Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded more than $59,000 to 13 communities and organizations for quality of place initiatives through the Quick Impact Placebased Grant.This is the second year for the competitive matching grant program designed to fund placemaking and transformational projects that spark community-wide conversations and creativity.“This grant rewards creativity, ingenuity and collaboration with the end result leaving a lasting impression on communities and the Hoosiers who live there for years to come,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “These projects will help build stronger communities and enhance the distinctive character of local Indiana places for positive outcomes.The 13 projects that received grants were selected from the 38 submitted applications and will receive grant funds ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/quipgrant.htm.Project summaries are provided below:Artlink Contemporary GalleriesCity of Ft. Wayne, amount awarded: $2,500This grant will create an immersive, narrative sound installation comprised of Myaamiaki voices in Little Turtle Memorial Park. Visitors will be able to hear the stores of the Myaamiaki tribe through a mobile app as they walk through park.Arts Council of Southwest IndianaEvansville, amount awarded: $5,000This grant will commission and install a gateway sculpture titled “The Marker” on Main Street in downtown Evansville by local artist, Amy Musia. The marker is an oversized stainless steel sphere with a mirror finish fashioned to look like an oversized pin, as if marking the location as a destination.Big Car CollaborativeIndianapolis, amount awarded: $5,000This grant will fund the Indy Bee Sanctuary which combines public art, urban agriculture and beekeeping. Two beehives will be a part of an open-air structure in Garfield Park, providing education on the interdependency on bees and humans, as well as a public space to relax.City of DelphiAmount awarded: $5,000This will fund the Gateway Project, which will repurpose parts of the salvaged Hamilton Street Bridge and create a new entrance archway for Delphi’s Trailhead Park and the access point to extensive local trails.City of LawrenceburgAmount awarded: $4,800This grant will fund the purchase of two permanent chess/checkers tables for Newton Park in downtown Lawrenceburg.City of MadisonAmount awarded: $5,000This project will allow local artists’ artwork to be displayed on streetlight banners throughout the Historic Arts & Cultural district in Madison.City of NoblesvilleAmount awarded: $5,000This project will create a walkable, holiday light display featuring local, vintage holiday decorations at Seminary Park adjacent to downtown Noblesville.City of RushvilleAmount awarded: $5,000This project will help create a “Fun Mobile” trailer that will be filled with not only transport games and other special event materials, but also transforms into a mobile concession stand.Preservation Society of Union City Union City, amount awarded: $5,000This grant will fund two local artists, Selina Burk and Phil Wood, to paint a mural depicting the Step Van trucks on The Art Hub building facing the alley between Columbia and Howard Streets in Union City.Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce FoundationAmount awarded: $4,995This project will fund the creation of eight custom bike racks throughout downtown Terre Haute for Indiana State University’s bike share program, with art panels detailing the city as the official birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle.Town of CulverAmount awarded: $2,500This project will purchase games and family activities to be used for Main Street block party events. These portable games include: a bubble machine, giant Uno, Connect 4, yard dice, checkers board, dominos, cornhole boards, foot darts and a spikeball set.Town of HebronAmount awarded: $5,000This project will construct a shaded sail-like pavilion in Novreske Park. The applicant will also install sidewalks and picnic tables to create a shaded seating space for all who visit.Town of Highland Redevelopment CommissionAmount awarded: $5,000This project will expand the Sculpture and Art Walk by hiring local artists and students from Highland High School to create three murals. These murals will be installed on buildings located within the Highland Downtown Arts District.
Former double-winning Arsenal captain Tony Adams has blasted the club’s decision to appoint Sir Chips Keswick as chairman and believes he would have been better positioned to take the role. Adams, who won four league titles and three FA Cups during a 19-year career with the Gunners, believes the club were wrong to replace outgoing chairman Peter Hill-Wood with Keswick. Hill-Wood spent over three decades as chairman but the 77-year-old stepped down due to health reasons and Adams feels the wrong successor was appointed. “Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice by the owner – and he is 73,” Adams told The Sun. Press Association “If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me. “It would have been a better visionary decision than Chips. “They should be lining up the new manager. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is in a tricky situation and could do with some help.” The 46-year-old Adams retired from football in 2002 with many expecting the former centre-back, who collected 66 England caps during his career, to make a successful transition into management but largely unsuccessful spells at Portsmouth and Azerbaijan outfit Gabala followed. Wenger is credited by many with extending Adams’ playing career at the top level but the Frenchman has not guided Arsenal to any silverware in the last eight seasons and Adams reckons they are still a long way off achieving such goals. “It’s time that Arsenal won something again, even the FA Cup or League Cup. But I can’t see it, to be honest,” he added. “They are still not good enough in certain areas of the team. And they are miles off the title.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd it has more sudden impact than Shaquille O’Neal’s commitment to the Lakers in 1996.James is 33 and getting better. In the 2017-18 season he led the NBA in minutes played for the second consecutive season and notched career highs in rebound average and assist average. He averaged 34 points in the Cavaliers’ 22-game postseason and got to the free-throw line nearly 10 times per game.He has played 10,049 minutes in the playoffs. No other active player is at 8,000 and, of course, young Lakers such as Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball have played zero. He has been destined for supremacy since he was in high school in Akron, Ohio. And yet there never has been a New Kid In Town to eclipse him.“I don’t know when Father Time is going to start to make a difference for him,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach, in March.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But the Kings did not win a Stanley Cup with Gretzky, and the Angels have made one playoff appearance with the aging Pujols, and the Lakers did not get to the NBA Finals or win one with O’Neal until 2000, his fourth season in town. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Leonard and the Spurs are barely speaking these days. The two sides dispute the way Leonard handled his recovery from a quadriceps injury. Leonard played only seven regular-season games and was nowhere on the scene when the Spurs lost their first-round playoff series.The Lakers would like to get Leonard sooner instead of later. They realize they whiffed on George, who was the type of team-carrying player James wants alongside him.But San Antonio has no obligation to deal Leonard and can wait until next February’s trade deadline if it wishes. It also could demand Kuzma and/or Ingram and/or Ball and a host of draft picks from the Lakers.If the Lakers could somehow sign Cousins they wouldn’t have to deplete their lineup and could wait to sign Leonard next summer.These are rather cushy problems, but so are the expectations. The Royal Wedding is all over but the vows. The parade is still unscheduled. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The Golden State Warriors, winners of three of the past four NBA titles, return largely intact and in their prime. The Boston Celtics reached Game 7 of the Eastern finals last year without All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, both of whom will play in 2018-19.With Cleveland and Miami, James has played in a ridiculously monumental eight consecutive NBA Finals. His teams have won three titles in nine Finals trips. In the two years when he had the least help, 2007 and 2018 with Cleveland, he suffered a Finals sweep.And help is on the way, assuredly. When, and from whom, are the questions, and those questions got trickier last weekend before James committed to Los Angeles.Paul George of Oklahoma City was supposedly ticketed for the Lakers as a free agent but he re-signed with the Thunder on Saturday.Another potential free agent target would be Demarcus Cousins, the lavishly talented center from New Orleans.Two problems, at least, with Cousins: He is recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture and he needs to fit into a maximum-salary shot on the Lakers’ payroll, or else the club would be subject to a punitive luxury tax.There were reports Sunday that the Lakers were going to re-sign guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $12 million, add Lance Stephenson for $4.5 million and JaVale McGee for $2.4 million. That, according to salary cap experts, would prohibit Cousins from fitting in.Caldwell-Pope would seem to be a spare part for the Lakers, although he shot 39.3 percent from the 3-point line last season and averaged 13.4 points. He cost them $17.7 million last season after he played out his option in Detroit. This made sense after people realized Caldwell-Pope’s agent is Rich Paul, who is also the agent for James.Then there is Kawhi Leonard. He is the San Antonio Spurs’ All-Star who is from Riverside, is known as the best young 94-foot player in the game, and has made it clear he wants to be a Laker after his contract expires in 2019.Related Articles Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? The King is coming. The Court will be named later.LeBron James announced his utterly predictable move to the Lakers on Sunday, a four-year, $153.3 million deal that will end the club’s five-year exile from the NBA playoffs and might even bring the Lakers their first league championship since 2010.There is little question that James is an NBA colossus. No perimeter player in basketball history has dared to dream of being that big, quick, visionary, levitational or indestructible.His arrival is the most celebrated of any of the great pro athletes who have come to this area since Edmonton traded Wayne Gretzky to the Kings in 1988. It is more consequential than Albert Pujols’ decision to sign with the Angels after the 2011 season, when the three-time National League MVP had led St. Louis to a World Series championship.