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Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 30, 15 at 8:40 am

Medical professionals and soon-to-be graduates interested in seeking a career as a registered nurse, surgical technologist or monitor technician are invited to attend a career fair at Lutheran Hospital April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lutheran is looking for compassionate applicants who want to provide life-changing care for patients in a team-approach culture.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 27, 15 at 8:15 am


Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 25, 15 at 1:20 pm

Mayor Tom Henry continued his commitment to neighborhood infrastructure improvements today as he joined residents of the Hillcrest neighborhood to announce this year’s street, sidewalk and trail improvements. For the second year in a row, the City will invest more than $20 million in transportation infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and trails.

Additionally, City Utilities will be investing more than $35 million this year, improving neighborhood sewer and water infrastructure. The Utility projects will improve service for more than 10,000 customer accounts, an estimated 25,000 residents, across the City.

The Hillcrest improvements demonstrate a commitment to neighborhoods and an efficient use of funding by coordinating work to save money and minimize neighborhood interruption. The Hillcrest enhancement is collaboration with NIPSCO: placing new gas lines; City Utilities: installing new storm, sanitary and water lines; and Public Works: repairing streets, sidewalks, and installing new ADA ramps.

“Careful planning leads to major improvements for neighborhoods that will strengthen our community for generations to come,” said Mayor Henry.  “We continue to make significant investments in our neighborhoods. By working together, our neighborhoods are strong and vibrant. We’re making an impact and building on our momentum.”

The unprecedented improvements led by Mayor Henry, coupled with other neighborhood programs, are strengthening neighborhoods, building pride and improving property values.

“Curb appeal doesn’t stop at a homeowner’s property line.  When the City improves sidewalks, streets, ADA ramps, curbs and drainage in a neighborhood, it increases property values,” said Realtor Jeff Vaughan. “It’s clear that property values do go up when these types of improvements are made in a neighborhood.”

This year’s street investment is $21 million:

  • 12 miles of concrete street reconstruction
  • 53.5 miles of asphalt paving
  • 12 miles of chip and seal resurfacing
  • 8 miles of sidewalk
  • 5 miles of trail
  • 1820 ADA ramps
  • 30 miles of curb

City Utilities will continue its commitment to replace nine miles of water main each year, build new storm pipes to reduce basement backups and street flooding, and construct new sanitary pipes coupled with plant improvements to increase capacity and protect our rivers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, every $1 million invested in infrastructure construction, supports or creates an average of 24 jobs.  Using that formula, the combined investment from Public Works and City Utilities will support nearly 1,400 jobs in our community.

“Creating and supporting local jobs is important for Fort Wayne and when you consider that these salaries will stay in our community and be used in our local stores, restaurants, and businesses, it’s clear that our investments go a long way,” said Mayor Henry.

The 2015 construction projects will be out for bids over the next two months. Many will be completed this year but some of the larger projects are scheduled for two construction seasons.

Through the leadership and efforts of the Mayor’s Administration and the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Group, plans call for more than $20 million dollars in infrastructure improvements in each of the next several years.

— Submitted by the City of Fort Wayne

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 23, 15 at 8:42 am

Few people would pass up the opportunity to look younger. But men and women who want to look a little more like their younger selves without resorting to surgery can still have younger, healthier-looking skin without going under the knife. The following are a handful of natural ways to keep skin vibrant and youthful.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 19, 15 at 3:33 pm

Student members of the Animal Care Teen (ACT) program at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control will gather together on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to conduct a special Stuff the Whisker Wag’n service event. Their goal is to collect much-needed canned food for homeless shelter dogs and cats. ACT students decided on the project after learning that, in total 6,340 lost and homeless felines and 4,518 canines were sheltered at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control last year.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 17, 15 at 1:23 pm

Fort Wayne, IN—The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department’s Lifetime Sports Academy is sponsoring the First Tee National School Program in 34 Fort Wayne Community Elementary Schools beginning this spring. This new in-school golf program that promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf  is the result of a cooperative effort between the Indiana PGA, the Indiana Golf Foundation, Inc. and the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 16, 15 at 1:40 pm

Early Childhood Education Zone chose Taylor’s Dream as one of the 50 Best Playgrounds in America. The playground, located in Kreager Park, was ranked number 21, and was the only playground in Indiana that made the list. Taylor's Dream is an accessible playground designed to appeal to children who may have physical or developmental difficulties as well as children of all ages.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 12, 15 at 12:42 pm

The Botanical Conservatory has received another shipment of the Painted Lady Caterpillar Hatching Kits that were available during the Home and Garden Show. The kits are $5 each in the Conservatory’s Gift Shop. Each kit includes a Painted Lady Caterpillar, butterfly habitat, food for the caterpillar, care instructions and 2 passes to come back to the Conservatory to release the butterfly. Butterflies may be released inside the Conservatory until April 5. After that date, butterflies may be released outdoors.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 10, 15 at 11:11 am

The University of Saint Francis School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is offering a new four-year degree in Dietetics starting in fall 2015. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is the first of its kind in Northeast Indiana and it combines coursework with field work alongside practicing registered dietitians in the area.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Mar 04, 15 at 9:15 am

On Thursday, March 12, 6 – 7 pm, the Botanical Conservatory presents an illustrated lecture by internationally-known local artist Sayaka Ganz. Ganz will describe the process she used to develop and create the fascinating ocean-themed pieces on display at the Botanical Conservatory now through April 5. The evocative blue dolphins, luminous jellyfish, and impressive coral reef were once just colorful piles of cast-off plastic clothes hangers, children’s toys, kitchen utensils, and industrial scraps. Ganz offers insight into her imaginative journey from theme to model to material to form.