In the Fall of 2006 the BRAG area was selected as a GINI (Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative) recipient which made funding and technical assistance available for three years to plan and implement quality of life enhancements. A QUALITY OF LIFE PLAN was prepared by working groups that formed as a result of a 2007 community wide visioning meeting.
The BRAG Business Alliance was recently formed to offer support to BRAG area businesses through networking events and relationship-building. The Business Alliance will provide opportunities for business owners to develop new resources. At the events, networking attendees will meet potential customers and peers in informal settings. The BRAG Business Alliance goal is to preserve a productive and sustainable business environment in the BRAG area.
New businesses in the BRAG area have created hundreds of jobs in just a few short years. Supporting local businesses provides sustainability, customer loyalty and builds a strong community.
Do you need a plumber, handyman, or someone to check out your crawl space? So do we!BRAG is looking for locally owned and operated businesses to advertise in the BRAG Business Directory to provide professional services to our residents. If you own a service business or know someone who does, have them call Mark Flanary at 408-4323. Our Business Directory is sent to over 9800 homes twice a year.
Call today to find out how you can reach thousands of households through the BRAG Business Directory. Hurry-hurry!
BRAG Business Alliance Directory Winter 2016 Edition can be found HERE.
BRAG Young Professionals
BRAG’s newest initiative began in late 2013, when BRAG launched the “Young Professionals” (YP), which is targeted at engaging the young and “young at heart” in the BRAG area. The first BRAG YP event took place in December at Alibi’s and despite the bad weather, 25 young professionals showed up to network and donate food items to benefit the Officer David Moore Food Pantry.
The BRAG YP planning committee has already laid out a full calendar of events for 2015. At its core, the events are meant to provide additional networking opportunities for BRAG businesses and residents, but the consistent theme will be networking with a purpose. Each event will have a charitable aspect where attendees can learn about and donate items to a local nonprofit.
There are several events planned for this year. Official events will include a speaker or organized activity, whereas the unofficial events are less structured, after-hours networking opportunities at local establishments. All events are free to attend, but attendees will be encouraged to bring donations for the respective causes.
Join us! If you are a young professional who lives and/or works in the BRAG area, we want you to join us! This is a great opportunity to meet and network with like-minded individuals while learning about local organizations and businesses that make this community so great! We have an exciting year of events planned for 2014, so please “Like” us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on future events. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, would like a copy of our 2014 calendar, or have any questions, please email Kim Mathews.
The Market at Hague
The market is open!
BRAG runs the Market at Hague farmers market as one of it’s longest running initiatives. The market is located at Lawrence North High School on Hague Road, just south of 82nd Street, 7800 N Hague Road. Hours are 8 am to 12 noon every Saturday, May through October.
Look for all the details about our market on the market’s website, marketathague.com.
There you will find a list of vendors, directions and parking information, volunteer opportunities, and information about how to become a market vendor.
Questions? Contact Market Manager
Trails and Connectivity
As we celebrate BRAG’s ten year anniversary, we’re reminded that access to sidewalks and pathways was cited as a top priority during our earliest years of seeking resident input through interviews and surveying. While BRAG has a blend of retail, schools, places of worship, restaurants, and other destinations within a 10 minute walk of many homes, safe walkways are needed to enable residents of all ages and abilities to walk to these amenities. Significant progress has been made toward this priority; however, much is yet to come. BRAG’s Trails and Connectivity Committee is committed to making Indy’s northeast side a more walkable community.
Construction has begun on the 71 Street Multiuse Trail from Lakeknoll Drive to Hague Road! Contraction should be complete by fall. Look for updates on the BRAG facebook page, www.facebook.com/Binford71
BRAG Supports the Complete Street Initiative
While BRAG’s Trails and Connectivity Committee works on projects to increase walking and biking infrastructure, we also have an eye toward future sustainability of these efforts. A movement is growing to “complete the streets” in communities across the country and here in Indiana. Click here to view a brief video on Complete Streets policies. States, cities and towns are passing Complete Streets policies to ensure that road networks are built and retrofitted to be safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone. Indianapolis could be next! A coalition of local and statewide organizations has been working to achieve Complete Streets in Indianapolis. They will soon need our voice and support! Good news is that both the Indianapolis City-County Council and Mayor Greg Ballard have nodded their support for a strong Complete Streets ordinance.
When streets are designed only for cars, they threaten the independence of those in our community who do not, choose not, or can no longer, drive. Complete streets –those designed and operated to enable safe access for all users – allow pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transportation users of all ages and abilities to safely move along and across a street. Design elements that promote regular walking, cycling and transit use (such as sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian signals, median islands and accessible transit stops) are prioritized. The streets of Indianapolis are an important part of our community and a Complete Streets policy in Indianapolis will assure that walkers and bikers are considered in all transportation planning. Check back for updates on this important movement and to learn how to engage your voice!
Meet Landscape Architect David Gorden
David Gorden, ASLA is a partner with Mark M. Holeman, Inc. and manages its design department. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois landscape architecture program and joined Mark M. Holeman, Inc. in 1990. He is a past president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and past member and chair of the Indiana Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects.
Mark M. Holeman, Inc. is a full service landscape firm offering design, construction and maintenance capabilities to its many clients. Since 1965 it has been creating distinctive landscapes throughout central Indiana – from intimate perennial gardens to multi-acre estates to new commercial developments. Its office and 10 acre nursery are located on the far northeast side of Indianapolis.
Skiles Test Nature Park and Woollens Gardens
During the summer of 2009 , Skiles Test Nature Park (STNP) obtained a new look as area residents and service groups came together to implement a new landscaping plan for the park entrance located on Fall Creek Rd near Shadeland Ave. Keeping with the nature park setting, David Gorden of Holeman Landscaping designed a new look for the entrance of the park to blend into the Nature Park theme. Phase 1 planted approximately 2000 native flowers and shrubs around the parking and trail area on Fall Creek Rd. Students at Skiles Test Elementary School along with neighbors living in the BRAG area participated in the planting organized by the Skiles Test Nature Park Board. This project was part of the State Farm Insurance Learning Assistance Funding awarded to Skiles Test Elementary.
Phase 2 was implemented on September 26, 2009. Led by Eagle Scout Willy Dimond and Eagle Scout Troop # 443 with assistance from the Roots and Shoots Group at Lawrence Central High School led by Biology teacher Ms. Kathy Madren, area BRAG neighbors, STNP Board members, and Skiles Test Elementary School students. This work comprised of building several natural stone areas, additional plantings of flowers and grasses, and general park clean up. This was funded by a GINI Starter Grant.
In the final phase additional native plants and several trees in the parking lot area. The Nature Park offers a natural setting for those families and individuals interested in walking in a natural area, hiking and biking in Skiles Test Nature Park and Woollens Gardens. It is also connected to the Indy Parks Greenways Biking and Hiking Trail through the northeast section of Indianapolis.
Crime Watch and Prevention
Be the eyes and ears of your community!
It is important to contact IMPD IMMEDIATELY when a crime is taking place OR at the time suspicious activity is occurring. YOU SHOULD NOT CONFRONT PERPETRATORS, instead call 911 immediately.
Text to 911 Now Available in Marion County
After nearly a year of system upgrades and testing, the Marion County Sheriff’s 911 Center, one of the busiest 911 centers in the country, is one of the very first 911 Centers of its size to implement Text to 911. The service is available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless users.
Tips for using Text to 911:
If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 317-327-1700.
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BRAG residential crime watch coordinators.
The BRAG boundaries include parts of Washington Township and Lawrence Township. Both townships have energetic community involvement and solid, stable school systems that that serve students of all academic abilities. We are pleased that BRAG residents make a deliberate choice to live in the area so that their children may attend one of the outstanding public schools. Also in the BRAG area are a number of private parochial and private non-denominational schools.
We are so proud of our area schools…both public and private!
Mark Clark, Schools Initiative Chair.
Washington Township Middle Schools Empower Students To Rise Above On Challenge Day
Early in January 2016, Eastwood Middle School – along with two other Washington Township middle schools – hosted a widely-lauded Challenge Day event. Challenge Day programs are highly focused and designed to build empathy and a sense of shared community among students as they enter an age in which they all too often face bullying, teasing and stereotyping. The organization around Challenge Days is national in scope, but Washington Township has recognized its value and signed on as part of its effort to foster a healthy, proud, and strong student body that is open to change and to challenging the status quo.
Husband and wife team Yvonne and Rich Dutra-St. John co-founded the Challenge Day organization in 1987. Sharing memories of the difficulties they faced as children, the founders set their sights on the lofty goal of creating a world where every child feels safe, loved and celebrated despite emotional turmoil at home or at school. They recognized the steep challenges in achieving this goal and, not surprisingly, the act of facing that challenge is one of the fundamental teachings of their programs. Indeed, the hashtag ‘Be the Change’ is commonly connected to the founders’ efforts to spread their message. The Challenge Day program thus seeks to instill within students a belief in themselves as well as a belief in their power to effect change.
The organization set out to fulfill that core mission by fostering hands-on programs that celebrate diversity, truth and expression and that reveal the power of empathy and shared connections. While it offers both workplace programs and transformational workshops for adults and older teens, Challenge Day is best known for its school programs. Through those programs, Challenge Day has reached over a million students and has been featured nationally on The Oprah Winfrey Show, MTV, the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Teen Files: Surviving High School and in the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.
Challenge Day’s signature effort is a 6½ hour experiential program for approximately 100 students and 25 adults. With the assistance of a Challenge Day facilitator, the students find common ground with their peers and teachers, develop respect for others, learn they are not alone in their feelings and worries, and find compassion and connection in a safe environment. Even better, the students get to have fun with the event. The facilitators guide the participants through a carefully-designed series of games, activities, and trust-building exercises that break down the walls of separation and create new levels of empathy and respect. Words can never do justice to the in-person experience, but a deeper glimpse can be gained from video on the organization’s website (e.g., www.challengeday.org/how-challenge-day-works.php and www.challengeday.org/videos.php) and on the organization’s youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/ChallengeDay).
As recognized by Challenge Day, bullying, violence, emotional trauma and alienation are a part of a typical school day for millions of young people. These troubles tend to reduce learning, increase behavioral problems, and can result in physical and emotional harm. The Challenge Day school program seeks to reduce those risk factors by calling out the causes of teasing, bullying, and stereotyping, teaching tools for peaceful conflict resolution and for healthy expression of emotions, and building a sense of empathy, community, and positive change.
Those results have yielded benefits. Students completing the program have described it as the ‘best day of their lives’. Based on the organization’s 2013-14 survey, 97% of adults and 94% of students would recommend the program to friends and family. 90% reported a greater recognition of the effects of bullying, a deeper understanding of others’ experiences, and a stronger awareness of how their actions affect others. 80% reported a stronger connection with peers and adults, more self-acceptance, a greater likelihood to help others, and an improved sense of hope for the future.
Washington Township schools have clearly recognized the value of Challenge Day programs. All three township middle schools have hosted the program for several years running. The programs have the support of the community as well. This year’s program at Eastwood was sponsored by The Cronk Family, Krieg DeVault, Mike Matt, Ed Negron, the Advancement Center for Washington Township Schools and North Central Alumni, and Indy Sports and Entertainment.
Our BRAG schools continue to excel not only by their academic success rates, but by their attention to the students’ well-being, by their thoughtfulness for the future and the comprehensive needs of the students, and by their ability to translate all those aims into a system that produces a successful and prepared student body. Eastwood Middle School and the Washington Township school system are shining stars in our neighborhood and worth bragging about. Please continue to follow the school district’s efforts via its website, on twitter and on Facebook.
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
Check out the new Lawrence Township Schools website at https://www.ltschools.org/. The website can provide you everything you need to know what MSDLT offers to area residents. One of the best things you can do is to familiarize yourself with the schools is to take a tour of your neighborhood school….and then tell your neighbors about all that the school offers students and families.
Area realtors can find information about Lawrence Township schools at a new website page, https://www.ltschools.org/about/realtor-resources. Let us know what kind of information potential BRAG area homeowners are looking for and we can put them in touch with area parents of students in Lawrence Township and Washington Township schools.
Heritage Christian School
Girls Team Sets Championship Standard
Heritage Christian School’s 7th grade girls Robotics Team, 6210A, won the highest honor, The Mayor Ballard Excellence Award, Sunday the 24th at the 4th annual Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship. The team won additional awards for Robot Skills, Programming Skills and special recognition as a breakthrough team in a predominately male activity.
Collectively, the middle school teams, 6210A and 6210M, and the high school teams, 6210 and 6210X were tournament champions.
Held at the Indiana Convention Center, the championship is part of VEX Robotics’ Indy VRC chapter, a program partnered with the Office of Education Innovation.
Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard helped create the nation’s first citywide robotics competition. Ballard said, “This is now part of the culture of Indianapolis.” Indianapolis still has the largest city robotics tournament in the country.
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Lawrence Township Schools
The ninth largest school district in the state, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township serves just under 16,000 students. Throughout Indiana, Lawrence Township is recognized as a “lighthouse” school district, a reputation built over the years based on the district’s award-winning staff, high-achieving students, supportive community, innovative educational programs, and nationally recognized character education initiative.
The mission of the MSD of Lawrence Township is to empower all students with the knowledge, skills, compassion, and integrity needed to contribute and succeed as self-directed, life-long learners in a competitive global community. http://www.ltschools.org/home
Igniting the Power of Community – The Lawrence Township School Foundation The Lawrence Township School Foundation was established in 1983 to provide teachers in Lawrence Township with funding for programs that weren’t supported by tax dollars. Since then, the Foundation has contributed more than $3 million to support the education of Lawrence Township children. Today, the Foundation partners with the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, connecting philanthropy and education to provide resources that empower our young people to reach their full potential. The Foundation is actively reaching out to our community to gain the financial support needed to fund critical programs now, and to ensure that Lawrence Township schools continue to remain strong. Their mission is to bring resources into the District so that ALL Lawrence Township children have the tools they need to succeed. Find out more about what the Lawrence Township School Foundation is doing in our community by visiting their website – www.msdltf.org.
“Vibrant communities support outstanding schools. Excellent schools establish vibrant communities.” http://www.ltschools.org/content/volunteer-initiative-program-1
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MSD Washington Township Schools
The Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (MSDWT) located in the northern section of Indianapolis and Marion County. It is a dynamic community with broad diversity in cultures, religions, ethnic groups, races and socioeconomic levels. MSDWT has been an educational leader in Indiana for the last 40 years.MSDWT offers a comprehensive educational curriculum with special activities and programs geared to provide enrichment, exploration, and instructional support for students. MSDWT has the finest high school curriculum in the State of Indiana. It annually produces the highest number of students taking Advanced Placement exams and scoring high enough to earn college credits. The high school offers programs that allow students to earn the North Central Academic Honor Diploma and the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma.MSDWT provides excellent opportunities for students to participate in outstanding performing arts, fine arts, academic teams, publications, athletics, and other student activities. North Central High School has the distinction of being Indiana’s number two high school in the number of Indiana athletic championships.International Baccalaureate (IB)
MSDWT is making transformational and systemic changes that enhance the teaching and learning for all Washington Township students. MSDWT’s North Central High School was the first high school in Indiana to offer the International Baccalaureate program. Having hosted the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for more than 20 years, the District is extending the International Baccalaureate (IB) to all of its elementary and middle school students, making it the first district-wide IB program in the state of Indiana.Washington Township Schools Foundation
Since 1985, the Washington Township Schools Foundation has assisted in meeting the changing needs of our children. We have made a difference in their school lives by funding grants that provide innovative programs designed to enrich our curriculum. We also support professional development, staff recognition and projects that enhance district resources.
6401 East 75th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46250
The Mission of Heritage Christian School is to glorify God through the
discipleship of students and the pursuit of excellence in education
with the Bible as the foundation and Jesus Christ as our focus.Vision Statement
The vision of Heritage Christian School is to provide an outstanding
spiritual and educational environment where, working with Christian
families and churches, students will be thoroughly prepared to fulfill
God’s purpose for their lives.
St. Matthews School
4100 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
http://www.saintmatt.org/school/Principal – David SmockSaint Matthew Catholic School is a diverse, dynamic Roman Catholic community. Newcomers are welcomed into an environment where people of all ages can grow in faith and friendship. Saint Matthew Catholic School reflects this philosophy.We offer: