Neighborhood News 2/12/2013

Happy Valentines Week!


NESCO Congress

Hello Neighbors!

Just a friendly reminder that NESCO Congress is this Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center 727 N. Oriental St. Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Any questions, please contact me at 808-2336 or  Thank you and I will see you there!

Near Eastside Community Builder


NESCO Congress Agenda

8:30am – Pitch In Breakfast (Bring your favorites to share!)

8:55am – Welcome & Introductions
Kelly Wensing, 2013-15 NESCO President

9:00am – Speakers

  • IMPD – Commander Waters
  • Education – Glenda Ritz
  • Charter Schools – Jason Kloth
  • FACE Clinic
  • Government Updates
  • Quality of Life Plan – Megan Fetter
  • Walkability/Complete Streets – Irene Wegner

10:40 – Informational Booth/Break Time

11am – Lunch & Discussion Tables
(Lunch provided generously by Mike Bowling)

We will be having discussion groups on:

Public Safety

12:40 – Reporting & Taking Action!

1:00pm  Adjourn, Clean Up, & Volunteer!


State Farm Neighborhood Assist

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? Maybe it’s a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community.  Now, YOU have the power to fix it.  State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help identify and address key issues faced by consumers throughout the United States and parts of Canada.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook.  The application is short and simple, and I encourage you to check out the Facebook application @  You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change to your community cause!

The submission phase is open from February 13– March 6 and each Facebook user who downloads the free application can submit up to three causes.  Anyone living in Canada or the United States with a Facebook account is eligible to submit a cause.  It’s better to submit early – a maximum of 3,000 submissions will be accepted.  However, please note that you cannot submit an application prior to February 13, 2013.  All you have to do is submit the cause; you don’t have to “run the program.” The cause must fit into the categories of safety, community development or education.

After the submission stage ends, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a group of college and high school students from across the country, will read and narrow down all the submissions to the top 200 finalists. What the YAB is looking for:

1. How much does your cause focus on an unmet need in your community?

2. How would you use the $25,000 to address the unmet need?

3. How much of a lasting impact on your community would the proposal have?

4. How will your project define and measure your success?

Once the top 200 causes are identified, they will appear on the Facebook application to be voted on by you and your community.  The voting stage will last from April 4 – 22 and each Facebook user gets 10 votes every day. Winners will be announced on April 29.

Please share this amazing opportunity with your colleagues, friends and family and help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.  Together, you and State Farm can help create safer, better educated and more engaged communities!

NESCO Land Use

The NESCO Land Use Committee meets this Thursday, February 14th, at Englewood Christian Church, 57 North Rural.

Here’s the agenda:

6:45 PM
Address: 2300 block of East New York Street (south side of New York St., intersecting with Beville and Keystone)
Neighborhood: TEAR
Petitioner: Whitewater Valley Presbytery, Inc.
Request: Rezoning of 1.05 acres to the C-S (Commercial-Special) zoning classification, and several variances of development standards, to provide for construction of a new building to house Westminster Neighborhood Ministries’ adult services program, including offices, a neighborhood center, food pantry, feeding program, GED and educational services, legal assistance, job training and medical assistance.

Neighborhood Meetings

2/14             Arsenal Heights              6 – 7:30pm                Damien Center

2/19             Spades Park                     6 – 7:30pm                Spades Park Library

2/20            Windsor Park                   6 – 7:30pm                Spades Park Library

2/21              Grace Tuxedo                  6:30 – 8pm


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