The New Haven McDonald’s Restaurant would like to invite you and your students to a FREE pictures with Santa event! They will be having Santa at their store from 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 11th.
New Haven Middle School chose to do a week-long fundraiser for families in need in the New Haven area. The school raised $1126.00 to purchase Thanksgiving meals for local New Haven families. Mrs. Popplewell’s enrichment class organized a Penny War competition throughout the school. Each class had a bucket. Students and staff members could put pennies and bills in their own bucket, or they could put silver coins, which counted against a class, in other classroom’s buckets. Each day Mrs. Popplewell’s class updated the leader board. Mrs. Popplewell’s class also wrote letters to over 25 businesses in the New Haven area asking for donations. At-least two businesses, Koester’s and Continental Diamond Tool Corporation both contributed to the cause. It was a fun, week-long endeavor that gave students the opportunity to exhibit generosity and caring within the New Haven Community!
Recently, Ms. Erin White’s Biology class at New Haven High School started a chick project in which students learned many science topics such as animal behavior and development, The Scientific Method, etc. They also learned basic skills such as animal care taking and data record keeping.
For the first 21 days of the project, the students had to monitor 12 chicken eggs in an incubator. The temperature inside the incubator had to be exactly 99 degrees and there had to be water inside. At the beginning of each period, a student checked to make sure everything was as it should be and that the eggs were doing fine. The student then reported his/her finding to the class, who in turn recorded the information in their notebooks. Students read the chicks’ development for that particular day from a development poster near the incubator and a countdown calendar. It became a regular routine. Through this process they also gained team-building skills.
A total of two chicks out of twelve eggs hatched (which students got to watch). They used critical thinking skills to determine why they had such a low hatch rate by looking back at their observations.
by Beth Stauffer
Santa arrived in style on Friday night in downtown New Haven as is the custom on Fire Engine Number 42. For the 2nd year in a row, Santa greeted the city’s youngest residents inside the historic train depot while more mature residents were free to tour the facility and sip a hot beverage while enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas.
Over on Broadway, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce hosted a ‘Meet Me at 5’ event for the community at Peter Franklin Jewelers from 4 – 8 pm. Inside the warm and toasty jewelry staple in the heart of New Haven, shoppers could be seen admiring all things shiny and bright in the festively decorated cases while outside the store families lined the sidewalk waiting for a turn to go for a free carriage ride.
At Ruhl Furniture, children could register to win a 26” bicycle all evening during the downtown Christmas Open House festivities. Children in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade could also drop off their entries in a Snowman Scavenger Hunt at Ruhl Furniture throughout the evening to win a Family Prize Package. Santa himself arrived late in the evening to hand select winners for both prizes from all the entries; at press time, the name of the winners was not available.
On Main Street, the friendly youth of the Power House helped to celebrate the season of Christmas by providing a place for children to paint a ceramic keepsake ornament and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and cookie while warming up from the frosty evening.
Sponsors of Friday’s festivities included Bad Dad, Inc., Bulldog Pub, Dominos, Chamber of Commerce, City of New Haven, New Haven Depot, New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department, New Haven High School, New Haven Parks Department, Peter Franklin Jewelers, Power House, Rockaway Carriage, Ruhl Furniture, TJ Ceramics, and Target.
After more than 17 years in the Summit City, the Fort Wayne off-track betting parlor could be moving to New Haven.
Hoosier Park – owned by Centaur – filed a request Monday with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for the proposed $2 million relocation.
The commission will have a hearing on the matter Tuesday.
“Three years ago we started the process of revamping,” said John Keeler, attorney for Centaur. “We’re trying to put together a business model that will provide simulcast wagering and in the process hopefully make a little money.”
The Fort Wayne OTB – run by the Hoosier Park horse track in Anderson – has been operating at 1820 W. Washington Center Road since 1996.
Hoosier Park began the process of re-evaluating its three OTBs in the state because of significant losses in the handle, the amount of money being wagered on horse races in the facilities.
Fort Wayne handle dropped from $11.7 million in 2008 to $7.7 million in 2012. The operating loss at that facility in 2012 was $287,000, according to documents filed with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission
Hoosier Park found in its study that high-caliber food and beverage service is key to successful OTBs, along with easy pedestrian and vehicular visibility, access and parking. Hoosier Park moved the Indianapolis location and rebranded it using the name “The Winner’s Circle.”
After considering options in Allen County to develop a facility based on the Winner’s Circle model, Hoosier Park identified 10,040 square feet of space in Lincoln Plaza Shopping Center in New Haven. Distance from the current location is about 8 miles.
John Perlich, spokesman for Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, said there was no communication with the city about a possible move.
In Fort Wayne, smoking is prohibited at the OTB because of the city’s strict smoking ban, but New Haven business owners have the option to allow smoking.
A state smoking ban exempts casinos and satellite facilities.
“I’m sure it’s a factor,” Keeler said. “We try to cater to everyone.”
Plans for the new OTB include a “high-quality” pub and grill “where racing is presented in comfort.”
Documents filed by Hoosier Park estimate $2 million in improvements to the facility with the hope of being open in June 2014.
Hoosier Park also has an offer on the current facility and land for $900,000.
Keeler said Hoosier Park is also seeking to use the FastBet Mobile system in the New Haven location – a system currently being used in Indianapolis and the track in Anderson. It allows patrons to use a tablet or other device to place bets from their table or seat instead of going to a window and standing in line.
New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald was unaware of the possible move but was pleased.
“Our community is a good place to do business,” he said. “We want people to invest here. We love it.”
by Beth Stauffer
Friday night was a great night for basketball fans in New Haven! The freshman, junior varsity, and varsity boys teams all waltzed away with big wins over Blackhawk Christian in the first Friday night home game of the season.
The final score of the varsity game was New Haven, 74-Blackhawk Christian, 56. Be sure to check out the photo highlights of the junior varsity and varsity game here on New Haven Bulletin!
NEW HAVEN 74, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN 56
New Haven: Crowe 2, Hogue 19, Griggs 13, Wattlely 12, Kinnie 4, Rudolph 5, Wilbert 3, McElvene 16
Blackhawk Christian: Reimschisel 8, Morlan 8, We. Davidson 21, Rippe 9, Wi. Davidson 10
The east side of Fort Wayne will be home to the city’s fifth roundabout.
Board of Public Works members Wednesday approved a $94,900 contract with Crossroad Engineers to study the intersection of Landin, Maysville and Trier roads and design a roundabout to replace the current four-way stop.
City traffic engineer Shan Gunawardena said the intersection is ideal for a roundabout because it has imbalanced traffic, with a lot of cars on some legs and not many on others and the angles are imperfect. In addition, Gunawardena said, it is on the border with New Haven and so is a gateway to the city.
The study and design work will take place next year, he said, with construction slated for 2015.
The city has a roundabout on Old Mill Road, two at Pontiac and Wayne Trace, and is constructing a fourth next summer at the intersection of Fairfield Avenue and Ewing and Superior streets.