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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Beech Grove Based Bollywood Beats Hosts Workshops

Beech Grove, IN (September 19, 2019) — Garba folk dance of India has made its mark in Indianapolis. A Grade-1 course was conducted by world's largest authentic Garba Dance School, known as the Soni's School of Garba Dance. SSGD director Suhard Soni said it was "our maiden appearance in Indianapolis and other cities of Indiana. It was on the invitation of Bollywood Beats (owned by Jenny Bhupatkar Chakrabarti)." Beech Grove based Bollywood Beats is hosting a number of workshops in Indianapolis, Carmel and Columbus to promote authentic Garba Dance among juniors as well as other groups. Jenny and Suhard Soni had worked together in Mumbai. This led to the visit of Suhard and party in Indianapolis for the first time.

SSG Dance re-establishes the genuine Garba folk dance in fusion with a touch of modern dance, to make this dance form even more delightful to perform and enchanting to watch. SSGD director Suhard Soni imparted basic as well as fine foot steps and body movements which dancing. The participants found Garba "interesting, entertailing and energetic." As it was 'energy consuming' sufficient water breaks were given to the participants."


Ravinder Singh was the oldest participant. Her daughter Jasmine Singh also attended the workshop. The mother-daughter pair can be seen participating a cultural activities. All participants were awarded certificates on completion of the course. Encouraged by the response, Jenny Bhupatkar Chakrabarti said "we are having workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday in Beech Groove. On Friday and Saturday workdshops will be organized in Carmel and Sunday in Columbus.

If anyone wish to register they can contact Bollywood Beats / Jenny Bhupatkar on 812-603-0177 or bollywoodbeats.indy@gmail.com SSGD director Suhard Soni said " I, along with my brother Jigar Soni, is the co - founder of the world's largest Authentic Garba School, known as the Soni's School of Garba Dance. SSGD have a presence in 25 cities in nine countries worldwide, including India, the USA, the United Kingdom and Ireland , Switzerland, the UAE, Oman and Singapore.

As members of the UNESCO - World Dance Council - the school now offers a graded course which is taught according to a structured syllabus. In Septmber 2017, Suhrad Soni along with his brother Jigar were awarded in the UK House of Commons ( Parliament House ) London, for their significant contribution towards promoting Authentic Garba globally.

Suhrad and Jigar have taught Garba to some of the biggest names, Including the Bollywood superstar Salman Khan! They have not only taught but performed Garba for the richest family in India, the Ambani's for the recent wedding of Akash Ambani. Just few days ago, on September 12, their music video, the Garba Raas Anthem, "Radha Ne Shyam", with the one and only Dandiya Queen - Falguni Pathak was released. The video has been produced and choregraphed by Soni's School of Garba Dance with Suhrad and Jigar as the Lead dancers, along with Falguni Pathak. The music is composed by Shail Hada, who is known for his work in Bollywood."

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Haunted Theme Park Hiring Actors For Season

Beech Grove, IN (September 5, 2019) — A Southeast Indianapolis theme park is seeking actors, makeup artists, tractor drivers, combine drivers and parking lot attendants for Hanna Haunted Acres. Every October, they get to scare thousands of people as they face their fears at Indianapolis’ largest Haunted Theme Park throughout the month of October.




What to Expect:
While being a haunted house actor is a lot of work, it is also a fantastic stress reliever and incredibly fun. Most of their actors find a community and social group made up of more than 150 actors and actresses, and many go on to form lasting friendships. You’ll need to plan on being on your feet and moving quickly to get your scares throughout the night.

Compensation:
All their positions are paid at $9.00/hour after working 10 days, plus bonuses. Payroll is paid twice; once at the midpoint of the season and the last check is sent out two weeks after they close. Any bonuses earned during the season are sent out in November.

Event Dates:
Their events run from Sept. 27 through Nov. 2nd and are open from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on the first and last Friday and Saturday and Sundays through Thursdays. All other Friday and Saturday nights are from 7:00 pm until 12:00 pm. They stay until there are no lines for any of their haunts, so hours will vary throughout the season. They also require training prior to the start of the season.
Check out their complete schedule here: HannaHauntedAcres.com/hours

Job Fair:
Their upcoming job fairs are Friday Sept. 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday Sept. 7th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are interested in joining them for the upcoming 2019 season, please plan to attend on one of these nights. (You only have to attend one job fair). Please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes or boots and casual attire. Please no high heels or sandals. You must be 16 or older to work at Hanna Haunted Acres. Please submit your application at: Jobs.HannaHauntedAcres.com/jobs

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SOURCE: Hanna Haunted Acres

Friday, August 30, 2019

Dome car from the 50's could be in Beech Grove

Beech Grove, IN (August 30, 2019) — Amtrak's Great Dome car, a regular feature during fall foliage season on the Adirondack between Albany and Montreal, has been retired. The two-level passenger car with a glassed-in upper level stretching the length of the car was the last of a fleet of six originally built for the Great Northern Railway's Empire Builder between Chicago and Seattle in the mid-1950's.

The exterior of the Amtrak dome car that gives a panoramic view of the Adirondack fall foliage.

The Milwaukee Road operated its own fleet of 10 "Super Dome" cars that were similar in appearance, with the glassed-in upper level also stretching the full length of the railroad car. They were used on the railroad's Hiawatha passenger trains and later on such trains as the City of Denver. Those dome cars ended up with cruise lines or scenic railroads.

Interior of the Amtrak dome car which operated on the Adirondack during the autumn foliage season in Troy ,New York 10/01/2009. Michael P. Farrell / Times Union 

Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said "due to the age and expense of maintaining this vintage car, the Great Dome Car will no longer operate as part of Amtrak's fleet."

The car is believed to be in storage at Amtrak's Beech Grove repair shop

Amtrak now operates two-level Superliner lounge cars with windows that stretch from just above the floor to wrap around part of the ceiling. Because of the cars' height, they operate mainly between Chicago and destinations in the south and west. Lower clearances on eastern routes prevent them from operating into New York City. That's why the Great Dome car operated on the Adirondack only between Albany and Montreal.


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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Local non-profit joins forces with several churches

Beech Grove, IN (August 29, 2019) — Volunteers of all ages gathered at Mt. Comfort Church to pack small bags of rice, vegetables and vitamin supplements. While the food was packed into compact bundles, it’s intended to have a big impact: The packaged meals, 30,000 of them in total, will be transported to Haiti.

The event, held Saturday, was sponsored by four area churches — Mt. Comfort Church, New Palestine United Methodist Church, McCordsville United Methodist Church and Gateway Community Church — in partnership with the nonprofit organization Pack Away Hunger.

Volunteers with Pack Away Hunger at Mt. Comfort Church pause for a photo suitable for social media as they work. Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

Ethan Maple, a pastor at Mt. Comfort Church, was one of the event’s organizers. “We’ve had probably about 150 volunteers participate, between all four churches and the community. We had some organizations hear about what we were doing and wanted to participate, so we’ve welcomed them as part of the team,” Maple said.

Maple said the components for the packed meals cost about $10,000. He said this was the largest project the four area United Methodist churches had worked on together, and they hoped to continue collaborating in the future.

“We’ve pooled our resources to come up with that $10,000, we’ve pooled our volunteers to do the packing, and we’re going to make a big splash, hopefully,” Maple said.

Pack Away Hunger, which is based in Beech Grove, works with both local food pantries and shelters in Indiana and with organizations around the world. Because the four churches had such a large pool of volunteers, they decided to focus on packing meals for Haiti, where the need is currently one of the world’s greatest, Pack Away Hunger staffer Lisa Patton said.

With each one among dozens of volunteers making individual contributions, the group assembled 30,000 meals to go to Haiti. Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

The meals packed by the organization are called “Nutri-Plenty” meals and contain a mixture of rice, soy, vegetables and flavoring as well as “a scientifically proven blend of 21 vitamins and minerals shown to help alleviate and also reverse the effects of micronutrient malnutrition in young children,” according to Pack Away Hunger’s website. They are intended to contain the maximum possible nutritional benefit while still being easy to transport across the globe.

Once the meals are packed, they are distributed by Pack Away Hunger via partnerships with local organizations in Haiti. The organization also distributes meals in Guatemala. Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Americas, has experienced both political crises and natural disasters leading to widespread food insecurity. According to the nonprofit World Food program, 50 percent of Haitians are undernourished.

Nutri-Plenty packets away assembly into meal kits bound for Haiti. The packets contain a mixture of ingredients designed to address malnutrition in children. Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

Patton said the Pack Away Hunger model allows everyone, including young children, to contribute something concrete to a charitable cause. Nine-year-old Bryn Spruenger helped pack vegetables and spice packets at the event and said it felt good to do something for those in need.

“It’s an opportunity for the whole family to give back to those in need,” Patton said.

“Even if they don’t have houses, they could at least have stuff to eat and they could stay healthy,” Spruenger said.

Korey Collier, who attends New Palestine Methodist Church, volunteered at the event along with his wife and children. He said it was inspiring to see people from the four congregations come together for a common cause. “As a family, we’re trying to instill thankfulness in our kids for what they have. For them to realize that there are kids in other parts of the world that don’t have food to eat everyday, we try to open their eyes to that reality,” Collier said.

Once the meals are packed, Pack Away Hunger distributes them to children in need via a partnership with Nehemiah Vision Ministries, which is also based in Indiana and operates schools and healthcare services in Haiti.

Volunteers add ingredients to food packets that will be sent to Haiti, where malnutrition affects as much as half of the population. Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

Maple said he thought the event was a powerful demonstration of what churches and communities can accomplish when they come together to work as one.

“It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, this is an event that everybody can get involved in, and it’s an opportunity to serve,” Maple said. “All these people who are serving, they may just have a little small part in putting part of the meal pack together. But the impact they have, what we’re doing together, is huge.”

Patton said Pack Away Hunger is always looking for people to get involved and sponsor events. “The need here in Indiana is great, unfortunately,” Patton said. For more information on sponsoring or joining an event, visit PackAwayHunger.org Monetary donations can also be made online.

SOURCE: Daily Reporter

Friday, August 23, 2019

Too late for Refined Metals cost recovery suit

Beech Grove, IN (August 23, 2019) — U.S. Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood, writing for a unanimous panel on Thursday, said the 19 years that elapsed between Refined’s settlement, which was reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators, and its suit against NL Industries Inc. was too long. The decision hung in part on which provision of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act was available to Refined to pursue cleanup costs — a contribution action or a cost recovery action, which has a longer statute of limitations.

“If it were the latter, we would need to conduct a searching examination of what actions to clean up the site anyone has taken, and when. But we can skip that inquiry, because we agree with the district court that this is a … contribution action, and the limitations period had expired by the time Refined filed suit,” the panel said.


The case involves a contaminated site in Beech Grove, Indiana. Refined has owned the site for nearly four decades and agreed in 1998 to pay $210,000 and work to remove the contamination. The agreement also included a provision that the EPA and the state wouldn’t sue “on at least some of their potential claims.” In 2017, Refined sued NL, the prior owner, seeking some of its cleanup costs.

Companies can try to recover their cleanup costs under CERCLA in two ways. Companies often prefer cost recovery under section 107(a), which blocks the defendant from making certain arguments and carries a longer statute of limitations. This method is usually for “costs incurred during a self-initiated environmental clean-up.” Refined believes that under a cost recovery claim, the clock didn’t start until 2014, when the EPA agreed to "final corrective measures” after considerable work had already been done, the opinion said.


NL, however, said Refined is limited to the other section of CERCLA, 113(f), which allows for a suit seeking contribution for a party that has handled its liability through a settlement. If this provision is triggered, 113(f) is the only means for a company to pursue recovery.

The court disagreed with Refined’s argument that because it never admitted liability in the 1998 agreement, it didn’t have to face a contribution claim, and found that 113(f) applied .

Refined also argued that the agreement did not resolve its CERCLA liability but pertained to other statutes, meaning that it wasn’t forced into a contribution claim. But NL told the court that a settlement only needs to resolve some portion of a responsible party’s liability under any law.

“We agree with the latter point: a settlement need not resolve CERCLA-specific liability in order to start the clock on a contribution action,” the panel said.

Circuit Judges Diane P. Wood, Joel M. Flaum and Diane S. Sykes sat on the panel for the Seventh Circuit.

A representative for NL Industries declined to comment.

A representative for Refined did not immediately return a request for comment late Friday.

Refined is represented by Robert L. Collings of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

NL Industries is represented by Joel L. Herz of the Law Offices of Joel L. Herz.

The case is Refined Metals Corp. v. NL Industries Corp., case number 18-3235, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

SOURCE: Law360