Category: Community

Monroe County CASA Celebrates 35 Years of Advocating for Kids

In the early 1980s, things began changing for children who were the victims of abuse and neglect. “There was a grassroots movement that led people in the judicial system to begin talking about how to best advocate for children,” says Kristin Bishay, executive director of Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

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Beanblossom Bottoms Still Open In Spite of Damage from Tornado

After being closed for nearly a year, Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve reopened in May. “People waited very patiently for the preserve to reopen, and it was worth it,” says Abby Henkel, communications director for Sycamore Land Trust. “There are so many magical things about that place. You feel like you’re in another time and place out there.”

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City Celebrates Hispanic Heritage From September 15 to October 15

Each year across the United States, National Hispanic Heritage Month occurs from September 15 to October 15. In Bloomington, there’s a long tradition of celebrating the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, says Lillian Casillas-Origel, director of the La Casa/Latino Culture Center at Indiana University.

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Volunteers Save Lives Fostering Baby Animals

Spring and summer see an increase in the number of newborn animals. Both WildCare, which rehabilitates wild animals, and City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control rely on volunteers to foster young animals in their homes. Bloomington Animal Shelter manager Julia Eppley says, “Without those homes offering daily care during a critically high-volume time, our organization would not have nearly so many positive outcomes.”

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B-town’s Liz Watson in D.C. Heading Progressive Center

Bloomington native Liz Watson, who fell short of unseating Rep. Trey Hollingsworth in Indiana’s Ninth District in 2018, may not be in Congress but she is in Washington, D.C. Watson is serving as the new executive director for the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC).

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Jill Lees Rejoins IUPD as New Chief

Bloomington frequently has a pull on former residents, and Jill Lees, recently named Indiana University Police Department chief of police, is no exception. She’s returning to the city 25 years after graduating from the IU Police Academy.

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Bloom’s Greatest Hits: Life on the Lake

On a hot, bright summer day on the lake, three houseboats are tied together side-by-side in a cove. The occupants—men, women, kids, dogs—are gathered on the upper decks, sipping cool drinks, nibbling on chips and hors d’oeuvres, taking in the sun and breeze, occasionally jumping in for a dip.

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Bloom’s Greatest Hits: IU Campus in Spring

Wells and the IU administrators who have been stewards of the campus since his time have espoused the philosophy that the landscape is not just an adornment but an essential ingredient of the university’s mission.

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April: Autism Awareness Month School Inclusion Is a Priority

Adria Nassim is a young woman with autism, cerebral palsy, and a learning disability. She is also a self-advocate with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC), a columnist with The Herald-Times, and a public speaker. And she knows all about the importance of school inclusion.

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Accessibility for All Is Goal of Local Council

Fourteen years ago, Katie Herron took a walk through her east-side neighborhood with her then 4-year-old son, Ben, who has a physical disability and uses a wheelchair. Along the route, they found intersections with missing curb cuts—the sloped areas that enable wheelchairs to roll from the street to the sidewalk.

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The Warehouse Offers Play Space for Kids of All Ages (Photo Gallery)

The first time Dave Weil visited the former RCA television facility at 1525 S. Rogers St. in 2009, all he saw was an abandoned warehouse “full of birds and bird poop.” Still, it was easy for the evangelist and youth pastor to imagine the 5-acre building as a recreation center, a place that would give young people alternatives to the choices he made as a teenager.

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Bloomington Refugee Network Now Helping Asylum Seekers Here

Exhausted migrants from the Northern Triangle of Central America, many of them running for their lives from political violence and lawlessness in their home countries, face a hostile official reception at the U.S. border. A few will ultimately be allowed to apply for asylum.

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