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.

NCN 2010 Soup N Dance
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.

NCNA 2009 Annual Meeting
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…..






2009 NCNA PicnicPeter Bunder and Bob talk

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

2009 NCNA Picnic

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.


Boiler Blast 2009 - AssignmentBoiler Blast 2009 - House Tag
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

2008 Parade Received a Sunny Welcome

Paul Bower Leads the Way

Once again the 2008 edition of the New Chauncey Halloween Parade was blessed with a very nice sunny afternoon. The participants came in both traditional and unique costumes and played at the Lincoln Street park while the rest of the parents and friends socialized and enjoyed the pleasant day. Paul Bower (right) organized another great day From the traditional to unique, this parade had it all!

Lincoln Park for Halloween

Kids in costume run for the Lincoln Park paly area

Carl Griffin Chair NCNA Neighbor Committee

Carl Griffin talks about the neighborhood






WLFI reported on the Parade this year as well.


The Yummies too….

….what would Halloween be without TREATS????

Every child received a bag of candy “treat” too





2008 NCNA Annual Meeting

Our 2008 annual meeting was well attended on Thursday October 30th. We had 42 NCN neighbors. Guest speakers included: Mayor John Dennis, Police Chief Jason Domkowski, Director of Development Chandler Poole, & Assistant Director of Development Allen Grady.Chandler Poole & Allen Grady talk with residents

We heard from each person about what was happening in WL & were able to voice many questions & concerns in relation to our neighborhood. We also heard from Danny Weiss about our newly formed CHAUNC-PAC (political action committee). This non-partisan group will work with City leaders to keep the quality of life in NC high and help to voice the community concerns in the political arena.

Throughout the evening Allen Grady, Chandler Poole (right), Police Chief Jason Domkowski (below, left), and Mayor John Dennis (below, right) openly discussed the residents’ issues and concerns. Overall attendees were encouraged by the discussion and all of the City leaders encouraged more of these types of discussions.

Chief Domkowski

West Lafayette Mayor Dennis




2008 Boiler Blast & NCNA Clean Sweep

When Students Give Back West Lafayette!

Boiler Blast is an annual event at Purdue University where Purdue Students help out in New Chanunceystudents give back to the community by volunteering to do odd jobs for the residents of West Lafayette. trash bags on coners throughout NC were a common sight on April 5th


The New Chauncey Neighborhood residents ask the student volunteers to help with area clean up, spring yard work, window cleaning, and even some light construction work for the Unitarian Church.


The 2008 event was a great success for the students, Purdue, and the New Chauncey Neighborhood. Many thanks to all who organized and participated in the event!

Bags of trash at main intersections throughout New Chauncey were a common sight before noon as the NCNA Clean Sweep powered by Purdue’s Boiler Blast was in full swing.

washing screens

cleaning up the 'hood

wood reclaimation

2007 New Chauncey Halloween Parade

Since 1999 Paul Bower has organized the New Chauncey Halloween Parade for the kids and parents in the neighborhood. The 2007 event was held at Lincoln Park, the latest neighborhood park in New Chauncey.

There were plenty of cheers and laughter for all. Following the “formalities” the play area was again buzzing with the playful sounds of children having fun.

There’s no better way to relax on a nice Sunday afternoon than with friends and families at our neighborhood park. Thanks again Paul, and we are already looking forward to next year!


One of the many characters who assembled in Lincoln park following the 8th annual New Chauncey halloween Parade – And yes, there were some “Hot Dogs” there too!

The day was perfect – a sunny and crisp autumn day in the mid-60’s with almost no breeze. More than 50 costumed paraders ranging in age from nine months to thirteen years old walked down the street from the corner of Rose and Lincoln Streets to the park.

It was quite a sight as the pirates, rock stars, ghouls, princesses, and assorted other characters strolled down Lincoln. There were rumors that Shrek even made an appearance. The group was met by some generous Purdue students who passed out candy as the parade passed by their house.

Once at the park, kids and parents alike had a great time talking, watching the kids play, eating snacks and drinking hot chocolate provided by friends and neighbors.

Then Paul introduced each of the characters and gave each of them a goodie bag that he had assembled. He pointed out that although we see many of these same costumes on Halloween night, we really cannot appreciate them in the dark as we can at the park. Plus it give the adults a chance to catch up and meet the new neighbors and see long time friends.

The Bunder’s Bee looks very
much like their dog- Hummm

Halloween Pirate
Halloween Pirate


Happy Halloween



Paul Bower, Parade Organizer

Thank you Paul (and friend) for another wonderful Parade!



At the end of the day,
there’s always the tired puppy

end of the day...




The NCNA supports the ongoing sustainability and historic preservation of the New Chauncey Neighborhood in West Lafayette Indiana