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A Cool Concoction

Former Colts Guard Opens Indiana’s First Rita’s Italian Ice Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Former Indianapolis Colts guard, Donald Thomas, is willing to bet he can find more than a few flavors you will love at Rita’s Italian Ice in Fishers. “We spend a lot of time coming up with flavors that have a wide appeal to a lot of different people,” Thomas says. “So far, we gave been a big hit with kids and adults. One of the things I love about owning a business like this is that everyone comes in here happy and already ...

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A Lucky Accident

June’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: Dave Hawkins Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing On December 5, 2012, Dave Hawkins, a CPA, had just finished a grueling two-day tax seminar when he got into his car to head home. “It was dark, but the roads were dry,” Hawkins says. “I remember looking up and seeing this car going off the road.” Before he had time to process what was happening, Hawkins’ vehicle collided, head-on, with the other. Though he was fortunate to not sustain internal bleeding or severe injuries, he suffered six broken ribs — a pain so searing that Hawkins likens it to ...

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Stories From the ER

Indy Doctor and Author Named LinkedIn’s Top Voice in Healthcare Writer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Dr. Louis Profeta has practiced emergency room medicine for 24 years at St. Vincent Hospital. He teaches emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, is also an expert on mass casualty preparedness and has testified to the U.S. Congress on the topic. He knows a thing or two about the ER environment. The emergency room offers a window into society’s deepest issues, heroin addiction, end of life choices as well as observations from his experiences. Profeta knows that we have ...

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InFocus Sports Training Helping Athletes Reach Full Potential

Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The staff at InFocus Sports Training LLC firmly believe in their message of “cultivating athletic excellence” as its foundation. InFocus Sports Training, located in The Sparta Training Academy, 10080 E. 121st Street, Fishers, Ind., specializes in football training for athletes of all levels and ages, from NFL players to elementary school kids. “We really want people to come in here and be the best they can be,” says Levar Johnson, Director of Football Operations and Quarterbacks. “We love seeing people gain more confidence and improve themselves.” InFocus offers quarterback training, speed and ...

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Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes: Creating Your Outdoor Getaway

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger For the past 11 years, owner Rob Delaby and his staff have been creating luxurious outdoor living spaces for their customers. Since he bought the Fishers/Fortville area business, formerly known as Shane’s, Delaby’s vision has been to change the name of the business to reflect who they really are and what they really do. As of May 2017, the business is now called Oasis Outdoor Living and Landscapes. “The new name truly represents our commitment to creating stunning outdoor living spaces for Central Indiana,” Delaby says. “We want to give our customers an outdoor oasis.” Oasis ...

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Fishers Arts Crawl Coming July 14

Event Will Showcase More Than 40 Local Artists and Performers Writer  /  Jocelyn Vare Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer & Provided Visitors who attend Arts Crawl in Fishers’ downtown will be tempted to sprint, not crawl. The Nickel Plate District jam-packs more than 40 artists and performers into a three-hour free event on Friday, July 14. The square mile area becomes a bustling arts zone from 6 to 9 p.m. for the annual event. Businesses and public spaces become the galleries and stages on a full walking route. An eclectic mix of art and music are discovered around every corner. Visitors ...

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Rails Craft Brew and Eatery Rolls Down the Track to Fishers

Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Barry Abes, managing partner of Rails Craft Brew and Eatery, had a nice problem before his Fishers restaurant opened in May. He and Rails Restaurant Partner David Lawrence consistently had people asking when the new establishment, located at 13578 East 131st Street, at Saxony in Fishers, was going to open. “Not a day went by before our opening that a couple of dozen different neighbors didn’t stop by to peek their heads in, and say ‘Hi!’ The word on the street is everyone’s talking about it,’” Abes said. Rails has other locations ...

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70-Acre Waterfront Park Coming to Geist

Fishers Mayor announces largest city park yet Writer / Josh Brown Photographer / Brian Brosmer “Buckle up, we’re headed your way.” That’s the message Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness wants to send to residents of the Geist area. Fadness insists that “the long-term vibrancy of the Geist area is critical for the future of Fishers,” and he is doing more than simply talking about it. The mayor is putting a plan in motion that will create more than a small ripple effect on the lake. Dynamic infrastructure projects and initiatives are coming to Geist in a way that residents of the ...

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The Face of Fishers

Local talent to emcee concerts and events in Fishers. Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Danielle DeCapua was vacationing in Florida when her mom told her of an internship that suited her perfectly — spending the summer emceeing concerts and other events in and around Fishers. The position is called “The Face of Fishers,” the town’s Parks & Recreation department created the position and invited graduating high school seniors and current college students to apply. DeCapua, along with 75 other hopefuls, applied. Jordan Patterson, Fishers Parks & Rec events manager, says the creative entries he received were wildly ...

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Fishers Dad of the Year: Todd Fandrei

Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Amy Payne From Todd Fandrei’s perspective as a father of two boys, he feels parenting is all about striking a balance. “The biggest challenge is realizing that it’s their life,” he says. “You have to know when to push them and when not to push them. It’s walking that fine line of trying not to push them into something just because I think they should do it and letting them truly experience something for themselves. It’s trying to step back and not always trying to give them the answers and sometimes letting them figure ...

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