Neighborhood News – 9/25/12


How to put together your very own block party.  Starring our very own Windsor Park!

  Check out this story in the Indy Star on what goes into putting a block party together.  Congrats to Windsor Park on a successful party!

Hey neighbors!  Did you know you can access the Mayor’s Action Center on your smart phone?  Simply search for “requestindy” in your app store on iPhone and Android phones to download the app.   Then you have mobile access to the Mayor’s Action Center for when you see a property with high weeds, notice a violation, or have a question about an issue.


Community Partner Meeting

Westminster Presbyterian Church

September 25, 2012

9:00 – 10:00 am

Meeting for community partners of the church to discuss ways they can support the neighborhood and programs located at the church.

For more information, please contact the church at 317-632-9785

Physical Recreation at the CommonWealth

Looking for ways to stay healthy, have fun, and meet new neighbors ?  Join us for physical recreation at the CommonWealth Gymnasium, 23 North Rural Street.   Every week we’ll offer three different team sports.

 Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – Basketball

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – Volleyball

Mondays, 7:00 p.m. – Dodgeball

 You can bring an entire team ready to play, or if you’re solo, you can join others that are there to create a team on the spot.  All players must be a minimum of age 13 and will be required to sign a waiver prior to playing.  $2.00 per person.  For more information, please contact Kyle Mobley at 437-1507

Great Indy Cleanup

October 6,   9am – noon

Multiple locations throughout the Near Eastside.

See your neighborhood association for details.

Cottage Home Neighborhood Block Party

Saturday, October 13, 5 – 11pm

Cottage Home Park – 723 Dorman Street

Parent Power Presents the nonpartisan  IPS School Board  Candidate Forum

Tuesday, October 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

at Martin University

2171 Avondale Place (west of 22nd & Sherman)

ALL IPS candidates are invited to this important event.  IPS parents, students and community members are invited to ASK the questions that matter most to them.  Spanish-language translation and headsets will be available.

Election Day Is November 6, 2012.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Parent Power members
Delana Ivey (916-8555,  or Josefa Beyer (253-1347,

Parent Power is a nonpartisan group of Indianapolis public school parents and community members dedicated to empowering parents and students to learn about education issues and advocate on behalf of children. In 2010, co-founders of Parent Power hosted the only forum to invite ALL candidates for the IPS School Board.

Volunteer Opportunities

Washington Irving #14

1250 E. Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

  • Lunch Buddy Program
  • ReadUP Program – 3rd grade reading tutoring
  • Classroom Assistance
  • Gardening – groups or individuals are welcome
  • Uniform pantry – cleaning or sorting
  • Making copies

Donations needed

  • Student Supplies
    • dry erase markers
    • dry erase marker erasers
    • facial tissues
    • glue sticks
    • pocket folders – plain
    • composition notebooks
    • pencils #2
    • calculator – Texas Institute 30XIIS
  • Special Requests
    • clip boards
    • electric pencil sharpeners
    • playing cards (need 35 decks)
  • Uniforms
    • Size 10 – 14 for both girls and boys (They are Extremely low on these sizes)
    • Pants, shorts, dresses, or skirts – Navy, Khaki, or Black
    • Collared shirts in Red, White, or Navy
    • Belts are required for any outfit with belt loops
  • Food Pantry
    • Bags – paper, plastic, reusable

FIRST Lego League

For more information, call Josette Jackson, Community School Coordinator at  (317) 226-4214 or email

The John H. Boner Community Center is excited to be participating in the FIRST Lego League program! FIRST Lego League is a robotics program designed to get children excited about science and technology.  This competition helps to teach valuable employment and life skills, as well as the opportunity to build positive peer and adult relationships.   We are creating a team of approximately 8 children between the ages of 9-14 to participate in the FIRST Lego League’s yearly challenge against other local organizations.

We are looking for individuals willing to volunteer their time and brain power! Volunteers will be assisting the children in building and programming a robot using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set.  We would like our team of volunteers to include individuals from a variety of backgrounds.  Although it is necessary to have a few people from the science, technology, engineering and math field, ANY community members who are looking to be involved are encouraged to come help our kids and learn something new!

Meetings will be held at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center, located on Arsenal Tech High School’s campus, every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM and every other Saturday at 10:00 AM, starting October 6th.  We would love it if volunteers could attend the first meeting, as well as, commit to at least three other meetings before the tournament on November 17th at Center Grove Middle School North.

If you are willing to lend a hand (and brain!) and help our team on their road to success, please contact Kate Stewart at (317) 902-6686 or


Voter Registration

Important Voter Registration Dates:

  • May 22, 2012: Voter Registation Opens
  • October 9, 2012: Voter Registration Closes for November 2012 General Election
  • November 6, 2012: General Election Day
  • December 3, 2012: Voter Registration Opens

Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked on or before the above registration deadlines.

You have the right to vote in Indiana, if:

  • You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and
  • You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and
  • You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
  • You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
  • You are registered to vote.

Register to vote online by visiting  Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.

In addition to registering to vote online, provides Hoosiers with the ability to validate their voter registration status, find their polling place location, look into their provisional ballot status information, find county contact information, and determine “Who’s on My Ballot?” for an upcoming election.

For more information, please see the Indiana Secretary of State, Election Division website. 

IPS Schools – Fall Break

10/8 – 10/19

Some schools will have intercession and some will not.  Make sure you remember that there will be no school for these two weeks!

Good Samaritan Law

Any neighbor may be permitted to take care of weeds, tall grass, graffiti, boarding houses, or other property improvements to the exterior of a vacant or abandoned property without being accused of trespassing.

Senate Act 582 stipulates that any person may, without entering the actual structure, secure a vacant or abandoned property, remove trash or debris, landscape, maintain, or mow the grounds.  A person may also notify the appropriate authority of the suspected vacant or abandoned status of the property.  A person who performs these actions is immune from any claims of criminal trespassing.  For the full text of the law, please see section 15.IC 34-30-26 of the Indiana Code.


The City of Indianapolis offers curbside recycling to all Indianapolis residents. The curbside program is offered on a subscription basis at $6 per month. In most cases, when households subscribe to this service, they receive a 96-gallon rolling cart for the placement and collection of recyclable materials by trucks with automated pick-ups.

Materials that can be placed in the carts include all colors of glass, No. 1 – No. 7 plastics (except Styrofoam), aluminum, tin, and steel beverage and food cans, newspapers, cardboard and magazines.

If you are interested in participating in this subscription curbside recycling program, please contact:

Republic Waste Services of Indiana
832 Langsdale Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 917-7300

Neighborhood Meetings

9/25 – NESCO Board Meeting      6:30 – 8pm              Legacy Center

10/1 – Cottage Home                       6 – 7:30pm             Re-Development Group Building

10/4 – Brookside                               6:30 – 8pm             Brookside Elementary/Centenary Church (see Facebook page for location)



Legacy Center October Calendar

Legacy Center October Class Schedule


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