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Dream Big!

Indiana Pacers 7’2″ Center Roy Hibbert decided to drop in
on a REAL third grade class in Indianapolis to re-visit the
dreams he had as a kid. The students had no idea that he was
coming, but they did their best to help him fit in.

No matter how old you are or where you come from, you
too can DREAM BIG.

Check out the video featuring our very own Paramount School of Excellence and the Commonwealth Gym at Englewood.

NESCO Congress

NESCO Congress is THIS weekend!

All Near East Side neighborhoods will be meeting and be given a voice in the direction of the near east side at the annual NESCO congress. Engage with local resources and empower yourself to bring about change in our community. This gathering will be held at Englewood Church will start with the best pitch in breakfast in town and will end with free lunch for all.

2014 Keynote Speaker: Bobby King. An The Indianapolis Star Reporter and new Near Eastside resident. You may have seen several of his stories on life on the Near Eastside!

Theme this year is: Moving NESCO Forward: the next 40 years. focusing on engaging young people, minority participation, social schedule for community bonding, small business development and inventory and other community building activities.

For more information, head over to the NESCO Congress Facebook Page.

Food Initiatives Survey

A big “Thank You!” to everyone who has filled out the Food Initiatives Survey that was sent out in the last couple of weeks.  We have had 141 responses so far, so I guess that means you’re interested!  Surveying is still taking place online, in person and by mail.  If you haven’t filled out the survey but would still like to, please head to Survey Monkey to do so.  Thank you!

Metlife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award

The 2014 Application is now available!

Application Deadline:  March 9, 2014

Offering Excellence Awards for Community-Police Partnership in the following categories:

  • Neighborhood Revitalization & Economic Vitality
  • Blight Reduction
  • Civic Engagement
  • Diversity Inclusion
  • Drug Market Disruption
  • Gang Prevention & Youth Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Senior Engagement
  • School-Based Programs

Winners will receive monetary awards from $15,000 – $30,000.

Indianapolis Public Library Strategic Plan

The Indianapolis Public Library is nearing the completion of its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.  CEO Jackie Nytes will hold a neighborhood meeting at the East Washington Branch on Tuesday, February 11th from 6-8pm to discuss the Library’s vision, goals and priorities to meet community needs. Community feedback is essential to finalize an effective and sustainable plan.

Please consider attending and adding your voice to the conversation.  If you have a community board, please post the attached invitation to help spread the word.

Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you on February 11th!

For more information:

IPS Schools Discussions

Join Indianapolis Public Schools and Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee for the district’s first Twitter chat, February 11, 2014, from 8:00pm-9:00pm EST. The chat continues the Superintendent’s efforts with his listening tour. To participate use the hashtag #YVOP, that stands for “Your Voice Our Plan.” Click here for more information.

Great Indy Clean Up

The Great Indy Cleanup Event for the east side is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th! KIB is able to provide lots of additional resources to neighborhoods wishing to clean up their community. Register your neighborhood for a dumpster or packer truck here:

Save-Earn-Learn at John H. Boner Community Center

Christmas Tree Drop Off Extended


INDIANAPOLIS – The City’s Christmas tree recycling program has been extended as a courtesy to residents through Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The City’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Indy Parks and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, offers eight drop-off locations in Marion County for recycling live Christmas trees. Trees must be cleared of all ornaments, lights and bags.

The following Indy Parks will serve as drop-off locations:

Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave., Near Bark park lot

Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St., Main parking lot

Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive, MacAllister Center

Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road, North parking lot

Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St., Near recycling bins

Perry Park, 4512 Stop 11 Road, Front parking lot

Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive, Tennis parking lot

Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St., Soccer Field parking lot

Neighborhood Association Meetings

Neighborhood Association Meetings and other great events can be found on the calendar on the NESCO Website.

If you have information you’d like in this newsletter, please email it to Megan Fetter at or call 317-808-2336

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