First Home will be a Safe Haven in Irvington

The Associate Vice President of Eskenazi Health/Midtown Mental Health Center Julie Szempruch and several other representatives of Midtown Mental Health were on hand at the Historic Irvington Community Council meeting January 20 to discuss the First Home project they will be housing in the former nursing home on South Ritter. They were also there to dispel some rumors and fears residents might have about the First Home project. Szempruch explained at the meeting that First Home is a transitional housing program for the mentally ill who are experiencing homelessness. The … Read More

Congratulations Howe!

Eastside hoops fans were torn between two favorites on Jan. 26 — root for top-seeded Scecina or second-seed Howe for the coveted City tournament championship. After a heated battle, Howe emerged victorious, 75-72, in a show-stopping game. Howe’s last City championship came in 1987. Harris Brown led the Hornets with 35 points. Brown has been burning up the court lately with big scoring over the latest rivals. Likewise, T.J. Henderson and Zach Rutland put in a big effort for the Crusaders. Howe coach Mosi Barnes and Scecina coach Rob New … Read More

Casserole: A Mixture of Photographic Thoughts at the Bona Thompson

IRVINGTON — The Irvington Historical Society is hosting a photography exhibition, “Casserole: A Mixture of Photographic Thoughts.” This exhibition of fine art photography is a group exhibition, featuring color and black and white photographs created by the members of INvision: Alliance of Photographic Artists. The exhibition opens with a reception at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center (5350 University Ave.)  on Sat., Jan. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m.  The artists will be present and refreshments will be served. This reception is free and open to the public. The “Casserole: A … Read More

New Project Approved for Garfield Park

INDIANAPOLIS — The Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. recently  announced that Indy Parks & Recreation has approved the design of the landmark vistas that were conceived and created by their partners at Big Car Collaborative. The project will engage visitors … Read More

Theatre Review: The Giver at the IRT

The Giver, adapted from the Young Adult novel by Lois Lowry by Eric Coble, is currently playing at the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Upperstage through Feb. 21. The story takes place in a near-future in a highly structured society designed to … Read More

Book Review: Andrew McGroundhog and His Shady Shadow by Peter J. Welling

Children know about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.  But do they know the story of Groundhog Day? Peter J. Welling’s entrancing new children’s book, Andrew McGroundhog and His Shady Shadow, hopes to impart this legendary celebration to the young … Read More

The Golden Globes

After the holidays are over and the new year begins the season for entertainment and media awards begin. From January to the first of April there is usually some kind of awards show honoring actors, singers, musicians,  artists  and craftsmen … Read More

Beech Grove Schools Receives Contribution

BEECH GROVE — Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) recently presented a check for $2,960 to Beech Grove City Schools as part of an ongoing school spirit debit card program.  The partnership allows Beech Grove fans the opportunity to show their … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Jan. 30-Feb. 6

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, February 4, 1915: A force of more than 100 men began yesterday in cleaning the streets of snow and slush under the direction of the citizens’ employment committee. The men were taken from the employment … Read More

Life in the Trenches: Home Sweet Home

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home; A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there, Which seek thru’ the world, is ne’er met elsewhere. The robin in … Read More

Irvington’s Disney Prince — Bill Shirley

Al Hunter is on vacation. This is a reprint of an article he wrote in 2008. During the World War II years on through the I Like Ike years in America, Irvington had it’s own representative in Tinseltown. Irvingtonian Bill … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Jan. 30-Feb. 6

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, February 3, 1915: Iron rings bearing the Iron Cross insignia and inscribed in German, “To the Old Fatherland, in order to show my loyalty in troublous times, I give gold for iron,” have been received … Read More

It’s Trivia Time Again

1. On February 6, 1971 Astronaut Alan Shepard hit the first golf ball on the moon. He then went to the clubhouse for a martini. 2. The first Soccer World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 and attracted 30 … Read More

Applause!: Jan. 30-Feb. 6

• Congratulations to Perry Township educator Kelly Wilber for receiving the Milken Education Award. The award is given by the Milken Family Foundation and along with national recognition, includes a $25,000 cash prize. Wilber is a 5th grade teacher at … Read More

Ice, Ice Baby

I missed a call from my first bride, who had recorded 6 seconds of silence. My “old school” attitude toward 21st century cell phone etiquette is this: I do not return missed calls unless there is a message. In the … Read More

A Family Tradition

It may be one of the most common gifts a man gives to his son. Perhaps it is not even so much a gift, as a rite of passage, a way of saying “now you are a man.” I remember … Read More