Dear All,
The next Northwest District IMPD Task Force Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4th, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at their Northwest District Headquarters located at 3821 Industrial Blvd.  This month their program will be presented by Reba Taylor and Ken Cousin from the Marion County Health Department.  Join many of the officers and the Commander as we learn more from their guest speakers.  See the attached flyer for more information.  Hope to see many of you there!
 
Sincerely,
 
Janice McHenry 

Dear All,

The next “Twenty in 20” is out – and what is it about?  Major Sporting Events coming to Indiana.  When talking with folks from other states, and even other countries, and you tell them you are from Indiana, what do they automatically mention about our state – some of our terrific sporting events!  Be it auto racing with the Indianapolis 500 (104th race this year) or the NHRA drag racing (66 years), people know us for these events worldwide.  What else comes to mind – basketball!  Be it the pros playing here in Indianapolis to the many college games and tournaments not only in the Circle City, but throughout the state (and don’t forget about our high school teams, which are not mentioned in the 20 in 20), we are truly a basketball state!  Then we can move on to football and again must recognize our pros and colleges and the great games that are played in our state – and some of the rivals among schools that have gone on for decades.  There are other sports that involve balls that are big in Indiana, and we cannot forget our national past time of baseball.  While we don’t have a major league team, our minor league teams and others certainly do please the crowds in some great newer stadiums to some historic ones that you see on the silver screen.  Don’t forget about golf and soccer.  Other sports that are highlighted including hockey, the Special Olympics, the Diving Team Trials for the 2020 Olympics, and on the water with the Madison Regatta.  A great variety and something for everyone.

These events happen throughout the year, and with ball games following a favorite team can be enjoyed throughout an entire season.  To learn more about the “20 in 20 Major Sporting Events Coming to Indiana” see below and click on the link to read about them all.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry  


20 IN 20

Visit Indiana’s The 20 IN 20 

Major Sporting Events Coming to Indiana

For Immediate Release


INDIANAPOLIS (February 26, 2020) – As the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments are about to descend on Indianapolis, it should be no surprise that Visit Indiana’s sixth list of The 20 IN 20 features sporting events.

“Indiana has built a reputation as one of the best places to host sporting events,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “The world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indy 500, happens every May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we continue to seek more opportunities to showcase our incredible city.”

People from all over come to visit The Racing Capital of the World. The 1,000-acre facility also is home to the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

“Sports tourism is big business for Indiana. That’s why the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) works with Sports Indiana and Indiana Sports Corp to support, enhance and grow sporting events, as well as strengthen bids to attract new business to the state,” said Misty Weisensteiner, director of IOTD. “Last year, the economic impact from the Sports Indiana Grants was almost $20 million.”

sporting eventsFrom auto racing and basketball to championship golf tournaments, put these 20 sporting events in Indiana on your calendar for 2020. All year, Visit Indiana will reveal 20 lists of 20 must-see, must-do Indiana experiences, one at a time.

2020 hat When you visit a destination from any of the lists, post your photos on Instagram with #The20IN20 for a chance to win a giveaway. We will randomly draw 20 winners every other month. Winners will receive one of the following custom items: beanie cap, golf umbrella, beach towel or stadium blanket. Begin your decade with a true adventure in 2020 by completing at least 20 of our 400 must-see Indiana experiences! Find out more about The 20 IN 20 here.

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Dear All,
 With the days slowly getting longer, the sun seems to be peeking out more, and the temperatures not as winter like, it is a great time to spend time getting out
 and doing some things around our State.  There is plenty going on.  Maybe you enjoy birdwatching, having some real Maple Syrup, and what would March in
 Indiana be without basketball tournaments – both high school and college!  A lot to see and do around the State.  Take advantage of the weather when it is nice
 as we all know March winds can blow and there may be snow as we head into basketball championships.
 
 Sincerely,

 Janice McHenry

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Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments

Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments
March 4-15
Bankers Life Fieldhouse     See on Map
Don’t miss the best in collegiate basketball as Indianapolis hosts 14 teams for men’s and women’s Big Ten action. Check out game tickets, community events, and more.
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Upcoming Indiana Festivals & Events
 February 28-29
Marsh Madness Festival
Marsh Madness Festival
Linton     See on Map
The Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival is timed to coincide with the peak Sandhill Crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.
View Event Linton
 February 29 – March 1 & March 7-8
Parke County Maple Fair
Parke County Maple Fair
Rockville     See on Map
Maple syrup camps open. Pancake and sausage meals, maple syrup producers, and more. Free maps to camps and bridges.
View Event Rockville
 February 29 – March 1 & March 7-8
LM Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
LM Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
Salem     See on Map
Come enjoy the farm for delicious pancakes & waffles, finger-lickin’ good BBQ, toe-tappin’ music, tours of the farm, as well as many activities and games.
View Event Salem
 March 6-8
Death by Chocolate
Death by Chocolate Dinner Theatre
Wabash     See on Map
Nick Noir, a Humphrey Bogart wannabe private eye, has fallen on hard times. His botched last case has cost him whatever jobs may have come his way.
View Event Wabash
 March 6
Wine and Dessert Soiree
Wine and Dessert Soiree
West Baden Springs     See on Map
Enjoy the ultimate expression of West Baden Springs Hotel — the luxury of Europe with the warmth of home. Savor three decadent desserts made in-house.
View Event West Baden Springs
 March 7 – April 11
Chocolate Slide
The Chocolate Slide at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Indianapolis     See on Map
Kids and their grown-ups can zoom down a slide that looks like a river of chocolate! Then, try sweet treats & tasty eats in our Chocolate Café.
View Event Indianapolis
 March 7
Michigan City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Michigan City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Michigan City     See on Map
Michigan City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 1pm. The celebration continues with a Pub Crawl at 3:30pm; paddy wagon buses available.
View Event Michigan City
 March 9 – 10
Horizon League Basketball Championship
Horizon League Basketball Championship
Indianapolis     See on Map
The Horizon League will contest its men’s and women’s basketball championship at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 9-10, 2020.
View Event Indianapolis
 March 13-14
Jay County Fiber Arts Festival
Jay County Fiber Arts Festival
Portland     See on Map
Crafters demonstrate processing fibers into yarn, classes, vendors, food, sheep shearing, childrens activities, Kate Larson lecture.
View Event Portland
 February 29, March 14 & 28
Brown County Sippin’ Trip Tour
Nashville     See on Map
Get ready for a unique excursion to the diverse artisan wineries, breweries, and distilleries around Brown County, Indiana!
View Event Nashville
 March 21
Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society
Migration Birding Hike with the Indiana Audubon Society
Porter     See on Map
Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his migration birding series.
View Event Porter
 March 28
6th Annual Indiana Pirate Festival
6th Annual Indiana Pirate Festival
Mishawaka     See on Map
Set sail for the 6th Annual Indiana Pirate Festival! Focusing on the Golden Age of Piracy, there is something to do and see for everyone!
View Event Mishawaka
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Dear All,

It can only come once every 4 years – and that is a February 29th Clean-up!  While the weather may be warmer on Sunday, how about joining me on Saturday, February 29th for a “Leap Year Clean-up”?  We will meet in the parking lot by the Boathouse Grill (southeast corner of 56th Street and High School Road) at 2:00 p.m. and work for about an hour and a half.  Our target area will be the east side of I – 465 to I – 65 on the north side of 56th Street.  If we have enough volunteers we will also target the southeast corner of High School Road and 56th Street as well as the south side of 56th Street by I – 465.  I will provide gloves, trash bags, trash grabbers, and some 5 gallon buckets.

Hope you can join us as we “leap” into this chance to serve our community and make a difference in the way it looks.  Please feel free to forward this to others who may be interested in helping.  After all, this opportunity on February 29th only comes once every four years.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Leap Year Clean-up!

Saturday, February 29th

(only can happen on this day every 4 years!)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Meet in the parking lot by the Boathouse Grill

(southeast corner of 56th Street and High School Road)  

P.S.  The picture is one I had not posted anywhere from our 2nd annual “Super Bowl Cleanup” of some of our volunteers that day.  Check out my web site or twitter for other pictures of that day.

Our second annual “Before the Super Bowl Cleanup” was a huge success, with 22 volunteers coming out to help on what was a beautiful day.

We even had a group of four Pike Firefighters take time to come and help.

It is always fun to talk about some of the interesting finds that are discovered.  Not everything you find would you want to take a picture of like this one.  

Some volunteers were finishing up an area and getting bags put together so they could be picked up later.

As this cleanup was finished, I would like to thank everyone once more who came out to help.  Together we really did make a difference in the area!  I would also like to encourage others to either join us next time, organize your own cleanup with your neighborhood, church, businesses or other group, or pick up a small bag of trash next time you go for a walk or run.  If we all pitched in and helped we would have a much cleaner and more attractive west side.

 

With today, February 22nd, being George Washington’s birthday, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday being February 12th, and honoring President’s Day this past Monday, I thought many of you may enjoy three facts about the three Presidents who during their lives resided in our State.  Hope you enjoy a little bit of history in these tidbits.

 

 

Dear All,

The other day a friend forwarded me the information below about the new equipment that was purchased last year by the City.  Testing will be finished soon and the new equipment will be put out on the roadways then as the weather allows.  As soon as the weather gets better and spring does actually arrive, hopefully we will see a lot of things that were planned and budgeted for last year for 2020 happening.

Please remember to be calling in potholes and other issues to the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 or using the RequestIndy app on your phone.  This is the way that they get put on a list to be addressed.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry  


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INDY DPW WILL SOON UTILIZE NEW EQUIPMENT THAT SUPER-HEATS ASPHALT FOR PAVEMENT SURFACE REPAIR

INDIANAPOLIS—As frigid temperatures and extended periods of precipitation continue to propel street deterioration, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) is soon planning to deploy two new infrared P200 asphalt heaters by Heat Design Equipment, Inc., capable of raising pavement surface temperatures such that asphalt can be easily worked and re-compacted to repair crumbling road segments.

“With the freezing precipitation expected today, along with temperatures nearing zero this week, it’s very timely that we’re finalizing testing on new equipment to repair breakdowns in our asphalt roadways,” said Dan Parker, Director of Indy DPW. “We’re excited to continue putting tools in the hands of our street maintenance crews that go above and beyond simple filling operations.”

Indy DPW expects to complete final testing of the infrared heaters soon, with the new equipment out on Indy’s roadways in the next few weeks as weather allows.

A video of the initial demonstration is available here.

When pavement is dry, each infrared heater will be able to raise full sections of deteriorated asphalt to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing crews to rake over and smooth out cracks and holes before workers tamp down the newly restored street surface. At 3 feet wide, the infrared heater is set on casters so it can be pulled behind a truck, super-heating long segments of pocked pavement to be re-compacted and smoothed.

Fewer cracks throughout an entire stretch of roadway better seals the road against the deterioration that comes when precipitation seeps into asphalt and then freezes.

The new heating process will be most effective when hot-mix asphalt is available to add additional material as necessary to level out a roadway. DPW anticipates hot-mix asphalt may be available from asphalt plants near the end of February or beginning of March, as longer periods of dry weather allow.

This purchase of additional equipment for 2020 follows a pattern of recent targeted investment both in street maintenance equipment and personnel. In 2019, DPW created a dedicated Street Maintenance Team to address deteriorated roadways with longer-lasting strip-patching and resurfacing operations; this new team and its new equipment completed 64 intensive asphalt projects at locations across the county in 2019.

Indianapolis residents are encouraged to identify potholes and other street maintenance issues to Indy DPW by reporting them via either the Mayor’s Action Center hotline or via the City’s online tools. To report a pothole:

  • Call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622; or,
  • ‘Create A New Request’ via RequestIndy by navigating to maps.indy.gov/RequestIndy/ or by downloading the RequestIndy app; or,
  • Use the Indy Pothole Viewer to report a location (maps.indy.gov/indypotholeviewer/) and then view information about where potholes have been reported across the county.

More information on the P200 infrared heater is available at the manufacturer’s website.

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Benjamin Easley
Chief Communications Officer
Indianapolis Department of Public Works
C: 317-850-5190
ben.easley@indy.gov

below about the new equipment that was purchased last year by the City.  Testing will be finished soon and the new equipment will be put out on the roadways then as the weather allows.  As soon as the weather gets better and spring does actually arrive, hopefully we will see a lot of things that were planned and budgeted for last year for 2020 happening.

Please remember to be calling in potholes and other issues to the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 or using the RequestIndy app on your phone.  This is the way that they get put on a list to be addressed.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry  


To view this email as a web page, go here.
INDY DPW WILL SOON UTILIZE NEW EQUIPMENT THAT SUPER-HEATS ASPHALT FOR PAVEMENT SURFACE REPAIR

INDIANAPOLIS—As frigid temperatures and extended periods of precipitation continue to propel street deterioration, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) is soon planning to deploy two new infrared P200 asphalt heaters by Heat Design Equipment, Inc., capable of raising pavement surface temperatures such that asphalt can be easily worked and re-compacted to repair crumbling road segments.

“With the freezing precipitation expected today, along with temperatures nearing zero this week, it’s very timely that we’re finalizing testing on new equipment to repair breakdowns in our asphalt roadways,” said Dan Parker, Director of Indy DPW. “We’re excited to continue putting tools in the hands of our street maintenance crews that go above and beyond simple filling operations.”

Indy DPW expects to complete final testing of the infrared heaters soon, with the new equipment out on Indy’s roadways in the next few weeks as weather allows.

A video of the initial demonstration is available here.

When pavement is dry, each infrared heater will be able to raise full sections of deteriorated asphalt to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing crews to rake over and smooth out cracks and holes before workers tamp down the newly restored street surface. At 3 feet wide, the infrared heater is set on casters so it can be pulled behind a truck, super-heating long segments of pocked pavement to be re-compacted and smoothed.

Fewer cracks throughout an entire stretch of roadway better seals the road against the deterioration that comes when precipitation seeps into asphalt and then freezes.

The new heating process will be most effective when hot-mix asphalt is available to add additional material as necessary to level out a roadway. DPW anticipates hot-mix asphalt may be available from asphalt plants near the end of February or beginning of March, as longer periods of dry weather allow.

This purchase of additional equipment for 2020 follows a pattern of recent targeted investment both in street maintenance equipment and personnel. In 2019, DPW created a dedicated Street Maintenance Team to address deteriorated roadways with longer-lasting strip-patching and resurfacing operations; this new team and its new equipment completed 64 intensive asphalt projects at locations across the county in 2019.

Indianapolis residents are encouraged to identify potholes and other street maintenance issues to Indy DPW by reporting them via either the Mayor’s Action Center hotline or via the City’s online tools. To report a pothole:

  • Call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622; or,
  • ‘Create A New Request’ via RequestIndy by navigating to maps.indy.gov/RequestIndy/ or by downloading the RequestIndy app; or,
  • Use the Indy Pothole Viewer to report a location (maps.indy.gov/indypotholeviewer/) and then view information about where potholes have been reported across the county.

More information on the P200 infrared heater is available at the manufacturer’s website.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Benjamin Easley
Chief Communications Officer
Indianapolis Department of Public Works
C: 317-850-5190
ben.easley@indy.gov

Dear All,

This Friday evening, February 21st, Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes is coming to the west side for a discussion of library services.  This is part of CEO Nytes’ “Love Your Library” annual tour.  Since our Wayne Branch is currently closed for renovation this visit will take place at the Ben Davis High School Area 31 Career Center in Room 107 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The Career Center is located at 1200 N. Girls School Road, the north side of the building.  Hopefully many of you will be able to attend.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry  

Dear All,

Have you had a Hands-Only CPR Class, or would you like a refresher?  On Wednesday, February 26th, the American Heart Association is offering a free half hour class at the Pike Library starting at 1:30 p.m.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn how you may be able to save a life.  Pike Library is located at 6525 Zionsville Road.  The attached flyer has more information.  Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in learning or refreshing this valuable skill.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry    

Dear All,

Just so there is no confusion, Presidents’ Day is not a City Holiday and there will be regular trash service next week.  Wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this so you will put out your trash on your normal day.

In honor of Presidents’ Day several of our museums will be offering free admission on Monday.  If you are able, this is a terrific way to visit these wonderful museums and save money.  They are the Indiana State Museum, the Children’s Museum, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.  The Indianapolis Zoo will be $5.

I would also like to remind you that “Coffee With A Cop” will be on Tuesday, Feb. 18th from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the IHOP located 6901 W. 38th Street (east of Target).  Hope to see many of you there.  Great way to talk with some of the officers and Commander from our Northwest IMPD district one on one.

As you have been driving around I am sure you have noticed how many potholes there are.  With the current freeze/thaw cycles they will continue to develope.  Please report potholes in our district or areas on our city streets that you drive to the Mayor’s Action Center.  You may call during the week to 317-327-4622 or use the app  on your phone.  Help in getting these reported so DPW (Department of Public Works) knows about them and they get filled.

If potholes are on the Interstates, the ramps to the Interstates, or the State Highways outside of I – 465 (Crawfordsville Road and Rockville Road), they need to be reported to INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) at 855-INDOT4U (855-463-6848) orwww.indot4u.com

Hope all this information is helpful to you as you plan your week.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry