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Election 2011 Founded Jan. 29, 2008, at Westfield, IN Vol. IV, No. 42 Copyright 2011. Current Publishing, LLC All Rights Reserved. 30 South Range Line Road Carmel, IN 46032

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It is our position to get out and vote Tuesday as our civic duty. This is a critical time in elected office and the results of this election will heavily influence the direction of our cities. Although most of us believe it is everyone’s civic duty to vote, isn’t it just as important to be well educated on the pressing issues and the candidates’ views, background and philosophy? There are multiple resources available to us for information about the contenders and their stances on matters of state. There is no excuse for not being prepared on the appropriate topics in the upcoming election. Our local officials have considerable influence in how our cities develop; there may be no individual who would have more direct impact on our immediate lives. Yes, many Hamilton County elections were, for all practical purposes, decided in the May primary. Carmel does not have any contested races. So use the time to read up for the 2012 run. On Tuesday, please be prepared to get out and cast your vote. For more information on who’s running, visit www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/services. asp?id=2353.

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It is our position some people really need to clean up their bathroom habits. Although we certainly understand public bathrooms are just that – public –it doesn’t provide the right for individuals to treat them as if they were their own personal cesspool. It never ceases to amaze us how public bathrooms are used by some as if they were designed to be destroyed. Is it possible these individuals live like this in their own homes? Is it possible they are so angry at the poor souls who must clean the bathrooms they undertake all manner and disgusting personal behavior in order to prove their superiority? Certainly, the cost of maintaining a restroom is built into the cost of a cheeseburger. However, isn’t proper respect for public bathrooms really reflective on the person who uses it? Although it would be highly regarded to wipe off the counter and generally clean up after one’s self, we would be satisfied if people would simply find a way to flush the toilets and, well, find a way to use the facility in a more specific and respectful fashion – for themselves and for the rest of us.

The views in these editorials are of reader participants. They do not represent those of Current Publishing ownership and management.

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the Indiana Constitution. ARTICLE 16 Amendments Section 1. Amendments (a) An amendment to this Constitution may be proposed in either branch of the General Assembly. If the amendment is agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses, the proposed amendment shall, with the yeas and nays thereon, be entered on their journals, and referred to the General Assembly to be chosen at the next general election.

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(b) If, in the General Assembly so next chosen, the proposed amendment is agreed to by a majority of all the members elected to each House, then the General Assembly shall submit the amendment to the electors of the State at the next general election. (c) If a majority of the electors voting on the amendment ratify the amendment, the amendment becomes a part of this Constitution. (History: As Amended November 3, 1998). Section 2. Submission If two or more amendments shall be submitted at the same time, they shall be submitted in such manner that the electors shall vote for or against each of such amendments separately.

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FROM THE BACKSHOP Help us help city’s schools, teachers The Westfield Education Foundation’s night of nights on Nov. 12 at The Bridgewater Club - the annual dinner-dance and silent auction this year celebrating its 25th anniversary - is closing quickly. Since 1986, the non-profit organization has awarded more than $560,000 in college scholarships to new Westfield High School graduates and has funded more than $154,000 for innovative teaching grants for classroom enrichment that benefits students in all grade levels at Westfield Washington Schools. As sponsors of the event, we’re delighted to tell you it will be a fun evening of dining, bidding and dancing. Sixty bucks a head gets you a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner consisting of a beef and chicken entrée, salad, roll, potato, vegetable and dessert at 7, and a silent auction open until 9:30. You’re encouraged to cut loose and dance to the music of Barometer Soup from 8 to 11:30. And here’s a real deal for those who may not be able to attend the dinner portion of the evening as a result of other commitments: Come as you are, pay $25 at the door and dance and bid the night away. The organization needs your help. Oh, about those auction items: You’ll be considering sports memorabilia, jewelry, home décor options, golf, restaurant gift cards, family fun, pet care, tickets for several Indiana parks, museums,

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg sporting events and more. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call 867.8085. ••• As proud sponsors, we’re pleased to alert you to Legacy Fund’s awards and non-profit showcase on Nov. 11 at The Ritz Charles in Carmel. Legacy Fund has served residents throughout Hamilton County since 1991, transforming communities wherever possible. Its commitment is to bring neighbors together to address community issues and priorities, to connect donors with their charitable interests and passions, and to make the act of giving a more meaningful and effective gesture for donors. It’s quite an evening, and we’d love to have you join us. For more information, please visit www.cicf.org/legacy-fund.

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didates’ platforms and their voting histories, I COMMENTARY honor the opportunity to be an educated voter. By Lindsay Eckert I encourage you to work Election season has always been an exciting Do a little studying on the for the “I voted today” sticker. Do a little studying time for me. I rememcandidates’ views in our on the candidates’ views in ber the excitement of watching presidential election guide and take a our election guide and take a look at how their voting debates and how the look at how their voting histories and platforms discussions could be a window into our coun- histories and platforms have have and could impact your world right here at try’s future. Although and could impact your world home. Then head to the as a 7-year-old watchvoting booth and proudly ing Clinton and Bush right here at home wear that sticker for a job debate I may have not well done. understood arguments about taxes and various legislation, but the older I got the more I sought out information on Lindsay Eckert is the managing legislation that could impact my nation and city editor of Current in Westfield. before I was old enough to impact my commuYou can reach him via e-mail at nity by voting. Now, I value the opportunity to Lindsay@youarecurrent.com. not only educate myself about legislation, can-

Westfield, we want to hear from you! This is YOUR newspaper, so please send your story ideas, news tips, news releases, letters and photographs to our managing editor, Lindsay Eckert, at lindsay@youarecurrent.com

Deferred molar maintenance Commentary By Terry Anker While having coffee with a vibrant 80-yearold recently, the topic turned to the advancing age of my own kids. We talked about Halloween and how this year was the first in more than a decade I had not followed one of my own around the neighborhood on the annual ritual of begging for treats and threatening tricks. My own boys no longer required my supervision. The younger was with his buddies, chaperoned by another father in a neighborhood with a far greater density of residences – more candy per square foot, I guess. And the older, spent the evening studying for an algebra test the next day. My octogenarian friend shared a knowing laugh and we had the usual conversation about how time marches on. He pointed to the mechanical failures beset an aging body. In his case, he found himself at the dentist more often than not being told his teeth, especially those in the rear, were beginning to fail not due to defect or neglect but

because they had reached their maximum usable life. It struck me my perception about teeth had been all wrong. I assumed they lasted forever, failing only if betrayed by their owner. Of course reason suggests all grinding devices eventually wear down. I once read elephants often die of starvation when their teeth grit to the point of ineffectiveness. In the case of my aging comrade, he simply was off to have them repaired or replaced as the circumstance warranted. He was not deterred by the development but saw it simply as care required on a vintage mandible. Why do we so often defer maintenance, fearing it acknowledges our mortality instead of embracing it as a marker of good stewardship?

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READERS VIEWS Voting for another term Editor, For at least the past two decades, Westfield has faced the continuing struggle of balancing the blessings of a wonderful bedroom community against the needs for necessary business and economic growth to support it. The past four years Andy Cook has served as our mayor. During his tenure, many improvements have taken place in the way Westfield government operates. Significant economic developments have been proposed and discussed, chief among them are plans for the Grand Junction and Grand Park. While the ultimate results from these plans cannot be known for years, I admire Mayor Cook’s leadership style and willingness to propose new and unique developments to the Westfield area as means to increase our supporting business tax base. Despite comments made to the contrary, I do not believe Mayor Cook takes proposed development plans lightly. In my experience with Mayor Cook, he thoughtfully considers the course of any action for Westfield prior to making a recommendation or decision. Is every single decision correct and intended consequence achieved? Unfortunately, no. With the benefit of hindsight, can any decision be questioned? Certainly, yes. However, effective leadership requires tough decisions be made to the best of one’s ability given current and expected circumstances. While I appreciate the willingness of the other candidates to challenge for the office of mayor, I strongly believe Mayor Cook has done an admirable job representing us the past four years. In my opinion, Mayor Cook has done more than enough to deserve another term to continue the process of growing Westfield. Duane Lutz, 46074

Vision for the future Editor, As a current resident of Washington Township and Westfield for 30 years I have personally experienced, and participated in, several aspects of this community. My three now adult children attended and graduated from Westfield Schools. During my years as a Westfield resident, I have served as an active volunteer in the school system, local boy and girl scouting programs and numerous community organizations and efforts. During this time I worked alongside local appointed and elected officials. The majority of these good folks had the very best intentions for this community and worked diligently to assist in its progress. I find that this is still the standard as I continue my volunteer and professional service within the community. Much has changed and there has been steady progress over the years. From the days of a three-member town council and a 17-member Advisory Plan Commission to 2007 when the citizens voted to make the transition to a city, and now when Westfield finds itself ready to hold its second city election. Westfield has come a long way in 30 years and I am pleased to see the maturation process continue. It must continue. Mayor Andy Cook has the vision and plans to continue moving Westfield forward.

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With his experience and comprehensive involvement in the numerous facets of managing the City, along with his unique, researched and well-thought out plans for economic growth, I firmly believe he is the right person to continue leading this community by serving a second term as mayor.  There has been much discussion regarding the development plans for Grand Junction and Grand Park. I personally affirm the longrange goal of attracting economic development through the use of unique developments and I believe these two are needed for the continued positive quality of life for Westfield residents. I applaud the Mayor and the City Council for having the courage to explore and develop projects such as the Grand Park and Grand Junction. Additionally, Mayor Cook’s relationship and progress with INDOT regarding the U.S. 31 upgrade adds value to his role as a city leader. I believe as a community, we will look back years from now and appreciate the great benefits Westfield will be enjoying as a result of an administration that was creative, brave and visionary. I urge my fellow citizens to take time on November 8th and vote in favor of the continued leadership of Mayor Andy Cook. Julie E. Sole, 46074

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DISPATCHES » Open Doors distribution day – Join your community in helping Open Doors distribute non-perishable items to feed more than 300 families Nov. 19 at Westfield Public Works building, 2706 E. 171st St., from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. » Raffle for 46” LED HDTV at Westfield Washington Public Library – Now through November 19, the Friends of the Westfield Library is holding a raffle for a 46” Toshiba LED HDTV. The retail value is $1,100. Enjoy big screen LED entertainment plus the best of the web The TV has new ultrathin Blade® design with chrome trim. It also has built-in Wi-Fi® and NetTV with Yahoo® Widgets. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and they are available at the library’s Circulation Desk, and the drawing on November 21 will be just in time to make this an extra special holiday season. » St.Vincent Health Announces WellCare Institute – St.Vincent Health officials announced the development of the WellCare Institute at St.Vincent to meet the needs of individuals and corporate clients. The WellCare Institute at St.Vincent will focus on optimizing patients’ overall health by assessing their current health risks, and providing disease prevention, education and detection. Michael Busk, MD, will serve as system executive of the WellCare Institute at St.Vincent. As former director of the Indiana University Executive Health, Corporate Wellness and Prevention Program, Dr. Busk has experience in the development of health education and prevention programs for numerous corporate clients and professional organizations.  » Library board meeting – The Board of Trustees of the Westfield Washington Public Library meet at 7 p.m. in the Sumner Room on Nov. 14. All meetings are open to the public. » Book discussion group – Join book lovers at a once-a-month discussion group which meets at the Westfield Washington Public Library. The General Group reads a wide variety of genres and meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. You are invited even if you haven’t read the book. “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson is the topic for this month, and the discussion will be in the Sumner Room Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. You can get a copy of this book and participate in the free program by contacting Information/Reference Services at 317-896-9391.

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The award for best actress in a dramatic role… COMMENTARY By Danielle Wilson “Thank you, Natalie. Gosh, what a surprise. Okay, well, I’d like to first thank my brothers and sister; their incessant complaining really helped to define my motivation. My dad for occasionally coming home late and missing out on the family meals; his absence allowed me to forget my inhibitions and manners, and really go for it. And finally, to my mom: If it weren’t for her sub-par meatloaf, her stingy rules about not leaving the table and her unfaltering inability to maintain control by 6:00 pm every night, well, let’s just say I’d still be sitting in the audience right now, watching Jennifer Lawrence accept this award. Can’t wait for ‘Hunger Games.’” Dinner time drama: In my house, what starts off as a lovely family get-together usually degrades into a beauty parlor scene from “Steel Magnolias.” “I hate pork.” “He’s chewing with his mouth open.” “She’s looook-iinngg at me” Unless we’re eating pizza or pancakes, my children spend the 20 minutes they’re forced to be at the table complaining about the meal or debating the stupidity of the rules, which boil down to three bites of the entrée or you’re at the table until bedtime and nothing until the following morning. Reasonable, right? But, by the way our boys, in particular, behave you’d think I was feeding

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Scouting for food success COMMENTARY By Jim Hester Our Scouting for Food unofficial motto is Westfield Scouts for Westfield Families. We encourage Westfield Packs and Troops to help the Westfield Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal Programs at Open Doors and Amanda Strong Foundation to help Westfield Families. Did we do this? Check! I was asked by Current in Westfield when we started this food drive and to be honest, I am not sure. I know my family has been involved for 10 years through Pack 107 and now Troop 107. Whatever the years, it is an important time and opportunity to give back to our community. A special thanks to participants from Pack 107, Pack 126, Pack 129, Pack 207 and Pack 219. Our Cub Scout Packs continue to come through, canvasing our neighborhoods for donations. The lion share of the participants and service hours come from the packs. I try to track the number of packs, dens, scouts and adults who volunteer. So this is an unofficial tabulation of the official results, but a special thanks to Pack 126 who led the way with 45 scouts and 30 adults signing in. Also a special thanks to Kroger for providing bags, Roche Diagnostics for providing boxes and tape and a thank you to FedEx for helping me with some of the copy and cutting costs for the flyers. Finally, thank you to Christ United Methodist Church for the

Jim (right) and Reilly Hester use of the garage for the collection. Please let me know what you thought of this year’s drive and if you have ideas for the future. I really want to drive more participation by our packs and troops, hit all neighborhoods in Westfield, find a way for drop off donations leading up to the drive and obviously drive higher results. I would love to get to 4,000 items next year. So here are the 2011 results: • 3,195 items collected. • 106 Scouts and 82 Adults participated for a grand total of 188 volunteers. • Volunteers contributed approximately 435 service hours to our community Thank you to all participants for their hard work. Please share these results with your units. You may contact Jim Hesters at jim.hester@roche.com

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Meet your teacher Name: Jan Holtz Grade/Subject at what school: Third grade at Washington Woods Elementary School Number of years teaching: 20 Background/Schooling (college & high school): Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, Master of Education, Indiana Wesleyan University Why did you become a teacher? My mother was an elementary school teacher and a favorite aunt was an elementary art teacher. I grew up exposed to education as a profession and the thought of helping others in the learning process seemed natural. What goals do you have for your students? Young children have a natural curiosity about the world around them. My goal is to help them satisfy that curiosity by learning the tools that will help them achieve their goals. My hope is their curiosity is never completely satisfied and they become life-long learners always reaching to learn more. What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? The learning process doesn’t stop when students walk out of the classroom and parents can play a very large and

supportive role in their child’s education. My recommendations are to: • Turn off the TV and video games and encourage your children to read for at least 30 minutes a day, especially during the summer months. • Give your children an opportunity to do their best in school by making sure they have a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast before they come to school. • Work with your children on their homework helping them understand any difficult areas, offering them encouragement and building their sense of accomplishment in their studies. Name your favorite movie. “It’s a Wonderful Life” Name your favorite musician or band. The Beatles What’s something your students might not know about you? I once rode in the Goodyear blimp in Indianapolis.

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How the creativity and craft of Westfield Playhouse brought a historical building back to life By Lindsay Eckert Lindsay@youarecurrent.com Westfield Playhouse tells stories based in all eras, acted out by actors of all backgrounds and appreciated by audiences of all ages. Although the playhouse brings words to life and transforms stories into scenes, the playhouse has its own tale that tells the story of life in ever-changing times. The bones that built the playhouse date to pre-Civil War times, first standing as a church for the Westfield community. Eventually the war wore down the soul of the church and it was boarded up and abandoned for years. In 1993, Main Street Productions in Westfield breathed creative life back into the old building. The production company’s first effort was “Civil War” to honor the building’s historical ties to the era in which its foundation was built. But, instilling a new era for the building was a daunting task. Westfield Playhouse President John Sampson said the four-year renovation literally started from the ground up, similar to his career rise in theatre. “The basement was flooded with four feet of water, we didn’t have dressing rooms and the cast used flashlights to put their makeup on,” Sampson said. “It was and is never-ending pleasant work, but here we are 10 years later with dressing rooms, a backstage and a stage that’s seen 62 sets.”

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Audiences enjoy a laugh and custom-built set during a showing of “Leading Ladies” The production company spent 10 years performing on varying stages, including at Westfield High School and Central Christian Church in Carmel until it had a place to call home. Sampson’s nearly 30-year career in theatre was a building process in itself and included lots of hammering and trial and error, eventually directing him to build creativity into every scene. “I went to my first ‘audition’ only to be support for my friend auditioning, we both ended up getting parts,” Sampson said describing the start of his career. “I was in a play and watching them build sets, I offered two suggestions and the builders said, ‘Show me’. It started from there.” Sampson’s most recent set included a two-story staircase with special features requested by designers and actors. “A set typically takes me 40 to 60 hours, this one took 100 hours,” said 68-year-old Sampson who has built 79 sets throughout his career. Actress Pat Dorwin, who has been performing since she was 3 years old, eventually took on the role as costume designer for productions like Hairspray in the Tarkington Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. She has won awards for costuming and has been nominated for several acting awards. But, she said it’s the theatre’s circle of life and a sense of family that motivates her. “Theatre is so exciting, I’m always meeting new people and we’re all a little crazy,” Dorwin said who recently played Florence, a feisty elderly lady in “Leading Ladies” where she made her own costume. “Theatre and the history of this building are like life: life begins with a pregnancy; a show begins at birth, a show closes and meets death, it dies. However, it goes on and it lives on in the next show. So the excitement of theatre never dies because it’s always born again with every new show.” Jonathan Horton, an actor in “Leading Ladies”said the building’s consistent ability to build relationships makes it a standout location for actors. “It’s old and stable, it has a heart to it,” Horton said. “It’s

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Westfield Playhouse President John Sampson filled with good people who all love doing the same thing. Some people have sports we have this.” Tom Wire, a frequent patron and a member of Westfield Playhouse, said he appreciates how he can relate to the building and how age doesn’t matter. “I like the old building, it’s old like me,” Wire said. “It is antique-ish, you can’t see scenes the same way in other places. New buildings look alike, but this one is special.” Cat Watson, director and set decorator, said maintaining a fulltime job and dedicating six days a week to the theatre is something she wouldn’t think twice about. “I don’t mind exhausting myself, the people keep me coming,” Watson said. “The place is welcoming to everyone and that sentiment is expressed by all the actors who perform here.” Watson said the real sentiment stems from the walls, floors and spirit of Westfield Playhouse and exemplifies it’s the inside of the soul that really matters. “You can feel the history of the stage. The acoustics are amazing and you can hear the building’s ambiance,” Watson said. “You look at the outside and it’s not much, but patrons come in and say, ‘Wow.’ There’s something magical about it.”

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Views | Community | Cover Story | Election | Education | Anti-Aging | Diversions | Toys | Dough | Panache | Inside & Out | Laughs | Puzzles | Classifieds Andy Cook, www.andycookformayor.com What qualifies you to successfully serve the city of Westfield as mayor? I believe the most important characteristic which qualifies me to continue to serve as Mayor is experience. Over the last three and a half years as Mayor of Westfield, I have learned the intricacies of local government and how to make this city the best it can be with the tools we are given as a local municipality. In my experience, building a local government around principles of accountability, integrity and innovation, you can provide programs and services to the community which set you apart from typical municipalities - and our accomplishments have proven our success. I believe that making progress based on those three principles, we will continue to grow, prosper and build What are your plans for bringing economic development to Westfield? It is our number one priority to diversify our tax base away from its dependence on residential tax payers. Our plan and vision is to provide a unique place and destination where businesses will want to locate. We must give businesses a unique reason to locate in Westfield. With our current state of the economy, we are constantly competing with other cities for economic development projects. Our plan is to create a destination which will provide the City with a competitive advantage in the economic development marketplace. Our endeavors like the Grand Junction (downtown redevelopment plan) and the Grand Park Sports Campus will bring the consumers to our community and bring businesses to provide the goods and services to those consumers. Ultimately, this will increase the commercial tax base and lower tax bills for residents. The use of TIF’s (Tax Increment Financing) impact the tax rates of residents, businesses, schools, and others. What is your opinion on the City’s use of TIF’s to finance projects? Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF’s) are one of the few economic development tools available to cities and it is critical that they are administered responsibly. The goal of creating a TIF District is to overtime capture revenue from a particular area for the purpose of making infrastructure and other improvements, ultimately, attracting additional economic development to our community. When administered properly, the commercial tax funds can also be efficiently distributed throughout various public entities. Again, attracting new development only diversifies the tax base, helping to lower tax bills.

Todd Hoard, www.toddhoardformayor.com 1. What qualifies you to successfully serve the city of Westfield as mayor? I see my candidacy for Mayor as a chance to serve my community. I’m actually a fourth generation resident of Westfield and a successful local businessman. Starting my company in 1992, even in economic down turns I have been able to keep my business running and profitable. I have crafted and worked plans to realize long term goals while meeting or exceeded expectations, sometimes with tight budgets. I understand listening, communication, managing day to day operations, writing policies, directing people and being accessible are important. An administration has to listen to the people of the community especially in these difficult economic times. It is important to understand that we can no longer spend, acquire debt and then mortgage our future. As Mayor I see my administration as a chance give back to the community and bring these business qualities to local government. As a citizen of Westfield I have served my community by: serving on the Committee to build the Rotary Sensory Gardens in Westfield’s Freedom Trails Park, Writing applications for $10,000.00 worth of Grants for the Sensory Gardens, Served my church as Property Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent and served on the Wage Determination Committees for Westfield Washington Schools. What are your plans for bringing economic development to Westfield? I am deeply concerned about the plight of this beloved community which has struggled to attract and retain businesses. Being a fiscal conservative, I believe that the best way for our community to attract new business is not to mimic the spending ways of surrounding communities but to immediately lower the impact of taxes on its Businesses and Residents especially in this economic climate. I am proud of the people of Indiana to put in place the property tax caps. But I believe that the caps are just that; CAPS. These caps should not be considered the standard tax rate. Right now businesses are burdened with commercial property taxes higher than surrounding communities. We need to find ways to get that reduced to a competitive level. One of the greatest assets Westfield has is its highly educated workforce. I believe that as we grow and bring in new business, Westfield should not settle for hospitably and food service jobs. But rather pursue companies and jobs in emerging sectors like: Research and Development, Environmental and Health Sciences. We need to attract companies that see an educated workforce as an asset and need such a workforce to fill its positions. The use of TIF’s (Tax Increment Financing) impact the tax rates of residents, businesses, schools, and others. What is your opinion on the City’s use of TIF’s to finance projects? I am deeply concerned with the City’s use of TIF districts. Local Administrations should use TIF’s with caution. I believe that TIF’s are a tool that can steer economic development, but can not make up for a bad economic climate and poor development planning. Even with subsidizes of a TIF program, economic down turn will have an impact on development. If we are using TIF’s areas to develop property for retail use, then our existing retail areas will be devalued as a result of subsidizing one retail area over another in the same municipality. Retail in these terms is: goods and services with targeted use by local customer base, even nursing homes would be retail in these terms. This could also lead to sprawl and adding costly infrastructure as retail leaves or skips over existing property, to be included in the subsidized area. This migration of retail could be avoided, if TIF areas are setup for non local uses. These uses would be: goods and services mostly sold or exported outside of the local area. But we have shovel ready property in Westfield for both Retail and non local uses with out adding the costly infrastructure.

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1549 E Greyhound Pass Carmel Board Room 0711 South Westfield 1 Cool Creek Nature Center 2000 -1 E 151st St Carmel Auditorium 0712 Village Farms 03 Village Farms Clubhouse 453 Greyhound Pass Carmel Clubhouse 0713 South Westfield 2 Cool Creek Nature Center 2000-1 E 151st St Carmel Auditorium

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Mike Waite, www.mikewaiteformayor.com What qualifies you to successfully serve the city of Westfield as mayor? Over the last 20 years of being a self-employed business owner I have always regarded myself as being an employee of the customers I serve. I listen to their concerns or problems and address them immediately. I take pride in the satisfaction and peace of mind my customers receive when I am able to address and remedy their issues. As mayor I want to remedy the issues of the voters in this community. I’m not looking for a pat on the back I’m looking for the relief in the voters faces when they have realized their concerns are addressed. I’ve also learned the key to keeping a business running successfully over a long period of time is to operate it within certain budget restraints. Under my administration Westfield will be run as a business. Prioritizing the allocation of our cities funds is the foundation for success. As mayor I will serve at the direction of the voters. Indiana led the nation in job growth but Westfield didn’t contribute to any of that growth. The city has been stagnant. I want to change that. Too many elected officials have their own agendas. They forget they are public servants and serve at ... [exceeded maximum words allowed] What are your plans for bringing economic development to Westfield? First and foremost would be to get city spending under control. We must show that Westfield is a conservative community that will not waste the new tax dollars brought in by any company who wishes to locate to our city. My goal is to market Westfield nationwide. I will bring in experienced information technology and marketing consultants to make sure this goal becomes reality. Hamilton County is one of the best counties in the country to raise a family topped off by having one of the best school systems in the country. Combine those two assets with a lower tax base and Westfield has the perfect storm to attract any new business wishing to locate to our great city. The use of TIF’s (Tax Increment Financing) impact the tax rates of residents, businesses, schools, and others. What is your opinion on the City’s use of TIF’s to finance projects? I am opposed to Tax Incremental Financing Districts. TIF Districts take away revenue from schools, libraries, fire departments, and other city entities. According to Randal O’Toole, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, “several studies have found that the developments subsidized by TIF would have happened anyway in the same urban area, though not necessarily the same location.” I want our tax dollars used towards city entities not towards projects that have the ability to be created without the use of TIF’s. These districts “capture revenue” that cannot be shared with the entire city. As a result either property taxes are raised or new taxes are created to make up for the captured revenue. I do not like the fact that non-elected officials who answer to no one have control over these TIF dollars. Elected official should have total authority over the expenditure of tax dollars. 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. Front Office 0718 Centennial 2 Centennial Bible Church 720 Liberty Dr Westfield Foyer 0719 Oak Ridge 2 New Joy Lutheran Church 316 W 156th Street Westfield Sanctuary 0720 Oak Ridge 3 New Joy Lutheran Church 316 W 156th Street Westfield Sanctuary 0721 Southeast Westfield 2 Union Bible College - William Smith Building 434 S Union Street Westfield

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Businesses thank those who served on Veteran’s Day Amazon.com – Discount “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album download. This downloadable album includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces. Visit Amazon on Veteran’s Day to download the album. Applebee’s – Free meal, Friday. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veteran’s Day. There will be seven entrées to choose from. Military ID or proof of service required. Find locations at http://applebees.com/. Chili’s – Free meal, Friday. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of six meals. This offer is available during business hours on Friday at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Golden Corral – Free meal, Nov. 14: The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. For more information, visit www.goldencorral.com/military/. Home Depot – The Home Depot is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center locations. Hooters – Free Meal, Friday. Choose one of the new specialty items on the Hooter’s menu. Open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit www.HootersVeteransDay.com. Lowes – Lowe’s is offering all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made

Veterans day ceremony 11 a.m. Friday, War Monument at the Hamilton County Courthouse Square in Noblesville. The ceremony will be put on by the American Legion Post No. 45 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2646 and will include a 21-gun salute, opening and closing prayers and speeches. There will be a dedication to add two names to the Vietnam Memorial and one name to the Persian Gulf War Memorial.

during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Monday through Friday on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – Free lunch or dinner, Nov 13. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Also, space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onions and Cokes Monday through Friday. This offer is available to Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identifications: U.S Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), DD form 214 Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), Photograph in Uniform, Wearing Uniform. For more information, visit, http://outback.com/companyinfo/ veteransday.aspx. Sport Clips – Free haircut to active-duty military and veterans. Offer only available at select locations. Subway – Free six-inch sub. Select Subway locations offer a free six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Texas Roadhouse – Free meal, Friday. Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4 p.m.

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Loaning and lending GRAMMAR LESSON By Brandie Bohney My recent column regarding the difference between further and farther and principal and principal opened a floodgate of requests. So many readers emailed with requests to explain the difference between various pairs of similar words that it will take weeks to get through all of them. But that’s what I’m here for. First on the long lineup of word comparisons is the difference between loan and lend. Reader Phil is going to be terribly disappointed at my response, though. The e-mail implored me to let my readers know that loan is a noun, not a verb. And it’s true that in formal British English, loan is not used as a verb. The appropriate verb is lend. But in American English, Australian English, and even casual British English, loan can be used as both a noun and a verb. There’s a caveat, though. Although loan can be used as a verb, it can only function as such in cases where the items in question are tangible. So while you can loan

money or a car or underwear to someone, you must lend credence or intuition or stability. Still, even though loan can technically be used as a verb, there’s a good-sized group of grammarians and language enthusiasts who strongly dislike it to be used as such. And the truth is, the verb lend is beautifully designed specifically for the same purpose that many people use loan. You can’t go wrong with lend, but loan has limitations that must be minded. So here’s my advice: when you need a verb about a loan, use lend. Not because it is the only choice, but because it is the better choice. Not only will you never need to evaluate your usage for the physical versus conceptual, but you’ll never have to worry about language sticklers mocking you in your absence.

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DISPATCHES » Officials back HPV vaccine for boys – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has approved “recommendations for routine vaccination of males 11 or 12 years old with three doses of HPV4 (vaccine)” to shield against the virus. At this point the recommendation is limited to Gardasil, made by Merck. Another HPV vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix, is not yet included in the advisory. -HealthDay News » Stress linked to IBS – According to a new study, people who have experienced more trauma over their lifetimes are more likely to experience irritable bowel syndrome. This trauma can range from deaths of loved ones to divorce to disasters such as experiencing a house fire or a car accident. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but researchers suspect that the nerves and muscles that control the bowel are to blame. Stress may over-activate the nerves that connect the brain and the gut, leading to painful and embarrassing bowel problems. -www.livescience.com

» Probiotics may lower inflammation – Probiotics, or “good bacteria,” may lower levels of inflammation in the body, which could benefit patients who have inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis, a new study says. Patients with one of these conditions who took the probiotic bacteria B. infantis for eight weeks had lower levels of inflammation compared with those who took a placebo. And healthy people who took probiotics also saw a reduction in inflammation compared with those who took a placebo. The results suggest that probiotics may lower levels of inflammation, regardless of the affliction, the researchers said. However, it’s still not clear whether probiotics can actually help with symptoms of these diseases, experts say. -www.myhealthnewsdaily.com

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DISPATCHES » The candy’s still good – Remember when you were a kid and your mom took your candy away a week after Halloween, claiming that it was “getting stale”? Candy bars are good for about a year, and perfectly safe for much longer than that, though less appetizing. Nuts and peanut butter will, generally speaking, get nasty sooner than pure chocolate. And those white dots that you sometimes find on older candy bars? Just little bits of fat or sugar that have bubbled to the surface over time. -www.esquire.com » Traveling with jewelry – A half-dozen egg carton tray makes an amazing travel jewelry box. It doesn’t appear enticing to thieves, it has segregated compartments to keep your necklaces from getting tangled and, best of all, it’s free. The plastic container in which wet wipes are sold also makes a handy jewelry box, sans separate compartments.  -www.independenttraveler.com » November gardening tips – 1. Make certain that climbing roses are securely attached to their supports. 2. Use small stakes or markers where you’ve planted bulbs or late-starting plants in the perennial garden to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation. 3. Apply protective mulches on the perennial garden after the ground has frozen an inch or two. -www.almanac.com » Wine prices dropping – In September, Live-ex’s Fine Wine 100 Index, the London International Vintners Exchange, which tracks the price movement of the world’s 100 most sought-after wines, fell for the third consecutive month since its peak in June. Bordeaux’s 2008 vintage appears to be the biggest loser, with first growth Château Lafite Rothschild off by more than 30 percent. -www.wsj.com

Now to Nov. 18 The 61st annual Fall Art Show presented by the Hamilton County Artists’ Association will be on display at the Hamilton East Public Library Noblesville branch, 1 Library Plaza. The display will be open to the public during regular library hours. 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. Thursday to Nov. 20 Carmel Community Playhouse, 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, presents “Six Degrees of Separation.” The humorous drama by John

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Woodys Library Restaurant The Scoop: Established in the spring of 1998, Woodys Library Restaurant is a unique bi-level establishment locally owned by a husband and wife team – Kevin and Richelle Rider – offering a memorable and personal dining experience. The restaurant is a renovated Andrew Carnegie Library that was originally built in 1913. The upstairs is a cozy retreat that resembles the original library design with vaulted ceilings and warm wood furnishings. The library shelves feature works of art created by local artisans and a unique collection of books donated by customers over the years. Woodys also features a private room, a wrap around deck that overlooks Main Street, a smoke-free neighborhood pub featuring a 225 gallon saltwater fish tank overlooking a casual dining area.. Price of Entrees: $8 to $31 Type of Food/Specialties: The menu offers

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Now Franks has made a thick product that has the consistency of a barbecue sauce. We serve it as a dipping sauce or grilling sauce. The younger set loves it. Also they have a new sweet chilli flavor that gives the option to slightly vary the taste of the hotter side of tailgate menus. Here’s a great upscale tailgate recipe that will thrill young and old, but I’d double it to make sure there are some for after the game. ers. Mix Sweet Chili Sauce and barbecue sauce. Grill kabobs on greased rack over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 7 min. Baste often with Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce. Serves Six. Joe Drozda is a Carmel resident and an author about sports and food. You may contact him at drozda@ tailgatershandbook.com or visit www. tailgatershandbook.com.

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Getting paper files to the Cloud “This year, I’m thankful for COMMENTARY By Ken Colburn Can I use DropBox as an online file storage cabinet for all of my paper records? I’d like to get rid of my storage unit and the monthly bill! - Bill DropBox (www.dropbox.com) is an awesome service created to easily store files online and access them from any device that has Internet access. It’s primarily a file-syncing service. DropBox works by downloading a special program monitoring a folder or set of folders designated for synchronization. When a file is saved to those folders, it automatically makes a copy of the file on DropBox servers; you will have two copies of the file: one on your computer and one on the DropBox servers. However, if the file is deleted from the sync folder, it will delete the file in DropBox. How you want to look up documents in the future will help you understand how you want to name, tag and store the files. A better solution for this type of archiving might be a service such as OfficeDrop, (http:// www.officedrop.com.) It provides a basic set of document-management tools as you upload the files. The biggest bottleneck you’re likely to hit is your ability to scan every single piece of paper stored in all of the boxes. OfficeDrop has two ways for you to get your paper documents scanned into their system: you

or them. If you have internal resources to do the scanning, you can download their free ScanDrop ‘cloud scanning’ software that links your scanner directly to their online storage and management service. It works with most name-brand scanners and it scans your documents into PDF files. You can preview each scan, change the order of the scanned pages, flip them for proper orientation and even crop the image before you upload the files to your online account. ScanDrop is not limited to those with an OfficeDrop account; it can also upload to Evernote and Google Docs if you are already using those services. If the task is too daunting for you to do yourself, you can use their mail-in scanning service that offers basic scanning of groups of 50 documents to bulk scanning packages if you have thousands of documents to get processed. You can try OfficeDrop for free and upgrade to one of the pay services for more storage and features, starting at $9.95 per month, if you find that their system works for you.

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DISPATCHES » Closed sales increase – According to a recent report from the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, the number of closed sales in Hamilton County increased by 27.7 percent during July to September when compared to the same months in 2010. During July to September 2011, median sales prices in the county dropped to $210,000, a 2.7 percent decrease. During the one-month period of September 2011, median sales price decreased 3.9 percent to $197,000. Average sales price of homes in Hamilton County decreased 4.3 percent to $254,282 when compared to the same three-month period in 2011, and dropped 2.6 percent in the onemonth comparison to $243,546. » Target opening earlier – For shoppers eager to get a head start on their holiday shopping, Target is opening its doors nationwide at midnight on Black Friday. While other retailers like Toys R Us have opted to get a jump start on Black Friday by opening on Thanksgiving night in the past, for Target, which usually opens its doors at the crack of dawn on Black Friday, this is its earliest opening ever. -www.money.cnn.com

» Check credentials – There are nearly 176,000 people out there calling themselves financial advisors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with almost a quarter-million expected by 2016, and weeding through the bad apples isn’t easy. One thing to keep in mind: They’re largely unregulated. You want to look for those letters after their names. Stick to well-known programs such as CFP, CPA, CHFC, CFA. Taking an ethics pledge, among other requirements, distinguishes these advisers from the others. To put it in perspective, there were 63,601 CFP certificants as of September. In July 2011, 58 percent of the applicants passed the CFP exam the first time. -www.thefiscaltimes.com » ‘Occupy’ banned in China – According to UC Berkeley publication China Digital Times, Sina Weibo, China’s hyper-popular microblogging site, has banned all search keywords that could theoretically be associated with Occupy Wall Street. A long list of banned keywords on Sina Weibo’s search function has been uncovered and tested by the CDT team. All the listed phrases stick to one simple rule: a combination of “occupy” and a place name. In other words, the hundreds of millions of Sina Weibo users are no longer allowed to search for “occupy Beijing,” for instance.  -www.good.is

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Third-quarter housing numbers up in Hamilton County By Jordan Fischer jordan@youarecurrent.com Hamilton County housing market numbers are moving in the right direction, according to a quarterly July-September report released by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS (MIBOR) last week. According to the report, the number of closed sales in Hamilton County increased by 27.7 percent during July to September when compared to the same months in 2010; closed sales also increased 27.6 percent in the Septemberonly comparison within Hamilton County. “The numbers are reading what we want them to read for a turnaround, and that’s what we’ve been seeing lately,” said Steve Rupp, a REALTOR and broker-associate for Prudential Indiana Realty Group covering Hamilton County and northern Indianapolis. “This third quarter is turning out to be the best quarter of the year so far,” Rupp said. “New listings are down, and that’s excellent. We need those numbers to come down. And part of that is that foreclosures are down.” The monthly supply of housing inventory for Hamilton County dropped 3.5 percent in September to 8.3 months. That’s lower, Rupp said, than MIBOR’s average inventory, which is hovering around 9.5 months.

The median sales price for Hamilton County did drop 3.9 percent compared to this period last year, however, which Rupp said is a sign homeowners are still having to negotiate “pretty hard” to sell their homes (homeowners on average received 90.4 percent of their original list price at sale in September). On the other hand, Rupp said, he and his colleagues have begun seeing movement of homes priced above $500,000 again, whereas there was little to no activity in that market in 2010. Rupp said he was optimistic MIBOR numbers were signs of an upward trend for the market. “It will be interesting to see where we are in February-March-April of next year, relative to where we were this year,” he said. “My guess, relative to the economy of course, is that we’re going to continue the trend of pretty good numbers. If you couple that with still significantly-lower than historical average interest rates, you’re going to have some pretty strong numbers. If we could just get that unemployment number down, that will really close the deal for real estate, and you’re not going to have anything holding it back.” For the full MIBOR report, visit http://www. mibor.com/media/monthly_stats.asp.

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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! The Stratford | Carmel’s Premier Continuing Care Retirement Community 2460 Glebe Street | Carmel, IN 46032 www.Stratford-Living

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Should I increase my limits? INSURANCE Q&A By Ryan Samuelson Question from Willis H. from Carmel: I tell my clients all the time about the benefits of increased limits and umbrella policies. I know it’s not costly, but could you approach the benefits from an insurance perspective? Response from Ryan Samuelson: When we talk about increasing limits, we’re talking about liability limits. Liability limits have become a little bit more confusing because of all the options that are available. Right off the bat, I’m going to take that choice down to a yes or no question. Should you increase your liability limits from the base limits? There are reasons to say “yes” and reasons to say “no.” Let’s start with why you might choose to not increase your limits. You probably already know the reason to not increase your limits. It’s money. If you’re choosing between putting food on the table and increasing your insurance limits, it’s a pretty easy choice. However, increasing your limits is much less expensive then you may realize. Doubling your limits may only cost a couple of dollars per month after bundling your policies and selecting the proper payment plan. The main reason to say “yes” to increasing your liability limits also is pretty easy. It’s a great way to protect your assets, your family and yourself. Most states have mandated what the minimum liability limits will be, but those minimum limits are rarely adequate.

A couple of things add to the reasons to make an increase to your liability limits. The first one is inflation. Medical costs have been sky rocketing for the last 20 years and show no signs of slowing. These trends guarantee that it’s going to be costly if you hurt someone with your vehicle or someone gets hurt on your property. Increasing your limits is a great strategy to prevent these costs from coming out of your personal assets. Another thing to keep in mind is your level of risk. Increasing your level of risk only adds to the list of reasons you should increase your coverage limits. Keep these questions and others like them in mind when you think about your personal risks: • Do you drive car pools? • Do you have multiple drivers in your household? • Do you have a pool / trampoline / tree house / pond? • Do you have a boat? • Do you entertain guests often? There are many things to think about and plenty of reasons to consider increasing your liability limits. As always, we recommend talking this over with your independent insurance agent to find the correct solutions for you. Ryan Samuelson is with Shepherd Insurance & Finanacial Services. Have an insurance question you need answered? Send it to asktheadvisor@ shepherdins.com.

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DISPATCHES » Fashion store opens this week – Maurices will open its second store at Clay Terrace, 14511 Clay Terrace Blvd. in Carmel. The grand opening kicks off with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Friday at 9:45 a.m. The 5,000-square-foot store will carry everything teens and women will need for school, work, play, evenings out and evenings in, including exclusive maurices brands of Studio Y and Wear @ Work. » Fix vanishing brows – Like thinning hair, sparse brows come with age, so they make you look older than you are. The solution: Use a brow powder to fill in patchy spots and make your arches look thicker. Start by gently pulling your skin taut with one hand to create a smooth surface. With a stiff, angled brow brush, dust on the powder in the same direction your hairs grow, using light, feathery strokes. Concentrate on sparse areas. When you’re finished, brush the hairs up and out with a spoolie (it’s like a clean mascara wand); this blends and softens the powder so it looks more natural and removes any excess powder. Must-have products: Ardell Duo Brow Brush ($4.50; Sally Beauty Supply) and Anastasia Brow Powder Duo ($22; sephora.com ). -www.prevention.com

Colors and memories COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. - Pablo Picasso It is impossible to separate emotion from color. Regardless of the fact that it could be association or other deeper stimulus, color does impact our feelings about our surroundings. I see the impact on clients on a daily basis. Greens might remind you of a favorite Aunt’s bath and have a positive effect. Yellow might remind you of a horrible dress that generated teasing in grade school. We might not have an immediate recognition of the connection, but it lies in wait and is strong. The following descriptions of typical emotions related to color are generalizations… there are tones within each color group that will deviate from the list. . Yellow evokes a feeling of cheer and increases energy. It has been used in kitchens for years but has successfully worked its way into family rooms and foyers with more muted tones. Green feels fresh. The association with plants and tree growth gives it a feeling of renewal. Pink is soft and soothing. The femininity associated with pink promotes affection and congeniality. Black can project sophistication. It is one

of the true neutrals so it is great for use as a bridge for rooms or other colors. Red is passionate and demands attention. It is used effectively in dining rooms for drama and bedrooms. Orange stimulates appetites and conversation so it is well suited for kitchens. It is also a novel color when used in the cleaner tones so it is fun for laundry rooms! White is pure and sophisticated. It is the other true neutral so it is often used for moldings. Purple is a color of mystery. Muted tones of plum used in dining rooms and powder rooms give a feel of drama and interest. Blue is the color of the sky and ocean. It is not a coincidence that spas use an abundance of blues and blue green tones to develop a tranquil feel. These tones are ideal for bedrooms if a calm and restorative feeling is wanted. If you consider the mood that a color inspires in you, there is a greater chance that you will develop a house that allows you to feel “Ah, I am home!”

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No-fear, no-surprise budgeting REMODELING By David Decker “Don’t recommend $30,000 cabinets for a $20,000 kitchen improvement project. It makes clients tend to not trust you.” That’s our salesman, Joe Evans, expressing one of the great truths about custom home improvements: Estimating and budgeting should never come from opposite and competing directions. They should always be a cohesive, team-oriented enterprise of aligned goals, understood limits, common trust, and open communications. That means the client and the home improvement professional work together. Here’s why. “Whole new kitchen” and “whole new bathroom” mean different things to different people. My perception could be different than the client’s. Like they say, “perception is reality” and when incorrect realities start swirling around mistaken perceptions, home improvement projects are no longer fun for anyone. If an estimate comes in very high or very low, it means the home improvement professional has done a poor job of understanding the client’s needs, wants, and budget. And the point of knowing the budget isn’t for the home improver to spend all the client’s money. It’s to maximize the value of the job. Most of the time people have no idea what things cost, so they aren’t sure what their budget is. That’s perfectly fine. We talk. We discuss. We ask. We communicate, and when necessary, toss out a

price range to assess the client’s comfort level. Sometimes people feel like they need to guard their budget for whatever reason – shall we say “at all costs” – and that doesn’t facilitate an open and honest relationship. That person likely will not be a client of ours because the trust has to go both ways. Communication provides the home improvement professional with the opportunity to provide clients the most value for their money. By establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time targeted objectives – by communicating – the project becomes a team effort in which everybody wins.

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glasses, but crackers also made it to the top tier. I won’t feel so stupid anymore when I forget where I put my keys. Not when people in my own neighborhood have apparently lost track of their Triscuits. Just for fun, I began typing: THE BEST THING_____. At the top of the results was: “I Ever Ate,” which is the name of a popular cable TV food show. There were countless other sites including the expression, “THE BEST THING.” Then I added: _____ABOUT DICK WOLFSIE and soon discovered out of 1,473,345 sites containing the phrase THE BEST THING, approximately none of them mentioned my name. A little depressing to be sure, but Google is only 15 years old. People don’t take to me right away. (Dick’s new book, “Mopey Dick: Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Mind,” is now available. Visit Dick at the Indianapolis Gift and Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgounds, tomorrow through Sunday. His Web site is: www.wolfsie.com)

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