Issue 5 2016 • MK Spark The Magazine of Meridian~Kessler

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The Magazine of Meridian•Kessler


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ISSUE FIVE • February March April 2016 Published quarterly by MKNA • Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association, a volunteer nonprofit organization representing residents, businesses, schools, faith-based institutions and service groups. The Association’s objectives include

Enhancing Livability • Make the neighborhood more walkable and bike-friendly, develop infrastructure plans and support crime prevention efforts. Promoting Growth & Capital Investment • Support the Midtown TIF District and drive redevelopment opportunities.

Advocating to City Government • Develop the neighborhood’s long term land use plan and promote compliance with community values. Communicating • Organize community meetings where critical neighborhood issues are addressed, host business and clergy breakfasts and publish community newsletters. Partnering with Community Stakeholders • Support the work of organizations serving youth and seniors. Preserving Historic Qualities • Prioritize neighborhood beautification efforts and promote commitment to historic architecture. spark: The Magazine of Meridian~Kessler is edited by Caroline Farrar, Nick Colby, Christopher Vice. Designed by Christopher Vice. Printed by Faulkenberg Printing Company. © MKNA 2016

MK Home Tour Dates Announced Tree Pruning in MK Review: Fat Dan’s 2015 Highlights /// Zone 2 Butler Community Arts School Summer Camps Tabernacle Presbyterian Visit for more features, timely news, events calendar and local neighborhood business directory. Feature articles in this magazine are also published online.

Washington Park Explores Historic Area Designation

Historic Area Designation Process Overview MK Real Estate

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Submit news and events. MK Home Tour Dates Announced The Meridian~Kessler Home Tour is not only the most prestigious Home Tour in the state of Indiana, it is the most volunteer intensive activity in our neighborhood. This year’s Tour will be launched on Friday, June 3 with a Twilight party and Home Tour in the heart of Meridian~Kessler. This event features live music, great food, home tours, silent auction and a chance to mingle with neighbors and friends. The weekend Day tour follows on June 4 and 5. The funds raised from the MKNA Home and Garden Tour turn into beautification initiatives, summer camp programs, library reading programs, fitness and sports programs, health and mentoring efforts, leadership training, and academic programs. The tour is instrumental in elevating Meridian~Kessler as the premier urban neighborhood in Indianapolis. The need for volunteers is immense. Please consider offering your talents to the Home Tour Committee. Input in the areas of Twilight Tour food, entertainment, environment, setup, sponsorship, publicity, Silent Auction and Tour Homes is being sought. Day tour needs include Home Selection, Home Description Writing, Home Tour Special Events, and the all important volunteering of Tour Homes. If you have volunteered for this event before, you know it is a fun and vibrant way to connect with the neighborhood and neighbors. If you have not participated in the event, consider making 2016 your year. Please contact Jenni at JenniEggerDesigns@ to lend your talent and to be a part of a neighborhood tradition like no other.

School 70 Opens August 1, 2016 as Center for Inquiry Mary E Nicholson School 70 510 E 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 (317) 226-4270 The mission of Center for Inquiry is to develop a community of respectful, lifelong learners who use inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to be socially responsible contributors to a changing global society.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police D’epartment North District Update IMPD’s North District provides uniformed field patrol and investigative services to the north central area of Indianapolis. Under the direction of Commander Chris Bailey, the North District headquarters is located at 3120 E. 30th Street and is staffed with approximately 184 sworn police officers and 4 civilian employees. The district encompasses approximately 79 sq. miles with an estimated population of 215,000 people. Recommended 4 | LIVE ~ WORK ~ SHOP ~ PLAY ~ LEARN ~ GROW IN MK


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MKNA Beginnings IN THE SPRING OF 1965, the first African–American family moved into the Meridian~Kessler neighborhood. Heartened by Civil Rights advances and the prospect of a Fair Housing Act, Rev. Gerald Johnson of the (then) Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, encouraged a group of residents “deeply devoted to our area and to justice” to discuss the formation of a neighborhood group which would: • Establish relationships between all neighbors and provide services

staffing numbers for the three primary shifts (Day, Middle and Late) is 21 patrol officers assigned to six patrol zones. In addition to the primary shift officers, North District has 4 Officers and a Sergeant assigned to a full-time Bike Unit, 3 Officers assigned to the Community Relations Unit and 1 officer assigned to the Indianapolis Parole Accountability Team (InPAcT). The InPAcT Team monitors high-risk parolees returning to the community and has a State Parole Agent assigned to the unit.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach from Diana L Vanarsdall Texting to 911 was just implemented a few months ago. I want to emphasize that yes, the technology is there and in use, but please do not let it replace the 911 call. Texting to 911 should be used only when calling is not an option. Carriers that are now participating are AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile. Social Media like Facebook, Nextdoor, Safetown, Nixle, etc., has become a significant tool in the fight against crime. However, there seems to be some confusion on where to report crime. None of the above social media websites have a direct line/connection to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) 911 Center. Social media must be your SECOND choice. It does no good to log onto social media and report an incident in progress. The police respond to 911 calls, not SOCIAL MEDIA. Notifying neighbors is very important, but must be your second choice. To report criminal activity, you must call 911.

• Monitor zoning codes and housing laws • Support neighborhood schools • Provide adequate municipal services for all residents In early meetings there was prolonged discussion about the boundaries of the proposed new neighborhood. The south and west boundaries were not debatable (38th and Meridian Streets, respectively), because they adjoined existing organized neighborhoods. However, the northern boundary was difficult to determine. At first it was set at 46th Street, then tentatively moved to 54th Street. By the time the constitution and by-laws were finalized, however, those who maintained that a larger group of residents would be more effective politically, succeeded in getting the boundary extended north to Kessler Boulevard. The name of the new association, based on two of the boundary streets, was coined at that time. Large posters were distributed to the area shopping corners inviting everyone to the first general meeting on June 2, 1965.

From 38th to Kessler Boulevard. From Meridian to the Monon. We are a community of residents (younger & older), homes (from multi-unit to mansions and everything in between), local businesses (larger & smaller, established & emerging), schools (public & private) and a variety of faith–based communities.

Dear Neighbors, 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for our neighborhood! We have welcomed several new businesses, restaurants and neighbors to the area. Our organization completed the installation of street banners, which designate the Meridian~Kessler area and greet people into our neighborhood. We are excited to see the first phase of improvements at Tarkington Park (38th and Meridian) taking shape. When this project’s construction costs came in over budget, our community quickly rallied to close the $600,000 gap before time ran out at the end of the December. MKNA is a proud supporter of this project, and I am pleased that we were able to help by making a $20,000 investment to ensure Phase I is completed. Many thanks go out to the leadership of Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. for meeting the fundraising challenge, and to all the neighbors, businesses and organizations who contributed. This spring we look forward to the start of three important infrastructure improvement projects: • Repaving of 46th Street from College Avenue to Central Avenue; • Repaving of 54th Street from College Avenue to Central Avenue; • Complete streetscape improvements on Winthrop Avenue from 52nd Street to 54th Street. Our Infrastructure Committee remains hard at work to identify and prioritize our needed infrastructure repairs and improvements. We are continually working with the City to address these needs. Additionally, with the recent announcement that the Red Line has received federal funding to build Phase I, we are continuing our conversations with the City to discuss the needed infrastructure improvements surrounding the transit line. We continue to engage neighbors, businesses, churches and organizations within our large neighborhood through several events and programs planned during the year, so please stay tuned. Also be sure to follow our Facebook page and sign up for our bi-weekly MK Info email newsletter to ensure you are aware of all that is happening. Nick Colby, MKNA President

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Submit news and events. Indianapolis Opera is Moving in The Right Direction: It’s Not a Sprint but a Marathon Indianapolis Opera experienced its best year thanks to the fresh, committed staff led by General Director Kevin Patterson. Indianapolis Opera is pleased with several achievements made within the past year, and continues to strive forward. After struggling in 2014, the new and improved Indy Opera went into 2015 with ambition and an aggressive start-up style strategy. A new staff, motivated and aware of the commitment that was needed, worked diligently and the results really show it is heading in the right direction. 2015 Achievements The Indianapolis Opera finished the year debt-free, with a positive bank account balance, and a clean audit. The organization has received reinvigorated support from returning funders; among them are Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Clowes, and Lilly Endowment, Inc. They also have already met 64% of their goal to unlock additional funding from Lilly Endowment.


From a box office perspective, the Indianapolis Opera chose to run and manage its own box office resulting in guests saving 18% versus Ticketmaster fees. The new program started with 0 subscribers. They finished the year with 200 subscribers and $61,600 in ticket sales. To finish off December, the Opera had a successful campaign (selling 72 tickets) titled “Tickets Make Great Gifts.” Arnold Hanish, Indianapolis Opera’s board president, said, “In 2015, $310,000 worth of grants have been received, $110,000 pending, and we are $63,000 over budgeted income for Foundations.” Also, the donations do not stop at money. The opera has recently received donations of a 15-passenger van and a nine-foot grand piano. Basile Opera Center Indy Opera plans to complete its list of building renovations. A positive relationship with the building owner has resulted in funds for capital repairs and an updated kitchen along with the installation of a fire suppression system, a new security system, new flooring in the recital hall, and more. Additionally, two new tenants arrived, Motus Dance Theatre and Encore Vocal Arts. Motus uses the facility for an office, rehearsal space and classes for all ages. Encore is using the facility for rehearsal space. Indy Film Fest has signed a lease and will begin operations in the next few weeks. Negotiations continue with

another arts group for rehearsal space. Midtown area residents can expect a multitude of entertainment options for the whole family in the coming weeks. Outreach & Education In 2015, 78 shows were performed in 18 counties resulting in 27,574 viewers. The Opera went on to double its number of Resident Artists and counts more than 130 Resident Artist alumni in a national/international singer career or tenured university positions. Those numbers are exciting to a growing organization. Indy Opera is pleased to finish 2015 receiving the Best of Indy Award from the Indianapolis Monthly. Now in 2016, the Opera plans on sticking to its goals, continuing to set PR’s (personal records) as it adds innovative programming. In 2016, the administration plans to remain dedicated to its new company vision to, “attract world-class talent to interesting projects.” Indianapolis Opera will stay positive, pace with reasonable goals, and enjoy the marathon. The organization hopes you’ll join by cheering on the performers, musicians, and staff who work to provide an enriching experience for all patrons, donors, and opera/music enthusiasts. | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 7

PLACE AND SPACE Washington Park Explores Historic Area Designation by Kim Kourany Washington Park includes about 110 properties that were thoughtfully designed and constructed nearly 100 years ago, and today, they look largely the same as they did a century ago. Towering trees and stately facades grace the quiet streets of MeridianKessler’s southwest corner. Homes preside over large lots, set back from the street and neighboring homes, and neighborhood dogs greet passers-by. Because property owners value how architectural features, material types, setbacks and landscape elements work together to create the serene beauty they desire, they are seeking to protect those elements through historic area designation. The Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA) began exploring options to protect the character of its neighborhoods through historic area designation about a year ago. In February 2015, MKNA met with the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) staff and commissioners to discuss the possibility of designating Meridian-Kessler a historic area. David Baker, administrator of the IHPC staff, shared a compelling chronicle of more than 60 MeridianKessler homes that have been significantly altered or demolished, and/or had inconsistent new construction that has occurred in


the last 20 years. While the IHPC commissioners were very supportive of MKNA’s desire to protect the neighborhood’s character, they explained that they do not have the staff and resources to take on review and oversight for the more than 6,000 properties in Meridian-Kessler. In lieu of designating the entire neighborhood a historic area, they suggested pursuing historic area designation for Washington Park because of its relative small size and recent addition (2008) to the National Register of Historic Places. After that meeting, MKNA established a Historic Preservation Stewardship Committee, which drafted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a preservation consultant who could help it navigate the designation process. In May, MKNA hired Core Planning Strategies, and began working with Project Director Emily Mack to plan how the committee would inform Washington Park property owners and gauge their interest in becoming a historic area (i.e., the committee’s Methodology). Committee members presented this Methodology to the IHPC commissioners in July, and it was unanimously approved. The committee then started implementing its plan in August, which included informational materials, all neighborhood meetings, a new website and many other tools to ensure property owners are informed and involved. During the last six weeks of the year, the committee focused on surveying all Washington Park property owners to see if the majority supported creating a preservation plan. Next steps include collecting the remaining surveys from property owners, and if property owners are in support of creating a preservation plan for Washington Park, the committee will create a steering committee to lead the neighborhood through the preservation plan development process. The Washington Park Exploratory committee includes Kim Kourany, MKNA Historic Preservation Stewardship Chairperson; Marvin Vollmer, MD, retired; Bret Waller, director emeritus of the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Mary Owens, MKNA Land Use Committee; Jerrey Finnegan, MKNA Infrastructure Chair; Emily Mack, project director for Core Planning Strategies. Meet Kim Kourany

Before serving as the home-based factotum for her Washington Park home, husband and three children, Kim spent more than 10 years doing public relations and marketing in the health care industry. Last year, she unearthed a passion for all homes old and interesting, and now she chairs the MKNA Historic Preservation Stewardship Committee and the Washington Park Exploratory Committee, writes for MKNA Spark, and manages the website You can reach her at

Meet Emily Mack

As a planner and project manager for Core Planning Strategies, Emily enjoys collaboratively working with diverse groups of people to build consensus, influence decision-making, and develop and implement strategic plans. Emily, who holds a master’s degree in historic preservation, leads and manages a wide range of facility, planning, and stakeholder engagement projects. Before joining Core, Emily was a preservation planner for the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. She joined the Washington Park Exploratory Committee in May 2015 and is working with Washington Park residents and MKNA to explore designating Washington Park a historic area. You can reach her at Meet the IHPC Commissioners William (Bill) A. Browne Jr., FAIA, LEED AP, is the president and founding principal of RATIO Architects, Inc. Since establishing RATIO more than 30 years ago, Bill has led the expansion of the firm, which now has studios in Indianapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, and Champaign. He was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and dedicates much of his time to charitable organizations in Indianapolis. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Florida. Bill was appointed to the IHPC by Mayor Stephen Goldsmith in 1992; his term is currently expired, but he could be reappointed. W. Bruce Stauffer, Vice President, is a retired

construction manager. Bruce graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Regional & Urban Planning and served as Boone County Planning Director. Mayor Greg Ballard appointed Bruce to the IHPC in 2008, and his term expires on December 31, 2017.

Diana M. H. Brenner, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP,

Secretary, is the founder and president of Brenner Design, which has special expertise in historic preservation, higher education and medical facilities. Her firm is the largest 100% woman-owned architectural firm in the State of Indiana. She has played a key role in crafting legislative policy and has been an advocate for the architectural profession. Diana holds degrees from Ball State University and The Ohio State University, is a licensed architect in seven states, and is a certified interior designer. She is a past board member of The Arts Council of Indianapolis and NAWBO. Mayor Greg Ballard appointed Diana to the IHPC in 2008; her term is currently expired, but she could be reappointed.

Susan Williams, Treasurer, retired as presi-

dent of the Indiana Sports Corporation in 2012 and is now a civic volunteer. Prior to leading the Indiana Sports Corporation, she

was appointed by Governor Frank O’Bannon to serve as executive director of the Indiana State Office Building Commission, where she oversaw the design and construction of the NCAA headquarters, the Indiana State Museum and other large projects throughout the state. She served on the Indianapolis City-County Council from 1985-2000, during which time she was known as an advocate for the re-development of downtown. Susan has received local, state and national awards related to her work in preservation and urban redevelopment. She received her undergraduate degree from Franklin College, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and a master’s degree from Indiana University. In addition to serving on the IHPC, she serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Arts Council, the Women’s Fund, the Massachusetts Avenue Community Development Corporation, and the Near Eastside Legacy Center. Susan was appointed by the City-County Council in 2002 and her term expires on December 31, 2018. James T. Kienle, FAIA, Board Member, is the Director of the Historic Preservation Studio for Moody Nolan Inc. (MNI) and was the Vice President and National Director of Historic Preservation Architecture for HNTB Architects, Engineers, & Planners for 25 years. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from The Ohio State University and has spent the majority of his more than 45-year architectural career specializing in preservation design, bringing new life to historic structures, campuses and urban environments, including the Hilbert Circle Theater, Government Center South and Kentucky State Capitol Restoration. Jim has received numerous awards for his work in Preservation Design including the AIA Indiana Gold Medal. He is a frequent speaker on historic preservation and preservation design. He has authored several articles and co-authored a chapter in Indianapolis Architecture: Transformations since 1975. Jim was appointed to the IHPC by the City-County Council in 1997 and his term expires on December 31, 2017. Joann K. Green, PLA, ASLA, Board Member, is President and owner of Landstory, a Landscape Architecture and Planning firm located in the historic Chatham-Arch neighborhood. Her 38 years of experience includes a broad array of project types including parks, trails, streetscapes, urban revitalization plans, large scale industrial and institutional site design, for private and public sector clients on a local, state, regional and national level. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she holds a Landscape Architecture degree from Purdue University. Prior to becoming a partner in Landstory, Joann held senior project management and department head positions with two large A&E firms in Indianapolis. After raising her family in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, she and her husband moved to the Old North-

side Historic Area, where they have lived for the last 10 years. Joann was appointed to the IHPC by Mayor Greg Ballard in 2010, and her term expires on December 31, 2017.

ning, urban design, community development, and historic preservation. David joined the IHPC staff in 1984, and has been its Administrator since 1988.

Sally A. Cook, Board Member, is a retired private practice attorney who worked in state government. Sally was raised in MeridianKessler and now lives in a historic home in Woodruff Place, where she has served as president of the Woodruff Place Civic League and as its representative to Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis (HUNI). Before her appointment to the IHPC, she served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and dedicated much of her free time to learning about historic preservation. During her first term, Sally played a significant role in the re-design of the collaborative process for designating historic neighborhoods. Sally was appointed by the City-County Council in 2012. Her term is currently expired, but she could be reappointed.

Meg Purnsley, Principal Architectural Reviewer

Adairius Gardner, Board Member, is director of government affairs at IU Health. He was formerly a development officer with the Methodist Health Foundation raising money in support of IU Health Methodist Hospital. Adairius has an extensive background in government, fundraising, public relations, event management and human resources. He earned a bachelor of science in education from Marian University. Adairius has lived in Chatham-Arch, Woodruff Place and HerronMorton Place historic area. He was appointed to the IHPC in 2014 by the City-County Council and his term expires on December 31, 2017. Ashley Payne, Board Member, is the Capture Manager specializing in large-scale proposals, contracts, and marketing at CSCI Consulting, a local award-winning, woman-owned small business serving public and private sectors. Previously, she worked on the IHPC staff for nearly eight years, first as Preservation Assistant before advancing to Architectural Reviewer and then Preservation Planner. As Preservation Planner, Ashley was tasked with the orchestration and subsequent successful local designation of the IHPC Monument Circle Historic District. Ashley received her BFA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MS in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Ashley was appointed by Mayor Greg Ballard in 2014, and her term expires on December 31, 2017. Meet the IHPC Staff David Baker, Administrator

David received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Community Planning and Area Development from the University of Rhode Island. He began his career as a neighborhood planner in Augusta, Georgia. He has also been a Senior Planner in Fort Wayne, Indiana where his work included neighborhood plan-

Meg received a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University. Before accepting her current position as an Architectural Reviewer in September of 2000, Meg worked for two years with the Illinois Main Street Program as a Main Street Designer. Emily Jarzen, Senior Architectural Reviewer

Emily Jarzen received her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and her Bachelor’s in History and English from Denison University. Prior to joining the IHPC staff, Emily spent nine years as the Historic Preservation Specialist for the City of Newport, Kentucky. A Columbus, Ohio native, Emily has lived in Indiana since 2002, and relocated to Indianapolis from Brookville in 2010. Christopher Myers, Preservation Planner

Christopher received his Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development and his Master of Science in Historic Preservation degrees from Ball State University. Prior to accepting his current position as Preservation Planner in June of 2014, Christopher worked with the City of Muncie, Indiana as a coordinator on special projects. He comes from a military family background and is humbled by the opportunity to serve the City of Indianapolis in this capacity. Lorie Finch, Office Manager

An Indianapolis native, Lorie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Herron School of Art, Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis and began her career with the City of Indianapolis in 1987. Lorie has worked in many departments within the City including public safety, public works, and the Mayor’s Office. Growing up around Irvington, Lorie developed a passion for historic preservation at a young age and is excited to be a part of the staff at the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. MK Place and Space is a regular feature column dedicated to the exploration of ideas on what makes Meridian~Kessler special as a built community. We encourage relevant conversations on architecture, urban planning and design, development and redevelopment, conservation and preservation. We invite ideas that contribute to how we shape our notions of our places and spaces. We publish research, case studies, projects, opinions and interviews. MK Place and Space is edited by Kim Kourany and Mary Owens. Please share your ideas for future columns. Email suggestions to | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 9

PLACE AND SPACE Historic Area Designation Process Overview

The Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA) is committed to preserving the unique character of the neighborhoods it serves. Three neighborhoods within the Meridian~Kessler boundaries are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Washington Park, Oliver Johnson’s Woods and Forest Hills. While this honorary designation offers prestige, it does not offer much protection to the existing historic structures nor guidance to property owners who want to build an addition or a new primary structure. To help provide protection against demolitions and inconsistent infill and to offer guidelines for new construction, MKNA is supporting neighborhoods who want to explore historic area designation. Washington Park property owners are the first to explore becoming a historic area through the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC). Below is an overview of the collaborative process. The IHPC recently overhauled the process that districts must go through to achieve historic area status. Typically, a group of property owners, who want the district designated a historic area, must submit an application to the IHPC and present their case before the commission. In their presentation, the property own-

by Kim Kourany

Local Historic Area Designation Process Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission

Phase I— Stakeholder Engagement and Data Collection INFORMAL EXPLORATION


Initial Discussions Neighborhood group approaches IHPC staff. Informal discussions begin about local historic area designation.

Application Submission Neighborhood group completes and submits an application containing: Application Form Boundary Map Area Significance Support Methodology

IHPC Meeting 1 IHPC staff presents application to Commission for review, feedback and vote. The vote determines whether the application is worthy to officially commence the local historic designation process with IHPC staff.

Engagement and Outreach Begin neighborhood communication and engagement initiatives to inform property owners about local historic area designation. Initiatives may include public workshops, small group meetings, direct mailings, newsletter articles, emails, etc.

Data Collection and Analysis Collect, measure and analyze owners’ support of, or opposition to, pursuing IHPC historic area designation and creation of a historic area preservation plan.

IHPC Meeting #2 IHPC staff presents tabulated results from Data Collection and Analysis to Commission for evaluation. If Commission finds results acceptable, Commission votes to continue process and authorizes IHPC staff to proceed with development of a historic area preservation plan. PHASE I END


ers describe the neighborhood’s significance, the need for greater protection, and how they plan to inform their neighbors and assess all property owners’ support. This document becomes the district’s methodology for becoming a historic area. Each district’s methodology is unique and tailored by the effort’s leaders to meet the neighborhood’s needs. Once the IHPC agrees that there is a need for a historic area and approves the district’s methodology, the community leaders may start implementing their methodology. The first phase of the process focuses on informing property owners about historic areas—the benefits, how preservation plans are created, why areas typically desire protection for historic and other assets, what it means to property owners, and how it may affect property values. After all property owners have received this information through meetings, websites, handouts and other resources (as defined in their methodology), and they have had time to ask questions, property owners typically complete a survey to indicate their support or opposition to creating a preservation plan. (A preservation plan is the legal document that outlines the specific exterior elements property owners want reviewed by IHPC staff or commissioners.) If the overwhelming majority of property owners want to proceed with developing a preservation plan, the property owners create a steering committee that will draft a preservation plan. [Note: The IHPC did not define what “overwhelming majority” means. Because neighborhoods vary demographically, the IHPC did not want to hold all districts pursuing historic area designation to the same standard. For example, if a neighborhood has a high percentage of out-of-state property owners or has large commercial districts, the standard might be 50-60 percent in favor. In districts that have high owner occupancy and no commercial districts, the IHPC might expect a much higher percentage in support, such as 70-80 percent.]

Developing a preservation plan typically takes many months because there are numerous items that could be included in the review process. The district’s steering committee members meet with neighbors to discuss which elements they would support in a preservation plan. The plan could protect the character of the neighborhood through broad guidelines, like setback, scale and massing, or through very specific guidelines, such as windows, awnings, construction materials and even paint colors. The committee holds public workshops and updates its website with potential guidelines to keep all property owners informed and included in the process. There are many opportunities for property owners to provide feedback on the proposed guidelines. The IHPC staff serve as a resource to the steering committee and offer assistance as needed. Once the steering committee believes it has developed a preservation plan that achieves the district’s objectives, the draft plan is presented to all the property owners. If the majority of property owners support its adoption, then the plan is presented to the IHPC at a public hearing for a vote. If approved by the IHPC, the plan goes before the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) for final approval during another public meeting. At both the IHPC meeting and the MDC meeting, property owners may express their opinions publicly before the commission votes. The process of becoming a historic area is long and complex, and this brief overview and graphics are not intended to encompass the complexities entirely.

Phase II— Development of Historic Area Preservation Plan PHASE II START Public Workshop Series #1 Public Workshop and Information Gathering session to listen and learn what plan components are important to the neighborhood.

Committee Meetings IHPC staff meets and collaboratively works with neighborhood committee to draft historic area preservation plan. IHPC staff and neighborhood committee meet on a regular (weekly, biweekly, etc.) basis and continue to draft plan.

Public Workshop Series #2 During plan development, informational public workshops are held to share draft plan components and obtain stakeholder input and feedback. Draft plan is edited and modified accordingly.

Committee Meetings IHPC staff continues regular meetings with neighborhood committee and continues to draft plan. If desired or needed, additional public workshops may be held to gather necessary property owner input and feedback.

Public Workshop Series #3 Full draft plan is presented to the neighborhood at a public meeting(s). Comments, input, and more feedback is gathered. Draft plan is edited and modified accordingly.

IHPC Public Hearing IHPC staff presents final draft of historic area preservation plan to the Commission. Commission votes to approve, modify, or reject plan. If approved, the plan is forwarded to the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC).

MDC Public Hearing IHPC staff presents historic area preservation plan to the MDC for final review and a vote. If approved, the plan goes into effect. PHASE II END | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 11


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Submit news and events. Zone 2 Year in Review Central to the Monon Trail 42nd Street to 38th Street Jenn Baron & Cassie Gilford /// Our Zone was humming again this year with many neighborhood activities, hard work and oodles of fun. We utilize our Facebook page like nobody’s business and our Events Page was full in 2015. The shindigs included a plant swap, clothing swap, décor swap, a music night at the Jensen’s home, Spring alley cleanup, picnic, numerous impromptu porch parties, monthly brunches, monthly Ladies’ Nights and our second annual chili cook-off and Halloween parade. We’re blessed to have a hard-working Social Committee and neighbors who are always willing to help with events. Swaps of all sorts are a great way to give what you no longer need and get what you do need. Signup Genius has been a great tool for our Zone to organize events and have folks sign up for ways they’d like to help. Our chili cookoff and Halloween parade was blessed with wonderful weather, a surprise escort by a fire truck from Engine 31 and 15 great chilies to sample. And my Zone 2 co-delegate, Cassie Gilford, took home the coveted trophy with her winning chili, Devil’s Envy. We were grateful to have Jim Garrettson, former District 7 candidate for City County Council Adrianne Slash and 2 amazing neighbors from Zone 6 as our esteemed judges. This year we will likely be adding an Easter Egg Hunt to our list of fun activities. Being in close proximity to the soon-tobe-amazing Tarkington Park, our residents worked hard to spread the word about fundraising efforts and made donations to help ensure the Café would be a reality. Next on our to-do list is working to secure a musthave stoplight at 40th and Meridian St. so everyone can safely get to and from the park. Huge thanks you to everyone in Zone 2 who helps make it a fantastic place to live and play in the Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood.


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Submit news and events. Butler Community Arts School to Offer More Than a Dozen Summer Camps Butler Community Arts School this summer will offer more than a dozen camps for children—and a couple for adults—interested in the arts. The offerings include six new camps: Ballet Summer Intensive; Brass Camp; Oboe Camp; Oboe Reed Workshop; Saxophone Camp; and Voice Camp. All camps take place on the Butler University campus. For more information, call 317-9405500 or visit Here are the camps, dates, and ages ranges. Adult Big-Band Workshop June 5-10 (evenings), ages 18 and older. This workshop provides the opportunity for adults with intermediate to advanced skills on their instrument to participate in a true big-band learning experience under the direction of a professional staff, including Mark Buselli and Matt Pivec. Performance charts will be selected from those typical of Basie, Miller, Nestico, Ellington, Kenton, and Holman. Bands will consist of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, bass, guitar and drums. Arts Camp 1 & 2 June 27-July 1 or July 18-22 (1:30 PM—5:30 PM), ages 7-11. Butler Arts Camp is designed for students who wish to explore all of the arts—music, visual art, theatre, and dance—in fun, hands-on activities with Butler students. Ballet Summer Intensive July 10-30, ages 13-18. Join Butler dance faculty, under the artistic direction of Marek Cholewa, for our brand new pre-professional dance intensive on the beautiful campus of Butler University. The three-week intensive will have a classical ballet focus with additional classes in pas de deux, character, modern, jazz, and repertoire. The intensive will conclude with a final performance on Saturday, July 30. Bass Camp (upright bass) June 12-17, ages 12-21. Camp will include: daily stretching and movement; classes on bass technique; master classes; bass chamber ensembles; and private lesson(s) with camp faculty. Finale concert will feature all campers. One year of prior bass study required. Brass Camp July 17-21, ages 12-18. The Butler Brass Camp will feature daily private lessons and group instruction with Butler University brass faculty and students. In addition, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a brass choir as well as chamber music groups. One year of prior study on instrument required.


Jazz Camp July 10-15, ages 12-18. This weeklong jazz camp provides the opportunity for youth in rising grades 7-12 to participate in a fun and intense jazz-learning experience under the direction of professional staff led by Matt Pivec, Director of Jazz Studies at Butler University. The faculty will include local jazz professionals. Sessions may include combo rehearsals, big-band rehearsals, jazz improvisation, jazz history, and instrument-specific master classes. The week culminates with a 3:30 PM concert on Friday featuring all of the campers. One year of prior study on instrument required. Oboe Camp July 17-21, ages 12-18. Each day will consist of warm-ups, private lessons, ensemble work, reed-making and more. You will even learn how to play the bigger oboe (the English horn) and find out secrets the pros use to sound your very best every time you play. One year of prior oboe study required. Oboe Reed Workshop July 22-23, ages 15 and up (including adults). Nine hours of intensive oboe reed-making. The workshop is open to all levels, but participants should have some prior reed-making experience. During the workshop, participants will learn how to select and gouge cane, shape and wrap a reed, and finish and play on their own reed. Piano Camp 1 June 19-24, ages 12-18. Students should have at least one year of prior piano study. All students receive daily private lessons and master classes. Other sessions include theory, ensemble, music history, sight playing, and guest speakers and performers. Optional classes may include dance, improvisation, composition, and steel drum ensemble. Piano Camp 2 June 27-July 1, ages 7-11 (9:00 AM-12:30 PM). Designed for students with at least one year of piano study, campers will be divided into smaller groups based on age and repertoire level. Activities will focus on music skills that are appropriate for students in each respective group. Our intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination, and provide attainable challenges. Classes may include repertoire, ensemble, music theory, and games. Saxophone Camp July 17-21, ages 12-18. The Butler Saxophone Camp is designed to provide focused attention on individual as well as ensemble saxophone playing. Students will have the opportunity to work on saxophone fundamentals, take private lessons, play in a saxophone quartet or trio, and participate in a large saxophone ensemble. Participants will work directly with Butler University saxophone faculty Heidi Radtke and Matt Pivec, as well as Butler saxophone students. One-year prior saxophone study required. Snare and Tenor Camp June 17-19, ages 12-21. It is recommended that participants have at least two years of prior study on snare drum; prior marching percussion experience is helpful. This drum-corps-style camp weekend will feature one-on-one and group instruction for snares and quads with Jeff Queen and Bill Bachman.

Strings Camp July 18-23, ages 7-11 (9:00 AM—12:30 PM). Designed for students with at least a year of strings study (violin, viola, cello, upright bass), campers will be divided into smaller groups based on age and repertoire level. Activities will focus on music skills that are appropriate for students in each respective group. The intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination, and provide attainable challenges. Classes may include repertoire, orchestra, music theory, and games. String Scholars Camp June 19-23, ages 12-18. The String Scholars camp features: daily orchestra rehearsals and finale concert with Richard Auldon Clark, conductor of the Butler Symphony Orchestra; daily sectionals and technique class with Butler faculty and music majors; other typical college music classes such as music theory and electives. Additional classes typically include drumming, dance, and keyboard. Special sessions will be held on topics of college readiness and access, including how to prepare for an audition, choosing a major or college, financial aid, career paths in music, and more. One year prior strings study required. Theatre Camp July 10-15, ages 12-18. Join Butler Department of Theatre faculty, staff, alumni, and students for a fun, hands-on camp that covers all aspects of theatre - acting, stage movement, voice for the actor, costume, scenic and lighting design. No experience necessary. Total Percussion Camp: June 12-16, ages 12-18. All students will receive instruction on snare, drum set, timpani, mallets, world percussion, steel drums, and concert percussion. Oneyear prior study on snare drum required. Voice Camp: July 17-22, ages 15-18. This new camp is a great opportunity to work with Butler’s voice faculty on solo performance skills, in preparation for college auditions, competitions, and personal growth as performers. Oneyear prior vocal or choral study required. About Butler University Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Together, these colleges offer more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs. Around 4,700 students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 49 countries. Ninety-five percent of Butler students will have participated in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities. | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 17

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Submit news and events. Walk for Dreams with Heritage Place 5k Family and Pet Walk Sunday, May 22, 2016 Volunteers, walkers (individuals and teams), and sponsors are invited to walk for Heritage Place! Walkers with a pledge or donation of $40.00 will receive a free 40th Anniversary Heritage Place T-Shirt. Heritage Place is celebrating 40 Years of creating opportunities for independence for older adults by offering a unique combination of center activities and home services. So grab your kids, grab your shoes, grab your pets and let’s get walking! Heritage Place was founded by the ButlerTarkington and Meridian~Kessler neighborhood associations in 1976. Visit www. or call (317) 283-6662 for more information.

Indianapolis Community Tree Stewards will be pruning trees in MK Elizabeth Jarvis, Coordinator, Neighborhood Tree Pruning Project In the fall of 2014 a project started with a group of volunteer tree stewards who began pruning trees along College Avenue. Last year they continued the project. To date they’ve been able to give attention to 285 trees throughout the neighborhood. Certified tree stewards have received special training through a program with the Department of Natural Resources. They have been trained to prune trees to current standards and to identify hazards. The group is authorized by the city to do pruning of city-owned trees in the right of way. These trees are often in the tree lawn in front of your homes. Although these volunteers can only prune from the ground—tree hazards in large trees are best left to professionals—the primary purpose of the project is to remove dead or damaged limbs, and branches that are encroaching on street or sidewalks or will create other problems in the future if not pruned. This project will also be able to work on the bushy young trees that may be blocking street signs or making it hard to see traffic as you pull out of your driveways. Here and there throughout the neighborhood there are trees with branch stubs that some well-meaning persons have lopped off. The stubs need to be properly cut to enable the tree to heal properly. The Neighborhood Tree Pruning Project will be able to correct these poor cuts. If tree branches are getting in your way, please contact the Neighborhood Tree Pruners. Homeowners should not prune the city’s trees. It requires a permit, and knowl-

edge of best practices to help protect the tree and enable it to grow and thrive. If you know of a tree or block with trees that you think needs attention, please let us know so that we can evaluate the situation and apply for permits. We’d love to include your tree in upcoming monthly projects. The Neighborhood Tree Pruners are all volunteers. MKNA will be sponsoring a tree steward training around the end of May. If you are interested in volunteering, or in training to be a tree steward, please contact Elizabeth Jarvis at 283-3028. Master Gardeners with pruning experience are also encouraged to If you know of a problem tree in the right of way, now you can alert the Neighborhood Tree Pruning Project. The Neighborhood Tree Pruning Project will be working with foresters from the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Public Works.

Windsor Jewelry news from Greg Bires Originally established in 1919, owner-operated Windsor Jewelry was legendary as one of the finest jewelry stores in Indianapolis. Greg Bires has continued that tradition with unique collections of jewelry and watches, including an updated mix of contemporary and traditional, custom-designs, bridal, and estate. The store offers a high level of quality and value. One of the most important aspects of the business is the warmth and extraordinary customer service. Custom Designs Our master jewelry designers and artisans create one-of-a-kind pieces to suit every taste and budget. When we build a custom piece, it is truly a collaborative process, uniting the vision of our client and the creativity and experience of our staff. Each hand-crafted piece is a treasure that will be enjoyed for decades. Jewelry Repair We know how sentimental a piece of jewelry can be. That’s why we take personal pride in bringing these treasures back to life. We employ expert craftsman to restore jewelry to like-new condition. Even when significant pieces are missing, we can often replace them with near-identical materials. We also offer on-site watch repair, including while-you-wait watchband and battery replacement. Our watch repair staff is known throughout the city as the best in the business. Estate At Windsor we purchase estate jewelry every day. While we love vintage and period pieces, we’re interested in contemporary as well. We purchase a wide range of jewelry styles and materials, from platinum and diamonds to gold-filled and costume pieces. Each estate is different. Contact us for an appointment to view your jewelry at the store or in your home. There is no charge for this service, and all our work is confidential.

We are here to serve as Your Personal Jeweler If you can’t come to our downtown store, we’ll come to you. Windsor Jewelry is here to serve you. The retail equation that has made the store successful for nearly one hundred years remains the same: Know your customer, and provide an unmatched selection of quality jewelry with an expertise and focus on customer service. The name Windsor Jewelry will continue to be part of this city’s heritage for years to come. Stop by and take a look. Windsor Jewelry, 16 N. Meridian Street 317.634.6738,

Indy Wildlife Watch at American Village American Village has established a partnership with Butler University for their Urban Wildlife Habitat Research project. The biology department at Butler will use our grounds in a project called ‘Indy Wildlife Watch’ – with a purpose to determine the types and distribution of animals living within the city of Indianapolis, using small, motioned triggered cameras. This project is born out of a partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoo, who has been leading similar research throughout the city of Chicago since 2010 and has assembled the largest repository of urban wildlife data in the world. The project will provide knowledge on how to ensure the coexistence of humans and wildlife while fostering wildlife diversity in cities. Further, the project will enable Indy residents in participate in real scientific research by helping us to identify animals in the collected images. An example can be seen at American Village is one of 48 selected sites located from downtown Indianapolis to a few kilometers beyond the northern suburbs. Sites represent a variety of land uses and habitat types to maximize the types of wildlife that may be found: parks, wooded areas, golf courses, cemeteries, and farms. At each site, a small, motion-triggered camera will be installed opposite a scented animal lure – both temporarily fixed to a tree or existing post. Cameras will be deployed four months out of the year (January, April, July & October). The study has no termination date because it is intended for long-term urban wildlife monitoring.

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Submit news and events. Fat Dan’s is the Real Deal— Dining Review by Cathy and David Duclos There’s so much to like about Fat Dan’s Chicago-Style Deli - the Chicago dogs and sausages, the craft beer, the friendly staff, the sheets of brown paper piled high with handcut fries – but what has us hooked is Fat Dan’s brisket. The house-smoked pork, ribs, wings, and meatloaf are all delicious, but the star is the brisket. Fat Dan’s brisket is tender and luscious. We usually order it without a bun (why fill up on bread when we can have more brisket?) and share a half-and-half order of seasoned hand-cut fries and tots. Hmmm . . . I wonder if they’re open now. Dan’s bills itself as a real deal, authentic Chicago-style deli and pub. It lives up to that billing. The bartenders are friendly. The beer list is short, but carefully chosen to showcase local craft beers and some favs from “the Region.” The food tastes like Chicago. On our last visit, I decided to expand my horizons and try the “Chicago Combo,” which is Italian sausage combined with house-made Italian Beef – two for one, right? I had mine “dipped,” which added the right amount of extra flavor without making the bread too soggy. The Italian Beef was solid and the Italian sausage was delicious (yes, I can hear you saying “of course it’s delicious, Cathy – it’s Italian sausage”). The combo was decadent and perhaps over the top even for Fat Dan’s. Dan’s also offers burgers, which it calls “Fat Burgers.” On the occasions we’ve had the burgers, they’ve been juicy and cooked to medium just as ordered. I can also give a greasy thumbs up to the hand-dipped corn dog. Fat Dan’s has managed to achieve the vibe of an old neighborhood pub and hangout even though it’s been in its current locale only a few years. The wooden bar, mismatched chairs and haphazardly tacked odds and ends will leave you feeling that you’re in a favorite old dive. On warm days, the open garage door allows the place to spill onto the sidewalk while simultaneously pulling in the sounds and people from the neighborhood. Kids are welcome and, in our observation, love Dan’s as much as the adults. Perhaps it’s the abundant servings of mini corn dogs and tater tots that allow older siblings to pretend to be generous with younger ones. In short, Fat Dan’s is exactly what it bills itself to be – an authentic neighborhood pub (emphasis on the neighborhood) with smoking good Chicago-style comfort food. Stop by for a beer and some tots. You’ll feel right at home. If you’re a fan of the Cubbies, rest assured the game will be on. 5410 N. College Avenue


Tabernacle Presbyterian Church (Tab) News from Paula Means, Missions Director Founded on September 23, 1851 as “Third” Presbyterian Church for the “advancement of Christianity”, the church was reorganized in 1883 and renamed Tabernacle Presbyterian Church (Tab) and in 1886 was relocated to 11th and Meridian until 1921. The next and final move took place in 1921 when the home of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church was established at the corner of 34th and Central. Early on Tab earned a reputation for outreach to youth. In 1921, 1000 children were enrolled in the Christian education program. With a $50 gift in 1924, a program was started to address the recreational and athletic needs of the children in the church and community at large. With this initiative, Tab was one of the first churches in the country to establish a recreation program as part their outreach and ministry. There are over 100,000 alumni of Tab Rec, and the program is still well recognized throughout the city. The 1960’s ushered in many changes for the city of Indianapolis, but change was neither foreign nor frightening to Tab. Tab integrated the recreation program in 1961 in the midst of racial division, well prior to civil rights legislation. In 1965 a decision was made which cast the focus and future of Tab. A twelvemember Metropolitan Community Program Committee made the recommendation that Tab remain at the current location. With full recognition of the changes in the neighborhood, increasing racial tension and violence, the migration of members as well as many other churches and businesses to the suburbs, the increase in the average age of members and the decline in the levels of participation, Tab made the counter-cultural, counter-intuitive decision to stay in order to be “a force for Christ in the heart of the city.” The commitment made in 1965 is still evident today when you examine Tab’s current and active outreach to the community it calls home. Tab Recreation attracts thousands of youth primarily from the surrounding neighborhoods, but also from the suburbs to participate in football, soccer, basketball and more. Youth of all ages are coached with athletic expertise, a caring heart and a spiritual focus. But sports represent only one form of outreach in which Tab is engaged. Listed below are other efforts keeping the heart of the city alive because of Tab’s involvement: Tab Tutoring Weekly, Tab members meet individually with children from School 48 and The Oaks Academy. The time together is spent working on specific academic subjects, spiritual enhancement, and active listening. The tutors regularly connect with the parents to discuss the progress of the student and to determine if Tab can assist the family in anyway.

The Open Door Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. anyone who needs a hot meal can stop by Tab’s Open Door and receive a hot and nutritious cup of soup and a bag of available commodities. The guests who come to The Open Door vary from week to week and when schools are closed, there are often families who stop by because the free meal provided by the school is not available. Fresh Stop A program that makes fresh, local produce available to families of all incomes. Cost is determined according to income level. No matter what a person pays, everyone gets the same amount and quality of produce. Every three weeks, from May through November, the collected funds are used to purchase organic and near-organic fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices from central Indiana farmers. Produce is distributed on designated Saturdays and often there is an active recipe exchange between participants. Mid-North Food Pantry Tab remains an active partner in the MidNorth Food Pantry located at 3333 North Meridian. Food is available for pick-up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Persons who need to establish SNAP (food stamps) eligibility can do so during the Pantry’s operating hours. Beyond the aforementioned initiatives, Tab lends its time, talent and treasure to many more neighborhood organizations whose services provide a much needed foundation for the community. Those organizations are: • Mapleton-Fall Creek CDC • Indy Grace Place • Unleavened Bread Café • Fall Creek Gardens • Raphael Health Center • Christian Legal Clinic • Habitat for Humanity • Mid North Shepherd Center • Oaks Academy During the Thanksgiving holiday, upwards of 1,000 people visit Tab for a Thanksgiving meal. Tab has been one of the satellites for the Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Tab is one of five sites that prepare the food onsite and then distribute the food to those who walk in and call in for delivery. During that event, it is not uncommon to see over 100 Tab members serving the recipients of a meal that day. Without a doubt the founders of Tab boldly stated their commitment to serving based on their faith in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to demonstrate their belief through outreach. But more importantly, the descendants of those founders and newer members have continued the mission to serve and to demonstrate their faith through service by endorsing, funding, and participating in the many outreach efforts of Tab. Tab is open to all who embrace and support our mission and purpose. You are welcome to attend any one of the three services offered each Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 21

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church Home of MKNA Offices 526 East 52nd Street The Board of the Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association meets monthly in the Community Room of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited to attend. Visit our website for meeting dates and times.

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Indianapolis Opera, Basile Opera Center 4011 N Pennsylvania Street The Indianapolis Opera company performs all over the city but they call MK home. Dont’t miss out on their Lobster Palooza event on Saturday, July 18

College Avenue Branch, Indianapolis Public Library 4180 N College Avenue In 2000 the $2.674 million dollar College Avenue Branch opened. The 16,000 square-foot facility houses 62,000 items and offers off-street parking, meeting room and improved access for patrons with physical disabilities.

MARKET UP DATE Real Estate Market Overview by John T. Creamer, REALTOR since 1986, MIBOR President 2002

Looking back on another good year for the real estate market in Meridian~Kessler, it is interesting to study the strength of the housing market and the continued growth of the future market. I believe future values to be even stronger for three reasons: Millennials desire homes with transportation alternatives; investments are being made to update and improve our current housing stock; there is increasing demand to be close to our downtown medical, government, legal and commercial hub The U.S. Census Bureau reports that at the end of 2015, the population of people born between 1980—2000 (Millennials) is larger than the population of people born 1947—1964 (Baby Boomers). Millennials represent 79% of first time home buyers, according to the National Association of REALTORS.

First, this group of buyers has made it clear that access to alternative forms of transportation are very important when considering home location. Meridian~Kessler is known as a great place to walk. Bike lanes make it easy to get around, BlueIndy cars allow access to quick cheap rentals, and the Red Line will be a real bonus for those looking for alternative ways to get to work, school or just around town. Second, more renovation signs are appearing throughout Meridian~Kessler than for sale signs. This signals confidence in the market value. As we add on, remodel and renovate our neighborhood homes the additional value will continue to push the market prices higher and higher. Finally, location close to the medical, government, legal and business hub, (which is why our neighborhood was originally built,) regained its popularity among home buyers. Post war through the early 1980’s young professionals with growing families desired a suburban location with new larger homes. While our suburbs are doing very well, the lifestyle of the old urban core is very sought after in Indianapolis and throughout the country. Because of the limited number of neighborhoods offering this urban lifestyle, we can expect the buyers to continue to push prices higher. These are just a few factors affecting our real estate values in Meridian~Kessler, but in my opinion they are the biggest factors when looking at market trends in our wonderful neighborhood. The future looks very bright for Meridian~Kessler and all of MidTown.


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Submit news and events. Shortridge International Baccalaureate (IB) High School: Building on the Past, Preparing Scholars for the Future Shortridge High has served Indianapolis and the Meridian~Kessler neighborhood for almost ninety years at its current location at 34th and Meridian, counting many city and state leaders among its alumni. Historically known for its academic rigor and successful graduates, Shortridge is once again home to an innovative, world-class high school program. In the fall of 2015 with 375 students in grades nine through twelve, Shortridge became the


first urban, free, all International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme school in the state of Indiana. Building on neighborhood connections, Shortridge has partnered with Butler University and is now a Butler Lab School. This relationship is part of the foundation for building a high quality school to serve its students and community. Through the IB curriculum delivered by our nationally recognized faculty, Shortridge develops students who are college-ready, internationally engaged, and critical thinkers. Shortridge cultivates curious, engaged, and principled students; students who are prepared to be active citizens and innovative leaders. Shortridge is a place where students become scholars. The curriculum includes four years of a second language, English, math, science, and humanities. Students may elect to take courses in engineering, computer science,

publications, and design technology. Students may also choose to follow in the footsteps of alumni and take the stage in historic Caleb Mills Auditorium through band, choir, orchestra, visual arts or theater. In addition, goal making and college preparation are part of the daily conversations starting freshman year.

public performances, academic competitions and athletic games. Dates and details for upcoming events are available www.myips. org/shs.

In addition to the academic rigor and engaging learning opportunities offered in the course work, scholars have a full complement of athletics and afterschool activities. The academically excellent and diverse IB curriculum is enriched by opportunities for civic engagement, community service, and other forms of experiential learning.

Student travel is an integral part of the academic and social development of scholars. Week Without Walls occurs each May. This four-day program includes overnight stays in Williamsburg VA, Chicago, Indiana Dunes or Spring Mill State Park. These destinations become immersive classrooms allowing students to work together in a hands-on learning environment. One goal is to add an annual international trip for seniors in the 2016-17 school year.

Scholars have opportunities to use their skills in real world applications through performances, art exhibits, and IB capstones, such as the Personal Project and extended essay. You are invited to join the Indianapolis community in supporting Shortridge scholars by attending

Shortridge benefits from the volunteer support and fundraising of a strong Alumni Association and Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). One event to watch for this spring is a Gala designed to answer the question “If the next Kurt Vonnegut is at Shortridge today,

what resources and support are needed in our century to nurture that potential?” Individuals and businesses can contribute to the event, or any of the activities mentioned in this article, with a donation to the IPS Education Foundation at Click the ‘Donate Now’ button and indicate you wish to support Shortridge High School. Registration for fall 2016 is open. To visit or apply, go to or call John Brady, Assistant Principal at 226-2810. | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 27

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Submit news and events. World Premiere at Northwood Christian Church This coming Easter season will mark the World Premiere of the Concert Cantata RESURRECTION by Indianapolis composer A. Paul Johnson. The dramatic premise of the work begins the night prior to the Resurrection with the quiet of tomb and burial, Peter’s denial and then a sudden realization with a change of music and the dawn that Christ has Arisen! The central anthem of awakening to this joyous truth is based on the 8th century John of Damascus poem “The Day of Resurrection” originally set to a hymn tune by Henry Smart in the 1830’s. The new setting blends the rhythmic energy expressed in both concert minimalists such as Philip Glass and John Adams with the modern spontaneous and organic arranging in Contemporary Christian rock. The finale continues with a vision of a new world caught irreversibly between shouts of “He is Risen!” and “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” as poetry gives way to the direct kinetic experience of the music. The ensemble is still forming as the piece is in early stages of construction, but present in solo capacities will be Peter Komsiski violin, one of our visiting artists last summer at NCC;


Andrew Martin, music director at Restoration International Christian Center and virtuoso guitarist; and Mark Healey as percussionist and trap drummer. Several members of the new Indianapolis Community Orchestra have expressed interest in joining the core ensemble and the composer will conduct from the piano. Vocal soloists will include Donovan Gumbo bass, Najwa Loh soprano, and sprectstimme narrator and baritone soloist Paul Nicely. A. Paul has had extensive experience in creating these large celebratory works as composer of the Musical Theatre work that opened the Salvador Dali museum in 1982 and the SONG OF TWO CITIES for the joint anniversaries of St. Petersburg Russia (300) and St. Petersburg Florida (100) in 2003. Closer to home he wrote Carmel Symphony’s 10th anniversary choral symphony celebration Noche Oscura del alma in 1985, a Romantic Overture for the 50th anniversary of the Indianapolis Philharmonic as well as the Symphonic Cantata A Once and Future Dream for the opening of the new Pike Auditorium in NW Indy. Johnson has received awards for his creative output from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institute for Music Theatre at the Kennedy Center and the Florida Arts Council. He has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations in concert music for his SINFONIETTA and the OBOE CONCERTO commissioned for former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra principal

oboist Malcolm Smith. The above are available on recordings with the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra and the Slovak Radio Orchestra respectively. The first complete performance of RESURRECTION will take place in the Northwood Christian Church Sanctuary on Saturday, April 2nd @ 2pm at 4550 Central Avenue. A free will offering will be accepted. Reservations or more information can be obtained by calling 317-283-1352 or checking at The central anthem of the cantata will premiere at a sneak peak performance on March 27th at the Easter Sunday service at Northwood as part of the 10:45 am celebration. | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 29


MKNA Business Membership Opportunities Support the work of MKNA to catalyze neighborhood economic development. MKNA works harder each year to support area business development, to grow the cohesion of our business community and to promote the “Shop Local” ethos. The diverse mix of our local businesses greatly contributes to the vibrancy of MK neighborhood. Whether your business is small or large, emerging or established, there is a membership level tailored to you. SUPPORT the economic development of your neighborhood. Become a member of today. Your membership is TAX DEDUCTABLE! I’m joining at the following level

Copper ~ $ 50 Benefits include • Basic Listing in online Business Directory for one year. • Annual subscription to MK Newsletter • MK Neighborhood Window Decal • MK auto bumper sticker decal Bronze ~ $ 100 Copper benefits plus • Premium Listing in online Business Directory for one year. Silver ~ $ 250 B E S T VA LU E! BI G D I S CO U N TS ! Bronze benefits plus • Slideshow Photo Gallery of images (provided by you) added to your Business Directory Profile Page. • Discounted rates on advertising in MK Newsletter • One online advertisement for one month displayed within the interior of • One photo post to MK Facebook page and Twitter.

Gold ~ $ 500 Silver benefits plus • One online advertisement for one month displayed on the homepage of • One promotional story about your business on the BLOG Platinum ~ $ 1,000 Gold benefits plus • Lifetime Premium Listing in online Business Directory. • One year recognition of your sponsorship in the boilerplate of MK Newsletter. • Two tickets to the Meridian~Kessler Home & Garden Tour Benefactor ~ $ 2,500 Platinum benefits plus • One full page color advertisement in MK Newsletter. • Two tickets to the Meridian~Kessler Home & Garden Twilight Tour and Dinner. Philanthropist ~ $ 5,000 Benefactor benefits for three years plus • Our undying gratitude.

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2016 SCHEDULE SUMMER 2016 / Home Tour Magazine May, June, July Distributed mid May Advertising Materials Deadline April 4 SPECIAL EVENT SUPPLEMENT • Home Tour Program Guide • Distributed by hand to all 2,000+ Home & Garden Tour visitors. Advertising Materials Deadline May 1 AUTUMN 2016 Magazine August, September, October Distributed late August Advertising Materials Deadline July 6 HOLIDAY 2016 Magazine November, December, January Distributed mid November Advertising Materials Deadline Oct 5

Website ads are available for $ 50 per 30 days. Dimensions are 125 x 125 pixels (1.75 x 1.75 inches). Additional technical information is published on our website. Business Membership at the Silver Level and above includes one free 30–day display advertisement on our website Online display ads link directly to your own website. SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING Our MKNA Facebook page has over 2,300 ‘Likes’ and an average weekly reach of 2,000 people (as of 10/15). Our social media directly reaches this motivated neighborhood audience. We’ll post a photo message promoting your business. Business Membership at the Silver Level and above includes one photo post to MK Facebook page and our Twitter feed. Social Media promotions (reaching both Facebook and Twitter audiences) are available for $ 150. EMAIL NEWSLETTER ADVERTISING Sponsor MKNA’s monthly Email Newsletter and elevate the awareness of your brand to our entire email database. Call us to discuss this opportunity.


Participate in Your Neighborhood Partnership MKNA’s broader work on behalf of you, your neighbors and our community includes: monitoring and advocating community positions on land use, zoning, infrastructure, schools, traffic issues and beautification efforts; partnering with our public safety officers to reduce crime in local and adjoining neighborhoods; raising funds and making grants to youth and senior programs; communicating with you through our printed magazine, website, social media as well as resident and business email newsletters. MKNA is an all volunteer organization. EVERYONE is welcome! Join a committee. Become a member today. Your membership is TAX DEDUCTABLE! I’m joining in this category

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Thank you to all the donors who support MKNA. Active members ($50 and above) as of January 1, 2016.

Resident Members Contributor $50—99 David Allaben Sue & Bill Allen Robin Anderson Robert & Julie Anger Michael Arnold Tony Artis Chrissy Astbury Randall & Tia Jah Ayers Christopher Bailey Carole Casto & Bill Barnhorst David & Theresa Bartz Tom & Sherry Battista Emily Walvoord & Greg Bauwens Marvin & Greta Bechtel Stana J Peloza Bentz Peyton & Angela Berg Scott & Denise Black Tatiana Foroud & Eric Boes Chris & Karla Boggs Bob & Lolita Bohn Dennis & Lynn Boone Alex & Andrea Boutselis Phyllis Boyd Doug & Constance Brown J. D. Browning Noah Brubaker Raul Burciaga Ainsley & Elizabeth Byfield Megan Byrne Andy & Emily Campbell Brandon Canfield John & Juliana Capone Craig & Elizabeth Carpenter Katharine Carr Robyn & Brad Cates Pat Chastain Jane Clarke David & Mary Beth Claus Larry & Ellen Coan Carlos Coelho Scott & Katie Collevechio Telene Edington& Willia Connor Drew & Christopher Conrad Laurie Kemplay & Stacy Cook Jane & Wade Corbin Todd & Christi Cornelius Steve & Pat Couvillion Maurice & Fannie Cox Andrea Davis & Stephen Cranfill Thomas & Constance Dagon Matt & Lynda Deitchle Scott & Lynn Denne Steve & Mari DeRyke Matt & Abi Dickerson Christen Dilly Connie & Dean Dooley Dan & Jamie Drewry Howard & Jenni Egger Norman Gwaltney & Julie Elliott Lucy A. Emison Jeff & Susan Emmick

Paula & Jeff Endicott Margaret Ertel Jack & Melanie Esselman Joe & Whitney Faires Jim Farley Linda Farrell Vivian Farris Marios Fellouka Sally Catlin & Gabriel Filippelli Gene & Sandra Fisher Gene & Pat Fitzgerald Nolan Smith & Erica Fledderjohn Robert Frye Greg Gaich Cassie & Chad Gilford Laurel Goetzinger Mark & Meredith Gramelspacher Michael & Melissa Grimes Rick & Eileen Hack Perry & Melanie Hammock Susie & Thomas Hanchar Carl & Carolyn Hansen Mrs. August M. Hardee Glenn Harkness Alexa Hart Garrett & Teressa Hart Phillip Hayes Desirae Haynes Samuel & Margaret Hazlett Lisa Hamilton & Dave Hensel Sarah Herd Richard Toumey & Sharon Hilmes Eleanor & Joseph Hingtgen Heather Ross & Tim Holtz Loren & Amanda Horan Ben & Sonja Houle Tomi Hsiao W. Mark & Sarah Hudson Steve & Sheila Hyatt Corinne S. Imboden Kathy Infanger Dennis & Cindy Jackson Patrick & Barbara James Doug & Ruth Jean Brad Wood & Jennifer Jefferis Holly Jones John & Julie Leahy Jr. Jeff Zickgraf & Erin Kelley Bob & Sara Kessing Alan & Anne Kimbell Beth & C.J. Kloote Tibor & Shawna Frazer- Klopfer Alan V. & Beth Ann Klotz Dan & Chelsea Koehring Julie Komsiski Prem Konakondla Kimberly Kourany Tom Healy & Elsa Kramer Charles & Kelli Kunkel Alice & Robert Lahrman Teri Lambert Stephen Laramore Bill & Teresa Larson Whitney LeBlanc Nicholas B. & Amy L. Lemen Lloyd & Wendy Lyons James Maguire Steve & Gail Marcopulos John & Lynn Marshall Jeff & Meghan Martin


Jeff & Elisa McDermott Craig & Kathleen McGaughey Todd & Amy McLean Bart Peterson & Pete McNamara John & Erin Miller Mary Rose Miller Bob & Judy Morr Stephanie A. Morse Craig & Carole Mueller Devonne Mullis Ruthann & Leon Neddo Novella Nedeff Timothy S. Needler Christopher Newgent Amy Newton Brian & Rebecca O’Connor Laurence & Harriet O’Connor Charles & Cindy Oehrle Jack Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Jerry O’Rear Katherine & Robert Orr Thomas Gray & Kindra Orr David (Mike) & Ann Perry Daniel Phair Gregory & Audra Rasmussen Rick & Becky Reahard Christopher & Mary Elizab Reffett Fred & Ellen Rice Lucy & Robert Riegel Jack & Jen Rinehart Cindy & Gregg Rogers Scott & Heather Rosenfeld Mark Rouleau Karol Ruby Andrew & Jessica Sahm Craig & Anne Sander Jason & Sarah Schaffer Robert & Alice Schloss Janet & Alan Schmetzer Dan & Megan Scott Fred & Katherine Scott Laura & William Selm Steve & Joan Shank Mr. & Mrs. Kyle Shelburne Nancy & Jason Sherman Tom & Julie Shortridge Bill Beechler & Holly Simpson Robert & Karen Smith Scott & Cindy Smith Tim & Sue Ann Specht Jay & Stacey Stallons Tim Stewart Eric & Deborah Stoll Tom & Gretchen Sullivan Linda Daley& Paula Susemichel Torrey Teats Robert & Nicole Tepper Kelly & Joe Todd Karen Valiquett Adam & Becky Van Rooy Susan Vinicor David & Nonie Vonnegut-Gabovitch Carlton & Nancy Waite Wendy Igleheart Walker Bret & Mary Lou Waller Robb & Patricia Warriner Kathy Weber Jill Wiggington Jean Blackwell & Kim Williams

Rebekah Williams Todd O’Brien & Anne Williamson Tony Adams & Dawn Zapinski David Ziegler Michael & Marcy Zunk Supporter $100 — 249 Mark & Meg Alberts Barb & Kent Alder John Stille & Elizabeth Aldora Don Arbogast James Knowles & Michael Arnold Terry Bowdell & Bihl Beckstedt Tony Davie & Dennis Benge Carrie & Karl Benko Bryan Bingham Bob & Chris Broughton Nancy Broyles Scott & Marilyn Bruins Ruth-Ann Herber Bunting Raul Burciaga, MD Dwight & Audrey Burlingame Susan Bettis & Michael Cabat William & Mary Campbell Clive & Natalie Chan Pat Chastain Barb Granneman & John Chirgwin Robert Plienis & Matthew Chittick Dan & Julie Clark Arthur & Sharon Cope Howard Creveling Thomas & Constance Dagon Chad & Kim Davis Jan & Julie Deemer Mike & Suzy Dilts Steve & Kris Duncan Andy & Marilyn Emerson Drs. H. Lane & Mary Ferree Jim & Cindee Fisher Gene & Pat Fitzgerald Patrick & Leah Flanagan Tom & Jody Flynn Edwin & Cindy Zweber-Free Marc & Monica Frost Kristen & Mike Fruehwald Scott Gilchrist Christie Gillespie Bill & Mary Ann Goetze Mel & Judy Goldstein Sheila Brown & Juan Gonzalez Patty & Jerry Gotway Rich & Susan Graffis Donald & Kathleen Graham Mike & Cindy Graham Aaron & Kerry Greenlee Polly Spiegel & Peter Grossman Ain & Linda Haas Amy Hamilton Laura Haneline James Harvey Jeremy Hatch Thomas Hayward John & Susan Hazer Paul & Melissa Helft Steve Herker Jeff Miller & Joyce Hertko Bruce Heslin Mark & Nichole Hicks Doug & Sylvia Hill William & Patricia Hirsch

George & Irene Hoffmann James & Julia Hogan Rick Parker & Susan Huppert Patrick & Lisa Huse J. Mack Huston Alan & Ann January Bob & Claudia Johnson Joe & Maggie Jordan Gerald & Patricia Keener Charles &n Rebecca Kendall John & Sally Kendall Timothy King John & Elain Klein Alex Duate-Silva & Robert Kleist Ken & Lisa Kobe Dick & Roxanne Kovacs Peter & Kimberly Kraft Michael & Rose Kurtz Ned & Martha Lamkin Jim & Kath Lauck Gene & Carolyn Lausch Bill Mirola & Jim LeGrand Joseph & Karen Leone Michele Janin & Tom Linebarger Andrew & Mary Louden Mark & Teresa Lubbers Tim & Marjorie Maginn Bart Peterson & Pete McNamara Holly & Michael Meyers Jim & Barb Mifflin Greg & Kathy Miller Sally & Clark Millman Rees & Marinelle Morgan Jack Munson Jeffrey Ramsey & Thomas Myers Elliott & Estelle Nelson Timothy & Tessa Oakes Nicole & Tim Oprisu Greg & Sue Peterson Gayla Pitts Erick & Wendy Ponader Warren & Geraldine Powell Jean & James Preer Steve & Becky Ries Jack & Jen Rinehart Robert & Helen Rudesill Scott & Denise Saxman Paula Schaefer Scott & Kelly Schenkel Thomas & Conya Scherer Jane Schultz Joan Scott Molly & Albert Seidel Jim & Janice Seidensticker Steve & Joan Shank Ruth Shaw Mary & George Slenski Katie Langel & Nelson Spade Tim, Lauren & Stephen Stewart James Sumwalt Adam & Becky Van Rooy Christopher Vice John & Amanda Vujovich Tim & Susan Weber Vince & Phyllis Welage Alan & Jan Wilhere Andrew & MaDonna Wolf Elaine & Christian Wolf

Promotor $250 — 499 Mike & Mary Blanchet Ron & Margaret Blevins Susan Christensen Nick & Kelly Colby Laura Green Ann & Larry Henss Scott & Amy Kosnoff Catherine LaCrosse Christopher Slapak & Michael Robertson Kent Steele Steve & Tina Sullivan Benefactor $500—999 Bill & Lisa Boncosky Robert & May Beth Braitman Samuel L. Westerman Foundation Christopher & Ann Stack Jim & Leah Turner Gretchen Wolfram

Business Members Copper $50 — 99 Associates Architects, P.C. Bella Vista Fine Landscaping Bokay Florists Europa Day Spa HCO Architects Hoosier Tools Kathy Davis Design Mark Vickrey Remodeling Rutland Insurance Agency Studio 49 Fitness Bronze $100 — 249 array architecture & interiors Broad Ripple Lock Service Cardinal Manufacturing Catton Dentistry Illinois Street Food Emporium ReTroNu Limited Schwarz Engineering Group Starlight Vacations Sullivan Hardware Twenty Tap Silver $250 — 499 Alexander Mirkin, Realtor Angie’s List Arthur M. Glick JCC Asset One Real Estate Benefit Solutions Bly Bennett, Inc. Butler University Camden Stained Glass Chimney & Masonry Outfitters Compass Chiropractic Corinthian Fine Homes Crackers Comedy Club Demerly Architects Duck Brothers Painting Easter Conservation Elder Moves GrowWorks Houseworks Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Co.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Indianapolis Museum of Art Jenn Baron Kobets Properties L.D. Smith Plumbing MacGill Realty Team Marco’s Restaurant & Lounge Mark M. Holeman, Inc. Master’s Heating & Cooling by Van Valer, Inc. Matt McLaughlin & Associates Real Estate Meridian Psychological Associates Meridian Street Foundation MidTown Trees, LLC Northern Comfort Systems Penn Shell Automotive Pete’s Service Center Petrov Frame & Restoring Ping’s Tree Service Reese Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery Scheetz Century 21 Realty Stilwell Design & Remodeling The Jazz Kitchen The Orchard School The Somerville Team, Realtors Van Rooy Restoration Verdigris

Institutional Members

Gold $500 — 999 Greg Mrakich Painting The National Bank of Indianapolis

Farmhouse Indianapolis Power & Light Company California Closets

Benefactor $2500 pegg kennedy • F.C. Tucker

Supporters $50 Arts for Learning Immaculate Heart of Mary Church of Christ College Ave. Fairview Presbyterian Church Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Life Community Church Midtown Vineyard Community Church Northwood Christian Church Second Presbyterian Church Promoters $150 Meridian Street United Methodist Church Patrons $300 St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Trinity Episcopal Church

2015 Home Tour Sponsors Manor Citizens Energy Group

Bungalow Colby Equipment FC Tucker & Co., Inc. Reese/Ferguson Kitchen & Bath Cottage Architectural Antiques of Indianapolis Bly Bennett, Inc. Bokay Florist Classic Cleaners Delicia & LaMulita Foresight Financial Management Hoskins Interior Design Jenni Egger Designs Lowe’s Home Improvement Matt McLaughlin & Associates Real Estate Penn Shell Automotive Pete’s Service Center Ping’s Tree Service The Sinking Ship The Sommerville Team Real Estate Sullivan Hardware & Garden | FROM 38th TO KESSLER. FROM MERIDIAN TO THE MONON | 41


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