Irvington projects.• The Weekly View’s columnist and Executive Director of the Irvington Historical Society, Steve Barnett, has been named Marion County Historian by the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau. Congratulations, Steve!• The Aux
  • The Curse of H.H. Holmes, Part 3

    Herman Webster Mudgett, better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or colloquially as H.H. Holmes, was America’s first serial killer. In Chicago, Holmes opened a hotel in Chicago (just in time for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition) designed and built specifically with murder in mind. While he confessed to 27 murders, his actual body count could be as high as 200. After Holmes’ capture, conviction and execution, a strange cult of superstition began that would soo
  • Voter Registration Effort Spurs an Inquiry in Indiana

    The State Police are investigating incomplete forms submitted by a project aimed at raising ballot participation among African-Americans.
  • The Lincolns Project: Week 3

    Thank you to the many who have dropped by the office with bags of food to help Gaia Works and the community food box in Otterbein, on the corner of 17th and Gladstone. You are making a difference in people’s lives in our community! We will continue collecting nonperishable food through October 31. Our address is 195 N. Shortridge Rd., Suite D; our office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.The community food box idea is really taking off, and we’re very happy to see other b
  • IMPD North District Hit By Gunfire

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) detectives are investigating after the North District Headquarters, 3120 E. 30th St., was struck by gunfire.At approximately 11 p.m. on Oct. 13, officers were sitting inside North District Headquarters when they heard shots ring out. Officers immediately took cover and began working towards the exit in an attempt to locate the suspect. Before officers could get outside, the suspect had fled the area. Luckily no one was injur
  • PourHouse Overflow Event Nov. 12

    INDIANAPOLIS — The PourHouse will host their 10th annual OverFlow event on Sat., Nov. 12th this year. The OverFlow is a one day event for individuals experiencing homelessness to prepare them for the winter. Volunteers distribute coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and hygiene kits. They also have flu shots and other services, food, live music and games. It is a highly anticipated event by our friends living on the street!This year the organization needs supplies to help homeless indivi
  • Expansion on Tap for Triton Brewing Company

    LAWRENCE — Triton Brewing Company, a traditional community-based production brewery, recently announced plans to grow its brewing and distribution operations in Indiana. The company, which recently celebrated its five-year anniversary, has increased its production nearly tenfold since 2011, and its beer is now available in more than 1,500 local and national retailers statewide.Triton Brewing Company, which has brewed more than 1,100 batches since 2011, will invest $435,000 over the next th
  • Spirit & Place Celebrates 21st Anniversary Nov. 4-13

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 2016 Spirit & Place Festival presents HOME as a place, a space, and an idea through 40 events November 4-13.Celebrating its 21st year, the Spirit & Place Festival is Indianapolis’ largest collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion, and humanities as a vehicle for shaping individual and community life through 10 days of experiences presented in partnership with upwards of 100 partner organizations. An initiative of The Polis Center, part of the IU S
  • “Ravens Benefit Ride” to Support Irvington Community Schools’ Art and Music Programs

    IRVINGTON — In support of Irvington Community School’s K-12 art and music programs, the inaugural “Ravens Ride” will take place Sat., Oct. 29 — the same day as the 70th Annual Irvington Halloween Festival.The Ravens Ride route is approximately 60 miles. Riders leave ICES heading southeast on US 52 to SR 9 then north through Greenfield and on to Fortville, near Geist Reservoir, arriving at Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis (4146 E. 96th St.) for lunch (which will take
  • 21st Annual Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner Health Fair Oct. 29

    INDIANAPOLI — On Saturday, Oct. 29, Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police and community organizations are partnering to present the 21st annual Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner Health Fair.The Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner Health Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner, 1434 S. Shelby St. in Indianapolis. Health screenings provided at no cost include blood pressure and dental screenings, as well
  • Hoosiers Asked to Keep Campaign Signs Out of Rights of Way

    INDIANA — The Indiana Department of Transportation urges political candidates and their supporters to keep our roads free from encroaching campaign signs for the safety of the motoring public. The signs can block visibility for traffic entering and exiting the roadway at intersections and driveways.Areas that should remain sign-free include intersections, interchanges and rights of way that run along the roadway. Where the right of way is not clearly marked, boundaries may be estimated as
  • Otterbein Neighborhood Community Meeting Oct. 20

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Otterbein Neighborhood Association will hold their quarterly meeting on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Otterbein UM Church, 5009 E. 21st St.Special guests include Christ Staab, NESCO chair for crime reduction/code enforcement, Scott Wampler presenting a green space initiative at 20th and Emerson, and the city’s Mosquito control program officials.Neighbors will also be able to discuss new initiatives for neighborhood and community building, including a Tool Library, the Pogue
  • Beech Grove Residents Learn Fate of St. Francis Hospital

    BEECH GROVE — If you live on 13th Avenue and North of Main Street, or if you live North of Detroit and West of Beechwood Drive, you are requested to attend a meeting concerning the demolition of the old St. Francis Hospital.The meeting will be held Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hornet Park Community Center, 5245 Hornet Avenue. Representatives from DLZ and Tonn and Blank along with City Officials will be discussing the plans to remove the buildings. For further information call the Mayor&rsqu
  • Fresh Off Employing Evan Bayh, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Attacks Him

    The effort by the nation’s leading business lobby to defeat Mr. Bayh, considered a business-friendly centrist, in the Indiana Senate race has angered Democrats.
  • Showing Confidence, Hillary Clinton Pushes Into Republican Strongholds

    Mrs. Clinton hopes to extend her edge over Donald J. Trump and help other Democrats in what party leaders think could become an election that swamps Republicans at every level.
  • Heartland Film Festival Celebrates 25 Years of Great Movies

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Heartland Film Festival will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Oct. 20-30 with appearances by Jessica Biel, Dr. Kent Brantly, John Rhys-Davies, Rory Feek, and Alan Thicke.Since its first event in 1992, Heartland has awarded $3 million in prize money to independent filmmakers — more than any other film festival in North America. The Academy Award-qualifying Festival will once again give its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all ove
  • The Lincolns Project by the Weekly View: Week 2

    Thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and brought nonperishable goods to our office and to Gaia Works (the Magic Candle) and to the community food box at 17th and Gladstone. Working together, we can help boost hope and help throughout our community.Many places of worship on the east side have food pantries that could use just not the food, but also volunteers to help stock, distribute, and get donations. Ask your pastor how you can get involved.The USDA reported that in 2015, 42.2 millio
  • IRT Celebrates Bicentennial with “Finding Home: Indiana at 200

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) takes part in the celebration of Indiana’s 200th year of statehood with its production of Finding Home: Indiana at 200, on the IRT Upperstage Oct 18 – Nov 13.Finding Home: Indiana at 200 is a collaboration of more than 30 Indiana writers who have come together to create a collage of unique and engaging moments in Indiana’s history that are woven together by songs written and performed by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grim
  • Near Eastside March and Candlelight Vigil

    INDIANAPOLIS — Community and Police in Partnership Against Crime (CAPPAC) will host a Near Eastside March and Candlelight Vigil against violence in the community on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.The march begins at East 10th St. and Oxford St. and will proceed west to 10th an Jefferson. The prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at Jefferson and 10th.Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Rev Dr David Hampton, City Council Vice President Zach Adamson, Near Eastside residents and IMPD and others will be on hand to show
  • Southport Branch Grand Reopening Oct. 15

    INDIANAPOLIS — The entire community is invited to experience the many features of the newly-renovated Southport Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library during its Grand Reopening Open House on Sat., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd.The $1.1 million renovation to the 16,000-square-foot facility is the first such project since the branch opened in 1974. In addition to a new entrance closer to the parking lot on the building’s north side,
  • Eric Grayson to Screen “Bride of Frankenstein” AND “Bride of Finkelstein”

    INDIANAPOLIS — Film historian Eric Grayson will screen the classic 1935 film, The Bride of Frankenstein, at the Garfield Park Arts Center on Sat., Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. at the October Vintage Movie Night selection. It will be preceded by a spoof, The Bride of Finkelstein, created by award-winning filmmaker Michael Schlesinger.The main feature, starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger, and Elsa Lanchester, is a sequel to the hugely successful 1931 film, Frankenstein, also featuring
  • Campaign to Restore Ayres Clock Underway

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Ayres clock at the southwest corner of Washington and Meridian is right eight times a day, since it has four faces and none displays the correct time.Two downtown Indianapolis residents asked themselves “why can’t we get the Ayres clock working again?” Old Northsider Paul Smith, president of Southeast Neighborhood Development, and Mary Kummings, an Indiana Landmarks volunteer who lives in Lockerbie, posed the question that many who pass the clock every
  • The Covered Bridges of Parke County

    Built for practicality, but now preserved as a piece of our history, the covered bridges of America stand as a tribute to the craftsmanship and diligence of their creators.Time, neglect and the elements have gradually chiseled away at the abundance of bridges in the U.S., dropping the number from an estimated 12,000 in the mid 1800s to only 1,500 by 1950. Progress also took its toll. While wooden bridges were common from 1805-1895, construction ceased shortly after the turn of the century as str
  • Architects’ Home Tour Oct. 15 & 16

    INDIANAPOLIS —The Architects’ Home Tour on Oct. 15 and 16 will feature eight unique homes showcasing a variety of home designs and styles all designed by Indianapolis-area architects. Five of the homes are in Indianapolis and three homes are in Zionsville.The self-guided home tour, hosted by The American Institute of Architects Indianapolis (AIA), will be from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16. Tickets are $17 in advance (order online at www.aiaIndyHomeTour.com)  or $20 at any house
  • Hoo-Hoo-Hoo Hoosiers! by Terry Hutchens, Illustrated by Phil Velikan

    Hoo-Hoo-Hoo Hoosiers! by Terry Hutchens and illustrated by Phil Velikan celebrates IU basketball for current fans and the next generation of fans to whom Hutchens dedicates the book. The story truly starts on the cover with a mother (wearing an IU jersey) and her daughter pointing at an owl (also wearing an IU jersey) hooting in a tree.The book opens with Jenny frightened in bed because she hears a loud “Hoo-Hoo-Hoo.” She calls for her Mommy (as most little girls do) and they embark
  • Facebook Helped Drive a Voter Registration Surge, Election Officials Say

    A 17-word reminder displayed for four days in September contributed to substantial increases in online registration across the country.
  • It’s All About the Lincolns (and the Washingtons)

    It’s October, and the days are getting shorter and cooler. For most of us, the biggest problem we face is what Halloween costume to wear and if our winter clothes still fit. For others in our community, however, they are worried about putting food on the table — or having a roof over their heads.Last month, I wrote about the burglary at the GaiaWorks food pantry that left Jan Deferbrache without food to give to the seniors who have come to rely on the crackers and tuna and macaroni s
  • PR Mallory Building to Become Purdue Polytechnic High School

    INDIANAPOLIS — The long vacant PR Mallory building on East Washington Street on the near eastside will be redeveloped as the Purdue Polytechnic High School. The 125,000 square foot building, built by General Electric in 1921 on the site of the former Wonderland Amusement Park, is owned by Southeast Neighborhood Development Inc., which has been looking for redevelopment opportunities for the historic asset.Purdue University on Oct. 3 announced an agreement with Indianapolis Public Schools a
  • 10 Digit Dialing Becomes Mandatory Oct. 15

    INDIANAPOLIS  — All consumers in Central Indiana’s 317 telephone area code will be required to use 10 digits to make local telephone calls, which means dialing “317-555-5555” instead of “555-5555” on Saturday, Oct. 15.If you try to complete a local phone call with 7 digits on or after October 15, a recording will prompt you to retry the call with the 317 area code included. The change to 10-digit dialing is necessary so the new 463 area code can be added
  • Community Hospital East Wins 2nd Place in National Pink Glove Dance Competition

    INDIANAPOLIS — Community Health Network’s East Campus wins 2nd place in the 6th annual Medline Pink Glove video dance competition. One hundred members of the Community Hospital East staff and community sported Medline’s pink exam gloves and danced to celebrate hope for a cure for breast cancer, as well as honor those who have been affected by the disease.Determined by public online voting, Community Hospital East received  14, 179 votes which earned 2nd place in the small
  • Indiana Legal Services Awarded Grant to Help Abused Seniors

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Legal Services has received a $400,000 grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to help seniors who have suffered abuse by battery, neglect, or financial exploitation. Funding for this grant was made available through the federal Victims of Crime Act.The two-year Legal Assistance for Victimized Adults project funded by the grant will help seniors 60 years of age or older, statewide, recover or reduce the negative impact of abuse.ILS’s civil legal assis
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

    When Nazi Germany invaded Denmark in 1940, the Danish government offered no resistance. This greatly upset Knud Pedersen and his friends. After much discussion, they formed the Churchill Club to offer resistance. Hoosier author Phillip Hoose chronicles their resistance and its effects in his new book, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club.Ashamed of their country’s passivity in the face of the occupation, Knud, his brother and friends considered what they cou
  • Circumcision in Newborns

    Every new parent of a baby boy is faced with the difficult and personal decision of whether or not to have their son circumcised. It’s a topic that is not widely discussed and leaves many parents in the dark when it comes time to make a decision. Most parents base their decision on cultural, religious or personal reasons, and while there is no right or wrong decision, it is important to consider all aspects.Circumcision is a quick, elective surgical procedure that involves the removal of t
  • IndyPL Announces Major Grant

    INDIANAPOLIS — Grants totaling nearly $3.3 million dollars have been awarded to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for individual Library projects that will preserve Indianapolis history, establish a new collection highlighting African-American culture, and improve the Library experience for immigrant residents in the community.A $3.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will fund two major Library projects over the next five years. In preparation for the city of Indianapolis&rs
  • Cabaret Poe Begins Oct. 14

    INDIANAPOLIS — Theatre on the Square and Q Artistry will team up again to present Cabaret Poe beginning Oct. 14th. The production was brought to TOTS in 2015 and has appeared at what was the previous Q Artistry “home space” in the Historic Irvington Lodge since 2009. This year’s Cabaret Poe will feature Georgeanna Smith Wade for select performancesIncluding most of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works, Cabaret Poe is a mix of humor and classic horror all brought to l
  • Traveling with Paula, Part 2: Crazy Horse SD

    This past September, I told you my sister Gail and I take a trip together, just the two of us, every five or six years. She lives in Oakland, California and we only get to see each other a couple of times a year during hurried family events. This year we went out West and this is Day 2 of our Adventure.Crazy Horse is in the middle of the Black Hills in South Dakota and I really didn’t know anything about the place. It began with a New England sculptor name Korczak Ziolkowski who came to he
  • ‘That Mexican Thing’ Takes On Life After the Debate

    “You’ve whipped out that Mexican thing again,” Gov. Mike Pence told Senator Tim Kaine, launching a new phrase into the online political conversation.
  • ‘That Mexican Thing’ Takes On a Post-Debate Life

    “You’ve whipped out that Mexican thing again,” Gov. Mike Pence told Senator Tim Kaine, launching a new phrase into the online political conversation.

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