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2012 Soup ‘n Dance

New Chauncey Came Out in Style!

Our 6th Annual NCNA Soup ‘n Dance was held at the Morton Community Center in West Lafayette and the attendance was great.

Tami Hammack once again organized the event and did a tremendous job of organizing and inviting the neighborhood. Her team of recruits had the main room at the Morton Center set up and ready well before the 6 o’clock start. A big and heartfelt THANKS to Tami and her team!

The food was wonderful and the dancing was a lot of fun. We had a great group of all ages who danced and enjoyed each others company. It was a really fun time for all.

Barry Rubin and his fellow musicians were back and really made the event fun and kept things moving. There’s nothing like live music to listen and dance to.

 

2011 Annual Labor Day Picnic

We had an outstanding picnic at Lincoln Park. The weather felt a bit fall-ish and was simply wonderful.

Thanks to everyone who was there for the great food and better company. It was great seeing so many new faces and friends there today.

Hats off to Scott and Carl for taking on the grilling duties again. Great dogs, burgers, and the very popular veggie burgers.

Thanks to City Counselor Gerald Thomas for stopping by and sharing his insights on the proposed Wang Hall project and any other topics people wanted to discuss. Our District 2 Counselor Peter Bunder was also on hand to discuss issues and update us on the topics effecting New Chauncey. It’s always great to have City representation at fun events like these, just so we can talk with them in a relaxed atmosphere and become more informed.

The picnic was very well attended and the food just kept coming. As people departed, new families joined5 in to the fun. It was very cool seeing so many people enjoy the afternoon.

Thanks New Chauncey – You ROCK!

Here are some photos of the day – Enjoy!

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

A little Purdue Representation never hurts!

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Yummy burgers on the grill. Thanks Scott & Carl!

 

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

What would a day at the park be without the kids?

 

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Biking to the picnic – Awesome!

 

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

 

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

 

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Look at that spread – good eats all around!

 

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Dan Flavin (r) and Tom Kessler (c) enjoy some conversation.

 

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2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Carl grilling the dogs as Dan Falvin looks on.

 

2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Scott on the burger grill.

 

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Talk about an ideal picnic plate – looking good!

 

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Carl asks folks to make sure to sign up on the Newsletter list – You too – on the top right!

 

2011 New Chauncey Soup ‘n Dance

Our 5th Annual NCNA Soup ‘n Dance held at the Morton Community Center in West Lafayette turned a cold blustery night into a warm evening of food and fellowship.

Tami Hammack once again did a tremendous job of organizing and inviting the neighborhood. Her team of recruits had the main room at the Morton Center set up and ready well before the 6 o’clock start. A big and heartfelt THANKS to Tami and her team!

A lively group turned out for the dancing and wide assortment of soups, salads, and desserts made for great eating. Of course we Barry Rubin and his fellow musicians provided great sounds and calling. The walk through prior to each dance made sure that everyone was on the same page (well at least sort-of on the same page). But that is most of the fun.

This year’s live music included the initial performance of James Claven with the group. It’s always nice to have new, young talent added to a neighborhood event. Good times.

New Chauncey Soup N Dance - Dawn & Barry

 

 

 

Dawn Ogas and Barry Rubin (our caller and square dance instructor) enjoy some soup prior to the dancing.

 

 

 

 

2010 Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting at the Morton Center had 47 residents in attendance and received some press coverage from Purdue and the J&C as well.

Carl Griffin introduced Don Ferguson, Manager of the Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program or SHARP. SHARP helps seniors 62 or older remain independent by completing minor home repairs, correcting roof leaks, or installing wheel-chair ramps and grab bars.

This Lafayette and West Lafayette organization worked on over 125 homes last year. For additional information or to help out with SHARP projects, please contact Don, 765.447.2311 x204.

Carl announced that the New Chauncey Neighborhood signs will start going up between now and the end of the year. The City will begin installing the signs at 13 prime locations to bring an awareness of our neighborhood to those who live here and folks who are just passing through. The City is covering almost 50% of the $250 cost for the sign and mounting hardware, the rest will come from the NCNA.

If you would like to sponsor a New Chauncey sign, please give a check for $130 to NCNA treasurer Jean Sullivan so we can recognize your contribution.

Also, the NCNA Leadership Team has commissioned a limited number of commemorative New Chauncey pins. These 1 inch pins are a replica of the New Chauncey signs and a pair of pins will be given to everyone who contributes $50 or more toward the purchase of the New Chauncey signs.

Proposed zoning Ordinance #27-10 and the Area Planning Commission’s New Chauncey Neighborhood zoning and use review dominated the conversation at this year’s annual meeting.
District 2 Councilor Peter Bunder spoke to his opposition to the City’s proposed Ordinance while Mayor John Dennis, City Engineer Dave Buck and Development Director Chandler Poole discussed the proposal ‘s safeguards and advantages. There were a good number of questions and a large amount of discussion about the subject.

Other updates from the meeting included:

  • Captain Chris Leroux’s update on the 2009-2010 Calls for Service by Uniform Crime Reporting category that shows an overall decrease in calls year over year for the New Chauncey Neighborhood.
  • Rick Walker’s update from the Neighborhood Resources Team (NRT) on code enforcement in the Neighborhood and that the NRT has begun patrolling on Home Game Saturdays to help keep the neighborhood in shape.

Daniel Flavin voiced concern from Maple Street  that the City is planting scrub trees in the area between the curb and sidewalk. Also when the contractor rebuilt curbs on Maple Street this summer, the contractor or Concrete Truck dumped excess concrete behind the curb. Making it difficult to plant trees or shrubs in that area. The City contract called for 4” of “good soil”. The same problem happened on N. Chauncey Street a couple of years ago.

2010 Boiler Blast

The 2010 Boiler Blast as a great event for the City of West Lafayette, the Purdue Students who participated and the New Chauncey Neighborhood. The kick-off is held on the Memorial Mall.

The event, organized each year by the Boiler Volunteer Network (BVN), gives Purdue students an opportunity to give back to the community by providing volunteer service. The students have a good time as they give neighboring areas a little TLC. It is a big win for everyone.

Projects the students tackled this year included a large hillside of leaves, the Day Lilly beds in the New Chauncey Neighborhood, collection of scrap concrete and debris from neighborhood ally ways, and of course the favorite “window cleaning” along with dozens of other jobs and tasks requested by the City and neighbors of Purdue.

Students either walk to the job sites or hop the Purdue Bus and get dropped off nearby.

The students help the City, residents, neighborhoods, the Lilly Nature Center, and various other parks and locations.

Boiler Blast Kicks Off at Purdue

Purdue's Boiler Blast Kick-off
Students gather at Purdue’s Memorial Mall in preparation for Boiler Blast.
Window cleaning is always a favorite request of residents.
Window Washing Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Soup ‘n Dance

The 4th Annual NCNA Soup ‘n Dance was held at the Morton Community Center in West Lafayette. The turn out was the best ever with more than 70 friends and neighbors coming in from the cold to enjoy the evening. The wide assortment of soups, salads, and desserts were fantastic. (Now, if we could have only kept the parents from eating the desserts before their dinner, the night would have been perfect). A big thank you goes out to Tami and Marcus for handing the arrangements and hosting the event.

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After doing a great job organizing the Soup ‘n Dance, Tami Hammack does a little dancing

Of course we greatly appreciate the support from Panera Bread – as always a taste treat from their store in the Wabash Landing.

Barry Rubin and his fellow musicians provided the LIVE MUSIC and it was a great time of family-oriented fun for all.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Tami & Marcus Hammack for putting this event together for the Neighborhood.

And this year we had a birthday celebration as well.

NCN 2010 Soup N Dance
Happy Birthday Elana and thanks for sharing your evening with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NCN 2010 Soup N Dance
Of course some kids were just along for the ride…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Halloween Parade & Haunts

Once again the new Chauncey Halloween Parade had beautiful weather and a bunch of interesting costumes. From the Ingalls’ girls to princesses and from witches to Transformers, every one on had a great time. I believe there was even a robot in the park.

Many thanks to Paul Bower and the other helpers for getting the goodie bags ready, hot chocolate made, and bringing the delicious and tasty treats.

Paul Bower as Mr. Wizard

This year’s parade ended at Centennial Park on Vine Street in New Chauncey with about 40 neighbors and children enjoying the sun light in the park on a delightful afternoon.

2009 Annual Meeting

Our 2009 Annual Meeting, held at the Morton Center, was well attended by residents who appreciated the informative presentation by Stan Lambert the Executive Director of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) on what the future developments and recreation facilities may look like along the Wabash. He updated the group on where WREC is in the planning process and what the next steps will be.

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Chandler Poole talks to New Chauncey residents as Stan Lambert looks on.

Chandler Poole and Police Chief Jason Dombkowski updated the audience on the changes the city has made to its structure to better serve its neighborhoods, including New Chauncey. They touched specifically on the Neighborhood Resource Team (NRT) and how it has been organized to focus resources and efforts on specific issues including code enforcement and over occupancy. Rick Walker is the supervisor for the NRT and emphasized the importance of communications with the people in the neighborhood and the City. If you have any questions about the NRT program, contact Rick via email or by calling the Police dispatcher (765.775.5200).

 

Chandler introduced Dale Dixon as the City’s Housing Program Coordinator. Dale helps to ensure rental units in the City are registered and meet the City’s rental unit requirements. There were a number of good discussions regarding neighborhood issues and concerns.

Mayor Dennis spoke briefly about helping the neighborhood look to the future as that is what can be changed.

Gary Sparger and Chief Domkowski emphasized the need for people calling in complaints to fully identify themselves to the 911 operator or police dispatcher and give as much detail as possible when calling. This allows the responding officers to more full investigate the complaint and provides the department a way to follow up with the caller if additional details are needed.

Generally, the attendees felt the City is being much more responsive to the issues in the neighborhood and are doing a very good job of enforcing the City code and parking regulations.

New Chauncey Annual Meeting Attendees
Dale Dixon with Chandler Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor John Dennis discusses the New Chauncey Neighborhood and the City’s focus on maintaining the high quality of life in and around the NCN and throughout the City of West Lafayette.

West Lafayette MayorJohn Dennis
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis

Rick Walker (left) describes the resources available to NCN residents and how

important communications between the residents is to continual improvement of the area. Walker updated the group on his teams code enforcement activities and showed so before and after photos. He also addressed yard trash enforcement and has been working to make sure everyone keeps the area clean and presentable. The photo below is an example of a house where residents were cited.

Trashed Porch

2009 Annual NCN Labor Day Picnic – A fun time for all!

The slight threat of rain did not keep the New Chauncey residents Carl Griffin speaks to NCN groupaway from the Annual New Chauncey Neighborhood Labor Day picnic. This was a great thing as the weather was near perfect! A delectable assortment of fruits, side dishes, salads, and of course yummy desserts were brought to compliment the delicious BBQ hamburgers (see below) , veggie burgers, and hot dogs.

A huge “THANK YOU” to Carl Griffin (right) and Scott Mills for “slaving” over the grills (actually I think they like grilling in the street).

There were many new faces and some great conversations were heard. New friends and acquaintances were made, and of course the kids all had a great time playing on the park equipment.

Enjoy the photos below…..

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2009 NCNA PicnicPeter Bunder and Bob talk

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2009 NCNA Picnic

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2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 Boiler Blast & NCNA Clean Sweep

When Boilers Give Back West Lafayette!

The Boiler Blast, an annual event at Purdue University, has a whopping 1,020 Boiler students give back to the community by volunteering to do odd jobs for the residents of West Lafayette. Boiler Blast 2009 T-Shirt & Sponsors2009 Boiler Blast T-Shit

The 2009 campaign sported great T-Shirts that sported the slogan “One Day A Year – Come Volunteer” and the list of event sponsors, who included, University Spirit,

Piazza Produce, WAZY 96.5, College Station, Purdue Gear.com along with many of the great student organizations on campus. New to this year’s event, thanks to the terrific organizing committee, each home that had signed up for student volunteers, was “tagged” with a bright yellow sign so the volunteers could locate their job sites. These signs were posted the night before the event and helped to smooth the days events.

After meeting at the Campus Mall, the students either walked or were shuttled to there assignment locations. In the photos below, student received maps for their assigned areas to clean up, trash bags, and gloves. Then they were off to work.

Boiler Blast 2009 - Assignments

The students came from all over campus, residents halls, fraternities, sororities, clubs and other campus organizations – all came to help out and the New Chauncey Neighborhood greatly appreciates their efforts and willingness to help out.

 

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NCNA Leadership Team member Vicki Leavitt talks with Boiler Blast Volunteers about their assignments and provides the necessary supplies.

Throughout the morning and early afternoon, students could be seen walking the streets and alleys cleaning up the area and having a good time. The best part of the day was the joy both the Boilermaker students and the New Chauncey residents received from the volunteer spirit. It was truly another win-win put on by Purdue.

 

Boiler Blast 2009 - filling the streets with volunteers

Boiler Blast 2009 - along the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boiler Blast 2009

 

There were other projects that the students helped out on including mulching neighborhood garden spots, cleaning windows, raking yards, planting trees, and installing a retaining wall with one of the residents.

Boiler Blast 2009 - tree planting Boiler Blast 2009 - wall building