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


taste & see what Indy parks has to offer this Sunday at post road park

Looking for a great place to host your next event? Indy Parks offers a variety of affordable, fun entertaining spots across Marion County. Visit Post Road Community Park & Banquet Center this Sunday and learn more about hosting your next event with Indy Parks.

Sunday’s free Taste & See at Post Road Community Park & Banquet Center, 1313 S. Post Road, will provide potential party planners with food samples from Indy Parks preferred caterers, a variety of local florists options, information from cake making companies, portfolios from photographers, and DJ options and choices. Get your party started with Indy Parks!

WHAT: Post Road Community Park & Banquet Center Taste & See

WHEN: 1 – 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

WHERE: Post Road Community Park & Banquet Center, 1313 S. Post Road

COST: Free

Bike Indy. Swim Indy. Run Indy.



The City of Indianapolis will be extending the application period for the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards to run through the end of next week. The new deadline for nominating a business is October 16, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Mayor Ballard’s Celebration of Diversity Awards will be held January 22, 2010.

“We continue to work towards ‘diversifying diversity’,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “Minority and Women Business Development are very important to my administration, and this event recognizes those who excel at creating a diverse workforce.”

Recognition for the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards is based on stellar performance in all or one of the following areas: Workforce Diversity, Development, Community Relations, and Leadership.

“These awards are for businesses of all sizes in Indianapolis. We certainly appreciate our larger organizations getting involved, and we also encourage small and medium sized businesses to participate.” said Greg Wilson the Director of Minority and Women Business Development for the City of Indianapolis.

Organizations will also be considered for the prestigious Sam H. Jones Award, which is awarded to the business that shows exemplary performance in all four of the aforementioned categories. This special award is named in honor of the first President of the Indianapolis Urban League, a tireless advocate for peace, justice and the understanding of equality in the Indianapolis community.

Notes: To download an application or to nominate a business you think would qualify for the Mayor’s Diversity Awards Ceremony please see attached document or visit:

Completed packet must be submitted by 4:00 P.M., Friday, October 16, 2009 to:

Linda Cofer, Project Manager

200 E. Washington Street, Suite 1501

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Thursday, October 8, 2009

It's raining! From Dennis P.

Please review this info from DPW regarding what looks like it will be a fairly significant rain event. The second part of the information from DPW outlines property owner responsibilities regarding storm inlets and such. Please take a moment and check any inlets near your house to make sure they are free of debris. If you do this and still have high water, then please let me know.

Thanks and keep dry!

Dennis Papenmeier


The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) is preparing for heavy rain and potential flooding as forecasted.

* Our crews will be out on "Rain Routes.” Each crew will have a designated area to inspect for storm inlet plugging, ditch or creek flow problems and drainage issues in general.

* Plugged inlets around the city which flood streets will be cleared off and monitored for proper water flow.

* We are monitoring local river, creek and stream levels, and we will deal with any problems to the extent that we can. We usually have to return once the water levels go down to remove any obstructions to enable the proper flow of water.

* We will be checking known problem areas around the city.

* Sandbags are available at 1725 S. West Street if needed.

* As public safety is our top concern, we are urging residents to exercise caution when approaching high water areas. DO NOT drive through areas where high water signs are posted.

Property owners are responsible for making sure drainage ditches, driveway pipes and drainage easements are free and clear of debris, leaves, weeds, high grass and other objects that will obstruct the flow of water. As a result, residents should:

* Keep storm inlet grates clear of debris, trash and leaves.

* Maintain swales and ditches, including roadside ditches by mowing to eight inches or less and keeping them free of fill and debris.

* Work with neighbors to clear brush, debris and other blockages from neighborhood creeks and ditches.

* Make sure driveway culverts are free of debris, in good repair and set to proper elevation so that water doesn’t back up.

* Call the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4MAC (4622) to report illegal dumping in waterways.

Of the city’s 10,000 miles of drainage facilities, about 6,000 exist on private property. Ponding water most often occurs on private property and may be the result of one or more factors. The city will address ponding water on private property if it’s a result of failed city infrastructure. To report a problem, please call the Mayor's Action Center (MAC) at 327-4622.

Gini Challenge Grant

The GINI challenge grant for the Southeast is still available. The grant can be up to $25,000 and is available for a project that contributes to the SE Quality of Life plan implementation and leverages additional funding, showing a 1-2 match.

The Southeast Community Building Committee is responsible for reviewing eligible grant applications from the neighborhood and voting on which to submit. Grant applications should be submitted to Jennifer Von Deylen by noon on October 15th; in order to be reviewed by the committee. Applications can be emailed to her: or dropped off at SEND, 1030 Orange Street.

Application form is available here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Mayor Greg Ballard released today the first City of Indianapolis Sustainability Report detailing the impact of the Office of Sustainability in its first year.

The report, available at, provides an overview of changes that have taken place in Indianapolis to create a more sustainable city, including green infrastructure projects, on-street bike lanes and initiatives to encourage private-sector green development.

“One year after creating the Office of Sustainability, our intense focus on being good stewards of both taxpayer dollars and the environment is paying off in tangible ways throughout Marion County,” said Mayor Ballard. “The Indianapolis Sustainability Report provides a snapshot of where we are now, but the final picture of a sustainable Indianapolis is far from complete. We continue to work diligently to develop strategic public-private partnerships and to lead by example by making our city-owned buildings and operations more energy efficient."

Highlights from the previous year include:

Water and Land

Construction of Fall Creek Pilot Separation Project

Solid Waste and Recycling

17 new pedestrian recycling bins installed

Energy and Emissions

89 hybrid vehicles added to city fleet

Green Building and Development

6 LEED certified buildings in Indianapolis

Quality of Life

14 miles of on-street bike lanes added

In addition to releasing the City’s first Sustainability Report, the Mayor also announced the first Sustainability Awards to be held in January 2010 to recognize partners in the City’s efforts. The call for entries begins today. Applications are available at

“Public-private partnerships have been the key to many of our early sustainability initiatives, and it's important that we recognize the innovative, green concepts and projects being developed throughout our community," said Mayor Ballard.

It's Still Not Too Late to Register For Neighbor Power!

Register for your workshops today!
Deadline is Monday, October 12

On October 17, join more than 300 people to talk about ways you can team up to make our city an even better place to live, work, and play. This free conference is for everyone interested in making Indianapolis a more vibrant and successful city.

The gathering will include former NBA star and community advocate Kevin Johnson - now mayor of Sacramento. You'll also enjoy twelve customized workshops brought to you by local folks who will share lessons learned and invite you to join in the discussion on topics such as abandoned homes, youth engagement, green food and more. You'll be part of the agenda!

To see a full listing of workshops and for more information on Neighbor Power! check out our website.

To register now click here

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Norwood Annual Fall Festival

The community of Norwood will be hosting their 2nd Annual Fall Festival on Oct 31, 2009. In order to provide a safe environment for the children in the community, we need your HELP! On Oct 20, 2009 a candy and prize drive will be held at the community center. We are asking for neighbors and local businesses to help with this great cause.

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When: Oct 20, 2009

Where: Pride Family Center (in front) 1129 S. Vandeman St.

Time: 6pm-7pm

Why: To obtain candy and prize donations for our annual fall festival.

If you have any questions please contact Tiffany Parker at 317-748-0963 or email

Cash donations will be accepted if you do not want to go buy the candy yourself. Make all checks payable to: Norwood Neighborhood Association


Acting Public Safety Director Mark Renner formally introduced Teri Kendrick this morning as the new Interim Administrator at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC). Kendrick, a current city prosecutor will take over as the shelters Interim Administrator effective immediately. Tuesday, October 6 will be her first official day on the job.

Kendrick brings an abundance of animal welfare and public policy experience to the job having most recently served as Indianapolis’ chief litigator on animal welfare cases. Kendrick was a unanimous choice to run IACC after Department of Public Safety officials found grounds to terminate Doug Rae after a 60 day probationary period.

“Indianapolis is very lucky to have someone of Teri’s caliber at Animal Care and Control,” said Acting Director of Public Safety Mark Renner. “Teri understands the challenges that this job presents, but will work diligently to uphold a high quality of life for both the citizens of Indianapolis and the animals at our shelter.”

Big Car receives $50,000 grant to connect art with community Made for Each Other series provides city with public art boost

Thanks to a recently awarded $50,000 grant from the Great Indianapolis Neighborhood Initiatives IMAGINE Big program, Big Car — a locally based non-profit arts collective with a gallery in Fountain Square — will bring a series of eight community art projects to eight different neighborhoods across Indianapolis in 2009-2010.

The series, titled Made for Each Other (, is designed to connect art with the community and engage people of all walks of life in helping create shows, performances and events within the context of Indianapolis neighborhood. Made for Each Other starts with an exhibition at Lafayette Square Mall in October celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the neighborhood, followed in November by a collaborative community art show in Fountain Square connected with the Spirit & Place Festival.

Internationally known social practice artist Harrell Fletcher will advise Big Car on the series and will participate as the lead artist on at least one of the eight neighborhood projects. Fletcher, one of the creators of the collaborative project Learning to Love You More (, is based in Portland, Ore.

Projects in Made for Each Other will bring neighbors together to help with the planning, creating and celebration of each project — bridging gaps between art, artists and art institutions and our neighbors in the community. The artwork will be inclusive, interactive, and dynamic. Most will be temporary, but some — depending on ideas that arise when neighbors and artists collaborate — will likely be longer lasting.

“The end result will be bringing the community together and developing a broader audience for art in our city,” said Big Car curator and co-founder Jim Walker who is coordinating the series. “And now, more than ever, is the time to be working hard together to make this happen in Indianapolis.”

Projects will take place in urban areas across the city: Southeast (Fountain Square), Near Eastside, Martindale-Brightwood, Near West (Haughville), West Indianapolis (southwest of downtown), Lafayette Square, Crooked Creek (Michigan Road north of 38th Street) and the Binford Boulevard area (northeast).

The IMAGINE Big grant covers most of the Made for Each Other project costs but not Big Car staffing and administrative expenses. So Big Car, a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization, is raising dollars through grants and donations to pay for the rest.

With major funding cuts, large-scale public art projects — like those create by the Arts Council of Indianapolis through the city’s Cultural Development Initiative — may be less likely for the city in the immediate future. But Big Car’s Made for Each Other series will help continue the momentum created by the Arts Council’s public art projects of the last several years.

The series will also take public art in some new and important directions. First, it moves public art from the realm of cultural tourism in downtown locations to community locations in city neighborhoods across the city. For this series, the target audience is no longer visitors. It is people who live nearby. Second, the social nature of these projects will more directly connect members of the community with the final product. The work located in each community will be about these communities in authentic ways. The work will be made based on ideas and input from neighbors engaged in the communities. And the community will be part of the creation and celebration of the projects.

“We are calling it Made for Each Other because the projects are just that — made for and by each other in our community,” Walker said. “If it sounds like the title for a romantic comedy that’s just fine. This series is all about exploring a real love for our city and our neighbors — and having fun making art together.”

The Made for Each Other series will include work by local and national artists and features partnerships with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Susurrus, Herron School of Art, Hoosier Environmental Council, Spirit & Place and more. Projects include an environmental art festival at Skiles Test Nature Park, two sculptures, an urban garden, a dance performance at the former Central State grounds, participation in a parade at Lafayette Square mall and interactive and collaborative art shows in temporary galleries across the city.

As an example, one of the first shows in the series will feature an installation created with help of Fountain Square community members taking portraits of their neighbors and providing profile information about them. Another portion of this show included in the Spirit & Place Festival will feature incidental photos taken with camera phones by local artists and community members while on walks, shopping, driving, etc.
1. Volunteers, Young Writers Needed for 2 After-School Programs

Join Us for Drop-In Writing help for kids:
After School Mondays in Fountain Square

Second Story is hosting a unique and free after-school program on Mondays this fall for students in the grades 3-6 located at the Wheeler Arts Community at 1035 Sanders St. in Fountain Square. Programming starts October 12 and runs through December 10, for a total of ten Mondays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The first half of each session will be dedicated help with writing or reading related homework. The second half will be set aside for creative writing games and writing prompts that are meant to be both accessible and fun for the students. Some of the work produced during this time will be published online and in a semester anthology. All young people in grades 3-6 from anywhere in the city are welcome to attend this free program. Parents will need to arrange for transportation for children participating in the program.

We are currently seeking 20-plus volunteers to help with this program. You don't have to be a professional writer or teacher to help (though writers and teachers are more than welcome!). We're looking for volunteers who are interested in creative expression and helping kids succeed. We'd also like volunteers to make a regular commitment to being there each week, but we could also use others who can fill in on occasion. You will receive training and support as a volunteer instructor.

For more information, reply to this email, visit or contact Jim Walker (317) 408-1366.

Volunteer on Thursdays at MLK Center

Our second fall after-school program happens at the Martin Luther King Multi Service Center at 40 W. 40th Street by Tarkington Park. This program starts on October 29 and runs for seven weeks this fall. It is linked with existing programs at the center for kids from the neighborhood, so we are mainly seeking volunteers. Our programming will happen on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and will work in pretty much the same way described above. Please let us know if you'd like to participate.

2. Support Second Story at our Corporate Rock Off Fundraiser

Six bands featuring co-workers from Indianapolis companies and organizations will compete this coming Saturday, Oct. 10 to see who has the most mojo in Corporate Rock Off, a fundraising event for Second Story — a local nonprofit organization offering free writing workshops and tutoring for inner-city kids.

The bands in the event presented by Well Done Marketing include Vibe Dial, sponsored by rippleFX; The Raidiators sponsored by Raidious Digital Content Services; The Long Dong Bomb Poonan from Hong Kong sponsored by Bradley and Montgomery; Sea Krowns, sponsored by Big Car; Accordions, sponsored by Nogginwerk; and Indianapolis Monthly’s team, Misprintz, winners of this year’s local battle of the media bands.

Each band will play a 20-minute set in a one-round battle. Winners will be chosen through a combination of audience vote and selections by expert judges. The winning team will be announced that night and will conclude the event with an encore set. Teams or their sponsors chipped in $500 as a donation to Second Story, and 75-percent of ticket sales also go to the organization. As a prize, 25 percent of those proceeds go to the winning team's charity of choice in the name of their company. The winning band also gets an opening slot at this year's Tonic Ball.

Big thanks to board member Matt Mays for taking the lead on making this new and awesome event possible. And thanks to Radio Radio and all of the companies and organizations sponsoring teams. Thanks also to Well Done Marketing, HiDef Pictures and Mays Entertainment for their donations.

Also, we'll have Second Story t-shirts for adults available for purchase at the event!

Calendar Information

What: Corporate Rock Off
When: doors @ 7 p.m. music @ 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.10
Where: Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St.
Cost: $10, $5 with college ID. 21 and over.
Info: (317) 408-1366;

3. Second Story Partners with Butler, IMCPL and IPS School No. 2

We're very excited to have just started last week with our first middle school program, working with all of the 7th graders at IPS School No. 2, Center for Inquiry on Fridays at Central Library. This partnership with Butler University and the Indianapolis-Marion County Library's Learning Curve brings graduate and undergraduate students from a for-credit course at Butler to the library to work in two-person teaching teams with workshops of five or six students. The class, taught by Second Story managing director Jim Walker, includes six very skilled, talented and creative students. The program will culminate in print and online materials and a public reading event in December the students and teachers. Thanks to everybody at Butler, IMCPL and CFI for helping make this exciting partnership possible.

Please visit our website for more info or to make an online donation. And please forward this update to anybody you know who might be interested... Thanks!

Friday, October 2, 2009


The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) announced today Indianapolis has been named an IACT Green Community. The City of Indianapolis will receive its designation during an Annual Awards Luncheon, Monday, October 5, at noon during the 2009 IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition in French Lick, IN.

"One of the goals of my administration is to make Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "Since establishing the Office of Sustainability in October 2008, we have been working hard to find new ways for the city to conserve energy and to educate both residents and business owners about the importance of a truly sustainable city and I'm very proud that we have been recognized for those efforts."

IACT launched the Green Communities Initiative to recognize communities that are implementing cost savings and promoting sustainable, economically competitive quality of life concepts, despite facing budget shortfalls. As an IACT Green Community, Indianapolis will be part of a program designed to expand educational opportunities for municipalities and create a consolidated clearinghouse of data and programs that can be accessed by cities and towns throughout the state.

"We are truly excited to be recognized as an IACT Green Community," said Kären Haley, Director of the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability. "This designation not only recognizes that City government is committed creating a sustainable city, but it also is a testament to our citizens who are doing their part to help make us one of the most sustainable city's in the Midwest."

To be recognized as an IACT Green Community, Indianapolis had to demonstrate commitment to sustainability and cost savings in the areas of purchasing, operations, measuring success, and sample projects.


Two Indianapolis area non-profits are partnering once again to offer Indianapolis area commuters an opportunity to recycle their electronics and cardboard this Fall. Green Piece Indy and Workforce Inc. are hosting a series of unique recycling events from October 7 through November 12, 2009.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 and 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.


Thursday October 15th, 630pm-830pm

IMPD Northeast District, 3229 N. Shadeland Ave.

-Please join in on an informative and interactive community forum on IMPD’s policies regarding standard traffic stops and search procedures. Also information regarding citizen’s complaints as well as Q & A.

Have a great weekend.

Cliff Myers

Southeast District, Commander

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

1150 S. Shelby Street

Indpls. IN 46203

317- 327-6300


Indy Parks & Recreation offers fun for the whole family this Saturday! Looking for a new, unique activity? Visit Garfield Park to learn how to fold, cut and make paper at the Paper Jam! Make and fly paper planes and kites at the Burrello Family Center; create paper you can plant at The Conservatory; and study the art of paper folding and paper cutting, make paper instruments and jam along with live music by Mumbai Taxi at The Arts Center.

WHAT: Paper Jam at Garfield Park

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

WHERE: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive

COST: Free

The Eagle Creek Park Fall Festival returns this weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3! Visitors of all ages can enjoy live music, games, scavenger hunts, and hayrides at Eagle Creek Park, 7840 W. 56th St. The Indy Parks Waters Education Trailer will be on exhibit for participants to explore wet labs with pond creatures. Cost is free with park admission.

WHAT: Eagle Creek Park Fall Festival

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 3, 2009

COST: Free with gate admission ($5 per vehicle, $3 per walker/cyclist)

WHERE: Eagle Creek Park, 7840 W. 56th St.

Bike Indy. Swim Indy. Run Indy.