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Public speaks out against Hawthorne Ridge Compiled by Anna Skinner • The Westfield Advisory Plan Commission met Feb. 5. The next APC meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at City Hall, 130 Penn St. What happened: Residents spoke during a public hearing on Hawthorne Ridge, a 56.155-acre development north of 161st Street and between Oak and Carey roads. What it means: The proposal is for 51 single-family homes. Local residents expressed concerns about the four live pipelines and the possible loss of trees, nature and wildlife. The proposal would begin home prices at $420,000 with an average cost of $525,000 per home. Pulte E. 161st St. Homes would be the developer. Hawthorne Ridge is a proposed development on 56.155 During a presentation to the plan acres for 51 single-family homes. (Submitted image) commission, it was stated the average home in Oak Manor, a neighborhood near the proposed development, sold for less than $400,000 per home. APC member Scott Willis said that statement was untrue because he bought a home in Oak Manor above that price. “Certainly, the more customization you can do on this with varying the design and four-sided architecture, the more you can do to that here, the better it will integrate into this community and the less resistance you will Willis get from everybody,” Willis said. “There’s lots of value of trees in this area, so the more you can save of that, the more supportive I will be of the project.” Willis also cautioned on safety with the pipelines in the area. Because it was a public hearing, no vote was taken. Oak Rd.

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What happened: A public hearing was held on the proposal of a bank in the Oak Ridge Pointe development at the southwest corner of Ind. 32 and Oak Ridge Road. What it means: Community First Bank is looking to accommodate the 1.4-acre partial. Nobody spoke at the hearing. What happened: A pubic hearing was held for a change of zoning to accommodate for a dental office on .88 acres at 15626 Spring Mill Rd. What it means: Compton Dental Care wants to build on the space, but APC members raised concern about the array of uses future proposals could feature on the land if zoning was changed. Because it was a public hearing, no vote was taken. For more, visit What happened: The APC forwarded the Hittle at ThirtyOne development onto the city council with a positive recommendation, 7-0. What it means: Hittle at ThirtyOne encompasses 12.2 acres with three commercial lots at the southwest corner of U.S. 31 and 191st Street.

PRIMARY ELECTION FILINGS FOR MAY 8 • Indiana State Rep. (District 24) Naomi S. Bechtold (D), Donna Schaibley (R) • Indiana State Rep. (District 29) Brandon (Brad) Beaver (R), Garen T. Bragg (R), Chuck Goodrich (R), Gregory P. (Greg) O’Connor, Tracy M. Roberts (D) • Indiana State Rep. (District 32) Anthony J. (Tony) Cook (R), Amie Neiling (D) • Indiana State Rep. (District 37) Aimee Rivera Cole (D), Daniel J. (Dan) Greenhalgh (D), Todd Huston (R) • Indiana State Rep. (District 39) Mark C. Hinton (D), Tom Linkmeyer (R), Jerry Torr (R) • Hamilton County Superior Court 1 Judge Michael A. Casati (R), Will Riley (R) • Hamilton County Superior Court 6 Judge Gail Bardach (R) • Hamilton County Prosecutor D. Lee Buckingham II (R) • Hamilton County Clerk Kathy Kreag Richardson (R) • Hamilton County Recorder Jennifer Hayden (R) • Hamilton County Sheriff Bill Clifford (R), Eddie Moore (R), Dennis Quakenbush (R), Mitchell Russell (R) • Hamilton County Coroner John R. Chalfin (R) • Hamilton County Assessor Robin L. Ward (R) • Hamilton County Commissioner (District 1) Christine Altman (R) • Hamilton County Council (District 1) Jeremy Eltz (D), Fred Glynn (R), Sue Maki (R) • Hamilton County Council (District 2) Amy Elizabeth Massillamany (R) • Hamilton County Council (District 3) Steve Schwartz (R), Mark F. Hall (R), Jeremy Hawk (D), Gregg A. Werling (D) • Hamilton County Council (District 4) Ken Alexander (R), William L. Howard II (D), Christine Pauley (R), Rick Sharp (R) • Washington Township Trustree Danielle Carey Tolan (R) • Washington Township Board Shelly A. Brown (D), Jeannine D. Fortier (R), David D. Gill (R), Richard J. Hardcastle, Jr. (R), Gary Southerland (R) For the complete list, visit


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Prayer breakfast to focus on schools By Anna Skinner • Rob and Ruth

Staff and students of Westfield Washington Schools will Griepentrog be lifted in prayer during an inaugural prayer breakfast will host scheduled from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at Westfield’s RELIGION Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc., 18881 first prayer N. East St. breakfast Feb. 23. Rob and Ruth Griepentrog launched the event after they (Submitted saw a similar one for Sheridan schools. The Griepentrogs photo) are the founders of OnSite International, a faith-based prayer ministry. “We’ve gone (to the Sheridan event) a number of times and wondered, ‘Why doesn’t Westfield have something The Westfield Lions Club, the Westfield Kiwanis Club and like this?’” Rob said. “I see teachers and administrators so various churches have volunteered to help at the event. encouraged when the community comes around them to “It’s a good way to show support for our schools, show pray. Nobody’s done anything or tried anything like that people they care,” Ruth said. “It’s for students and staff. here, so I thought, ‘Let’s get something started.’” They both need to know they’re supported.” The first prayer breakfast will focus solely on the The goal is to have 200 people attend. schools, but Rob said in the future he and Ruth may host “So often kids are valued in what they do or what they breakfasts for first responders. The Griepentrogs chose don’t do, and we want this to be something that students schools to focus on first because of WWS’s role in the come to and don’t have to feel like they have to perform,” community. Rob said. “In schools, they perform in athletics, theater, “The schools are so central in our community and so music. This is just a time for the community to say, ‘We many families are affected,” Rob said. “We want to encourappreciate you for who you are, and we support you, and age them and those that want to participate. We want to we care for you.’” encourage and pray for them and bring the city together Although the prayer event is free, registration is required around the schools.” for a head count. The Griepentrogs are members of LifeThe event is free and open to the public. Breakfast will pointe Church in Westfield. h_hamilton_current_1_FINAL.qxp_Layout 1 2/6/18 5:43 PM Page 1 be provided. Rob said various city officials will speak. For more, or to register, visit


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DISPATCHES Humane Society taking Valentine’s sponsorships — The Humane Society of Hamilton County is asking the public to give $25 Valentine’s Day sponsorships in memory of someone special – human or animal. The cost will sponsor one of the hundreds of Humane Society animals for two days. Each sponsorship will be recognized with a heart donning the kennel of the animal. Sponsorships can be purchased at Purdue Extension to host social media program— “Post, Share, Tweet, Oh My!” is a social media education program for youth developed by Purdue Extension Hamilton County in partnership with Purdue Ag Communication and the YDAE Dept. that will take place 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22. During this program, youth will learn how to create professional communication pieces. This is the start of a four-week series, taking place at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, for grades 9-12. The program fee is $25. Guests should bring their own electronic device for hands-on exploration of different social media platforms. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more, visit extension. Hamilton County Grassroots Conservatives – The Hamilton County Grassroots Conservatives will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Delaware Township Government Center, 9094 E. 131st St., Fishers.








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Students take home national art and writing awards By Noah Alatza Chloe Ruggles was one of dozens of Westfield High School students who recently took home top honors at EDUCATION the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Ruggles, a junior, said this is the second year she has submitted her work. “I received three gold and two silver keys this year,� she said. “A lot of the material I submitted was Ruggles some of my summer work.� Portrait and macro-type photography are a specialty of Ruggles, who started taking art classes her freshman year. “I started with photography class,� Ruggles said. “(AP) Photo (classes) I and II, and then drawing and painting classes as well.� Ruggles worked during the summer at Magdalena Gallery of Arts in downtown Carmel. She won three gold key awards, which placed her in the top national percentile of high school writers and artists. “With photography, I love the end result in editing it,� she said. “It is very calming. I love putting together ideas in my head and being able to actually make it happen, make something unique happen. Drawing and painting is relaxing (and) relieves anxiety.� The awards are granted to students in grades 7 through 12. Across the United States, more than 330,000 works of visual art and writing were submitted for consideration, according to Scholastic. At least 90,000 were rec-

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DISPATCHES Hoosier Environmental Council — Westfield Green Together will host the Hoosier Environmental Council to discuss the important environmental issues facing Indiana and how to make the community a greener place. The free event is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Westfield Washington Public Library, 333 W. Hoover St., in the community room. College news — Taylor Springborn, of Westfield, was named to the University of Albany’s dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Kayla Welch, of Westfield, was named to Cedarville University’s dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

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DNA law now in effect

Newcomers Club welcomes all

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With the implementation of Senate Bill 322, Indiana now requires all felony arrestees to submit a DNA PUBLIC SAFETY sample. The bill was signed into law last summer but went into effect Jan. 1 after the state gathered supplies, hired personnel and trained employees. “We certainly believe that it will help solve a lot of crimes,” Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen said. “By the collection of the DNA and being able to match those up to open cases, we can be able to close out a lot of crimes we otherwise wouldn’t be able to without that DNA being available.” Boone County law enforcement officials proposed the bill after solving the murder of 82-year-old John Clements in Zionsville by matching a DNA sample from the scene to a sample in Ohio, which led to the arrest of Damoine Wilcoxson in 2016. Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said local jails previously collected fingerprints and took photographs, but only those convicted of violent crimes or sex

Although the name might suggest otherwise, the Newcomers Club of Carmel isn’t just for those who reSOCIAL cently moved to the area. “Newcomers welcome those who are new to the greater metropolitan area and those who are experiencing a change in their lifestyle and wish to engage in new activities and meet new friends,” said Bonnie McClain, who handles publicity for the club. “Membership ranges from those who joined in 1989 through 2017. We have a membership representing 31 different states, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.” A nonprofit social club with more than 210 members, the Newcomers Club offers more than 25 interest group activities. The groups meet every month and members can participate in as many groups as they’d like. A welcome coffee is held for prospective members each month in a Newcomer member’s home, and there is a monthly luncheon. Although the majority of the members are from Carmel, others live in Zionsville,

As of Jan. 1, felony arrestees in Indiana are required to submit to a DNA test. (Submitted photo)

offenses were required to provide a DNA sample. Now, all felony arrestees will provide a sample via cheek swab after being booked. The samples are placed in a sealed envelope and sent to the Indiana State Police. The bill also specifies that a DNA sample be removed from the database if the charges are converted to misdemeanors, if the charges are dropped or if there are no other felony charges filed against the arrestee within one year. For the full story, visit

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Luke Prather, left, is a Westfield High School student utilizing the Innovate Westfield program. He works for Curt Whitesell, a local businessman, right. (Submitted photo)

New Westfield High School program gives students real-world experience By Anna Skinner A team of Westfield educators has created a new program that connects students with real-world jobs to gain experience and work on a freelance COVER STORY basis. Westfield High School teacher and entrepreneur Craig Fugate, innovation specialist Joel Bruns and WHS video production and mass media teacher John Oestreich are the creators of the program Innovate Fugate Westfield. Bruns also created the Idea Farm, a makerspace at WHS. “We started the website originally to showcase student work to help the community realize what skills our students have and Bruns what abilities they have and cool stuff they get to do on Rock TV or creating stuff or interviewing people,” Fugate said. “We were talking, and a few kids started doing some work for local businesses.” Oestreich Now, several local businesses have begun hiring out work to students – most of which can be done on a freelance basis. Kids are paid for work in the fields they are actually interested in instead of working in traditional teen occupations such as restaurants or retail. Innovate Westfield connects students with businesses that need employees with certain skills, like app design and marketing. Emma Backie, a 16-year-old junior, took advantage of the program and began

“We want to prepare them for their career. Career readiness is a big push.” - Westfield High School teacher Craig Fugate build just as good of an app, instead of working with Rupp Insurance in Carmel. someone in the community having to spend She handles the business’s social media $20,000, which nobody can, I can hire a marketing. guy for $2,500, which is a lot of money, and “I was automatically really intrigued,” he gets great experience to build an app,” Backie said of the program. “I thought this Whitesell said. “It gives experience. It’s a opportunity would be great to earn some real-life application.” extra cash and get that experience that Innovate Westfield is still searching for other people may not be getting.” businesses and students to participate Backie wants to attend Columbia College in the program. If a student shows interChicago to major in marketing and minor in est, WHS teachers interview them to confashion merchandising. “We want to find ways for students to do nect them with the best opportunities. First, students fill out an interest work that is related to the career form detailing their skills, such as they want,” Bruns said. “We want graphic design, app development, to prepare them for their career. photography and more. Career readiness is a big push.” “We always hear about soft Local businessman Curt Whiteskills and the need for students to sell uses the program for his realty develop soft skills – grit and those group, WKRP Indy. sorts of things,” Bruns said. “I think “So, I see a need for startup Whitesell this is a perfect opportunity for advertising marketing services. If developing those because they’re developsomeone can work for a less cost and can

ing in connection to the field (students are) interested in.” For students or businesses interested in taking part in Innovate Westfield, or to learn more, visit

MIXING SCHOOL AND BUSINESS In an attempt to bring WHS and the business community together, the Westfield Innovation Contest will return for its third year. Students create a business idea, individually or in groups, and pitch it to a panel of judges. The winning student or group receives $500 cash and $1,000 to invest in their business. The event is similar to the television show “Shark Tank.” “Innovate Westfield is a big umbrella capturing everything we try to do to help kids get real-world experience. Instead of just book learning, we want the hands-on type of learning,” Innovate Westfield co-founder Craig Fugate said.

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Those were the (exhausting) days

O B S E R V AT I O N Emulate the good

Commentary by Danielle Wilson

Commentary by Terry Anker None of us are indispensable. Sure, we may contribute. We might even add value in a way that is uniquely our own. But, is it fair to imagine that we fill a role so incontrovertibly without compare that no other human (or machine) might be able to take our place? They would never be us – we are all precious individuals, no doubt; yet, could they fill our shoes differently? Still, once in a while, there is a singular person who challenges this certainty. Hamilton County Superior Court Judge Steve Nation may be such a human. Even though he has served with distinction for 24 years, acting as a leader to his peers throughout our state, this does not comment on his professional accomplishment and distinction. Instead, it notes that Judge Nation takes a far broader view of community. From the bench of authority, he dispensed justice under the law. Still, as he shed the black robes of the jurist, he picked up the work of preventing the conditions that kept him fully employed in his day job. He lent his considerable experience to the intractable problems of domestic violence, senior abuse, veterans’ reintegration, traffic safety, homelessness, education and juvenile justice. As much as he educates those at his side on these scads of nonprofit boards and commissions about the rules and peccadillos of law, he learns from those on the frontline about the root of criminal activity and the impact on its victims. Although none of us is truly without replacement, some of us are worthy of emulation. Others are likely to step up, each in their own way, and we are lucky to have them. If we don’t see them, then be them. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may email him at

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Problematic potholes Commentary by Erin Murphy Potholes are popping up all over Westfield or maybe they never really stopped. Filling potholes can seem like an endless job for the Department of Public Works’ crew members, but someone has to do it. The City of Westfield street department never stops filling potholes. They might be plowing snow one day and two days later they’re patching a hole in the asphalt. This year, the crew is working with a four-ton hotbox instead of a two-ton hotbox. For those of you who aren’t skilled in pothole linguistics that means the road crew can stay out in the field longer before they have to return for more product. In 2017, the Dept. of Public Works invested in an asphalt recycler, which saves taxpayer dollars as the mixture that fills the pothole is made up of some of the chipped away asphalt. It has been a great

resource for the street department. The changing weather in Indiana makes it so you really can’t get away from potholes, so most likely you will encounter one today. All you have to do is file a Report It ticket on the city’s website. Look for the Report It button on the homepage,, and let us know where we can find the pothole. Once you create an account, you can follow your ticket until its completion through the action center. It is a great way for our employees to track their progress and for our residents to feel empowered about making our roads safer to drive. Erin Murphy is the City of Westfield Communications Director. You may reach her at emurphy@westfield. or by calling 804-3004

I was stalking Facebook the other day and came across a friend’s photograph showing her newborn twins HUMOR and two older children sprawled on the carpet. Her post read, “I just went to the grocery with all four by myself!” And I thought, “You go, girl!” It took me back to my own early days of parenting when successful momming meant I got everyone out of the house at least once and returned home with the same number of children with which I left. Inevitably, though, and usually when I was in Meijer, some old, stranger lady would approach and say, “These are the best days of your life, honey. Enjoy them!” My internal response? “Are you kidding me, lady? Please, God, tell me you are kidding!” Those days were long, hard and often horribly lonely. The burden of keeping little ones alive and occupied for 12 to 15 hours was enormous, and when blessed naptime was disrupted, I would nearly lose my mind, or what was left of it after playing Thomas Train for the entire morning. I longed for adult interaction, workplace stimulation, and by five p.m., a goblet of Pinot. I literally could not wait for the moment when I could ship my angels off to school and return to normal, sane adulthood. The moral of my stumble down Memory Lane is twofold. For new parents struggling with infants/toddlers/preschoolers, hang tough. The silver lining is around the corner (or wherever your elementary school is located!). Second, if you see a mom in dairy with a rug-rat-laden cart and simply must speak, offer words of condolences or assistance. Or a bottle of scotch. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may email her at danielle@

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An appraisal of house cleaning


Commentary by Dick Wolfsie




Mary Ellen was frantic. We were expecting a special guest, and I had never seen her so meticulous about tidyHUMOR ing the house — not counting, of course, the days before Nettie, our housekeeper, comes. Nettie had been here to clean two days earlier, and when she heard that our important visitor wasn’t due for almost 72 hours, she asked Mary Ellen: “Is Dick going to a hotel for three days?� The two of them had a good time trading stories about my messiness. “How does he get so much toothpaste on his bathroom mirror?� Nettie asked. “Or potato chips under his pillow?� asked Mary Ellen, doubled over in pain, laughing. For three days, I was not allowed to cook anything or walk in the house with my shoes on. And I still had no idea who was coming. “I need to decide what kind of songs to play while Brad is here,� Mary Ellen commented. Then she commanded our Amazon Echo: “Alexa, play music to make the house look expensive.� Aha! So it was Brad, our real estate agent. He was coming to assess the value

of our home. “Now, when Brad arrives, do not refer to downstairs as the basement or cellar. Please call it our lower level,� Mary Ellen instructed. “And we need an electrician. We have to push the switch down to turn the hall lights on. Who would want to live in a house like that?� Mary Ellen asked me to remove some of the awards from my office walls. “But I’m pretty proud of those honors.� “OK, you can keep a few up, but the one that says, ‘Class Clown, Class of ’65,’ needs to go.� As Brad finished viewing our rooms, he peered out the bay window into our backyard, where an entire family of deer appeared. He snapped a picture, knowing this would be a great selling point for wildlife lovers. Could my wife possibly have arranged such an idyllic scene? I knew she was good, but who knew she was that good?

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Winter’s wind-chill factors can wreak havoc not only on our comfort, but also on our health. Here are some common sense, and unexpected, tips. YOUR HEALTH Beyond clothes YourMetabolism plays a large part in your body’s ability to keep warm. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol relaxes you to the point that it prevents your body from shivering, and shivering helps your body warm up naturally. Avoid too much caffeine. In moderation, caffeine can raise your metabolism, but too much can actually short-circuit your metabolism, bringing your body temperature down. Ginger is known to increase core temperature. Cayenne and other peppers are known to increase heart rate, which excites nerve endings. But don’t overdo it. A pinch here or there is all you need. Complex carbohydrates are key. Unlike simple carbs that break down quickly, giving you a short spike of energy, complex carbs break down slowly. This gives you the boost that can keep your body warm throughout the day. Choose brown rice over white, whole grain breads and oatmeal or multigrain cereal for breakfast. Most importantly, stay hydrated. We hear this message a lot during the dog days of summer, but it’s just as important in winter. Drinking seven to eight glasses of plain water per day helps your metabolism function properly. On that note, hydration can also help guard against dry skin that could be more susceptible to frostbite. Consider using moisturizing soaps and plant-based body lotions (which absorb over a longer amount of time, as opposed to water-based), especially on exposed areas such as fingers and nose. Wrapping it up The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more detailed information on how to protect yourself in cold weather. Check out, or contact your primary care provider if you have questions. Reeta Bhargava, MD, specializes in family medicine. She is a guest columnist and is located at IU Health Physicians Primary Care, 380 S. Junction Dr., Suite 100, Westfield. She can be reached by calling the office at 317-399-3550.

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The Hamilton County Republican Party recently moved its headquarters from Fishers to 209 E. 175th St., Westfield. It held a grand-opening ceremony Jan. 31. From left, GOP Executive Assistant Adrienne Rogers, GOP Secretary Kim Good, GOP Treasurer Jeff Heinzmann, Westfield City Council President Jim Ake, GOP Chairperson Laura Campbell, GOP Vice Chairman Terry Anker and Westfield Chamber of Commerce President Jack Russell. (Photo by Anna Skinner)


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17 Doug Stanton portrays Ludwig van Beethoven in the play “33 Variations.” (Submitted photos)

Monica Reinking portrays Katherine Brandt in the play “33 Variations.”

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Association Indianapolis Chapter, and $2 from each ticket sale benefits the organization. Audiences of the play “33 Variations” “(Brandt) has ALS and is deteriorating will have a firsthand look at the devastatrapidly and is working against the clock,” ing effects of ALS, also is known as Lou Jamison said. “She does depict Gehrig’s disease. through the play the deterioration THEATER Main Street Proof her symptoms, so people get ductions is producan idea of what limitations can ing the play, which follows the happen with ALS. Not all people character of Katherine Brandt, a get the same symptoms, but most musicologist recently diagnosed get the physical limitations and with ALS. Her goal is to finish a speech problems when the mind is book about Ludwig van Beethoven Jamison still sharp, but the body gives out.” and why he was obsessed with Jamison said she wants to raise $1,000 the mediocre waltz theme, “Diabelli for the foundation. Collection buckets will Variations.” be available during each show. Director Jan Jamison said the Westfield Tickets are $14. Three performances Playhouse audience will see Brandt’s struggle with ALS symptoms. Brandt, who remain. Besides Reinking, who hails from Westfield, the cast includes Steve Jerk is played by Monica Reinking, travels to and Doug Stanton, both of Anderson; KateBonn, Germany to research Beethoven. lin Reeves, Carmel; Kelly Keller, Fishers; The time period and scenes alternate Dave Hoffman, Indianapolis; and Susan between 2009 in the U.S. and Bonn to 1819 Hill, Noblesville. Pianist Kyle Thomas is and 1823 in Austria, where Beethoven is rushing to finish his own masterpiece, “33 from Noblesville. Jamison said “33 Variations” is a large Variations.” production for the small theater to stage. The play is a fundraiser for the ALS

“It’s a piece of theater that is a challenge for this little theater we have,” she said. “We have incorporated music, and the piano is on stage. Our pianist is deaf, and he is playing the music written by Beethoven. It’s phenomenal and amazing to see him. The whole play itself is quite an undertaking. There are projections, music, period costumes and regular costumes and lots of scene changes that need to be running smoothly. “The team put together to run this production has done an amazing job. It’s fascinating to folks that this caliber of a show can come from this little theater.”

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The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra will present the film “Shout! A Beatles Celebration with Glenn Gass” at 8 p.m. March 2 at Flix Brewhouse in Carmel. The event is a benefit for Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a youth and family development program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Gass, Indiana University provost professor of music, developed a series of courses on the history of rock and popular music, including historical survey courses and courses devoted to the music of the Beatles and Bob Dylan. The $75 ticket includes a pre-show meal from Flix Brewhouse, two drink tickets and a question and answer session with Gass following the show. For more, visit carmel/shout-a-beatles-celebration-withglenn-gass.

Westfield — Urban Vines, 303 E. 161st St., will host a trivia night at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Teams of two to six are accepted. The event has a $5 entry fee, and prizes are available. Carmel — Singer-actress-writer Storm Large will perform both Great American Songbook and rock favorites at The Palladium at 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Geist — Comedian Dave Dugan will appear at Valentine’s Day Corks & Comedy at 7:30 p.m. Feb 14 at Daniel’s Vineyard, N. 700 West, McCordsville. For more, visit Fishers — Four Day Ray Brewing, 11671 Lantern Rd., will host a Barley and Hops for Beer Lovers dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Registration required by Feb. 13. For tickets, visit Zionsville — Comedian Dave Dugan will appear at a Comedy Night at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Bub’s, 620 S. Main St.


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formed in November. Then, IWS featured its bassoon section in Stephenson’s “Bassoon It Will Be Christmas” during its December James Stephenson’s work will make 2017 concert. its third appearance in the 2017-18 IndiSymphony No. 2 “Voices” won ana Wind Symphony the William D. Revelli Prize from the MUSIC concert. National Band Association as the But this will be speoutstanding composition for band cial because the Chicago-based for 2017. composer will guest conduct the “It was a huge surprise,” SteIWS in “Masterworks Old and New” phenson said. “I rarely enter comat 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at The Palladium in petitions and did so just kind of Carmel. Stephenson on a whim. And I was proud of the Stephenson will conduct his piece, so I figured, why not? Both the NaSymphony No. 2 “Voices.” tional Band Association and William Revelli “My music has been played by the IWS at are widely known and respected instituThe Palladium before, but I have not been tions and names, so to be associated with there to witness it, nor perform there,” them is a true honor. Also, to look at the Stephenson said. “So, this will be my first time. I guest conduct anywhere between 10 list of names that have been awarded in previous years, and to now join them, I am to 15 times per year. As my main gig is comcompletely thrilled.” posing, I only really fully got into conductStephenson describes it as an extremely ing recently, but that number seems to be virtuosic piece and an intensely personal growing, which I am happy about, because piece all at once.  I love it.” Conrad, a Carmel resident, described SteIWS Director Charlie Conrad said his phenson as one of the busiest composers symphony was part of a commissioning in the nation. consortium for Stephenson’s piece written For more, visit to honor the 500th anniversary of the RefFor the full story visit ormation: “Luther: In Canon.” That was per-

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Where’s Amy attended Actors Theatre of Indiana’s sold-out opening night and after-party for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Feb. 2. The audience was entertained by outrageous spelling bee contestants, including a few unsuspecting audience members who joined the stage for laughs and fun. ATI’s new Marketing Director Amy Stark (Carmel) with Mike Kueper (Fish- The show had the audience in stitches and gave the cast and crew a well-deserved standing ovation. For ers) at opening night of “Spelling more, visit Bee.”

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Where to go: McAlister’s Deli Where it is: 2355 E. 116th St., Carmel (also, 2550 E. 146th St., Carmel; 8355 E. 116th St., Suite 101, Fishers; 14191 Town Center Blvd., Suite 150, Noblesville). When it’s open: Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mark’s take: What comes to mind when you hear the word deli? Subs? Soups? Salads? McAlister’s? That’s right. You’ll find all of those choices and more at McAlister’s Deli. Whether you’re having dinner with the family or meeting friends for lunch, this is the place for a great dining experience. What to get: There are a lot of options here, and your preference will, of course, depend on your appetite. Soup and half a sandwich usually does it for me. So, I’ll recommend the newest additions to the menu,


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more than usual. Like, it’s really good. Ridge California Geyserville Zinfandel, 2015. This is a big-bodied glass. It has balance, it has oak, blackberry, cherry, black pepper and tobacco. It is a peppery bramble-bomb. It’ll warm you up for sure. $39. So, that special bottle for your Valentine? Or yourself? I don’t judge. It needs to be memorable and very delicious. You’re willing to spend a good amount. Go big or go home with Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. An Australian treasure. Dark fruit with loads of berries, pretty ripe tannins and spice. Big and bold but still manages to be lively. A dichotomy. Hints of mint and eucalyptus and wisps of sandalwood will make you think you’re back at a Grateful Dead Show. Wait, what’s happening? Worth. Every. Penny. $67ish.



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“A Big Band Valentine’s Concert,” The Theater at the Fort, Lawrence

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7:30 p.m. Feb. “The 25th Annual Putnam County 14-17 and 2 Spelling Bee,” The Studio Theater, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel. p.m. Feb.18. An eclectic group of mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, and then, one by one, candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories about their home lives. Cost: $20-$45.


“Masterworks Old and New,” The Palladium, 7:30 p.m., the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Feb. 20. The Indiana Wind Symphony plays masterworks, from Mozart to modern day, written specifically for wind ensembles. The concert will include James Stephenson’s new Symphony No. 2 “Voices” in one of its first-ever performances. Cost: $10-$35.

Cost: $15 advance, $13 advance military, More: prices increase at the door.

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“Sense and Sensibility,” The Tarkington, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel.

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Civic Theatre presents a playful, new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel that follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Cost: $24.50-$40.50.


“SIMCHA,” Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Academy, Carmel

7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 3 p.m. Feb.18.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s annual fundraiser offers a variety of Yiddish and Klezmer music with vignettes showcasing dance and costume from Jewish culture and heritage. Cost: $35 (includes refreshments).


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Play to target young viewers By Mark Ambrogi • For Rebecca DeVries McConnell, children’s theater is a blast. “The kids don’t hesitate THEATER to react vocally when they are excited, and it’s thrilling to get that instant feedback from them,” DeVries McConnell said. “One of my favorite parts about doing the Pyramid Players productions at Beef & Boards is doing the meet-and-greet and autographs that follow the show. The children are delighted to meet us, and it’s such a treat to converse with them in character about the story.” DeVries McConnell will perform as the Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella” Feb. 17 to March 17 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. She played the same role in a 2012 production at Beef & Boards. “She’s a really feisty and fun character,” DeVries McConnell said. “This is a very funny interpretation of the classic fairy tale. Children will recognize their favorite characters but will enjoy getting to know some new ones that were adapted into this version.” The Pyramid Players is the Beef & Boards’ Live Theatre for Kids team, actors and

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producers. DeVries played the Sea Witch in the Pyramid Players’ production of “The Little Mermaid” in 2016. She also performed in “The Music Man” and “Godspell” at Beef & Boards. DeVries McConnell, who has lived in Carmel for 10 years, graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School. She studied musical theater at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and theater education at the University of Indianapolis.  For more, visit

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By Mark Ambrogi • Cupids will take flight as part of “Beer & Ballet IV” on a Valentine’s Day weekend. Aerial artist Kristen Noonan BALLET worked with Carmel-based Ballet Theatre of Indiana choreographer Cole Companion with dancers as flying cupids, which is set to the music of Queen. “The idea is everyone is assigned a cupid to help them find true love,” BTI Artistic Director Stirling Matheson said. “But the idea is our main character is such a loser, he’s been assigned four. They’re still all very frustrated. It’s kind of like a romantic comedy. It’s funny, and there are ballerinas flying around.” BTI and Sun King Brewery will team up for the fourth time for “Beer & Ballet IV” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum, 407 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis. Will Noonan, a Carmel High graduate whose sister Megan is BTI dancer, also will perform her singing lyra act, which blends musical theater and aerial work. Other pieces by dancers include Emma Beigel, El-

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Dancers Christina Voreis, left, and Simon Pawlak prepare for Beer & Ballet IV at Sun King Brewery. (Photo courtesy of Mark Abarca)

vis Presley, Audrey Robson, Billy Joel, Stuart Coleman and The Chainsmokers. Matheson’s piece includes music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Instead of intermission, Matheson said there is a five-minute break between each piece. “It’s fun and accessible, works for Beer and Ballet, generally brings in a new audience, and, hopefully, gets them hooked to let them love all of ballet,” Matheson said. Tickets are $25 and Sun King beer will be available for purchase. For more, visit

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Blueprint for Improvement: Late-‘90s kitchen transformation Commentary by Larry Greene



Background Info: This typical late1990s home in Avon was in need of an update both visually and functionally. The original kitchen lacked the efficient layout and overall design the homeowners desired.

BEFORE PROBLEMS The kitchen cabinets were original to the home, the finish and door style dated the space and lacked efficient storage solutions. The overall layout of the kitchen didn’t function well for the homeowners and lacked open countertop space. The pantry was large and lacked organization elements.


The overall goal was to create a more functional kitchen while giving the homeowners the updated traditional design they had always dreamed of. 1. The biggest transformation was replacing all the existing cabinetry with new, two-toned cabinetry for a modern yet traditional look. 2. Additional cabinetry and cabinet accessories were added to help create more efficient use of the space. 3. The island was enlarged to create the space for a casual dining space and a microwave drawer. 4. Another large transformation was relocating appliances to create a more functional flow throughout the kitchen. This also made the space appear much larger without actually enlarging the footprint of the room. Larry Greene is the owner of Case Design/Remodeling. You may email him at lgreene@ To see more before-and-after pictures of this project, visit caseindy. com/blog.

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El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Don Knebel)

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Havana’s symbolic capitol Commentary by Don Knebel Visitors to Havana are often surprised to find a massive and familiar looking building in the heart of the city. Conflicting claims that the building is a replica of TRAVEL the United States Capitol and that it has no connection with the Capitol are both false. In 1925, after a period of political instability and financial distress, during which the U.S. repeatedly intervened to protect its interests, General Gerardo Machado became president. Machado immediately set out to make Cuba the Switzerland of the Americas, attractive to visitors from around the world. As one of many public works projects he initiated, largely financed by American banks, Machado engaged Cuban architect Eugenio Rayneri Piedra, the first graduate of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, to design a home for the legislature to communicate a new image for Cuba. To connote democracy and stability, Rayneri based the essential look and scale of the building on the U.S. Capitol. To connote European sophistication, he copied the

dome of the Paris Pantheon. Other design elements were adopted from Cuban colonial buildings. An estimated 5,000 laborers completed the 681-by-300-foot building, named El Capitolio, in just more than three years. The elegant interior included the third-largest indoor statue in the world and a 25-carat diamond marking the center of the Cuban coordinate system. The Cuban legislature began meeting in its new home Feb. 24, 1931. When the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro gained control of Cuba in 1959, it abolished the legislature. El Capitolio became the home of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment. In 2013, Raúl Castro authorized an extensive renovation of a badly deteriorating El Capitolio to become home in 2018 to the Cuban National Assembly, established in 1976. Don Knebel is a local resident who works for Barnes & Thornburg LLP. For the full column visit You may contact him at

Did I say “love?” I totally meant to say “a snowboarder.” I love any and every competition in both GRAMMAR GUY the Summer and Winter Olympiads. So from bobsleds to the event where they cross-country ski and shoot a gun, today I’m going to use the Winter Games to clear the air, so to speak, on a few similar sounding words: air, heir and err. The most common of this group of homophones is air. As a noun, air most commonly refers to the combination of gases we breathe in Earth’s atmosphere. So when Shaun White elevates far above the halfpipe, snowboarding aficionados say he gets “big air.” As a verb, air means to let out or to broadcast. Even though it happened last night, I can’t wait to watch NBC’s re-airing of the Nigerian women’s bobsled team zooming down the track. You know what they say about the biathlon: It’s the Nordic sport of kings. OK, they never actually said that, but go with me on this one. This winter sport combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. In a winter biathlon gone ter-

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two uncoated aspirins into a powder and combine with a tablespoon of shampoo. Quick battery fix – If you’re stranded with a dead car battery, you can drop two aspirin pills into the battery cells to jump-start the charging. The sulfuric acid in the battery mixes with acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) to create one charge. It will be enough to rev up your engine and get you to the nearest service station.

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ribly wrong, it’s possible the king of Norway could have a freak ski-and-rifle incident, leaving his heir to take the throne afterward. Heir is the person who inherits titles, land or property following another’s death. You’ve probably heard the saying that goes “to err is human; to forgive, divine.” When Alexander Pope wrote this he had probably never seen the skeleton competition in the Winter Olympics. If anyone errs in this 80 mph dance with death, his skeleton gets shattered and his nation will never forgive him. In this case, err means to go astray or be mistaken. I don’t quite have the air time for a few less common homophones: ere (an older way of saying “before”), are (a metric land measure), e’er (an old-timey way of saying “ever”) and eyre (an English itinerant judge). I did, however, want to make sure I included them so that you didn’t think I was erring in my ways.





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We have an open position as a Bus Mechanic at Noblesville Schools. This is a full-time year-round, benefit eligible position. CDL license or ability to obtain within 6 months is required. Experience with Cummins engines and air brakes is preferred but not required. If interested, you may apply online within our Human Resource page at:


Dry Cleaning (Carmel) - PT driver needed for pickup / delivery service and some instore duties. 20 hours possibly more. Please apply in person at Weston Cleaners, 4000 W. 106th. Street Carmel ( NE corner of 106th & Michigan Road) Any questions please email





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New clients only please. No breakdown this season. Must be able to start unit. One unit only. Normal business hours only. See ** C02



Valid with repair. $94 value. See** C01

*Valid on 80% efficiency furnace (up to $1,069 equipment discount) when purchased in combination with a 16 SEER A/C. Equipment discount can be applied to other select models. Free air filtration system with qualifying purchase. Some restrictions apply. Rebates, credits & financing vary by model. Financing with approved credit. 0% financing options up to 12 months. Monthly payments required. Customer responsible for filing utility rebates if applicable. All credits and rebates follow appropriate guidelines. **All coupons must be presented at time of service. Cannot combine with other discounts. Not valid on previous purchases. Existing residential only. See dealer for details on discounts, warranties and guarantees. Homeowner authorization needed. Must be in service area. Expires 3/15/18. HVAC Lic. #: H0002400 Plmbg Lic. #: CO50800249


February 13, 2018

Current in Westfield

New… It’s a sign of growth. A fresh start. And full of possibilities. There’s nothing like new.

Introducing the new Riverview Health Westfield Hospital. Featuring the area’s first combined ER and Urgent Care. Sometimes you don’t know whether you need to go to an ER or Urgent Care. At Riverview Health Westfield Hospital, our combined ER and Urgent Care will offer a single access point – where you’ll be guided to the level of care you need. The hospital will also house an inpatient unit, surgery suites, physician offices, drive-thru pharmacy and a walk-in orthopedic and sports medicine clinic. Opening this spring. To learn more, visit

RIGHT SIZE. RIGHT CARE. RIGHT HERE. NOBLESVILLE / CARMEL / CICERO / FISHERS / SHERIDAN / WESTFIELD Riverview Health has a full-service hospital with advanced, 24/7 ER capabilities and doctor offices located throughout Hamilton County.

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February 13, 2018 — Westfield  

Current in Westfield

February 13, 2018 — Westfield  

Current in Westfield