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2017 Meet and Greet

Help welcome new student renters to the New Chauncey neighborhood by volunteering for the annual Meet and Greet.

It’s 60 minute activity that has you walking through New Chauncey, knocking on doors, and handing out information about West Lafayette and the surrounding area.

Join us on Tuesday August 22, 5:30 PM @ Graduate Student Center (RM 105).  It is located at 504 Northwestern Avenue inside the Northwestern parking garage.

The Meet and Greet event is sponsored by the West Lafayette-Purdue Community Partnership Team, a group that meets throughout the year to discuss areas of common interest.

If you would like to participate in this fun event, please show up on August 23rd.

Hope to see you there.

Spring Blast 2017

(BoilerBlast has a new Name)

Here is the press release from Michaella Jones, Director of Community Partnerships, Boilers In Action:

I am excited to announce that this year’s Spring Blast Resident Registration link is officially live! Spring Blast has been previously known as Boiler Blast and Springification, but the day is all the same.

Spring Blast is a day of service dedicated to serving our neighbors. Our goal is to connect Purdue students and residents in making a more united community. Spring Blast was established in order to make that possible.

As a previous participant we would like to extend the offer to participate again! This year (2017) Spring Blast will be on Saturday, April 1st. To register, follow the link at the end of this email, fill out the form, and you will be all set!

We will be contacting you about 2 weeks before the event on April 1st with more information. Please be honest about your needs so that we can match you accordingly. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Thank you for your participation!

More Gas Line Updates are coming May 2017: Meridian, N. Chauncey, Grant, Lawn, Oak, & Vine

We Need Your Help!

The nightmare isn’t over. Starting May 30th of this year, Miller Pipeline will begin replacing the gas lines along Meridian, N. Chauncey, Grant, Lawn, Oak, & Vine.

The project ID for this round is N-676. A number we will need to reference in the future while talking with Vectren to make sure this doesn’t happen again:

The New Chauncey Neighborhood Association has contacted the City of West Lafayette Engineering, Development, Mayor,and City Council offices to setup a meeting with Vectren. If you would like to be involved in the meeting, organizing around this effort (including existing repair issues from previous gas line updates elsewhere in the neighborhood), please contact us over Twitter, Facebook, Nextdoor, e-mail.

This time around, we are asking residents to photograph their existing lawns, sidewalks, curb strips (land between street and sidewalk), trees, etc. This will allow us an accurate reference to ensure Vectren returns the area to its original state.

Spread the word! Stay vigilant! Say hello to your neighbors!

More Information:

Map of Vectren Gas Projects
Gas pipeline upgrades to begin in Lafayette, West Lafayette

11th Annual Soup ‘n Dance

Join neighbors, family, and friends for New Chauncey’s biggest event, the 11th annual Soup & Square Dance on Friday, Jan. 27th from 6 to 8 pm at Morton in the large multipurpose room (with the stage).

Entertainment will include LIVE MUSIC and family-oriented square dancing for all. You don’t have to square dance if you don’t want to, but we know we’re going to have fun at it (even though most of us are only beginners)!

The cost to rent the room, pay the musicians, and everything else for the event is around $500. The New Chauncey Neighborhood Association would appreciate a donation to help offset the cost. The suggested amounts are $5 per individual or $15 per family. You can also send money via PayPal.

Please bring a soup, bread/butter/cornbread/rolls, a fruit/veggie tray, or dessert to serve 10 people. The more the merrier!

Drinks and paper goods provided. Along with power strips for the soup (if you’re bringing a crockpot).

Please let us know if you will bring food, be paying, and if you can help set up at 5.

For those of you that are on our e-mail list, you should have recieved an evite to the event.  Please RSVP by January 24th (so we have an approx. # attending).  If you are not on our e-mail list, please sign-up and we can get one sent out to you.

Are you a photographer? Please share your photos from the event so we can post them on our web site. Thank you!

PSA: Safe Place

Spotlight on: Safe Place

Project Safe Place

What is Safe Place?

  • Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place sites, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country.

How it works:

  • When youth see the Safe Place sign on a building they know this is somewhere they can ask for help. When in need, they should enter the building and ask for help. They will be connected with a professional who can walk them through the crisis situation with the goal of having the youth return to home and getting families connected with support and resources in the community.

Ways to get HELP:

  • Call the Safe Place agency on-call at (765) 269-6454
  • Walk into a Safe Place site
  • Call the National Runaway Safeline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929
  • TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide service where they can get immediate help and safety. Text the word SAFE, along with your current location, (address-city-state), to the number 69866.

When and why it started:

  • Project Safe Place was started in 1983 as the outreach program for local Runaway and Homeless Youth agency in response to many troubled youth needing help. It was first started in Louisville, KY and has spread throughout the country. Safe Place sites currently span across 41 states. By the end of this year, there are will be 18 agencies in charge of Safe Place throughout Indiana covering 30 of the 92 counties. There are currently 945 stationary sites and 678 mobile sites in Indiana alone. Safe Place launched in Tippecanoe County in October 2015 in response to the increasing number of youth being arrested for running away from home and the drastic increase of families becoming involved with the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. Safe Place provides an opportunity for youth and families to be connected with local resources and services before they become involved with Juvenile Probation or the Department of Child Services.

Safe Place Sites in Tippecanoe County:

  • Tippecanoe Township Volunteer Fire Department
  • Lafayette Fire Department (all stations)
  • West Lafayette Fire Department (all stations)
  • Purdue University Fire Department (all stations)
  • Hanna Community Center
  • Bauer Family Resources
  • Sacred Grounds
  • Salvation Army
  • Buck Creek Pizza (Dayton Station)
  • McAllister Recreation Center
  • Mental Health America
  • Pride Lafayette, Inc.
  • West Lafayette Public Library

Lafayette Independent 6th Aniversary Potluck Dinner Bash

Come Celebrate With Us!

Why:       The Lafayette Independent is starting its 7th year.
What:     6th Aniversary Potluck Dinner Bash
When:     Sunday, October 30, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where:   UU Church, 333 Meridian Street, WL, Fellowship Hall

Tentative Agenda

5:00 – 6:00 pm Drop off potluck items, meet, munch, drink, bid
6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 pm Live music, Tarot readings, silent auction
7:30 Silent auction closes.

[Donations of potluck and auction items will be much appreciated.]

Potluck Items can be brought 5:00 – 6:00 pm day of.

Silent Auction items can be dropped off on Monday, 10/24, and Tuesday, 10/25, from 8:00 am until noon; on Wednesday, 10/26 and Thursday, 10/ 27, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Additional hours: Thursday, 10/27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, 10/29, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Auction items should be left in R. 212 at the UU Church. Use Smiley Street entrance.

Direct questions to


17th Annual Halloween Parade

NCNA Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 PM
at Lincoln Park (on Lincoln St)

Parade starts at the corner of Lincoln & Rose. Please meet there by 2:50 PM. Come join the FUN of the 17th Annual Halloween Parade! Everyone is invited to this event. This is your chance to see our neighborhood kids in their awesome costumes! We will parade on Lincoln St. from Rose St. to the Park. This will allow for great photo shoots!

Once we arrive at the Park, the 48 youngest kids in costume will be introduced to the crowd one-by one, and will receive Goodie Bags with small toys and candy. Hot Chocolate will also be available to all. Hope you and your children can make it!

Lincoln Park Back-to-School Brunch

August 7th marked the first annual back-to-school brunch for residents of the New Chauncey neighborhood.  Held at Lincoln Park, the potluck style gathering brought many faces, old and new, together.

As the resident responsible for planning the event, I was initially looking for a way to get to know some of her new neighbors.  It occurred to me that despite living down the street from the park, it was still difficult to see all of the familiar neighborhood faces and playmates throughout the summer.  Vacations, camps, and recreational sports make these months just as busy as the school year for many.  Thus, with the promise of free coffee, an open invitation was passed around, asking residents to bring their kids and mingle over brunch favorites.  The turnout was impressive, and many people could be overheard expressing the desire for more events like the Back-to-School Brunch at Lincoln Park.

Looks like this year’s potluck was the start of a new tradition for the New Chauncey Neighborhood.

See you next year,