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Ancient Irish Sport Comes Alive In Broad Ripple

Hurling is a big hit at Broad Ripple Park Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photography  /  Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling is a traditional Irish sport that involves driving a ball down a field with a wooden stick in order to score against the opposing team. Created 3,000 years ago as a way to train Irish military, over time it has become modernized, and in the 1880s it became an official regulated sport in Ireland. “It’s a cross between lacrosse and field hockey in that you’re using a stick to move a ball up and down a field,” says Tim Cabeen, ...

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Marketing Pros: Porch Light Public Relations

Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The reason Porch Light Public Relations has thrived as a boutique public relations and marketing firm since it was established in 2013 also happens to be the reason its founders came together to start the company in the first place — to form personal connections. Before the idea of launching a public relations firm had entered either of their minds, founders Myranda Annakin and Jennifer Chan got to know each other through their involvement as parents with Northside Montessori and Spring Mill Elementary schools. Each with three children, the two formed a ...

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Taste of Broad Ripple is Back After 12 Years

Your Guide to All the Taste Has to Offer Writer  /  Jon Shoulders After more than a decade since the last Taste of Broad Ripple festival occurred, the event will be back in full force on June 17 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Organizer Steve Ross says the timing is perfect for an open-air event featuring local food and entertainment to help showcase what he feels is an increasingly well-rounded Broad Ripple Village for residents throughout the city and state. “With what’s been going on recently in Broad Ripple from the new Fresh Thyme to some of the eclectic ...

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Scandinavian Comfort’s Lars Odgaard

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter Scandinavian Comfort has offered unique, modern home decor for more than 33 years. After being located in Castleton for 31 years, owner Lars Odgaard decided to move the business to the heart of where the highest concentration of his customers live — in Broad Ripple. “It’s been overwhelming,” Odgaard says. “The move was fantastic, as we see a big future in Broad Ripple and are very happy with the move.” After having finished high school in Vejle, Denmark, Odgaard got a job with a Danish company that needed expertise in American marketing. ...

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Tea-lovers Unite at HoiTea ToiTea

Writer  /  Stephanie Duncan Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter Don’t miss the new shop that is bringing the tea experience to everyone — HoiTea ToiTea. Located on the corner of Broad Ripple Ave and College Ave, HoiTea ToiTea is a fun place for tea, with tons of seating space, a variety of adorable tea-related retail gifts and fun novelty British phone booths. Alex Harris, the owner of HoiTea ToiTea, developed and appreciation for tea as a child when she would drink tea with her grandmother. “It became a cultural thing where I always wanted to share it with my friends,” she ...

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This Just In

WTHR anchor, Naomi Pescovitz, is right at home reporting in Indy. Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Eyewitness News Weekend Anchor Naomi Pescovitz believes if she can relate to a story, her viewers will too. It’s a belief system that has paid off. After three years at WTHR, Pescovitz has garnered a large following of loyal TV viewers who also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. Viewers relate to her and her interest in a wide variety of people and stories. “I have really enjoyed finding ways to share a good story with people ...

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A Heart for Art

Joyce Sommers Reflects on Career as Indianapolis Art Center Executive Director Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer / Brian Brosmer The professional career of Joyce Sommers, former executive director of the Indianapolis Art Center, can be traced back to a single, serendipitous moment. At age 35, a friend convinced Sommers to join her for drawing classes at a non-profit operation known at the time as the Indianapolis Art League on 31st Street. An art novice at the time, Sommers became a regular and eventually struck up friendships with some of the instructors and fellow students at the facility, which was founded ...

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City Councilor Colleen Fanning Talks Broad Ripple Developments

Writer & Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan Colleen Fanning, one of our city councilors that represent District 2 of Indianapolis, is one of 25 members that make up the Indianapolis city council. She is also a Broad Ripple resident. Recently, there have been some major and exciting developments in Broad Ripple, and Fanning is here to make sure everyone gets up to speed. “As a resident of Broad Ripple, I’m passionate about Broad Ripple since it’s my home neighborhood,” Fanning says when asked about what motivates her as a city council member. “It’s just such a unique cultural district in the ...

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Genesis Sports Performance: Local Go-to For Athletic Training

Bishop Chatard Alum, Graham Wilkerson, is Experiencing Fast Growth with New Training Complex Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The fitness industry has become rather competitive in recent years with Crossfit, Pilates and 24-hour gym facilities sprouting up like clockwork. Nevertheless, Graham Wilkerson, owner of Genesis Sports Performance on North Tacoma Avenue, took the industry by storm less than three years out of college. In 2012, after pursuing a history degree at DePauw University where he lettered in football during all four of his undergraduate years, Wilkerson took a job selling medical devices. A long-time athlete and fitness enthusiast, ...

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Year After Year, Perennials Keep Coming Back!

Writer / Carrie Petty This is the time of year to plant flowers! Flowers bring extra beauty and happiness into our world, and the best kind of flowering plant is the kind that keeps coming back year after year — the perennial. Growing perennials is one of the easiest ways to garden. I have more than 40 varieties of perennials in my yard, I just love them because they give me a great ‘cutting’ selection all growing season long in which to make beautiful floral arrangements. In the summer months, entertaining and gardening life go hand in hand. Purchasing Perennials ...

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