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Musical Family Tree

Writer / Kara Reibel Ten years ago, Jeb Banner was transferring music from cassettes to digital. He had a group of them done and was attempting to share the music to some friends via email. This method was horribly inefficient, so he worked out a solution. Banner bought a domain, used his computer as the server, and set up a family tree to see the relationship of those using the site. “I sent a link to 4-5 musician friends and it just snowballed organically,” said Banner. Through word of mouth by followers and fans of local bands, Musical Family Tree ...

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What’s More Fun Than a Party?

Now that the flurry of the holidays has passed us, many of us just want to sit on the couch and break open the first disc of that DVD set we got for Christmas and hibernate for winter. And while our minds may be looking ahead to spring and warmer weather, one of the best ways to keep the winter blues away is to be with our friends and family! Don’t let the bleak winter temperatures outside give you the blues! January is the perfect time to throw a party! Your Girls About Town ventured out and hit the B1G ...

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Bishop Chatard High School Wins VEX Robotics City Championship

Writer  /  Janet C. Striebel The Bishop Chatard Robotics Team recently won the Third Annual City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Trobotics Team (blending of “Trojans”  Chartard’s mascot and “robotics”) was awarded their large trophy on November 16, 2014, after competing among 49 other high school teams. “We’ve been working on the robot since September 3 for about three hours a week,” says senior Joe Bormann. “The really rewarding part about being on this team is the success we’ve had so far. Last year did not go well and it feels really great to ...

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Gary Hofmeister, Renaissance Man

Writer / Kara Reibel A World Traveler With National Political Interests and a Love of his Local Roots. Looking closely at the painting behind Gary Hofmeister, which is an original influenced by turn of the 20th century Indianapolis, you can see a building on the right with “Hofmeister Jewelers” advertised along the side. In actuality, Hofmeister started his jewelry business 42 years ago in 1973, not in 1903, as the painting suggests. “I commissioned that painting while in Russia,” shares Hofmeister. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Hofmeister was part of a contingency who spread capitalism throughout the former ...

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Business In Blue Jeans

Writer / Kara Reibel Listening to executive coach Susan Baroncini-Moe, CEO of Business in Blue Jeans, I find myself laughing at her interpretation of her “no-good very bad week”. It was humorous because there wasn’t anything actually “bad” about it. “Yes, I know, right?” jokes Baroncini-Moe. Her speech was for Fail Fest, a recent symposium on the culture of failure in entrepreneurial business put on by Launch Fishers. Baroncini-Moe’s “My No-Good, Very Bad Week” was a funny play on a series of events that were not actually bad. However, someone could have spun the experiences in a negative way, which ...

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Andre Jefferson, Stick Bomber!

Writer / Kara Reibel Inquisitive by nature, home-schooled Broad Ripple teenager Andre Jefferson has thrown himself into every interest he’s had since he was three. It began with dinosaurs. His knowledge of these prehistoric creatures would impress any paleontologist. Shortly thereafter, he mastered the Lego building instructions for any given set. He was fascinated by how things worked. Things really got interesting when he saw a video by the Kinetic King. Andre then learned how to build a “cobra” kinetic chain using popsicle sticks. One of Andre’s interests is videography. He began posting videos to YouTube when he was nine ...

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New Year, New Shoes

Writer  /  Jimmy Girot BlueMile’s New Running Shoes and Expert Advice BlueMile knows running shoes. If you have spent any considerable amount of time in Central Indiana or even Louisville since 2000, then you have likely heard of BlueMile. From walkers and novice runners to experienced runners and multi-sport athletes, many people trust BlueMile with a critical component of their performance – their shoes. We know shoes are important, but why are they so important and how do we choose the right pair? I met Evan, a seasoned associate and expert at the BlueMile store in Fishers, to discuss running ...

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Indianapolis Public Library Offers New Printing Services

Printing just got even easier at the Lawrence, Glendale and other branches of The Indianapolis Public Library. The libraries are now offering mobile printing from any Internet-connected smartphone – iOS, Android or Blackberry – from anywhere in the city to print documents at the branches. The new service is meant to help meet the demand for such services and helps the library increase connectivity to users. There are two ways to use the service. One being the library’s website and other is their free app, PrinterOn, which is available from Google Play or iTunes. From there users just decide where ...

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It’s Time to End the War on Fat

Writer  /  Dr. Christy Watson  .  Photographer  /  Lori Kopplod How many times have you read or been told that fat is enemy No. 1 and should be avoided? Diets are simply based on calories in versus calories out and all calories were created equal. This was the message given to the public in the early ’80s. The dietary food pyramid was based on grains and carbohydrates, with little fat or protein. It was a diet that was supposed to make us healthier, to lower our risk of heart disease. Twenty years later the results are in, and the low-fat ...

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Military Students Return for the Holidays

During the holidays, college students return home during their mid-year breaks to reunite with families and friends. It’s also a time when Naval Academy Midshipmen return from Annapolis and convene for the annual Indiana All Academies Ball with fellow military families from Indiana. This year’s chairperson of the event, Jose Alejos, has strong ties to the military and happens to live in one of the officer’s homes at historic Fort Benjamin Harrison. Alejos enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1979 and served 10 years. Following their father’s footsteps, his sons Marco and Andres graduated from Lawrence North High School ...

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