The end of another year is rapidly approaching! Our 2015 Membership Drive is in full swing, and the West Central Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce a contest to sign up new members.
The contest begins immediately and runs until 2/28/2015. The winners will be determined based on the amount of new membership dues raised. Whoever raises the most money from new members wins!
To qualify as a new member, the person must not have been a member in 2014. A list of 2014 members can be found by reviewing the 2014 Final Membership list. If your friends and neighbors weren’t members in 2014, ask them to join!
New members should mention you when signing up. The easiest way to accomplish this is to have the new member write your name on the 2015 Membership Contest Form in the “Please let us know if there is anyone we can thank…” section.
• First prize is a $50 Gift Certificate to a neighborhood restaurant.
• Second prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to a neighborhood restaurant.
Good luck and get ready to enjoy those gift certificates!
The City recently released a third study by Zimmerman/Volk regarding downtown housing availability and future development.
Recently – in September – a rash of overnight vehicle break ins occurred in the West Central Neighborhood. While no one deserves to be a victim of such a crime, a trend in all of the thefts reported seems to be present. That trend includes leaving valuable items in the vehicle in plain view for the suspects to snatch and leaving vehicle doors unlocked.
In some cases the vehicles were locked, but in others, the vehicles were unlocked. Some of the stolen items included laptop computers, tablet computers, GPS systems, purses, wallets, and backpacks with contents.
In each case where a window was broken, large valuables appeared to have been visible inside. The very simple step of removing valuable contents from vehicles and locking parked vehicles may have resulted in little or no damage or loss in many of these cases.
TAKE THESE ACTIONS:
1. Remove any valuables and other items that could be attractive to potential thieves,
2. Lock your vehicles doors,
3. Install a motion sensor light – if possible – mounted on an exterior wall close to your vehicle if you park on street (or at least check into this option)
Remember, even items that you may see as having little value may be seen differently by potential thieves!
In recognition of the iconic General Electric sign and over 80 years of it lighting our neighborhood sky, West Central Neighborhood Assoc. (WCNA) invites you to join us as we raise a toast to all the great memories. Although we don’t have an update on the fate of the sign or timing of any potential removal – we want to celebrate its existence before it’s gone (and it gets too cold).
What: WCNA Before The (GE) Lights Go Out Party
When: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Rudy’s Wine, Chocolate & Cigars; 409 W. Brackenridge St., FW, IN
- Rudy’s will have special priced beer and wine selection in addition to their normal menu
- Various Food Trucks will be on Brackenridge throughout the event
- Photographer onsight to help capture the memories
- Note: children will have restricted access within Rudy’s property and cannot be left unattended.
ROB STRAW OF ELKHART WINS KNEEDACHEF RAFFLE
Congratulations to Rob Straw of Elkhart, the winner of the Chef Eric KneedaChef raffle! Tickets for the Chef Eric KneedaChef raffle were sold during the Home and Garden Tour. Rob is the lucky winner of a 7-course gourmet dinner for 4 in the winner’s home and it includes all food, prep, and cleanup. Chef Eric donates the proceeds from the raffle to the West Central Neighborhood Association. We very much appreciate Chef Eric’s support! For more information about Chef Eric and his KneedaChef services, visit www.kneedachef.com or call 260-425-0660.
PAIGE KAGIN WINS HAND-CRAFTED QUILT
Congratulations to Paige Kagin of Fort Wayne, the winner of a beautiful hand-crafted quilt! The quilt was donated by the Albion Quilt Club. Paige is known for her jewelry along with twin sister Stacy Reeves as “Jewelry by the Twins”. Paige has been a part of the ArtFest since 2003. Paige and Stacy lived in West Central from 2002 to 2009. Paige is second from the left in the below photo. Also pictured are Cheryl Dunn, Joanne Bruce and Chris Ruckman.
The quilt was raffled to support Andrea Dunn’s mission trip to 11 different countries over 11 months. Andrea is the granddaughter of Joanne Bruce, long-time resident, member, volunteer, and supporter of West Central. For additional information about Andrea’s trip, please visit Andrea’s blog at http://andreadunn.theworldrace.org/.