Lawrence Community Newsletter July 2014

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Red, White & Boom! Lawrence Sets 4th of July Celebration Abandoned Houses Slated for Demolition

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FREE FORT HARRISON SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK Writer / Elizabeth Giffin Photographer / Jen Savage

Mark your calendars! Saturday, July 19, is the Hoosier Composer’s Concert at Ft. Harrison State Park, presented by the Indianapolis Symphonic Band as part of its summer concert series, “Music on the Hill.” What could be a better way to hear Hoosier music than when performed by Hoosier musicians? The Indianapolis Symphonic Band, founded by Bob Phillips, is approaching 60 years in music. Averaging around 15 concerts a year, the band enjoys being the ensemble in residence at the Warren Performing Arts Center and plays concerts at both indoor and outdoor venues throughout the greater Indianapolis area, including Garfield Park, Holliday Park, and of course, Fort Ben. “The concerts at Fort Ben have been going on for close to 10 years, as I recall,” says ISB President Steven Blanchard. “We play at the

bottom of the sledding hill.” The concerts, which began in June, include the upcoming Hoosier Composer’s Concert, as well as a Collegiate Night concert on August 30. Free and open to the public, the concerts are a perfect way to spend a summer evening under the stars, and attendees are encouraged to complete the event with a picnic and even their pets, though dogs must be on a leash at all times. “We have about 50 members who play regularly with the band,” says Blanchard. The members, who represent diverse areas of greater Indianapolis, also vary in age and experience. Blanchard says that while currently band members “tend to be on the older, more mature side,” one of the organization’s goals is “to provide a place for young adults to have a place to continue their musical experience with a regularly performing ensemble.” According to Blanchard, “Many of our members have been music majors in college

and some serve professionally in music education, [as] music store technicians, and [as] church musicians.” Blanchard himself is a professionally trained musician, with a degree in trombone performance from the prestigious University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. “When I first joined the group in 2002, I was looking for an outlet to use those musical gifts,” he says, and he encourages other Indianapolisarea musicians looking for a similar outlet to consider joining the band. “We would like for the Indianapolis Symphonic Band to reach out to more people in Lawrence and the greater Indianapolis area, who appreciate music that is well-played in a relaxing venue.” The band is conducted by principal conductor Joe Poio and assistant-conducted by Steve Meurer. For more information on upcoming concerts, joining the ensemble, or other questions, please visit the ISB website at indyband.org.

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RED, WHITE & BOOM! LAWRENCE SETS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION Photographer / Tom Speer

Thousands of people are expected to mark our nation’s birthday in Lawrence in the most traditional of ways: a parade, great food, memorable music and, of course, a fantastic fireworks display! Among the musical entertainers will be Lawrence Central’s recent American Idol contestant, Marrialle Sellars. “Lawrence knows how to throw a party, especially when we’re celebrating our nation’s birthday,” said Mayor Dean Jessup in a news release. “Our residents (and visitors, too), will find a variety of activities to attend and participate in, stretching from morning until night.”

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10:00 a.m. Parade begins at Harrison Hills Elementary School, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

concluding at Lawrence Community Park (see map) Lions Club Fish Fry Hot Dog Eating Contest Red, White and Boom Concert Fireworks begin near soccer fields

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ABANDONED HOUSES SLATED FOR DEMOLITION Few things devalue neighborhoods and communities more than abandoned houses or commercial buildings. Thanks to a grant from the federal government, six such structures in Lawrence are slated for demolition. Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced recently that five Indiana cities (East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis and Lawrence) have been awarded more than $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program. The grant “frees up money to local governments to address blighted properties, clearing parcels for green space and redevelopment purposes,” according to a state news release. Chris Barnett, executive director, Lawrence Community Development Corporation (LCDC), said the city will be reimbursed up to $120,000 for demolishing up to six vacant, blighted houses in southwest Lawrence. The targeted properties

include abandoned houses on Kingman Drive, Vernon Avenue, Franklin Road, Lyle Street and Dunn Street. “It’s important to demolish blighted houses so that they no longer act to depress the property values of nearby homes, offered Barnett. “It’s like cutting out cancer: the body heals when the diseased portion is removed.” Barnett explained that the Kingman Drive house faces the I-465 sound wall, and that this soon-to-be vacant lot will be maintained as yard space not suitable for re-building. Two other sites are targeted for re-builds by Habitat for Humanity. “The new homes will bring new families to live in Lawrence, new kids in Lawrence schools, and taxes to the city and school district,” Barnett said. In the case of the houses in the city’s industrial/commercial area, Barnett hopes that removing the homes will eventually help to facilitate redevelopment that will bring new jobs.

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This is a story of courage. And passion. And opportunities. As you read it, decide for yourself if you would have the guts to do something like this.

“Don’t be afraid to risk your money on a place that might not be a Carmel or Fishers,” he said. “You can still create a place where people can hang out and eat…a new image.”

At the age of 19, Art (Arturo) Ugalde left his family and his country to attend college in the U.S. to learn to be a pharmacist. But as many of us do, he got sidetracked and ended up cooking for and then managing a popular breakfast restaurant…for 23 years! It took him to Kokomo and Peru, Indiana and eventually to Lawrence. During that time he also met his wife and they had two children.

So when the sign appeared on Pendleton Pike on a building built for Captain D’s and then a donut shop, Art jumped at the opportunity. There were 40 interested people on a waiting list for the property. The Arizona leasing company eventually chose Art, citing his stable background and credit, as well as his willingness to work and learn as reason to take the risk on his first restaurant.

But Art was not satisfied. He felt the pull to run his own restaurant, not work for someone else forever. For months he looked for a location, including Brownsburg, Louisville, Carmel, the Monon Trail area, and Greenwood.

Borrowing money from family and friends, Art leased the necessary equipment and opened Art’s Skillet in November of 2013. The menu states the mission, “Provide an appetizing, fast and casual breakfast and lunch experience to local patrons at a great value.” In the first six months of business, family members and carefully chosen staffers have helped Art’s Skillet quadruple its business. Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup, a regular customer, recognized him in his recent State of the City Address for symbolizing the pursuit of the American Dream. Recently a group of 20 Belzer Middle School students toured the restaurant and experienced Art’s passion as he told them, “Get your degree, follow your own interests; the real world is not as easy as it sounds. To succeed you must work hard and have a true interest in what you do.” That passion includes an intense interest in continued growth of his restaurant. “We adjust to the community we’re in,” he explained. He has extended hours, included lots of carry-out for people in a hurry, and is slowly integrating catering into his offerings.

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And the family he left behind in Mexico? “My father always believed in me,” Art said. His picture hangs in the restaurant. Unfortunately he passed away just before Art could move him here. His mother did move here and lived with Art’s family for a while before she also died. Eight siblings are mostly in Indiana, as well. Art’s son, at age nine, is already being given responsibilities in the restaurant to learn “hard work pays off,” said Art. It’s a lesson he clearly has internalized. “The reality is your future; you must be able look down the road and make your decisions clearly, without emotion.”

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GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD CAUSES: ANSWERS FOR AUTISM

Writer / Kathi Moore

Not long after Patty Reed gave birth to twins, it became apparent that the two were very different. One was later to walk, didn’t talk until she was three and didn’t interact with her twin brother. That was 19 years ago and doctors were mystified; there was no Internet and research was limited. So, Patty, along with other parents, eventually started the notfor-profit Answers for Autism, to help Indiana families touched by autism. This fully volunteer organization has virtually no administrative costs and provides research and program grants via private donations and grants from United Way, state employees, and corporate matching funds. Answers for Autism has funded 200 grants throughout Indiana over the past 13 years totaling over $600,000, with another $200,000 to fund research.

money for these programs. The two biggest are this summer and they hope you’ll consider participating. Sat. July 19, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2nd Annual Answers for Autism Bike Ride. 40-mile, 20mile and 1-mile family-friendly routes and activities from Fortville Nazarene Church. Sat. Sept. 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 14th Annual Answers for Autism Walk at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel. Family festival with

rock climbing, bounce house and also a quiet tent with more sensory activities. Answers for Autism lives their mission every day—helping individuals with autism participate in and contribute to our community without fear of bias or loss of individuality. For more information or to donate or register for events: answersautism.org

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HOOSIER ‘KARATE EXPERTS’ AUDITION FOR AMERICA’S GOT TALENT Writer / Tom Britt

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t was a Tuesday night after a long Memorial Day weekend and I was watching television, flipping back and forth between America’s Got Talent and a baseball game. Unfortunately, the Dodgers were beating the Reds, so I spent most of my evening watching the “talent show on steroids” premier episode. That’s when a 20-something kid came out and said, “My name is Dustin’s Dojo and I’m a trained black belt and I learned to be a black belt at Roger Baker’s Taekwondo and Pizza, Pensacola, Florida.” He took a bow with his silent sidekick who was wearing a ski mask “This is my friend Terry and I am his sensei,” he added, followed by a roar of laughter from the audience. Over the course of the next five minutes I witnessed the funniest karate parody I’ve ever seen. Dustin’s Dojo put on a demonstration featuring the breaking of flimsy wood slats, 60 seconds of full-extension punches, and a face full of salt thrown into his eyes by Terry “when he least expected it.” Comedy genius was rewarded with a golden buzzer save by judge Howard Stern, which allowed them to go to the next round in New York this July.

I rewound the skit, watched it with my wife several times, and posted a link of the clip on my Facebook wall the following morning, noting, “This was the hardest I’ve laughed in a long time.”

Then something magical happened. One of my Facebook friends left a comment that Terry Terry was his wife’s cousin from the Indy area. These guys are locals? I had to meet them. So we headed west with a carload of people: our trusty videographer Mitch Jacki, and magazine designers and fans Alyssa Sander and Austin Vance. Our rendezvous spot was in Covington, Indiana at the famous Beef House Restaurant in their back parking lot. From there, Dustin’s Dojo and Terry Terry took us to two of their training locations in Fountain County: The “snake pit” and the “road that leads down to the river.” Dustin’s Dojo, donning his WWE Santino Marella t-shirt, treated us to an on-camera, in-character interview. He told us about his karate inspirations, being bullied in 3rd grade and roundhouse kicking his nemesis in the ear, the ever-presence of attackers and what they would do with the $1 million grand prize should they win America’s Got Talent. “We would build the Roger Baker Taekwondo and Pizza, Pensacola, Florida, Fountain County.” Off camera, Dustin Britton (Dustin’s Dojo) and Ed Kent (Terry Terry) talked about their backgrounds and the events that led up to their premier. They met through their church, where Britton is the youth minister. When they heard that America’s Got Talent

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was doing auditions in Indianapolis, they came up with these two characters and fleshed out the skit on the drive over to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. “We were in character all day long,” said Britton. “The producers didn’t know what to think of us. At the end of the day, I broke down and laughed when he questioned my ‘world record’ for full extension punches thrown in 60 seconds. The entire room erupted.” Their act is like watching Napoleon Dynamite trying to understudy Bruce Lee. Dustin’s Dojo speaks loudly, as if you’ll believe him if he says it with pronounced authority. Terry Terry, whose name is a spoof on local horror movie host Sammy Terry, looks around aimlessly, trying to spot attackers. “Only locals would get the Sammy Terry reference,” Kent said with a laugh. With their newfound fame, Britton has created a website at DustinsDojo.com where he posts exercise videos, karate demonstrations and merchandise including a “Roger Baker’s Taekwondo and Pizza, Pensacola, Florida” t-shirt. As for America’s Got Talent, the two will be making their second-round appearance sometime in July. Be sure to watch on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. for their New York debut.

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INDIANA’S NEW SECOND CHANCE LAW Writer / Mario Massillamany

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SUCCESS HOW JAY LOVE’S TECH FIRM COULD TRANSFORM LAWRENCE

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with energy and show everyone else ‘we can do this,’ it helps them coalesce around a strategy and to get them focused on ‘let’s do more,’” explained Hays, who is also a co-founder of Slane Capital, a local business investment firm. “It allows the community to really focus on attracting other businesses and get behind certain incentives and certain strategies to make that happen,” Hays added. It’s an opportunity Love embraces. “Being a Lawrence resident, I hope we are part of bringing revitalization to this area. It would only take two or three companies like Bloomerang to make a huge difference here.”

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e could have set up shop just about anywhere. Jay Love’s software company is, like most tech startups, dependent largely on the Web and a staff of software engineers and sales people. Having already successfully launched another tech company (eTapestry), Love knows what it takes to survive and thrive— and where to locate such an enterprise. Jay Love chose Lawrence. Bloomerang is Love’s current project, located in a former army post building just off of 56th Street near CVS. He and the tech staff provide a software suite to help not-forprofit companies manage their fundraising: “All the recordkeeping, including keeping track of all the financial transactions associated with their fundraising, all the details about every person, company and foundation in the database, and also all their communications,” Love explained in a recent conversation at the firm’s headquarters. “It does all the emails, all the letters. It really becomes the lifeblood of all the revenue generation for small and

medium-sized not-for-profits. We work all over North America.” Why Lawrence? “We knew it was a convenient location. It’s a straight shot down from Fishers; people in Hancock County can get here without getting involved in the I-465 mess. And Broad Ripple people can come right across 56th Street,” he said. While he’s primarily focused on Bloomerang’s continued growth (the company adds one employee a month, and has exceeded initial revenue projections by 150 percent), he also keeps an eye on Lawrence and its growth. “I think this area offers a lot of untapped potential. It’s very economical for the office space. Where else are you a few blocks from one of the largest state parks, that provides amenities for a very economical season pass? And, we like the fact that it has the feel of a college campus here.” Gerry Hays, a business professor at IU Kelley School of Business, thinks Bloomerang’s presence in Lawrence is significant. “It’s all about energy…and for a startup company to infuse that community

There are, however, challenges. Creating an attractive mix of work and play amenities is key to attracting additional startups. “I think we’re moving in the right direction, but perhaps at a glacial pace. Can you imagine streets with these traffic counts in Hamilton County or Broad Ripple, how fast they would have built in? It’s a shame we don’t take this image and turn it into something special,” Love noted. Chris Barnett heads the Lawrence Community Development Corporation, which supports the public and private sectors with business development and retention strategies, and selling Lawrence as a business destination. “We build on the strengths,” he said. “Part of it is often a self-reinforcing movement. First, one [new business] comes and a second, and then people get new ideas and start new companies. The amenities don’t change because they have a new idea. They already know the place and are more likely to stay and work,” Barnett added. “Other entrepreneurs want to be around proven companies, so I think it’s a real advantage for Lawrence. I really think you could see [Bloomerang] spawning the next generation of companies in Lawrence,” Hays offered. For Hays, a key task for city leadership is to lift up firms like Bloomerang—to be intentional about telling the success stories. “A rising tide lifts all boats,” Hays explained, citing ExactTarget as an example of success leading to spin-

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“ Being a Lawrence resident, I hope we are part of bringing revitalization to this area. It would only take two or three companies like Bloomerang to make a huge difference here.” —Jay Love off firms. “I could see the same thing happening for Lawrence.” Love has a wish list that he said would contribute mightily to attracting more tech firms to Lawrence. “What would help us a lot on hiring and recruiting is if they could finish filling in the main town part of Lawrence with the Reuse Authority,” adding that he understands the recent economic challenges have contributed to slower-than-expected growth. But he likes what he sees in the city. “I think there are a lot of sound economic and cultural-related reasons for people to be here. The first time I take a potential employee into the state park, it’s like taking them to New York and looking at skyscrapers—and it’s just five minutes away!” Love’s thinking is long-term, hopeful that Bloomerang will bloom into an employer of 200 or so workers. In the meantime, he’s content improving his product while adding techies who earn well above Marion County’s average salary. Jay Love could have gone anywhere. He chose to stay home in Lawrence. atLawrence.com / JULY 2014 / LAWRENCE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER / 19

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RECYCLE, REUSE, RESTYLE, REPURPOSE.

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Reupholstery seems like a lost art—taking grandma’s old floral sofa and redesigning it with new fabrics. It’s too detailed and daunting a task for many people to undertake on their own. But as ‘recycle, reuse and restyle’ is becoming increasingly popular, more people are starting to appreciate the economic and quality values of repurposing older furniture from thrift stores or in the attic. Vitian Robinson, owner of Vitian’s Reupholstery, noted how older pieces not only have memories attached to them, but they’re often more solid, quality-constructed pieces that can be customized for less than the cost of an equally sturdy new piece.

“Look for the bones,” she advised. A broken spring can always be repaired. So can burns, zippers, leather and even covered buttons. In fact, Vitian’s shop also works on boat and car seats and covers, patio furniture and commercial reupholstery projects. The business started in South Chicago, where Vitian’s mom Marian was working on furniture and her aunt was making draperies. Now, Vitian’s daughters Tawanna and Erica work with Marian. It truly is a family business. “The tools and techniques haven’t changed much over the decades,” Vitian pointed out, “but the business part is way different. It’s so much harder being a small business owner now…keeping books, advertising, networking.” She went on to say her biggest

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. competition is actually DIYers who work occasionally out of their garage or basement with no overhead or licensing. “We can fix or finish their projects, too!” she laughed. More people are appreciating the quality and depth of knowledge Vitian’s Shop represents, which has also earned the shop Angie’s List Super Service awards. Each piece is done by hand and can easily last another generation or two. Cost to redo an upholstered

chair is around $375 (dependent on chair and fabric) and a sofa could be $1,200. Then that sofa or chair is much more custom and high-end than anything you could find new in that price range. You’ll also notice covered buttons, trims and cording and other detail work that isn’t always found with big box store furnishings. So, what piece of furniture do you have that deserves a second life? Consider supporting this local business.

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“FORE THE KIDS” GOLF OUTING A BIG SUCCESS The Lawrence Schools Foundation held its 28th Annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament June 5 at Old Oakland Golf Club. The weather was perfect as 41 teams teed off with a noon start. Top finishers included Team City Securities as the winner, while Team Texas Roadhouse, and Team RCR Technologies made the cut for top three. More than $26,000 was raised to fund education programming in Lawrence Twp. Schools. Lawrence Community Newsletter co-publisher and photographer, Kathi Moore, captured these great pictures of the action!

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JULY LOCAL EVENTS

4 / BLAST ON THE BRIDGE BY GEIST LAKE COALITION

5:30 p.m. Bridge closes to traffic / geistlake.org This year’s decoration theme for the boat parade is “Family Movie Night”; must pre-register.

19 / INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMANCE 7:30–8:30 p.m. / Fort Harrison State Park / On the Hill Featuring Hoosier Composer’s Night.

26 / BINFORD FARMER’S MARKET

Every Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon / Lawrence North High School / North Parking Lot 7800 N Hague Rd. / binfordfarmersmarket.com SNAP and Fresh Bucks accepted.

10 / FORT BENJAMIN’S BLOSSOMS GARDEN CLUB

12 / SUMMER E-CYCLE EVENT 18 / PAWS TO READ

11 / SUMMER TEEN FILMS: WARM BODIES (PG-13)

15 / SUMMER FAMILY CONCERTS

“All About Herbs” 1 p.m.: Benjamin Harrison YMCA / 5736 Lee Rd. Guests Welcome; membership is not needed

3 p.m. Lawrence Library / 7898 N. Hague Road 317-275-4460 Teens are invited for a free showing of the film “Warm Bodies” (PG-13). A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection.

11 a.m.–3 p.m. CDM Computers / 7340 E. Washington St. Come recycle your e-waste; old computers and other electronics. Kids can plant a seed and eat a healthy snack.

6:30 p.m. Lawrence Library / 7898 N. Hague Road 317-275-4460 Children of all ages and families are invited to jam in any language this summer. This concert will be presented by the Heartfelt Trio, featuring music from the American jazz and pop songbook.

1–2 p.m. Lawrence Library / 7898 N. Hague Road 317-275-4460 School-aged children who are reluctant readers are invited to read to a registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories. It’s a wonderful way to improve a child’s reading skills and self-confidence.

23 / BRAG YP AFTER HOURS

5:30–7:30 p.m. Alibis Bar & Grill / 7381 N Shadeland Ave. BRAG Young Professionals (YP) is a new initiative aimed at engaging the young and “young at heart” in the Binford Redevelopment and Growth area. bragyp.com

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