It’s already October and Christmas is getting closer! We are settled in to another great school year at all New Haven Schools. Thank you to the parents, students and staff. It is often said in education, “it takes all three legs to keep the stool steady.”

Following is my current update on the great things happening, construction-wise, to YOUR schools.

NEW HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL

Construction. The interior renovations continue to move forward with substantial construction in the hallways, media room, classrooms and cafeteria. The updating and construction on many often unnoticed improvements include the plumbing system, electrical system and the heating/cooling system, including air conditioning!

The Original Gym. All the improvements are finished. A new glass area has been added between the upper and lower set of bleachers and painting has been completed. The area looks fantastic and is ready for another exciting Bulldog Basketball season.

The New Fieldhouse. Work continues on the new gyms and work-out area. The opening date is now early 2019. The walls have now closed in the entire project, and interior work is set to begin. The Fieldhouse will yield equivalent space to cover the size of three gym floors. It will include a wooden gym floor as well as other all-purpose flooring to accommodate multiple sports. It will be a great interior area for everyone to use when Indiana weather prevails.

Turf Field. Installation of the turf football field is complete. It is BEAUTIFUL! The field is currently being used by the band, football teams, soccer teams, physical education classes and local pal football teams.

NEW HAVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Construction. Work continues on the outside and interior. The construction outside is nearing completion and is almost ready for winter weather. Most windows are installed and the interior will soon become the focus.

NEW HAVEN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Construction. Work continues at an even greater pace. Exterior masonry is a major focus and despite a slow start and even falling behind, we will continue to push forward encouraging an on-time completion.

EACS VOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN NEW HAVEN

Another innovative school is coming to New Haven by transforming Meadowbrook Elementary School (New Haven Intermediate School) building into a vocational career and technical education center. Expected to open in 2020-2021, the new center will start by offering five programs in the trades of Industrial Maintenance, Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Computer Science, and Pharmacy Technician. These programs will be offered in addition to the ABC Program for Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, and HVAC Technicians that New Haven currently offers. More class choices will follow soon! These programs were chosen based on student interests and regional workforce developmental needs. “A community is judged by its successes or failures. There are currently a lot of moving pieces and parts in our schools, but what an exciting time!”

Thank you for supporting these projects. See you next month for your monthly update to YOUR New Haven Schools. GO BULLDOGS!!

Bob Nelson
President, East Allen County School Board of Trustees

 

POSTED: 10/10/18 at 10:55 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Entertainment, News, Real Estate, Schools, Sports

MAYOR McDONALD ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL TRICK OR TREAT HOURS IN NEW HAVEN

New Haven Trick or Treating Hours – October 31st 6:00-8:00 pm
The City of New Haven has set its official Trick or Treat hours in New Haven for Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm. “Additional police officers and other officials from the Fire Department will be on staff during this period to ensure the safety of everyone,” said Police Chief Henry McKinnon. Mayor McDonald is asking, all motorists to exercise extra caution during this time as children venture through neighborhoods and cross intersections and to remind parents to have children visit only those houses with their lights on. Downtown on Broadway – 4:00-6:00 pm

Mayor McDonald is also encouraging everyone to bring their kids to downtown New Haven and venture down Broadway where local business owners will participate in handing out treats to children from 4:00-6:00 pm. The Fire & EMS vehicles will also be on display for the kids. Halloween Carnival at Schnelker Park – 5:00 – 6:30 pm If you don’t want your child going door to door for treats, the Halloween Carnival is scheduled from 5:00-6:30 pm at Schnelker Park in New Haven where children are invited to receive treats and participate in games and other events. This event is sponsored by Impact Community Church and is free to the public. For further information, contact Deb-Anne Smith at the Mayor’s Office at (260) 748-7070.

POSTED: 10/06/18 at 11:40 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Schools

Michelin North America hosted a charity golf tournament in Greenville, South Carolina on October 1st, 2018 to benefit 10 charities in locations where Michelin has a presence. The Woodburn B.F. Goodrich plant is one of their affiliations who nominated Community Transportation Network 3 years ago. Their strategy is to adopt a charity for a three year period and make a transformational investment each year during that period. When the amount was announced for this last year on Monday, the Board of Directors and staff of CTN were astounded by Michelin’s generosity. Michelin has donated $253,300 in total over the 3 year period! With no strings attached, the CTN Board of Directors has used the funds to boost employee benefits, purchase vehicles, and will use more to expand our garage space for more vehicles. All of these investments have created the momentum to build our current and future capacity to assist the mobility of children, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, low income families, and the organizations that serve them. Currently CTN is transporting more the 5,800 riders to new opportunities with 79,490 trips! We cannot thank B.F. Goodrich, our good neighbor, enough for this great opportunity!

POSTED: 10/06/18 at 11:24 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

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POSTED: 10/06/18 at 11:19 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Schools

With the average American spending nearly $3,000 on entertainment each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018′s Most Fun Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.

To help Americans find the cities with the greatest number and variety of cheap, fun activities, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 65 key metrics, ranging from fitness clubs per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries.

Top 20 Most Fun Cities in America
1 Las Vegas, NV                  11 Denver, CO
2 Orlando, FL                     12 Honolulu, HI
3 New York, NY                 13 Los Angeles, CA
4 Atlanta, GA                    14 Austin, TX
5 Miami, FL                      15 Washington, DC
6 Chicago, IL                      16 Seattle, WA
7 Portland, OR                   17 Philadelphia, PA
8 San Francisco, CA        18 Houston, TX
9 New Orleans, LA          19 St. Louis, MO
10 San Diego, CA             20 Tampa, FL

Key Stats •New York has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 7.5828, which is 31.5 times more than in Peoria, Arizona, the city with the fewest at 0.2410.

•New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.6645, which is 19 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0350.

•New York has the most bars (per square root of population), 1.5580, which is 71.5 times more than in West Valley City, Utah, the city with the fewest at 0.0218.

•San Francisco has the most dance clubs (per square root of population), 0.1638, which is 86.2 times more than in Plano, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.0019.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/

POSTED: 09/26/18 at 9:52 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

THE RIVER CITY RAT RACE 5k/10k OCTOBER 21 at 2:00 PM

The 19 th River City Rat Race 5K/10k was born in the year 2000 and became an instant success. With over 1100 runners and walkers and more than 100 volunteers, it was clear that this event had enormous potential. Last year’s event attracted over 1100 participants. The feature event 10k (6.2mi) race includes a beautiful downtown course. Author and senior writer Hal Higdon of Runner’s World magazine said: “It is one of the most scenic 10K courses I’ve ever seen. This is high praise coming from one of the most experienced and highly sought after running experts in North America. The race is held on a Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm and typically one of the last weekends near Halloween in October. We feel this is the best time for an event called the “RAT RACE.”

Although the race attracts the top area runners, we consider this a “fun run.”. We have many awards throughout the race also. We have age group awards for the top 3 in each age group of 5 year increments; we also have Best Costume and Middle of the Pack awards. Since the race started in 2000 we have donated over $129,000 to the Central Branch of the YMCA. The starting line for the race is at the corner of Main and Barr Street in Fort Wayne, and finishes at the Filtration Plant just east of the Old Fort for both the 5k and the 10k. Packet pickup is at the Central Branch YMCA on Oct. 20, from 5-7:30pm. Cash and check only for $35 if you register that night. Race day packet pickup is from 12:00-1:30 at the 1 st Source Bank located at 200 E. Main Street near the start line. Race day registration is available for $50.

Participants can register online at runsignup.com. For more information visit our website at rivercityratrace.com. or pick up a postcard at any YMCA in Fort Wayne and Columbia City.

POSTED: 09/26/18 at 9:47 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

The Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 29, 2018. It will be the sixteenth Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.

Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be commissioned bearing the name “Indiana.” Mrs. Diane Donald, wife of retired Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, is the ship’s sponsor.

Designed to operate in both coastal and deep-ocean environments, Indiana will present leadership with a broad and unique range of capabilities, including anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces (SOF) support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.

Indiana is a part of the Virginia-class’ third, or Block III, contract, in which the Navy redesigned approximately 20 percent of the ship to reduce acquisition costs. Indiana features a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs) each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced the submarines’ acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting capabilities.

Indiana has special features to support SOF, including a reconfigurable torpedo room which can accommodate a large number of SOF and all their equipment for prolonged deployments and future off-board payloads.

Also, in Virginia-class SSNs, traditional periscopes have been replaced by two photonics masts that host visible and infrared digital cameras atop telescoping arms. Through the extensive use of modular construction, open architecture, and commercial off-the-shelf components, the Virginia class is designed to remain at the cutting edge for its entire operational life through the rapid introduction of new systems and payloads.

The Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship and the first submarine to be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NOTU’s primary mission is to test and evaluate Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile systems.

For more information on the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), the Commissioning Ceremony, go to www.navy.mil/indianacommissioning.

Additional public information about the commissioning, and events leading up to it, is available at the USS Indiana Commissioning Committee site at https://ussindiana.org/.

Media interested in attending the Media Day, Sept. 27, and/or Commissioning Ceremony, Sept. 29, may contact the Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs office at (757) 836-1650, or via email at USFF_COMSUBLANT_NFLT_PAO@navy.mil by noon, Friday, Sept. 21. No live trucks or vans will be authorized; however, the ceremony will be streamed live at www.navy.mil/indianacommissioning.

For more news from Commander, Submarine Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/sublant/ or www.facebook.com/sublant/. For more information on the U.S. Navy, please visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy , or @USNavy on Instagram.

POSTED: 09/20/18 at 12:31 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Suspect arrested for Murder in New Haven

Around 2:30am on September 20th , 2018 New Haven Police were notified of a possible homicide at a residence in the 1900 block of Medford Drive in New Haven. Notification was made by the suspect who walked into the New Haven Police Department’s lobby and announced that he had killed his wife. Officers obtained the suspect’s address and drove to the residence. Responding officers entered the home on Medford Drive where they located a victim who appeared to have suffered head trauma. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. New Haven Police have arrested 26-year-old Wiley Brown III in connection with the victim’s death. Wiley Brown was booked into the Allen County Jail and charged with Murder. The name of the victim will be released by the Allen County Coroner’s Officer at a later time. There is no further information released at this time.

POSTED: 09/20/18 at 12:29 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Sent and edited by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce:

Have you ever been put on-hold only to hear the same message played over and over? In the perfect world no phone call would be put on-hold but in this world it is just a fact of business life. In fact approximately 70% of all business phone calls are placed on-hold. An average on-hold time is 42 seconds. Yet 50% of the phone calls put on hold routinely wait on-hold for over one minute — 60% of those callers Hang up– and a whopping 34% of those who hang up will NEVER call back! What if you could turn that 42 seconds  into an opportunity to promote your business? That is where Profits On Hold LLC comes into play. Bud Brenneman (check spelling) the director at Profits on Hold Productions LLC began their business in 1998. It seems he was always enthralled by working with a microphone. Bud said, “I started out young like in Jr. High when I would give announcements over the PA. Then I was a grocery store manager and I would get on the microphone and make announcements for specials etc. So I have always enjoyed working on air.” Profits On Hold LLC can take that 42 seconds and create and produce on hold marketing productions and programming that can maximize your profitability rather than having dead silence or a staticy radio station when people are put on hold. Profits On Hold LLC works with a company to find out about that company and then present how best they can benefit their bottom line. They also make it their business to help companies keep their branding consistent throughout all of their marketing avenues. “We want to have the exact same message they have in their newspaper, radio, television, online, and social media presence”, Bud said. He also stated, “A company pays all of their marketing dollars to get people to call and then they get put on hold. Our productions are like on-hold insurance”. Creating on-hold productions is not the only service Profits On Hold LLC can assist a company with. Another service Bud shared was their audio newsletters. He said, “For instance if you sold Chevy trucks for GM, when your customer got their new truck they could pop in a CD and it would have information about the truck or information about GM. That would be an audio newsletter”. “Another service we have is Web audio”, Bud continued. “Some people want audio for their Web pages rather than just seeing the website. That way potential customers can also experience it with another dimension because when you use two senses; your eyes as well as your ears, your message tends to make more of an impact. This also helps with those people that are more auditory learners”. Profits On Hold LLC has all types of solutions that clients can take advantage of. Some of their clients use their productions on an as needed basis. These clients usually have businesses that don’t change much. Other clients take advantage of subscription bundles. Those bundles consist of a number of updates per year. Those updates then can be made whenever the client chooses. One very important time to have a personal message is the holidays. “That’s really important, Bud shared, “because it’s a time to reach out and foster those relationships with your clients. It is nice to put holiday background music on and a holiday greeting. That’s a way to get that touchy feeling, resulting in fostering the relationship. That’s what I really want to let people know. We give them a personal touch from our company and we give their customers a personal touch from them.”

Turning customers into personal friends is Bud’s favorite part of his business. He said, “I have had so many personal relationships that have developed out of the business and I am very appreciative of that fact”. Profits On Hold LLC has been a New Haven Chamber of Commerce member for ten years. “One thing I did want to say”, Bud shared, “is that of all the cities New Haven has been the most progressive and embracing of the on-hold marketing concept. When it comes to the companies per capita we’ve got so many. We are very very fortunate to have some very good clients here in New Haven. We really appreciate that and appreciate the Chamber for fostering that.” When asked, what is the biggest benefit from being a Chamber member Bud replied, “The opening of doors and the legitimacy that Chamber Membership provides you because you are a part of
the community. People want to do business locally and know that the person is going to be around and know that if anything should happen that they’ve got accountability; community accountability, and that is what the Chamber is, community accountability. Bud continued, “In the perfect world no one would be on hold. That’s what I like to tell people, but in this world it is just a fact of business life, it happens. So we want to be that on-hold insurance that they have.” So when you consider those 42 seconds that your clients are on hold let Profits On-Hold LLC turn “Hold time into Gold time”.

POSTED: 09/20/18 at 12:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

New Haven Business presents Fundraising Check to New Haven Police K9

On Saturday September 15, 2018, staff of the New Haven Pet Hospital presented New Haven Police Chief Henry McKinnon with a check for $6,535.13. Money was from a fundraiser that the Pet Hospital did so the New Haven Police K9 Unit can purchase additional equipment. The money will be used for the purchase of the Hot-N-Pop system, monitors the interior vehicle temperature, and will be installed in the K9 vehicles in the near future. Chief McKinnon and the K9 Unit would like to thank the entire staff of the New Haven Pet Hospital for their fundraising effort as well as for this generous donation.

POSTED: 09/13/18 at 12:58 pm. FILED UNDER: News