Cooking Up a Shared Kitchen on the East Side

Rita Franco’s “accidental business,” The Flippin’ Kitchen, has just opened and is already generating buzz. Located at 6129 E. Washington St. in the former Chef Dan’s, Rita has been busy interviewing potential renters for the certified commercial kitchen. “I have always been entrepreneurial,” she said. “Since I was in the third grade, I knew I had that spirit.” She also had a love of cooking from an early age, making her first meals when she was only 13. Years later, she combined these two passions into first her home-based business … Read More

Lawrence Safety Personnel Get a Boost

LAWRENCE —  Four new police officers will be hired and all public safety employees — police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel — will get raises if the Lawrence Common Council approves a plan advanced by Mayor Dean Jessup. By adding four officers, Lawrence Police Department will have 62 officers on staff — the largest force Lawrence has ever fielded. Public safety personnel will enjoy a 4 percent raise under the plan, a dispatcher will be hired and money will be set aside for public safety equipment and retiree payouts. … Read More

Annual Native Plant and Wildflower Sale May 9

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s something for every gardener at this popular annual Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) event held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The Gymnasium of Park Tudor School will be chock full of Indiana natives to plant in designed landscapes or natural areas, and INPAWS members will be on hand to answer questions and help customers shop. The sale will be held May 9 at Park Tudor School, Upper Gymnasium, 7200 N. College Ave. The sale will run from 10:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The pre-sale speaker … Read More

City Reminds Residents of Lot Maintenance

INDIANAPOLIS — The Department of Code Enforcement (DCE) wants to remind citizens that the City’s high weeds and grass program will begin once again this season. In the coming weeks the City of Indianapolis will dispatch inspectors to visit neighborhoods … Read More

Don’t be Tricked by Ticks!

Last month we talked about some illnesses prevalent in the warmer months, including the childhood illnesses Fifth Disease and Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease. As we get outside more, folks will be camping, picnicking, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors with sporting events and … Read More

Preschool Application Deadline is April 30

INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County families may now submit applications for preschool education grants for the Indianapolis Preschool Scholarship Program (Indy PSP) and the State’s On My Way Pre-K program. Families will fill out a single application to apply for both … Read More

East Side Youth Receive “Bright Blue Futures Award”

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indianapolis youth have been named as Hilton Hotels and Resorts global community relations program Bright Blue Futures Award winners for their academic achievement. The Indianapolis Hilton Hotel is partnered with Windsor Park supporting after school study time … Read More

Applause!: April 24-May 1

• The Poets Laureate of Lawrence, a poetry/open mike series held  every 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Art Center on Indy’s east side, 4437 N. Franklin Rd., will host Farzad Fadae reciting … Read More

The Walker Career Center Digital Goats Take on the World

INDIANAPOLIS — The top 31 high school FIRST robotics teams from around Indiana played Recycle Rush and competed for a berth to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22-25, 2015. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition … Read More

Hoosier Killers: Indiana’s Darkest History by Ed Wenck

When the publicist at Blue River Press told me they had a new book coming out on murders in Indiana, I instinctively thought, “No, not another one.” Hoosier Killers: Indiana’s Darkest History by Ed Wenck is not, though, just another … Read More

Paramount Robotics Returns to World Championship

INDIANAPOLIS — Paramount School of Excellence’s VEX IQ Robotics returned to VEX IQ World Championship April 15-18. Seven students and three coaches joined top-ranked teams from around the world in Louisville, Kentucky at the intense four-day annual robotics-engineering tournament. The … Read More

Encore Vocal Arts Presents Imagine: The Life and Times of John Lennon

INDIANAPOLISE — Encore Vocal Arts will present Imagine: The Life and Times of John Lennon, a combination of music, theater, costume party, and karaoke on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. at the Marian University Theatre. Audience members are invited … Read More

On Golden Pond Closes IRT Season with Laughs, Tears

The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) last production for the 2014-2015 season, On Golden Pond, brings laughs and tears to the OneAmerica Mainstage through May 10. Many people may be familiar with the film based on the play, starring Henry Fonda, … Read More

Duffy Dog

My son-in-love called to tell me that my daughter cited me for the behavior she exhibited. “She closed my mouth and stroked my throat,” he said, laughing, “to help me swallow my beer. She said you used to do that … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: April 24-May 1

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, April 24, 1915:  State club women are being asked to raise money to buy milk for babies in Belgium. More than 30,000 babies have been born in isolated Belgium since the war began and they … Read More

This, That and the Other

Strong Feelings Two Penn State University roommates were arguing over who was the greatest NBA player of all time, LaBron James or Michael Jordan. According to the DAILY COLLEGIAN, at 3:49 a.m. on a Saturday morning, university police arrested 22-year-old … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: April 24-May 1

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, April 24, 1915: Irvington is spreading over much territory. Ellenberger Woods, now a city park, reaches as far north as Tenth Street and this should popularize home building in that vicinity. The park board intends … Read More


Steampunk (Industrial Modern) design has caught the imagination of not only today’s top designers, but is fast becoming fodder for the repurposing movement so popular with the do-it-yourself crowd. The term steampunk,  refers to a sub-genre of science fiction that … Read More

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

The word “Realtor” comes from real property — i.e. the land and permanent structures and should be pronounced “Reeltor” rather than “Real-a-tor.” Really proficient Realtors have real estate in the back of their minds 24/7. In fact, it is easy … Read More

The Marble Heart

On this 150th anniversary month of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Al Hunter is off chasing Lincoln for future stories. Here is an encore of an article from November 15, 2013. On November 9, 1863, just 9 days before he boarded a … Read More