Friday, February 27, 2009

Stimulus Funds for Housing

City to Receive Stimulus Funds for Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that the City of Indianapolis will receive $2.5 million in Community Block Grant (CDBG) and $3.9 million in Homeless Prevention Fund money as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

The Recovery Act includes $13.61 billion for projects and programs administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 75 percent of which was allocated to state and local recipients on February 25, 2009. The remaining 25 percent of funds will be awarded through a competitive process in the coming months.

The CDBG program enables local governments to undertake a wide range of activities intended to create suitable living environments, provide decent affordable housing and create economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. Under the Recovery Act, recipients are directed to give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days of the grant agreement.

The Homelessness Prevention Fund will provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized.

The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. The funds will provide for a variety of assistance, including short-term or medium-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services, mediation, credit counseling, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and case management.

At least 60 percent of funds must be spent within two years, and all funds must be spent within three years.

March 2009 City Newsletter

March 2009
City of Indianapolis Newsletter

BOI - Financing Your Small Business

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, common financing sources,
an overview of SBA loan products and discussion of alternative financing options. Free

Thursday, March 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Greg Marx, STAR Financial Bank
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100


Sudoku Saturday

Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue
March 14, 2009
11:00-5:00 PM
All Ages

IndyBANG! Monthly Cultural Luncheons

IndyBANG! Monthly Cultural Luncheons
March 4, 2009 with Brian Lee Whisenhunt

Brian Lee Whisenhunt became the tenth executive director of the Swope Art Museum of Terre Haute, IN in June 2008. Since arriving, he has been working to refine the Museum’s exhibition schedule, public programs and community profile. Mr. Whisenhunt received his M.A. in art history from the University of Oklahoma and wrote his thesis on earthworks, large-scale sculpture in the landscape from the late 1960s and early 1970s. He has worked in museum education for over 10 years and enjoys the challenge of helping people connect with works of art. He began his professional career at the Wichita Art Museum, where he was involved with the renovation and expansion of an expanded space that opened in 2003. He was then hired as the first manager of public programs at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, the largest university art museum in the USA, where he was in charge of the development of a new menu of programs for the institution when it opened a new building in 2006. It was at the Wichita Art Museum that he first developed a passion for American art, one of the primary reasons he was drawn to his current position at the Swope.

Mr. Whisenhunt will speak about the history, mission and focus of the Swope along with upcoming exhibitions and programs, including "I'd Rather Be in the Studio [But I Have to Eat] A No-Excuses Art Marketing Workshop" with Alyson B. Stanfield, founder of Click here to learn more about the Swope's up coming Art Marketing Workshop.

This month’s cultural speakers will be Carol and Valerie Vanderpool, owner of Zest! Exciting Food Creations. Carol and Valerie will talk about “Boutique Restaurants in Indianapolis.” Zest! is also proud to announce that they are now serving dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5Pm - 9PM.

Date: March 4, 2009
Time: 11:30AM -1:30PM
Location: Zest! Exciting Food Creations
1134 E 54th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
(317) 466-1853

Please join us
* if you are a small business professional
* if you are an arts professional
* if you are an arts and culture consumer
* if you are interested in how small business supports the arts
and the arts inspire small business

Go to to register for this event and to learn more about Indy BANG! Business and Arts Networking Get-togethers

Book Discussion – Thieves of Baghdad

Book Discussion – Thieves of Baghdad

Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue
March 12, 2009
1:30 PM

RLF - Resident Leadership Facilitation

RLF 101


You may have heard the testimony about how Resident Leadership training can change your life. The mission of this leadership development program is designed to help residents gain an understanding and provide the skills needed to make measurable improvements in the lives of our community members. This can help you be affective to achieve the change you dream of for the families in your neighborhood.

Applications for the RLF101 are due by March 4th. The first RLF101 of the year is March 13 and 14. There are only 20 open slots so sign up today!

Contact Simona Stoica from the Making Connections initiative at 445.3312 or email her to register or with any questions or concerns. You can contact me as well at 686.0161 or email me I will have copies of these forms here at my office you can come by and pick them up at NACS South office located at 880 Virginia Ave.

This session is free and open to residents in the Southeast and Martindale Brightwood. And you will be feed a great breakfast and lunch both days!

Please pass this along to anyone who you think might benefit from this training today. Let's all help build a stronger community together.

Thank you!
Kate Voss

Kate Voss
Outreach Coordinator
Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety
880 Virginia Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
317.686.0161 office
317.916.9124 fax

1st Friday @ AV Framing Gallery

"Home, Spot, Figures"
new works by Brian Duff

Where: AV Framing Gallery, 1139 Shelby St., Fountain Square
When: Showing February 6--March 27, 2009 (some fresh new works in March!)
Parking: Free Public Parking lot across Shelby Street
Special Events: Artist Reception on IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour, open Friday, March. 6, 5:00-9:00pm.

Join us at AV Framing Gallery as we gear up for Spring in Fountain Square! We proudly exhibit the works of Brian Duff for a second month, with some fresh new additions to the show.
Read Dan Grossman's review in NUVO.

Baby Lapsit Storytime

Baby Lapsit Storytime
Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue

March 4 & 18, 2009
11:00 A.M.
Ages 0-2

The Theater Within 2009 Season


The Theater Within is located at 1125 Spruce St., just four blocks east of Fountain Square along Prospect Street immediately south of the KFC and is an outreach program of The Church Within.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Show dates are March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. For reservations call (317) 850-4665.

OLEANNA by David Mamet
Auditions: Jan 19, 20, 2009
Performances: March 13,14,20,21,27,28, 2009

BENT by Martin Sherman
Auditions: April 13, 15, 2009
Performances: June 5,6,12,13,19,20, 2009

Auditions: July 19, 20, 2009
Performances: Sept 11,12,18,19,25,26, 2009

Auditions: Aug. 30, 31, 2009
Performances: Oct 30,31, Nov 6,7,13,14

Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Oleanna

A Class Act

To mark its second official season, The Theater Within responds to the critical acclaim earned in 2008 by such productions as The Laramie Project and This is How it Goes by taking on one of the great minds of the modern stage, David Mamet.

The first in the theater's Awaiting Illumination series, Oleanna introduces John (John Rice), a well-intentioned but conflicted college professor anticipating receiving tenure by the university review committee, and Carol (Hillary Hittner), a troubled young student trying to shed light on the value of her instructor's sometimes confounding use of language.

A Form of Aggression; A Surprise

Words and Action fly at the speed of human thought, frenetically rushed one moment and constricted the next, rhythmically restated for emphasis or dissolving in shifts of focus, whether intentional or calculated. Because The New York Times foresaw provocation of heated debate in the wake of Oleanna's original run and Time Magazine considered it "one of the ten best plays of 1992... reason enough to cheer for the future of the theatre", The Theater Within is excited to bring back Looking Within, the participatory forum which engages artists and audiences following each performance.

For additional information, contact Rod Isaac at or the theater link at

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Play Date Preschool Storytime

Every Monday is...

Play Date Preschool Storytime

at the Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue
11:00 – 11:30 A.M.
Ages 3-5

See you there!

1st Friday @ The Fountain Square Library

1st Friday @ The Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue

March 6, 2009
Art Reception for the Sense Charter School
6:00-8:00 PM
All Ages

From March 2, 2009 To April 30, 2009, Fountain Square Library Patrons are invited to view the art work of 4th, 5th, and 6th grades students of the SENSE Charter School

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Drive-by Prayer Vigil

Drive-by Prayer Vigil
Saturday, February 28, 2009

Jorge Matias-Sanchez (22)
34th & Arlington Ave.

BOI - Establishing a Business Web Site

Establishing a Business Web Site

Identify how a Web site can improve the visibility of your business, how to plan for an effective site and tips for developing, launching, and maintaining a new Web site. $10

Wednesday, March 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Ken Zweigel, Drive Website Design & Development
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

BOI - Business Planning Fundamentals

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. $50 for series

Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

YEA! Youth Engagement Allies

YEA! Youth Engagement Allies will come together again on March 19, 2009, 11am-12:30pm at Victory Memorial Church to continue the exploration of ways all the youth providers and all the youth volunteers can combine their energies and efforts to further enhance the quality of life for the young people of our community.

The initial meeting resulted in new collaborations among parties who had never worked together before. Even though this initial meeting had not been envisioned as an ongoing group, the voice of the group chose to continue explorations into ways all the youth providers and all the youth volunteers could work together in the future.

Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council Mission Statement:
preventing underage and binge drinking in our community by educating young adults through outreach and partnership.

All youth who would like to participate in the YAC are welcome! Meetings are the second Monday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm at Drug Free Marion County. Contact Lynn Allen at 317-254-2815!!

Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week

National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week
March 15-21

NIPAW is designed to increase understanding about the use and risks of inhalant involvement. Huffing can kill. Continued use can result in brain damage, hearing and memory loss, and/or permanent damage to the lungs, liver, kidneys and other vital organs. Learn more...

Kick Butts Day

Kick Butts Day
Wednesday, March 25

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at more than 2,000 events from coast to coast.

Problem Gambling Awareness Week

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
March 1-7

The Mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.

Drug Free Marion County

Drug Free Marion County News

- Drug Free Marion County now has a group FACEBOOK page!! Stay connected to current events, news, and more!! Add us as a group at!

-Youth and Parent Surveys are available to take at!!! Visit our website today, click on the link, and just fill it out!! It’s as easy as that!

-We would be happy to do informative presentations for schools and community groups. If you are interested please contact us at 317-254-2815.

-Be active in your child’s life! Praise their accomplishments & contributions! Your child needs your encouragement and insight to plan their future!

Remember to teach them that…"A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug!" Patricia Neal

Smart Youth Make Safer Communities

Peace in the Streets, Citywide Crime Prevention Youth Conference
“United Neighborhoods Conducts Peace in the Streets Workshop”
Theme: “Smart Youth Make Safer Communities”

Date: April 1‐3, 2009, beginning with breakfast at 7 AM
Location: George Washington Community School
Focus group: Youth in 5th‐10th grades
To Register, contact: Jimmie Harrington, Youth Program Director
Phone: 317‐635‐7211x230

The objective of the conference is to equip each participant with the foundation to begin to:

•Improve decision making skills focusing on education to determine which career is to pursue.
•Improve reasoning skills because the economy requires workers capable of making decisions at higher levels, who can think critically, and intelligently decide how to address these issues.
•Improve conflict management skills to help with decisions not to engage in violent or risky behaviors. promote positive behaviors, and prevent problem behaviors.
•Improve social skills through problem solving, self‐regulation skills, refusal, resistance, and coping skills.

These results will be based on attendance, participation, and the completion of their plan of action.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Senior Dinner & Fun Night!!!

Senior Dinner & Fun Night!!!

Who: All Seniors
What: Dinner and FUN
When: Each Monday
From Mar.23 to Apr.20
Dinner Starts at 5:30pm
Where: Senior Center at SECS, 901 Shelby St.

For More Info contact:
Doris York
Tel: 236.7400 x 233 or

Seniors @ St. Patricks' Parade

St. Patricks' Day Parade
March 17, 2009
10:00 AM

For Transportation: Call Doris R York/Senior Coordinator, (317) 236-7400 ex 233

BOI - Managing and Organizing Your Child-Care Business

Managing and Organizing Your Child-Care Business

Learn tips for implementing policies, procedures and systems that will help your child-care business run more smoothly. $10

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

BOI - Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs

Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs

In this three-part series, learn how to better manage your personal finances to position yourself for business ownership. Topics include attitudes toward money, monitoring spending, living on a budget, setting financial goals, managing credit and saving. $30 for series

Tuesdays, March 10, 17 and 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Sharetha Marshall, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Senior Citizens Visit the Shrine Circus

Shrine Circus

March 5, 2009
10:00 AM
For Transportation: Call Doris R York/Senior Coordinator, (317) 236-7400 ex 233

Senior Citizens Luncheon

Seniors Luncheon
March 27, 2009
Salvation Army
11:00 AM

Join the Southeast Seniors and the Salvation Army Seniors for a special luncheon at the Salvation Army

Cost: $5.00
Transportation: Call Doris R York/Senior Coordinator, (317) 236-7400 ex 233

Resources Online for Youth

ROY Profile Parties

Need some help getting to know ROY: Resources Online for Youth? Join us at the Lilly Boys and Girls Club, 801 S. State Ave., on Feb. 24, 26, or 27, from 10-11am or 11am to noon. We'll walk you through the quick and easy steps to getting your organization's programs and opportunities for young people online. If you can't make the February dates, please join us March 3, 5, or 6. It's free! Click here to register or learn more.

If you're ready to start your profile now, just visit, scroll down to the bottom right and click on "Create a new account."

Children... Our Best Investment

Children... Our Best Investment (COBI)

Join child and youth advocates from around the state on Monday, March 2 at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Center for a one-day conference designed to help young people and adults learn together how to assist their elected officials in making better decisions about important child and family issues. will present a morning session and keynote address sure to inspire and motivate. Breakout sessions include areas of Disproportionality, Healthcare, Kinship and Foster Care and Education.

COBI planners are also looking for youth volunteers for the day of the event.

Seniors Bingo

Seniors Bingo

Join the Southeast Seniors for Bingo
March 11, 2009
at the McDonald's in Twin Aire
1:00 PM
Transportation: Call Doris R York/Senior Coordinator, (317) 236-7400 ex 233

Arts Day @ the Indiana Statehouse

Arts Day @ the Indiana Statehouse

Thursday, March 12, 2009 is Arts Day @ the Indiana Statehouse
from 10am to 12 noon! The event is free and open to the public. Register here:

The purpose of Arts Day is for arts advocates to meet with their legislators and express their support for public funding of the arts. Have your State Senator and Representative registered to attend? Check here:

If yes, please contact them and thank them in advance. If you are able to attend Arts Day, then please tell them you will see them at the Statehouse on March 12. If no, please contact them now and invite them to attend Arts Day!

This year, the stakes are high. Governor Daniels has proposed a 50% cut to the budget of the Indiana Arts Commission. After weeks of effective lobbying by the arts community, the House Ways & Means Committee responded by restoring all but 8% of the most recent allocation. But there is much more work to be done.

Please join arts advocates from all corners of the state on Thursday, March 12.

If you have any questions about Arts Day, please contact us at

Monday, February 23, 2009

Abandoned Housing Blight on City Neighborhoods

Abandoned Housing Blight on City Neighborhoods

In a February assessment, residents of the Bates Hendricks neighborhood on the near south side discovered that 170 of the 1500 homes in their neighborhood were either abandoned or vacant. This survey was the first step in a grassroots initiative – No House Left Behind - to aggressively address the worst of these properties and galvanize city and non-profit efforts.

On Monday, March 2nd, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., the Bates Hendricks Neighborhood Association, through a generous grant from IMAGINE, is sponsoring an Abandoned Housing Forum at the Immanuel United Church of Christ at the corner of East and Prospect. The forum will introduce the initiative and gather resident input.

"No House Left Behind" involves identifying every vacant or abandoned house in the Bates Hendricks neighborhood, highlighting the thirty worst properties, developing strategies to address them, and establishing a crime and safety program to monitor the remaining properties.

At the forum:

• The Resident Assessment Team will list the addresses of every vacant and abandoned house in our neighborhood, report on how many violations for each property, reveal the status of these properties, and show pictures of the thirty worst properties.

• Sherron Franklin, from the Mayor's Office, and Duane Ingram from the Land Bank will discuss the strategies the City is using to address abandoned housing.

• Julie Beaubien, Vice President of Southeast Neighborhood Development, will discuss strategies to rehabilitate housing.

• A crime and safety initiative which allows neighbors to monitor abandoned housing with motion sensors will be introduced and the first thirty participants will be recruited.

• There will be an opportunity to ask questions and suggest solutions.

For more information, please contact BHNA President, Jim Mulholland, at 636-5096 or

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Children's Museum - March 5

Children's Museum
Free Night
1st Thursday of every Month
No admission charge between 4-8 PM for families

Friday, February 20, 2009

Clases de inglés para hispanohablantes

Title I English Classes for Latinos - Come have fun learning English. Open to all parents in IPS

Título I
Clases de inglés para hispanohablantes

Venga a aprender inglés
Abierto a padres y madres de alumnos en IPS

Fecha: Lunes, 2 de marzo

Una hora semanal todos los lunes
del 2 de marzo al 18 de mayo.

Ubicación: School #91
5111 Evanston Ave (cerca de 52nd y Keystone Ave)
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Profesora: Marta AntÓn, IUPUI

Hora: 5:30-6:30 PM
Costo: Gratis

Favor de entrar al edificio por puerta #3 en 51st Street

Favor de devolver esta solicitud a: School# 91, 5111 Evanston Ave Indianapolis, IN 46205 Attn: Mr. Woodson antes del 25 de febrero 2009
Email address:
Para más información llame a Marta Antón (274 0421) o

Sign Language 101 Classes

Sign Language 101

A beginner’s entry to sign language. 6 weeks of basic words and sentences to help bridge communication barriers.

Age: All
Date & Time: Mon. April 6th, 6PM-7PM
Cost: $20 per person

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Spanish 101 Classes

Spanish 101

A beginner’s entry to speaking the Spanish language. 6 weeks of basic words and sentences to help bridge communication barriers.

Age: All
Date & Time: Wed. April 8th, 6PM-7PM
Cost: $20 per person

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Children's Event

"Wishes for the World"

Saturday, March 14th
10:00 - 12:00
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street

Summer Tutoring Position Available

Migrant Education Tutor
Indiana Department of Education
Intermittent Summer Position

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is seeking motivated individuals that desire to assist the migrant farm worker population throughout the State of Indiana.

Job Description
Migrant Education Tutors will be responsible for providing targeted instruction to migrant students, ages 3 through 21, in order to meet learning goals. Tutors will teach independently at assigned sites such as migrant housing camps, homes, or other facilities. Tutors may also assist in informal translation and interpretation in Spanish/English. Other related duties may be assigned by the program supervisor(s).

Applicants must have completed 2 years of college coursework or have related experience, be bilingual in Spanish/English, possess a valid driver’s license, and have reliable transportation.

Additional Information
This position requires travel locally and regionally, as well as a non-traditional work schedule which includes evenings and weekends. Work sites will be individually assigned based on county of residence. This is an intermittent position available from May 26, 2009 through October 30, 2009 (dates negotiable).

Compensation for the position is $9.90 per hour paid bi-weekly.

How to apply
Visit our website at Applications must be completed in full in order to be considered for the position. Look for job id #561675. Please apply on or before May 10, 2009.

Community Meal

Free Community Meal-Free Community Meal

Supper with a Friend
(Free community meal)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
5:00 - 7:00
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street

Summer Position Available

Migrant Education Field Recruiter
Indiana Department of Education
Intermittent Summer Position

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is seeking motivated individuals that desire to assist the migrant farm worker population throughout the State of Indiana.

Job Description
Migrant Education Field Recruiters will be responsible for visiting and establishing strong working relationships with migrant farm worker families to determine eligibility of children for the Migrant Education Program (MEP). They will work cooperatively with tutors, schools, and MEP personnel to provide for the educational needs of migrant students. They will also collaborate with other agencies to provide support services for migrant farm workers and their families. Field Recruiters may also assist in informal translation and interpretation in Spanish/English. Other related duties may be assigned by the program supervisor(s).

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be bilingual in Spanish/English, possess a valid driver’s license, and have reliable transportation.

Additional Information
This position requires travel locally and regionally, as well as a non-traditional work schedule which includes evenings and weekends. Work sites will be individually assigned based on county of residence. This is an intermittent position available from May 26, 2009 through October 30, 2009 (dates negotiable).

Compensation for the position is $9.90 per hour paid bi-weekly.

How to apply
Visit our website at Applications must be completed in full in order to be considered for the position. Look for job id #561676. Please apply on or before May 10, 2009.

Mimosas for Meredith

Dine at Palomino – help an industry employee

Joshua Eymann and Meredith Goldsmith met four years ago and, as they say, the rest is history. Meredith is an HR specialist for Gene B. Glick and Josh is the Dinner Sous Chef at Palomino, downtown. They were married October 24, 2008. Just before Christmas, they received a call from Meredith's doctor and were told it was imperative that they come to the hospital. Later that day, after numerous tests, Meredith and Josh found that she had Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia; a malignancy in the bone marrow. Meredith spent the next three weeks in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Presently, her prognosis is good however the medication that Meredith takes seven times a day is $2000 a month after insurance. She will take this medication for the next two years.

Join the Palomino Sunday, March 1, 2009 for Mimosas for Meredith, a benefit brunch for Meredith and Josh Eymann. The buffet brunch, offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. includes traditional breakfast items and some of Palomino's signature dishes including Grilled Maple Chicken Salad, Red King Crab Dip, New Orleans Style French Toast, Cold Smoked King Salmon with dill remoulade and Rigatoni Bolognese. Complimentary mimosas are included in the $20 charge for adults. Cost for children under 12 years of age is $10. Children under 5 eat free. Additional adult beverages may be purchased.

Palomino purveyors have donated products and the crew will donate their time so that 100% of all funds collected during the event will help offset Meredith's medical bills. Come enjoy great food and drinks while helping two wonderful young people as they start their lives together.

by IRA

IMPD Cops vs. Kids Basketball Game

IMPD Southeast District &
The Lilly Boy's and Girl's Club

Annual Cops vs. Kids Basketball Game
Lilly Boy's and Girl's Club
801 S. State Street
March 14, 2009
11:00 AM

Neighborhood Stabilization Funds RFQ

RFQs to Help Determine How to Spend Neighborhood Stabilization Funds

Due to very high interest in the use of $29 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Plan funds, The Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) for the City of Indianapolis is extending the deadline for submitting responses to DMD's Requests for Qualifications (RFQ). The original deadline was March 2nd. The new deadline is March 16th, 2009.

The RFQ process asks applicants to submit information about their qualifications to implement all or some portions of the NSP plan in one or more of the four targeted areas.

"We have a unique opportunity to make a major impact in areas adversely affected by the recent foreclosure crisis," said DMD Director Maury Plambeck. "Extending the deadline will allow more responses to be submitted." The funds must be under contract within 18 months, and the funds must be spent within 48 months.

From the submissions the city will choose teams to partner with neighborhoods and other stakeholders to develop and implement specific projects. The City encourages partnerships with minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses. RFQs are available at the City's website Go to the DMD home page, click on community development and scroll down for the plan and RFQ.

THREE Traffic Alerts

Street Closings for February 21

On Saturday, Feb. 21, St.Francis Hospitals will host the Polar Bear Run 5 Mile & 5K on the streets of Downtown. This event is scheduled to take place from 9-11:30 a.m.and will affect travel in the Downtown area. Log onto to for update information.

Vermont Street (start area) from Meridian Street to Massachusetts Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue from Vermont Street to East Street will be closed to all traffic from 7-10 a.m.

Michigan Street (finish area) will be closed to traffic between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 7-11:30 a.m. for this event. All other streets on the course will remain open to traffic with some lane restrictions.

5 Mile Route Information:

· START on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets(all lanes)

· East on Vermont Street to Massachusetts Avenue (all lanes)

· Northeast on Massachusetts Avenue to East Street (all lanes)

· South on East Street to Virginia Avenue (two lanes)

· Southeast on Virginia Avenue to Prospect Avenue (two lanes)

· West on Prospect Avenue to Meridian Street (one lane)

· North on Meridian Street to Russell Avenue (one lane)

· Northwest on Russell Avenue to Illinois Street (one lane)

· North on Illinois Street to Michigan Street (two lanes)

· East on Michigan Street just past Meridian Street for FINISH (all lanes)

5 K Route Information:

· START on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets(all lanes)

· East on Vermont Street to Massachusetts Avenue (all lanes)

· Northeast on Massachusetts Avenue to East Street (all lanes)

· South on East Street to Virginia Avenue (two lanes)

· Southeast on Virginia Avenue to South Street (two lanes)

· West on South Street to Illinois Street (two lane)

· North on Illinois Street to Michigan Street (two lanes)

· East on Michigan Street just past Meridian Street for FINISH (all lanes)

On Saturday, Feb. 21, the AYS Mardi Gras Mambo on Mass Ave will begin at 2:30 p.m. from the Center Township Trustee parking lot. The procession will travel southwest on Massachusetts Avenue to the YMCA at the Athenaeum for the Carnavale Fair from 3-5 p.m.

Set up for the procession begins at 1:30 p.m. and streets along the route will be closed intermittently as the procession moves through.

Procession Route Information:

· START on Massachusetts Avenue at Bellefontaine Avenue

· Southwest on Massachusetts Avenue to North Street

· West on North Street to New Jersey Street

· South on New Jersey Street to Massachusetts Avenue

· Southwest on Massachusetts Avenue to Vermont Street

· East on Vermont Street to Athenaeum parking lot

Log onto for more information.

For these events, please plan your travel through Downtown accordingly. There will be parking and sidewalk restrictions for these events. Log onto for additional information.

IMPD Community Day

IMPD Southeast Community Day

Garfield Park
May 14, 2009
This free event will feature:· Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Special Service Units: Tactical Air Patrol, Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, Motorcycle Officers, SWAT Team and the Bomb Squad.· The Health Department, Fire Department and PAL Club will be offering valuable information for the community. · Special appearances by the Indianapolis Pacers’ Boomer, Indianapolis Indians’ Rowdie and McGruff the Crime Dog. · Indy Racing League’s “Racing for Kids” · Children’s Bike Raffle compliments of Ernie Pyle VFW #1120 · Grilled hot dogs compliments of the Teamsters Local 135

Thursday, February 19, 2009

IV IPS Super Meeting


Invites you to the
IV IPS Super Meeting

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
School 96, 3651 N. Kiel Avenue

Located between Moller and High School Road on 38th Street. Turn south on Kiel Ave. and go to the bend in the street. It is the second school building on Kiel Ave.

Dr. Eugene G. White

Child care will be available

For more information call:
Nora Trincado at 226-4831



Junta de Padres de IPS

Dónde: Escuela # 96 (Gimnasio)

3651 N. Kiel Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46224

Por la Calle 38; entre la High School Rd. y la Moller

Al oeste de la ciudad; por los Apts. Eagle Terrance

Al lado de la Escuela #108

Cuándo: Martes, 3 de Marzo , 2009

Hora: 6:30 p.m.

Presentador: Dr. Eugene G. White,

Superintendente de IPS

Todos los padres del distrito están invitados

Para más información, llame a:

Oficina de OSCR de IPS

Nora Trincado al 226-4831

Indianapolis Stimulus Watch

Stimulus Watch

Projects in Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Foster Homes for Feral Cats

Foster Homes Save Lives

Finding enough space to accommodate the ever-growing number of unwanted animals in our care is a daily challenge. This combined with the inevitable illness that results from these animals entering a stressful situation, often being surrendered by families they have loved their entire lives, has brought us to the point once again where we desperately need your help.

We currently have 25 cats who are in need of immediate foster care. They are fighting off upper respiratory infections (URI) which are very common i n a shelter environment. Unfortunately, we do not have enough room to accommodate these 25 cats in our isolation area, so we must find foster homes where they can heal. Many of these cats are fighting off URI's for the second or third time because the stress of living in a shelter is simply too much for their immune systems to handle. For them, finding a foster home where they can remain until a permanent home can be found is their only hope.

We also have dogs who are currently in need of urgent foster care.

What does fostering entail?

The time commitment varies depending on a particular animal's needs but could range from a couple of weeks to a few months depending on how long it takes to find your foster pet a permanent home or how long it takes the animal to recover from a particular medical condition.

This upper respiratory illness is contagious to other cats, so if you currently have a cat, we will need to make sure you have an area in your home where your foster cat can be kept separated from them at all times. We can provide you with guidelines on how to prevent your cat(s) from getting ill.

This upper respiratory illness is NOT contagious to dogs, so all you dog lovers out there have a wonderful opportunity to open your homes to a kitty in need and perhaps teach your dog a few things about who is REALLY in charge!

Becoming a foster is simple. We ask that you fill out an application and spend some time talking with one of our Animal Programs Coordinators to determine which animals would be best suited for foster care in your home. Some animals and medical conditions are easier to care for than others, so we want to make sure we pair you up with a foster pet who has needs that your schedule and experience can accommodate.

We provide all of the items you need to become a foster with the exception of a crate as our entire stock is being used to house animals at this time. We provide food, kitty litter, bowls etc., although we do greatly appreciate it when our foster families are willing to provide those items to help keep keep our costs down.

We cover the cost of all medical care for our foster animals. There is no out-of-pocket expense to provide medical care unless you want to sponsor your foster pet's needs. We do have a list of veterinarians that you must use for our foster animals' needs and those visits are coordinated with our Animal Programs Team.< /div>

And lastly, we will work together to find your foster pet a permanent home. From on-site adoption events to off-site adoption events at local businesses and pet stores, we will continue to work diligently to find our fosters their forever homes.

Please consider becoming a foster parent today.

For information on how to become a foster parent, please email or call (317) 774-1263.

Prayer Vigils - February 21

Prayer Vigils scheduled
Saturday, February 21, 2009

Christopher Thomas (23)
Kevin Ballard (26)
W. 38th & High School Rd.

Jeremy Swift (16)
Bryan Byrd (31)
21st & Arlington

Add a Comment to a past prayer vigil

Would you like to add a comment to a past drive-by prayer vigil? Our new website welcomes your comments. Click here to log on and select the "search" tab to locate a particular vigil by victim name or vigil date.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mutt Strut

Mutt Strut

The Humane Society of Indianapolis is currently recruiting volunteers for its sixth annual Mutt Strut. If you have any questions please contact Holli Novinger at or by phone at 317-872-5650 x121.

UIndy Offering Free Tuition to Veterans

UIndy Offering Free Tuition to Veterans Report

The University of Indianapolis is offering free tuition to military veterans. The University of Indianapolis Freedom Award is open to those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001. To be eligible, recipients must qualify for some federal programs and be admitted as a full-time undergraduate student.

Special Education Laws and Rights of Indiana

Special Education Laws & Rights of Indiana Workshop

Learn about special education laws and rights of Indiana, case conference tips, and more.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Clarian North Learning Center, (11700 Meridian St, at 116th St and Meridian)*

Instructors: Nicole Goodson, J.D., Margaret Jones, J.D., and Michael Moore, J.D.

To register:

(registration IS required)

Should you have any questions about the event or registration, please feel free to contact us either by email ( or telephone (317)278-7839.


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Alice M. Ross “Salute to Family” Awards Nominations

Exemplary Families Sought for 2009 Salute to Family Awards

I work with Family Service of Central Indiana, and I wanted to make sure you guys knew about this year’s Alice M. Ross “Salute to Family” Awards. We’re collecting nominations and I was wondering if you guys knew of families that you could nominate, as well as help us get the word out about the award.

We’re looking for families who have made a difference... whether it be at home in their care for their own family or by bettering their community. It may be, for example, that a family member has been directly affected by cancer/illness/accident and now raises money for a related charity, or it may be that the family raises money together for a good cause like the 2008 Indiana flood victims, or has a role in helping local children in the community to have a better life.

Any member of the community may nominate a family they admire, and families may nominate themselves. Families must live in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion or Morgan County to be eligible.

Families may be described in many ways: two-parent and single-parent families, stepfamilies, multigenerational, blended, traditional, non-traditional, foster and adoptive.

Below is a link to our website, and a copy of a recent press release.

Thank you for any help recognizing deserving families.

Also, this is a link to a profile of past winners from previous years:

For a family to be considered for this award, nominations must be submitted online, faxed or postmarked by Feb. 28, 2009 to Family Service (Attn: Salute to Families Awards Committee; 615 N. Alabama St, Suite 320; Indianapolis, IN 46204). Nomination forms are available online at or by contacting Family Service at 317.634.6341.

Winners will receive their honors at the “Salute to Family” Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at the Riverwalk - 6729 E. Westfield Blvd; Indianapolis, IN 46220.


About Alice M. Ross: A special friend of Family Service, Alice M. Ross was a beloved philanthropist, volunteer and longtime resident of Central Indiana. Perhaps best remembered for her energy and enthusiasm, Ross gave tremendous support to organizations and people from all walks of life. It is in her honor that Family Service recognizes exemplary families from the central Indiana community.

About Family Service: Family Service of Central Indiana, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization working to preserve and strengthen families in times of crisis, change and growth. The agency provides counseling, support and education to families in need and is funded by the United Way, government contracts, user fees and private donations. Established in 1835, Family Service is the oldest organization of its kind in central Indiana.

Travis Perkins

Director of Communications

Family Service of Central Indiana, Inc.

615 N. Alabama St., Suite 320

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Personal Property Assessment Positions

Personal Property Assessment Positions Available

The Office of the Marion County Assessor is currently seeking to fill multiple positions within its Personal Property Assessment division. These positions have been posted to the City of Indianapolis and Marion County’s Employment Opportunities webpage:

Business Personal Property Auditors

The Business Personal Property Auditor positions will be responsible for accepting, reviewing, and auditing various documents and returns relating to the assessment of all business personal property in Marion County as well as assisting members of the public in complying with the applicable state statutes and rules. These full-time positions will undertake auditing work which the Township Assessors had formerly outsourced to an auditing and consulting firm.

Link to the individual job posting:

Personal Property Specialists

The Personal Property Specialist positions will be primarily responsible for the annual assessment of mobile homes and data entry pertaining to the filing of business personal property returns. Position is also responsible for assisting Business Personal Property Auditors (“Auditors”) in the auditing of tax returns as well as members of the public in complying with the applicable state statutes and rules

Link to the individual job posting:

US Census Bureau is hiring

US Census Bureau (Department of Commerce) is hiring

US Census Bureau is looking for Field Interviewers. To conduct personal visit and telephone interviews using laptop computer. Hours vary, but will be approximately 30-50 hours per month, must be available 3 weekdays, 4 weeknights and Saturday 8 – 4.

Requirements: US Citizenship, valid driver’s license, auto, and home-based telephone. $13.22/hour & 58.5 cents/mile. Reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants. For testing info call 1-888-722-8995; E.E.O.E.

Hope 42morrow

Hope 42morrow

Helping teenagers make the transition from boy to manhood. Youth will participate in various workshops, team building and leadership exercises, “No Judgment Zone” forums, service learning projects, guest speakers (Colts Players, Pastors, Entrepreneurs, etc.), athletics and college tours.

Age: 13-18
Dates: 3/3-5/14
Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM
Cost: Free

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Transition Indiana

Transition Indiana

Time: April 18, 2009 to April 19, 2009
Location: City Hall Council Chambers, Bloomington, Indiana
Organized By: Keith Johnson

Event Description:
Training for Transition ~ Bloomington, Indiana

Cosponsors: Permaculture Activist magazine, the Bloomington Peak Oil Task Force, Bloomington Permaculture Guild, Indiana Forest Alliance, Transition Bloomington, Transition Indiana

What: a two-day "Training for Transition" workshop, based on the work of Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks of Transition Totnes (UK)

Who should attend: All those considering bringing Transition to their community. (NOTE: This workshop fulfills the training requirement for initiating local Transition groups.)

Curriculum: Participants will learn the "fundamentals" of setting up, running and maintaining a successful Transition Initiative, with specific techniques for

* raising public awareness around peak oil and climate change

* connecting with existing community groups and local government

* launching projects aimed at building people's understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement

* forming groups to look at all the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc) in order to create an "Energy Descent Action Plan" for the community

When: Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Where: City Hall Council Chambers, Bloomington City Hall, Bloomington, Indiana

Schedule: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. registration; workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with breaks for lunch and dinner, optional Transition Clinic at 7:00 p.m. Sunday workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with lunch break.

Instructors: Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn, certified Transition Trainers and co-founders of Transition Boulder County (the first official Transition Initiative in North America). They each bring more than three years of on-the-ground relocalization experience to the Transition Training, as well as a in-depth practice in organizational development, group process technologies, and psychospiritual processes.

Price: $225. Food and lodging not included. Some partial scholarships may be available.

Deadline to register: Monday, April 6th, 2009. Space is limited, so please register early!

To reserve your space, contact Keith Johnson or Zach Mermel (, 812-335-0383) or send payment to the following address: 5421 E. Kings Road, Bloomington, IN 47408. Make checks payable to Keith Johnson (and be sure to write "Transition Training @ Bloomington" in the memo line).


The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Rob Hopkins)
Transition Primer
The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century (Kunstler) or Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (Heinberg)

"Crude Impact" or "A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash"
"The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil"
"Sustainability 101" (Dr. Albert Bartlett)

See more details and RSVP on Transition Indiana:

FringeFriday - 3 Years

FringeFriday - 3 Year Anniversary!
February 27
Fringe Building, 719 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis
5:30 p.m. Mix and Mingle - Free Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Performances

Celebrate the three year anniversary of FringeFriday in their new permanent home at the FringeBuilding. FringeFridays are a free monthly event, that keeps the Spirit of IndyFringe alive all year. Local performers preview upcoming shows, workshop new projects, and perform original works.

BOI - Analyzing Your Business Idea

Analyzing Your Business Idea

Examine your business idea to determine if it makes sense in the marketplace, what resources it will require and the appropriate next steps for turning the idea into reality. Free
Wednesday, Mar. 4, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI

(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

BOI - Winning Sales Strategies

Winning Sales Strategies

In this two-part series, learn techniques to generate more sales for your business, including finding good prospects, making effective sales pitches, handling objections, reading buying signals and closing the deal. $30

Mondays, Mar. 2 and 16, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Eric Averitt, New Perspective Group

(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Friday, February 13, 2009

YEA! Youth Engagement Allies

YEA! Youth Engagement Allies
Victory Memorial Parlor
Corner of Woodlawn & Villa
February 19, 2009
11:00-12:30 PM

Anyone involved in youth work or planning to be a youth programming volunteer is invited to attend a meeting designed to create a network of people with a passion for assisting and supporting youth work. This initial meeting will be based on the Study Circle concept.

Provider Council Meeting

Provider Council Meeting

Professionals and volunteers from central Indiana's youth development field come together each month for this informal networking opportunity.

If you have questions or to RSVP, contact Amelia Miller.

Date & Time:
Wednesday, February 25
8:15 am - Informal Networking
8:30 - 10:00 am - Provider Council


Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
1800 N. Meridian St.
Third Floor

Parking is available on the southeast corner of Meridian and 18th St., across from Little Red Door Cancer Society. The parking is identified as Girl Scout volunteer parking.

KABOOM! Help with School 31's playground

Please Help with School 31's playground

This is a request from Mr. George Ginder, the Principal at IPS school #31. School 31 is located at 307 Lincoln street; north of Raymond and east of Meridian streets.

Mr. Ginder shared School 31’s great need for an expanded and up-to-date play ground for the students to learn and grow through physical activity. In 1988 School 31 was destroyed with fire, to be rebuilt and re-opened in 1989. Yet, the playground was somewhat overlooked in respect to using older playground equipment instead of updated safer materials used currently. In the attached letter you will see an aerial photograph, from Google Earth, showing the sparse area hosting 4 pieces of playground equipment currently available. These are set between the building and a large paved area…conducive to skin scrapes and the need for a fully stocked first aid kit. J In essence, the schools newly formed Soccer team does not have an ideal practice area or playing field.

Through the efforts of Mr. Ginder and the sponsorship of the Lilly endowment, School 31 now has the great fortune of partnering with KaBOOM a not-for-profit organization that builds community play grounds. On May 20th a single day transformation of School 31’s play ground will take place and community volunteers are welcome to participate, and well-wishers to observe the process. As is with most community projects, funded through grants and endowments, part of the terms of this fortunate opportunity requires community contributions, or matching funds, to help support the project. School 31 is being asked to generate 10%, or $7,500.00 in matching funds for their playground by the end of March; $1,500.00 having already been raised.

Please consider contributing anything that you can to this project…the future of our community lies in the health, welfare and educational opportunities of our youth.

F.S.M.A. Secretary ~ 2009

Chili Lunch for New Jersey Street

New Jersey Street Esplanade Association Chili Lunch

Saturday, February 21st, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Maria's Pizza.
Free chili lunch with a donation.

Jim Mulholland

On February 21st The South New Jersey street Esplanade Association is giving a Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maria's Pizza at 1106 Prospect Avenue (a few doors east of the Fountain Square Library.) The Chili is free with the hope of a donation to the Association to help maintain the eplanade that was redone last year.
This is why all south east residents should come and eat chili.
The New Jersey street project has received so much positive attention from all over the city for neighborhood volunteerism that it has become a magnet for redevelopment funds and homeowner grants for the entire south east area. Already a housing trust has also earmarked an additional $300,000 in grant money for renovation aid to homeowners on streets surrounding New Jersey street. The New Jersey Street Esplanade joins The Simon Cancer Center, and the White River State Park in receiving the coveted Monumental Award. This project has broken down the old thinking that development is only really positive on the North side of Indianapolis. This spring it needs to look better than ever because everyone is driving down it to see the huge transformation. Come check it out.
So why should you care?
Because you stand to benefit. Money is tighter than ever. South New Jersey Street, Bates-Hendricks, SEND, KIBI, and Fountain Square have shown Indianapolis that this side of town has a great deal to offer. We have to fight for our share of the stimulous money. Projects like the New Jersey street Esplanade need to look sharp this spring. It takes money for mulch and grass seed and fertilizer.
Another reason you should also care is because there is a lot more to do in this area and money to go around. The money will go to the neighborhoods that get our of their recliners and get out on the street taking on positive projects that improve the area. Show your spirit. Sweep your street. Pick up some trash and then come eat some chili.
Here is how it works.
Maria's is donating its space. Several of the best cooks in the Bates-Hendricks area are duking it out over bragging rights to the best chili on the southeast side. You will be the judge. We will let you taste each one, vote, and then sit down and have a bowl of chili and some homemade dessert for lunch. Hopefully you will make a donation.
The New Jersey street project showed Indianapolis that our residents are proud, motivated, and have something to offer. We finally have some prositive momentum for change and money coming in and the southeast. Come eat chili, vote, donate, and show Indianapolis that the Southeast is a force to be reconed with.
Please forward this to everyone you know to invite them.
Greg Allen


Durang-O-Rama Special Final Weekend Button Discount!

Does the sinking economy got you down? Need a Stimulus?
Spend $l0 and join the hysterical world of Christopher Durang and InterAction Theatre!
Wear your IndyFringe backer button or print and bring this email and get in for Fringe prices - only $10!

Durang-O-Rama! 5 One-Acts by Christopher Durang
February 13 and 14 - 8 p.m.
IndyFringe Building, 719 E. St. Clair St.

"The high point of the show is For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls, a hilarious parody of The Glass Menagerie featuring Scot Greenwell as a reclusive hypochondriac son with a collection of glass swizzle sticks and Diane Kondrat as his deliciously over-the-top Southern belle mother" Nuvo February 4 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Special Mayor's Night Out - Inner City Issues

Mayor's Night Out for Downtown Neighborhoods
Indianapolis Public School #2 (Center for Inquiry)
725 N New Jersey
February 24th
6:00-7:00 PM

Hi all,

Due to public pressure regarding the increase in crime, speeding/road safety, sidewalk and alley issues, etc. coming from our HMP Association meetings (and other local neighborhood association meetings), a special "Mayor's Night Out" has been scheduled for all downtown neighborhoods, with Mayor Ballard and David Sherman, Director of the Department of Public Works.
Please plan on attending this event, on February 24th at Indianapolis Public School #2 (Center for Inquiry), located at 725 N New Jersey. There will be a public question and answer session from 6-7pm that night. Our Mayor's Neighborhood Liaison, Charles Ingram, has asked that we forward our neighborhood's specific concerns to him, prior to this meeting, so that Mayor Ballard and Mr. Sherman can prepare to discuss them. Please forward any questions/concerns to me, ASAP, and I will get them to Mr. Ingram.

As many HMP neighbors as possible need to make our faces seen and our voices heard at this meeting! We continue t o hear the same things over and over again at our neighborhood meetings about budgets being cut (or allocated elsewhere) while we pay higher and higher taxes. Our water and air quality rank at the very bottom of the list of U.S. cities, IPS schools are in great need of investment and overhaul, our alleys and sidewalks are a mess, our neighborhood is not light enough at night and we don't feel safe in our own homes. The number of police officers within our beat have been cut in half, while the size of the beat itself was doubled. (Even though we have seen a drop in the number of burglaries that have taken place in HMP over the last several months - much of which can probably be attributed to the arrest of Mr. Groves - spring is just around the corner, when these types of crimes start ramping up, again. That, coupled with the recession and wide-spread job loss, will mean that we will need a higher number of officers on the street to protect and serve, an improved prison system to accommodate those who are tried and convicted, and a better system in place to help those transitioning out of prison and back into society, so that those like Troy Groves don't just walk out the prison door go back to robbing the exact same neighborhood they hit before.)

I have a list of questions that is fairly deep, but I may be missing some. Please forward your concerns to me, by Wednesday of next week (Feb. 18). If you would, please phrase your question/concern as if you were communicating directly with Mayor Ballard or Mr. Sherman.

This meeting is open to all downtown neighborhood residents, so be sure to let your friends in other downtown neighborhoods know about this meeting, as well. The more people there to speak out, the better we'll be heard.

Thank you,
Kellie Welborn-Helfenbein
Herron-Morton Association President
(317) 926-1270

IndyBANG! Monthly Cultural Luncheons

IndyBANG! Monthly Cultural Luncheons
February 17, 2009 with Lou Harry and Sherri Pfouts

Indy BANG! presents Indy’s Business and Arts Networking Get-togethers - bringing together business and arts professionals for their mutual benefit and to support our community.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
11:30AM -1:30PM
Shapiro’s Deli & Cafeteria (downtown)
808 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317) 631- 4041

Please join us
* if you are a small business professional
* if you are an arts professional
* if you are an arts and culture consumer
* if you are interested in how small business supports the arts and the arts inspire small business

Visit to learn more about Indy BANG! Business and Arts Networking Get-togethers.

Residential Tree Limb Debris Pick-up

Residential Tree Limb Debris Pick-up

In hand collection areas, DPW will pick up tree limb debris 3 inches in diameter or less that has been properly bundled in 3 foot lengths and placed at the curb as part of the 10-item limit. In areas that are serviced via the 96 gallon cart, tree limbs 3 inches in diameter or less may be placed in the carts. Debris that is not placed in the cart must be bundled in 3 foot lengths and will be picked up in these areas as part of residents’ monthly, 2-item limit for heavy trash.

Residents should contact private contractors to address the clearing of tree trunks or large diameter tree limbs from private property.

Dennis G. Papenmeier
Neighborhood Liaison
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
Gregory A Ballard, Mayor
2160 City-County Building
200 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 327-5595
(317) 327-5424

State of City Address will be in SE


INDIANAPOLIS - Mayor Greg Ballard will give his second annual State of the City address Saturday, February 21 at the Christel House Academy. Members of the media may contact Jessica Higdon to schedule a one-on-one interview with the Mayor prior to the event.




FEBRUARY 21, 2009

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program

Homeownership Program Orientation
for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis

Tues., Feb. 17, 2009 @ 6 p.m.
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
1301 Goodlet Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Thurs., Feb 26, 2009 @ 6 p.m.
Englewood Christian Church
57 N. Rural St
Indianapolis, IN 46201
(Enter off of the parking lot behind the church)

Wed., March 18, 2009 @ 6 p.m
West Morris Street Free Methodist Church
2302 W. Morris Street
Indianapolis, IN 46221

Orientations start exactly 6:00 p.m. If you arrive after 6:15 you will not be allowed into the meeting.

You are invited if you fit the following criteria:

•NEED: Have lived in substandard, overcrowded or unsafe housing, paying excessive rent, not accessible to people with disabilities, or government subsidized housing. Do not own their own home and will be a first time homebuyer.

•RENTAL HISTORY: At least 18 months to 2 years of good rental history and needs to be a resident of Marion County

•INCOME: Steady employment earning a limited income for 2 years and/or verifiable Social Security or SSI income for 2 years that will meet our income requirements.

•CREDIT: Must not have any judgments and any bankruptcies must have filing dates of discharges greater than 2 years.

•WILLINGNESS TO PARTNER: To complete the 300 hours of work-equity in homeownership education classes & home construction.

Attendance at an orientation meeting is the only way you can receive an application for our program

Partnership with us in working towards owning your own home!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Spring 2009 District Tree & Shrub Sale

Spring 2009 District Tree & Shrub Sale

Order deadline is May 1st

To see our regular District Tree Sale brochure for detailed information about the trees being offered, call 317-786-1776

Note- Please bring a BIG enough VEHICLE to pickup your order. Trees are up to 11’ TALL & WEIGH approximately 75 lbs.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Normandy Farm Subdivision Information Center
7802 Marsh Road

Located in NW Marion County: Exit west off I-465 at 71st Street; Marsh Road is the first street to the right. Proceed to the SW corner of the intersection of Marsh Road and 79th Street.

Call before Saturday pick up date for more information (317) 786-1776

Contact us at:
Marion Count Soil & Water
Conservation District
6960 S. Gray Rd., Suite C
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Phone: 317-786-1776
Fax: 317-786-1757

Providence Cristo Rey Open House

Providence Cristo Rey Open House
75 N. Belleview Place
February 15
1-3 p.m.

Providence Cristo Rey High School will host an Open House for prospective students and their families February 15 from 1-3 p.m. at the school, 75 N. Belleview Place. Participants will be able to speak with faculty, students and corporate sponsors about the school’s unique work/study program that enables each student to earn a Core 40 or Honors Diploma and build an impressive resume at major corporations in Indianapolis. For more information, contact Admissions Counselor, Ruben Fernandez, at (317) 860-1000 or by email at

Ruben Fernandez
Admissions Counselor
75 N. Belleview Place
Indianapolis, IN 46222
(317)860-1000 x121

Warm meals without the cooking

Second-Helpings @ Bethel Park

Warm meals without the cooking, free to all. Drinks are not always furnished.

Age: All
Date: Ongoing M W F
Time: 5PM-6PM
Cost: Free

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

BOI - Issues for Small Businesses With Employees

Issues for Small Businesses With Employees

Learn how to stay within the law and properly protect yourself when you hire employees for your small business. $10

Thursday, Feb. 26, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Ron Wright, Esq., Wright & Associates, P.C.; Cheryl Palmer, Paycor Payroll Services; Jim Funk, Central Insurance Associates, Inc.
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Pothole Portal

Pothole Portal

To all,

The much anticipated “pothole portal” is now up and running. I have spoken with many of in meetings over the past month about this and I very much encourage you to check it out…! I think the process will be as easy as 1-2-3…!

Step 1: FIND A CHUCKHOLE and write down the address of it.

Step 2: GO TO THE CITY’S WEBSITE (here is the link for you: )


Please let me know how well it works for you. If there are any problems with it, be as specific as you can…but please let me know that, too. I think this will be a very valuable tool for us to work together to keep the chuck holes as manageable as possible.

As always, THANKS for being my eyes and ears in each of your neighborhoods!

Take care and be safe,

Dennis G. Papenmeier
Neighborhood Liaison
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
Gregory A Ballard, Mayor
2160 City-County Building
200 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 327-5595
(317) 327-5424

BOI - Using Microsoft Word® for Business

Using Microsoft Word® for Business

Learn hands-on how to use features of Word to create professional-looking documents for your small business. Topics include tables, headers and footers, graphics and templates. $10

Monday, Feb. 23, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI, and Virden Bryan, Dept. of Natural Resources
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Motor Gym for adults with intellectual disabilities

Motor Gym

Activities are geared to adults 18+ with intellectual disabilities accompanied by staff. Half court basketball games, volleyball and programmed fitness activities are part of the afternoon. Run relays and races, play with an earth ball, on the giant checker board, or just socialize. Staff will be asked to help facilitate activities.

Age: 18+
Date & Time: Ongoing T, Th (1PM-3PM)
Cost: $1 per person

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Tot Time @ Bethel Park

Tot Time

Helping toddlers with motor and physical skills, as well as character education, carnival style recreation and free play.

Age: 6 & under
Date: Ongoing M and W
Time: 12PM-2PM
Cost: Free

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Shamrock Run/Walk

Shamrock Run/Walk

Last year’s Shamrock Run/Walk was an amazing, high-turnout, low-stress event for our neighborhoods:

Shamrock Run Walk

They’re coming again this year. Saturday, March 14. The race starts at the circle at 9, and the first runners get to our hood soon after. It would be great to have lots of people turn out to cheer the runners and walkers. It really doesn’t last more than an hour or so. And when was the last time you saw THRONGS of people speeding down Virginia Avenue??? Really! Throngs!

So, if you can, plan to hang out and cheer. We’ll also need some help at the water station. More on that later. Merchants, the run/walk organizers would LOVE it if you decorate your storefront for the event.

Those of you who are creative, maybe a temporary St. Pat installation along the route could be considered.

Top o’ the Afternoon,

Paul Baumgarten
Fountain Square Main Street Manager
Southeast Neighborhood Development
1030 Orange Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203
317.634.5079 x106

The Derwin Smiley Show

The Derwin Smiley Show

For 8 weeks, Bethel Park and the Derwin Smiley Show have partnered to bring Media Arts/Communication and Youth Achievers programming to the Southside of Indianapolis

Age: Youths
Date: Tuesday, 2/24
Time: 5PM
Cost: Free

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203


Skydancer Productions documentary film

Host: J Rhodes
Location: Harrison Center for the Arts, Gallery 2
1505 N Delaware
Indianapolis, IN US
When: Friday, February 27, 6:00PM
Phone: 317.631.2220

Indy Food Coop proudly presents, award winning Skydancer Productions documentary film HEART & SOIL at the Harrison Center for the Arts, Gallery 2, 1505 N. Delaware.

Doors open at 5:30 with event starting at 6:00. Immediately following the film, an expert panel will spur discussion with attendees about local food issues. Light snacks. Family-friendly event.

Members FREE; Others 18 years and older $10 (those who join the coop that night can apply admission towards their membership). For more information, visit:

About the film: HEART & SOIL, a 45 minute family documentary, offers hope for our planet. This uplifting movie clips along with the pace of barefoot children and frolicking livestock,taking us on a journey into the rich landscape and lives of small scale farming, the bustling energy of farmers markets and farm to school programs. HEART & SOIL has been called "a love song for farmers," those stalwart keepers of the earth who speak with passion on diverse topics including animal husbandry, soil science and climate change. HEART & SOIL also touches on the darker side of agriculture: the corporate extractive system that produces -- not only most of the food we eat -- but global warming. For more information, visit: