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Kim Daniels retires from police work to pursue investigation with the township / P15

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Holcomb responds to virus / P2

Restaurants innovate ways for carry-out/ P5

Jail takes preventive measures / P7


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Holcomb, Indiana following guidelines set by CDC experts analyze samples taken in Indiana health care facilities, including nursing homes and emergency In a continuing effort to slow the spread of the rooms, in an effort to increase the state’s ability new coronavirus, Indiana officials to conduct testing for COVID-19. As Lilly’s testing PANDEMIC have made numerous capacity expands, Lilly and the ISDH will changes to everyday life work together to increase testing. in the past week to combat the pandemic. On March 12, Holcomb announced steps On March 16, Indiana announced it the state is enacting to reduce the spread would adhere to the Centers for Disease of the new coronavirus, including initially Control and Prevention guidance for large limiting most gatherings to 250 people events and mass gatherings. The guidance and giving school corporations a 20-day recommends no in-person events of more waiver of required school days. Gatherings Holcomb than 50 people to limit close interactions are now limited to 50, with the CDC recomand the potential spread of COVID-19, the disease mending no more than 10 if possible. stemming from the new coronavirus. Events include any gathering of people who are As of press time, at least 273 public school in one room or a single space at the same time, districts are closed, are using e-learning days or such as cafeterias, churches, stadiums, meeting are on spring break and have announced a future and conference rooms and auditoriums, according closure, according to the Indiana State Dept. of to the ISDH. The guidance applies to professional, Health. The Dept. of Education is working with the social, community and similar gatherings. remaining school corporations to determine next The measures all came less than a week after steps. the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said bars, nightclubs a pandemic, forcing nations around the world to and restaurants are required to close dine-in serrespond accordingly. vices and can only provide takeout and delivery Last week, an adult Marion County resident services through the end of March. treated for the new coronavirus died, marking InHolcomb also signed an executive order March diana’s first COVID-19 death. 17 announcing additional directives, including an “A family today is suffering the ultimate loss executive order that requires the Indiana National due to COVID-19, and this sadly underscores how Guard to be on duty and assist in the state’s efsevere the virus can be – especially for some forts to combat COVID-19. high-risk Hoosiers,” Holcomb stated. “The state is The governor’s executive order also delays taking unprecedented actions to slow the spread non-essential public meetings. For essential of COVID-19, and every Hoosier should follow the meetings, one member is required to be physically precautionary measures.” present, but other members are allowed to particiThe resident was above the age of 60 and had pate electronically. been hospitalized for COVID-19 and also suffered On March 18, the ISDH and Eli Lilly and Co. anfrom underlying medical conditions, according to nounced a partnership, with support from the the ISDH. Food and Drug Administration, to accelerate testAnother Indiana resident has since died from ing in Indiana for COVID-19. the disease. “This partnership between the Indiana State “I cannot stress this enough - if you are ill, stay Department of Health and Eli Lilly and Company home. If you need to seek medical care, call ahead will be transformational in our efforts to accelso that your health care provider can take steps erate testing for COVID-19,” Holcomb stated. “We to protect others from exposure to COVID-19,” State are grateful for Lilly’s dedication to the health and Health Commissioner Kris Box stated. “We all have safety of Hoosiers as we continue to put all of our a role to play to protect Hoosiers from this illness, focus into slowing the spread.” and the time to act is now.” Eli Lilly will use its research laboratories to

DISPATCHES Seeking self-quarantine activities - Have a unique way to stay occupied during a self-quarantine? Send a photo and short description to Managing Editor Anna Skinner at anna@ youarecurrent.com by the morning of March 25 for a chance to be featured in the March 31 edition of Current. Heart and Soul Free Clinic announces restrictions — Heart and Soul Free Clinic doors will remain locked during business hours. Medical clinics will continue with scheduled appointments. If a patient has a fever or respiratory symptoms or has a household member that has the symptoms and has traveled outside of the United Stated, they will be directed to speak to the medical director. There will be no mobile clinic activities, walk-in patients or dental services until further notice. Conner Prairie closes — In alignment with its peer organizations and recommendations from the CDC and Gov. Eric Holcomb, Conner Prairie will be closed through March 30 to limit potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19. Leo Club breakfast postponed — The Westfield High School Leo Club’s pancake breakfast scheduled for March 28 has been tentatively rescheduled for April 18.


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Restaurants create innovative solutions to continue service By Ann Marie Shambaugh, Mark Ambrogi and Anna Skinner AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered restaurants to stop offering dine-in service March 17 through at least the CORONAVIRUS end of the month to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, leaving local restaurant owners scrambling to figure out how to adapt. Jeremiah Hamman, owner of Prodigy Burger Bar and Prime 47 steakhouse in Clay Terrace, doesn’t agree with the governor’s decision. He said he believes social distancing can be Hamman safely practiced at restaurants with a few modifications. “Allow the restaurants to space out tables, use their best judgment, operate at 50 percent capacity instead of 100 percent. Allow them to stay open and serve, providing they are meeting certain requirements,” said Hamman, who plans to institute carry-out and delivery service at his restaurants. “How can (the governor) decide all bars and restaurants must shut down, but grocery stores are open and you are going to have thousands of people in your store at the same time? I think it’s a terrible decision.” His biggest concern, however, is for his employees. He plans to pay them during the restrictions but knows not every restaurant owner will be able to do that. “I wish (Holcomb) would consider what he has done to the service industry employees,” Hamman said. “We’re blessed and

fortunate and in a situation where we are going to figure out a way to pay ours. There are a lot of places that aren’t. I’m really concerned for the economy and what is going to happen to them.” Toby Miles, co-owner of the Rail in Westfield, has created an innovative way to continue service. Rail’s lunch options will remain largely unchanged with curbside pickup and delivery available. For dinner, the restaurant will explore offering meal prep kits. “We are going to more or less limit our dinner options and also offer a new service, and it’s meal prep,” Miles said in a Facebook video. “We are going to take a lot of pressure off of Miles families who have to stay home, (and we will offer a) brand new menu of meal prep kits with proteins, vegetables, sides and also have our desserts. “Rail has been around for six years now and we couldn’t have done it without support from everybody and it just really warms our hearts to see everybody rally around our local places.” Miles said take-and-bake pot pies also will be available. “Everybody that wants a pot pie, heads up, we will be taking orders on all that stuff,” he said. Jan’s Village Pizza in Westfield is offering pizza kits for $20. Kits include instructions, gloves, aprons, a pizza cutter, a spoon, dough, cheese, sauce and toppings. A kid’s chef hat can be added for $5. Kits will be available for cheese lovers, veggie or pepperoni and sausage

DISPATCHES New fire marshal named — James Roberts recently was named as the Westfield Fire Dept.’s new fire marshal/division chief. Roberts spent the last 26 years at Greenfield Fire Dept., 12 of which he served as fire chief. WWS summer camp registration open — The Westfield Washington Schools summer camp brochure is online and registration is open. There are full-time and part-time camps. For more, visit wws.k12.in.us and click the Parents tab at the top.

Real estate statistics — Westfield home prices continued their upward climb in February 2020, while spending fewer days on the market. According to F.C. Tucker Company, the average sale price for Westfield homes in February 2020 was $347,005, a 3.1 percent increase from this time last year. Homes in Westfield also sold more quickly than February 2019, leaving the market 19.7 percent faster. The average price per square foot for a Westfield home also increased 1.1 percent, to $135.77, compared to February 2019.



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risk or (someone) needs to go out to a hospital, we would utilize local hospitals for treatment, but we don’t anticipate a The Indiana State Dept. of Health is enlarge need for that.” couraging social distancing to prevent the Although some staff can work from spread of corohome, the HSCO is not cutting PANDEMIC navirus, but that back on essential services. action may prove “We are trying to handle more difficult in certain situations, such things through the front office as the close quarters of the Hamilwindow, so if someone comes ton County Jail. to do fingerprints or background But Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush check, we meet them in the lobby said the Hamilton County Sheriff’s as opposed to them coming in the Quakenbush Office is doing its part to keep building, and our staff uses gloves officers and inmates safe. and masks as necessary,” Quakenbush The HCSO has canceled all public jail said. tours and is not allowing face-to-face Protocols also have been established to visits. protect officers bringing new arrests into “Most of our visits are done electronithe jail. cally, anyway, so there were not a lot (of “We are trying to protect the officers in-person visitors) other than some attorthat are bringing inmates to the jail, so ney visits face-to-face,” Quakenbush said. where they used to come in to the facility “Those are now happening through the with a new arrest, we are now making Telmate system, which is like FaceTime, that prisoner exchange in our jail,” Quakspecifically, for jail.” enbush said. “That way it minimizes exJail officials established new protoposure and risk. We have asked all other cols several weeks ago, such as asking police departments to complete a medical screening questions and taking the temscreening questionnaire before they arperature of new inmates when they arrive, and then when we meet them, we rive. They also are immediately evaluated are taking (the prisoner’s) temperature by the jail’s medical staff. and having them evaluated before bringSo far, there have been no positive ing them into the facility.” cases of coronavirus, which causes the The jail’s medical unit has negative air COVID-19 disease, inside the jail. flow, which aids in preventing contami“The good news is we have an in-house nation or viruses spreading through the medical unit and 24/7 medical coverage facility. inside the jail, so we have our own little Quakenbush said higher-risk inmates, self-contained hospital,” Quakenbush said. such as older ones with preexisting medi“We would be able to treat people there cal conditions, are already being observed if (needed). If something becomes higher more closely.

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DISPATCHES Westfield grads serve as interns — Alexandria Burch is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2020 legislative session. Burch graduated from Westfield High School and is a junior at Ball State University studying business administration. As a Secretary of the Senate intern for the Senate Majority Caucus, Burch conducts legal and policy research, files legislative documents and creates legislative calendars. Abigail Schmidter is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2020 legislative session as well. She graduated from Westfield High School

and is a sophomore at Purdue University studying corporate communications with minors in German and management. As a press secretary intern, Schmidter writes news releases, columns and e-newsletters and helps correspond with members of the media. City receives grant — Duke Energy recently awarded a total of $28,500 to six Indiana economic development organizations to receive Foreign Direct Investment Partnership Program grants. Each organization was awarded up to $5,000. The City of Westfield was one of the recipients.





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United Way starts COVID-19 economic relief fund By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com

CONSTRUCTION WESTFIELD Project: Westfield Boulevard connector Location: The extension will connect the roundabout at Ind. 32 and Shamrock Boulevard with David Brown Drive. Construction has moved to the south side of Park Street. Expected completion: End of 2020 Project: Monon Trail bridge Location: Monon Trail closed near Ind. 32. Expected completion: The project has been extended to last until spring Project: Grand Junction Plaza Location: The parking lot west of Union Street and south of Main Street Expected completion: The gravel parking lot on the east end of Park Street is permanently closed as the Grand Junction Plaza is moving into the construction phase. Parking is available on the west end of Park Street. Project: Natalie Wheeler Trail  Location: On Union Street between Mill and Jersey streets. Expected completion: Closed during construction of the Grand Junction Plaza, estimated completion in 2021. CARMEL Project: Roundabout on Range Line Road Location: Range Line Road between the U.S. 31 overpass and Cool Creek Boulevard. The road will close April 1 and be closed to all through traffic for approximately 45 days. Expected completion: Mid-May Project: Extension of Lowes Way Location: From Keystone Parkway to Range Line Road Expected completion: July ZIONSVILLE Project: Templin Road bridge replacement Location: Over Eagle Creek just west of U.S. 421 Expected completion: The Templin Road bridge will undergo a bridge replacement. The shoulder is closed and will remain closed until the project begins in 2021. Templin Road will be closed March 30 and March 31 as contractors examine subsurface soil and extract soil samples.

dation, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and United Way of Central Indiana, Central Indiana Community Foundation United Way of Central Indiana knew it and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable had to find a way to support human serTrust. Grants will be distributed to huvice needs during man service organizations in PANDEMIC the coronavirus Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Henpandemic. dricks, Marion and Morgan coun“It’s not just a health crisis, ties best positioned to meet the it’s an economic crisis which emerging needs resulting from we’re seeing the magnitude tothe crisis. day still remains uncertain,” said As of March 17, Fennig said the Greg Fennig, the organization’s fund is up to $17.3 million. Fennig chief marketing, communica“We continue to convene tions and community relations officer.  discussions with organizations, and at United Way of Central Indiana and this moment we are working with the community funders launched the funding partners to identify commuCOVID-19 Community Economic Relief nity-based organizations to which the Fund March 13. funding will make our initial contribu“The purpose of that is to support tions,” Fennig said. “We expect there will organizations that are on the front lines be multiple rounds of those contribudoing the work to be able to help people tions evolving over time. We are trying to in need,” Fennig said.  make sure we get this moving as quickly Fennig said it was launched with inias possible to those organizations that tial gifts of $16.5 million that was led by are having the greatest impact. Lilly Endowment’s $15 million donation. “I feel like we are seeing a great eleThere were $500,000 contributions each ment of collaboration and cooperation from of the Richard M. Fairbanks Founamong organizations to have everyone

working together to move things forward as quickly as possible.” Fennig said the human service organizations to be funded first have not yet been identified, but those that provide food and economic assistance are likely beneficiaries. “One that continues to be really important and appears to be coming together well is how we support child care for health care workers and first responders, so we can make sure they continue to do their jobs,” Fennig said. Fennig said people that need services should call 211 or visit in211.org. “That’s the best way to connect to agencies in a specific geographic area on what services are available,” he said.  Anyone who wants to contribute can visit uwci.org under the Community Economic Relief Fund. Human service agencies seeking more specific information can email the community impact team at covid-19cerf@uwci.org.

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DISPATCHES Crime rate decreases — For the fourth consecutive row, the City of Westfield’s crime rate has decreased. The city’s Uniform Crime Reports decreased from 562 to 501 in 2019. Westfield also saw a decrease in homicides, burglaries, simple batteries and thefts. SWCD to conduct workshop — The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct a sustainability workshop focusing on invasive species from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds Annex in Noblesville. Attendees will learn about the threat of invasive species, practical management basics with demonstrations, and how to identify, eradicate and replace invasive species on their property with native varieties. The workshop is $12 per person and will run from. Register at hamiltonswcd.org. Space is limited.


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Bontrager makes semifinals — The National Geographic Society named Mallory Bontrager, an eighth grader at Westfield Middle School, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held March 27 at IUPUI. Community First Bank recognized — Community First Bank of Indiana, with branches in Westfield, Noblesville and Kokomo, has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group for the sixth year in a row. WYSI now accepting sponsorships — Westfield Youth Sports, Inc. is accepting sponsorships for 2020. It is seeking team sponsors for its youth sports. There are different levels of sponsorship. For more, visit wysi. net/Default.aspx?tabid=477217. SWCD offers native plants and ran barrels — The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District will sell native plant kits with 50 native plant plugs for $125. The SWCD also is selling rain barrels, available for pre-order for $75. Plant orders are due April 20 and rain barrel pre-orders are due May 21. For more, visit hamiltonswcd.org. Senator welcomes pages — State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) welcomed several students to the Statehouse who served as Senate pages in January. They included William Strahm and Samuel Strahm from Westfield.

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Maintain fitness with home workout Commentary by Seth Tucker During the widespread shutdowns and self-quarantines, our gym routines may have taken a hit. It is more EXERCISE important than ever to maintain our health and fitness. This circuit-style bodyweight workout allows you to stay active even from home. Perform this workout three times a week with at least one day of rest between workouts. These exercises can be adjusted to varying levels of fitness and the focus should be on controlled movements and full range of motion. If you aren’t able to move all the way through the full range of motion, that’s OK. Do the best you can and increase your range as you improve. The squat and pushup can be made more difficult by slowing down each rep for a 5-second count on the lowering portion and a 5-second count on the way back up. You can decrease the difficulty of the squat by placing a low chair or block behind you to sit down and stand up from, while the pushups can be made easier by doing them from your knees or placing your hands on an elevated surface such as a chair or ledge. For the bear crawl, start in a pushup position, hands shoulder-width apart and knees bent. Move the left hand and the right leg forward to start crawling. Alternate the arm and leg movements while keeping the back straight and the hips and shoulders at the same height. For the bird dog, get on all fours with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Keeping your head in line with your back and parallel

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Hamilton County Express to remain open By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com Amid dozens of businesses closing statewide in an attempt to slow the spread of TRANSPORTATION COVID-19, Janus Developmental Services President Chris Sorenson assures residents that Hamilton County Express will remain operational unless ordered to shut down. “So many people are in such vulnerable positions to which they have no other alternatives to get to different kinds of Sorenson appointments and things like that,” Sorenson said. “I think it’s really important to provide public transportation as long as we are able to do so. “If we have any strict guidance recommending we close, we will follow that guidance.”

Sorenson said Janus receives constant communication from the Indiana Dept. of Transportation, which administers funding used for Hamilton County Express. Preventive measures are being implemented, such as drivers wiping down railings and seats after each passenger. Sanitizing supplies are available for passengers to use. Sorenson said Hamilton County Transit has had lots of passenger cancellations as a result of business closings. Common desitnations are grocery stores and pharmacies. “People who use public transportation use it because they usually don’t have any other alternative, and you don’t want to take that option away for being able to get to places,” Sorenson said. The Hamilton County Express is $3 per one-way trip. It operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. To book a trip, call 317773-2688. For more, visit hcepublictransit. org.

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“This is an ideal time for you to introduce a pet to your family and infuse Although the Humane Society for what is a very difficult time with some Hamilton County will remain open and joy and purpose. To better facilitate this fully operaprocess to ensure social PANDEMIC tional, it is “This is an ideal distancing, your entire canceling will not be required time for you to family all March events in order to come into the shelter introduce a pet to to meet a prospective pet to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Events will be exceptions may apyour family and (some rescheduled for April or ply and will simply require infuse what is a a longer hold period until later. It also is limiting buildvery difficult time restrictions are lifted).” ing traffic to no more than It is already standard 10 people at a time. People with some joy and protocol for staff and visiting the Humane Sovolunteers to ensure purpose.” ciety at this time may be the building is clean and asked to wait in their car or experience sanitary. longer wait times. The Centers for Disease Control has The HSHC will continue accepting lost, claimed to date that there is no evstray or unwanted animals. A statement idence that companion animals can from the HSHC stated the following: spread COVID-19.

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Blood donations needed, drives canceled By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com

Waxman said companies closing have hurt as well. “These organizations are telling their staffs to work virtually,” Waxman said. “In some of these organizations, we could collect The need for blood donations is growing with the number of 100 donors in a day. Those donors are not at work now, they’re drives being halted due to closings. working from home. This is having a profound effect on what “We need people to understand with we’ve been able to collect.” PANDEMIC all this going on with coronavirus and Waxman said Indiana needs to collect 560 units every travel restrictions, the need for blood day to ensure hospitals have enough. is every single day,” said Dr. Dan Waxman, a medical “We are trying to get the word out for anyone who is director for Versiti Blood Center of Indiana. “Every single a current donor, or some who was going to donate at a day we need blood products for patients. We want to mobile, we would like them to come to one of fixed site encourage people to come in and donate, especially if locations,” people are off from school and work.” Waxman said. Waxman Waxman said the process is completely safe with Visit Versiti.org/indiana to find out where donation sterile needles. centers are in the state. There are donation centers at 726 “So, there is nothing someone can catch from being a donor,” Adams St., Suite 150, Carmel and 11005 Allisonville Rd., Suite C, he said. “We really want people to come to us to donate beFishers. cause the patient needs are 24/7. The big issue is we set up our Waxman said the centers are using 28-day deferral on donatblood collection mobiles several months in advance and during ing blood from anyone who has returned from China, Iran, South this time of year we have our blood collection mobiles at high Korea and Italy.  schools and colleges, so with the closure of these high school “Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has and colleges where many students have gone home, there have coronavirus we would have them defer for 28 days,” he said. been cancellations of blood drives.” The donation takes approximately one hour from start to finIn the Versiti system of five states (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, ish, Waxman said. The actual donation itself takes 15 minutes. Ohio and Wisconsin), more than 100 drives have been canceled, “I will guarantee you if the donor does that, they will save accounting for 2,700 units of blood (as of March 13). That has three lives,” Waxman said. “Every blood donation goes to three created a concerning level for the nearly 250 hospitals that different products. The main product we need is red blood Versiti serves. cells.”

OneZone, Noblesville chambers join to help By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com

months from present day. “Really, for us, it’s getting information from our small businesses of how the virus OneZone and Noblesville chambers of is affecting their business in order to get commerce are partnering to keep their some funding,” OneZone COO Jack Russell members and said. “(Noblesville Chamber of PANDEMIC small businesses Commerce Executive Director) Bob throughout Fishers, (DuBois) and I had a conversation Carmel and Noblesville up-to-date because we thought it was really on the rapid changes occurring as important that we, as a chamber, the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. work together to be a voice for The Small Business Administrabusinesses, and this is a good step tion has been allocated $50 billion for us to get information out and Russell for economic injury disaster loans to communicate with our members and, in order for Hoosiers to gain access to in the community on what opportunities the funds, small business economic impact there are as we go through this time with data must be collected from each county in the virus. the state. “This isn’t a OneZone issue, this isn’t a OneZone and Noblesville chambers sent Noblesville Chamber issue, this is a small a link to their members urging small busibusiness issue across Hamilton County and nesses to fill out the estimated impact to the state and the globe.” their businesses during the COVID-19 panTo fill out the COVID-19 economdemic. Impact start dates can be as early ic impact form, visit isbdc.org/ as Jan. 31. The end date can be weeks or indianacovid19smallbusiness/#.


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Shepherd’s Center offers help By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com

has increased its capacity of meals to accommodate for seniors who request assistance. The meals are supplied by The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton Riverview Health and St. Vincent hosCounty is making it easier for residents pitals, As of press time, the hospitals 55 and older to have not capped the number of PANDEMIC remain home seniors who can receive aid. during the coroGuynn said although the SCHC navirus pandemic. The CDC has is not a medical facility, it is stated seniors or people with partnering with paramedicine preexisting conditions are more programs throughout the county at risk if they contract COVID-19. to offer telephone or in-person SCHC staff and select volunsupport if a senior is experiencGuynn teers will partner with Meals ing medical problems for which on Wheels of Hamilton County to bring they would otherwise leave home to meals to deliver meals to seniors in seek help. However, if seniors are exHamilton County as well as other esperiencing coronavirus symptoms such sential supplies. The SCHC Executive as fever, cough or shortness of breath, Director Lauren Guynn said there are no they are instructed to contact the Indirequirements to qualify for meals. ana State Dept. of Health. “We are doing deliveries and drop-offs A 24/7 hotline has been established at the door of any food, grocery store for seniors inquiring about the the SCHC pick-up, pharmacy pick-up, meals and assistance. The number is 317-674-8777, just about anything else a senior might ext. 5. need because we are urging them not to The SCHC is based in Noblesville and leave home unless they absolutely have has closed all programs through April 5. to,” Guynn said. Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County

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Comcast works to support bandwidth for eLearning By Renee Larr news@currentinwestfield.com

To keep up with the demand of families with kids studying from home, Comcast also has increased the speed of the InterIn response to the COVID-19 outbreak and net Essentials plan from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 area schools moving to eLearning, Comcast Mbps. is making changes “Families will be able to stream PANDEMIC to the Internet eLearning programs based on that Essentials program 25 megabits per second a lot easier to support bandwidth for eLearning than you would have before without curriculum. adjusting any resolution,” Wilson “Internet Essentials is an internet said. plan that is offered to anyone on Even seniors can take advantage government assistance,” said Mike of the program if they qualify. Wilson Wilson, Comcast Indiana spokes“We want seniors to know they’re man. “That means anybody who’s taking able to take advantage of this to connect advantage of free and reduced lunches prowith their doctors via conferencing services grams or any other federal assistance can or eMedicine,” Wilson said. “We know peotake advantage of Internet Essentials.” ple still need that connection during social Comcast is offering new customers 60 isolation.” days of complimentary Internet Essentials Current Internet Essentials customers service, which is usually available to all will receive the higher speed automatically. qualified low-income households for $9.95 Comcast will send all new customers a free per month. self-install kit that includes a cable modem “In times like this, we try to find ways with a Wi-Fi router. There will be no term that as an internet service provider that we contract, credit check or shipping fee. can give back to the community,” Wilson To see if you qualify and to apply, visit said. “We know parents have their kids at internetessentials.com or call 855-846-8376 home now and are trying to adapt to the for English and 855-765-6995 for Spanish. measures put in place with eLearning.”

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Kim Daniels retires from police work to pursue investigation with the township

By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com

Kim Daniels wanted to retire from the Westfield Police Dept., but she didn’t want to retire from working full time. When Westfield Washington Township COVER STORY Trustee Danielle Carey Tolan learned of Daniels wishes, she thought an investigative position with the township would be a perfect fit. “I got wind Kim was retiring but not really wanting to retire and I said, ‘Really?’ At that time, we were looking for an investigator and interviewing for a full-time investigator position, and so I met with her to talk about the position and to see if she was interested,” Carey Tolan said. “After talking, it was a natural fit, but my biggest worry was she had a retirement date way past the time I needed to fill the position.” After further examination, Carey Tolan thought the position required two people to manage the workload, so she hired Kristen Yutzy as the sole investigator until Daniels came on part-time last November. “The investigating is a little different from what I’m used to,” Daniels said. “When we have clients looking for assistance, they have a certain application and certain paperwork required to be reviewed. So, the investigator is responsible for the application and making sure all the paperwork gets in and then trying to verify a lot of the paperwork. “Then, once you get through all that, the decision comes down to what they need (such as housing, utilities, food).” Carey Tolan said people in need often ask directly for what they need help with, such as utility payment or food, and the investigator’s job is to ensure people truly need those items. Daniels spent the previous 12 years as a Westfield Police Dept. school resource officer for Westfield Washington Schools. Prior to her SRO work, she was a patrol officer at three different departments. Daniels said her new position isn’t much different from police work. “At the core of everything, I went into police work because I wanted that service-oriented type of a career, and I just switched out of one service-oriented career into a second,” she said. “I’m still assisting the public, just in a slightly different way. I went from working with the Westfield Police Dept. and Westfield Washington Schools where I had a good job with great people, and I have the same thing here. “They’re the same level of caring and dedication. It was a good transition for me into a career I think I’m really going to like.” Recently, the township acquired a home in Noblesville near 146th Street and Allisonville Road from the Hamilton County Commissioners. It plans to use the home as temporary housing for clients.

Kristen Yutzy, left, and Kim Daniels look through an application. (Photos by Anna Skinner)

“We went into an agreement with the county commissioners, and they have four houses that they were going to condemn,” Carey Tolan said. “Instead of condemning, I asked them if we could utilize those houses for clients.” In total, the township can utilize four houses, two neighboring houses north of 146th Street and two neighboring houses south of 146th Street. The other three houses should come online by the end of the month. “People still will apply,” Carey Tolan said. “Sometimes, people are in transition from jobs or they’re in transition of getting evicted and not able to afford the current place. We are hoping this will afford them the ability to (save enough money) for a down payment and first month’s rent.” The houses will cost $100 per week and only one family or individual may occupy them at a time. Restrictions include no pets, only running vehicles and no visitors unless approved by the township. “We want to see these people succeed,” Carey Tolan said.

HOME DELIVERIES With the outbreak of COVID-19 closing organizations and businesses across the nation, Westfield Washington Township investigator Kim Daniels expects a lot of her work in the coming weeks will involve home visits and home deliveries. “Whatever the reason, we do home visits and collect what we need there. Instead of trying to come up with a way to get them in the office, we just go to them,” Daniels said. “We are getting ready to do a lot of remote work because of this new situation, and we will be doing a lot of things over the phone and with email. We will be utilizing computers and drop-off boxes, different things to limit the contact.” Westfield Washington Township Trustee Danielle Carey Tolan expects the virus will raise the number of people in need. “I think in the next couple weeks we will see an influx of applications,” she said.


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Commentary by Terry Anker “It is not like we’re not trying to make sure that bad stuff doesn’t happen by not doing things that we used to do.” Hmm. We’re not sure what is not meant to happen ... or to happen ... or to not, not happen. It is all so confusing. In a time where clarity of communication is most important, why are so many continuing to cloud the air with doublespeak, jargon and insider lingo? The negative, especially the double negative, is, well, doubly troubling in doubly troubling conditions. What do we need to do? What is the standard? When do we need to do it? The truth of the matter, whatever the “truth” may be – and whatever the “matter” may be, for that matter – is too often intentionally construed to prevent good-intentioned folks from understanding what the heck is going on. Not intended to attack him, as many others will likely follow, but if the mayor of New York City is calling for “required shelter in place,” what is he saying? Would it be better to say martial law? Would we understand that expression any better or worse? Are they the same? How are they different? Could they mean the Marshall Law? Noted 19th-century British economist Alfred Marshall said, “There are no economic tendencies which act as steadily and can be measured as exactly as gravitation can, and consequently, there are no laws of economics which can be compared for precision with the law of gravitation.” What? It is probably not this one. A speaker’s desire to manipulate an audience with a convolution of language risks considerable misunderstanding by the listener. Perhaps, that it is the intention. Anyone attempting to sell anything to anybody is prone to play the word game. Should we accept it as unavoidable or demand clarity?

Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may email him at terry@youarecurrent.com.

Addressing viral elephant in the room Commentary by Danielle Wilson Hmm. What to talk about this week? The aftermath of the convergence of Friday the 13th with my hormonal fluctuHUMOR ations three days after a full moon? The return of two-thirds of my college kids for spring break that has already necessitated multiple Meijer runs and ear plugs? Bore-ing! But if not the mundane, upon what else could I possibly pontificate? Should I just acknowledge the morbidly obese elephant in the room and be done? Coronavirus. There, I said it. But part of my self-care plan is to limit exposure to conversations surrounding the pandemic, which in my humble-yet-superior opinion is fueling unnecessary anxiety. I understand and completely support the closing of schools and cancellation of events (though I am suffering from acute March Sadness), but I cannot wrap my head around the ensuing mass hysteria. And I can’t avoid it, either. To wit, I was at the grocery stocking up

on milk and toilet paper – for the aforementioned invasion of my coed-locusts, not for the mandated lockdown of society – when I happened to pass a store employee carrying an empty Charmin box. I’d heard rumors of a TP shortage, so I turned down the aisle to grab a few rolls. Coming from the other direction was a guy also seemingly intent on scoring an eight-pack. There was one left. Ah, hell, no. I sprinted down that aisle like I was in the last few moments of the Olympic 100-meter dash. I actually hurdled a discarded Bounty paper towel bundle. And for what? Some toilet paper? CV doesn’t even cause diarrhea! No thanks. I’m sticking with the boring hormones and parenting woes. Peace out.

Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may email her at info@youarecurrent.com.

Editor, The coronavirus has brought us all together in finally being conscious of cleaning public and private areas. If everyone is encouraged to stay home, now is the time to clean your home thoroughly, including drawers, closets, cluttered rooms, the garage, the yard and other areas needed which may include your cluttered neighborhood. Every weekend, there are events that encourage us to leave our homes to participate. It is now time to spend time with our families at home and work together in getting longtime listed chores done. It also is time for institutions, businesses and public entertainment areas to be cleaned everywhere within. Sweeping and mopping floors and cleaning windows in public areas is not enough, and that seems to be all that was done in the past. All areas where human hands touch need to be cleaned. We will all be the better for this collective participation. Mari Briggs, Sheridan It is now time to spend time with our families at home and work together in getting longtime listed chores done.

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An alternative narrative Commentary by Dick Wolfsie Most cable systems have a feature called Video Description. A narrator describes what is going on during scenes, allowing the visually impaired to fully HUMOR enjoy the show. For example, if you are watching a cop show, you might hear: Narrator: “Sgt. Voight removes the gun from his holster and places it on the desk.” The other day I hit the wrong button and accidentally enabled the Video Description feature. We tried everything, but we couldn’t turn it off. Eventually, we just closed our eyes. That was way simpler than Googling: How do I silence the guy who keeps telling us what is happening in the scene when we can see it ourselves? I wonder what a Video Description would be like if someone narrated a day in the lives of the Wolfsies. It would start with breakfast. “Dick, would you like some fresh-pressed carrot and spinach juice?” “Sure. Thanks!” Narrator: “While Mary Ellen moves to the other side of the kitchen to feed the cat, Dick pours the green liquid down the drain, then smiles, holding up the empty glass and pretending he drank it in one gulp.” Later in the car: “Dick, this is our exit coming up.” “Oh! Thank you, Mary Ellen. Or should I call you Siri?” Narrator: “Mary Ellen glances out the passenger window. Dick shakes his head, annoyed that Mary Ellen thought he couldn’t

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Hospitals reduce visitation, deny elective surgeries By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com Several area hospitals have increased visitor restrictions and CORONAVIRUS postponed elective surgeries to make room and conserve resources for a potential influx in patients due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. ASCENSION ST. VINCENT Effective March 17, all elective, non-urgent surgeries at Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis are postponed. The hospital also has increased visitor restrictions. All patients and visitors will be screened for the presence of fever and respiratory symptoms. For inpatient surgeries, patients having the surgery will be allowed one visitor upon arrival for their procedure. Once the procedure is complete, the visitor will exit the hospital. Virtual communication will be allowed. For patients having outpatient surgery, one visitor will be allowed to stay with the patient until the patient is discharged. For patients having pediatric surgery, children 17 and younger will have one parent or guardian stay with them

post-procedure. Visitors will not be allowed to see patients with COVID-19 unless it is an end-of-life situation. For more, visit healthcare.ascension.org. COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK Community Health Network tightened visitor restrictions March 13. Visitors are not allowed at Community Hospital North, Community Hospital East, Community Hospital South, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Community Behavioral Health, Community Howard Regional Health and Community Hospital Anderson. However, exceptions will be considered for the following areas where patients will be allowed one visitor per room: the NICU, OB/delivery, pediatrics, the emergency department, inpatient surgery for the day of surgery only, outpatient surgery, outpatient provider appointments, end-of-life situations, behavioral health treatment/discharge planning and discharge plan coaching on the day of discharge only. Community Health Network also has postponed elective, non-urgent surgeries For more, visit ecommunity.com. IU HEALTH Indiana University Health has increased

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Coronavirus pandemic forces theater groups to face difficulties By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com If there has been a constant theme in the announcements of cancellations and postponements of theater productions and concerts due to POSTPONEMENTS the coronavirus pandemic, it is that it will create hardship for the arts world. Local theater groups are offering refunds for shows that have been postponed or canceled, although they would appreciate it if refunds could be a donation to the organization. Center for the Performing Arts The Center for Performing Arts suspended performances for a month when Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb first announced COVID-19 guidelines of restricting gatherings to no more than 250 people March 13. When Holcomb amended that to no more than 50 people March 16, the Center extended the suspension of all performances and other events at its venues through May 11. President Donald Trump announced March 16 a federal guideline that limits gatherings to no more than 10 people. The affected venues include the Palladium, The Tarkington and the Studio Theater. The cancellations include performances by Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and the Indiana Wind Symphony as well as education events, rental events and Center Presents performances. That includes Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s performance of “Exodus” set for April 3-5 and Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s March 14 and April 18 concerts. “We regret the circumstances that brought us to this point, but clearly there is no other responsible decision to make for the welfare of our patrons, employees and the community,” stated Jeff C. McDermott, president/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation. All ticket holders will be contacted and provided refunds or the option to donate the purchase amount to the presenting organization to help defray costs associated

Center for the Performing Arts President/CEO Jeff McDermott is trying to reschedule as many postponed shows as possible. (File photo)

with the cancellations. The Center will work to reschedule the canceled events as feasible, according to a press release. The Center will continue to follow the guidance of public safety officials and will reassess the suspension as needed. Offices will remain in operation during standard business hours. The box office and the Great American Songbook Exhibit Gallery at the Palladium will be closed to the public through May 11, but ticket sales for events not affected by the suspension will continue online at thecenterpresents.org or by phone at 317-843-3800. Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre officials have announced the remaining performances of “Saturday Night Fever” and the upcoming scheduled production of “An American in Paris” have been canceled. “Saturday Night Fever” was scheduled to run through March 29 and “An American in Paris” was scheduled to start April 2. Ticket holders for those shows will be contacted by Beef & Boards box office staff with op-

tions available to them. At this time, Beef & Boards plans to reopen with the opening of “The Sound of Music” as scheduled May 14. For more, beefandboards.com Civic Theatre Civic Theatre had to postpone “A Few Good Men” March 13, the day the show was supposed to open at the Studio Theater. The restrictions also forced Civic to shut down “Matilda The Musical,” which was set to open April 24. It is uncertain when or if the shows will be rescheduled. In the meantime, all ticket holders will be contacted and provided refunds or the option to donate the purchase amount to Civic Theatre to help defray costs associated with the cancellations. “The magic of live theatre is fundamental to our patrons, volunteers and staff. We are heartbroken at the postponement of ‘A Few Good Men’ and ‘Matilda the Musical,’’ Civic Theatre Executive Artistic Director Michael Lasley stated. For more, visit civictheatre.org.

Actors Theatre of Indiana ATI has postponed “Damn Yankees,” which was scheduled to open April 24, and the May 5 ATI Theatre Lab reading of “Provenance.” ATI co-founder Don Farrell said the plan is to move both into the 2020-2021 season. “The decision to delay programming places an incredible financial strain on ATI,” Farrell said in a note to supporters. “Please consider making a donation today so that when this crisis ends - and it will - Actors Theatre of Indiana will still be right here waiting for you with open arms, ready to reflect all the best parts of our shared humanity.” For more, visit atistage.org. Indiana Repertory Theatre Indiana Repertory Theatre officials said they have made the tough decision to cancel the rest of the 2019-20 season. “This is devastating news for our staff and artists, and we do not make this decision lightly. We thank our loyal patrons for your patience as we move forward in these unprecedented times,” Artistic Director Janet Allen and Managing Director Suzanne Sweeney said in a statement. “Our ticket office will be in touch with patrons who purchased ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ tickets to best accommodate the closing of this production as well as the closing of the season. As you can imagine, our customer service staff is experiencing high volumes of requests at this time, and we ask that you await their contact.” For “Murder on the Orient Express” ticket holders, the IRT, in partnership with WFYI, is offering ticket holders a taped performance of “Murder on the Orient Express.” Details on accessing the show online will be offered soon. For more, visit irtlive.com/support. Westfield Playhouse Main Street Productions has postponed “A Raisin in the Sun,” set to run March 20 to April 5 at the Westfield Playhouse. Director Nancy Lafferty said she hopes the performances will be held later in May or another later date. Meanwhile, Main Street Productions’ staging of “Rumors,” which was supposed to open May 8, has been postponed until the 2022-23 season. For more, visit westfieldplayhouse.org.


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Vienna’s magnificent, world-leading opera house Commentary by Don Knebel The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) in Vienna, Austria, is one of the world’s leading opera houses. It was once so poorly regarded that neither of its TRAVEL designers survived its construction. Opera has been important in Vienna since the early 1700s, when it was aggressively promoted by Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, who also was an accomplished composer. Operas were initially performed in Heinrichshorf, a magnificent private residence in the center of Vienna. By the middle of the 19th century, the scale of popular operas had outgrown the capacity of Heinrichshorf. In 1857, Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I authorized using public funds to build a new opera house near the existing one along the Ringstraße (Ring Road). A competition for the design of the new opera house required that the entrants identify a slogan capturing the essence of their design. The competition was won by architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg and interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll, whose slogan was “Fais ce que dois, advient que pourra” (essentially, “Do your best, no matter what happens”). The foundation stone for the new opera house was laid in 1863. Unfortunately, the building, lacking the grandeur of Heinrichshorf, was panned even before it was completed. The criticism increased when the Ringstraße in front of the building was raised more than 3 feet, leading people to

Wiener Staatsoper opera house in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Don Knebel)

call the unfinished structure “the sunken box.” Devastated by the harsh reception, Van der Null committed suicide and Sicardsburg died of a heart attack before the building opened on May 25, 1869, with a lavish production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” attended by Emperor Joseph and Empress Elisabeth, the beloved “Sisi.” Each year, Wiener Staatsoper stages more than 300 performances of more than 60 different operas and ballets. It also

Explaining cancel culture Commentary by Curtis Honeycutt It seems like our whole world has been canceled in the past week. Coronavirus has changed our daily lives from school cancelations to large GRAMMAR GUY events being postponed or canceled. Yes, the word “canceled” is all over the place, but we’re (rightly so) more concerned about making sure we all stay safe and healthy. As we all adjust to a radically different world than the one we lived in a week ago, I’m going to focus for a minute on British and American English spellings. By doing so, we can know the correct way to spell “canceled” in the U.S. Why are so many British and American English words spelled differently? Look no further than the All-American boy Noah Webster Jr. In addition to being buddies with Alexander Hamilton, serving in the Connecticut House of Representatives and being a fascinating character, Webster was a lexicographer, which is a fancy way of saying “word nerd.” His 1828 “An American Dictionary of the

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price includes installation & warranty NORWAY SPRUCE 6-7’ 3 for $1,125

Help Wanted: Looking for an entry level employee to round out my help desk. It is a perfect job for college aged students or someone looking to return to the workforce. Primary duties would be inbound tech support calls, emails, and light office work. Hours are Mon-Thurs 10:00am-2:00pm. Please send resumes, work history, or questions to: mkress@theankerconsultinggroup.com

RED MAPLE 10-12’ 3 for $1,185




















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PIN OAK 18-20’ $895

WHITE PINE 10-12’ $695

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10795 E. 300 South, Zionsville, IN 46077 146th St Michigan Rd



On the corner of Michigan & 146th


March 24, 2020

Current in Westfield


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March 24, 2020 — Westfield  

Current in Westfield

March 24, 2020 — Westfield  

Current in Westfield