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Neighbors and Friends!

October is fast approaching and with that comes fall cleanups, harvest festivals, and lots of other great events.  Make sure to check in with your neighborhood association to see what is happening in your section of the Near Eastside.  If you aren’t sure what neighborhood you’re in, head on over to to find out.


Megan Fetter, Near Eastside Community Builder

Homesteading in the City II

Neighborhood Summit Taskforces

Taskforces were created at the last Near Eastside Neighborhood Summit on Energy, Education, Diversity, and Re-Entry.  The NoBO Energy Taskforce has already met once.

Diversity Taskforce meets 9/26 at 7pm

Re-Entry Taskforce meets 10/10 at 5:30pm

Education Taskforce TBD

If you’re interested in volunteering to help with any of these groups, please email or call Megan Fetter or 808-2336.

Fall Leaf Collection

Indianapolis Leaf Collection

City leaf collection program begins November 4, 2013 and runs through November 30, 2013.

Fall Leaf Season Guidelines

  • Each household is permitted 40 bags of leaves for weekly disposal.
  • Place leaves in large plastic trash bags or specially-built large paper lawn-waste bags.
  • Place the leaf bags out by 7:00 a.m. on your regular trash day.
  • Separate your leaf pick-up from your regular trash. For example, put leaves on opposite side of driveway or use different colored bags and/or tie wraps.
  • Keep all leaf bags at least three feet away from cart collection areas to ensure DPW trucks can service the cart.
  • Make sure sewer inlets and drainage pipes are clear of leaves to avoid drainage problems.
  • Open burning of leaves is illegal in Indianapolis/Marion County.

Making your own home compost from organic waste is another way to dispose of your fall leaves. Learn how you can set up home composting.

Rivoli Park (formerly RMS10) Neighborhood Events

NESCO Net Zero Energy Task Force

The NESCO Net Zero Energy Task Force is hosting a charrette on Tuesday, October 15 from 5:30 – 8 pm at the Brookside Community Center, 3500 Brookside Parkway, South Drive to explore the possibility of creating a Net Zero Low Income Community in the North Brookside Park neighborhood on the near east side.

NoBO (North Brookside Park Neighborhood Organization ) is bounded by Rural on the west, Sherman on the east, Brookside Parkway South Drive on the south, and I-70 on the north).   Part of the plan includes remediating  Ruby Park, a brownfield at Olney and 21st and building a solar farm on it.  (A brownfield is an industrial site that poses an environmental hazard.  In order to use the site, it would first have to be improved to the point it would not pose a risk for its intended use).

Through solar and other alternative energy and conservation design net zero  homes produce more energy than they use, eliminating the need to pay energy bills.  This has already been done successfully in Indiana.  The first net zero library went into operation in Chrisney, Indiana in 2009.  Using a combination of solar and geothermal , it has yet to pay an energy bill.

The goal is to retrofit a concentrated number of existing homes and build new homes that  connect to the solar farm and are designed to be net zero.  This low income net zero community would be the first of its kind in the state, and a groundbreaking opportunity for the near east side.

Ball State students will conduct the charrette, which  is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision to help evaluate  challenges and  solutions to a project.  The students will present their findings to the community on Tuesday, October 15th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

People who live and work on the near east side are encouraged to participate.  Audience members will be given an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

In addition, IU Bloomington architecture students are researching this project as a semester long assignment to determine what is feasible in net zero design at the Ruby Park location.  They will be at the charrette and consider community input in their research.  Their conclusions will be presented on December 10 at another public meeting (time and location to be announced).

The Net Zero task force will form a recommendation for an action plan at the next NESCO summit on 12/12, based on these studies.  So this is an opportunity to play a part in the direction of the neighborhood.  For more info, call Laurie, 637 6242.

Neighbor Power

Registration Now Open for Neighbor Power!


Meet Your Neighbors from Across Indianapolis on Oct. 12th

Neighbor Power! to Feature Community Building Workshops, Discussions

Join more than 300 people at Neighbor Power! A Gathering to Inspire Greater Indy Neighborhoods on Saturday, October 12 to talk about ways you can team up to make our city an even better place to live, work, and play. The conference is for anybody interested in making Indianapolis a more vibrant and successful city.

The free gathering will take place on Oct. 12 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Marian University, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN, and will include eleven customized workshops with topics around sustainability.

The event’s keynote speaker is 2004′s “Survivor: All-Stars”fan favorite, Rupert Boneham. He donated a portion of his winnings to his Indianapolis-based charity, Rupert’s Kids, which provides mentoring and job-training to at-risk youths. Following Rupert’s speech, Neighbor Power! will host an awards program to recognize people already accomplishing amazing things in our city-and you’re invited to join us.

We’d like to thank the following conference sponsors:

Conference Presenter:   Citizens Energy Group

Conference Hosts:        Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

                                        Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Award Sponsor:           Marion County Public Health Department

To register or for more information visit, email, or call Nita at 317-920-0330, x103.

For more information about Neighbor Power:

Indy Do Day

Indy Do Day is a people-powered community day of service when the residents of Indianapolis take ownership of their neighborhoods and take care of their neighbors.  Indy Do Day is October 10-12, 2013. Learn more

You can participate in 3 easy steps:

Find a Service Project

Teams can either identify service projects on their own by using the eyes and ears of their employees or by adopting a project a community organization has already identified.  Individuals can also participate by pledging to perform an act of service on their own.

Do the Project

Tell us about your service plans by registering your team.  And then get doing on Indy Do Day!

Tell us What You Did

After you complete your service project, we’ll be in touch so we can measure the collective impact of everyone participating in Indy Do Day.  We also encourage you to share your photos, videos, stories with everyone!

2nd Annual Fire Safety Event

Children’s Bureau Inc., Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety and Department of Child Services is holding their 2nd annual Fire Safety Event, October 17th.

Fire Safety Day

Make a Difference Day – October 26th

Links are included below.

Make a Difference dayMake a Difference Day Website


Make a Difference Day Facebook

Neighborhood Meetings

9/25 –

TEAR United     6:30pm     Family Bible Church

10/3 –

Brookside       6:30pm     Centenary Christian Church

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