40th Anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78

On January 25, 1978 I was working at Lee Wards Arts & Crafts store on Pendleton Pike in Lawrence. The first blizzard warnings were issued at 3:45 p.m. that day. We employees heard the warnings on the radio about the approaching snow storm, but had no idea what was really coming. Our manager wouldn’t close early and I was working nights, so we didn’t get out to our cars until after 9 p.m. I lived just west of Irvington on Grant Ave. in an old double that we were renting. … Read More

HUD Awards over $19 Mil. to Hoosier Homeless Programs

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded over $19.3 million to support 95 homeless housing and service programs in Indiana. The Continuum of Care grants announced provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. Included in the awards are Coburn Place, the Julian Center, Midtown Community Health, Partners in Housing, and the Salvation Army. Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the U.S., especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment … Read More

IMPD E-Commerce Exchange Zones Offer Safer Alternatives

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has created an “E-Commerce Exchange Zone” at each district headquarters and encourages community members to use the front parking lots or lobby (if available) when meeting people to complete their online purchases and transactions. As more people conduct private business transactions online, there has been a nationwide increase in crime with respect to these transactions. Therefore, IMPD is taking a proactive approach to deter crime by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone, or “E-Commerce Zone.” In an attempt to reduce the likelihood … Read More

Warren Central Winter Guard Send Off Performance Jan. 20

INDIANAPOLIS — The Warren Central High School Winter Guard will travel to Japan for a competition on January 28. To give them a great send-off, everyone is invited to special performance of their 2018 production on Sat., Jan. 20 at … Read More

Applause!: Jan. 19-25

• INDOT’s annual Paint the Plow campaign for 2018 has begun. Each INDOT District invites art classes and program from middle and high schools to paint a snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. The deadline for … Read More

Pacers Host STEM Fest 2018

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers, in partnership with CONEXUS Indiana, will host STEM Fest 2018 for families on Sun., Feb. 11, followed by a Pacers vs. Knicks game, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Students can discover science, technology, engineering and math … Read More

2017 IPS Graduation Rate Increase

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Public Schools reported significant gains in its graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year with the percentage of students graduating topping the 80 percent mark for the first time in several years. Data released by the Indiana … Read More

A Raisin in the Sun at the IRT

Written in 1959 by Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun has become a touchstone in American theatre. Peopled with authentic characters and the universal struggle to scratch out a larger place in the world, the play speaks across the … Read More

The Irvies on Feb. 24

IRVINGTON — The Irvies is a community awards ceremony where businesses, neighbors, and our very own larger-than-life personalities are nominated and selected for awards demonstrating their unique talents, notorieties, and contributions to the greater good of Irvington. This fundraiser for … Read More

Question and Answer Time

One of my favorite parts of writing this column for the past 20 years has been the interaction with you, my readers. You arouse my curiosity, challenge my memory and send me scurrying to the computer for research on a … Read More

Warren Central Wins County Title!

Warren Central basketball defeated Ben Davis on Jan. 15, 55-43, clinching the Marion County Championship title. The team, lead by coach Criss Beyers, has a perfect record of 14-0.    The next game for the Warriors will be Fri., Jan. 19 … Read More

100 Years Ago: Jan. 19-25

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, January 23: The idea of skip-stops on the city street car lines is an innovation that is spreading across the country in connection with the saving of coal, and Indianapolis residents may soon expect this … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Jan. 19-25

From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, January 25: The city’s patriotic garden acreage may be smaller this coming season than the 523 acres cultivated last year. A survey of available lots which can be used is being compiled by the office … Read More

Handsome Harry Pierpont, Part 1

This is a reprint of an article first published in September 2010. Handsome Harry Pierpont is probably the most famous Indianapolis outlaw that you’ve never heard of. Born on October 13, 1902, Pierpont has strong ties to Indianapolis, John Dillinger … Read More

The Stranger’s Face

My young son rode with me on an elevator from my 11th floor apartment down to the lobby. His sister was in the car with us, as was a woman — presumably another tenant of the building. As we four … Read More