Neighborhood Notes – 9/10/14

Near Eastside Neighbors & Friends – 

Thanks for reading!  Here are a few of the things happening in and around our neighborhood for this week.  If you’d like your event or activity posted here, make sure to send details to me at or give me a call at 808-2336.  

You’ll notice that the format below is a little different due to some site changes.  If you want to see one of the pictures larger, just click on it and it will pop up in a larger format.  

Obviously, this isn’t all of the great things/news about what’s happening in our neighborhood.  Make sure to check out the NESCO website for more info and a neighborhood calendar (which you can post to as well!).  You can also check out the NESCO Facebook page at



Megan Fetter


9/11 Memorial Mass

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9/11 Events

9/11 Events Open to the Public 

8:30 AM – Unveiling and Dedication of new piece to 911 Memorial next to IFD Station 13 ….429 W Ohio Street.  The widow of General Timothy Maude will be the guest speaker.  General Maude was the highest ranking military member to perish on 9-11.   His widow is the sister of two Local 416 members.    Challenge coins, lapel pins, and shirts available for purchase with all the proceeds going to the continued upkeep of the memorial.

12:00 PM   Memorial Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church  317 N New Jersey St.  Indianapolis, IN 46204

4:00 PM     Firefighters Local 416     “Firefighters 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony”   748 Mass Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46204

Mass Ave Restaurants – Give Back program  (All Day)

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2014 Your Life Matters Decision House


I am writing to request your participation for an event hosted by the Indy Public Safety Foundation and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Your Life Matters Decision House 2014 is the brainchild of Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.  Originally implemented in 2010 in Corpus Christie, TX by then Town Manager Riggs, the idea is to visually educate young teens about the importance of good decision making.  The event mission is to offer attendees an interactive/inside glimpse of bad decision making and the potential lifelong consequences that follow.  The event will have several interactive components, one of which is a live action drama.


Another component of Your Life Matters Decision House is the opportunity to offer students an expo type event where they are able to meet and talk with representatives from various social service agencies.  We would like to have 50 organizations with services or products helpful to teen’s mental/emotional needs for better decision making.  Would you be willing to be a part of our event with a table presentation, information and giveaways for the students?


For your assistance in sending a staff member to provide information at your booth/table we will gladly recognize you as a corporate sponsor and will add your name and logo to any printed materials.  We will also recognize you in our press release and any media interviews.  I am confident that you will find the message for the event one that you as an organization will get behind.


The event is hosted by the Indy Public Safety Foundation and Bankers Life Fieldhouse with support of the following Public Safety agencies: IFD, IMPD, ACC, IEMS, DHS, Marion County Prosecutor’s office, Juvenile Courts and Family Advocacy. 


Your Life Matters Decision House 2014 will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM – students will visit the Expo from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.  It will be at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis at 125 S. Pennsylvania St.  Parking will be free.  The target audience for this event is IPS and Private Schools, with a focus on freshmen and sophomores.  Set up time will be Sunday, September 21, 2014 (more details on this and parking will be provided in a confirmation email).


I have attached a FACT sheet with additional information about all the components of Your Life Matters Decision House 2014.  Your Life Matters Decision House 2013 was a huge success but we need your help to make this event a success once again this year! 


If you are interested in participating in Your Life Matters Decision House 2014, please send replies, requests and questions to:


Elia James

Communications and Strategic Initiatives Manager

Division of Homeland Security

Department of Public Safety

201 N. Shadeland Ave

Indianapolis, IN  46219

317-327-1478 (Office)

317-327-3900 (Main Office)

317-506-7770 (Mobile)

317-327-7508 (Fax)


Hope for the City Celebration

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Near Eastside Neighborhood Summit

Quarterly meeting to celebrate, acknoweldge, and make changes to our neighborhood Quality of Life Plan.  If you have items you’d like to celebrate, talk about or have put on the agenda, please call or send them to Megan Fetter 808-2336 or 

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Golden Sunrise Sertoma

Help support the East Tenth UMC Children & Youth Center by participating in this fun event!

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Labyrinth Tour


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Eskenazi Health Center Community Day

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Eskenazi Health invites you to attend Eskenazi Health Center Community Day on Sept. 13. This year’s event will be at Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor, 3840 N. Sherman Dr. The health fair will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is hosted by three Eskenazi Health Center locations, Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor, Eskenazi Health Center Grassy Creek and Eskenazi Health Center North Arlington.


Free health screenings will be offered during the event including asthma, cholesterol, glucose (diabetes), skin cancer, blood pressure, body mass index, STD, HIV, hearing and vision. Free immunizations for children and adults will also be offered. Shot records are required for children. In addition to the screenings, a variety of community groups will be on hand to distribute important information. This year’s event will also include exciting entertainment with a local DJ playing a variety of musical favorites.

Some of the booths that will be set up during Community Day will include information on a wide variety of topics, such as child safety, women’s health, asthma education, Medicaid, financial counseling, mental health, educational opportunities and physical fitness. In addition to the many booths and health screenings, a limited number of bicycles and helmets will be given out to health fair participants.

Please call 554.3430 for more information about Eskenazi Health Center Community Day.


Beyond Coal Events


You’re invited to our celebration and appreciation picnic! We’ll celebrate and share stories, and best

practices learned in our campaign, and discuss how we move forward to build on our success!

Saturday, September 13: Indy Beyond Coal Campaign & Power Indy Forward Celebration

& Appreciation Picnic with City-County Councillor At-Large Zach Adamson



September 13, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm



at Willard Park, 1901 East Washington Street, Indianapolis



Here to RSVP

Please feel free to forward the invitation to other campaign leaders and volunteers. 

*NOTE: Please RSVP so we can alert you to any event changes, and properly plan for the event. The event can be pitch-in style, and some food and drinks will be provided! Given the spirit of pitch-in style, please plan to pack you’re own favorite dishes if you have dietary or allergy considerations. Two grills are located at the shelter. 

Monday, September 22: Special City-County Council Resolution Announcement

The Indianapolis City-Council Council will announce a special resolution thanking the Power

Indy Forward Campaign and IPL.

When: Monday, September 22nd, meeting begins at 7pm

Where: Public Assembly Room, City-Council Building, 200 East Washington Street

Questions: Contact Jodi,

Criminal Justice Academy

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting the fourth annual Community Justice Academy every Monday in October. The Community

Justice Academy is part of an ongoing and comprehensive effort by the Prosecutor’s Office to educate and engage citizens about crime prevention strategies and the criminal justice system.

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LYN House Birthday Party



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Pride – Story Slam 

Come on out and share your story!

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 St. Matthew’s 105th Anniversary

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St. Matthew’s Sunday

September 21, 2014 

Keeping the Faith for 105 Years!

Service:  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Church facility tours – 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cookout:  12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Opening of Sealed Time Capsule – 1910:  2:00 p.m.

Join us for the celebration of our 105th anniversary!

Special service; guided church tours; dinner provided by the 

congregation; opening of time capsule sealed within building

in 1910…contents top secret!

2837 East New York Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201

Reverend Ralph Wm. Spears, Pastor


Neighborhood News – 4/30/2013

Greetings Neighbors!

Near Eastside Bike Summit  – Tonight!

bike summitGardens for Growth

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Congrats to Englewood and their Gardens for Growth program which won a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant for $25,000!

Thanks to all the neighbors and friends who voted on Facebook to help make it happen!

Here was their proposal:

Gardens for Growth
A Proposal by Englewood Community Dev. Corp

Create an Outdoor Classroom/Playspace for all neighborhood residents to learn, engage, grow and play


The Englewood Outdoor Playspace will allow children and youth the opportunity to learn, experiment and grow in a natural environment not typically found in a low-income urban setting. This natural playspace is designed with areas for growing vegetables, water play, outdoor musical instruments, building with rocks and logs, an art space for creating and getting really messy, a sand pit and a climbing tree. The Englewood Outdoor Garden will serve as a catalytic garden space for neighborhood residents of all ages to learn how to grow their own healthy food. This space allows for neighbors who have gardening knowledge and skill to mentor those neighbors who do not yet have that skill. In partnership with ECDC, neighborhood residents will be able to utilize the health-department approved kitchen to learn how to cook and prepare vegetables they have raised, as well as learn how to can and preserve. It is our hope that these learned skills will lead to a healthier diet and quality of life.

Love this project?  Want to get more involved?  Contact Englewood Community Development 317-639-1541 to find out!

NESCO Pub Crawl

Sold out!  Check back again in the fall for more fun!

Indy Rezone

Join the East 10th Street Civic Association, I-AD, Indy Rezone and other community partners to have your voice be heard.  This workshop will focus on a fun exercise to envision what areas of 10th Street could look like if developed further.  More information – join the Civic Association’s e-newsletter  or sign up for the Indy Rezone newsletter at

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This Friday, Viscereality exhibit by students from Herron School of Art will be at Clifford Corners, 3125 E. 10th Street from 5-9pm

125 Leader Nomination

Imagine you are tasked with creating the BEST NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE WORLD!

Now, visualize the answers to these questions…

  • Who is somebody you know you could depend on to help bring together and wisely coordinate the area’s resources to meet this challenge?
  • Who is somebody you consider to be an effective implementer?
  • Who would roll up their sleeves with you and see this work through with you to the end?
  • Who is somebody that has the integrity, concern for the common good, and guts to help get this done?
  • Who is somebody you would ask to help connect you to the right people to see through this task?
  • Who is somebody that knows people from every walk of life that could help bring diversity and acceptance?

If you or somebody you know fits the description of at least 3 of these questions then you know someone who needs to be nominated for the 125 Indianapolis Neighborhood Leaders award!

Citizen’s Energy in collaboration with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and Peace Learning Center are celebrating Citizen’s 125th anniversary as a charitable public trust by rewarding 125 up and coming leaders throughout the Greater Indianapolis area.

Those selected will have had little to no previous recognition for their community efforts. We will give these leaders their long overdue recognition through a special ceremony hosted by key local dignitaries. We will also celebrate these individuals by connecting them to development opportunities to further their leadership skills and by expanding their networks in the city.

Applications are due by May 5th at 12pm.

Awards ceremony to take place June 4th at Brookside Park from 6-9pm. Leaders will receive a plaque, t-shirt, and jacket.

Please direct any questions to Carla Sallee,

Band of Neighbors – Angie’s List

Legacy Center Building Community Tour

May 14, 4 – 5pm  Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center

Interested in getting a guided tour of the Legacy Center?  Have you been wanting to sign up for a membership but want to check the place out first?  Want to know how you can help support the mission of this great fitness & education facility?  Here’s your chance!

To register

Lane Restrictions on I-70


April 29, 2013   Overnight I-70 Lane Restrictions To Replace Pavement Sensors   INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors will restrict traffic lanes on Interstate 70 during overnight hours this week to replace pavement sensors in the roadway.

  • On Monday, April 29 at 10 p.m. the two right lanes of westbound I-70 will be restricted near Emerson Avenue (Exit 87) until approximately 5 a.m.
  • On Tuesday, April 30 at 10 p.m., the left lane of westbound I-70 will be restricted near Emerson Avenue until approximately 5 a.m.
  • On Wednesday, May 1 at 10 p.m., the right lane of eastbound I-70 will be restricted near Emerson Avenue until approximately 5 a.m.

Crews will replace sensors in each lane that are used to continuously collect data, such as vehicle size and traffic volumes.

Nathan Riggs
Media Relations Director
INDOT Greenfield District
317-771-0520 (mobile)
317-467-3479 (office)

Neighborhood Meetings

May 2 –

Brookside   Centenary Christian Church   6:30p

May 6 –

Cottage Home –  Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center  6pm

Willard Park  – Woodruff Place Baptist Church   6:30pm

May 9 –

Arsenal Heights Civic League – The Damien Center   6pm