Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Indy Connect Announces E-Town Hall Meeting

Indy Connect, Central Indiana’s Transportation Initiative, will host an E-Town Hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The E-Town Hall meeting will open with a presentation about the recently announced long-range transportation plan and provide opportunities for residents to email questions for a question-and-answer session. The meeting will be facilitated by Indy Connect representatives Lori Miser, executive director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Mike Terry, president and CEO of IndyGo.

Those interested in participating in the E-Town Hall can log on to www.indyconnect.org at 7 p.m. to view and participate in the live stream. At that time, viewers also will be given the opportunity to email questions to the meeting moderators.

The presentation and Q & As will be posted on the Indy Connect website following the live stream.

The long-range transportation plan is the result of extensive public comment and planning by regional transportation experts. This is the most comprehensive plan ever for Central Indiana that includes connectivity for the region through bus, rail, roadways and bike and pedestrian walkways.

The E-Town Hall meeting follows a two-week session of community meetings where residents had an opportunity to view details of the plan and provide feedback and comment.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Performers ready to entertain thousands at Circle of Lights® presented by The Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 S

Thousands of Central Indiana residents and visitors will be on hand to see live performances by several entertainers who were chosen to perform in the FREE 48th annual Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481event held on Monument Circle in Indianapolis Nov. 26.

Seven exciting acts perform during the pre-show from 6 – 7 p.m. and the live, televised show (WRTV-6) from 7 – 8 p.m. The acts were chosen from hundreds of entertainers. This year’s special guest includes Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration’s host Sandi Patty. Local performers include Brian Harvey, soloist from Zionsville; Extreme Rhythm Project, tap dance troupe from Indianapolis; Jessica Kelley, soloist from Indianapolis; Kim Hicks, soloist from Indianapolis; Tadd Peebles, soloist from Indianapolis and The JB Band, house band from Anderson. In addition, the Smiley Morning Show Glee Club will perform during the 6 p.m. pre-show.

Sandi Patty has won 39 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and became a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004. Her albums have sold more than 11 million units, garnering her three platinum and five gold recordings. As the most-awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, her voice is the gold standard by which all who follow are measured. This year, Patty is host to Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Yuletide Celebration. Patty had been a long time resident of Indiana until a recent move to Oklahoma City.

Brian Harvey works full time as the creative director for Sonar Studios. He served as the touring lead guitar player for a few years for national recording artist John David Webster. Current projects include songwriting, counseling and freelance writing on everything from iPhone Apps to corporate skits. He and his family live in Zionsville.

Extreme Rhythm Project is Indy’s first pre-professional tap dance company directed by Michele Long. Extreme Rhythm Project is comprised of 21 members all ranging in age from 8 - 17 years old. Extreme Rhythm Project was established on July 17, 2010. The dancers are from four dance studios in the Central Indiana area and all have accomplished resumes. All of the members have won regional and national titles for their tap dancing all over the United States. The dancers participate in master classes and have performed at Penrod and Treefest, just to name a few.

Jessica Kelley, a Soprano, attended DePauw University and received a bachelor of arts in music performance in 2008. Kelley grew up on the south side of Indianapolis where she attended Perry Meridian High School. Some of the notable roles she has performed at local community theaters include Lois/Bianca from Kiss Me Kate, Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Somewhere Soloist from West Side Story. While attending DePauw University, Jessica worked with the DePauw Opera where she portrayed Adele from Die Fledermaus and The Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute. Jessica has been singing since elementary school and was involved with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) from elementary through high school. She was chosen to play Mayor Moyra in The Trio of Minuet performed at Clowes Hall at Butler University with ICC. She has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe performing with different groups and as a soloist.

Kim Hicks is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. She began singing in church during her early teens and continues to serve as a vocalist and worship team member at Calvary Temple of Indianapolis. Hicks has worked as a recording background session and commercial jingle vocalist and has recorded on many projects with the Calvary Temple Praise Choir. She is an elementary music teacher for Lawrence Township schools and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Butler University. She is married to Broad Ripple High School basketball coach Scott Hicks and is the mother of three boys.

Tadd Peebles is a 21-year-old performer, born in Lebanon and now living in Indianapolis. Peebles graduated from Lebanon Senior High School and plans to return to college this spring to work towards his bachelor’s degree. He holds an immense passion for the performing arts and is excited for the opportunity to perform in the Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481

The JB Band is comprised of Trint Castle from Noblesville, trumpet; David Roark from Castleton, guitar & bass; Dan Martin from Sheridan, trombone; Phil Alexander from Sheridan, keyboard; Justin Brown from Anderson, vocals; Joel Abernathy from Martinsville, drums; Greg Wardlow from New Castle, vocals and Aaron Trincado from Westfield, saxophone.


HOLIDAY NOTICE: Thursday, November 25 is Thanksgiving Day

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) would like to remind residents that curbside recycling, residential, heavy trash and leaf collection will operate on a slide schedule this week in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

There will be NO residential trash, heavy trash, leaf collection or curbside recycling service on Thursday, November 25. Thursday routes will be run on Friday, November 26, and Friday routes will be run on Saturday November 27 with all schedules returning to normal on Monday, November 29.

For more information, please call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317.327-4MAC.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mayor Ballard Issues Urban Garden Challenge

Goal is to Create 50 Urban Gardens in Center Township by end of 2011

Announcing a goal of 50 urban gardens in Center Township by the end of 2011, Mayor Greg Ballard today at the Felege Hiywot Center garden in Martindale Brightwood issued his Urban Garden Challenge, joined by neighborhood residents, local health experts and urban gardeners.

“Urban gardens strengthen the fabric of our communities. They turn vacant land into a positive and active space, they grow healthy food for people to eat, they teach individuals of all ages new skills, and they help promote community involvement by actively engaging neighbors to work together toward a common purpose,” said Mayor Ballard. “Urban gardens encapsulate the Thanksgiving message of family, community, harvest and renewal. Creating more urban gardens and engaging more individuals and organizations in growing healthy food at the community and neighborhood level is a worthy pursuit for our city.”

Founded in the spring of 2004, the Felege Hiywot Center created its first 20-square-foot garden in the summer of 2006. Now, its urban garden encompasses a half acre.

“A need for healthy food sources and education about health and nutrition in Martindale Brightwood inspires us to make a change,” said Aster Bekele, executive director of the Center. “At the Center’s summer gardening camp and at the in-school and after-school gardening education classes, each youth participant develops gardening skills, an awareness of nature, a commitment to environmental preservation, an ability to make nutritious food choices and expertise in recycling and composting.”

Marion County Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine, a longtime advocate for Center Township residents, detailed the health and disease prevention benefits of a nutritious diet including fresh produce.

“The Marion County Health Department is very proud to support this initiative to help improve the health and wellness of the people of Indianapolis,” said Dr. Caine. “We recognize that poor nutrition is one of the greater challenges facing our urban populations, one that contributes to an array of diseases and conditions. Changing that equation starts at the source: reversing the shortage of healthy food options. Much of our focus is on preventive measures, from vaccines to environmental issues and much more. We believe expanding urban gardens in the urban core will help contribute to our ongoing efforts to improve the health of the community.”

The Butler Center for Urban Ecology innovatively explores, stewards and enhances urban ecosystems. Its director, Tim Carter, Ph.D., specializes in landscape ecology with a focus on urban systems.

“Urban gardens and urban farms create opportunities to access local food in neighborhoods that did not previously offer such benefits,” said Dr. Carter. “Urban gardens can restore ecological health to the area. Improving biodiversity, giving access to local food and building a sense of community are all components of successful urban gardens and urban farms.”

Mayor Ballard today also announced the Urban Gardening Mentor Program, an effort that will teach and encourage urban gardening and growing food. This program, a partnership between the Office of Sustainability and Purdue Extension of Marion County, aims to assist individuals and organizations who are new to urban gardening.

“This partnership and the mentoring program are a key part of achieving the goal of having 50 urban gardens in Center Township by the end of next year,” said Mayor Ballard.

Mayor Ballard is committed to making Indianapolis the most sustainable city in the Midwest. Urban gardens play an important role in helping Indianapolis achieve that vision. In 2008, Mayor Ballard created the Office of Sustainability, and in June 2010 at the Indy Urban Farming Forum, Mayor Ballard announced the City’s first urban garden program. The collaborative partnership between the Department of Metropolitan Development, the Indy land Bank and the Office of Sustainability allows community groups and individuals to use Land Bank properties for the purpose of growing healthy produce and creating urban gardens.

For more information about Mayor Ballard’s Urban Garden Challenge, visit www.sustainindy.org or email urbangardens@indy.gov.


Garfield Park Conservatory will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland for “Conservatory Crossing.” Thanks to donations and support from the employees of Indiana Rail Road Company, visitors will be able to enjoy G-scale model trains and train villages set amongst a brilliant display of poinsettias, lights and more!

The show opens on Friday, Nov. 26 and will run through Friday, Dec. 31. The Conservatory will be open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Extended hours until 8 p.m. on Dec. 18-23 will allow visitors to enjoy the display in the evening. As darkness falls, the entire Conservatory will be illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, creating an enchanted holiday atmosphere.

Admission for this event is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and youth, or $5 for families.

More Holiday Events:

Holiday Crafts – Saturday, December 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ages: 5+

Cost: $4

Everyone will enjoy this opportunity to make unique holiday cards and ornaments out of different natural materials. Please register by calling (317) 327-7580 before December 3.

Train Tales – Wednesday, December 15, 10-11 a.m., Ages: 2-5

Cost: $3

Preschoolers will enjoy this train-themed program that includes a story, craft and chance to enjoy the model trains chugging through the holiday display. Please register by calling (317) 327-7580.

Candlelight Crossing – Friday, December 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family

Join us for a special evening at the Conservatory! Enjoy the holiday show during an evening reception with tasty treats and warm drinks. Take time from the hustle and bustle to relax with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the warmth and beauty of our tropical Conservatory alive with the twinkle of lights and sounds of holiday music! This event is perfect for couples, families and friends.

Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden is located on the Near-Southeastside of Indianapolis in the 2400 block of South Shelby Street. The Conservatory is open daily and is alive with tropical plants, waterfalls and fish. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Daily admission is $1 per person. For more information, call (317) 327-7580 or visit www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trying to Reach Santa? Send a letter through Santa’s Mailbox on the Circle


Santa’s mailbox is being installed Wednesday. It is decorated festively-- half the box is a reindeer complete with antlers and the other half is dressed like Santa.


United States Postal Service and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.


Installed Wednesday, Nov. 17 before 8 a.m. (Send letters Nov. 17 – Dec. 16. Mailbox will be removed Dec. 17.)


On the east side of Monument Circle, facing Market Street


Donna Hoffman, 317.464.6164, United States Postal Service

Jennifer Hanson, 317.237.2202, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Each year, this holiday mailbox is installed for children of all ages to drop off their letters addressed to Santa. And to every child’s delight, Santa himself personally answers each letter that has a return address. Letters can be sent from Nov. 17 - Dec. 16. In 2009, more than 5,000 letters were sent to Santa.

** Please note - All letters must have a return address for Santa to reply! (stamped, self-addressed envelope appreciated)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Indianapolis Private Industry Council Changes Name to EmployIndy WorkOne Center on Indianapolis’ Northside to Relocate on December 1

Mayor Greg Ballard today announced that the Indianapolis Private Industry Council has changed its name to EmployIndy, which better describes the mission and the organization’s work in Marion County.

"EmployIndy is an important and active partner with the City of Indianapolis and Develop Indy in preparing and training a pipeline of workers to meet the employment needs of existing and prospective new companies, ultimately strengthening the economic vitality of Indianapolis," said Mayor Ballard.

EmployIndy is the Workforce Investment Board for Marion County, administering millions of dollars in federal, state, local and private funds to support workforce development services and initiatives for job seekers and employers in Indianapolis. It is the operator of the three WorkOne centers in Marion County, providing:

* Business solutions to employers, including job recruiting, candidate assessment and placement.
* Educational recruitment to build the educational and occupational skill sets for Marion County’s workforce.
* Candidate training and development, preparing job seekers for work.

“EmployIndy supports partnerships that focus on preparing people to work in high growth sectors, such as life sciences, information technology, advanced manufacturing, logistics, motorsports and energy and green construction,” said EmployIndy President and CEO Brooke Huntington. “We are evolving to more strategically direct our funds and services to prepare workers for the high demand jobs of today and in the future.”

WorkOne College Park to Relocate

WorkOne Express, which specializes in services to businesses and experienced workers, will relocate from its current location at College Park and begin operating in nearby space beginning Dec. 1. The center at 8910 Purdue Road, Suite 300, will close for two days on Nov. 29 and 30 and reopen in a new 12,000 square-foot space at Parkstone at 9002 N. Purdue Road, Suite 200. The expanded space will enhance EmployIndy’s business solutions services to area employers and provide comprehensive recruitment and preparation of candidates for EmployIndy’s most recent federally funded job initiatives Health Care Careers Initiative (HCCI) and PriorITIZE.

Mayor Ballard Kicks Off Year-Long Bridge Rehabilitation Project Nearly Ten Thousand Motorists Impacted by Construction

Mayor Ballard, Department of Public Works Director David Sherman and the community gathered together today to kick off the rehabilitation of the Morris Street Bridge over the White River. The bridge will close for one year starting November 16. Signs will be posted along the roadway notifying motorists of the suggested detour route listed below.

“The Morris Street Bridge project is the first among many bridges to be rehabilitated through the RebuildIndy initiative,” said Mayor Ballard. “Nearly ten thousand motorists travel over the 81-year-old bridge each day, which means improvements to this bridge are more than just simple infrastructure improvements; they are a matter of public safety on the southwest side.”

Currently, the bridge deck superstructure and support columns are deteriorating. This project will rehabilitate or replace the existing columns. The bridge deck, beams and surface also will be replaced, and minor work on the arches and piers will be completed. Additionally, sidewalks, railings and lighting along the bridge will be replaced.

“This project will benefit the City in a number of ways,” said David Sherman, DPW director. “By providing better driving conditions for commuters and improving pedestrian safety, the Morris Street Bridge project will create the opportunity to increase economic development opportunities in the area, leading to more jobs for the southwest corner of the City.”

The Morris Street Bridge project, designed by Butler, Fairman & Seifert and constructed by Beaty Construction, costs $7.5 million and is financed with 80 percent federal funding.

For more information about the RebuildIndy program, visit www.indy.gov/RebuildIndy. To request a RebuildIndy project in your area, call the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327-4MAC (4622). You can also follow RebuildIndy project updates on Twitter @RebuildIndy.


· Kentucky Avenue

· McCarty Street

· West Street (for southbound)

· Missouri Street (for north bound)

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Beat the Black Friday crowd the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC)’s Third Annual Preview Show and Autumn Art Fair featuring exquisitely hand-created, family-friendly, affordable items ranging in cost from 50 cents to $500 from 60 regional artists. Groups and individual artists from Indianapolis, Brown County and Central Indiana are now displaying their unique wares at the Preview Show in the GPAC lobby. These items and more go on sale at the Autumn Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up for door prizes and view artist demonstrations! FREE parking and admission.

Available items for sale include ceramics, china, collages, drawings, fiber arts, glass, gourds, jewelry, leather, monotypes, mosaics, paintings, photos, poetry and sculpture. And don’t worry about missing the Colts game – it will be played on the radio!

Participating Artists:

Faten Ali-Munger, Len Bibeau, Linda Booker, Brown County Artisans (Pete Bullard, Linda Comstock-Teel, Jerry England, Shelley Frederick, Lynne Lynch Hughes, Sharon Jungclaus-Gould, Tom Lowe, Mary Pendergrass, Ruth Wert), Gene Cooper, Garfield Shakespeare Company (Joe Cook, Brad Jones, and more), Sean Gray, Sylvia Gray, Mary Lee Griffin, Rick Greiner, Mary Ann Habeeb, Debbie Heidelberger, Christine Heisler, Herrons & Egrets (Mac McCrary, Jeanne Scheuring, Diane Werblo), Marti Icenogle, Indiana Gourd Society (Bob and Emily Dillard, Joe Lee, Karen Niemeyer, Emily Wallace, and more), John Jarvis, Frances Annich Johnson, Steven Keller, Anne Kominowski, The Manualaires (directed by Spencer Lloyd), Megan Martin, Valerie May, Lynne Medsker, Penny Nangle, Pam O’Rourke, Cheri Platter, Kenton Ridenour, Karla and Michael Ries, Mike Rogers, Connie Simmonds, Martha St. Clair, Mike Taylor, James Tharp, Susan Threehawks, Charles Ver, Leo Ware, Daniel Westfall, and Richard Williams.

For more information call 327-7135, visit the GPAC Facebook page or go to www.indyparks.org.

Mayor Greg Ballard Encourages Commuters to Recycle during Rush Hour Recycling Events

Green Piece Indy is once again offering Indianapolis area commuters an opportunity to recycle their electronics, cardboard and EPS foam through its partnership with the City of Indianapolis and Workforce Inc. in hosting a series of unique recycling events this fall. This is the third in a series of Rush Hour Recycling events. In the program’s history, commuters have recycled more than 70 tons of electronics, showing their commitment to building a sustainable Indianapolis.

“Rush Hour Recycling is a simple and efficient method of achieving a healthier, cleaner Indianapolis,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “This partnership is a perfect example of sustainability in action. It is a piece of the puzzle that brings Indianapolis closer to being one the most sustainable city in the Midwest.”

Green Piece Indy will be collecting electronics, cardboard and EPS foam (polystyrene #6; no food containers) at locations throughout Indianapolis from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the following dates:

* Nov. 15: Bjava Coffee, 5510 Lafayette Road
* Nov. 16: The Coffee Brake, 6215 Allisonville Road
* Nov. 17: Lazy Daze, 10 S. Johnson Ave.
* Nov. 18: The Strange Brew, 4800 W. Smith Valley Road
* Nov. 19: Earth House Collective, 237 N. East St.

A full list of acceptable recyclable items can be found on Green Piece Indy’s website. The recycling sites will be full-service, with volunteers on hand to help unload materials from commuter’s vehicles.

Workforce Inc. requests a $10 donation to recycle a television due to the expenses associated with safely disposing of lead tubes. Our host partners will offer coupons for discounted or free coffee.

For more information about how Mayor Ballard is creating a more sustainable Indianapolis, visit www.SustainIndy.org.

Mayor Ballard recognized Green Piece Indy with a Sustainability Award for hosting 10 Rush Hour Recycling events throughout the city in 2009. Green Piece Indy distributes a twice-weekly email with tips on how to live a greener lifestyle in Indianapolis. Subscribe and view a tip archive at www.greenpieceindy.com.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Compliments of Beech Grove United Methodist Church

You are welcome to attend a
Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Thanksgiving Day
11 a.m. To 1:00 p.m.


Southeast Community Services’
2nd floor Senior Citizen Center
901 Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Installation of lights on Monument Circle set the stage for Circle of Lights® presented by Quality Connection and IBEW 481

Approximately 200 volunteer union electricians will gather on Monument Circle Saturday, Nov. 13 to string the lights for the centerpiece of Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481. This marks the 48th anniversary of this beloved tradition, in which IBEW Local 481 has been involved every year from the start. Rain or shine, volunteers will be on hand all morning to complete this arduous task.

The 4,784 lights and 52 garland strands will be installed. All 4,784 bulbs and sockets, more than six miles of electrical wire, more than two miles of garland and supporting materials were replaced in 2006. (The toy soldiers and sailors, peppermint sticks and banners will be installed the week of Nov. 15.)

Quality Connection represents more than 80 union contractors and more than 2,800 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 481 electrical workers committed to the partnership of labor and management working together.

Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 will take place Friday, Nov. 26 on Monument Circle. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the televised show starting at 7 p.m. This event is an opportunity for the community to join together and celebrate peace and brotherhood. Those in attendance will surely be delighted with a special appearance from holiday entertainers and the larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors and peppermint sticks adorning Monument Circle. In addition, Santa will make his first official appearance of the 2010 season!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fill Up the Fountain

Join us in collecting canned goods for Fountain Square's Fill Up the Fountain!

Now thru the end of December, bring in any canned food or non-perishable item to your next appointment and receive $1 off for each food item! (Limit of $5 on discount.)

All canned goods will be donated to the Fletcher Place Community Center and the Salvation Army!

Biz on Fletcher

630 Fletcher Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46203


Help us help our neighbors!

Veterans Day Marks Launch of City's New Veteran Services Portal Site Includes Links to Veteran Resources, Benefits Information, Updates on Events and

Veterans and their families can now access a wide variety of valuable information and resources through the new Indianapolis Veteran Services Web site located at http://www.indy.gov/VeteranServices.

Mayor Greg Ballard has tasked Veteran Service Officer, Russ Eaglin, with connecting Veterans and their families with information regarding federal, state and local benefits, and additional veteran resources which can be found on the Web site and through the Veteran Services social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.

“The men and women that serve our country should be honored each and every day for the sacrifices they make,” said Mayor Ballard. “I have made it a priority of my Administration to help connect veterans with valuable resources, benefits information and business opportunities. Russ brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and I am confident he will be a valuable resource to our local veterans and their families.”

Eaglin, who served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam, gained experience working with Veteran service organizations across the state in his role as Veteran Service Representative for the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Indianapolis. Eaglin also currently serves as the State Commandant of the Marine Corps League.

“There is an abundance of resources designed to serve Veterans and their families, but often, connecting with those resources can be overwhelming for individuals in need of services,” said Eaglin. “We created the City's portal to provide a streamlined, user-friendly point of connection between Veterans and the resources they need and deserve.”

26 IFD Stations to be Fueled by Energy-Efficient and Cost-Saving “Green” Upgrades

The City of Indianapolis today announced that it expects to complete by year’s end implementation of energy efficiency measures at 26 fire stations through a performance contract with Energy Systems Group, headquartered in Newburgh, Ind.

“This project supports my priority to make Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “This grant allows us to explore energy efficiency options for more than two dozen facilities. We want to provide the best infrastructure for the men and women who selflessly risk their lives for Indianapolis residents every day while being good stewards of the taxpayer’s dollar.”

This energy-efficiency initiative is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy. The City’s Office of Sustainability received more than $8 million through this grant late last year and is spending it on several energy-efficiency and conservation projects. The City is using $1.4 million of the EECBG allocation to fund the fire station retrofits.

Energy and water conservation measures being implemented through the project include the following:

· Replacing inefficient heating and cooling systems with 95 percent efficient furnaces and 13 seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) condensing units

· Replacing standard water heaters with high efficiency tankless water heaters at six stations

· Installing seven-day programmable thermostats to ensure consistent temperature in buildings

· Replacing old unit heaters with new high efficiency unit heaters, which utilize radiant tube heaters

· Interlocking apparatus bay heaters with the overhead doors to prevent heating ambient air when the firefighters are out on duty

· Installing weather-stripping and replacing doors for greater insulation

· Installing high efficiency lighting

· Installing water-saving toilets, faucets and showerheads

The energy conservation measures begun in June 2010 will save the city $142,000 per year in utility costs. To learn more about Mayor Ballard’s vision of making Indianapolis one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest, visit www.sustainindy.org.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Art from the Heart in the Heart of the Park

Shop our Autumn Art Fair 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 11/20-21. Affordable, unique items! Made in America! Over 50 local artists! Demos! Door prizes! Surprise guests! Kid-friendly! Portraits sketched! Free parking & admission. Garfield Park Arts Center (2.5 miles SE of downtown) is handicapped accessible. Visit the Conservatory & the Burrello Center!

Sunday’s Colts’ game on the radio!

Ceramics, china, collages, drawings, fiber arts, glass, gourds, jewelry, leather, monotypes, mosaics, paintings, photos, poetry, & sculpture!

GPAC (327-7135), 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indy, is located just east of Madison between Raymond & Southern. Take I-65 exit 109 west on Raymond to either Shelby St. or Pleasant Run Pkwy & follow the signs.

For more information contact aafgpac@yahoo.com or go to “photos, last” on GPAC’s facebook fanpage to see pictures from AAFGPAC '09: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indianapolis-IN/The-Garfield-Park-Arts-Center-GPAC/190046617512?ref=ts

Participating Artists:

Faten Ali-Munger, Len Bibeau, Linda Booker, Brown County Artisans (Pete Bullard, Linda Comstock-Teel, Jerry England, Shelley Frederick, Lynne Lynch Hughes, Sharon Jungclaus-Gould, Tom Lowe, Mary Pendergrass, Ruth Wert), Gene Cooper, Garfield Shakespeare Company (Joe Cook, Brad Jones, et. al.), Sean Gray, Sylvia Gray, Mary Lee Griffin, Rick Greiner, Mary Ann Habeeb, Debbie Heidelberger, Christine Heisler, Herrons & Egrets (Mac McCrary, Jeanne Scheuring, Diane Werblo), Marti Icenogle, Indiana Gourd Society (Bob & Emily Dillard, Joe Lee, Karen Niemeyer, Emily Wallace, et. al.), John Jarvis, Frances Annich Johnson, Steven Keller, Anne Kominowski, The Manualaires directed by Spencer Lloyd, Megan Martin, Valerie May, Lynne Medsker, Penny Nangle, Pam O’Rourke, Cheri Platter, Kenton Ridenour, Karla & Michael Ries, Mike Rogers, Connie Simmonds, Martha St. Clair, Mike Taylor, James Tharp, Susan Threehawks, Charles Ver, Leo Ware, Daniel Westfall, and Richard Williams.

Indy Connect Announces Regional Transportation Plan

Indy Connect, Central Indiana’s Transportation Initiative, released a long-range transportation plan today that centers on a comprehensive regional bus system that connects to rail, as well as roadways, and bike and pedestrian walkways. The goal is to build a transportation system that connects people to work, healthcare, shopping and education and increases the region’s competitiveness, economic development opportunities and mobility.

The plan follows intensive public outreach efforts that included more than 125 meetings and community briefings throughout the region. The Indy Connect initiative represents the most comprehensive transportation planning process ever involving input from the region’s residents, businesses and community leaders.

“Central Indiana has made great strides toward becoming a world-class region and we need a public transportation system that helps us maintain and grow that position,” said Lori Miser, executive director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, a partnering organization in the Indy Connect initiative.

At the heart of the plan is a regional bus system that would provide three times the service of today’s IndyGo, with more frequency, cross-town and direct routes and extended operating hours for weekday and weekend travel.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would be added to provide a new level of service along five dedicated routes. BRT vehicles have a more modern look than a traditional bus, and the buses run all day with 10-15 minute wait times between buses. BRT makes frequent stops and can control traffic signals to reduce travel time. Fifty-six miles of BRT service would be added to supplement the traditional bus system.

“Indianapolis and our neighboring counties have long-been in need of a comprehensive, sustainable transit system,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, chairman of the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council. “The Indy Connect initiative and the proposed plan with its unprecedented level of public input has been the catalyst our region needs to advance forward in building a successful transportation model for our next generations.”

In this plan, rail transit would be built along existing rail lines from Union Station, north to Noblesville and south to Franklin, with frequent stops in Marion County. In addition, light rail along Washington Street would be added over time.

Plan Details

Bus Transit:

* More direct service and fewer downtown transfers, with 10 additional cross-town routes outside of downtown Indianapolis
* Buses running until midnight on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends
* Average wait times between buses of 10-20 minutes, compared to today’s 30-60 minutes
* 38 additional routes
* Seven-day-a-week service on all routes, except express routes
* 15 express routes
* 14 community-based circulators for local travel or between nearby communities
* Additional bus shelters, sidewalks, benches and bike racks
* Real-time route information via text messaging and/or displays at bus shelters
* Modern ticketing and fare collection for transfers

Bus Rapid Transit:

BRT lines would be added to highly traveled areas on 38th Street, Keystone Avenue, College Avenue, Madison Avenue and Washington Street.

Rail Transit:

Rail transit would be built on existing rail lines from Union Station to Noblesville and from Union Station to Franklin. If funding allows, rail transit could extend northwest from Union Station to Zionsville. All of these lines would serve multiple destinations within Marion County in addition to connecting to areas outside Indianapolis.

It is expected that light rail, which would run on dedicated lanes but separated from traffic, would replace BRT on Washington Street. Washington Street, from Union Station to the Indianapolis International Airport, would be the first area to have light rail. Over time, the plan calls for light rail transit along Washington Street from the Airport to Plainfield and from Union Station to Cumberland.

Next Steps

While existing and anticipated funding sources will pay for the roadway improvements and bike and pedestrian pathways outlined in the plan, a new dedicated source of local funds will be needed to implement the bus and rail components of this system.

The Indiana State Legislature ultimately will decide what kind of local funding will be used and whether or not voters will be asked to consider an increase in the local option income tax or sales tax dedicated to transit.

It is estimated that residents living in counties participating in this plan will pay an average of $15 per household per month to support new investment in an expanded transit system. It will cost approximately $2.5 billion to build the bus and rail system over the next 25 years and an average of $135 million per year to operate and maintain.

Indy Connect will launch a series of public meetings on November 8 before asking the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council (IRTC) to adopt the plan as the official Long-Range Transportation Plan for Central Indiana.

For more information on Indy Connect, visit www.indyconnect.org.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


KIB has partnered with AT&T and Republic Services again to provide 18 drop-off locations for phone book recycling this season!

Recycling collection bins for Phone Books Only will be available from October 18th through December 3rd at these 18 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, 2627 S. High School Road
Republic Services-96th Street Transfer Station, 4935 Robison Road
Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st Street

These Local Schools Earn CASH by recycling your old phone books! Please look for the "Project ReDirectory" recycling container in the parking lots of these schools:

Abraham Lincoln Elementary, 5241 Brehob Road
Bunker Hill Elementary, 6620 Shelbyville Road
CHOICE Academy - Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue
Greenbriar Elementary School, 8201 Ditch Road
Herron High School, 110 E. 16th Street
Irvington Community Elementary, 6705 E. Julian Avenue
Jonathan Jennings Elementary, 6150 Gateway Drive
Northview Middle School, 8401 Westfield Blvd.
SENSE Charter School, 1601 S. Barth Avenue
Southport High School, 971 E Banta Road
(look for the BLUE dumpster to the EAST of the school near the baseball fields)
Sunnyside Elementary, 6345 Sunnyside Road

Republic Services will also accept phone books in their curbside recycling program

Mayor Ballard Makes A Call-To-Action to Help Prevent Youth Gang Involvement

Mayor Greg Ballard was joined today by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief of Police Paul Ciesielski, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joe Hogsett and other community leaders for a gang prevention and intervention summit at Crispus Attucks High School.

More than 150 parents, caregivers, and teachers attended the conference focused on addressing youth gang involvement. As part of the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative (C.A.G.I.), the forum was a call-to-action to Indianapolis residents for the early intervention and prevention of gang involvement in school-aged children.

“It is important for our youth to learn that the decisions and choices they make impact their future and that of the community. It is through education and early intervention that we will stop gang involvement and behavior in our youth,” said Mayor Ballard. “To prevent gang activity, it is crucial for parents, teachers, caregivers, and any adults who interact with our youth daily to be involved and proactive.”

Attendees at the summit heard from experts in the gang prevention field who discussed the difference between youth rebellion and gang behavior, the warning signs of gang involvement, and steps adults can take to intervene at the first instance gang involvement is detected.

The gang prevention and intervention conference was held in collaboration with many agencies and organizations, including IMPD, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

In the following weeks, resources for programs and services will be made available at www.indy.gov/gangprevention.

Code Enforcement Issues License Denials to 4 Taxicab Companies

The Department of Code Enforcement (DCE) today announced the denial of license applications of four taxicab companies, representing approximately 32 cabs.

The licenses were denied for failure to comply with a variety of requirements and obligations provided for in the Revised Code. Causes for the license denials include such violations as failure to maintain a dispatch log, failed body or mechanical inspections and failure to maintain a dispatch facility.

The following companies are no longer licensed and should not be operating effective today: Indy Star, Indy Flyer, AAA Best and Ameritaxi.

“These license denials illustrate how DCE uses business licensing as a means to deter illegal behaviors that impact the quality of life in the City,” said Rick Powers, Director of the Department of Code Enforcement. “A core component of the Department is to protect the public from business behaviors that can have a negative impact on the health, safety or convenience of the citizens of Indianapolis.”

Whenever possible, DCE licensing staff will work with the companies who demonstrate that they have corrected any issues to bring their companies into compliance and operate a business responsibly within the requirements set forth by the Code.

“DCE will continue to take action against companies that do not follow the obligations of the Code. These denials are another example of how we are taking proactive measures to protect our residents and visitors from companies that do not comply with the law,” said License Administrator Adam Collins. “We will continue to focus our efforts on ensuring that every company meets the basic obligations of the Code.”

The public is asked to report any of the taxis associated with the above identified companies in operation to DCE via the (317) 327-TAXI telephone line or the taxi@indy.gov email address. Citizens will be asked to include their name and contact information, the taxi cab number, and a brief narrative describing the activity witnessed. More information, including a description of the unlicensed taxicabs, can be accessed via a link on the DCE homepage at www.indy.gov/dce.


The Garfield Park Conservatory will display hundreds of blooming orchids for the public to enjoy at Orchid Fest Nov. 6-14. Don’t miss your chance to see these brilliant colors and unique blooms against the backdrop of the permanent tropical display. Plants and growing supplies will be available for sale for those wanting to try out their green thumb. Central Indiana Orchid Society experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide growing tips and information. Contact Fritz Nerding for more information at (317) 327-7337.

What: Orchid Fest

When: November 6-14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis

Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and youth, and $5 for families.

United States Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services Takes Steps to Discourage Pest Bird Roosting

Because Downtown property owners, employees, residents and visitors are concerned about health, public safety and clean up costs, United States Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services (USDA-WS) will implement a variety of methods to discourage starlings and crows from roosting Downtown this fall.

Periodically in the evenings beginning Monday, November 8, USDA-WS staff will use pyrotechnics and lasers to discourage flocks from roosting Downtown. USDA-WS staff will be in uniform and working from sidewalks and selected rooftops. The pyrotechnics make loud shrill sounds and booms. If your employees, visitors or residents hear or see these efforts, please let them know that this is part of USDA-WS’s efforts to discourage these pest birds from roosting Downtown.

City of Indianapolis Invites Organizations to Apply for Sustainability Awards

Mayor Greg Ballard and Kären Haley, director of the Office of Sustainability, announced today in Indianapolis at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Indianapolis National Speakers Series event that the second annual Indianapolis Sustainability Awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

“One of my top priorities since taking office has been creating one of the most sustainable – and livable -- cities in the Midwest,” said Mayor Ballard. “The Indianapolis Sustainability Awards gives the community an opportunity to recognize businesses and organizations that have made the important commitment to improving our local environment for future generations by implementing sustainable initiatives of all kinds.”

The awards, presented by the City’s Office of Sustainability, McKinney Green Initiatives Fund and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, are designed to inspire innovation, showcase impact, reward leadership and promote education around the principles of sustainability. Sara Snow will return to emcee the awards. Projects submitted for consideration must have been completed in Marion County between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2010. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2011.

Five awards will be given to honor excellence in each of the following categories:

* Water
* Land
* Air
* Energy
* Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Last year a single winner was named in each of the five categories out of more than 70 applicants. This year the program anticipates even more applicants to the Indianapolis Sustainability Awards, sponsored by Citizens Energy Group, HNTB Corporation, IPL and Performance Services.

For more information or to apply for a Sustainability Award, visit www.sustainindy.org/awards.

Leaf Collection


Fall Leaf collection will begin Monday, November 8th, and run through December 3rd. You may set out 40 bags of leaves each week. If you are in a 96 gallon cart area, please make sure that the leaves are 3 ft away from your trash cart. Please do not set out open bags of leaves. If you are using kraft paper bags, great, but please secure them across the top with a big piece of tape. If the leaves are scattered because the bag is open, the driver is not going to rake them back up.

On the webpage it states that compost is available for free at Southside Landfill. This is only true in the spring, for as long as the compost lasts. You will want to call them before you go out there to see if it is ready, and if there is any left. 247-6808 is the number there.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Indy Connect Announces Public Meeting Schedule

Indy Connect, Central Indiana’s Transportation Initiative, will provide details about its long-range transportation plan during public meetings throughout the region, beginning on Monday, Nov. 8.

The long-range transportation plan is the result of an extensive public outreach effort and planning by regional transportation experts. Central Indiana residents provided feedback to a draft transportation plan that connects residents in Marion and surrounding counties through bus and rail transit, as well as roadways and bike and pedestrian walkways. Feedback was collected at more than 150 community meetings and events throughout the region, through the Indy Connect website, a phone line, mail-in questionnaires and face-to-face meetings.

“Indy Connect represents the most extensive transportation outreach effort ever conducted in Central Indiana,” said Lori Miser, executive director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, a partnering organization in the Indy Connect initiative. “The volume of input we received from residents and community leaders helped us identify transportation options that connect people to people and people to places in our region.”

The long-range transportation plan will be shared during public meetings from November 8 through November 18. The following is a list of scheduled meetings:

* Monday, Nov. 8—Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian Street, 5:30 p.m.
* Monday, Nov. 8—Monon Community Center, 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, 7 p.m.
* Tuesday, Nov. 9—Plainfield Public Library, 1120 Stafford Road, 6 p.m.
* Tuesday, Nov. 9—Julia Carson Government Center, 300 E. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
* Wednesday, Nov. 10—Beech Grove Community Center, 5245 Hornet Ave., 6 p.m.
* Wednesday, Nov. 10—Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center, One Hamilton County Square, Noblesville, 7 p.m.
* Saturday, Nov. 13—Fishers Town Hall, 1 Municipal Drive, 10 a.m.
* Tuesday, Nov. 16—Pecar Health Center, 6940 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, 6 p.m.
* Tuesday, Nov. 16—John H. Boner Community Center, 2236 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
* Wednesday, Nov. 17—IndyGo Training Center, 1501 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
* Wednesday, Nov. 17—Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center, 7320 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
* Thursday, Nov. 18—Robert Sterrett Senior Center, 8950 Otis Ave., Indianapolis, 7 p.m.

Additional Indy Connect briefings are being scheduled for County Council meetings in Marion, Boone, Hendricks, Hamilton, Shelby, Hancock, Morgan and Johnson counties. A list of County Council presentation dates will be available and updated on www.indyconnect.org.

IndyGo Announces November Observances

November brings Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday—holidays that will impact IndyGo operations to varying degrees.

Veterans Day – Thursday, November 11

∙ Administrative staff out of the office

∙ Customer service call center open regular business hours

∙ Retail center at 34 North Delaware open regular business hours

∙ Buses operating on regular schedules (detours and delays possible due to parade)

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25

∙ Administrative staff out of the office

∙ Customer service call center closed

∙ Retail center at 34 North Delaware closed

∙ Fixed route buses operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule*

∙ Paratransit buses operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule

∙ The ICE commuter express routes not in service

∙ The Green Line Airport express operating on its regular schedule

*If a fixed route does not normally operate on Sundays, then that route will not offer service on Thanksgiving Day. Such routes are 4, 11, 16, 21, 22, 24, 25, 30, 34, 55 and 87.

Black Friday (unofficial shopping holiday) – Friday, November 26

∙ Administrative staff out of the office

∙ Customer service call center open regular business hours

∙ Retail center at 34 North Delaware closed

∙ Buses operating on regular schedules

If you have any questions regarding holiday bus service, please contact the IndyGo Customer Service Call Center at 317.635.3344. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. until noon.

Circle of Lights Coloring Contest Nov. 1 - 17

Kids can color their way to a very special holiday evening

Participate in coloring contest for a chance to "flip the switch" at the 2010 Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481

Children age 12 and under have the opportunity to "flip the switch" at the Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 Nov. 26 via a Coloring Contest. coloring-sheet2010The coloring sheet depicts a large holiday light bulb, allowing plenty of room for creativity. The contest runs Nov. 1 - 17. Thousands enter every year!

This year, three new partners will support the Coloring Contest: College Choice 529, Dunkin' Donuts and Ivy Tech Community College.

The selected child will be announced Nov. 22. The child will receive a t-shirt,their original coloring sheet entry framed and a photo with Santa on stage. The 2009 winner was 11-year-old Courtney Sackettfrom Brownsburg.

Pick up a coloring sheet Nov. 1 - 17 at any Quality Connection contractor office, more than 20 Dunkin' Donuts locations or print one from www.qc-indy.com. The sheet will also be available in The Indianapolis Star Nov. 5, 7 & 12.

Drop-off locations are Quality Connection, the Electrical Training Institute, Long Electric, Miller-Eads or ERMCO. Or mail to: 1828 N. Meridian Street, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Additionally, coloring sheets can be dropped off at any Central Indiana Dunkin' Donuts location. When a child returns the entry form to Dunkin' Donuts, he or she will receive a free donut! All coloring sheets must be turned in by 3 p.m. Nov. 17.

The Mayor's Citywide Indy Financial Planning Day Nov 13th from 10am to 3pm


You will not be asked for your phone number, credit card, or address

· FREE private consultation on financial issues that matter to you with experts from the Financial Planning Association and highly-qualified Certified Financial Planner professionals.

· FREE educational workshops addressing key personal money and tax issues.

· A NO COST opportunity to get one-on-one advice from basic budget planning,child support, to employment benefits.

Register on-line: www.FinancialPlanningDays.org/Indianapolis or phone: 1.877.861.7826.


Just walk-in….

Hispanic/Latino translators available.

All materials offered in English & Spanish.

Saturday, November 13, 10am – 3pm

University of Indianapolis

Schwitzer Student Center

1400 East Hanna Avenue


Financial Planning Day is a free event organized by The City of Indianapolis and The FPA of Greater Indiana in partnership with national organizations – Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.