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Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:06 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville was one of 11 organizations from around the state selected by Indiana Humanities to sponsor ALL-IN Block Parties in their communities. Awarded hosts span the state from South Bend to Jeffersonville and include libraries, a middle school and other community organizations. Each awarded organization will receive $1,000 in addition to a training workshop, promotional materials and prizes to offer to participants.
  • While decking the halls this holiday season, the Indiana State Fire Marshal, part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, encourages Hoosiers to keep fire safety in mind. A large portion of home fires during the holiday season are a result of outdated holiday lights and unattended candles. Holiday lights and decorations should be carefully examined each year before they are hung outside or on a tree. Common fire hazards to look for on holiday lights are frayed or broken strands and missing bulbs.
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  • The City of Noblesville, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Noblesville Main Street, Nickel Plate Arts and Hamilton County, are finalizing plans for the upcoming holiday activities - with several new twists - and would like to invite the public to attend.

    The season will kick off at 7 p.m. on Black Friday with the annual Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce. This event at the Hamilton County Judicial Center includes holiday music and more and is capped off with the lighting of the beautiful downtown lights and Christmas tree. The ceremony will take place inside with the tree lighting on the courthouse square.

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  • Sheridan and Hamilton County are just on the edge of a wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service for today.
    Strong low pressure will bring windy conditions to central Indiana and the NWS-issued advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 1 a.m. Sunday. 
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  • Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, and many home fires and related injuries are caused by unattended cooking. During the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the State Fire Marshal are reminding citizens to remain attentive in the kitchen.

    “Home cooking during the holiday season can be a major concern if important fire safety practices aren’t followed,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.

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  • All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, in observance of Thanksgiving.
    Branches will resume their regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, Nov. 25.
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  • With cold weather just around the corner, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to become more equipped during Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Nov. 12-18.

    Here are several tips to be actively involved in Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

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  • Once again, a scam involving the threat of arrest for missing jury duty is hitting central Indiana, including Hamilton County. In an even more interesting twist, the caller may be using names of courthouse employees and Sheriff’s Office deputies to lend credence to the calls.

    The Sheriff’s Office is aware of two recent incidents when a caller identified himself as “Sgt. Farley” or “Captain Stanaford” from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office and instructed individuals to pay a fine for missed jury duty.

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  • Chilly weather is here, and Hoosiers trying to avoid turning on the heat should exercise caution when using alternative methods to heat their homes.

    “Alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and fire-related deaths each year,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “Fires caused by alternative heating equipment account for 19 percent of home fire deaths in the United States.”

    Greeson advises Hoosiers to take precautions if alternative sources are in use.

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  • October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to take steps to make sure households and workplaces understand the best cybersecurity practices.

    This year’s theme is “Stop. Think. Connect,” and each week in October will have a different theme related to cybersecurity awareness. The theme for the first week is “Simple Steps to Online Safety.” This week, Hoosiers are encouraged to take simple steps to safeguard themselves online and to learn strategies on how to recover from a cyber-attack.

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  • FISHERS - Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Inc., a local nonprofit 501c3 organization, is excited to announce their fourth annual Hamilton County Festival. The return of this holiday tradition, since 2014, marks a significant impact for Hamilton County residents.

    The Festival of Trees is planned for Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. This year’s event will take place at the beautiful Bridgewater Club, 3535 E 161st St. in Carmel. The evening includes a dinner, a keynote speaker, and an auction of exquisitely custom designed themed Christmas trees, wreaths and table centerpieces - hand decorated by local designers specifically as fundraising pieces. Cost is: $75 per person. Reservations are now available and are required due to limited seating, and admission. Please contact Good Samaritan Network at (317) 842-2603 to register as a designer, sponsor, or to RSVP. Or visit

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  • In support of the response and recovery from Hurricane Irma, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is advising Hoosiers to be organized in their giving and volunteer efforts.

    Responsible Giving

    When a natural disaster occurs, many social networking sites may promote impromptu collection drives. This can lead to scams or semis with unrequested items that threaten to crowd warehouses and clog distribution channels in the impacted area.

    A recommended way to help disaster survivors is with a cash donation to a legitimate relief agency operating in the area. The type and amount of items required can change hourly as needs keep pace with the rapidly evolving emergency situation. Cash is far more flexible than goods and allows volunteer agencies to more quickly acquire the supplies needed to address the most urgent needs.

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  • September is National Preparedness Month, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to take steps to make sure households and workplaces are prepared.

    Regardless of the type of disaster, it is important for Hoosiers to take time and make sure that preparations are made. Tornadoes, storms, flooding and even snowstorms have all presented challenges in the past. Knowing how to respond to these events can not only minimize the effects, it can help save lives.

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  • INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana will once again play host to the Veteran Stand Down, taking place at Indiana National Guard Armory, 3912 West Minnesota St., Indianapolis 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7.

    All Veterans with a VA Card or DD214 are invited.

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  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Indiana law enforcement agencies kicked off their drunk driving crackdown, as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s national crackdown: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

    Nationwide in 2015, over 10,000 people were killed – and 153 on Labor Day weekend – in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for high-visibility law enforcement as a key component of eliminating drunk driving deaths and injuries.

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  • All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

    Branches should resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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  • The Indiana Conference for Women, the largest gathering of women leaders and entrepreneurs in the Midwest, has teamed up with The Startup Ladies, a membership organization that seeks to support women entrepreneurs, to sponsor the third annual Indiana Conference for Women Pitch Competition.

    The competition, organized and hosted by The Startup Ladies, will take place on Nov. 7, at the Indiana Convention Center located in Indianapolis. Women entrepreneurs seeking to expand their business can apply, and three finalists will be selected to pitch at the conference. Finalists will receive free individual registration to the conference, and will have access to three Startup Study Halls, organized by The Startup Ladies.

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  • Nearly every state has experienced fires that rage out of control in the landscape. While the largest and most devastating burn in the West, fires also spread in the East and South, where suburb meets country or housing development meets conservation land. Click on this and read how you can protect your property in two ways.

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  • Caller ID spoofing has quickly become a common scamming tactic that can lead to credit card or identity theft. According to TDS Telecom, a simple way to prevent becoming a victim to the scam is to avoid revealing personal information.

    What is caller ID spoofing? Scammers fake their appearance on caller ID displays in order to appear as if they are a reputable company such as your bank, creditor, insurance company, or even the government. They do this to get people to disclose their personal information including credit card numbers, social security numbers, passwords, and/or anything they can use or sell.

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  • With fireworks season under way, the State Fire Marshal is reminding all Hoosiers to be aware of fireworks laws when celebrating.

    “Hoosiers using fireworks this summer need to be both safe and legal when doing so,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “Responsible use of fireworks will help contribute to safe and enjoyable celebration.”

    Both fireworks users and fireworks retailers selling to the public need to abide by the law.

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  • The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation is now accepting applications for the Secure Indiana Scholarship, which offers funds to Indiana students pursuing a career in public safety. Up to 20 students will receive scholarships from the foundation. Full-time students are eligible for $2,000 and part-time students are eligible for $1,000.
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