Irvington Luminaria Lights Up Historic Neighborhood

Irvington, a community perhaps better known for its deep and abiding love affair with Halloween, also celebrates the winter holidays with community events and gatherings. The biggest of them is the annual Luminaria, when neighbors light their sidewalks and pathways with candles in bags, and churches offer music and refuge from the busy-ness of the holidays. This year, the Luminaria will be held Sunday, December 17 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to drive slowly and carefully through the winding streets to see all the lights. Volunteers around public … Read More

New Initiatives to Combat Violent Crime Announced

INDIANAPOLIS — On Dec. 11, Indianapolis leadership announced a comprehensive violence reduction strategy in partnership with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of Public Health and Safety. The initiative will result in a collaborative crackdown on illegally-armed felons while making the largest investment in neighborhood and community based anti-crime efforts in more than a decade. Despite unacceptable levels of violence this year, results indicate that the focus on neighborhood crime prevention is working — homicides are down 29 percent in areas of the city that have seen a return … Read More

The Black Hat Society Raises $7200 for Charity

Friday night, Dec. 8th during the Irvington Holiday Open House in the Irving Theatre, The Black Hat Society of Historic Irvington presented checks totalling $7,200 to the three charities they had raised money for during the sale of their 2018 Calendar. Charities included The Pourhouse Outreach Center, Helping Paws Pet Rescue and the Diabetes Youth Foundation Camp. The calendars were created this past year, and members spent  hours of volunteer time and energy creating costumes and setting up funny and creatively themed photo shoots of the Black Hat Society witches … Read More

IMPD Creates E-Commerce Exchange Zones

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

City Begins Demolition of Oil Storage Site

INDIANAPOLIS — On Dec. 11, Mayor Joe Hogsett, City-County Councillor Blake Johnson, and members of the Christian Park neighborhood held a ceremonial kick-off to demolition and environmental remediation activities on the former Naples Bulk Oil Storage/Kiel Bros. Oil Company site. The structures being demolished include six aboveground storage tanks and one underground storage tank, which were previously used to store up to 1.3 million gallons of oil and fuel, as well as a dilapidated building, equipment, and debris. Once an active business serving the rail line, the structures and oil … Read More

Homelessness Declines in 2017

INDIANA — Homelessness declined in Indiana according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While overall homelessness increased by 0.7 percent nationally since 2016, since 2010 there was a decline of 13.1 … Read More

Local News and Notes

Fundraiser for Girl Hit By Car Dec. 8 IRVINGTON — One of the young ladies caroling in Irvington on December 8 was struck by a truck crossing the street near Batters. Alexis Randolph was taken to Riley Hospital and has … Read More

Naughty and Nice . . .

‘Tis the Season…frosty morns and ebony nights illuminated by bright multicolored lights — reflected and shimmering on moist pavement — and the scent of pine and candle wax everywhere. Shoppers scurry amid the tinkling of Salvation Army bells and children’s … Read More

Applause!: Dec. 15-21

• Love Thy Neighborhood Award applications will be taken until Dec. 31. The awards, created by LISC, award $2,500 to neighborhoods that are making strides toward various goals, including livability, opportunity, vitality, and more. Past recipients include Woodruff Place Economic … Read More

Milestones in Early Stop-Motion Animation Dec. 16

INDIANAPOLIS — Film historian Eric Grayson will screen “Milestones in Early Stop-Motion Animation,” using examples from 1912 to 1930 at Garfield Park Arts Center’s Vintage Movie Night, Sat., Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Stop-motion animation is a technique in which … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Dec. 15-21

From The Indianapolis Star, Monday, December 17: Indianapolis was dark last night, and next Thursday night promises to be still darker as the city complies with the fuel conservation order calling for two “lightless” nights a week. Few electric signs … Read More

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

From old hippies to young hipsters, vintage vinyl is topping this year’s Christmas list for music lovers. Classic albums from 1950-1980 are available in a wide range of prices and genres of music, but before you start your shopping it … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Dec. 15-21

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, December 16: The seventeenth anniversary of the Flanner House Social Settlement will be observed this afternoon in a special Founders’ Day program. Attorney Robert L. Brokenburr, a former superintendent of the settlement, will give a … Read More

The Elements Of A Column

When asked how I come up with ideas for my columns, I struggle to explain my creative process. Some of my columns are born full-grown, while my other children have to be nurtured and cultivated before being sent into the … Read More

Christie Sides Named Fever Assistant Coach

INDIANAPOLIS — Veteran college, international and WNBA coach Christie Sides has been named assistant coach with the Indiana Fever, as announced by Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. Most recently at Northwestern University, Sides is reunited with Chatman, with … Read More