By Bob Burchfield, Editor
Rod Bradway, a five-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, died in the line of duty this morning responding to a domestic violence call. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and relatives.
To the brave, courageous and hard-working men and women of the IMPD, I simply want to say this: THANK YOU for your service to our community.
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By Bob Burchfield, Editor
Today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This observance originally began in the 19th century after the Civil War, and was originally known as Decoration Day.
There are a number of memorials and museums in Indianapolis and central Indiana dedicated to the memory of these brave soldiers and sailors. Here are a few:
- Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis
- Indiana War Memorial Museum, 431 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
- USS Indianapolis Memorial, Senate Ave and Walnut Street, Indianapolis
- Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, White River State Park, 801 West Washington Street, Indianapolis
- Hancock County Veterans Park, South Street and State Road 9, Greenfield (pictured above)
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, 401 South 2nd Street, Vincennes
- And many more across the state
Visit one of these sites today and take time to remember those who have bravely served their country.
By Jordan Moore
On behalf of the JW Marriott Hotel
Summer-time Indy visitors will find fun and relaxation at The Tavern on the Plaza, JW Marriott’s outdoor patio in downtown Indianapolis, located on the hotel’s northwest corner. The Tavern of the Plaza opened for the summer yesterday, featuring live music and great food.
The live music will be featured on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. by local artists including acoustic rock, blues and rat pack era tunes. Guests will also enjoy al fresco dining with great cocktails and Italian favorites offered by Master Chef Rino Baglio of Osteria Pronto.
The JW Marriott Hotel is located at 10 South West Street in downtown Indianapolis, in between Victory Field and the Eiteljorg Museum. The patio is open Thu and Sun 5-10 p.m. and Fri/Sat 5-11 p.m. For more information, visit http://jwindy.com/, or call 317-860-5800.
By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism
The official 2013 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, hotels and more, is now available.
The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them to visit and spend their dollars in the local communities. Local residents are also welcome to pick up a copy at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter.
Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said the Activities Guide is a valuable tool that visitors and residents can use to find fun things to do in each community.
“The Activities Guide gives families plenty of ideas for great attractions, museums, restaurants and more to visit throughout Porter County,” Weimer said.
The guide features listings for Indiana Dunes beaches and hiking trails, theaters, and places for family fun like the new Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland and Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden.
In addition, the guide lists places to enjoy fishing, kayaking and birding. The guide also has listings for golfing, day spas, art galleries and antique shopping. It also directs people to places for sporting fun like disc golf and indoor fun like bowling. It’s even got sections devoted to summer farmer’s markets and winter recreation.
The guide’s hotel listings and restaurant listings feature new places that people might not know have opened, like Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery in Valparaiso and Texas Roadhouse in Portage.
This year’s guide features articles about businesses like Bass Pro Shops and the Rolling Stonebaker pizza truck.
Weimer hopes area residents will use the guide to explore Porter County or to find great things to do with friends and family members from out of town. While the guide is a useful resource to local residents, it is designed to encourage potential visitors to choose Porter County as a destination and then extend their stays by letting them know all there is to do in our communities.
The 68-page guide features a cover with photos the Indiana Dunes, shopping, dining and recreation.
Weimer encourages people to call the Visitor Center at 219-926-2255 if they have any questions or if they would like to request a guide. People can also visit www.IndianaDunes.com/destination-guides to view or download any of Indiana Dunes Tourism’s guides electronically.