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City Launches Hospitality Industry Grant Program  
The City of Indianapolis has launched an $11 million program to help local restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. The Hospitality Establishment Lifeline Payment (HELP) grant program reimburses establishments up to $25,000 for rent or mortgage costs incurred between April to December, 2020. Within the $11 million HELP grant fund, $2.5 million will be set aside for minority, women, disability, or veteran-owned businesses. Businesses must submit their application in partnership with their landlord or property owner. The program is being managed by Indy Chamber which will accept applications until November 6. In addition to HELP grants, the City has budgeted $1 million for establishments affected by COVID-19 public health orders to be reimbursed up to $2,500 for expenses related to winter preparedness during the pandemic. This includes the purchase of heaters, outdoor seating capacity, canopies, or other necessary PPE. Details for both programs are available at response.indychamber.com 
Movies in the Park a Success
 
October 10 was a gorgeous night for Movies in the Park. Families and neighbors found that observing COVID-19 safety protocol of masks and social distancing didn't detract from enjoying great movies under the stars. More than 220 people registered to watch "Black Panther" - presented by Barnes & Thornburg LLC. Midtown Indy sponsored "42-The Jackie Robinson Story", for which more than 140 people registered.  Presenting sponsor, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, has made a significant contribution which insures that the film series continues in 2021. Stay tuned for details!
DPW Announces Leaf Collection Times
 
The City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin collection of bagged leaves on Monday, November 9. Residents may leave up to 40 bags of leaves for pick-up per week during the four-week collection period at no additional cost. Leaf collection concludes on Friday, December 4, 2020.
Reconnecting to Our Waterways Update 
The collective impact initiative, Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) continues to focus attention on the six waterways in the city including the White River, Fall Creek, and Central Canal in Midtown. The group's annual meeting, ROWPort 2020, offered a virtual celebration of all the efforts that the collective is engaged in. Watch the virtual event or use the interactive map to take a self-guided tour of area waterways.
 
To improve water quality in Midtown and surrounding areas, ROW and the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District are collaborating on an update of the 2009 Lower Fall Creek Watershed Management Plan. The goal is to evaluate Lower Fall Creek and to develop a management plan with the help of neighbors (stakeholders). This work will involve some water testing to determine sources of pollution and other impairments to the water quality. Additionally, current and future land uses will also be considered. Use the online mapping tool to view areas of concern and share your ideas. 
IndyGo's New Charging Station in Broad Ripple
IndyGo recently purchased 6410 N. College Ave, a former Key Bank, to house a permanent charging station at the north end of the Red Line electric bus rapid transit corridor in Broad Ripple. Take advantage of multiple opportunities to learn more about the acquisition and help IndyGo make safe and appropriate use of the site. 
 
A virtual public meeting will be held on Oct. 20. Drop-by office hours will be held at the site on Oct. 27 so you can learn more and discuss opportunities for commercial space at that location. Unable to attend the virtual public meeting or office hours? No problem. View a recording of the presentation after Tuesday, October 20 on the project page. 
 
You can also submit questions or comments through a comment form on the project website or by calling IndyGo's Customer Service at 317-635-3344. Comments will be accepted through November 3. Event registration and project information can be found here. 
Halloween Guidance Neither Trick Nor Treat
 
 
The Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) has issued the following public health guidance for Halloween based on current public health orders:
 
* A costume (Halloween) mask is no substitute for a cloth mask. Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume makes it hard to breathe.
* In-person social gatherings or parties more than 50 people are not permitted per the current MCPHD public health order.
* Close contact (less than 6 feet), door-to-door trick-or-treating or "trunk-or-treating," and leaving bowls of candy for others to grab are not recommended,
* Haunted Houses are not recommended unless sufficient monitors inside the facility at entrance/exit areas are provided to make sure there is no lagging or congregating between participants who are members of different households. Close contact between individuals from different households is particularly dangerous in haunted houses because loud voices and screaming can exacerbate the spread of the virus.
* Hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household is not recommended, unless you are able to maintain two feet of distance from other parties and stay masked during the ride.
* Attending indoor Halloween parties is not recommended, particularly if a party is held in a crowded or poorly ventilated area.
 
IMPD will schedule extra patrols and enforcement in neighborhoods from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.
Children's Museum and Anthem Provide Free Flu Shots
  
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is partnering with Anthem to host a series of free flu shot clinics. Flu shots available for everyone ages 11 and up. The clinics will be conducted in the museum's Polar Bear parking lot, off Illinois Street just north of 32nd Street. If possible, please register ahead of time. See dates and times in above graphic.
A Mural Inspired by YOU!
 
Thank you to many community members who provided input to Citizen's Energy Group's DigIndy Art Project! The mural, inspired by community input, has been completed. Watch the video. 
 
To view the mural in person, head over the Citizens' pump house located at 5706 N Meridian Street, in Alice Carter Place Park!
More Extensive Updates Available 
For more information on Midtown state of affairs as it relates to businesses, schools, cultural amenities, resources, announcements, and general health, visit Indy Midtown Magazine's COVID-19 Update page, which will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
 
The City of Indianapolis also has compiled a list of the latest restrictions and a growing list of resources and access to city services, along with other important information.
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