Neighborhoods Collaborating to Create Positive Change to be Honored

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) supports residents and leaders who want to create positive change in their neighborhoods. They help people communicate and organize, provide resources to those who need assistance, and uplift organizations that are moving important projects forward. The annual Collaborative Spirit Award is given in recognition of projects that involve partnerships between neighborhood organizations and schools, faith-based organizations, not-for-profit and government agencies, businesses, or other neighborhood-based organizations. The project must embrace the spirit of cooperation and community involvement.  The award celebrates unique, sustainable projects … Read More

Scholarship Ghost Tour Sells Out

Alan Hunter’s Irvington Ghost Tours officially begin Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., kicking off the Irvington Halloween season. However, on Sept. 16, there was a special scholarship tour for one of the volunteers, Cameron McAbee, who is a senior at Warren Central High School. Cameron has been volunteering on the Ghost Tours for over a year, and loves giving back to the community. He is planning on becoming an avian veterinarian (bird doctor) upon graduation. He is planning on attending Franklin College, then transferring to Purdue. Tour leader Al Hunter … Read More

Bicentennial Torch Relay Documentary to be Screened at Heartland Film Festival

INDIANAPOLIS — “Everlasting Light: The Story of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay” has been selected for screening at the 2017 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Hoosiers can relive the memorable moments of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay with a documentary produced by the Department of Telecommunications at Ball State University, which was commissioned by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD). The relay was developed by IOTD as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. The torch traveled through 260 cities and towns across all 92 Indiana … Read More

Monon16 Redevelopment Promises More Eastside Revitalization

INDIANAPOLIS — On Sept. 18, the City, as well as officials from King Park Re-Development Group and David Weekley Homes, broke ground on a $20 million housing-mixed use development on the east side. Dubbed Monon16, the area to be redeveloped is near the Monon Trail running between 16th and 21st St. in the Kennedy Park district. City officials noted that the neighborhood hasn’t seen public or private investment in the area for nearly a century, with the exception of the Monon Trail extension. Plans include building 60 new single-family homes, … Read More

A Century of Irvington Homes Sept. 17

It’s 1917 and the U.S. is just getting involved in the War to End all Wars. Russia is undergoing a revolution. The average price for a home was $5,000 (about $111,584 in today’s money), but the average American made about 22 cents an hour. And Irvington? It was a growing community on the eastern outskirts of Indianapolis, home to Butler University, and developing a reputation for being the place to live. This year, the Benton House Tour of Homes is inviting tour-goers to explore a century of Irvington living through … Read More

New Public Art on 16th St.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Harrison Center, in partnership with Indianapolis Power & Light Company,recently installed “Visionaries,” a public art installation by Owens + Crawley  a local artistic team comprised of Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley. The four sculptural pieces, installed on light posts along E. 16th Street between the Monon Trail and Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave., were designed to complement PreEnactIndy, a celebration of Monon 16 to take place on Sat., Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Indianapolis theater and arts collaboration is the first of its … Read More

IACS at Capacity, Seeks Adopters

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Animal Care Services’ (IACS) shelter is once again at capacity and is asking for help in giving pets a forever home. Shelter staff and volunteers have been doing their best to adopt out cats and dogs, but more and more continue to come in daily. Even with the current “Feline Frenzy” adoption special happening, a promotion which waives adoption fees and offers free cats and kittens, there is still overcrowding at the shelter. As a result, dogs’ quarters have been converted to make room for cats, creating … Read More

Applause!: Sept. 22-28

• The Irvington Summer Music Series continues with a Summer Bluegrass Concert with Flatland Harmony Experiment with their special guest Blue Collar Bluegrass on Fri. ,Sept. 29th at 7p.m at the Irvington Ice House, 400 S. Ritter. Tickets $10 at … Read More

City Develops Sustainability and Resilience Action Plan

INDIANAPOLIS — At the recent Climate Leadership Summit 2, the City’s Office of Sustainability issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a Sustainability and Resilience Action Plan. The RFQ seeks consultants to assist with the evaluation of existing City of … Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month in Indianapolis to Oct. 15

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Joe Hogsett has proclaimed September 15 through October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Indianapolis. Throughout the month, events across the city will recognize those in our community whose ancestors originated in Spain, Mexico, the … Read More

Buck Creek Players Present “Nuts”

INDIANAPOLIS – Who should be incarcerated in a mental hospital? Who has the right to decide whether an unstable person is capable of standing trial in America? Should the state decide? A psychiatrist? The suspect herself? These are some questions … Read More

Going to The Masquerade Ball

My favorite time of the year is here – FALL!! I love everything about it, the weather, the color of the leaves as they change and of course Halloween. My husband and I have always celebrated Halloween in a big … Read More

Cabaret Poe Returns Oct. 13

INDIANAPOLIS — Cabaret Poe, presented by Q Artistry, will open its ninth run on Fri,, Oct. 13 in the entertainment complex on Circle Center Mall’s fourth floor. The musical re-imagining of almost all of Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous works … Read More

“Blazing Barriers” at Garfield Park, Special Discussion on CCC

INDIANAPOLIS — Film historian Eric Grayson will screen Blazing Barriers on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center. The 1937 film is about two young boys who are in trouble with the law and decide to … Read More

Indiana State Museum to Honor Veterans with Display

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is seeking photo submissions of current and former service members for the annual Heroes from the Heartland display. The project recognizes Indiana’s faces of valor by showcasing the images in a … Read More

Abraham Lincoln Grave Robbers, Part 1

The details of Lincoln’s death by assassination are well known by Americans young and old and need not be recounted here. I have done my level best over the years to inform Hoosiers of the mournful Lincoln funeral train that … Read More


An article in Scientific American, published in December, 2011 by two grad students from Washington University in St. Louis, discusses a study by researchers from Notre Dame. The paper the researchers published was titled, “Walking through doorways causes forgetting.” I … Read More

Newgarden is the 2017 Champ

Simon Pagenand won the last IndyCar race of the 2017 season at the Sonoma CA road course, but it was his teammate Josef Newgarden who came away with the series championship. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the last race … Read More

100 Years Ago: Sept. 22-28

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, September 26: In response to an appeal by The Rt. Rev. Joseph Chartrand, coadjutor bishop of Indianapolis, the parishioners of SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral have raised $50,000 (2016: $952,990) for the purchase of property … Read More

A Tale of Four Families

You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear . . . It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear, You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes … Read More

How Much is That Doggy?

There is no denying we love our fur babies. We dress them in warm coats, feed them only the finest gourmet foods and take them with us wherever we go. Ask any dog owner and they will tell you their … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Sept. 22-28

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, September 23: This week Indiana begins a sweeping campaign for a great fund to further the soldiers’ library project sponsored by the War Department and the American Library Association. Hoosiers have heard the call to … Read More

Advertise With Us! Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Guide

Irvington does Halloween like no one else: a one week festival with events for young and the young at heart, auctions, storytelling, and lots, lots more, ending with the Street Fair to end all spooky street fairs! (Pet chickens dressed … Read More

Irvington Peace Rally

On Sunday, September 10th, a gathering of people responded to a call from the Irvington Association of Ministers and the Irvington Community Advocacy Network (ICAN) to gather together and love your neighbor. The Peace Rally continued its three-year tradition with … Read More

Community Health Names Philanthropic Award Winner

INDIANAPOLIS — Community Health Network Foundation officials recently presented Rollin Sage with the Jack Heiney Award for Philanthropic Leadership. Sage, 86, is the eighth recipient of the award in its 19 years of existence. Since the early 1980s, Sage has … Read More

Applause!: Sept. 15-21

• Very sad to hear that TV newsman and eastsider Howard Caldwell passed away at 92. Born and raised in Irvington, and a graduate of Howe High School, Caldwell was an anchor and reporter at WRTV-6 for almost 40 years. … Read More

Indiana Landmarks Names 2017 Award Winners

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Landmarks presented the annual Servaas Memorial Awards for achievement in historic preservation and the Williamson Prize for outstanding individual leadership in historic preservation on Sept. 10 at the organization’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. For 40 years, preservation … Read More

Bean Creek Named Neighborhood of the Month

INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett announced this week that Bean Creek will be the City’s ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ for September, 2017. The Neighborhood of the Month initiative highlights an Indianapolis community each month, working to engage local groups and … Read More

Tony-Award Winning Play Opens IRT Season Sept. 19

INDIANAPOLIS — The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens and based on the novel by Mark Haddon will debut one of its first post-Broadway stagings at the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT).  The production is slated … Read More

The Ws.

Just off the highway in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along the south side of the Allegheny River, my friend and I found a small park, pulled off, and sat on a bench to watch a creative display of lights. My good friend … Read More

What’s in Your Cupboard

What’s in your cupboard? Last week I wrote that my mother canned Pickle Lily. Ann sent an e-mail: “What’s Pickle Lily?” I went to the Internet to double-check the recipe by entering “Pickle Lily” and turned up only three recipes. … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Sept. 15-21

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, September 20: Since the new school year began city school officials are facing a new problem – how to care for the increased number of African-American pupils. Six of the eleven exclusively “colored schools” are … Read More

The Colts are Abysmal

If you are a Colts fan you  most likely are aware of what happened to the team last Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. A 46-9 beat down. A Ram team with a new head coach and without their top defensive … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Sept. 15-21

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, September 16: Thirty-two Indianapolis business and professional men organized the Patriotic League last night. The purpose of the Patriotic League is “to encourage and stimulate an intelligent support of the government now engaged in war; … Read More

Indianapolis: The Great Flood of 1913, Part 2

This column originally appeared in March, 2013. Al is out researching his next column. Last week, we left Greenfield a century ago; March 25th, 1913, underwater. The “Black Night of Terror,” the “March Flood,” or the “Great Flood of 1913″ … Read More

Celebrating Fall — Hoosier Style

“When the frost is on the pumpkin, and the fodder’s in the shock, and you hear the kyouck gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock. Oh it’s then the time a feller is a feeling at his best. When he rises in … Read More