Irvington Streetscape Phase II About to Begin

The Irvington Development Organization recently announced that the Washington Streetscape Phase II will start the beginning of May to be completed the end of September. This phase of the work will extend from Irvington Avenue to the Pleasant Run Bridge just west of Emerson Avenue. Washington Street will be resurfaced and new curbs and sidewalks installed. Work will start on the north side with two-way traffic in the south two lanes. Construction will then shift to the center allowing one lane of traffic in each direction along the curbs. The … Read More

New Members Appointed to IndyPL Board of Trustees

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis City-County Council recently appointed two new members to The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees. Westside resident Dr. Terri Jett was appointed to a four-year term that expires in April, 2020. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science, an affiliate faculty member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. Eastside resident Reverend T. D. Robinson was appointed to a four-year term that expires in May, 2019. He is Senior Pastor of … Read More

Big Car, City Market Team Up for Market East Placemaking Project

INDIANAPOLIS — Big Car Collaborative and Indianapolis City Market are teaming up, starting this summer, to enliven the east side of downtown by connecting two primary public sites: City Market and Monument Circle. A catalytic grant, valued at $220,000 including monetary and technical support, from the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program will enable both Indianapolis City Market and Big Car Collaborative to jointly implement their plans to engage the community in reimagining these historic sites as key public spaces in the “heart” of Indianapolis. By building a shared … Read More

Independent Bookstore Celebration April 30

INDIANAPOLIS — On Saturday, April 30, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore and Bookmamas — the two Indianapolis American Bookseller Association affiliated independent bookstores — will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day during their regular business hours. Kids Ink will debut their new store t-shirts, and sponsor give aways, special activities and author appearances. Bookmamas will feature an adult coloring table, author visits and special activities. At 1 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 504 will perform Hoosier Poet April Sayre’s “Indiana Chant” in honor of the Indiana Bicentennial. Bookmamas will also offer special independent bookstore … Read More

BMV Extends Hours for Election Day

INDIANAPOLIS – BMV license branches will extend hours of operation on Mon., May 2 and on Tues., May 3 to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place. Branches will be open … Read More

Ellenberger Park

Not all of the building blocks that make up our neighborhoods are brick and mortar. There are woods and meadows — green space to ease the eyes and refresh the soul. When my mother came to Indianapolis from the gritty … Read More

Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride by Brian Sweany

Brian Sweany’s new coming of age novel, Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride, tells the story of Hank making it through life. It emphasizes the relationships between grandfather, father and son through protagonist Hank’s eyes and voice. Hank lives a … Read More

Khaos Company Presents World Premiere of Meta/Stasis

INDIANAPOLIS — In a world where 99 percent of the world has cancer, one man struggles with the curse of good health. Khaos Company Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of Meta/Stasis, a play about love, loss, and … Read More

Epilogue Players Present 84, Charing Cross Road

INDIANAPOLIS — The Epilogue Players will present 84, Charing Cross Road from April 29-May 15 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Show hours are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $15; $13 for … Read More

Howard Laut — Irvington Artist

Howard Laut (5/12/1923-6/10/2015) was a self-taught artist who lived in Irvington his whole life. He was father to Jack Lashbrook of Jack and Jill’s Antique Mall of Irvington (5501 E. Washington) after Jack’s parents died when he was six years … Read More

A Tragedy Long Ago

Sunday April 16, 1961 was a sunny and pleasant day. It was 9 a.m. and folks were in church or  were taking it easy and enjoying the nice weekend. On what was normally a fairly quiet day of the week,  … Read More


My grandchildren were somewhere in the overhead tubes at the Great Wolf Water Park in the Poconos of Pennsylvania when I took advantage of an opportunity to have a beer. My first bride was shepherding our grandbeauties through a gushing, … Read More

This n’ That

The older I get, the more my brain is overloaded with disparate events and ideas. This column reflects that. Drat! I just answered the phone, and a syrupy-voiced stranger said, “And how are you today Mrs. Clarke?” “Who are you?” … Read More

Mary Lincoln’s Cannon

Abraham and Mary Lincoln were quite a team. At 11:00 p.m. on the night of November 6, 1860, Mr. Lincoln learned that he had won the presidential election. He ran over a mile from the telegraph office to his home … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: April 29-May 5

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, May 4, 1916: Plans have been completed for the mass meeting tomorrow night of the friends of Irish freedom, at Morrison Hall, 52½ Monument Place. It will be a memorial meeting for the three leaders … Read More

100 Years Ago: April 29-May 5

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, May 4, 1916: Subscriptions to the Indianapolis gift to the state park fund has reached $14,844 (2015: $326,183). Thirty-five clubs have sent subscriptions to the state park committee and the Indianapolis Real Estate Board has … Read More

Down-sizing Part 1

Remember that book from the 80s, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus? In my years of assisting seniors with down-sizing I have found this to be monumentally true. Men are practical. They want their recliner, their TV (and … Read More

April She is Done

Honda Indy Car Grand Prix of Alabama The Indy Cars had a great afternoon for racing at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. It was the same story as the three previous races, however. Chevy dominated the qualifying and … Read More

Applause!: April 29-May 5

• The Auxiliary to Community Hospital East will sponsor a Flower Sale on Tues., May 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. (depending on delivery) and on Wed., Thurs. and Fri., May 4, 5 and 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 … Read More