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Indy’s “Ambassador of Awesome”

Meet the man behind Chef’s Night Off and Return of the Mac Writer / Mary Ryan Photographer / Jamie Sangar We all remember “that kid” from the neighborhood. The one who was always in trouble on the bus, getting suspended from school or dropping out of school. They’re the one you look back on and wonder, ‘what ever happened to so – and – so? I wonder if they ever figured it out.’ R.J. Wall was definitely that kid. Growing up in Geist Landing and attending Lawrence North High School, he was the one always getting in trouble. Amidst the ...

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The Road to Reading

Jeff Mann’s ROAD Scholars wins MSD Lawrence Township Design Challenge Writer / Joshua Lowe Sixty great ideas. Only one would be the winner. The winning idea would have to be the most innovative and have the most potential to impact not just a single classroom or even a single school — it would have to impact all aspects of Lawrence Township Schools (MSDLT). The project was sponsored by the Lawrence Township School Foundation, which provides teachers with funding for programs not supported by tax dollars. The winning idea, named ROAD Scholars, came from Jeff Mann, a 20-year veteran English teacher. ...

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People Factor: How to Change Company Culture

Writer /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer She’s saving employees, one company at a time. It’s not Undercover Boss, but Sanya Strawser, Owner and founder of People Factor is making bosses pay attention without a disguise. Founded just last fall, Strawser’s start up is a response to the lackluster performance by most companies in the area of employee retention. “Employers often do an adequate job of finding the right candidate for a job opening based on qualifications, but then they fall far short of doing what it takes to retain that employee for the long haul,” Strawser says. With ...

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The Blast Is Back

Annual Blast on the Bridge Features Fireworks, Food and Fun Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer The Fourth of July Blast on the Bridge at Geist promises to be another evening of great holiday fun. The event takes place on Fall Creek Bridge over The Geist Reservoir near The Marina. Brian Hall, president of the Geist Lake Coalition, says there are plenty of exciting and festive activities planned. “We’ll have the best DJ in the State, Sunny Moon, spinning the latest hits,” Hall says. “The Boy Scouts will also make an appearance, and a special guest will be ...

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Indianapolis’ Best Fourth of July Celebrations

Looking for great places to take in some fireworks shows with the family this Fourth of July? There are plenty of shows happening around the area for you and your family to check out. IPL Downtown Freedom Fest Celebrate Independence Day with a bang or a blast! See Indy’s largest fireworks display, shooting from the top of the Regions Bank Tower. This fantastic fireworks show is a local tradition and favorite activity. Bring the entire family downtown for food, music (B105.7, 97.1 HANK FM, and 93.1 WIBC carry the official fireworks soundtrack) and fun that ends in an amazing fireworks ...

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Doc Oak’s Games: Fishers Resident Invents Children’s Games with a New Twist

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Photography  /  Brian Brosmer Fishers resident, Joe Oakley, creates children’s games that help develop positive life skills. He works as a doctor and pathologist at Eli Lilly in oncology research. In his spare time, he works as an entrepreneur, marketing his innovative games — Doc Oak’s Games, which represent a new approach to learning, winning and, of course, having fun. Most traditional games geared for kids are competitive-driven like Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Trouble and Sorry, Joe’s games are cooperative-driven, in that players need to work together to win. The games are easy to learn, ...

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Culinary Adventures In Childhood

Writer  /  Seiji Bryant When I was offered the opportunity to work for Rainbow Station, I immediately knew it was the right place for me. Having worked primarily in fine dining, I knew it would be a change of pace to convince small children, from infant to age 5, to experience the wonderful flavors I had been working with for the previous few years. But having two children myself, I already had an idea of how to get farm fresh foods direct to table. Knowing that Rainbow Station wanted a chef and not someone who could just reheat frozen food, ...

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From Finance to the Fairway

Writer  /  Mary Ryan Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer In the early 1970’s, walking the halls of Lawrence Central you could find Steve Sterrett and his sweetheart, Betty Hall. If you asked him where he would be nearly 40 years later, he might have responded, “Married to my high school sweetheart, and living in Lawrence.” What he probably wouldn’t have said however, was “owning a golf course.” But that’s exactly what happened in June 2016 when Sterrett purchased the Old Oakland Golf Club. Steve is a 1973 graduate of Lawrence Central high school and loved his community so much he’s been ...

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Get Your Growl On: Wooden Bear Brewing opens in Geist

Writer  /  Matt Keating Kurt Sundling, co-owner of the new Wooden Bear Brewing at Geist, 10150 Brooks School Road, believes in keeping things simple. So far, it’s been a great recipe for success. “We have stressed having a casual, laid back atmosphere at both our Greenfield and Geist locations,” Sundling says. “We aren’t fancy or trendy. Those places are great too, but our guests love things the way they are here, and they know they are going to get a great beer and good food.” The Geist location opened in early April and has been embraced positively by their guests. ...

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Indianapolis Yacht Club Welcomes New Renovations

Writer  /  Joshua Deisler Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The arrival of summer means a busy season for the Indianapolis Yacht Club. In the past month, the club has unveiled several new renovations. With its inception in 1956, the Yacht Club has moved from its home at Morse Reservoir to its new location on Geist Reservoir. The Yacht Club offers two types of membership, including social and boating, but the club also offers service to nonmembers, including rental of its facilities. The three level “castle” building dates back to 1989. The top floor includes a loft area that seats up to ...

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