Neighborhood Notes – 10/2/12

Transformational Projects for Your Neighborhood!

A request for proposals

Public Allies Indianapolis, a signature AmeriCorps program administered by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, is looking for neighborhood based projects in Indianapolis neighborhoods that its members (called Public Allies) can help create, implement, and evaluate over an eight month period. The types of projects of interest are those that seek to strengthen a neighborhood by accessing the assets in the neighborhood and build on those assets to increase the neighborhood’s quality of life in some way. In exchange these projects would allow Public Allies to practice the skills that they bring, or that they have newly acquired while in the Public Ally program. Also, the projects provide an opportunity for the Public Allies to experience working with people different from them in a team environment to fulfill a common goal.

If you would like more information or to submit a proposal by October 15, 2012, please see the announcement located here.

2012 Transformational Projects   

Better Buildings Sweeps Fall Fiesta Contest!

Grand Prize

A fiesta with food catered by a Near Eastside Mexican restaurant (valued up to $400)

About the Contest
We give FREE upgrades to Near Eastside homes to make them more energy efficient and to lower residents’ utility bills.  We’re currently accepting applications, and we need your help!  By taking part in our contest, you can help your neighbors receive important upgrades to their homes, and you can also win a party for your group/organization!

How to Win
The Grand Prize winner must gather a minimum of 40 completed applications.  The contestant with the most applications above 40 by 5pm on November 30th will win the contest.

Contest Dates
Mandatory information sessions for contestants will be held October 8th through October 12th (see schedule below). Applications will be distributed to contestants at the info session.  Contestants may begin soliciting applications on October 15th and must return all applications by November 30th.  Winners will be announced December 7th.

How to Sign Up
Contact Rachel Mattingly at 317-808-2385 or to RSVP for one of the below information sessions. All info sessions will take place at the Better Buildings office at the John H. Boner Community Center at 2236 E. 10thStreet.  If you cannot attend one of the sessions, please contact us to let us know.

  • Monday Oct. 8, 11am-12pm
  • Tuesday Oct. 9, 2-3pm
  • Wednesday Oct. 10, 6-7pm
  • Thursday Oct. 11, 6-7pm
  • Friday Oct. 12, 10-11am

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a nonprofit or community group (church, school, neighborhood association, etc.) on the Near Eastside
  • Must notify Better Buildings Sweeps representatives of intention to compete by October 12, 2012
  • Must attend an info session with a Sweeps representative

For More Information Contact
Rachel Mattingly, Program Manager


Come and join Tim & Julie as they open Another Fine Mess this Saturday, October 6, 2012!

IMPD East District Taskforce Meeting

10/10/12        2:00pm   Time Change to 6:30PM

11/14/12         6:30pm

Please feel free to direct your inquires about or suggestions for future topic discussions to: Officer Tammie Peters, Community Relations Officer at 327-6267 or

East District Headquarters
201 North Shadeland Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
Phone: (317) 327-6200

Great Indy Cleanup

October 6,   9am – noon

Multiple locations throughout the Near Eastside.

See your neighborhood association for details.

East 10th Street Great October Cleanup
Saturday, October 6, 2012
9 am – 12 pm

 Volunteer Check-in:  Northwest corner of 10th Street & Rural
Limited parking available on the northwest corner lot
Limited overflow parking behind Partners in Health (2811 E. 10th Street)
Bike Corral also available behind Moon Block Building (southeast corner)
Projects include:

1.) Litter pickup
2.) Beautification efforts and plantings at 10th & Rural
3.) Planting a curb bumpout
4.) Painting the Civic Association’s storage garage
5.) Weeding and general beautification at Moon Block Park

Come out to help beautify this key redevelopment node on the East 10th Street corridor. Supplies and snacks will be provided. Help spread the word to your friends and neighbors and give just a few hours of your weekend to improving this valuable neighborhood gateway.  We’ll work rain or shine and we hope you’ll join us!

If you plan to participate, please RSVP to Sarah Evans at or by calling 317.633.8162, ext. 2.  RSVPs are not necessary – just appreciated.

Eastside Creation Care Event

FRI., OCT. 5 – SUN., OCT 7

 Host Church:  Cumberland First Baptist Church
116 S. Muessing St., Indianapolis, 46229

  • Film showing of Carbon Nation—a smart, optimistic, solutions-based documentary revealing that a low-carbon economy can be both good for the environment and for business and national/energy security (Fri., Oct. 5, 7 PM)
  • Creation Care Leadership event conducted by Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, whose workshops provide practical tools to conserve energy, save money, and care for the planet, as well as equip congregations to organize to “go green” (Sat., Oct. 6, 9 AM -12 PM, a free luncheon to follow)
  • Community Forum with Dr. Carol Johnston of Christian Theological Seminary, a thought leader on faith and environmental stewardship (Sun., Oct. 7, 11 AM)

 Registration for the Saturday workshop and meal is requested.

Register online at,

through Facebook at,

or by calling 317-894-2645.

Cottage Home Neighborhood Block Party

Saturday, October 13, 5 – 11pm

Cottage Home Park – 723 Dorman Street

John H. Boner Community Center Harvest Celebration

Saturday, November 10, 6:30 – 10pm

Marian, Inc.

For more information, see the John H. Boner Community Center website.

Brookside Elementary School #54

Community Council Meeting

Friday, October 12,  10 – 11:15am

For more information, please contact Shelia Richardson, Community School Coordinator, at


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. 

Neighborhood Meetings

10/4 – Brookside         6:30 – 8pm


4 thoughts on “Neighborhood Notes – 10/2/12

    1. It is still going on. I gave it a break for a week since we had SO much other info. Here’s the details. Thanks Josh!

      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

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