LANE CLOSURES NEAR BUTLER: With construction efforts on the multi-purpose parking facility at Butler University in full swing, preparation underway for the new residence hall construction, and the final phases of the Sunset Avenue Streetscape project ready to restart, BTNA wanted to alert you to the upcoming lane closures, which will impact traffic patterns around campus this spring.
The southbound lane of Sunset Avenue will close Monday, March 16, and remain closed for approximately 2 weeks.
Upon completion, the southbound lane will re-open and the northbound lane of Sunset will close. Work on the northbound lane will continue for approximately 3 weeks.
Once the northbound lane work has been completed, Sunset will re-open in both directions and 46th Street east of Sunset will be closed for approximately 2 weeks.
This schedule is subject to change based on weather and thus exact dates for closures and re-openings have not been provided at this time. Please watch The Connection for further updates.
During these closures and throughout campus construction efforts Butler University has informed their faculty, staff and students to please follow posted detour routes — specifically noting that the use of side streets is restricted to local traffic and Butler-Tarkington neighborhood residents only!
Students and faculty of Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will present FREE health screenings to Butler-Tarkington residents on Saturday, March 28. The event will take place from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building at 4600 Sunset Avenue. Attendees should enter campus via Lake Road. Access to campus will be closed temporarily from 8:50–9:30 a.m due to the Bulldog Jog.
Persons age 18 and older can be screened for cholesterol,* blood sugar,* blood pressure, body mass index, bone density, and—NEW this year—vision and hearing. (*For cholesterol and blood sugar screenings, do not eat or drink anything besides water 10–12 hours before your visit.) Participants will also receive recommendations for healthy lifestyles and snacks following screenings.
Licensed pharmacists will be on hand to counsel attendees about their test results and answer questions about specific medications.For information, call 317-940-8143 or visit butler.edu/healthy-horizons. For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, visit http://www.butler.edu/event-
Per the IBJ: City officials said Monday that park gates are once again open to Christmas trees for mulching.
The decision reverses an unpopular new policy that required residents to recycle their trees curbside.
“In response to feedback from residents across Marion County, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that it will restore its live Christmas tree collection program at Indy Parks,” the department announced in a news release.
Trees can be dropped off immediately at eight parks until Jan. 31, but residents can continue to recycle curbside, as well.
It was the first time in more than a decade that the city didn’t accept trees in parks for recycling, and it proved confusing to residents. At Broad Ripple Park, for example, residents have discarded about 30 trees in a heap despite a sign explaining that it was not a drop-off site anymore.
Indy Christmas tree program under fire from recycling advocates
The city tried the new program because officials thought it would be more convenient for residents to drag their trees to the curb rather than truck them to the park. But the curbside program also required people to cut trees into portions less than 4 feet long and wrap them with twine or rope.
The change left Indianapolis as the only one of six major cities in the region not providing a public tree recycling program this year.
The eight parks for recycling trees are:
•Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave.
•Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St.
•Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive.
•Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road.
•Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road.
•Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive.
•Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St.
•Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St.
The The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recently recognized Butler University (Official Page) for her community engagement!
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will suspend residential trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8, because very low temperatures will make it unsafe for crews and DPW equipment.
Residents on Wednesday routes will have a double pick-up next week.
Here is the new schedule for this week and next:
DPW will monitor weather conditions closely and will not resume trash pick-up until temperatures rise enough to ensure employee safety.
For more information or to report any trash related issues, please use RequestIndy online or the mobile application on your smart phone, visit www.indy.gov/dpw or call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC.
Neighbors we’ve received a few reports that packages have been stolen off homeowners porches recently. Please keep an eye out and REPORT all incidents — or suspicious people to the police (317-327-3811)!