Category Archives: Community Events

Boiler Blast Job Requests…

Hey New Chauncey!Boilermakers

Make sure to get your Boiler Blast job requests in as soon as possible.

What’s Boiler Blast you say?

Boiler Blast is organized each year by the  Civic Engagement & Leadership Development (CELD, formerly BVN) and 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.

This year, the Boiler Blast Committee goal is  this year is 1,500 students and 200 resident participants, so they will have a lot of students ready to help you out.

What projects are eligible?

In addition to on campus projects and projects for the City, students have tackled all kinds of projects around the neighborhood including the always popular “window cleaning.” Other past projects have included:

  • Clearing large hillsides of leaves, debris, and litter,
  • Helping Scott with the Day Lilly beds in the New Chauncey Neighborhood
  • Collecting scrap concrete and debris from neighborhood ally ways
  • Building planter boxes
  • Picking up trash and garbage along the streets and alleys of New Chauncey

When is Bolier Blast?

Boiler Blast will take place on Saturday April 5th, 2014. You can expect the students to start arriving  in the neighborhood after 10:00 or so.

Submit your job request today!

To aid in the planning process, the Boiler Blast Committee has requested us to submit our job requests to them just as soon as possible. Please complete the form on their website with your request

Can I help out?

I’m so glad that you asked. We will need 6-8 volunteers from the neighborhood to help coordinate the New Chauncey specific jobs. Traditionally there have been 3-4 drop off locations for the students who are going to help out on the neighborhood projects. Our neighborhood volunteers provide maps and taks specifics for these students. It takes about an hour on Saturday morning. Please contact us to volunteer 

Also, we need a pickup truck (any size will do) to collect the bags of debris the students will leave on corners in New Chauncey. This is a two person job (a driver and someone to help grab the bags and put them in the truck). This is about a 90 minute job start to finish and is done sometime in the early afternoon. Again, please let us know if you can help us out with this small task.

State Street Master Plan Public Open House

What allows us to reimagine State Street? The removal of our state highway status - No more SR 26 signage!

December 3rd–The City of West Lafayette, Purdue University, Purdue Research Park and urban planning firm MKSK welcome the public to these initial forums regarding the State Street Master Plan.

This is a wonderful opportunity to chat with those involved in the project, voice your opinions, and see the direction and progress of the plan so far.

The Open House will be held on December 3rd, 2013.  There are two sessions:

  • 11:30 – 4:00PM at Stewart Center, Room 202
  • 5:30 – 7:30PM at the West Lafayette Public Library in the Elm & Walnut Room

State Street Master Plan Map

In the meantime, the related Public Survey 1 closes on November 1st, 2013. Another survey will follow that date. Both surveys and project updates can be found online at the plan’s Facebook page.

You can read the full press release here.

Previous coverage in the community:  WLFI, WBAA, Journal and Courier, Think Lafayette

A Founder’s Day Tree Planting Ceremony

Join the neighborhood and community for a tree planting at the West Lafayette Public Library.

Tuesday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m.

The City of West Lafayette and the WLPL will plant a tree in honor of Helen Lillich, founder of the WL Tree Fund.  Come join us at the patio area on Northwestern Avenue, near the Library’s west entrance and amphitheater.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children. Snacks will be provided.

Tree Planting at WLPL 2013

A little more information about the event, from the press release provided by the city:

A Founder’s Day tree planting ceremony, in memory of West Lafayette Tree Fund founding member Helen Lillich, will take place Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 11 AM in the West Lafayette Public Library’s outdoor amphitheater area. (The ceremony will be inside the library if the weather is inclement.) The public is invited to attend. A short children’s story time, led by a West Lafayette Public Library Librarian, will follow the ceremony.

Helen Lillich formed the West Lafayette Tree Fund almost 30 years ago. She was responsible for the planting of approximately 5000 trees, lobbying for the passage of a city ordinance requiring street trees, and the beautification of Sagamore Parkway. She passed away in 2010.

Brief remarks will be made by Lynn Layden, Chair of the West Lafayette Tree Fund, and Mayor John Dennis.

The West Lafayette Tree Fund thanks GardenArt for donating the ‘Allee’ Elm tree and for providing planting services and the West Lafayette Public Library and its staff.