Purdue, New Chauncey, & West Lafayette to Welcome Boilermakers Back

For the 14th consecutive year, volunteers from New Chauncey, the City, and Purdue will walk around the New Chauncey and Northwestern Heights neighborhoods. On the evening of Tuesday,  August 27 the annual Meet & Greet of students living off campus will occur welcoming them back to West Lafayette and Purdue.Purdue University

There are a couple of changes to this year’s Meet and Greet , see below for details.

“This is a wonderful tradition that welcomes students living off campus and shows them they are a valued and vital part of both the Purdue and West Lafayette communities,” said Melissa Exum, vice president for student affairs. “Our goal is to meet students face-to-face as they move into their new neighborhoods and ease their transition into the community.

Kyle Pendergast, president of Purdue Student Government, said it is important to reach out early before people get settled in so they feel close to campus.

“The closer they feel, the more likely they are to get involved”  Pendergast said. “Meg Highley (vice-president of PSG) and I created Team Purdue, our campaign theme,to stress the idea that everyone at Purdue is a team dedicated to improving our university.  We can’t do that unless all students are involved.

“Meet and Greet” is an especially important event for newly arrived graduate students living the area, stated by Blake Hylton (president oThe New Chauncey Neighborhoodf Purdue Graduate Student Government).   By nature of our programs, we don’t often have the opportunity to engage in the larger campus or West Lafayette community, so events like this can really go a long way towards building those bridges. For those students with families, the involvement of city representatives like Mayor Dennis really goes the extra mile to make them feel welcome here in West Lafayette, Hylton said.

This year the volunteers will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering at the corner of West Stadium Avenue and Northwestern Avenue.  Volunteers receive a gold Meet and Greet T-shirt, a street map of the near-campus neighborhoods showing student residences, and door hangers with information about Purdue and West Lafayette that they will leave at each residence they visit, Exum said.

Volunteers will then divide into small teams and walk around the neighborhoods to make their visits.

Meet and Greet is arranged jointly by the Purdue University and West Lafayette Community Partnership teams.  Exum is the chair of the Purdue team and Pendergast is a member of the group.

“The main purpose of the teams is to work together to build on the strong relationship between Purdue and the city of West Lafayette,” said Beverly Shaw, chair of the West Lafayette team and marketing and grants administrator for West Lafayette.

“Those of us already here know that West Lafayette and Purdue are great places to be,” Mayor John Dennis said. “We want to share that sense of pride in our community with students who may be new to West Lafayette.”

Meet and Greet is open to all West Lafayette residents and Purdue community members who want to volunteer.

Property Management Signs

For those of you who were not in attendance at the City Council meeting last night, we had a very well received entourage of Property Management Signs scare our neighborhoodpresentations regarding the proliferation of property management signs in our neighborhood, next steps, etc.

A big thanks to Peter BunderTom and Sarah MustilloColin William, and the others who presented this evening.

The City Attorney, Eric Burns, asked Zachary Baiel if we could provide any information regarding the signs growth in our neighborhood; specifically, when the signs started to appear.

So, if you have any information about the signs near your home, please fill out our convenient online form.

Thanks!Property Management Signs scare our neighborhood

New WL Trash Ordinance

Just a reminder that the new WL trash ordinance  went into effect on 7/1/2013.City of West Lafayette

Here are a few important features of the new trash ordinance.

  • The new monthly trash fee/rate is  $16.00.  This includes weekly, curbside pickup of trash, recycle and yard waste.  The drop off recycle center at 705  S. River Road is always open.
  • Trash cans  must have a tight fitting lid when placed at the curbside.  Trash containers must be removed from curbside by 11PM on the day of pickup.
  • Grass clippings will no longer be picked up by the street dept. This practice  is recommended by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management . A handout discussing this practice is available.

The Master Gardener Association of Tippecanoe County will hold a composting educational session at the Tippecanoe county Extension Center on 9/14/2013 from 9AM-12 noon.  Recommendations for dealing with grass clippings will be discussed at this workshop.

Trash Can

New Chauncey Garden Club

The New Chauncey Garden Club held its 2013 Garden Get Together on June 8. This year’s annual get together was held at the beautiful home of Carl and Lynn Griffin.

It was a great time of fun, fellowship, and learning for all who attended – from beginners to experienced gardeners. Carl showed us his many beautiful flowers after a delicious brunch.

If you are interested in joining the group, contact Harlan Day.

New Chauncey Garden ClubNew Chauncey Garden Club

2013 New Chauncey Soup ‘n Dance

Our 7th Annual NCNA Soup ‘n Dance was a whole lot of fun for every one. One of the very thoughtful  international students that attended the dance wrote:

I would like to convey my special thanks for the experience I was a part of today. I think I will speak for all of us international students that it was something never to forget. Special thanks also to the New Chauncey community for inviting us and having us be a part of their to their annual Soup and Dinner. Their hospitality was very heart-warming.

Looking forward to participating in more such experiences giving us insight into the American way of life!

Kind regards

It is especially heartwarming when we can have fun while building community with our student neighbors.


Tami Hammack organized the event and did a terrific job of organizing and inviting the neighborhood. The event once again went off without a hitch. Tami and her team treated us to a wonderful evening….

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.


2011 Annual NCNA Picnic


2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Carl grilling the dogs as Dan Falvin looks on.


2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Scott on the burger grill.


2011 Annual NCNA Picnic

Talk about an ideal picnic plate – looking good!


2011 Annual NCNA Picnic


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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














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