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All She Wants to Do Is Teach Dance

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Zionsville Woman With Illustrious Past Teaches New Generation of Dancers Writer / Rebecca Wood Photographer / JJ Kaplan Kirsten Ferger believes she has a calling, a duty of sorts. She feels a deep responsibility to pass along the art form that has played a dominant role in her life. Ferger is a former professional dancer with a distinguished resume that includes performing with prestigious ballet companies and the “who’s who” of the dance world. Today, at age 54, Ferger is pouring that experience into teaching the next generation of dancers at the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel. Dancing has ...

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Russian Festival

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On Sunday, May 22, the second annual Russian Festival will take place on the campus of University High School in Carmel. The Festival is organized by the volunteers of the Russian School of Indiana to raise funds for the school’s programs and activities. The Russian School of Indiana – a Sunday enrichment program – started in the summer of 1993 literally under a tree in an Indianapolis apartment complex. The new immigrants from Russia, Moldova, Ukraine and other former Soviet Union republics were concerned with the rapid deterioration of connections to their children. The kids were learning English and losing ...

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Carmel Bike Safety Awareness

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Writer / Janelle Morrison The warm weather is upon us, and May is officially “Bike Month” in Carmel. The city is pleased to announce the launch of their Carmel Bike Safety Awareness initiative this month. Geared at promoting biking while biking safely, the city wants to educate the cyclists and motorists on how we can share the roads safely. David Littlejohn, AICP, Alternative Transportation Coordinator for the Department of Community Services for the City of Carmel provided an overview of the city’s latest initiative. “The city has been recognized as a ‘Bicycle-Friendly’ community by the League of American Bicyclists since ...

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IndyMom.org Working to Create a Village for Single Moms


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / JJ Kaplan Diana Ratcliff, the founder of IndyMom, is all about connecting single mothers in order to build a stronger community. After living in Germany for 6 1/2 years and the birth of two children, she and her husband divorced. While her husband remained in Germany, Ratcliff moved to Indianapolis with her children, and she rebuilt her life as an independent mother. Ratcliff was married at 25 and left Washington, D.C., so that her husband could attend law school in Baltimore. She left behind a successful career in politics where she had worked on ...

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Collecting with Confidence


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / JJ Kaplan Perhaps it is time to replace the prints hanging on the walls with original art. Collecting art can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin and what is available within your budget. The good news is there is affordable, original, quality art on the market, and there are local gallerists who are as passionate about promoting art as they are educating their buyers. Dianne Wright, co-founder of Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery, has a passion for promoting original art. Along with her co-founder, Jane Coats Eckert, Wright brings a carefully ...

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Business Spotlight: LearningRx

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Four Years and Still Going Strong Alex Koenig was the subject of a LearningRx Business Spotlight story in the June 2013 issue of the Fishers Community Newsletter. Many things have changed since then. The magazine is now called the Fishers Magazine, Alex is now 10 years old and in the fourth grade and due directly to the remarkable results Alex’s mother, Heather, saw in her daughter after completing the Learning Rx program Heather now owns the Learning Rx office. In the 2013 story, Heather described Alex before the Learning Rx experience as follows: “At school and home, Alex was experiencing ...

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Gleaners Announces Shoe Guys for May Event


The Third Annual Wine Women & Shoes (WW&S) event, presented by USA Funds, is a day of fashion and wine in support of the Gleaners BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program. This year’s sold-out event will help Gleaners pack enough BackSacks to feed 1,500 kids for a year, but even with that help, our work isn’t done. Fighting childhood hunger is a passion for many, but for the WW&S Shoe Guys, it’s a cause worthy of their time and effort in spreading the word and raising funds! Shoe Guys volunteer before and during the event to help raise money and compete ...

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Two Indiana Youth Honored for Volunteerism at National Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank pays tribute to Carmel and Schererville students WASHINGTON, D.C. – Indiana’s top two youth volunteers of 2016, Kamna Gupta, 18, of Carmel and Esha Mishra, 14, of Schererville, were honored in the nation’s capital last night for their outstanding volunteer service during the 21st annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Kamna and Esha – along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – each received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National ...

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Building a Legacy While Building Up Communities


The Story of Justin and Jeff Writer  /  Janelle Morrison Photographer  /  JJ Kaplan Carmel residents Justin Moffett and Jeff Langston, founders of Old Town Design Group, are leaving footprints all over the city of Carmel. Moffett, an experienced local developer, and Langston, an experienced construction manager, combined their 30 years of award-winning home design experience and created their company in 2008, amidst the country’s second most devastating economic downturn in its history. Old Town Design Group flourished while most of its competition floundered. What was it that made its business successful and one the fastest-growing home construction companies in ...

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Pippa Mann #GetInvolved at the Indy 500


Pippa Mann is used to attracting attention for her athleticism rather than for the color of her clothing or race equipment. That all changed back in 2014 when she formed her partnership with Susan G. Komen. Mann was inspired initially to change her decade-long red and yellow helmet to pink with the intent of donating it as a fundraiser for the Komen Central Indiana auction. But realizing the Indianapolis 500 was, in Mann’s words, “a massive national sporting event,” she and her team owner, Dale Coyne, presented their idea to Komen’s national organization. By the time they were done, they ...

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