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creating community Local volunteers played integral roles in the ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ effort

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Many communities in Indianapolis have a unifying community center that offers various programs. The Martindale-Brightwood community, however, was not one of those areas. Working with IPS, Estridge and others were able to negotiate the use of the closed School 37 as the area’s new community center. “When we heard there was not a community center in the Martindale-Brightwood area, and we heard the school was for sale because it wasn’t being utilized anymore, we approached the school about how to transfer the ownership,” Estridge said. “The building is still in great shape,” Stumpf said. “In fact, they still have everything live: They’ve got their Internet, cable, all those things [IPS] kept live because obviously they wanted to keep the building in good repair.”

Estridge at the volunteer pep rally March 20

Making a connection It’s easy to take Internet accessibility for granted. Because of its broad reach, most people don’t even realize that many areas – for various reasons – do not have access to the Internet. The MartindaleBrightwood neighborhood is one of those areas. “In looking at moving communities forward, access to technology is huge,” Stumpf said. Laura Musall, one of the public relations volunteers for the project, said, “(Estridge affiliate) First Mile Technologies worked with IPS … and put together this partnership with Motorola, ERS Data Solutions and Dell; they have installed a wireless network. More than 450 (homes) will have free Internet access.”

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By now, almost everyone knows “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” reworked a home for the McFarland family of Indianapolis late last month. What many might have missed in the bright lights of Hollywood, however, is that the completion of the home was just the beginning of a bigger project for many of the companies involved. Paul Estridge, president of Estridge Companies – the contractor on the “Extreme Makeover” project – wanted to be certain the new home would not be the only upgraded building in an otherwise depressed community. “There were two primary conditions,” he said. “One was that we wanted to design and build a home in the character and scale of the homes in the neighborhood. The second was we wanted to go beyond the family and the four walls … and use the energy from the show to recruit volunteers to make some really big neighborhood impacts. And I think we were very successful in that.” Bryan Stumpf, director of community development for Estridge, made that second condition a reality. “(The McFarlands) don’t live in a vacuum; they’re part of a community,” he said. The bigger question, in his mind, he said, was, “So what do we do that can begin to benefit the entire community?”

The Williams Comfort Air team Carmel-based Williams Comfort Air was also involved in the community revitalization. Many homes in the neighborhood had non-working air conditioning units, and the company offered free service to all homes in need. “In this case, it’s not just the house; it’s the entire neighborhood,” said company president Joe Huck. In most cities, the show rolls in, puts up a new house, and leaves. Not in Indianapolis. “We don’t work like that,” Huck said.

more carmel involvement Other local companies that contributed to the project: Westlake Design • Alphagraphics • Party Tree Carmel Kitchen Specialists • Artichoke Designs Holy Cow, Cupcakes! • Mirror Concepts

An extreme makeover of the school, though not yet scheduled, is the next step in Estridge’s involvement in the community revitalization project.

CUrb Appeal While the EMHE build was underway, the army of volunteers sought out additional neighborhood projects. One of the biggest tasks was an enormous trash collection effort. “We picked up at least eight dumpsters full of trash, plus three trash trucks full,” Stumpf said. Their accomplishments included the replacement of several roofs and a dilapidated handicap access ramp. They also contributed exterior painting and landscaping and demolished a long-vacant house. More than 20 homes and one church in the neighborhood have been improved at no charge to their owners. “We were able to reinstill hope in the community, because we got it back to a level where they say, ‘You know what? We can manage this,’” Stumpf said.

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OUR TAKES It is our opinion that newly elected bring reform to our state’s schools (embarSuperintendant of Public Instruction Tony rassingly situated in the national rankings). Bennett moved deftly but too aggressively For too long, our kids have been falling in deciding half-days would no behind, and woefully little has longer count toward the required been done to shift this trajec180 instructional days in Indiana tory. And many businesses and schools. The rule change, effecparents have expressed frustrative in the 2009-10 school year, tion over the numerous halfdoes not give schools sufficient days on the calendar. time to plan adjustments to But educators deserve sufin-service, parent-teacher and ficient notice to adjust to the other important development new system. Moreover, Carmel Bennett days. That said, now that schools has been blessed with a school are aware of the modification regarding system not only considerable in size, but “waiver days,” they must work to ensure also in reputation. Greyhound leadership Bennett’s move has minimal impact on is to be commended and is urged to work with Bennett as the necessary – if somestudents. times painful – changes are implemented. We applaud Bennett on his work to

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It is our position that the property tax cap is wrong for the state of Indiana. While the intentions of our politicians leading the charge may be good (even as some are no-doubt looking to disproportionally burden some while lowering the load for others), such caps create a system whereby municipalities have less incentive to act responsibly. For example, lower local crime rates serve to increase property values. And increased value allows tax rates to remain low, while still delivering needed revenue. California, Wisconsin, Florida and Oregon have already instituted and are

regretting their own forms of property tax caps. The promise of lower taxes and more equal funding among schools has lead to increases in less stable income and sales taxes. Schools report being worse off than before the caps. Our legislators should take notice of this and follow a more responsible road to tax reform (like our assessment system). If, as some have argued, this plan is designed to curb our government’s voracious appetite for pending, we applaud it. But we suspect it is designed to shift the pain of government excess away from some of us and onto others.

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majority of us believe ourselves to be of rom the earliest recordings of above-average intelligence. In fact, many human existence, we have been of us consider ourselves to beat the avermusing about the constant state age by a great deal. of change – not only in human Not surprisingly, the data says otherlife, but also in the universe. wise. Thus, if 10 percent of Ancient Greek philosothe world is gifted with enpher Heraclitus advanced a lightenment, then 10 percent doctrine claiming the only is cursed with ignorance. And constant is, in fact, change. the rest are scattered on the Perhaps he is correct. continuum that falls between. Regardless, few would argue Certainly, a big percentage of that today we find ourselves us are wrong about our relative in a time of abundant change. position. What that says about Many will embrace the reour self-perception may be ordering – ostensibly to better the most important question their position relative to those facing American democracy for they perceive to be better the next several generations. situated. And many others will fear the shift – no doubt Will the best and brightTerry est rise to the top, or will our concerned about the loss of Anker political system become an their perceived advantage. “idiocracy” (a proposed natuEnvy and fear have long been ral outcome of democracy, wherein the among the most powerful motivators in ignorant and average majority take their mankind’s repertoire. “rightful” and dominant place at the top Wouldn’t it be more prudent to conof the power structure)? Time will tell. sider change as it comes, rather than to blindly advocate for or against it? Could Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current our posture on change leadership come Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at from our regard for the person advocatterry@currentincarmell.com. ing it? Studies show the overwhelming

what you really want lawmakers won’t do State Sen. Luke Kenley’s recent survey results, which include Carmel and Westfield residents, speak volumes. Seventy-six percent of taxpayers surveyed said in order to balance the 2010-2011 biennial state budget, government spending should be reduced. Voters were asked if they would “support or oppose legislation combining units and duties of local government.” Seventy-seven percent supported such legislation. Well, at least we now know what state lawmakers WON’T do. ••• Did you hear about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking department heads to identify thousands of city employees for layoffs? Finally, a city leader making the tough decisions. However, what caught our eye was the part about Bloomberg urging lawmakers and unions to create a “new, less-generous pension tier for new employees.” He went on to say, “City employees should pay 10 percent of their health insurance premiums.” So, there you have it, another example of government workers receiving FREE healthcare, compliments of taxpayers. How many of you in the private sector enjoy such a benefit?

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg ••• We’re appalled that former Alaska senator Ted Stevens won’t be going to jail. Only the incompetence and misconduct of our Justice Department (oxymoron?) could have blown this case. ••• The siren song about hope, change and unity is sounding like a broken record. While it is true there is less “bad news” with each passing week, it seems we’re marching closer to socialism. We see the line of sheep forming over to our left. A recent Pew Research Center poll indicates President Obama has the widest partisan gap in job approval in modern American history. The mainstream media lauds an “era of unity” under Obama. Truth is, it may well be the precursor to a looming Balkanization of America. That’s change?

READER’S VIEW SEN. DELPH IS NOT A RACIST

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to read Andy Ray’s comment (March 10, “Illegal Immigration Bill Unfair to Hispanics”) in which he referred to Republican Sen. Mike Delph’s illegal immigration bill as racially motivated. On behalf of that same community, I thank Mr. Ray for his support. I am originally from Mexico. I came to this country in 1979 as an “illegal alien,” and through the years I became a U.S. citizen. I am now the proud owner of a couple small businesses, including La Ola Latino-Americana, the most widely read bilingual newspaper in Indianapolis. I can say I am living my own American dream thanks to the opportunity I was blessed with three decades ago. And there are millions of others who could do the same, or better, if given that tiny chance. I’ve had the opportunity to follow Mr. Delph’s work – in particular the one affecting the immigrant community – both as a journalist and a concerned citizen. And I do not agree with your opinion that his motivation is racism.

I do not agree with most of Mr. Delph’s proposed immigration bill. In fact, I am almost totally against it. However, there are some issues within the bill that I agree with, especially when referring to “living by the rule of law.” I also agree that we all must assimilate with American culture, learn English and the history of the U.S., etc. Because, the truth is, we all have a few rotten apples here and there, and we don’t want them any more than you do. Over the past couple years, I have gotten to know Mr. Delph, and I can safely say that I do not think his work is racially motivated. Sen. Mike Delph lived in Mexico and Nicaragua for several years. He speaks Spanish, and he has learned to love my culture, my customs, my food, my traditions … my people. In my opinion – and I’ve told Sen. Delph this before – I think his motivation is not only a commitment to his constituency, but also a possible pursuit of higher office. Of course, he disagrees with me.

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Carmel resident Kay Lipps is an Elvis fan: She attended 29 Elvis concerts before his death in 1977, and she attends Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn. every year. But unlike the many other dedicated Elvis fans who attend the annual event, Lipps can’t walk down the street without running into somebody who recognizes her. For the past 16 years, Lipps has been Lipps the chairperson of the annual Elvis FANtasy Fest in Portage, Ind. She and fellow Carmel resident Shirley Lyday started the festival after being contacted by officials in Porter County. “The tourism board up there was interested in doing something … and they just thought Elvis would be a good theme,” Lipps said. The festival raises money for the Special Olympics, and to date, Lipps and her all-volunteer crew have raised more than $225,000. This year’s Elvis FANtasy Fest (scheduled for Oct. 16-18), should push

that number over the quarter-million mark. “It turned out to be a good location, because we get people from all over the country,” Lipps said. Lipps also has the honor of having organized, for the festival, one of the very first Elvis tribute artist (or impersonator) contests. In search of publicity for the event – then in its infancy – Lipps suggested holding preliminaries a week ahead of the festival. The response was overwhelming. Lipps’ husband, Paul, worked the door the first night. “He was afraid he was going to get his head ripped off,” Lipps said. “These women were like, ‘What do you mean you don’t have room?’” This year, the competition will serve as one of the preliminary qualifying events for the national competition at Graceland during Elvis Week. For more information about Elvis FANtasy Fest, visit www.elvisfantasyfest. com or call Lipps at 317-844-7354.

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The Indiana Design Center on South Range Line Road is nearing completion. Construction crews are busy with the interior, and the exterior is nearly complete. But the structure’s rapid progress begs the question, Will it be full when it’s finished? Melissa Averitt, vice president and director of marketing and sales for Pedcor Companies, said leases and letter-of-intent negotiations are under way for more than half the building. The leasing process for such a space is complex, she said. “There are lots of provisions in (these types of leases) and exhibits to them,” she said. “So I’m down to negotiating

exhibits on some deals, and on others I’m just starting the negotiations on basic deal terms.” The building will house a variety of luxury home showrooms. Averitt said tenants will be businesses offering “anything you would need to remodel a home or build a new one – fabric, plumbing, lighting, flooring, furniture, accessories.” In many ways, she said, it will be a onestop shop for anyone looking to build or update a home. A grand opening date has yet to be determined, but Averitt says a date should be set within the next 30 to 60 days. “We’ve had such strong support from prospective tenants and the design community,” Averitt said. “So we’re really excited.”

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Carmel’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10003 has finally found a new home. After years of negotiation with the city and developers, the post is expected to move into a new building in about six months. “They’ve offered us a turn-key operation, so we Fisher examines a rendering of won’t have to worry about the new building on Old Meridian the finances,” said Post Commander Mel Fisher. Second avenues northwest. Finances have been a sticking point Keystone Construction President and since the city approached the post four CEO Ersal Ozdemir said the developer years ago, asking it move to make way for was able to continue work around the new development, Fisher said. VFW buildings and that the project is on “We were kind of excited, but then we schedule. couldn’t find any land to build on,” he “The timing worked out great,” said. “We couldn’t afford it.” Post 10003’s new home will be at 12863 Ozdemir said. The Carmel Redevelopment Old Meridian St. Commission is happy a deal has been The latest proposal – pitched about 30 reached that will allow the Main Street days ago – was approved by a vote of the project to move forward, while making post’s general membership March 26. the VFW happy as well, said Director of The post was scheduled to move out of Redevelopment Les Olds. its longtime home at 34 First Ave. NW “They’d been in this location (on First on April 11. It will temporarily move to a Avenue) since the 1940s, so it was an emostorefront on Old Meridian. The move allows Keystone Construction tional issue, Olds said. “But they wanted to be good citizens of Carmel and were to continue work on its massive developopen to relocation proposals.” ment along Main Street between First and

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NEW COMMUNITY HEALTH CEO Community Health Network has selected Bryan Mills as its next CEO. James Morey, chairman of the board of the hospital chain, sent a memo to Community staff earlier this month announcing Mills’ selection. Mills replaces Bill Corley, who has led Community for the past 25 years. Corley announced last year that he would retire by the end of 2009. Mills, 48, has been CEO of a for-profit community subsidiary, Visionary Enterprises Inc., since 1987.

IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD - If you feel worn-out and sore, it could be all in your head -- specifically your sinuses. It’s even possible that your arthritis, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome is a misdiagnosis of pain and tiredness from recurring sinus infections, says Alexander C. Chester, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. He estimates that half of people with chronic sinusitis have serious body aches and fatigue. The pain can be all over but more pronounced in spots like the shoulders, neck and hips. Tooth pain and sensitivity can also send people racing to the dentist, when a sinus infection is the actual culprit. First try a saline spray, decongestant, or antihistamine. Staying well hydrated can keep nasal secretions flowing freely, preventing stuffiness that can harbor infection. If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor about prescription remedies. -www.rd.com

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doctor, receiving test after test, trying to find something in the periphery of the body, when the problem is within the nervous system itself. Because of that, peripheral treatments like injections and procedures don’t work well in o distinguish between dealing with chronic pain. At acute and chronic pain, the same time, those treatments one needs to understand decrease or eliminate the trigthat acute pain is a gers, decreasing the amount defense. It is useful. It of nervous system response, so helps to point to a problem. It decreasing the pain. If central helps to survive. mechanisms are not treated, Chronic pain, on contrary, is a such pain always comes back. disease. It has outlived it usefulThink of it like a gun. You ness. It is just a torture. Eightymay file the trigger off, but five percent of the time, there are when the gun falls, it could still Dmitry Arbuck no meaningful explanations for misfire. Pain Management chronic pain and no objective The explosive problem is findings to justify it. gunpowder, not the gun trigger. To make a parallel, acute pain is a Until the central problem is diffused, there hardware problem. Chronic pain, on the will be no peace and quiet! contrary, is a software problem based on central nervous system dysfunction. It is “in your head.” Dmitry M. Arbuck, M.D., is a psychiatrist and pain management specialist at Meridian But chronic pain is not any less real. It Health Group. For more information, visit is just not based where it hurts. Because www.MeridianHealthGroup.com. of that, many patients go from doctor to

Editor’s note: This is the third in an occasional series on the topic of chronic pain. The second, titled “To Treat the Pain, Treat the Brain,” ran March 31. All articles are available on the Current archive at www.currentincarmel.com.


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FISH FEAR FACTOR The good news: Scientists and environmentalists agree on this: “You shouldn’t give up fish,” says Tim Fitzgerald, a researcher with Environmental Defense. The consensus is fish is the best source of animal protein you can get, and it is relatively low in fat. Many species pack heart-protective omega-3 fats, and those that don’t “are still better than eating a cheeseburger,” Fitzgerald says. The bad news: Much of the fish on American tables is contaminated with mercury – a neurotoxin that can cause brain damage – and, to a lesser extent, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), industrial pollutants linked to cancer. Children, women in their childbearing years, and those who are pregnant or nursing are considered high risk and need to restrict their

intake of high-mercury fish because the heavy metal can interfere with youngsters’ brain development. The Bottom line: If you don’t fall into a highrisk category, eating fish twice a week is good for you. But don’t eat the same fish twice in one week, and restrict highly polluted species you love (such as swordfish) to an occasional meal. If you are at risk, the EPA recommends that you pass up the fish that top its “most contaminated” list: shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel. Get your two servings per week (up to 12 ounces) by eating low-mercury seafood such as shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. (Albacore, or white tuna, has more mercury than light tuna, so limit yourself to six ounces per week.) -health.msn.com

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ognized; not even by disciples He had told in aster was a couple days ago; the multiple ways that He would die and come Lord is Risen indeed. back to life to assure their own Heavenly So what happens now? The eternal life in the presence of God. Holy Spirit happens. These were pretty big stakes; pretty It is the Holy Spirit that quickplainly explained. ens our living, breathing souls And the disciples missed it. with our belief in God and our Teachable moment: Jesus faith in the eternal salvation specifically and of His own will promised by Jesus Christ. came to the disciples on the very The Holy Spirit is the third day of His resurrection and they, person of the Trinity – fully God at first, missed the fact it was – and it provides us with the Jesus. Let’s try not to miss Jesus emotional and intellectual ability when He shows up in our lives to understand the Word of God: … and He does, you know. Christ’s truth in our hearts. In that locked room, Jesus On the day Christ rose from gave the disciples the divine gift the dead, Jesus began to breathe that keeps on giving; that anithe Holy Spirit into the lives of mates Christian beliefs and has His disciples, so their eyes and Bob Walters changed the course of human hearts would finally be opened to Spirituality history: He breathed the Holy the enormous truth of salvation Spirit into them (John 20-22). and the infinite glory of God. Forty days later was Christ’s Ascension to Let’s review that first Easter Sunday. heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Resurrected from the dead, Jesus Christ Father (Acts 1). At 50 days – the Pentecost appeared to Mary Magdalene at the empty – God sent the gift of the Holy Spirit to all, tomb (John 20:14) on the morning of “the first day of the week” (Sunday), appeared to so that all might believe (Acts 2). Want to hear from the Holy Spirit? disciples Cleopas and Luke on the road to Confess faith in Christ, pray … and listen. Emmaus that afternoon (Luke 24:13:32), and appeared to a gathering of disciples in Bob Walters (rlwcom@aol.com) wonders if a locked room that evening (John 20:19), the Holy Spirit minds that we don’t make a eating with them (Luke 24:43). big deal out of Pentecost, when Jesus gets At the tomb, on the road, and in the locked room, Jesus was not immediately rec- Christmas and Easter.

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ast week is a blur. Wednesday morning started like any other day around here – with chaos! By noon, one telephone call catapulted us from the everyday chaos to pure pandemonium. That phone call was from a staff member at the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. Now, we have done some pretty unusual things around Artichoke Designs, but being part of a home improvement TV show is not one of them. Not being Vicky Earley ones to shy away Design from a challenge, we agreed to supply art, lamps and accessories. This was no small task. We do not have a crew of moving men at our disposal. Nope, if it is to be done, we are the ones who do it. Thursday was dedicated to moving a warehouse of merchandise to the location. Donating things was one thing, but being filmed was another. Yep, we were invited to be part of the filming. On Friday, we arrived on time, wearing our “perfect for TV” outfits. Make-up was

flawless and hair was impeccable. We were determined that when that episode aired, every detail would be tended to and we would look great. Yea, right! Ty If you recall, Friday Pennington was chilly. No, make that downright cold. Thank goodness we all had coats to wear over our “made for TV” outfits. The VIP tent was catered and featured an abundance of hot coffee. Temptation was high, but we resisted. After all, lipstick was in place and we were ready to shine in front of the camera. An hour passed, and the consensus was that a bite before going on camera would be a good thing. And one cup of coffee couldn’t hurt anything … right? A few more hours passed, and as I entered survival mode, I discovered my coat had a hood in the collar. So what if it messed up my TV hair? I could always fix it before our call. Another hour passed, and we were all quite tired of watching asphalt dry – literally. I knew I was fading when all I cared about was defending my position in front of the heater. The call eventually came in the form of a delivery of blue short-sleeve T-shirts. At

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GOOGLE VOICE COMING TO iPHONES SOON - Google Voice, the recent reincarnation of GrandCentral that gives you voicemail transcription, call control and so much more, is about to hit iPhones by way of an app. The app comes with a dialer, which dials out (from your number) and rings your iPhone to connect both sides. It works with a dialpad or your contact list, plus you can also SMS people the same way. There are other standard Google Voice features like call log and voicemail, which you can listen to much the same way as iPhone’s voicemails. iPod touch users, who can’t really take advantage of the dialing stuff, can still use the GV app as a mobile control center to have it ring their standard cellphones. -gizmodo.com

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After a few minutes, the tea arrived, and like iced tea, and I drink it every day it was the moment of truth. I took a big at lunch. When I go out to dinner swill with an open mind and … It was (which is often), I usually get it then “OK” at best. Kinda spicy, with a hint of as well. Until about a year ago, I ororangy flavor. I decided I could live with dered water. However, I switched to it. iced tea because so many places The Cheesecake Factory has have lousy tasting water. Some its “mango fruit” iced tea. (I tastes like soap, some tastes like think it’s awful.) Cafe Patachou metal ... one day I just made an has its “tropical passion.” (It’s executive decision and switched OK.) Kona Grill has some to iced tea. other jacked-up flavor. Most places have normal iced I’m a simple man with simple tea. Some restaurants give you a tastes. How about ... LIPTON choice between sweetened and iced tea? I know, I know, some unsweetened, and that’s OK. of you probably really like these Recently, though, I was at a resflavored teas. I have no malice taurant I’d never been to before. toward you. But restaurant And when I ordered iced tea, owners of the world – please – the waitress said, “Our iced tea Kent Burns offer me the “au naturel” option is a ginger-orange-blossom iced On Success in addition to your “foo-foo” tea. Is that OK?” featured items. Don’t leave me Oh joy. Ginger-orangeto the likes of metallic water. blossom iced tea. For what it’s worth, the lunch item I So I asked, “Does is taste wild?” ordered was excellent. Too bad I had to “No,” she replied. “It’s actually very tasty.  If you don’t like it, I’ll get you some- wash every bite down with ginger-orangeblossom iced tea. thing else.” “OK, that’s a fair deal. Let’s give it a Kent Burns is a Carmel resident, investor and coshot.”  founder of CrossConfirm. He is also a professional Meanwhile, going through my head speaker and author of What’s Your Why? He can was: ... ginger ... orange blossom … Why be reached at kent@currentincarmel.com. do these places serve this jacked-up iced tea?

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THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE … I love eggs. The reasons? Well, there are a lot. Let me share.

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For breakfast? Scrambled, poached, fried … the options are endless. Lunch? How about a hard-boiled egg on a Cobb salad. Dinner? Utilized in many sauces, such as Bearnaise on grilled steak. Dessert? Ice creams, custards, brownies, cakes, cookRichelle Rider ies … the list goes on Chef Inspired and on. A drink? Try a milkshake or some eggnog around the holidays.

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• They are the universal symbol of Easter celebrations throughout the world. • The Chinese, Egyptians and Persians all cherished the egg as a symbol of the universe. • Roman women carried an egg on their persons to foretell the sex of their unborn children. • French brides break an egg on the threshold of their new home for luck and healthy babies. • Egg shells have about 17,000 tiny pores, through which they can absorb flavors and odors. Richelle Rider is a chef/owner at Woody’s Library Restaurant, 40 E. Main St. in Carmel. For more information, visit www.woodyscarmel.com or her catering Web site, www. chefinspired.com

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Kids gathered at the Carmel Clay Public Library last week to celebrate Spring Break. The library’s Kids Adventures program, for kids in grades 3-5, was the perfect solution for families who didn’t make it out of town on the break. 1. Waiting in line for s’mores are Stephen Abshire, Bianca Cueller, Jessica Abshire and Alexander Pitchford. 2. Stephen Abshire shows he is flexible as he makes it under the limbo bar. 3. Bianca Cueller knows the best treats are messy, especially the gooey marshmallow part. 4. Jarod Throckmorton runs his part of the relay race, with his team watching in the background. 5. Surgmin Park sprints to the finish as his team wins the relay.

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Actors Theatre Presents ‘Forbidden Broadway’ The Actors Theatre of Indiana will perform “Forbidden Broadway” – an off-Broadway smash hit that celebrates and spoofs Broadway’s most famed musicals – through May 13 at the Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 E. 116th St. in Carmel. “Forbidden Broadway” irreverently pokes, prods, teases, and lampoons anything Broadway has to offer – but always with love. The show opens April 2, with performances April 3 and 4, and then every Wednesday through May 13. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30. Admission is $45 per person

CSO Returns to Westfield The Carmel Symphony Orchestra will return to Westfield High School (18250 North Union Street in Westfield) April 18 at 7:30 pm, to present its season finale concert, “Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto,” featuring Indianapolis native and rising star Robin Scott. The evening’s program includes: Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Overture to Egmont,” Richard Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration,” Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor.” Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) and $5 for students (high school and college).  Younger students and children are free. Tickets may be available at the door. To reserve tickets in advance, call 317-8449717 or visit www.carmelsymphony. org.

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There are 41 performances scheduled at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre (9301 N. Michigan Rd. in Indianapolis). Tickets range from $34 to $57 and include Chef Odell Ward’s specially prepared buffet with salad bar, unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade. For reservations, call the box office at 317-872-9664 any day between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or complete show schedule, visit www. beefandboards.com. Gallery Walk Usher in Spring during the “Art in Bloom” Gallery Walk April 18, from 5-10 p.m. Fine art purveyors, storefronts and eateries of the Carmel Arts & Design District host receptions that feature works by local and international artists, many offering customized hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks. Carmel Artist Presentation At 2 p.m. April 19, Tom Rugh, Ph.D, will present “Franklin Booth: The Colors of Black Lines” for the Carmel-Clay Historical Society. The slide presentation will occur at the Carmel Christian Church (463 E. Main Street) and include sixty examples of the pen-and-ink art of the Hoosier native, a Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame laureate. Booth built a summer studio behind his parents’ home at 321 N. Range Line Rd., earmarked as one

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Now, the truth is Chuckles is a very seem to know a lot of funny profesgood accountant. What am I saying? He’s sionals. My doctor, my dentist, my a wizard. And he approaches the whole tax accountant – they’re all jokesters. business as a sort of contest between the Most of the time this is all right. IRS and us. MOST of the time. There are By that I mean there are a exceptions. finite number of legitimate deMy former physician, the ductions available to someone retired-and-greatly-missed Dr. in my circumstances. If we miss Shecky, had a knack for making them, the IRS isn’t going to tell a joke while the flashlight gizmo us about it, so it’s up to us – was still in my nose. More that is, Chuckles – to find every than once, I just about shot last one of them. And he does. the thing across the room. And I used to do my own taxes. I my dentist, Dr. Laughing Gas, called him in because the IRS just loves to pull that dentist and I were in dispute to the stunt of asking a question that tune of a several thousand dolrequires a complete sentence lars. (You can guess which side to answer – but only after your of the dispute I was on.) Well, mouth is full of dentist fingers. Mike Redmond Chuckles not only cleared up And then there’s my accounHumor the mess (and got me to swear tant, Chuckles. off tax return software) but also This is April, and if there’s went through my records and found a few ever a month you don’t want a jokey acoverlooked opportunities. As it turned out, countant, this is the one. It’s tax time, and the IRS ended up paying me about twice you’re about to sign off on a document, what they said I owed. and in doing so, swear that every last bit So you can see why I put up with of it is the absolute truth. And if it isn’t, Chuckles’ jokes. the IRS can send you to a labor camp in That said, I still can’t help being a little Antarctica. You’d think this might cut nervous this time of year. Once you’ve down on the hilarity, but no. Take a look received one of those “nice try, now pay at some of Chuckles’ tax-time Laff Riots. pp” letters from the government, April “I went ahead and claimed a cat as your becomes nerve-wracking, even with a pro dependent. Congratulations. You now like Chuckles on the job. have a daughter named “Mister Tinkles.” And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to “I tried a couple of unusual business go sign this year’s return. deductions here. I have friends at the IRS Chuckles says I might want to double and they tell me these things work almost up on the Prozac first. 14 percent of the time.” I think he’s joking. I hope he’s joking. “Oh, by the way: If you look at form Please let him be joking. 1190 WOWO, you now own 45 percent of Vandelay Industries. Don’t ask.” Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, “You’d better check my figures. Math humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ was never my strong suit.” mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box 44385, And the classic: “Don’t worry. If the Indianapolis, IN 46244. IRS questions anything in your return, we promise to visit you in prison.”


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BRIDGE THE GAP

HOOSIER HODGEPODGE

CARMELKU

Use logic to fill in the boxes so every row, column and 2 x 3 box contains the letters C-A-R-M-E-L. Answer below.

Answers to BRIDGE THE GAP: UNON, MILK, CLUB, HERO, PETE, CHEESE, CLAY, POLE, HOME, BIRTHDAY

A

s I reported last week, I started a Scrabble competition on Facebook with my sister in New York. For legal reasons, this word game is called Lexulous, but it’s too hard to say Lexulous, so if the Scrabble people want to sue, let them come and get me. I’ll have a few choice words for them, none of which are acceptable … and not because they’re proper nouns. So here I was, Dick Wolfsie cranking out sevenHumor letter words one after another, when I realized my inbox was filling up. On Facebook, people from your past find you, and I guess the acknowledgment that I had made the word “obtund” (to deaden) was getting some hefty attention on the web. I glanced at the names of the people who had contacted me and recognized three friends from high school. Again, it was their names I recognized. The photos just looked like just a bunch of really old people. First there was Bernie’s message, which included the following observation: Dick, You know how you used to bounce your leg in class and how it drove the teachers crazy? Well, I picked up that habit from sitting next to you for three years. I still do it. Thanks a lot. By the way, do you still lose stuff all the time? Then there was a note from Ethan: Dick, Remember in high school when you reported your car stolen from the student parking lot but later realized your mother had driven you to school that day? Are you still a space cadet? Finally, from Charlene: You were always so adorable. I must have been crazy to have dumped you after the prom. Do you still whistle? Like how annoying was that on a date? I’m assuming you also stopped shaking your leg. Are you still scatterbrained? Do I still do all those things? I know I hadn’t stayed on top of my geometry, European history and chemistry, but had I also neglected my habits? I knew my wife would be objective. “Yes, you whistle,” said Mary Ellen. “You’ve done it our entire marriage. You do it when we’re in the car and when you’re in your office downstairs. You even whistle in the morning. Do you know how abnormal that is?” “Why?” “Why? Because 99 percent of all the men in the world hate their jobs. Name one other person who whistles on the way

Answers to HOOSIER HODGEPODGE: Colleges: BUTLER, DEPAUW, EARLHAM, NOTRE DAME, PURDUE, WABASH; Days: FRIDAY, MONDAY, SUNDAY, THURSDAY, TUESDAY; Credit Cards: AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER, MASTERCARD, VISA; Grocery Stores: KROGER, MARSH, MEIJER; Cheeses: BRIE, EDAM; Superintendent: BENNETT

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to work.” “I can name a few: Dopey, Grumpy, Sleepy … OK, how about that leg thing? Does it annoy you?” “You bounce your leg when you watch TV, when you eat meals and when you read the paper. Sometimes I just want to go into the garage, get some duct tape, wrap 1000 feet of it over your right leg and secure it to the chair.” “OK, but my question was: Does it annoy you? And do you think I’m spacey?”

“Let’s see, in the last month, you found your cell phone in the freezer, you found your car keys in the dog food bowl and just last night you found your appointment book in the broom closet.” “Remember, Mary Ellen, there was a time I couldn’t find anything.” I was very depressed, but I think Charlene’s note hurt the most. I e-mailed and told her that after all these years I still had wonderful remembrances of prom night. I also told her I had matured and

was no longer spacey. I received this response the next day. Dear Dick, Thanks for the e-mail. I’m so happy you have fond memories of the prom. Are you sure you’re not spacey anymore? Sincerely, Ethan. Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at wolfsie@aol.com.


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DISPATCHES

CHERRY TREE STUDENTS RECEIVE HONORS - Taylor Bickett and Kathy Huang, both fourth graders at Cherry Tree Elementary, received two special awards at this year’s Central Indiana Regional Science & Engineering Fair (CIRSEF). They were chosen from approximately 75 projects for the D.J. Angus Scientech Education Foundation Award. Their project, Battle of the Coffee Cups, tested coffee cups from a travel mug to take-out cups from coffee shop chains for heat retention. CIRSEF, a regional science fair sponsored by local companies, scientific foundations, and the University of Indianapolis, was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

PRARIE TRACE TO TURN PINK - Prairie Trace Elementary’s parent-teacher organization is sponsoring April 17 as “Wear Pink for Pulley Day” to honor the memory of Nancy Pulley, a kindergarten teacher at the school who passed away in Nov. 2006. Students and teachers will be encouraged to wear pink, and ribbons of that color from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be available for a minimum donation of $1. Funds will be donated to the Carmel Clay Education Association to set up a scholarship in Pulley’s name. For the third year, the $1,000 scholarship will be available to a selected Prairie Trace student who graduates from Carmel High School in May. The school is accepting donations to the fund, with checks made payable to Prairie Trace and mailed to the school, at Attn: Pulley Scholarship Fund, 14200 N. River Road, Carmel, Indiana 46033. For more information, call the school at (317) 571-7925.

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Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher who developed a mastery-learning system of teaching grammar to high school seniors. If you have a grammar-related question, please email her at bbthegrammarguru@gmail.com.

As is the case with many issues of grammatical adherence, the usage of ‘like’ as a conjunction isn’t a huge problem in casual conversation or other informal communication.

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CHS COLOR GUARD TRYOUTS - Girls who will be enrolled at Carmel High School next year are invited to color guard tryouts, which will take place April 21 and 23 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the high school band room. The color guard serves an auxiliary unit to the Marching Greyhounds, twirling flags, spinning mock rifles and sabers and dancing along with the music. For more information, contact Rosie Queen, color guard director, at rosiequeen@mac.com. No experience is necessary.

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The word like has gotten a bad rap in recent years. Actually, like has been acquiring that rap for quite a while, now that I think about it. When I was in high school, west-coast valley girl and surfer dude slang were really popular: Girls said things such as, “I like went to school and like totally didn’t get the point” (while chewing gum obnoxiously and with a hair flip for emphasis), and guys were apt to say, “Dude, I like totally can’t find my gnarly skateboard, so I’m like bummin’ man.” For a while – and still today for a few stragglers – like became the inserted utterance when a person hadn’t yet formulated the rest of a coherent (or incoherent, for that matter) thought. More frequently now, however, like is used as a replacement for as, as though, or as if: He looks like he is going to hurt someone. I feel like it’s time to leave. Those sentences probably sound correct to most readers, but they aren’t. Like, in the opinion of most grammarians, should not be used as a conjunction. There are some who may disagree, and many will note the use of like as a conjunction for hundreds of years as proof that it should be acceptable, but the fact that people have made the mistake for a long stretch of history doesn’t necessarily make the mistake correct. Remember your mom when you were a kid: “Just because everyone else in the neighborhood rides a bicycle in the middle of the street doesn’t mean you should, too.” The same principle applies here.

Like may be used as a preposition, though. This is one area where people become very confused about the use of like versus as. It is more logical and concise to say, “That outfit makes her look like a hobo,” than, “That outfit makes her look as if she is a hobo.” There is a difference in the usage in the two sentences, though both of which are correct. The first sentence uses like as a preposition; the second sentence uses as if as a conjunction. I don’t want to bog you down with an explanation of preposition and conjunction functions, so here’s a quick rule of thumb: If you are using the word like, but the sentence would make just as much sense if you replaced like with as, as though, or as if, use one of the as constructions instead. It’s an easy switch to make, and the rule works out well because most people would not choose to say, “That outfit makes her look as a hobo.” Technically correct, but awkward. As is the case with many issues of grammatical adherence, the usage of like as a conjunction isn’t a huge problem in casual conversation or other informal communication. I use like as a conjunction frequently in laid-back conversations with family and friends, but when I write more formal pieces and when I edit for others, I use the more formal as, as if, or as though. Like, it’s all about like your audience, dude.

EDUCATION

By Brandie Bohney Current in Carmel


EDUCATION / FOR THE RECORD

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everything they need. can’t be complacent when it comes to my position about parents treat• Parents who want power over their ing their kids with the same respect kids teach them to be bullies. we expect from them. Lately, I • Parents who discipline with an iron have received e-mails from fist teach kids to be defiant. readers hell-bent on proving to their children that they are in • Parents who don’t listen to charge. They are convinced the their kids’ needs teach them child who defies them deserves they are not important. punishment they – the parents – It is paramount for parwould not accept from anyone. ents to give their children And yet, they have no probevery opportunity to feel lem imposing their will upon good about themselves. their children. I apologize for Parents who diminish their the negativity in this column, kids’ self-worth because they but I am truly offended by parhave an ego problem, or ents who don’t see themselves because they feel they have as the perpetrators of their chilto be in control, or because dren’s behavior. If this will help Becky Kapsalis they think they know what one parent realize the harm their Ask YiaYia is best for their children words and accusations have on without asking them, need their children’s self-worth, my to understand their children, most likely, writings will be worthwhile. learned everything they know from Here is why I believe kids are not the them! problem: Hugs! • Parents who raise controlled kids teach them to be submissive.

• Parents who speak disrespectfully to their kids teach them to fight for

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April 3 12:04:15 a.m., suspicious activity, South Rangeline Road / East Carmel Drive 12:21:31 a.m., suspicious activity, 2700 W. 116th St. 12:53:37 a.m., suspicious activity, 697 Pro Med Lane 2:05:15 a.m., juvenile complaint, 3626 E. Carmel Drive 3:48:03 a.m., alarm burglar, 1807 Milford St. 4:24:21 a.m., suspicious activity, 11950 Esty Way 6:25:24 a.m., suspicious activity, 2104 E. 111th St. 6:33:09 a.m., suspicious activity, 9799 Enterprise Drive 7:01:49 a.m., alarm burglar, 1409 Springmill

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