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August 01, 2011
>Indiana Home to One of Nation's Best Children's Hospitals

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is receiving top honors for its pediatric care. U.S. News Media Group has again named Riley at IU Health one of the best children's hospitals in the country.

The distinction is based on Riley at IU Health ranking in 10 out of 10 categories in the 2011-12 Best Children's Hospitals. The rankings are available online and will be featured in the Best Hospitals print edition of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands Aug. 30.

The Best Children's Hospitals rankings are the most extensive listing of its kind and recognize the top 50 children's hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

City's RebuildIndy Initiative to Restore Infrastructure at 10 Indianapolis Parks

Mayor Greg Ballard announced an unprecedented number of improvements to Indianapolis parks under the RebuildIndy program, the City's initiative to repair and replace crumbling infrastructure throughout Marion County.

The restoration work is expected to be complete by Labor Day and Eagle Creek Park south of 56th Street is expected to be completed by next summer. The restorations includes:

Brookside Park: Resurfacing near family recreation center and entrances.

Eagle Creek Park north of 56th Street: Resurfacing park entrance and entrance to the rowing center.

Eagle Creek Park south of 56th Street: Adding an entrance off of 56th Street and making drainage improvements.

Garfield Park: Resurfacing several parking lots and Conservatory Drive.

Perry Park: Resurfacing parking lot and entrances.

Riverwood Park: Resurfacing access road and parking lot.

Sahm Park: Resurfacing access road, north parking lot and main entrance from 91st Street to the fire station.

Soap Box Derby Hill: Resurfacing from 30th Street to Riverside Drive.

Southeastway Park: Resurfacing roads and installing paths to picnic shelters.

Tarkington Park: Resurfacing and repairing sidewalks.

Wes Montgomery Park: Resurfacing entrances, access road and parking lots.

New Sesame Street series to premiere on PBS Kids

Season 42 of the award-winning preschool series, Sesame Street, will premiere on PBS Kids on Monday, September 26 (check your Local listings).

As recent studies show that U.S school children are falling behind in math and science scores, the educational TV show is putting a spotlight back on a STEM (science, technology and math) curriculum with "Let's Find Out!" as the thread linking all of the segments.

The new season also boasts an entirely new celebrity guest line-up including: Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg, actors Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, Zac Efron, Seth Rogan, television host Conan O'Brien and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, to name a few.

Indy Parks' Vintage Movie Nights Continues

Indy Parks and Recreation's Garfield Park Arts Center continues its Vintage Movie Night series this summer!

On August 20 at 8 p.m., enjoy "The Hoosier Schoolmaster" (1935) with Norman Foster and Charlotte Henry. This rare film may be the only surviving projectable print.

Tickets are available for $3 at the door at Garfield Park Arts Center, or in advance by calling (317) 327-PARK. For more information, visit www.indyparks.org.

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