City Begins Illegal Dumping Initiative

The Hogsett administration has been on a mission to direct attention on issues and opportunities in neighborhoods since taking office in January. On September 13, the mayor, Jason Larrison Director of Business and Neighborhood Services, and City-County Councilman Blake Johnson met in the Grace Tuxedo neighborhood on the east side to bring attention to illegal dumping in alleys and announce a major trash sweep. A big pile of illegally dumped household items served as a backdrop to the news conference. Noting that there have been at least 80 complaints from … Read More

Re-Signed Finds Its Maker

IRVINGTON — Irvington re-Signed has found its signmaker. Congratulations to Little Flower resident Eric Benge, who won the competition held in August and September. Eric is a graphic designer with over a decade of experience in the creative industry. He’s passionate about all things design-related and has worked for multinational companies and local small businesses. He’s also an artist, specializing in mixed media art. Eric’s Web site is The natural materials used in constructing the sign will be a nice complement to the trees and plants that will be … Read More

Local Patriots Remember September 11

submitted photo John Landel (left) and Bill Watson (right) with their antique fire trucks.  John’s truck is a 1948 Ford Firetruck (left) and Bill’s is a 1974 Ford Firetruck (right).  When John purchased his truck it was basically a cab and the shell of the truck. He has spent many hours rebuilding it in honor of his dad who was a fireman in Buffalo, New York. Bill is a collector of firetrucks and memorabilia. With great pride, on Sunday, September 11th, they were parked on the 16th Street overpass at … Read More

Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame Breaks Ground at Ft. Harrison

LAWRENCE — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF) broke ground on a permanent building on Sept. 11. The building will pay tribute to all five branches of the military services and will personally recognize the veterans who have been inducted into each year’s class of the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame. The 501(c)3 organization will induct its third class of Hoosier veterans into its Hall of Fame on Nov. 4. The land was donated by The American Legion Department of Indiana Headquarters, and the building will sit … Read More

Part of Historic Irvington Building Crumbles

IRVINGTON — The Historic Irvington commercial district had a scare Monday morning when part of the parapet on Jack and Jill’s Antiques of Irvington fell to the sidewalk at the corner of Ritter and East Washington St. The area was cordoned off until structural investigators inspected to ensure the building was safe. The building was built in 1913 and many businesses have occupied the property, including the State Bank of Irvington. In 1999 Jack and Jill Lashbrook bought the property and created their antique mall. Heavy rains over the Sept. … Read More

Arsenal Tech Girls’ Rugby Team Rises to the Top

INDIANAPOLIS — In the spring of 2013, the girls’ rugby team at Arsenal Technical High School was abandoned by its coaching staff and had its season cut short, leaving the group of young Tech Titans uncertain about the future of … Read More

IndyPL Celebrates Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Library is joining the American Library Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Association of American Publishers and a host of other diverse organizations as part of a national alliance to promote the value of … Read More

When It’s Gone, It’s Gone Forever

For almost 90 years, storefronts at the northwest corner of Emerson Avenue and East 10th Street offered the surrounding community services from groceries to pharmaceuticals; from a haircut and a perm to family dining. Today, all that remains of a … Read More

Deadline Extended for 10-Digit Dialing in 317 Area Code

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (Commission) has extended the deadline for 10-digit dialing in Central Indiana’s 317 telephone area code to Oct. 15. Beginning on Oct. 15, consumers in the 317 area code will be required to dial … Read More

IndyPL Celebrates Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Library is joining the American Library Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Association of American Publishers and a host of other diverse organizations as part of a national alliance to promote the value of … Read More

Caulk of the Town Seeks Volunteers, Homes for Winterization Push

INDIANAPOLIS — Join NEAR staff and volunteers on Sat., Oct. 22 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for the annual Near Eastside weatherization event Caulk of the Town. The event focuses on weatherizing homes in critical need of care before … Read More

Vice is Nice but President is Best

The fact that Indiana is considered the mother state of vice presidents has been discussed in this newspaper before. Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s campaign for the office has brought a great deal of attention to that office during this election … Read More

Irvington Halloween Festival Writing Contest

The 70th annual Irvington Halloween Festival features a writing contest for writers of any age. Contestants are encouraged to submit original poems, stories and essays that have a Halloween or autumn theme. The contest is open to all ages. Winners … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Sept/ 23-29

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, September 28, 1916: Both of Indiana’s political parties are discussing the question of bringing back Indiana guardsmen from the Mexican border to vote in the November election. How this may be done has not been … Read More

Applause!: Sept. 23-29

• On Sat. Sept. 24 from 6-7 p.m. at Brookside Park, 3500 Brookside Parkway S. Dr., Riverrun Revisited will perform. This is a site-specific dance performance that brings to life scientific concepts and concerns about human intervention of the waterways … Read More

Home Memories

I’ve come to realize that the time through which we pass isn’t a straight line. Rather, it is circular; and if you live long enough, you re-experience time past in your mind. Our old Irvington home at 312 N. Ritter … Read More

Exploring the Possibilities: Collectible Maps

Decorator magazines, internet blogs, HGTV — they are all great ways to stay abreast of what’s trending in the world of interior design. But as for me, when I want to find out what’s “hot” I head for the nearest … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Sept. 23-29

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, September 28, 1916: Fires swept by high winds destroyed four new houses on North Sheridan Avenue in Irvington yesterday, and nine other houses were destroyed by fire on North Elder Avenue in Haughville. By the … Read More

Bird Man of Indianapolis

One day, Wes Homoya came out of the magical regions of Ash & Elm — the near Eastside cider house — just after a small child and a grown man had spotted what one presumed to be a bat, and … Read More

Simon Pagenaud is the 2016 IndyCar Series Champ

In his second season with Team Penske, 32-year-old French driver Simon Pagenaud has taken home the IndyCar Championship for 2016. The last race of the season, the Sonoma GoPro Grand Prix at Sears Point CA, was totally about Simon and … Read More

Happy Trails, Cowboy Bob

Hoosiers lost an old friend last Friday when Cowboy Bob Glaze rode off into the sunset for the last time. Over the past half dozen or so years, I’m happy to say that Bob Glaze was a friend of mine. … Read More