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Pool schedule Indy Parks and other news

Warren Township Memorial Day!!
Hoosier Patriot Memorial Ceremony
You are invited!!!
Speakers for the event will include:
Governor Mike Pence,
Mayor of Indianapolis Gregory A. Ballard,
and Major General R. Martin Umbarger,
the Adjutant General of Indiana.

Monday, May 25, 2015
10:30 A.M.
Flanner and Buchanan – Washington Park East
10612 East Washington Street • Indianapolis 46229

Free American flags

East Rotary Event is partnering with the Washington Park East Cemetery this weekend and will be giving out American Flags to everyone who comes to the Cemetery to pay their respects to their loved ones. The cemetery is located at 10612 E. Washington Street near the corner of Washington Street and German Church Roads.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day) this weekend from 9am to 4pm.

Thanks to Warren Ministers!
We had 16 RSVPs but 25 people showed up! That’s Awesome!
See you at the next Warren Township Minister’s Roundtable
June 17, 2015 10:30am
Warren Central High School – More details to follow

Youth Summer Jobs in Warren Township
Youth summer jobs program for 2015 starts soon with the application and registration process being on May 28th from 6:30PM – 8:00PM,
Registration will take place at Fervent Prayer Church where Pastor James W. Jackson is the Lead Pastor located at 10512 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46235,
James W. Jackson

Swimming pools schedule

Indy Parks Opens Outdoor Spraygrounds and Aquatic Centers
Memorial Day Weekend kicks off Summer 2015 Pool Schedule
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Parks is ready for Summer starting this weekend offering plenty of options of outdoor pools, spraygrounds and even a swim area at Eagle Creek Park for keeping cool! Spraygrounds are popular free, outdoor interactive-water play areas with spray features and no standing water. Indy Parks Spraygrounds run on timers with activation sensors from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Find your sprayground fun at any one of these locations:

Andrew Ramsey Park, Arsenal Park, Bertha Ross Park, Broadway & 61st Park, Bowman Park, Carson Park, Centennial & Groff Park, Christian Park, Clayton & LaSalle Park, Grassy Creek Park, Haughville Park, Municipal Gardens, Riverwood Park, Stout Field Park, Washington Park, Wes Montgomery Park, Windsor Village Park and Willard Park.
The city will open the 2015 Summer season schedule with the outdoor pools listed below available for Memorial Weekend on Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, 2015.

See detailed 2015 Aquatics Schedule at http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPR/Pages/Aquatics.aspx

Indy Parks Outdoor Aquatic Centers Open Saturday – Memorial Day Weekend:
Broad Ripple Park 327-7333 1610 Broad Ripple Avenue
Brookside Park 327-7331 3510 Brookside Pkwy. S. Drive
Eagle Creek Park 327-7132 7800 Eagle Beach Drive
Ellenberger Park 327-7176 5301 E. St Clair Street
Garfield Park 327-7220 2345 Pagoda Drive
Northwestway Park 327-7341 5253 W. 62nd Street
Perry Park 889-0825 451 Stop 11 Road
Sahm Park 849-2227 6801 E. 91st Street

  • If the predicted air temp is less than 68 degrees, outdoor facilities may not open that day.
    Please contact your favorite Indy Parks Aquatic Center for hours of operation.

4th Annual Irvington Folk Festival
June 14-20, 2015

A celebration of music, art and community

Posted May 23, 2015 under Neighborhood and City Related | 0 comments

Trash collection schedule

No Trash Collection Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that in observance of Memorial Day there will be no regular trash or heavy trash pick-up Monday, May 25.

All trash collection services will operate one day behind on a slide schedule. Trash routes will be collected as follows:

• Monday trash collections will be collected Tuesday.

• Tuesday trash collections will be collected Wednesday.

• Wednesday trash collections will be collected Thursday.

• Thursday trash collections will be collected Friday

• Friday trash collections will be collected Saturday.

All trash collection services will return to normal Monday, June 1.

For more information or to report any trash related issues, please useRequestIndyonline or the mobile application on your smart phone, visitwww.indy.gov/dpwor call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC.


Posted May 23, 2015 under Neighborhood and City Related | 0 comments

2015 annual WP garage sale

We will have our annual 2015 garage sale on Saturday June 13. You can start as early as you like and finish as late as you want. Here is our opportunity for that Spring clean up. Let’s get all those extra unwanted items from the garage and house and turn them into good money.

Posted May 12, 2015 under Neighborhood and Calendar Event | 0 comments

Irvington festival and other news

Saturday, May 9 is the annual Discover Irvington festival (formerly Celebrate Irvington). This year’s festival adds the first annual Acoustic Blues Festival, along with “business bingo” where shoppers can win prizes for visiting the various restaurants, retailers and service locations. A large number of neighborhood non-profits will also have booths where you can meet the folks behind them and get information. Discover Irvington is a function of the Irvington Business Association.

Town Hall Meeting on Emerald Ash Borer

Wednesday, May 13

Farm Bureau Building
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th Street
For more information contact benjamin.easley@indy.gov

A letter to church leaders in Warren Township…
I am writing to invite you to the inaugural meeting of the Warren Township Minister’s Roundtable. The first meeting will be Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:30am at the Warren Library, 9701 E 21st St.

The Minister’s Roundtable will bring together a diverse group of church leaders in the Warren Township area to talk about local issues, to learn more about existing programs, and to identify ways that churches and the city can support each other and those in the community.

We are aware of some of the work that you and your churches are involved in the community, and we hope you will join us to share information, exchange resources and broaden the network of ministers who are working to help Warren Township and beyond. The purpose of these meetings is to help “connect the dots” by facilitating the collective work of churches and faith based organizations in Warren Township.

If you are looking to expand your reach in the community, you will definitely want to attend. Please contact me at 833-4933 or karen.lightbourne@indy.gov to RSVP by Monday, May 18.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Karen Lightbourne – Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison -Warren Township

Charles Ingram – Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison Warren Township

IFD Firefighter for a Day
Camp Registration is now Open!
“Let’s Get Firefighter Fit”

2015 FFAD Camp Registration Form

Children ages 6-12

June 23rd, 24th or 25th

9:00 to 2:30 each day

Lunch Provided

501 Post Rd
Indianapolis, IN

Don’t Delay – Register Today!

IMPD East District Meeting

Wednesday, May 13

IMPD Regional Operation Center

Old Eastgate Mall

201 N. Shadeland Avenue


Posted May 08, 2015 under Neighborhood and City Related | 0 comments

Spring cleaning

INDIANAPOLIS — Each spring, many Hoosiers roll up their sleeves and begin the task of “spring cleaning” along Indiana’s highways. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) annual Trash Bash is a statewide effort to focus resources on removing litter and debris from state roadsides.

If your organization is interested in caring for a portion of a Hoosier highway as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, contact the INDOT East Central District Office at 1-855­-463­-6848 for information. The Adopt-A-Highway program helps significantly reduce the roadside trash problem and improves the look of Indiana’s communities while helping to uncover the state’s natural heritage and save tax dollars.

Posted Apr 16, 2015 under Neighborhood and City Related | 0 comments

Wrong phone NO.

I gave you the wrong phone number to report a pot hole or to get a reimbursement for expenses from damage to your car, sorry.
The correct numbers for the MAC (Mayor Action Center) are:

327-4039 and

Sorry again,
Ed Arauco

Posted Mar 21, 2015 under Neighborhood and City Related | 0 comments

Potholes-how to report them

How is DPW addressing the pothole problem?
DPW has 10-15 crews patching potholes daily. Since January 1, DPW has completed more than 2,500 pothole service requests. For the second year in a row, DPW has worked to open hot mix asphalt plants more than a month earlier than normal to enable crews to use the more permanent hot mix patching material earlier in the season.

How does DPW know where all of the potholes are located?

DPW crews patch potholes based on complaints turned in to the Mayor’s Action Center. Drivers report potholes by calling the MAC, using RequestIndy.com or through the Indy Pothole Viewer. These complaints are turned over to DPW crews as service requests to be completed.

How quickly are pothole service requests completed?

The current turnaround time for completing a pothole service request is less than 4 days. DPW redesigned its pothole patching process in 2009 taking the average turnaround time from more than 20 days before the redesign to less than 5 days afterword.

How does DPW decide which potholes get filled first?

DPW crews prioritize pothole patching in the following order:

Major thoroughfares
Secondary streets
Residential streets

If you have had a repair due to a flat tire, you can call MAC (Mayor Action Center) to file a request to reimburse you at the number:

Posted Mar 19, 2015 under Neighborhood and City Related | 0 comments

Home sales in Indianapolis

A look at market data for the 12-month period between December 2013 and December 2014, courtesy of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors.

December 2013 December 2014 % Change New Listings 42,093 41,616 -1.1% Pending Sales 27,996 27,388 -2.2% Closed Sales 30,412 29,655 -2.5% Average Sales Price $167,913 $175,699 +4.6% % List Price to Sales Price 91.8%

Posted Feb 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Winter updates

IMPD expands recruiting plans for 2015; anticipated to
grow force by 115 recruits this year

Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs and IMPD Chief Rick Hite announced the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is planning to add 115 recruits to the force in 2015.

IMPD was originally scheduled to add 90 recruits this year. An effective analysis of the Department of Public Safety budget and the public safety income tax revenue, and discussions with the City-County Council finance office, created the flexibility to add 25 more recruits to the 2015 classes.
Coupled with the 80 recruits hired in 2014 and the 70 expected to be hired next year, IMPD will be at its highest staffing level ever by the end of 2016.
Although the impact of this year’s recruits won’t be fully realized until the completion of their academy and field training, their introduction into the force this year is another positive development for the department and the community.
The 115 recruits will be divided between two classes, which are tentatively scheduled to begin in May and October.

Indy Free Tax Prep Kicks Off at Broad Ripple Park

Mayor Ballard kicked off the 2015 free tax preparation season this month at Broad Ripple Park. This year, more than 200 certified volunteers will prepare current year tax returns for eligible taxpayers free of charge. Marion County residents who earned less than $60,000 in income in 2014 may qualify for the free tax preparation service.

Indy Free Tax Prep is made possible through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), an IRS program brought to Indianapolis taxpayers by the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition and Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness.
In 2014, volunteers prepared more than 6,500 tax returns at no cost, which saved $975,000 in tax preparation fees. Their work resulted in more than $7.9M in tax refunds for those taxpayers.
If Indianapolis residents want to prepare their own federal and state tax returns for free, they can access free tax preparation software atwww.MyFreeTaxes.com. In 2014, more than 700 Marion County residents prepared their own tax returns this way.
Free tax preparation will continue through April 15, 2015 at more than 25 sites throughout Marion County. For more information on locations and hours of operation, please visit www.indyfreetaxprep.com or call 2-1-1.


So far, this winter has been much milder than the 2013-2014 winter season, allowing the City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) to take a proactive approach to potholes on City streets.

Since January 1, DPW has activated 10-13 crews five days a week to fill pothole service requests reported to the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC). To date, DPW crews have completed 307 pothole service requests, which can represent one or a dozen potholes each.

“Our crews make filling potholes their top priority when not plowing snow during the winter,” said Andy Lutz, DPW Director. “Our goal is always to complete pothole service requests as quickly as we can. The sooner a pothole is reported to the MAC, the sooner it can be filled.”

Mild weather doesn’t just give DPW crews more time to tackle potholes; it also means fewer potholes in general. The MAC has received 912 fewer pothole complaints this year than during the same time last year.

While fewer potholes are popping up on Indy streets so far this winter season, the City is asking drivers to be sure to report those they do encounter.

Drivers should report potholes to the MAC using one of these tools:
Call the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327­-4622.
Use the RequestIndy mobile app.
Use the Indy Pothole Viewer.
Drivers should be aware that potholes are filled with cold mix asphalt during the winter season until hot asphalt plants reopen in late winter or early spring. Cold mix asphalt does not bond to a road surface as well as hot mix asphalt and may result in a pothole requiring patching several times during the winter season.

DPW crews will continue to apply the temporary, cold mix patch until hot mix asphalt becomes available and crews can return to apply a more permanent patch.

Be a good neighbor‐Shovel your sidewalks!

Businesses, homeowners, and those occupying any premise are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow and ice to allow for safe pedestrian travel. Violators can be fined up to $50.


Indy Parks’ City-Wide Basketball Jamboree kicked off this past Saturday, January 24th and featured former ABA & NBA player Darnell Hillman, who spoke with young players about making positive life choices. Hillman, aka “Dr. Dunk,” known for his creative air displays, is now Associate Director of Camps, Clinics and Alumni Relations for the Indiana Pacers.

Bethel, Christian, Douglass and Watkins Parks will host season games with teams from more than 10 Indy Parks locations and more than 200 players. The regular season begins January 27 and runs through March 26, culminating with playoffs and the naming of the ALL-STAR team roster. City Wide Basketball teams compete in age groups 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18.

Free registration is necessary prior to Tuesday, January 27 season openers. For sign-up information, contact Brookside Park Manager Jeff Smith at 327-7179.

Talk about your great school!
You know your child’s school best. Help other parents find their great school too –rate and review your school at:


While you’re there, be sure to check out these resources on www.greatschools.org/indianapolis:

Online school profiles – Search for, filter, and compare schools in your neighborhood.
School visit worksheets – Take a trip to schools you are interested in and look for these key things before enrolling.
Enrollment information – Find out how and when to apply to the school of your choice.
Have questions? Need additional information? Contact our Parent Engagement Coordinator at greatschools@indy.gov.

SAVE THE DATE for the next Mayor’s Night Out

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Washington Township

Questions and Answers with Mayor Ballard at
2nd Presbyterian Church
7700 N. Meridian St.

Posted Jan 26, 2015 under Neighborhood and City Related | 0 comments

No trash pick up Friday


INDIANAPOLIS – The City’s Department of Public Works is cancelling residential trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling collection on Friday, January 9 due to extreme cold. Residents with regular Friday trash collection will not have trash collected this week. Instead, residents on Friday routes will have a double collection on Friday, January 16 . This cancellation applies to all DPW trash routes and all trash routes serviced by contracted trash collectors.

This is a change from the slide schedule announced by the City yesterday.

Sub zero temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills caused the City to cancel trash and recycling collection on Wednesday, January 7, Thursday, January 8, and Friday, January 9. Residents who normally have trash collected on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday will not have collection this week.

Instead, residents affected by the cancellations will have double collection next week.

Curbside recycling customers will have a double collection on their next scheduled recycling collection day.

Residents who have trash collection on Monday or Tuesday will not be affected by the double collection.

Residents with questions about trash cancellations or next week’s double collection may call the Mayor’s Action Center at (317) 327­-4622.

Posted Jan 09, 2015 | 0 comments

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