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THE MAGAZINE OF MERIDIAN~KESSLER

Determined Trailblazer to Retire

Caroline Farrar has guided MKNA for more than 30 years—planting trees, securing a grocery at 54th and College, turning a railway into a trailway and so much more


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spark THE MAGAZINE OF MERIDIAN~KESSLER

ISSUE ELEVEN • Winter 2018 Published quarterly by MKNA • Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association, a volunteer non-profit 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 Kathleen Berry Graham, Caroline Farrar, Nick Colby. Designed by Brook Pritchett. Printed by Faulkenberg Printing Company. © MKNA 2017

Editorial Contributors

Kathleen Berry Graham is editor and photographer of MK Spark and a long-time Meridian~Kessler neighbor.

Cathy Duclos is an attorney who resides in Meridian~Kessler. Her creative outlet is writing about beautiful and delicious food and the people who prepare it.

Kim Kourany lives in Meridian-Kessler and serves on the MKNA Board of Directors as its Historic Preservation Steward. Mary McClung is a photographer and visual artist who resides in Indianapolis. Her professional and fine art photography focus on the local Indy food scene, farmto-table culture and the people who make it happen.

Visit mkna.org for more features, timely news, events calendar and local neighborhood business directory. Feature articles in this magazine are also published online.

On our cover:

Caroline Farrar, longtime executive director of MKNA, says the motto for Meridian-Kessler should be: Listen, Learn, Plan, Achieve—with Balance. She has done that and more. Photo by Tyler Hromadka Check out the good things happening—and how you might help—at James Whitcomb Riley IPS School 43.

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Dear Neighbors, It’s that time of year when many of us engage in—or ought to anyway—some kind of reflection on the previous year’s activities. There isn’t a map to guide us through the events that happen each year or even each day, but as this year ties up, one item—one person—sits at the top of my attention list.

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I think I wrote my initial editorial for this magazine when I took on the role as president of MKNA in 2013, and, honestly, it doesn’t feel like it was so long ago. I cannot remember, however, when the magazine graced its cover to honor a specific individual. MKNA is guided by a powerful troop of volunteers who care about preserving the neighborhood, enhancing what’s already here and crafting ways to make it better. But that vision has been aligned by the stewardship of one leader for more than 30 years—Caroline Farrar—who unknowingly snatched the cover of this issue. Caroline’s watch has been characterized by innovative ideas and tireless efforts. She has fostered relationships with clergy members, city government leaders, business owners, school principals and countless MKNA board members but most of all she has always held the residents of Meridian-Kessler closest to her heart. She’s been a leader, a trailblazer, a pioneer, an innovator, an advocate. She’s walked the Monon, planted trees, fought like a boxer to get a grocery store at 54th and College, she even painted all the playground equipment in Canterbury Park. And she claims she’s not a good painter. More important, she’s given it all with valor and pride. With devotion and spunk. But times change and Caroline will be retiring in early 2018. My short tenure with MKNA compared to Caroline’s doesn’t qualify me to summarize her accomplishments. See page 18 to get her own view to questions about her time at MKNA and what she hopes to do next and page 19 for a synopsis of her work. By all measures, Meridian-Kessler, split into eight MKNA zones that comprise a landlocked 3.5 square miles, is a better place because of Caroline Farrar. Her energy and devotion will be difficult to match, but she leaves MKNA a better organization and with a strong footing for those who will follow. As I look back and reflect on my time with MKNA, since 2009 as a board member and now as president, it gives me great pleasure along with the MKNA Board of Directors and the more than 15,000 residents of MeridianKessler, to thank you, Caroline, for your courageous work and endless dedication for the last 33 years. With this new year and reflections of the old and visions of the new, I look forward to what lies ahead for Meridian-Kessler and remember its history made better by Caroline Farrar. She deserves that cover. And so much more. Happy New Year. Nick Colby MKNA President

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Bulletin Board Updates from Around MK Newfields features more than 1 million holiday lights Winterlights, a holiday festival of lights on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art—now called Newfields, features 1.2 million multi-colored lights with displays timed to holiday music. See trees towering more than 80 feet with lights wrapped to the tip of each tiny branch. Gather your friends and family to stroll through holiday displays in the forest, fields and gardens of the 152acre campus. Open now through January 7. Don’t miss the massive poplar tree wrapped in thousands of blue lights! Buy your tickets online at discovernewfields.org to save 20 percent.

It’s almost time! MKNA grant applications due March 3 It’s not too late to apply for a grant from MKNA’s Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program. Each year MKNA funds programs that have a lasting, sustainable impact on the neighborhood and help to improve the 6 | LIVE ~ WORK ~ SHOP ~ PLAY ~ LEARN ~ GROW IN MK

lives of neighborhood residents by addressing one or more of the following critical needs: • Vitality and connectivity of the neighborhood • Health, safety and/or crime prevention • Education To be eligible, organizations must be a non-profit 501(c)3, school or church and provide a copy of its determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service. Applications for 2018 grants will be available in early January and deadline for application is March 2, 2018. Go to: mkna.org for details.

Show off your style at 2018 Meridian-Kessler Home Tour Are you ready to display the fun projects you’ve completed in your modern bungalow? Boast about the lush landscaping at your American Four Square? Or maybe tout the expert restoration of your time-honored Tudor? If so, MKNA wants to hear from you. MK’s 45th annual Twilight and Day Home Tours happen Friday-Sunday, June 15-17 for 2018. And MNKA is


looking not only for homeowners who want to share their renovations, but owners who enjoy the investment in preserving the intricacies of living in an urban area with everything from cottages to castles.

DigIndy’s Fall Creek Tunnel Collection Consolidation Sewer project. DigIndy is a 28-mile-long network of 18-foot-diameter deep rock tunnels being built 250-feet beneath the city.

“The Meridian-Kessler Home Tour is one of the longest-running tours in Indiana and its proceeds support deserving programs and projects in the community,” said Jessica Albaugh, chair for the M-K 2018 Home Tour. “It’s a way to reinvest in our local businesses, schools and community organizations.

Once complete in 2025, DigIndy will nearly eliminate sewer overflows to the White River and other area streams, protect vital water supplies and fuel neighborhood revitalization.

“Last year more than 1500 participants toured 10 homes in six of the eight zones of Meridian-Kessler. The mix included everything from Arts and Crafts two-bedrooms to majestic Georgian Revivals,” said Albaugh. “Don’t miss an opportunity to share your home in 2018.” If you think your home is tour material, contact Albaugh at: hometour@ mkna.org. Or if you want to volunteer your time but not your home, Albaugh wants to hear from you as well. “The success of this event relies on hundreds of hours from hundreds of volunteers. Their work makes this a tour not to be missed year after year.”

Watch for 28th Street closure Street closures across Fall Creek have tangled traffic patterns south of Meridian-Kessler for months as bridges have been restored. Get ready for more. Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets will be closed entirely at 28th Street starting January 2, and construction is projected to last until October 2018. The work is part of

To date, most of the DigIndy work has happened underground with little disruption to the public but watch for street closures and detour routes. For more info, go to: citizensenergygroup.com/OurCompany/Our-Projects/Dig-Indy.

Red Line update IndyGo continues to move forward with Phase 1 of the Red Line. Its Board of Directors authorized the transit agency to enter into contract negotiations with two firms for the construction of Phase 1 of the Red Line rapid transit project. The work including roadway and sidewalk construction will be carried out by Rieth-Riley Construction Company, Inc., and the station canopy construction and related work will be done by FA Wilhelm Construction. IndyGo will continue to connect with corridor business owners and residents about the anticipated schedule and resources available during construction. Three corridor liaisons will interface with work crews and the public throughout construction. IndyGo has created a dedicated hotline for constructionrelated concerns, and the Red Line website hosts additional resources,

newsletter sign-up, and a threeweek look-ahead construction schedule. IndyGo will conduct public meetings in January and February to discuss detailed construction schedules. Meeting dates and preliminary construction milestones will be made public after contract negotiations are complete. Find information online about the project, corridor liaisons and how to stay plugged in at IndyGoRed.com. For more up-to-date information on social media, check @IndyGoBus on the web or at IndyGo.net or call 317-635-3344.

Demolition begins at former AT&T site Demolition stated in October at the former AT&T location at Kessler Boulevard and College Avenue after long debate over the use of the site. Milhaus Development secured the necessary zoning approvals earlier this year to build a mixed-use development designed by locally based Ratio Architects. The development—consisting of approximately 100 apartment homes and 9,400 square feet of retail space—will be called The MK. New neighbors are scheduled to begin moving in upon completion in late 2018. More information is available at themk.com. During construction, the sidewalk on College Avenue will remain closed for pedestrian safety and to allow proper protection of the existing trees. Milhaus staff superintendents will be onsite daily during working hours.

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Monon transformation brings promising opportunities to MK

Local business owners gathered in November at the Riviera Club for Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association’s Business Breakfast. More than 120 family, community and corporate leaders represented the balance of shop owners, faith-based institutions and entrepreneurs that characterize the diversity in Meridian-Kessler. But more important, business owners assembled to bid farewell to MKNA’s retiring executive director, Caroline Farrar. For more than 30 years, Farrar has been a champion for her beloved neighborhood. And business owners openly showed support for Meridian-Kessler’s leader. MKNA President Nick Colby, who has worked alongside Farrar for eight years, welcomed attendees to the annual meeting by asking them to celebrate Farrar’s tenure along with the progress made in the neighborhood under her leadership. “The intrinsic diversity of Meridian-Kessler happens naturally,” Farrar told the crowd. “It created itself and we celebrate it. People who live here want to make it better. Houses are revamped, schools are better, police rapport is better. I hope my work here has been valuable. I know it has been joyful.”

Chair of the MKNA Business Committee Patrick Lane and MKNA President Nick Colby presented the MKNA annual business awards.

Sid Maurer Award for Outstanding Business Leadership Named in honor of Sid Maurer, who owned and operated Atlas Supermarket for 55 years at 54th and College Avenue, the award is presented annually to honor a local business leader in Meridian-Kessler. Ron Harris, owner of Locally Grown Gardens at 54th and the Monon, received the 2018 Sid Maurer Award. In 2008 Harris opened a farm-to-table produce stand with dinners, but added everything from Italian coffee to chandeliers. And, oh, let’s not forget the pies. And he did it in a shuttered service station. Harris said, “My vision was for a three-month lease to see how things might go.” His work started a momentum that changed the once industrial warehouse complex into an enclave of independent artists and shops. “I’m happy to be here and to be a part of the Meridian-Kessler community.”

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Meridian-Kessler Stimulus Award Lane and Colby also presented the M-K Stimulus Award, given annually to a newer business that has made a strong, positive impact in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. The 2018 honor went to Twenty Tap owner Kevin Matalucci. Twenty Tap opened in 2011 at 54th and College Avenue and quickly became a favorite for locals and was part of the impetus for the transformation for the College Avenue Corridor. Neighborhood regulars got thirsty, however, after a February fire closed the pub for nearly six months. “We’re glad to be back,” said Matalucci, “And honored to be recognized by Meridian-Kessler.”

Remembering the development of the Monon Trailway Colby welcomed panel moderator Tom Healy, the editor and publisher of Indy Midtown Magazine who lives in Meridian-Kessler, and four prominent figures who had a hand in the development of the Monon Trailway.

The panelists included: • Mike Dilts, CEO/President Shiel Sexton and M-K resident for more than 32 years.

• Suzy Reese, local business owner and developer in the Monon Shops for 27 years. • Ann Delaney, attorney, panelist on Indiana Week in Review and a 40-year resident. • Jack Munson, architect, former vice president of M-K Community Development Corporation and a 45-year resident of Johnson’s Woods. With more than 140 years of time spent living, working and watching the developments in Meridian-Kessler, the panel spoke about how the transformation of the Monon has had a powerful—and positive—impact on MeridianKessler. “People want to be in this neighborhood,” said Reese. “It’s almost like it takes us back in time. The work that MKNA did to secure the changes for the Monon Trail has brought the neighborhood and people together. It’s basically the best of the best.” Delaney remembered the legal issues with turning a railway into a trailway and Dilts recalled the reluctance and nervousness when people started talking about it. “It was a classic case of neighborhood people working together to make something good happen,” said Dilts. “Compromise and negotiation really can work and ended up being a win-win.”

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A simple knock at the door initiated an unforeseen, yet not uncommon, plan into motion. Now, the McAuleys, long-time residents of Merdian-Kessler, are passing the proverbial torch—their large home—to a new family. As a child, Kathleen McAuley lived just a few blocks north of her current home at 5515 Washington Boulevard. She and her family were parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary where she and her siblings also attended school. “The best part of growing up in Meridian-Kessler,” McAuley reminisced, “is that your friends are right here in the neighborhood. You could ride your bike to Rivi. Your school and church were right here. You could walk to your friends’ houses.”

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While at Miami University in Ohio, McAuley met and later married her husband, Doug, and they returned to Indianapolis. For several years, they lived in Broad Ripple and had three young children. In 2004, the McAuleys had the opportunity to purchase the NeoClassical Revival on Washington Boulevard and they began renovating the 1921 beauty. Although they took the interior down to the studs, they tried to keep the original character intact by restoring some of the windows and replicating an original arched doorway throughout the first level. They added niches with the same arched design. They also kept the formal living room and dining room footprints for a traditional feel. To make the home more family-friendly, they added an open kitchen, a family room and a new staircase to the finished basement. A mudroom, an office and a screened porch completed the first level. The second level of the 3,500-square-foot addition included a new bedroom and bathroom, an upstairs laundry room and a sunsplashed hallway.


McAuley worked with a designer to find the right crystal chandelier for the dining room and added a plaster medallion to keep the architectural details of the period. Other 1920sstyle crystal light fixtures, custom woodwork and cabinets, and glass doorknobs were selected to create a consistent feel throughout the home. The home’s exterior received a facelift, too. The McAuleys replaced the original tile roof with a metal replica and repainted the brick facade. Their landscape designer tiled the front porch, back steps and entry, and added wrought iron detail to the windows plus installed wrought iron handrails. Content with their extensive remodels, the McAuleys thought they would remain on Washington Boulevard forever until a realtor, working on behalf of another Immaculate Heart family who had noted the carefully restored home, knocked on

their door in October. They decided it might be the perfect opportunity to look for a new adventure. “Two of our kids are in college, so we don’t really need all this space anymore. Something about the timing felt right.” McAuley continued, “A couple days later, we were driving home from our son’s tennis match and passed a vacant home on Springmill Road. We toured the house and could envision ourselves there. Somehow we knew it was all going to fall into place.” While the McAuleys are not moving too far away, they are sad to be moving outside the Meridian-Kessler boundaries. “You meet a lot of lifelong friends here. You really get to know people. And,” she added, “people take pride in their houses here. I remember my mom decorating our house so beautifully for the holidays. Many people in the neighborhood do. It’s really a special place.”

“You meet a lot of lifelong friends here. You really get to know people.”

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Stay safe! On December 5, Indianapolis Police Department North District Commander, Joshua Barker said 257 radio dispatch calls were logged for the North District which includes Meridian-Kessler. The North District boundaries extend as far west as Michigan Road, north to 96th Street, east along Fall Creek and Shadeland and south to 30th Street. Barker said residents should remember that the highest percentage of area crimes happen because people do not take standard precautions. Avoid being a victim.

It’s simple, be smart Barker said Meridian-Kessler is a relatively safe community because the neighbors are engaged with one another and with IMPD. “I urge residents to remain vigilant and take simple steps to safeguard themselves and their homes,” said Barker. “Lock and secure doors and garage doors, request a signature for package deliveries to avoid items sitting on porches and remove valuables from vehicles parked outside. Remember, criminals are looking for opportunity. And always report suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.”

Where to call Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Non-Emergency Dispatch 317-327-3811 Emergency 911

Tips for home • Lock your house and first-floor windows. Most windows can be pinned for extra security. • Use a home security alarm system. • Do not open the door unless you know who is there. • Install exterior lighting for front and back doors. Also for your yard and garage. • Use motion sensitive lights in your backyard or along your alley. • Keep your garage and sheds closed and locked. • Use window coverings on your garage and basement windows. • Do not leave items of value in your yard. • Don’t hide a key. • Don’t label your keys or mailbox. • Get to know your neighbors. • Watch out for neighbors’ homes when they are away.

24-Hour Crime Hotline 317-327-6682 Call anonymously to report illegal drug dealing, illegal firearms, prostitution or other criminal activity.

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Tips for auto • Lock your auto no matter where you are. • Leave nothing of value in your auto—including keys, computers, phones, garage door openers. • Put items in the trunk prior to getting to your final parking destination. • Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked. • Don’t leave a spare key inside or near your vehicle. • Never leave your windows open.

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MERIDIAN-KESSLER’S

Mighty

arrrior W If it weren’t for a broken leg, Meridian-Kessler would likely be a very different place.

Caroline Farrar didn’t grow up in Meridian-Kessler or even in Indianapolis. Her husband, Larry, was an opera singer she met at the New York City Opera where she was the marketing coordinator. Larry and Caroline were both from New York, but Larry took a theatre job in Indianapolis in 1981 and hoped the family would move to Indiana. Caroline agreed to schedule a weekend to look at real estate. She’d bring their 4-year-old daughter. But a quick ski weekend to Sugar Bush Resort in Vermont complicated the itinerary. Caroline broke her leg. “It didn’t stop me,” she recalled. “I stumbled around with a cast and a toddler. We thought we had found the right house in Butler-Tarkington. We signed papers. We put down earnest money.” On her way to the airport to return to New York, Caroline’s husband drove through Meridian-Kessler. She spied a house on 52nd Street with a for-sale sign out front. She made her husband stop. She struggled up to the door. The owner allowed her inside. “It changed my life,” she said with the confidence that comes only after knowing you’ve made the right decision. Still nursing the injured leg, Caroline moved to the Meridian-Kessler address weeks later. She needed a job and needed something nearby, so she could walk and tend to that troublesome leg. She took a job at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 52nd and Central. The MeridianKessler Neighborhood Association had long been estab-

lished in a basement office of the church. In 1984, MKNA posted a job opening for a leader. Caroline applied. And the broken leg that led Caroline to a job down the street turned into a 33-year career as executive director for one of the most well-respected neighborhood associations in the city. “My mother believes in this neighborhood,” said Kimsley Farrar, the 4-year-old in tow when Caroline landed the M-K house. “She lives, eats and breathes Meridian-Kessler and her efforts come from an utterly genuine and honorable place.” Kimsley still lives in Indianapolis and has young children of her own now. “Over the years I watched my mom. She drew people in, cultivated meaningful connections and created and fostered ideas that helped make the neighborhood blossom,” Kimsley said. “I have fond memories of labeling hundreds and hundreds of MKNA newsletters at our dining room table and hosting tour-goers at the annual MK Home and Garden Tour while dressed as a Southern Belle. It was a wonderful way to grow up. Learning from the start how to be selfless, involved and stand behind positive growth.” Mary Owens, who holds the position of Environmental Chair on the MKNA Board of Directors, first met Caroline and Kimsley in 1990 after purchasing a home on Central Avenue from owners who encouraged Owens to become involved with MKNA.

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“Caroline had the unique ability to engage neighbors and masterfully articulate the needs for any project with a sense of urgency and enthusiasm,” said Owens, who has served MKNA and Meridian-Kessler in numerous capacities for more than 22 years. “She embodies what we all hope the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association is known for—its support of diversity and respect for all of its residents. She’s tireless. I know she’ll still assist our neighborhood even in her retirement.”

Caroline resists the spotlight and tosses aside the accolades, but Meridian-Kessler would not command the strength and respect that it holds without her work. “Words cannot describe the commitment, passion and dedication Caroline has brought to Meridian-Kessler for the past three decades,” said MKNA President Nick Colby. “She knows everyone—the small business owners, the clergy, the safety and fire protection leaders, the city leaders, the school principals and the heads of the community agencies. She listens to them and they listen to her. And she never hesitates to take action.”

“She knows everyone— She listens to them and they listen to her. And she never hesitates to take action.”

Like Owens, Jim Garrettson’s history with Caroline goes way back. A board member since 2001 and president of MKNA from 2005-2007, Garrettson said Caroline’s greatest accomplishment was her relentless work to deter the opening of a Walgreens at 54th and College Avenue after Atlas Supermarket closed. “She knew what the neighborhood wanted, and she stood firm. That’s why we have Fresh Market today,” Garrettson said. “She has an amazing mental rolodex of contacts both within the neighborhood and within city government plus that gift of gab. Caroline can stand up and give a three-minute speech in front of any audience on any topic. And she can sell it.”

In more than three decades transforming Meridian-Kessler, Caroline has practically done and seen it all. See page 19 for a glimpse of her accomplishments. See the following Q&A for her own words to a few questions by MK Spark. What will she do next? She says she’s still thinking about another career. “Stay tuned,” she said, “there’s more to come.” And her advice for the future leader of MKNA? Perhaps she might just tell the next-in-line to break a leg.

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You’ve worked tirelessly for more than 30 years for this neighborhood. Why are you stepping down?

What person have you met along the way during your M-K tenue that you most admire?

First, I hope to spend some concentrated time with my family. Those close at hand (Caroline’s daughter, Kimsley, lives in Indianapolis and has two young sons) and those far-scattered. Plus, I am looking forward to new horizons, new adventures, new challenges. Second, I hope to explore technology and the opportunities it brings, but at the same time I want to stay centered on the roots of the neighborhood, its residents, businesses and the local institutes of learning and faith.

It’s been an honor to meet and work with so many stellar, exemplary, fine individuals during my years with MKNA. Heading the list would be Alice Ross, an organizer supreme, a strategizer extraordinaire who had brilliant power and persuasion. She was politically entrenched and was involved in every worthy humanistic and arts committee that you can think of. She knew how to draw the right people together to get things done. She was courageous, determined and definite. Her word power could make or break you. I learned so much from her.

Describe Your Perfect

Meridian-Kessler’s motto should be… Listen, Learn, Plan, Achieve—with Balance. What is the legacy you want to leave behind? I would like to think that I leave behind a sustaining benchmark organization that continues full throttle, that is well-informed, that is guided by purpose not by power, that has sensitive vision, creative listening and purposeful planning. Tell me the things that happened along the way that made a difference. A lot of things happened in 33 years, I would like to think that a few things that MKNA did made a real difference. In 1990, bringing recycling to the neighborhood by securing the bids for bins.

Day in Meridian-Kessler

It would start with an early morning walk sparkled by quick chats with neighbors along the way. Surprise phone call to meet with friends for coffee at Hubbard and Cravens. Playtime with my grandchildren, Miles, 4 and Jax, 2. That time might include lots of fish Legos. Lots of puzzles. Maybe even sliding down the stairs or a quick game of hide-and-seek or a championship bicycle race. I would like to add in a prolonged stop at the Fairgrounds for a visit to the Flower and Patio Show. A quick grocery-run to Fresh Market. An evening book club gathering with thoughtful discussions, gourmet grazing, lofty libations and finish it all off with moonlight chatter on my patio. That’s what I call a perfect day.

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Developing three charrettes—49th and College, 49th and Penn and areas along 38th Street. Improving public safety. In 2003, partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Butler Tarkington and faith-based organizations to improve homes. In 2005, publishing The History and Architecture of Meridian-Kessler, authored by Paul C. Diebold and photographed by Paul and Casey Cronin. Over the years, making the MKNA Home and Garden Tour one of the longeststanding and best home tours in the country. More important, I hope that the things that made a difference were done for the residents. Meridian-Kessler is blessed by people who are consistently observant, aware, invested, thoughtful and always ready to help. What’s next? Learn to cook. Relish freedom. Expand abilities in photography. Travel. Or I’m kind of thinking about a short career in banking or maybe opera. My next career is still out there.


MKNA Executive Director Caroline Farrar stood firm in her determination to represent the wishes of residents of Meridian-Kessler to secure a grocery store at the corner of 54th Street and College Avenue where Atlas Supermarket closed in 2002 after 55 years of operation. Photo reprinted with permission of IBJ Media, copyright 2006-2017.

14 Ways Caroline Farrar left Meridian-Kessler a better place As Caroline Farrar steps down after more than 30 years of service as Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association’s executive director, she leaves an impressive record of accomplishment. “Meridian-Kessler would not be what it is today without her passion and commitment,” said Nick Colby, MKNA president. “Most notably, I think her fight to get a grocery at the corner of 54th and College has had a lasting impact on what we are seeing along the College Corridor today.”

7. Coordinated the redevelopment to transform Winthrop Avenue between 52nd and 54th Streets from an industrial site into a vibrant commercial area. 8. Established the Vi Walker Neighborhood Grant Program which has distributed $350,000 to senior, youth and service organizations and schools over the past 18 years.

1. Supported City of Indianapolis efforts to turn the abandoned Monon Railroad into today’s Monon Trailway now used by more than 1.3 million people annually.

9. Assisted with planting hundreds of trees over the last several years along College Avenue, the Monon Trailway, Pennsylvania Street, Washington Boulevard, Delaware Street plus many east-west streets, and Forest Hills in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

2. Worked with Maurice Cox and the Meridian-Kessler Development Corporation to develop the plan to establish Indianapolis Fire Department Station #31 at 42nd Street and College Avenue.

10. Worked with MKNA Board Member Mary Owens to develop, fund and build the Susan Slade Community Garden located near the intersection of 49th and Pennsylvania Streets.

3. Raised funds for the 42nd Street and College Avenue library in partnership with the City of Indianapolis and the Marion County Public Library.

11. Funded repairs to 43 murals on the Monon Trailway between 52nd and 54th Streets in support of the Department of Public Words and Art with a Heart.

4. Initiated and facilitated the establishment of Fresh Market in partnership with the City of Indianapolis and Kite Realty Group at the former site of Atlas Supermarket.

12. Coordinated and funded STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Programs at Indianapolis Public Schools 55 and 91 with the Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club.

5. Called for property tax forums when residents were hit with sky-rocketing property tax increases in 2003 and 2008.

13. Worked with residents, Indianapolis Public Schools officials and designers to remodel The Center for Inquiry at Indianapolis Public School 84 at 57th Street and Central Avenue.

6. Converted brownfields into thriving businesses at 49th and Pennsylvania Streets where Sullivan’s Hardware sits today and near the Monon Trailway between 52nd and 54th Streets where Infinite SelfStorage and Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Roasters are located.

14. Supported the redevelopment of the area at 54th and the Monon Trailway turning a non-descript stretch of shuttered industrial buildings into a vibrant commercial area for artists and independent eateries and specialty shops.

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Neighbor school needs help to improve students reading skills The after-school chaos at IPS School 43 is much like the normal clatter and activity at most schools. Doors slamming, announcements blaring, busses rumbling, students jabbering, but what happens shortly after 3 pm is something unusual. The disorder quiets when staffers from the MLK Center arrive for a grant-funded, after-school reading program. Students gather in the cafeteria and get organized. Most days they will spend time doing homework, phonemic exercises, handwriting activities and reading. Plus two area nonprofit organizations—Second Helpings and the Patachou Foundation—provide dinners to every child, every evening. “About 70 students participate most days,” says Allison Luthe, executive director of the MLK Center located at 40 W. 40th Street just beyond Meridian-Kessler’s west border. “We have a short waitlist, and wish we had staff, space, volunteers and funding to accept more students.” The MLK Center started the program when Luthe partnered with Susan Appel after a study showed that 68 percent of the fourth graders at James Whitcomb Riley IPS School

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43 were reading below the national average and that 82 percent of the families were low-income. Appel runs The Indy Learning Team, a nonprofit that promotes literacy and equal opportunity for all students. During the school year the reading program operates at 43. In summer months the MLK Center keeps the program going around the corner. Recently the program received a four­-year, renewable 21st Century grant worth $150,000 per year, allowing it to double the capacity of its summer program to 60 students and to hire six staff members. But recent proposals by the current administration to cut federal education spending by $9 billion, or 13.5 percent in 2018, threaten the life of the program. Without the grant funding, Luthe said half of the kids will not be able to participate and the center might lose the program location at 43 along with direct access to its teachers.

How can residents of Meridian-Kessler help? “Most people in the MeridianKessler area don’t even know that 43 serves parts of the that specific

region of Indianapolis,” said Appel. She believes that community efforts to provide literacy and empowerment to all children are key to overall neighborhood success. Volunteers and donations are vital. “We have children who cannot participate because their parents don’t have transportation to pick up their kids at the end of the day. We have children who tell us there is no food at home. Donations as simple as gas or grocery cards would be so helpful. Kids who are not hungry, who can participate, have a greater chance of success.” Current funding allows the MLK Center to have six staffers but volunteers are needed. Community volunteers and students from Butler University donate service hours several days each week as tutors. For more information about the program or to volunteer as a reading coach, contact Luthe at: allison@mlkcenterindy.org or Appel at: sappel@theindylearningteam.org. For links to area schools in the Meridian-Kessler area, go to: mkna. org/excellent-schools/.


IPS Schools near M-K What are your IPS school options if you live in Meridian-Kessler? Twenty-two IPS schools are located three miles or less from most Meridian-Kessler addresses. For more information about location, enrollment or school ratings or for a complete listing of IPS schools go to: https://find.enrollindy.org. • • • • • • • • •

Avondale Meadows Middle School Center for Inquiry 27 Center for Inquiry 70 Center for Inquiry 84 Floro Torrence School 83 Francis W. Parker Montessori School 56 George Washington Carver Montessori School 87 Herron High School Ignite Achievement Academy at Elder W. Diggs School • International Baccalaureate Programme at Shortridge High School • IPS/Butler University Laboratory School 55

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IPS/Butler University Laboratory School 60 James Russell Lowell School 51 James Whitcomb Riley School 43 Kindezi-Joyce Kilmer School 69 Kipp Indy College Prep Middle Kipp Indy Unite Elementary Louis B. Russell Jr. School 48 Riverside High School Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91 Sidener Academy for High Ability Students Visual & Performing Arts & Humanities Program at Shortridge High School

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CICOA serves Meridian-Kessler residents CICOA is a private, not-for-profit agency that helps seniors and people of any age with a disability to remain comfortably and safely at home and out of institutional care. Established in 1973 by an amendment to the 1965 Older Americans Act and incorporated in 1974, CICOA is not a government agency, but oversees state and federal funds and private donations to provide information, advocacy and support services for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. CICOA is Indiana’s largest Area Agency on Aging and serves the Meridian-Kessler area as well as Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby Counties, where more than 26 percent of Indiana’s population lives. In FY 2017 CICOA and its network of for-profit and notfor-profit providers delivered the following services:

Aging & Disability Resource Center • Handled 107,778 incoming and outgoing calls providing information and assistance. • Conducted 3,127 telephone assessments. • Referred more than 20,941 callers to other community resources. • Participated in 146 health fairs and speaking engagements. • Engaged 1,402 volunteers in 13,216 hours of community service. • Logged 94,744 visits to CICOA’s website.

In-Home Services • Brokered in-home care management services, such as homemaker, home health aide and attendant care to 7,743 clients. • Improved the transition of 3,289 individuals from inpatient hospital settings to other care settings through Care Transitions.

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• Served 841,000 meals in its eight-county area.

• Completed 285 home modification projects to enhance accessibility and home safety with a total expenditure of $1,043,218.

• Served 262,625 home-delivered meals. • Served 93,175 meals at neighborhood meal sites. • Served 21,781 meals through the meal voucher program. • Served 465,268 meals through the Medicaid Waiver. • Served 4,267 individuals in Central Indiana.

Caregiver Support • Conducted 114 caregiver workshops/presentations.

Transportation • Funded or directly provided 60,007 one-way trips. This includes direct transportation trips (Essential Needs, Shuttle) and funded trips (Reuben Center, Taxi Discount Coupons, Wheelchair Vouchers, New Freedom Vouchers.) If you would like to learn more, visit CICOA at 4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 200, call 317-254-5465, or https://cicoa.org.

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About MKNA 4550 Central Avenue Indianapolis 46205 317-283-1021 info@mkna.org

Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association is a volunteer non-profit organization representing residents, businesses, schools, faith-based institutions and service groups. The Association’s board meets monthly. All meetings are open to the public. 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. Our newsletter is published quarterly and mailed to 7,000 Meridian-Kessler households, our extended business community, churches, schools, service agencies, government, civic and community offices. Partnering with Community Stakeholders Support neighborhood beautification efforts and promote commitment to historic architecture.

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President Nick Colby President Elect OPEN Treasurer Jim Clendenin Secretary Matt Albaugh All-Neighborhood Meetings Molly Seidel Business/Marketing Patrick Lane Communication Chair OPEN Community Partnerships Jim Garrettson Environmental Mary Owens Fund Development Michelle Hostetler Grants OPEN Historic Preservation Stewardship Kim Kourany Home Tour Jessica Albaugh Housing/Code OPEN Infrastructure Jerrey Finnegan Land Use Eileen Hack Membership John Creamer Midtown Economic Council Rep. Matt Dickerson Public Safety Judy Goldstein Religious Communities Rob Stiles Denise Rogers School Communities Dan Kelley Zone 1 Dawn Zapinski Zone 2 Kait Baffoe Zone 3 Sheryl Facktor Mervis Zone 4 Corrina Thompson Zone 5 OPEN Zone 6 Chris Warren Zone 7 Barry Dunham Zone 8 Wes Merkle Executive Director Caroline Farrar Administrative Assistant Vicky Miller


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Website ads are available for $50 per 30 days. Dimensions are 125 x 125 pixels (1.75 x 1.75 inches). See the MKNA website for the 2017 calendar for advertising. Business Membership at the Silver Level and above includes one free 30-day display advertisement on mkna.org. Online display ads link directly to your own website. SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING The MKNA Facebook page has more than 2,300 ‘Likes’ and an average weekly reach of 2,000 people. MKNA’s social media directly reaches this motivated neighborhood audience. Business Membership at the Silver Level and above includes one photo post to MKNA’s Facebook page and 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.

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Participate in Your Neighborhood Partnership MKNA’s broader work on behalf of you, your neighbors and your community includes: • monitoring and advocating community positions on land use, zoning, infrastructure, schools, traffic issues and beautification efforts; • partnering with public safety officers to reduce crime in local and adjoining neighborhoods; • raising funds and making grants to youth and senior programs; • communicating through MKNA’s 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 September 1, 2017. Resident Members Contributor $50-99 Gary & Shirley Ahlrichs Cathleen Alaimo Donna Eide & Frank Alan Will Higgins & Dorothy Alig David Allaben Robert & Julie Anger Randall & TiaJah Wynne Ayers Robert & Jean Baerncopf Laura Wells & Ruby Banchy Ronald & Kathleen Barnard Sharon & Tom Battista Emily Walvoord & Greg Bauwens Lucinda Beeler Peyton & Angela Berg Pam & Willie Black Scott & Denise Black Kathy & Scott Blyze Tatiana Foroud & Eric Boes Lynn Boone Patricia Bradshaw Greg Wahle & Peggy Breidenbach Lula Bridgeforth Matthew & Arlene BrooksSilver Sheila Brown J. D. Browning Steven Browning Susan Bettis & Michael Cabat James & Gretchen Cain Bradley & Robyn Cates Eric & Stephanie Chitwood Larry & Ellen Coan Carlos Coelho Scott & Katie Collevechio A. L. Connor Sean Cosgrove Steve & Pat Couvillion Carole Crist Chris & Jennifer Curran Paul & Jennifer Cvar Susie Dawson Matt & Lynda Deitchle Scott & Lynn Denne Allison Dill Christen Dilly Aaron & Jennifer Dixon Karen Dougherty Dan & Jamie Drewry Cathy & Steve Duclos

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