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.

8th Annual Soup ‘n Dance – 2014

Soup 'n Dance 2014

This year’s edition is going to be terrific!

Our dance caller will again be Barry Rubin, with echoes of the Ozarks music by the Bum Ditty Barn Dance Band.

Music for young, old and to listen, tap your feet, reel and promenade! Join us at 6:00 pm at the University Church in West Lafayette (320 North Street)

Please help us get an accurate head count by RSVPing on our Look for your eVite invitation.

We can always use set up help (putting up tables, etc.) at 5 pm or as soon as you can get there after 5. Please add a comment on the eVite if you can help us set up.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know.

UPDATE:

Had a great time at the Soup ‘n Dance 2014!  Here are a couple of ani-gifs that capture a moment.

Soup 'n Dance 2014 

Our very own Carl Griffin mopping the floor after the festivities.  Thanks to all that stayed after to help clean-up.

Carl Griffin Mopping the Floor after the Annual Soup 'n Dance 2014

Emergency Information for January 2014 Winter Storm

Snow Storm January 2014

We hope everyone is faring well in the storm. If you need assistance, please contact a neighbor and/or appropriate emergency personnel.

Faith West Community Center, 1920 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette, is a warming shelter. Anyone wishing to use the shelter should call the West Lafayette Police Department at (765) 775-5200 and they will arrange transportation.

More information about emergency shelters and helpful numbers on the Journal and Courier web site.

Some other helpful links:

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.

West Lafayette and Annexation

What does it mean to me?

What does it mean for New Chauncey?

What does it mean for West Lafayette?

Join the League of Women Voters and the West Lafayette Public Library as Mayor John Dennis, members of his administrative team and other community leaders discuss this topic in a public and moderated program about the future of the City of West Lafayette.

WHEN: Tuesday evening, November 12 at 7 pm

WHERE: West Lafayette Public Library meeting rooms, 2nd floor of the Library

Free parking in the library garage

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS® OF GREATER LAFAYETTE

West Lafayette Public Library

League Of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette

2013 Halloween Parade

NCN Halloween Parade
Parade Master Paul Bower

Join the tradition of our Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 27th, 2013!

Kids, adults, household companion animals are all encouraged to don their favorite costume and parade from the corner of Rose and Lincoln to Lincoln Park.

Halloween Parade Map 2013

Goodie bags, awards and snacks will be available.  It’s a great time whether you are a participant or a spectator.

Come Join us!

Parade steps off at 3:00 pm, please arrive at Rose and Lincoln at about 2:50 to “sign in”

NCN Halloween Parade

2013 NCNA Annual Meeting

The New Chauncey NeighborhoodJoin us for a quick meeting (right, no one like meetings, should we be calling this a community gathering??) and learn what’s happening in the neighborhood, volunteer for important neighborhood activities and of course you can pay your dues. We are working on the agenda right now, and if there is something you’d like to have discussed, please let us know right away using our contact form.

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the New Chauncey Neighborhood Association will be held on  Monday, October 14 from 6 to 8 PM at the Morton Community Center in Room 106

2013 Labor Day Picnic

Lincoln Park  Labor Day Picnic!On Labor Day (Monday 9/2) at 5:00 PM make sure you join us with your family at our great neighborhood park on Lincoln Street for fun, food and festivities.  Your neighborhood association will provide drinks, burgers, hot dogs and buns.  Please bring your own table service and a generous dish to share.  Reservations encouragedemail us, or respond to the eVite you receive (if we have your email address – if you’re not sure, please email us, directly!)

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.

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