As the economy continues to ease and Fishers heads from town to city status, construction is bubbling up at several locations. We like that. Most visible, perhaps, is the Flaherty & Collins Properties mixed-use development, which is getting under way along 116th street in front of Town Hall. Yes, the green space and a handful of trees are disappearing, but replacing that stripe of nature will be, we hope, thriving businesses on Fishers’ busiest in-town thoroughfare. What does that mean? For one thing, it means more tax dollars for Fishers, which would help at least support, or possibly fund, other necessary projects as the growth continues. Certainly green space is important, but keeping up with the demands of a growing municipality is more important, in our opinion.
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The @Meijer #Pastabowl2013 on Twitterverse pulled in more than 2,000 pounds of pasta for local pantries and Second Helpings. This is the byproduct of area students at work for those less fortunate, and we salute the effort. There’s at least one more game and a chance for other schools to wrestle the trophy for most pasta collected from the collective hands of Fishers High School. Last year was the inaugural run for this philanthropic contest, and it featured five football games for pasta collection/competition, and the effort still didn’t bring in as much as 2,000 pounds. It’s quite a feat. Which school will top it?
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The efforts to help the families displaced by the recent Sandstone Village fire have been amazing. One group organized efforts for a family and has raised almost $7,000 and so much clothing/furniture that there has been a call for folks to pump the breaks on material donations so inventory may be taken. This is the essence of community. Well done.