Volume VIII | May 2021
Millersville Musings
A note from Board President Dr. Amy Hammes
Hi, neighbor!
We have one very important thing in common – Millersville is our home. In fact, many families have called it home for more than 180 years. But how long have you known you live in Millersville? We’re working to change that. Whether it’s bringing nature-focused non-profits to our greenspaces (see the upcoming workshop below) or our years-long uphill battle to get signage in our community, we aim to increase our visibility to you and the entire city.
 
Why? Because Millersville is awesome. Not convinced? Our area is older than the city of Indianapolis – that’s a lot of history! Our urban forestry along the beautiful, meandering Fall Creek and Fall Creek Trail is rare in the City. Bald eagles, who were once on the endangered species list, call Millersville home. That’s right, our area provided the natural resources necessary to rescue these majestic and meaningful creatures! Furthermore, our Millersville Village is bustling with so many local businesses available for a variety of needs. Don’t miss all of the new ones we welcomed this past year below - in the midst of a pandemic, no less!
 
Our Millersville volunteers know how special our community is and we want to spread the word. Please consider sharing this newsletter with your neighbors. Whether you’re out exploring the Fall Creek Greenway, patronizing one of our small businesses, or browsing through our website for more information, we invite you to discover Millersville.
Millersville...Always Beautiful.
Millersville Matters
RECORD TURNOUT FOR THE GREAT MILLERSVILLE CLEANUP
We had nearly 35 volunteers of all ages attend our annual spring cleanup on April 17. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

Special thanks to Matt Benson and Phyllis Starks for organizing the event; Mollie Benson and Amy Hammes for communications; Starbucks for the donated coffee; building owner John Zubak for the gathering space and disposing of the trash bags; Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for the supplies; and State Rep. Carey Hamilton for supporting us.

Take a peek at some of these great pictures and find a list of volunteers from the day. You might spot someone you know!
CLEAR PATH 465 PROJECT ADVANCEMENT
The Clear Path 465 project is advancing. "On January 15, 2021, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Clear Path 465 project. The FHWA has determined that this project, as identified in the Environmental Assessment and supplemental project information, will have no significant impact on the natural and human environment."

IPS ROBERT FROST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AND BROOKE'S PLACE PARTNERSHIP
In February 2020 we hosted an informational breakfast for the teachers and administrators at IPS Robert Frost with Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People (BP). Patience Calvert, Learning Behavior Support staff, called recently to let us know that they’ve successfully started an 8-week grief-focused peer support group through Brooke’s Place with seven of their students. Ms. Calvert completed a 16-hour facilitator training in April through Brooke’s Place so she can continue supporting her students who are grieving. We’re so happy this connection was made!

"Use your vision and voice. Our students just want teachers to hear and see them," says Patience Calvert.
CAN WE PICK YOUR BRAIN ABOUT WEBSITE MIGRATION?
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We're looking for a Millersville neighbor or someone you know who has experience with managing website migration to a new platform. We're looking for independent education and advice. We're in a pickle and could use some guidance ASAP! Email our website editor, Mollie Benson, at mollie_benson@yahoo.com if you can help. Thanks in advance!
Upcoming Events
TUESDAY, MAY 11 at 1:00 PM: PUBLIC HEARING ON VARIANCE REQUEST
MFCV would like to make you aware of a Public Hearing of the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled for Tuesday, May 11th, 2021, at 1:00 pm at the City-County building, regarding the Noah's Animal Hospital property at 5510 Millersville Road.

The owner of Noah's Animal Hospital proposes adding a 1,307 sq. ft. temporary (two years) modular building on his property, which would require a variance from the zoning ordinance standards for transitional setbacks. A 20-ft distance is required between the proposed new building and the adjacent residential property to the south, but the proposed Site Plan provides for three feet. The building will be used by the current owner for the overflow of patient care from Noah's Animal Hospital, as described in the Variance Petition. More information and documents can be found on our website.
SATURDAY, MAY 15 at 10:00 AM: STREAM STEWARD WORKSHOP
Join staff from the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of the White River, and neighborhood representatives from Millersville at Fall Creek Valley, Inc. for a Stream Steward Workshop to learn how to become a more responsible Fall Creek community member! The workshop will be held at a beautiful spot on Fall Creek and will highlight several facets of streambank management including the following topics:
  • Keeping trash out of our waterways
  • Invasive plant identification and treatment options
  • Sediment and erosion control strategies
  • Native plant and live stake installation options
The program is funded with the generous support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and its Partners for the White River efforts involving more than a dozen organizations, working towards enhancement of the waterway.

Don't miss your chance to REGISTER. The workshop will be limited to the first 25 participants and will follow masking guidelines.
SATURDAY, MAY 15 AT 10:30 AM: QUICK-HITTER LITTER CLEANUP
Couldn't make it to our Great Millersville Cleanup last month? The trash never quits, so neither do we! Meet us on the front steps of the Champagne & White building and we'll have trash bags and gloves!

SUNDAY, MAY 16 at 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM: AN EVENING IN LADYWOOD
SATURDAY, MAY 22 at 9:00 AM: SPRING FLOWER PLANTING
No green thumb required! We would love to have you out to help us plant and water flowers in our Gateway Median Gardens. We need 10-12 volunteers. RSVP to Matt Benson, Beautification Chair, at matt0benson@gmail.com

Meet at the limestone Art Plaza at the Preserve behind Walmart along Fall Creek Trail. Masking guidelines followed for outdoor activity.
Millersville Village
Business District
BUSINESSES STEPPING UP TO FIGHT LITTER
We see you, Walmart, and other businesses in the Village, when you send out your employees to pick up trash on your property. Neighbor volunteers alone cannot solve the litter issue in our community, but with YOUR HELP we can make an even bigger difference! Pictured right, Dana, is often seen in the Walmart parking lot picking up litter - THANK YOU!
WELCOME NEW BUSINESSES 2020/2021
5435 Emerson Way Suite 110

5023 E 56th St Suite 130
Health & Urgent Care; Exams

4954 E 56th St Suite 4
Behavioral Health Services

Compassionate Senior Care
5023 E 56th St Suite 210
In Home Services

5435 Emerson Way Suite 402
In Home Medical/Hospice Care

5435 Emerson Way Suite 220
Medical Laboratory

Hair and Beauty Extensions
4054 E 56th St Suite 9

5435 Emerson Way Suite 210
Sculpt, Wax, Skin Care

ENA Boutique
5435 Emerson Way Suite 210

Sheer Beauty
5435 Emerson Way Suite 345


5496 Emerson Way

5435 Emerson Way Suite 225
Nurses Aid Training

Seeds of Life
4954 E. 56th St Suite 12
Foster Care & In Home Services

4954 E 56th St Suite 8
Community Behavioral Health

4954 E 56th St Suite 5
Janitorial Services

4905 E 56th St
Day Care Center
HOW WE ADDRESS CRIME
Crime happens, but we are fortunate that our community sees little of it. However, when it does happen, we check in on our businesses and partner with IMPD to increase police patrols in the area. We appreciate our partnership with and the responsiveness of IMPD North District! Follow them on Facebook here. (Photo: IMPD)
Are you a business owner interested in learning more from IMPD on how to keep your business and customers safe? Email us to participate in an info session.
THANK YOU for SHOPPING LOCALLY
Look no further than our updated Millersville Village Business Directory for goods and services right here in our community! We are grateful for the ways in which our Millersville businesses have adapted to the modifications necessary to remain open through this long and difficult time.
City Resources
Need to contact your city resources?
Bookmark our City Resources webpage, where you can find contact information for the Mayor's Action Center and our City County Councilors. Don't miss the latest neighborhood news from one of our Mayor's Advocates, Natalie van Dongen.
Got a few minutes during your next HOA meeting?
Big thanks to Boardwalk and the Masonic Lodge for inviting us to speak at their events. Amy would love to attend your next HOA or neighborhood meeting, either in person or virtually, to tell you about all the great things we're up to in the community! Email millersvilleboard@gmail.com to set up a date.
We'd love to have you on our team! Check out these volunteer opportunities to make a difference in our community.
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