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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:

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:



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 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  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:

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  

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 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:

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