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Greenwood Plans to Redevelop Local Eyesore

Property adjacent to Greenwood Park Mall could become new park, gateway opportunity The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission (RDC) yesterday took the first step toward purchasing a former strip mall located adjacent to Greenwood Park Mall at 1265 N. Madison Ave. Formerly home to The Patriot’s Grill restaurant, the property has no current tenants and an assessed value nearly cut in half since 2012. Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers says the property has been on the city’s radar for quite some time as an opportunity for significant transformation. “This is a very important piece of land for Greenwood,” said Myers. “The property ...

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Right On Key

Greenwood Community High School music department wins third straight ISSMA All-Department Award Writer / Michelle Kaufman Greenwood Community High School’s music department was recently recognized as a recipient of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA)’s All-Department Award. To qualify for the award, Greenwood’s two concert bands, jazz band and three choirs had to score a gold rating at ISSMA competition. “We’ve qualified for the all-department [award],” says band director Steven Fletcher. “If we didn’t do jazz band, it would be an all-music award because both sides [band and choir] would get it. With the three, we obviously qualify for ...

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GiveDropLeaveIt

Greenwood resident trains service dogs, creates handmade dog bandanas Writer & Photographer / Matt Roberts   What do you do when you have a love for dogs and a talent for crafts? If you’re Danielle Abouhalkah, you dive into a commitment to train service dogs and create an online business that donates part of the proceeds to a non-profit. Danielle both works and attends school full time. But as a lifelong dog lover, she found herself living with a cat in an apartment complex in Florida with a one-pet limit. Training a service dog became both a solution and an ...

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Old Junk to New Treasures

Cottage on Main creates repurposed works of art Writer / Cathy Wendorff Photographer / Amy Payne Helping to revitalize downtown Greenwood is a unique home goods retail store, Cottage on Main, where their passion is creating repurposed works of art from unwanted and damaged items. “I’ve been painting furniture and decorating my whole life, it’s something I’ve always loved,” says retired teacher and owner, Dianna Thompson Massie. In conjunction with Mike Twarogal, her shop manager and son-in-law, Dianna has developed a flourishing family furniture restoration business. Using their self-taught skills and passion for handcrafted projects, the Do-It-Yourself Duo of Dianna ...

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Chill Out In Greenwood This Summer

Greenwood is full of a variety of ice cream shops. Whether you’re looking for a dessert date spot or place to cool off after a day at Freedom Springs, check out these great locations to stay cool this summer. Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream Pinocchio’s has one other location in Sanibel, Florida. The store makes all of their ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbetand sorbetto fresh every day in store. Ice cream cakes are also available. Their hours are Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Satrday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 1011 N State Road 135, Suite F2 ...

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Rock On! Guitarworks Marks 30-Year Anniversary

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Guitarworks, a privately owned music store in Greenwood, celebrates 30 years of helping to make beautiful music. Owner Kevin Franklin founded the store in 1987, but it’s been located at SR135 and Smith Valley Road for the past 22 years. Prior to launching the business, Franklin taught guitar and related instruments, advising students as they progressed in their abilities. “I saw the need for a higher quality and caliber of service in the area,” Franklin says. “Plus, Greenwood was in desperate need for a one-stop-shop music store.” Though the idea to open ...

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Indy Fuel Owners Expand Plans For Greenwood

Proposed deal with Gershman Partners envisions $40 million entertainment, retail center Indy Fuel owners Jim and Sean Hallett are committed to cultivating youth sports in Central Indiana, and the Halletts recently reinforced that message by announcing a proposal to develop a sports and family entertainment destination along Interstate 65 in Greenwood. The proposed project, developed by Hallett-owned Indiana Ice Arenas LLC and Indianapolis-based Gershman Partners, includes more than $40 million of private investment and would encompass 60 acres of long-admired real estate along I-65, south of County Line Road. Both organizations have signed letters of intent with the city expressing ...

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Jennifer Hussung Named Greenwood Teacher of the Year

Southwest Elementary teacher takes home top award Writer / Michelle Kaufman  Greenwood Community School Corporation’s Teacher of the Year was recently awarded to Jennifer Hussung, a second grade teacher at Southwest Elementary. Growing up, Hussung’s would play school with chickens on her family’s farm. Today, she is in her 16th year of teaching and has taught a variety of grade levels. “Second [grade] is definitely my favorite,” she says. “[The students are] starting to really put all of the pieces together. Seeing the students’ growth, the things they were not able to do at the beginning of the year that ...

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Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge Takes Top Spot On Indy A List

Writer / Matt Roberts  Photographer / Brian Brosmer  On a bright spring morning, Jeremiah Floyd unlocks the front door of the Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge. Inside are comfortable couches and brightly colored walls decorated in a nautical theme. It doesn’t look like a typical tattoo and piercing shop. “We don’t want it to look like Satan’s basement,” he says. Jeremiah and his wife Lenny are owners of Salty Siren, located at 480 East Main Street in Greenwood. Open for just over a year, they’re trying to update common perceptions of the industry that include dark, sketchy spaces populated by bikers ...

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Lights, Camera, Action

Greenwood High School Alum Lands Internship With Pat McAfee Writer / Michelle Kaufman  Photographer / Brian Brosmer Liam Pineiro is taking his passion for making videos and energetic personality to a national audience this summer while also being the CEO of a new video production company. Pineiro started his YouTube channel in 2015 and got 30 subscribers within a couple of months. After taking a break, he began getting around 1,000 subscribers per month in 2016 and currently has more than 10,000, including some from New Zealand. Pineiro records parts of most of his videos in front of a floor-to-ceiling ...

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