More food funding for Indy neighborhoods

More funding for food assistance is coming to Indianapolis neighborhoods. Partnership for a Healthier America will grant more $600,000 for the effort to give 1,000 families fresh food boxes. This is the second summer Indianapolis has benefited from the organization’s Good Food for All program. The Indianapolis Office of...
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Local agencies receive grants to help residents with basic needs

Fourteen Indianapolis-based organizations will benefit from grants through Glick Philanthropies. It’s part of the Glick Community Relief Fund, established to support organizations helping individuals and families affected directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund identifies organizations meeting basic needs like food access, transportation, emergency shelter, utility assistance,...
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Local organization works to preserve Indiana Black historical sites

A local organization wants to see two Indiana Black historical sites remain visible for future generations. Urban Legacy Land Initiatives, or ULLI, plans to focus on Indiana Avenue and Fox Lake vacation resort in Angola. The resort was built in 1928 for African-Americans who were not allowed to vacation at white resorts. ULLI President Claudia Polley explained the group’s mission.

Fresh Veggie program makes a splash at select Indianapolis parks

Fresh fruits and veggies are offered for free at some Indy Parks locations this summer. Fresh Veggie Summer targets food desert areas with limited healthy food access in Marion County. Free fruit and veggies are available at two pools, Frederick Douglass in Martindale-Brightwood and Willard Park on the Near East side.

Multi-million dollar Esports facility at Butler University opens soon

Butler University’s Esports Park will open this fall. Spokesperson Marc Apple said the multi-million dollar, 7,500-square-foot facility on campus will connect competitive and recreational gaming and adds curriculum to support a new minor in esports communication. “The esports facility has broadcast production capabilities in it for live events so...

Binford Boulevard ramp to I-465 will close for 3 years

Access to Interstate 465 from Binford Boulevard will be restricted beginning next week. The Indiana Department of Transportation said the northbound Binford Boulevard on-ramp to westbound I-465 is scheduled to close Tuesday morning. The ramp will remain closed for about three years to make room for construction work and improve traffic flow in the area during the Clear Path 465 project.

Crowds expected downtown for 4th of July Fireworks

Large crowds are expected in downtown Indianapolis for the 4th of July fireworks show. Downtown Indy Inc. spokesperson Max Wing said there will be roughly 3,500 fireworks all synced to music. The launch site is next to the Regions Tower, 500 N. Meridian St. “For some of those optimal viewing...

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will host naturalization ceremony

Around 80 people will become American citizens at Indiana's only Presidential Site. Judge Sarah Evans Barker will preside over the naturalization ceremony at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis at 10 a.m. Friday. “It’s such a moving ceremony and to see the happiness in everyone’s face and the pride...

Judge denies Bail Project’s request to pause Indiana law

A federal judge denied a motion to stop a new Indiana law from going into effect Friday that blocks charitable organizations from paying a person's bail to get them out of jail. House Bill 1300 was signed into law earlier this year, and creates restrictions for nonprofit bail organizations like...

Street reconstruction starts as part of larger city investment

The second phase of reconstructing targeted Indianapolis residential streets is underway. The Circle City Forward initiative allocates $25 million to rebuild neighborhood streets most in need. Construction on five of the contracts starts this week as part of the effort to tackle a complete street rehabilitation. Department of Public Works...

Another Knozone Action Day declared for Indianapolis

Indianapolis will have its sixth Knozone Action Day of the season on Wednesday. The city's Office of Sustainability declared the Knozone Action Day, noting the possibility of poor air quality and temperatures topping 90 degrees. Residents can limit heightened ozone levels by not using gas-powered lawn equipment, avoiding idling while...

IMPD releases body camera footage from in-custody death of Herman Whitfield III

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has released body camera footage of an in-custody death that occurred in April. Herman Whitfield III, 39, died on April 25 after being tased by IMPD officers. His autopsy and an official cause of death are still pending. Whitfield’s parents called 911 requesting an ambulance because their son was having a “psychosis.”

How growing up as a Black girl in Indy inspired the new National Youth Poet Laureate

This year’s National Youth Poet Laureate is recent Indianapolis high school graduate Alyssa Gaines. Since third grade, Gaines has participated in the Indianapolis Youth Poet Laureate program through the location organization VOICES. Now as the national youth poet laureate, she will spend the next year leading writing workshops, speaking and performing at cultural events across the country, as well as writing a monthly blog hosted by the Library of Congress. Gaines will attend Harvard University this fall.

After years of planning and months of construction, the new Native American Galleries opens to the public Saturday

The Eiteljorg Museum’s newly redesigned Native American Galleries will open to the public this weekend. Spokesperson Bryan Corbin said an eight-month, six-million-dollar project will showcase a dramatically different presentation of native art. “The artworks are organized thematically under the themes of relation, continuation and innovation and really show the...

Indy commission seeks to ‘uplift the Black man,' address disparities

A commission that explores the social and economic conditions of Black men in Indianapolis presented its first report this week. The Indianapolis Commission on African American Males was established in 2020 by the City-County Council. The commission was originally established in the mid 2000’s and revived following the summer 2020 protests over racial equity.

Activists and housing experts discuss protecting communities during event

Activists and housing experts discussed Indianapolis housing inequity, past and present, during a panel discussion at the Herron School of Art and Design on Wednesday. According to the US Census Bureau, 65% of whites in Marion county own a home, compared with just 39% of Hispanics and only 34% of Black residents. Those numbers are lower even than the state average.