community connection / P4 • political debates / P14 • grant winners / P18 Whenever I feel like I’m being an absent father, I do apologize to my son and just say, “I’ve got something to work on that’s very, very important and one day this will be over with, but until then I can’t take you to things. I can’t take you to movies. I can’t take you to the ballpark. I can’t go to the (Cincinnati) Reds games like we always used to go to. I can’t do it.” And of course, that’s what happened during the campaign too, thinking I’d make it all up once the campaign was over. Of course I still can’t do that yet. So that’s half of what I’m fighting for.Before we get to that, one thing I want to point out, which is rarely reported, is my original home down around Corydon and New Albany. I’m originally from a Democrat family. I was politically aware at a young age in general, but because I’ve got a large Democrat family that helped me to (understand) if there was a difference of opinion about politics, I was always respectful of that. ... but I’d always tell people, I don’t want any of you to do anything that’s going to hurt someone’s livelihood. I don’t want anyone to do anything like file for a prosecutor or attorney general, or the disciplinary commission, because that is what is what gets people not to want to run for office and that is what gets people not to want to vote. I said, no matter how bad things get, it can get bad to a certain point, but there’s a certain point to where you don’t go past. BecauseTuesday then itNovember becomes uncivilized. Now, as to the timeline: You know, the one thing I did that probably did not help 1, 2011 me, but as a citizen I’m very proud to have done this, was … there was a feeling among many factions that (former Hamilton County Prosecutor) Sonia Leerkamp needed to just retire and go away. I was friends with (Leerkamp) for years, but I felt that she burned a lot of bridges with the (Hamilton) County Council, when she called them extortionists, because hers was the only office that would not file work reviews for their employees, and I thought she had a horrible record on (sex crime cases). I believed as a citizen and as a county chairman that she and her executive staff were incompetent, and they didn’t work well with the county council. And that’s why I met with a man named Paul Felix several times. I felt I had to get Felix to run. Sonia told one of my good friends that, “I’m going to get him someday for this,” meaning me. And she sent letters to every precinct committeeman attacking me for supporting Felix, even though in past years I’d supported her. And then she lost that primary, and everybody was fairly happy. When the charges were filed against me by Greg Purvis and then by Vop Osili, one thing to understand is that this practice had been done by Democrats in the past against other local officials and nothing was ever done, no matter what the merits of the case were. It didn’t matter if you were a county chairman, or if you were an elected official currently, Sonia never went after anybody. It didn’t matter how bad it was. She simply didn’t do it. Or she called a grand jury and found a way to make sure they were given a “no” bill. So at the time I thought, Here they go again, filing yet another thing and this is ridiculous. because. No. 1, I didn’t do anything wrong and, No. 2, prosecutors across the state have priorities. They go after people that are dangers to society. They don’t spend their time letting three special prosecutors go after somebody for something like this. So here we are. I get this phone call to tell me that Vop, my Democrat opponent was in my office and (an Indianapolis television station) was there with him. The caller’s observation, or point to me was, “Charlie, I think it’s payback time.” And then a couple hours later, they announce they’re going to pick special prosecutors. Now you have to understand, this is six weeks before statewide election. Nobody does this. (Leerkamp’s) office doesn’t do anything quickly. I mean, look at their record on protecting rape victims. They don’t work this quickly. But they worked with greased lightning on this one. They decided to pick (special prosecutors) so quickly, right before the election, so the Democrats could run ads like the “Sorry Charlie” ads and have all the headlines they created, but here’s the thing though … we have a five-year statute of limitations on some of these things. What was the big hurry six weeks before an election to start on this when no other prosecutor in the state would?The problem is, and the biggest regret I have - and I don’t know how I would have dealt with this differently - but what I really regret is the fact that I didn’t take a step back and look at the situation. It’s been widely reported out of the entertainment of (an Indianapolis newspaper) about my wife’s debts. My wife had a hard life. ... I wanted to take care of the woman I intended to marry ... . I don’t regret helping my fiancée, but what I do regret is that I should have taken a step back and realized, for example, that the fact that someone did use her name and Social Security number to set up bills in places she never lived, or racked up bills in places she no longer lived, that it would mean I would have to put my name on bills, which they’re now using against me. When you’re trying to help somebody that needs help, when you know you’re going to get married - and this is something the media will not report - when she has two children and I have a child - a 6-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 14-year-old - you need to do what is in the best interest of those children. There is no darn way that I’m going to live (out of his district with Michelle before they wed) every day until I get married. That is just the right thing to do. I respect
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FROM THE BACKSHOP Letters to the editor: Your take welcomed Now, before all the anti-Andy Cook folks get all riled up over Westfield resident Mic Mead’s letter to the editor (elsewhere in today’s edition), we need to make one thing perfectly clear: The letters section of this newspaper is open to all comers. Back during the primary election run-up, Mead wrote a load of letters touting the virtues of Cook’s candidacy. We took a lot of heat for that. We were told, among other things, we were “running” Cook’s campaign. Nothing could have been more off base. Time and again, we have stated in this space that this is your newspaper and that news is what our readers say it is. Again, if you want to write a letter and express a view, do it, please. Typically, we restrict length to 200 words. If we have fewer letters, we allow for a bit more in length. The point is, Current is not Cook’s public relations machine, as some have characterized it; were that the case, we’d be charging hizzonor approximately $250 an hour. But it isn’t the case and it won’t be the case. That we happen to agree with most of the moves he makes in an effort to better the city is only our opinion. Letters to the editor, then, may be used to express your opinion(s). Please consider submitting yours
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COMMENATY By Lindsay Eckert Westfield is opening a new thoroughfare for Hamilton County today, Cool Creek Parkway Road will be dedicated by Mayor Andy Cook at 10 this morning. Last week just up the street Wal-Mart cut the ribbon in celebration of its newly revamped store and those are not the only things brewing in Shamrock City. As the holiday season is slowly starting to whisper through the streets there are plenty of ways to get involved in lighting up your community. Westfield in Lights may be a month away, but the planning for the downtown Christmas festivities, including carriage rides, gingerbread house contests, a winter market and, of course, the official lighting of the Christmas tree, has reached Santa-sized propor-
tions. If you’d like to get involved in the event please contact, Chairperson Wendy Vivirito at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talking about getting involved, I will be holding “office hours” at Good Life Coffee House, 108 E. Main St. ibeginning Nov. 15. So stop in and share your stories and tips. I will be at the coffee house every Tuesday from 3 to 6p.m. If you don’t get the chance to stop by, send your stories, ideas and events my way at Lindsay@youarecurrent. com. I hope last night brought you many tricks and even more treats!
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Commentary By Terry Anker In 1882 wealthy poet, Emma Lazarus, along with a number of other artists and writers, was asked to donate an original poem to support the proposed construction of a monument in New York City. Originally she demurred, claiming she couldn’t really emote for a statue. Moreover, she was already charitably engaged working against the deplorable conditions of those fleeing antiSemitism across Europe. Eventually, she agreed and penned “The New Colossus” hoping it might bring attention to the difficulties faced by the arriving refugees into America. Not only was her work well regarded by those attending the benefit, officials ultimately declared it worthy of posting in bronze at the base of the new work, The Statue of Liberty. Although the whole of the piece is worthy of review, most of us remember, “Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed
to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The imagery evokes the difficulty of sea-crossing in crowded vessels seeking a new and better way of life in a faraway land. Is it really different than those crossing thousands of miles of jungle and desert on foot, in auto or on train from Central America seeking a better life for themselves and their families? Regardless, the recent gaggle of protesters on the tony plazas in and around Wall Street (from many of which, Lady Liberty is fully in view) reminded me of this poem and led me to ponder what Ms. Lazarus might think of the goings-on. Is America built upon the guarantee of wealth and contentedness? Or, is it a place that only promises the ability of their pursuit? Is it freedom or something else that is now yearned?
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Defending ‘business magnets’ Editor: Westfield Mayor Andy Cook’s opponents each want to be mayor, but have not participated in public meetings. One has never attended, but pretends to know everything about the city. They don’t like Westfield’s two business “magnets” (Grand Park and Grand Junction) that already show great promise. Besides the tourism business these will bring, many professional businesses are already planning to be part of it. At a recent school board meeting Superintendent Mark Keen stated, “There will be an explosion of applications when the city breaks ground.” He went on to fully support these initiatives to increase our commercial tax base that will bring down every tax bill. No opponent proposes any plan what-so-ever on how to accomplish this. TIFs are not subsidized as the opponents claim. They are paid fully by new taxes on the projects served. These projects would not otherwise exist. They are misinformed to say the
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library, etc, are denied revenue by TIFs -just the opposite will be true. It takes a lot of planning to stay ahead of landowners and developers. Cook has inspired and led citizens to do just that. More than two hundred of us developed our 2007 Comprehensive Plan which required special studies for the old downtown to become an economic engine that would preserve the village atmosphere, and for the employment area that will become the sports fields. For nearly four years I, along with many other citizens, have participated in these very public studies. I don’t believe any of Cook’s opponents ever attended. If it were not for Republican Cook’s vision, the developers would overwhelm us as they did before this era of vision and planning. This time Republicans, don’t take the election for granted. Vote wisely next Tuesday. Mic Mead 46074
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DISPATCHES » Time change – Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Sunday as Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. The Westfield Washington Township Fire Dept. encourages residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks. » Speed date your business – Speed date your way to new business contacts at this network breakfast event at Mudsocks Grill with the Carmel, Westfield and Noblesville Chambers. Come prepared with a oneminute elevator speech, and bring your business cards and brochures to distribute as you rotate from table to table. Make new personal contacts from all the chambers and leave with contact information for all participants. 14741 Hazel Dell Pkwy . Pre-payment is required to confirm your reservation. $10/member; $20/non-member register online. » Swedish educators to visit WWS – Westfield Washington Schools was selected by the American Society for Quality’s to host site visits for educators from Sweden and Holland. Tomorrow, WWS will host guests from the Swedish Institute for Quality and on Nov. 9, guests from the Dutch Center for Leadership Development. Events are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m. both days. » Trump that – Are you a euchre enthusiast looking for three other players? Then join in the fun when the Westfield Washington Public Library Euchre Group meets at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come enjoy a relaxing evening of fun with some great people at this free program on Nov. 9.
Holiday hopelessness COMMENTARY By Danielle Wilson I can’t believe I’m already saying this, but the holidays are stressing me out. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, and Christmas is looming in the background. I have starting losing sleep over upcoming family get-togethers, gift shopping and general winter madness. What gives? I’m going to take the liberty of blaming my parents for this first round of holiday jitters. Normally, we go over the (Ohio) River and through the woods (a neighborhood with mature trees) to the grandparents’ house on Thanksgiving and spend the weekend with my side of the family. We devour fowl, we watch Lifetime, we even place a few bets at Churchill Downs. This is Kentucky, people, where bourbon, tobacco and ponies reign supreme. But, noooo, this year Mom and Dad are heading to sunny and geriatric-friendly Florida, leaving me and my four siblings home-forthe-holiday-less. So my twin will stay in Los Angeles, my younger sister will be in Columbus, another in Louisville and the baby of the family will travel to Cleveland to be with her boyfriend. Where does that leave me? Here in Indy, I guess. But Doo’s parents are also in Florida, which is actually irrelevant because Turkey Day is supposed to be about my family. So now it looks like I’ll get a double dose of my in-laws, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not
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the way it’s supposed to be: My way and with my mommy and daddy! Christmas shopping? Usually I’d have all the kids’ shopping nearly finished by now, nieces and nephews in the works, and plans for parents completed. This year? Zip. Nada. I haven’t purchased one Barbie doll, Lego set or black pair of socks. I have yet to waste hours on Amazon, or Craig’s List searching for an antique doo-hickey for Grams’ thing-a-ma-bob. I haven’t even compiled a disgustingly detailed list yet. I’m chalking up the delay in maternal obligation to my job and the IRS. This making-a-living thing is really getting in the way of my enjoying-life thing. Added to the anxiety are the admittedly self-inflicted stress inducers: several baby showers, work parties, the obligatory New Year’s Eve celebration, and two very large birthdays for me and Doo. We both turn 40 in January. Uh-oh, there go my heart palpitations. Deep breaths. What’s a girl to do? Why, vent to her beloved readers and calm the heck down. After all, the holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without anxiety-induced insomnia, right? So let’s get this party started early. Peace out.
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News briefs Flex Map implemented in Westfield Westfield has announced the deployment of the Flex Map viewer. In cooperation with the Environmental Systems Research Institute and Hamilton County, the City of Westfield’s Informatics Dept. has configured a new Flex Map. The flex map allows users to retrieve specific data such as address points, council districts, PUD information, public buildings, restaurants, trails, police beats and
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WWS staff to present at national quality conference Westfield Washington Schools’ administrators and teachers have been selected to present sessions at the American Society for Quality’s National Quality Education Conference in Indianapolis next Monday and Tuesday. Dr. Mark Keen Westfield Washington Schools superintendent; Dr. Joe Montalone, Maple Glen Elementary principal and Dr. Dave Mundy, executive director of learning systems, will present Effective Formative Assessment: Common Instructional Checks.
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EXCLUSIVE REPORT: CHARLIE WHITE’s turmoil
In its continuing work to bring high-profile interviews and reporting on and about some of our most interesting citizens, public and private, Current presents the following exclusive, one-on-one discussion between Terry Anker, its associate editor, and Charlie White, the embattled Indiana secretary of state. The conversation, which included his new bride, Michelle, raised questions ranging from the personal to his all-too-public legal and political battles. The following is a transcript of their words – edited only for space and style. The words and opinions are theirs entirely. Because of the continuing litigation, the questions were intentionally not aimed at legal strategy, precise legal issues or the attorney representing White, ex-Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. Instead, they were intended to allow the Whites to share their story.
Current: What do you tell your kids about this period? Michelle White: Well, you know we don’t
watch the local news and we’re hoping that they’re Michelle and Charlie White at their home in Fishers. still oblivious. My oldest daughter is the one that gets feedback from her friends, but they are very supportive. She’s Day weekend 2010, and it was one of the best days of my life. You know, it still is. Six weeks before the election was over, I was 14 now and it’s actually kind of sad because one of her good guy just looking forward to leaving town and having a real honeyfriends wanted to be in politics until this thing came up. My son moon. That’s what I was planning on doing. I didn’t plan on this. is so young that he’s just happy-go-lucky; and with Charlie’s boy, ... So, we haven’t really gotten to our newlywed stage yet. We’ve I know his mom talks with him. I just try to make it as normal always said that when this is over, we’re going to get remarried as possible for the kids even though after work Charlie’s at home and we’re going to start this over again and just press the reset doing his research. button and do a do-over. Charlie White: Whenever I feel like I’m being an absent faMW: It just feels like our life has been put on pause, and it’s ther, I do apologize to my son and just say, “I’ve got something to always lingering in the back of our mind, this whole process that work on that’s very, very important and one day this will be over we have to go through. with, but until then I can’t take you to things. I can’t take you to (At this point Michelle White leaves the conversation to go to movies. I can’t take you to the ballpark. I can’t go to the (Cincinwork.) nati) Reds games like we always used to go to. I can’t do it.”
And of course, that’s what happened during the campaign too, thinking I’d make it all up once the campaign was over. Of course I still can’t do that yet. So that’s half of what I’m fighting for. Current: How did the two of you meet and fall in love? MW: He didn’t ask me out to dinner again soon enough (after
their first blind date), so I kind of made the first move. I mean even though our professional lives are completely different, what we believe in for our family and what we like to do for fun is the same. And, he wanted a normal (non-political) life when he comes home from work, and he found that in me. CW: Actually, I knew she was the one because I was willing to give up politics for her. Whatever I had to do, I thought, it was okay, so I knew she was the right one. Current: As newlyweds, what’s next for your family? CW: First of all, let me go back to before we were newlyweds.
Michelle was very understanding that I was gone all the time, and through the whole process of actually getting married, meaning, when can Charlie slow down enough to get a wedding together and miss being (Hamilton County Republican chairman), Fishers Town Council, trying to do stuff for my former employer and running for statewide office. We had to postpone it to Memorial
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Current: How did the case unfold? CW: Before we get to that, one thing I want to point out,
which is rarely reported, is my original home down around Corydon and New Albany. I’m originally from a Democrat family. I was politically aware at a young age in general, but because I’ve got a large Democrat family that helped me to (understand) if there was a difference of opinion about politics, I was always respectful of that. ... but I’d always tell people, I don’t want any of you to do anything that’s going to hurt someone’s livelihood. I don’t want anyone to do anything like file for a prosecutor or attorney general, or the disciplinary commission, because that is what gets people not to want to run for office and that is what gets people not to want to vote. I said, no matter how bad things get, it can get bad to a certain point, but there’s a certain point to where you don’t go past. Because then it becomes uncivilized. Now, as to the timeline: You know, the one thing I did that probably did not help me, but as a citizen I’m very proud to have done this, was … there was a feeling among many factions that (former Hamilton County Prosecutor) Sonia Leerkamp needed to just retire and go away. I was friends with (Leerkamp) for years, but I felt that she burned a lot of bridges with the (Hamilton) County Council, when she called them extortionists, because hers was the only office that would not file work reviews for their employees, and I thought she had a horrible record on (sex crime cases). I believed as a citizen and as a county chairman that she and her executive staff were incompetent, and they didn’t work
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well with the county council. And that’s why I met with a man named Paul Felix several times. I felt I had to get Felix to run. Sonia told one of my good friends that, “I’m going to get him someday for this,” meaning me. And she sent letters to every precinct committeeman attacking me for supporting Felix, even though in past years I’d supported her. And then she lost that primary, and everybody was fairly happy. When the charges were filed against me by Greg Purvis and then by Vop Osili, one thing to understand is that this practice had been done by Democrats in the past against other local officials and nothing was ever done, no matter what the merits of the case were. It didn’t matter if you were a county chairman, or if you were an elected official currently, Sonia never went after anybody. It didn’t matter how bad it was. She simply didn’t do it. Or she called a grand jury and found a way to make sure they were given a “no” bill. So at the time I thought, Here they go again, filing yet another thing and this is ridiculous. No. 1, I didn’t do anything wrong and, No. 2, prosecutors across the state have priorities. They go after people that are dangers to society. They don’t spend their time letting three special prosecutors go after somebody for something like this. So here we are. I get this phone call to tell me that Vop, my Democrat opponent was in my office and (an Indianapolis television station) was there with him. The caller’s observation, or point to me was, “Charlie, I think it’s payback time.” And then a couple hours later, they announce they’re going to pick special prosecutors.
Now you have to understand, this is six weeks before statewide election. Nobody does this. (Leerkamp’s) office doesn’t do anything quickly. I mean, look at their record on protecting rape victims. They don’t work this quickly. But they worked with greased lightning on this one. They decided to pick (special prosecutors) so quickly, right before the election, so the Democrats could run ads like the “Sorry Charlie” ads and have all the headlines they created, but here’s the thing though … we have a five-year statute of limitations on some of these things. What was the big hurry six weeks before an election to start on this when no other prosecutor in the state would?
Current: Some have claimed that this prosecution is disproportionately aggressive. If you agree, why do you believe it to be so? CW: Well, I’ve maintained from the beginning that we’ve bro-
ken no laws and ... the law was there to protect people that are in transition. And that’s why I won the recount decision three to nothing with three judges. The three judges on the case were all attorneys and one of them was a former Democrat judge here in Hamilton County, Buddy Pylitt. So when you look at the law and you apply all of the current controlling case laws, it’s all on my side. But the problem is when the media will not report what the law is. Now, they didn’t mind that Evan Bayh - all this law that we have today is because of Evan Bayh - he was secretary of state and an attorney when he ran for governor when they
Views | Community | Cover Story | Education | Diversions | Anti-Aging | Panache | Inside & Out | Pets | Dough | Laughs | Puzzles | Classifieds were saying he did not have residency because he lived in Washington, D.C., during part of that time. He said in front of everyone that whenever he came home he lived in his dad’s condo in Marion County. Then the Republican Party said, “Why are you voting in Vigo (County) even though you haven’t lived there since you were 7?” So (Bayh) was claiming that he was living in Marion County, and (former Indiana State Republican Chairman) Gordon Dernil, who was on the recount board for me, claimed that he committed voter fraud and voter registration fraud, and the media attacked Republicans for nitpicking. They all canonized Evan Bayh for being a victim. All the same newspapers that went against me - including (an Indianapolis newspaper) ... and we’re talking about a 15-minute drive between precincts for me, versus states away for Evan Bayh - said we needed a choice, you don’t need to nitpick. So nobody wanted to prosecute Evan Bayh criminally, so they still went for the civil candidacy challenge, which Evan Bayh won, which is still controlling case law on the residency issue.
Now every time I bring up Evan Bayh’s name, the same people in the media who covered that case want to have amnesia and act like it never happened because my dad wasn’t a senator and I’m just a regular average middle-income citizen. I don’t have a political pedigree. And every time I talk about Evan Bayh they say, “Well that’s Evan Bayh.” Well, who cares; he’s a citizen. But most importantly, if we’re all concerned about this now … remember on Evan Bayh’s case that he stopped being a senator on Dec. 31, 2010. He lives in D.C., his wife lives in D.C., and the man voted by absentee ballot in Indianapolis. He claims as a homestead an $80,000 home in Indianapolis that he does not live in. He lives in D.C. in a $2.3 million home. My point is, I’m not saying Evan Bayh is committing voter fraud, I’m saying,
Secretary of State Charlie White is facing seven felony counts after a special Grand Jury was convened earlier this year to look into possible criminal charges when White’s legal residence in Fishers was questioned. Those seven charges, which were announced March 3, include: Count 1: Submission of a false, fictitious or fraudulent registration application – a Class D felony. The Grand Jury said White knowingly or intentionally sent a voter registration change of address form on Feb. 23, 2010, to the Hamilton County Board of Voter Registration representing his new address was 7527 Broad Leaf Lane in Fishers, when he knew he would be living at 13086 Overview Drive in Fishers at the time of the next election, which was the 2010 primary election. Count 2: Perjury – a Class D felony. On Feb. 23, 2010, the Grand Jury said White committed the offense of perjury by knowingly or intentionally making a false material statement under oath or affirmation knowing that his voter registration change of address form was false. Count 3: Fraud on a financial institution – a Class C felony. The Grand Jury said on Feb. 26, 2010, White knowingly executed a scheme or artifice to obtain money, funds or property owned by or under the custody or control of a state or federally-chartered insured financial institution by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises. The jury felt that in a real estate closing transaction White represented an intention to reside at 13086 Overview Dr. within 30 days of Feb. 26, 2010, and said that misrepresentation was material for White to obtain the loan
and more favorable interest rate. Count 4: Voting in other district – a Class D felony. On May 4, 2010, the Grand Jury said White committed the offense of voting in other district by voting in Delaware Township Precinct 12 – indicating that he resided at 7527 Broad Leaf Lane – when in fact he was living at 13086 Overlook Dr. at the time, which is located in Fishers Fall Creek Township Precinct 5. Count 5: Procuring, casting or tabulating a false, fictitious or fraudulent ballot – a Class D felony. The Grand Jury said that on May 4, 2010, White intentionally cast a vote in Fishers at Delaware Township Precinct 12 when he was residing in Fall Creek Township Precinct 5. Count 6: Perjury – a Class D felony. On May 18, 2010, the Grand Jury said White committed perjury by stating on his marriage license application to the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office, and under affirmation of the truth, that his residence was 7527 Broad Leaf Lane in Fishers when it was 13086 Overlook Dr. in Fishers. Count 7: Theft – a Class D felony. The Grand Jury said from Nov. 5, 2009, to Sept. 28, 2010, White committed theft by taking his pay as a Fishers Town Council member for District 2 when he did not reside in that council district. Under Indiana law, White’s one Class C felony count carries a penalty upon conviction of a fixed term between two and eight years in prison. Each of White’s six Class D felony counts carries a penalty of six months to three years in prison. All seven felony counts carry a fine of up to $10,000.
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come of this case, how do you move on with your lives? CW: It’s obviously been challenging. Having
said that when we’re done with this, no matter what the outcome is, we’ve always said it’s wherever God wants us to be. But you don’t give up just because, to a lot of the mainstream media, it’s entertaining, or that they’re getting bored with it or they don’t understand the law and they don’t want to report it. Part of their story is that they just want this guy to go. Literally, for the Democrats and some of the people in the media, I think, the fairy tale end to the story would be if my family and I would just simply curl up into a ball and die. We will not do that for their entertainment.
would be that the case be dropped. I want to get on with my life. I want to start the marriage that I began. I haven’t even been able to have a honeymoon yet. I’d like to be able to go on a honeymoon. I’d like to be able to spend time with my son again. I’d like to be able to spend time with (Michelle’s) kids again. The other thing that’s still very important is that the longer that this drags out, this is not good for our elecCurrent: What is your greatest personal tions process or our campaign process because the more this goes on … we can’t have people not wanting to vote or run for office because of what happened to me. I don’t want them thinking that they’re going to have to talk to their wives and their family if they think they’re going to win and you have someone who’s sour grapes who might lose and they’re going to end up being like me and spending nearly $200,000 in legal fees. But between the legal fees, between the $45,000 spent by the taxpayers for the recount commission to their executive director and what will eventually be paid special prosecutors, this will be the most expensive vote in Indiana history. Charlie White being sworn in as Indiana Current: Regardless of the outSecretary of State.
disappointment? CW: I really thought that as the next sec-
retary of state, I was going to be the guy that helped tone down the partisan rhetoric about certain election issues and focus on the core functions that the legislature has allowed us to work on. My disappointment was that this has caused me not to be able to do that, No. 1. No. 2, I’m very disappointed that I feel like I was kind of like a hot potato. The local prosecutor’s office, whether they had malice or not, they just had a bad media week and they just wanted to pass the hot potato to somebody else so they wouldn’t have to deal with it. Current: What is your biggest regret? CW: The problem is, and the biggest regret I
have - and I don’t know how I would have dealt with this differently - but what I really regret is the fact that I didn’t take a step back and look at the situation. It’s been widely reported out of the entertainment of (an Indianapolis newspaper) about my wife’s debts. My wife had a hard life. ... I wanted to take care of the woman I intended to marry ... . I don’t regret helping my fiancée, but what I do regret is that I should have taken a step back and realized, for example, that the fact that someone did use her name and Social Security number to set up bills in places she never lived, or racked up bills in places she no longer lived, that it would mean I would have to put my name on bills, which they’re now using against me. When you’re trying to help somebody who needs help, when you know you’re going to get married - and this is some-
thing the media will not report - when she has two children and I have a child - a 6-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 14-year-old - you need to do what is in the best interest of those children. There is no darn way that I’m going to live (out of his district with Michelle before they wed) every day until I get married. That is just the right thing to do. I respect the wishes of the woman I love, even if it’s inconvenient. I did what was right for the children.
I regret the time I’ve spent away from my family. I regret all of the vacations I’ve missed, all of the weddings I’ve missed, the time I missed with my son, helping other people who, at the first sign of trouble, ran. I think that should be a lesson. If you ever help people get elected to office, try to just help people you’re friends with. It makes me think, My God, I’ve spent 25 years of my life helping other people locally and statewide and what did it get for me? That’s what my relatives keep asking me, “Why did you help all of these people? It didn’t do you any good.” For a complete transcript of this interview please visit youarecurrent.com
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City Council candidates talk Westfield’s future By Lindsay Eckert Lindsay@youarecurrent.com The two candidates for City Council debated over questions asked by the audience Oct 19. Incumbent Robert Smith and Westfield resident Jose Beyer explained how they could bring in jobs and make Westfield an ideal destination if re-elected or elected as city councilman. Beyer, long-term resident and father of two, said he’s running for councilman to reel in spending and make a change in the community. “I feel we need change, I feel we are out of control with spending and we need to slow down,” Beyer said. “I feel in my heart we are spending on wants and not needs of the community. Sidewalks are dangerous and need attention, people in wheelchairs can’t use them.” Incumbent Smith, who has served as a volunteer firefighter and is a retired fire chief, said being a councilman is a job he loves and knows. “I know where Westfield needs to go and I
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how it moves business in.” Hoard said he’s not against it, but it must be used properly to succeed. “If it’s not used properly and too much money is drawn there isn’t enough to pay for maintenance,” Hoard said. “If we are going to build three- and five- story mid rises we are going to need more experience, more police.” Cook said TIFs is what keeps cities competitive. “It’s an aspect for increasing our economic development to compete with other cities,” Cook said. “If we do away with it, we can’t compete in the real world. Businesses won’t locate in Westfield without roads, water and sewers required to keep up with our growing community.” For more information and the latest political updates visit, currentinwestfield.com and follow us on Twitter, @youarecurrent.
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Some of the more challenging impacts on local businesses during construction on US 31 will involve hindered access, decline in customer traffic, possible loss of business and forced or voluntary business relocation. How would you address these (or other) issues to support the business community and to stem possible declines in tax base? The US 31 Freeway will be a tremenwest side, connecting Union Street to dous asset and an economic developWestern Way. These projects will unment driver for our community when doubtedly help with traffic disturbances during the construction process. As completed. It will also be painful for it relates to the existing businesses, we some residents and businesses during construction. To mitigate some of the are constantly working with INDOT, Cook potential traffic issues, we are currently the Chamber of Commerce and the developing the East Access Road (behind business community to work through issues or concerns stemming from the project. Wal-Mart and Marsh), widening 151st Street We have a team consisting of City, Chamber and constructing a new round-about on 151st Street to better move traffic through the area. and INDOT personnel specifically dedicated to Additionally, we are working with INDOT assisting businesses on all aspects of the project. and the U.S. Department of Transportation These coordinated efforts will offset the disrupto construct the West Access Road, which is tion caused by the project before, during and after construction. proposed to be located parallel to US 31 on the and to retain existing Business. But I’m Lessoning the impact to our existing afraid that we are going squander a great businesses will be the challenge. Westopportunity to capitalize on the new field needs to reach out to our existing businesses and promote our businesses improvements and business areas because we are not competitive on our comto residents and commuters. Businesses mercial property taxes with surrounding needs to reach out to the community to Hoard communities. By decreasing the high let us know what there needs are and that commercial property taxes, I hope to they are committed to Westfield. We need retain businesses that have to relocate and attract to be working hand in hand with INDOT to do what we can to retain commerce in the City of businesses wanting to locate to the new high visWestfield. Westfield’s US 31 is currently under ibility corroder of US 31. We should be able to construction but once this is completed, Westattract new businesses, employees and customers with the now shorter commute from other comfield has a great chance to optimize our US 31 as a businesses corroder to attract new business munities that the US 31 upgrades will give us. A meeting should be held immediately between the City of Westfield, INDOT, and the businesses affected. The last thing Westfield needs is for another business to leave our community for Carmel. As mayor I will bend over backwards to make this major inconvenience as easy as
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DISPATCHES » Save on airfare – Buckle up. This holiday season is on track to bring higherpriced airfares than in recent years. Here’s a tip: Buy one ticket at a time. When you hunt for multiple tickets online, and there aren’t enough of the cheapest seats to go around, the computer will bump up to higher priced tickets without showing you what you’re missing. If you shop one by one, you can save on one or more ticket. -www.overheadbin.msnbc.msn.com » Gardening tip – Many gardening instructions refer to a “frost” or a “hard freeze.” But what is the difference between a frost and a hard freeze? A frost refers to the conditions that allow a layer of ice crystals to form when water vapor condenses and freezes without first becoming dew. A hard freeze is a period of at least four consecutive hours of air temperatures that are below 25 degrees. Many plants can survive a brief frost, but very few can survive a hard freeze. -www.almanac.com » Local artists featured – The public is invited to attend the Hamilton County Artists’ Association’s 61st annual Artists’ Show, Nov. 5 through 18 at the Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville. An opening reception will be held Nov. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. On all other dates, the show will be open to the public during regular library hours. » More flights to Cuba – By year-end, four of the largest U.S. airlines will operate about 25 weekly flights to Cuba for charter companies. AMR Corp.’s American Airlines has been flying to Cuba for two decades, and JetBlue Airways Corp. arrived last month. The world’s two biggest carriers by traffic, United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., are resuming weekly service to Cuba after a seven-year hiatus. -www.wsj.com » Get the most out of ice – “One of my favorite tricks is taking an ingredient in a cocktail and freezing it to make ice cubes—for instance, turning lime juice into ice for margaritas. If the ice has enough flavor, it won’t water down the drink,” said Jeff Groh of the Ten 01 bar in Oregon. “In the summer, I add spirits to ice. The alcohol and sugar keep the ice from freezing solid, so ice crystals flake off, creating a sweet goodness best described as ‘slushy-esque.’” -www.foodandwine.com
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Westfield author writes of loss and living with it “I’ve always played with writing, By Lindsay Eckert my high school English teacher was a Lindsay@youarecurrent.com big encourager for me to write short A Westfield author is writing to stories,” Nosler said. “She’s the pertouch the hearts of her book’s readers. fect example of proper and kind, she’s A story about loss and tragedy follows teaching English now in Tanzania to a family through the emotions folchildren who live in the bush there. lowing their sister’s illegal abortion. She’s someone who really listened to Shauna Nosler, auther of “The Careme and I dedicated this book to her.” takers” said the emotions related to Nosler Nosler, a mother of three, said the the abortion are only the beginning of the story. The heart of the story is how the char- process of finishing her novel was engrained in her daily life and a part of who she is. acters deal with the event’s sorrow differently. “I carry index cards everywhere I go. It’s not 9 “Some people can take tragedy and learn to to 5, but it’s my job,” Nosler said. “Holding the live with it, and some people let tragedy rule (published) book in my hands is an awesome their life,” Nosler said. “The girl who had the feeling and it makes me want to write more.” abortion comes to terms with it quicker, but 20 Nosler’s first novel and the support of local book years later the brother is still devastated by it.” clubs have inspired her to write a sequel to the novel. “The Caretakers” is Nosler’s first novel, which “Some responses from people ask, ‘Why did this she self-published after working on it for nearly happen?’ and ‘What happened to this person?’ ” three years. Although Nosler is planning a sequel in the “I spent three years writing it, then I just dropped all of it and started from scratch; I finished the book future, she’s currently directing her efforts toward a new book, “The Ruby Throats.” in six weeks after that,” Nosler said. “The characters “It’s about five women who are friends and and the plot are similar (to the original version); decide they need to grow up, they make a plan however, life changes in three years. When I read to spend a year living irresponsibly and do (the original version) I wrote back then I had a new whatever they want; however, one of the characway of looking at things so I started over.” ters dies and gives them a new outlook.” Nosler said her love for writing and expressing Nosler’s book is available on Amazon and her thoughts on paper has been a characteristic Kindles. A local book club will be hosting a since she was a child, but it was a teacher who book signing for Nosler at the 116th Street Starinspired her to use paper and a pencil as her crebucks Nov. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. ative tool to a career in writing.
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Chase Stout, manager, Yat’s Where do you like to eat? Scotty’s Lakehouse What do you eat there? They’ve got about 15 different burgers. So, I always have a burger. What do you like about Scotty’s Lakehouse? My wife and I like the a la carte items. They have different kinds of fries, different kinds of mac ‘n’ cheeses. Plus, they use a lot organic ingredients. Scotty’s Lakehouse is located at 10158 Brooks School Rd., Fishers. You can reach the restaurant at 577-2900.
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While the rest of the Indianapolis area will be stuck inside and constrained by the various ice and snow storms coming this winter, we’ll be living it up at The Stratford!
Cold Weather Turkey Chili Football season, in our state, begins around Labor Day and ends usually after Thanksgiving. Early in the season temperatures are in the high 80s, for our tailgate party, with a hot sun burning us. This is when we need shelter from the sun, we hope for a breeze and we use sunscreen to protect our skin. Fast forward to November and this is the time of the year we serve cold
foods and cold beverages. Things change a lot in a short three months. Usually by late season we are expecting snow or freezing rain and dreading wind blowing a chill almost right through our bones. This is when we eat hot foods and drink hot beverages. It’s the season when we try to look to sit in the sun and get some shelter from the wind.
Ingredients: 2 lbs. ground turkey; 3 pkgs. McCormick’s chili mix (or your favorite); 3 28oz. cans whole-peeled tomatoes (un-drained); 4 15oz. cans dark red kidney beans (un-drained) To Prepare: Brown the turkey in a large pot, drain it if you must, and then add everything else. Bring the mixture to a low boil and then reduce the heat to allow the chili to simmer for one hour. Stir the mixture occasionally. Serve with oyster crackers or French bread. If you have children at your party, you can float some hot dogs in this chili for 15 minutes
and serve them on buns to the kids. WARNING: Unless you tailgate with wimps, you’ll need to have enough chili to serve everyone at least two bowls of this cold weather favorite. The whole tomatoes become very hot and sooth one’s pipes in the sorethroat cold weather post-game tailgate party
At The Stratford we don’t have to go outside to get to our grand dining room for a delicious, hot meal. We don’t have to drive anywhere to pick out a good read from our library. No one has to hit the sidewalk to travel to the wellness center for some exercise (ours is just down the hall in the clubhouse). We don’t even have to clean up after our parties because the amazing staff here does it for us. In short, while the rest of the area is digging out—we‘ll be living it up! This could be you this winter, so call 317-733-9560 now and ask our Lifestyle Advisors about the benefits of living at The Stratford. By the first snow of this year—you’ll be glad you did!
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Now – Nov. 20 Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life 9301 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of the goodhearted but downtrodden George Bailey, who has spent his life making sacrifices for others. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with this heartwarming family show, and rejoice as George realizes the tremendous impact his life has had on the world around him. Details: For tickets visit www.beefandboards. com or call 317-872-9664.
Thursday to Saturday Follow the North Star – Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, will host its annual Follow the North Star at 7:30 p.m. Learn what it was like to be a runaway slave on the Underground Railroad and explore the fears and challenges faced by fugitive slaves making their way through 1839 Indiana. Cost is $20 for non-members, $17 for members. For more information, call 776-6006 or visit www.connerprairie.org. Saturday Chicken Noodle Dinner & Bazaar – The Emmanuel United Methodist annual Chicken Noodle Dinner and Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds from the event go to support local and global missions. The delicious homemade chicken noodle dinner, which includes sides and various desserts, will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult dinners are $7 and children age 4 to 10 are $4. Carryout is available. Do your early holiday shopping at the bazaar featuring more than 20 booths or indulge at the bake sale. Emmanuel United Methodist Church is located at 16000 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville. For more information, contact Brenda Forbes at 439-8488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today and Wednesday Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre: Amadeus 3 Center Green, Suite 200, Carmel Peter Shaffer’s award-winning “Amadeus” combines fiction and history to explore the dramatic rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, the late 18th century court composer for the Emperor of Austria, who escorts the audience through his recollection of the events leading to Mozart’s death. Details: For tickets visit www.civictheatre.org or call 317-843-3800. Wednesday Homemade auction – The Roaring 20s Extension Homemakers Club will host its annual Fall Homemade Auction Wednesday at the Arcadia Town Hall, 208 W. Main St. The event will include a large variety of items – from jewelry to baked goods – and are all handcrafted and homemade. Refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to various local charities.
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DISPATCHES » America’s dirtiest surfaces – Everyday objects with an adenosine triphosphate reading of 300 or higher are considered to have a high risk for illness transmission, researchers have said. So how many of the germiest surfaces contained an ATP reading of 300 or more? According to a new survey, 71 percent of gas pump handles; 68 percent of mailbox handles; 43 percent of escalator rails; 41 percent of ATM buttons; 40 percent of parking meters/kiosks; 35 percent of crosswalk buttons and 35 percent of vending machine buttons. -www.abcnews.go.com » Heartburn, or something else? – Although gallstones don’t always cause symptoms, a stone blocking your bile duct can hurt, usually in the middle or upper-right side of the abdomen. Pain may be cramping, dull, or sharp, and often strikes minutes after you eat. If you’re experiencing stomach pain after meals that doesn’t improve after you take an over-thecounter acid-suppressing medication, gall-
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The skinny behind surgery COMMENTARY By Barry Eppley Best questions of the week from my inbox: Q: How long do silicone-gel breast implants last? I’ve heard the thicker shell and the more cohesive gel increases the longevity of the silicone implants. What is the average life span of the improved silicone implants? A: The reality is no one knows for sure how long any breast implant will last. It is presumed newer generation silicone gel implants will last longer than those in the past and it would certainly seem to be true with improved manufacturing methods and materials development; however, until the currently-used silicone gel implants have been used for 15 to 20 years, their average lifespan will remain speculative. It is important to recognize most breast implants will eventually rupture, it’s good to have an understanding of the manufacturer’s warranty. Q: I am in need of some breast help. I have breast-fed all three of my children. I have also lost 45 pounds over the past year through diet and exercise; now my breasts are saggy. I, without question, need a breast lift. Can I get by without breast implants. I’m happy with
the size of my breasts when I wear a good bra (currently 40D) but unhappy with how deflated and saggy they are without a bra. A: Breast lifts do an excellent job of lifting and tightening the shape of the breast mound. By keeping the same amount of breast tissue and lifting and tightening the ‘bag’ which contains them, this does create a less saggy and more round breast. This is particularly true in the bottom pole of the breast and less in the upper pole of the breast. After a breast-lift surgery, the upper pole of the breast is quite round and full; however, as the tissues relax and settle, much of the upper pole fullness will be lost. If one doesn’t mind some rebound flattening of the upper breast pole, then I think you would be fine with only a breast lift. However, if your goal is to have a rounder and a fuller upper breast pole long-term, then a small implant will be needed to accomplish that breast shape goal. Dr. Eppley is an Indianapolis board-certified plastic surgeon. Comments can be sent to info@ eppleyplasticsurgery.com
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» Can NSAIDs cut cancer deaths? – Older women who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — such as aspirin or ibuprofen — appear to have a lower risk of death from colorectal cancer than women who don’t use these medications, a large new study suggests. Women who reported using these drugs at the beginning of the study and three years later had a roughly 30 percent lower rate of death from colorectal cancer than women who did not take the drugs or discontinued taking them, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. While the study found an association between NSAID use and a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, it did not prove a cause-and-effect. -www.health.com
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» Stop grazing – A few years back, “grazing” came into vogue in dieting circles. But a study published in 2010 found that people who eat low-calorie diets feel more satisfied when they eat three times a day compared to six times a day, suggesting that mini meals aren’t beneficial for appetite control. Eating constantly throughout the day increases salivary secretion and the production of digestive enzymes that stimulate the gut. Instead, divide your calories around three meals and one or two snacks, going at least three hours and up to four or five without eating. The goal is to eat when you’re hungry but not starving, which reduces the risk of overeating. -www.fitbie.com
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DISPATCHES » Santarossa opens in IDC – Santarossa will open in the Indiana Design Center with a grand opening celebration Nov. 12 from 2 to 8 p.m. The grand opening will coincide with an IDC Community Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring special showroom offers, artists and the latest home and holiday products to arrive at IDC. For more information, visit www.indianadesigncenter.com. » A perfect match – Problem: You choose your foundation color by matching it to the skin on your arm and it doesn’t seem to blend into your face. Solution: The skin on the inner part of your arm hasn’t had the sun exposure your face has, so the color is not the same. Ask if you can test it directly on your face. -www.bhg.com » Hair-care myth – Myth: Switching shampoos can make hair look healthier. Truth: It may seem so, but experts scoff. “Hair can’t tell the difference between brands or build up tolerance to any product,” says Londonbased hair and scalp expert Philip Kingsley. “Your favorite shampoo will work the same every time you lather up, week after week,
month after month.” If you have very oily hair or favor a particularly sticky styling product that contains wax, it does pay to use a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks to wash away residue. Good Housekeeping’s Beauty Department recommends Redken Hair Cleansing Cream and Neutrogena AntiResidue Shampoo. -www.goodhousekeeping.com
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» Balenciaga gets wick-ed – Now there’s a way to worship at the altar of Nicolas Ghesquiere without dropping thousands of dollars: the brand’s just released their first candle. L’Essence is inspired by their latest fragrance (of the same name), a soft mix of moss, flowers, and leaves as an ode to Ghesquiere’s appreciation for violets. It comes in a sleek mercury-glass canister and could (maybe) provide temporary gratification while you’re waiting to purchase the brand’s amazing high-waisted spring jeans. The candle’s available at Balenciaga boutiques in November, or Bergdorf Goodman starting now, for $65. -www.elle.com
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Greetings from High Point Furniture Show COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley Greetings from the Fall 2011 High Point Furniture Show, the world’s epicenter of home furnishing trends. I wish you were here. I am writing this on day three as I tend to my tired feet and blisters, the universal malady of furniture mart. I confess I adore going to Mart. For one week, twice a year, I am like a four-year-old at Disney World. The thrill of peeking into the crystal ball of interior decorating trends gives me child-like butterflies of excitement. The first trend of the Fall 2011 show is the focus on collections mapping our lives. These en masse objects d’arte are in vignettes as bottles, vintage games, framed art and anything reflecting who we are and where we have been. Customization is a strong trend simply because it has become more accessible. It is also a result of an increasing consumer demand for homes to differentiate from the neighbors’ homes. Designs for small spaces are still gaining in popularity as the size of the American home shrinks. The expectation a piece of furniture will multi-task has become the norm and an ottoman without storage is almost an anomaly now. Second homes and vacation homes are on the rise as real estate prices remain depressed leaving costal and lake-cottage décor strong. Some of these elements, such as shells, have spilled over into main stream décor with a smooth transition. British Invasion is as strong as it was in 1964
when Ed Sullivan hosted the “Fab Four.” William, Kate and Pippa might be the source of this novel preoccupation or it just might be nostalgia for the scratchy stains of “Let It Be” revolving on a turntable. Celebrity-designer branding is as big as ever. Candace Olsen, Barclay Butterra and Kathy Ireland have lent their names to everything from cork floors and chandeliers to sofas. Celebrity brands help guide a consumer to a type of look, but often help to inflate the pricing. Raw and weathered wood paired with linen still reign throughout furniture mart-dom. Espresso or black wood is a trend manufacturers would like to put to bed, the customers still want it. Although it has been shelved in contemporary decorating settings, we will continue to see it in traditional décor. Made in USA has taken on a new importance and is announced with every opportunity. The uncertainty in China and the exchange rate combined with the increased cost of shipping, vendors are looking closer to home. At this week’s High Point Market, the domestic production theme will be on display in a 16,000-square-foot Made in America Pavilion
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Favorite Fall Polishes • Hair • Skin • Nails • Massage
There’s absolutely nothing better than pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, and…. a perfect shade of fall nail polish?! We think so! Fall is the perfect time to play around with trendy dark shades and bold colors. This year instead of going back to your typical dark red, try a bold mustard yellow, deep turquoise or rusty pumpkin hue.
Stop in Salon 01 and visit with one of our nail techs who can find your perfect shade! We love “Clubbing til Sunrise”, “OPI on Collins Ave”, and “Petit Elephant”!
How To: Beachy Hair All Year Long The weather may be getting cold but you can still have that “tousled from the beach look” no matter what the temperature. Follow this guide and wear your beachy waves under a cute winter hat!
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• Prep Wash hair as normal and wrap hair in a towel to absorb extra moisture. • Spray Spray damp hair with Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray (found at Salon 01). The sea salt will add the texture necessary to hold a natural curl. • Style Using a “Curls Like Us” towel, gently scrunch the hair to add volume and enhance your natural curl. • Set For the best result, allow hair to air-dry naturally, and then touch it up with a curling iron if necessary. If you’re pressed for time and need to blow dry, use a wide tooth comb to pick up hair at the roots and blow dry, roots to ends, with high heat. • Shine Rub a drop of Salon 01 Shine drops through the ends of your hair for a polished finish!
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We have seen ads and commercials by all the leading drug store manufacturers for sonic facial cleansing brushes. This technology was actually created by a company called Clarisonic. The Clarisonic brand is not available in drugstores, though many imitation cleansing brush systems exist. Salon 01 carries the Clarisonic Pro for Face & Body. This facial brush cleanses 6x better then manual cleansing alone. The sonic micro-massage loosens and removes dirt, oil and makeup from pores. We have had excellent feedback from clients and staff alike who will never go a day again without using their Clarisonic. Don't be fooled by copy cats that can actually irritate the skin over time! Stop in Salon 01 to learn more about this revolutionary skin cleansing and rejuvenating system today!
Creating a more functional kitchen for a family REMODELING By Larry Greene ORIGINAL KITCHEN: This home was built in 2001 at the Springknoll subdivision in Zionsville. The family lived in the home for almost nine years before they wanted more space in their kitchen for their family to properly function. According to the homeowners, “The island was too small. The breakfast nook was not used. The cabinets were getting beat up. The appliances were outdated. We wanted to put in a wine refrigerator.” CREATING NEW FUNCTIONALITY: The new design provides the homeowners with a more functional kitchen. They noted, “We spend most of our family time in the kitchen. We have two boys, nine and 12. It’s been a great experience for all of us in our new and functioning kitchen.” CABINET DETAILS: The perimeter and island countertops are granite in a blue-eyes color. The backsplash is Adex-beveled subway tile in Neri White installed in a staggered pattern with white grout. The cabinets are full overlay semi-custom cabinets in a Heritage door-style. The perimeter
Before cabinets are painted white and the island is painted black. All drawers were upgraded to five-piece, full extension and soft close. The island overhang is supported by decorative and turned legs. Finally, new glass doors were installed for the wall cabinets above the dry bar area. NEW ISLAND FEATURES: The homeowner commented, “We love the island. We eat around the island all of the time. We don’t have a dining room so everything is centered in the kitchen. We love the color contrast between the island and the rest of the cabinets in the kitchen. We
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Be brave with your buddy COMMENTARY By John Mikesell There is an unfortunate myth floating around in some parts of the dog-training world. The myth says if you give reassurance to a fearful dog you will reinforce his fearful behavior; therefore, you must ignore your dog when he’s trembling at your feet in fear. Hogwash. Think back in your own life to a time when you were very frightened or upset. Did it help you feel better to have someone you trusted come up and put his or her arm around you and calmly reassure you everything was going to be alright? Of course it did. Our dogs aren’t any different. When emotions run high, we are more concerned with helping our dogs get those emotions back under control. When a dog is afraid, the emotional part of the brain, the amygdale, takes over, and the thinking part of the brain, the cortex, doesn’t work well. The over-
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COMMENTARY BY Dick Wolfsie On the Wolfsie refrigerator, next to a photo of me hugging Goofy at Disney World (I was a mere 57 years old at the time) is Mary Ellen’s list of items to be purchased on her next trip to the supermarket. Mary Ellen’s list is a model for all Americans who want to eat healthy. There’s skim milk, low-fat cottage cheese, and skinless chicken breasts. Here’s the question: If that’s pretty much what the list always looks like, how did all that other crapola we eat end up in our kitchen? Who smuggled in the chips? I am the culprit, of course, and that is why I avoid food shopping with my wife. When we do go together, I’m on a very short leash and the chances of getting any treats are zero, even if I beg. I wish my wife would treat me even more like a dog. I deserve it. We used to go the store together all the time. She thought it was important for our relationship to walk down the aisle making food choices as a couple. She was confusing its significance with the aisle we walked down 30 plus years ago. But there’s a huge difference: After I said “I do” in l980, Mary Ellen didn’t say, “I don’t think this is good for you,” or “Are you sure this is what you really want?” and when we kissed during the service, she definitely didn’t say: “You still have plenty of this back home.” I’m second-guessed about everything I put in the shopping cart. Here are some of Mary El-
len’s favorite expressions: No one still living eats white bread. Yes, we do need baked beans, if you don’t count the 24 cans on top of the pool table. Why are you buying low-fat trail mix bars? You know you’re not going to eat them. Why are you buying cheese puffs? You know you’re just going to eat them. Mary Ellen has junk-food radar and more often than not, she’ll locate my hidden cache with just a glance. I do try to sneak things into the basket, but it’s tough to hide a large Tombstone pizza under a can of peaches. Having to put an item back on the shelf is the most humiliating thing that can happen to a guy—at least in public. Recently, I ran into a friend at the grocery. “Hey, Dick, doing a little reverse shopping, are you? You must be here with the wife.” To avoid future embarrassment, I told Mary Ellen that this week I was going to go to the store alone. She said that was fine, and Saturday morning she handed me a sheet of paper. “Thank you, Mary Ellen, but I don’t need a shopping list.” “Oh, it’s not a shopping list. It’s a permission slip.”
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CAREGIVERS FOR THE ELDERLY Top ranked agency looking for mature, energetic adults to assist seniors in their homes
$11.00 per hour
Beginners thru Advanced All styles Electric-Acoustic-Bass Private Lessons Parent-Child Lessons
489.4444 ext. 202
FOR SALE FOR SALE
Three prime burial plots in The Garden of Devotion at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Call 317-622-1717
Executive conference table. Nearly new. Mahogany with 8 matching leather swivel chairs. Too large for our new space. Value approx. $9,300. Will sell for $3,000 OBO. Call 847.5022.
Senior Home Companions of Indiana, Inc. Helping Seniors Remain in their Homes Since 1996
We invite you to come by our office and fill out an application between the hours of 9-12 on Mondays and Thursdays mornings.
7164 Graham Road, Suite 170 • 317.841.0296 • Indianapolis, IN 46250
Customer Service/ Dispatch
Noblesville company looking for a full timecustomer service professional that can manage multiple duties at the same time in a small office atmosphere. Will be responsiblefor customer service, data entry, back up dispatching and other miscellaneous office duties. Must have great attitude, great customer service skills with excellent organizational skills. Full time position with full benefit package. $11-$12/hr. depending on experience. Email resume to michelle. email@example.com or fax to 317773-2645
Prepare and deliver sermons in church. Lead religious services. M. Div. degree reqd. Send resume to New Hope Baptist Church at 2240 106th Street Carmel ln. 46032
Business for sale Business For Sale: Noblesville Kumon Math & Reading franchise. Profitable. Owner retiring. 317-371-0634.
FOR HIRE Book author and journalist available
for freelance writing, editing and tutoring. Custom poems for all occasions. Reasonable rates. References available upon request. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 317-220-4191.
Enrich Someone’s Life!
You can make a difference in the lives of seniors by joining our team of non-medical Caregivers. North Indianapolis and Hamilton County Requires phone, valid DL & car insurance, clean criminal history & driving record, reliable transportation. Call Today! 317-252-4472
Carmel Clay School Corporation is accepting applications for the position of Head Custodian of Creekside Middle School. Responsible for the supervision of custodial staff and shift supervisors on three shift schedule in the cleaning of classrooms, restrooms and common areas for large facility. Work schedule is 40 hours per week, benefits eligible after 90 days. Hourly rate $16.36 to $22.44, depending on education and experience. Candidates with custodial supervision preferred; criminal history check required. Apply on-line to www.ccs.k12.in.us AA/EOE
Current in Westfield
Seeking Fulltime Department Manager to oversee our Watch and Jewelry repair service center located in a major department store. Must be customer service oriented, have manual dexterity skills (hand/eye/ coordination), be sales driven, be energetic and outgoing. Watch and jewelry repair experience preferred but will train. Must be able to handle the day to day administrative duties including mandatory paperwork. Competitive wage. Please send resume to: email@example.com
PT Nanny Needed
for 2 children from 2-6pm Monday – Friday during the Carmel Clay school year and Full time during the summer. Non-smoker that has reliable transportation and willing to assist with homework, prepare meals and other light household tasks as requested. Salary negotiable. Please contact Jacque at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full & Part Time cleaning positions available on NE & NW side of Indy. Positions start at 5pm and are approximately 8+ hrs/night. Must have clean criminal background, 12 month verifiable employment within the last 18 months and must have your own car. Call 317-252-9795 and leave a message. Someone will return your call ASAP
$15/Hour+ Restaurant Servers Banquet Servers Bartenders Apply in Person! 11925 N. Meridian Street Carmel, 46032
Rummage SaLE 63rd Annual Presbyterian Women Christmas Bazaar & Rummage Sale
Shop our many booths: • Jewelry • Toys • Furniture • Books • Linens • Kitchen Items • Electronics • China & Glassware • Home Accessories • Clothing • Sporting Goods • Antiques & Many More! NEW! Fair Trade Marketplace! FREE ADMISSION All proceeds support local and worldwide mission outreach programs. Saturday November 5th 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church 7700 North Meridian St Indianapolis 317-253-6461 SecondChurch.org/PW
CHILDCARE Daycare, Fishers (141st & SR 37), 6am-6pm, NB-6 yrs, great rates, experienced, education based; 765-517-2494
Sales positions available in the Hamilton,Co. Territory paying $625 per week base pay plus bonuses and commission. Top Reps average over $2000 per week. Pay checks issued weekly. Seeking positive minded individuals with energetic personalities, professional appearance and great people skills. Sales experience is helpful but not required. Company training is provided. For immeidiate interview call 317-564-4957 Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
SPANISH IMMERSION PRESCHOOL A unique Spanish Program in DOWNTOWN Carmel OPEN HOUSE 1:00PM-4:00PM
Call today for information: (317)575-9379
120 3rd St. NW, Carmel, 46032
Visit us at: www.miescuelitaindy.com
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You: Head to Toe A Women’s Wellness Event Saturday, November 5 8:30 am – noon (Registration opens at 8 am) The Fountains – 502 East Carmel Drive, Carmel $5 per person* You: Head to Toe is a day designed especially for women to talk with our expert physicians and highly skilled specialists, one-on-one, about any of our comprehensive women’s services. From breast health to maternity care, nutrition to menopause, heart health to osteoporosis, sleep disorders, acid reflux, facial cosmetic surgery and more. Come prepared to learn. Leave ready to live well. You’ll enjoy: Raffle prizes and giveaways Four physician-led breakout sessions Opportunity to mingle with other women
Continental breakfast Health screenings
For more information and to register, visit iuhealth.org/north/womens-wellness
*All proceeds will be donated to the Riley Children’s Foundation.