• USS Indianapolis Honored 75 Years After Sinking

    ATLANTIC OCEAN — USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) Sailors recently conducted a memorial wreath laying ceremony at sea to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the loss of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), which was torpedoed near the end of World War II.The ship had earned a remarkable battle record through the war. Responding to the attack at Pearl Harbor, her crew went on to serve throughout the Pacific. Bougainville. Alaska. Gilbert Island. The Marshall Islands. Marianas. Saipan. Tinian. Iwo Jima. O
  • North District Officer Dies in Accident

    INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD Officer Justin Keehn passed away on Tuesday, July 28 as a result of a motorcycle accident in Morgan County.Officer Keehn joined IMPD in 2015 and quickly became a rising star in North District, where he was known as a proactive officer who cared for those he served with and the community.He was a loving husband to Sarah, and the father of three boys.The funeral was held on Monday, Aug. 3 at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Westfield. A procession traveled past IMPD N
  • IMPD Begins Body Worn Camera Installations

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) began the process to equip 1,100 officers with Utility, Inc.’s BodyWorn camera technology on Monday, Aug. 3, representing the start of the first permanent body worn camera program for IMPD. The program follows a stakeholder-driven body worn camera feasibility study in 2019, as well as an investment of $1.2 million dedicated last fall by Mayor Joe Hogsett and the City-County Council to fund the program’s rollo
  • County Releases Guidelines for K-12 School Year

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Public Health Department Director and Chief Health Officer Dr. Virginia Caine recently outlined guidance for K-12 schools moving into the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance comes as cases continue to increase nationwide with a trend toward cases seen in a younger population.“Over the last several weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with stakeholders about the various policy scenarios we have analyzed – we don’t take these decisi
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  • Library Foundation Receives Grant for Racial Equity Resources

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation has received a $140,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand the Library’s collection of high-demand materials that explore the issues of race and racial equity. The grant will allow for the purchase of 4,000 copies of 180 fiction and non-fiction titles in various formats, including books, e-books, audiobooks, and videos for children, teens and adults. A majority of titles will be adult non-fiction.All of the new material
  • How to Stay Productive While Working From Home During COVID-19

    COVID-19 has forced a new way of life upon many of us where working from home full-time has become the new reality that we never expected during our careers. This new arrangement has become a welcome and comfortable change from normal work routines for many individuals, but for others it’s been a struggle in finding ways to remain productive when home life offers numerous distractions.Working from home can be a lonely exercise in this era of social distancing and the temptation during work
  • City Announces Grants for Emergency Services

    INDIANAPOLIS — The recipients for the first round of Emergency Services Grants have been announced. The competitive application process prioritized funding to rapidly rehouse persons living in temporary non-congregate shelter/housing, help operate emergency non-congregate temporary shelters/housing, and prevent homelessness for persons affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.The organizations that will receive funding are ASPIRE Indiana Health, Coburn Place Safe Haven, Horizon House, HVAF of India
  • Applause!: Aug. 7-13

    • The Irvington Farmer’s Market will be held Sunday, Aug. 9 from noon-3 p.m. at Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair. Per orders from the Health Dept., the market will be restricted to food staples such as produce, meat, cheese, etc. There will be some pre-packaged foods available. Masks are required. No pets are allowed. Please follow the guidelines to ensure a safe market!• There was a great turnout for the Irvington Historical Society’s Ice Cream Socially-Distanced event
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  • Alzheimer’s Association Continues Programs Online and By Phone

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indianapolis Chapter continues to provide programs and information online and by phone through the pandemic. August education programs include Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning; Effective Communication Strategies and 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.There will also be two special series offerings. One series is those in the middle stage of dementia. The other is designed for care p
  • Fort Ben Cultural Campus Begins Third Phase

    LAWRENCE — The Fort Ben Cultural Campus in the City of Lawrence has begun to take shape, with Phase Three construction underway at the new Visual Arts Center. Construction began July 27 at the former Communications Building from the decommissioned Fort Benjamin Harrison, with the lifting of the building to be slowly moved to the new location on the campus. The actual move of the building will happen on Friday July 31 or Monday Aug. 3.A World War II era building, the Communications Building
  • Arts Organizations Receive 2020 City Grants

    INDIANAPOLIS — The City of Indianapolis and Arts Council of Indianapolis announced grant funding totaling $1.4 million to support the programming and general operations of 70 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving Indianapolis and Marion County. The Annual Grants Program has been core to the city’s support for the arts since 1987, and this year, the application approval process was accelerated to assist organizations impacted by COVID-19.The City of Indianapolis funds the g
  • Organization Seeks Food and Money Donations Aug. 1

    CUMBERLAND — Community Outreach Ministry Eastside (COME) needs help to provide food and assistance to a higher number of people due to the impact of COVID-19. A drive-thru “Food & Fund Drive” is set for Saturday, Aug, 1, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Cumberland First Baptist Church, 116 S. Muessing St., Cumberland. Cars will be directed to drive up to a collection point.  There will be no contact as people drop off food or a financial donation in the form of cash, chec
  • Officers Honored for Water Rescue Efforts

    INDIANAPOLIS – Chief Randal Taylor along with Assistant Chief Christopher Bailey and Commander Ronald Hicks made a special presentation at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Southeast District recently, in recognition of the heroic and selfless service of 4 Officers and 1 Sergeant.On Saturday, June 27, Officer Allen responded within minutes to a 911 call of a car submerged in a retention pond. Officer Allen dove into the murky waters and rescued two teens who had been
  • New City Health Orders Roll Back Some Openings

    INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County adjusted capacity requirements and pursued a more aggressive approach to contain the spread of COVID-19 as of July 24.• Bars and nightclubs that were not permitted to be open in Stage 1-3 of the State’s reopening plan, must close.• Bar seating in restaurants must also close.• Restaurants are limited to 50% indoor capacity.• Places of worship and funeral homes may provide indoor services at 50% capacity; outdoor services are permitted w
  • Ice Cream Socially-Distancing Edition Aug. 1

    IRVINGTON — For over fifty years, the Irvington Historical Society has hosted an annual Irvington Ice Cream Social. In the past, the Social featured great food, live music and old timey summer social fun. The 2020 event, to be held Saturday, Aug. 1, will be very different. The “social” aspect just can’t be done this year. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center. 5350 University Ave. in Irvington.The Irvington Ice Cream
  • State Mandates Face Masks in Public Places

    INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-37 to require face coverings beginning Monday to slow the spread of Coronavirus.State and local health departments will be responsible for enforcing compliance through education about the importance of wearing face coverings. The executive order does not include criminal penalties.The executive order also outlines the requirements for mask-wearing in schools.Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state&rsquo
  • Reuben Engagement Center Resumes Services

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) recently announced plans to provide non-congregate housing and health services to Indianapolis residents experiencing homelessness to address the gap left by the temporary health-related closure of the Reuben Engagement Center (REC). The REC, which provides a safe, secure place to stay and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness who are also experiencing substance abuse issues, has been closed since March due to
  • Pickleball King of Irvington Crowned

    by Joe StuckeyContributor
    IRVINGTON — Located in the tennis courts of Ellenberger Park you will find a smaller court with a lower net where Irvington residents chase, lob, hit and dink a hardened whiffle ball from side-to-side. These residents are playing America’s fastest growing sport, Pickleball. And last week, The Gentlemen Pickleballers of Irvington, held court for the Inaugural King’s Cup to crown the Pickleball King of Irvington.After a grueling tournament, the picklebal
  • Applause!: July 21-Aug. 6

    • National Night Out will be on Tuesday, Aug. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s celebrations will be modified to a Blue Lights National Night Out. Residents are encouraged to turn on an outside blue light that acknowledges the long-standing police/community engagement. Over 38 million people take part in the National Night Out annually.• The Beech Grove Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have cancelled their Suffragist Celebratio
  • City Addresses Surge in Violence in 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Joe Hogsett was recently joined by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Randal Taylor and Director of Community Violence Reduction Shonna Majors to provide an update on 2020 public safety data as well as outline the City’s continued efforts to prevent and reduce violent crime in Indianapolis.One of the key findings is that overall crime is down, but violence is up. Despite criminal homicides being up nearly 40 percent over this time last year,
  • State Remains in Current Stage of Reopening

    INDIANAPOLIS — The majority of the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 31. Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4 as it has for the last two weeks. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.The state has updated its requirements for events that are permitted according to Stage 4.5. Events that expect more than 250 attendees are now required to submit a safety plan to their local health department for approval prior to opening
  • St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Show House Goes Virtual

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 2020 St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, the longest running decorator show house in the nation, will be virtual this year. All proceeds will benefit Eskenazi Health’s COVID-19 relief effort.As has been the tradition for nearly 60 years, landscape and interior designers and their support teams donate hundreds of hours, as do members of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild, to refurbish an area home and its surrounding proper
  • National Coin Shortage Brings Change For Consumers

    INDIANAPOLIS — The national coin shortage is forcing retailers to ask customers to pay with exact change, or use debit/credit cards. The BMV, among other institutions and retailers, is asking Hoosiers to pay with a credit card or check when possible to complete transactions.The United States Federal Reserve is experiencing a coin shortage that is currently impacting all financial institutions within the U.S. The shortage of coins is related the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Mint has signific
  • Library Offers Learning Resources for School Children

    INDIANAPOLIS — As schools and families face difficult decisions on plans for reopening this fall, The Indianapolis Public Library is reminding parents, teachers and school administrators of its vast array of free books and online resources to keep students engaged in learning.Not only are IndyPL locations open, with necessary safety precautions in place, for students and families to visit and check out books and other materials, but the Library is accessible online 24/7 to help get the mos
  • IPS Delays Start of School Year to Aug. 17

    INDIANAPOLIS —In light of the state’s recent COVID-19 update, the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners voted at its annual retreat on Saturday, July 18, to delay the start of school for two weeks – to Monday, Aug. 17.“As I’ve acknowledged all along, this is a fluid situation and we will remain flexible,” said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. “My job as superintendent is to look at all of the data from state and local health and go
  • “Project Take a Stand” Expands African-American Indiana History Collection

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is launching “Project Take a Stand: Listening to the Voices of Protest,” expanding its collecting initiative of African American history in Indiana to include issues of police brutality, systemic racism and efforts to stand up against these issues.Hoosiers throughout the state are encouraged to send writings, photos, drawings and even short videos of recent or past events to IHS via an online form — helping IHS collect a
  • Beef & Boards Present “Smoke on the Mountain” Beginning Aug. 13

    INDIANAPOLIS — Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s next production will be the popular Bluegrass Gospel comedy Smoke on the Mountain, starting Aug. 13.Maintaining its commitment to a responsible reopening, Beef & Boards is postponing the originally-scheduled production of Disney’s Newsies until the fall of 2021. With a smaller cast, Smoke on the Mountain will allow the performers to follow safety protocols including necessary distancing both on and off stage. Tickets already
  • Be Well Crisis Helpline Launched in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration recently launched the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a confidential resource available through Indiana 211 that will allow Hoosiers to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7. The free Be Well Crisis Helpline was established by FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction in direct response to the elevated levels of stress and anxiety Hoosiers are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.COVID-19 has caused a rise
  • Applause!: July 24-30

    • The Black Hat Society of Irvington witches danced on Sunday, July 19 from Washington to Irving Circle on Audubon, to help keep the spirit of Halloween alive and kicking during the pandemic. Dozens greeted the ladies in black enthusiastically. Thank you for helping keep our spirits up!• The former Celadon facility on East 30th St. has a new lease on life, as Kenworth – East. Palmer Trucks will purchase and equip the property to house a diesel technician training center, parts wa
  • IPS Preps for 2020 -21 School Year

    INDIANAPOLIS — As of press time,  Indianapolis Public Schools plans to reopen its doors Aug. 3 for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Officials are committed to ensuring schools are as safe as possible for students and staff. The decision to reopen schools was carefully made after reviewing guidance provided by the Indiana Department of Education, the Marion County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and city leadership, as it
  • IndyPL Invites Citizen Input on New Strategic Plan

    INDIANAPOLIS — An important step in developing plans for Library service during the next three years continues through July as The Indianapolis Public Library encourages residents ages 13 and older to provide feedback through online and printable surveys.The strategic planning process involving citizen participation and self-assessment will generate a blueprint for how IndyPL can better serve diverse populations and continue its commitment to childhood literacy and lifelong learning. The p
  • IMPD Signs Contract for Body Worn Camera Program

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) recently announced the signing of a contract with Utility to begin outfitting officers with body worn cameras. The contract outlines the equipping of 1,100 officers who respond to 911 calls with body worn technology. Rollout is slated to begin in the coming weeks. The signing of the contract follows a second, stakeholder-driven pilot of body worn camera technology on IMPD, as well as an investment of $1.2 million dedicat
  • Former P.R. Mallory Building to Reopen as Schools

    INDIANAPOLIS — Englewood Community Development Corporation and the John Boner Neighborhood Centers will cut the ribbon to open the P.R. Mallory Administration Building on Indianapolis’ near eastside on Monday, July 20 at 10 a.m.. This event will also serve as the grand opening for Purdue Polytechnic High School – Downtown Campus and Paramount Englewood. Following remarks, a building tour will be available.The P.R. Mallory Administration Building is located at 3029 E. Washington
  • 2020 Founder’s Awards Announced

    IRVINGTON — The Irvington Community Council has announced the recipients of the 2020 Founder’s Awards. Since 2011, the awards have recognized the contributions of individuals, organizations, and businesses that have enhanced the quality of life in Irvington. The awards are presented the week of the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, which will be held Oct. 24-31 this year.Scott Irons, owner of Indy Cycle Specialist, has been honored for his 27 years of keeping Irvington rolling a
  • State’s Rental Assistance Portal to Help Hoosiers Outside Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s Rental Assistance Portal opened Monday, July 13 at 9 am Eastern. The application can be found by visiting www.indianahousingnow.org.“The application portal is designed to help Indiana renters adversely affected by COVID-19 living outside of Marion County avoid eviction by connecting them with programs that can help them cover monthly rent payments or past due rent,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. &l
  • Pathway Over Pogue’s Fundraiser a Success

    INDIANAPOLIS ­— More than 50 people participated in Pathways Over Pogue’s (POP’s) June 10 virtual celebration and kickoff to repair the historic Nowland Avenue Bridge in Spades Park and help finish the long-awaited Pogue’s Run Trail.The kickoff premiered a fun video about the campaign, as well as a PowerPoint about what’s needed to repair the bridge.  Guests were challenged to a quiz about Pogue’s Run, and Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett, City Councilman Za
  • Indy Parks Spray Grounds, Playgrounds, Open

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Parks will be requiring park visitors to follow the most recent Marion County Public Health Department Public Health Order to enter park facilities and pool areas.. The Public Health Order, which went into effect today, July 9, requires individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. Day campers and pool visitors must follow the guidelines except while swimming, diving, or entering/using a
  • Beef & Boards Presents “Beehive: The ‘60s Musical”

    INDIANAPOLIS – After a prolonged intermission, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre is reopening with a new show to its stage, Beehive: The ‘60s Musical, now on stage through Aug. 9.Celebrating the phenomenal music of the ‘60s, Beehive is a toe-tapping tribute to the powerful female voices of the era, with such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” A celebration
  • Applause!: July 17-23

    • We’re very excited for the Benton House Book Sale Friday, July 17 from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, July 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Benton House, 312 S. Downey in Irvington. Thousands of books will be ready for sale under the big tent in the parking lot. You’ll also have a chance to buy Christmas in July items from the Benton House at the sale. Sunday is $5 a bag book day!• The Indy Shorts International Film Festival begins July 21 and r
  • Annual Benton House Book Sale July 17-19

    he Benton House Book Sale will be taking place Friday, July 17 from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, July 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale will be held in the big tent in the parking lot at 312 S. Downey Ave. (Thanks to Montgomery Tent & Awning for the tent!) There’s still time to drop off donations for the sale at the Benton House ONLY until Sunday, July 12.The annual book sale is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Benton House, and proceeds go to suppor
  • IndyPL’s 2020 Summer Reading Program Continues Through August 1

    INDIANAPOLIS — It’s not too late for children and families to experience the joy of reading by participating in The Indianapolis Public Library’s 101st Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” which continues at through August 1. The program’s Presenting Sponsor is the Indianapolis Indians.This year’s program allows participants to track the amount of time spent reading, instead of the number of books read, and earn prizes generously donated by comm
  • Evictions, Foreclosures, Disconnections Prohibited Through July 31

    INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb recently signed Executive Order 20-33 to extend the prohibition on evictions, foreclosures, and the disconnection of utility services.The prohibition on evictions from rental properties and the prohibition on filing foreclosures are both extended through July 31. Renters, homeowners, lending institutions and landlords are encouraged to establish payment plans to avoid later evictions or foreclosures.Hoosiers struggling to pay rent due to the impact o
  • City Mandates Face Masks in Marion County as of July 9

    INDIANAPOLIS — The city recently announced next steps in Marion County’s continued reopening. The Public Health Order includes the mandate for residents to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, and in outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.The changes go into effect July 9 and closely mirror the state of Indiana’s new order, with the following exceptions:• Residents are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, and in outdoor pu
  • Your Health & Safety Is Our Top Priority at Eskenazi Health

    The recent worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and other impactful news of late has taken the attention of many of us away from one of our most important priorities, maintaining our good health.Eskenazi Health encourages everyone to remain vigilant by having regular check-ups and staying current with vaccines and medications. To that end, the following measures are being taken at all Eskenazi Health facilities to protect you and our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.• Many appointments with Eskena
  • Tips on Keeping Healthy & Safe in Extreme Heat

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) is encouraging residents to take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them during extreme heat periods. Residents are urged to:• Stay hydrated.• Check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly and those without access to air conditioning.• Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.• When outside, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and take frequent breaks in the shade or an air-condit
  • Library Offers Free Resources on Issues of Race and Racial Equality

    INDIANAPOLIS — To help individuals learn more about the complex topic of race and racial equity, The Indianapolis Public Library is making available a variety of e-books, audiobooks and streaming videos that can be easily accessed from the Library’s catalog at indypl.org.While popular titles often have waitlists for paper or e-book versions, a number of publishers and content providers are offering libraries this high-demand digital content through July with no waitlists due to the i
  • City Invests $1 Million in Reopening Plan

    INDIANAPOLIS — The City of Indianapolis recently announced it would invest $1 million in a comprehensive marketing campaign encouraging Hoosiers to stay and play in the capital. The campaign includes discounts to downtown hotels, up to 50% of nightly rates, and will highlight local businesses, cultural institutions, restaurants, and more. Advertisements will run on television, radio, digital, and social media platforms through Labor Day. More information can be found at visitindy.com/india
  • Be Prepared for Air Quality Action Days

    INDIANAPOLIS — Knozone Action Days, declared by the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, and Air Quality Action Days, declared by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, are called when conditions are right for increased ground-level ozone. Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather combine with vehicle exhaust, factory emissions and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that c
  • A Hoosier Guard on Alcatraz, Part 1

    This column was first published 11 years ago. Last weekend, I traveled to Terre Haute to check on it’s subject. Next, week, in Part 2, I will bring you up to speed on Jim Albright, the last guard to leave the notorious San Francisco Bay island prison know as “The Rock.”
    Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary opened 75 years ago on August 11, 1934. I covered my visit to the “The Rock” in an earlier article. As I stood on the same Alcatraz boat dock that received the likes of
  • 100 Years Ago This Week: July 10-16

    From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, July 16, 1920: Fences of unpainted boards, placed closely together, extending the length of the property to the sidewalk, were erected yesterday on either side of Dr. Lucian Meriwether’s home, 2253 N. Capitol Ave. The fences, one ten feet high and the other six feet high, were paid for by members of the Capitol Avenue Protective Association. Since Dr. Meriwether, a colored dentist, moved into the house two months ago, offers have been made to him exceedi
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