Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A note from Dennis Papenmeier

To all,

Many of you may have already heard, but starting at the beginning of the new year, I have accepted a new position within Mayor Ballard’s administration. I was asked to move to DPW and serve as the Executive Assistant to the Director. I will be serving primarily as the liaison to City-County Council, but will also be assisting Director Sherman with various policy issues and other special projects that may arise.

Let me assure each of you that it has been a privilege working with all of you over the past year and a half. As many of you know, I served in a very similar position under Mayor Goldsmith, so community service and working with vested neighborhood leaders are passions of mine. I believe these passions and experiences are reasons I was asked to serve in DPW and take a spirit of neighborhoods there.

One of the prerequisites I had for making the move to DPW was to make sure that I could continue to work in your areas until a replacement is found. I will bring that person to one of your upcoming meetings and introduce you to him or her. I will not let the transition be anything less than as smooth as possible. Even beyond that, I will never be more than a phone call away from the person that replaces me, anytime they might seek my thoughts on how to assist any of you.

So, this is not good-bye at all. Rather, it is the opportunity for me to ensure that “neighborhoods” become a bit more considered in how DPW plans projects and conducts business.

In the conversations that I have already had with some of you, you have told me that I was successful in one of the things I set out to accomplish. Many of you know that there is someone on the other end of the line that cares and that is willing to take the time to explain “City Hall” to any and all of you who wanted to find out how to make things happen for yourselves. City government is as local as government gets, so we ought to be fundamentally responsive to you all. I have tried to do that and, I hope, I have been at least somewhat successful in that effort. I hope that, in my new role, I will be able to continue to do that, as well.

I hope all of you have a great start to 2010…!

IndyGo Operating on Sunday Schedule on New Year’s Day

Indianapolis–IndyGo bus service will operate on a Sunday/ Holiday schedule on New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1). If a route does not offer Sunday service, then no service will be available on this days.

Specifically, IndyGo’s schedule for New Year’s Day is as follows:

• Fixed Route: Sunday Schedule

• Red Line Circulator: No service

• Open Door Paratransit: Sunday Schedule

• ICE Fishers, Carmel: No service

• Green Line will run a regular schedule.

The IndyGo Customer Service Call Center will close at 7:00 pm on New Year's Eve and will be closed on New Year's Day. The City Market Sales Kiosk will close at 4:00 pm on New Year's Eve and will be closed on January 1 and 2. All routes, the Call Center and Administrative offices will resume regular schedules and operations on Saturday, Jan 2. The City Market Sales Kiosk will resume normal hours on Mon, January 4.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Second Story--2009 was awesome! we're ready for 2010

Happy Holidays

Second Story enjoyed a great 2009. And we appreciate your support in helping us continue to succeed. This year, with many excellent volunteers joining our team, we've helped lots of kids in Indianapolis find joy in writing and improve their literacy skills.

We did this with:

· Summer programs on East 10th Street (in partnership with Y-Press) on the Near Eastside (see the videos here) and in Garfield Park (in partnership with Indy Parks).

· In-school programs at IPS School 15 (4th graders) and IPS School 2 (7th graders in partnership with Butler University and Central Library).

· Weekly after-school programs at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square, Kaleidoscope Youth Center and MLK Center.

· Entertaining and successful Corporate Rock Off, Zippers of Zoomerville and Harrison Center Underground fundraiser events.

Now, we're looking forward to 2010 with plans to continue our after-school efforts while also working with high school kids for the first time as we team up with University of Indianapolis to help students at Manual High School bring back their yearbook and newspaper publications.

In late 2008 and in 2009, we received some great support from the Indianapolis Foundation, State Farm and from individuals like you. But times are tight and finding foundation and corporate support is a challenge - especially for younger nonprofit organizations like ours.

So we need your help. The more funds we can raise, the more we can expand our programs to reach more children in 2010. It's easy to make a tax-deductible donation online through the Donate/Paypal button on our website or by sending us a check to 1014 Prospect St. Indianapolis, IN 46203.

We'd also love your help as a volunteer in 2010. Please email me if you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello.

All Best,

Jim Walker
Managing Director

Another big accomplishment in 2009 was finishing Second Story's website. While it is still developing, we're really proud of the site and expect to make it even more useful for kids, parents and teachers in 2010. Thanks to the site's designers, Indiana-based Medium Large, for their support on this project.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dear Fringe Fans,

IndyFringe prides itself on returning 100% of the box office to our performers. However, this means none of the proceeds from the festival can be used to support the costs associated with putting on the festival including: renting all five theatres, paid theatre technical staff, and our incredible staff of the Fringe - Pauline Moffat, Justin Brady, and part-time staff we hire during festival month as funds allow.

Please support IndyFringe in 2010 by giving a tax-deductible donation in 2009.
Make a secure online donation today.


Jill Ditmire, President - IndyFringe Board

P.S. I hope to see you in January 2010 at the IndyFringe Theatre for Emerging Artists Month!


The Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with Indy
Parks, the Department of Public Works and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful,
will host the fourth annual Post-Holiday Recycling Event on Saturday,
January 9, 2010

WHAT: This one-day event is designed to offer residents an
environmentally safe way to dispose of unwanted electronics and to
provide a reuse and recycling option for Christmas trees. Through this
event, residents are able to do their part as we make Indianapolis a
cleaner, more sustainable city.

Accepted items include:
* Christmas trees (remove all ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic
bags, and other decorations)
* Cardboard boxes
* Gift boxes (no wrapping paper)
* Styrofoam (white foam, clean with no glue)
* Electronics (examples include: computer equipment, cell phones, TV's
no larger than 27 inches, VCRs, DVD players and stereos)
Volunteers will be on hand to help unload recyclables.

WHERE: Broad Ripple Park - 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue
Ellenberger Park - 5301 E. St. Clair Street
Garfield Park - 2354 Pagoda Drive
Krannert Park - 605 S. High School Road

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010

Monday, December 21, 2009


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has awarded a $90,000 grant to members of the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition to boost the IABC’s citywide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in 2010.

Locally, the VITA program occurs through a collaboration of IABC members, including the City of Indianapolis, United Way of Central Indiana, Central Indiana Community Foundation, local banks and financial institutions and various not-for-profit organizations focused on asset building and financial fitness. The grant application was submitted through the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, a public-private partnership that is also a member of the IABC. By contributing $20,000 to the project, the Indianapolis Foundation, which is affiliated with CICF, contributed a significant portion of the matching funds needed to receive the IRS grant.

VITA partners are organizations that provide free federal tax return preparation and electronic filing to low and moderate income individuals. For tax year 2009, individuals and families with an adjusted gross income of $49,000 or lower are eligible for assistance.

In Indianapolis, eight neighborhood community centers serve as VITA sites, helping to recruit volunteers and providing staff support during a variety of hours. They include John H. Boner Community Center, Christamore House, Concord Neighborhood Center, Hawthorne Community Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Oasis Christian CDC, Shepherd Community Center and Southeast Community Services. There will also be one-day VITA sites at Goodwill Industries and other locations to be announced in early 2010.

The VITA program, known for several years as “Save, Earn and Learn,” works in partnership with “Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness,” which is chaired by First Lady Winnie Ballard.

“I am passionate about promoting financial fitness throughout Indianapolis, because I believe improving financial health is one of the best ways we can improve the quality of life for all citizens,” said First Lady Winnie Ballard. “Through Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness, we are helping connect individuals with tools and resources to help them live within their means and make their hard-earned dollars stretch further.”

Under the national VITA Grant Program, the IRS awarded nearly $8 million in matching grants to 147 organizations that will offer free tax preparation services during the 2010 filing season. There was a strong response to the 2010 VITA grant solicitation, with 360 organizations submitting applications that, combined, requested more than $30 million in matching funds.

“We're proud to support the VITA program and their volunteer tax preparers who provide an invaluable service to millions of taxpayers,” said Richard Byrd, Jr., IRS Wage and Investment Operating Division Commissioner.

The funds will be used to:

•Enable VITA programs to extend services to underserved populations and hardest to reach areas, both urban and non-urban

•Increase the capacity to file returns electronically

•Heighten quality control and improve the accuracy of returns prepared by the VITA sites

•Enhance training of volunteers

Individuals interested in volunteering to assist Indianapolis community centers with tax prep and other financial fitness services may visit to register.

Friday, December 18, 2009


The Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with Indy
Parks, the Department of Public Works and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful,
will host the fourth annual Post-Holiday Recycling Event on Saturday,
January 9, 2010

WHAT: This one-day event is designed to offer residents an
environmentally safe way to dispose of unwanted electronics and to
provide a reuse and recycling option for Christmas trees. Through this
event, residents are able to do their part as we make Indianapolis a
cleaner, more sustainable city.

Accepted items include:
* Christmas trees (remove all ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic
bags, and other decorations)
* Cardboard boxes
* Gift boxes (no wrapping paper)
* Styrofoam (white foam, clean with no glue)
* Electronics (examples include: computer equipment, cell phones, TV's
no larger than 27 inches, VCRs, DVD players and stereos)

Volunteers will be on hand to help unload recyclables.

WHERE: Broad Ripple Park - 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue
Ellenberger Park - 5301 E. St. Clair Street
Garfield Park - 2354 Pagoda Drive
Krannert Park - 605 S. High School Road

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010


The Office of City Prosecutor today announced the recent
win to secure jail time for repeat offenders for animal violations. The
case comes after the city charged two residents with repeat offenses
dating back to 2006.

"Targeting repeat offenders has been a focus of the Office of City
Prosecutor," explained Samantha Karn, Corporation Counsel for the City
of Indianapolis. "Aggressively targeting these individuals reinforces
Mayor Ballard's commitment to a cleaner, safer city."

Since 2006, Timothy and Telisa Pierce, of the 3400 block of West Murray,
have repeatedly been ordered to keep their dogs confined to their

On three separate occasions, the court found that Timothy Pierce failed
to keep his dog from roaming unaccompanied through his neighborhood,
resulting in the Court ordering him on October 26, 2009, to never own or
keep a dog in Marion County again. Additionally, on three separate
occasions, the court found that Telisa Pierce, who resides in the same
house as Timothy, failed to keep her dog from roaming unaccompanied
through her neighborhood, and the Court ordered her on November 6, 2009
to never own or keep a dog in Marion County again.

On November 8, 2009, Animal Care and Control (ACC) was dispatched to
investigate an animal attack in the 3400 block of West Murray. When the
officer arrived at the location, she was directed to the Pierce home as
the location where the attacking dog was confined. The defendants were
unavailable at that time, and an officer returned to the home three days
later. At that time, the officer found six dogs confined in the Pierce's
garage, with no food or water.

At that time, the Office of City Prosecutor filed a motion with the
Court against the Pierce's for contempt of court. On December 16, 2009
the Court ordered both defendants to serve five days in jail and ordered
each individual a $1,000 fine for violating a total of six Court orders
against them.

The Office of City Prosecutor is a division of the Office of Corporation
Counsel. In 2008, the City Prosecutor eliminated a backlog of more than
800 cases from 2007. Today, the City Prosecutor promptly prosecutes
violations referred to it from ACC and the Office of Code Enforcement.


Mayor Greg Ballard today announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Straub as Public Safety Director for the City of Indianapolis.

"Dr. Straub is a proven, results-oriented crime fighter, and he has the experience and determination to lead our Public Safety Department in Indianapolis," said Mayor Ballard. "He will work constructively with our public safety professionals, our community, and our neighborhoods to make Indianapolis the most livable big city in America."

Straub comes to Indianapolis from White Plains, New York where he served as Police Commissioner. In the seven years he served as commissioner, he and his force effected a 40 percent drop in serious crimes by employing community policing techniques and the effective analysis trends and crime data.

With over 25 years of experience in criminal justice, Straub earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York and his professional experience includes time spent in the Naval Investigative Service and the Diplomatic Security branch of the State Department. He served as Executive Deputy Inspector General for the State of New York and the U.S. Department of Justice as a special agent.

Prior to serving as Commissioner in White Plains, Straub was Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York Police Department, serving before and after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

"I'm very excited to be a part of the team here in Indianapolis," said Straub. "Mayor Ballard's record of emphasizing public safety and the dedication of his entire team definitely influenced my decision. We have a great responsibility to keep our community safe and I'm eager to get started."

Straub was recommended by the city's Public Safety Director Search Committee, led by former Public Safety Director Scott Newman.

"Frank is the right choice to lead our public safety department into the future," said Newman. "He has an impressive track record in criminal justice and we certainly look forward to his leadership as we work to keep our neighborhoods safe and criminals off our streets."

2010 Commercial Facade Grant Application Available

If you are thinking of renovating the facade of your commercial building in Indianapolis, this grant might help you get the work done. Building owners and tenants (with owner approval) may apply for the 50% match.

Application is here

Southeast Community Services offering extended hours and classes on Saturday

Southeast Community Services at 901 Shelby in the Fountain Square neighborhood is offering new extended hours in their computer resource center on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.

Currently the center operates from 8am to 8pm Monday and Thursday and 8am to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. With the new addition of part time staff they have extended those hours to Saturday starting December 12th. Starting immediately on this date will be a Beginning Computer Basics class from 12 noon until 1pm, and starting early January 2010 there will be a Word 2007 class offered from 9:45am to 11:45am.

The Southeast Community Resource Center houses the computer classroom and the public computer lab, offering classes in Microsoft Word 2007 and Excel 2007, resume writing, typing, computer basics, internet/email and English/Spanish courses.
For more information please contact Ondina Schrunder or Brian Kern at 317-236-7400 extension 247.

Southeast Community Services offers Microsoft Excel 2007 classes

Southeast Community Services on 901 Shelby in the Fountain Square neighborhood is now offering Microsoft Excel 2007 classes in their Resource Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

The Excel class being offered is currently scheduled as a 2-hour session 2 times a week. We offer an introductory week of classes after the Christmas holiday on December 29th and 30th from 4 to 6 pm.

General topics covered in the class series are: navigation of the Excel spreadsheet, learning the basics of creating math and function formulas, specifically the SUM function, common Excel errors and how to fix them, how to design/format an Excel document, moving data within a spreadsheet as well as other topics. The December sessions are designed to be a one-time introduction to using the Excel 2007 program.
The Excel classes will continue into the coming months, currently following the same schedule outlined above on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4-6pm, or possibly 5-7pm depending on classroom availability, with the entire series taking place over the course of six weeks.

The Southeast Community Services Resource Center houses the computer classrooms and the public computer lab, and currently offers classes in Microsoft Word 2007, resume writing, typing, computer basics, internet/email and English/Spanish courses.

For more information please contact Ondina Schrunder or Brian Kern at 317-236-7400 extension 247.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Santa invites you to get your holiday cheer on track at Christmas at Garfield during the park-wide celebration at Garfield Park! Santa, Mrs. Clause and the elves all will be on hand at the park’s three facilities this Saturday to share some holiday cheer with families and friends.

Oh what fun it is to visit the Conservatory to see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poin­settia show. Meet Santa and get your picture taken with him for only $3! Try your hand at this year’s holiday scavenger hunt and see if you can find all of the hidden items among trains, villages, ornaments and trees.

Then, jingle all the way to the Arts Center to make real wooden toys with Santa’s elves! Children will use glue, hammers, markers and teamwork to assemble colorful vehicles. Once the toys are finished, kids can take them home for free! Dash through the snow to the Burrello Family Center to see Mrs. Claus, and pick up some yummy treats. You’ll be laughing all the way! Plus, make colorful, festive holiday cards to send to soldiers overseas.

For more information, please call (317) 327-7066.

WHAT: Christmas at Garfield Park
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009

WHERE: Garfield Park, 2505 Conservatory Drive

COST: Events at the Conservatory & Sunken Gardens, Arts Center and Burrello Family Center at FREE.

Pictures with Santa are $3.

Bike Indy. Swim Indy. Run Indy.



The Indianapolis Parks Foundation (IPF) announced today that Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the foundation a grant of $7.3 million, the largest single donation in IPF’s 20-year history. The funds will be used for critically needed capital projects in parks that serve primarily low-income residents.

On the “to do” list is a new pool at Bethel Park to replace the one built in 1971 that leaks 8 million gallons of water a season. Also included are improvements to Riverside Park Aquatic Center, enhancements of restroom facilities at 12 park sites that serve low- and moderate-income youth, and rehabilitation of tennis courts at 11 park sites used by the National Junior Tennis League for its summer programs.

“Parks are essential community assets. They unify and connect neighbors and neighborhoods across Indianapolis,” said Lilly Endowment President N. Clay Robbins. “This grant is a continuation of Lilly Endowment’s history of providing from time to time significant support for strategic capital projects in Indianapolis’ parks.”

“For the City of Indianapolis, this contribution provides an opportunity to improve many park facilities that are important to children and families in our community. We appreciate the support from Lilly Endowment and are fortunate to have an organization such as the Indianapolis Parks Foundation dedicated to providing the resources that will help make such projects a success,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

“Since 1991, through the generosity of private funders, IPF has provided more than $12 million to Indy Parks for capital improvement projects, land acquisition and program support, and we’ve done so relatively quietly,” said IPF Executive Director Cindy Porteous. “The gift from Lilly Endowment provides an unprecedented opportunity for this organization to become an even stronger advocate for parks and green space in Indianapolis and stay focused on our mission of building parks for life for children and families in this community.”

Included in the grant is $500,000 for a maintenance fund to provide ongoing upkeep on the funded projects.


Mayor Greg Ballard and the Office of Sustainability announced today that Sara Snow will emcee the Indianapolis Sustainability Awards luncheon to be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010.

"Sara Snow's success in educating and motivating people throughout the country to live in harmony with the environment is inspiring," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "It's fitting that she will present awards to deserving individuals and businesses who also are working to inspire others to adopt the concept of sustainability. I'm thrilled she's agreed to be a part of the first-ever Indianapolis Sustainability Awards."

A graduate of Butler University, Snow worked at WXIN-TV as a morning news reporter before landing two subsequent natural living television series on the Discovery Networks, "Living Fresh" and "Get Fresh with Sara Snow." In addition to providing green commentary and tips in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens, Snow recently authored a book called "Sara Snow's Fresh Living" and travels the country speaking to groups on the small changes they can make to live greener, healthier lives.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of this incredibly important moment in Hoosier history," says Snow. "Not only do I love applauding people who are working to make green and natural living more accessible for their neighbors and those around the globe, but I'm absolutely thrilled to be doing that right here in Indianapolis."

The Indianapolis Sustainability Awards are designed to inspire innovation, showcase impact, reward leadership and promote education around the principles of sustainability. Five awards will be given to honor excellence in each of the following categories:
* Land
* Air
* Energy
* Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Applications are available at Projects must have been completed in Marion County between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2009. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2009.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Salute to World War II Veterans Saturday, Dec 12

Mayor Ballard’s salute to World War II Veterans will be held this Saturday, December 12, 2009, at the American Legion Post, 601 S Holt Road, 1pm – 3pm.

To honor our WW II vets, and surviving family members, please join Mayor Ballard and local WW II Veteran guest speakers for the city salutes to “the Greatest Generation.”

* Ben Davis High School Jazz Band will be performing musical selections from the Big Band era.
* Presentation of Colors by the Indiana Army National Guard.
* Veterans will receive a special, one-of-kind, memorial challenge coin.
* Surviving family members of those who served in WW II will also be recognized; a pendant will be presented to those family members.
* Refreshments served

Monday, December 7, 2009

Are You Savvy?

SAVI Introduction
Central Library (Central) Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.
Tue., Dec 15, 2009
9:15 am - 11:45 am


Tue., Feb 16, 2010
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Please call 275-4119 to register for this event.
Age Level: Adults
Category: Computers & Technology

Registration Required
Adults are invited for a PowerPoint overview of the power and usefulness of SAVI-Interactive. SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators - is a dynamic community information system that helps you map, compare and store data about Central Indiana communities from over 30 sources.
This program will be held in the Computer Training Lab on the 1st floor.

Pack the Pantries with Mayor Ballard on Friday, December 11th

On Friday December 11th, Mayor Ballard, the Indianapolis Colts, 40,000 Pounds of Giving, 97.1 HANK FM, RUAN and Wheeler Ministries ask that you bring non perishable food items and canned goods to Monument Circle between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help “Pack the Pantries” for those in need. The Indianapolis Colts will be on hand with tickets for the upcoming Colts vs. Broncos game on December 13th. All proceeds will be donated to Wheeler Mission and the Marion County Food Banks.

For those unable to attend, donations may also be dropped off at any one of Indianapolis’ 38 Fire Stations from now until December 17. For a listing of IFD Stations accepting donations please visit:


The Office of Code Enforcement (OCE) will present a Spanish version of the KNOW THE CODE! And Get to Know Your Office of Code Enforcement Leadership Team for the City of Indianapolis series to the Latino community on Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Office of Code Enforcement, 1200 Madison Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. Members of the Latino community are invited to meet OCE’s Leadership Team and learn about its mission, becoming a new city department, and the services that have been consolidated under the new code enforcement office.

Earlier this year, Mayor Greg Ballard created the Office of Code Enforcement to streamline the city’s licensing, permitting, and inspection functions under one department to improve efficiency, service, and accessibility.

“We have worked diligently over the past ten months to move critical quality of life functions under one entity to take a more strategic approach in keeping our city clean, safe, and vibrant, while also creating a one-stop shop for services that is convenient and accessible to both residents and business owners,” said OCE Director Rick Powers. “Meeting with the Latino community is an important step in being inclusive and ensuring that Latinos have access to public information and city services.”

The OCE Leadership Team will be available for a question and answer session following a brief presentation offered in Spanish. Residents are encouraged to come out and offer input regarding city services and quality of life issues, including:

· Licenses - business and contractor licenses

· Permits - building, infrastructure, sign, and special event permits

· Inspections - building, infrastructure, and zoning inspections

“The City of Indianapolis is becoming a diverse cultural center, and Latinos are a vital part of our neighborhoods and business communities,” said Carolin Requiz-Smith, Director of the Mayor’s Office of International & Cultural Affairs. “Part of our Latino Affairs initiative is to encourage Indianapolis’ Latinos to become more involved in their local government and serve as active partners in disseminating information to the city’s Spanish-speaking population and provide feedback on how the city can better serve the Latino community.”

BOI Winter Workshop Schedule Now Available


BOI is pleased to announce our workshop schedule for January through March 2010 is now available. Click here to view or download the schedule and class descriptions. As always, contact us at (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 or to register.

New Business Beginnings Material and Format!
You will notice that we're making some changes in 2010 to better assist you in starting and growing your business. We will be using the new Core Four® curriculum in our business planning courses, which presents business planning concepts in four major areas: success planning, market planning, cash flow planning and operations planning. This engaging and interactive curriculum will inspire and motivate you to have the confidence to build and grow your own small business. With this new curriculum, we have created two separate programs: Business Planning 1 and Business Planning 2. New entrepreneurs will take the first steps in planning for business success with Business Planning 1, then with that foundation in place, Business Planning 2 will assist the entrepreneur in the process of completing the business plan.

Get $mart-er!
We are also adding a 10-hour workshop series called Get Smart with Your Money to ensure emerging or existing business owners understand and practice good financial decision-making. To do so will improve business success rate and “bankability” when seeking small business loans.

Additional Programs
We will continue to schedule our core business growth workshops in the areas of sales and marketing, financial management, and legal issues, but are also looking at ways to be more flexible and responsive to your needs by adding new programs as needs are identified. Watch for future announcements of new offerings such as small-group working sessions as follow-ups to our core classes, business owner peer group meetings covering topics of interest, and open computer lab hours.
We are committed to helping you realize your dream. In addition to reviewing the scheduled classes, schedule a business counseling appointment so we can connect you to programs, resources and opportunities!


Indy Parks & Recreation will offer eight drop-off locations in Marion County for residents to recycle their Christmas trees from Dec. 26, 2009, through Jan. 31, 2010.

Indy Parks’ tree recycling program diverts waste from the landfill and adds mulch to our parks and street trees. Last year, Indy Parks recycled more than 15,000 Christmas trees. Residents are encouraged to help make Indianapolis a more sustainable city and take advantage of this easy, environmentally friendly way to dispose of their trees.

Residents are asked to remove all ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, nails and other decorations before drop-off. No artificial trees or materials will be accepted. Trees will be accepted at the following locations during normal park hours (dawn to dusk), seven days a week. Follow signs within each park to the specific drop-off locations.

* Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave., south lot.
* Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. Saint Clair St., west of pool in main parking lot.
* Garfield Park, 2345 Pagoda Drive, Burrello Family Center parking lot.
* Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road, north parking lot.
* Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St., north parking lot.
* Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive, tennis court parking lot.
* Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road, soccer field parking lot.
* Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St., soccer field parking lot.

For more information, visit or call 327-PARK.


December 11 AND 12

10:00 AM TILL 2:00 PM

901 Shelby Street





Friday, December 4, 2009


City Making the Cut – Cutting More Properties in Half the Time

As the high weeds and grass season comes to a close, the City releases its report on achieving greater efficiencies and improved service for cutting down high weeds and grass.

In its first year of operating the high weeds and grass program, the Office of Code Enforcement has mowed more than 9,000 properties over the past six months – four times the number of properties than the previous year. The Office of Code Enforcement was created by Mayor Greg Ballard to focus on quality of life functions that can significantly impact the health and safety of citizens.

“Each summer high weeds and grass is the top call to the Mayor’s Action Center, and the City must be prepared to tackle these property maintenance issues before they become a public nuisance,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “The Office of Code Enforcement has quickly proven its effectiveness by achieving a record amount of mowing while simultaneously decreasing response time.”

To prepare for the mowing season, the Office of Code Enforcement utilized Six Sigma expertise to develop a data measurement plan to identify ways to improve efficiency and measurably decrease the call-to-cut time for mowing high weeds and grass – the time period between a citizen reporting a problem property to the Mayor’s Action Center and the date it receives its first mow. As a result, the Office of Code Enforcement effectively decreased the call-to-cut time by more than half despite the increase in number of problem properties. The high weeds and grass report includes:

· Call-to-Cut Time: 17 days (42 in 2008)

· 14,112 Investigations

· 10,921 High Weeds & Grass Cases (5,431 in 2008)

· 9,101 Properties mowed (2,144 in 2008)

· 2,742 Property re-mows (337 in 2008)

(2009 numbers as of 12/2/09; 2008 numbers per Six Sigma Project)

Changes in the 2009 high weeds and grass program included the dedication of a full-time inspection staff to inspect properties within one business day of being reported; reducing the number of days from 10 to 5 for a citizen to abate a violation and requiring only one notice of violation per year; using mowing vendors as city agents to re-inspect properties in violation to either report voluntary compliance or proceed in cutting the property while onsite to reduce additional wait time; and scheduled problem properties to be mowed every 28 days until the property owner takes responsibility for cutting the property.

“Measuring programs we administer is essential in tracking the progress of City operations, identifying ways to deliver a more effective service, and remaining accountable to citizens through true data measurement,” said Rick Powers, Director of the Office of Code Enforcement. “Although we believe we had a successful mowing season, we will review the high weeds and grass program in its entirety to identify any additional improvements that could be made for the 2010 season.”

Breakfast with Santa is next Saturday.

If you have children or grandchildren, mark you calendars for December 12 from 830 -1030am at the Shepherd Community Center, 4107 East Washington Street. This free event will give kids an opportunity to interact with our officers, meet Santa (with a photograph), and enjoy a nutritious breakfast. We expect hundreds of kids!!! Parents are welcome for breakfast also.

Community Building Coordinator Wanted at SEND

As a continuation of the GINI program – SEND will be hiring a full-time Community Building Coordinator. The program will start January 1, 2010.

For a job description please contact Mark Stewart, SEND President, at Interested persons must submit a cover letter and resume by December 15, 2009.

Position Description: Community Building Coordinator

Oversee implementation of Southeast Quality of Life Plan

● Convene and support Quality of Life Plan neighborhood meetings

● Work with neighborhood partners to develop projects and move them to implementation

● Gather neighborhood input and make recommendations regarding Plan amendments

● Assess and document progress of Plan, share with constituent stakeholders

● Coordinate Annual Neighborhood Gathering

● Build and manage relationships locally and city wide to leverage resources for plan implementation

Coordinate Building Blocks model block program

● Work with Block Clubs within target areas to increase involvement of residents

● Work with Block Clubs to create and implement their Action Plans

● Connect Block Clubs with available resources

● Share best practices from Block Club to Block Club

● Assist in selection of additional Block Clubs to participate


The Mayor’s Office of International and Cultural Affairs will host a town hall meeting Friday, December 4th to discuss the importance of Latino participation in the upcoming 2010 Census.

2010 Census questionnaires will be mailed out in early 2010 and will pose a total of ten questions for residents to answer and mail back to the United States Census Bureau. The data collected from the census will assist in determining federal funding for various programs.

For more information on the 2010 Census visit







4:00P.M.—5:30 P.M.

Discover the many 4-H educational opportunities!

Helping Youth to Succeed:
Opportunities and Resources to Improve your Youth Program from Purdue University Extension Services

December 8th

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Southeast Community Services
901 Shelby Street

If you are thinking in becoming a volunteer or are currently working with youth, you are invited.
Parents are welcome!

RSVP Rodney Benifield
Southeast Community Services
317- 236-7400

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pleasant Run Grocer First Membership Meeting

A Community Owned Grocery Store

Pleasant Run Grocer is a member owned community based grocery store dedicated to serving the needs of local producers and consumers by providing goods and services, education and reasonably priced healthy foods.

Please Join us for our First Membership Meeting to hear about the progress our steering committee has made over the past year. We are nearing a business plan, incorporation and are getting ready for the hard push for membership, finances and a location.

7:00 PM, Dec 10th

Emmanuel Baptist Church
920 Laurel Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Monday, November 30, 2009


On December 1st, the City of Indianapolis will pilot a parking citation court in an effort to improve the way the city collects revenue from parking citations. The court will hold hearings at the former Guardian Home facility and will be managed five days a week to give violators an opportunity to pay outstanding citations.

"We have seen a significant lack of collections with unpaid parking citations and feel this is a way to increase revenue while working under our Six Sigma process to manage the program with greater efficiencies," said Manuel Mendez, Deputy Controller.

Using Six Sigma process improvement strategies, it is estimated that under this program the City may collect an additional $352,000 to $520,000 in parking citation revenue over the next 12 months.

The parking citation court will be managed by T2 Systems, which currently oversees the City's collections and software for parking tickets. The court, which will hold hearings on a daily basis, will allow violators increased opportunities from the currently run system which holds hearings every two weeks.

"Our goal with this program is to assist the City in collecting parking citation revenue. Working together with the City, T2 Systems also offers payment options over the Internet, mail or IVR to make paying citations as easy and convenient as possible," said Jim Zaloudek, Chief Financial Officer for T2. "This allows us to fulfill our role of helping the City's parking operations be as profitable and efficient as possible."

If citations are not paid prior to their scheduled hearing, the City may request a fine of up to $2,500 per citation. Upon receiving a judgment for an unpaid citation, individuals responsible could be subject to collections actions or having their vehicle registration suspended.

The citation court opens Tuesday, December 1st from the hours of 9am to 3pm at the Guardian Home located at 5751 University Ave.

Upcoming Training Opportunity

Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

with John Steinabch,

nationally recognized trainer

Thursday, December 3

5:30—9:00 p.m. at INRC

(dinner will be provided to all registrants)

The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) perspective is based on the insight that individuals and organizations get superior results from appreciating strengths, assets, and high point experiences instead of focusing on weaknesses and problems. Based on the work of Cooperrider and Srivastva at Case Western Reserve in the 1980's, AI has quickly grown to become one of the most powerful concepts in organizational and individual change.

Most of our attempts at change and improvement focus on finding problems and developing solutions. While well-intentioned and occasionally effective, this problem solving approach often leads to defensiveness, low morale, and paralysis in the face of overwhelming obstacles. This problem-solving approach is so ingrained in most individuals and organizations that it has become unconscious and automatic. Understanding the positive option of Ai gives people a powerful new perspective to approach a variety of situations.

By focusing on what is working and strong, AI unleashes the energy of hope. The difference is truly amazing!

Hurry, space is limited for this workshop!

Contact INRC at 317.920.0330

or to register

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Application deadline extended to December 15

INDIANAPOLIS - Mayor Greg Ballard and the Office of Sustainability announced today that the City's first Sustainability Awards luncheon will be held Tuesday, February 9, 2010. The awards are designed to inspire innovation, showcase impact, reward leadership and promote education around the principles of sustainability.

Five awards will be given to honor excellence in each of the following categories:
* Land
* Air
* Energy
* Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Applications are available at Projects must have been completed in Marion County between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2009. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2009.



WHEN: 11:30 A.M. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010

Friday, November 20, 2009

Breakfast With Santa and important safety tips

We continue to experience day time burglaries throughout the county where suspects are knocking on doors. When no one answers, forced entry is made. Please help us by keeping an eye out for suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood. When leaving for the day, please consider leaving your TV and or a radio on to give the appearance that you are home. As you leave for work, be observant. Is there a strange vehicle parked on your street? If so, you may want to dial 911. We are happy to come out and investigate.

We are gearing up for our Breakfast with Santa. If you have children or grandchildren, mark you calendars for December 12 from 830 -1030am at the Shepherd Community Center, 4107 East Washington Street. This free event will give kids an opportunity to interact with our officers, meet Santa (with a photograph), and enjoy a nutritious breakfast. We expect hundreds of kids!!! Parents are welcome for breakfast also.

Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

Cliff Myers

Southeast District, Commander

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

1150 S. Shelby Street

Indpls. IN 46203

317- 327-6300

Thursday, November 19, 2009

T-Day trash pick up

As you all know, Thanksgiving Day is next Thursday, November 26. There will be NO Residential Solid Waste, Leaf, Heavy Trash, or Curbside Recycling service on that day in honor of the holiday. All services will run one day behind for the remainder of the week. Thursday routes will be picked up on Friday, 11/27, and Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, 11/28. All schedules will return to normal on Monday, November 30.


The City of Indianapolis this week completed a bike rack installation project that brings 54 new bike racks to the downtown area.

"We're working to make Indianapolis a truly bicycle friendly city," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "In addition to constructing miles of new on-street bike lanes in Indianapolis, the addition of new bike racks gives cyclists an opportunity to safely and properly secure their bikes while enjoying downtown businesses and attractions."

The bicycle racks were placed in areas with the most bicycle traffic after surveying potential locations and upon requests from area businesses and organizations.

"We are working diligently to build a comprehensive, sustainable bicycle infrastructure in Indianapolis, and bicycle racks are an integral piece of that," said Kären Haley, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

In October, the City of Indianapolis was named a Bronze-level Fall 2009 Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists. The BFC award recognizes Indianapolis's commitment to improving conditions for bicycling and its practice of making a focused investment in bicycling programs and facilities.

New bike rack locations:
* Five racks in front of the Plasma Center at Capitol and Michigan
* Three racks at MoJo's at Senate and Michigan
* Seven racks at Wheeler Mission at Delaware and New York
* Two racks in front of the City Café at Pennsylvania and Michigan
* Eight racks near the Indiana War Memorial on the 400 block of Pennsylvania
* Five racks in front of Volunteers of America at 611 North Capitol
* Fourteen racks on the south side of the City County Building in two locations
* Ten racks on the south side of the City Market in four locations

For additional information on the city's bikeways and a complete map of city bike racks, visit

Library Thanksgiving schedule

All Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving Day.

All locations will reopen at their regular times on Friday, November 27.

Hospital Accountability Project (HAP) Community Meeting

Are you drowning in hospital bills? Have you had problems getting care at an area hospital? Do you want to learn more about your rights as a healthcare consumer? Are you being sued for overdue medical bills and need an attorney?

Please join us for a Hospital Accountability Project (HAP) Community Meeting Tuesday December 1, 2009 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. Englewood Christian Church 57 N. Rural

For more information call 205-3535

Cultural trail Call for poets: Deadline Nov. 22

Three poems will be featured on bus shelters designed for the southeast corridor of the Cultural Trail along Virginia Ave., collectively entitled "Moving Forward" by local architect Donna Sink. Published poets living in or with ties to Indiana are invited to submit work based on subjects such as community, neighborhoods, landmarks, shared spaces, transportation, history and the future. Poets must have published at least one poem in a print magazine or anthology prior to submitting work for “Moving Forward.” Selected poems may have been published previously.

The Writers’ Center of Indiana is administering a selection process with out-of-state jurors. Authors of the three selected poems will each receive a $1,000 award. Submissions are due by Sunday, Nov. 22. Selections will be announced in March 2010. Poems will be displayed in their entirety on a stainless steel panel on the shelter. Excerpts of the poem will be embedded in the ecoresin panels.

Download the call for poets or call the Indiana Writers' Center, 317.255.0710, for more information.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Indy Parks & Recreation presents the Autumn Art Fair at the Garfield Park Arts Center, featuring the work of more than 40 new and returning artists! Marvel at Sue Christensen’s amazing paper and leaf artistry; admire “Sunshine,” a charcoal portrait sketched by Charles Ver; and be wowed by John Jarvis’ hand-tooled and hand-painted fire-breathing leather dragon.

The art fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 offers family friendly, carefully handcrafted art.

Award-winning artists from Central Indiana will sell pieces ranging from ceramics, drawings, gourds and jewelry to leather, paintings, photos, textiles and carved wood. Select items appeal especially to children. Visit the GPAC now for a free preview show of the artwork, which will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 21.

Among the many works of art, Steven Keller captures Garfield Parks’ Sunken Garden in an elegant painting; Jo Jones paints a thousand points of red in “Autumn Reflections;” Marti Icenogle’s hand-colored woodcut “The Tree” gives off a quiet beauty; and copper and gold glimmer in Donna Walton’s “Breakthrough.” Featured artists also include glassman Pete Bullard, weaver Linda Comstock-Teel, potter Jerry England, gourdist Sharon Jungclaus-Gould, woodcut artist Tom Lowe, bead/basket maker Mary Pendergrass, jeweler Ruth Wert and many more.

Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, is about 2.5 miles southeast of Downtown, east of Madison Avenue between Raymond Street and Troy Avenue. For more information, call (317) 327-7066.

WHO: Award-winning Central Indiana artists

WHAT: Annual Autumn Art Fair at Garfield Park Arts Center

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009

WHERE: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, IN

COST: Admission is free. Artwork for sale ranges from 50 cents to $500.

Breakfast With Santa

We are gearing up for our Breakfast with Santa. If you have children or grandchildren, mark you calendars for December 12 from 830 -1030am at the Shepherd Community Center, 4107 East Washington Street. This free event will give kids an opportunity to interact with our officers, meet Santa (with a photograph), and enjoy a nutritious breakfast. We expect hundreds of kids!!! Parents are welcome for breakfast also.

Have a great weekend.

Cliff Myers

Southeast District, Commander

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

1150 S. Shelby Street

Indpls. IN 46203

317- 327-6300

Friday, November 13, 2009

Benfit Concert for SE Indy Neighborhood Gathering

The Community Building Committee hosting a benefit concert to help fund the next Neighborhood Gathering tonight (Friday, Nov. 13th) at Radio Radio. It is a 21 and over venue.

All proceeds from this show will go directly to provide food, child-care and other services for next fall's Neighborhood Gathering.

Entrance to the show at Radio Radio on Nov. 13th will be $5. Doors at 8 PM, music at 9 PM. Jon and Denise Martin, DJ, Playboy Psychonauts.

The Playboy Psychonauts play psychedelic fez-fueled lounge music. The trio unearths lost classics and original compositions and matches them with familiar favorites to keep everybody moving. Or contentedly sipping on your drink. Whichever one works for you.

Jon and Denise Martin are an acoustic Americana style duo, and not nearly as bad as that sounds. Jon was a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in Sindacato from 1997 till just recently, and recruited his wife, Denise to sing and play with him. While working on their own material, they play a few Sindacato favorites as well as several choice covers.

The Community Building Committee is an organization composed of interested Southeast Indy residents, Neighborhood Associations, and Institutional Partners like Southeast Community Services (SECS) and Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) CDC. The goal of this organization is to gather and disseminate information about and to Southeast Indianapolis. The Community Building Committee hosts an annual event called the Neighborhood Gathering to gather input for a Quality of Life Plan for SE Indy. This event gathers over 200 interested residents to review what has happened in the last year and any revisions to the plan to work on in the upcoming year. The event is being held Nov. 5th this year.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Mayor Greg Ballard and DPW Director David Sherman will announce enhancements to the city’s snow removal plan as they begin a comprehensive effort to educate residents of the enhanced service they can expect in the 2009/2010 winter snow season. “Indy Snow Force,” the city’s updated snow operations program boasts several major improvements and adds muscle to the previous snow operations plan.

Following the announcement, residents and businesses are invited to enjoy refreshments courtesy of program sponsors including; Au Bon Pain, Coke, Papa John’s, Dunkin Donuts and others. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit education booths facilitated by IndyGo, State Farm Insurance, Knozone and other partners to learn winter weather preparedness tips and more. Educational information will include giveaways, raffle opportunities and other fun activities.

WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2009

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rain date: Friday, November 13, 2009

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Monument Circle

(South half)

Please note that Monument Circle will be closed south of Market Street, including the south spoke of the Circle.

DPW prepares year round to handle the onslaught of winter weather. Effective snow and ice control planning includes, but is not limited to, updating policies, procedures and routes; inspecting and repairing equipment; training drivers and laborers; ensuring an adequate salt supply; and coordinating efforts with school transportation officials.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Following an incident in a drainage improvement project area, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) is warning residents to be on the alert for con artists posing as city construction workers collecting payment from homeowners.

Last week, a man wearing a hardhat and reflective vest approached a homeowner in the Pendleton Pike and Shadeland Avenue Drainage Improvement Project area and claimed the homeowner owed the City of Indianapolis $1,200 for her portion of the project. This man was not a city employee or contractor.

“The City of Indianapolis will never contact residents and ask them to pay for city construction projects,” said DPW Director David Sherman. “Though this situation is very rare, we encourage residents to be on the lookout for this type of fraud.”

In light of this incident, DPW is reminding residents about ways they may be contacted by the city regarding a construction project.

• DPW may contact residents by mail and ask them to provide feedback about problems in their neighborhoods to help DPW properly plan for future infrastructure improvements.

• DPW may notify residents by mail or a door hanger brochure of activities during the project design process. Activities may include smoke testing, soil boring and other engineering analyses.

• DPW may invite residents by mail to a public information meeting.

• DPW may contact residents about removing encroachments in the right of way, including trees, bushes and fencing.

• DPW may contact residents regarding obtaining property easements for construction projects.

• DPW may contact residents informing them that the construction project is underway or completed.

• DPW will never contact residents asking for payment for construction projects.

• Residents in Septic Tank Elimination Program (STEP) project areas are required to pay a one-time sewer connection fee. See below for additional information.

If a resident is contacted by DPW or someone claiming to be a city representative and has questions or concerns, please call DPW at 327-2561 for more information. Residents who believe they have been a victim of this type of fraud should contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at 327-3811.

Sanitary sewer projects are funded through sanitary sewer user fees for which residents connected to the sanitary sewer system are billed monthly by Indianapolis Water. Storm water and drainage improvement projects are funded through storm water user fees, which appear on homeowner property tax bills. Bridge, street and transportation improvement projects are funded through federal, state and local taxes.

About the STEP Connection Fee

The city requires that the sewer connection fee and any other permitting fees and charges be paid before construction permits are issued. Cash, personal checks, and money orders are accepted, as well as Visa and MasterCard with a valid photo ID. Checks and money orders must be made payable to the City of Indianapolis. If the connection fee isn’t included in the contractor’s bid for connecting the home to the sanitary sewer line, then homeowners may pay the connection fee in one of the following methods:

1. Pay in person.

Make your payment in person at the Office of Code Enforcement (OCE), 1200 Madison Ave., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46225. You must go to OCE either before your contractor goes to obtain permits, or at the time he/she is obtaining permits. If you choose this payment option, you must make arrangements with your contractor when you hire him/her to do the work. Your contractor must have already applied for a permit before you make your payment in person.

2. Give your contractor a check or money order in an envelope.

Enclose your check or money order in a secure envelope and give it to your contractor. He/she will take your payment to OCE when he/she goes to obtain construction permits. Do not send cash in this envelope. Ask for a receipt or proof from your contractor that you used this method to pay the connection fee.

3. Homeowners with an annual household gross income at or below $45,553 a year may apply for the STEP Financial Assistance Plan.

The city developed the STEP Financial Assistance Plan to help lower-income residents in STEP project areas pay the connection fee over time. The Financial Assistance Plan is an installment plan that allows qualified residents to make monthly payments over a five-year period. For more information on the Financial Assistance Plan or to request an application packet, call 327-8314.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Citizens Energy Group Plans Land Donation to Play Ball Indiana

Citizens Energy Group announced today that it intends to donate more than 25 acres of land valued at nearly $1 million to Play Ball Indiana for the development of the Citizens Field of Dreams, a multi-use community sports complex. Carey Lykins, President & CEO of Citizens Energy Group, made the announcement at Play Ball Indiana’s Annual Sandlot Lunch. Play Ball Indiana is a non-profit organization that promotes youth baseball and softball in affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.

The land will be donated by Citizens Resources, a wholly-owned Citizens subsidiary, pending a formal agreement with Play Ball Indiana. The land is located along Pleasant Run Parkway north of Citizens’ former coke manufacturing plant. Play Ball Indiana plans to develop the community sports complex over the next three years at a cost of more than $6 million.

Exact details of the sports complex are still being finalized, but it is expected to include baseball, softball and football fields, a jogging/walking trail, a children’s playground, a concessions stand, indoor sports training facilities, offices for Play Ball Indiana and community meeting spaces. The complex also will include a promenade dedicated to Oscar Charleston, a Negro Leagues star player and manager who is the only Indianapolis resident to have been inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled to make this land donation to Play Ball Indiana and are honored they have decided to name the community sports complex Citizens Field of Dreams. We believe Citizens Field of Dreams will be a wonderful green space that people of all ages can enjoy. We see this new community sports complex as the foundation for long-term revitalization of this area of the southeast side,” said Lykins.
Mike Lennox, Executive Director of Play Ball Indiana, adds “Play Ball Indiana is extremely grateful to Citizens Energy Group for its generous donation of land. Citizens Field of Dreams will enable us to provide a safe place for Indianapolis youth to participate in healthy athletic competition and develop a passion for the history and tradition of America’s pastime. We envision a state-of-the-art “sandlot” that will serve the surrounding neighborhoods and become a central hub for our summer RBI league. We also envision that the facility will be used for year-round clinics and by community organizations and schools. With this donation, Play Ball Indiana will be empowered to provide life-changing alternatives for Indianapolis’ inner-city youth.”

About Citizens Energy Group
Citizens Energy Group is a Public Charitable Trust providing safe and reliable energy services to more than 266,000 customers in and around Marion County. The Public Charitable Trust means the utility is managed only for the benefit of customers and the community. Additional information is available online at

About Play Ball Indiana
Play Ball Indiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build good character, foster responsible behavior, encourage development of baseball and softball skills, encourage the enjoyment of healthy competition and teamwork, and build the values of honesty, fairness, integrity, inclusion and commitment to excellence. More information about Play Ball Indiana is available online at:

Discovering Indy’s Green Velvet Glove, Sunday, November 8

Walk & Chat at Garfield Park on Pleasant Run 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Topic: Gotta Have Plants!

Explore the many ways plants inspire us — from the Sunken Gardens to the Memorial Grove — and the efforts of the Friends of Garfield Park to preserve these resources.

Host: Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, “The Hoosier Gardener”

Meet at the Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive in Garfield Park
Bring water & camera, wear walking shoes and outdoor attire
In the event of inclement weather, an indoor lecture will be given
Check for up-to-date info and meeting places
Or contact Tina Jones, IndyParks Planner at, 327-7041 (office) or (cell) 544-9458

Monday, November 2, 2009

Planning Ahead for Upcoming Programs at BOI

Business Planning Workshops

Business Planning Fundamentals
In this 10-hour series, business owners will examine their current operations and learn how to build a solid foundation and develop strategies for future growth. Class registration includes free sessions with a professional business coach and a marketing consultant. $50 for series
Mondays, Nov. 16, 23, 30, and Dec. 7, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
Read more

Financial Workshops

Financing Your Small Business
Explore your options for financing the start-up or growth of your small business. Topics include the truth about free grant money, discussion of typical financing sources, banks' lending requirements, and an overview of SBA loan products. $10
Monday, Nov. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.
Instructor: Greg Marx, STAR Financial Bank
Read more

Small-Business Record Keeping
Learn how to create an easy-to-use system for managing paperwork and documenting transactions to create the reports you need to better manage your business. $10
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Read more

Legal Workshops

Registering Your New Business
Identify the steps you need to take to register your business and establish tax accounts at federal, state and local levels. $10
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
Read more

Starting a Nonprofit Organization
Learn the difference between nonprofit and for-profit businesses and what it takes to start a nonprofit organization. $10
Monday, Nov. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Huizinga, Esq., Community Development Law Center
Read more

Industry Workshops

Child-Care Business Management and Operations
Learn the key policies, procedures and systems that you should have in place to efficiently operate your child-care business, including how to develop an effective business plan and parent handbook. $10
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers
Read more

Friday, October 30, 2009


Two Indianapolis area non-profits are partnering once again to offer Indianapolis area commuters and opportunity to recycle their electronics and cardboard this fall. Green Piece Indy and Workforce Inc. are hosting a series of unique recycling events this fall. Rush Hour Recycling has two events remaining of their fall rush hour recycling events for commuters.

Who: Westside commuters
What: Electronics and cardboard recycling
When: November 3, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Family Video, 7301 Rockville Rd.

Who: Downtown commuters
What: Electronics and cardboard recycling
When: November 12, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Earth House Collective, 237 N. East St.

Commuters are encouraged to load up their trunks with old electronics (computers, printers, televisions, etc.) and cardboard. View a full list of accepted recyclables at The recycling sites will be full-service - just pop the trunk. Staff will unload your recyclables and have you on your way to work!

Electronics typically contain highly recyclable and/or toxic materials. Workforce disassembles electronics, recycling all metals and plastics, and properly disposing of toxic e-waste.

Workforce requests a $10 donation to recycle a television due to the expenses associated with safely disposing of lead tubes.

Workforce, Inc is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that helps ex-offenders transition back into the community through job training and important practical support, such as housing and legal assistance. Through the process of de-manufacturing computers, then packing and shipping the resulting e-waste, participants learn to use a variety of tool pack/weigh materials, solve problems, load and unload trucks and pallets, as well as how to safely operate machinery such as forklifts and balers. The mission of Workforce, Inc. is to strengthen central Indiana communities by helping local employers build a better workforce.

Green Piece Indy is a twice-weekly email with tips on how to live a greener lifestyle in Indianapolis. Subscribe and view a tip archive at

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Neighborhood Gathering Reminder

The Neighborhood Gathering is just a week away!!
The event is Thursday Nov. 5th at SECS, 901 Shelby.
Doors open at 5pm and the program starts at 5:30
Dinner & childcare provided.
Hope to see you there!


Indianapolis ranks among the top 40 safest cities in the country according to a study released by this week. The study took into account metropolitan cities that have the lowest rates of violent crime, workplace deaths, fatal crashes and natural disasters.

“We as a City remain committed to making public safety job one,” said Mayor Ballard. “This ranking certainly reflects these efforts, and we will continue to provide our citizens with safer streets and a more livable city.”

According to, the top 40 list was determined by looking at the country's 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas across four categories of danger. Violent crime rates from the FBI's 2008 uniform crime report were considers, as well as 2008 workplace death rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; 2008 traffic death rates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and natural disaster risk, using rankings from green living site

To read the article in its entirety and to see the complete list visit

Monday, October 26, 2009


Mayor Greg Ballard and City Controller David Reynolds will hold a public meeting Wednesday, October 28, to provide an update on the financial status of the City of Indianapolis. The agenda will include an overview of the 2009 year end projections, presented by the Controller, the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Agency (MECA) and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.









6:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Please join the Department of Public Safety, IMPD and “Peace in the Streets”

Please join the Department of Public Safety, IMPD and “Peace in the Streets” October 27th from 6:00-7:30pm at Arlington High School for an informational and introspective look into gang activity in Indianapolis. The purpose of this event is to educate parents, youth, and community leaders about the dangers of gang involvement in our city. This event is an ongoing effort to promote one of Mayor Ballard’s many crime prevention initiatives.

Be careful driving. With the wind and rain, many leaves are falling, making it very slick.

Have a great weekend.

Cliff Myers
Southeast District, Commander
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
1150 S. Shelby Street

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scare in the Square

Trick-or-Treat at Fountain Square Businesses!

10/30/09 - 10/31/09
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Scare in the Square, Fountain Square, Indianapolis, IN October 31, 2009 4-6pm

Free trick-or-treat event in the heart of Fountain Square.

Start in the parking lot south of Deano's Vino. Free bags, cider, apples, and a heapin' load of candy to get you started, and pick up a Trick-or-Treat Trail map and find out which merchants are particpating!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) announced today that the City of Indianapolis will receive a $125,000 implementation grant – the first such grant made by NACSA’s new Fund for Authorizing Excellence.

Funds will enable the City to develop and pilot a model accountability system for Mayor-Sponsored charter high schools; to pilot a new performance system for students in special education programs; and to develop an improved platform for sharing performance information.

“Mayor-sponsored charter schools provide outstanding opportunities for school children in Indianapolis and deliver results when it comes to educational outcomes,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “The NACSA grant award is a welcomed investment in our community’s public charter schools, and we will use it wisely to develop cutting-edge accountability and improvement systems that we hope serve as models locally and nationally.”

The application focuses specifically on using grant funding to improve the Mayor’s nationally recognized accountability system by providing more meaningful information about growth and performance for students in high school, and move from a focus on school compliance with state and federal regulations to assessing the quality of special education programs and performance among students with disabilities. The award will also help create a transparent and more engaging Web platform allowing for various audiences to access customized information about the performance of Mayor-sponsored charter schools. Implementation will begin immediately and will continue through the 2010-2011 school year.

Currently, there are 18 Mayor-sponsored charter schools that serve approximately 6,000 students throughout Indianapolis. According to 2008-2009 data, students in Mayor-sponsored charter schools are typically low-income (76 percent), academically behind (two years behind academically when they first enroll), and minority students (78 percent).

Recent academic results include:

In 2008, 94 percent of Mayor-sponsored charter high school graduates enrolled in college.

According to the state of Indiana’s accountability system (Public Law 221), in 2008-09 the highest performing (Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School) and highest growth (Herron High School) secondary schools in Indianapolis were Mayor-sponsored charter schools.

During the 2008-2009 school year , Mayor-sponsored charter schools represented only seven percent of all schools in Indianapolis, but made up 60 percent of the top 10 schools showing the most academic growth on ISTEP+.

For the last four years, the public school showing the most academic achievement growth in Indianapolis – in terms of increased pass rates on ISTEP+ – has been a Mayor-sponsored charter school.

In 2009, the only three public high schools in Indianapolis to meet federal achievement standards (Adequate Yearly Progress) were Mayor-sponsored charter schools.

For more information about Mayor-sponsored charter schools, including past years’ accountability reports, visit

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pleasant Run Beautification

Please join the Pleasant Run Beautification efforts! This is a great way to meet others who are willing to donate volunteer hours towards a deserving cause and show your support for SEND. Please let me know if you plan to attend. Details are below or see the attached flier.

Pleasant Run Beautification

Date: October 31, 2009

Time: 9-12:00pm

Meeting Location: Intersection of Pleasant Run Parkway, Orange Street and Harlan Street.


Mayor Greg Ballard announced today that the City of Indianapolis has been named a Bronze-level Fall 2009 Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists.

“We have made real progress during the past year toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly city, and also a more pedestrian-friendly city,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “We are pleased to have earned a designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community and we will continue to expand our efforts to connect all of Indianapolis in such a way that riding a bike to work, to the grocery store and even to events downtown becomes mainstream.”

The League is recognizing 15 new Bicycle Friendly Communities and three BFC renewals in its fall 2009 award cycle.

“The League is proud to award Indianapolis for its work to promote bicycle safety and education while encouraging bicycling in their community,” said League President Andy Clarke. “The League congratulates Indianapolis and all of our BFC winners for implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans that provide quality of life improvements for their citizens.”

The BFC award recognizes Indianapolis’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling and its practice of making a focused investment in bicycling programs and facilities. The BFC judges were particularly impressed with the city’s quick turnaround time in adding its first on-street bike lanes and with its comprehensive plan to construct at least 200 miles of on-street bike lanes throughout the city.

Clarke noted the impressive advances of all BFC applicants and said, “This round of applications had more communities in the east and Midwest than ever before that are investing wisely in bicycling – all areas of the U.S. are realizing the importance of bicycling.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way states and communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. The application process to become a BFC is rigorous; currently only 124 of the 318 total applicants have a BFC four-year designation. The renewal process and four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. The new and expanded BFC program began at the League in 1995, and in the past 14 years it has evolved into the tool it is today – evaluating, recognizing and improving cities, states and businesses.

The BFC program is supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek's One World Two Wheels Campaign. Applicants complete a detailed on-line form with numerous questions in five key areas: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation/planning. Local cyclists, national experts, and League staff review the applications.

To learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program, visit The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit

To learn more about the City’s SustainIndy initiative and the comprehensive bike lane plan, visit


November 6th
1656 English Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46201

This coming First Friday, Bootleg Exhibitions will be having their second exhibition opening, “Bootleg Exhibitions: Vol. 2,” at 1656 English Ave, across the street from the Mt. Comfort gallery. This exhibition will be showcasing the work of Araan Schmidt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Bowling Green State University, Stacey M. Holloway, Sculpture Technician and 3D Design Instructor at the Herron School of Art and Design, and Aaron Leif Nicholson, Visiting Lecturer at the Herron School of Art and Design. Come join us for our opening reception on Friday, Nov. 6th from 6pm to 11pm and our closing reception on Saturday, Nov. 21st from 6pm to 10pm.

“Bootleg Exhibitions: Vol. 2” will display the work from three artists that attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Araan Schmidt will be creating a site specific multi-media installation in the basement gallery. Stacey M. Holloway will be displaying three-dimensional landscapes about home, memory, and the Midwest. And Aaron Leif Nicholson will be exhibiting photographs and relief sculptures that he created during his residence in New York City from 2007 through 2009. All three artists will also contribute to a collaborative piece in the Barber Shop.

This exhibition space has been graciously provided by SEND (Southeast Neighborhood Development – Search for us on Facebook for information on our past exhibition.

Planning Ahead for November Programs @ BOI

Human Resource Workshops
Managing Employees
Learn the essentials of recruiting and interviewing in order to find the best employees for your business, then understand the tools and processes to put in place to ensure you retain them. $10
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.
Instructor: Diane Pinkins, Flexible HR Solutions, LLC

Complying with Employment Law
Learn what you need to do to comply with the law and protect yourself when you hire employees for your business. Topics include employment contracts, payroll tax liabilities, and insurance requirements. $10
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
Instructors: Ron Wright, Attorney, Wright & Associates, P.C.; Jim Funk, Central Insurance Associates; Cheryl Palmer, Paycor Payroll Services

Marketing Workshops

Sales and Marketing 2009 and (Beyond!)
In this two-part series, learn strategies and techniques for building awareness in your market and generating more sales for your business, including developing an effective sales and marketing plan and implementing the tactics that will achieve immediate results. $20
Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instructors: Jeff Bowe, Chief Sales Strategist, ACTUM Group and Kim Brand, President, Computer Experts

ABCs of Certification
In this panel discussion with representatives of certifying agencies, understand how certification as a women- or minority-owned business can give you an advantage in obtaining contracts with government agencies and large corporations and learn about the process of becoming certified. $10
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 – 8 p.m.

Financial Workshops

Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs
Learn how to reach your financial goals by getting a better handle on your household spending, budgeting effectively, managing credit appropriately and improving your credit score. Free
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Sharetha Marshall, BOI

Industry Workshops

Starting a Personal-Care Business
Learn what you need to know to start your own personal-care business, including licensing requirements, how to receive third-party payment for services provided, and strategies for building clientele. $20
Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Applegate, BOI

Technology Workshops

Using Microsoft Excel® for Business
Discover the power of Excel for organizing data, performing calculations and creating financial spreadsheets for your business. $10
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Krall, Computer Trainer

See our Web site for a list of all upcoming classes. All classes are held at BOI's office at 4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 314 unless otherwise noted.


In the second case in less than a month, City Prosecutors
prevailed Friday in a case involving a dog attack on a local resident.
Following the unprovoked attack resulting in significant injuries, the
City Prosecutor's Office has worked to have the animal surrendered to
Animal Care and Control and fined the owner.

On August 24, 2009, a male pit bull belonging to Mr. Lucion Obanion
jumped a fence at his residence and attacked an individual walking
outside. The victim suffered injuries including lacerations requiring
approximately 10 stitches to her arm and aggravation of a previous
rotator cuff injury to her shoulder. Mr. Obanion was not home when the
incident occurred.

Mr. Obanion was issued citations for violations regarding owner
responsibility for an unprovoked attack by an animal. After a trial on
October 16, 2009, he was ordered by the Court to surrender the dog to
the City and also pay a fine of $600 for these violations.

"Residents of Indianapolis need to know that they will be held
responsible for dogs that cause unprovoked injury to individuals on or
off the owner's property," said Corporation Counsel Chris Cotterill.
"Not only have we permanently removed another dangerous dog from the
community, but the large fine should serve as notice that there are
serious consequences for not properly confining and restraining your

Effective prosecution of claims against those who allow their animals to
harm other people is just one area of focus by the Ballard
Administration to ensure that animals do not harm people. Calls about
animals are among the top categories of calls to the Mayor's Action
Center, and the Mayor's administration is focused on improving the
City's effectiveness in this area.

The Office of City Prosecutor is a division of the Office of Corporation
Counsel and prosecuted over 2,000 cases for violations involving animals
in 2008 while eliminating a backlog of more than 800 cases involving
condition or use of property from 2007. Today, the City Prosecutor
promptly prosecutes all city ordinance violations.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Protect your car

The weather is changing and we all like our cars to be warm when we drive into work. Please DO NOT be tempted to leave your car unattended, warming up with the engine running. Already this morning, we have had two cars stolen while being “warmed up”. Please spread the word and let’s not make things easy for thieves.

Have a great weekend.

Cliff Myers

Southeast District, Commander

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

1150 S. Shelby Street

Indpls. IN 46203

317- 327-6300

Come be rejuvenated, inspired, motivated, informed and get connected to resources that will help you.

Featuring Kemba Smith - convicted of a federal drug offense
and sentenced to a mandatory 24 years. Hear her story of faith and victory;
A panel of local businessmen who have pressed beyond the stigma
of being an ‘ExOffender' and are now in a position to help others.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 | What Time? 9:30—12:30 a.m.
at the
Scott United Methodist Church, 2352 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave. in Indy

REGISTRATION IS FREE— But you must register!

Call 317-974-1500 Ext. 225 to register.
Download Conference Flyer | Register Online for Conference
For additional information, call Maxine Bryant at 317-608-3264.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Immigrant Empowerment Series at East Washington Library

Landlord/Tenant Information

East Washington Branch

2822 East Washington Street

Wed., Nov 18, 2009 6:00 pm

Age Level: Adults

Category: Multicultural Program

Adults are invited to learn about their legal rights and responsibilities when renting a house or apartment during this workshop presented by the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.
This program will be presented in English and Spanish.

Immigrant Empowerment Series:

Tax Education

East Washington Branch

2822 East Washington Street

Wed., Dec 16, 2009 6:00 pm

Age Level: Adults

Category: Multicultural Program

Adults are invited to find solutions and assistance with tax issues during a workshop presented by the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Personal tax filing assistance will not be offered on site.
This program will be presented in English and Spanish.

Phone Book Recycling

KIB has partnered with AT&T and Republic Services this year to provide multiple drop-off locations for phone book recycling!

Recycling collection bins for Phone Books Only will be available from October 12th through December 15th at these locations:

Broad Ripple Park, 450 Broad Ripple Avenue (in boat ramp parking lot near Family Center)
Circle City Recycling, 3617 Southeastern Avenue
Langsdale Recycling, 832 Langsdale Avenue
Perry Park, 425 E Stop 11 Road
Product Development Corp Warehouse, 3000 S Shelby Street (One block south of Troy)
Republic Services-96th Street Transfer Station, 4935 Robison Road
Sahm Park, 6801 E 91st Street
Help These Local Schools Earn CASH by Recycling your Old Phone Books!

From October 29th through December 6th, these local schools will accept your phone books for recycling, and you'll help them earn CASH! For every ton collected, the schools earn $50, with the school collecting the most winning an additional $250! Please look for the "Project ReDirectory" recycling container in the parking lots of these schools:
Cold Spring Academy, 3650 Cold Spring Road
Craig Middle School, 6501 Sunnyside Road
Greenbrier Elementary School, 8201 Ditch Road
Southport High School, 971 E Banta Road

Download the flier for your home or office!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

INRC 15th Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Plan to join us at INRC's 15th Annual Meeting: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 6:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 441 East 10th Street.

In celebration of INRC's 15 years of work with Indianapolis neighborhoods, the theme of this year's annual meeting is, "Indianapolis Neighborhoods: Past, Present and Future". Nelson Price, author of the book, Indianapolis Then and Now, photo researcher Joan Hostetler, and photographer Garry Chilluffo will provide the keynote address featuring a photo-oriented look at our city's history reflected in the book.

Following this keynote, a panel representing neighborhood leadership will discuss neighborhood trends, the importance of grassroots leadership and the future of Indianapolis neighborhoods.

INRC will also present our 4th Annual "Collaborative Spirit" Award. This award, which celebrates a neighborhood-based partnership and its impact upon the community, has led to national recognition for previous awardees.

INRC thanks Old National Bank for their support of this event.

Volunteer opportunity with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Just wanted to let you know that there are some opportunities to volunteer with KIB to plant daffodils in our area (I-65 / I-70 South Split at Virginia Avenue Bridge). I've attached the link below... you'll need to scroll down a bit... the dates are Nov. 10 & Nov. 11 for Prep Work and then Planting on Nov. 14th. Volunteers will use small power augers to dig holes for daffodil bulbs that will be planted on Saturday. Come out and help us prepare for our annual daffodil event, when we'll plant over 30,000 daffodils in one day!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Next Cultural Trail meeting is Dec. 2

Our next Cultural Trail meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Fountain Square Theater Building, from 6-8 p.m. Since we are getting closer to the bidding date, the designs for the Trail are getting more detailed (and more final!), so I would encourage you to attend for the latest information.


Xbox is giving away a free game room to one Childrens Hospital in the United States and they are picking the winning hospital based on the most votes by the public.

The contest ends oct 16th and you can cast 10 votes per day!

Help Riley get this Free Game Room for the Greater Indianapolis Area!

Vote on this site:

Fountain Square artists and friends of Fountain Square artists and advocates for Fountain Square artists:

Last night the Fountain Square Merchants Association agreed to waive artist membership fees for 2010. That means the 2010 non-voting artist membership is FREE for artists that do not have a commercial gallery or storefront location.

PLEASE, if you consider yourself any type of artist and live and/or work in Fountain Square, join. If you know any artists working in the neighborhood, encourage them to join. This is really, really important.

Why? Because we (all of us) need to be able to point somewhere and show just how many creative people are living and working in our neighborhood. And did I mention it won’t cost you anything?

The Murphy Art Center is under new management, and IMOCA is opening a temporary location there starting in December. Big Car just received a $50,000 Imagine Big! Grant for neighborhood-focused public art projects. Four new drinking (some with entertainment) spots are opening in the next few months. Phase 1 of the Fountain Project finishes up in late November. Tonic Ball/Gallery is coming up. The cultural trail starts construction in 2010. Our neighborhood is getting better and better. More and more people are focusing on us, and on We need you to represent. It helps us to tell the story to our visitors, to our funders, and to the people who live and work in/on the near southeast side.

Artists, get me your membership information and you will have your very own page on as quick as I can get you in the database! Friends/advocates, send this to someone who should join OR fill this out for someone and tell them you did it. You can either fill in the attached form, or just email the basic info to me. It doesn’t even have to be complete. Even if I just have a name and what you do and if you live and/or work in the neighborhood, that will suffice. If you don’t want your contact information made public that’s fine.

Here’s what I need to know:

Artist Name_______________________________________________________________________



Phone: ____________________________________ Fax: _________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________________________________


Description of Work: (in general not specific pieces)

And I need two JPGs of your work.

Thank you. I really appreciate it.


P.S. Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fountain Square Theatre, October 31, 2009.

Paul Baumgarten

Fountain Square Main Street Manager

Southeast Neighborhood Development

1030 Orange Street

Indianapolis, IN 46203

317.634.5079 x106