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Avoiding Security Deposit Blues

Writer  / Jeffrey Heinzmann Do you have a rental property in an Indiana college town that you lease to students for the year? Do you have children in college renting off-campus housing that they’ll soon be vacating after the school year to return home, head to a summer job, travel or join the “real world” workforce? If you are on either side of this equation, it’s important to remember to protect your interest regarding the security deposit that was probably paid as part of the lease. Tenants, your lease likely has terms regarding termination, like when to give notice that ...

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New Furniture Retailer Opening in Castleton: Weekends Only

Writer  /  Lisa Abbott With the May 22 grand opening of retailer Weekends Only, Indianapolis-area shoppers will have a new option for buying furniture. As its name implies, the St. Louis-based furniture and mattress store takes a unique approach by opening for business on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (and special holidays) only. Company President Lane Hamm says that the concept of weekend-only shopping came from analyzing customer traffic patterns at one of its original St. Louis-area stores. Up to 80 percent of its business consistently transpired over the three-day weekend period. In an effort to decrease overhead and compete on ...

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Zionsville Mother of the Year: Coming Home to Zionsville

Writer & Photographer / JJ Kaplan Ask David Wefler why he nominated his wife, Katie, to be our Mom of The Year, and adoringly he explains that he wanted to do something extra special for her for Valentine’s Day. He nominated her in February as a surprise, and her friends all agreed with their affirmative votes. Katie Peine Wefler is a 2007 Zionsville Community High School graduate, who was active in Show Choir, Royalaires and Chamber Choir. She continued her education in Organizational Leadership at Purdue and graduated in 2011. It is here that David met Katie, and they soon ...

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Zionsville Drummers March to National Acclaim

Writer / Cindy Argentine With cymbals crashing, mallets flying and drums resounding, Zionsville Community High School’s Indoor Percussion made history this year, finishing first in the state and 10th in the world in their division. The state title came March 21 in Indianapolis where the group won the top score while competing against schools from around the state, including Carroll, Carmel and Greenfield-Central. “This is our program’s first state championship in anything,” said band director Tom Landrum. “It’s great to break through. It’s a big moment.” Excitement over their victory barely had time to fade before the Indoor Percussion team ...

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Falling Short of the Mark – The Legislature’s Response to the School Funding Crisis

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories we have produced on the school funding crisis. Some may wonder why so many. It is our view that there are few things more important to our readers than the quality of our local schools and the level of taxation. This issue puts both squarely on the front burner. Writer / Janelle Morrison After months of media blitzes, coalition forums and meetings with educators at the Statehouse, the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana Senate deliberated and passed the updated version of the school funding formula. So how does ...

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It Takes The Villages…

Writer / Janelle Morrison Sharon Pierce, a resident of Zionsville, is in the business of advocating for and raising up children. Pierce is the President and CEO of The Villages, an organization that specializes in foster care, adoption and family services for Indiana’s children, youth and families. Prior to The Villages, Pierce’s work with youth began with counseling and administrative work for colleges. She was the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Western Michigan University. Afterwards, she became the Executive Director for Youth Advocate Program in Decatur, Illinois, at which she grew from a $500,000 program to a $5 million ...

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Russian Festival Celebrates Russian Culture

If you’re like many Americans and your understanding of Russian culture is limited to Stoli vodka, Matryoshka dolls and the cartoon characters of Boris and Natasha in “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” then you are in for a terrific opportunity to expand your knowledge and appreciation of one of the oldest and most accomplished cultures on earth. On May 23, the Russian-American Culture Center is holding its “Russian Festival” at University High School campus (2825 W. 116th St., Carmel) to benefit the Indiana Russian School. The festival will be a full day celebration of Russian culture featuring Russian art, music, ...

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Girls About Town: Cinco de Mayo 101

Writers  /  Rachel Q. & Chalene B. While summer hasn’t officially arrived, there are plenty of things heating up in May, and Cinco de Mayo is one of our favorites! Whether you’re celebrating Mexican heritage on May 5 or just looking to get out of the house, we suggest celebrating the right way – feasting on Mexican food and washing it all down with a margarita…or two! Since margaritas are one of Mexico’s most beloved exports as well as your Girls About Town’s favorite cocktail, we decided to go on a quest for the best margarita around these parts! Ever faithful to ...

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Harding Outdoor Living Business Spotlight

Have a Retreat in Your Own Backyard Are you dreaming of a custom outdoor kitchen with stone and granite elements just in time for summer parties? How about a tranquil outdoor living space complete with spectacular water and fire features? Do you want to be the envy of every neighbor on the block? Let a trusted Indiana name with over 50 years of experience transform your outdoor living space just in time for prime grilling season. Indiana’s Harding Group is more than just asphalt. They have been in the residential and commercial concrete arena for a number of years and ...

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Thursday Pools Makes Big Splash

Writer  /  Jimmy Girot III As the season turns, so do our daydreams—perhaps to leisurely weekends by the pool or swimming laps under the hot summer sun. If you’re daydreaming of the perfect poolside weekend, your answer may be a world-class pool manufacturer just down the road in Fortville. Thursday Pools is an innovative fiberglass pool manufacturer making a big international splash. Thursday Pools manufactures one piece in-ground fiberglass swimming pool shells out of its 25,000 square foot, ultra-efficient facility in Fortville, Indiana. With over 30 years of fiberglass manufacturing experience, Thursday Pools has been channeling their fiberglass expertise into ...

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