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Government group honors two HamCo communities

October 7, 2013
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Officials in Fishers and Westfield are collecting awards Monday from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
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Roundup: Westfield cafe closes; plus new pho, fro-yo, BBQ and baked goods

October 4, 2013
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Marlow’s Café closed in September after more than three decades on State Road 32 in Westfield, and a new restaurant is set to take over the breakfast-and-lunch spot.
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Upscale hotel, restaurant planned for I-465 interchange

October 3, 2013
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St. Louis-based Drury Hotels Co. is planning a 10-story hotel and stand-alone restaurant for 10 acres of undeveloped land overlooking Interstate 465 on the southern edge of Carmel.
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Builder plans trailside community in Carmel

October 2, 2013
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M/I Homes of Indiana wants to build as many as four dozen homes on 15 acres of beachfront property in Carmel: undeveloped land along the Monon Greenway.
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Hamilton County program builds community insight

September 30, 2013
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Confession time: I’ve played hooky from my regular reporting duties twice in as many months—and I plan to do it again. (And again and again.)
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Is Fido clamoring for a trip to the mall?

September 27, 2013
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Officials at Clay Terrace in Carmel are working on plans to open a dog park on a vacant patch of land along U.S. 31, south of St. Vincent Sports Performance.
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Wonder what suburban residents need? Just ask

September 26, 2013
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Three years after its first citizens' survey set helped officials set priorities for the growing community, Noblesville leaders are preparing to ask again.
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Noblesville weighs tax breaks for growing robotics firm

September 25, 2013
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A 10-year-old company that designs and builds robotic systems for industrial clients plans to invest nearly $2 million to build and equip a facility in Noblesville Business Park.
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Fishers seeking to reinvent itself with redevelopment

September 23, 2013
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There’s more to transforming Fishers than bricks and mortar. It’s just as important for the soon-to-be-city to fill the new buildings with the businesses and residents who bring a community to life.
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Retail roundup: Stone-oven pizza in Carmel, expanding burger joints

September 20, 2013
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Former Egyptian Cafe owner Mohey Osman is opening a Naples-style pizzeria in Carmel. Plus: new locations in the works for Bagger Dave's and Bub's Burgers, Aldi and Jimmy John's.
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Shapiro's site in Carmel draws two bids

September 19, 2013
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Two would-be buyers submitted wildly divergent offers for the former Shapiro’s Delicatessen in Carmel City Center. Bidders also were asked to disclose how they intend to use the property.
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Car lot to anchor 52-acre Noblesville development

September 18, 2013
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Auto dealer Terry Lee wants to build a Hyundai dealership on eight acres of flood-prone property at a key intersection in Noblesville as part of a larger project. How will the city help?
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Sneak a peek at The Depot mixed-use project in Fishers

September 17, 2013
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Construction fencing is up and trees are coming down in front of Fishers Town Hall in preparation for next month’s groundbreaking on The Depot at Nickel Plate, a mixed-use project that officials hope will launch a wave of downtown redevelopment.
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New day dawning for Noblesville's Uptown Cafe

September 13, 2013
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The landmark Uptown Café in downtown Noblesville is expected to reopen next month with new operators behind the counter.
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Hamilton County tackling $47M wish list, more to come

September 12, 2013
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Hamilton County is poised to pay off decades-old debt tied to a jail expansion and judicial center construction, but it has more than $50 million in projects waiting in the wings.
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Carmel pharmaceutical firm eyeing move to Noblesville

September 11, 2013
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A Carmel institutional pharmacy could move its growing drug repackaging operation to Noblesville’s Corporate Campus if city leaders sign off on $225,000 in tax breaks.
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Not-for-profit weighs hiring Carmel redevelopment chief

September 10, 2013
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A month after a split Carmel City Council decided not to extend a $100-per-hour consulting deal for longtime Carmel Redevelopment Commission boss Les Olds, another organization is considering hiring him to keep city redevelopment projects on track.
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Mexican chain Chuy's planning Noblesville location

September 10, 2013
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Growing Texas-based restaurant chain Chuy’s plans to open its second Indiana location next summer in a new building at Hamilton Town Center.
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Carmel council seeking 'autonomous' arts grants process

September 6, 2013
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Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard does not support a City Council effort to shift control of the city’s annual arts grants from his office to the Center for the Performing Arts.
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Zionsville microloans open financing avenue for town's businesses

September 4, 2013
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A $23,000 loan allowed Patrick's Kitchen in downtown Zionsville to reopen on solid financial footing after a fire last year. Now organizers of the town's fledgling microloan program are looking for other businesses to help.
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Friday fun: Celebrating pork

August 30, 2013
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There’s still time to hit the gym in preparation for the Tipton County Pork Festival, an annual excuse to indulge in all things porcine.
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Fishers' town manager exploring mayoral run

August 26, 2013
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Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness’ job is going away at the end of next year, but he’s hoping voters keep him on in a different role: mayor.
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Friday fun: Dog Day Afternoon

August 23, 2013
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Humane Society for Hamilton County's summer fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers. The “Parade of Paws” dog walk starts at 1:30 p.m., and the “Woofstock” entertainment stage opens at 2.
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Pepsi signs on as Grand Park's official thirst quencher

August 23, 2013
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PepsiCo will pay $2 million for a decade of exclusive “pouring rights” at Westfield’s sprawling Grand Park Sports Campus. The drink maker’s iconic brands—including on-field staple Gatorade—will be available at the park’s eight concession stands.
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Ex-Greenfield mayor to run for Fishers council

August 22, 2013
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Former Greenfield Mayor Brad DeReamer is giving up on retirement, announcing his candidacy for Fishers City Council.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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