The Year in Review: 2014

Polar vortexes and ISIS. Ebola and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Protests in the streets. The year 2014 certainly had memorable moments. The Ebola epidemic began in February in West Africa, eventually infecting 18,000 people and killing 6,000 by the end of the year — one of the worst epidemics in modern times. The conflict between Russia and the Ukraine also started in February, as pro-Russia unrest in Ukraine lead to the annexation of Crimea by Russia and insurgency. Matters escalated throughout the year, leading to economic sanctions against … Read More

Irvington Luminaria Dec. 21

IRVINGTON — For the last 37 years, Irvington has celebrated the holiday season with a community-wide luminaria. This year, the 38th annual event will be held on Sunday, December 21 from 6-10 p.m., Everyone is invited to set out candles along the sidewalk, up the walkway and along the porch on that evening. Then, walk or cruise through the winding streets to enjoy the holiday atmosphere in the entire community. Always a delight, Santa Claus will be in Irving Circle Park (at South Audubon Rd. & University Ave.) during the … Read More

Navistar to Close East Side Foundry

INDIANAPOLIS — Navistar International Corporation announced that it will close its foundry operations in Indianapolis where it currently produces engine blocks and heads for its proprietary engines. This transition will occur during the first half of next year, and the … Read More

Baby Boomer Toys for Christmas from the 1950s

In 1950 the Tiny Tears doll was introduced to American girls by the American Character Doll Company. Tiny Tears had a small hole by each of her eyes which produced a crying effect when the doll’s stomach was squeezed. The … Read More

New Program “Jingle Books” Gives Books to Kids for the Holidays

INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes and Travis DiNicola, Executive Director of Indy Reads, recently introduced a new program to make sure that every child in Indy receives a book as a gift this holiday … Read More

Remote Printing Available at Library

INDIANAPOLIS — Individuals now have the capability of using their Internet-connected smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android or Blackberry) from anywhere in the city to print documents directly to print stations at select Indianapolis Public Library locations. This new offering meets … Read More

IndyVet Hosts Donation Drive for Animal Shelters

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) is collecting a variety of animal care, cleaning and administrative supplies for sheltered animals at the Morgan County Humane Society and Indianapolis Animal Care & Control through Jan. 1. The veterinary practice … Read More

The Civil War 150th Anniversary: December 1864

Reports from Baltimore of a rebel incendiary plot to burn northern cities and the recent incendiary fire in New York City prompted Mayor Caven to issue a warning to the people of Indianapolis that “an attempt to burn the city … Read More

Be Careful Out There

I have written before about “the season of joy,” and how we can share in it and spread it. The media has brought to us many reminders of the ways we can touch and enrich the lives of others. We … Read More

Remembering Christmas

Here’s to friendship, here’s to you This dear December day. Old Santa Claus is coming, We know he’ll pass your way. We send to you this Yuletide The wish that never ends, It’s health and happiness and cheer, And full … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago This Week: Dec. 19-Jan. 2

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, December 21, 1914: Addressing an audience of 1,224 attending the Men’s Big Meeting at the English Theater yesterday, Dr. Arthur Walwyn Evans, a nephew of Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Lloyd George, made a plea … Read More

Shopping in the Past for the Presents

There was a time when Christmas shopping meant scouring the malls and shops for “just the right gift” for friends and family. Painstaking hours were spent wrapping presents and topping them with bows and tin adornments, creating a mass of … Read More

The Death of Sam Cooke, Part 2

Sam Cooke stood upright for a moment, stared off in the distance and slowly slid down to the floor, his head coming to rest against the splintered door jamb he had kicked in just moments before. Evelyn Carr then hung … Read More

Applause!: Dec. 19-Jan. 2

• All Indianapolis Public Libraries will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday. Additionally, the Flanner House Branch will be closed on Dec. 26. All libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will … Read More

Colts in the Playoffs, Etc.

For the 12th time in 14 years the Indianapolis Colts have clinched the AFC South title and are going to the AFC Playoffs. The Colts home field victory over the Houston Texans was their 10th victory of the season and … Read More

100 Years Ago: Dec. 19-Jan. 2

From The Indianapolis News, Friday, December 25, 1914: The Indianapolis Christmas Clearing House, under the direction of executive director Laurel C. Thayer, is being commended by many organizations and individuals for it efficient work in preventing duplication in the distribution … Read More