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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

POSTED: 11/21/17 at 3:55 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

Another successful New Haven Chamber Annual Dinner was held on Thursday, November 9. Over two hundred and fifty attendees representing fifty five companies and organizations from New Haven and the surrounding area celebrated. The Orchid once again outdid themselves with decorations, food, and service. The silent auction was a huge success and our thanks go out to AAA Auction for their help in cashing people out.

The theme for the evening, “Music can change the world because it can change people” was chosen to highlight the entertainment which was Mitchell Maibach an Acoustic Guitar player. His music consisted of a variety of music genres which touched everyone there. A special thank you to our entertainment sponsors: Three Rivers Federal Credit Union, Beacon Credit Union, and First Merchants Bank.

There were several awards presented at the event. The Manufacturing Business of the Year was awarded to Continental Diamond and Tool. They are in the process of building a new facility on the north side of town. They also are very active in different community endeavors throughout the year. The Service Business of the Year was awarded to Hockemeyer Family Eye Care. They also have built a new facility this year and often they or their employees are part of our Chamber events.

The Community Spirit Award was presented to the New Haven/Adams Township Fire Department. The Fire Department has many events throughout the year that brings the community together as well as drawing people from other communities into our city. One such event this year was the Fire Muster. At this event the street was filled with Fire Trucks, Fire Equipment, and activities for all ages. It was an amazing event.

A new scholarship award was presented at the dinner; The Bill and Todd Fritcha Memorial Scholarship Award. Diane and Lynna Fritcha were on hand to help with the presentation. This award will be presented to a student or students chosen annually by New Haven High School that will be attending higher education in the construction field.

A special thanks goes out to our Title Sponsors: Heritage Park, E. Harpers Community Funeral Home, PNC, Parkview Health, and Winners Circle OTB/VooDoo Bar & Grill.  The donations of these sponsors help The New Haven Chamber to put on a quality event.

The Chamber would also like to thank our Gold Sponsors: Kirkman CPA Group, Nietert Insurance, NIPSCO, Paulding Putnam, Physicians Health Plan, POS Merchant Card Services, Temporary Solutions and Parker Service, Inc. Also thanks to our Underwriters: Bad Dad, Fritcha Construction Co., Parrish Leasing, Perkins CPA Group, Republic Services, Priority 1, Crumback Chevrolet, SDI, and Bunn Box. Without the help of all of our sponsors our Annual Dinner would not be the nice event that it is.

And finally to the group none of this would have happened without, our Annual Dinner Committee, thank you for all of your hard work. Committee members: Lori Richey, PNC Bank; Lisa Cooper, 3 Rivers FCU; Hannah Hewes, Trine University; Jane King, Heritage Park; Sarah Kreischer, Partners 1st FCU; Donna Quandt, DRQ Senior Services, LLC; Emily Snyder, Hockemeyer Eye Care; Amanda Brennan, Ruoff Home Mortgage; Krystal Thompson, Midwest Momma’s LLC; Tiffany Slovan, Genesis HealthCare; Sherri Berghoff, One Purpose Marketing, LLC.


POSTED: 11/21/17 at 1:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

From the Journal Gazette

In a unanimous decision Monday, the New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special use request for a residential addictions treatment facility run by Park Center.

The planned 56-bed inpatient treatment facility was originally planned for the vacant former Verizon office on Rupp Drive in Fort Wayne. However, Park Center withdrew its plans for the Fort Wayne location following backlash from residents who did not want the treatment center near their homes. Park Center’s new location is at 4820 New Haven Ave. at the Fort Wayne-New Haven border.

The New Haven site is located across the street from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health Annex and formerly housed North American Van Lines and the state welfare department.

“The location we looked at in Fort Wayne, I think would have worked, but I really like the fact that this space has more outdoor space, where we can go out, have a nice courtyard, have basketball outside and sort of spread out a little bit,” Park Center CEO Paul Wilson said. “So, I actually like this location better than (Fort Wayne).”


POSTED: 11/21/17 at 1:37 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Two juveniles arrested for vandalism at the Veteran’s Memorial at Schnelker Park

On November 7 th , 2017, several lights were damaged at the Veteran’s Memorial in Schnelker Park located in the 900 block of Park Ave in New Haven. The lights had apparently been smashed by a large rock and had to be replaced. The cost of the damage to the lights was estimated to be over $1,000. A name of one of the suspects was later given to a school official at the New Haven Middle School and two students were asked about the incident. The students admitted to breaking the lights with a large rock. Both students were charged with criminal mischief and taken to the Allen County Juvenile Center in Fort Wayne, IN.

POSTED: 11/21/17 at 1:33 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Beginning Friday, November 17th Kirklynn Drive, in New Haven, Indiana will be closed. This closure will be from Greenmoor Drive to Moller Road. The closure will begin at 10:00 a.m. on November 17th and be in effect until Friday, December 1st. This closure is due to Storm Sewer installation for the Community Crossings Project CC-16-01

**No Detour will be posted** **All dates subject to change due to the weather**

POSTED: 11/17/17 at 12:42 pm. FILED UNDER: News

East Allen County Schools Board Honored by Tobacco Free Allen County

Tobacco Free Allen County with School Board

Tobacco Free Allen County presented EACS’ Board of Trustees the Smokefree Schools Policy Leadership Award. EACS’ lead among Allen County schools in the inclusion of e-cigarettes/vaping in its smokefree workplace policy as Tobacco Free Allen County staffers researched our county’s school corporations’ stances on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices on school property.

“It was a real pleasure to be able to recognize EACS’s leadership in this area and we hope that it will inspire other school corporations to follow suit”, said Nancy Cripe, Executive Director.

As a community partner of the Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, Tobacco Free Allen County works to prevent tobacco use, promote tobacco cessation, and protect non-users from exposure to tobacco toxins in our county, whether it be at work, in public spaces or at school. Part of the work consists of assisting governing bodies to draft and enact policies to prevent exposure to secondhand e-cigarette chemicals and protect youth from initiation to nicotine addiction through such novel devices.

E-cigarettes/vaping devices have been marketed as both cessation aids and a safe alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, with no scientific backing for those claims. The limited research that exists does not justify either. Such marketing messages are not lost on our youth, however, who are drawn in by the “safer” claim; the novelty of the devices; the 7000+ flavorings of the solutions they contain; their “hi-tech” look; their versatile, customizable features; and erroneous reassurances that it’s “just water vapor” being emitted.

From 2007 to 2014, rates of e-cigarette use among teens skyrocketed–in stark contrast to steadily declining rates of conventional cigarette use among teens.* According to the national Youth Tobacco Survey, administered in each state biennially, e-cigarette use tripled among middle and high school students in the two years between 2012 and 2014. While a dip in their use was shown on the 2016 Youth Tobacco Survey**, vaping devices remain the number one tobacco product currently used by teens, nationwide and in Indiana.

Cripe said, “This fact makes EACS’ Board’s foresight in getting out ahead of this new form of tobacco use especially noteworthy. It is crucial that our young people know that their school community leaders are committed to protecting them from toxic exposures. Of equal importance is for them to know that pro-health behaviors are their community’s norm and that the adults charged with overseeing their academic and civic development care to protect them from a lifetime of nicotine addiction”.

POSTED: 11/12/17 at 11:14 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

POSTED: 11/12/17 at 10:59 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools


On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, East Allen County Schools hosted the Principal for a Day program in all schools. The program is designed to help community leaders better understand the complex role of the school principal and get perspective on the school system from within. The Principal for a Day guests did not be actually dish out discipline and/or choose curriculum but they did participate in a number of other activities recess and much more!

The 2017 guests were:

Phil Giaquinta, State Representative,

Ed McCutcheon, Century 21,

Dr. Daniel Stoker, Indiana Tech,

James Burg, IPFW,

Karen Francisco, Journal Gazette,

Joshua Hale, New Haven Fire Dept.,

Julian Teekaram, WPTA 21,

Sarah Garrison, Junior Achievement,

Josh Wenning, Region 8,

Quincy McGhee, Associated Churches,

Caleb Saylor, WFFT TV 55,

Dave Heine, State Representative,

Michelle Chambers, Signing Closings LLC,

Dr. Kim Barnett-Johnson, IVY Tech,

Sarah Hollman, Associated Builders & Contractors,

Tiffany Bailey, United Way of Allen County,

Nicole Christlieb, McMillen Health Center

POSTED: 11/09/17 at 10:11 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

POSTED: 11/08/17 at 8:53 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9… 8 am-11:00 am Enjoy “all you can eat” pancakes. Menu includes sausage, applesauce, juice, & coffee. Kids, visit Santa & complete a free craft. Bring you camera & appetite for this fun event! $6.00 adults $4.50 kids (6-14 yrs) FREE kids 5 & under. New Haven Community Center, 7500 SR 930 East (behind McDonalds) Sponsored by New Haven Parks Dept & Masonic Lodge.

POSTED: 11/06/17 at 11:46 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News