Aug 2009 - Capture Media



Aug 2009 - Capture Media
Official News Magazine of the Foster Estates Homeowners’ Association
U.S. Postage
Carmel, IN
IN 46032
Permit No.
No. 728
Do you know
this Williamson
Run Home?
Be a winner ...
clues inside!
Letter from Dr. Barb Underwood,
Superintendent of Schools
Happy new school year in Carmel!
Someone You Should Know
the County Coordinator
for Special Olympics in
Hamilton County
Jessica Wright, Indy
Adventure Boot Camp
Learn what makes this fitness
program stand out
15 Disaster Preparedness is up to YOU!
Al Koeske
[email protected]
Keith Albrecht
Vice President
[email protected]
Laura Green
[email protected]
Michael Boucher
317-451-2257 • [email protected]
Community Association Services of Indiana
(CASI) formerly R&G Management
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August 2009
Foster Estates
News Magazine
Carol Brewer • Homeowners Association Liaison
Michelle Martin • Account Executive
Capture Media • 44 S. 8th Street
Noblesville, IN 46060 • (317) 733-4300
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August 2009
Meet some friendly faces that will be joining
you in your first year at school! Join us for
some games and make new friends. Drop
in when you can! Bring some finger snacks
to share!
Aug. 4th: 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse
Do you like to Read? Do you like to talk
about what you’ve read? Foster Estates
Bookclub is always welcoming new
members! We meet at Barnes & Noble Cafe at 7:15
on the third Monday of the month. No meeting in July,
back in action on August 17. We are reading...
The House at Riverton, by Kate Morton
Our September 21 book is
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
Questions? Call Judy Levy at 569-0722/371-6870
Mark Your Calendar . . .
The next HOA meeting will be
held on Tuesday, September 8th
Attention Foster Estates Residents!!
Remember, if you have any great pix from
neighborhood get togethers, info you’d like
to share, etc. - please get in touch with Carol
Brewer at [email protected]
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August 2009
We will be having our annual pool closing party on
Saturday, September 5 (the pool is actually
open until Monday, Sept. 7 - Labor Day).
Party to begin at 11 a.m. Food and fun provided.
We still have some Official Foster Estates Koozies
left if you did not get one - and we’ll have a clipboard
available to update any info for the 2010 neighborhood
directory (look for these in spring of 2010)!!
This party will once again be hosted by neighbors
Shelby Weiss and Tam Eggert, and their company A
Smooth Impression. For more information: Shelby
Weiss - 507-6941 or [email protected]
If your child is looking for a
bit of extra spending money
- don’t hesitate to list them in
the Foster Footnotes Working
Youth Directory.
If you are a new neighbor - please
send your info to FF so we can
include it in the update page!!
PLAYERS...Foster Estates
Bunco is starting up again!! Never
played?? Doesn’t matter - just come
in a mood to have fun and learn an EASY
new game!! We meet at 7:30 at the Clubhouse and start
around 8:00. We take turns bringing munchies and you
are welcome to BYOB. You can also bring $5 for the
prize kitty. Games are played on the first Tuesday of
each month.
Our kickoff game is Tuesday, September 1.
Questions? Contact Judy Levy @ 569-0722 or
371-6870 or [email protected]
Attention Youths! Your neighbors need
some help, you could use the extra money.
Advertise your services with us for free!
To submit your name to our directory,
go to
and click on Working Youth Directory.
Please discuss this with your parents
and get their permission.
B=Babysitting • C=Computer Repair • H=House Sitting
MH=Mother’s Helper • O=Odd Job • P=Pet Sitting
RC=Red Cross Certified • S=Safe Sitter Certified
SS=Snow Shoveling • ST=Spanish Tutor • T=Tutor
Y=Yard Help • W=Window Washing • CC=Car Care
Emily Levine
Madi Luedeke
Chloe Morris
Ethan Morris
Reid Morris
Cali O’Connor
Ryan Wood
B, S, H, P
B, S, H, MH, P
B, S, H, MH, T, O, P, Y
B, S, SS, P, Y
Carmel Police Department
Non-Emergency: (317) 571-2500
Carmel Fire Department
Non-Emergency: (317) 571-2600
Carmel Schools
Carmel Elementary
Cherry Tree Elementary
College Wood Elementary
Forest Dale Elementary
Orchard Park Elementary
Smoky Row Elementary
Towne Meadow Elementary
West Clay Elementary
Woodbrook Elementary
Creekside Middle School
Carmel Middle School
Carmel High School
(317) 844-0168
(317) 846-3086
(317) 733-6461
(317) 844-4948
(317) 848-1918
(317) 571-4084
(317) 733-2645
(317) 733-6500
(317) 846-4225
(317) 733-6420
(317) 846-7331
(317) 846-7721
Carmel Clay Public Library
TTY Service: (317) 571-4294
Information: (317) 814-3900 •
Mayor Jim Brainard
(317) 571-2401 • [email protected]
St. Vincent Carmel Hospital
(317) 582-7000
Plans & Services: 1-800-742-8771
Repair Services: 1-800-868-9696
Duke Energy
Bright House Networks
(317) 972-9700
Carmel Utilities
(317) 571-2442
Carmel Water Department
Phone: (317) 571-2648 • Distribution: (317) 571-2648
Operations: (317) 571-2648 (to locate shut-off valve, etc.)
Ray’s Trash Service, Inc.
(317) 539-2024 • (800) 531-6752
US Postal Service
(317) 846-2489
Auto License Branch
(317) 846-5533
Time Warner Cable
(317) 844-8877
Insight Communications
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August 2009
Bring Your Dog for a Dip at the
Outdoor Aqua Park
Make a Splash at
The Monon Center
Join Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation for “Doggie Dayz”
as the Outdoor Aqua Park goes to the dogs. The summer
season has ended but the Outdoor Aqua Park will remain
open to the canines for one day only. This special open
swim for dogs will be a treat for both you and your dog(s).
Doggy treats will be available. Sorry owners, there is no
swimming for you; this event is only for dogs! All dogs
must be on a leash until they reach the water.
Help Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation end the season
right by participating in their Splashtacular event
at The Monon Center. Activities and games will be
spread throughout the day to encourage guests of
all ages and abilities to participate. Whether you take
part in the water balloon toss, build a cardboard boat
and participate in the boat race, or help your team fill
the bucket to the brim with water in the bucket game,
The Monon Center Outdoor Aqua Park ensures that
everyone will have a great time.
Doggie Dayz will take place on Monday, September 7,
from 6:00-8:00pm. Fee is $6/dog. The Outdoor Aqua
Park is located at 1195 Central Park Drive West. For
additional parking, please park at the east building of
The Monon Center at 1235 Central Park Drive East.
For additional information on Doggie Dayz, please call
Splashtacular will take place on Monday, September
7, from 12:00-4:00pm. Fee is the price of daily
admission into the Outdoor Aqua Park ($5 Youth/
Senior; $8 Adult). The Outdoor Aqua Park is located at
1195 Central Park Drive West. For additional parking,
please park at the east building of The Monon Center
at 1235 Central Park Drive East.
For additional information on Splashtacular, please
call 317.848.7275.
There was great food and sales at the
first day of Carmel’s first Merchant Fest
at Merchants Square. Even though it was
cool weather, many families enjoyed the
live music and variety of foods.
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August 2009
Dates You
Should Know
August 11
First Day of School
September 7
Labor Day
October 21
No School
Elementary schools only
October 22-23
Fall Break
November 26-27
Thanksgiving Break
December 18
No School
Middle Schools only
December 21- January 1
Winter Break
January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 15
Presidents Day
April 2-9
Spring Break
Welcome fr
mel Cla
Clayy Schools
Dr.. BBar
arbb Underwood
The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time. On August
10th Carmel Clay Schools will welcome over 15,200 students. The successful opening of the school year is due to the diligent efforts
of our administrators, teachers, and support staff.
Many staff
staf members have been involved
in curriculum and professional development activities. The Division of Human Resources has been busy interviewing and employing teachers, support
staff, and administrators. Custodians, secretaries, cafeteria staf f, bus drivers,
and other support staff
staf have been working this summer to make sure that our
physical facilities and services are in great shape for our students. These efforts are enhanced by the great support we receive from parents, students,
and our community.
Each new year brings new challenges and opportunities. Carmel Clay Schools
just completed the final stage of a three-year journey to achieve district accreditation through AdvancED. In March, 2009, a team of educators from other
school districts visited our district to validate our self-study and offer
of suggestions for improvement. This group recommended to AdvancED full accreditation for our district. The process does not stop at this point. The AdvanceED
accreditation process is ongoing and promotes continuous improvement.
All of our schools routinely rank among the highest in Indiana in a number of
areas including standardized achievement tests, state tests, SAT,
SA ACT, Advanced Placement Exams, National Merit Finalists, graduation rate, and pursuit of higher education. This past year was no exception. Our students’ levels
of achievement on all of these measures were the highest ever received.
May 3
Flex Day
All of Carmel Clay schools met Annual Yearly
Progress (AYP)
under the No
Child Left Behind Program, and all of our schools received a rating of Exemplary from the Indiana State Board of Education. In addition to our outstanding academic programs, Carmel schools boast award winning performing arts,
extracurricular, and athletic programs.
May 26
Last Day of School
for Middle Schools
Parents can be pleased with the exemplary faculty and staff
staf of Carmel Clay
Schools who routinely receive recognitions and awards, including Lilly Fellow
Fellowship Teachers,
National Board Certified Teachers, Presidential Awards in Math
and Science, Armstrong T
Teacher Educators, and many individualized awards.
May 27
End of School Year
We welcome members of our community to visit our schools and participate
in some of the many outstanding events and performances available to the
public. If you would like to learn more about Carmel Clay Schools, please visit
our website at
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August 2009
Heather Stephenson
County Coordinator, Special Olympics Hamilton County
eather Stephenson is humble
and passionate and dedicated.
But mostly she is grateful. She’s
grateful for the volunteers who help
with the events and fundraising and
day-to-day functioning of Special
Olympics Hamilton County (SOHC).
She’s grateful to the schools and
churches who open their doors to
allow the athletes to practice their
sports. And she’s truly grateful for Special Olympics itself—for
what it has meant to her family.
When Heather’s little brother, Sam, was 8, she started
looking around for a Special Olympics program to get him
involved in. She knew it would be something he would love,
but there was no program in Hamilton County for Sam, who
had Down syndrome. Heather, who was attending college
at IUPUI at the time, got busy. She called the state Special
Olympics office and found out that she could start a family
delegation. That was in 1993; the McNew family delegation
had one athlete—Sam—and Heather served as a coach for
track and field. The following year she invited some of the
kids from Sam’s school that she knew would benefit from
Special Olympics to join them, and they became Special
Olympics Hamilton Heights (named after the school Sam
attended). In 1999 Special Olympics Indiana encouraged
each county to merge its smaller delegations into one; Special
Olympics Hamilton County was born,
and Heather was elected county
coordinator. Now, 16 years after the
program was started with just one
athlete, SOHC serves nearly 1,000
athletes with disabilities in Hamilton
“When I first started doing Special
Olympics all I wanted to do was to get
Sam involved,” Heather says. “Then
it just became, for lack of a better
word, an addiction. It became one
of those things that I wanted to be a
part of because I felt like I was helping
people. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to
do is to help people.” In addition to her
40-hour-a-week volunteer position
with SOHC, Heather is a special
education teacher in the Carmel-Clay
schools. Her program, for elementary
students with severe disabilities,
is one of only a few in Hamilton
County. And she has recently been
volunteering with the “Power of
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Children: Making a Difference”
exhibit at the Children’s Museum.
Ryan White, who struggled with
discrimination as a result of pediatric
AIDS, is featured in that exhibit;
Ryan and Heather were best friends
in high school, and she is featured in
the exhibit. On top of that, she loves
spending time with her family: her
husband, Derek, and her 5-year-old
daughters, Turner and Quincy, and her 2-year-old son, Stone.
“We’re a very busy family, and I’ve not known it any other
way,” she says. “I’m trying to figure out how to do all of this,
because my favorite thing in the world, besides hanging out
with my kids, is Special Olympics.”
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round
training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type
sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics gives them the opportunity to develop
physical fitness, demonstrate courage and form friendships
with other Special Olympics athletes. The minimum age for
an athlete to participate is 8; there is no maximum age. “We
have athletes in their 80s,” Heather says. “Most of them do
bowling or bocce; bocce is very popular.”
One of the challenges for SOHC is finding a place for the
athletes to practice. Through Heather’s association with the
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, where she used to teach,
and through the ties of some of the
Special Olympic coaches, they have
been able to use local facilities.
“Swimming has been at Noblesville
High School for as long as I can
remember,” she says. “Our swim
coach has ties to Noblesville Swim
Club, so the high school graciously
lets us use their facility for just a
minimum fee.” They have had some
luck finding room at local churches,
but space is a premium, especially
for sports such as basketball. “There
are so many sports organizations,
like Carmel Dads Club, that have
contracts with the schools, so the
schools have to fulfill their needs
first. It always works out somehow,
but that’s one of the big issues,”
she adds.
She is grateful for all the assistance
she receives, especially from
the volunteers who help run the
program. “I’m amazed that we can
Heather Stephens, continued
still run such a big organization 100 percent by volunteers,”
she says. SOHC requires volunteers for just about everything;
there are people who volunteer once a year at track meets,
for instance, and each sport needs a coach, a requirement
that Heather says is easy to meet. “Once our coaches start
coaching they don’t really go anywhere because they love it
so much.” There is a county management team of 12 to 15
people who are in charge of such functions as fundraising
and grant writing. Heather says her number-one focus right
now is finding people who have the time and energy and
talents to devote year-round to Special Olympics.
Grant writing, in particular, is one area that Heather would like
to have additional help. “We don’t have a lot of experience in
grant writing, but we do the best we can,” she says. Recently
she has noticed that fewer grants are being given out, possibly
because of the current economic climate. Fundraising events
have suffered slightly, as well. “We just had our annual food
and wine-tasting event and the attendance was less.” She
adds, though, that through the years SOHC’s fundraisers
have proven to be very effective. “Now that we’ve done it
for so long and have them in place we’ve gotten pretty good
at them,” she says. “They keep getting bigger and bigger.”
Other fundraisers include a golf outing and a dance-a-thon,
plus a new event added this year, a fire truck pool.
Heather’s biggest dream is to eventually have a dedicated
facility. “I’d like to have a facility called Special Olympics
Hamilton County, a place where people with disabilities can
go and compete and feel accepted, a home,” she says. She
can’t imagine life without Special Olympics. “It gives athletes
a place where they belong, and it gives them ownership
on something that’s theirs. Sam has always been really
big on sports, and wanting to compete and wanting to win;
Special Olympics gives him that sense of winning and being
able to do it. It’s his program. We try to include people with
disabilities in regular sports these days so that they don’t
stand out as being different, but they are, and they need
Special Olympics. It gives them so much they wouldn’t be
able to get otherwise.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary for Special Olympics
Indiana, the state organization. SOHC has recognized that
in several ways. “We had a birthday party in April at the
Fishers YMCA and invited all our athletes and their families,”
Heather says. “We are promoting the 40th anniversary all
year, hoping that we can get more people involved, whether
it’s volunteering, or telling somebody with a disability about
us,” she says. “If I had a child with a disability, this would be
the first organization I would get them involved in. Maybe I
have inspired others by being a Special Olympics volunteer,
but mostly I’ve been inspired myself.”
For more information about Special Olympics Hamilton
County, log onto
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Jessica Wright, Indy Adventure Boot Camp
Where is your business located?
Indy Adventure Boot Camp has five locations, in Fishers,
Carmel, Zionsville, Avon and our newest location in Noblesville.
We can be reached by phone at 317-658-6731 and on the
Internet at I can also be
reached by e-mail at [email protected]
How many employees do you have on staff?
My husband, Jason, and I both teach camps—sometimes
we co-teach the coed camps. In addition, we have our Avon
instructor, Derek, our Zionsville morning instructor, Erin, and
we just added an instructor, Cathy. I also have an assistant
in Carmel, so there are six of us. The business is definitely
How would you describe your business?
Our camps are four weeks long, and every day is different.
The workouts are fun and energizing and we try to mix things
up to keep everybody motivated. We meet for an hour a day
and within that hour we focus on strength training for different
body parts as well as a cardiovascular workout. Our camps
are all women except for one evening coed class. There is a
lot of camaraderie among the women; they’re not just coming
to a fitness class, they’re meeting with their friends. The coed
classes are going well, too. In fact last month we had more
men than women. A lot of husbands of our current campers
signed up, and we’ve had a great combination of fitness
levels in those camps, from younger guys to guys who haven’t
worked out in years.
There’s also a nutrition component. Exercise and nutrition go
hand in hand; otherwise you’re not going to get the results you
want. We hand out a nutrition packet on the first day of camp
that gives campers ideas on how to boost their metabolism,
how to plan their meals, various types of lean proteins,
carbohydrates for energy, and sample meal plans. Also, one
evening during the course of camp we have a nutrition seminar.
These vary from month to month; for instance, sometimes we
take campers on a grocery store tour and show them certain
foods to add into their diet. We talk about healthy snacks and
healthy meal planning.
How do you market your business?
When we run an ad or an article comes out, we get a slew
of phone calls, but for the most part word of mouth is our
best marketing tool. That’s how I think our coed camp has
been so successful. Another thing that we’ve been doing is
milestones for our campers. When they sign up for their fourth
camp—which is a huge feat; that’s 12 weeks of camp—they
earn an Indy Adventure Boot Camp fleece. It’s a nice zip-up
black fleece with a logo sewn on. We have a “fleece club”
of women who have completed this milestone. When they
get to eight camps, we give them a silver dumbbell necklace
that symbolizes their hard work and dedication. Campers
who have completed a whole year with us receive a gym
bag embroidered with the Indy Adventure Boot Camp logo,
and recently we had about 10 women who completed a year
and a half with us, and we had custom warm-up suits made
for them. It’s really become something for them to look forward
to and be proud of, and a small token from us to say thank you
for continuing to participate. I’ve had several ladies tell me that
when they wear their silver dumbbell, it reminds them to keep on
track. We’re always in their head.
I’m also really proud that we are currently winning the “Best Gym”
category on You can vote for your favorite Alist business, and we are winning by a landslide, even over the
huge gym facilities. The comments from our campers are our
biggest testimony.
Is marketing your boot camp, which could be considered a
luxury, different in a recession economy, when people are
trying to cut back?
We do see this as a difficult and financially stressful time. However,
I think a lot of our women see boot camp as a stress reliever.
We’ve had several boot campers who have lost their job or their
husbands have lost their job and I’ve asked that question: What
keeps you coming back? They told me, I don’t care if we’re
poor on the street, this is what keeps my depression and stress
levels down. I think it’s a physical relief from the pressures of
finances—those feel-good endorphins. So we do try to market
that—times are down, this is the time you’ve got to stay up, keep
your physical health in check.
Would you encourage people of all fitness levels to try the
Yes. We have some high-intensity, high-impact exercises that we
do, and for those “extreme” exercises we always show a modified
version. From day one we tell people, work at your comfort level;
don’t try to compete with someone who’s next to you—they may
have completed several camps. We’ve all been there, we’ve
all had to start somewhere. Currently my youngest camper is
16—she’s doing camp this summer while she’s out of school—and
my oldest is 67, so you know there’s a huge difference in fitness
abilities. I really believe it’s encouraging to see women of all ages
working hard to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle. It is amazing to
see the different fitness levels working to the best of their ability.
That’s what we put on the back of our shirts now: It’s not how you
start, it’s how you finish.
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July 27 - August 2 - 2009 U. S. Senior Open Golf Championship at Crooked
Stick Golf Club. Practice rounds Mon-W
Mon-Wed, competition Thu-Sun. Call 317-5718742. or visit
Now - August 20 - Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo. Featuring
the Bill Lancton Coalition and Horns, 5:30-8:30 PM. Included in zoo admission.
Call 317-630-2001 or visit
Now - October - 1859 Balloon Voyage
at Conner Prairie. Soar 350 feet above
Conner Prairie’s landscape in a tethered, helium-filled balloon. Call 317-7766000 or visit
Now - October - First Friday Art Walks in Zionsville. Visit three or more galleries
during the First Friday Events and receive a free appetizer from participating
Zionsville restaurants.
Now - September - Saturdays, Zionsville Farmers Market - Hawthorne & Main,
August 1 - Street Dance and Taste of Zionsville from 6 -11pm. Enjoy live music
from the “The Fabulous Imports” and food from local eateries. Visit for more information.
August 1-31 - The Indianapolis Indians have 15 home games this month: August
6-12, August 20-26, and August 31. Cheer on the Tribe! Visit for
schedule and ticket info.
August 4 - 9 - Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show at Wild Air Farms.
All proceeds benefit Riley Children’s Foundation. Visit for
more information.
August 6 - T
arget Free Family Night at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Free
admission from 4 - 8 p.m. For more information, call 334-3322 or visit
August 1-31 – Cheer on the Indiana Fever at Conseco Fieldhouse. Home
games scheduled for August 9, 15, 27, and 29. Visit or
call 317-917-2727 for tickets or information.
Now - September - Visit the two Komodo Dragons on loan from the Denver
Zoo. The dragons are on display during regular Zoo hours. For more information, visit or call 630-2001.
August 7 - Enjoy First Fridays on the square in Noblesville. Participate in the
first annual rubber duck race on the White River. Enjoy jazz music, food vendors, and browse the shops on the square. 5-8pm. Call 776-0205 or visit www. for more information.
August 8 - 5th Annual Indy Kids Triathlon at Sahm Park. Participants receive a
T-shirt, commemorative medal and goodie bag. Six age groups. $25 per child.
Call 317-327-7275 or visit
Now - August 28 - Summer Nights Film Series at the Indianapolis Museum of
Art. Films begin at dusk (except July 24 at 12 AM). Bring picnics, blankets, lawn
chairs. Subject to the weather. Call 317-923-1331 or visit
August 8 - Taste of Downtown from 4 - 10 p.m. Enjoy this free street festival on
College Avenue between Ohio and New York Streets. Sample wines and food
from numerous downtown restaurants, live music, and the Kids’ Zone. For more
information, call 636-4516 or visit
August 13 - 14 - Blog Indiana 2009 Conference at IUPUI. A 2-day blogging and
social media conference at the Informatics and Communications Technology
Complex. Open to the public. Hours, sessions, and activities vary daily. Info: Call
317-278-4636 or visit
August 14 - Watch the Colts take on the Minnesota Vikings on August 14 and
the Philadelphia Eagles on August 20 at Lucas Oil Stadium. For general ticket
information, call 317-297-7000 or visit
August 7 - 23 - Visit the Indiana State Fair. One of the largest and best state
fairs in the nation, with a wide variety of activities and events. Daily, 6:00 AM to
midnight. Hours and activities vary daily. For complete schedule of activities,
visit or call 927-7500.
August 16 - Community Garage Sale at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel. Parking lot spaces available for $15. Vendors
welcome. Concessions available. Goodwill Industries donation bin onsite. 11 AM to 4 PM (rain date: Aug. 23).
Call 317-733-2169 or visit
Now - September 7 - The Indianapolis Zoo continues its “Butterflies” exhibit,
where you can learn fascinating things about a variety of butterfly species. This
exhibit runs through Sept. 7. Visit for complete details.
August 29 - Minne-trip: Exploring Indiana’s Secret Habitats at Minnetrista.
Travel to Turkey Run and Shades State Parks to view beautiful Indiana habitats.
Canoe down Sugar Creek, picnic on the creekside, hike through old growth
trees. 8 AM to 5 PM. Register by Aug. 24. Call 765-282-4848 or visit
Now - October 25 - The art community is blooming! The Indianapolis Museum
of Art is getting into the swing of spring with the exhibit “Fashion in Bloom.”
Now - August 16 - Indy Parks Sand Adventure at Garfield Park Arts Center.
Professional sculptors create pirate-themed sand adventures with 200 tons of
sand. Call 317-327-7275 or visit
August 1 - 31 - ‘Lunchtime Concert’ series, featuring a live music performance,
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. See Acoustic Catfish on August 5 and Cool Chilies on August 7. Free event open to the public. Call 317-634-9266 or visit www.indyparks.
org for more information.
Now - September - Carmel Farmers’ Market at City Hall in Carmel. Fresh
fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, perennials, meats, cheese, dips, salsas,
baked good, country eggs, cooking demos, live music, and more. Saturdays,
8-11:30am. Visit for more information.
Now - October - Farmers’ Market in Noblesville. A wide selection of locally
grown fruits, vegetables, plants, etc. Located next to Riverview Hospital on
State Road 32. Saturdays through October, 8am-12:30pm. Call 317-776-0205
for more information.
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August 28 - 29 - 18th Annual United Way Day of Caring in central Indiana. Call
317-921-1204 or visit for more information.
August 27 - 29 - Bean Blossom Blues, Brews and BBQ in Brown County. Hours
and activities vary daily. Call 812-988-6422 or visit for
more information.
August 29 - Ritchie Woods Nature Preserve Family Night Hikes - A Toast
the Marshmallow from 7:30-9:30pm. Join our nature staff
staf for a night hike! Roast
marshmallows and hit the trails and find out what the animals of Ritchey Woods
eat and how the design of their beak or teeth helps them to eat those foods.
Registration is required. Call 595-3458 for more information.
September 12 - 13 - Lions Park 56th Annual Fall Festival. Enjoy concerts, carnival, fireworks, arts & crafts show
show. Applications still being accepted for juried arts
& crafts show. Email [email protected] or visit for
more information.
Disaster Preparedness is up to YOU!
n today’s world,
disasters happen
with little or no
warning. While it
still remains the
duty of government
to prepare for and
respond to a disaster,
true preparedness
begins in your home
and neighborhood.
We must take
measures of our
own, ahead of time, to
enable us to respond
safely and efficiently
when an emergency
To create this “culture
of preparedness,”
people in every part
of society must change the way they think about preparedness.
Disaster readiness is the responsibility of everyone. You must
Get Informed, Make a Plan, Create a Kit and Get Involved!
Get Informed -– Become informed with all the possible
disasters in your area. Learn what to do, what to look for, and
what to avoid.
Make a Plan -– Another step in the culture of preparedness is
the development of a family disaster plan. When creating your
plan, consider the following:
• Learn about emergency procedures at work, schools and
anywhere your family spends time.
• Identify escape routes from your home. Find two ways
out of each room.
• Find safe spots in your home, especially for tornadoes
and if you need to shelter in place.
• Pick two places to meet: Right outside your home (for
instances like a fire) and outside your neighborhood if
you can’t return home.
Create a Kit -– An inexpensive plastic tote filled with family
necessities is a big step toward personal preparedness.
A well-equipped emergency kit should contain three days
worth of supplies including the following items (or keep a
list so these can be gathered quickly):
• Battery powered radio
• NOAA weather radio
• Flashlight
• Fresh batteries
• First aid kit
• Bottled water
• Prescription medication
• Baby food and care products (if necessary)
• Non-perishable food and snacks
• Can opener
• Other items to consider are blanket or sleeping bag,
change of clothes, extra money, extra set of car keys,
hygiene products, pet food, plastic whistle, duct tape,
plastic wrapping, scissors, towels.
Emergency kit supplies should be located in an easy-totransport container, such as plastic totes or duffle bags that
can be reached easily in an emergency.
Get Involved – When disaster strikes and there are no
emergency personnel around, what will you do? Being
prepared by getting involved in many of the local community
programs is a start. By knowing what actions to take, and
when they should be done can save lives and property as
well. Here at Indiana Department of Homeland Security,
we strongly encourage you to become an active member
in the community.
You can help our state’s responders by being more
prepared to help yourself and your family. Creating a culture
of preparedness is indeed a challenge, but it is one that
is well worth engaging. For more information on family
preparedness, visit the Indiana Department of Homeland
Security’s website at
• Pick a family contact in another state that everyone can
contact if separated in an emergency.
• Conduct emergency drills once a year.
• Make plans for your pets if you need to evacuate.
• Get basic emergency training
• Take classes in CPR.
• Teach your family how and when to call 911 and how to
use fire extinguishers.
• Learn how and when to turn utilities off. Teach all age
appropriate family members. Keep necessary tools near
gas and water shut off valves.
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Facial Plastic Surgery
Industry Expert
Real Results
By Catherine Winslow, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Q: I have heard that a new Botox is on the market. How do I get it?
A: Dysport has just received FDA
clearance (with a black box warning)
and will be widely available this fall. This
product is botulinum toxin, like Botox, and
has been available in Canada and Europe
for a while. It is being put on the market
by Medicis, a competitor of Allergan (the
company who makes Botox). It is hoped
that some competition will drive down the price of Botox,
but thus far it looks like Dysport will be priced close to
Advantages of Dysport may be a better longevity
(perhaps by a month or two). Disadvantages include
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the greater diffusion of the product, perhaps leading to
more eyelid droopiness (ptosis) and other temporary
but undesirable complications.
The dosage of Dysport is not equivalent to that of
Botox, and the greater diffusion means a different, more
precise technique must be used to get good results.
Personally, I never recommend being the first to try any
new item on the market, especially one so costly and
with an enhanced risk of complications in inexperienced
hands. Other options to increase the longevity of Botox
include cosmetic acupuncture (which helps relax and
weaken muscles) and brow lifting (surgically cutting the
muscles that cause the scowl).
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Industry Expert
Before Back-To-School, Get Back-ToThe-Optometrist For Better Learning
By Dr. Jeremy Ciano
It’s back-to-school time, and that means the
school supply shopping frenzy is about to
begin. New pencils, clothes and book bags
are on most students’ “must have” list, but
what about new glasses?
Crisp vision is the single most important
back-to-school supply students need for
their education, yet it is often the most
overlooked. Vision is a dominant process in
the growth, development and daily performance of children.
In fact, 80 percent of what students learn is through vision.
And yet 86 percent of all school-age children have not had a
complete eye examination…ever! Students with poor vision
can sometimes be misdiagnosed as learning impaired or
as having attention deficient disorders. The truth is some
children don’t know they have vision problems, because they
don’t know what normal vision is like.
School screenings are an adequate starting point, but
a comprehensive eye health examination needs to be
conducted in order to make a definitive diagnosis and
prescribe treatment. Parents and teachers need to know that
a complete eye examination is the only true way to rule out
any vision and eye health issues.
Dr. Jeremy Ciano’s practice, RevolutionEYES, is now located
in Clay Terrace. To schedule your annual eye examination,
please call 317-844-2020.
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Out on the Town—Zionsville’s Brick Street Gallery Walk
“I didn’t realize Zionsville was so hip!”
Duane Kamminga, a resident of Fisher’s Sandstone neighborhood,
was pleasantly surprised at how much Zionsville’s Main Street
has to offer when he and his wife, Lori, joined 10 other residents
from a variety of neighborhoods for Capture Media’s most recent
“Out on the Town” event. The residents were treated to a VIP tour
of art galleries, shops and restaurants by Zionsville Merchants
Association president
Carol Marquiss at the
9th annual Brick Street
Gallery Walk on June
The gallery walk
is sponsored by the
Zionsville Arts Initiative.
Visitors strolled the
streets of the historic
village of Zionsville,
past buildings that have
been around for more
than 100 years. Strains
of music filled the air,
as live bands played
outside galleries and shops. “It reminds me a little of a
toned-down Bourbon Street,” said Lori Kamminga. Even
longtime Zionsville residents were surprised at all their
town has to offer.
“We’ve found several shops we didn’t know existed,
and that we will definitely come back to,” said Jeramy
Janoski, a resident of Zionsville’s Preserve at Spring
Knoll neighborhood. Jeramy and his wife, Allison,
discovered To the Last Drop, a catering business housed
in a cozy cottage with an impressive gourmet kitchen.
Owner Claudia Pierson also offers cooking classes
and fresh food to go. Out on the Town participants
were treated to Pierson’s sundried tomato spread and
her signature shrimp spread, along with a choice of
two Spanish wines. Several of the guests commented
that they were interested in upcoming classes, as well as the
opportunity to cook a meal and enjoy a private dinner with friends
in the dining room.
One of the highlights of the Brick Street Gallery Walk is the
opportunity to talk one-one-one with some of the artists whose
work hangs in the Main Street galleries. Duane and Lori
Kamminga chatted at length with artist Jim Salem, whose original
paintings and limited-edition giclee reproductions are featured
in the Salem Art Gallery. Giclee prints are generated from highresolution digital scans and printed with archival-quality inks;
they are commonly found in museums and galleries.
“For me it’s been a good opportunity to go into galleries I would
never go into otherwise and see art I would not normally see,”
Allison Janoski said. Gallery owner Ann King, who opened Ann
King Studio and Gallery in the Zionsville Village nine years ago,
agrees that the Brick Street Gallery Walk is a way of discovering
hidden gems. “When people come they should be looking
forward to seeing something that’s new and different. I had my
artists bring new work to feature tonight,” she said.
Out on the Town guests, including Jeff and Anita Scott from
Fishers’ River Glen neighborhood, visited several of the more
than 15 galleries open late for the special event,
including the Sanctuary, which celebrated its third
anniversary of opening at the Brick Street Gallery
Walk in 2006. The gallery, which also features a café
and custom banquet facilities, is housed in a building
that was originally a Methodist church built in 1894.
It is home to artist Nancy Noel, who has achieved
national renown through her sensitive portraits of
animals and Amish children.
After touring the sculpture garden in Lincoln
Park, a new feature of this year’s
Gallery Walk, participants visited
shops and galleries on their
own, winding up at Grillmaster’s
Garden for live music and hors
d’oeuvres on the back patio.
Guests enjoyed chorizo rice
and grilled chicken and black
bean tostadas, along with frosty
frozen sangria. Grillmaster’s
offers appliances and accessories
for the gourmet grilling enthusiast,
as well as cooking classes.
Out on the Town guests left the
event with a special gift from
Serenity, a unique tea room and
restaurant housed in one of the
first homes built in Zionsville,
in 1868. Owner Karin Glass
gave participants in this special
evening a gift certificate to come
back and experience Serenity. The invitation provides the perfect
opportunity to come back and enjoy what Main Street has to offer:
unique shops and galleries with their own personality—an oasis
away from chains and cookie-cutter businesses.
“I’ll probably be spending a lot more time in Zionsville,” said Allison
Carrico, a resident of Westfield’s Centennial neighborhood, who
attended the event with her husband, Joe O’Connell. She and
her fellow Out on the Town guests, including Amanda and Jason
VanDevender from Parkshore in Fishers, and Lisa Margolis
and A.J. Schick, also from Parkshore, thoroughly enjoyed the
experience of getting to know the town and its artists a little
Zionsville Arts Initiative also hosts the First Friday Gallery Event
Season. For more information, go to
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ummer days are dwindling down.
It’s almost time for school to start.
But it’s not too late to plan a quick
getaway—and it’s definitely time to
plan for that holiday or Spring Break
There are more travel specials out
there than I could ever list: Hawaii,
Europe, Las Vegas, that special
beach vacation—there are deals
and values everywhere. The best
place to start is by contacting your
local travel professional, who offers
real expertise based on personal
experience and knowledge acquired
over many years of planning travel.
Or, spend hours on the internet—it’s
up to you!
There are many specials for cruising
right now. Royal Caribbean, for
example, is offering up to $100
onboard credit per person for select
fall sailings and even 25% discount
off holiday sailings.
Have you ever wanted to go to
Alaska? There is still time to go see the last frontier in
August and September. Great deals are also being offered
on Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Celebrity
Cruises to the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico. Also, for a
truly all-inclusive luxury cruising experience, Regent Seven
Seas Cruises is offering free airfare, free shore excursions,
complimentary beverages and two-for-one pricing on all 2010
sailings. Silversea Cruises is offering 60% discount and free
coach class airfare on many of their 2010 sailings.
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Want to go somewhere warm? Prices
have never been lower for destinations
such as Tahiti, the South Pacific and
Europe—way too pricey and crowded,
right? Think again. We are seeing
much lower airfare and special pricing
for the fall months. Globus Tours and
Avalon River Cruises are offering
many great promotions. Save up to
$1,000 on a European river cruise for
2010 sailings. Want to go now? Save
50% off airfare on 2009 cruises. Do
you have a family group or friends who
want to travel together? Book 10 or
more people on any Globus vacation
and one person travels free.
Walt Disney Travel Company is
offering 50% off for children on
August and September Disney Cruise
sailings. Fall is the perfect time to go
to Walt Disney World—not too hot
or crowded, and it’s after the rainy
season. Also, the Epcot Food and
Wine Festival takes place September
25th - November 8th and transforms Epcot into a food and
wine lover’s paradise. Or, for the little ones, why not try
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Disney is offering a
free ticket if you visit on your birthday—what a great birthday
The choices for a quick getaway or family vacation are
endless. So get ready, get set and start packing!
This article was submitted by Amy Ricker, manager of
the Zionsville Travel Authority office.
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Attention Grandparents:
Recent Changes to 529s
May Enhance Gift Giving
initial investment of as little as $250. And, after that you can
generally make additional contributions of as little as $25 or
$50 at a time.
As you may already know, by investing in a 529 college
savings plan, you can give your grandchildren the opportunity
to benefit from a college education while taking advantage of
potential tax and estate planning savings. This is because you
can contribute up to $60,000 per beneficiary without triggering
gift tax consequences.*
In 2009, you can continue to benefit from these perks, but
you can also take advantage of some enhancements made
relative to the 529 plan. In September 2007, President Bush
signed into law The College Cost Reduction and Access Act
of 2007, which will not only cut loan rates and forgive debt for
some graduates; it also changes some of the federal financial
aid rules with regard to the 529 plan.
Once you begin setting money aside for your grandchild’s
education in a 529 plan, you can leave the investment
decisions to the experienced professionals that manage the
plan you choose. Depending on the particulars of your plan,
the investment options may include individual mutual funds,
age-based portfolios with asset allocations that change over
time, or set portfolios in which the investments stay the same
for the duration of your holdings. An investment in a 529 plan
will fluctuate such that an investor’s shares when redeemed
may be worth more or less than the original amount, and
there is no guarantee that an account will grow enough to
cover higher education expenses. Consequently, you should
consider a 529 plan’s investment objectives, risks, charges
and expenses carefully before investing. The plan’s official
statement, which contains this and other important information,
should be read carefully before investing.
With rising college costs, your grandchildren could greatly
benefit from money set aside for them in a 529 plan, especially
in the wake of this new provision that won’t hinder their
ability to access federal financial aid. Talk with your financial
professional today to see about setting up one of these
Currently, 529 accounts that are held by dependent students, valuable savings plans.
grandparents or other third parties are not taken into account
in the federal financial aid calculation. However, beginning on * You may generally contribute up to $60,000 ($120,000 for
July 1, 2009, 529 accounts held in the name of the dependent married couples) per beneficiary in a single year without
student will be counted as a parental asset in the federal federal gift-tax consequences, provided you do not make any
aid formula and therefore will be assessed at a rate of 5.64 additional gifts to that beneficiary over a five-year period. This
percent. This change makes grandparent- or other third- is subject to an “add-back” rule if you die within five years of
party-owned 529 plans even more attractive from a financial the gift.
aid perspective. Your grandchildren could benefit from a large
gift in which you maximized the contribution limits, and at the As Wells Fargo Advisors do not provide legal or tax advice, please consult
same time it will not reduce the amount of federal aid awarded with a legal / tax professional before making any investment decisions which
could have legal / tax ramifications.
to them.
Back to the Basics: Remember, although 529 plan
contributions are immediately excluded from your taxable
estate, you maintain ownership and control of the account.
As the account owner, you – not the beneficiary – approve all
investments and withdrawals and you also have the freedom to
change your beneficiary to a relative of the original beneficiary
without taxes or penalty. Additionally, you name a successor
owner on the account so that control passes at your death to
that successor owner who would then have the same control
over the assets that you had.
The accuracy and completeness of this article are not guaranteed. The
opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those
of Wells Fargo Advisors / Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network or its
affiliates. The material is distributed solely for information purposes and is
not a solicitation or an offer to buy any security or instrument or to participate
in any trading strategy. This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and
provided courtesy of Thomas M. Burke Managing Director - Investments in
Indianapolis. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and
If you haven’t begun contributing to a 529 plan for your a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.
grandchildren, but would like to take advantage of the new
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Industry Expert
A Brighter Smile for You
By: Raymond Gove
Have you ever thought about having a brighter smile? This
might be the time for you to get your wish. There are many
options today for you to brighten your smile. One the simplest
way to whiten your smile is through bleaching your teeth.
There are many systems on the market today which can
whiten your smile. The most popular type of system is the athome whitening system. While many products are available
over the counter, the best way to get beautiful results quickly
is to have custom fit trays made at your dentist’s office.
At home whitening consists of custom made bleaching trays
which hold the whitening gel. Depending of the concentration
of whitening gel you can where the trays for as little as an
hour or if it easier for the patient, they can where it over
night. Normally, it takes about 2 weeks to whiten your teeth
to the brightest they can be with this type of system. If this
sounds like a method you would like to try, ask your dentist
if it is right for you.
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Services & Businesses
Auto Detailing at your home. This college student wants to
make you and your car happy! Am back in college, home
some weekends, breaks and summer. Keep this number
handy in your Outlook, had repeat business this summer
from last summer! Please phone 317-879-0706.
House/Pet/Child-Sitting-Responsible with references:
worked at a vet, had horse, have dogs/cat, child sat.
DePauw University Psychology Grad May 08. Now part
time at IUPUI here in Indy through May 09. Conscientious
and some hours of availability to help you with your needs
now. Rachel 317-442-2426 or 317-879-0706.
HOME REMODELING BY R J & E. Kitchen and Bathroom
Remodeling, Basement Finishing, Decks, Crown Molding,
Tile, Wood and Laminate Floors. Free estimates. Licensed,
Bonded, Insured. 317-403-8931. Email at [email protected]
Customized In-Home Pet Sitting-While you’re away I
can keep your pet happy and comfortable in their own
home with professional, personalized care. Midday
Walks, Daily Visits, Overnights. Bonded & Insured. Brooke
Cunningham: 317-697-4278 [email protected]
IMPROMPTU MUSIC is offering Private Piano/Keyboard,
Guitar, Cello, Violin, Tiny-Tot, Viola, Voice, Clarinet,
Bass Instruction at students’ homes by professional
and degreed pianists & musicians. Some are graduates
of Butler University & IU Bloomington with Master’s in
Music. Teaching all levels and ages 3 years and up,
including adults. Musicians are also available for parties,
weddings, and other events. Contact us at 317-946-3020
or [email protected] www.impromptu-music.
Carpet Cleaning & Stain Correction--The cleanest
carpets you’ve ever had after a cleaning guaranteed. We
specialize in stain removal: pet stain/odor, Kool-Aid, paint,
nail polish & more. We also repair & re-stretch. 10% off
w/ad. ALL PRO 317-345-4300.
Shopping for car insurance? Call me first. Save even more than
before with Allstate. Drivers who switched to Allstate saved an
average of $353 a year. You could be surprised by how much you’ll
save. Ranj Puthran, 317-844-4683
Gizele Rubeiz - 17, college-bound - available for violin lessons.
Christine Rubeiz - 16, senior at Carmel High school - available
for tutoring math, language arts, Spanish. Michael Rubeiz
- 13, 8th grade at Carmel Middle School - available for piano
entertainment for parties, get-togethers, dinners, etc. For further
information, please call Maria Rubeiz at 317-816-9936 or e-mail
[email protected]
$ave Money On Ga$! Improve MPG, Protect Engines, Reduce
Distributors Wanted. Contact Ron & Pat Allen at 317-441-5562.
Email [email protected] or visit
Lawn Aeration!!! Fall is the time to aerate your lawn. We provide
lawn aeration service for $49 - $69 depending upon lawn size.
Additional services include overseed or winter fertilizer for $20.
To schedule call 317-288-4570.
Amy Robbins with Fairway Mortgage. Is your adjustable rate
going to be going up in the next 6-12 months? Buying a new
home? With all the changes in the mortgage industry it might
help to talk to your friendly neighbor. Call Amy today at 317339-2260.
Owner/ Broker Steve Robbins with EasyStreet Realty. Let
your Foster Estates neighbor answer any questions you may
have about buying or selling a home in the area. Call Steve at
Looking for health and/or wealth? Still want the flexibility to
pick your own hours? I’m seeking individuals who are looking
to supplement and/or diversify their income! Help me build my
MonaVie team! Contact Cathy Luedeke, RN, at 317-844-1857.
Handyman Services-Electrical – ceiling fans, outlets, light
fixtures; plumbing – faucet installation/repair, general home
repairs and ‘honey do’ projects. Free estimates, flexible to work
with your schedule. Contact Ed Laehle at 317-496-6666.
If you need a new look, then you need to come see me. I
specialize in dimensional color and the trendiest cuts on this side
of town. Call Missy at Blades 317-577-7944 ext. 229. Call today
for an appointment-- you’ll be glad you did!
Jays Moving Company: Since 1951 Jay’s Moving
has been boxing and unboxing Indianapolis. Highly
recommended on Angie’s List. We move people all over
the state of Indiana. Give us a call at 317-638-7033 or go
I am a Stampin Up demonstrator. Contact me for all your cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies. I can also host a workshop
at your home, and this will qualify you for free supplies. 317-5756228. Happy Stamping!
Full-time receptionist needed for RevolutionEYES. No
medical exp. req. Needs to be positive, professional,
proactive and ready to have fun. 9:30-5 M-Fri. Fax
interests to: 317-574-0044.
How to Place a Classified: Classifieds are a free
service for all residents. To place a classified, please
go to and click on Classifieds.
Submissions cannot be longer than 40 words and will
continue to run monthly until removal is requested.
They need to be received by the 12th of the month to
be included in the following month’s publication. If you
wish to place a classified in any other Capture Media
publication, the cost is $25 per town per month.
Pat’s Executive Coin Counting - Is your change jar overflowing?
No need to head to the bank or store and pay 9%. We will count
your loose change in your home for 6%. Pat lives in Foster
Estates. For more info call Patrick Collins at 317-566-9981.
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For Your
he new school year is fast approaching, so now is a good
time to consider how to help your child get off to a good
start. Maybe you think your son could have earned better
grades last year, but you don’t know what to do differently this
year to improve his performance. Or perhaps your daughter
does well in all of her other classes but has one subject that just
doesn’t come naturally to her, causing her—and you—ongoing
Have you considered getting a tutor for your child? Tutoring
can help students achieve the success they need and build
their confidence. On a weekly basis, a tutor can evaluate
whether a student understands the material, and can also
review materials for quizzes, tests, and standardized tests.
If your child has been absent, a tutor can explain the missed
lessons. In addition, having a tutor who is neither the child’s
parent nor teacher and who can work one-on-one removes
some of the emotional pressure that a frustrated student may
feel at school or at home.
Usually the school’s counseling department posts a list of
tutors on its website or at the office. Take the time to secure
a tutor to help your child succeed, whether you have a firstgrader or a senior in high school. It’s a great investment in
your child’s education.
Nancy Neel lives in Zionsville and is a high school math
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