• In Killing of 2 Indiana Teenagers, Secret Recording and Photo Offer Clues

    Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, recorded audio and video of the man the police suspect of killing her and her friend Abigail J. Williams, 13.
  • The Irvington Black Hat Society Conjures Up Fun

    You may remember seeing a gaggle of “witches” busting moves at the 2016 Irvington Halloween Festival parade — stopping traffic a couple of times with a slightly spooky song and dance, shaking their brooms, and cackling maniacally — much to the delight of the huge crowd. Irvington Black Hat Society organizer Karin Mullins and the dozens of ladies performing could hear the audience’s appreciation. “We could hear people saying, ‘oh, isn’t that great!&
  • IPL Warns About Billing Scams

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), has received numerous reports about payment scams targeting customers. Reports show they’ve been contacted by someone claiming to represent IPL and indicating that their electric service would be disconnected if they did not immediately provide payment.IPL does not require nor recommend a specific payment method or type. We offer a variety of payment and billing options, which can be found online at IPLpower.com.If IPL does
  • Junot Díaz to Present 2017 McFadden Memorial Lecture

    INDIANAPOLIS — The entire community is invited as award-winning author Junot Díaz presents The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2017 McFadden Memorial Lecture on Thurs., March 2 at 7 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Diaz will discuss his career as a writer and social activist during this presentation moderated by local journalist Raphael Sanchez and conduct a book signing following the program.Díaz is best known for his short story collection, Drown (1996), and
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  • East Washington Library: Creating a 21st Century Space in a Century-Old Building

    by Doriene Smither,East Washington Branch Manger
    This past year has been an exciting and eventful one for the East Washington Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, located at 2822 E. Washington Street, which had been closed for remodeling. The entire staff is now excited to be back into the expanded and improved building, especially since we spent time either scattered to other branches or providing limited services in a small nearby construction trailer.Our neighbors are thrilled, too. The
  • American Foods in World Cuisine

    So what’s for dinner? Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce, sliced tomatoes, pumpkin bread with maple syrup, and vanilla ice cream with  chocolate syrup for dessert. Sounds luscious doesn’t it? It’s something else. It’s all American foods. Foods that native Americans cultivated and ate long before European settlers tripped on to the American continent.  Add chili peppers, sweet potatoes, peanuts, squash, string beans, tepary beans and pineap
  • LPD Announces Business Watch Meeting Feb. 28

    LAWRENCE — LPD Crime Prevention Director Linda Sokol announces the date for LPD’s upcoming quarterly Business Watch meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. Tues.. Feb. 28 in the Public Assembly Room at the Lawrence Government Center, 9001 E. 59th St.These meetings focus on developing and maintaining working relationships and partnerships with local businesses and the police department. The goal is to facilitate open communication and share information that is helpful regarding crime trends in
  • Pyramid Players Present “Pinkalicious” Through March 18

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Pyramid Players are tickled pink to announce Pinkalicious, the Musical will return to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre during its 2017 Season. This fun show runs through March 18 for kids of all ages.Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink. Her dream is to radiate pink. After over indulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up pink. She is thrilled to be pink and have her dream come true. Her parents take her to the doctor, and she is diagnosed with
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  • Speedway Historian at Indiana Landmarks March 30

    INDIANAPOLIS —  On March 30, the British-born historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Donald Davidson, will share his perspectives on the state’s most famous landmark, home of the Indianapolis 500. In his engaging and entertaining style, he’ll chat from the stage in the Grand Hall at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave.Known for his radio program, “The Talk of Gasoline Alley,” Davidson loves the car — and racing-loving audience who attend his
  • Kiddie Matinee Afternoons

    Across Indianapolis from the late 1930s through the 1960s, thousands of kids could be found every Saturday afternoon at their neighborhood movie theater enjoying a special “kiddie matinee.” After paying an admission from 10ȼ to 35ȼ, the next stop was the concession stand — a box of popcorn, a cup of soda, and a box of candy (maybe Necco Wafers, or my favorite, Milk Duds). Finding a seat in the auditorium was next; I usually liked a seat mid-way back from the screen, p
  • Budy Holly’s Glasses: Lost and Found

    Leap years generally go unnoticed by everyone except those who were born on one. Leap years are recognized every four years in the month of February by tacking an extra day onto the end. To most, leap years are just another event in a month of neglected holidays. After all, when is the last day you celebrated Groundhog Day? Or President’s Day? To make matters worse, leap years land on Presidential election years which tend to shrink the calendar as it is. Nobody ever remembers leap years.
  • 100 Years Ago This Week: Feb. 24-March 2

    From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, February 28: The Indianapolis Dental Society petitioned the Indianapolis board of school commissioners for permission to examine the teeth of all children in the city’s public schools. This is the first tangible offer for dental inspection in the schools. The examinations would be made by various members of the dental society who would keep records of the results. Three to six free dental clinics, at which poor children may have inexpensive work done,
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  • ‘Let’s Become Great Again,’ the Flyers Said

    A white nationalist group has posted flyers at more than two dozen colleges and universities this year.
  • Historic East Washington Branch Reopens February 24

    Improved access, new computer lab and updated community room are among the many features awaiting patrons when the freshly-renovated East Washington Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, 2822 E. Washington St., reopens its doors to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 24.Listed in 2016 in the National Register of Historic Places, the East Washington Branch is one of two original Carnegie Libraries still serving Indianapolis. The $2.4 million project, the first major renovation since th
  • Hancock Children’s Choir Moves into New Offices

    GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Children’s Choir will  celebrate an important milestone. HCCC has rented its first office space at the Hancock County Community Foundation building, 312 East Main St., Suite E. in Greenfield. The grand opening will be held Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.The ceremony will be hosted by the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce and officiated by the mayor of Greenfield, Chuck Fewell.  The mayor will be sporting his very own HCCC blue shirt as he proclaims Feb. 20, 2
  • Reconnecting to Our Waterways – PechaKucha Night

    INDIANAPOLIS — PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts  in the PechaKucha 20×20 format (similar to TED Talks).On Feb. 23,  from 7-9 p.m., the focus will be on Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW). Five speakers will talk about the development of Indianapolis’ waterways, 20 slides for 20 seconds each, while the rest of the attendees listen, mingle, and learn. There will be a gallery of a
  • Two Scecina Students Honored as Rising Stars of Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS —Two Scecina Memorial High School juniors are being honored as Rising Stars of Indiana.Molly Griffin and Liberty Joson are among 971 juniors from 256 Indiana high schools being honored.The Indiana Association of School Principals invites each Indiana high school to nominate students currently in 11th grade, based on their academic achievement.“Please join IASP in congratulating these students on all they have already achieved, as well as offering support and encouragemen
  • “Boeing Boeing” at the IRT March 7-April 2

    INDIANAPOLIS — A swanky Parisian bachelor pad sets the stage for a fun-filled performance where an infidelitous man finds out what can go wrong when he, along with three beautiful stewardesses, are in the right place at the wrong time in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) Boeing Boeing.“Boeing Boeing contains all the elements of a traditional French farce: physical comedy, mistaken identities, lightning-fast dialogue and an exaggerated, outrageous, improbable plot,” sa
  • New Eiteljorg Exhibit Features Dogs: Faithful and True

    INDIANAPOLIS – A new special exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum captures the universal bond between people and dogs through art and interactive experiences that bring to life the many roles dogs have played in the American West: as companions, workers and heroes.The exhibition, Dogs: Faithful and True, opens March 4 at the Eiteljorg, continues through August 6 and is geared toward visitors of all ages. It includes numerous striking works of art featuring dogs and activities families will e
  • U.S. 52 Bridge Closes for Construction On Feb. 27

    INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Highway 52 (Brookville Road) is scheduled to close for bridge construction just west of German Church Road starting on or after Mon., Feb. 27.INDOT awarded a $1.3 million contract to Duncan Robertson, Inc. last fall to rebuild the U.S. 52 bridge over Grassy Creek, which is about three miles east of Interstate 465 and one mile west of the Marion-Hancock county line.Construction will close U.S. 52 for up to 120 days. During the closure, a signed detour will direct highway
  • Keeping Hinkle, Hinkle: A Tale of Restoration

    INDIANAPOLIS — On Thursday, March 2, storyteller Sally Perkins will tell how Butler University restored Hinkle Fieldhouse, a National Historic Landmark, in her performance of Keeping Hinkle, Hinkle.Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Indiana Landmarks commissioned the story for If These Walls Could Tell, a series sponsored by Frank and Katrina Basile. The stories focus on the winners of the Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration, given annually by Indiana Landmarks. Butler University won the 20
  • Oaklandon Civic Theatre Presents King Mackerel and the Blues are Running

    INDIANAPOLIS — Oakland Civic Theatre presents King Mackerel and the Blues are Running: Songs and stories by Jim Wann, Bland Simpson, J.L. Mills and Don DixonTall tales and rollicking songs in the Diamond Studs and Pump Boys and Dinettes tradition transport audiences to the Outer Banks for a pleasant spate of fun and fishing. Staging a benefit concert to save the Corncake Inlet Inn, the lively cast of fishermen musicians sing up a storm, tell fish stories and ghost stories, and relate accou
  • IDEM Offers Free Presentations to Indiana Students for Earth Day

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will be offering free, hands-on classroom presentations to Indiana elementary schools in April. IDEM employees will present fun, engaging, and informative presentations that provide students with examples of environmental careers while teaching them about our environment.The deadline for schools to request presentations is March 3. Presentations include interactive activities such as a recycling relay race and travell
  • Where a City Sees Decay, Neighbors Fight to Save a Community

    In court papers, residents of the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Charlestown, Ind., say fees for code violations are aimed at driving them out.
  • Front Page Profile: Gaia Works & The Magic Candle Present the 13th Annual Masquerade Ball

    Jan DeFerbrache, owner of The Magic Candle shop in Irvington, is also the executive director of Gaia Works, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless, and underserved throughout Indianapolis.Gaia Works’ major fundraiser, the 13th Annual Indianapolis Masquerade Ball, will be held March 4 at the Sahara Grotto (7620 Madison Ave. Sponsored each year by Gaia Works, the Masquerade Ball proceeds go to fund organizations in need. This year,  proceeds will go to help Coburn Plac
  • Landmark East Side School Slated for New Life

    INDIANAPOLS — Core Redevelopment will transform the James E. Roberts School (IPS #97) on Indianapolis’s east side into 30 market rate apartments. The project marks the resolution of a long struggle to find a new use for the unusual Art Moderne school, one of the city’s most distinctive twentieth-century landmarks.Built in 1936 to serve disabled students, School #97 was the first institution of its kind in Indianapolis, with an indoor therapy pool and many other innovative featu
  • Lawrence Twp. Trustee and Lawrence Police Explorer Post Formalize Partnership

    LAWRENCE — The Office of the Lawrence Township Trustee Steve Talley has entered a formalized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lawrence Police Explorer Post 160, pledging mutual support between the two entities for the next 3 years.Per the agreement, the Trustee’s Office will provide annual financial support to the LPD Explorer Post to offset the cost of uniforms and necessities for participating Explorer Scouts residing within Lawrence Township. In exchange, the Explorer Post a
  • Coal Yard Lofts Plans Heard by Commission

    Developers and stakeholders in the Irvington Coal Yard Lofts apartment proposal for 5547 Bonna Ave. presented designs and requests for variances to the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission on Feb. 1. The current design, created after feedback from community meetings, included Craftsman style architectural features in the complex, as well as a revamped parking area. As it stands at the moment, the Irvington Coal Yard Lofts will consist of 46 apartments, 3,000 square feet of commercial/re
  • Paws & Think Youth Canine Program at Warren Central

    INDIANAPOLIS —Paws and Think held a week-long Youth Canine Program at Warren Central High School beginning January 31. The program, Pups and Warriors (or PAWs), helped eight at-risk students at Warren Central who have been identified based on emotional, socio-economic, and behavior issues. The students will train shelter dogs in basic obedience skills and manners using positive training methods, and the counselors who work with these students each day will also participate in the program.C
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Beef & Boards

    INDIANAPOLIS – With a crash of drums and a flash of light, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes the stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in February. The Bible-based Broadway sensation was nominated for seven Tony Awards and is live on stage through March 26 at Beef & Boards.The first collaboration between composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice to be staged, the musical is based on the Old Testament story of Joseph, the favorite of Jacob’s 12 sons.
  • “International House” at Garfield Park Feb. 11

    INDIANAPOLIS — Film historian and preservationist Eric Grayson will screen the 1933 film, International House, with a cast of stars, including W.C. Fields, Bela Lugosi, Stu Erwin, Rose Mary, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Cab Calloway, and Rudy Vallee at the Garfield Park Arts Center on Sat., Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.In the film, a Chinese inventor creates a new television that various countries want to buy for their exclusive use. He invites a host of zany representatives to the International Ho
  • Applause!: Feb. 10-16

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    IMPD East District Officer Daniel Hiser (left) was recently named officer of the month for East District. Here, Commander Spurgeon of East District presents the officer with the award.
    • It’s the last weekend for Calder, the Musical at IndyFringe. In last week’s review, we forgot to mention Dustin Klein, Klein & Alvarez Productions who is the co-creator  with Tom Alvarez, as well as its composer. He is also the show’s music director and keyboard pl
  • Greatest Game Ever?

    n case you were on the dark side of the moon this last weekend I will remind you that the New England Patriots took home their fifth NFL Championship Trophy by beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Considering that the Pats were down 24-3 at the half, that’s quite a feat. It was actually two ball totally different games with the Falcons running roughshod over the Pats in the first half and pigskin surgeon Dr. Tom Brady calmly and mercilessly dissecting the Falcon defense in 
  • Spontaneous Expressions

    One of my nieces — who is actually, the daughter of one of my best friends — had a childhood habit: She would often break into a frenetic dance of joy, freely flinging her internal happiness outward toward whatever audience was before her. I have written previously of her spontaneous expressions of outrageous joy, but I often think of her behavior now, especially when I see so many demonstrations of anger.When I lived in St. Louis, MO., I was a frequent passenger on the city’s
  • This Week’s Issue: Feb. 3-9, 2017

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  • Seed Swap 2017 is On!

    The 2017 Indy Seed Swap will be held on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Historic Benton House (312 S. Downey Ave.). Rain or shine, sleet or 12” of snow, this seed swap will take place!This is a free event for Indy’s urban gardeners at all levels (beginner to expert). 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.On the agenda for this year’
  • City Selects Twin-Aire Site for Criminal Justice Center

    INDIANAPOLIS — City of Indianapolis officials recently announced that they have selected the former Citizens Gas Coke Plant in the Twin-Aire neighborhood as the site for the Criminal Justice Center. The former RCA plant on East Michigan Street, and property near Indianapolis International Airport were finalists for the development.
  • The Stutz Presents RED on First Friday

    INDIANAPOLIS —The color red infers various emotions, including love, passion, hate, violence, energy, power, and more. For the Stutz and community artists participating in February’s exhibit, “RED,” they interpreted the concept of red in their own personal way through their chosen art. The result is a selection of creative, inspirational and unique art.  “Acrylic on stretched underwear” and “assemblage of old whiskey box, organ pedals and other ephe
  • Meet the Artists XXIX Runs Through March

    INDIANAPOLIS — View the unique works of 25 locally prominent African-American artists during the 29th annual Meet the Artists exhibit Jan. 31 – March 26 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Works representing a variety of artistic mediums will be on display throughout the Library.Presented as a showcase for local African-American art, the Meet the Artists exhibit is available for free public viewing during regular Central Library hours. This year’s participating artists incl
  • Jack Eichacker Memorial Soup Supper

    INDIANAPOLIS — The third annual Soup Supper to support the work of The Hope Fund Inc. will be held Feb. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Downey Ave. Christian Church, 111 S. Downey. The event will have a few items for sale and a few raffle items and maybe even a couple silent auction items. Entry fee is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, then purchase a soup bowl for anywhere from $2 to $10. Some of the bowls are hand crafted and the bowls will be washed for you to take home or you can don
  • Dealing with the Dreaded “Winter Blues” that Bring Sadness and Anxiety to Many

    With the holiday season long gone, for many individuals the cold gray days of early January through the remainder of the winter season often bring an overwhelming sense of despair, misery and depression.When combining lack of sunlight, shorter days, financial concerns, loneliness, time pressures, family problems and setting expectations too high, it can all lead to what many call the “winter blues.” A variety of symptoms can lead to this condition and it’s important to realize
  • FIDO Needs Volunteers

    INDIANAPOLIS — The FIDO pet food pantry fills a great need in the Indianapolis animal welfare community. By providing food to low-income dog and cat owners/guardians, the pantry helps keep pets fed, in the home, and out of the overburdened local shelter and rescue system. The pet food pantry also serves as a strong incentive for owners/guardians to get their pets spayed or neutered, a requirement of the pantry program. In addition, the pantry serves a large number of local community cat ca
  • Calder, The Musical

    One of the bona fide hits of IndyFringe 16 was “Calder, the Musical,” a homage to the artist famous for his mobile sculptures. Written and directed by Indianapolis art critic Tom Alvarez, the Fringe show was an hour of movement and music in front of whimsical backdrop of Calder-inspired moving paintings (created by Irvington artist Laura Hildreth) that garnered praise from the many in the sell-out shows who saw it in the short form.The hour and a half show full-on Calder, The Musical
  • Public Safety Citizens Academy Taking Registration

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Public Safety Citizens Academy (PSCA) is a free, 10-week program in which community members can learn more about the work of Indy’s public safety agencies — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD), Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS), Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) and more. Participants get exciting behind-the-scenes education, training and experiences.Admission to the PSCA is offered on a f
  • Traveling with Paula: Custer State Park, SD

    In this past December’s article, 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 Four of our adventure.My sister had found us a cabin to stay in that was just a mile from the winery, the location of the wedding we were attending late that Sunday afternoon. There were two bedroo
  • Hugs and Hard Labor on an Indiana Farm

    With sturdy threads of work and affection, my grandmother was weaving the torn world back together for me.
  • Former RCA Plant Demolished, Future of Site Uncertain

    A great deal of attention has been paid to the site on the corner of Michigan and Sherman in the past couple of weeks — attention from the city, as well as the near east side community that has waited for many years for something to be done about the eyesore that used to be a thriving RCA plant that stamped out records and supported thousands of workers in its heyday.The city held a press conference on January 23 announcing the demolition of the remaining structures on the site. Mayor Joe
  • New Aerospace And STEM Exhibit Opens Downtown

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust – Allison Branch is reopening the James A. Allison Exhibition Center at a new, modern downtown Indianapolis location. The nearly 6,000 square foot facility, located at the Rolls-Royce Meridian Center office, 450 S. Meridian Street, will see a collection of jet engines and other equipment made in Indianapolis that power today’s and yesterday’s aircraft — including engines that power C-130J Super Hercules; V-22 Osprey; Glo
  • “Casserole” Art Exhibit Reception Jan. 27

    IRVINGTON — The Irvington Historical Society is presenting the photography exhibition, “Casserole: A Mixture of Photographic Thoughts” through Feb. 25.  This exhibition of fine art photography is a group exhibition, which will feature color, and black and white photographs created by the members of INvision: Alliance of Photographic Artists. The exhibiting members are Donna Lee Adams, Andy Chen, Paul D’Andrea, Lauren Ditchley, Mary Hansen, Holly Hooper, Ginny Taylor
  • Lawrence Police Make Arrest in Dog Theft Incident

    LAWRENCE — Lawrence Police Detectives have made an arrest in the dog theft incident that was widely reported on from January 18th.  An arrest warrant was issued from Marion County Superior Court G08, charging Juan Estrada, age 29, Indianapolis, with Theft, class A misdemeanor. Estrada was taken into custody by detectives at a downtown Indianapolis business. The stolen puppy has not yet been recovered, however detectives remain hopeful someone will come forward with information about w

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