Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018





Costa Rican companies will learn
how to boost their wellness businesses

By A.M. Costa Rica

Costa Rican companies will learn how to enhance and increase the profitability of their operations and services of their spas or wellness centers during the wellness management course June 9 and 10.

The participants will learn how to integrate the wellness concept in their businesses and understand the differences between spas and wellness centers. The course will help them standardize all the resources, operations and services of their spa or wellness center and teach them the trends of the present and future of the industry, said organizers.

"In the country there are a lot of businesses of this kind, and as of today, they are undervalued. This course will teach how to get the most out of it and make it even more profitable, so that the wellness is incorporated within the commercialization concept of the establishment and give it the same importance as the sale of a house," said Laura Barrantes, president of the Costa Rican Association of Welfare Tourism.

The course will be taught by César Tejedor and Daniel Roibal. Both are instructors from Spain who know the country well and the potential it has in the wellness industry.

Wellness management is held as part of the celebration of World Wellness Day in the Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn.

Those who take the course can register at the National Learning Institute and carry out an evaluation of the company. As a result, they can be provided with advice and specialized on-site technical assistance.

"We are talking about a high-level market, since tourists of this type spend 130 percent more than the regular tourist. This market niche may be the key to reduce seasonality," added Barrantes.

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The wellness industry might help mitigate the negative consequences of low season.

Worldwide, the wellness industry generates around $3.7 trillion per year with tourism, wellness and spas generating more than $700 billion in 2015, according to the association.

The training is sponsored by the Costa Rica Wellness Development in collaboration with the Costa Rican Association of Tourism of Wellbeing, the Costa Rican Tourism Board, the National Learning Institute, and the National Chamber of Tourism.

Organization proposes geoparks to reactivate
Poás and Turrialba as tourist destinations

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The organization Volcanos without Frontiers  proposes the design of a different development model for Poás and Turrialba tourist areas, which have faced a decrease in tourism.

The model consists of a territory that contains both a unique geological heritage and a local development strategy of its own. It has clearly defined limits and enough surface so that it can generate its own economic development.

Its inclusion in the perimeter of the volcanoes would allow these national parks to reduce dependence on how many people visit to the crater, according to the organization.

Geoparks exist in Japan, China, Spain and Perú.

These would not be only a geological protection of the area, but also an important attraction.

"It is not just a geological protection figure nor does it intend to be, although geoparks can contribute to the protection of geological heritage. It also focuses in the quality of life of its inhabitants, its biodiversity and its economic benefit," says the statement sent by the organization.

The proposed Poás volcano geopark would comprise an area of 520 square kilometers.

The cantons of Poás, Alajuela, Valverde Vega, Grecia, Río Cuarto, San Carlos and Heredia would be involved in the project.

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Mount Unzen in Japan is one of the examples of geoparks proposed by the organization.

The route also includes agricultural production sites where, thanks to volcanic soils, there are coffee and strawberry plantations, among other gastronomic offerings.

This geopark would be the starting point to replicate the projects in other volcanic national parks such as Turrialba and Irazú.

A refurbished Muellero Park will receive
tourists and cruisers in Puntarenas

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A concrete structure emulating the movement of the waves will soon receive tourists who arrive on a cruise ship to the pier in Puntarenas.

This is part of the refurbishment project of the Muellero Park located at the end of the Paseo de los Turistas boulevard.

The work is inspired by the Paseo de la Pérgola in Málaga, Spain. The one that will be built in Puntarenas will have a lighting system in each of the vertebrae, which can be illuminated in colors to commemorate some events, said Roger Ríos, the executive president of the Costa Rican Institute of Ports of the Pacific.

The work includes two small internal parks as well as an amphitheater with benches and green areas.

Ríos said that the developer of the project was asked to use materials that require little maintenance and are resistant to the sea breeze so it will not be affected by its proximity to the beach.

The estimated cost of the work is $2.1 million which is pending approval by the Board of Directors of the ports agency.

The executive president of the institute said that the idea is to beautify the center of Puntarenas and avoid the flight of tourists to distant parks, wildlife refuges, and museums, depriving the local population from profiting from tourism.

With Muellero Park people can connect the pier with the Marine Park, which will attract more visitors to this attraction.

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Rendered image of the Puerto Muellero infrastructure.

The project must first be endorsed by ports agency. Then the search of a concessionary will start and it may take up to six months. The construction of the work is estimated at six months.

Ríos said that this development is part of a series of improvements that are planned to be made at the dock so it can attract more cruises.




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Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 /  Second news page
Golfito Municipality raided for alleged environmental crimes

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Environmental Agrarian Prosecutor's Office of Golfito carried out a raid at the Golfito Municipality.

The raid had to do with an investigation that began in September 2017 for the alleged crimes against the forestry law, in the form of trespassing in the protection area, ideological falsehood and breach of duties, officials said.

The operation was carried out in the offices of the Archive and the Department of Control and Urban Development of the city council and sought to seize documentary and electronic evidence relevant to the case.

According to the investigation, a female worker approved a construction permit for a single-story house on a lot owned by her and the municipality approved the request. However, a report from the Ministry of the Environment detected alleged irregularities.

Apparently, the house and a perimeter fence invaded the protection area of the San Francisco Creek, disrespecting the legislation for the protection of water and forest resources. In addition, the authorized infrastructure was exceeded, as a two-story house was built, not the one-story house that was approved.

Citizens reported what happened to the municipality. Afterwards, a coordinator of the Department of Control and Urban Development made an inspection of the property in which he is accused of including false data about the distance of the construction.

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Two Golfito municipality officers were involved with
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The report made by the official, who is being investigated for ideological falsehood and breach of duties, allowed the construction to continue until it was completed, despite claims by prosecutors  that this was apparently causing a damage to natural resources.

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Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 /  Third news page

Pollinators called the future of food security

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The world celebrated the first World Bee Day  Monday and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization urged countries and their peoples to make a greater effort to protect bees and other pollinators or risk suffering a drastic decrease in food diversity.

Bees are seriously threatened by the combined effects of climate change, intensive agriculture, pesticides, loss of biodiversity and pollution, said the organization.

The director general of the U.N. agency, José Graziano da Silva, went to Slovenia for the official ceremony to commemorate World Bee Day and said countries should adopt policies and food systems favorable to pollinators.

"We cannot continue to focus on increasing production and productivity based on the widespread use of pesticides and chemicals that threaten crops and pollinators," he said.

"We must now turn our words into action and carry out specific actions ensuring their survival and, consequently, our own survival," said Dejan Židan, the Slovenian minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food.

More than 75 percent of the world's food crops depend to a certain extent on pollination to obtain yields and quality. The absence of bees and other pollinators would eliminate coffee, apples, almonds, tomatoes and cocoa, to name just a few of the crops that depend on pollination.

"Each one of us,” added Graziano da Silva, “has the individual responsibility to protect the bees, and we must all make respectful decisions towards pollinators. Even growing flowers at home to feed the bees contributes to this effort."

Pollinators, such as bees, wild bees, birds, bats, butterflies, and beetles, fly, jump, and crawl over flowers to help make plants fertile. The number of pollinators and their diversity has decreased in recent decades, and evidence shows this decline is mainly a consequence of human activities, including climate change, which can interrupt the flowering seasons, the U.N. agency said.

Sustainable agricultural practices, particularly agroecology, can help protect bees by reducing exposure to pesticides and helping to diversify agricultural landscapes, the agency added.

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Bees are essential to to the world’s food supply.

"Through agroecology, the FAO seeks to optimize the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment. Innovations are necessary and should be based on the joint creation of knowledge, combining science with wisdom and local experiences, as a social process," the director said, using the agency’s acronym.

In collaboration with the World Health Organization, the  Food and Agriculture Organization has developed the International Code of Conduct for the Management of Pesticides, which provides a framework on best practices that can help reduce the exposure of pollinators.

The official ceremony for the first World Bee Day was celebrated in the Slovenian town of Breznica, 50 km northwest of the capital, under the patronage of Slovenian President Borut Pahor.

Breznica is the 1734 birthplace of Anton Janša, a beekeeper and pioneer of modern beekeeping. His date of birth, May 20, has been chosen to be celebrated every year as World Bee Day. This year, the date fell o Sunday, so the ceremony was moved to Monday.

Slovenia, together with Food and Agriculture Organization, helped to establish the international day through a resolution of the General Assembly adopted unanimously last year, with the support of the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations, the Association of Beekeepers of Slovenia and the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food.











Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 /  Fourth news page
Bill that would allow police to support
transit officers moves forward
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Monday afternoon 51 legislators approved on first vote Bill 19.445 which would allow the national police forces and municipal police to support the work of the traffic police.

The initiative would allow collaboration in the regulation of the traffic flow and let the regular police issue tickets for some drivers’ misdemeanors.

The bill was introduced into legislative discussion by the former legislator and former presidential candidate of National Restoration Party Fabricio Alvarado.

Other functions that may be assumed by the regular and the municipal police will be the execution of control operations, taking care of traffic accidents and routine police checks.

In the case of municipal police, their actions will be valid only in their territorial jurisdiction.

The voting was approved almost unanimously, except for Otto Vargas, from the Republican Social Christian Party, who questioned the capabilities of the  police to enforce traffic laws. In addition, he also said the idea could cause a distraction from the duties of the police.

Harllan Hoepelman, also from the National Restoration Party labeled the initiative as essential in the midst of a context marked by accidents as one of the leading causes of death.

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The two police forces would be able to support each other upon agreement of the respective ministers.

The bill establishes the need for the Ministry of Public Security to coordinate its actions with that of Public Works and Transportation, which must create the protocols if the regulatory agreement is approved.

As of today, there is no date scheduled for the second vote.

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Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 /  Fifth news page
Heart attacks and strokes increasingly
show up in younger people

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From 2011 to 2014, the different services of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund took care of 996 cases of patients aged 20-65 years with acute myocardial infarctions, otherwise known as heart attacks.

In 2015, that figure increased to 1, 096. The following year the number was 1, 080 people.

The same phenomenon has occurred with cerebral-vascular accidents. Between 2011 and 2015 380 people of the same age group. 2- to 64. were treated while in a single year, 2016, that figure reached 443, said a study from the Institution.

People who had a stroke stayed hospitalized an average of 12 days while those who were treated for a heart attack were hospitalized for nine days on average, according to the Social Security Fund statistics. The institution that runs the public health system also is known as the Caja.

In the past, these diseases were concentrated in people over age 64. Now they are increasingly found in younger people, said Roy Wong, coordinator of the epidemiology unit.

The epidemiologist stressed the need for the population to become aware of and eliminate all risk factors such as sedentary lifestyle, overweight and obesity, hypertension, stress and smoking.

Wong recommended constant physical activity, such as swimming, walking for at least 30 minutes a day, and dancing, among others, since four out of 10 people from 20 to 39 years old and fine out of 10 of those who are in the groups aged 40 to 64 years old have a sedentary lifestyle.

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Smoking and sedentary lifestyles could be two causes for the increase in the diseases in younger age groups.

He said it is essential to control weight, blood pressure and diabetes while increasing the consumption of water, vegetables, fruits and reducing the consumption of salt, fats and sugars.

In spite of the number of cases treated for ischemic heart disease, acute myocardial infarction. the in-hospital mortality rate fell between 2015 and 2017.

This reduction in the number of deaths may be due to faster care and an improvement in the accessibility of health services, the agency said.

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Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 /  Sixth news page
The quest for a liver to save an
18-year-old woman takes to social networks

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Luciana Araya requires a liver transplant as soon as possible and because doctors cannot find a donor in the country, her family and friends are doing everything possible to raise about $500,000 so that she can immediately travel to a the U.S. State of Missouri.

The 18-year-old woman lives in Santa Ana and has been fighting for her life at Hospital México since last week.

Jenny Cubillo, mother of the young woman, explained that the most serious symptoms began the previous week.

"We are in the process of collecting the money that we can," said Cubillo.

According to Luciana's mother, doctors suspect that the young woman has Wilson's disease, a hereditary condition that makes the body unable to get rid of the extra copper. The body needs a little copper to stay healthy, but having too much can be toxic.

The woman began to feel ill in February however, but until recently doctors thought it was a problem of stress and anxiety.

"Last week she turned yellow. Friday she was hospitalized and the deterioration was going very fast. Now the doctors clean her blood, to keep her alive while we get the donor because we do not have much time," said Cubillo.

Cubilllo said in her family two people had been diagnosed with Wilson's disease, so doctors pointed to this diagnosis. Now the family needs to raise the money to transfer it to the other country and cover the operation.

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Luciana Araya is 18 years old and needs
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"We need $500,000 or a little more, it depends on the expenses of the hospital. Her the liver practically destroyed and that is why she needs the transplant,” said Valeria Araya, Luciana's sister.

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For personal inspection and more information contact: Call Hilda at 7273-5699 (Spanish) or Frank (English) at 506-7087-0916


New Beautiful One Bedroom Home For Rent

Palmares, Alajuela: This new beautiful large one bedroom home, fully furnished with views of the surrounding mountains from the living room and patio , is on a compound with 4 other homes with swimming pool and rancho with TV and barbecue.
The property is very secure and has fabulous gardens and
a variety of fruit trees. The house rents for $650.00 a month which covers all the utilities cable TV and high speed internet.
One year lease required.


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Code 9374-061118

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part
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Real Estate For Sale
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Beautiful Balinese Style House
Price $299,000


Beautiful villa of 120m2 with pool overlooking the sea and the valley of 5400m2. Magnificent house with charm in wood and refined marquetry, furnished, very beautiful Balinese style. With its two very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a mezzanine also very spacious that can accommodate another room and / or an office. A living-dining room with its American kitchen and its large wooden terrace of 70 m2, overlooking the pool and the green and tropical valley of 180 degrees, which ends with a view of the sea. To these is added a beautiful garden of 5400 m2 of tropical trees and decorated with Indonesian imported stone elements. Ideally located in terms of calm and serenity of the place. Finally, being in this heavenly environment, the property is less than 15 minutes from beaches and shops.

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CR cellphone: (506) 8360-6620

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Colinas Del Sol


Fenced Gated Parcels for Sale
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees. * Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds. * All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each. * Parcels are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD * Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica. * 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport * 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches * 10 minutes to Medical Facilities * 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital * 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: or call +517-484-3675
For more information:
Code: 9342-090318


Vista Verde Del Mar
(Green View of the Sea)

* 4.4 hectares / 10.91 acres.
* All roads on property are complete on solid, original ground...
no "fill" areas.
* Four private 2+ acre parcels available within a ten acre property.
* 12 minutes to the Quepos airport or Quepos Hospital.
* 17 minutes to the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos.
* Unsurpassed 360 degree vistas of ocean and mountains.
* All legal work to convey clean / clear / legal title is complete.
* NO PRE-SALE glitches, ready to build on !
* Price to sell $299,000 Brokers Protected.

Mike Michael email:
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
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Code: 9350-050419


Brand new Casa Palmera
Reduced from $389,000 to $349,000

This exquisite home is located within the EXCLUSIVE gated community. Casa Palmeras has 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, large BBQ area and a spectacular pool over 12m long. The gated community offers the perfect location for home buyers who are seeking true relaxation and peace, also offers 2 tennis courts, miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain forest, serenity and privacy! Casa Palmeras is a 5-minute drive from the town of Quepos and the new Marina and just short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach. More information here

7 Apartments for Sale
Price reduced to $289,000 USD

7 Apt Building For Sale By Owner- * 2000 m2 of property with room for additional apartment construction in the future. * GREAT INCOME POTENTIAL $25K- 540K yearly income potential with live in caretaker! *7 furnished studio apartments with sunny and bright open sliding window doors. Minutes from Quepos and the new Marina and a short drive from Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. More information here

Casa Palmera II
Price $299,000

Located within the EXCLUSIVE community , it has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, situated on a 50,000 sq ft lot with large BBQ area, private pool and a huge backyard, ideal for pet owners. It is a 5- minute drive from the town of Quepos and the Marina and a short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach.The community offers 2 tennis courts , miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain-forest, serenity and privacy!
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Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
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Business For Sale
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For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building
in La Sabana


Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 323 meter construction. Asking $295,000.
Contact Jim Holley
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

Three Cabins For Sale


In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.
Call Harry +(506) 8682-9219


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Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 /  Seventh news page
Costa Rica business news

Lack of medicines in Social Security Fund
rises to 40 percent in one year

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The shortage of medicines in the Costa Rican Social Security Fund increased by 40 percent in one year.

According to authorities, the heads of the Procurement of Goods and Services Department were suspended from their posts so that an in-depth investigation can be carried out.

The department’s intervention will take no less than six months and the officials will be relocated to other departments for at least four months, said the organization that runs the public medical system in a press release.

Because there is only a one month supply of some medications, Fernando Llorca, executive president of the fund, said the measure seeks to guarantee a timely supply of medicines and supplies.

The investigation will try to determine the causes of the shortages and why purchasing is not working well.

According to the official, the measure was taken after a deep analysis that showed an accumulation of about 240 sanction cases for suppliers which were not followed up upon.

Suppliers are sanctioned for delays in delivery or failure to deliver the items ordered.

This means that there is a necessary increase in emergency supplies at a higher cost.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
The scarcity in some drugs provided by Social Security Fund causes emergency purchases at higher cost.

Public notices

American Legion on Memorial Day
Remember, Memorial Day will be observed on Sunday, 11:00 a.m., 27th of May. The observation is organized by the Marine Corps League and sponsored by the American Legion. It will be followed with lunch at Las Brujas. You can google Escazú and then Las Brujas and the location will pop up on the map. Remember this is one of only three opportunities for the American Community to celebrate our heritage in Costa Rica, so spread the word among the Americans you may know and we can have a large turnout.

Kenneth Johnson Vice Commander,

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica
By popular demand we will be showing Michael Moore's Academy Award-winning film: Bowling for Columbine / Political documentary filmmaker Michael Moore explores the circumstances that lead to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and, more broadly, the proliferation of guns and the high homicide rate in America. In his trademark provocative fashion, Moore accosts Kmart corporate employees and pleads with them to stop selling bullets, investigates why Canada doesn't have the same excessive rate of gun violence and questions actor Charlton Heston on his support of the National Rifle Association. The film was released in 2002 and things have only become worse. The film will be followed by moderated discussion… So don’t miss it! The film is 2 hours long so in order to have time we need to start our meeting at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Please be on time.

Date: Sat May 26, 2018 / 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at 27 Calle Rolex, Little Theater Group, San Rafael Escazú, San José.

At 12:30 everyone is invited to stay a little longer for a champagne send-off for David Truslow and Lucinda Gray who sadly for us are moving back to the states) David is a former Chair.

* Suggested donation: ₡3,000 (Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea,meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)
* 50-50 Drawing: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving50% of what is raised from it.
* Tickets: ₡1,000 each (money raised goes towards our Get Out The Vote efforts)
* Free transfer from San José. Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 a.m. promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 1:00pm. Call Nelleke: 8614-2622 or contact Maxine at You MUST reserve for a ride.

For the time, directions, map, ride share and full details. Click the link

If you have any questions or comments, please call Kathy Rothschild at 2244-2247 or email

Nelleke A. Bruyn
Telephone numbers:
CR: Cell phone 8614-2622
USA: 317-663-7732