Neighborhood Notes 11/3/14

Election Day – TUESDAY!

Local government accounts for nearly a tenth of gross domestic product, it collects nearly as much in taxes as the federal government, and its decisions have an enormous impact on Americans’ daily lives.  Since local campaigns are kind of low key, voters somehow get the impression these elections aren’t all that important — but nothing could be further from the truth. Positions on the school board, zoning commission and library board shape the quality of life and future direction of our towns — the places where we live our lives — in ways that are vastly more direct than the federal government.

Democracy can still work, but leaders elected by a handful of voters isn’t democracy at all. Your neighbors, your kids and your property values are all counting on you to guide your town to a future that’s supported by a true majority. Find the time, make the difference and vote.

If you are already registered to vote, here’s where you can find more information on where your polling place is located and who the candidates are:  https://indianavoters.in.gov/PublicSite/PublicMain.aspx

Arsenal Tech Swim Team – Team Marathon

Saturday, November 8th 9am

Arsenal Tech High School

The Tech Boys and Girls Swim Team will be collectively swimming a marathon to raise money for this years team. We want to step up our game this season with new team suits, caps, goggles and warm-ups and to be able to do this we are asking for your help. We will swim 1845 lengths of the pool to make up our 26.2 miles. We are asking you to sponsor the team or one of our swimmers with $1 per length. If you would like to sponsor us you can let a swimmer or a coach know. Feel free to sponsor us for as many lengths as you would like but if you are willing to sponsor 1 mile (70 lengths) we will provide you with a 2015 Team Shirt. Feel free to contactMackenzie Cain or Josh Bowling with questions. You are more than welcome to stop by on the 8th to cheer the team on.

Pack the Pantries

The City of Indy’s 7th Annual Pack the Pantries hunger relief initiative kicks off October 31, 2014 and will culminate on December 19, 2014 with the Caravan of Care. Pack the Pantries is a city-wide effort that raises awareness about issues of hunger in our community and encourages residents to help their neighbors during the holiday season when the need is greater. All donations benefit Midwest and Gleaners Food Banks who provide hunger relief to Indianapolis children and families.  For more information:

http://www.indy.gov/egov/mayor/programs/neighborhoods/frontporchalliance/pages/2014-pack-the-pantries.aspx

 

 

Fall Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 10th

City’s Fall Leaf Collection Begins November 10

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin collecting fall leaves in Marion County beginningMonday, November 10 through Friday, December 5. Residents may dispose of as many as 40 bags of leaves per household each week during the collection window on their regular trash day.

Each year, DPW collects about 2,000 tons of leaves through this free program.

Indianapolis residents are asked to follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Place leaves in plastic or specially built large paper yard waste bags.
  • Place leaf bags outside by 7 a.m. on your regular trash day.
  • In cart areas, keep all leaf bags at least 3 feet away from trash carts so trucks can access carts. Keep in mind, any trash outside carts will not be collected.

This fall, residents should also clear leaves and debris from storm drains to avoid drainage and flooding problems.

It is illegal for residents to burn leaves in Marion County. Smoke from burning leaves pollutes the air with harmful particles and is hazardous to young children and people with heart and lung disease.

To find your regular and heavy trash days, enter your address at this link.

For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 317­-327­-4622, visit www.indy.gov/dpw or use the RequestIndy application on your smartphone.

East Washington Library Calendar

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Community Health Fair

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street Holds Community Health Fair

Free health screenings and wellness tips part of Nov. 8 event

 Indianapolis, October 27, 2014 — Eskenazi Health will be hosting a community health fair on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its newest health center, Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, located at 5515 W. 38th St., on the corner of Moller Road and West 38th Street.

Health screenings and information provided during the event will include blood pressure, depression, asthma and HIV, as well as weight loss tips and CPR demonstrations. Participants will also have a chance to meet nurses and physicians who provide care at the health center, and visit a wide variety of information booths on topics such as diabetes education, fatherhood resources, Hispanic resources, Alzheimer’s disease, financial counseling, autism and family planning. Eskenazi Health Rehabilitation Services, which is located at the facility, will be on hand to showcase its outpatient areas and services. Fair participants will also have a chance to dispose of unwanted prescription medications at the event.

“The Eskenazi Health West 38th Street Health Fair offers a great opportunity for families in Indianapolis to take advantage of the various health resources and screening tools all at one location,” said Dr. Kenneth Klotz, chief physician executive at Eskenazi Health West 38th Street. “We want to be a welcoming place for the community for not only urgent medical needs but also their primary care.”

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street was designed to represent a community center that also offers health care. The facility brings comprehensive health care to the International Marketplace Coalition, formerly the Lafayette Square Area Coalition, in a way that is environmentally friendly, culturally focused and available for all.

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, which is located in the International Marketplace Coalition, West 38th Street Health Fair

Eskenazi Health provides primary care for all ages, prenatal care, health and wellness programs, physical therapy, urgent care, radiology, pharmacy services and other diagnostic testing services.

This year, Eskenazi Health has teamed up with the community to host health fairs throughout Indianapolis. The events offer comprehensive health screenings and information on a variety of topics. For more information about the Eskenazi Health West 38th Street Health Fair, please call 317.880.3838

Open Burning Caution

Indianapolis Fire Department urges residents to use caution when open burning
Chilly weather and falling leaves offer opportunity to re-educate and remind

 

The Indianapolis Fire Department would like to remind residents to use caution and follow set guidelines with regard to leaves and open burning.  Burning leaves in Marion County is illegal and fines of up to $2,500 may be imposed to those in violation.  The IFD encourages you to visit the Department of Code Enforcement website at http://indy.gov/eGov/City/DCE/envsvcs/Pages/Open-Burning.aspx  or call 327-2236.   The website has excellent resources available with information about leaf collection, open burning and other options such as composting.  Legal open burning includes cooking fires such as barbecue grills, campfires, patio fire pits, chimenea’s and dried twigs, limbs or branches collected from your property within an appropriate container.  The use of a non-combustible metal container with a ventilated mesh covering is mandatory and the fire must be attended at all times.  Never let a child or pet play near an open burn.  We ask that if you do burn twigs and sticks, please be considerate of your neighbor and let them know in advance. The smoke and by-products produced by open burning may be an irritant to those who live near you and can create or worsen a pre-existing medical condition.  Any fire considered a nuisance and reported to the IFD or IMPD can and will be extinguished…even if it is legal.

Small Business Saturday

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. November 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

More than 200 organizations have already joined American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.

Support our local Near Eastside businesses on Nov. 29th!

For more info: http://www.smallbusinesssaturday.com/

Steer In Benefit for DayStar Childcare

Join neighbors and friends at the Steer In on Thursday November 13th to raise funds for one of our local day care centers – DayStar Childcare.  Make sure to mention DayStar Childcare before checkout all day at Steer In on November 13, and 15% of proceeds will go towards helping the DayStar Parents Group recognize our amazing teachers with special surprises throughout the year.

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Near Eastside Story Slam

Indy Near East Rivoli Park Neighborhood Art

We are striving to bring beauty to the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.

If you join us by painting or donating, we will add your name to the wall.  Please consider donating 22 dollars to sponsor one 22 inch geometric section of the design. The sides of the larger sections of the design are 53 inches.  Would you support a larger portion of the design with a donation at the $53 level?  Each section of the mural represents the people of the neighborhood interconnecting.

The wall that we are decorating is 120 feet long and 12 foot high.  This intersection at E 10th Street and N Sherman Drive is passed by a steady stream of people in cars, on bikes and on foot.  We have removed the graffiti and chipped paint and started work on the endcap on the East end of the wall through the donations of just a few people. We want to bring joy and peace and beauty to the people who both live here and travel through here with the design created by Near Eastside artist, Andrew Severns. You can connect with him on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/andrewsevernsart.  

We are a up and coming neighborhood with so many wonderful people and so much potential. We want to bring art to the residents and the residents to art as we engage them in our projects as volunteers.  The design is made in such a way as to encourage community participation in painting it.  Please contact Lisa Boyles at (317) 372-6983 or basilheart@gmail.com if you would like to help us paint or you have paint donations.

We have chosen colors to accommodate the mural on the other side of the street.  We hope to raise more than the amount listed to be able to also decorate the columns of this underpass with the colorful geometric design as well and decorate other areas in the neighborhood too.  Spread the word!

Please support this project at whatever level you are able.  Suggested donations:  $22 for a small section…$53 for a larger section…$120 to go above and beyond to support the painting of a column. We will be having a celebration party on Saturday November 22nd from 3-5 pm with all the donors and volunteers invited.  Your check donation can also be mailed in to NEAR at 2236 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201 with Rivoli Park Mural Project in the memo line.  Your donation will be tax deductible.

It is our sincere hope that this art will bring a smile to those that pass by and see the joy that went into this project.

More info and how to donate:  http://www.rockethub.com/projects/47006

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Neighborhood Notes – 10/2/12

Transformational Projects for Your Neighborhood!

A request for proposals
2012-13

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 rmattingly@jhbcc.org 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
317-808-2385
rmattingly@jhbcc.org

Events

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 Tammie.Peters@indy.gov

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 sevans@civicassoc.org 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 www.cumberlandfbc.org,

through Facebook at facebook.com/CumberlandFirstBaptistChurch,

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 srichardson@jhbcc.org.

Notices

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 http://www.indianavoters.com/.  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, http://www.indianavoters.com/ 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

Neighborhood News – 9/18/12

Happy 100th Birthday Arsenal Tech!

Great Celebration for the Centennial of Arsenal Tech this past weekend!

Volunteers Needed!

Arsenal 5K

About 15 route volunteers are needed for the Arsenal 5K – September 22, 2012.  Arsenal Tech Campus 1500 E. Michigan Street

Job requirements include:

Check In 8:15 in the Arsenal parking lot. off of Oriental. Collect volunteer t-shirt.
Move to designated spot
Point participants in the right direction, make sure no one goes into the street
Cheer people on
Finished after the last person passes you. Probably around 10:00, and that would be Margaret Arena with a coaster wagon.

If you would like to volunteer, please call Tessie Lloyd-Jones for more information.  636-4194

Quarterly Neighborhood Summit Planning

Tuesday, September 18, 6 – 7pm.

John H. Boner Community Center – Partnership Meeting Room

Everyone is invited to attend a planning meeting for the next quarterly neighborhood summit.  We will be making decisions on when and where the next neighborhood summit is taking place.  The format for the summits will also be discussed.

Events

Rivoli Grape Traipse    

3:00 – 6:30pm     9/29/12

A 3 stop wine tour around Indianapolis for the benefit of the Rivoli Theatre. We will meet at the John H. Boner Community Center on E. 10th St and be whisked away to visit Chateau Thomas Winery, New Day Meadery, and Easley Winery, where we will conduct tastings and a tour. There will be food, fun, and prizes. Transportation provided.  Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at:

Tickets: www.rivoligrapetraipse.eventbrite.com
or call Adam: 317.445.9139

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

CPR Training & Certification

From Josette Jackson, Community School Coordinator:

School #14 has a relationship with Riley Hospital. One of the amazing benefits of working with Riley Hospital is one of their staff is willing to come to School #14 and do first aid/CPR training and certification testing.  Normally this training and certification would cost upward of $40 but it is being offered for just $10 at School #14.  Currently, we have 10 slots open for people to take the class on Thursday, September 27th from 5pm-9pm.  It is a long class so I am working on getting snacks and refreshments for during the class.  If you are interested in signing up for the class please e-mail me to reserve your slot.  If there is more interest I will schedule another class later in the school year.

Josette Jackson
Community School Coordinator
John H. Boner Community Center
Coordinating efforts at
Washington Irving IPS #14

1250 E. Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

(317) 226-4214
JJackson@jhbcc.org


Landlord Training Program

This eight hour course provides instruction on applicant screening, rental agreements, warning signs of drug and gang activity, and crisis resolution.  Classes are free and are offered two more times this year.  All classes take places from 8am – 5pm at the following locations:

September 19

LaQuinta Inn

I-465 & S. Emerson (5120 Victory Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46203)

September 22

Warren Township Trustee Office

501 N. Post Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46219

Notices

IMCPL Budget

The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library is going to hold a meeting to present the 2013 budget for the library.

This meeting will take place on September 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM at the City-County Building (200 E. Washington)

Neighbors from several places in Indianapolis are planning to attend to show their support for the public library.

For more information, including the 2013 budget details, please see the library’s website.

Library Budget Sustains Services and Allows Future Planning

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 http://www.indianavoters.com/.  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, http://www.indianavoters.com/ 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. 

Garden on the Go

Each Friday from 11:00am – 11:40am IU Health brings Garden on the Go to the John H. Boner Community Center.

Come over and check out the fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables that they offer year round!

Please click here for a full schedule of times and locations for Garden on the Go.

Neighborhood Meetings

9/18 – Little Flower  7 – 8pm     Little Flower School

9/19 – Windsor Park  6 – 7:30pm     Spades Park Library Branch

9/20 – Emerson Heights  6:30 – 8pm     Wallace Street Evangelical Church

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

Neighborhood Sports

Arsenal Tech – Titans Fall Athletic Schedule

Scecina – Crusader Athletic Schedules