This month we talk with the Hummingbird Cafe's owner; offer details on the IDO annual meeting/fundraiser; share the latest Pennsy Trail updates; talk about the Kroger fundraiser; and ask you to save the date for 10/10. 
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Neighbor Spotlight: Mike Finnigan

Interview by Heidi Unger

Neighbors are eager to check out the new café that quietly opened a few weeks ago near the Pennsy Trail. The Hummingbird Café, which is on Audubon Road near Bonna Avenue, offers sandwiches, a salad bar, soup, and more. This month, we're shining the spotlight on Mike Finnigan, one of the Irvington residents who established this new business.  

How long have you lived and worked here?

I’m living in Irvington for the second time. I first moved to Irvington around 13 years ago. When Pam and I married 9 years ago we moved so our son Jesse could continue to attend Warren Township schools and not be separated from his friends. When Jesse graduated, we moved back to Irvington. We just opened The Hummingbird Café, so this is the start of our working in Irvington as well as living here.

How did you first hear of Irvington and why did you move here?

I’ve worked at Raytheon (Naval Avionics Center) at 21st and Arlington for 30 years. I’ve known many Irvington residents and always liked the area, so when the time was right I moved in to experience the feeling of community I haven’t felt elsewhere in Indianapolis. 

What do you do for fun?

Cooking is my hobby, so the new café gives me a chance to share some of my favorite foods and to receive suggestions of other recipes to experiment with. Also, Pam and I enjoy taking walks through Irvington when we’re able. Amazingly, we always spot something new.

What's your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood?

Ellenberger Park is a favorite, as well as the neighborhoods both north and south of Washington Street. While we now live north of Washington, there’s something very special about the many winding streets south of Washington. I recently heard someone say the simple phrase “One Irvington” to avoid the north/south division. I fully support that – we’re one community, and a very cool one.

If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first?

There’s no question - I’d install left turn lights in all directions at Washington Street and Audubon Road to smooth the flow. Then I’d probably eat ice cream at Wyliepalooza’s since I’d be so near.

Annual Meeting September 26 – Mark It Down!

IDO is a membership-based organization. Our members not only contribute to our financial stability, but they also represent the interests and concerns of Irvington in IDO’s strategic plan and program priorities. Members keep IDO grounded in what is best for the neighborhood and have a direct say in how we operate. Each year we have a meeting to inform our members of our accomplishments and plans for the future as well as hear what our members have to say. We also use the occasion to celebrate our successes and raise a few extra funds while we’re at it! So if you’re not a member, please consider joining and there’s no better time to do so than at the Annual Meeting on September 26.  If you are a member, do come and hear what we’ve been up to and take the opportunity to renew your membership. We will also be voting in new and renewing board members. If you’ve considered becoming more involved with IDO and would like to join the board, please contact me, by August 31.

Pennsy Trail Update

The City is still planning to complete the Pennsy Trail on September 1. Rain has delayed some of the progress, but they’re generally on schedule. In mid-August, they will switch traffic to south-bound only on the west side of Ritter. They will be addressing some curb and sidewalk issues on the east side of the street, which should only take another two weeks. Then they’ll resurface the entire street from Bonna Ave. to Pleasant Run Parkway. After that they will rebuild the Washington/Ritter intersection without the pavers in the middle of the intersection. They are to be done in time for the Halloween Festival! And speaking of Bonna Ave., the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission approved the plans for rebuilding the street on August 5. They will salvage the bricks and incorporate them into the new surface along the curbs. The new street will have two lanes, one in each direction, and a lane of parking. Work should start after Labor Day and continue through the fall. Final resurfacing will probably be completed in the spring of 2015.

Local Kroger Store Nourishes Your Family and IDO

If you’re a Kroger shopper, all you have to do is register your Kroger Plus card on their website to donate to IDO – at no cost to you!  Kroger changed their community giving program at the first of the year, so now every time you shop and swipe the card, you’ll be earning points for IDO.  At the end of each quarter, Kroger sends IDO a portion of their total charitable donation, based on how many of those points IDO supporters have racked up.  The more supporters who register their cards for IDO, the more groceries purchased, the bigger share of the $500,000 pie for IDO.  In the last six months we’ve received $860 from 19 families – THANK YOU!!!

We know there are more than 19 Irvington supporters who shop at Kroger, so please take these few simple steps to support IDO.

Have your Kroger Plus card handy (you'll need the long number under the barcode on the back), go to, and follow the directions for a new account.  Once you've registered, sign up with the Irvington Development Organization.  Our Non Profit Organization Number is 11523.

Then go stock up like a flood’s coming!  Remember to use your Kroger Plus card every time you shop and renew your registration a year from now.  That’s it.  Easy as a blueberry pie.

Another Date to Save - 10/10

With Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Spotts Garden Service, IDO will be holding a volunteer work day for the Washington Streetscape. It’s now two years old and showing a little wear and tear from cars and salt and monsoon rains.  Come out on Saturday, Oct 10 from 8:00 to 11:00 am to clean up the beds, plant trees and perennials, and put down new mulch. The Irvington Streetscape is a community-wide program, something we are all proud of, and a great centerpiece for our neighborhood. Help keep it beautiful and thriving. Contact to sign up for the October 10 Fall Clean-Up.
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