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Sep
25

Still need coat donations for kids! Time is running out.

Posted By · September 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Hello everyone,

For the 23rd year, we have launched our “Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids” campaign, helmed by our beloved and retired weatherman, Bob Gregory.  Bob keeps coming back to help keep our kids warm in the winter, and you always do, as well.  We have also been blessed to continue our longterm campaign partnership with Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army officials say, in this tougher economy, they expect the need for coats to rise 25 to 30% this year, so our kids need your help more than ever.  Please donate today because the campaign will be ending soon and we are behind in donations!

You can donate new or gently-used heavy winter coats of all sizes at any Tuchman Cleaners location through Monday, October 5th.  The Salvation Army will collect the coats and prepare them for ‘Coat Distribution Day’ at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11th.  You can also volunteer to help prepare the coats or to help fit the coats on children in need on Distribution Day.  For more details on this wonderful and rewarding campaign – the longest community campaign at WTHR - click here.  We can’t help thousands of kids without your generous donations.

Also, please join us or share ideas for community organizations, events or issues to profile on a community interview segment that I host Monday through Friday during our Noon News hour.  It’s called “Focus” and we would like to focus on community ideas that matter to you.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week on Focus.  On Monday, September 28th, we’ll profile the Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism including how the economy is affecting Hoosier volunteerism.  On Tuesday, September 29th, we’ll talk about teen drug and alcohol abuse and profile a special school helping them recover.  On Wednesday, September 30th, a last-minute overview of our “Coats for Kids” campaign, as we hold a Colts Collection Drive and Coat Distribution Day.  On Thursday, October 1st, we’ll talk about HIV/AIDS and a special way you can support an area center that is working to prevent the spread of the disease and empower people living with it.  And on Friday, October 2nd, we’re talking about the “Circle City Classic” – a weekend celebration of college football and historically black colleges and universities – that includes a downtown parade that will attract celebrities and tens of thousands of attendees.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

 

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Sep
23

Australia Dust Storm

Posted By · September 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

Imagine waking up to this… (story continues below)

Australia was hit by a massive dust storm that made everything look red!  People had trouble breathing, and flights were even delayed. 

This was caused by drought and dust clouds blowing across the country!  To read more about what caused this dust storm, click here.

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Sep
23

Morning Fog, Summer Like Afternoon

Posted By · September 23, 2009 at 11:44 am

It sure doesn’t feel like fall!  Highs today are expected to reach the low 80s with a spotty shower or isolated storm.  No severe weather is expected, and plenty of dry time will be found!

Tonight, temps will only drop to the mid 60s.  An isolated shower is possible.  And, tomorrow morning, patchy fog is possible again.

Rain chances stick around through Saturday, although they’ll remain pretty small until we get to the weekend.  For now, showers and storms appear likely Saturday.

The calendar says Fall, but it still doesn’t feel like it!  However, by next Tuesday, highs could be as cool as the low 70s!

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Sep
22

Track & Field…great for kids!

Posted By · September 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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On Monday, we talked with Harry Edwards, Director of Indy’s Racing Cheetahs, a youth track & field club (Ages 6-18) based here in Indianapolis. With this being a club that attends both indoor & outdoor meets, it is a great option for you to keep your children healthy and happy all year round! Track & field is great because it includes numerous events that offer children of all abilities numerous options to find their niche. Second, if you have a child who isn’t interested in traditional sports this is a great way to get them involved. However, if your child is involved with other sports, all the speed and explosiveness that track & field training offers is great for helping them excel at these other sports. With winter right around the corner, I recommend that you start planning your kid’s winter activities. With that in mind consider Indoor/outdoor track & field, I think you will be surprised at how fun and exciting it can be for them! For more information, contact the Cheetahs at: http://www.indysracingcheetahs.org/

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Sep
22

Countdown to Fall

Posted By · September 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

If  you can’t wait for fall, you only have to hold on a few more hours until 5:18 this evening to officially usher in the new season!  However, if you were hoping for crisp fall days, they’re not in our forecast!

Highs today will reach the low 80s.  And crisp, it will be anything but!  Muggy conditions will be found across Central Indiana.  As we head into the afternoon isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible.  We will not see a washout, but have the umbrella handy!

The chance for rain continues through Thursday.  Again, we’re not talking all day rain. 

No severe weather is expected.

A cool down is coming for the weekend when temperatures drop into the 70s!  However, it doesn’t appear that we’ll be rain free.  We’ll keep an eye on it for you!

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Sep
21

Please help us keep our kids warm this winter!

Posted By · September 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Hello everyone,

For the 23rd year, we have launched our “Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids” campaign, helmed by our beloved and retired weatherman, Bob Gregory.  Bob keeps coming back to help keep our kids warm in the winter, and you always do, as well.  We have also been blessed to continue our longterm campaign partnership with Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army officials say, in this tougher economy, they expect the need for coats to rise 25 to 30% this year, so our kids need your help more than ever.  Please donate today because the campaign will be ending soon!

You can donate new or gently-used heavy winter coats of all sizes at any Tuchman Cleaners location through Monday, October 5th.  The Salvation Army will collect the coats and prepare them for ‘Coat Distribution Day’ at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11th.  You can also volunteer to help prepare the coats or to help fit the coats on children in need on Distribution Day.  For more details on this wonderful and rewarding campaign – the longest community campaign at WTHR - click here.  We can’t help thousands of kids without your generous donations.

Also, please join us or share ideas for community organizations, events or issues to profile on a community interview segment that I host Monday through Friday during our Noon News hour.  It’s called “Focus” and we would like to focus on community ideas that matter to you.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week on Focus.  On Monday, September 21st, we’ll give you the warning signs of diabetes and tell you how to join a Walk to help fight this devastating disease that affects some 24 million Americans.  On Tuesday, September 22nd, we’ll show you how to enjoy health and wellness while biking around the city for a special day to explore your community.  You’ll hear about the NExT (Neighborhood Exploration Tour), which is coming up soon.  On Wednesday, September 23rd, we’ll talk to Carol the Coach, a Life Coach and Marriage and Family Therapist, who visits us monthly to discuss various self-improvement and relationships issues.  This week she’ll discuss ”The Four Tools of Conflict” – how to find a better resolution to conflict in your life.  If you have a question for Carol or a topic you would like for her to address in a future segment, let her know by clicking here.  On Thursday, September 24th, we’ll give you a preview of the Opening Night Gala for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s new classical series season.  And on Friday, September 25th, find out how you can help save lives by registering to become a bone marrow donor at an upcoming “Be the Match” drive.

Thank you for supporting all of our community campaigns, including our annual “Shattering the Silence” campaign on domestic abuse which ended in August.  We ‘shatter the silence’ on abuse year-round – child abuse, teen dating abuse, spouse or partner abuse - so if you have any information or ideas you would like to share, just let me know anytime.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Sep
21

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Posted By · September 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

One of my favorite childhood books was “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”  I loved it.  How fun, food falling from the sky?  If you have a baby, that’s one of the gifts I always give!

Of course, it’s now a fun movie.  I can’t wait to see it a little later this week.

Bruce and Chuck went to go see it over the weekend.  They both think I look like the weather girl in the picture below.  What do you think?  I see it!

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Sep
21

Unsettled Pattern

Posted By · September 21, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Highs today will reach the upper 70s with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.  The day will not be a washout, but be prepared for a shower or thunderstorm at any time.  Severe weather is not expected.

This week the weather pattern remains very unsettled.  Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected each and every day through Wednesday.  However, we’re not expecting all day rain.  Temperatures this week will be above average, in the low 80s.

Tuesday we enter Fall at 5:18 pm.  Get the candy corn ready!

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