Transition for Karen Lightbourne… New Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison coming to Pike!

Change is coming to Pike Township. Starting August 1st, Karen Lightbourne will no longer be the Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison for the area. In an effort to better serve all residents of Indianapolis, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services has redrawn the MNL Districts and made some reassignments. This will allow for more efficiency in providing customer service and grassroots outreach. In addition, it will also allow for better stewardship of your tax dollars. My new assignment will be to serve as the Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison for Warren Township. The previous liaison retired several months ago.

The new MNL for the Pike Township/Outer Northwest District will be Noelle Malatestinic. She has been a MNL for over five years (on the northeast side) and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the position. Again, we are targeting August 1st as the start date for the formal transition, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Noelle’s contact info:

Noelle Malatestinic




Adopt a “Pike” Block

Every block counts!

Do your part by helping to keep the street, sidewalks, alleyways, curbs and sewer drains around your house clean of litter on an ongoing basis!

Sign up to coordinate neighbors to keep your block clean and beautified through the Adopt-A-Block program with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.!

Your block will be scored for its cleanliness on a monthly basis, April through October. In return for keeping your block clean, you will receive resources — gloves, trash bags, tools, flowers and trees!

A clean block is a safe block!
• Clean blocks send the signal to criminals that someone cares, and reduces instances of illegal dumping and property crimes.
• Blocks free of litter result in increased property values for our homes.
• The activity of cleaning our block will help us get to know our neighbors and feel a stronger sense of community.


Indy DO Day

Indy DO Day Organizers Seek 100,000 Volunteers to Participate in First Community-Wide Service Initiative

An Indianapolis grassroots coalition is seeking to unite and mobilize 100,000 volunteers for community-wide service initiative – called Indy DO Day. Organizers envision that the people-powered initiative will for the first time energize the entire community to come together in service over the course of three days – October 10-12, 2013

Right now, the coalition is calling on all Indianapolis businesses and nonprofits. Businesses are asked to commit their time to serving the community while nonprofits are asked to submit their needs.

The goal of Indy DO Day is for residents of Indianapolis to get to know their neighbors, take ownership of their neighborhoods and take care of one another. A community service project can be anything from hyper-local, neighborhood-focused projects that can be as varied as getting your hands dirty through a beautification project to donating your skills or materials to a local charity to giving your time to help a neighbor in need.

For more information and to get involved, please visit

Click Here For Press Release
Click Here For Flyer

National Night Out Against Crime

Please mark your calendars for the 2013 National Night out against Crime planned for Tuesday August 6th.

For more information;

Diane M. Moorman
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Northwest District CrimeWatch Coordinator F70
3821 Industrial Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46254

Do you know of a place in Pike Township that could use a little sprucing up? Read On….

The 2013 April Great Indy (Pike Township) Cleanup is Just Around the Corner!

Saturday April 27, 2013

KIB’s Great Indy Cleanup is an anti-litter program in partnership with the City of Indianapolis designed to combat heavy litter and debris that has accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, greenspaces and waterways. The Great Indy Cleanup program runs weekends from April through October and provides dumpsters, trash bags and gloves while supplies last. Community groups may sign up for up to two cleanups per year. Please remember, the dumpster provided is not for personal use (cleaning out garages, basements, homeowner association property, etc.) or the personal use of volunteers/neighbors. Disposal of the collected trash is donated by South Side Landfill, and is intended for cleanup of public spaces only. Failure to comply jeopardizes the neighborhood’s ability to benefit from future resources from KIB.

Requests for the April 2013 Great Indy Cleanup will be accepted starting February 11, 2013.

Click here for more info

Click here to sign up

News from the city…

Partners Launch Registry Week to Survey Homeless in Indianapolis in Effort to Identify Those in Need of Housing Event Kicks Off City’s Participation in 100,000 Homes Campaign, a National Effort to House 100,000 Homeless by July 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – The City of Indianapolis, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) will be joined by community partners in kicking off the Indianapolis Registry Week Survey. The survey will create a by-name, photographic registry of local homeless and prioritize the most vulnerable for housing. Volunteers will traverse across the Indianapolis community to find, identify and survey the area’s homeless.

A local coalition spearheaded by CHIP and CSH has teamed up with the nationally renowned organization Community Solutions and its 100,000 Homes Campaign ( The program has become a national model for reducing and eliminating homelessness in major urban metropolitan areas including New York City’s Times Square.

Indy Greenways Public Open House

Indy Parks is preparing a master plan for the Indy Greenways System (see below). They want to get your input. Come anytime during this public open house to tell us your thoughts on greenway issues, design and the future of the system.

Wednesday February 20, 2013

Open House: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Short overview presentation @ 6:30pm

Eagle Creek Salvation Army Community Center (this is not the store)

4400 North High School Road
Indianapolis, IN

The Indianapolis Greenway System is a world class urban multiuse trail that connects people in the cities of Indianapolis, Lawrence, and Speedway as well as neighborhoods, commercial districts, schools and parks, cultural features and historic sites in the townships of Washington, Center, Lawrence, Wayne, Warren and Pike.

Indianapolis Greenways is transforming the way our community connects and interacts. Over the last two decades, we have built a network of Greenways trails, which provide more option for residents to travel, exercise and build stronger communities while safely interacting with vehicles. Indy Parks’ Greenways offer opportunities for recreation and fitness, protect vital wildlife habitat, promote open space and wetland conservation and spur economic development.

Clean Up Completed At ESI – 4910 West 86th Street

ESI facility in Indianapolis.

Cleanup of the ESI Environmental Inc. site was recently completed by a group of companies considered potentially responsible for the contamination. The companies were doing the cleanup in response to a legal agreement they signed in 2011. On Oct. 9, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of completion letter to the companies stating that all of the requirements listed in the agreement had been met.

ESI was a commercial used oil and wastewater treatment facility that filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 1, 2010. EPA started a cleanup of the facility in October 2010. In April 2011, the group of companies, called a PRP group, took over the cleanup in response to the legal agreement.
For more information about the ESI cleanup contact the EPA On-Scene Coordinator Verneta Simon at 800-621-8431, Ext. 63601, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., weekdays, or