• East Washington Street Road Work- Beware – Orange Barrels!

    What the heck are they doing to East Washington Street in Irvington! I’ve lived in Irvington a half block off Washington for over 40 years and I’ve seen road work many times, but this takes the cake as they say. The streetscape took some time several years ago and caused delays to traffic and the brick crosswalks have been a nightmare, but this is way beyond anything I’ve ever seen. From my street (Hawthorne) all the way out to Aldi grocery (over a mile) the orange barrels and
  • Peacock on the Lam Gets Nabbed

    Frank the Peacock strutted freely through the southeast and east side of Indianapolis in mid-May, creating a stir and inspiring a Facebook page and tracking map. Early sightings pegged his origins somewhere in Franklin Township, but the flouncy fowl strolled confidently north and northwest through several neighborhoods.On May 25 and 26, several social media neighborhood pages shared photos of Frank pausing for refreshment at fountains in Irvington, nibbling lawns in Little Flower, and window-sho
  • IndyPL Expands Curbside Service to Most Branch Locations

    On Monday, June 1, curbside delivery of books and other materials to patrons was made available at most Indianapolis Public Library sites. Since May 18, curbside delivery has been piloted at five select IndyPL locations while its buildings remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 emergency.The hours for curbside delivery will be adjusted slightly from those offered at the original curbside sites. It will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at all locations, and
  • ArtMix Names New President & CEO

    INDIANAPOLIS — ArtMix recently welcomed Brittany (Britt) Sutton as its new President and CEO. She has long been an advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, serving in a number of important positions. After working as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Britt focused in healthcare law, non-profit law, advocacy, and policy while pursuing her juris doctorate.Britt served as the Director of Policy for the Indiana Bureau o
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  • Library Reading Program Invites You to “Imagine Your Story”

    INDIANAPOLIS — Children of all ages and families are invited to experience the joy of reading and earn great prizes for their reading activity during The Indianapolis Public Library’s 101st Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” through August 1.This year’s program for the first time will allow participants to track the amount of time spent reading, instead of the number of books read, in order to receive prizes generously donated by community sponsors. They
  • Indy Parks Begins Opening Process

    INDIANAPOLIS — Beginning June 1, Indy Parks staff members started the process to return to their family centers and facilities. In the first phase of the re-opening, park buildings will remain closed to the public as staff offer telephone assistance and make appointments for services requiring in-person assistance. Day camp registration began on June 1, giving parents and guardians an opportunity to register for 13 day camps. Registration was halted in April as Indy Parks evaluated ways to
  • How to Stay Healthy While Quarantined

    Living under quarantine presents a myriad of challenges and not the least of which is how can we all stay healthy while living under such unusual circumstances?There are a number of habits we can all consider adopting while practicing social distancing that will help us stay healthy and continually benefit us when we return to our regular lifestyles.Drinking more water than what you’re accustomed to is very helpful towards getting healthy and staying that way. According to the U.S. Nationa
  • Federal Funds Allocated for Purple Line

    INDIANA — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a $177.5 million federal funding allocation to two transit projects in Lake County and Indianapolis, Indiana. The projects are among 12 transit infrastructure investment projects across the country that are receiving part of a $891 million funding allocation as they advance toward readiness for a construction grant agreement. Funding is provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Gran
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  • City Moves Into Phase 3 of Reopening

    INDIANAPOLIS — The City of Indianapolis moved to Phase 3 in its COVID-19 reopening plan, starting June 1.“The data has continued to point in the right direction, and my thanks go out to all Indianapolis residents who have followed the guidelines and done their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Hogsett.The June 1 move into Phase 3 includes the following:• Restaurants may serve at 50% total capacity indoor and outdoor, so long as staff continue wearing PPE and
  • Applause!: June 5-11

    • The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hand of police in that city triggered a cascade of anger and protests throughout the country over the last days of May and early June. Our fair city, Indianapolis, was the scene of peaceful protests downtown, that turned ugly and violent. Thank you to the people in these crowds that tried to keep the peace, and to those who have reached toward each other to find greater understanding that will lead to lasting change. Also, a big thank
  • Shopping in the New Normal

    After weeks in quarantine many of us are starting to venture back out into the world where we can once again shop our favorite antique malls and vintage shops. In what many are calling “the new normal” there will be precautions to keep us safe from the deadly virus that is with us. Yes, retail shopping is back. But, it will be different than when we last visited. With guidance from medical professionals and advice from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) here is what you can expect
  • Make Music

    “Heard on the news musical instrument sales are really up – guitars, flutes, horns.”This text message came to me from the Creative Director of this paper. We had rendezvoused when I went to a nursery to get some flowers to put in the stone planter on my front porch. My daughter had surprised me with a day off, so I called Paula Nicewanger to offer my help delivering the paper; I’d forgotten that the Memorial Day issue was a two-week paper. Paula volunteered to drive me ba
  • General Ulysses S. Grant earned his stripes here!

    This column first appeared in July, 2009.
    So you think you’re a Civil War buff? Well, so did I. I’ve read, researched and written about the American Civil War most of my life. Yet, I recently discovered an interesting little factoid from my beloved home state and city of my birth that I had never heard before.On Saturday October 17, 1863, Union General Ulysses S. Grant was given orders to travel to Indianapolis from Cairo, Illinois by General Henry Halleck, General-in-Chief of all Un
  • 100 Years Ago: June 5-11

    From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, June 6, 1920: Indianapolis centennial celebrations began last night in Tomlinson Hall with hundreds of citizens from all over Hoosierdom assembled in an auditorium bedecked in flags and centennial colors. As the crowd gathered at the first big event of the five-day birthday party, the Indianapolis Military Band played. Community singing gave the guests a chance to fill the hall with the melodies that have endeared themselves to Hoosiers, in praise of the 100-y
  • More Restrictions Lifted as Indy Moves Forward

    INDIANAPOLIS – On May 13, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Marion County Health Director Dr. Virginia Caine announced that the city would lift certain restrictions to allow more businesses to open in the coming weeks. The city took the following steps:• On May 15 limits on public gatherings, including religious services, was increased to 25 people or fewer.• Non-essential retail stores, including those at malls, could reopen at 50 percent capacity with social distancing.•
  • Study Reveals COVID-19 May Affect Almost 3% of Hoosiers

    INDIANA — The results of a statewide COVID-19 study from the Fairbanks School of Public Health have been released. The first phase of the study was conducted between April 25 and May 1, involved testing 3,600 people selected randomly and 900 volunteers recruited through outreach to the African-American and Hispanic communities to reflect state demographics.The study found that 1.7% of those tested were positive, and another 1.1% had antibodies that suggest they were exposed to the virus. F
  • Marion County Fair Announces New Dates

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 90th Marion County Fair will be held July 4-12 at the Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave. Originally slated for June 19-28, officials decided to postpone the fair until July, when it is likely the county will be nearly completely re-opened.Purdue Extension, which oversees the state’s county fairs, has prohibited in-person meetings and events until July 1. They have issued a statement that allows counties to open fairs if that county reaches the final stage
  • Road Construction Projects Continue

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation will continue patching in and around Indianapolis and along I-70.During construction, please plan ahead and find alternate routes. Give yourself extra time to travel in construction zones and drive distraction free.Some of this work is weather dependent and could change. Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter and INDOT East Central on Facebook for the latest construction information.• All lanes of I-70 WB from the North Split to I-465 (Eas
  • “It’s not a home until it’s planted”

    My father liked to garden — vegetables, flowers — it didn’t matter. Some said he had a “green thumb” and if he stuck a stick in the ground it would bloom. His vegetable garden was not exotic, just the usual tomatoes, bush green beans, cucumbers and zucchini. Oh, and he liked radishes. His flower tastes were also simple — petunias and geraniums, marigolds and gladiolus. He also grew tea roses and hibiscus. Every spring he could be found along with thousands of
  • Hoosier Heroes Search

    INDIANAPOLIS — American Dairy Association Indiana (ADAI) recently announced the launch of a new campaign: Hoosier Heroes. Hoosiers around the state have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and this is an opportunity to rally. In honor of the courage, respect and community that comes with the Month of May, and the iconic drink of milk in Victory Circle at the end of the Indianapolis 500, ADAI is seeking support to celebrate the heroes among us and assist communities.There are two easy wa
  • BMV Announces Memorial Day Hours

    INDIANAPOLIS — All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.Branch appointments will resume Tuesday, May 26. As a reminder, all customers are required to have an appointment before visiting a branch. The appointment scheduler is available on the BMV website, found here: https://www.in.gov/bmv/2405.htmFor a complete list of branch locations and hours, to complete an online transaction, or
  • Long Return to “Normal”

    As summer looms ahead, sports fans and everyone else for that matter are impatiently waiting for a return to the normal sporting activities of warm weather. June 1st seems to be the target date that most sports activities are using as their return to regular schedule. The NFL has named that date as the day all team facilities across the nation will be permitted to reopen.However, today, Tuesday May 19, several teams including the Colts have been given the OK to open their practice facilities, un
  • 100 Years Ago: May 22-June 4

    From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, May 27, 1920: The appointment by the mayor of an Indianapolis city planning commission was urged in remarks last night by Flavel Shurtleff, secretary of the National Conference of City Planning, before a meeting of the Architects’ Association and the Architectural League of Indianapolis. One of the most important problems in city planning, he said, is the question of districting. Setting aside districts for residence, business, and industries in differ
  • Walls Become Bridges to Hope and Beauty

    Do you feel as if the walls are closing in? As we enter the third month of a shared shelter-in-place experience brought on by a virus, perhaps we need to look up and look forward from time to time.The photos by Leslie K. Hogue and Paula Nicewanger represent just a few of the artworks out in our community that we may pass by on our way to work, to pick up groceries, or on other errands. Hundreds more can be found throughout the city — on commercial buildings, in public spaces, and a garage
  • Some City Restrictions Lifted May 15

    INDIANAPOLIS — Following the release of Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department joined city and community stakeholders to offer additional guidance for Indianapolis residents regarding local stay in place orders, large gatherings, and enforcement mechanisms. Marion County has the highest number of positive cases and deaths in the state.On May 13, the Mayor and Dr. Caine introduced
  • Local Postal Worker Seeks Help to Create Memorial Garden to Honor Slain Carrier

    Postal worker Joe Berry is seeking help to memorialize Angela Summers, a postal worker who was shot and killed while on her route on the east side on April 27. She passed by a home with a loose dog in the yard, and the occupant confronted her. Summers maced the assailant before he pulled out a gun and shot her. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died. The assailant was arrested and is awaiting trial.Mail to the address had been curtailed and the occupant had been warned that mail
  • Roadwork Continues as Weather Improves

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation will close a portion of I-70 Eastbound and Westbound for approximately 30 days each.I-70 EB from Ronald Reagan Parkway to the South Split will close on May 22. All lanes are scheduled to reopen on June 28.I-70 WB from the South Split to Ronald Reagan Parkway will close on June 26. All lanes are scheduled to reopen on July 30.These closures will remain in effect during the Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends.Crews will be concre
  • Post Office Teams Up with Scholastic to Promote Letter Writing to Kids

    INDIANAPOLIS — The U. S. Postal Service and educational publisher Scholastic have teamed up to rekindle that interest, and promote letter writing as a critical English language skill for U.S. schoolchildren.This is not their first collaboration to encourage children to communicate through the written word, but it is the first time that the classroom has gone remote. Because teachers, parents and students are now at home, supporting classroom materials have been supplemented with lessons ge
  • Hot-Cold-Hot-Cold

    Did your Virus Victory Garden get frostbitten on May 9? Freezing temperatures overnight in Central Indiana set a new record for lows, and many people who got plant fever during the warm days of early May are now trudging back to the stores to buy replacement flowers and vegetables.If you covered  your plants with old bed sheets or other cloth coverings on May 8, many of your plants probably survived. If you removed the plastic sheeting over your plants early the next morning, you also proba
  • Feds Award over $10 Mil. to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $10,980,583 to 28 health centers in Indiana to expand COVID-19 testing.HRSA-funded health centers will use this funding to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of their local communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff, outreach, procurement and administrat
  • Applause!: May 15-21

    • Lessons for students in Grades K-8 broadcast on MyINDY-TV continue. Families can watch the lessons recorded by IPS teachers on Channel 23 from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday-Friday. Subjects covered include Math, English, Reading and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming. These lessons mirror those already posted online and provide greater access for families who don’t have computers or internet service. Lessons can be accessed via cable or satellite connections, or by tuning in the over
  • Zoom

    Whoa, zoom, I’d like to fly far away from here… — The Commodores, with Lionel RichieMy immediate family is spread out across the country, and this pandemic time has strained the fabric of our connectiveness. Where we used to impulsively announce a family gathering in, say, Forest Hills, Maryland — a gathering that would summon family members from all of the states and cities where we’ve encamped — we can no longer have these kinds of close encounters. But my
  • Daytona Beach, Henry Ford, John Dillinger and Bonnie & Clyde

    Like all Americans, COVID-19 is affecting my life and adjusting my normal routine. For more than a quarter century, the Hunter family has ventured down to Daytona Beach, Florida every spring  for an annual getaway. Well, that vacay was cancelled this year. The seriousness of this pandemic far outweighs a lost vacation and, when viewed alongside the sufferings of many of my fellow Hoosiers, is a minor issue indeed. So, since we are all confined to quarters together, I decided to write about
  • Colts 2020 Schedule

    The Colts announced the 2020 schedule last week. The team will open their season at TIBB Stadium in Jacksonville against the Jaguars on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. On Sept. 20 they are home at Lucas Oil against the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. On the 27th they host the New York Jets at home at 4:05 p.m. They go to Soldier Field in Chicago on Oct. 4 to meet the Bears. On Sunday Oct. 11, they meet the Browns in Cleveland at First Energy Stadium at  4:25 p.m. The Cincinnati Bengals come to call on Sunda
  • A Woman’s Place

    Education for the women of the Victorian era was intended solely for the purpose of reinforcing their role as a wife and mother. While the Education Act of 1870 made elementary education for both sexes compulsory, it did little to help women develop intellectually. They were taught the basics or arithmetic, reading and writing, but the main emphasis of their education was placed on the “wifely” responsibilities of cooking, sewing and knitting. The idea that a woman should be able to
  • 100 Years Ago: May 15-21

    From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, May 11, 1920: Ten thousand children in forty-eight Indianapolis public schools are now receiving a mid-morning lunch of a half-pint of milk and two Graham crackers through the work of Indianapolis School Lunch Association. For children who can afford to pay, the lunch costs 4 cents. Those who cannot pay still receive the lunch and the cost comes from money raised by the association. When the lunches began, the weight and height of each child was taken, and at
  • Weekly View Offers Short Term Subscriptions, Advertising, GoFund Me

      With libraries, restaurants, and many other places closed in Indianapolis, and slowly opening in other areas, the Weekly View may be hard to find. You can make it easy by taking out a subscription! That way you are guaranteed a paper every week, and you help support our small, independent business!Subscriptions will be delivered either by hand or via first-class mail (mail delivery will take 1-2 days). Call 317-356-2222 to start your subscription for yourself or a loved one!A 12 week subs
  • Governor Lays Out Plans to Reopen Indiana

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to changing conditions, some of the information provided here from the Governor’s Office may not be accurate by the time you read this.INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the Back On Track Indiana plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health and wellbeing as the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the state.Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus
  • Virtual Fundraiser for Children’s Choir

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of Indianapolis’ most recognizable music education and choral organizations, is hosting a virtual 24-hour fundraiser, The Big Fun Event: Back in The Game. The Big Fun Event: Back in The Game will begin virtually on Tuesday, May 12 and run for 24 hours. This event is replacing the annual Big Fun Event gala that was canceled in April due to COVID-19. The goal is to recoup essential funds that are donated during the gala
  • Jim Gerard Passes Away

    Jim Gerard, at 93 died peacefully in his sleep May 1, 2020 at Marquette Manor in Indianapolis. Jim Gerard was a well-known TV personality from the 60s through the 80s in Indianapolis with his own talk show. I gleaned some of the following information from his obituary — Jim was from Ohio and attended New Falls High School where he majored and excelled in drama, music and speech. Jim was in the Navy during WWII. He was married for over 50 years to Nancy who he met in college at Kent State U
  • First Responders Awarded Honors

    INDIANAPOLIS — Citizens Energy Group was set to host the 52nd Annual Fire, Police & Deputy Sheriff’s Community Recognition Awards in early May. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the annual luncheon had to be canceled. Chief Randal Taylor along with Assistant Chief Christopher Bailey made a special visit to each honoree on behalf of Citizens Energy Group to present each award to honor those who risk their lives to save others.IMPD honorees included Traffic Officer of the Year
  • COVID-19 Scams Target Residents

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Indianapolis office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in continuing to warn residents of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Some scams claim to help individuals receive stimulus checks or unemployment payments. Residents are reminded that providing an account number or “signing up” is not necessary to receive a stimulus payment. Residents can visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments and I
  • Planting (or Giving) Flowers for Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. So many traditions will be disrupted this year — no restaurant brunch, no big family gatherings, no special event to mark the occasion — but flowers can still be sent. In addition, you can plant some flowers at home to remember your mom, or plant some at her home to say how much you care. Here are some flowers that reflect the love we feel for our moms.• Carnations have traditionally been used to honor Mother’s Day. In the language of
  • Online Films Help Hoosiers Experience Indiana Nature

    INDIANAPOLIS — During the month of May, short films, virtual experiences and essays will help Hoosiers find renewal, refuge, relaxation and reflection in nature. The activities, presented by Indiana Humanities, are inspired by its award-winning program called Next Indiana Campfires. In previous years, the events were held in person and ended with conversations around a campfire, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are going virtual.There are five ways people can participate in May:&bull
  • Irvington Community Schools Hosts Meal Delivery

    IRVINGTON — The school shutdowns due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home executive orders issued by Mayor Joe Hogsett and Gov. Eric Holcomb in mid-March doesn’t stop the need for children to be fed. So Irvington Community School, Inc. (ICS) took action.On the program launch day, ICS personnel delivered 235 meals to 112 student households. Assisting Allen in the delivery service were Sara Bruce, Human Resources Coordinator; Bob Bowser, School Resource Officer; and Deanna Dehner, Irvingt
  • Applause!: May 8-14

    • To honor the life of Angela Summers, the USPS carrier who was shot and killed on her near-eastside route on April 27, fellow workers and friends gathered on Monday, May 4 at the post office at Linwood Square to release balloons in her memory.• Cindy Keown, outreach lead at Street Outreach Animal Response Initiative (S.O.A.R.), is among the finalists for the Petco Foundation’s national Unsung Hero award. The Petco Foundation and Victoria Stilwell are honoring five Unsung Heroes
  • Virtual Galleries and Online Shows Bring Local Arts into Homes

    The arts — theatre, music, painting, sculpture, literature, dance, film, etc. — is on an extended intermission. Unable to open to the public, arts organizations and individual artists are finding ways to brighten the days with creative works. On this First Friday (the second one since the lockdown), virtual tours and events are popping up online to help fill the void.Theatres have been especially hard-hit as shows had to be canceled. The IRT has created “IRT at Home,” usi
  • State Clarifies Essential Business Orders

    INDIANA — The Governor of Indiana revised the Stay at Home order, and extended it through May 1, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the Stay At Home order chiefly continues as is, the latest order brings clarity to some essential businesses.• As long as sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), staff and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response, hospitals should conduct medically necessary procedures, such as those determining cancer diagnosis and
  • Founder of Black Expo Passes Away

    INDIANAPOLIS — Founder of Indiana Black Expo and the National Black Republican Council James C. Cummings, Jr., died yesterday at age 90 in a Carmel, Ind., nursing home after suffering a heart attack.A life-long Indianapolis resident, Cummings was a celebrated civic and political leader who helped shape Indiana’s cultural life, economic development and political landscape and played  a prominent role on the national political stage. Cummings is best known as founder of Indiana Bl
  • County Expands COVID-19 Testing

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Public Health Department and the City of Indianapolis announced plans to expand COVID-19 testing, in order to address the disparities in the impact of COVID-19 among African-American residents and those of older age groups. Eastern Star Church, 5750 E. 30th St., will serve as the testing site for this expanded service, beginning next week.According to data released by the Marion County Public Health Department, African-American residents have been three tim
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