Business Announcements – January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012 in Business Announcements, Personal Finance by Submission For The Southside Times

Realtor leadership class focusing on homeless

The 17th Real Estate Academy of Leadership (REAL) class is busy with its philanthropic project. The 2011-12 class includes Amy Mocas and Carolyn Clow from Greenwood.

The 23-member group has focused on team building, personality types, governance, neighborhood development, quality of life issues, government and economic development.

The class has made a commitment to help the homeless in central Indiana. A recent session included a tour of the near eastside. Class members then discussed ways to become more involved.

Nursing students get tuition help

EmployIndy has enrolled 90 students working toward their associate of science in nursing (ASN) degrees at Ivy Tech Community College into training through the Health Care Careers Initiative. Students enrolled in training will receive up to $3,000 to help cover tuition, books and supplies.

The Health Care Careers Initiative is funded by a $4.8 million grant from the Department of Labor.

EmployIndy and WorkOne Indianapolis partner with local health care employers, including IU Health, St. Vincent, Wishard and Community hospitals. Other partners include providers of higher education.

More information is available at

Manufacturers elect officers

Doug Myers was recently elected chairman of the board of Indiana Manufacturers Association. The election was conducted in conjunction with the organization’s largest event of the year, the legislative briefing and reception.

Other committee members are John Talley, president of ProLiance Energy; Jim Tuerk, chief executive officer of Aero Industries Inc; and Patrick J. Kiely, IMA Staff, all from Indianapolis.

Insurance counselors cite Kevin Wheeler

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors has recognized Kevin Wheeler of Cardinal Insurance Services, 6825 Madison Ave., for 20 years of leadership. He was cited for his commitment to education, excellence and the insurance profession. He received an inscribed certificate for his continued participation in the CIC program.

The designation places Wheeler in the top one percent of insurance professionals in the country.

Innovative Technologies earns Angie’s List award

Innovative Technologies of Greenwood has been awarded the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award. Winners have met eligibility requirements including a minimum number of reports and an exemplary rating from their clients. They must also abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on

What's It Worth

January 26, 2012 in Personal Finance, What's It Worth? by Larry D. Cruse - Weichert, Realtors®- Tralee Properties

Type of property: This home is a well-established Carriage Estates, three-bedroom, brick ranch with a full basement, two-car attached garage and a carport for additional parking.

Age: Built in 1967.

Location: Perry Township, just off Stop 11 Rd. in the Carriage Estates Subdivision.

Square footage: A total of 2,556 square feet. The main level has 1,278 square feet and the basement has the same footprint.

Rooms: Five. The great room has a wood-burning, masonry fireplace and it serves as the family’s main area. The kitchen has eat-in dining and has plenty of countertop and cabinet space to enjoy. There are also three bedrooms; the master bedroom has its own private full bathroom facilities. An extra bonus includes the unfinished basement that could easily be converted to usable space for any family.

Strengths: From the south side of Indianapolis, this home has easy access to nearly everything, from schools to restaurants and shopping. The property is .31 acre, which provides plenty of opportunity to stretch, relax and enjoy the backyard-covered patio.

Flatbreads feature fun flavor combinations

January 26, 2012 in Recipes by Clint Smith

I don’t have the space to discuss the debate about what makes a pizza a pizza. Personally, I don’t categorize this as a pizza. I encourage you to label these flatbreads any way you please. They’d make a delicious addition to your Super Bowl menu.

Some indication exists that flatbreads of all varieties (tortillas, pitas and chapattis to name a scant few) are linked to travel and exploration. The rationale surfaced since these breads are used as holding devices for more exotic and savory ingredients.

For this recipe, I’m using naan, an ideal device to deliver dynamic flavor combinations and showcase some primo ingredients. Get as complicated as you like, but I’d keep things simple.

For your personal flatbread permutation, try to pay special attention to touching on an element of salt and an element of sweet, as well as textural components. This flatbread is a combination of prosciutto (salty), gorgonzola (tart, pungent), figs (bitter, slightly sweet) and balsamic reduction (sweet and sour). I’d also suggest a flatbread combo of goat cheese, caramelized onion, wild mushrooms and fresh herbs.

Whatever you decide, have fun. Flatbreads are a blank slate for your culinary creations.


Flatbread with prosciutto, gorgonzola and figs
Makes 2 flatbreads

  • ½ tablespoon
    active dry yeast
    1 cup warm water
    ¼ cup granulated sugar
    3 tablespoons whole milk
    1 large egg, beaten
    2 teaspoons iodized salt
    4 ½ cups bread flour
    As needed, melted butter
    2-3 ounces thinly
    sliced prosciutto
    8 ounces Calimyrna or mission figs,
    cut in half or quartered
    8 ounces crumbled gorgonzola
    ¼ balsamic vinegar
    1 tablespoon cornstarch plus
    1 tablespoon water, mixed together
  • 1. In a large bowl, combine yeast and warm water. When yeast is dissolved, add sugar, milk, egg, salt and only enough bread flour to create a soft dough (Keep the remainder; you’ll need it for kneading). On a floured countertop, knead dough for roughly 6-8 minutes, then transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover and allow dough to double in size (about 1 hour).

    2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a simmer and stir in the cornstarch and water mixture (called a slurry) until liquid achieves a syrup consistency. Remove from heat and set aside.

    3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. After dough has risen, divide into two portions. Cover one with plastic wrap. Press the other into a rectangular or oblong shape about ¼” thick (the thinner, the better). Place dough on a half sheet pan, brush crust with melted butter and bake for 15-20 minutes or until flatbread is golden brown. Remove from oven and arrange toppings on flatbread. Return to oven until gorgonzola melts, then remove. Allow to rest for several minutes before drizzling the flatbread with balsamic reduction.

    Super Southside 2012: Super Events

    January 26, 2012 in Community, Sports by Submission For The Southside Times

    Super Bowl XLVI Stadium Tours • Super Bowl fans will have access to the stadium grounds, access to walk on the field and many other exciting opportunities. | When: Jan. 26-30, 8 a.m. | Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave. | Info: Visit

    Colts Cheerleaders • The Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders will be making an appearance for pictures. | When: Jan. 27, 3–5 p.m. | Where: Touchdown Alley, 201 S. Capitol Ave. | Info: Visit

    NFL Play 60 Youth Football • Children will learn flag football, fundamentals, sportsmanship and teamwork from current and former NFL players. | When: Jan. 27, 4–7 p.m. | Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. | Cost: Children 12 and under, $20; children 2 and under, free; adults, $25. | Info: Visit

    Bret Michaels • He will perform on Super Kick Off Day for the public. | When: Jan. 27, 9:30 p.m. | Where: Verizon Stage, Pennsylvania Street, Downtown Indianapolis. | Cost: Free | Info: Visit

    Zipline • Feel the adrenaline and experience the 80’ tall and 800’ long Zipline operated by Ziptrek Ecotours. | When: Jan. 27-Feb. 4, 3-11 p.m. | Where: Zipline Launch Tower, 258 S. Capitol Ave. | Cost: $10. | Info: Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit

    Indy Super Cure-Komen Tissue Bank Donation • Help fight against breast cancer and make a difference. Tissue donors must be 18 or older and register online. | When: Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Where: IU Simon Cancer Center, 535 Barnhill Drive. | Info: Register online at

    Super Tailgate Party • Show your spirit! Decorate the car, paint your face and throw in a few snacks, too. Those who win the most attention take home trophies. | When: Jan. 29, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis. | Cost: Free. | Info: Space is limited so sign up for this free event by visiting the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce website:

    Ultimate Video Game Challenge • Game on! Bring your best skills for the bracket-style Southside Madden Challenge. | When: Jan. 29, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis.

    Punt-Pass-Kick Contest • If weather permits, this will be an outdoor event, so dress warmly. Kids will be divided in similar age groups for competitions. | When: Jan. 29, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis. | Cost: Free.

    Rap-tastic Cheer Clinic • All ages are invited to this instructional clinic. | When: Jan. 29, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis.

    Super Southside Kickoff • Super Bowl lovers of all ages will enjoy a huge assortment of activities from corn hole tournaments, face painting and craft projects to lots of games. | When: Jan. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis.

    Get a Kick Out of Health • The Tony Dorsett Health Spectacular offers a free health fair to the public. It will feature free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, giveaways, interactive games and guest appearances by select NFL players. | When: Feb. 1, noon–7 p.m. | Where: Ivy Tech Community College, 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway North Drive. | Info: Contact Tausha Johnson at (707) 416-3564 or Troy Julian at (317) 522-7626.

    Foot Bowl 5K Run/Walk • Come enjoy a good run or walk. | When: Feb. 3, Registration: 5-6 p.m.; race begins at 6:15 p.m. | Where: Franklin Parks & Recreation parking lot, 396 Branigin Blvd. | Info: Preregister before Feb. 3 and pay $15; day of race, $20.

    Pass, Punt and Party Pub Crawl • All participants must be 21. | When: Feb. 4, registration from 6-7 p.m. | Where: Franklin City Hall, 70 E. Monroe St. | Cost: $20 per person, which includes tickets for a free beer or free signature drink at six unique bars and pubs in downtown Franklin.

    Tailgate Party and Competition • Win prizes in the following categories: Best Tailgate Food, Football Trivia, Best Team Spirit, Biggest Fan and Best Touchdown Dance. | When: Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Where: Parking lot across from the Artcraft Theatre on North Main Street. | Cost: $10. Must be 21 to enter. Proceeds benefit the Mike Duncan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    Find more events at:

    Southport students to join in fundraiser

    January 26, 2012 in Community, Sports by Submission For The Southside Times

    Wounded Warrior Amputees will be joined by Southport High School cheerleaders when they play the NFL Stars Team in a pre-Super Bowl football game Wednesday at IndySports Park.

    The fundraiser will benefit the amputees who will oppose the team of retired football players from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $20.
    Wounded Warrior Amputees try to raise awareness for men and women who have lost limbs in Iraq or Afghanistan. The members play in sporting events with celebrities.

    The Southport cheer squad will be on hand to cheer the teams and perform some of their stunts. Also, a Southport Middle School student will sing the National Anthem to open the game. Several Southport High School football players and coaches will also attend.

    Franklin Township jumpers to perform

    January 26, 2012 in Community, Sports by Submission For The Southside Times

    The Indy Air Bears jump rope ‘show team’ will perform at the Super Bowl Village at 6 p.m. Feb. 2. They will be featured on the turf “field” that has been set up on Capitol Avenue in front of the Indiana Convention Center and directly under the zipline. The team has been performing and competing locally as well as nationally for the past 25 years.

    During basketball season, team members perform at halftime of high school and college games around the state. They have already performed at Butler, Ball State and Purdue. Plans call for a performance at halftime of the Indiana Pacer game Feb. 19.

    This year’s team members include jumpers in grades 4 through 12. Most members attend school in Franklin Township. A few jumpers hail from Center Grove. One jumper attends Greenwood High School and another is a student at Shelbyville High School.

    Head coach Niki Glover is the physical education teacher at Arlington Elementary School in Franklin Township. Assistant coach Valerie Rice is a former team member and is an art teacher at Manual High School.

    Peterman giving away tickets

    January 26, 2012 in Community, Sports by Submission For The Southside Times

    Peterman Heating & Cooling, 5240 Commerce Circle, will make two people happy winners of tickets to the Feb. 5 Super Bowl.

    Through Sunday, visitors to the Indianapolis Home show at the state fairgrounds can register at
    Peterman’s booth.

    Peterman is one of about 900 home service or improvement companies exhibiting at the home show. Firm owners hope the “Big Ticket Give-A-Way” will give them a chance to talk to customers and potential customers as they work their way through booths.

    No purchase is necessary to enter. The winner will be announced on the Peterman website,, on Feb. 2.

    Southside retiree lives vibrant Life: Therapy helps her recover from fall at home

    January 26, 2012 in Health by Submission For The Southside Times

    Submitted by Eunice Trotter
    American Senior Communities

    After falling and striking her head, Helen Rich could have resigned herself to disability. But she chose rehabilitation.
    Like thousands of others who experience head injury, Helen developed problems with memory and thinking after her fall. She had hallucinations and other symptoms.

    Rich, 77, now lives independently at Rosegate, a southside senior rehabilitation and memory care community operated by American Senior Communities. She went through months of therapy that she believes restored her to the vibrant life she now enjoys.

    “The more they did with me, the more I came out of it. I have more energy now than I’ve had in years,” said the feisty widow and mother of three grown children, two of them Indianapolis police officers.

    Rich walks daily and exercises regularly. She dines out with friends and recently returned from a cruise. On many days, she zips about in her new Mini Cooper.

    She credits her much improved condition to her level of therapy and care. “Before all of this, you couldn’t get me to exercise,” she said. “Everybody here was so concerned. Everyone helped and they all cared about me. The people here are fantastic.”

    Rich was putting up groceries when she tripped and fell, striking her head. She remembers waking up in a hospital.

    “My son later told me I had put canned stuff in the refrigerator and stuff for the refrigerator someplace else. He said I was having hallucinations something horrible. I thought Germans were here and everybody was against me, including my children.”

    After a week-long stay in the hospital, where she was diagnosed with dementia, she moved to a nursing facility and remained there two weeks before transferring to Rosegate for rehabilitation. When she arrived, she had stroke-like symptoms and was able to walk only about 150 feet with assistance. She needed help with her medications and daily living needs. Her family was also concerned about problems with her memory.

    After therapy, Rich could independently walk more than 600 feet and was able to move into a Rosegate Garden Home and live independently. She joined Rosegate’s New Energy Wellness program to maintain progress she had made in therapy and now she walks two miles a day.

    She plays cards and bingo and volunteers helping others at Rosegate. She recently purchased a Smart Phone and learned how to use it. Her passions include her collection of dolls and tending to the flowers at Rosegate.

    “I’m very happy here. If I lived someplace else, I’d be by myself all of the time. I probably wouldn’t be well. Here I’m able to help others and do little piddly things I can do to help someone else.”

    The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 85,600 people with cognitive disorders are living in Indiana nursing homes.

    The 10 warning signs are memory loss, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks at work or at leisure, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, new problems with words or speaking or writing, misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps, decreased or poor judgment, withdrawal from work or social activities, and changes in mood and personality.

    Celery offers crunchy benefits for better health

    January 26, 2012 in Health, Living by Wendell Fowler

    Let’s hear it for Celeryville, Ohio, a hard-working community reputed for its robust, annual celery harvest. Migrating celery farmers first settled there and began cultivating the noble vegetable, which has evolved into an indispensable member of America’s crisper drawer.

    Ancient literature documents that celery, a member of the carrot, parsley, dill, fennel, hemlock and cilantro family, originated in the Mediterranean basin and was cultivated for medicinal purposes before 850 B.C. Celery oil was used to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis and liver and spleen ailments. Ancient Greeks considered celery a holy plant and decorated winners at the Olympic Games used its leaves as

    Other than merely a predictable portion of a vegetable tray or a greasy Buffalo Wings garnish, raw celery is laden with cancer-fighting vitamin C, which helps fortify your holy temple’s immune system, helps stop cancerous free-radical oxidation, slows the inflammation cascade and helps reduce cold symptoms. More than 20 scientific studies have concluded that vitamin C is a cold-fighter.

    Crispy celery is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, folate, molybdenum, manganese and vitamin B6. Celery is also a healthy source of calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus and iron. It also possesses cholesterol-lowering benefits. Celery only contains approximately 35 milligrams of sodium per stalk, so salt-sensitive
    individuals can enjoy celery, but should keep track when monitoring daily sodium intake. A recent edition of Details magazine reports that celery is suspected of being an aphrodisiac. The report indicates that “Celery contains androsterone and pheromone, powerful hormones researchers believe are released through sweat glands and attract females.” Oo la la!

    Vitamin C promotes cardiovascular health and can help lower cholesterol levels. Researchers show C from vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient are associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer. In some areas, celery and celery seed are consumed to treat high blood pressure.

    It warmed my heart to hear about nutritionally food literate mothers who use carrot and celery sticks while their babies teethe, introducing them early in life to nature’s sun-blessed apothecary. After you “stalk” some down, wash and wash. Conventional and organic celery is grown close to the ground, which offers it up for nasty bacterial contamination.

    As an all-around aid to your temple’s health, celery gets top billing. Celeriac (celery root) is becoming popular as a part of trendy American gourmet eating. Americans prefer green stalk celery and mainly eat it raw.

    What’s life without making ants on a log with the grandkids and chomping away?

    On the Dean's List

    January 26, 2012 in Community by Submission For The Southside Times

    Hope College

    Kirby Crook, son of Wendell and Marilee Crook of Beech Grove, has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Hope College, Holland, Mich.
    Students must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to earn the distinction.

    University of Evansville

    The University of Evansville has named several local students to the fall semester Dean’s List: Crystal Goodwin of Beech Grove, majoring in chemistry; Chelsea Hook of Franklin, majoring in pre-physical therapy; Dakota Roberts of Franklin, majoring in mathematics; Raymond Watkin of Franklin, majoring in mathematics;
    Janice Green of Greenwood, majoring in elementary education; Nicole Kreuzman of Greenwood, majoring in biology; Austin Carpenter of Greenwood, majoring in electrical engineering; Samuel Paddack of Greenwood, majoring in major discovery;
    Breianna Simpson of Greenwood, majoring in nursing. The students achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Indiana State University

    Indiana State University has named the following area students to its fall semester Dean’s List: Gage Britton, Casey Kidwell and Jacqueline Michael, all of Beech Grove, and Ashley Pitman of Greenwood.

    Marquette University

    Devin Roach of Indianapolis has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomechanics.