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Pittman plans for 'The Farm' at key Zionsville corner take root

July 16, 2013
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A $90 million mixed-use development proposed for a prominent Zionsville property sailed past its first hurdle Monday night, winning support from the Zionsville Plan Commission.
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Housing market strong in the northern 'burbs

July 15, 2013
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Halfway through the year, home sales are up in Hamilton and Boone counties. So are average purchase prices. Get the details.
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Familiar face returning to Fishers politics

July 12, 2013
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Walt Kelly was appointed to the Fishers Town Council in 1977 and went on to be elected to the position, serving as the panel’s president for 17 years. He resigned more than a decade ago because of professional obligations.
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Roundup: French macarons in Westfield, Italian in Carmel and just-add-meat meals

July 11, 2013
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A European-style bakery is planned for a historic bank building in downtown Westfield. Plus: a Carmel startup's single-serving meal kits and familiar names in Zionsville.
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Split council OKs controversial Noblesville apartment project

July 10, 2013
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The Noblesville Common Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to allow a $55 million apartment community planned for 37 acres just north of the Hazel Dell Crossing retail center.
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Retail roundup: Noblesville sports bar, sushi, doughnuts, pretzels, Burritos & Beer

July 10, 2013
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The former owners of Broad Ripple's Red Room nightclub are opening a Noblesville sports bar. Nemo's leads a retail roundup that also includes five new eateries in Fishers.
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Cozy quarters could cost Hamilton County $11.5M

July 9, 2013
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An outside consultant is evaluating options for relieving the space crunch at the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center, and officials hope to begin building new offices next year.
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Hamilton Town Center roundup: foodie draws and kids' clothes

July 3, 2013
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German oil-and-vinegar purveyor Vom Fass plans a late-summer opening for its first Indiana store at Hamilton Town Center. Two restaurants and a kids' clothing store also are in the works.
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Shuttered Shapiro's space in Carmel 'mothballed' for now

July 2, 2013
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Restaurant operators already have expressed interest in the former Shapiro's Delicatessen location on Range Line Road in Carmel. What's at the top of your dining wish list?
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Friday fun: Free concerts

June 28, 2013
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You can’t swing a dead squirrel north of 96th Street these days without hitting a cooler-and-blanket-toting suburbanite headed for a free concert.
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Developer plans $55M resort-like Noblesville apartment complex

June 27, 2013
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Indianapolis-based Maefield Development Corp. is proposing a 611-unit apartment complex for young professionals on the southern edge of Noblesville, stirring controversy as it seeks to rezone a portion of the property.

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Hamilton County targeting growing sport of archery

June 26, 2013
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Hollywood hits "The Hunger Games" and "Brave" are firing up interest in archery just as Hamilton County’s parks department pulls the trigger on a state-of-the-art range east officials hope will draw major competitions—possibly including Olympic trials.
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Hoosier Village poised to add 100 senior apartments

June 25, 2013
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As baby boomers age, senior communities like Zionsville's Hoosier Village are expanding. Its $22 million luxury apartment building is nearing completion.
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Danny Boy Beer Works brewing plans for Carmel

June 24, 2013
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The owners of Brockway Public House in Carmel are working on plans to open a craft brewery and taproom in the Village of WestClay.
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Friday fun: Balloon rides over Carmel

June 21, 2013
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Marching bands, fried Snickers and balloon rides are on tap for the 25th annual CarmelFest, a July tradition that draws an estimated 50,000 celebrants downtown.
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High-profile Carmel property draws just one bid

June 20, 2013
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Would-be buyers of the former Party Time Rental site in Carmel were asked to pitch plans for a three-story (or taller) mixed-use building featuring first-floor retail and plenty of parking.
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Fishers' mayoral race gets green light

June 19, 2013
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No candidates have emerged yet, but the buzz already has started about who will seek to become the fast-growing community’s first mayor. Voters head to the polls next year.
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Hospital's plans for Zionsville facility hit snag

June 18, 2013
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Witham Health Services has a conditional contract to buy about 11 acres of undeveloped land at the northeast corner of 116th Street and Michigan Road from Christel DeHaan Investments LP, pending a zoning change that would allow for office and retail uses.
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Public art idea: Squirrel stampede

June 17, 2013
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More than 100,000  migratory squirrels sweeping through the area—destroying cornfields as they went—attracted attention in the 1820s, and now a group of emerging Hamilton County leaders is working on a public art initiative inspired by the story.
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Friday fun: iPhone art at Launch Fishers

June 14, 2013
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Although ever-present smartphones have unleashed a creative spirit in many of us, the artists’ work featured in the iCreate show is a far cry from the selfies that fill your Facebook feed.
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Renowned planner shares vision for Carmel's Midtown

June 13, 2013
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Urban planner extraordinaire Jeff Speck presented his vision for Carmel’s Midtown area at a packed Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week, generating buzz for a proposal that has divided the City Council.
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Closeout chain sets sights on Carmel: 'Everybody likes to save a buck'

June 12, 2013
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"Value-oriented" retailer Ollie's Bargain Outlet plans to open a store in Carmel this fall as part of a push into Indiana. How will the market respond?
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Crunching the numbers: Hamilton County homebuilding activity leads region

June 11, 2013
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Builders filed 817 single-family permits in Hamilton County during the first five months of the year. Which community had the most activity? Plus: Boone County stats.
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New rules aim to keep tax revenue flowing

June 10, 2013
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Officials in Fishers and Noblesville have taken steps to protect their commercial tax bases, which are  increasingly important as municipalities cope with the financial realities of the state’s property tax caps. Have they gone too far?
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Friday fun: Nickel Plate Arts Weekend

June 7, 2013
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The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau came up with the ongoing Nickel Plate Arts initiative to support and promote arts experiences in an area stretching from Fishers to Tipton.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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