Walk to Remember Carries Message of Love 2,000 Miles

INDIANAPOLIS – On Oct. 11, more than 1,000 adults and children, many holding balloons, gathered in Sarah T. Bolton Park in Beech Grove. They took this time to remember children, grandchildren and siblings lost to stillbirth, miscarriage and newborn loss. Between songs and prayers, they heard the names of their lost infants read. For 29 years, the annual Walk to Remember has been a part of many central Indiana families’ way of honoring these special sons and daughters during Infant Loss Awareness Month. Balloons have been a symbol of loss … Read More

Halloween Festival Winners!

IRVINGTON — Winners of the many contests that make up a part of the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival were announced at the Street Fair on Oct. 25. In the Human Costume Contest, ages 0-5 Sarah and Matthew Heinze took home the first place prize as Siamese cat twins, complete with song. Second place went to Andrew Kennedy as a junior fire chief, with dalmatian, in homemade firetruck and third was Annabelle Hawk as the Wicked Witch of the West. For ages 6-9, first place went to Nora Hopper-Gaunce as a … Read More

New City-County Building Plaza to serve as “Community’s Backyard”

INDIANAPOLIS — The winner in the City-County Building Plaza Design Competition was recently announced by city officials. The winning design by Design Collective features a splash park, ice rink, café, game area, presentation platform and outdoor seating area. It also recognizes the former Marion County Courthouse that stood on that site until its demolition in 1962 by outlining the footprint of the building with pavers. “The winning plan will recreate the City-County Building Plaza into downtown’s new backyard,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “This design encourages people to come downtown year-round … Read More

KidsPlay Presents “CSI Neverland”

GREENFIELD — KidsPlay, Inc. children’s theatre will present Wade Bradford’s CSI Neverland on Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 9th at 2 p.m. at the HJ Ricks Centre for the Arts at 122 … Read More

IMPD Swears in 28 New Police Recruits

INDIANPOLIS — On Oct. 27, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department swore in 28 new recruits which comprise the 10th IMPD Recruit Class. Mayor Ballard’s 2015 budget will allow IMPD to hire 90 more recruits next year and 280 recruits between … Read More

Nativity’s Long-Time Coach Retires

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Jim Mahin was honored during Nativity Catholic School’s homecoming festivities on Sun., Sept. 21. Jim started his coaching career for Nativity Catholic School in 1986, and coached for 28 consecutive years. He not only taught his players … Read More

KIB Named a Dog-Friendly Company

INDIANAPOLIS — Barker Kitsen, a San Francisco-based, national blog catering to urban pet parents has recently named Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) as one of the most dog-friendly small businesses across the country. Since 2013, KIB has had a formal … Read More

Library Plan Reflects National Report on Libraries’ Future

INDIANAPOLIS — The existence of the nation’s public libraries as a virtual and physical place to meet emerging community needs makes them uniquely equipped to thrive in this new information-rich, knowledge-based society, according to a report by the Aspen Institute … Read More

Wake Up Everybody

There is so much hatred, war and poverty.. –Wake Up Everybody The Heartland Film Festival gave me an opportunity to sample an eclectic selection of fine films, including “Drunktown’s Finest,” an examination of Native-American lives and stereotypes; “Amira and Sam,” … Read More

Applause!: Oct. 31-Nov. 7

• Many thanks to all the donors and volunteers that have contributed to the mural at E. 10th and N. Sherman Dr. The online fundraiser to continue the beautification work throughout the Rivoli Park neighborhood continues through Nov. 7th. New … Read More

Interesting NFL Weekend

The NFL experienced one of the most unusual if not exciting midterms last weekend. For most of the teams it was their eighth game of the schedule, so the first half of the season is now in the record books. … Read More

Able to Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound

If someone were to refer to you as a pannapictagraphist would you: A. need to see a doctor? B. start a diet immediately? or C. confess to a priest and never ever do that again? You most likely wouldn’t do … Read More

Sylvia —The Likens Story

During my dance with ink and paper I have met Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, statesmen, scholars, moon-walking astronauts, government and law enforcement officials, criminals, Hall of Fame athletes, stars of stage, screen, radio and TV and a vast assortment of … Read More

New Leaves Amidst the Old, Part 2

Although I sometimes write about the golden days of youth, here in the wintertime of my years, I am no Pollyanna who sees the world through rose-tinted glasses. The warm fuzzies of nostalgia can do only so much to warm … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Oct. 31-Nov. 7

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, November 1, 1914: The king of mirth reigned supreme in Indianapolis last night as thousands of joyous masqueraders marched in a grand carnival procession that wended its way through downtown streets. An immense crowd of … Read More

World War II 100 Years Ago: Oct. 31-Nov. 7

From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, November 6, 1914:  The time for receiving donations for the “Christmas Ship” has elapsed. The various toys and other articles are packed and soon the last shipment will be sent to New York. Hoosiers may … Read More

Halloween is Everywhere!

Scholars can argue all they want about the origins of Halloween and its customs, but the fact is that it has evolved into one of the most lucrative of holidays in the United States. It is also perhaps the most … Read More

IMPD Partners with Julian Center & Domestic Violence Network

INDIANAPOLIS – Across the nation, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. So far in 2014, the Indianapolis … Read More

Irvington Community School Students Learn the Value of Service

IRVINGTON — Last school year, Irvington Preparatory Academy (IPA) introduced its Service Learning Program to the Class of 2014. This is in keeping with the concluding promise made in the Irvington Community Schools’ mission statement: “Prepare all students for successful … Read More

Book Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Although I’ve enjoyed the gothic TV soap opera Dark Shadows, seen Dracula movies and heard various vampire stories, I’d never read the book that started it all. So, Bram Stoker’s Dracula became the subject of Bookmamas’ October 29 book discussion. … Read More

Theatre Review: Red at the IRT

The Tony-award winning play Red comes to the Indiana Repertory Theatre Mainstage to provoke the audience into thinking about art and the process of making art. The production, like the play by John Logan, plays with the seemingly opposite ideas … Read More

2014 Soldier’s Haunt at Ft. Harrison

LAWRENCE — The Museum of 20th Century Warfare and the staff at Fort Harrison State Park will be hosting the annual Soldier’s Haunt on Fri., Oct. 24 and Sat., Oct. 25 at Fort Harrison State Park, weather permitting. A haunted … Read More

Halloween and All the Fun

When I was a kid, now nearly half a century ago, I loved the month of October. I loved the turning leaves, pumpkin pie, and apple cider. Going to Lilly’s Orchard up on North College street in Broad Ripple and … Read More

Free Flu Shots at Health Fair

INDIANAPOLIS — On Saturday, Nov. 1, Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police and community organizations will partner to present the 19th annual Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner Health Fair. A comprehensive team of health care … Read More

Heartland Film Festival Starts with a Bang

Now in its 23rd year, the Heartland Film Festival continues its mission to showcase films with a heart — and a soul. Under new leadership from Stuart Lowry (former Indianapolis Parks Department head), the festival kicked off with a big … Read More

Deadly Viruses

Deadly virus diseases have dominated the news this month. A deadly Ebola virus outbreak originating in Africa arrived in the United States this month via Thomas Eric Duncan. Mr. Duncan brought the disease here while not having any symptoms of … Read More

The Civil War 150th Anniversary: October 1864

A new era in the city’s history began the evening of Monday, October 3 as the Citizens’ Street Railway Co. put the street car line in operation in time for the opening of the State Fair. A visitor arriving at … Read More

Applause!: Oct. 24-31

• The Friends of the Poor Walk held Sept. 27 raised over $17,000 for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry across the street from Washington Park. The food pantry feeds more than 10,000 people a week in our community. … Read More

A Clean Place, With Light and Pool Tables

I was walking home from work one day when I glimpsed something interesting in the window of a bar. I lived four blocks north of the bar, and my job was four blocks south of it. I had walked past … Read More

A Boy and His Dog

One of my earliest recollections of shoe shopping (an addiction I’ve never kicked) was a trip to Leader’s Shoe Store on the square in Greensburg, Indiana. Mom would take my sister and I there each August for new school shoes. … Read More

New Leaves Amidst the Old

Golden days, in the sunshine of a happy youth Golden days, full of gaiety and full of truth In our hearts we remember them all else above Golden days, days of youth and love How we laughed with the joy … Read More

The Thunder Meets the Timber, Horse Racing and the Colts

Perhaps it wasn’t the most epic contest in sports history. It probably will not be retold as a soccer legend, except maybe in the family legends of those involved. The scene was the playing fields of the Baxter YMCA. Under … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Oct. 24-31

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, October 27, 1914: Fifteen of the nineteen persons taking the Pasteur treatment at the state laboratory, as the result of being bitten by cats and dogs which have shown signs of rabies, are from Indianapolis. … Read More

Meet the Ghosts of the Indiana State Library

In September of 2013, I received an e-mail from Irvingtonian Steve Schmidt of the Indiana State Library. This was not your average, everyday e-mail. The subject line read simply, “Ghost in the State Library.” Okay, that got my attention. Steve … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago This Week: Oct. 24-31

From The Indianapolis Star, Saturday, October 24, 1914: The effects of the European war have come to the corner saloon by way of the war tax. In an effort to replace the revenue lost with the decline of import tariffs, … Read More