Dear All,

There is still going to be an annual “Back to School Supply Drive” this year.  We are starting later (as have the schools) due to logistics of how to carry off our “Back to School Supply Drive” with COVID-19.  Eagle Creek Park is still partnering with me by allowing us to have drop off locations at the park.  This year there will be two places you may donate supplies – the Earth Discovery Center inside the park which is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and the Eagle Creek Park Office located 7840 W. 56th Street (the white house that sits on the north side of 56th street on the east side of the reservoir) which is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  You do not need to go into the park to drop supplies off at the Park Office.  There are marked boxes just inside at both locations where you can place items.  The Gate Houses can not accept items this year.  We will be collecting supplies until September 23rd.

One of the superintendents told me that the need is even greater this year.  Something else that I imagine will be different this year will be children being able to share supplies or borrow from others as has been done in the past.  So as children move to a new school or supplies get lost or used up there is a greater need throughout the year for replacement supplies as well.  I do hope that you will purchase a few items over the weekend and drop them off next week.  Please be generous with getting some supplies while you are at a store.  There are still some great deals going on right now.  Let’s help some children have the tools they need to be successful in school.  This year is going to be entirely different for them, worrying about having the things they need to do their work should not be part of their day.

I have attached a flyer that reminds you of where to drop off the supplies and when they are open.  Also a list of supplies that are needed.  Please make sure all supplies are new, as we cannot give used or old supplies to the schools. 

If you can pass this information on to others in your neighborhood, workplace, church, etc. it would be greatly appreciated.  The more people who know about this and donate new school supplies the more items we can take to the schools in the area.

A big Thanks goes out to Eagle Creek Park for continuing to be a partner with me on this!  I know a lot of teachers, staff, students, and others appreciate Eagle Creek Park for this as well!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry 

Dear All,
It is time for the next set of “The Twenty IN 20”!  This group highlights places that help make Indiana unique.  It features a wide variety of interesting visits in our State including history, nature, animals, architecture, food, and more.  There are even two sites right here in Indianapolis!  So check them out when you want to explore close to home or throughout the state and discover what makes Indiana unique.
 
Sincerely,
 

Janice McHenry


20 IN 20

Visit Indiana’s The 20 IN 20 

Uniquely Indiana

For Immediate Release


INDIANAPOLIS – (August 4, 2020) – From food to covered bridges, there are so many things that make Indiana unique. Visit Indiana’s next #The20IN20 list features the must-see, must-do treasures of the Hoosier State.

“As Indiana continues to get Back on Track, these 20 attractions are all great reasons for Hoosiers to plan an adventure and be ready to hit the road once they are comfortable,” Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch said.

uniquely IndianaTake a drive to the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. Parke County is home to 31 of Indiana’s 98 covered bridges. Visitors can see the bridges via a self-guided tour. Indiana’s most famous covered bridge and waterfall is at Bridgeton Mill. The dam is nine feet tall and 220 feet long. The bridge itself is 261 feet long.

Among the most iconic foods in Indiana are the pork tenderloin and sugar cream pie. Indiana Foodways Alliance, which features 21 food trails, has a trail dedicated to these foods. In 2018, The Tenderloin Lovers Trail™ was ranked seventh in “10 Best Food & Drink Trails in America” by PopSugar. It features 75 local restaurants. USA Today’s “Best Food Trails in America” ranked the Hoosier Pie Trail™ fourth. It features 20 stops across the state.

There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents. The TV show, The Joy of Painting featuring artist Bob Ross, was filmed by PBS station WIPB in Muncie, Indiana. The studio was set up in the L.L.Ball Home on the property of Minnetrista Cultural Center. The Bob Ross Experience will open in October of 2020, in the same location that it was filmed. There you will see many of his works, the studio, and be able to try your hand at painting.

“Indiana is largely a state of rural communities,” said Misty Weisensteiner, director of Visit Indiana. “Spread across 92 counties, and there are hundreds of destinations that make the Hoosier State special.”

Visit Indiana wants to see your pictures as The 20 IN 20 lists of must-see, must-do Indiana experiences, are released. When you visit a destination from any of the lists, post your photos on Instagram with #The20IN20 for a chance to win a giveaway. Winners will receive one of the following custom items: beanie cap, golf umbrella, beach towel or stadium blanket. Plan your 2020 adventure 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,

This year the Indianapolis 500 will be much different for all, especially those of us here on the west side.  Those who enjoy the race will be watching it on T.V. instead of in person, or maybe you are like my mother who followed it on the radio each year and now can watch it on TV at home.  Those of us on the west side will not need to plan how we get around the Speedway area or I-465 before and after the race (and on other days) due to traffic.  Unfortunately for businesses and many organizations we will not have all the race fans in town who visit restaurants, hotels, stores, and park their cars.  For those who enjoy people watching and many of the other festivities that the 500 usually means, this will not happen.  There are still ways to “Embrace ‘500’ Spirit” though.  The article below tells more and encourages you to go to:  IMS.com/Community for additional information.  Check it out before we hear those famous words to “Start Your Engines”.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

 

Dear All,

I thought many of you may be interested in the information from the update yesterday about Covid-19 and Indianapolis that Mayor Hogsett and Dr. Caine presented.  The release has the new Public Health Order that goes into effect at 12 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14th, as well as other information.  The power point shows a lot of slides with graphs and charts pertaining specifically to Marion County and Covid-19 here.  I hope you find this informative.

Please take care and be safe!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

 

Remember, tonight is “Blue Lights National Night Out” for this year’s “National Night Out Against Crime”.  Hope you will join me in displaying a blue light or two this evening!  Please encourage others to do the same.  See flyer for more information.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry

Dear All,

Many of you and your neighborhoods have had events in previous years for “National Night Out Against Crime” on the first Tuesday in August.  They have always been a great way to get neighbors together in order to get to know each other better and usually serve some food.  It has also been an opportunity for some of our police officers to stop by to introduce themselves and talk with you in a casual setting.  Speedway and Clermont have had activities put on by their police departments for their Towns that have always been well attended and a lot of fun!

This year’s celebration in Indianapolis will be modified due to the Covid-19 restrictions.  It is being changed to a “Blue Lights National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 4th.  We are all being encouraged to turn on an outside blue light that will allow for acknowledgement of this annual police/community engagement, but observe social-distancing.

Hopefully next year we will be able to return back to our normal events in our neighborhoods for this long-standing tradition that is observed in all 50 states and other places throughout the world to promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug, and violence prevention; safety and neighborhood unity.  For this year, though, I hope you will join me in turning on a blue light outside your home on Tuesday, August 4th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Let’s have the area completely full of blue lights outside our homes for “Blue Lights National Night Out”.

Please see the attached flyer from our Northwest District IMPD for information.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry   

Dear All,

Our Northwest District IMPD is holding their monthly Task Force Meeting by an online Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, August 5th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The speakers will be Commander Lewis and the Behavioral Health Unit.  Use the meeting ID:  985 2426 0862 with Password:  3f3jbL to get in.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Hope to “see” many of you at the Zoom Task Force Meeting!  Let’s have a great turnout for our Northwest District IMPD and show that we appreciate them doing this to keep us informed while we cannot meet in person.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry