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Boutique fitness studios in Bloomington popular due to results, trendy group atmosphere

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Orangetheory Fitness member Haley Anson started going to the fitness studio after her twin sister began her membership in Evansville. Hearing her sister rave about the fun she was having made Anson curious.

“The atmosphere of working out there is something I really enjoyed, and it was very motivating,” she said. “It’s like having a personal trainer but in a group setting.”

While some attribute the hype around boutique fitness to a trendy studio, others say the results from the workouts and the atmosphere of a group setting is keeping members going.

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Local dementia-friendly services involve entire community in patient care

Bloomington resident Wendy Rubin has an arsenal of fond memories with her husband, Dick, who was one of about 50 million worldwide with dementia. Yet one particular moment stands out in her mind: The day she wrote his obituary.

In late September 2013, a nurse at the facility called her in around 6 p.m. to say goodbye. A small CD player laid next to his bedside, so Wendy inserted a Diana Krall album and listened to the throaty voice waft through the room as she wrote.

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Exclusion of LGBTQ+ students at Lighthouse Christian Academy has negative effects on the community

April 19th, 2018 No comments
Twenty-one- year- old Brie Blauvelt is a senior attending IU. She attending Lighthouse Christian Academy for six years and was felt forced to leave at the age of 15 after coming out as a lesbian.

Unlike other gay students attending Lighthouse Christian Academy, 22-year-old Brie Blauvelt left before school officials forced her out with an ultimatum when she came out at the age of 15.

“They didn’t kick me out, but I knew that word was going to get out and that I was going to be kicked out, so I had to leave,” she says.

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Meals on Wheels feeds homebound seniors in Bloomington community

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteer Bobbie Weinberg has worked for this organization over 20 years, delivering meals to homebound clients once a month.

“You feel very good about doing it, cause you’re doing a service for other people,” she said. “And this is a scenario where people are very appreciative.”

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Locals deem Bloomington a vegan-friendly, committed city

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Local vegan, Olympic weightlifter and animal-lover Cathi Crabtree laughed when she talked about getting enough nutrients and maintaining a healthy diet. She said the question, “Do you get enough protein?” is a running joke among vegans.

Because of her respect for animals, Crabtree has avoided meat for the last 22 years. She made the transition to a vegan lifestyle four years ago.

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Sunday alcohol sales bring positive change to Bloomington

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Leana McFarland, a 21-year-old IU student, said the recently passed law allowing for Sunday carryout alcohol sales was a long time coming. But It will not change her habits.

“Bars aren’t my thing,” she said. “I would rather go get a bottle of wine from a liquor store on a Sunday and spend the day with my cat.”

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Bloomington food events encourage the community to try local restaurants

April 19th, 2018 No comments

For Addison Rump, 22, Indianapolis, it is exciting to be a part of the unique food scene in Bloomington. Working at The Village Deli, she watched it boon in the community.

“It’s really fun working at a popular restaurant because I get to meet a variety of people and the conversations are always interesting,” said Rump.

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Bloomington hospitality professionals expect positive impact from new hotels

April 19th, 2018 No comments

IU student Sarah Harris and her family from Houston have stayed in many Bloomington hotels over the four years she has been at IU. The prices and high demand of hotels in town, especially the hotels located downtown, shock her and her family.

“The location of the hotels is more important than the price,” she said. “They do get very crowded on weekends, but my family always tries to book them far in advance.”

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Bloomington takes action for bicycle and pedestrian safety

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Cherryl Ellison, her teammate, and her Little 500 coach rode their bikes down Shilo Road in May of 2014. Shilo, located about 10 miles northeast of Bloomington, is a curvy, narrow road that is littered with poorly filled potholes and gravel. Ellison’s bike slid out from under her on these poor road conditions, causing her to wreck.

Ellison, a 24-year-old Bloomington native, broke her collar bone twice before, during the 2013 and 2015 Little 500 races. But this was her first time wrecking on the road.

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Global music festival trend influences local culture

April 19th, 2018 No comments

A large banner drapes behind WIUX Radio Sales Director Amanda Martinez. Splatters of paint cover the banner and two prominent words are emblazoned across it: Culture Shock. She says that the growing popularity of music festivals has affected the way the student-run organization has curated its own festival.

“I think that the emerging trend of music festivals has definitely impacted Culture Shock,” she says. “For example, we’ve changed the way we plan it a lot.”

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